Friday, March 16, 2018

Trespasser In Yards Of Homes Near Children's Hospital

The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:

 I would like to share a general note to be vigilant. 
We live on NE 45th Street near Children's Hospital and on the night of March 13, people trespassed through at least 3 yards, with some outdoor property in fully fenced, partially locked yards stolen and other items obviously moved - as in, the trespasser wanted to let us know they had been there. 
One vacant home was also broken into. I do not have any details about the break-in. 
Police reports were filed

A police report shows that on the March 14 at 1:14pm in the 4000 block of NE 45th Street there was a burglary.  

All About The Star Magnolia

Each month the UW Botanic Gardens' Newsletter, E-Flora, posts in detail about a specific plant, among many other interesting posts about events and general information.

This month's feature is about the Star Magnolia:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Register Now For Community Center Spring Adult Classes

Registration is underway for various adult classes (ages 18 and older unless otherwise noted) at the Laurelhurst Community Center starting next month. 

Register online, in-person at the Community Center Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529.

Here is the list of classes:

This class focuses on key hand building techniques including pinch, coil, and slab construction, plus surface decoration, glazing, and firing. The instructor will provide individual guidance for all levels of experience with special attention to newcomers. Experienced potter may pursue independent projects. One bag of clay and Open Studio time is included with class fee. Open studio is Mondays before evening class between 4-6 p.m. No class 4/9 and 5/28.
Instructor: Liang-Yin Chen
#177475  4/2-6/4 Mon 9-11:30 a.m. $200

Several clay projects will be introduced using both hand building and throwing on the wheel techniques. Practice your skills making clay objects while learning how to make tiles,
cups, bowls, and more in a fun and informative setting. One bag of clay and Open Studio time is included with class fee. Open studio is Mondays before evening class between 4-6 p.m.  No class 4/9 and 5/28.
Instructor: Liang-Yin Chen
#177476  4/2-6/2 Mon 6-8:30 p.m. $200
#177546  7/9-8/13 Mon 6-8:30 p.m. $180

KUNDALINI YOGA (Ages 16 and Older)
Considered to be the most comprehensive of all the yogas, Kundalini Yoga incorporates the use of breath, movement, meditation, and deep relaxation. It is a practical tool for everyday
people. It’s powerful, efficient, and effective. Kundalini Yoga is an ancient, time proven technology for human transformation, helping people live their lives with greater meaning and joy. No class 5/28.
Instructor: Kathryn Scarberry
#177523  4/2-4/30 Mon 6:30-8 p.m. $50
#177525  5/7-6/11 Mon 6:30-8 p.m. $50

The class includes upper and lower body exercises and balance techniques.
Instructor: Laura Martin
#177536  4/3-6/19 Tue 9:30-10:30 a.m. $180
#177553  6/26-8/28 Tue 9:30-10:30 a.m. $150

This course features light weights and isometrics and is easy on the joints. Each class consists of exercises done at the barre and on the floor and incorporates Pilates, yoga, weights, stretching, and intense muscle work to fatigue. All levels welcome.
Instructor: Laura Martin
#177490  4/3-6/19 Tue 10:30-11:30 a.m. $180
#177488  4/5-6/21 Thu 9:30-10:30 a.m. $180
#177547  6/26-8/28 Tue 10:30-11:30 a.m. $150
#177548  6/28-8/30 Thu 9:30-10:30 a.m. $150

This class is a slower pace with beginning level Pilates and Yoga; some light weights will be used at the end for upper body conditioning. Great class for all levels.
Instructor: Laura Martin
#177515  4/5-6/21 Thu 10:30-11:30 a.m. $180
#177549  6/28-8/30 Thu 10:30-11:30 a.m. $150

This course will include weight, core, cardiovascular training, and stretching for small group, providing lots of personal attention. All levels welcome. No class 1/15 and 2/19.
Instructor: Laura Martin
#177538  4/2-6/18 Mon 9:30-10:15 a.m. $240
#177539  4/6-6/22 Fri 9:30-10:15 a.m. $220
#177556  6/25-8/27 Mon 9:30-10:15 a.m. $200

Mahjong originated in China. It was discovered by the West around 1920 and immediately became popular in America.  It bears a great resemblance in play to certain card games,
namely those of the Rummy family and is fun to play. Rules are based on newly published guidelines from The National Mahjong League. This class will introduce beginners to the
basic rules and regulations of the game. Class size is limited to 4 participants so register early. *The final intermediate section will have one class held on Thursday 6/14 from 10:30 – 12 noon.
Instructor: Yuri Nishiyama
#177484  4/3-4/13 Tue 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Fri 9:30-11 a.m. $25
#177485  5/1-5/11 Tue 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Fri 9:30-11 a.m. $25
#177486  5/29-6/8 Tue 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Fri 9:30-11 a.m. $25
#177479  4/17-4/24 Tue 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Fri 9:30-11 a.m. $25
#177481  5/15-5/22 Tue 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Fri 9:30-11 a.m. $25
#177482  6/12-6/19 Tue 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Fri 9:30-11 a.m. $25

BOOK CLUB ((Ages 50 and Older)
Book Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month. Books provided by Seattle Public Library and are available for pick up the Community Center.
4/18, 5/16, and 6/20 Wed 1-2 p.m.P-
Rules of play are based on newly published guidelines from The National Mahjong League. The space in center may shift according to changes in programing between quarters. Closed on 5/28.
Mon Noon-3 p.m.
Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nearby Miller Library Legacy Of The Late Lyn Sauter

A neighbor shared this information:

Glimpse into the past – the Miller Library Legacy of Lyn Sauter

Lyn Sauter
Lyn Sauter

The Northwest lost a pioneer in horticulture, native plants, and libraries on December 14, 2017, when Lyn Sauter passed. Born in Snoqualmie Falls, WA, she first earned a degree in Chemistry at Seattle University. She then met her husband, Hansjoerg Sauter, a German medical resident. They married and had four children. She then returned to the University of Washington where she earned a graduate degree in Library Science, a field she pursued for the rest of her life. She worked at the UW Pacific Northwest Bibliographic Center in her early career. She also ran her own business, offering services to set up libraries for small businesses, including engineering, environmental, and banking firms. 
In the 1970s, Lyn was recruited by Washington Park Arboretum Director Brian Mulligan and Curator Joe Witt, to find and catalog all their books. For months she searched, finding books in dusty boxes, drawers, and even in the machinery sheds. After the Arboretum Club House fire, she helped move the arboretum books to UW’s Suzzalo Library for safety reasons. Starting as a volunteer, she was eventually paid for her work. She consulted on the design and opening of the original Miller Library and was instrumental in advising the librarians and Betty Miller about how it could be both a public and research library.
Lyn Sauter and Betty Miller, Ground Breaking for Merrill Hall, 1983. UW archives.
Lyn Sauter and Betty Miller, Ground Breaking for Merrill Hall, 1983. UW archives.

Since many of the book s in the original collections were rare, Lyn lobbied for a safety storage vault (room). One was built into the first Miller Library building, and it preserved the rare books during the Merrill Hall fire in 2001. Obviously, a good idea that was incorporated into the current library building, too. She was instrumental in the hire of the first Miller Librarians, Valerie Easton and Laura Lipton.
Original Entrance to first Miller Library in Merrill Hall, December 1987.
Original Entrance to first Miller Library in Merrill Hall, December 1987.

Lyn expanded her skills to include navigating the budding internet and then worked for Group Health and Swedish Medical Center. This interest drove her earlier efforts to lobby for computers for the Miller Library, which with today’s internet ties it instantly to the public as well as other institutions around the world. It was not an easy “sell” in the mid-1980s, since the University was reluctant to authorize computers so far off the main campus. 

She always had an interest in plants, as stated in her oral history, now a part of the Miller Library archives: “When we were first married, we would hike. My husband walked faster than I did, and he would want to know the names of the plants. I could tell him most of the names of the native plants. I saw an ad for the Hitchcock course and I had the brilliant idea, that if we were to take these native plant identification courses, we would have to stop and indentify the plant and it would slow him down.” Through this venture, the Sauters became friends of Art and Maureen Kruckeberg and hiked extensively with them. They were long-time members of the Rock Garden and Native Plant Societies and their personal garden was a showcase of native and exotic plants. 
Lyn Sauter was a classic, one-of-a kind lady, and she always won. She left her legacy in the Northwest in many ways. Stop by the Miller Library and listen to her Oral History tape or listen online. She was a woman before her time.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

1918 UW Canoe House Nominated As City Landmark


Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board recently voted to nominate as a city landmark the University of Washington Canoe House (of Boys in the Boat fame).  

The Canoe House, currently used for boat storage, was originally constructed as a Naval Training Camp hangar. Tours are available of the canoe house.

The UW would like to rehab the building saying on their website:
In partnership with students, UW Recreation is studying the feasibility of restoring the ASUW Shell House.  
The goal is to retain the building’s rustic and historic nature, honoring the significance of this structure, its place on the National Register of Historic Places, and the role it has served for our student community for the last 100 years.   
The Canoe House, built in 1918 as a hangar for the Naval Training Camp, is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As described by the UW, "...the ASUW Shell House (Canoe House) is a public asset with a rich history for University of Washington students and the Seattle community." Learn more about the building's history and future plans.
Comments? Ideas? A story to share? If you are interested in helping UW Recreation restore the ASUW Shell House to its original glory and make way for great things to come,  click here to share your thoughts or go here to make a donation. For more information on how you can make the ASUW Shell House project a reality, ontact Nicole Klein (; 206.221.8517).

Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board declined to nominate Mackenzie Hall, originally submitted by the UW. Mackenzie Hall  was built in 1960 and was designed by Decker, Christenson and Kitchin.  The building represents post-WWII development.  .

(Photo courtesy of Daily Journal of Commerce)