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Entries from March 2012

Eat some literature this weekend

March 30th, 2012 by master

By Almeera Anwar

If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday that is both delicious and educational, check out the Seattle Edible Books Festival. It’s taking place at The Good Shepherd Center from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Photo from last year’s event

This event prides itself on combining culinary talents with new ways of explaining literature. Contestants were asked to create and bring in an edible piece of art that is related to books – the work could be a pun on a title, reference a scene, relate to a character or could simply look like a book.

Individuals can show up between noon and 1:30 p.m. to tour the books on display. Then, at 2 p.m., the edible books will be eaten; served with tea, coffee and milk. Judges will also be handing out five awards for the books that are the most creative, some of the awards included the “Most Pun-derful” and “Best Young Edible Artist” for K – 12 participants. This is the 7th year for the event.

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Cedar Grove hosts neighborhood scavenger hunt

March 28th, 2012 by master

Starting this week, Cedar Grove Composting and Seattle Public Utilities are putting on a city-wide scavenger hunt in order to thank Seattle residents for composting over 125,000 tons of food and yard waste in 2011. The scavenger hunt consists of daily clues on Cedar Grove’s website, which will lead participants to find “Corey the Compostable Apple Core,” posted at 30 different retail and community sites in the city. The contest is called The Big Dig, and goes through April 11.

Cedar Grove says every participant that finds one or more Coreys will win a coupon redeemable for a free bag of Cedar Grove Compost. And, “all participants will be entered into a daily drawing to win a pass to participate in The Big Dig finals on Saturday, April 14 at Seattle Tilth’s Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.” Then, the finalists will dig through 30 yards of compost to find $6,000 in hidden treasures, including a $3,000 yard makeover.

From Cedar Grove:

Near your neighborhood there are four Coreys hidden. Here are their corresponding clues:

  • Using the terms “birding” and “Birdathon” is as natural as breathing air in this location—find where you can purchase gifts for birds.
  • This location is a member of an association headquartered in Naples! (Take advantage of your location and walk a few blocks to view some exotic animals.)
  • This timber store was destroyed by a fire in 1938—and it was rebuilt in just twelve days.
  • This cooperative serves 54 countries and is headquartered in Chicago. It resides in a neighborhood where Mayor Mike McGinn was head of the Community Council.

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Summer camp fair this weekend

March 22nd, 2012 by master

While it may not feel like summer is approaching, summer camp programs are getting ready for the season. Seattle’s Parent Map is putting on a summer camp fair in North Seattle this weekend, where a couple Wallingford camps will be featured. On Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., King’s Schools at N. 195th St. and Greenwood Ave. N., a number of local and regional camps will be setting up shop to talk about the programs they offer. Admission is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit Parent Map’s site about the event.

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Celebrate Ivar's 107th birthday with $1.07 entrees

March 20th, 2012 by master

Today is the founder of Ivar’s 107th birthday, and in celebration, the restaurants are offering $1.07 entrees all day in honor of their “flounder” Ivar Haglund. Patrons must purchase one full-priced entree in order to get the deal, and exclaim “Happy Birthday, Ivar!” upon placing their order, of course. Wallingford’s Ivar’s is at 401 Northeast Northlake Way.

The restaurant will also treat the first 107 guests at each location to a blueberry cupcake, Haglund’s favorite flavor. In addition to the $1.07 entrees, Ivar’s is also hosting the “Ivar Haglund Birthday Video Contest” on the O-Fish-All Ivar’s Club Facebook page. According to the restaurant, fans can enter by uploading a video of themselves singing happy birthday to Ivar by March 21, for a chance to win a $107 Ivar’s gift card or other great prizes. Winners will then be selected, “based on originality and creativity, and bonus points are awarded for videos filmed at Ivar’s locations.”

The restaurant itself opened in 1938, with Ivar Haglund at the helm of his fish and chips stand at what is now Pier 54. The history behind Haglund can be found on Ivar’s website.

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Local business leaders to participate in "Women on a Mission" conference

March 15th, 2012 by master

Next week, the Seattle Good Business Network is co-hosting the Women on a Mission conference, which features women leaders and businesses that help build local economy. Several local women business leaders are participating, such as Dani Cone from Fuel Coffee and Hi-Five Pies. Representatives from 4 Your Eyes Only Optical and The Wallingford Chamber will also be attending. The event is Tuesday, March 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. According to the Seattle Good Business Network, it will be a day to, “reconnect to our purpose, talk shop, inspire and be inspired – all in a beautiful space with amazing food and topped off with spectacular local wine.” The event is at Urban Enoteca in SODO.

Topics will include:

  • creative collaborations and new business models that are building our local economy,
  • closing the loop on local sourcing and production,
  • creating resource efficient and eco-friendly products, services, and workplaces,
  • what it means to live your values at work and at home
  • full program and speaker line up here
  • To learn more or to register, visit the Seattle Good Business Network website.

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    Free ice cream today

    March 12th, 2012 by master

    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream is giving away free kid-sized scoops of Scout Mint ice cream starting at noon today. The scoops are available at all the locations, including the Wallingford shop at 1622 N. 45th St.

    Owner Molly Moon Neitzel is a former Girl Scout. “I learned so much as a Girl Scout,” Neitzel says. “I want girls everywhere to know that they can do anything they want to do with their lives, and that’s probably the biggest thing Girl Scouting taught me.”

    In the last four years, Molly Moon’s has used more than 12,000 boxes of Thin Mint cookies from the Girl Scouts of Western Washington to make the top-selling ice cream. Neitzel is also sponsoring four Girl Scout camperships in 2012, sending two scouts from Washington and two scouts from her native Idaho to camp this coming summer.

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    Burglar(s) enter homes through unlocked doors

    March 7th, 2012 by master

    Seattle Police are warning people of a recent crime spree in north Seattle, including several this week in Wallingford.

    Terrie Johnston, the north precinct crime prevention coordinator, says that there have been several home burglaries in the night, when people were home. Early Tuesday morning, three burglaries occurred in the 4000 blk. of Sunnyside N; 4100 blk. of Sunnyside N; and 4200 blk. Meridian Ave. N.

    The criminal(s) entered through unlocked front door; unlocked back doors. Homeowners and their children were home sleeping at the time of these crimes, believed to have occurred between the hours of midnight – 6 a.m. Purses, laptops, Blackberry, camera, phone and car keys taken. One vehicle was subsequently taken.

    Please check your doors and windows before leaving your home and before going to bed. It is common to open a window when cooking or showering, for example. Perhaps one of your house guests inadvertently left a window open without you realizing this. Contractors might ask you to leave window open so they can put an extension cord through for power, check it out! We need to slow the criminals down and hope they make enough noise to catch a watchful neighbors attention!

    Late last month, Johnston says there were several other occupied burglaries in Green Lake, Maple Leaf and on the east side of I-5.

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    Beatles mural closer to completion

    March 5th, 2012 by master

    Last month, we reported about Abbey Road coming to 45th St. in the form of a huge mural on the side of Golden Oldies. Now, the Beatles themselves have made it onto the wall.

    (Thanks to one of our readers, Jeffrey, for the photo!)

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    Lane closures on Stone Way N. on Saturday

    March 2nd, 2012 by master

    The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced that the northbound lane will be closed tomorrow (Saturday, March 3) on Stone Way N. from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. The closure is due to dismantling of a large tower crane on Stone Way N. between Bridge Way N. and N. 40th St. Traffic will be shifted to the western half of Stone Way N. and will be reduced down to one lane northbound and one lane southbound.

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    King County Deputy stabbed on 45th St.

    March 2nd, 2012 by master

    At approximately 11 a.m., the Seattle Police Department responded to a call from a King County Deputy who reported being stabbed in front of the Wallingford Center on 45th St.

    According to King County Public Information Officer Cindi West, the deputy was responding to a call of a “sleeper” on the bench of the bus stop in front of the Wallingford Center. West says the deputy asked the sleeper to move on, and shortly after, the deputy was on the radio saying he’d been stabbed in the shoulder and the hand, and had the suspect at gunpoint.

    At the scene, police had roped off the area directly surrounding the bus stop, where an out-of-service bus was stopped. On the ground were two large black garbage bags, a small briefcase, and two small knives. West said at least one of the knives belonged to the suspect.

    King County PIO Cindi West

    A man, possibly the suspect, was being led to a police car shortly after 11 a.m.

    West said the injured deputy is at Harborview Medical Center and is now in good condition. She says that when the call is made that an officer is injured, “everyone does their best to get here in a quick hurry. With everything that’s happened in this state in the last week, and the last few years, it’s heavy on our minds and we want to make sure everyone is safe and goes home at the end of the day,” added West.