News Blog for Seattle's University District Neighborhood


Discover Dinosaurs, a 2000-year-old sandal and the First Coffee Mug in Your Own Backyard!

July 17th, 2014 by master

Of course, when I say Backyard, I mean our collective backyard here in the University District!

Photo credit: Richard Brown Photography Object ID: Cat. No 1-2177 Gift of Lucille Christ

Have you ever wondered what actually goes on behind the scenes at a place like our own Burke Museum? Filled with over 15 millions things amassed over the past 129 years, there are some surprising stories to tell about those amazing objects!

Imagine That: Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects reveals a new side to the Burke by uncovering some of the most fascinating, intriguing and rare objects in its collection.

Visitors will be able to view objects from all of the museum’s collections—on display together for the first time. They will learn about how researchers from Washington state and around the world have been using Burke collections to answer pressing questions for the past 129 years—and the exciting possibilities collections can unlock in the future.

So if you have been wondering why museums have all these things –where do they come from — and what are they used for?  Visit the Burke Museum between April 12  and October 26. This Remarkable exhibit will reveal some surprising stories to many complex questions.

Highlights include:

Volcanic ash in a Chianti bottle
A 2,000-year-old sandal that’s still in style
Fossils that can predict the future
Seattle’s first coffee mug

The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit The Burke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

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June is Adopt-a-Cat Month: With Fee’s Waived, it’s a Purr-fect time to Adopt!

June 5th, 2014 by master

photo credit: PAWS Cat City


PAWS* (The Progressive Animal Welfare Society) joins the American Humane Association to inspire Washingtonians to consider cats as an ideal companion.

PAWS has announced that they are offering a unique special on cat adoptions in June; Adoption fees will be WAIVED for every cat over the age of three every Thursday in June.

We adopted a cat at Cat City back in December and it has been such a fun journey watching her settle into our family. Cats have such unique qualities to offer us as well as they keep themselves engaged working themselves up about squirrels, crows, and unfortunate bugs that end up buzzing around the window sills. Furthermore, cats are great insurance against any rodent problems in your basement! Stop into to Cat City and you won’t  be able to help but fall head-over-heels in love with a bundle of cuddly cuteness!

“Our adult cats offer so much love and companionship to cat lovers looking to either start their fur-families or expand them.” said Kay Joubert, Director of Companion Animal Services at PAWS. “Cats are the most popular pet in Seattle, which is why we opened Cat City in Seattle to complement our companion animal operations in Lynnwood.” Joubert said this special adoption program in June would help adult cats find their “forever homes.”

The University District has it’s own adoption location at Cat City (5200 Roosevelt Way NE).  There is also The Companion Animal Service shelter in Lynnwood at 15305 44th Avenue West. Hours and more information can be found online at

*PAWS is a champion for animals–rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating people to make a better world for animals and people.

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Hey U-dist! Let’s Clean Up Our Act!

March 17th, 2014 by master

SPRING!!! It’s that time of year again,

thank goodness!!

Even though this winter has been very mild in comparison to other places around the country, some of us still giggle in glee for the coming springtime. It’s time to dust off the layer of darkness and open windows and doors and feel that loving sun on our faces.

Our community spaces are also ready for some attention. For the months of April and May, The Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will provide groups with assistance, plastic bags and free disposal. Just think about how nice it will be to walk through our neighborhoods and not have to avert our eyes to garbage and debris on the sidewalks, streets, planting strips etc.

SPU is ready to help you get involved. Their website lists some ways to get you and your neighbors all set up to clean up your hood:

  • Organize a team : Team up with other businesses, neighbors, a nearby school, community groups, family and friends.
  • Choose your project: Project ideas include: picking up litter, planting flowers, painting out graffiti, creating a mural or any other project which will beautify the public spaces in your neighborhood. The Rainier Chamber of Commerce, Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, Lake City Chamber of Commerce and the University District all run model Spring Clean programs.
  • Register: Send for a registration packet, which contains information on how to get free plastic bags and passes to a Recycling and Disposal Station. In addition, the City can work to get other individuals in your area matched to your team.

For more information, call 206-233-7187 or request an information packet by sending your name, group name, address, day and evening phone to:

Community Cleanup /Spring Clean
Seattle Public Utilities
700 5 th Ave Ste 4900
P.O. Box 34018
Seattle, WA 98124-4018

Spring Clean is a great way to beautify your business district. Spring Clean, Seattle ’s cleanup of public spaces, is held by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) throughout April and early May.

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While They Were Sleeping

January 21st, 2014 by master

The Seattle Times reports a robbery while the occupants were asleep!

Home burglarized in U-District while residents slept

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University of Washington police said someone crept into a home while the residents slept and stole a variety of items.

Seattle police were called to a home in the 4700 block of 18th Avenue Northeast in Seattle’s University District Friday at 10 a.m. for a report of an overnight burglary.

A resident said that sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., someone entered the house and removed valuables such as cash, electronic devices and jewelry.

Some residents were home sleeping at the time of the burglary and others were not home.

No one saw the burglar inside the home and there was no indication of a forced entry, police said.

The case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case number 2014-17938. Anyone with information about the burglary or the possible suspects’ whereabouts is asked to call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011.

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Pedestrian safety project starts at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 43rd Street

October 31st, 2011 by master

The Seattle Department of Transporation is about to kick-off a small pedestrian safety project in the U-District.

Tomorrow, crews will begin installing curb bulbs, ramps and crosswalks at Roosevelt Way NE and NE 43rd Street. If you frequently walk through this intersection, you’ll need to know that the sidewalk will be closed and pedestrians detoured around the construction area.

Work will happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily for about two weeks.

SDOT says this is one of 50 crossing improvements they’ll install this year throughout the city.

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