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Entries from April 2011

Zoo news: dinos arrive, free carousel, ZooTunes

April 29th, 2011 by master

Thanks to our sister site Phinneywood for much of this post.

It’s a big weekend for the Woodland Park Zoo. It’s opening its “Dinosaurs. Real Close” exhibit of animatronic dinos, plus it’s offering free carousel rides courtesy of Seattle City Light.

Seattle City Light recently installed solar panels to help power the carousel. On Saturday and Sunday, zoo-goers can ride the carousel as many times as they want. (Carousel rides are normally $2.)

Photo by Mat Hayward/Woodland Park Zoo.

The “Dinosaurs. Real Close” exhibit opens on Saturday and runs through Sept. 5. The animatronic dinos will move, roar, snarl, hiss and spit. The dinosaur exhibit costs $3 in addition to zoo admission (free for children 2 and under). It is located next to the West Entrance, near the penguins, where the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit used to be.

Syracosaurus and friends arrive at Woodland Park Zoo earlier this month. Photo by Tyler Steele, PhinneyWood intern.

You can purchase dinosaur exhibit entry at the zoo admission gate or at the dinosaurs exhibit; and you can re-enter the exhibit as many times as you want on the day of purchase. The zoo’s summer season officially starts on Sunday, May 1, with extended hours (open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily) and increased prices.

The zoo also announced the ZooTunes summer concert series lineup today. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. May 6 on the ZooTunes website for these shows:

June 22: Taj Mahal / Joan Osborne ($26)

June 26: Marc Cohn / Mary Chapin Carpenter ($24)

June 29: Lucinda Williams ($22)

June 30: The Robert Cray Band ($24)

July 6: AfroCubism ($22)

July 20-21: Indigo Girls with Mount Moriah ($26)

July 29: Brandi Carlile ($36)

Aug 10: k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang ($35)

Aug 14: The Go-Go’s Ladies Gone Wild Tour ($24)

Aug 17: Carolina Chocolate Drops with special guests ($19)

Aug 21: Aimee Mann with The Weepies ($19)

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Burglary and attempted break-ins on N. 45th St.

April 29th, 2011 by master

In the wee hours of  Wednesday night a shop on the 1600 block of N. 45th was burglarized and multiple businesses further east along N. 45th St. in Wallingford suffered damage during attempted break-ins. Not a Number (1907.5 N. 45th St.) owner Jon DeLeeuw wrote:

Somebody tried to break into the following businesses (that we know of) on Wed. night, approx. 3 a.m.:

Fainting Goat
Not A Number/Sock Monster
Teahouse Kuan Yin (not sure on this, damage seemed slight)
Rusty Pelican

The alarm at Joule went off at 3:30AM, and obviously scared them off as they left their crowbar and hammer by Joule’s back door.

They used a brute force method, basically ripping apart the doors/frames. As far as we know they did not get into any of these businesses….The neighbor behind us did not hear anything.

Online police reports list just one business, a restaurant on the 1900 block of N. 45th St. (presumably Joule), as an attempted burglary. The police report for the completed burglary later in the morning didn’t list any details.

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Can Rancho Bravo take "Top Taco Truck"?

April 27th, 2011 by master

This Saturday is the 107.7 The End “First Annual Top Taco Truck Challenge” and Wallingford’s Rancho Bravo is ready for the competition among some of Seattle favorite mobile eateries, including Ballard’s El Camion.

In addition to tacos, there will be a margarita garden ($5 entry), live music and other entertainment. The event starts at noon, rain or shine, at the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn (101 Westlake Ave N., between Denny Way & John St).

Voting for the top taco ends at 5:30 p.m.; the winner will be announced at 6 p.m.

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Irwin's to open in Green Lake by Mother's Day

April 26th, 2011 by master

Next week Wallingford favorite Irwin’s Bakery and Cafe will open its third location, in east Green Lake, our sister site My Green Lake reports.

Owner Linda Fecher told My Green Lake that she hopes for a grand-opening celebration on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8, 2011), with free treats for moms. A soft opening will precede that sometime in early May.

The bakery and cafe will be located at 301 NE 65th St. The location previously held PetDaddy, a self-serve dog wash and dog boutique. PetDaddy closed after a drunk driver crashed into its storefront.

The new cafe will be open Mondays through Fridays, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.,  and  Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Read more about the new Irwin’s and see interior photos on My Green Lake.

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Robot stomps into Wallingford

April 26th, 2011 by master

Seen the robot rising on the side of Bottleworks (1710 N. 45th St.)? We have nothing to fear from this iron giant — when completed the new mural will promote the monthly Wallingford Art Walk. Read more about the painting and its creators in our story from last month.

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Thursday: Dining Out for Life in Wallingford

April 26th, 2011 by master

This Thursday, April 28, is the 18th annual Dining Out for Life event. Throughout the Puget Sound, restaurants will donate a percentage 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. You can book a reservation on the Dining Out for Life site.

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Sunny Saturday for Earth Day celebration

April 25th, 2011 by master

By Ivana Cheong

On Saturday, April 23, the sun shone brightly at Gas Works Park. Families and friends gathered to enjoy the warm weather, while the Washington Environmental Council, Climate Solutions, Sierra Club, CoolMom, and Earth Ministry hosted an Earth Day celebration.

The event highlighted the Coal-Free Washington Campaign, a movement to phase out coal power in Washington State and transition into renewable energy sources. According to the Sierra Club, the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia is the largest source of global warming pollution in Washington. To help educate the public, the event featured speakers from different organizations, such as City Councilman Mike O’Brien, State Representative Marko Liias, and Andrew Rose of Sierra Club.

Andrew Rose of Sierra Club addresses the crowd

“Since we are the Evergreen State, we should champion environmental causes more like this one,” said one of the attendees. “More people need to realize that they can help out on many levels. We got to lobby, call our representatives, or just spread the awareness and be educated. Otherwise, the corporations will just roll over right on top of us.”

In addition to the speeches, guests also enjoyed a free barbecue, live musical entertainment, and kite-making activities.

Moon Girl performs

According to Robin Everett, the event’s organizer, the next step in the campaign is to reduce coal exports. “There has been a good chance to keep the neighborhood involved, with events like this,” said Everett. “But we’ve got a long way to go and we have to all work together to keep the campaign moving forward.”

For more information on the campaign, visit

Ivana Cheong is the My Wallingford intern and studies Communications at the University of Washington.

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Nearby: Neptune shows, housing prices, more

April 25th, 2011 by master

Here are some stories from nearby neighborhoods that caught our eye:

First shows announced at renovated Neptune

Green Lake real estate: Inventory is low and multiple offers are back

Fremont Zombie Walk, immortalized in Peeps form

Wish boutique in Phinney Ridge is closing

Council panel approves Chihuly ‘glass house’ deal

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Wallingford gets new Crime Prevention Coordinator

April 25th, 2011 by master

Wallingford and all of North Seattle will now have a new Crime Prevention Coordinator (CPC), Terrie Johnston, who replaces Diane Horswill and Neil Hansen. This new appointment comes after Seattle Police Department secured grant funding for a total of four CPCs through the end of this year. There had been a total of six.

The coordinators work in the precincts to educate the public on ways to reduce their risk of becoming victims, and act as liaisons between the local community and the police.

You can get more information here about the CPCs. Our partners at the Common Language Project produced a story and video on the CPCs and their role in the neighborhoods last year.

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Saturday: Celebrate Earth Day at Gas Works

April 22nd, 2011 by master

Happy Earth Day to Wallingford, a neighborhood that embraces the “reduce, reuse, recycle” philosophy every day.

How fitting that one of Seattle’s big Earth Day celebrations will take place tomorrow, April 23, at Gas Works Park. The Sierra Club, CoolMom, Earth Ministry, Washington Environmental Council and Climate Solutions are hosting a free community event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park that’s a model of creative recycling.

More details from Sierra Club/Coal-Free Washington:

Join the Environmental Community for a free Earth Day Celebration where will celebrate a milestone in the Coal-Free Washington campaign with the anticipated transition of the TransAlta Coal Plant.  We will also give you an opportunity to support our efforts to protect the E.P.A. and prevent coal exports from Washington.

What: We will have a terrific line up of bands and speakers, as well as free food, and a great kite making activity for all ages.  Also, the first 100 people will get a free tree to plant.

Speakers:  Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Council; LeeAnne Beres, Earth Ministry; Sean Bagsby, IBEW; Lynn Best, Seattle City Light and Andrew Rose, Sierra Club
Music: MoonGirl and BlueSalt

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