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Entries from June 2011

Hawaiian Breeze opens new sushi restaurant

June 30th, 2011 by master

Hawaiian Breeze, the island cuisine joint at 1719 N 45th, is opening a new sushi restaurant.

Shima officially opens today at 5 p.m. at 4429 Wallingford Ave, a space formerly occupied by hair salon. We’re told that the sushi chef is moving up here from California after practicing the art of sushi in Japan for more than 15 years. The full sushi menu will be offered at both Shima and Hawaiian Breeze.

Shima will be open weeknights 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. until midnight – to take care of those late-night sushi lovers.

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Hawaiian Breeze opens new sushi restaurant

June 30th, 2011 by master

Hawaiian Breeze, the island cuisine joint at 1719 N 45th, is opening a new sushi restaurant.

Shima officially opens today at 5 p.m. at 4429 Wallingford Ave, a space formerly occupied by hair salon. We’re told that the sushi chef is moving up here from California after practicing the art of sushi in Japan for more than 15 years. The full sushi menu will be offered at both Shima and Hawaiian Breeze.

Shima will be open weeknights 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. until midnight – to take care of those late-night sushi lovers.

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Start walking, riding or biking for prizes

June 30th, 2011 by master

The city is encouraging drivers to get out of their cars and start walking, biking or riding transit. This cycle of the Walk Bike Ride (WBR) Challenge runs the months of July and August. “Summer is a great time to try walking, biking or riding transit to work, to get to know your neighborhood and to start lifetime habits that keep you healthy,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. The goal of the program is to help people get in shape, save money and reduce greenhouse gases.

Participants of the WBR challenge, will get weekly emails with tips on walking, biking and riding. Participants can also track individual progress and the program’s collective impact online.

The more trips one reports, the higher the chance they have of winning these prizes:

  • Electric bike from e-Moto
  • Apple iPad
  • Pan Pacific Hotel stay
  • Zipcar $250 gift card
  • REI $100 gift card
  • Nordstrom’s $100 gift card (supplied by Commute Seattle)
  • $100 gift card good at seven farmers’ markets
  • To join the summertime WBR challenge or for more information, click here.

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    All-City Band looking for alum for 60th celebration

    June 29th, 2011 by master

    As the Seattle All-City Band gets ready for a summer full of performances in Seafair parades and other community celebrations, they are also on the lookout for alumni.

    The All-City Band performing in the Wallingford Kiddies Parade

    This year marks the 60th year for the band! To celebrate, they are looking for enough alum to make up a separate band. “We hope to find enough alumni members to have a separate alumni band, which is quite an undertaking,” said Marcus Pimpleton, director of the group. “I think it will be a great experience to have our newest members and those who haven’t played in decades performing in tandem.”

    The All-City Band, which is comprised of musicians from throughout the city, was founded in 1952 and is the longest continuous entrant in the Seafair Torchlight Parade. They have also won countless sweepstakes awards in the region’s parades throughout their history.

    We’re told that many of the band’s members and former members went to Ballard and Roosevelt High.

    Near the end of the summer, the Friends of All-City Band organization will host a commemorative banquet to honor the band’s storied history, celebrate the impact of the band on its students and the community, and to bring together former members of the group. There will be a silent auction component to the celebration, as the organization hopes to raise money for new percussion equipment, travel costs for the band’s parades outside of Seattle, and scholarships for students in need.

    The banquet will be held on August 5th at the Brockey Center on the South Seattle Community College campus. Tickets are available here. Alum are encouraged to submit their contact information and learn more about the alumni band by emailing allcitybandalumni@gmail.com

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    Wallingford wading pool will not open as scheduled

    June 29th, 2011 by master

    The Wallingford Playfield wading pool (4219 Wallingford Ave. N) was scheduled to open today, but because the weather forecast is for temperatures below 70, Seattle Parks and Recreation has decided not to open the pool.

    File photo of the Wallingford wading pool on a sunnier & warmer day

    You can check whether the pool will be open on the city’s wading pool hotline (206) 684-7796 which is updated at 9 a.m. daily. Because of budget cuts, the wading pool will only operate Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon – 7 p.m. – that’s assuming that Mother Nature will start cooperating.

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    Pose a question to the mayor tonight

    June 28th, 2011 by master

    Tonight is the monthly “Ask The Mayor” show on the Seattle Channel hosted by C.R. Douglas. If you’ve never seen the show, Mayor Mike McGinn answers questions from the public on a range of topics.

    The show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. If you have an issue, concern, or question you’d like answered, you can call 206-684-8821, email askthemayor@seattle.gov or Tweet to @SeattleChannel using #askthemayor. The show airs on cable channel 21 or online here.

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    Artist(s) wanted for Burke Gilman Trail installation

    June 28th, 2011 by master

    The city is looking to add a little creativity to the Burke Gilman Trail with the help of Washington artists.

    The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Department of Transportation are looking for an artist or a team of artists to create art for the multi-purpose trail. All artists must live in the state of Washington.

    The art will be permanent installations on two to five select points along the trail, which have not been selected. “Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork,” according to a release by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.”

    The budget for the project is $80,000 which includes all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, August 1. More information can be found here, or apply here.

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    'Wallybug' sports a new coat of paint

    June 27th, 2011 by master

    It was a great day on Sunday – perfect for the annual painting of the Wallybug at N. 49th St. and Burke.

    Organizers took a chance on the weather and decided to wash the bug the same day as the painting. Generally the bath is given on Saturday, followed by the Sunday painting.

    Several dozen neighbors gathered to help paint the six-year-old bug.

    Even the kids picked up paint rollers and helped out.

    After the painting, everyone enjoyed a great neighborhood potluck, which included a roasted pig that was cooked in a China Box while people worked.

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    'Flag station' project gets money, looking for donations

    June 26th, 2011 by master

    The crossing flag project that we wrote about last week is moving forward with more funding by the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce.

    The initial $300 was allotted by the Wallingford Community Council, now they have an extra $100 to add crossing flags.

    From Jon deLeeuw, Vice President of the Community Council:

    Demand is going to outstrip what I can afford; however if the community can donate materials, then I can order more flags. The materials needed are 4″ diameter PVC pipe, and 4 inch end caps – stuff that many people have kicking around in their garage.

    I would ask these things of the neighborhood:

    1) Donations of 4″ PVC pipe greater than 12 lengths, plus 4″ PVC End caps
    2) Contact me before July 1st on what they have to donate – I need time to figure out how many flags to order.
    3) Bring the donated materials to the WCC booth at the street fair, July 9th
    4) Volunteer to assemble buckets at the booth (3-4 volunteers for a couple hours would be great)
    5) Decorate your bucket (yahoo)
    6) Adopt a designated intersection, hang your buckets and get extra flags for restocking.

    Any questions or comments can be directed to Jon (at Not A Number) or brought up and the next Wallingford Community Council meeting, July 6th, 7PM room 202, Good Shepherd Center.

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    Aurora Ave closed Saturday for marathon

    June 24th, 2011 by master

    The Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon will be taking over parts of Seattle on Saturday.

    A look at the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Half Marathon route. For larger image, click here (.pdf)

    The Alaskan Way Viaduct and Aurora Avenue North will be closed at 5:45 a.m., starting at North 39th Street in Fremont. The Seattle Department of Transportation anticipates the southbound lanes should re-open by 1:15 p.m., and the northbound lanes will re-open by 4 p.m. The full list of road closures is here (.pdf.)

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