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New Life Being Breathed into Oak Tree Market

Following the remodel that occurred at the next door Oak Tree Cinema a few years back, HT Market is now also being remodeled. Once the remodel is complete, around 1/4 of the market will be dedicated to Real Plaza Latina, which will provide Latin groceries, baked goods, and a deli.

Changes Coming

A Mediterranean section is also being added to HT, helping transform it into a truly international market.

Mediterranean Section

Finally, Fun DJ appears to have closed, and is set to be replaced by a new dumpling restaurant:

Fun DJ Dumplings

All of this, while Pilgrim Coffeehouse continues expanding its presence in the plaza, now open 5 days a week:

Fun DJ

With one of Seattle's most comfortable theaters, a truly international market, phenomenal inexpensive teriyaki, and a local coffee roaster: Oak Tree is becoming not only a great community resource but a place worth the stop.

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Happy New Year: January Community Happenings

Hope you had a great holiday season and a happy New Year! Let’s start 2019 off right with a summary of some of the great events happening in our neighborhood this month.

UPDATE: The Mineral Springs park meeting was moved from January 8th to January 15th.

LoveLicton Sponsored Events:

  • Monday, January 21st, @ 9AM-12PM, Trees for Seattle MLK Day of Service: Licton Springs Work Party, N 85th St & Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
    Join us to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by getting outside! Volunteers will remove aggressive, invasive blackberry that threatens beautiful neighborhood trees, and reclaim a neighborhood green space that needs some love. This is a great opportunity to make your mark on your neighborhood landscape while connecting with friends and neighbors.

Social & Networking Events:

  • Sunday, January 6th, @ 4:30-6PM, Strathmore Paper Demo, Seattle Artist League, 10219 Aurora Ave N.
    Jamee Linton-Kelly, Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Papers™, will present “The Essentials of Paper”, a 90-minute hands-on presentation on Strathmore Drawing and Watercolor Papers. The presentation will focus on how understanding a paper’s fiber, weight, texture, surface, grade and permanency affect an artist’s choice and usage of fine art paper. Attendees participate in hands-on exercises, using a selection of papers and drawing materials. The goal of the presentation is to provide information to help artists select the right papers for their medium and techniques.
  • Monday, January 14, @ 6-8:30PM, Continuous Integration, Delivery, and Deployment: Automation for Fun and Profit, North Seattle College, 9600 College Way North, Room CC1161.
    We'll be talking about the basics in automation for software development and deployment, with a focus on web services and applications, related version control and cloud computing technologies.

Community Engagement Events:

  • Wednesday, January 2nd, @ 7PM-8:30PM, SPD North Precinct Advisory Council, Cascadia Elementary School’s library, 1700 N 90th St.
    Questions and informal networking with law enforcement and community members follows the agenda for about 15 minutes. NPAC meetings are open to the public and people concerned about public safety are encouraged to attend.
  • Thursday, January 10th @ 7PM, ALUV Monthly Meeting, Epic Life Church 10510 Stone Ave N
    ALUV stands for Aurora Licton Urban Village and seeks to build a pedestrian-safe, visually vibrant, economically sound, livable, and welcoming urban village using sustainable-growth principles.
  • Saturday, January 12th @ 10AM, Friends of Licton Springs Park Clean Up, Licton Springs Park
    Join FRIENDS OF LICTON SPRINGS for our monthly work party.
  • Tuesday, January 15th, @ 6PM-7PM, January Mineral Springs Park Community Meeting, Meridian Center for Health Discuss Mineral Springs Park events, work parties, and community engagement.
  • Wednesday, January 16th @ 6:30PM, Licton Springs Community Council Monthly Meeting, Meridian Center for Health
    Licton Springs Community Council Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at Meridian Center for Health (10521 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133).
  • Thursday, January 17th @ 6-7:30PM, Nesbit Community Share Back Meeting, Cascadia Elementary (1700 N 90th St, Seattle, WA 98103)
    Join SNG and neighbors at our Community Share Back Meeting to Learn about SNG's community work on Nesbit Ave N and other Seattle neighborhoods.
  • Thursday January 24th @ 6:30PM, Home Zone Update Meeting, Meridian Center for Health (10521 Meridian Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133).

To stay up to date on other activities coming up, check out LoveLicton's calendar.
Hope to see you at an upcoming event! Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below or at [email protected]

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Happy New Year! 2018 Year in Review

Hi neighbors, happy New Year! We wanted to take some time to review some of the major events and changes that occurred over the last year, as we celebrate the beginning of 2019.

Here are some of our highlights from last year in Licton Springs:

LoveLicton.com Launches

LoveLicton gets off the ground with its first article showing Licton Springs Park in spring.

Read more Mar 12

I5 Pedestrian Bridge Goes Forward

After fears about the state of the project, the commitment to build a pedestrian bridge from Licton Springs directly to light rail and the mall is reaffirmed.

Read more Mar 14

Tiny House Permit Renewed

The Licton Springs Tiny House Village gets its permit renewed for an additional year.

Read more Apr 6

El Patio replaces Tropicos Breeze

Fear that we lost our favorite Latin restaurant was quelched when it's revealed the restaurant is only changing ownership within the same family.

Read more Apr 19

School Street Safety Improvements

Street safety improvements along 92nd and 90th, around the new schools, begin preparation.

Read more May 14

Aurora Starts Getting Cleaned-up

A pawn shop on Aurora Ave. N. that has been encouraging neighborhood theft gets shut down. Meanwhile, weekly street & sidewalk cleaning begin.

Read more May 30

Urban Forest Work Begins

Neighbors and Trees for Seattle come together to begin building a thriving urban forest in Licton Springs.

Read more Jun 1

Disc Golf Lessons Start

LoveLicton works with the local Disc Golf community to begin free monthly beginner disc golf lessons.

Read more Jun 10

LSCC Gets New Website

LoveLicton and the Licton Springs Community Council partner to create a new website for LSCC.

Read more Jun 30

Original Real Estate Gold Rush

Documents revealing Licton Spring's role in Seattle's original real estate goldrush are discovered.

Read more Jul 3

Teriyaki Taste Test!

LoveLicton highlights several local restaurants as it performs the first ever Licton Springs Teriyaki Taste Test

Read more Jul 7

Mineral Springs Park Community

A strong community starts building around Mineral Springs Park, with a community bbq and monthly cleanup events.

Read more Jul 21

Greenway Construction Begins

Construction of the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway project down 100th Ave N begins.

Read more Jul 22

Licton Springs the Most Competitive Neighborhood?

Redfin comes out with an index to score competitiveness when buying a home in a neighborhood, and Licton Springs comes out on top across the entire country.

Read more Jul 24

Transit Frequency Increased

Transit frequency for 2 of Licton Springs most popular bus routes (the E-line and 41) get increased.

Read more Jul 25

Licton Springs chosen for Home Zone Pilot

Licton Springs was chosen by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways for North Seattle's pioneering Home Zone Pilot.

Read more Aug 12

Outdoor Movie Night and Dog Pawty

LoveLicton works with Seattle Parks to hold the first ever outdoor movie night in Mineral Springs Park

Read more Sep 14

Oak Tree Starbucks Closes

It's a sad day for Coffee lovers in Licton Springs as the urban village's only coffee shop shuts its doors. Starbucks decided to close the location, one of its original 10 locations, after 31 years in business.

Read more Sep 16

Non-pedestrian Business Moratorium Extended

The City Council unanimously passes an extension of the moratorium on non-pedestrian friendly business within the Aurora Licton Urban Village.

Read more Sep 24

Tiny House Village Closure

The Licton Springs Tiny House Village announces its plans to close permanently early in 2019.

Read more Sep 26

Aurora Bridge Art Project

The Aurora Bridge Pedestrian Art project, which ALUV spearheaded, begins construction.

Read more Oct 16

Pilgrim Coffee comes to Oak Tree

Pilgrim Coffee begins serving coffee at Oak Tree Plaza, filling the void left from Starbucks closing

Read more Nov 5

LoveLicton wins Denny Award

LoveLicton wins Denny Award for its role in bringing the community together.

Read more Nov 15

Daffodils planted by Aurora Bridge

Neighbors come together and plant daffodils at site of ALUV's Aurora Bridge Art Project.

Read more Nov 17

Community Board Games

LoveLicton partners with Meridian Center for Health to host a community board game and coffee event.

Read more Nov 24

OpenSource meetup launched

LoveLicton launches local OpenSource hackathon meetup in partnership with NorthSeattle College and DomainTools LLC.

Read more Nov 28

Home Zone Pilot Begins

Licton Springs Home Zone Pilot begins making progress with first wayfinding sign put in place.

Read more Nov 28

Holidays in Licton Spring

Holiday events in Mineral Springs Park and Licton Springs Park bring the community together.

Read more Dec 15

Pilgrim Coffeehouse Expands Schedule

Pilgrim Coffeehouse ends 2018 and starts 2019 with an expanded 5 day (Monday-Friday) schedule.

Read more Dec 30

We look forward to an even more amazing 2019!

Happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays!

Hi Neighbors!

We wanted to share with you some of the holiday cheer we saw on display around Licton Springs.

Many houses in the neighborhood have impressive light displays:

House 1 House 2 House 3 House 4 House 5

Businesses along North Aurora (Nora) are also lit up nicely this year as icicles line the business fronts:

Icicle lights line business fronts All along Nora the lights can be seen Oak Tree Plaza has lights lining the roofs of businesses

In nearby Greenwood, the tradition of placing playful monkeys in business windows for zoo lights continues:

Monkeys 1 Monkeys 2 Monkeys 3

Over in Olympic Manor, it appears more houses are decorated than are not:

Olympic Manor House 1 Olympic Manor House 2 Olympic Manor House 3 Olympic Manor House 4 Olympic Manor House 5

Finally, in Maple Leaf we enjoyed seeing this light display in-sync with music:

Maple Leaf Lights

If you want to go see some holiday lights for yourself this season, here are some of our favorite public installations nearby:

Did we miss anything? What is your favorite house or public light installation? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Events Brighten Licton Springs

Thank you to everyone that came out Saturday and helped make Licton Spring's holiday a little brighter! Whether you helped put lights up at Licton Springs park or made crafts and enjoyed music with us at Mineral Springs Park, you are part of what makes this neighborhood such a great place to call home. Here are some of our favorite memories from this year's holiday events:

Stringing Lights

Neighbors get up early to string lights up at Licton Springs Park

Event Attendees

Neighbors and friends gather at Mineral Springs park to enjoy hot cocoa, Jones Soda, and snacks while working on crafts and enjoying local musicians

Seattle Sugarplum Elves put on a great performance, drawing in the crowd.

Randy from the Parks Department, who has done so much to enable Mineral Springs Park improvements, gets pulled into the Seattle Sugar Plum Elves' performance.

Hugh Sutton

Musician Hugh Sutton plays a variety of songs that engage the kids, including Star Wars tracks!

Jones Soda

Beyond hot cocoa and cookies, attendees enjoyed a wide variety of soda donated by Jones Soda.

Raffle

Raffle tickets are handed out to everyone that donated clothing or canned goods for Aurora Commons.

Cards

Kids put together custom holiday cards at the craft table.

Dog 1 Dog 2 Dog 3

Neighborhood dogs said hello during the festivities.

Tree fell

All of this the day after a large tree fell down in the park due to a wind storm!

Lights 1 Lights 2 Lights 3 Lights 4

Finally, we ended the night with a beautifully lit Licton Springs Park.

Hope you have a great holiday season!

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