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Entries from April 2010

Vote on 46th Street Mural Project

April 27th, 2010 by master

The 46th Street Mural Project invites residents of Wallingford and Fremont and users of the N. 46th Street underpass to help select the final design for the 300-foot mural beneath Aurora Avenue North. On the mural project site you can see slide shows with full details for each of final three designs, then vote.

Todd Lown and Kristin Ramirez are two of the finalists. Here is the selection from the third finalist, Susan Brown:

On May 5, the project’s Steering Committee will make the final selection, subject to the City of Seattle’s design review approval. Construction is scheduled for summer 2010, with a public dedication in August.

Thanks to our sister site Fremont Universe for the article!

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Burglars hit same residence twice

April 26th, 2010 by master

A home has been hit twice by a brazen burglar or burglars. A contractor doing work on the house in the 4600 block of Sunnyside Ave. N. says someone stole three nail guns from the garage on April 12.  Then between April 19 and 22, someone got back into the garage and stole ten power tools.  The contractor believes it happened while he and his crew were working at the house, and thinks the burglar may have a garage door remote control.

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Update on Aurora Bridge suicide fence work

April 26th, 2010 by master

We’ve gotten word that construction of the suicide prevention fence across the Aurora Bridge won’t happen tonight or tomorrow night. An equipment problem has caused a delay in the project. WSDOT tells us there’s a chance work could start later this week.

WSDOT conducted a test last week to gauge the noise level of the drilling equipment (pictured above). Greg Phipps from WSDOT tells us those tests provided some good news – things may not be quite as noisy as first thought.

My first impression was that the drills (there is one for concrete and one for steel) were much smaller than I expected. My second impression is that the drilling was much quieter than I expected. The drilling will be noisy, but not extremely noisy as the stories on this blog have suggested. At about 60-75 feet away the drilling was not audible. The true test, of course, will be at night when there is less traffic noise, and when the work is over water where the sound carries more. The grain of salt is that this was my impression and not a scientific judgment, and I expect there will be some skepticism as this is coming from a WSDOT communications guy, so I encourage you to see and hear for yourself when construction starts.

Of course, nearby residents in Wallingford, Queen Anne, and Fremont will be the ultimate judges. The 24-hour noise hotline is 206-390-5697. Track the project here.

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Dine Out For Life this Thursday

April 26th, 2010 by master

This Thursday, April 29, is the 17th annual Dining Out For Life event. Throughout the Puget Sound, 150 restaurants will donate 30% of each diner’s bill to support Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

Participating Wallingford restaurants are Blue Star Café, Djan’s Dining, Kabul, Tutta Bella, and Rusty Pelican Cafe.

Lifelong AIDS Alliance said in a press release:

Dining Out For Life is the perfect reason to plan a dinner party with friends and family, dine out for lunch with colleagues, indulge in dessert and wine, or simply grab a coffee on your way to work.  Lifelong spokesman Trevor DeWitt explains, “Dining Out For Life is a great way to support the community and have fun, doing something we do everyday. Everyone dines out, so why not dine out and have your meal make a positive difference?”

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Goldie's gets new owners–and its old name

April 26th, 2010 by master

Expect Goldie’s Sports Bar to reopen by June 1 with new owners, a makeover, and its old name: The Iron Bull.

New proprietors Bernie McGuire and Gerald Simonsen opened the Rat and Raven in the U District in August 2009. Simonsen told that they’ll make cosmetic changes to the bar and offer pub fare.

When Goldie’s was on the market, agent Mike Meade told us that when it was established in the 1960s, The Iron Bull attracted a lot of students because bars weren’t allowed to open near the University of Washington campus.

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New store The Sock Monster coming soon

April 24th, 2010 by master

If cold toes or drab clothes are problems that plague you, a solution is coming to Wallingford: The Sock Monster, the a new store from Holly Gummelt, who owns Monster Art and Clothing in Ballard.

Holly’s Ballard shop is acclaimed for its quirky collection of indie designer goods and for its sock wall; by the end of May those socks will have four walls to call their own adjacent to Not a Number on N. 45th St.

Her customers love the socks she carries, Holly told us: “They keep you warm, give you color, they’re a pick-me-up. It’s like adult candy that doesn’t make you fat.” And The Sock Monster will also carry “sock monsters,” stuffed creatures made of socks that go far beyond the familiar sock monkey.

Adding to the fun, Holly plans to add at least one pinball machine to the back of the store and will paint the floor like a game board. “I want it to be a place to hang out,” she said. “A funky, playful, colorful space.”

The store will share passageways with Not a Number “so that the two shops can easily share customers and lovers of all things fun, colorful and cool,” owner Kara Ceriello said. She and Jon DeLeeuw had twice expanded their shop in recent years and wanted to scale it back a bit. Enter Holly, who was looking for a space in Wallingford, a location far enough from Ballard not to steal customers from her other store, but close enough to access easily.

In addition to socks and sock monsters, the shop will carry Alchemy Goods bags, some footwear, and local snacks and sodas.

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ZooTunes: Jewel, Jimmy Cliff, Levon Helm, more

April 24th, 2010 by master

The Woodland Park Zoo has announced the 2010 lineup for its popular ZooTunes series. Tickets go on sale May 3 at 8 a.m. at Metropolitan Markets. For much more information, go to the ZooTunes site.

June 2: Jewel with Radney Foster – $28

July 29: Great Big Sea – $22

June 30: Steve Earle with Joe Ely – $21

July 14: Carbon Leaf – $24

July 18: The Round 62 featuring Star Anna, Damien Jurado and more – $15

July 21: Jimmy Cliff with  Trevor Hall – $24

August 3: Mary Chapin Carpenter / Shawn Colvin – $24

August 11: The Levon Helm Band with Joe Pug – $26

August 25: John Hiatt and The Combo – $22

August 29: Herbie Hancock and The Imagine Project – $27

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An assault and an armed robbery at Green Lake

April 23rd, 2010 by master

Our sister site Maple Leaf Life wrote this morning about the rash of crime at Green Lake. What’s going on over there? Is it just the warmer weather that’s bringing out criminals?

According to SeattleCrime, a man sleeping at in the park was allegedly assaulted before midnight Wednesday. But today the blog has news of an armed robbery:

According to a police report, a woman was getting out of her car near the north end of the lake at about 7:00pm on April 15th and was about to take her new puppy for a walk when a man approached her with a knife in his hand and told the woman “give me your money. Everything in your pockets.”

When the woman told the man she didn’t have anything on her, the man then said “give me all your jewelry.”

The woman handed over her jewelry—the report doesn’t say exactly what was taken—and the suspect fled.

The report doesn’t include a detailed description of the suspect, but the report says the woman told police he was “very dirty and smelled awful.”

This in addition to an attack of a female jogger April 11.

Do you think crime is on the upswing in the area?

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Mosaic meeting space getting new look

April 23rd, 2010 by master

In the three years since Mosaic Coffeehouse opened, it’s been the go-to spot in Wallingford for community meetings, a rainy-day play area for toddlers, and anyone in need of a hot beverage and free wifi. Most surprising about Mosaic, other than its sprawling size, is its pay-what-you-choose policy for all food and drinks. This is a cafe open to everyone, regardless of their means.

Mosaic has made a space for the community, and now the community is going to remake a space for Mosaic. A group of local entrepreneurs have organized through the networking site to redesign a large meeting room called The Den. On the Biznik page, organizers Amy Woidtke, Jessie Wolfrum and Amy Darling describe their aim: “While Mosaic Coffeehouse is home to a beautiful spirit of generosity and community, The Den itself is can be described as drab, depressing and not optimally functioning… We have the blessing of Mosaic to redesign The Den, to better manifest their original design vision.”

The “before” picture: The Den at Mosaic Coffeehouse

The kickoff party for the redesign is  April 29, 5:30 to 8:30, in The Den. Leading the charge is Woidtke, an interior designer, who told us that the group is looking for product donations and funds to beautify the space and make it more functional. Without donations, she said, the project would be $3000-$4000. Any vendors who would like to donate the following items (or gift cards) should contact Woidtke at via her website,

4 sets of extra-long curtains, or fabric for them
4 sets of curtain hardware
Eco-friendly paint
Floor lamps and overhead lighting, non-flourescent
A few arm chairs
Throw pillows
Art framing
Projector screen, possibly
Indoor plants, mostly tall ones

Get more information about the April 29 event or donate money to help out with the redesign on the Mosaic website or the Biznik event page.

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Weekend: Pancakes, dumplings, music, more

April 22nd, 2010 by master

To mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day (today), here’s a suggestion: Make a plan to walk to any weekend events. If you live in Wallingford, that would make for a pretty full weekend, bracketed by community food-related happenings:


Meet your neighbors, make some delicious dumplings, and enjoy them for dinner and beyond at the Wallingford Community Kitchen. RSVP is required.

Fan of the Candy Man? Take in “Willy Wonka Junior” at St. Benedict’s School.


Meridian Market celebrates its third anniversary and offers up a whole bunch of freebies, including drip coffee, lemonade and cake; balloons and treat sacks for the kids; and samples from their vendors. Don’t mind paying a bit? In the morning they’ll have a buffet breakfast and in the evening they’ll serve up barbecue and have a Deschutes beer tasting.

Have the kids get out their wiggles, enjoy some great music, and help out FamilyWorks and the Boys and Girls Club with the Not-Its, 4-5 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club.

Want to help out rabbits and rodents? The Rusty Pelican hosts Rabbit Meadows’ 4th Annual Silent Auction & Dinner.


The Wallingford Senior Community Center, which came back from the brink of closure thanks to the community, invites all to its “New Start” pancake breakfast. The cakes come off the griddle from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at  the lower level of the Good Shepherd Center.

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