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Entries from July 2014

3,000 people attend the 2014 Wedgwood Arts Festival

July 30th, 2014 by hillaryu

On one of the hottest weekends that we’ve had so far, over 3,000 people attended the 2014 Wedgwood Arts Festival at Our Lady of the Lake on July 12th and 13th. It was the largest festival to date.

Here are some great facts about this year’s event:

  • Event organizers conducted surveys with the artists and 92% said the festival was worth their time and money, which is great for the community and local vendors
  • The support from the Our Lady of the Lake staff was great and they have already invited the festival to return next year; the new space enabled the festival to grow 50%! This year they had 77 artists, up from 46 last year.
  • There were 8 bands playing live music – including 2 nationally touring bands.
  • With the new location, the event was able to group the food vendors together and give them better access to reliable electricity. Food vendors included Veraci Pizza, Athena

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The Big Green Community Picnic & Festival

July 22nd, 2014 by hillaryu

Sustainable NE Seattle is joining with Greendrinks, Sustainable Seattle and BECU to bring the 3rd annual Big Green community picnic to Hunter Farm Gathering Place.

Tuesday, August 12th
5:30 p.m.

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July 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

Walks ‘n’ Wags Pet First Aid offers a recognized National Pet First Aid Certificate course for dog and cat professionals and pet owners. Spend the day with Walks

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Volunteer Drivers Needed!

July 15th, 2014 by hillaryu

Getting to the doctor

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Permanent N.E. Seattle Beach Closure

July 11th, 2014 by hillaryu

Written by David P., with contributions by Sonja J.

Last month the Cedar Park and Lake City communities lost their only public access to Lake Washington; a tiny street-end beach at NE 130th and Riviera Place.

In June the adjacent land owners won a summary judgment and now owns the property, which has been used by the community for over 80 years. It is the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and Log Boom Park in Kenmore. The adjacent land owners, Keith and Kay Holmquist and Frederick Kaseburg, used procedural mistakes made 80 years ago by King County and the original developer. The court followed the letter of the law without considering original intent or how important this beach is to local community.

Local community members are urging the mayor and city council to consider condemning the property for continued public park usage. Although not entered into lightly by the City, neighbors believe that such action is justified, given its history and the benefits to community members for generations to come.

This is in keeping with the current goal of the Seattle Shoreline Master Program which aims to protect the ecological functions of the shoreline areas, encourage water-dependent uses, provide for maximum public access to, and enjoyment of the shorelines of the City; and preserve, enhance, and increase views of the water.

More information can be found here.

Letters to the mayor and city council in support of saving the beach would be gratefully appreciated. Sample letters can be found at the above site. Emails can be sent to: and

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Landmarks Preservation Board to consider The Theodora for landmark nomination

July 9th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of The Theodora (6559 35th Avenue NE) at its meeting on Wednesday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by August 19 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination will be available for public review at the Northeast Branch Library at 6801 35th Ave NE (206-684-7539), and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228).

It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of

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Congrats to Wedgwood Resident, Katherine Seidemann!

July 7th, 2014 by hillaryu

Katherine Seidemann was awarded the 2014 Chancellor

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