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Entries from November 2011

Free haircuts for kids at L'il Klippers today

November 16th, 2011 by master

Today, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Wallingford Center, L’il Klippers/The Edge Salon is offering free haircuts for 3- to 9-year-olds. Ashley from the salon tells us they have a new stylist training, which is why the haircuts are free.

The salon tell us they only have one appointment left for today, but that they expect to have another complimentary haircut day soon.

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Photos with Santa at the Wallingford Center

November 15th, 2011 by master

The Wallingford Center is again offering photo opportunities with Santa this year. Every weekend between now and December 23, the Wallingford Center-based Mud Puddle Club will be taking photos on the main level of the center.

Santa will be at his post from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The Mud Puddle Club is also offering photography sessions for children, families and pets with seasonal and angelic backgrounds. Appointments and drop-ins are both welcome.

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Free community dinner this Friday

November 14th, 2011 by master

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this Friday you’ll have an opportunity to kick off the holiday with your neighbors. This Friday, November 18, the Wallingford Community Kitchen is hosting a holiday party, and is inviting everyone in the neighborhood. The dinner party will be at the Wallingford Community Senior Center (WCSC) at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.) in room 140, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The event is free, however each family is encouraged to bring an ingredient to add to a soup, as well as a side dish (appetizer, salad, dessert or drink). WCSC Program Coordinator Norah Erwin-Stewart writes that they hope to, “get creative,” with up to four different soups, depending on how many people can come. “We will be making a communal soup and Emma Notkin will lead us in baking & decorating sugar cookies. We cook as a community and then enjoy the bounties of our labor by sitting down to share a meal,” writes Erwin-Stewart. She says it will be a vegetarian meal, so no meat products.

She says WCSC is always in need of extra containers, so bring along your, “gently used and clean plastic yogurt, sour cream, salsa, etc. containers to contribute.”

If you need some ideas for what to bring, Erwin-Stewart posted a long list of options on the event’s website. They ask that you RSVP if you plan on attending. The cooking will start promptly at 5:30 p.m., and they hope to be sitting down, enjoying the meal by 8 p.m.

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"Have a Say" about Metro's proposed 2012 changes

November 12th, 2011 by master

King County Metro has long been figuring out how to reduce service to fit budget constraints, and has come up with recommended service changes to present to the King County Council in early December. However, they’re opening the discussion to the larger community on Sunday with an information table at the Wallingford QFC from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

According to Metro’s calendar:

Metro will be changing the transit system in September 2012 to coordinate with Seattle’s new RapidRide C and D lines and to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the transit system in communities such as Seattle, Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac, and Tukwila. Visit this information table to learn more and share your thoughts about Metro’s system improvement concepts.

More specific information about route changes and deletions can be found at Metro’s “Get in the Know” site. Additionally, Metro is asking riders to fill out a survey about the proposed changes.

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Trophy Cupcakes' huge giveaway this Sunday

November 11th, 2011 by master

Your weekend just got a little sweeter: on Sunday, November 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Trophy Cupcakes is giving away full-sized free cupcakes to the first 500 to show up at the Trophy Party Room. The giveaway is courtesy of Google Places.

From Trophy:

Attendees of Trophy’s Google Places celebration will also enjoy New Orleans-style nosh from the Where Ya At Matt truck, snack-sized bags of Popchips, innovative Dry Soda and Trophy pairings, festive décor baked-up by Trophy’s party planner extraordinaire, a photo booth with giant cupcake props, and the opportunity to win prizes from Google, Trophy and other Wallingford Center Merchants.

Guests will be encouraged to download the Google Places app straight to their phones to start rating their favorite cupcakes and Seattle places ( To spice things up, Google Places will reward the top 50 entrants who review up to 30 of their favorite places for the best written recommendations, and to make things even more enticing, those who tweet their favorite places will have the chance to earn a limited edition Google T-shirt and a dozen Trophy cupcakes.

Photo courtesy Trophy Cupcakes and Party.

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Uptown Espresso, Dick's to honor veterans tomorrow

November 10th, 2011 by master

Two Wallingford businesses will be recognizing Veterans Day tomorrow: Uptown Espresso has pledged to donate 100 percent of their Veterans Day revenue to the American Lake Veterans Golf Course, and Dick’s is offering free burgers to veterans.

From Uptown:

Uptown Espresso stands with you in gratitude for the service of our Veterans who defend our freedoms. By patronizing Uptown Espresso on Veterans Day, you will be contributing to the American Lake Veterans Golf Course which is making a significant impact in the rehabilitation of local Veterans. American Lake Veterans Golf Course is operated and maintained 100% by volunteers and nearly every dollar of contribution goes directly to the improvement and maintenance of the facility. Join us on Friday, November 11th, enjoy Uptown, and know that your purchase is going to a noble cause.
Our sister site, My Ballard, reported that the co-founder and president of Dick’s, Dick Spady, served in the military during two wars. “I served in the Navy in World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War. My wife was in the Navy when we met and now I have a granddaughter serving in the Navy. Our family holds a deep respect and admiration for our veterans and active military members. They deserve our recognition and gratitude,” Spady says.

From 10:30 a.m. until closing, veterans and active duty military can show any form of military identification or wear their military uniform for a free burger at any one of their six locations, including Wallingford.

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Wallingford holiday party next week

November 9th, 2011 by master

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Holiday Cheers to Wallingford” party on Tuesday, November 15. The party is from 6 – 9 p.m. at Wine World, and is a catered cocktail party.

From the Chamber of Commerce:

Promote your business and build your local client base by donating small or large auction items to the silent auction. All proceeds go to support chamber of commerce activities and community work.This is the perfect time to join the Chamber of Commerce; you will receive October-December of 2011 included in your next year’s membership dues. That’s three free months of membership!

Please contact for more information, ticket purchases, and to submit your auction items now.

The cost per person is $25, and $20 for seniors. All are welcome.

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A look at election results

November 9th, 2011 by master

From our sister site, My Ballard.

The “polls” closed at 8 o’clock last night. The big story of the election is that voters have decided to get the state out of the liquor business. Here is a look at the early results (updated at 6:30 a.m.) from the Washington State Secretary of State:

Initiative Measure 1183 Concerning liquor: beer, wine, and spirits (hard liquor).
59.69% Yes
40.31% No

Initiative Measure 1125 Concerning state expenditures on transportation.
49.07% Yes
50.93% No

Initiative Measure 1163 Concerning long-term care workers and services for elderly and disabled people.
66.77% Yes
33.23% No

Senate Joint Resolution 8205 Concerning the length of time a voter must reside in Washington to vote for president and vice president.
71.45% Yes
28.55% No

Senate Joint Resolution 8206 Concerning the budget stabilization account maintained in the state treasury.
66.88% Yes
33.12% No

From King County Elections:

City of Seattle Proposition No. 1 Regular Tax Levy Including Families and Education
58.57% Yes
41.43% No

City of Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition No. 1 Increased Vehicle License Fee
39.55% Yes
60.45% No

Seattle City Council results can be found here.

Seattle School Board results can be found here.

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Yogurtland moving into old Quiznos space

November 8th, 2011 by master

Last year, we reported that Quiznos was closing down, and now it looks like Yogurtland will be moving into the space at Sunnyside and N. 45th, right next to Uptown Espresso.

A manager from the University District store tell us the Wallingford location will be open, “sometime later this month,” and they’ll start hiring next week. (Thanks Marina for the tip!)

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Rat City Rollergirls season tickets now available

November 7th, 2011 by master

Good news, roller derby fans: the Rat City Rollergirls‘ eighth season tickets are now on sale. The 2012 season includes seven games at the Key Arena.

Photo by Jules Doyle

Sara Girard from the league tells us the swag is not limited to the tickets themselves. Season ticket holders also get:

  • 10 percent savings over individual bout tickets
  • A free t-shirt
  • Early entry to the games
  • Special edition printed tickets and a lanyard
  • Commemorative bout program
  • Access to the VIP bar at KeyArena.

In case you aren’t familiar, the Rat City Rollergirls is Seattle’s first flat track, all-female roller derby league, founded in April 2004. The league is composed of about 100 member-owners, who are divided among four teams: Derby Liberation Front, Grave Danger, Sockit Wenches, and Throttle Rockets. RCRG’s fifth team, the Rat City Rollergirls All-Stars, is composed of the best players from the four home teams, who represent the league in regional and national play.

Girard tells us that the 2012 season will include, “an exciting mix of play from the home teams you know and love and interleague play from the Rat City All Stars, who recently placed fourth in the uber-competitive Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Western Region semi-finals (narrowly losing to reigning WFTDA Champions Rocky Mountain Rollergirls).”

If you want to pick up some Rat City merchandise, or even learn how to throw elbows like the best of ’em, check out Fastgirl Skates and Fast Girl University in Wallingford, at 252 NE 45th St.

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