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Fifth student dies from Aurora Bridge accident

September 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

North Seattle College has learned that another student has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24. This student now makes five students in all who have lost their lives as a result of the devastating accident.

Out of respect for the family and their wishes to maintain privacy during this difficult time, the college will not be releasing the student’s identity.

“On behalf of our college, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family for this tragic loss. The aftermath of this accident has tested the faith and resolve of the North community like no other in recent memory, and we have tremendous grief and sorrow. But this terrible accident has also shown me and so many others that our community is incredibly strong and resilient, and by pulling together in this way, we will become stronger. We appreciate the support that has been extended to our campus from this city and throughout the world,” said Warren J. Brown, Ed.D., president of North Seattle College.”

President Brown will hold a media briefing on Monday, Sept. 28.

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Horrific crash on Aurora Bridge kills 4

September 24th, 2015 by sarawilly

Photo from Mark Ralstom/AFP

This morning around 11:15, a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a charter bus carrying 45 North Seattle College staff and students on the Aurora Bridge. Lieutenant Sue Stangl from Seattle Fire has confirmed four people were killed and twelve were in critical condition. Many of the most critical were rushed to Harborview.

SDOT says given the nature of the crash, traffic will be impacted on the bridge (and throughout the city) through the evening.

Ride The Ducks announced it was suspending operations for the rest of the day. It’s not clear what caused the accident, although an eyewitness told King 5 news he saw what appeared to be a wheel pop off of the Duck vehicle, right before the horrific crash.

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Community invited to review initial designs for development of waterfront park on Portage Bay

September 21st, 2015 by sarawilly

Seattle Parks and Rec invites the community to learn about the new shoreline park in the University District and review initial design concepts at a public meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team of Walker Macy at Sakuma Viewpoint, 1299 NE Boat St. and provide input on the design for this park.

Seattle Parks and Recreation purchased the Bryant marina site (1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay) from the University of Washington in 2014. The goal for the park project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.

After the public outreach process and gathering community feedback a final design concept will be created and presented at a public meeting in early 2016. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017 and completed in 2018.

For more information about the Portage Bay park project click here, or contact David Graves with Seattle Parks and Recreation at 684-7048 or David.graves@seattle.gov.

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Author of ‘Origami Yoda’ children’s book series reads at SPL

September 20th, 2015 by sarawilly

Best-selling author Tom Angleberger will share his brand new picture book “McToad Mows Tiny Island: A Transportation Tale” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way N.E.

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available in the branch parking lot.

Every Thursday, as a break from mowing Big Island, McToad and his tractor make their way to Tiny Island, using various modes of transportation and types of machinery to get there and back.

Angleberger was a journalist before becoming an author-illustrator of children’s books. His works include the Origami Yoda series, “Fake Mustache,” and “Horton Halfpott or, the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset.” Angleberger lives in Virginia.

Books will be available for purchase and signing in partnership with Mockingbird Books.

For more information, call the University Branch at 206-684-4063 or Ask a Librarian.

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Free carwashes at Brown Bear tomorrow

August 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

For the past nine years, this family-owned business has offered free “Beary Clean” tunnel washes twice a year. Last year’s anniversary event generated 26,437 free washes, bringing the combined total of complimentary anniversary and free Veterans Day washes to over 225,000.

Adding to the fun, this Thursday only, one lucky customer will be selected to receive free car washes for a year: an annual membership to Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. Enter to win by taking a photo of your newly washed vehicle and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

Founder Vic Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 43 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

For locations and hours of Brown Bear’s automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area click here.

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What would your mini park look like?

August 27th, 2015 by sarawilly

PARK(ing) Day happens once a year, on the third Friday in September, and is an opportunity for Seattleites to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.There are just three days left to submit your applications for PARK(ing) Day 2015. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, August 28th, so don’t delay!

PARK(ing) Day is the perfect time to make your dream mini-park a reality. On September 18th, groups from all around Seattle will be designing and installing temporary on-street pop-up parks to help generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities. What sort of park do you want to see in Seattle? Parks can be spaces for reflection, creativity, solace, and play. PARK(ing) Day 2014 was their biggest one yet with over 50 pop-up parks installed throughout Seattle, and they want this year to be even bigger!

To apply, first pick the parking space you’d like to use and then fill out the simple, FREE application available on SDOT’s website. Check out SDOT’s guidelines for easy-to-follow tips about planning your pop-up park. Be sure to get your applications turned in to david.burgesser@seattle.gov by this Friday, August 28.

For additional information about Seattle PARK(ing) Day, including application requirements, click here.

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Don’t miss Seattle Tilth’s Gala Auction

August 13th, 2015 by sarawilly

All are invited to Seattle Tilth’s Gala Auction! This event is a fun and exciting evening that benefits programs to build healthy communities, healthy food system and a healthy environment.


SATURDAY, September 26th at the Historic Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park
5 p.m.
Silent Auction, drinks & appetizers

7 p.m.
Live Auction and dinner

Enjoy a very special meal from Herban Feast with fresh, local, organic ingredients including veggies grown at Seattle Tilth’s educational farms. You will have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of auction items including regional tours, elegant restaurant tours , interesting classes, spa experiences, outdoor adventures, weekend getaways, gardening opportunities and more.

Ticket pricing:

Individual seat: $75 (before Aug. 28), $90 (after Aug. 28)

Patron individual: $125

Table of 8: $600 (before Aug. 28), $720 (after Aug. 28)

Patron table: $1000

Click here for more info

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Parks and Recreation Fourth of July closures

June 24th, 2015 by sarawilly

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed for Independence Day or on special holiday schedules. Some facilities may be open, but have limited operations. Please call in advance.

These facilities and services will have closures:
◾Community centers (July 4)*
◾Environmental learning centers (July 3-4)
◾Indoor swimming pools (July 4)
◾Green Lake Small Craft Center (July 3-5)
◾Baker Rowing and Sailing Center (July4-5)

*Laurelhurst, International District Chinatown, Van Asselt, Alki and Miller community centers will be closed on July 3 and 4.

These facilities are open:
◾Golf courses
◾Boat ramps
◾Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
◾Colman Pool
◾Wading pools (Bitter Lake, Cal Anderson, E.C. Hughes, Green Lake, Hiawatha, Lincoln Park, Magnuson, Van Asselt, Volunteer Park, Wallingford)
◾Spray Parks

These facilities are on special schedules:
◾Volunteer Park Conservatory, open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 3 and 4.
◾Amy Yee Tennis Center (No classes on July 3 or 5, but courts are available for reservation. The center will be closed on July 4.)

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Close-up and Personal Live Portrait Sitting at Wallingford Branch Library Mar 22

March 12th, 2015 by Nico Lund

Bring Your Sketchbook, Questions for the Artist or Just Your Curiosity to ‘ECHOES OF A LIFETIME’: A LIVE PORTRAIT SITTING  by Artist Savvy Dani MARCH 22

Dani will paint a portrait of a live model from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Wallingford Branch

Free and open to the public, Artist Dani will kick off the event with a talk about portrait painting that will include tips and tricks for beginning artists.

Once the portraiture begins, attendees are invited to drop in and talk to Dani and the model, bring their sketchbooks to sketch a portrait alongside the artist, or just watch the painting develop from start to finish.

A local senior from the Wallingford Community Center will be modeling for the portrait. Additional artwork by Dani will be on display around the library branch. When the portrait is finished, Dani will open up the floor for a Q&A session.

In July, the Wallingford Community Senior Center will host an exhibit of Dani’s work that will include the portrait painted at this program.

Dani is a classically-trained draughtsman, painter and visual artist based in Seattle, Washington. She uses traditional drawing and painting materials to unearth beauty in the world around her. Dani has been painting and listening to the stories of older residents for a project titled “Echoes of a Lifetime,” as an off-shoot of her larger “Face on the Wall” series.

This event is presented in partnership with the Wallingford Community Senior Center and is made possible by funding from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

For more information, call the branch at 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian.

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Mayor Murray Makes a Proclamation for Feb 24 to be World Spay Day in Seattle!

February 25th, 2015 by Nico Lund

Seattle Animal Shelter offers free spay/neuter services this week to commemorate World Spay Day

illustration courtesy of Nico Lund Illustration

The Seattle Animal Shelter is offering free spay/neuter packages to area pets this week. Microchips and vaccinations are also offered free for animals having surgery through this promotion. Space is limited so schedule an appointmen by calling 206-386-4260.

“Spaying and neutering allows your pet to have a longer, healthier, happier life,” says Dr. Mary Ellen Zoulas, director of the shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic.

“It can reduce the risk of serious health problems, eliminate undesirable behaviors such as fighting and spraying, and reduce inter-dog aggression.”

This is being offered in recognition of “World Spay Day,” which is Feb 24th. It’s an international effort to promote the spaying and neutering of pets as the most effective and humane way to decrease the euthanasia of homeless animals in shelters throughout the world.

Who can you thank for this awesome service? It is made possible because of a grant from the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, as well as the City’s “Pet Populations Control Fund,”

Read all about how Mayor Ed Murray issued a proclamation in recognition of World Spay Day!

Spay and neuter surgeries usually cost $120-$155 for dogs, $85-$90 for cats and $75 for rabbits. Microchips are normally $30 and vaccinations run $10 each.

To take advantage of this offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $20 for cats/$27 for dogs, and a two-year license is $27 for cats/$37 for dogs.

The Seattle Humane Society reports other ways you can celebrate Spay Day in February and throughout the year:

·         Donate to the “Pet Population Control Fund” at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

·         Talk to your friends, neighbors and family about getting their pets spayed or neutered.

Year-round the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Spay and Neuter Clinic is able to help those in need with discounted or free spay/neuter surgeries.

To learn about other clinics providing discounted or free services in King, Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties, visit this website. You can also visit the Humane Society of the United States’ World Spay Day page.

For more information about Spay Day Seattle, to make a donation to the Pet Population Control Fund, or to learn more about other Seattle Animal Shelter services, call 206-386-7387 (PETS), or visit www.seattleanimalshelter.org.

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Wallingford Boys & Girls Club Member Wins Youth of the Year Award

February 17th, 2015 by Nico Lund

Wallingford Celebrates Mariana Espino As the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County 2015 Youth of the Year Winner!

Personifying hard work, leadership and the drive to succeed as an immigrant, this Wallingford youth has a lot to be proud about!

On Feb 12, up to 360 business leaders and youth were at the Seattle Sheraton Downtown Hotel to recognize Youth of the Year winner, Mariana Espino, a member of the Wallingford Club.

There were 11 teens from Boys & Girls Clubs all over King County competing for the title. Judged on leadership qualities exhibited through service to the Club, community and family; their respective essays; life goals; values and moral character; academic success; and poise and public speaking.

Mariana Espino, walked away with the winning title and a $2,000 education scholarship.

“The judges wrestled with the tough decision as all 11 nominees are
phenomenal teens who all show leadership, drive and have amazing
character,” said Calvin L. Lyons, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs
of King County. “I would like to congratulate Mariana Espino on being
named King County’s 2015 Youth of the Year. She is an example to us

Espino said of her win, “The Boys & Girls Club has helped me become responsible, hard-working and respectful to others. I’ve learned how to express my feelings and ideas—and most importantly how to be a leader.”

She will now go on to compete in the Washington State Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year competition on March 25, in the hopes of advancing to the regional event and then the national competition.

“As I go further in the competition,” added Mariana, “I hope to have a voice for kids from similar upbringings as me and show them that it is possible to be successful regardless of what kinds of obstacles life throws at you.”

Espino has been a member of the Club for 10 years and is a proud Counselor in Training (CIT) at the Club, involved with the SMART Girls program and is Vice President of the Keystone Club.

“The Boys & Girls Club has helped me become responsible, hard-working and respectful to others. I’ve learned how to express my feelings and ideas—and most importantly how to be a leader.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of King County identify itself as a place to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. There are 12 Clubs, two Teen Centers and 27 child care and early learning sites. The Boys & Girls Club organization is one of the largest of its kind in the nation, serving more than 17,000 members annually

For more information about the King County Boys & Girls Club, check out their website.

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FREE MOVIE for 6th-12th Grader Classes:Thanks Google!

February 13th, 2015 by Nico Lund

Google Wants to support 6th – 12th Graders to go see Selma, a movie about the 1965’s Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights March organized by Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership conference campaigning for voters’ rights.

Thanks to Google and DonorsChoose.org, 6th-12th grade teachers from select cities, including Seattle, can now take their students to see Selma for free.

CommonSenseMedia.org Describes the film as Follows:

The Movie Focuses on the time leading up to the march.  Selma provides a historical context for how each of the group’s campaigns concentrated on raising awareness about a different issue in the segregated South. Expect several intense, disturbing scenes of race-based violence perpetrated against the non-violent protesters, including protesters being beaten bloody with sticks, weapons, and even whips. Others are killed, including innocent girls in a church that’s blown up. Despite the historically accurate violence and the occasional strong language (ranging from “f–k” and “s–t” to frequent racial slurs) — as well as a subplot about infidelity — this is a powerful, educational drama that parents should watch with their mature tweens and teens.

Interested teachers just need to submit a field trip project on DonorsChoose.org. Here are the Eligibility Requirements from DonorsChoose.org:

Projects must be submitted by full-time public school teachers (full eligibility criteria).

Projects should request tickets to see Selma, and can include transportation to and from the movie theater.  To qualify for funding additional items should not be requested.

All projects should be submitted at least 2 weeks ahead of the date you’d like to take your trip.

Here’s how it works

  1. New to DonorsChoose.org?  Set up your teacher account atwww.donorschoose.org/teachers.
  2. Create a new project.  In Step 2, select “class trip” as your project type.
  3. In Step 3 (“Go Shopping”), click “Contact CICERO Class Trips to arrange your trip.”  All projects for Selma movie tickets must be booked using CICERO Class Trips.
  4. Complete the CICERO Class Trips form.  Be sure to request a date for your field trip that is at least two weeks from today’s date but still before March 15 or when Selma leaves theaters in your area – whichever comes first. CICERO will email you with a price quote within 3 business days to let you know how much your project will cost.
  5. After you receive the price quote, return to your DonorsChoose.org account and find your drafted project:
    1. Click “Upload your CICERO price quote.”
    2. Enter your trip date (you can ignore the instructions to select a date 2 months in advance – instead please pick a date that is before March 15 or before Selma leaves theaters in your area – whichever comes first).
    3. Enter “CICERO” under your activity request.  Enter the total amount due and upload your price quote.

When you submit your project, Google will fund it within 3 business days.

If you have additional questions, contact them.

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You Can’t Throw that Away: Here’s What to Do with that Trash Instead!

February 13th, 2015 by Nico Lund

Our Sister Site, Udistrictdaily, has some great news from Seattle Tilth that’s happening in our hood! All you City Gardeners Check this out!


Seattle Tilth in Partnership with the city of Seattle offers training for Volunteer Compost Educators this Spring atSeattle Tilth.

If you haven’t been paying attention, the city of Seattle now prohibits food waste from going in the garbage.

Because food waste in landfills is a big problem, accounting for nearly one quarter of methane emissions in the US, it’s time to take that useful material and transform it into ‘gardener’s gold’.

There is no debate whether or not compost offers tons of benefits. – reducing global warming, storm water pollution and waste, while building healthy soil and growing healthy plants.

Now in its 30th year, Seattle Tilth is inviting the community to come participate in their Master Composter / Soil Builder program in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities to train community members to become compost educators.

Here are the Detail from Seattle Tilth on how you can get involved!

Community members participate in 28 hours of classroom learning, hands-on practice and field trips. Learn how to compost while learning about soil science, natural yard care and recycling!

Training includes eight sessions during four weeks starting on Tuesday, March 24 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood (4649 Sunnyside Ave N). After the training, Master Composters contribute 35 hours of volunteer outreach teaching practical techniques to other community members. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

Apply by March 14
The Master Composter program is for Seattle residents only. King County residents who live outside of Seattle are encouraged to apply to similar programs we offer in King County. Applications aredueMarch 14. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.


Questions? Come to an Info Session!
Interested and want to learn more about this program? Attend one of the following info sessions:

  • Monday, Feb. 16, 6-7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N)

For More Information:

The Master Composter/Soil Builder program is managed by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities.

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Mighty-O Donuts Takes on the World with Donut Showdown

February 10th, 2015 by Nico Lund

In the wake of the Seahawks loss earlier this month, it’s now up to Tangletown’s own Mighty-O Donuts to bring us a much needed 2015 win!

In 2011, Mighty-O Donut’s Sara Beth Russert was sent to compete in a national  “Food Network Challenge: Donut Champions” and took the win beating Top Pot. Now, Mighty-O is sending Julie Twiggs to compete in another Food Network Challenge, but this one is International!

Mighty-O Donut ‘Queen’, Julie Twiggs.  Has been invited by the Food Network to compete in the Donut Showdown, and will go against other international top donut creators.  Mighty-O is proud to say that this is the third time the Food Network has invited their donuts to appear on one of their networked shows.

To celebrate, the Mighty-O Donuts Tangletown location will be hosting an episode viewing of the Food Network episode ‘Great Outdoors’ on Wednesday, February 11th 6:30pm-8:30pm.

In addition to the show, free donuts and coffee will be given to audience members, with emphasis on a selection of seasonal donuts and Julie’s Food Network donut creation.

Ryan Kellner, owner and founder of Mighty-O Donuts, commented that “it was an honor for us to be invited to another Food Network program”.  He applauds Twiggs saying that she ” is an invaluable part of our team; it was an easy choice to send her to represent our company”.

For those of you who don’t know, Mighty-O Donuts produce all of their own donut mixes and glazes from scratch using organic ingredients.  They identify as a sustainably minded bakery, and donate their extra donuts to non-profit organizations serving the hungry.

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Some People actually like Valentine’s day, this Post is for Them.

February 3rd, 2015 by Nico Lund

As Valentine’s Day 2015 approaches, please understand that if you have a sweetheart that you want to take somewhere special, time is running out to get a reservation!

There are so many great restaurants to sample and things to do in this town, there is no way to list everything in one post. But I can select a few things that might make what is really just another ordinary day of the year into a more romantic and fun time.

You can’t shoot a love-dart in Wallingford without hitting an eatery, so I am highlighting a few that seem like great places to take a date. I am always looking for new spots, so please send me more of your favorite date spots in the comments below!

Here are a few that I have linked right to their reservation pages to make your task that much easier.

Art of the Table – Celebrating food with a menu crafted by chef Dustin Ronspies that changes regularly to reflect a full range of seasonal, local produce, with all items made from scratch.

Joule – In the words of Chef/Owner Rachel Yang & Seif Chirchi “We love to cook and we love to eat.” The menu at Joule is an eclectic compilation of foods inspired by Asia, France, Germany and many other places around the world.

Sutra – On the menu is a variety vegetarian food  served in an intimate atmosphere focusing on sustainable agriculture, community-style dining, and responsible business practices.

Cantinetta – An Italian restaurant specializing in Tuscan culinary traditions, authentic hand-made pasta, and seasonal organic ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

mkt – An Ethan Stowell joint featuring an intimate space in tangetown serving thoughtful, contemporary American fare with a dedication to Northwest products.

Kisaku – sushi in tangletown that wants to be your friendly neighborhood sushi spot.

But wait –you’re not just going to have dinner are you?

You might want to check out a movie at our own Guild 45th or jump over the bridge to Sundance, Seven Gables, Varsity and the Grand Illusion Theaters.

Additionally, if you want to get out of Wallingford and the Northend *gasp*, here are some other ideas:

Please share more ideas and events in the comments!

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