Bike Lane Added to Madrona Drive to 34th Avenue

East Denny WayIf you been driving around Madrona along 34th Avenue, East Denny, and/or Madrona Drive you have noticed the temporary markings for the new bicycle lanes.  Well, Seattle Department of Transportation have the new permanent markings for the lanes on the streets now.  It looks pretty good, but I would not want to open my driver’s side door if I was parked on the east-side of the street where 34th Avenue meet East Denny Way – it is tight and there is little visibility.  Nevertheless, bicycles will now have more room whether traveling from Madrona, Denny Blaine or Leschi when coming up the steep hill on Madrona Drive, along East Denny, and up the incline on 34th Avenue until they get to Pike Street and the Madrona Business District.

Epiphany Summer Concert Series Comes in July!

Molly SwensonEpiphany will be hosting a summer concert series, with performances by an array of different musical artists! The concerts will be held every Friday night in the month of July from 6:00-8:00pm, outside in the Courtyard of Epiphany Church. So bring your kids, friends and family, blankets or lawnchairs, drinks, and even a picnic! Everyone is welcome whether you have connection with Epiphany or not. If it rains, the event will be moved into the Great Hall. Listed below is a schedule of musical performances:

July 6th: Brass Band Northwest

July 13th: Sambatuque

July 20th: Anzanga Marimba Ensemble

July 27th: Genesee Ramblers: Old Time Barn Dance

For more information please call Epiphany Church at (206)324-2573.

Epiphany church is located in the Madrona / Denny Blaine area at 38th Ave, between E. Howell & E. Denny.

Construction on East Harrison Closes Street for Summer

Last week, Seattle Public Utilities began construction  of local sewers and storm water improvements and work will close a section of Harrison Street between 30th and 31st off for the next several months. Harrison which is the street that runs along the south side of Bush is favorite street for Denny Blaine residents to take home.  Given the extent of the construction that is needed, work is scheduled to be completed in October, and work hours are scheduled typically between 7:30am-6:00pm, Mon-Fri.  Traffic will be detoured off of E. Harrison St between 30th and 31st for the duration of the construction work. Pedestrian access will be permitted during construction, please be aware of the traffic congestion this may cause for the duration of the summer!

Construction will include a 35,000 gallon underground storm water storage tank and a new 18″ combined sewer pipeline on East Harrison Street between 30th and 31st Avenue East. This work will greatly reduce the potential for sewer backups and storm water flooding along 31st between E. John St and E. Republican St, an area experiencing heavy problems.

Rumor: Obama to Visit Madrona / Denny Blaine

Obama SeattleRumor is that President Barack Obama is attending a political fundraiser (reportedly raising $17,000 per person) this weekend in the Madrona / Denny Blaine area.  While I am not sure about the date, the Seattle Times reported earlier this month that Obama was to be in Seattle on May 10th.  Thus don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse or see evidence of the president in Madrona / Denny Blaine this weekend or in the coming weeks.

This will not be the first time Obama has visited Madrona / Denny Blaine.  Central District News had a blog, complete with pictures, about Obama’s visit to the our local Seattle neighborhoods in 2010.

Molly Moon’s Just Minutes Away from Denny Blaine

Molly MoonsMolly Moon’s opened this past Tuesday just up the hill from Denny Blaine in the Madrona Business District.  The initial plan is for the store to be open 7 days a week from noon to 11 PM daily.  I have previously written about Molly Moon’s opening their new micro-store in Madrona, but I saw them working on the storefront last week and took this photo.  In fact, Molly Moon, the owner, was there checking on the progress of the construction and is in the photo.

The new Molly Moon’s is a different concept.  They are NOT selling ice cream cones, but they do have their famous ice cream prepackage ready to eat and specialty treats which they do not offer anywhere else.  Take a trip up the hill from Denny Blaine and check out the new micro-store and enjoy an ice cream while you are there.