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Help Our Neighborhood Win Big and Fight Hunger!

November 14th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Neighborhood Competition  to Provide Meals Will Help Decrease Hunger

With the goal not just to serve more meals but to decrease the number of hungry people in King County, Union Gospel Mission has a great way to get neighborhoods involved in decreasing hunger in our city.

With over 270,000 people struggling with hunger in King County, the Mission’s is challenging neighborhoods to compete to provide the most meals between Oct 15th and Nov 24th. The winning neighborhood receives a community celebration on Saturday, December 7th.

Keep track which neighborhood is on top at www.ugm.org.

UGM’s strategy to fight hunger in King County includes:

1.   Shelters all over King County: Pioneer Square. Belltown. Kent. And winter shelters in Phinney Ridge. Lake City. Bellevue

2.   Afterschool program all King County offering after school snacks, monthly meals and food bags

3.    5,000 Build-a-Box food boxes to be distributed to hungry families and seniors in food desert territories.

4.    Hi-yield urban block farms.

The One City/One Hope campaign’s mission is to transform lives and transforms our city. No one gets left out or forgotten. It sounds like a great way to contribute to families in need this season.

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Why is the City of Seattle Messing with our Farmers Markets?

November 13th, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Seattle Farmers Market Association Needs your Help: There is a proposal to increase farmers market permit fees by 132% for 2015. This could affect many farmers ability to continue to offer their goods at Seattle farmers market locations.

In addition to requesting citizens to make public comments on this proposed fee increase, the SFMA would appreciate community members to join them at one of three public meetings happening over the next few weeks. The one nearest to our ‘hood will be:

Thursday, November 13th
9:00 – 10:30 am
Phinney Center, room 6, blue building*
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Map:  https://goo.gl/maps/MZLxV
*this room is accessible by elevator

All public comments need to be made by December 10, 2014.

With farmers being required to make separate applications plus pay separate permits for each market at which they sell, the cost for independent and small farmers to participate is expensive. With the cost going up about 300% from 2011 rates, there is a concern that many small farms and food processors will stop participating in King County farmers markets.

The SFMA reports that there has never been a documented food-borne illness out-break from a King County farmers market. Additionally, the Health Department has even reported a decrease in violations found at these markets. So why is this rate increase on the table? In the past, the County has been supportive of farmers markets and this hike in permit fees seems to be contrary to that support.

To get a better understanding of what’s going on, how it will affect your farmers market, voice your concerns or to be apart of the discussion, Join SFMA at one of three public hearings on Nov. 13th & 19th to express your concerns.

For more information and a full list of meeting locations and times, check out the Ballard farmers market Blog.

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Free Whiskey Tasting Event in Wallingford Tonight!

November 5th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Attention lovers of quality libations, locally owned Wine World in Wallingford has tastings every day of the week including Beer Wednesdays, Local Thursdays and Flight Fridays; it’s like a penny-pinching tasters dream!

The Pacific Northwest has not only instilled in me a love of artisan craft beers, I have also developed a taste for fine wine and good bourbon. Taken seriously, and responsibly, these beverages are lovely to sip and savour in the cold and dark winter months.

Tonight, Nov 5, in addition to a Dicks Brewing Company and a Terrazas Wine Tasting, they are having a special Whisky Tasting Event featuring tastings of:

  • Isle of Skye 8yr
  • Tamdhu 10yr
  • Arran 10yr
  • Smokehead
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay
  • Arran Malt Amarone Cask

Chris Uhde, the district manager of Western Region Impex Beverages, will be leading the tasting. Uhde is Whiskey Expert for the United Scottish Society of Southern California, the founder of the Southern California Whiskey Club.

Tastings are Monday – Friday from 6-8pm and on the weekend from 2-5pm unless otherwise noted. Although most events are free and open to the public, the Friday Night Flights events is a $10 guided tasting series featuring wines from around the globe.

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6 Steps to Create Your Will: PEPS Offers Lo-Cost Class Nov 10

October 28th, 2014 by Nico Lund

If You’re Like A Lot Of People, Creating Your Will is Something You’ve Been Putting Off For Years – Even Though You Know The Importance of Having One

Well, put it off no longer! The 2014 PEPS Parent Talk Lecture Series, presented by Verity Credit Union, is Hosting 6 Steps to Create Your Will on Nov 10, 7-9pm.

Okay, I admit it, this has been on my mind for a while! I am that person – I know I need to have a will but feel so overwhelmed when it comes to getting it down on paper. What I need is someone to walk me through it, but hiring an attorney is definitely not in the budget!

This class is an opportunity to learn about how to create clear, simple documents, how to name a guardian for kids, give someone the power to manage finances, name a personal representative and decide who gets what.

This low-cost class can also start the process of creating an estate plan, as well as learn about the various options on how to leave a legacy by including the causes you are passionate about in your plan.

Megan Gebhardt, owner of Gebhardt Law Office,will be teaching this class. She has focuses her practice exclusively on estate planning and elder law. She serves as Western Division Chair of the Washington First Responder Will Clinic and as a volunteer speaker for PEPS groups.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Registration fee is $15 or pay-what-you-can. The $15 entitles you to bring your spouse or partner. PEPS works with various partners in the community to sponsor the lecture series and strives to keep the cost very low.

Tickets are Available at Brown Paper Tickets

PLEASE NOTE: PEPS hopes to deliver informative content free of disruptions at our lectures. Babes in arms (under 6 months) are welcome, but they ask that crawlers and crooners stay home with a caregiver.

The Class will take place at:

Verity Credit Union
11027 Meridian Ave N #102
Seattle, WA 98133

For more information, please visit their event webpage

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Immerse Yourself in Spanish at New School in Wallingford

October 24th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Vámonos Spanish Center, a new language school in Wallingford is having their first open house on November 2, 2-4pm.

Have you wondered if you could learn to speak another language? Do you want your child to be bi-lingual? Did you take a language back in the day but have no one to practice with? Vámonos Spanish Center is now in Walligford and ready to facilitate those ‘r’s’ to roll off your tongue.

VSC is a new language school that offers several different programs and resources for learning Spanish. Owner and teacher Amanda Reichert will instruct classes solely in Spanish utilizing the proven technique of immersion for listening comprehension skills. VSC will offer a variety of programs including:

  • Adult classes
  • After school supplemental program for middle schoolers
  • Daytime program for homeschooled middle schoolers
  • One-one-one tutoring and private lessons
  • Summer camps
  • Guided foreign travel

Señorita Amanda has been teaching since 2007, lived and has taught in Mexico and Spain, and has also traveled extensively to numerous Spanish speaking countries. She feels she has developed a unique program that combines culture and grammar in a way that makes learning Spanish fun and engaging.

Vámonos Spanish Center is located in Wallingford at 4504 Bagley Ave. N (behind the Sea Monster)

If you are interested in learning more? Visit www.vamonosspanish.com for more information.

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Need to Buy Some Holiday Gifts? Go Buy the Book!

October 22nd, 2014 by Nico Lund

On November 15 at the North Seattle College, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a Holiday Book Sale.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at North Seattle College (9600 College Way N., in the cafeteria) You can find gift-quality books for all ages, old or rare books and tons of new DVD’s! Prices start at $3!

The sale will take place in the cafeteria at North Seattle College. You can enter from the west side of the campus into the first floor entrance of the College Center Building, underneath the large concrete staircase visible from College Way between 95th and 97th streets.

Due to the fire code, capacity in the cafeteria will be limited and there may be a line to enter the building.

This sale is free and open to the public with no registration required.

For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library at 206-682-7567, email book.sale@friendsofspl.org or visit www.friendsofspl.org.

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Tent City 3 on Ravenna Ave: Answers to Questions Neighborhood Residents Might Have

October 17th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Our sister site University Distric Daily has written a post addressing the new Tent City 3 Location that has popped up between Ravenna Ave and 8th Ave NE.


A blue tarp circles the encampment. I walked until I found the entrance on the Ravenna side. I was immediately greeted with smiles and directed to the front “office.” I met a volunteer organizer who asked to be called ‘Micky Mouse’ to protect his identity. He told me about theSHARE/WHEEL organization that runs Tent City 3 then he introduced me to resident Tom who gave me a little tour.

SHARE stands for Seattle Housing and Resource Effort and WHEEL is for Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League. As mentioned on their website:

“SHARE and WHEEL are a self-organized, democratic, grassroots organizations of homeless and formally homeless individuals. SHARE was founded in 1990 and WHEEL was founded in 1993.  For 22 years we have been working to eradicate homelessness, educate the community, and empower homeless people.”

Mouse told me that Tent City 3 has be running for 13 years and is a model for tent cities across the nation. They are self-managed to help promote the dignity of the individual members.

People might wonder what kind of people are allowed to be part of this Tent City, how long they will stay in a location and why they are here in the first place. Mouse gave me some of their standards:

To be welcomed into the community one needs to have a current ID and must pass a sex-offender check. Tent City 3 does not allow anyone with a sex-offense in their operation. Mouse said that no level of sex-offense is acceptable for their city.

Stays can run from three to six months, but tend to stay in the three-month time frame. They create a contract with their host or neighborhood and they are very strict about sticking to that contract. This tent city is set to relocate to the Seattle University Campus on Jan 11th 2015.

Also of note is that Tent Cities provide their own trash removal and port-a-potties. Bus tickets are provided to each participant each day so they can get to work or appointments. Each Tent City has a food preparation area and volunteers bring hot meals most evenings while other times area residents kindly bring food donations. Some local construction companies have even stopped by to offer work to able-bodied folks.

Tent City 3 also has their own security-safety patrols. Volunteers work up to 30 hours a week to help maintain the site.

Mouse tells me passionately that the people here are not ‘camping,’ they are ’surviving.’ In the words of a resident from their website:

“People are people are people.  What do we want?  We want our lives back.  We lost our lives for the most part when we lost our jobs, housing, and opportunities to the rough times we are living through right now.”
Tom gave me a tour and showed off his awesome long hair!

Mouse said that tent city gives some of these people a safe way to survive that is a step above some other options available to homeless people in this city.

How can you Help?

Most importantly, Donations are gladly welcomed. On the website, there is a detailed list of wants and needs. Items such as hardware, kitchen, office, camping, health supplies and of course clothing is always needed. I spoke to another resident of Tent City 3, Roger, who said that sometimes neighbors order them pizza’s.

Pictured in front of his Tent, Roger said he was a network engineer before the ‘dot bomb’

To some neighbors, it might feel shocking to have a Tent City pop up in their ‘hood. What I found is that taking the time to stop by and meet these people puts a friendly face to an important issue.

As I got in my car and drove away, I felt more at ease knowing that there are great people out there working hard to help people struggling to survive. It was also inspiring, especially knowing there is more I can personally do to help out struggling families in our surrounding areas.

For more information, to volunteer or donate supplies please stop by and talk to the people at Tent City 3, or visit the website.

Online Donations can be made at their PayPals Page.

SHARE is a 501c(3) non-profit registered in the state of Washington and all donations are tax-deductible. WHEEL shares SHARE’s 501c(3).

Tent City 3 is located at:

NE 64th St and 8th Ave NE
Seattle WA 98115

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Popular Annual Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale This Saturday

October 15th, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Phinney Preschool Co-op’s annual Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is this Saturday, October 18th from 9am to 1pm. The Early Bird Gets the Deal!

Buying used clothes is not only great for the environment it’s also great for families who are trying to stay on budget.

This sale features gently-used, name-brand clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy!

There is parking available in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots.

Bring your re-usable bags and get there early — there is a 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm.

PNPC is on Facebook so you can get the latest info on the sale and a sneak peak into items being sold!

When: Sat. October 18 9am-1pm
Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N Seattle 98103)

For more info check out their website

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Halloween: There’s Spooky Fun For All Ages

October 14th, 2014 by Nico Lund

With Halloween just around the corner it’s either time start scrambling to get your kid’s and/or your own costume pieces gathered, or if you’re hardcore, you are already diligently sewing together the finishing touches.

But what do you have planned? Where are you going to go show off your awesome disguises? Here are a few local events going on that are mostly family friendly:


Where: Scarecrow Video Screening Room

When: The month of October

Cost: Free (concessions available for purchase at VHSpresso)

Join Scarecrow Video in their Screening Room the month of October for a different scary movie almost every night! These events are 21 and over (sorry kiddo’s).


Where: Woodland Park Zoo

When: Sat. & Sun., Oct. 18 – 19, 25 – 26, & 31 2014 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Cost: Free with Zoo admission

Watch hippos chomp, elephants smash, meerkats dig, and bears crunch their way through pumpkins and festive treats.


Where: Licton Springs Park

When: Friday, October 31st (Halloween), from 4:30-6pm

Cost: Free (donations welcome)

Children follow the paths around the wetland where they meet Friends of the Forest (adults) holding jack-o-lanterns and giving candy treats to the young trick-or-treaters passing by. Donations made by the Community Council ensure there’s plenty of candy and cider for the many who attend. Volunteers welcome, contact Lictonsprings@hotmail for info or to volunteer.

Where: 4805 NE 45th St.(behind Seattle Children’s Hospital, across from Laurelhurst Park
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 3 to 7 p.m.,rain or shine
Cost: $13
Susannah White’s Three Feet of Sunshine presents this annual festival with a hair-raising haunted house, pony rides, kids’ tunes, ghoulish games, prizes, creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and a parade. Don’t miss the Yummy Mummy Cupcake Walk, delicious Halloween Trophy Cupcakes and two live performances by Recess Monkey (4 and 5 p.m.).
All proceeds go to benefit Seattle Children’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team.
Bring a new, unused costume for a Seattle Children’s Hospital patient and receive an extra special trick-or-treat.
Email for more info or 206-304-9339


Where: North End, under the Aurora Bridge..you know, where the troll is!

When: 7pm sharp

Please note that I could not find a current listing of this, but I am pretty sure it happens every year. Here is a post from a past event on the Fremont Arts Council Website. Please contact them if you want to make sure it’s happening this year.


Where: EMP – Level 3 and Skychurch

When: Friday, October 31, 2014 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Cost: $12 (babes in arms admitted free)

Halloween Kids Dance Party hosted by John Richards, feat. The Not-It’s, DJ Riz, DJ Darek Mazzone, DJ El Toro.

Where: Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall
When: Friday, October 31st
Cost: $15 (cash or check at the door)
Students of Carole Terry perform spooky organ classics—including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor—on the UW’s Littlefield Organ.

When: Saturdays Oct. 11,18 & 25th 11am-5pm

Where: Jones Playhouse 4045 University Way NE

All proceeds to benefit the Professional Actor Training Program 2015 MFA Drama Showcase

Did you know Seattle is number 8 on a list of 20 cities rated for trick or treat-a-bility from a zillow.com poll?
There are a ton of parties and events listed here, mostly for the more mature! Have fun and be safe!

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Nestle Into Winter with a Good Book Group at SPL

October 7th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Artist Carol Dolci's "St Catherine Reading a B

The Wallingford Branch of the Seattle Public Library hosts a book Group that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:45 p.m.

The book title for this month is “The Other” by David Guterson. a coming of age story of two Seattle friends in the 1970’s.

Next month’s title will be “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome.

Registration is not required.Pick up your copy of this month’s book at this library location.

For more information, contact the Wallingford Branch at 206-684-4088 or Ask a Librarian

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Radar Is Missing!! Have you Seen this Lost Chihuahua Puppy?

September 30th, 2014 by Nico Lund

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Wallingford Eats: ‘BigFood’ & ‘Here-and-There’ This Thursday

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!

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Are You Ready For The Wurst Festival Tonight & Tomorrow!?!

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:


For more information check out their Facebook Page.

Here is a map for directions.

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Check Out Easy Street Tonight at Wallingford Center

September 10th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Easy Street Band

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
For more information check out the WCC website .

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What a Close Call Can Teach Your Kids About Crosswalk Safety

September 5th, 2014 by Nico Lund

photo credit:blackboxberlin

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
backing vehicle.

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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