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Entries from April 2012

Center for Wooden Boats to open North Lake Union facility next week

April 23rd, 2012 by master

Next weekend, the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is opening their second location at North Lake Union near Gas Works Park (1475 N Northlake Place). The plan to open a new facility on a former Metro Transit property has been in the works for quite some time, and they’ve announced they’re ready to open next weekend, on Saturday, May 5.

The CWB says the new facility is a workshop and warehouse, where historic boats will be housed for restoration.  At present, the facility is land-based. However, they say they hope to build public access to the water to “complete our vision for the Northlake Community Wharf.” There will be a public showing and tour of the new facility on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Emerald City Search to kick off this weekend

April 20th, 2012 by master

It’s maybe the hardest scavenger hunt in town, with possibly the best payoff: the Emerald City Search will commence this weekend, on Saturday, April 21. Because this year is the Seattle Center’s 50th Anniversary, there will be two different hunts; the first is starting this weekend, and the second will start in October. The prize package this year is worth almost $9,000, including prizes like hotel stays, memberships to local attractions like the Pacific Science Center and EMP, and VIP concert tickets. Click here for a full list of the loot.

The Emerald City Search started in 2006, and is a clue-based treasure hunt for a special medallion, hidden in plain sight in a public location, says One Reel Production, who produces the search. “The Search takes place over a maximum of ten days, with one new brain-busting clue revealed each day. Together, the clues paint a progressively clearer picture of the medallion’s hiding spot.”

The kick-off of the search coincides with the “Next Fifty Opening” on Saturday, April 21. The theme of the first search is “History,” which will work its way into each clue, specifically focusing on the legacy of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, according to the organizers. The October search is themed “The Future” and will incorporate, “visions inspired by the 1962 World’s Fair’s focus on science and technology.”

The first clue will be revealed at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning on Emerald City Search’s website. The clues are then announced at the same time each day until the medallion is found, for a maximum of 10 days.

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Beautify Wallingford for Earth Day

April 16th, 2012 by master

This Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day, and the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd annual “Operation Beautification Wallingford” on Saturday, April 21. The clean-up event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will start at the Wallingford Center. Colleen Kurke, President of the Wallingford Chamber, says there will be face painting, music, and a bake sale.

Kurke says the proceeds will benefit the Wallingford Community Senior Center and the Chamber for all they do to, “make Wallingford a great community to ‘eat, live and work in.'” They will also be collecting food for the local food bank, Family Works.

(Photo from last year’s Earth Day celebration at Gas Works Park)

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Ivar's and Kidd Valley Teacher of the Year contest

April 12th, 2012 by master

Ivar’s and Kidd Valley are asking for kids 14 and younger (kindergarten through 8th grade) to vote for their favorite teachers. The contest is part of May’s Teacher Appreciation Month, and the teacher with the most votes from each restaurant (Ivar’s and Kidd Valley) will win prizes for their classrooms. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card for school supplies and the title Teacher of the Year. The nominating student of the grand prize winner will receive either a classroom chowder party, complete with a visit by Ivar’s famous Dancing Clam, or a Kidd Valley burger party. The restaurants will also award four teachers first-place prizes of a $150 gift card for school supplies, and 30 teachers will receive second-place prizes of a $25 Ivar’s or Kidd Valley gift card.

This is Ivar’s and Kidd Valley’s ninth annual Teacher of the Year contest. They say they want to honor educators, “that go above and beyond the call of duty to teach, mentor and support their students.” Last year, Ann Swain of Woodin Elementary in Bothell and Diane Trudnowski of Seattle’s Maple Elementary were the grand prize winners.

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Reminder: Viaduct closed this weekend

April 6th, 2012 by master

If you’re planning to take State Route 99 south this weekend, you might want to change your plans. The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed from tonight, April 6 through Sunday, April 9. The closure will start 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

From the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT):

Crews will close the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct this weekend to reinforce a section of the structure located above the path of the future SR 99 tunnel. Both directions of SR 99 from the West Seattle Bridge through the Battery Street Tunnel will close from 11 p.m. Friday, April 6 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 9. Drivers should expect increased congestion in and near downtown Seattle during the closure and plan accordingly.

Crews building the SR 99 tunnel will spend this weekend reinforcing both decks of a two-block section of the viaduct between South Washington and Columbia streets, in Pioneer Square. There will be one additional weekend closure of the viaduct in mid-May to complete this work, which includes filling cracks and wrapping previously damaged sections of the structure in protective reinforcing fiber. Protecting this section of the viaduct is important because crews will drive the tunnel boring machinebeneath it in late 2013.

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Reminder: Viaduct closed this weekend

April 6th, 2012 by master

If you’re planning to take State Route 99 south this weekend, you might want to change your plans. The Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed from tonight, April 6 through Sunday, April 9. The closure will start 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

From the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT):

Crews will close the State Route 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct this weekend to reinforce a section of the structure located above the path of the future SR 99 tunnel. Both directions of SR 99 from the West Seattle Bridge through the Battery Street Tunnel will close from 11 p.m. Friday, April 6 to 5 a.m. Monday, April 9. Drivers should expect increased congestion in and near downtown Seattle during the closure and plan accordingly.

Crews building the SR 99 tunnel will spend this weekend reinforcing both decks of a two-block section of the viaduct between South Washington and Columbia streets, in Pioneer Square. There will be one additional weekend closure of the viaduct in mid-May to complete this work, which includes filling cracks and wrapping previously damaged sections of the structure in protective reinforcing fiber. Protecting this section of the viaduct is important because crews will drive the tunnel boring machine beneath it in late 2013.

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Seattle Public Schools will make up snow days

April 5th, 2012 by master

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) have decided not to ask for a waiver for the three days missed due to January’s snowstorm, which means kids will be in school until June 22 this year. If they didn’t have to make up those days, the school district could have saved half a million dollars. The decision to forego the waiver request was made in a 7 – 0 vote by the Seattle School Board.

Photo from January’s snowstorm

“I believe this is a statement in support of the value of classroom instruction,” School Board President Michael DeBell said after the vote, according to our news partners The Seattle Times. The savings for those three days would have mostly been from transportation and nutrition costs.

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