News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Entries from July 2010

Tilth throws Farm Party for Youth Garden Works

July 27th, 2010 by master

You may have noticed Seattle Youth Garden Works (SYGW) selling produce and plant starts at Seattle Tilth events and at the University Farmers Market in years past, but we hadn’t seen them this year.

We learned from Seattle Tilth that SYGW suspended operations temporarily in January, after it became fiscally independent from the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Recently Wallingford-based Seattle Tilth announced that it’s adding SYGW to its programs.

We are joining forces to ensure that the valuable job-training in urban agriculture that SYGW provides for homeless and at-risk youth in Seattle will not only continue to operate, but will be able to grow and expand…

The two organizations discussed combining forces and determined that the partnership between Seattle Tilth and SYGW will enhance both organizations’ missions. As part of Seattle Tilth, SYGW will continue working with homeless and marginalized youth, concentrating on job skills development at our mini farm at the UW Botanical Gardens, and selling our fruits and vegetables at the University District farmer’s market.

Seattle Tilth is throwing a party tomorrow evening at the Center for Urban Horticulture to welcome SYGW. Take a tour of the ¾ acre plot, aka “The Farm,” hear a program update from both organizations, and enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Get more information about the Farm Party here.

Learn more about the Seattle Youth Garden Works program and how to support it on the Seattle Tilth site.

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Two burglaries in the neighborhood

July 26th, 2010 by master

Two burglaries were reported over the weekend in Wallingford. One took place at a home in the 4300 block of Whitman Ave N.  The other happened at a parking lot/garage in the 3700 block of Corliss Ave N.  Both were reported on Saturday (7/24). The full police reports with details haven’t been released yet.  Just a reminder that you can track crime in the neighborhood with the Seattle Police Department’s new online report system.

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Overdue book fines may go up

July 26th, 2010 by master

That overdue library book may soon cost you a little more.  The Seattle Public Library is considering a hike in fines to help offset its budget woes.  Here’s a look at some of the proposed fines:

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD would change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) would change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource would change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day.

The Library Board will take public comment on the proposed changes at its 4:30pm Wednesday, Aug. 25 meeting at the Central Library on 4th Avenue.

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Is your block hosting a "Night Out" party?

July 26th, 2010 by master

A week from tomorrow night is Seattle’s annual “Night Out,” a national crime prevention event. The Seattle Police Department will allow you to close your street for no fee on August 3, when block parties will happen across the city:

Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with over 1,200 neighborhoods participating in 2009. This type of community participation is what makes Seattle a great place to live.

The event is a unique opportunity to bring your neighbors together, welcome new neighbors, talk about crime prevention and Block Watch efforts, and mainly just have a great time with food, music, games – whatever you want. The creativity we’ve seen of what neighborhoods come up with is amazing.

Night Out is a great way to meet your neighbors, share some food and drink, and catch up. We have neighbors who we only see once a year, at our block party. These soirees don’t need to be contained to one block, either. We pass out hundreds of invitations with our neighbors every year for our annual party.

If you’re having a block party on Night Out, we’d love to hear about it so we can take pictures to share the next day on My Wallingford and with our news partner The Seattle Times.

Feel free to leave a comment here with your street info or send us email at

Haven’t signed up yet? Register here.

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Special cupcakes send kids to Bumbershoot

July 26th, 2010 by master

If you like both Trophy Cupcakes and Bumbershoot, here’s a way to get your sugar fix and help kids go to the music and arts festival in September.

Stop in to any of Trophy’s three locations to pick up limited-edition cupcakes, featuring designs by some of the artists whose work adorned Bumbershoot posters and artwork over the past 40 years. The cupcakes will be available through September 6.

The Bumbershoot cupcakes sell for $3.50 each, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Send a Kid program, which partners with Art with Heart and Arts Corps to help send underserved youth to Bumbershoot with an accompanying adult.

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Bamboo Village roars into Wallingford

July 24th, 2010 by master

Bamboo Village, Wallingford’s newest eatery — and the only dim sum restaurant within five miles — opened with a bang today.

Five lion dancers from the Mak Fai Kung Fu Club in the International District performed the traditional Southern Chinese dance to ward off evil spirits, accompanied by the sounds of drums, gongs and firecrackers.

The green lion was new, and needed to have its “eyes painted” (pupils added), we were told, so that it would come to life.

After the performance owner Po Lee opened the restaurant doors to the invited crowd.

The restaurant at the corner of Stone Way and N. 49th Street will be open seven days a week and will serve dim sum all day, every day.


Sat.: "Community Painting Day" for 46th St. Mural

July 23rd, 2010 by master

Would-be Michelangelos: come out Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to the 46th Street Mural Project and help make the wall under Aurora beautiful in this first “Community Painting Day.”

Sign up on the Google docs spreadsheet.

Painting began in few weeks ago.

Thanks to our sister site, Fremont Universe, for this story.

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Have you spotted Spoq?

July 23rd, 2010 by master

Update: Angela found Spoq!

Angela wrote to ask neighbors to keep an eye out for her cat Spoq, who’s been missing for two days. She thinks he may be in someone’s garage in or near his stomping grounds (N. 43rd from 2nd NE to 4th NE).

If you see this guy, please let Angela know at

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News from next door neighborhoods

July 23rd, 2010 by master

University District
Landmark movie house struggling to survive

Boutique hotel for the homeless? Groundbreaking for University Apartments

Rain City Video Fremont location closing…eventually

Green Lake
Does the Green Lake loop need better lane-usage directions?

100th anniversary party at the Green Lake Library: Music, vintage fashion, crafts and more

Sidewalk sales and garage sales this weekend

Suspected ZEB tagger arrested in Portland

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Senior Center raffle winners chosen

July 22nd, 2010 by master

If you bought raffle tickets to help support the Wallingford Community Senior Center at Family 4th event at Gas Works Park or at the Wallingford Street Fair a couple weeks back, you may wonder, “Did they ever draw winners for that?”

Indeed they (the folks from Not a Number) have, we just heard.

Many thanks to all the wonderful business donors and entrants in the Wallingford Senior Center/Chamber of Commerce raffle. With generous support from the business community and area residents, the raffle raised over $500.00 to be split among the Senior Center and the Chamber of Commerce.

Prizes were donated by the following businesses:

4 Your Eyes Only – $100 gift certificate towards glasses/eye wear
Rita Amer – (2) signed copies of her book “The Cat with the Golden Fang”
Amita Gifts – $15 gift card
Cartridge World – $100 gift certificate
Chutney’s Restaurant – $15 gift card
Fainting Goat Gelato – $15 gift certificate
Fuel Coffee – $10 gift card + a mug
Izilla Toys – (1) big bag of summer fun toys (value $35)
Joule Restaurant – $30 gift certificate
Not A Number Cards & Gifts – $25 gift certificate
Mudd Puddle Photography – gift certificate for 1 portrait session with 2 prints
Paron’s Closet Consignment – $15 gift certificate
Seattle Bank – 1 pair of Sounder’s Tickets
Selena’s Guadalajara – $15 gift certificate
Sock Monster – $25 gift certificate
Trophy Cupcake – (3) gift cards for 1 dz cupcakes each
Yazdi – $50 gift certificate

All prize winners have been contacted and prizes are available for pickup at Not A Number Cards & Gifts (1905 N. 45th St.).

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