After the holiday hustle and bustle, it’ll be nice to move a little slower this January. In Madison Park events, the following activities are happening through January…

Throughout January: 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 January, the workshops offered are as follows:

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

  • Uruguay Wine Tasting, January 6th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 7th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 13th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 14th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 20th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 21st from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, January 27th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, January 28th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 4: 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.

Volunteer Park Cafe is bidding adieu to 2017 with a gorgeous meal on Sunday, December 31. The menu includes prawns, sole, duck breast, and a filet of beef with butter-poached potatoes and turnips—and to top it all off: Molten chocolate cake with orange crème anglaise and blood orange. The dinner is at 7pm and is $95/person, or $130 with wine pairings. Reservations can be made online at or by calling the restaurant at 206.328.3155.

Without further ado, here’s the menu:

Citrus Salad with prawns, cress, and avocado

Sole with shellfish stock fume, spinach, olive crumble, and smoked trout roe

Duck Breast with sweet potato, apple gastrique, pistachio, and pomegranate

Filet of Beef with butter-poached potatoes and turnips, and red wine demi-glace

Molten Chocolate Cake with orange crème anglaise and blood orange

Ring in 2018 with a celebratory meal Volunteer Park Cafe!

Opened in 2007 and located among the elegant homes of Seattle’s North Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park Cafe (VPC) is chef Ericka Burke’s quintessential neighborhood-meeting place. With mismatched vintage chairs, throw pillows tossed along banquets, and a communal table running the length of the inviting sunlit room – it’s the perfect place to spend time. The food is delicious home-style goodness, house made pastries, savory and sweet, and a selection of fresh salads, soups, and sandwiches provide daytime provisions ordered from friendly faces behind the counter. As the light dims and the candles are lit, table service begins and guests cozy in for rustic pizzas and ever-changing seasonal offerings like Braised Beef Brisket with Creamy Polenta and Greens, Pan Seared Halibut, or the heavenly Pot Pie. VPC offers a generous selection of boutique wines by the glass and bottles of wine can be enjoyed at the cafe or taken to go. VPC is open Tuesday – Friday from 7am – 4:30pm, weekends from 8am – 4:30pm, and dinner is served Tuesday – Saturday from 5:30pm – 9pm.Happy is offered Tuesday – Friday from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. For more information, call 206.328.3155 or visit

Volunteer Park Cafe is located at 1501 17th Avenue East (at Galer) in Seattle, Washington.

Looking for a fun way to spend your weekend? Look no further than the Annual Fall Polish Bazaar!

A blend of culture, delicious traditional food, and eclectic crafts, this event is an immersive and authentic Polish experience.

The Annual Fall Polish Bazaar has been presented by the Seattle Polish Cultural Center for over 50 years, and since then has been one of the largest and strongest fund-raising events for them, as well as fun for the community!

This year’s event will be a full weekend of yummy Polish delicacies, entertainment and lots of opportunities to get a jump on holiday shopping (yes, please!).

From the Facebook page

Join us for Annual Fall Polish Bazaar – two days of delicious food, shopping, and entertainment! 

Delicious dinners of pickle soup, borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage, cabbage Rolls and Polish beer served all day.

Delectable pastries, as well as coffee /tea, are at the dessert booths.
Take-home dinners and sweets available.

Upstairs features an excellent selection of amber, books, crafts, Polish crystal, Boleslawiec pottery, Christmas ornaments and wafers (oplatki) and more!

Polish Choir Vivat Musica! sings Saturday at 2:30pm.


This event is family friendly and a fun and interesting way to spend your weekend.

Explore a new culture or get to know your own a little better! Take a trip overseas without leaving Seattle! Eat delicious perogies and Polish Sausages that will put Costco’s to shame!

There are many reasons to check out the Annual Fall Polish Bazaar, but just in case, did we mention there will Polish beer served too? YUM!

The Annual Fall Polish Festival will be this Saturday and Sunday, November 4th & 5th from 12 PM to 6 PM at 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, the Home of Dom Polski and the Seattle Polish Cultural Center.
This year’s event has been organized and is possible thanks to the hard work of  Koło Pań/Polish Women’s Club.

Help make this year’s fund-raiser a success and have fun doing it!

Jedz, pij i wesoły!
(Eat, drink and be merry!)

Are you prepared for Trick-or-Treating in downtown Madison Park?
All of the local merchants between 41st Avenue East and 43rd Ave. E. (close to Madison Park Beach) will be dressing up in costume and handing out treats again this year. Some may even share a joke or two!

Plan to bring the kiddies on Tuesday, October 31st from 4:00-6:00 pm for this family-friendly event. Around 300 families from the community usually attend, and it’s expected that there will be as many this year as well.

The Madison Park Co-op Preschool is providing a photo booth at Triangle Park, located in front of Bing’s Food & Drink at 4200 East Madison Street. Come one, come all! And Happy Halloween to you!

Photo: Julia Raasch