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There’s plenty to do in Madison Park and the Washington Park Arboretum this month, with wine tastings and nature…

Throughout May: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout May for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • May 5th, Italy, 2-4pm
  • May 6th, Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • May 12th, French, 2-4pm
  • May 13th, Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • May 19th, Greece, 2-4pm
  • May 20th, Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • May 26th, Pareja Cellars New Releases, 2-4pm
  • May 27th, Dragon Head Cider, 11-5pm

May 3: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

May 13: Arboretum Running Tour
8:30am — 10:15am | Washington Park Arboretum
Get some exercise while learning and enjoying the Washington Park Arboretum with the monthly running tour. This month, on May 13th, you can learn about the history and design of the park, check out some choice plants, and learn about the traditional or modern uses of other plants along the running route. The tour is about 3 miles and held at a leisurely pace (11 or 12-minute mile). The price is $25/person.

May 13th: Mother’s Day Sunday Supper
6pm | Volunteer Park Cafe
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Volunteer Park Cafe with a special dinner from Chef Ericka Burke. The menu includes chilled sweet pea bisque with mint & creme fraiche, a Green Goddess salad, seafood stew with cod, clams, mussels, prawns, gremolata & toast, and finishes with a lovely lemon chèvre cheesecake with berry compote and pistachio crumble. The cost is $45/person, and reservations are required.re.

May 17: Grupo Pesquera Wine Dinner
6:30pm | The Harvest Vine
The monthly wine dinner at The Harvest Vine will feature wines from Alejandro Fernández’s Bodega Pesquera and Bodega Condado de Haza (Ribera del Duero) Dehasa la Granja (Zamora) and El Vínculo (La Mancha). The different wine offerings are paired with an expertly prepared menu from Chef Joey Serquinia. Tickets are $125/person and include the dinner, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

Spring is here, and it’s time to start planning your home improvements so that you can relax and enjoy the summer. The following are some ideas for specific things you can do to not only protect and secure your home through the fall and winter, but also to increase your Madison Park home’s value.

Upgrade Windows: Many homes in Madison Park are older construction and don’t have the eco-friendly and energy-efficient upgrades that new construction have. If your home still has single-paned windows or poor quality dual-paned ones, it’s definitely time for an upgrade. Some window types to consider include insulated windows that improve energy efficiency, gas-filled windows that improve thermal resistance, or windows with low-e coating to prevent heat transfer in or out.

Chimney Inspection & Waterproofing: If you have a working fireplace, you should really have your chimney inspected once each year. It’s very hard to tell whether your system is damaged or there’s a build up of creosote (read: fire hazard) unless you’re a chimney professional. Chimney damage is best repaired during the spring and summer months because the job requires dry conditions, so for Madison Park homes, you’ll want the inspection sooner rather than later to allow optimal time for repairs before service providers are booked up for the season.

Replace the Roof: This may not apply for some, but spring and summertime are the most ideal seasons for roof replacement in the Seattle area to maximize work time and get the job done sooner, without waiting for the rain to stop. Replacing your roof in the warm and dry time of year also minimizes the chance of moisture damage to your sub-roof. Even if your roof doesn’t need replacement, it might be time for a good cleaning.

Give Your Yard a Facelift: Spring is all about planting and reviving the life in your green spaces, and there’s no better time to enhance your home’s curb appeal as well as create some new outdoor living spaces than this season. Whether it’s some basic landscaping to create some more interest from a boring grassy backyard, to adding a firepit area or outdoor kitchen, the options abound!

Test Your Home’s Air Quality: Even if you don’t have noticeable presence of mold, there are other particles or odors that can cause mild to severe health problems for you and your family if they are left untreated. Have your home’s indoor air quality tested to ensure the most healthy environment for you and your loved ones.

Get outside or enjoy some unique tasting events this month in Madison Park and Madison Valley. From wine tastings and Seattle Restaurant Week’s spring rendition, to the Grand Opening of the Loop Trail and Earth Day, April has lots of fun in store for our neighborhood.

April 1: Easter Sunday Supper
6pm | Volunteer Park Cafe
Celebrate Easter at the Volunteer Park Cafe with a special dinner from Chef Ericka Burke. The menu includes Deviled Eggs with chive & smoked trout roe, Little Gem Lettuces, Herb Roasted Chicken with Spring vegetables, Marble potatoes and pan jus, with a Carrot Coconut Cake for dessert. The cost is $45/person, and reservations are required.

April 2-19: Seattle Restaurant Week at Madison Park Eateries
Dinner | Around Madison Park
The spring Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off on Monday, April 2nd at various restaurants around Madison Park! Participating eateries are offering three dinner courses for $33 Sunday through Thursday each week through April 19th (excludes Easter Sunday). Around the neighborhood, the participating restaurants include: Bar Cantinetta, LUC, Red Cow, The Harvest Vine, Vendemmia, and Voila! French Bistro.

Throughout April: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout April for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • April 1st French Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 7th Italy, 2-4pm
  • April 8th South American Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 14th Nexus and Frontaura Spain, 2-4pm
  • April 15th Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 21st Terre Margaritelli Umbria, 2-4pm
  • April 22nd Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • April 28th Locus New Releases, 2-4pm
  • April 29th Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm

Throughout April: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In April, the workshops offered are as follows:

April 5: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

April 8: Loop Trail Grand Opening
12pm — 3pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Celebrate the opening of the new Loop Trail on April 8th in a Grand Opening event! There will be fun events and festivities for the whole family, as well as runners and cyclists along the 2-mile loop. The Grand Opening event includes a ‘vine cutting’ ceremony, educational activities for the kiddos, a stroller/bike decoration station, live music, food trucks, and more.

April 19: Bodegas Nexus Y Frontaura Wine Dinner
6:30pm | The Harvest Vine
The monthly wine dinner at The Harvest Vine will host winemaker Loreto Herrero from the bodegas Nexus (Ribera del Duero) and Frontaura (Toro and Rueda). Chef Joey Serquinia is presenting a five-course dinner that’s paired with these amazing wines. Tickets are $125/person and include the dinner, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

April 21: SCA Earth Day
9am — 1pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is hosting 60 projects this Earth Day in honor of its 60th anniversary! As one of those projects, Seattle volunteers will be working to restore the Washington Park Arboretum on Earth Day, April 21st. Volunteer participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Coffee and light snacks will be provided with work gloves and project materials, and an after party will be hosted at 1 p.m. in the Crabapple Meadow with the MOViN’ 92.5 mobile music van and Dante’s Inferno Dogs for purchase. Register here.

Get ready to taste and have fun this March in Madison Park and Madison Valley! The following events are certain to delight.

Throughout March: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In March, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout March: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout March for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • March 3rd, Ca del Baio Piedmont, 2-4pm
  • March 4th, Spanish Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 10th, Woodward Canyon, 2-4pm
  • March 11th, French Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 11th, Eric Brown Artist Reception, 3-5pm
  • March 17th, Alcesti, Sicily, 2-4pm
  • March 18th, South American Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 24th, TBD, 2-4pm
  • March 25th, Sunday Sippers, 11-5pm
  • March 31st, TBD, 2-4pm

March 1: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

March 12: Rover’s Winter Pop Up IX
6:30pm | Luc
Enjoy an evening of fine dining with much-loved Chef Thierry Rautureau and the Luc team for a Rover’s Pop Up! On March 12th, the evening will feature a multi-course dinner and wine pairing. Tickets are $350/person (includes tasting menu, wine pairings, tax and gratuity). Reserve your seats soon, as these events tend to book up quickly.

March 18: St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Supper
6pm | Volunteer Park Cafe
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Volunteer Park Cafe with a special dinner from Chef Ericka Burke. Dishes include a beer cheese spread and soda bread, corned beef with colcannon, creamed cabbage, honey glazed carrots, and an Irish apple cake for dessert. The cost is $45/person, and reservations are required.

March 22: Faustino Wine Dinner
6:30pm | The Harvest Vine
The Harvest Vine is hosting Maria Stevens from Bodega Faustino for a wine dinner on March 22nd. There will be five courses and wine pairings, with special food delights from Chef Joey Serquinia to feature Faustino’s wonderful wines. Tickets are $125/person and include dinner, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.