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Chocolate, Not a Bunny for Your Kids This Easter

April 15th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Our Sister Site, Udistrictdaily.com speaks on behalf of cute fluffy bunnies:

Don’t Let the Cuteness Fool You: Buy Chocolate Not a Bunny for Your Kids This Easter

Posted by Nico Lund on April 15th, 2014

Last May, during a elementary school ultimate frisbee practice at Cowen Park, the game was halted due to a mysterious furry white creature hopping through the bushes.

When I picked up my daughter from practice she told me what happened and then asked if I thought it was a wild bunny. I said, “no, it was probably abandoned.” Then she said, “mama, we have to go save it!’ We turned around, went back to the park and found the derelict bunny and brought him home.

Just so you know, bunnies are very cute, but unless they are raised correctly, they can be very hard to handle and not very cuddly. The bunny we brought home fit into the latter category and try as we might, and many scratches and bites later, we realized he would do better in a home with someone who had a lot of bunny experience and could rehabilitate him.

Nilly, as we called him, was a beautiful white rabbit, the quintessential white rabbit from Alice and Wonderland. When you see bunnies, they really are irresistibly sweet and furry, but they are a pet that requires very specific care to ensure a healthy and happy rabbit. Unfortunately, many parents, boyfriends, partners and such think that a bunny would be a super cute gift, but it often ends with either a very sick rabbit, or in the case of Nilly, one that is abandoned to become raccoon food at the park.

According to Rabbit Haven, a non-profit that cares for unwanted bunnies and educates the public about rabbit care, every year “thousands of tiny baby rabbits are purchased for Easter gifts.” From their website, they have a list of reasons why this should be avoided.

  • Rabbits are not toys to be set up in a kid’s room only to come out when the child FEELS like playing. The rabbit needs a family to live with who loves them. They need room to play and be themselves.
  • Rabbits are not always cuddly and do not always like to be hauled around. They are affectionate, enjoy running and playing on the ground and use litter boxes.
  • Rabbits can become frightened when held or confronted by prey animals, like the family dog or cat. THEY NEED LOVING, GENTLE CARE.
  • Rabbits need to live indoors to be safe from diseases and predators.
  • Rabbits are not low maintenance pets. They require as much work as a cat or dog. Rabbits have high social needs and often want another rabbit as a companion.
  • Rabbits are not good first pets for a very young child. Kids lose interest quickly, and rabbits need continual love and support for a lifetime.
  • Rabbits can live 10 years, sometimes longer.
  • Rabbits need medical care from an Exotics vet. Spay or neuter can cost $150 or more, and rabbits require routine veterinary care. Rabbits have special diets and housing needs.
  • Rabbits cannot be set “free” out of doors- it’s a death sentence. They are usually killed by predators within 72 hours, suffering terribly.
  • MOST RABBITS PURCHASED AS EASTER GIFTS END UP ABANDONDED ON THE STREETS OR AT SHELTERS.

If you or someone you know is considering getting a bunny, please pass this information on. As with any pet, one should always inform themselves on the pro’s and con’s of what they are getting. All species and breeds of pets have unique needs and dispositions.

Make sure you are informed before you bring any pet into your home.

Here is a great list of things to consider before getting any pet:

  1. Don’t buy a pet on an impulse
  2. Shop around for the right kind of pet for you or your household
  3. Consider Adoption
  4. Make sure your chosen pet (breed, species) fits your lifestyle
  5. Make sure your chosen pet (breed, species) fits your home environment
  6. Be clear about Why you want a pet
  7. Make sure this is a good time in your life to own a pet
  8. Consider lifespan of pet that you feel will match your needs
  9. Make sure you can meet a specific pets needs
  10. Make sure you know what breed, species is the right type for you or your household
  11. Nilly Vanilly liked his pal Spiral better than us from the get-go. He has since been happily re-homed where he was bonded with a female (spayed) companion

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Pay Attention! Whether You’re Walking or Driving, it’s Time to Put Down the Phone!

April 10th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Recently, while driving at a neighborhood friendly speed near Greenlake, a female runner who was looking at her phone proceeded to cross the street in front of me without even slowing down or looking up. When I questioned her disregard for safety, she gestured that it was a crosswalk.

While not a marked crosswalk, I agreed with her that technically, yes, an intersection of streets does denote a crosswalk for pedestrians, but doesn’t she still have the responsibility to at least look up and make sure there are no cars coming?

In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, between Today and next Tuesday

The Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission says officers across the state will be cracking down on distracted driving as part of a national enforcement campaign. Komo News reports that the campaign has the slogan, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Yet, the epidemic of distracted driving seems to only touch the surface of how the distraction of smartphones and other digital devices are increasingly infiltrating so many areas of our lives. In many cases these distracted behaviors are putting people in harms way.

Distracted Walking: Putting thousands of pedestrians in emergency rooms each year

In a 2012 study conducted by the University of Washington, pedestrians who texted were four times less likely to look before crossing streets, stay in crosswalks, or obey traffic signals. NPR reported that the study watched more than 1,100 pedestrians at 20 intersections in Seattle that have had the most pedestrian injuries over three years.

The conclusion of the study published in The Injury Prevention Journal, stated:

Distracting activity is common among pedestrians, even while crossing intersections. Technological and social distractions increase crossing times, with text messaging associated with the highest risk. Our findings suggest the need for intervention studies to reduce risk of pedestrian injury.

Just as You Teach Kids to look Both Ways before Crossing Streets, Teach by example not to look at Mobile Devices While Walking

Healthline.com reported on an Ohio State University study that looked at the most recent impacts of distracted pedestrians.

The authors “found that the number of pedestrian ER visits for injuries related to cell phones tripled between 2004 and 2010, even though the total number of pedestrian injuries dropped during that period. The study also found that adults under 30, mainly those between the ages of 16 and 25, are most at risk for cell-phone related injuries while walking.”

Co-author of the sturdy, Jack L. Nasar,  Ph.D., professor and Ph.D. program chair of city and regional programming at Ohio State University says that “If you must talk or text, pull out of the stream of pedestrian traffic and stop walking while doing it. If you’re a parent, just as you teach your children to look both ways before crossing a street, teach your children not to use their mobile devices while walking or driving.”

If the distractions of your phone is still irresistible while you’re driving or walking…

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Elephant Exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo Brings up a lot of Emotion on Animal Welfare

April 2nd, 2014 by Nico Lund

Do Elephants belong in captivity, even if it helps educate visitors on the importance of habitat and animal conservation efforts?

In the wild, elephants typically live in tight knit matriarchal families. They experience many emotions that humans can relate to like grief, love, pain and fear, and they have self-awareness, memory capacity and recognition. The question being asked by some is, is being in a zoo setting detrimental to their well being?

Critiques of the Woodland Parks Zoo’s elephant program say that the current plans for the elephant exhibit expansion is not adequate or recommended. In fact, many zoo’s in the nation are dismantling their elephant programs.

Co-founder of the group Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants, Alyne Fortgang, wants to see “the elephants retired to a sanctuary that would be in a warmer climate and a drier climate, that would offer a vast amount of space and would offer these highly social animals an opportunity to make companions of their own choice.” However, the Woodland Park Zoo has decided to take the advice of Task Force on the Woodland Park Zoo Elephant Exhibit & Program (WPZEEP) that put together a report over a seven month period in 2013.

The WPZEEP report states “…that although the elephants are healthy and staff provide good care, continuing the exhibit and program as it currently functions is not viable for the long term and changes are needed…”

The WPZEEP recommendations included two options for action:

Option One:

  • Create a multi-generational herd with an effective breeding program.

Options Two:

  • Improve the existing exhibit but allow current elephants to age out or retire at the appropriate time.

I have visited the zoo many times with my daughter over the years and feel torn on the issue. Although I agree that being able to share with my child the wonders of the natural world up close and personal has been an amazing treat and a way to talk about conservation issues, I still leave feeling like something is amiss. Perhaps it’s watching the amazing creatures try to function in such unnaturally small spaces that feels strange, or maybe it’s the fact that we are standing there just watching them on display.

I can remember trips to the San Diego Zoo with my family when I was a young girl and the Sea World trips and even going to the small zoo in my hometown. I wonder if going to these zoo’s has helped me to understand the plights of the natural world more?

Alyne, of the Friends of the Woodland Park Zoo Elephants Group seems to think the answer in no. She states that:

“the number one reason the zoo says that they want to keep elephants is because people have to see an elephant in order to act on their behalf and save them in the wild. Well, there is no scientific proof that has ever shown that to be true. We are taking this intelligent and social animal and giving it such an impoverished life.” She continues by saying that “we are teaching our children the wrong message. This is not education at all. This is selfish entertainment.”

It’s hard to say what the right course of action is here with folks on both sides of the issue passionate about their views.

As of now, the Woodland Park Zoo is planning to expand the elephant program, however, I am sure this isn’t the end of the debate.

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New Construction to Begin in Wallingford this Spring

March 17th, 2014 by Nico Lund

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, there will be new construction beginning just east of Stone Way on 45th Ave.

Construction to start this spring on 150-unit apartment in Wallingford

NK Architects rendering

Mack Urban plans to start building this 150-unit apartment project in April in Seattle’s Wallingford area, the company said Tuesday. The project is at 1321 N. 45th St., three blocks west of Wallingford’s commercial core.

Staff Writer-Puget Sound Business Journal
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Officials at Seattle real estate developer Mack Urban said Tuesday they will start building a large apartment and retail project in the Wallingford area of Seattle in April.

The 150-unit project joins a growing list of big apartment and office projects in the Wallingford/Greenlake area. There are nearly 3,700 apartment units in this submarket currently, but over the next two years developers plan to add 2,360 more, according to Dupre + Scott, a Seattle company that tracks the multifamily housing market.

The Mack Urban project is at 1321 N. 45th St., three blocks west of the heart of the Wallingford business district. The company hopes to capitalize on the character of the neighborhood, which has locally owned shops and restaurants. “We are excited to create new homes in the midst of this beloved community,” Mack Urban Managing Director Jim Atkins said in a statement.

Only about 1.7 percent of the apartments in Wallingford/Greenlake are vacant, and average rents rose 14 percent over the past two years, according to Dupre + Scott. At the end of 2013, the average apartment rent was $2.04 per square foot.

Mack Urban’s is a market-rate project with high-end finishes. Rents have not yet been set.

Demand for apartments in Wallingford is expected to remain high, due in large part toAmazon.com’s aggressive expansion plans in nearby downtown Seattle, where the company is projected to have around 8.5 million square feet of office space. That would be enough room for roughly 40,000 employees.

In addition, Wallingford is near the University of Washington’s main campus, where around 43,750 students are enrolled, and the Fremont area, where Google and Tableau Softwarehave offices. Tableau plans to expand in Fremont.

Mack Urban’s four-story project will have studio, one- and two-bedroom units, 152 stalls of underground parking and three retails spaces around a patio.

Exxel Pacific is the general contractor on the project, which is scheduled to be completed in July 2015.

Marc Stiles covers commercial real estate and government for the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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Spring Clean! JoinThe Beautification of Wallingford April 19th

March 13th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Wallingford has gotten some much needed beauty sleep over the winter, but now it’s time to freshen up! Come Join your neighbors for Wallingford Chamber’s annual Spring Clean!

Aptly named Operation Beautification Wallingford, neighbors can join members of the Wallingford Chamber, the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, Sustainable Wallingford, the Wallingford Center and others to get out to clean the streets of our neighborhood!

Details:

  • Saturday, April 19th,
  • Meet at Wallingford Center at 10 AM
  • Get your gear on
  • Beautify the hood!


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Fecal Fest Puts the Poo in Zoo

March 3rd, 2014 by Nico Lund

Photo courtesy from the Whipsnade Zoo in Dagnall, England

No need to fight about it! The Woodland Park Zoo has a fair-n-square way to dole out their precious zoo doo.

This month gardeners of Seattle are stampeding to the online form to get their names into the Woodland Park Zoo Doo Lottery.

For those not in the know, the Woodland Park Zoo collects waste from their non-primate herbivores (think zebra, hippo, giraffe and elephant) all winter long and rations it out to local gardeners every spring.

The lottery is now open for registration and stays open until March 17.

If you become one of the lucky ones, you will get to pick up your coveted poo between April 5-9. With prices ranging from $8-$10 per garbage can, or $4 – $6 for a bag, you’ll be doo-di-doot-doo-n yourself all the way home.

Visit the Woodland Park Zoo’s website for more info.

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Amber Alert

February 20th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Did anyone else get an Amber Alert delivered to their phone today at 3:18 pm ? That was a surprise. So here is what King5 has to say about it:

Amber Alert issued after mother flees with 2 children

Amber Alert issued after mother flees with 2 childrenCredit: KING

Mill Creek police have issued an Amber Alert after 25-year-old Sajza Henry fled her home with her 2-year-old son Tyrel and 8-month-old daughter Alexandria. She is believed to be driving a burgundy colored 1997 Land Rover with Washington license plate 708VZU.

Department of Social Health Services alerted police after Sajza and the children left their home in the 2600 block of 143rd Place SE in Mill Creek.

Police say there is serious concern for the health and welfare of Sajza Henry and her two children after she was diagnosed with several untreated mental health conditions and is not allowed to be the sole caretaker of her children.

Her 2-year-old son Tyrel also has a medical condition that requires 24-hour nursing care.

Police believe Sajza Henry may be traveling to a male friend’s house, but the location is unknown.

Sajza Henry is described as a black female, 5′3″ tall with brown eyes and black hair. She has a tattoo on her right wrist and was last seen wearing a red top, red pants and white sweater.

Two-year-old Tyrel Henry is described as a multi-racial male, 2′ tall with black hair and around 25 lbs. He has a tacheotomy and is on a ventilator and needs medical care. He was wearing blue footy PJs.

Eight-month-old Alexandria Henry is described as a black female, 18 ” tall with black hair and weighing 18 pounds. She was wearing black with pink footy PJs.

Anyone who sees Sajza Henry or her vehicle or knows information about the family’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Mill Creek police tip line at 425-774-2503.

More to follow.

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Meet Joe: He’s The Butcher & The Baker

January 30th, 2014 by Nico Lund

I don’t know what it is about the Latona & 65th neighborhood, but it’s my new favorite place. It’s just a short walk from Wallingford, Greenlake and Roosevelt, so it’s a great destination spot for some good food and drinks. One of the newest businesses to open there is The Butcher and Baker. Here is a post from our sister site Udistrictdaily.com that will tell you all about it!

The Butcher & The Baker is ready for the 12th Man

Posted by Nico Lund on January 30th, 2014

Meet Joe. He’s the Butcher and the Baker.

Yeah yeah…we know, but we won’t go there! Joe doesn’t need another title as he is doing just fine making hand-crafted pastries, savories, and suppling us with Northwest grown meats.

Originally a restaurant owner in Renton, Joe Kennedy is known for his sweet and savory offerings. He is passionate about the art of food and loves to share that through beautiful displays and delicious menu items. As one fan on Facebook puts it, “Come for the local meat and meals. Stay for the AMAZING cheesecakes!!!”

In regards to how he sources his inventory, he stresses that he is very particular and offers organic chicken and poultry. By maintaining good communication with his suppliers, Kennedy says he is able to insure that he is providing a top quality product. He strives to seek out Northwest farmers that use free-range farming techniques and best practices.

Kennedy opened The Butcher & The Baker in November in the Latona Neighborhood just South of Greenlake. Not only is Kennedy the perfect guy to visit for everyday supplies, but he is also a great stop for your next gathering or party. In fact, Kennedy says that you should definitely stop by this weekend to stock up for your Superbowl Party!

Here are some mouthwatering menu items that will be in the shop on Friday:
Three Flavors of Marinated Chicken Wings
Hoisin BBQ
Jamaican Jerk
Spicy Tapatio

And these are available on Saturday:
Spiced Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Three Bean Steak Chili
Shepards Pie
Sandwiches: Roast Beef Ciabatta and the Infamous Cured

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New Vintage Shop Brings Independent Style to Wallingford

January 29th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Right before you head up the main stairs at the north entrance of Wallingford Center, you might notice a new little shop beckoning you to come in.

Indie Frock opened about three months ago in Wallingford, but has been alive and well in the imagination of owner Debbie Wirfs for much longer.

Wirfs started out with a knack for discovering great vintage finds and selling them on eBay. It was initially just a hobby, but that hobby turned into a major passion and now scouring finds at estate sales, auctions, and small town thrift stores is her full time job! Before opening her own shop, she got her sea legs while working her own booth at the Fremont Sunday Market, pop-up stores, Atlas Clothing and even the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, of which Wirfs said “everyone should go check out.”

Indie Frock has a beautifully eclectic vibe. You’ll find vintage and contemporary americana inspired styles that include brands ranging from classic Pendleton to Free People and Anthropology. You might just even find that once-in-a-lifetime mystery dress that will magically fit like it was made especially for you!

There are some really unique items at Indie Frock. Local artisan designer Feather and Skull makes hand-made one-of-a-kind boots and other handcrafted accessories. For jewelry, local artist Peaces by Lauren creates earrings and necklaces that have a timeless quality to them.

Whatever your pleasure, you can be sure that Wirfs has a refined eye for quality. When you stop in for a peek, you might just end up leaving with a very reasonably priced Brooks Brothers Makers silk tie for your husband  like this reporter did!

Brooks Brothers Makers Tie $20

Wirfs says she is thinking about having a Grand Opening Promotion, so follow on Instagram @indiefrock and through their Facebook Page to be the first to know!

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Café LuLu: Neighbors, a Perfect Cup-of-Joe and Art Openings

January 24th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Café Lulu is situated on Latona Avenue just off 65th. It’s a short diversion from Wallingford proper and a great spot for your next stroll through the hood.

This Saturday evening, photographer Lisa Hagen Glynn is exhibiting her new work from 6-9pm. There will be some live jazz music, so, it’s a great opportunity to check out this spot and experience this local business in the evening hours.


The Latona & 65th area houses a small grouping of businesses from an antique store, The Dish, the Latona Pub and more. Just south of Greenlake and north of Wallingford, the area has a local and loyal following. Nestled in between Krittika Noodles & Thai and the Latona Pub, Café Lulu is a bright and cheerful spot to get your morning coffee, a quick breakfast or a pick-me-up snack.

Owner Karen Laurie takes pride in her employees and her customers. She says she strives hard to make sure her cafe is a warm and welcoming place for everyone. She mentioned that “sometimes we have lines in the morning, but I usually can see who my regulars are and I make sure to have their order ready for them when they get to the front.”

It is also a great spot to work –as this reporter found out on a recent break from the home office. After the morning rush, Laurie assured me there are usually tables available for those who need a change of scenery in their work day. There is always Wifi, and there are even a few outlets just in case your gadget is running low on juice.

Serving Café Vita coffee and a variety of teas, they also have a delicious menu that won’t break the bank. Breakfast Burritos come from Café Racer, pastries from Louisa’s Bakery, and fresh bagels from Seattle Bagel. And for those of you who always have a hankering for Macrina’s famous squash harvest bread, you’re craving will be cured. The best part is that you will be served by a solid crew of barista’s who love their job and will treat you like family.

So on your next search for a comfortable spot to have a moment to yourself, meet a friend, enjoy a hot drink and a treat, or get some work done, Laurie and her team  will not disappoint.

6417 LATONA AVE NE SEATTLE, WA 98115

6417 Latona Ave

Monday – Friday : 6:30am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday : 7:30am – 2pm

Call Cafe Lulu: 206-527-7062

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The Wallingford Dump Gets a Facelift!

January 21st, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Seattle Times reports that the Wallingford transfer station is getting updated! That’s great news for Wallingford! Unfortunately, for about two-years, customers of the North-Station will need to take an estimated 10.5 mile trip down to the South Park-Station to unload their trash.

Originally published January 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM | Page modified January 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Wallingford transfer station closing for two-year update

Starting Monday afternoon, the garbage-transfer station in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood will close for two years while a more efficient and user-friendly facility is built in its place.

By Safiya Merchant

Seattle Times staff reporter

The new South Transfer Station in South Park opened in 2013. It is bright and airy with lots of green attributes. There are separate entrances for private and commercial trucks.

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On Monday, the infamous pit at the garbage-transfer station in Wallingford will exhale its last smelly breath.

The transfer facility on North 34th Street will shut down at 5:30 p.m. so that a more efficient and modernized version can be built in its place over the next two years.

In the interim, residential and commercial users of the North Transfer Station will need to trek their old tires, shot appliances, yard debris and other garbage down to the new South Transfer Station in South Park, which was just completed last year.

The new north station will be markedly different from the one there now, featuring many of the same amenities that were added to the new south station.

Chief among them: Instead of dumping their garbage into a deep and massive pit, users will be able to deposit it onto a flat floor — a safer option for customers and employees alike, said Ingrid Goodwin, a public-information officer for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).

Other new features: separate dumping areas for commercial trucks and self-haulers, translucent panels on the building to let in more natural light, misting systems to control odors and dust and solar panels on the roof.

Unlike the current station, which is open on the sides where customers drive in and out, the new station will be enclosed.

And the entire campus will expand east to Woodlawn Avenue North to make room for the station’s own separate recycling facility.

The north-station reconstruction is estimated to cost $92.4 million, according to Goodwin.

Ken Snipes, SPU’s director of solid-waste operations, said the north-station construction is the second phase in a three-phase project that began with the new south station.

The third phase, Snipes said, will be to transform the old South Transfer Station, which still stands near the new one at that site, into a recycling facility.

The changes to the north and south stations will help them come closer to their goal of recycling 60 percent of everything that comes in by pulling more materials out of the waste stream and recycling them, Snipes said.

Goodwin said the community around the north station was actively engaged in the planning of the new north station, and vocal about what it wanted and didn’t want to see.

One feature it pushed for — and will get: creation of an open space at the site for community use. This space will include features like a sports court and pathways.

“It’ll look a lot friendlier; it won’t look like a dump,” Goodwin said.

The downside is that for roughly the next two years, north-station users will need to haul their trash about 10.5 miles south to the station in South Park. That facility will be able to handle additional customers, Goodwin said, but she acknowledged the inconvenience.

“We’re just hoping that our customers will be patient with us for the next couple of years and they will benefit from having a new station in 2016,” she said.

Lynn McCaffray, an arborist who frequently takes yard waste to the Wallingford station, said she probably won’t drive down to South Park because she lives up north in Shoreline and does not want to go through traffic at the end of her day.

Shoreline also has a transfer station, and she’ll use it instead, noting that it just reduced its rates for clean green waste.

But once the Wallingford station reopens, she said, she’ll be back. “I like the facility; the people are really friendly; they’re really nice.”

Safiya Merchant: smerchant@seattletimes.com or 206-464-2299


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One of the Biggest Games to be Played in Seattle: Watch it on a Big Screen here in our Hood

January 19th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Whether you’re a die-hard Seahawks fan or someone who doesn’t normally pay attention to football, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. If you’re ready to experiencing today’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers but you don’t have a way to watch it, here are some local establishments that have a T.V! (Please call ahead to make sure they are showing the game before you plan your trip).

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m, so give yourself some time to get a good seat, order snacks and a beer and get ready to cheer.

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Elysian Brewing Co

www.elysianbrewing.com/tangletown.html
2106 N 55th St
(between 56th St & N Kenwood Pl)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-5929

Leny’s Place

2219 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-9175

Burgundian

www.burgundianbar.com
2253 N 56th St
(between N Kirkwood Pl & N Kensington Pl)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-8943

The Iron Bull

2121 N 45th St
(between N Meridian Ave & N Bagley Ave)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 453-3901

Al’s Tavern

2303 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-9959
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We are sure there are way more places in Wallingford to get your game on, so please tell us your favorite game-day viewing spot in the comments below!

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LA BOULANGERIE: CLOSING JANUARY 31ST

January 17th, 2014 by Nico Lund

La Boulangerie, owned and operated by Vietnam native Xon, will be closing its doors for good on January 31st. After 33 years, Xon was notified that his lease would not be renewed.

It is no secret that the bakery had been falling on some hard times over the years –one only needs to look at the Yelp reviews. With only Xon manning the bakery, the quality of the bread was not always up to par. Regulars knew to check on the freshness of bread as sometimes stale bread could be purchased. However, if you talk to any of these regulars, they will tell you that Xon was friendly, great to talk to and a valued member of the Wallingford Community. There are also many very positive reviews! Many people swore by his croissants and sweets. It just seems that working alone, six days a week had caught up to him. He has spent his whole life learning the art of French Baking and it is sad to say good-bye to such a dedicated business owner.

Seamonster Lounge will be taking over the space to increase their stage size, which they really could use.

We hope that there is still some delicious bread making in store for Xon as he moves on. In the meantime ,we look forward to enjoying some music while being surrounded with the good vibes that La Boulangerie and Xon are leaving behind.

Xon Photo Credit: Ryan Kellner

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It’s Not Just Another Day Off Of Work: 21 MLK Day events in Seattle

January 15th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Photo Credit: Marc Lester/ Anchorage Daily News

There’s no school on Monday January 20th, the Seattle Public Libraries and a host of other government/federal agencies are closed, and if you’re lucky, your job is giving you the day off as well. So besides sleeping in, what are you planning to do to honor our amazing strides in civil rights?

From the Seattle Times Website, here are 21 events going on around town.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events 2014

Northwest events marking Martin Luther King Day begin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Here’s a selected list.

KIng County Martin Luther King Day Celebration

THU Speakers including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and King County Executive Dow Constantine; music, student essay award ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle; free (www.stgpresents.org ).

MLK Film Screenings and Dialogue at SAM

FRI Films, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “The Man Who Drove with Mandela,” followed by conversation on ways to volunteer in honor of Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and others who led lives of service for social change; 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets available, or day of event on space-available basis starting at 6:45 p.m.; the museum, usually closed on Mondays, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for the holiday, $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3121 or www.seattleartmuseum.org ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

FRI Seattle community colleges host keynote speaker National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Michele Norris, who will discuss “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, and Tonya Mosley of the “Black in Seattle” series for KUOW, emcee of interactive program, discussion and reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (www.seattlecolleges.edu/mlk ).

Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy planting

SAT Plant trees in the park, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks ).

Youth march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SAT Seattle Parks and Recreation youth-organized march to celebrate the contribution Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive; march ends at Rainier Community Center for youth talent show and youth group-speak recitation, 1 p.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle; preregister online (206-233-3979 orwww.seattle.gov/parks/teens/programs/mlkprogram.htm).

Share the Dream

SUN Concert to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and special guests, 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free, freewill offering collected to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County (206-329-0300 orwww.emergencyfeeding.org).

MLK Unity Party

SUN KEXP hosts DJs for music, dance and celebration in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cause of freedom and equality for all people, for ages 21 and older, 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$7 (www.kexp.org/events/details/9176 ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

SUN Keynote speech by Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, performances including theatrical creation, spoken word, African drumming, group singing of civil rights-era songs, awards for service toward social justice, reception with a resource fair, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (redeemingmlk.blogspot.com/).

State Parks Free Day

SUN-MON Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required; Martin Luther King Day, Sunday-Monday (www.parks.wa.gov/events ).

National Parks Free Day

MON Visit national parks with no entrance fee in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).

MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County

MON Preregister online for a variety of volunteer activities (www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/mlkday).

MLK Day of Service

MON National Service Blog of volunteer projects (mlkday.gov).

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

MON Breakfast honors Seattle leaders with award presentation and keynote speaker Ron Sims, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, music by University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir, 7 a.m. Monday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$35; tickets available by phone through Friday or at the door (425-775-3362).

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Workshops, Rally, March

MON Workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry, music, keynote speaker Aaron Dixon, 11 a.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march to Westlake Park for brief outdoor rally, 12:30 p.m., rally approximately 1:45 p.m. (www.mlkseattle.org ).

Fremont MLK Day of Service

MON Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with keynote speaker Lake Union District Council Member Ralph Frank Weathers, “I Have a Dream” speech and a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, assemble disaster hygiene kits and welcome baskets for Patrick Place Apts., earthquake preparedness information, Community Service Volunteer Forum, for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St., Seattle; free (fremontmlkday.org).

MLK Day Open House, Northwest African American Museum

MON Reading room with a selection of books about the civil-rights movement and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, film showing of “Sing Your Song,” the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte, 1 p.m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org ).

Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase

MON High-school boys basketball tournament, Rainier Beach-O’Dea, Garfield-Franklin, Beamer-Jefferson (Portland); 3 p.m. Monday, doors open 2 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; $10 (garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/).

Crossroads MLK Health Fair

MON Performances, health and community information and exhibits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, speakers Bellevue mayor and City Council, 12:15 p.m., Market Stage and South Concourse, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 orwww.crossroadsbellevue.comCQ).

MLK Day project, Kirkland

MON Help remove invasive plants, wear waterproof shoes, tools and gloves provided, 10 a.m. Monday, Crestwoods Park, 1818 Sixth St., Kirkland; preregister (www.greenkirkland.org).

King Showcase, ShoWare Center

MON High-school girls and boys basketball MLK Day tournament, eight games, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m., ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $5-$10 (253-856-6990 orwww.showarecenter.com).

University of Puget Sound Martin Luther King Day Celebration

TUE Keynote speech by leader and political activist of the Chicano civil-rights movement Carlos Munoz, other speakers, music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma (www.pugetsound.edu ).

Let us know what kinds of things you do to celebrate civil rights. We would love to hear in the comments!

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Seattle Magazine looking for neighborhood faces for photo shoot

January 13th, 2014 by sarawilly

Are YOU the face of Wallingford? Seattle Magazine wants people who “represent”:

Are you the face of your neighborhood? Seattle magazine is looking for representatives from all Seattle neighborhoods to be considered for a photo shoot for an upcoming feature in our magazine. Send an email with your name, neighborhood and why you think you’re the face of your ‘hood to cassandra.piester@tigeroak.com by Monday, January 13, to be considered.

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