Glow Natural Health Center, located above Essential Bakery, welcomes a new member and Acupuncturist to Madison Valley. Carsten Rode’s experience focuses mainly on pain management and rehabilitation from injuries and accidents. He earned a Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture from Bastyr University and is currently finishing his studies of Chinese Herbal Medicine. He believes that the most important part about the medicine is that every patient is treated individually. All treatment plans are geared towards the individuals’ constitution and presentation of the illness or main complaint. Carsten also thinks it’s important for people to know that most ailments are not “fixed” or “relieved” by just one treatment. Just like other forms of standard medical care, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a therapeutic medicine and best results are achieved with a multiple treatments that decrease in frequency over time.
Many people discover the medical benefits of acupuncture in different ways. While common throughout the rest of the world, in America, Traditional Chinese Medicine is not usually the first choice people seek out to treat systemic health problems. This was also true for Rode. Struggling with consistent shoulder and wrist pain and a bout of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), he was attempting to treat these conditions with medication. Ultimately unsuccessful, the conversation turned to surgery. Knowing the minimal success rate surgery had in relieving his condition, Carsten sought out alternative options, ultimately finding himself in an acupuncture clinic. A successful real estate agent at the time, Carsten would have never thought during his first visit that several years later he would be so compelled by the results of his care, he’d reconstruct his career path and become and acupuncturist himself. Yet, this is exactly what happened.
Originally from Germany and growing up in a household of doctors and nurses, he always respected and liked what his family members did to care for others. Witnessing patients stop and thank his father for helping them improve their health remained imprinted in Carsten’s mind. These types of experiences and his success with acupuncture led him to make the decision to return to school and attend Bastyr University in Seattle.
Training and Experience
Carsten is is a board certified Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). His experience ranges from serving patients in multiple clinics as part of the Bastyr teaching curriculum to treating Seattle Marathon participants as well as treating many patients for injuries from car accidents in conjunction with Chiropractic Care.
He sought out opportunities to spend time with MDs at a Group Health Urgent Care and shadowed an Orthopedist at the ER of the Medizinisches Zentrum Staedte Region Aachen in Germany.
Glow Natural Health Center
I can’t tell you how often people have told me they wanted a inexpensive restaurant in Madison Valley. Well, I’m pleased to report that now we have one!
Two Doors Down is located at the corner of East Madison and John. The restaurant is owned by Erin Nestor, proprietor of The BottleNeck Lounge — two doors up. Erin and her team did a great job converting the old Philly cheesesteak location into an attractive, family-friendly burger joint.
Two Doors Down has only been open a few weeks, and I’ve already been there three times. My verdict: tasty, comfortable, and good value.
Great burgers — better than Red Mill, IMO. Yummy! The fries are topped with seasoned salt — perfect with the burger. In addition to the great hamburger options there are also veggie and non-beef sandwiches.
The great selection of beers on tap are brewed primarily by small, independently-owned craft breweries based in Washington and Oregon. The selection changes on a daily basis and includes Northwest IPAs and craft ciders.
The Classic burger is $6; other burgers average $9 apiece. From 4 – 5 PM on weekdays you can get the Classic Burger for $5.
If kids are not your thing, place your order at Two Doors Down, tell them you are going up to the Bottleneck, and the staff will bring your food to the bar. It’s SO great.
Two Doors Down
2332 East Madison Street
Two Doors Down is holding an Oktoberfest celebration that everyone can enjoy!
Featuring a great selection of Oktoberfest and German-style beers on draft from breweries such as Silver City, Georgetown, Alpine, Ninkasi and Leavenworth and naturally we’re adding brats to the lineup for the event as well. We’ll have pretzel bites for the kids and a special burger, The Bavarian (1/4 lb NW beef patty with stone-ground mustard and house-made apple/fennel slaw served on a pretzel roll) for the adults in the crowd.
Don your dirndl or lederhosen and we’ll reward you with happy hour pricing on any of the twenty beers or ciders we have on the draft line up. Our regular menu is available as well. Prost!
Two Doors Down
2332 East Madison Street
Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far! In one day we’ve raised over $2,000. If we can continue that momentum we’ll reach our goal. We’ll update the graphic every so often so you can track the progress. In the meantime, please encourage your neighbors and the local businesses you frequent to contribute to the lights fund.
To pay online, click the Support button on our home page near the green bird. Or you can mail your contribution to:
Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 East Madison Street #290
Seattle WA 98112
This year we are installing the holiday lights ONLY IF we can raise the funds prior to Oct 9th.
Last year we were thousands of dollars short, and the Merchants Association had to pick up the balance of the invoice. Unfortunately, the Association cannot afford this every year — so either we raise the money before Oct 9th or Madison Street will be dark this holiday season.
The lights on Madison add holiday cheer and safety to our neighborhood in the dark and dreary months. If you like the lights, the best thing you can do to help is to pay your portion, and encourage others in the neighborhood to contribute. If everyone would contribute something we could get it done! Beautiful lights and decorations will encourage neighbors and patrons to make Madison Valley part of their holiday plans.
To pay online, go to madisonvalley.org and click the Support button near the green bird. Or you can mail your contribution to:
Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 East Madison Street #290
Seattle WA 98112
We appreciate your help.
In late September, the Seattle Department of Transportation will host two open houses to inform and engage the public on plans for the Center City Connector Streetcar line. SDOT staff and project team members will be present to review design concepts and answer questions.
Tuesday, September 29th
5pm – 8pm
Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Wednesday, September 30th
11am – 2pm
Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
About City Center Connector
The Center City Connector will serve the heart of Downtown Seattle, operating through Pioneer Square to the Pike Place Market and Olive/Stewart neighborhoods. It will complete the Seattle Streetcar system, linking over a dozen Seattle neighborhoods.
Find out more about the Seattle Streetcar at http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/ and sign up to receive streetcar news and updates.
There were 52 incidents in Madison Valley reported to the police during August, an increase over the July total of 40 that was largely due to a spike of 14 residential burglaries. For unknown reasons, however, the police have not posted descriptions that go beyond their dates and locations for a majority of these burglaries. This is also true for the single robbery reported in August. Vehicle and car prowl thefts remained at “normal” levels even though there were no car prowls reported in the Arboretum.
1. On Aug. 3 there was a forced-entry burglary at a residence on 25th near Howell.
2. On Aug. 4 at 3 PM a resident of a home on 23rd near Roy heard banging noises on the north side of his house while he was in an upstairs room. After crossing to the side of the house where the noises came from, he leaned out of a window and asked the person attempting to enter his home whether he “needed any help,” at which point the would be burglar briefly hesitated, then left through the back yard and ran south down the alley. Police were unable to find usable fingerprints in the vicinity of the door that the burglar was trying to force open and were unable to find the suspect during a search of the area.
3. On Aug. 4 there was another forced entry burglary at a residence on 21st near Mercer.
4. Also on Aug. 4, a resident of a home on E. John near MLK who was working at home found a stranger in his kitchen at around 4 PM. The burglar, described as a black male in his late teens or early twenties, ran from the home through an unlocked side door after the resident yelled at him. After a short chase the resident lost sight of the burglar, who hadn't had time to steal anything.
5. On Aug. 10 a resident of a home on 22nd near near Pine reported to police that while he had been away during the day someone had broken into a small studio building in his back yard and stolen a laptop computer. The police believe that the burglar was wearing gloves because no fingerprints were found around the window that the burglar opened to gain entry.
6. Sometime between 8 and 10 AM on August 11 a burglar entered a home on Valley near 28th and stole two iPads, two laptop computers and a desktop computer. The police concluded that the burglar wore gloves because disturbed areas in the home did not yield fingerprints. The burglar apparently left through the front door because it was unlocked when the resident returned home but was locked when she left earlier in the morning.
7. On Aug. 13 there was a forced entry residential burglary on E. 26th near John.
8. On Aug. 14 police were called to a residence on 32nd near Union to investigate a burglary that had taken place during the previous night or early morning. The burglar, who apparently entered a garage while it was unlocked, stole two bicycles worth approximately $1400. Police were unable to find fingerprints at the scene.
9 & 10. Also on Aug 14 there was a forced entry residential burglary on Union near MLK and another on Mercer near 25th.
11. On Aug. 22 police were called to a condo on 25th near Denny by residents who reported that sometime while they were away between 4 PM and 11 PM a burglar had smashed open a window of their residence and stolen items valued at approximately $5400.
12. On Aug. 25 there was a unforced-entry residential burglary on Madison near 24th.
13. On Aug. 26 there was a forced-entry burglary at a residence on Madison near 29th.
14. On Aug. 28 there was a forced-entry burglary at a residence on Howell near MLK.
Finally, on Aug. 8 at little after noon there was a robbery on Madison near 23rd.
Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.
Please plan to attend the next EastPAC meeting, this Thursday, September 24th.
We will expand existing and develop new actionable plans on how to respond to the increase in shootings and shots fired calls. Your attendance is important; As the weather cools, we expect to see a downturn in incidents, but if we we lose our focus, we will be back to square one in the spring.
Additionally, we will have a SeaStat update, identifying trends in our community, how we compare to the rest of Seattle and how the police department is responding to those trends and our concerns. We will hear about some recent positive developments related to the increase in gun violence.
When: September 24th, 2015, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Seattle University, Chardin Hall, room 142, 1020 East Jefferson
Word is that someone at Simply Soulful left something on the stove and left. A third-floor tenant called the fire in because his office was filling with smoke. Eight fire trucks were sent! The firemen broke down the door and ran the hoses inside. Thankfully there was only smoke damage.
AFH Salon is starting year three with two exciting events:
2015 Seattle Style Night
Annie Fisher and Jeremy Abraham of AFH Salon have been nominated for awards at the 2015 Seattle Style Night.
In 2014, DList Magazine and VannEdge Salon teamed up to deliver an annual celebration weekend, Seattle Style Weekend, honoring local artists in the fashion and beauty industry in the greater Seattle area.
This year, the event returns with a new program that combines Seattle Fashion Awards and Northwest Hairstyling Awards in one incredible night of fashion and beauty with the proceeds used to benefit a local non-profit. Finalists will be chosen from online submissions along with input from experts in the fashion and beauty industry.
The finalists will be announced on Monday, August 24th online at http://www.dlistmagazine.com/seattle-style-night.
All finalists will participate in a photo shoot that will be featured in the 2015 Fall Fashion Issue.
The issue will be released on September 23rd at a preview event where finalists along with fashion, hair and beauty elites will gather to mix and mingle. The winners will be chosen by expert judges and announced at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 14th. The ceremony will feature a fashion showcase of each category and hair shows with contributions from salons from the greater Seattle area. The event will include a cocktail hour prior to the shows, entertainment, local celebrity presenters, swag bags for VIPS and more.
More info and tickets: http://www.dlistmagazine.com/seattle-style-night
The night of the show we will also be presenting hair as a team. This event is open to the public and we invite you to come cheer us on.
Annie Fisher: Nominated for Master Hair Stylist of the Year
Jeremy Abraham: Nominated for Hair Stylist of the Year
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Runway to Freedom
Runway to Freedom (RTF) is an annual fashion and musical event dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence by supporting Mary's Place. RTF strives to empower survivors of domestic violence to gain stability and to educate the general public about the effects of domestic violence.
Runway to Freedom 6
November 19, 2015
Tickets available September 1st
Runway to Freedom was founded in 2010 by Lauren Grinnell. Runway to Freedom has produced five sold out events and raised over $100,000.00 for survivors of domestic violence. Annie Fisher will be leading the hair team this year to insure another fabulously styled evening. AFH Salon will be there creating looks for the show too. Roy Fisher, MA LMFT, will be speaking the night of the show, sharing his passion about working in the domestic violence field.
More info and tickets http://runwaytofreedom.org
A law office located in the heart of Madison Park is seeking a full-time experienced paralegal for a small law firm. The firm primarily does Plaintiff’s side personal injury and would love to add an independent professional who can act as liaison to clients and opposing counsel. It’s full time work but the hours are somewhat flexible. Please contact Hillary at [email protected] with your resume and references, or with any questions.
At the Madison Valley website we’re in the process of expanding our coverage of news and events to include the surrounding neighborhoods, Madison Park in particular.
In this effort, we’d like to encourage more community participation. Anyone is welcome to write articles for the site, as long as they are relevant to the area and of general interest to our readers.
We are also accepting letters to the editor. Got an issue you’d like to raise? Send us your thoughts. All civil points of view are acceptable.
Also, if you have a job opening in the area, we can post the opportunity along with our regular news items.
Links for submitting news and events are on the website at madisonvalley.org, or you can email the editor directly. You can also subscribe to an email digest of our news items — go to the website and click on “Email” near the top of the news column.
We want our website to be your destination to find out what’s happening in and around Madison Valley. Contact the editor with questions or suggestions: [email protected].
With the passage of Proposition 1, the City of Seattle now has a funding mechanism that is expected to raise $45 million per year to help address overcrowding and reliability issues with Metro service, and to add frequency to meet demand for more transit. Based on Metro’s Service Guidelines and the Seattle Transit Master Plan, funding is being used to improve the reliability of service, add trips to ease overcrowding and improve service frequency on many Metro routes.
The direct link that has the link to service added or revised by route: http://metro.kingcounty.gov/up/sc/rideralert/2015/sept/route-revisions.html#metro
Here are some of the changes for routes 2, 8, 11, 12, 43 and 48. Your may wish to compare these to the proposed changes that occur in March 2016 which are currently being debated by the King County Council. In the case of the 8, 11 and 43 they are to totally different with the elimination of the 43 and the move to East Madison to 19th Ave East for the 8 and 11.
Route 2 service frequency will improve from 30 minutes to 15 minutes with the addition of ten northbound trips to downtown Seattle and eight southbound trips to Madrona each evening, and nine northbound and ten southbound trips on Saturday.
On Sunday, early morning and late evening service frequency will also improve from 60 minutes to 30 minutes with the addition of five northbound and seven southbound trips.
Most of the new Route 2 trips on weekday evenings and Sunday will be connected to Route 13.
On Saturday, 15 minute service will be extended with the addition of three northbound trips to the Seattle Center and two southbound trips to Rainier Beach.
On Sunday, one early morning and one late evening northbound trip will be added in order to maintain a 30 minute service frequency for most of the day.
On weekdays, midday Route 11 service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes with the addition of 11 westbound trips to downtown Seattle and 11 eastbound trips to Madison Park. Also, 15 minute service frequency will be extended to about 8 p.m. with the addition of three westbound and three eastbound early evening trips. Late night service frequency will improve from 60 minutes to 30 minutes with the addition of two westbound and two eastbound trips.
On Saturday, midday and early evening service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes with the addition of 22 westbound and 22 eastbound trips. Late night service frequency will improve to every 30 minutes with the addition of three westbound and three eastbound trips.
On Sunday, early morning and late night service frequency will improve with the addition of eight westbound and eight eastbound trips.
On weekdays, evening service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes with the addition of 11 westbound trips to downtown Seattle and 11 eastbound trips to Interlaken Park.
On Saturday, evening service frequency will also improve to every 15 minutes with the addition of 10 westbound and 11 eastbound trips.
On Sunday, service frequency will improve to every 30 minutes with the addition of four westbound and four eastbound trips.
Service will be extended until midnight on all days.
On Saturday mornings, service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes with the addition of three southbound trips to downtown Seattle and three northbound trips to the U-District.
On weekday and Saturday evenings until about 10 p.m., and on Sunday from the start of service until about 10 p.m., Route 43 will not be connected to Route 44.
On Saturday evenings, service frequency will improve to every 15 minutes with the addition of five southbound trips to Mount Baker and five northbound trips to Loyal Heights.
During the day on Sunday, service frequency will also improve to every 15 minutes.
Many families are wondering what to do with their children while the public schools are on strike. Here's a list of available Childcare Options and Strike Camps.
Community Centers: Garfield and Miller Community Centers have child care you can sign up for all next week. You have to register a spot and you have to register for each day separately.
To do so: follow this link and on the left hand menu use the "advanced search" and enter "strike" as a keyword search. You should see *Special Event - Teacher Strike/Walk Out" listed as an option. You can narrow the availability using the drop down in upper right-hand side to the community center you want.
Arts Aloft in Madrona will offer one day camps from 9-1 focused on impressionism. $65 a day, www.artsaloftforkids.com , email [email protected] or call 206.920.2015
University YMCA has said they’ll be offering some kind of strike camp, most likely at their Magnuson Park camp/before & after care location.
Seattle’s Littlest Performers will offer theatre camps on Sept 9-11 from 9-4, with extra care available from 4-6pm. Email for information or to pre-register.
Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School is offering day camps from 9-4 for $85 per day this week for Grades 1-5.
Sylvan of Seattle (NorthGate center only) is offering day camps for $80/day. Children will work on academic programs (reading, math, writing), as well as fun STEM activities (Lego Robots). Limited spots available.
Creative Coding 4 Kids Is offering all-day (9-5) camps starting Thursday for kids 8-12 at the Mountaineers Building in Magnuson Park. All (0r no) experience levels are welcomes. There will be plenty of breaks and outside time. Special Discounted Price: $99
TGA has some half-day tennis and golf camps available.
Wedgwood Drama is offering full-day (9-4) camps for K-3rd Graders. The’ll play theater games, build original characters, explore movement, dramatic storytelling and learn what it takes to create theater together! There will also be time for art, singing and the playground!
Little Explorers School will have outdoor day camps (8:30-5:30) starting Thursday.
Pacific Science Center has camps ($75/day) with exhibit access and planetarium or laser shows (8:15-4).
Are you the type of person that seems to get ill just thinking about cold and flu season? Do you get frequent infections throughout the fall and winter? Once you’re sick, do you have trouble regaining health? Here are some ideas to keep those seasonal illnesses at bay.
First off, not all illness is “bad.” I tend to look at it as exercise for our immune systems—if we’re never challenged, our immune cells don’t have the opportunity to build up and create memory immune cells for quicker response against future illness of the same kind.
Here are a few things to consider when trying to stay healthy this season.
High levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) tend to suppress or lower our immune response to invading pathogens. So make time to decompress and reduce your stress level. If you find you’re responding to stressors in a less than positive way, work on mentally reframing the experiences—it’s not about the stressors, it’s about how we react to them. Whether you do yoga, cook, dance, listen to music (or make your own), take bubble baths, or embrace your inner child and color in coloring books, do it and do it often!
For additional support, drink some stress relief tea throughout the day and/or take adrenal support supplements. Also be sure to get adequate sleep, since increased stress and lowered immunity are among the many effects of sleep deprivation!
Exercise helps with lymph flow and the circulation of white blood cells, thereby increasing the detection of illness and helping to combat the illness more quickly. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, 5 days per week, to get a decent fitness dose. Of course, check with your medical provider before beginning a new exercise regimen.
Eat with intention
Eating for immunity ideally includes a lot of anti-microbial herbs such as garlic, ginger, and parsley. You should also include immune-modulating mushrooms, particularly shiitake. Combining these mushrooms and herbs in a mineral-rich broth is one of my favorite seasonal meals.
Tried and true immune support products
This is by no means an exhaustive list. As always, consult a supplement-literate physician before adding them to your regimen, in order to avoid any potential medicine interactions and to make sure they’re right for you.
Regular use of a neti pot/saline rinse can decrease adherence of pathogens to our nasal passages, which is a common entry point of microbes. Although it can take some getting used to (and the willpower to do it), it is well worth the benefits!
Elderberry syrup or extract is one of my favorite, tasty ways to help prevent and shorten the duration of cold and flu viruses. Not only is it antiviral, but the proanthocyanidins in the elderberries make it a potent antioxidant. Children love it too! (Check out Gaia Herbs’ recipe for Black Elderberry Punch at the end of this article for an easy way to use it.)
Astragalus is an adaptogenic herb that helps keep you protected by enhancing immune function, and helps you deal with stress. That makes it a great preventive herb to take on a daily basis to build up your immune system and help you cope through the holiday season.
In the first 48 hours of feeling ill, consider frequent dosing with echinacea root. Beyond the initial phase of illness, the root may have little or likely no impact, but when used correctly can be quite helpful. The aerial parts of echinacea however, can be taken throughout the season to strengthen the immune system.
Andrographis is an excellent immune-stimulating herb to take in the beginning stages of illness. It works to decrease the symptoms of the acute cold or flu quickly, particularly helping to provide relief from sore throat or fever.
There is an undeniable connection between the gut and the immune system. An incredible 80 percent of our immune system is located in our digestive systems. Probiotics should be taken daily throughout the year to support beneficial flora in the GI tract.
Vitamin C is a classic immune-boosting standby, and can be dosed in high amounts, up to bowel tolerance, as more is required during acute infections. Lower amounts can be used daily to ward off illness.
Zinc lozenges, when used within the first 24 hours of illness, can help to shorten the duration and decrease the symptoms of the common cold. Zinc given at appropriate dosages over time can help prevent infections.
Medicinal mushrooms contain polysaccharides and beneficial compounds that work to modulate or enhance immune function. Taking a mushroom extract or capsule supplement on a daily basis can be very beneficial in helping the immune system to function properly.
Black Elderberry Punch
48 oz Lemon-Ginger-Echinacea Juice
20 oz Berry or Lime Flavor Natural Sparkling Water
3 tablespoons Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Syrup*
4 cups ice cubes
1. Add ice cubes to large pitcher (about 1/3 full)
2. Add Juice
3. Add Elderberry Syrup
4. Add Sparkling Water at the end
5. Mix lightly with wooden spoon
Stay healthy this season and don’t forget to frequently wash your hands! Visit Pharmaca in Madison Park or online at pharmaca.com for more information and product suggestions.
Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last three weeks, along with Seattle citywide actions of interest.
203 24th Ave E
Land Use Application to allow a four-story structure containing 38 small efficiency dwelling units. Zone: Lowrise-3, arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay Comments may be submitted through: 9/16/2015
The Select Committee will work with the Mayor and members of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee to increase housing affordability in the City. The Select Committee will be informed by recommendations presented in July 2015 by the HALA Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Roadmap to an Affordable and Livable City.
*Share your feedback and priorities on the HALA recommendations. The HALA Commitee has spoken. Now the Council wants to hear your thoughts on affordable housing.
The Seattle City Council is considering a proposed ordinance that would add a new would establish a framework for an Affordable Housing Impact Mitigation Program to partially mitigate the impacts of commercial development on the need for affordable housing.
City Council Public Hearing on Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendments for 2015-2016
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability (PLUS) Committee will hold a public hearing on proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments for 2015 amendment cycle. The public hearing will be during the PLUS Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 2:00 in the Seattle City Council Chamber, 2nd floor, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue.
The recent building boom is a reminder that Seattle is an attractive and growing place. Continued growth will present challenges about how the City can ensure that everyone in the city will have a chance to prosper. This Plan provides long-term guidance that will help the City make decisions about managing growth over the next 20 years and providing services to make the growth for all of the city. Since the Plan was first adopted in 1994, it has embraced the concept of sustainable growth, meaning that the City would accommodate additional people and businesses, while also aiming to maintain and enhance resources for future generations. Join the conversation, comment period is extended to November 20.