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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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Meaningful Movies Make for Sweet Dreams

September 4th, 2014 by Nico Lund


Meaningful Movies Presents  ”SWEET DREAMS,” an Ice Cream Social and a Drum Performance  Fri. Sep 5th at 6:30pm-it’s FREE!(donations appreciated).

The folks at Meaningful Movies are excited to begin their new Film Season with Sweet Dreams Rwanda, drumming and an ice cream social. The takes place at 5019 Keystone Place N, Seattle.

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.






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.

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Dicks Walk-A-Thon Event Raises Money For Local Charities

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
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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The End of a Hot Summer = a Delicious Harvest Time at Seattle Tilth

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 FairWith 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)
Get directions.
Facebook event.

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.

Activities include:

  • Workshops
  • 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
  • Raffle
  • 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 MarketsBig 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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SPUtilities NOTICE: Soil Tests Through September in Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford

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

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We Saw the SuperMoon, Now Let’s See Your SuperKids!

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!

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How a Walk at the Zoo can help People With Early Stage Memory Loss

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, mari.becker@seattle.gov, (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

In Addition

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

Senior Services

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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