News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Entries from November 2017

Hunter Tree Farm is OPEN!

November 28th, 2017 by hillaryu


7744 35th Ave NE
Phone Number – (206) 525-2222

– Hours of Operation –  9 AM to 9 PM

-Open everyday from the day after Thanksgiving to December 23rd
Largest selection of fresh pre-cut tree.

Driving Directions:

Exit from I-5 at 65th Street exit.
Go east to 35th Avenue NE
Turn left onto 35th
Tree Lot is on Right hand side right after the Wedgwood post office. Between 75th and 80th .

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December Sustainable NE Seattle Events

November 27th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by Sustainable NE Seattle

December 9, 2017 from 9am to 4pm
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, Seattle, Wa. 98115
Shop local for the holidays and support your local artists and craftspeople!  Over 40 vendors are working hard to bring a variety of handmade objects to this years’ sale. The Ravenna Community Gardeners will be selling homemade soup and baked goods, with local musicians to round out the experience. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit programs at Ravenna Eckstein Community Center.

December 14, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm
In celebration of the holidays and the close of another year, we are having a potluck for the SusNE community, plus games and a re-gifting gift exchange. Not a white elephant type of gift but something you own and is in fine condition but you have not used it enough or it is the wrong color, size or fit, and the item needs a new home. Wrap it up and bring it.

We will also have games to play. If you have a good group game, bring it along.
Please rsvp so we have some idea how many will be there in case we need to find a larger location. Questions? contact

Still need volunteers and teachers for the HANDSON SKILLS FAIR.

We need volunteers for:

  • coordinators for workshops and volunteers
  • making a pot of soup for lunch
  • Day-of help: check-in table, setting up lunch, Clothing Exchange area,
  • Fermentation Station area
  • Bike repair area
  • Social media and community outreach.

Contact to volunteer.

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New Competition to Find “Seattle’s Safest Driver”

November 21st, 2017 by hillaryu

The City of Seattle, in partnership with PEMCO Insurance and Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), announces the launch of the “Seattle’s Safest Driver” competition.

The competition is part of Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. The Seattle’s Safest Driver competition is open to residents who travel into Seattle from the four-county area (King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap). Participants will compete for $15,000 in prizes by downloading the app and practicing safe driving. The competition starts today and runs through January 14, 2018.

During the Seattle’s Safest Driver competition, participants can challenge friends, see how they rank in their community, and win prizes for a variety of categories on a biweekly basis. For example, people will be rewarded for being the most improved driver and the least distracted driver. The person crowned “Seattle’s Safest Driver” will win a grand prize of $2,000!

While Seattle is one of the safest cities in the country, more than 10,000 crashes each year result in an average of 20 lives lost and more than 150 serious injuries. Speeding and distracted driving are among the top contributing factors of fatal crashes, and Seattle has seen a nearly 200 percent increase in distracted driving over the past few years.

Data shows that attentive drivers can help save lives. But, distractions abound: according to PEMCO Insurance’s NW Poll, nearly half of Washington state drivers admitted to using their cellphones while driving in 2016.

The City is teaming up with PEMCO Insurance to incentivize and reward better driving behavior, and to encourage participation in the competition.

The contest is modeled after a successful effort in Boston, which saw dramatic reductions in phone use and speeding among 1,100 competitors whose phone distraction dropped by 47 percent and their speeding dropped by almost 35 percent. The app, developed by CMT, provides feedback to drivers on five metrics for each trip they take: rapid acceleration, harsh braking, sharp turns, speeding, and phone distraction. Once a trip is completed, the driver receives an alert with their score for that trip, feedback on the different factors, and helpful tips to improve in the future.

Are you Seattle’s Safest Driver? Download the app, enter the competition, or learn more at: To learn more about Vision Zero, visit #VisionZero #SEASafestDriver

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Northwest Girlchoir Seeks New Singers this January!

November 17th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by Northwest Girlchoir.

Join Northwest Girlchoir in January! For girls who love to sing, Northwest Girlchoir has openings for new singers in grades 1-12 to join in the fun in the new year. Learn musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills, all while building lasting friendships in a supportive community.

During the span of four decades, Northwest Girlchoir has empowered and inspired thousands of girls and young women in our region to lift their voices in chorus with others. Choristers perform for thousands of audience members at concerts held across the greater Puget Sound Region and on tours nationally and internationally.

Grades 1-2: Easy online registration is now open for girls entering grades 1-2 to join Prep Choir! Enrollment for Prep Choir is open online until Friday, January 19. Members learn music in a fun and nurturing environment as they prepare for exciting mainstage concerts. Sign up online at

Grades 3-12: Fill out the Audition Request form online by Wednesday, December 20 to join one of Northwest Girlchoir’s five progressive choir levels in January! Auditioned choir members enjoy performing at mainstage concerts, in the community and at special events, and even on tours. Learn more at

Scholarships: Financial aid is available for every choir level and we encourage families to apply.

Contact for more information or call the office at (206) 527-2900.

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End-of-year events at the University Bookstore

November 11th, 2017 by hillaryu

December events at U Bookstore:

1 pm, Dec. 3. Oliver Jeffers. Here We Are. 
U District store.
Ticket is $19.99 through and includes admission for the family and one copy of the book.

A painter and picture-book maker, his titles include Lost and Found and How to Catch a Star. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages; a film short of Lost and Found has won more than 60 wards.

7 p.m., Dec. 11. 18 and Life on Skid Row. Sebastian Bach.
U District store. SIGNING ONLY

Book must be purchased at University Book Store for admission to signing line. 

Sebastian Bach has sold more than 20 million records both as lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist. In his memoir, Bach recounts touring the world with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Soundgarden, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails and Guns N’ Roses. Filled with backstage photos from his collection, 18 And Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age, and of a band that broke up in its prime.

Learn more here.

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Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

November 7th, 2017 by hillaryu

Submitted by Lake City Future First

Are you prepared for an emergency? Do you know how to access water safe to drink or how to manage sanitation? How is your emergency kit looking? Lake City Future First, in partnership with the Lake City Emergency Communication Hub will help you get prepared on Wednesday, November 15th at a free Community Conversation held at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with free food from Villa Verdi (12360 Lake City Way Ne Seattle, WA 98125). At 7:00 pm attendees will learn about the Lake City Emergency Communication Hub from Lake City Hub Captain Sandy Motzer. The Lake City Hub is located at Fred Meyer in the SE corner of the lower parking lot. During a disaster emergency when most forms of communication fail, community members would gather at the Hub to exchange information, needs, and resources in order to help ourselves, knowing it could be days or weeks before City services are available.

Following the Hub presentation attendees will visit three ‘How to’ demonstrations:

  • Purify Water – Lake City Emergency Communication Hub
  • Manage Sanitation – Ann Forrest, Victory Heights Hub Cap
  • Manage Utilities – Matt Auflick, Office of Emergency Management

The Hub will also have an Amateur (Ham) radio display table with information about the importance of Amateur radio in a disaster and how you can obtain a license – Susanna Cunningham, WB7CON, Hub Cap, and Member, Auxiliary Communication Services

Information from the following organizations will also be available to assist with emergency preparedness:

  • SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare)/Block Watch
  • American Red Cross, emergency kit preparation

More information can be found here.

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Save the date: Roosevelt High School Jazz Nutcracker

November 3rd, 2017 by hillaryu

Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
Roosevelt Performing Arts Theatre: 1410 NE 66th Street Seattle, WA

The Roosevelt High School Jazz Band will perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. in the RHS Performing Arts Theatre.  This fanciful take on the Tchaikovsky suite is sure to get you swinging into the holiday season.

Visit their website for ticketing information.
For a preview of the show click here.

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