September 24th, 2014 by Nico Lund
Stop by the Wallingford Uptown Espresso Parking Lot Thursday Evening for a Night of Neighbors and Delicious Food
From 5-9pm on Thursday Sept 25, Here and There Grill and Bigfood Mobile will be in their portable kitchens cooking dinner up for you and yours.
Give yourself a break from slaving away in the kitchen and let them do it for you. The best part — no dishes to do afterwards!
Be sure to send us a picture of your Food Truck adventuring on our Facebook page!
September 19th, 2014 by Nico Lund
What started as a small school fundraiser 30 years ago now brings over 10,000 visitors to the Wallingford neighborhood.
The Wurst Festival is a family friendly Octoberfest-esque festival celebrating the end of summer and happens Sep 19 & 20th at St. Benedict School in Wallingford.
Everyone in your household will enjoy the fun rides, delicious food and a lot of activities for kids. Being a neighborhood festival you’ll also get a chance to meet and greet some of your neighbors before the cooler weather holes everyone up for nine months.
In addition to the Brats, there will be craft booths, homemade sweets, books for sale, a biergarten, raffle and tons of live entertainment on the outdoor stage.
So plan you weekend accordingly –here’s the schedule for you:
WURST FESTIVAL 2014 – ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE:
For more information check out their Facebook Page.
Here is a map for directions.
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September 10th, 2014 by Nico Lund
The Easy Street Band Returns to Wallingford for an open air concert on the plaza at Wallingford Center, tonight Sep. 10 at 6 pm!!!
The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce invites neighbors and friends to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy an open air concert with The Easy Street Band.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 10th. 6pm
What: a 90 minute free concert
Where: Wallingford Center Plaza
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September 5th, 2014 by Nico Lund
With the news of a 12 year old boy hit by a car this morning in Wallingford, it’s time to review pedestrian safety with our kids. Especially those of us with older kids that are starting to venture out-and-about on their own.
Even as our children become older, wiser and more independent, it is still really important to check in with them about basic rules-of-the-road.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stresses five reasons why kids are most vulnerable as pedestrians:
• They often act before thinking.
• They often make the mistake of thinking
that if they can see a driver, the driver
can see them.
• They can’t judge speed or the distance of
vehicles moving toward them.
• They think cars can stop instantly.
• They’re difficult to see when behind a
First, lets check out a disturbing statistic:
The NHTSA reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young children. Twenty percent of fatal crashes involving children between the ages of 5 and 9 involve pedestrian-related fatalities.
The NHTSA says that children age ten and older are often ready for the challenges of having more opportunities to walk unsupervised but they still need reinforcement and reminders about safe walking behaviors. They recommend practicing with them on specific routes so they can talk to them about where to walk, cross and any other safety considerations.
Some Important Tips:
- It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- In this digital age, it’s very important to model proper walking etiquette by putting down your device (phone, tablet, etc.) when walking with your kids.
- Teach kids to ALWAYS look left, right and left again when crossing the street.
- Keep in mind that it may be hard for certain kids to judge speed and distance of cars until age 10.
- Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
- And when you are driving, make sure to get off your digital devices, be alert for bicyclists, pedestrians and other road hazards.
For more safety tips check out the NHTSA website
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September 4th, 2014 by Nico Lund
FRIDAY SEPT 5th STARTS A WHOLE NEW SEASON
OF MEANINGFUL MOVIES!
Meaningful Movies Presents ”SWEET DREAMS,” an Ice Cream Social and a Drum Performance Fri. Sep 5th at 6:30pm-it’s FREE!(donations appreciated).
What do Rwanda, drumming and ice cream have in common you may ask? Sweet Dreams follows a group of Rwandan women as they help their community recover from genocide by forming a women only drumming troupe and opening an ice cream shop!
Meaningful Movies is a non-profit organization that helps communities and groups organize, educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and discussion to build positive and meaningful community.
JOIN THE FESTIVITIES:
6:30: A NEIGHBORHOOD ICE CREAM SOCIAL w/ SNOQUALMIE ICE CREAM
6:30: DRUMMING PERFORMANCE with SIMONE LaDRUMMA AND FRIENDS!
7:00: SWEET DREAMS RWANDA MOVIE
8:45: A DRUMMING CIRCLE FOLLOWING THE FILM drums provided!
For More info Check out the Meaningful Movies Website or check out their Facebook Page.
Free and open to the public. Donations for expenses kindly accepted.
September 3rd, 2014 by Nico Lund
Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon is expected to arrive at 4:45 pm Sunday, Sept 7 at the Wallingford Dicks Location.
Lifelong Seattleite Lars Philips is the Founder of Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon, an event to raise money and support for local charities.
Philips started the event three years ago with a friend. At first it was just the two of them, but now in their 4th year they expect more than 30 people to join the walk which consists of 1 day, 6 locations and 22 miles.
This year the event is officially partnered with Dick’s Drive-In and the Spady Family who have agreed to match up to $2,000 raised by participants and in Change For Charity buckets on the day of the walk. Money raised goes to support charities like Mary’s Place, First Place School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter, and Cocoon House.
As mentioned on their Facebook Page, they are encouraging interested walkers to gather at the Edmonds Drive-In at 10:30am to begin the trek across Seattle to support their Change for Charity partners.
1. EDMONDS – 10:00 AM [Start walk at 10:35]
2. LAKE CITY – 1:15 PM
3. HOLMAN ROAD – 3:00 PM
4. WALLINGFORD – 4:45 PM
5. BROADWAY – 6:15 PM
6. QUEEN ANNE – 7:15 PM
ROUTE MAP: goo.gl/maps/HF7xt
Walk-A-Thon participants are encouraged to donate $20 to Change for Charity to receive a drive-thru punch card at the Edmonds location. For those who complete the entire trek and have the proof in hand they promise a cheeseburger will be waiting for them at the Queen Anne Dicks!
What: Dick’s Drive-In Change for Charity Walk-A-Thon When: Sunday, September 7th starting at 10:00
Where: Starting at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In Location and continuing 22 miles on foot to all 6 Dick’s Drive-In locations!
For more information check their Facebook Page
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August 31st, 2014 by Nico Lund
Seattle Tilth’s Annual Fair Celebrates Our Local Harvest Season
Now in its 27th year, the family friendly Tilth Harvest Fair is back and overflowing with a bountiful harvest this Saturday, September 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.at Meridian Park
How lucky are we to live in a city with such a vibrant farming and gardening community! It’s a place where a next door neighbor may be growing prized tomato’s or a friend down the way might drop off a basket of sweet peas. It’s also a place that you can easily make a meal with all local ingredients.
Seattle Tilth has been providing hands-on education in organic agriculture for 36 years. It is with this commitment to sustainability that they put on the Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair. With fun activities and great community, it’s a great way to enjoy harvest season and celebrate our amazingly fertile place on the map.
Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair
Saturday, September 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Meridian Park (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle)
The Harvest Fair isn’t just for the green thumbs and their fans, it’s also a great opportunity to see some live music, join a parade, press cider from local apples and hang out with and even meet some neighbors! With all the deliciousness around making your mouths water, food truck and booths will be there to fill your bellies.
Kids will love the opportunity to nuzzle a goat or chicken, make an herb crown, and everyone can learn about farm crafts, native and edible plants, garden supplies and sustainable goods. You can also learn tips for canning and cooking — or bring goods to trade at the barter organized by Backyard Barter.
get your snuggle on with some farm friends
See the full schedule of activities and the list of participating farmers, vendors and organizations.
- Live music
- Local food trucks and tents
- Organic farmers market
- Urban farm demonstration
- Sustainable vendors
- Kids parade (noon)
- Barter (1-3 p.m.)
- Canning and cooking demonstrations
- Cider pressing
- DIY herb crowns
- Seed swap
- Kids crafts in the children’s garden
As with all local community events, it’s volunteers like YOU that make it all happen; plus, it’s a fun way to participate. Sign-up to volunteer!
Sponsors including PCC Natural Markets, Big Dipper Wax Works and media sponsor KUOW.
Admission is free but donations are encouraged at the entrances to help cover event costs.
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August 14th, 2014 by Nico Lund
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) crews will conduct soil tests near the Lake Washington Ship Canal to Investigate potential locations for underground sewage and stormwater storage.
When rain overwhelms the combined sewer system, raw sewage and polluted stormwater spill
into the ship canal in Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford.
As part of a ten year project to protect human health and the environment, and comply with existing laws, SPU will need to construct storage for approximately 9.4 million gallons of sewage and polluted stormwater.
Crews will drill holes up to 150 feet in depth, primarily in the parking strip and on side streets. “No Parking” signs will be placed 72 hours in advance of the work and will be removed as soon as work is completed.
Work will occur from late August through September at 14 locations near shilshole Avenue, Leary Avenue NW, and NW 35th Street. It will take approximately four to five days to complete at each location. Work will be occurring in the Right-Of-Way and happen during normal work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
SPU would like people to be prepared for:
• Crews working on and around the location
• A vehicle-mounted drill rig and support truck
• Paint and other temporary markings in the right of way
• Reduced nearby parking
• Limited traffic impacts in a few locations
• Periodic noise from drilling operations, including engine noises
August 13th, 2014 by Nico Lund
Group Health has a fun Photo Contest Going On. You Have until August 17th to get your entry in!
July 31st, 2014 by Nico Lund
Aug. 4, The Woodland Park Zoo and the Alzheimer’s Association have a great program aimed to help seniors suffering from Memory Loss.
For some, aging comes with a high price to pay; the loss of memory. It’s sometimes a slow transition and can be hard on not only the person loosing their memory, but also their close friends and family members.
Recently, I was in California helping to care for my own aging parent suffering from an illness and cognitive disfunction. It made me realize how important it is to reach out to the seniors in my life and make sure they are getting the proper care and support.Here are a few local programs that are available for just that reason:
Starting on August 4th, for 10 consecutive weeks, the Woodland Park Zoo with sponsorship from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Greenwood Senior Center and Seattle Parks and Rec. is offering a program for seniors. The program takes place 9:30 – 11:00 am on Mondays and provides a chance for physical activity, cognitive stimulation, and social connection. The program is open to a set number of participants living with Early Stage Memory Loss and care partners. Registration is required.
Invigorate body, brain, and spirit with 3-4 mile brisk walks in various parks and neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Varied terrain includes sidewalks and gravel paths, mostly level but expect some gentle to moderate hills. Each walk concludes with a social gathering in a nearby cafe. To determine if this is the right group for you or someone you care for, and to be added to the email list for current location information, contact Mari Becker, email@example.com, (206) 684-4664. 2nd & 4th Fridays at 10:00 am. No charge.
From Delicious Meals and fitness classes to Senior Education Programs and Community Events, the WCSC has a ton of great opportunities for seniors.
4649 Sunnyside Ave N Suite 140 Seattle WA 98103 206-461-7825
There are many resources on line to help support caregivers and seniors. It’s important to check in with your loved ones as they age and make sure they are getting the care that they need, i.e., getting exercise, eating healthy and understand their rights. Here are list of helpful links:
Senior Rights Assistance
Five wishes: Aging with Dignity
Seattle Senior Centers
If you know someone in need of help will dementia or Alzheimer’s, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900
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July 14th, 2014 by Nico Lund
It’s Easy to Be a Good Neighbor!
A Fremont / Wallingford Safety Meeting will be held on Thursday July 24th at 9am at History House (790 N. 34th St.)
There are many ways to be a good neighbor and help keep our neighborhood safe, clean and friendly. Some ideas include keeping front yards maintained, adding censored lighting to alleyways, getting to know your neighbors and local business owners and starting or being a part of a Neighborhood Watch program.
If you are a concerned citizen, there is a free and open public forum to discuss crime prevention in Fremont and Wallingford.
Guests include: Elizabeth Scott, City of Seattle Police, Crime Prevention Officer; Linda Clifton, FAWN & Fremont Neighborhood Council Board; John Nordstrand, Resilient Fremont and Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.
For more information contact:
Neighborhood Coordinator, Karen Ko,
firstname.lastname@example.org phone 206.233.3732
For even more information check out some of these very helpful phone numbers and links:
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June 16th, 2014 by Nico Lund
SUMMER SOLSTICE NIGHT OUT TO FEATURE SALON OPEN HOUSE, WINE TASTING AND CHOCOLATE ON JUNE 22nd AT SALON METRO
Chocolati Café and Salon Metro are excited to co-host an event as part of this year’s Summer Solstice Night Out. Featuring wine, small bites, giveaways – and, next door, chocolate — you will not want to pass by without stopping in!
Check out some of the latest looks designed by Salon Metro’s newest stylist, Justin Dahlquist, who will be hosting a raffle drawing for free cut and color services. Kevin Murphy sulfate-free styling products, featuring natural ingredients and recyclable or biodegradable packaging, will also be raffled off.
Fellow Salon Metro stylists Ross Taylor, John Simmons, and Sasha LeBeau will be on hand, as well local jewelry designer Jennifer Stenhouse.
Next door, sample a Chocolati Chill, the café’s signature summertime blended drink, plus wine tasting and truffles. Chocolati, with five locations in Seattle, specializes in handmade truffles and espresso.
Salon Metro is a full-service salon with experienced stylists who are committed to using only the finest earth-friendly color and products.
WHEN: Sunday June 22nd, 6-8 p.m.
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May 23rd, 2014 by Nico Lund
It’s the 30th Annual Night Out on August 5th.
Did you Know that the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event and activities?
It’s time to meet your neighbors! Yeah, those people that live next door to you, across the street, and that nice person who always throws your paper up onto your porch on his morning walk with his dog…the one who’s name you don’t know.
You know that cool looking couple that passes by on their evening run, or that elderly woman always working in her garden rain or shine. This is your chance to put names to faces and create that community vibe you are always craving. This could even be your chance to find out who lives in that haunted looking house with the over grown blackberries!
The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few.
The deadline for applications is Monday, June 23 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register in its web-based application system by June 20 to apply.
For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916.
Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.
April 28th, 2014 by Nico Lund
Attention Gardeners: Stock Up at the May Edible Plant Sale and Support Education Programs
Choose from the largest selection of organically grown edible plants in the region while stocking up on plants and supplies to grow your own food. This unique sale supports Seattle Tilth’s many educational programs.
If you are like a lot of Seattleites, you have probably noticed that the sun is coming out a little more these days, as well as your yard could use a little TLC. Why not finally start that salad garden you keep talking about? Or if you are a seasoned green thumb, you might want to try out a few organic varieties that you haven’t tried before.
The Sale will feature over 50,000 organically or sustainably grown plants that are specially chosen by Seattle Tilth’s experts because they are well-adapted to thrive in our Pacific Northwest climate. Educators will be on hand to answer questions throughout the sale, and shoppers can learn organic gardening techniques in a series of gardening presentations.
May Edible Plant Sale Shopper Shoppers will find:
- More than 350 plant varieties for your summer garden, including rare and heirloom varieties
- Summer crops that love full sun such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and melons that can be planted at the end of May or in early June
- Plants for beginning gardeners such as lettuces, Asian greens, kale, chives, arugula, strawberries, culinary herbs and edible flowers
- Exotic flavors and colorful vegetables such as sweet chocolate peppers, bulbing fennel, Thai basil, lemon cucumbers, Purple Erdine eggplants, tarragon and striped tomatoes
If you’re new to this sale, check out Hot Tips to know before you go to maximize the experience.
All of the proceeds support Seattle Tilth’s extensive food, farm and garden education programs throughout Seattle and King County, building a sustainable and equitable local food system while safeguarding natural resources. The sale also supports local organic growers.
Seattle Tilth’s May Edible Plant Sale
Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle
Join the Facebook event.
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:
- Don’t buy a pet on an impulse
- Shop around for the right kind of pet for you or your household
- Consider Adoption
- Make sure your chosen pet (breed, species) fits your lifestyle
- Make sure your chosen pet (breed, species) fits your home environment
- Be clear about Why you want a pet
- Make sure this is a good time in your life to own a pet
- Consider lifespan of pet that you feel will match your needs
- Make sure you can meet a specific pets needs
- Make sure you know what breed, species is the right type for you or your household
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