Upcoming Events

Eastlake Summer Cruise — Thurs., July 12 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (boarding begins at 5:30 p.m.), 1611 Fairview Ave. E. on the historic ferry Islander. Tickets $20 at BrownPaperTickets.com, or click here; also available in person at their office, 220 Nickerson Street. Only $20 and includes dinner, salad, and dessert (no host bar); vegetarian/vegan alternatives available. Optional to bring donated items for the University District Food Bank. Questions about the cruise are welcome at info@eastlakeseattle.org or 206-322-5463. Sponsored by ECC.

Eastlake free outdoor movie, Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights”– Sat., July 14 In Rogers Playground. Fun and picnics begin at 7:30 p.m., movie at 8:35. City Lights (1931) is considered one of the greatest movies ever made; for more about it, click here, here, here, and here. It was written, directed, and acted in by Charlie Chaplin, who also co-wrote the musical score and the sound effects (there is no audible dialogue). Chaplin is comic, tragic, and acrobatic as his world-renowned Little Tramp character. City Lights is the unforgettable story of love and hope between these two lost souls amidst a heartless and unequal city. The novelist and film critic James Agee called the last scene (happy or sad ending? you decide) “the greatest piece of acting and the highest moment in movies.”

For parents: City Lights has the pluses and minuses of any movie made nearly a century ago. No sex, nudity, or profanity. Occasional cigar smoking. The multi-millionaire is drunk most of the time, sometimes for comic effect. Violence is rare, mild, and always purely comic. Twice the Tramp prevents the multi-millionaire from taking his own life. Regarding appropriateness for children, the British Board of Film Classification rates City Lights as “Universal – Suitable for all (four years or over).” This outdoor movie occurs just once a year and is sponsored by ECC and co-sponsored by G&H Printing, Live Oak Audio Visual, Merrill Gardens, Northwest Administrators, Seattle Models Guild, and Washington State Employees Credit Union.

Coalition to Strengthen Seattle’s Tree Ordinance — Sat., July 21 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Seattle Public Library – Queen Anne Branch,
400 W Garfield, Seattle. E-mails or calls to the Mayor and City Councilmembers are urgently needed about this important issue. For background (including addresses of the Mayor and City Council), see the web page on trees in the column at right; and http://treepac.org.

Seattle Night Out — Tues., Aug. 7 Free of the normal permits and insurance requirements, have a street party (or have it in someone’s yard or driveway) to help neighbors meet each other, and toward starting a block watch and emergency preparedness team. As time allows, police and fire officers drop by. To register: http://seattle.gov/police/nightout or on Facebook. For questions or advice, contact ECC at info@eastlakeseattle.org.

Floating Homes Tour — Sun., Sept. 9 Noon to 5 p.m. Tickets (which always sell out) will go on sale sometime in July. For information,click here.

Opportunities for civic action regarding the proposed upzone of Eastlake and other neighborhoods. The Seattle City Council is considering a Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance to upzone every residential and commercial lot in Eastlake, and many others throughout the city by (1) changing most lots to higher intensity zones; and (2) increasing the potential height that can be built in all zones. Every lot would have a height increase–some by one story, some by two, and some by three stories. The result would be a huge change from the Eastlake that we know and love.
Written comments to the Mayor and City Council are urgently needed. About the hearings, about the advisability of getting there early, contacts for written comment, and background on the upzoning issue, see the HALA web page in column at right.

There you will also find info about another way to participate: On Nov. 27 SCALE (Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity), a coalition of 26 non-profit organizations including the Eastlake Community Council, filed an administrative appeal to the Seattle Hearing Examiner, challenging the City’s analysis of the MHA ordinance’s impacts on Eastlake and other neighborhoods. To support this effort, your donations of any size are urgently needed. Please make checks made out to Eastlake Community Council, specifying in the memo line “MHA-EIS appeal”; mail or drop off to: ECC, c/o Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa St. #1, Seattle 98102-3278. If you donate on-line at http://www.seattlefairgrowth.org/feisdonate, please specify that the donation is on behalf of the Eastlake Community Council.

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