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April 22nd Public Workshop to Discuss Streetscape Design and Zoning for 35th Ave NE

Public Workshop 1: Tuesday, April 22nd, 7-9 PM
Messiah Lutheran, Fellowship Hall

The 35th Ave Committee, a citizen group comprised of residents from Wedgwood, Ravenna-Bryant, and View Ridge have received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to develop streetscape guidelines (designs that influence the pedestrian environment) and prepare zoning recommendations.  This proactive planning effort, which the Wedgwood Community Council is pleased to endorse, grew out of the Wedgwood Vision Plan that the WCC managed back in 2010.  Since that time, the 35th Ave Committee has gathered significantly more data from the users of the 35th Ave NE Business District through a survey they held in 2013.  Over the coming months, however, they will host 3 public workshops to gather more information from users, residents, landowners, and business owners on the type of pedestrian environment the community wants to see and to prepare recommendations on ways to improve the zoning along 35th Ave NE to support the conditions that the community wants to see from its business district.

ALL PUBLIC WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL AT MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7050 35TH AVE NE.

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The History of Seattle as Seen in its Architecture

The Pontius mansion, built in 1889, was an example of the post-fire extravagant building boom in Seattle. Pictured here in 1904 are the children of the Mother Ryther Orphan home gathered on the porch. Photo by Asahel Curtis number 05330 Special Collections University of Washington.

On April 26 and May 10, 1 to 3 PM, UW professor and architectural historian Jeffrey Karl Ochsner will present an overview of Seattle’s architectural history in two lectures.  Each lecture will be 90 minutes with time for questions in the remaining 30 minutes.  The programs will be at the downtown Seattle Public Library in the auditorium accessed from the Fourth Avenue entrance.

The two lectures will cover the history of Seattle’s architecture from 1880 to the present.  Dr. Ochsner will discuss urban development, building types, stylistic directions and the major architects who shaped the architecture of the city and region.

April 26: Part 1, 1880 to 1935

Explore the development of Seattle’s architectural style during the city’s early growth. Important early architects, major stylistic directions and a range of building types will also be covered.

May 10: Part 2, 1935 to present

Examine the origins and development of modern buildings’ architectural forms and styles.  This lecture includes: modernism and regionalism; urban design and preservation; the works of notable architects and architectural firms in Seattle.

Dr. Ochsner has taught at the University of Washington for over 25 years. He has written and edited five books, along with numerous articles, addressing Seattle’s architectural and urban history. He is also editor and co-author of the forthcoming second edition of  Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects (2014; originally published in 1994).

Spring Plant Sale

Happy customers at FlorAbundance Plant Sale

The FlorAbundance plant sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, in Building 30 at Magnuson Park in 2014.  This very extensive plant sale event helps support the Arboretum Foundation.  Dozens of specialty nurseries will be on hand selling a wonderful selection of locally grown trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and edibles.

40 nurseries:  “There’ll be at least 40 nurseries in attendance,” says volunteer Event Chair Bob Lilly. “Expect a unique selection of high-quality plants, including lots of veggies for your kitchen garden. As always, Langley Fine Gardens will have an amazing array of vegetable starts. In addition, for the first time in quite a while, they’ll be offering a diverse crop of ornamental salvias.

A cornucopia of high-quality plants: “Look for a great selection of fine shrubs and fuchsias from Lee Farm and Nursery and Robinwood Nursery,” continues Bob. “You’ll find wonderful plants for the shade garden at Growing Girls Nursery and Keeping It Green. Bouquet Banque Nursery and Sundquist Nursery will have an amazing array of epimediums. And this is just a small taste of the cornucopia of botanical treasures awaiting shoppers at FlorAbundance.”

Hours of the FlorAbundance Plant Sale are 9 to 5 on Saturday, April 26, and 10 to 3 on Sunday, April 27.  Admission and parking are free.

Author Book-Signing at Seattle Audubon

Sibley Guide to Birds, Tuesday, April 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. . . . → Read More: Author Book-Signing at Seattle Audubon

Seattle Public School District Seeking Comments on DRAFT SEPA Checklist for New Thornton Creek Elementary School

The Public Comment period for the new Thornton Creek Elementary DRAFT SEPA Checklist is open until 5PM, May 2nd. . . . → Read More: Seattle Public School District Seeking Comments on DRAFT SEPA Checklist for New Thornton Creek Elementary School

Food Bank Fundraiser at the Ale House

All day on Thursday, April 17, 30% of all orders will be donated. . . . → Read More: Food Bank Fundraiser at the Ale House

The Confluence in 2014

Road closure expected soon: no through traffic on 35th Ave NE at NE 107th Street. . . . → Read More: The Confluence in 2014

Featured Advertiser: Johnson’s Auto Repair

Quality and service conveniently located in Wedgwood. . . . → Read More: Featured Advertiser: Johnson’s Auto Repair

Fill of Joy

Free program on Thursday evening, April 17, about the birds of the Union Bay Natural Area. . . . → Read More: Fill of Joy

Easy Speak on Monday

Music and open mike on Monday, April 14 at the Wedgwood Ale House. . . . → Read More: Easy Speak on Monday