News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Entries from September 2011

Not a Number moving to Ballard

September 30th, 2011 by master

Update:  Kara Ceriello from Not a Number clarified that the space in Ballard is not yet a sure thing. “Sorry to say we cannot tell you at this moment WHERE we’ll be, other than online (of course,” Ceriello said in an email. “We do still — always — welcome any comments, inquiries, ideas, and opinions –  especially in person tonight, tomorrow till at least 9pm, and even Sunday when we’ll mainly be packing and cleaning.”

Earlier this summer, we reported that Not a Number Cards & Gifts might be headed to Ballard. Now, according to Kara Ceriello from Not a Number, that’s exactly what they’ll do. Their last day of business in Wallingford is tomorrow, Saturday October 1. In July, Ceriello said the landlord in their building told them that they could not store anything, “which for a retail business is pretty much impossible,” she wrote, which means they’re being forced to move.

In an email, Ceriello says all sales will end Saturday night, and the entire store is 25 percent off until then. They’re open until 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) and 9 p.m. on Saturday. More news to come about their new location.

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Early enrollment for 2012-2013 school year starts next week

September 29th, 2011 by master

Starting next Monday, October 3, new students and incoming kindergarten students can enroll for the 2012-2013 school year. Several Seattle Public Libraries and community centers will be enrollment sites, and parents can also enroll kindergarten students at Seattle Public Schools’ Family and Community Symposium on Saturday, October 15 at Garfield High School, where interpreters will be provided.

Enrollment locations and times near Wallingford are the following:

  • October 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Ballard Branch Library (5614 22nd Ave. N.W.)
  • October 4, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Northgate Branch Library (10548 5th Ave. N.E.)
  • October 13, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Broadview Branch Library (12755 Greenwood Ave. N.)
  • October 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Green Lake Branch Library (7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.)
  • October 25, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Queen Anne Branch Library (400 W. Garfield St.)

From Seattle Public Schools:

Early enrollment allows families to avoid long lines during the busy spring and summer enrollment periods. While early enrollment does not impact where a student is assigned to school – under the new student assignment plan, assignment is based on the student’s home address – it is offered as a convenience to families, enabling them to get the enrollment paperwork completed ahead of time.

In addition, families who have students enrolling early – as well as existing students – will receive their school assignment notification in early 2012, prior to the Open Enrollment period in the spring. Students may apply to attend a different school of their choice during Open Enrollment.

For a full listing of enrollment sites visit here. If you want to learn more about the October 15 symposium, visit the Seattle Public School’s site.

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Local high school student in semifinals for National Achievement Scholarship

September 28th, 2011 by master

An area high school student has been named one of three semifinalists from Seattle Public Schools in the 48th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. William Spurr from Roosevelt High School joins Olachi O. Oleru from Garfield High School and Alexandra N. Ricks from Franklin High School for an opportunity to win one of about 800 scholarships worth more than $2.4 million.

The Seattle students share the recognition with 1,600 scholastically talented Black American high school seniors nationwide who earned top scores on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to Teresa Wippel with Seattle Public Schools. Nearly 80 percent of all semifinalists are expected to reach the finalist standing, and half of the finalists will win an Achievement Scholarship Award.

To learn more about the scholarship program, visit the National Merit Scholarship site.

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More food trucks to join the line-up at Uptown Espresso

September 28th, 2011 by master

After last weekend’s food truck debut, more options are coming to the corner of N. 45th and Corliss. Tonight, Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream will make its grand entrance, with more new trucks on the menu.

According to Wallingford Eats, the schedule for the food trucks is the following:

Each night, the food trucks will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Wallingford Art Walk coming to a close for the year

September 27th, 2011 by master

Next Wednesday, October 5, will be the final Wallingford Art Walk of the year. The event organizers have decided to put it on hold until February, and will only have it for five months of the year in 2012 in an effort to better promote each art walk.

From Tara Shuttleworth with Babette’s Events:

Last week the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Colleen Kurke and the Art Walk Board had a meeting and brainstormed on ways we can get more people to come out and enjoy our Art Walk.  We believe that if we cut back how many art walks we have in a year we can promote the event more effectively getting more of the neighborhood and surrounding areas into our businesses.  October will be the last Art Walk for this year.  We feel that November, December and January are slow months for the Art Walk due to the holidays and weather.

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Community work party this weekend

September 26th, 2011 by master

On Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friends of Waterway 18 will gather to finish work at 2199 N. Northlake Way, just next to Gas Works Park.

Photo courtesy Oliver Bazinet

From Seattle Parks Foundation’s Oliver Bazinet:

Thanks for those of you who made it out to the work party in August.  We had a successful morning yanking out most of the weeds in the south area of the park and managed to fill up the trunk of my car in the process (Thanks for the photo, Brook!).  Our next work party will be on Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 12pmish and the goal will be tackling the other side of the park that we didn’t get to last month.  Lisa Carroll of Friends of Waterway 18 will be leading the charge this time.  As usual, there will be coffee and some light snacks.

Waterway 18 is one of the only natural beaches on Lake Union, according to the Seattle Parks Foundation. To learn more about the Waterway, visit their website.

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Wallingford trailing White Center in the Snackdown Finale

September 25th, 2011 by master

We managed to pull ahead of the International District last week, but Wallingford is now just five points behind White Center as the city’s best neighborhood for eating out. For the last month, Seattle Weekly’s Snackdown Challenge has been pitting neighborhoods against each other, allowing readers to vote for their favorites.

In the first week, Wallingford beat out Madrona, going on to rise above Fremont in the second round. Last week’s narrow victory over the International District brings Wallingford to its current standing in the finale. Today is the last day to vote for your favorite ‘hood to snack in. Visit here to find out more.

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Debut of food trucks in the neighborhood

September 24th, 2011 by master

As we reported earlier this week, Wallingford became the new home to a food truck pod, just next to Uptown Espresso at N. 45th St. and Corliss. As balmy temperatures continued through the evening, the food trucks had a line-up after opening at 5 p.m.

The options were Barriga Llena (pictured above), BUNS, and Curry Now.

The food truck pod will make several more appearances in the coming weeks, with more tasty options on the way.


Bike ride to bring awareness to bike safety

September 23rd, 2011 by master

This Saturday, the Seattle Bike Blog is organizing a slow bike ride to honor those killed in biking accidents recently. Beginning at South Lake Union, the ride will start at the end of the Moving Planet festival, at around 3 p.m. The route will take riders to the memorials of three who recently died while riding: Mike Wang, Brian Fairbrother and Robert Townsend.

From Tom Fucoloro with the Seattle Bike Blog:

The number of people killed while biking in Seattle and around the region this summer has been devastating. The mayor responded by calling for a road safety summit, Cascade Bicycle Club held a press conference and many media outlets in town have run stories and editorials calling for a solution.

But perched on bike saddles all around the city, residents of Seattle are feeling a mix of fear, anger, sadness, hope and everything in between. Friends and family of those injured or killed on the streets of Seattle are coming to terms with their forever-changed lives.

Seattle, we need to get together, honor those who have lost their lives in traffic and support each other. We need to work for change. There is no better way to do this than to ride together.

So with the help of Davey Oil (of Bike Works fame, though he is helping plan in his free time) and Adonia Lugo (one of the founding forces behind LA’s CicLAvia events and author of Urban Adonia), Seattle Bike Blog is organizing a ride that will visit the memorials of Mike Wang (Dexter/Thomas), Brian Fairbrother (1171 Fairview Ave N) and Robert Townsend (University Way/Campus Parkway) while providing an opportunity to come together as a community in favor of safer streets.

To learn more about the ride, visit the Seattle Bike Blog.

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City events and traffic advisory for this weekend

September 22nd, 2011 by master

What do beer and football have in common? Besides the obvious, they both mean traffic headaches.

To the east, Saturday’s University of Washington vs. California Golden Bears from 12:30 to 4 p.m. will make N. 45th St. busy most of the afternoon.

To the west (and slightly south), Fremont’s Oktoberfest will keep cars flowing steadily in and out of the area from 5 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m. Sunday.  The Oktoberfest 5K on Sunday will also cause some tangles, as runners will start from  34th Avenue N and Fremont Avenue N., head east on 34th to N Pacific Street, then move east on Pacific to NE 40th Street, making a u-turn onto the Burke-Gilman Trail, where they’ll go south on the trail and finish at Phinney Avenue N.

And to the south, the Seahawks will go up against the Arizona Cardinals between 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. Expect heavy traffic on I-5, I-90, Alaskan Way Viaduct and surrounding streets before and after the game.

Other events this weekend:


  • Seattle Symphony Friday Matinee Concert, 12 noon
  • UW Husky Band Friday Night Rally, 8:45 – 10 p.m.


  • Moving Planet at South Lake Union, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Bite of Broadview, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church (405 N 117th Street)
  • South Park Car Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


  • Sustainable Ballard Festival at the Ballard Commons Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Seattle Department of Transportation, “encourages event-goers to consider reducing the stress and environmental impact of driving their cars and try one of the many alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or even walking, if feasible.”

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