Farmers & Flowers & Food Trucks, Oh My!

The wait is almost over… Yes, Sunday, May 14th (10am-3pm) is the big day when the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market opens for the season! Mother’s Day wouldn’t be the same without the glorious flowers of the LFP Farmers Market and rest assured that there will be a spectacular assortment of colors and arrangements perfect ...

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May is big, Big, BIG at the Commons & Market

Yes, spring is springing up all over at Third Place Commons this month with new starts and the annual return of seasonal favorites.  Showing Off Our Community Colors The Commons is in full bloom in May with a colorful array of community events starting this Saturday with Bulgarian Voices of Seattle at 1:30 followed by Folklore Sparks ...

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May 1st Deadline for County Arts, Science, & Heritage Access Proposal

The King County Council is currently considering a proposed measure entitled Access for All, which would create game-changing access to arts, science, and heritage education and experiences for low and middle income students and families. If advanced to the August ballot, King County residents would have the opportunity to vote on a .1% sales tax that ...

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Seeking Farmers Market Set-up Assistant for 2017 Market Season

Seasonal, Contract Position: Farmers Market Set-up Assistant Third Place Commons is a community-supported 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering real community in real space by hosting over 900 free events each year and presenting the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market from May to October. Read more at ThirdPlaceCommons.org. The Lake Forest Park Farmers Market season begins annually ...

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It’s Breakfast Time! Join us Feb. 16th for the fun!

It’s Breakfast Time! Join us Feb. 16th for the fun!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for last week’s breakfast! We are so grateful for your support! Even if you couldn’t make it, you can still support your Commons Community by making a gift online here or by sending a check to: Third Place Commons P.O. Box 82355 Kenmore, WA  98034 Thank you and see you at the Commons!   With ...

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Last Holiday LFP Farmers Market & Crafts Fair – Sun, 12/18

This Sunday, Dec. 18th is your last chance in 2017 to shop the bounty of the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market and the ever-popular Holiday Crafts Fair! The special December farmers market will feature so many of your favorite regular season vendors and plenty of options for yummy, fresh, and locally grown and raised produce, meats, ...

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Your Community, Your Space – You Make It Possible

December 2016 As 2016 draws to a close and we begin to celebrate our season of giving and gratitude at Third Place Commons*, we give thanks for many things – and you are chief among them! After hosting over 1000 free community events this year, we are enormously grateful for the dozens of community nonprofits, agencies, schools, ...

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Holiday Shows, Holiday Markets, & Holiday Cheer in December

December is a big and busy month at Third Place Commons! From the ever-popular weekend music series featuring live music (and dancing) every Friday and Saturday night to a whole host of holiday themed performances… from community service events like a healthcare enrollment fair to community partner events like LFP Library’s Caspar Babypants performance… from ...

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Make a Gift for #GivingTuesday, The International Day of Giving!

Third Place Commons is a unique and special place that serves our shared community like no other. From free music and dancing every Friday and Saturday night to the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market from May to October… from weekly Kaleidoscope Play & Learn sessions for toddlers to weekly foreign language conversation groups for grown-ups… ...

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LFP Farmers Market Returns This Sunday, 11/6

The farmers market you know and love is back for our first of three special fall markets this Sunday, November 6th from 10 AM to 3 PM. The market will take place in its usual location, in the parking lot adjacent to Lake Forest Park City Hall at the corner of Bothell Way NE and ...

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Halloween Candy, Comedy, Magic, Music, and More!

    Halloween starts early this weekend at Third Place Commons with the first of three fun, family-friendly events, our 6th annual Halloween Hafla Belly Dance Event. Head to the Commons stage this Saturday, October 29th at 2 PM to enjoy a performance for the whole family from Silk Rain, A Dance Company. Then, don’t go far because ...

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Free Dance Lessons, Latin Music Fun, & More This Month

The weather may be cooling down, but things are heating up this month at Third Place Commons! The fun starts this Friday, October 7th  at 6 PM when you can learn to Cha Cha with Mark Willson and Margot Richardson of Delicious Dance. During this free, easygoing one-hour lesson, you’ll dance with new friends and practice ...

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Applications Now Available for Holiday Crafts Fairs – Due Oct 5th

Applications are now being accepted for the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market’s 2016 Holiday Crafts Fairs. Local and Washington-based artists and crafters of all kinds are encouraged to apply. This holiday season, shoppers will be treated to two indoor holiday crafts fairs where they can find unique and one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on their holiday lists. ...

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Free Latin Music Series Starts September 2nd!

Third Place Commons is delighted to announce the launch of a new fall Latin Music Series. Over four Fridays in September and October, the Commons will celebrate the irresistible rhythms and melodies of Latin music beginning this Friday, September 2nd with Savani Latin Jazz. Audiences at the Commons always love to dance, which is why we’re ...

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Food Truck Rodeo Returns to the LFP Farmers Market!

Remember back in May when the food truck rodeo was such a huge hit on opening day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market? Well, the rodeo is back in town this Sunday from 10-3! Yes, the LFP Farmers Market is ramping up for another exciting day of delicious, mobile delicacies to suit all tastes. From ...

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Family Day at the Farmers Market on July 31st

Family Day at the Farmers Market on July 31st

It’s time for another Family Day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market this coming Sunday, July 31st! Of course, the farmers market is always a family-friendly spot for one and all, but this Sunday’s festivities will feature lots of fun extras for young and old alike. Lake Forest Park Mayor Jeff Johnson and others will ...

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Crafts Day at LFP Farmers Market Is Sunday, July 17th

Crafts Day at LFP Farmers Market Is Sunday, July 17th

This Sunday, July 17th marks the return of the annual Crafts Day at the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market! Always a popular event, this year’s Crafts Day will feature 20+ artists and crafters from around the region. Be sure to stop by the market to shop a gorgeous array of handmade jewelry, accessories, decorative arts, cards, ...

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Fresh Bucks, Market Bucks, & More at the Farmers Market

You may think you know all about the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market, but do you know about our food assistance programs for our low-income neighbors? Thanks to the generous support of donors to Third Place Commons (the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that presents the LFP Farmers Market), our long-running Market Bucks program is a staple of ...

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Summer is heating up fast at the Commons!

Summer is heating up fast at the Commons!

With the start of June in the Pacific Northwest, we begin to pine for summer. Outside, it’s mostly warm, but not quite dry enough to enjoy the great outdoors at its best. And for that reason we are superbly lucky to have the Third Place Commons at our disposal! While indoor campouts, bonfires, and baseball ...

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GiveBIG to Support the Third Place Community You Love!

GiveBIG to Support the Third Place Community You Love!

We think you’re awesome! Why? Because you are the members of the Third Place Commons Community. You dine in the Commons. You meet in the Stadler Room. You perform on our stage and dance at our concerts. You write, work, weave, knit, paint, play, plan, and so much more in this special place. And you shop at ...

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Say Hello to Our New Executive Director, Amy Whittenburg

Say Hello to Our New Executive Director, Amy Whittenburg

Hello, Everyone!   This is a fun message for me to write because I’m so excited to be a part of the Third Place Commons community. I see the Commons as an important and vital resource for our community, a place where families, friends, and future friends can all connect and flourish. A place where civic, arts, and social ...

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Start the New Year Right! January Music Line-Up

It might be cold outside but it’s going to be a hot month in the Commons! Come Friday and Saturday nights are swinging with our weekend music lineup.  All shows are free and start at 7:30pm on the Third Place Commons stage. See you at the Commons! We’d like to send a huge thank you to ...

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2015 Winter Craft & Farmers Markets

2015 Winter Craft & Farmers Markets

The Lake Forest Park Farmers Market is back with two Winter Markets that will knock your socks off! Chock full of holiday goodness and crafts galore, come buy delicious, locally grown food for your Thanksgiving meal. Shop with your favorite farmers, and find unique hand-made holiday gifts at the crafts fair on the lower level ...

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A Little Night Music in November

Third Place Commons is going to be swinging in November with A Little Night Music scheduled to delight dancers and music lovers. Please join your friends and neighbors for one or more of these great live performances! Thank you to 4Culture and Merlone Geier for providing funding for these events. Friday, November 6, 7:30pm Centerpiece Jazz Band  ...

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Tricks & Treats @ Third Place Commons

Please join Third Place Commons and the Lake Forest Park Town Center Merchants for fun night of magic, trick-or-treating, and live music on Halloween evening, October 31, 2015. TREATS: The Town Center Merchants will be opening their doors to trick-or-treating from 4pm to 6pm. Kids and adults alike can dress up and go door-to-door gathering goodies ...

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Farmer’s Market & Sketchcrawl

The sun was out and shinning at last weekend’s Farmer’s Market, and we had something special happening to take advantage of all that sun: sketch artists joined us in the market to live-sketch what they saw! As folks shopped, conversed, and stocked up on veggies for the week, a small troop of drawers, painters, and ...

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A New Director at the Commons!

The Friends of Third Place Commons is pleased to announce the hiring of Lorie Hoffman as the new Executive Director. As the former Marketing Manager for the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council and a gallery manager in Montana, Hoffman brings considerable organizational skills to this position. She is also a working printmaker with an outstanding command ...

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Hurray for the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market!

 The Lake Forest Park Farmers Market opens on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 The Market is open every Sunday from May 10th through October 18th, 2015.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.     Spring sprung early this year, and our farmers have been busy!   We always celebrate opening day with gorgeous bouquets of flowers for Mothers ...

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The Breakfast Was a Great Success!

“This event is one of my favorite days of the year and I hate to miss it. You’re here because this place, this commons concept, is a remarkable community asset. Not everybody has this.  We do, and we’re lucky. We’re also, as a community, smart enough to recognize the value in this kind of human ...

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A guest blogger writes about the market

It is always wonderful to see the Lake Forest Park Farmers Market from a fresh perspective.  And it is even better when someone new to the neighborhood falls in love with one of our community’s greatest resources.  Please welcome Cybele O’Brien, and enjoy this account of her first summer in the Pacific Northwest. As a newcomer ...

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Commons Legacies

In the course of a year, Third Place Commons hosts over 900 events.  Many of those are musical, and most of the performers on our stage are local.  In 2013, generous funding from 4Culture enabled us to produce a series we called the Commons Legacies Project.  We featured musical families, talented folks, every one of ...

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