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Entries from November 2011

Urban farming group looking for new plots

November 29th, 2011 by master

A Wallingford and Ballard urban farming group is seeking unused space to plant fruits and veggies. City Grown Seattle would like to expand in 2012, and is hoping to find residents who would like to support urban farming by letting them farm their land in exchange for a share in the farm produce.

The group exists to turn “underutilized land into productive food-growing space to feed our neighbors.” Most of the farms are in backyards, and the organizers hope to double the size of their farms in the next year.

From City Grown:

We are looking for new plots and partners within reasonable biking distance of our current hubs:

  • Ballard: 60th and 17th NW
  • Wallingford: 41st and Eastern
  • Tangletown: 54th and Kensington Pl

If you have land you would like to see utilized for our purposes, we want to talk with you about a partnership.  Don’t have much space? Talk to your neighbors – maybe we can create a farm plot out of several yards on your block.

If you’re interested in getting involved, contact the organizers at

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Christmas Ship Festival starts this week

November 28th, 2011 by master

This Thursday is beginning of the annual Christmas Ship Festival put on by Argosy Cruises in Lake Union. The parade of brightly lit boats will be floating by Gasworks Park at 8 p.m.

Here’s a video of the festival from a previous year.

The Christmas Ship will be out each night until December 23, and will sail to 45 different Puget Sound waterfronts. The ships will have a choir onboard who sings a 20 minute performance to each waterfront.

Thursday’s event starts at Kirkland Marina Park with the opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m. According to the Argosy website, “In addition to good cheer, family, and friends, a portion of all ticket sales benefits The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, an annual program that raises money for several charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area.”

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Shop local this weekend

November 25th, 2011 by master

With Thanksgiving comes Black Friday, and with Black Friday comes the biggest shopping day of the year. This weekend, you can take that opportunity to  support your neighborhood businesses and shop local.

If you aren’t already aware, a program called WallingfordSaves allows shoppers to get discounts at Wallingford businesses by presenting a receipt from another Wallingford business. Here is a list of participating businesses and the discounts they offer.

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Karen Mills from the U.S. Small Business Association says, “Small businesses are the foundation of our economy – half of America’s workers either own or work for a small business. (Today) is an opportunity to show our support for our friends and neighbors who throughout the year are growing our local economy, as well as supporting many local initiative and organizations.”

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Occupy Seattle at Gasworks Park on Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2011 by master

The Occupy Seattle movement has scheduled a Thanksgiving potluck at Gasworks Park in Wallingford. The potluck starts at 2 p.m. on Thursday, and everyone is welcome.

“We celebrate the community we have created, the kindness and support we have received, and the hope we are inspiring by our work to shine the light on economic injustice,” the group wrote in an email. “We gather as a community in support of Occupy Seattle and Occupy Wall Street. There is room for everybody at this Thanksgiving table, all 99% of us!”

As with many Occupy movements around the country, Occupy Seattle has not been without its share of clashes with the police. Recent protests that have gained national attention include 84-year-old Dorli Rainey getting pepper-sprayed in the face, and the more recent allegations by 19-year-old Jennifer Fox who says police are responsible for her miscarriage. (Links are to our news partner’s, The Seattle Times, coverage of Occupy Seattle)

The potluck will have 2o volunteers making food for over 100 people. If you’re interested in attending, sign up here.


Molly Moon's "Blue Tuesday"

November 22nd, 2011 by master

If you’ve ever wondered how to make delicacies like those produced at the award-winning Molly Moon’s ice cream shop, you’re in luck. Today is “Blue Tuesday,” and Molly Moon Neitzel is offering an opportunity for customers to order their own signed copy of “Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream: Sweet Seasonal Recipes for Ice Creams, Sorbets, and Toppings Made with Local Ingredients,” at a 10 percent discount.

“I’m so excited to share this beautiful ice cream cookbook with our local friends and those who were previously only able to enjoy Molly Moon’s when visiting Seattle,” said Neitzel. “My hope is that this book inspires everyone to make, scoop, share and devour ice cream with friends and family every night of the week.”

According to Molly Moon’s, books purchased via their website will be signed by Moon herself and shipped in late May of 2012.

Photo courtesy of Molly Moon’s

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Free Thanksgiving meal for families on free and reduced lunch program

November 21st, 2011 by master

From our sister site, My Ballard.

Families who participate in Seattle Public Schools’ free and reduced lunch program can sign up for a free Thanksgiving meal courtesy NBA stars and local politicians.

Families must sign up by Monday. In our area, interested people can sign up in person at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

NBA stars Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, Will Conroy, Isaiah Thomas and Spencer Hawes have teamed up with Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Mayor Mike McGinn to give away 2,000 Thanksgiving dinners. The “Thanks-Give-N-Go Turkey Give-Away” takes place on Tuesday, November 22 from 5-8 pm at the Rainier Community Center (4600 38th Ave S.)

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Not a Number's grand reopening today

November 19th, 2011 by master

Not a Number moved out of Wallingford last month, and today they have couple special events to celebrate the reopening in Fremont.

At 2 p.m., “author & cool local guy David Volk signs and tells us his secrets in his ‘Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle’!  10 percent off his book, and get an autographed copy,” writes Kara Ceriello from Not a Number.  From 3 to 4 p.m. is a performance by Swords to Plows, a local trio of Vietnam vets playing protest songs of the ’60s. “Some funny, some serious, but a seriously good time,” says Ceriello. “We’re sure to have some political discussion too.”
The store will also be holding a fundraiser for longtime employee Carol, “the saucy redhead who worked for us and other local biz, played guitar during Art Walk, and was a gypsy fortuneteller at Halloween several years,” explains Ceriello. “Carol had brain surgery last year. She recovered better than most, but isn’t well enough to work yet. We want to help with basics like food and utilities during recovery.” Ceriello asks that any donations be left with her at the store, or sent to Not a Number Loves Carol, 720 N. 35th St. Ste. 102, Seattle 98103.

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Wallingford teens act in Seattle's first professional staging of "13"

November 18th, 2011 by master

Three Wallingford teens are acting in a coming-of-age production of a Broadway musical titled “13.” The teens are part of a group called Broadway Bound, in partnership with A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. Jason Robert Brown’s “13” opened on Broadway in 2008, and featured the first all-teenage cast to appear on Broadway. Among the actors are Wallingford students Jeremy Berdin, Justine Cameron and Michael Kaczkowski.

The cast of “13” performing “A Little More Homework,” photo courtesy of Broadway Bound

Broadway Bound will also feature a solo concert by the composer Jason Robert Brown on December 8. He will be a special guest at the opening night performance on December 9, and will conduct a talk back with the audience after the performance.

Kendra (Mary Armintrout), Lucy (Sarah Torres) and Brett (Michael Kaczkowski). Photo courtesy of Broadway Bound

Performance schedule:

  • Thurs., December 8, 6:00 p.m. (Preview)
  • Thurs., December 8, 9:00 p.m. JASON ROBERT BROWN IN CONCERT
  • Fri., December 9, 7:00 p.m. OPENING NIGHT
  • Sat., December 10, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., December 11, 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Fri., December 16, 7:00 p.m.
  • Sat., December 17, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sun., December 18, 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Tickets for the show are available online or through the ACT box office. Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre is an all-inclusive acting program, which means any child who auditions becomes part of the acting company. The group serves more than 1,000 young actors from more than 100 schools, ages 5 to 18, every year. Broadway Bound also offers need-based scholarships to low-income students.

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Metro reschedules information booth at QFC

November 17th, 2011 by master

Last weekend, we told you King Metro would be at QFC answering questions about the proposed changes for next year’s bus service. As it turns out, Metro could not make it happen due to a scheduling mishap. They have rescheduled the information table for this Saturday, November 19.

From Metro’s Linda Thielke:

As many of you have reported, Metro was supposed to have had an info table at the Wallingford QFC last Sunday to talk with people about proposed bus changes for 2012. Unfortunately, we had a scheduling problem and couldn’t staff the location that day. We are so sorry this happened, and have rescheduled that info session for:
Saturday, Nov. 19
4-6 pm
Wallingford QFC
1801 N. 45th St.
There were a lot of people (about 70) who turned out for our open house at the Greenwood Senior Center Monday night to talk with us about the different ideas being discussed for next year. We got some great feedback, but we are always looking for more. So, please encourage your community members to either show up this Saturday at the QFC, or send us a comment via our website:

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Wallingford Center food drive extended

November 16th, 2011 by master

The Wallingford Center Merchant Association has extended their food drive for an extra two weeks, according to the association’s president and 4 Your Eyes Only Optical owner Judy Ayers. The food drive started on Halloween, and was supposed to last until November 20. However, Ayers tells us the food drive will continue until Sunday, December 4.

Ayers says the food drive is to benefit the Family Works Food Bank, and the Wallingford Center hopes to raise 300 pounds. To date, the drive has raised 145 pounds. The food drive is one of two yearly food drives hosted by the Wallingford Center.

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