Man spotted trying to lure children in Loyal Heights

A number of My Ballard readers have emailed in to let us know that a man was spotted trying to lure children outside the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) this morning.

The man was reportedly outside the community center trying to lure children as they were coming in.

He is described as a white male between 60-70 yrs old, he is over 6 Ft tall and has a thin, gray moustache. The man was wearing a large overcoat (either beige or gray), jeans and looking very dirty and disheveled.

If you or your children see the man report the sighting to the SPD North Precinct at ‪(206) 684-0850. If it is an emergency remember to immediately dial 911.

Loyal Heights Community Center to close for repairs

Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) will close for electrical service upgrades from this Sunday, February 16 through Friday, February 21.

Over the past three months, the Loyal Heights Community Center has received a variety of code compliance work and improvements to the electrical systems. The work has been mostly done overnight while the community center is closed, not impacting community center operations, however, the work to complete the project requires several electrical disruptions, resulting in the need to close the facility.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Oversight Committee received City Council approval to use Levy inflation savings funds for 17 much needed major maintenance projects which includes this Loyal Heights Community Center building improvement.

To find out more information about Loyal Heights Community Center building improvement project click here.

If you have questions about the project, contact Capital Project Coordinator Gary Gibbons at or call (206) 386-151.

Nerf soccer sign-ups underway

We received this note from Dena Schuler, the Recreation Center Coordinator at Loyal Heights Community Center:

Nerf Soccer League Registration at Loyal Heights Community Center is Underway. Register your child for our Nerf Soccer League this fall. Practices begin in September. This league is for girls and boys ages 4-6 years. Games are on Friday evenings from September 23rd to November 4th. Register an individual player or register a team with 10 kids. If you are interested in coaching a team or if you would like to register a team of 10 to 12 players, please email Dena Schuler.

Register now for fall classes at community centers

Although brochures haven’t come in the mail yet, registration is now open for fall 2011 courses at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) and the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St). Learn to Zumba, make Indian food or enroll your kids in one of the many activities.

Some special events are:

Parents’ night out
Ages 2 – 7
Sign up for a spot in the ever-popular Parent’s Night Out. We will be providing child care for three hours, a wholesome snack, and giving parents a chance to have some time to themselves on a Friday night. Spots are limited, so sign up now!
Ballard Community Center on October 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. $15.
Loyal Heights Community Center on October 21, November 18, December 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. $20.

Haunted Bounce
Join us for the Haunted Bounce. This Green Halloween event is kid-tested and parent-approved: no candy, all fun; prizes included. All Ages.
Ballard Community Center. October 28th 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Halloween Carnival
Join us for a fright fest of activities, games and challenges. We will have an area for toddlers, refreshments and prizes. Do not forget to show us your very best costume and to bring a bag to collect your goodies.
Loyal Heights Community Center. October 28th 6 to 8 p.m.

Holiday Art Sale
Professional artwork by local artists. Purchase a unique gift that will be treasured including; ceramics, hand woven items, prints and holiday cards, jewelry, holiday decorations, painting and prints, and so much more. Activities will include musical entertainment, a visit from Santa, kids crafts, refreshments, and family activities. We will also provide a drop & shop area to allow you time to find that perfect gift.
Loyal Heights Community Center 1 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 10th.

Classes can be found here or the brochure can be found here (.pdf). According to our sister site,, the brochure is currently available online only because of a publication delay. The hard copy will come later this week.

Kids Olympics at Loyal Heights Community Center Thursday

The Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) is hosting a Kids Olympics for young athletes two to six years-old from 10:30 to noon on Thursday, August 11th. “Your little Olympian will try a hand at obstacle courses, running, jumping through hoops, and tossing balls. Bring your child and let them burn some of their energy off. A healthy snack, prizes and jump toy will be provided at the end of the games,” their Facebook page states.

Family picnic and bike parade tonight

Bring your picnic and decorate those bikes, trikes and wagons at the Family Picnic and Bike Parade tonight at the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St.) Decorating supplies will be available at 6 p.m. or you can decorate your child’s mode of transportation on your own. The bike parade around the loop starts at 6:30 p.m. There will be lawn games and a bounce house for the kids after the parade. The cost is $3 for bike entry and ice cream or just $1 for ice cream only.

Make sure to check the events calendar for upcoming community events.

Sign up for summer camp at LHCC

We received this notice from the staff at Loyal Heights Community Center:

Summer is almost here! Have you registered your child for camp? Loyal Heights Community Center has a fun-filled line up this summer of Summer Day Camp as well as a variety of Specialty Camps to keep your child active this summer. Pre-School Camp is focused on nature this summer and will explore a variety of creatures both indoors and out. Daycamp for youth runs all day long from 7am-6pm and is loaded with field trips, swimming at beaches and pools, sports, crafts and more. For your young athlete, sports camp should be the goal with soccer, basketball, basketball and kickball. Other fun camps include dance, sewing or puppet making camp. Stop by Loyal Heights Community Center at 2101 NW 77th St to register, or for questions please call 684-4052.

Community Center first in Seattle to compost

The Loyal Heights Community Center is the first in the city to start composting. “This means that our center staff and patrons will be producing less waste that will end up in the landfill,” Alexis Govan, the Teen Recreation Leader says.

Dena Schuler, Site Coordinator; Alexis Govan, Recreation Leader and TomiJo McCarrier, Assistant Coordinator. Photo courtesy LHCC.

Cedar Grove delivered the compost bin late last month and “customers are swarming to the bins like flies on, well, compost,” the folks at LHCC tell us. “We’re really excited about being able to provide this service to our staff and customers,” Dena Schuler the Site Coordinator says. “Not only are we doing our part to help out the planet we’re also raising awareness in the community.” Composting is part of several programs offered at LHCC including the preschool, senior, day camp and teen activities.

Storytime at Loyal Heights Community Center

Kids can enjoy storytime and learn about nature at the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St) this spring. Each Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., children and parents will learn about nature through stories, crafts, songs and nature walks around the community center. The cost is $3/child.

Here is the schedule:

4/20 Earth Day: Learn about recycling and composting through interactive activities. What is a litterbug? We will look for signs of litterbugs in our park. Bring recycled egg cartons and toilette paper tubes for today’s craft.

4/27 Flowers and Seeds: Children will listen to stories about seeds and flowers. We will take a walk around Loyal Heights park to discover flowers that are in bloom. Kids will decorate a flower pot and create a garden using stickers. We will plant flowers in honor of May day.

5/4 Rainbows, Raindrops and Wind: Learn how rainbows are made. Children will learn about the colors of the rainbow through songs, games and stories. Wind can be fun! We will make rainbow wind socks.

5/11 Caterpillars and Butterflies: Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. We will practice being inchworms and learn about measurements. Get a butterfly tattoo and create a butterfly.

5/18 Birds: We will learn all about birds and eggs. Kids will get to make and paint a bird house, create a bird mask and make a quacking duck!

5/25 Fantastic Rabbits: Learn about rabbits and where they live. Make bunny ears, go hopping down the bunny trail, make a paper sack rabbit.

6/1 Animal Homes and Animal Tracks: We will be detectives as we learn to identify animal tracks and animal homes.

6/8 Sea Life: Explore the amazing world underwater and many of the creatures that live there.