Join Moonlight Medicine for three free herbalism workshops in Cascade Playground!
Wednesday, June 27th – Herbs for Immune System
Herbal medicine is amazing for boosting the immune system and warding off the common cold, flu and allergies. Herbs to boost the immune system could include common things you have growing in your garden like Rosemary, Thyme and Sage! In this class you’ll learn about a handful of herbs you can use and you’ll make a medicinal vinegar to take home with you. No herbal experience necessary.
Rent a Pirate Pond Boat from Center for Wooden Boats to sail in Lake Union Park’s Model Boat Pond. These 39-inch pond boats are scale models of the R-Boat Pirate which is on exhibit on their docks at South Lake Union. Sailing these miniature racing yachts is a great way to learn the basic concepts of sailing while enjoying time at the park.
Sit back, sip, and savor the wine (and views) Argosy Cruises’ professionally trained wine stewards will guide you through tastings of each featured vintage as you enjoy the waters connection Lake Union and Lake Washington. This 1.5 hour cruise is highlights & sights only, no narration. Adults 21+ and minors are welcome.
It’s back to celebrate the Summer Solstice! Join the South Lake Union Saturday Market for their 2nd Annual Solstice Night Market showcasing the best street food, handmade and artist alike! Makers, finders, foodies welcome!
South Lake Union Saturday Market
139 9th Ave N.
Saturday, June 16
3 – 10 PM
Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary (Free Screening)
Name:Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary (Free Screening)
Our Cast Off! program allows visitors the chance to sail in classic boats.
The boats we use include: Admirable, a Bristol Bay Gillnetter, Amie, a Friendship sloop, Colleen Wagner, an Egret Sharpie, our long-boat Discovery, our New Haven Sharpie Betsy D, or a visiting classic.
Before and after your sail take a walk on the docks and discover the boats. Watch the volunteer crews rigging the boats. They’ll be happy to answer any question you might have, and you may even have a chance to help with the rigging!
Rides start throughout the day and last about 45 minutes. Sign-ups begin in person at 10am; space is limited and rides fill quickly. Arrive early to ensure your first choice, especially on sunny days and holidays. One person may sign up five other people who are not present, but no phone reservations are accepted. All ages are welcome and we have life jackets for everyone. We sail rain or shine, but wind conditions may keep us at the dock.
1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109
10am – 4pm
Sign-ups begin in person at 10am; space is limited and rides fill quickly.
Join MOHAI and hop aboard Seattle’s historic steamship, the SS Virginia V, on Father’s Day to explore the inner-workings of steam engines and discover what makes these powerful machines go. Dive into the history of mail delivery on Lake Union by planes, trains, and steamships.
All tickets include complimentary scoop of Blue Bird Ice Cream.
Sunday, June 17
2 – 4:30 PM
MOHAI & Virginia V Members: $25
Youth ages 14 and under: $15
Watch the seaplanes land on Lake Union as you sip your morning coffee. Gaze at the iconic Space Needle from one of two decks in this spacious luxury townhome. Chefs kitchen boasts Sub-Zero, Viking and Bosch appliances. Laundry & ensuite bath for both bedrooms. Central A/C. Garage. Fenced patio/garden. Space off master bedroom could be office or nursery. Minutes to Amazon, freeways, UW, many restaurants. 2 blocks to Lake Union.
Looks like South Lake Union is going to get a new market! Uwajimaya is going to open a smaller market, that will focus on fresh seafood and authentic Asian flavors!
This boutique specialty food store will feature local and international products, as well as graband-go bites inspired by the sea. The store will boast a live tank teeming with crab, lobster and oysters, in addition to a master fishmonger to assist with the selection of the perfect fillet or sashimi cut. Construction on Kai Market at 400 Fairview is scheduled to begin this fall and is expected to be open to the public in early 2017.
“Kai Market is about options. The lunch crowd can stop in for a hand-crafted bento box in the dining area, while the after-work crowd can take home fresh seafood and a carefully curated selection of quality Asian products for which Uwajimaya is known,” said Denise Moriguchi, President of Uwajimaya Inc. “We were excited to try something new and loved the idea of a store with a smaller, more intimate footprint in a growing, vibrant neighborhood like South Lake Union.”
Keep everyone safe on the water by following these safety guidelines:
Always wear a life jacket.
Don’t drink on a boat … or assign a designated driver who is comfortable with the boat and weather conditions.
Be weather wise/aware of tides. Pack accordingly & prepare for changing conditions. Don’t forget the SPF!
Bring your cell phone and portable battery charger in a waterproof zip lock bag.
Do a walk-around of your boat to assure no trouble spots developed over the winter or since last used.
Trade in your old flares for a discount on a new set.
Make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked.
Allow the blower to run for at least 4 minutes after fueling before turning on the engine. Always travel with a fire extinguisher.
Who Needs a Washington Boater Education Card?!
Boaters in Washington need to have their Washington State Boater Education Card with them when operating a boat 15 horsepower or greater. Boater operators born before January 1, 1955 are exempt but may choose to get a card if they plan to boat in Canada or Oregon since both require mandatory education. Find more information here: parks.state.wa.us/437/education-information
A Seattle cable car is seen at Third and Yesler in 1940. Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives
I’m so excited to read that streetcars may be making a comeback and there is one line being voted on today. It is suggested it connect to the South Lake Union Trolley and run smack down 1st Avenue downtown. How fun (and convenient) would that be! Here’s what I found out today on KPLU.org:
The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to bring back the downtown streetcar.
Theproposed line would traverse First Avenue and link to the existing South Lake Union line and the First Hill line, which is slated to open later this year.
It’s not the first time a downtown trolley delivered passengers just steps away to the Pike Place Market.
“First streetcar was in 1884, was the city’s first streetcar line. You could ride it for a nickel, and it went right down the center of Second Avenue,” said local historian, Alan Stein.
In those days, one of the biggest objections to the newfangled, brass-embellished trolleys was that they might frighten the horses. But over time the system grew.
“The whole downtown was networked with streetcars. You can see pictures in the old days of all the wires that were used to power the electric ones. That was quite a challenge to get that whole grid put in down there,” Stein said.
That grid, of course, is now gone; by 1941, voters had decided against trolleys in favor of cars.
But Stein says what they didn’t foresee is that Seattle would grow to have the fourth worst traffic in the nation. Those streetcars were really handy for moving lots of people quickly, and that’s still the case, according to Ethan Melone with the city’s Department of Transportation.
“First Avenue has very little transit service today, but it’s really rich in destinations. There’s nine million visitors a year to Pike Place Market, a similar number that are going to the ferry dock and yet we’re not really providing a lot of transit today to this corridor,” he said.
Melone says the new line will benefit tourists, but it’s part of a larger plan to make it easier for commuters to transfer from longer trips on light rail and buses to different parts of downtown. The cost of the new streetcar will run about $110 million. Proponents hope $75 million of that figure will come from federal funding.
I looked out my window this morning to three pretty serious looking Coast Guard boats meeting on the lake just a little north of the Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. Maybe off the 2800 block of Westlake.
Then off they go towards Portage Bay or Lake Washington.
Anybody know what’s up? Was it just a routine practice drill? Just curious.