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Entries from October 2011

Happy Halloween! If you don't already have plans…

October 31st, 2011 by master

Tonight’s the big night, and to recap your options for the evening, here’s a list of some events in the ‘hood.

Food trucks galore! The pod has expanded, which means 11 trucks will grace the parking lot of Uptown Espresso for the ghoulish evening. The participating trucks are BUNS, WhereYaAtMatt, Caribreoso, Dante Dogs, Big Food, Skillet, Street Treats, Snout & Co, Fusion on the Run, Raney Bro BBQ and Parfait, all from 4 – 7 p.m.

Archie McPhee Blood Drive and face painting: If you want to do your zombie costume right tonight, you should visit Jordan “Zombiemaker” Speers at Archie McPhee, where he’ll be offering his face-painting services (for free!) from 1 -5 p.m. In addition to zombifying yourself, you can also donate blood for the 18th Annual Archie McPhee Blood Drive. From 12 to 6 p.m. today, the Puget Sound Bloodmobile will be parked outside the store, ready to take your blood in exchange for a “spooky” prize. However, call ahead; they’ll only take your blood if you’ve made an appointment. To set up your time, visit the Archie McPhee store at 1300 N 45th St. in Wallingford, or call (206)297-0240.

Trophy Cupcakes Costume Contest: If your kids are cupcake lovers, and have designed a costume to resemble their favorite cupcake, don’t miss Trophy’s 3rd Annual Cupcake Costume Contest. Prizes include a $100, $50, or $25 Trophy Cupcakes and Party gift card. Everyone who enters the contest will receive a free cupcake.

Trick-or-treating! Go meet your neighbors! And visit businesses along 45th street, many will be handing out treats to costumed kids.

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CPR and First Aid training next weekend

October 29th, 2011 by master

On Saturday, November 5, the Wallingford Community Preparedness Initiative is offering CPR and First Aid training at the Wallingford Community Senior Center at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Suite 140).

From Kathleen Cromp with the Senior Center:

We want to create a strong base of knowledge & skills across the neighborhood.  If you haven’t recently had CPR & First Aid training, please consider taking this course. We’re fortunate to have Joel McCulloch as the course instructor– Joel is a Wallingford neighbor, member of community preparedness steering committee, emergency transport nurse, and certified CPR/First Aid instructor.

The class is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an optional certification demonstration and testing from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The class costs $35 per person and $5 for the optional certification testing. To register for the class, email register@wallingfordseniorcenters.org or call the center at 206-461-7825.

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Colors of autumn in Wallingford

October 28th, 2011 by master

This autumn has been stunning, and Wallingford has become a beautiful array of yellow, orange and red leaves.

Send us your favorite autumnal shots: tips@mywallingford.com (Thanks Kate for the photo!)

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Your "Halloweekend" options

October 28th, 2011 by master

With All Hallow’s Eve just around the corner, all sorts of options are popping up for weekend Halloween activities. Here are a few of the festivities to choose from:

Wallingford Eats’ Food Truck Pod:  On Monday night from 4:00-7:00 pm, on the Uptown Espresso corner, there will a BIG Food Truck Pod featuring 11 trucks, all staff in costumes and treats for kids. Stewart Chung from BUNS created a great visual.

Trophy Cupcakes Costume Contest: On Monday, October 31, Trophy will have their 3rd Annual Cupcake Costume Contest, where kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite cupcake. Prizes include a $100, $50, or $25 Trophy Cupcakes and Party gift card. Everyone who enters the contest will receive a free cupcake.

Archie McPhee Blood Drive: On Saturday, October 29 and Monday, October 31 from 1-5pm Jordan “Zombiemaker” Speers will  be doing free special effects scary make up for customers. On Monday, October 31 12-6 is Archie McPhee’s 18th annual Blood Drive. All week: raffle tickets for 13 cents each– all the money goes to Wolf Haven and the winner gets a big box of Archie McPhee spooky stuff. There will be a drawing on October 31.

Woodland Park Zoo Pumpkin Bash: From the zoo: “Pumpkin Bash celebrates fall with a repertoire of animal behavior as hippos, elephants, birds, bears and more crunch, smash or stomp on orange gourds of all sizes; trick-or-treating in the Pumpkin Promenade presented by Umpqua Bank; programs in Zoomazium’s indoor, nature play space; and crafts. Live entertainment at Pumpkin Bash includes Tribe, a children’s dance troop from Art Rise Dance School, and Thriller performances by Roosevelt High School.” The Pumpkin Bash is from Saturday to Sunday, October 29-30, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For a full schedule of the events, visit their site. (Photo by Sarah Louvrien)

Wallingford Boys and Girls Club Halloween Hoopla: On Saturday, October 29, the Boys and Girls Club will have, “carnival games, a cake walk, arts and craft, cream the counselor, trick-or-treating, prizes, food, drinks and fun for everyone.”  You can also visit their two haunted houses: “The Dark Carnival” haunted house, which is suitable for older youth and parents and Frankenstein’s Lab which is suitable for all ages. From the Boys and Girls Club, “Come see how we’ve transformed our club on 45th Street into one of the best events for kids in the North Seattle area!  $1 buys you 5 activity tickets and gets you in the door.  Please bring in cans for our local food bank.  Each can is worth one ticket after the initial $1 is paid.”

Mosaic Coffeehouse Shindig: On Saturday, October 29 from 7-11 p.m., Mosaic will have live music, costume contests, prizes, a full coffee bar, and (of course) candy. “Show up in a costume, and get a free drink. Show up in a GREAT costume, and you might win a prize!”

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Fair Trade Winds opens in Wallingford Center

October 27th, 2011 by master

Fair Trade Winds, a housewares and gifts store, just opened in the Wallingford Center. Emily Lynn, whose family owns Fair Trade Winds, tells us Saturday will be the store’s grand opening.

From Lynn:

On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., the store will celebrate its Grand Opening and Fair Trade Month with free samples of local fair trade edibles from Theo Chocolate, Equal Exchange coffee, Choice Organic Tea, and more. Customers will also be able to start their wish lists in the store, to share with friends and family for holiday gift-giving.
“We are excited to bring unique, high-quality, Fair Trade products to Seattle, and pleased to be part of the  family of businesses at Wallingford Center,” said Paul Culler, founder and owner. Culler also owns three  other Fair Trade Winds stores on the east coast—in Bar Harbor, ME, Stony Brook, NY, and Fairfax VA.  “Because we are a small, family-run store, we make an effort to offer handcrafted goods made by smaller artisan cooperatives from all corners of the globe, and provide them with retail space to shine.”
The store’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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Seattle Tilth receives national award

October 26th, 2011 by master

The Wallingford-based educational gardening and farming group Seattle Tilth has just received a large grant from the government. The grant was given for Seattle Tilth Farm Works, which provides training for immigrants, refugees and low-income families in farming skills and business development in South King County. The group has been awarded $483,160 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, a competitive grants program administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Seattle Tilth Farm Works, “provides local refugees, immigrants, and low-income Americans the opportunity to participate in developing a sustainable food system by growing food organically and selling it to local corner stores, farmers markets and other small market buyers in their geographic or ethnic communities.” The group helps immigrants such as Somali Bantu, Ethiopians, and Burundians gain hands-on farming experience and guidance for developing small farm businesses.

In a statement from the group, Seattle Tilth Executive Director Andrea Dwyer says it’s an honor to have their work recognized nationally. “An investment of this magnitude will provide long-term benefits by creating viable small businesses and improving overall public health,” said Dwyer.

Seattle Tilth’s grant is one of 36 awarded by the USDA totaling $18 million to organizations that will, “provide training and assistance to beginning farmers and ranchers to help them run successful and sustainable farms.”

Photo courtesy of Seattle Tilth

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Wallingford Greenways needs help with observations

October 25th, 2011 by master

As we reported earlier this month, Wallingford will be the first Seattle neighborhood to create a “greenway,”  an alternative and safer route for bikers and pedestrians. As plans progress, the Wallingford Greenways group is asking for residents to observe pedestrian, bike and car traffic before and after the first greenway hits the neighborhood.

The observations will consist of half-hour time slots, and the group hopes to get around 30 to 50 sign-ups before early November. They want observations before work (7:30 to 9 a.m.) and after school (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you want to participate in the resident observations, visit the registration form.

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Wallingford Greenways needs help with observations

October 25th, 2011 by master

As we reported earlier this month, Wallingford will be the first Seattle neighborhood to create a “greenway,”  an alternative and safter route for bikes and pedestrians. As plans progress, the Wallingford Greenways group is asking for residents to observe pedestrian, bike and car traffic before and after the first greenway hits the neighborhood.

The observations will consist of half-hour time slots, and the group hopes to get around 30 to 50 sign-ups before early November. They want to have observations before work (7:30 to 9 a.m.) and after school (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.) and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you want to participate in the resident observations, visit the registration form.

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Woodland Park Zoo receives large grant for new exhibits

October 24th, 2011 by master

The Woodland Park Zoo has just received a large grant to create two new exhibits. The Charles and Lisa Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences has given $1 million to create a naturalistic tiger and Asian bear exhibit.

Sketch of new tiger exhibit

In a statement from the zoo, Lisa Simonyi said the new exhibits are an effort to advance science education for the community. “We’re honored to be a part of the zoo’s commitment to create a better, more naturalistic home for tigers and Asian bears, and we’re inspired by the dynamic science education hub that the exhibit complex will become for the zoo’s 1 million annual visitors, motivating the next generation of conservation scientists and stewards.”

The Asian bear and tiger exhibit are part of a $21 million Asian Tropical Forest initiative, and the new exhibits will replace the 60 year-old exhibit the Asian bears currently live in. The Asian Tropical Forest initiative is part of the Campaign for More Wonder More Wild, a larger campaign comprised of seven other fundraising efforts to improve, “animal care, conservation, education and zoo visitor experience.”

The Woodland Park Zoo president and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen says the plans for the new exhibit are making quick progress. “The generosity of the Simonyi Fund gives us the momentum to complete the exhibit planning stage, and will help kick start the next stage by raising additional funds in the community through the challenge.”

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Viaduct closure means earlier garbage pickup

October 23rd, 2011 by master

Get your garbage, recycling and food and yard waste cans out early this week. Instead of the normal 7 a.m., Seattle Public Utilities says to have the cans at the curb by 6 a.m. SPU says that this is in response to the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure. Only northwest Seattle is affected by this change – those north of the ship canal and west of I-5.

If a customer’s garbage, yard waste or recycling collection is missed, report it after 6 p.m. on the day it was missed by calling 206-684-3000 or click here.

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