Edy Kizaki

Walking Around Green Lake – Quiet Winter Haven

February 1, 2013 in Green Lake, Parks and Beaches

GLtreesIt’s three miles around Green Lake on the walking path.  There are actually two paths next to each other, one for those on wheels and the other for those on foot.  In the summer there are boat rentals, tennis WhiteDogcourts, the kids’ playground, the community center with a swimming pool, and sunbathers on the grass.  In winter it’s a quieter scene, but just as intriguing.

One of Seattle’s favorite parks, it is hard to imagine a day any time of year when Green Lake wouldn’t have a steady stream of dog walkers, joggers, skaters (OK more of them in the summer, but…) and even bicyclists making use of the variety of paths and the road that circle the three mile path circling the lake. Want to sit and soak in the beauty? Take a seat on the strategically placed benches. Your toddler wants to mess around in the sand or climb the play equipment? Head for the playground. Basketball? It’s there. Indoor gym and pool? Inside the community center. Grass to picnic on? Yes. Rental boats? Yes. Swimming? Indeed, although that certainly takes place mainly in the summer. And always, people watching.

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In winter the air may be mighty crisp but the walkers and runners circling the lake look intent and happy all at once, if that’s possible to imagine. It’s a factor GreenLake03GreenLake5-2of the quietly stunning scenes you will never fail to encounter if it’s bright and blue or luminously glowing grey with sunset tones and translucent violets. Clean air surrounds you and seems to transport you to a timeless grace where everything is just as it should be and Green Lake is your own personal little slice of heaven.

 

 

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Edy Kizaki

January in Seattle 2013

January 1, 2013 in Seattle This Month

SeattleSept2-2Three bright sunny days in a row and we are off to a New Year!  This January so far it seems people are out the door and down the street before you can say “Space Needle.”  I keep hearing what a great year it’s going to be.  Let’s make it so!  Here are some of January’s exciting events, let me know if I missed anything!

Polar Bear Plunge, Birch Bay WA
January 1

Tutankamen, Pacific Science Center
ends January 6

Skagit Eagle Festival, Concrete, Rockport, Marblemount, along the Skagit River
weekends, Jan 5 – 27
Hoptoberfest, State Fair Park in Yakama
Jan 11

Outhouse Races, Conconully
Jan 12

Winterhop Brewfest, Ellensburg
Jan 19

Bavarian Ice Festival, Leavenworth
Jan 19 – 20

Windless Kite Festival, (indoors) Long Beach
Jan 18 – 19

Model Railroad Show, Pacific Science Center, Seattle
Jan 19 -21

 

Edy Kizaki

September In Seattle, 2012

September 1, 2012 in Seattle This Month

Art + Wood = Woodpalooza @ WICA
August 31 – Sept 2… all day every day
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Bainbridge Island Wineries Tour
Sept 1, 12-5

Bumbershoot Music and Art Festival
Sept 1 -3, Seattle Center

Mercer Island Farmer’s Market
Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

 

Labor Day Half - Half Marathon
September 3, 8 am, Marymoor Park

Bicycle Sundays (Lake Washington)
September 2, 23 … a pretty section of the Lakeside road is closed to traffic!

Unity Tour 2012 – Concerts at Marymoor
Wed, Sept 5, 6 p.m., Marymoor Park

Puget Sound Birdfest (Edmonds)
Sept 7 – 9
special events planned for kids, general admission free

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
Sept 7 – 9

Puyallup Fair
Sept 7 – 23
Bigest Country Fair in Washington with rides, rodeo, food, entertainment, and much more…
schedule of the tons of free entertainment here
M-Th Extreme Deal days, Thurs PM Happy Hour, Fri PM Fireworks!

Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
Sept 7 – 9 Over 300 wooden boats participate, and tons of activities

Northgate Festival (right in North Seattle)
Sept 8

PAWS Walk
Sept 8
Marymoor Park, 5K walk and community fundraiser

Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival and Procession
Sept 8
5-10pm, community procession at dusk, bring bells to play to make music as you walk!

Aki Matsuri - Japanese Autumn Festival
Sept 8 – 9

Skewered Apple BBQ Championship
Sept 8-9
Cooking demonstrations, live music, local brew & wine

North Bend Jazz Walk
Sat, Sept 8
usually a sleep oceanside town just north of Seattle, Mukilteo Lights up for the 47th annual Lighthouse Festival!

Bike MS Ride
Sept 8-9, two day bike ride through Whatcom, Skagit, and island counties

Live Aloha, Love Aloha – Hawaiian Cultural Festival
Sept 9

Concours d’Elegance
Sept 9, Kirkland

Puget Sound Ride for Kids
Sept 9, registration opens at 8am

Newcastle Days
Sept 9 -10
includes bands, beer garden, pony rides, and lots of activity, sidewalk sale CITYWIDE on Sept 9

Salmon Return Family Festival
Sept 11, 12-3, Olympic Sculpture Park

Art of Jazz – The Wellstone Conspiracy Jazz Quartet
Sept 13, SAM downtown Seattle 5:30 – 7:30 free

Ballard Farmer’s Market
Sunday 10 – 3 year round
Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Fremont Sunday Street Market
Sunday 10 – 1 year round
Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

 

 

Century Ballroom Indoor Flea Market
Saturdays 11 – 3 all year round (Capitol Hill)

Farmers Markets: other than Ballard, U District, West Seattle and Fremont, the other Farmer Markets end in Sept. or Oct

Shilshole Bay Marina 50th Birthday Celebration in Ballard
Sept 14, 5:30 – 7:30, free sailboat rides, space limited!

Joshua Bell (violinist) plays at Benaroya
Sept 15… Beethoven’s Serenade

Grow – Harvest Celebration
Sept 15
Wine tasting and walking tours followed by farm-to-table dining experience!

Whidbey Island Farm Tour
Sept 15-16

Seattle Fringe Festival
Sept 19 – 23
“almost anything can happen”… the Fringe Festival returns after a 9 year gap

Seattle Design Festival
Sept 20-23…film, art, architechture, urbanism… + + +!

St. Demetrios Seattle Greek Festival
Sept 21 – 23

Fremont Oktoberfest
Sept 21 – 23
Autumn Brews, kids’ section with pumpkin carving, and many activities

Fishermen’s Fall Festival
Sept 22, 11am-6pm

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Sept 23 – registration opens 8:30am
South Lake Union Park

Seattle Decibel Festival
Sept 26 – 30 … 23,000 plus people attend this cutting edge electronic music, multimedia/new art festival
Downtown Seattle

Italian Festa & 2 Day Festival at Seattle Center
Sept 29 -30