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Entries from April 2011

Wallingford Farmers Market adds chef-only hours

April 21st, 2011 by master

It’s finally starting to feel like spring, so maybe it’s safe to start thinking about the farmers market, which will begin Wednesday, June 1, in its new location in Meridian Playground. The Seattle Farmers Market Association has added a new feature to the market: chefs-only hours when chefs will be able to quickly access fresh produce then get back to their restaurants. The first half hour of the weekly market, from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m., will be open only to chefs. The market will be open to the public from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m., a half hour less than in previous years.

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.

Here’s more detail on the new market, including parking suggestions:

This new location not only offers the Wallingford Farmers Market a future, but it offers a bigger and brighter future at that, with plenty of room for growth, convenient access via foot, bike, bus or car, and a centralized location to serve the surrounding Wallingford community. Expect to see more vendors, greater variety and more deliciousness!

Meridian Park is a special location for Wallingford Farmers Market. It is the site of the Seattle Tilth Spring Plant Sale & Fall Harvest Faire – a beautiful, lush & green park setting with plenty of grass and trees, picnic tables and a terrific playground for the kids. It also resides directly behind the Good Shepherd Center, home to such like-minded organizations as Cascade Harvest Coalition and Seattle Tilth, as well as home to the Seattle Tilth’s Demonstration Gardens.

Wallingford Farmers Market will feature a special half-hour market just for chefs from 3:00-3:30 p.m., before the market opens for the public from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Chefs will be able to make arrangements with market farmers to pickup restaurant orders during this special half-hour chefs market and have easy, uncongested access to the market to get in and out quickly and easily! This mid-week chefs market will present an excellent opportunity for chefs to stock up their kitchens with great local ingredients direct from the producers just in time for the weekend.

Hours for the general public for Wallingford Farmers Market will now be from 3:30-7:00 p.m. These later hours will help reduce congestion around Meridian Park until most activities in its Good Shepherd Center have finished for the day. They are also more in line with the normal schedules of many Wallingford residents. Parking for Wallingford Farmers Market at Meridian Park will be most plentiful (and closest) along Meridian Avenue N, while market shoppers are asked not to park at Good Shepherd Center or along Sunnyside Avenue N.

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Easter activities: Wallingford Center, zoo, cupcakes

April 21st, 2011 by master

If you celebrate Easter or just really like the treats that accompany the holiday, there’s something for you in the area this weekend:

Wallingford Center throws its Easter extravaganza, complete with Easter Bunny, Bubble Man, and sweet treats. The festivities begin at 9 a.m.; please note that this is a BYOB (bring your own basket) event. See our coverage from last year here.

Woodland Park Zoo hosts its annual Bunny Bounce for ages 1-8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy crafts, bunny encounters, entertainment and other animal enrichment programs throughout the day — all included with zoo admission. Children are encouraged to bring their own basket or reusable bag. (A limited supply of egg hunt bags will be available for children without their own bag or basket.) Note: For the animals’ safety the eggs will be empty; children will receive their treats as they exit the zoo.

Egg hunts for ages 3 and under will run continuously in the Picnic Shelter near the North Meadow from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Egg hunts for ages 3-5 and 6-8 in the North Meadow are at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Trophy Cupcakes sells what it deems its most anticipated cupcake, the Hi-Hat, at Wallingford Center only on Saturday (the center’s closed on Sunday, but the U Village location will have them). It’s a gravity-defying concoction described on the Trophy site as “Valrhona Chocolate Cupcake with a sky-hi swirl of pastel marshmallow frosting, which is then dipped in Semi-Sweet Callebaut Chocolate! Quantities are limited so order in advance!”

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Landmark Theatres (incl. Guild 45th) up for sale

April 20th, 2011 by master

Our news partner The Seattle Times reports that Landmark Theatres chain owner Mark Cuban has put the 55-cinema arthouse empire up for sale. The Guild 45th is one of seven Landmark Theatres in Seattle (the others are the Egyptian, Harvard Exit , Metro, Seven Gables, Varsity and Crest). Cuban, who’s owned the chain since 2003, told Bloomberg News that he is “just testing the waters” and that he won’t sell unless the offer is “very, very compelling.”

Read more, including writer Moira McDonald’s critique of the Landmark facilities, on the Times website.

In the past year two venerable Seattle theaters have shuttered or changed focus. The Uptown Theatre in Queen Anne closed last November, and the Neptune Theatre in the University District will become a live performance space.

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Say "Cheers to Wallingford" Thursday

April 20th, 2011 by master

Live in Wallingford? Work in Wallingford? Shop in Wallingford? All are welcome to the first Wallingford Business Expo — called “Cheers to Wallingford — tomorrow at Wine World (400 NE 45th St.) from 4 to 7 p.m. Admission is free; $1 samples of local restaurants food and beverages will be sold, plus there’ll be plenty of free goodies and prizes.

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

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce shares this information:

Delight in delicacies from local restaurants and bars. Be entertained, impressed, and amazed by demonstrations from local businesses. And, of course, sample wine from some of WINE WORLD’s own select wine merchants.

Who Will Be There?

Food and Beverage:

  • Bandolero Restaurant
  • Chutney’s Indian Bistro
  • Jodee’s Fresh and Organic Desserts
  • Mighty-O Donuts
  • Perche No Pasta & Vino
  • Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizza
  • Wallingford QFC
  • Wine World
  • Seattle Catering
  • Muddy Cup

Health and Fitness:

  • Fuerte Fitness
  • Kerala Ayurveda Academy and Clinic
  • Pharmaca
  • School of Oom Yung Doe
  • Serene C Seattle Advanced Bodywork
  • Sound Mind and Body Gym
  • Tangletown Pilates
  • Benchmark Chiropractic


  • 4 Your Eyes Only Optical
  • AllState Insurance
  • BGI Printing
  • Bizango
  • Changes Parent Support Network
  • Curtis and Emmons Architects
  • Cutz Meridian Spa and Salon
  • Edge Tech Repair
  • Family Works
  • Fremont Community School
  • GNS Investments LLC
  • Gravity Payments
  • KeyBank – Wallingford
  • Pacific Publishing
  • Moving Made Easy
  • Murphy & Dombrowski –
  • Mx2 Consulting
  • Not a Number
  • Pacific Coast Financial LLC
  • Realty Executive Brio
  • Seattle Bank
  • Coaching Lolalu Designs
  • Sustainable Wallingford
  • University House
  • Wallingford Center
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    Got lots of moss? You're not alone

    April 19th, 2011 by master

    Our sister site Maple Leaf Life points out that two newspapers have run stories recently on this year’s moss proliferation…

    The New York Times has noticed Seattle’s “extraordinary year for moss!”

    Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story with this telling headline: “The Seattle region’s coldest April on record is a boon for moss.”

    No kidding.

    On the other hand, the Times seems to like it:

    Our crummy spring is a glory for that signature denizen of Seattle: moss. The glorious green yang to our gloomy gray yin, moss is reveling in all this cool, moist weather.

    Me, I’d rather it wasn’t on my roof.

    Got any good moss gripes or photos? Send them our way.

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    Fireworks update: final fundraiser April 25

    April 19th, 2011 by master

    Thanks to our sister site Queen Anne View for this story.

    By Jesus Chavez

    A fundraiser for “Family 4th at Lake Union,” Seattle’s only Independence Day fireworks celebration, will be held on Monday, April 25 at Jillian’s Billiards Club on Westlake from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    “Over the Top” will be the final fundraising event by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and non-profit organization One Reel to raise the remaining amount needed, as well as a community celebration in honor of the continuation of the fireworks show.

    One Reel, who has sponsored “Family 4th at Lake Union” for more than two decades, has raised more than 80 percent of the $500,000 budget, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce is calling on its members to raise the additional $90,000.

    One Reel announced in January that the July 4 fireworks show would indeed take place, which would not be possible if it weren’t for donations from Seattle’s business community and public.

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    Tangletown’s Bandolero Restaurant burglarized

    April 18th, 2011 by master

    Thanks to our sister site My Green Lake for this story.

    Bandolero, a restaurant and tequila bar located at 2253 North 56th St in Tangletown, was burglarized early Saturday morning (April 16, 2011). A police report lists the estimated incident time as 3 a.m.

    “There was minimal damage, but our safe was stolen,” says owner Jay Farias.

    If you have information about this crime, please contact the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct non-emergency line at (206) 625-5011 and select 8 from the menu. You can also contact Bandolero directly at (206) 633-5828 or info [at]

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    Final bell for self-contained bilingual classes

    April 18th, 2011 by master

    Changes in the English Language Learner (ELL, formerly ESL) curriculum is changing the face of many classrooms at Seattle Public Schools, including Hamilton International Middle School. Instead of having their own classroom to learn English, students are now in the traditional classroom learning along those who have a background in the language. The new policies are having an affect on staff and students.

    Final bell for self-contained bilingual classes” is produced by students in the University of Washington’s Entrepreneurial Journalism class, which is taught by Next Door Media partner, the nonprofit Common Language Project.

    Click here to read “Final bell for self-contained bilingual classes,” by Celina Kareiva, Mwiza Kalisa and Tiara Fernandes.

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    Mission accomplished: "Operation Beautification"

    April 17th, 2011 by master

    If the streets of Wallingford looked a little cleaner today, you can thank the volunteers who participated Saturday in “Operation Beautification Wallingford.” Chamber of Commerce vice president Greg Martin (from School of Oom Yung Doe) ran the event and hauled away the 200 pounds of garbage that the orange-vested volunteers plucked from the neighborhood’s sidewalks, planting beds and gutters.

    Wallingford Boys and Girls Club kids turned out to help clean up:

    This little one is picking up some good habits young:

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    Ready for natural disasters? How about zombies?

    April 15th, 2011 by master

    Sustainable Wallingford Community Preparedness wants to make sure we’re ready for anything. When even Newsweek wonders on a recent cover “Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Nuclear Meltdowns. Revolutions. Economies on the brink. What the #&%! is next?” is it too much a stretch to get ready for zombies?

    Tomorrow, April 16, from 10 am to 2 pm, outside of the Wallingford Center (1815 N. 45th St.), Sustainable Wallingford Community Preparedness will have handouts on “How to respond better to earthquakes, zombie attacks, and other emergencies at the neighborhood level.” You’ll also find the Wallingford spring clean will dispatch from the same spot. From the organizers:

    Activities will include a raffle, scavenger hunt, and special prizes for zombies. We’ll be checking in every hour on the hour by radio with the Green Lake Community Preparedness group to track their zombie preparedness status.

    Hello Earth Day Community Preparedness is supported by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Co-Sponsored by Wallingford Community Preparedness, Sustainable Wallingford, Wallingford Neighborhood Office, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, and Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.

    Contact Sustainable Wallingford Community Preparedness on the web or Facebook to stay involved.

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