News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Entries from March 2014

Best of the Northwest Spring Art Show

March 28th, 2014 by hillaryu

Colorful scarves, wonderful wall art, glittering glass, bright garden decor and more at Magnuson Park! Celebrate spring with locally made art and fine craft to enrich your life.

Talk with the artists and peruse their latest work while enjoying live music and great food.

Ciscoe Morris is a special guest speaker at 1pm on Sunday.


Buy them in advance to save time and money: $5 online ($6 at the door); $8 online special admits two.

To buy tickets and learn more visit the NW Art Alliance website.

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Man Wounded, Gunman Arrested Following University District Shooting

March 26th, 2014 by hillaryu

Read the original story on the Seattle Police Department Blotter.

“Just before 5:15 PM police received several reports of gunfire near NE 47th Street and Brooklyn Avenue NE.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man in his 40s with a single gunshot wound lying on the ground near an alleyway.

Medics transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries and officers began searching the area for several vehicles, which had fled the scene moments after the shooting.

Officers performed two high-risk stops—one on an SUV on Interstate 5 near Lake City and another on a vehicle near 85th and Aurora—and detained five people in connection with the shooting.

Officers and detectives are still investigating the incident.

Update: Police arrested the suspected gunman on I-5 and have detained two other people. The other individuals stopped by police have been identified and released, and detectives continue to investigate the incident.

The victim has been identified as a 40-year-old man, who is now in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center/

Seattle police took five people into custody Wednesday evening following a shooting in the University District, which left one man with serious injuries.”

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Preschool for All Community Meeting – March 27

March 26th, 2014 by hillaryu

The City of Seattle’s Office for Education is hosting a series of community meetings to provide information to families about the City’s efforts to provide affordable, quality preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds in the city, and to learn from Seattle residents what they feel such a program should include.

The next meeting is Thursday, March 27  from 6-8pm at the Northgate Community Center at 10510 5th Avenue NE in Seattle. Interpreters in Spanish and Chinese will be available. In addition, supervised children’s activities (for ages 2-8) and refreshments will be provided. Additional information about Preschool for All can be found on the Office for Education and Seattle City Council websites.

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Youth Sailing Open House – Summer Programs for Kids

March 25th, 2014 by hillaryu

Starting to make summer plans for your kids? Here’s a great opportunity, in Sand Point, to learn how your kids can be on the water this summer.

More than a dozen organizations have teamed up and are holding a Youth Sailing Open House so that parents and kids can come learn about the variety of options available. Programs are for children as young as five years old all the way through high school. The all-day event is free and will include land and on-water activities.

Land activities include knot tying, rigging, burgee making, and relay races. Sailing instructors will be on the water doing tacks and gybes to show kids what sailing in boats these sizes looks like. Free sailboat rides will also be available. (Weather dependent)

Participating programs include:

Center for Wooden Boats

Corinthian Yacht Club

Green Lake Small Craft Center

Mt Baker Rowing and Sailing

Queen City Yacht Club

Sail Sand Point

Schooner Zodiac

Sea Scouts – Puget Sound

South Whidbey Yacht Club

Sound Experience/Adventures:

SSS Yankee Clipper

Tacoma Yacht Club

YMCA Camp Orkila

Saturday, April 19, 2014. Rain or shine.
11am – 3pm
Sail Sand Point –Magnuson Park

Sail Sand Point is located about five miles north of the University of Washington on the western shore of Lake Washington. The entrance to SSP is off of Sand Point Way NE at NE 74th Street. For directions, visit the Sail Sand Point website.

For event information and questions contact or (206) 789-7350 or check them out on Facebook.

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"Seattle Reads" at the Seattle Public Library Northeast Branch

March 22nd, 2014 by hillaryu

Mark your calendars! “Seattle Reads” is coming to our neighborhood library on Tuesday, April 29!

In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. “Seattle Reads” is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.

In this 16th year of the series, The Seattle Public Library will feature “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey” by Richard Blanco. Blanco will visit Seattle April 26-29 to talk with readers about his book.

The public is invited to meet Blanco and discuss “For All of Us, One Today” at four locations (information on the other locations can be found on The Seattle Public Library website). Books will be available for purchase at all events. Doors open 30 minutes before each branch event. Limited free parking and street parking is available at branch libraries.

Seattle Public Library Northeast Branch
6811 35th Ave. N.E.

Tuesday, April 29
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Burglar Breaks Into Wedgwood Church, Smashes Equipment, Lights Candles

March 18th, 2014 by hillaryu

From the SPD Blotter:

[Read the original story here.]

Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on March 17, 2014

Seattle police were called to the Our Lady of the Lake church in Wedgwood around 10:15 AM Saturday morning after an employee came into work to find someone had smashed church equipment, lit several candles, and propped open a door at the church.

Sometime between 7:30 PM Friday and 10:15 AM Saturday, someone broke into the church—located in the 8900 block of 35th Ave NE—smashed a 60″ flatscreen TV and a candle holder, knocked over trash bins and a flag, stolen a microphone from a podium, and left several candles burning.

After police were unable to find any smashed locks or broken windows in the church—indicating a possible break-in—church staff said it was possible someone had hidden in the church following services and waited to come out until everyone else had left the building.

The case will be referred to detectives for investigation.

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Business Profile: Rainglow Airbrush Tanning

March 17th, 2014 by hillaryu

A new ray of sunshine has popped up in the Wedgwood neighborhood and that’s Rainglow Airbrush Tanning. Rainglow, located at 7506 35th Ave NE Seattle, is a concept brought to you by Jamie Lampitt. Jamie, a Pacific Northwest native, was working medical sales and traveling a lot when she realized that her work-life balance was not ideal. She was a wife, had two young children and was ready to find the balance she needed. So she quit her job and set to work on finding her true passion.

Over several months, Jamie researched her idea of an airbrush tanning salon that would appeal to the sun-deprived residents of Seattle and be safe for the body, mind and soul. As an avid tanner for years, Jamie found herself in a UV tanning bed several times a week. When research came out about the dangers of UV tanning, Jamie knew that she needed to find a different way to get her glow on. That is when she developed her love of airbrush tanning and never looked back. Now, Jamie embraces wearing sunscreen because she knows she can get that golden hue in a safe and effective way.

Jamie spent time training under LA’s Airbrush Tanning Guru to the stars, Heather Shaw. Heather worked with Jamie to help her perfect her airbrush skills and Jamie is proud to bring the technique to the Northwest. One of the unique features of a Rainglow tan is that the formula they use is organic, vegan, kosher, never been tested on animals and made in the USA. Jamie is currently the only practitioner to be using this technique and formula in our area.

Jamie prides herself on paying attention to the details and ensuring that every client leaves with an amazing tan. Specifically, she works with each client every step of the way, discussing the reasons for the airbrush tan, finding the right color and developing contouring that works for each client. Jamie says “airbrush tanning has a lot of benefits but two of the most popular are how the effects can make your body look 10 pounds lighter and that your need for makeup will be much less because an airbrush tan adds a flawless finish to your face.

When asked about her approach, she said, “if the clients can remember one thing about their experience, I want it to be that they remember how great the service was.” And great it is. Not only does Jamie provide a custom intake session, and walk each client through the steps prior to the tan, she also has all of the details covered. When you enter the salon, you’re welcomed, offered water and a delicious treat. Jamie then checks in with each client, making sure they’re entirely comfortable with the process. As she says, “I want everyone to feel comfortable and usually, if it’s their first time, they have a lot of questions.” Jamie has covered all the details. In fact, if you show up and you forgot to wear baggy clothing (as tight clothing can rub the fomula off the skin), she’s got you covered and even provides umbrellas for those blustery days in Seattle.

The experience takes about 15-20 minutes, with the formula developing over the next few hours, and dries instantly. You can expect your tan to last 7-10 days and Jamie will call you the following day to make sure everything has developed to your satisfaction.

Rainglow Airbrush Tanning is by appointment only. Call 206-801-5214.

For more information, you can visit their website.

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Special Forum on Metropolitan Parks Districts

March 16th, 2014 by hillaryu

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Metropolitan Parks Districts & Were Afraid to Ask
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:30-9:00PM

Sand Point Community Church Fireside Room
4710 NE 70th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

Thatcher Bailey, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation
John Barber, Founder, Parks & Open Space Advocates (POSA)
Don Harper, Land Use Chair, Queen Anne Community Council
Michael Maddux, Citizen Member Parks Legacy Committee
Moderator: Bill Bradburd of the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition

followed by
Seattle City Council: Times A-Changin’
How District Elections Will Alter Local Governance
Speakers:  Ben Anderstone, Anderstone Strategies & Alex Pedersen, Aide to City Council President Tim Burgess

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Construction Work on SB I-5 This Weekend

March 15th, 2014 by hillaryu

Work to replace two dozen worn and aging bridge expansion joints ramps up again this weekend.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, March 14, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close all but a single lane of the southbound Interstate 5 collector-distributor, which runs parallel to the mainline between the Washington State Convention Center and I-90.

The on-ramps from Spring and James streets along with the South Dearborn Street off-ramp will also be closed during that time while crews complete the replacement of 10 bridge expansion joints that began Feb. 21 – 24.

All lanes and ramps will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. on Monday, March 17, in time for the morning commute.

Closure details:

  • 10 p.m. Friday, March 14 until 5 a.m. Monday, March 17
  • The southbound I-5 collector-distributor will be reduced to a single lane between the Washington State Convention Center and I-90.
  • The on-ramps from Spring and James streets along with the South Dearborn Street off-ramp will be closed.

For more information, visit the WSDOT website.

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Rain City Symphony – March 19

March 13th, 2014 by hillaryu

Join the Rain City Symphony for a lovely evening of music.

The concert will feature Dan Williams, Oboist, playing Benedetto Marcello’s Concerto in C Minor for Oboe and Strings. Mr. Williams is one of Seattle’s sought-after performers. He has played principal oboe with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera.

In addition, they will perform Three Dances from Gayane, by Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978) and Vltava (The Moldau) (1875) by Bedřich Smetana (1824– 1884).

A Winter Concert

Teresa Metzger Howe, Conductor

University Christian Church

4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle

March 19, 2014

7:30 P.M.

Admission is complimentary.

For more information, visit their website.

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