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Entries from May 2011

Video: Trophy Cupcakes on Cooking Channel

May 31st, 2011 by master

You’ll recall that back in February the Cooking Channel shot an episode entitled “Childhood Favorites” of its new show “Unique Sweets” at Trophy Cupcakes’ flagship location in Wallingford Center.

The episode debuted on Sunday, and Trophy has uploaded their segment to YouTube. Calling the shop “a little kid’s dream come true,” pastry experts breathily rhapsodize about Trophy’s elevated take on the humble cupcake. Owner Jennifer Shea says, “Each cupcake is a little canvas for whatever your wildest dreams are.”

You’ll see all your favorite flavors, and Shea shows how she developed a new cupcake: The Thin Mint, based on memories of the beloved Girl Scout cookie.

Were you at the shoot in February? Tell us if you see yourself in the edited segment.

If you want to see the episode in its entirety, it’s scheduled to air numerous times in June:

June 4: 5:30 PM
June 6: 10:30 PM
June 6: 2:30 AM
June 24: 9:30 PM
June 24: 1:30 AM

Note that all times are Eastern.

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Bartell Drugs will ‘Stock the Pantry’ to feed kids

May 29th, 2011 by master

Summertime means that kids who depend on free school meals might not have access to food. Bartell Drugs is turning to the community to help “Stock the Pantry” to feed kids. The third annual food drive starts Monday at all Bartell Drugs locations, including the one at 1820 N. 45th St. in Wallingford.

The two-week drive “focuses on replenishing food bank, meal program and school food stocks in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties during summer months–when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home,” the press release states.

Food donations benefit Northwest Harvest. “In 2010, over 450,000 children (almost half of all students) across the state were eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year,” said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest. “Of those children, only nine-percent participated in a summer meal program last year due in part to transportation issues, the availability of feeding sites, and other factors. This really highlights the need for a summer food drive that benefits children.”

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Wallingford takes center stage on Seattle Channel

May 27th, 2011 by master

The Seattle Channel show “CityStream” recently shot a show that focuses on Wallingford and the Wallingford Center. Host Cameron Wong appears outside and inside the Wallingford Center, where he indulges in a treat from Trophy Cupcakes and the camera tours through the former schoolhouse.

“With lots of shops, parks and plenty of places to get a bite to eat, this part of town is always hopping,” Wong says, introducing the neighborhood.

Seattle Channel Video can be played in Flash Player 9 and up

The show features a numbers of Wallingford Center shops, as well as a short history of the neighborhood’s centerpiece.

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Community Council annual meeting tonight

May 26th, 2011 by master

Do you think every first Wednesday, “One of these days I’ve got to see what this Wallingford Community Council is all about?” If those Wednesdays are too packed, perhaps tonight’s Wallingford Community Council annual meeting could fit into your schedule. It’ll convene 6:30 to 9:00 tonight, May 26, in the Good Shepherd Center chapel (the top floor). Refreshments will be provided.

On the agenda, from

Councilman Mike O’Brien will be the featured speaker. Mike oversees the Department of Neighborhoods for the council, dealing with budget cutbacks that have hit DON particularly hard. Several District Coordinator roles were eliminated and satellite offices such as the one in Fremont were closed, calling into question the future structure of the DON. Also in attendance will be Veronica King, DON’s Director of Community-Building and Planning.

We will also touch on recent discussions that have been happening around merging the WCC with the Wallingford Neighborhood Office. The WNO operates the Kiddies Parade, Garden Tour, and Home Tour, plus it funds and operates the neighborhood office behind Tully’s. A merger would unify redundant operations and make it easier for Wallingford residents to find a place to contribute to/volunteer with their local community.

We also hope you consider becoming a member now or at the meeting by filling out our 2011 Wallingford Community Council Membership Application. We need a vital membership if we are to sustain our finances and represent the Wallingford community to the city. Examples of how funds have been spent in the past include land use enforcement, sponsoring neighborhood events like the Kiddies Parade, sponsoring neighborhood projects, and helping with necessities like July 4th toilets and curb bulb maintenance.

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Izilla Toys' free monthly picnic parties begin tonight

May 26th, 2011 by master

It may not feel like picnic weather yet, but rain or shine, Izilla Toys is launching its monthly Family Picnic Party tonight. Pack your parka with that picnic dinner, and head over to Wallingford Center’s west patio (right by Pharmaca) at 5:30 for a bubble show by Richard Twist.

After the bubble show, Izilla will host face painting and balloon twisting, plus you can enter to win a Wallingford Center Merchant raffle basket. The fun will last till 8 p.m.

More details from Izilla:

We’re celebrating summer by hosting monthly parties in and around our Wallingford Center shop. Pack a blanket and a picnic dinner (or bring some delicious Chutney’s takeout) and soak up some evening sun on Wallingford Center’s beautiful west-facing patios. One Thursday evening a month from 5:30 to 8 pm we will bring in an awesome children’s entertainer or put on some super fun activity. Then, when the dinner entertainment is over, come inside for face painting, balloon tying or lots of other awesome activities. There will also Wallingford Center Merchant deals, discounts, and raffles! \

In May we are proud to present the Bubble Stylings of Richard Twist. You’ll be amazed by the gigantic bubbles that Richard can make with his secret “Mega Bubble Mix”!

After his show, Richard will be inside twisting amazing balloon creations. You may have gotten a sneak peek of his balloon artistry during our Easter event. If you’ve got a balloon creation vision Richard can bring it to life!

Professional Face Painter Ryan Alley will also be in attendance to paint your face or fancify you with glitter tattoos. You want to look like a butterfly, superhero, flower fairy, striking snake? You got it, Ryan can make it happen in a jiffy!

And don’t forget to enter to win a basket full of goodies and gift certificates from Wallingford Center Merchants. We’ll have a different basket of prizes at each of our Picnic Party events!

Sneak peek of coming months: Solstice Party, Le Tour de Zilla trike/bike race, Back to School Celebration. Don’t miss the fun and FREE events! A big thanks to HANSEN’S Beverage Company for providing delicious beverages.

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Dog owner cited for off-leash dog

May 25th, 2011 by master

Wallingford Playfield is a popular park for kids and families — and off-leash dogs.

An aerial view of Wallingford Playfield from Seattle Parks.

A local dog owner was recently cited $100 for having an off-leash dog at the park, we learned on the Wallingford Moms Yahoo Group, and warns of patrols at the park.

“In response to a complaint from a citizen who claimed her child was ‘charged’ by a dog at the Wallingford Playfield/Park, we contacted Seattle Animal Control and asked them to perform emphasis patrols at the park,” Joelle Hammerstad with Seattle Parks tells us. She reminds residents that “outside of dog off-leash areas, dogs off leash are against the law. Fines can vary from $50 to $500.”

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Free wee trees available

May 25th, 2011 by master

Want to get an evergreen or two growing in your yard? We got this note yesterday from Cutz Meridian’s Colleen Kurke:

I have 80 fir tree seedlings that need a home! Robin Denburg and Paul Dolan of Earth Wise Home loans and Robin Realty were giving them away at the Green Festival this past weekend. The seedlings are about 6 inches tall. They can be only planted on personal property. They will be great Christmas trees someday.

The seedlings will be available starting today at 11 a.m. at 4515 Meridian Ave N.

Kurke writes, “I will have them outside CUTZ’s. I bring them in at night. They’re like little babies…:)”

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One Reel reaches $500K July 4th fireworks goal

May 25th, 2011 by master

After almost a year of fundraising for the July 4th fireworks at Gas Works Park, event organizer One Reel today announced the $500K goal has been reached and Family 4th will go on.

Interesting note: It wasn’t a Northwest company or person who got One Reel to the goal; instead support bubbled up from Coca-Cola Refreshments – Northwest Region, based in Bellevue. Other supporters include Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Talking Rain, BECU, Charlie’s Produce, Merrill Gardens, Taco Time and Smith Brothers Farms.

From the press release:

“Fundraising for the 2011 event began in July of last year, and contributions have come from supporters throughout our region, all with inspiring stories and memories of this Northwest family tradition,” says One Reel Executive Director, Jon Stone. “With true appreciation for the partnership and dedication of the Greater Seattle Chamber, we are glad to put this year’s budget to bed, and look forward to putting on one heck of an Independence Day party for Seattle.”

Family 4th at Lake Union starts at noon at Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way) on Monday, July 4. The fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. See all our 2010 fireworks coverage here.

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Fabric Crush closing, going online only

May 24th, 2011 by master

The Wallingford Center shop Fabric Crush will soon pull down the metal gate for the last time. The retail shop, which features a well-curated collection of modern fabrics, will close June 10, and owner Sarah Stine will take the store online. The store’s email list received the surprising news this morning:

We will be closing the retail shop at Fabric Crush.  I plan on continuing the business as an online shop.  I’d like to thank the many, wonderful customers who have shopped at or taken a class at Fabric Crush.  We tried to create a light, bright and beautiful place to find fabric here in Seattle.

Fabric Crush opened in the Wallingford Center in March 2010, after a year in Magnolia.

Stine shared her thoughts this morning on the Wallingford Center shop closing:

I have loved being a shopkeeper and building a new type of fabric shop, light bright and beautiful. Truth be told It has been hard to compete with online sellers while paying the overhead of a physical store. Younger sewists (my majority customers) are conditioned to shop online and are motivated by price. I think that’s true for many businesses these days.

So, while my shop is going away, I want to encourage your readers to remember the shops that still remain. Stop and buy a book, a toy, a pair of earrings. Your single purchase may make a difference in that day’s receipts. Small businesses survive on each and every sale. Many have better pricing than Amazon! While I’ll miss the day to day interraction with customers I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life with Fabric Crush.

Stop by the stores to say farewell and pick up fabrics at sale prices. The discounts will be as follows:

May 23rd-29th: 25% off
May 30-June 5th: 30% off, we will close at 7pm
June 6th-10th: 35% off, we will close at 7pm

Markdowns do not apply to already reduced merchandise.

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Earthquake retrofitting of Aurora Bridge starts soon

May 24th, 2011 by master

Starting the middle of next month, the Washington State Department of Transportation will begin the latest and possibly the last round of seismic upgrades to the Aurora Bridge.

Photo from the WSDOT

During the project, workers will be removing old chipped concrete and adding steel to the bridge to make it more structurally sound to withstand earthquakes.

Most of the activity will be during the day underneath the bridge on Troll Avenue between 36th Street and Lake Union. Workers will close one block at a time and fence off some parking so pedestrians and cars don’t get hit by construction debris. Other than the localized traffic and parking issues there shouldn’t be any significant impacts.

This $5.7 million project is funded by the 2005 gas tax.

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