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Entries from June 2011

Seattle Public Library will create a personalized reading list for you

June 30th, 2011 by Support Staff

This post is from our sister site PhinneyWood.

The Seattle Public Library just launched a new service to provide personalized reading lists for patrons, called “Next 5 Books.”

From the press release:

To get your list, go to Fill out a brief form on what you like to read, including favorite genres, preferred format (book on CD, e-book, large print, etc.) and books that you haven’t liked.

In a day or two you will receive a list of five recommended books just for you.

This service is made possible in part by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation with help from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

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Pandora’s strip club to open next week; neighborhood councils still opposed

June 29th, 2011 by Support Staff

The owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret told community councils on Tuesday that he intends to open the strip club after the July 4 holidays.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as saying the club, at  8914 Lake City Way N.E., is improperly permitted.

But Joe Walker told the councils he drove through most of the city looking for a site where a strip club would be allowed.

According to a post on the Wedgwood council site:

This meeting followed the request of Mr. Walker, who posted in the comments section of several community blogs that he would like to meet to discuss his 27 years in the adult business. All of Mr. Walker’s former experience was with Talents West, owned by the Colacurcio family, where he was the head DJ at Sugar’s, Honey’s, and finally at Rick’s Strip Club. Mr. Walker explained why he thought the infamous Rick’s Strip Club was so disliked by the neighbors and its immediate surrounding community as well as why he thought Pandora’s Adult Cabaret would be different.

This gesture of Mr. Walker was welcomed by the community councils; however, did nothing to change our contention that the Pandora Adult Cabaret shouldn’t be allowed by the City.

The council post also noted that although strip clubs can’t serve alcohol, the Shanty Tavern next to the club can. “Currently, the Shanty is opened two nights a week, but Mr. Walker recognized that this could change depending upon what the owner of the Shanty Tavern wanted to do. Mr. Walker’s approach though is that he would rather have intoxicated men/women come in and sober up in his club instead of driving elsewhere.”

We are awaiting a response from the City to our June 15th email and June 21st joint letter detailing our opposition to the permit issuance.

The full council post can be read here.


Home burglaries, in perspective. (Lock your doors and windows!)

June 28th, 2011 by Support Staff

During the month of June approximately 85 home burglaries were reported in Seattle north of the ship canal, police announced today.

Of those, it appears only perhaps a half-dozen occurred in Wedgwood/View Ridge.

In some cases burglars didn’t have to force their way in. That’s common, said Terrie Johnston, police crime prevention coordinator for the North Precinct, who made today’s announcement. Of the 85 residential burglaries:

Forty-five of the burglaries were non-forced entry, which means that the thief was able to enter the home either through an open or unlocked door or window, or had a key.  As burglaries tend to increase during warm summer months, I wanted to send out this quick reminder.

Let’s take away some lessons which come from June’s burglaries:  Opened windows on the upper floors may be just the opportunity the would-be thief is seeking.   Crooks used plastic lawn chairs, patio furniture, ice chest, garden pots and in one case a ladder to climb up onto the 2nd floor and came in through open windows.

Pet doors were the method of entry in several of the burglaries, so be aware.   Back doors were popular this month, so reconsider how easy it is for your watchful neighbors to see onto your back yards.  The victims’ tools which were left out were used to pry open a rear basement door, and again on the door leading into the upstairs.  Decorative rocks and bricks were thrown through back windows in a few of these crimes

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Outdoor movies come to Magnuson on summer Thursday eves

June 27th, 2011 by Support Staff

Get set for The Princess Bride? School of Rock? How to Train Your Dragon?

How about Top Gun?

All are coming to Magnuson Park this summer, hosted by Epic Events as the PEMCO Insurance Outdoor Movies.

The movies and associated events take place on Thursday evenings from July 14 – August 25. Seating is $5 starting at 7 p.m. and includes trivia, games and prizes. Movies show at dusk. Bring blankets and chairs!

  • 14-Jul    The Princess Bride
  • 21-Jul    School of Rock
  • 28-Jul    How to Train Your Dragon
  • 4-Aug    Top Gun
  • 11-Aug  Ghostbusters
  • 18-Aug  Beauty and the Beast
  • 25-Aug  Pirates of the Caribbean

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"Global Water Dances" comes to Magnuson on Saturday

June 24th, 2011 by Support Staff

Global Water Dances, a worldwide event/performance to raise awareness of water issues around the world, will take place in 60 cities around the world on June 25th at 5 p.m. local time.

The performance here will be 5 p.m. at Kite Hill in Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E.

Organizers say it will begin with an introduction by Fran Solomon, an environmental biologist who will speak for 15 minutes about local water issues.

Then will come a series of dance and movement choir performances, culminating in an opportunity for the entire audience to join in a simple participatory movement sequence. There is no charge for attending.

The event starts PROMPTLY at 5:00 (in order to stay in synch with all of the other cities), so please come with enough time to get settled. Attendees might want to bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting in the grass.

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Owner of strip club offers to meet with neighborhood councils

June 23rd, 2011 by Support Staff

Earlier this morning Joe Walker, who identified himself as the owner of Pandora’s Adult Cabaret on Lake City Way, offered to meet with the community councils which have raised questions about the strip club’s permit.

Our previous posts on the club, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., have generated considerable comments both in Maple Leaf and in Wedgwood.

Walker wrote on both Maple Leaf Life and Wedgwood View:

As the owner of Pandora’s, I would appreciate an opportunity to meet with both the Wedgewood Community Council and the Maple Leaf Community Council to address any and all concerns each may have regarding the impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
Having worked in the adult business here in Seattle for the last 27 years I am well aware of both the real and imagined effects this business can have.
Thank you for your time
Joe Walker

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Food bank gets a week’s donations – needs more

June 21st, 2011 by Support Staff

Last week, for the first time its director can remember, the North Helpline food bank ran out of canned meat, peanut butter and other sources of protein.

After a public plea, the food bank brought in enough donations to last – well, at least through the week.

“We did collect 32 pounds of protein at Cloud City and individual donors have brought in approximately 200 pounds. I think we got another 45 pounds at Wedgwood Ale House,” said Amy Besunder, executive director.

“It is still slow going … I think we have enough for this week’s distribution.”

In her first plea Besunder wrote: “We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat.”

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Community councils say city improperly permited strip club; city says they’re wrong

June 21st, 2011 by Support Staff

Update: The community councils and a local retirement center today sent the city a letter asking for reconsideration of the permit.

Both the Maple Leaf and the Wedgwood community councils have gone on record as opposing Pandora’s Adult Caberet, prompting KOMO to air a report from the parking lot of the soon-to-be strip club.

The councils claim the new club, at the site of the defunct Seven Seas Restaurant, 8914 Lake City Way N.E., is too close to a day-care center (which they don’t want to name). Their arguments, including that proper public notice was not given, are summarized on the Wedgwood council’s website.

That day care is 600 feet from the club, which is currently being remodeled. According to code, clubs must be more than 800 feet from legally recognized or permitted public park and open spaces, community centers, elementary or secondary schools, or child care centers.

“We have a child care use that has been licensed by the state for over 10 years serving members of the community in what happens to be someone’s home,” Per Johnson, of the Wedgwood council, wrote to the city. “The project should be started over again,” David Miller, of the Maple Leaf council, told KOMO.

Miller and his council were instrumental in the successful fight last year to save a grove of 80 mature Douglas fir trees at the old Waldo hospital in Maple Leaf. Miller later ran, without success, for the Seattle City Council.

But the city distinguishes between in-home daycare and “child care centers,” Bryan Stevens of the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, told KOMO.

“We haven’t made a mistake,” Stevens said.  “As far as I know, there’s no legal recourse at this point.”

The club’s location, at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 90th Street, straddles the Maple Leaf/Wedgwood community divide. It is also kitty-corner from The Stratford at Maple Leaf, a retirement community which also joined in the joint letter to the city; about 1,000 feet from the Ryther Child Center; and 1,500 feet from Sacajawea Elementary School.

That stretch of Lake City Way also hosted Rick’s strip club until it was closed by an FBI investigation. No further news on whether it might reopen as Chantal’s Gentleman’s Club.

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Wedgwood winery tastings this weekend

June 17th, 2011 by Support Staff

Wedgwood’s own winery, Lobo Hills, posts the news on our Facebook page that they will be open for tastings this weekend – and to collect food for the University District Food bank.

Just a reminder, Wedgwood’s winery is open for our first tasting of 2011 this Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. Each wine, including our new releases, will be paired to a light cheese or appetizer. The $5 tasting fee is reimbursed with wine purchase. Bring can food for a local food bank and receive a dollar off the tasting fee. We are open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. See for more details.

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The Magnuson Community Garden needs your vote

June 16th, 2011 by Support Staff

City of Seattle

Any number of websites are stumping for the Magnuson Community Garden’s bid to win one of five $4,000 grants from DeLoach Vineyards, an organic winemaker.

“Magnuson Garden is  locked in a three-way tie with Los Angeles and San Francisco gardens for the final two awards.  They need your vote!” says the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

“Our grant request will support a much needed expansion to our ADA accessible raised bed and add interpretive signs to improve visitor use and experience,” according to the gardens’ own city website.

And this, from the blog at the Magnuson Children’s Garden, which asks: “Please Vote For Us!”

2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the 4-acre Magnuson Community Garden, which contains the fabulous and fun Children’s Garden, a bird-filled Native Plant Border, Demonstration Orchard with over 40 fruit trees, a Tranquil Garden for horticulture therapy, and a Native Plant Nursery that grows plants for restoration projects all over the city.

The Community Garden was largely built and is maintained by volunteers from the community. It also contains one of the largest P-Patches in King County, which donates more than 4,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks each year, and an outdoor amphitheater that provides a picturesque setting for free summer concerts, Shakespeare-in-the-park performances, and other special events.

The King County Master Gardener Foundation gives instruction on how to vote, which it says can be done daily until the end of July. (It also says Magnuson has gathered over 2,700 votes.  “But, so have our two closest competitors.”)

To vote, go here and find the Magnuson garden (second from the left on the top row).  It takes less than a minute.

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