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Entries from March 2011

Rubber chickens? April Fools' at Archie McPhee

March 31st, 2011 by master

Quick, name one business in Wallingford you know will mark April Fools’ Day tomorrow. We’re willing to bet that Archie McPhee (1300 N. 45th St.), the neighborhood’s hub of quirk, came quickly to mind.

We’re also willing to bet that the 100 “deluxe” rubber chickens they’ll give away to the first 100 customers on April 1 will go quickly too. The store opens at 10 a.m.

photo credit: archiemcphee

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MS Walk: 5000 stroll Burke-Gilman to Gas Works

March 30th, 2011 by master

There’s still time to join more than 5000 walkers at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Northwest Chapter’s Walk MS, this Sunday, April 3.

The walk is a four-mile loop on the Burke-Gilman Trail from Husky Stadium to Gas Works Park and back. Participants help meet the Chapter’s goal of raising over $2 million to support programs and services that benefit more than 12,000 people with MS and 72,000 others including family, friends, caregivers and health care professionals throughout Alaska, Montana and in 23 counties in Western and Central Washington.

More information and how to participate:

Multiple sclerosis is more prominent in the Northwest than almost anywhere else on earth. At a time when public services are scarce, the programs, services, education and support the Society provides is more important than ever. Funds also support cutting-edge research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system.

More than a fundraiser, Walk MS is a celebration of hope and moving forward. Participants will enjoy breakfast and lunch, live music, face painting, entertainment for kids, awards, and much more. Sign up individually, join a team, start a team or volunteer.

WHAT: Walk MS to benefit the National MS Society, Greater Northwest Chapter, serving 12,000 people living with MS in Alaska, Montana and Central and Western Washington.

WHEN:  Sunday, April 3, 2011; Registration at 8:30 a.m., Program at 9:00 a.m., Get walking at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Husky Stadium


Visit call 1-800-344-4867 or email

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Thurs.: Seattle Tilth "Your Farm in the City" reading

March 30th, 2011 by master

If seeing all the edible plants and urban livestock in Wallingford inspire you to till your own little pastoral plot, a good start would be tomorrow’s reading at Seattle Tilth. Lisa Taylor will read from her newly published “Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals.”

Publishers Weekly” wrote of “Your Farm in the City”:

This upbeat manual for aspiring urban gardeners features a gritty but whimsical, graphic-heavy, reader-friendly layout and a 21st-century attitude that will appeal to a younger generation of gardeners intrigued by the idea of growing their own food while living in the city.

Taylor collaborated on the book with Seattle Tilth gardeners. She’s a program manager for Seattle Tilth and the co-author of the “Maritime Northwest Garden Guide.” She will read a few excerpts from “Your Farm in the City,” show some slides about urban farming, and share what she learned about the national urban farming movement.

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Farmers market moving to Meridian Playground

March 29th, 2011 by master

It’s official: The Wallingford Farmers Market will move to the southwest corner of Meridian Playground this summer.

Meridian Ave. N. is on the left here; farmers market vendors would load in via Bagley Ave. N. The image shows the maximum number of stalls, 74.

Market Master Judy Kirkhuff told us that the Seattle Parks Department had approved use of Meridian Playground on Wednesday afternoons through the summer.

Jeff Hodges at Seattle Parks said the department doesn’t foresee any issues that will block the farmers market’s move.

Neighbors have wondered how activities on the field (e.g., soccer) might be affected. “The area they’ve requested does not have any ‘permitted’ activities on it but I know it’s heavily used by the general public on a first come, first served basis,” Hodges said. “We should be okay as the north end of the park will still be open. Things will just be really active, always a good thing in parks!”

The Wallingford Farmers Market will open on June 1 this year.

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No Tour de Fat this year at Gas Works

March 29th, 2011 by master

Bummer news for beer lovers and bicyclists: New Belgium’s Tour de Fat won’t stop at Wallingford’s Gas Works Park (or anywhere in Seattle) this year.

We learned through Seattle Bike Blog that the popular traveling festival, which has stopped in Seattle for the past 11 years, will skip both our town and bike-crazy Portland. The explanation appeared on The Tour de Fat’s Facebook page:

After eleven years in Seattle and six years in Portland, the Tour de Fat is moving on to spread the bike love to Durham, NC and Nashville, TN. Seattle and Portland, your bike scenes are idyllic (big love) and you’ve had a huge impact on shaping the Tour de Fat over the years. This year we will be spreading the bike culture we all share to new parts of the country where it’s still developing. Thank you for all the good times and great memories.

See our coverage of last year’s Tour here.

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Meridian Playground likely farmers market location

March 28th, 2011 by master

This story has been updated since it was first posted.

After months of uncertainty, it appears that the southwest corner of Meridian Playground will be the Wallingford Farmers Market location this year.

Meridian Ave. N. is on the left here; vendors would load in via Bagley Ave. N. The image shows the maximum number of stalls, 74.

Karen Selander of the Office of Economic Development told us this morning, “The Meridian Playfield is the most likely site at this point.  The market operator has submitted a permit application but it has not been issued yet.  I do not see any obstacles to the permit being issued but it is not technically a done deal until the permit has been issued.”

The Wallingford Farmers Market Steering Committee has distributed flyers to neighbors in the area that say “a number of sites identified have proven to be unworkable for a variety of reasons.” See our earlier story regarding the four possible sites.

Ground view of the proposed farmers market site in Meridian Playground.

The Meridian Playground site (also known as the Good Shepherd Center site) can accommodate 74 vendors; last year’s location in the south parking lot of the Wallingford Center could hold fewer than 30 vendors.

The flyer further says:

This is Parks Department property and is a good location for families in Wallingford to gather, to buy great food, and enjoy their neighbors in familiar, enjoyable surroundings.

The market will be permitted by the Seattle Parks Department and the Seattle Fire Department and have oversight by the Office of Economic Development as well. The market will require control of the site from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays June through October. The market will utilize the same traffic control plan as the Seattle Tilth Association events at the Good Shepherd Center.

Neighbors are asked to contact Selander ( or 206-733-9256) with questions or comments by March 28.

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"Cheers to Wallingford" seeks vendors

March 28th, 2011 by master

Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is launching a new event this year to showcase area businesses that will also be open (and free) to the public: the “Cheers to Wallingford” Business Expo at Wine World (400 NE 45th St.).

“Cheers to Wallingford” will be held in the Wine World event space.

The Chamber wants to get out the word now to food vendors, who can participate in the expo for free if they join the Wallingford Chamber by the April 21, the date of the event, or they can pay the reduced rate of $25 if they are non-members but provide food.

A flyer from the Chamber offers further information to local businesses:

Space is going quickly so sign up by April 15th to reserve your table/ booth.

Cost of booth: Non-Members $50, Members $25

Join the Chamber by April 21st and receive 18 months of membership for the price of 12 months.

Everyone in the community is welcome, so please get involved and contact the Chamber of Commerce at This event will be widely advertised in the local media so it’s a great opportunity to showcase your business to the community.

Parking is limited so we encourage you to walk, carpool, or look for street parking.

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Not a Number reopens, raises money for Japan

March 27th, 2011 by master

The downsized Not a Number reopened yesterday and has resurrected its Not A Number Kids Club, which is selling raffle tickets to raise money for Japan aid. Donations will go to

Not a Number’s owners, Kara Ceriello and Jon DeLeeuw, shared this information:

The Not A Number Kids Club, which has raised a few hundred bucks for  Familyworks’ food bank and done other things in the community for the  past 5 years, is selling raffle tickets for $1 each starting Saturday, March 26,  and have several donors including Chutney’s, Cafe Bizzarro, Fainting  Goat Gelato, Wide World Books, Izilla Toys, Harold’s Lamps, Wide World  Books, Izilla Toys, Kids on 45th, Alphabet Soup, Not A Number, and several more.

We’re still taking donations for this raffle, any size gift cards or  services or a small item – and are getting the word out all over.  Any business, service, or nice basket or item — doesn’t have to be Wallingford-related!

Not a Number also has a new address: 1907.5 N 45th St.

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Remember the Kalakala? She's sinking in Tacoma

March 26th, 2011 by master

Longtime Wallingfordians will remember that back in 2002-03 the Art Deco ferry Kalakala was moored on Lake Union beside the Burke Gilman trail. Seattleites with even longer memories will recall the decades the streamlined vessel thrilled riders on Puget Sound. Today news organizations have reported that the old gal is taking on water and may not be salvageable.

Photo courtesy Steve Chapman; taken on January 1, 2002

The Kalakala’s current owner, Steve Rodrigues, yesterday posted a notice on the ferry’s website that he needs eight investors to keep the boat afloat.

Here’s video that KING-5 shot this morning:

This photo, taken in the late 1980s, is from deep in our personal archives:

The Kalakala in Kodiak, Alaska, after the vessel had been used as a fish cannery.

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Family movie & pizza at Wallingford Senior Center

March 26th, 2011 by master

Tonight the Wallingford Community Senior Center takes another step in its move to providing programs for all ages: family movie and pizza night.

On the big screen will be “Despicable Me,” last year’s hit animated comedy starring Steve Carell. Wallingford Pizza House has donated pizza for the gathering. The Senior Center will request donations. You can RSVP to

If tonight’s show is successful, movie night will likely become a regular event, an organizer told us. Movie night runs 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., lower level.

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