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Entries from September 2011

Deadline is Saturday to volunteer for Wedgwood emergency preparedness

September 30th, 2011 by Support Staff

The Wedgwood Community Council needs volunteers to sign up by Saturday to bolster its bid for Small & Simple Grants from the city.

From the community council:

The upcoming round of Neighborhood Matching Fund Small & Simple Grants will have a focus on emergency preparedness. The WCC, View Ridge, and Hawthorne Hills communities, along with Sustainable NE Seattle, are teaming together to submit a proposal to improve emergency preparedness in our communities. This has been in the works for several months, but we are getting close to having to submit our volunteer hour match by October 1st! If you would like to participate or volunteer over the next year towards emergency preparedness as part of this grant, please register below.


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Fall library sale is this weekend at Magnuson

September 20th, 2011 by Support Staff

More than a quarter-million books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, audio books and art prints will be up for grabs – cheaply! – this Saturday and Sunday at the Friends of the Seattle Public Library’s Fall Book Sale.

Most hardbacks are $2. Paperbacks $1.

The book sale is at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Building #30. Hours are Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

There is a preview Friday evening for members of the Friends.

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Solarize Seattle adding Northeast branch

September 20th, 2011 by hillaryu

If you’ve thought about adding solar panels to your home but have been intimidated by the cost or knowledge needed to take advantage of the renewable energy source, Solarize Seattle is ready to help.

Learn more about solar panels at the Raker home, at 10530 11th Ave. N.E. in Maple Leaf, during the Tour of Solar Homes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1.

Solarize Seattle, a program of Northwest SEED, has teamed up with Sustainable Northeast Seattle to help area residents learn more about solar energy, and is helping them add solar more affordably through a program specifically for residents of Northeast Seattle. From the Solarize Seattle website:

“Solarize Seattle: Northeast will guide you through the process, joining you with your neighbors to realize cost savings through the group purchase of solar panels. And the best part — it’s easy to understand and easy to participate in!”

Interested residents in the 98105, 98115, and 98125 ZIP codes will be asked to register at the start of the new year, but there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about solar power in the interim:

  • Solarize Seattle: Magnolia Workshop, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Magnolia Library: Join us to learn more about solar energy, the Solarize Seattle program, and how you can participate!
  • Tour of Solar Homes, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Umpqua Bank: Magnolia Branch and your neighborhood: Join energy enthusiasts across the country — take a free tour of the solar and energy efficient homes in your neighborhood!
  • Solarize Seattle: Magnolia Workshop, 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center,

Among the homes that will be a part of Oct. 1 Tour of Solar Homes is home of Northwest SEED employee Jessica Raker, at 10530 11th Ave. N.E. in neighboring Maple Leaf (pictured at top of post). Although she may be working elsewhere that day, she says somebody will be there to talk about their solar panels and answer any questions during the tour. [Read more →]

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Come celebrate Hunter Farm Gathering Place!

September 16th, 2011 by Support Staff

The grand opening of Hunter Farm Gathering Place is Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

From the Wedgwood Community Council site:

The festivities will include a few words from the people at Tully’s Coffee and the Pomegranate Center who made this incredible project happen, some music, some food, and lots of free coffee.

So mark your calendars and come on out to celebrate the Grand Opening Bash of the Hunter Farm Gathering Place.

The Community Council received a grant from the the Pomegranate Center and Tully’s Coffee to develop the site at 7744 35th Ave. N.E. where the Hunter family has sold Christmas trees for a half-century.

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What’s happening with the Italian Spaghetti House?

September 15th, 2011 by Support Staff

We must have heard now from a half-dozen or more folks who all have a question similar to Susan’s:

“”Italian Spaghetti House on Lake City Way has a big fence around it. Anyone know what is up?”

We’ve looked around, and still don’t know the answer. But we’re betting one of our readers does.

The Italian Spaghetti House & Pizzeria closed earlier this year after 55 years in the same location, 9824 Lake City Way N.E. The owner told The Seattle Times she hoped to reopen, but it’s never happened.

There’s no permit activity for the address visible on the city’s website, and the property doesn’t appear to be actively for sale or lease.

Who can help figure this out?

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9/11 Day of Remembrance at Meadowbrook Pond

September 10th, 2011 by hillaryu

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, neighbors are invited to come together to reflect on the 10th anniversary of the attacks during “A Day of Remembrance and Service to Others” all day Sunday at Meadowbrook Pond, Northeast 107th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast.

Presented by the Meadowbrook Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation, the public is invited to Meadowbrook Pond any time on Sunday, from dawn to dusk, to walk the paths, find a place for quiet contemplation or meet neighbors. From a Parks news release:

There will be several interactive displays and thoughtful prompts to help people reflect and also look to the future. It has been said that the best way to remember those who died on 911 is to “Live, love and laugh in their honor.”

Meadowbrook Pond offers a beautiful setting that will allow people to remember the tragedy and how we can live our lives in the best way possible from here on.

Another way to honor people is to use this day as a day to do something for others–something for the community or the environment on this day that is also known as Patriot Day.

For other ideas on how to remember, visit

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Garbage collection normal, despite holiday

September 3rd, 2011 by hillaryu

Seattle Public Utilities will pick up garbage, yard waste and recycling like normal next week, despite the Labor Day holiday.

The City of Seattle’s North & South Recycling and Disposal stations also will be open during their regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. in Wallingford.

Customers can report a missed collection after 6 p.m. on the day it was missed by calling (206) 684-3000 or filling out the online Missed Collection form.

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An afternoon concert at Magnuson Park – and a $4,000 national award

September 3rd, 2011 by Support Staff

The food bank garden at Magnuson. City of Seattle photo.

This afternoon the Magnuson Children’s Garden is hosting its Fifth Annual “Blues for Food” fest:

A day-long benefit concert for the P-Patch Trust, (which) supports local food banks, shelters, and hot meals programs. Free gardening fun for the whole family during the afternoon hours of the concert.

Those hours are noon- 4 p.m.

More good news – the Magnuson Community Garden won one of five $4,000 grants from DeLoach Vineyards, an organic winemaker.

The national prizes were awarded to the gardens garnering the most votes.

Thanks to you, the Community Garden will be able to build disabled-access garden beds in the P-Patch and install educational signage throughout the site. This will create more opportunities for gardeners of all ages and abilities to grow their own food, and will make it easier for each and every visitor to the Community Garden to learn about the 6 distinctly different areas within it as they stroll though its trails and pathways!

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