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Mother's Day Brunch at Cafe Flora


Cafe Flora in Madison Valley has created a beautiful three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu; the perfect way to celebrate Mom! They welcome groups of all sizes and have a special kids menu just for the little ones.

In addition to being vegetarian Cafe Flora offers vegan and gluten-free options for each course.

Cafe Flora Spring Trifle

The special menu is available only on Sunday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required for groups of all sizes and can be made at 206.325.9100. 

Pricing: $35 per adult and $15 per child.


Mother’s Day Menu


Passion Fruit & Berry Salad
fresh berries, papaya, mango, passion fruit (v, gf)
Freshly Baked Pastries
house made croissants, petite currant scones, served with apricot jam and lemon thyme butter (avail. gf & v)


Arugula Potato Cake & Grilled Asparagus Benedict
goose and gander farm poached eggs, snow peas and tomato cream sauce (gf, avail v)


Strawberry Lilac Stuffed French Toast
Brioche dipped in rich cinnamon egg batter, stuffed with almond frangipane filling, topped with macerated strawberries, lilac mascarpone whipped cream, raspberries and fresh edible flowers (avail. v)


Morel Mushroom & Wild Watercress Flatbread
House-made flatbread, sherried caramelized onions, fiddlehead ferns, chive blossom goat cheese, balsamic reduction. topped with wild watercress salad. (gf, avail. v)


Theo Chocolate Tart
Bittersweet chocolate ganache, pate sucre, cashew caramel, whipped cream, shaved chocolate (v)


Spring Trifle
Rhubarb angelica compote, almond citrus cake, rhubarb curd, whipped cream, fresh raspberries, pistachio crunch (gf)

Mother’s Day Kids Menu


Berry & Yogurt Parfait
Fresh berries, vanilla yogurt (v, gf)
Freshly Baked Pastries
House-made croissants, petite currant scones, served with apricot jam and lemon thyme butter (avail. gf, avail. v)


Egg or Tofu Scramble
Cheddar cheese, crispy potatoes, fresh fruit (avail v & gf)


Banana Nutella Stuffed French Toast
Brioche dipped in rich cinnamon egg batter, stuffed with nutella, topped with fresh banana and whipped cream (avail. v)


Heart-Shaped Strawberry Sundae
Vanilla ice cream, chocolate heart, strawberries, hot fudge. (v, gf & nut free)


Chocolate Cupcake
Cream cheese frosting


Cafe Flora
2901 E. Madison St, Seattle


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Tacos, Tequila, and “Tax Free” Fun



Uno de Mayo

River Song Jewelry invites you to attend its annual “Uno de Mayo” Fiesta on Thursday, May 1st (¡no el cinco!). Located on E. Madison St, River Song is a specialty boutique that supports small artists and fair-trade businesses.

River Song
2816 E Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112


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Traffic Triangle Update

APRIL 18, 2014 | EDITOR

A new design has been proposed and received with great enthusiasm. It is a very clean and classic design. View the full-size sketch.

Triangle Monument Sketch SM


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Minutes from the Merchants Association 16-Apr-2014


Read the minutes from the latest Merchants Association meeting. This meeting was focused mostly on preparations for the upcoming Bastille Bash.


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Meeting Minutes MVCC Apr 16, 2014


Read the minutes of the latest Madison Valley Community Council meeting.


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Silly Hilly Walk/Ride is April 26th, 2pm - 4pm

APRIL 16, 2014 | EDITOR

Bob Edmiston asks that we spread the word about Silly Hilly:

We need all feet and wheels on deck for this fun route scouting day in the hilly slopes between North Capitol Hill and Madison Valley, Arboretum and Montlake. Bring your feet, bikes, kids, dogs, cameras, fun hats and silly wear.

Silly Hilly is a fun, inclusive, family-friendly ride/walk to explore potential greenway route options for the northern segment of the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between John and 520, including part of Madison Valley and the Arboretum neighborhood.

The fun starts at the Montlake Elementary School playground, where participants will be divided into teams upon arrival. Teams will ride or walk one of four route options while taking pictures and completing a scavenger hunt along the way. We'll Stop, Doc and Tweet all along our stroll. Data collected from this activity will directly inform the Greenway route choices for Phase 3 of the 23rd Ave repaving project from E John St to SR520.

At Miller Park (our finish line), we’ll have kid-friendly games, prizes and refreshments, as well as opportunities to share ideas on which greenway route makes the most sense!

This ride is being organized jointly by Central Seattle Greenways, Montlake Greenways, Madison Park Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club. A bike is not necessary for this fun route scouting adventure.

Bob Edmiston
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Fashion Illustration Classes for Kids and Teens


Vian Hunter SketchLisa Vian Hunter (of NBC’s Fashion Star) is now offering classes for the fashion loving junior-designer who wants to learn about fashion illustration. Teens will also be learning about the business of fashion.

The classes will be taught by Lisa Vian Hunter who has been sketching her own fashion line since 2004. Classes will be held in April, May and June. Contact [email protected] for schedule information.

One-hour class for kids age 6-12, $50
• One-and-a-half hour class for teens ages 13-19, $60
• Fashion Illustration birthday parties for ages 6-12, $300

WHERE: Vian Hunter, 2841 E. Madison St.
HOURS: Mon-Sat 10:30am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm


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Crime Reports Mar 2014


A little over 30 incidents in our neighborhood were reported to the Seattle Police last month. Seven were car prowl thefts (signified on the map by green tiles with an auto containing a hole), four of which occurred in the Arboretum (some of the symbols on the map represent multiple occurrences). Four more incidents involved some type of monetary fraud or theft (green tiles with a dollar sign), including credit card theft, forgery, and identity theft.

There were three cases of threat or harassment (red tiles with an exclamation point) three of property damage or graffiti (green tiles with spray paint can) and, more seriously, three break-ins or burglaries (green tiles with eight-pointed star).

1. During the early evening of March 2 someone entered a home close to 26th and Union through an unlocked back door. The intruder stole various items not listed in the police report and left before the owners returned home.

2. On March 8 a neighbor reported that the front door of a rental house on 24th Ave. had been kicked open. The police searched the house and concluded that whoever kicked open the front door had probably left through the back of the house. When notified, the tenants discovered that the intruder(s) had taken some laptops and a video game console.

3. Sometime between March 18th and March 20th someone broke into a basement storage room of a specialty store on Union Street. Apparently nothing was taken from the storage room, although the intruder left a blanket in the room and vomit on the floor.

Also among the more serious incidents during March were a mugging (red tile with eye mask) on Pike St. close to 25th Ave. on March 25 (a detailed police report on this incident is not available), a non-aggravated assault (red tile with fist) close to 23rd and Madison on March 22nd, and a firearms discharge (blue tile with revolver) on March 30th.

A glance at the police reports map shows three main locations for incidents in our neighborhood, the Arboretum (car prowls), Union St. (both property crimes and crimes against persons) and Madison St. (ditto). Like Madison Park and Montlake, our neighborhood had relatively little crime compared to neighborhoods to our south, east, and north (U district). You can see this, as well as gaining additional information on the March police reports, by visiting the SPD’s police reports website. Up-to-date information for April is also available there.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Pets of Madison Valley Apr 2014


Here are this month's visitors to All The Best Pet Care. The first fellow is a regular, a bulldog named Tank, shown below testing the wool bed. Tank's a devout follower of the mantra “If it fits, it sits.”


The second is a first-time visitor who came dressed in his Jurassic best!


The third ... Frenchie party, table for three!



See special offers from All The Best on pet food and supplies.

Logo-All the Best Pet Care


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McGilvra Elementary Offering Centennial Brick Pavers Until June 1st


Dear Community Members,

McGilvra Elementary is offering brick pavers to celebrate its 100 year anniversary. These lovely bricks will be placed in the walkway leading up to the school over the summer.

McGilvra Paver

You can choose a 4x9, 9x9, or 18x18 brick for $150, $500, or $1,000 with your business, children or family name. If you need a form, please email [email protected] or [email protected]. Please turn in your completed order form with a check to the school office or mail to:

McGilvra PTA
4111 E. Madison Street, #46
Seattle, WA 98112

Please turn in your orders by June 1st.

Thank You!


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Dance Classes

APRIL 7, 2014 | EDITOR

Well-known instructor and trainer Chris Daigre is offering his signature dance class to Madison Valley residents. danceDaigre is an energetic discovery of modern hip-hop, jazz and Latin-inspired choreography. Students learn dance combinations piece by piece, building up to a full routine by the end of class. Chris says the workout strengthens your body, engages your mind, and ignites your soul.

Denali Fitness–Madison Park
3130 E Madison St. #104, Seattle WA 98112
(206) 325-3300
Thursdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m., drop-ins welcome.


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McGilvra Elementary Celebrates 100 Years With Auction


McGilvra Elementary celebrated its 100th anniversary with its biennial auction on Saturday March 22nd, at Showbox SODO. Close to 300 guests attended including current families, McGilvra Alumni, and incoming kindergarten families. The night's events were hosted by Ken Carson, who was returning for his fourth McGilvra auction. John Platt and his staff from St. Cloud's provided the catering. 

McGilvra Auction Image

The event had over 300 items donated from families, local businesses, and McGilvra teachers and staff. Some of the more popular items were Principal for A Day, where a student gets to make a new rule for that day, monitor lunch, and recess activities. A Seahawks VIP preseason training camp and a Shark Trip to the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco were also big money raisers. 

McGilvra would like to thank all of the local businesses that donated to the auction this year. Our staff and students are so grateful for your generosity. With continued cuts in education, the school relies more than ever on donations from parents and community members. Over 75% of the classrooms have a student to teacher ratio of 29:1. The money raised from the PTA pays for the art program, a part time school counselor, a math and reading specialist, part time classroom tutors, and technology and library grants. 

McGilvra would especially like to thank its Presenting Sponsors; Dan and Larry Wilcynski from Wilcynski Partners, Mark Everts from Cobalt Mortgage, Dr. Lora Shahine and Partners from Pacific NW Fertility, and Chris Husband from CleanScapes. We would like to thank Platinum Sponsor Shawn Plaster from The Plaster Group, Gold Sponsor, Park Shore Senior Living, and Bronze Sponsor, Dr. Keith B. Wong. McGilvra would also like to thank its advertisers Kevin Trombold from Trombold Law, Wally Green from AllState, and Park Postal. Hemlock Printing was a major contributor by donating the catalogs and PaperlinX donated the bid paddles. Uber car service was instrumental in getting people to and from the auction safely while providing a generous discount to auction ticket holders. McGilvra would also like to thank local artist, Richard Carl Lehman, for use of his beautiful illustration of the school in many auction materials. Our school would not be the same without your support. Thank you!


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Two Important Upcoming City Events


logo-sns2014Seattle Neighborhood Summit is this Saturday April 5, 9 – noon, at the Seattle Center.

Come interact with elected officials, city departments, and each other. Learn how we can be more effective and share what is important to our neighborhood. I understand that over 400 people are registered and have filled out the survey, which has resulted in an exciting agenda that is now published on the website.

Childcare will be provided, and fun activities for children. Just note on the registration form that you are bringing your children. Even if you can’t make it, please fill out the survey. Between the networking and information at the event, and the survey results, our neighborhoods can be more effective in our abilities to work with each other and with the city government.

logo-seattle2035Seattle 2035

Please come to an open house Monday, April 14, 2014, 6 – 8 pm, at Miller Community Center.

How will Seattle be grow and be shaped for the next 20 years? Seattle 2035 is the yearlong project to update Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan, which addresses our housing, jobs, transportation, quality of life and environment. Alternatives are being studied now — that is where we come in. What are the important factors that make Seattle a great place to live and work? How should we grow? All comments are due by April 21 so the alternatives can be fully studied and the next phase of the process commence.

If you can’t attend the open house, but are interested in the current status, review this presentation, which has questions for consideration listed on page 43.

Send your comments about the alternatives or on the scope by email to [email protected] or to [email protected], or by USPS using this form.


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Public Hearing on Seattle's Recreation Opportunities


We're trying to get the word out about the upcoming public hearing regarding a Parks District to provide stable, predictable funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation. The City Council is considering joining 17 other Washington cities in creating our own Parks District, and they need to hear from our community. 

Here are the meeting details:

Monday, April 7, 2014
6:00 PM Public Hearing
Council Chambers, City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor
Seattle, 98104

Our parks contribute so much to our quality of life, and provide so many important programs and services for people across our city and at all age and income levels. As everyone knows, Parks took huge budget cuts during the Great Recession. Community centers are currently open at 50% of their capacity and Parks faces a $270 million parks maintenance backlog.

The City Council needs to hear that the community wants to restore equal access to recreation opportunities. Read more details about the recommendations.


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