News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Irwin's to open in Green Lake by Mother's Day

April 26th, 2011 by master

Next week Wallingford favorite Irwin’s Bakery and Cafe will open its third location, in east Green Lake, our sister site My Green Lake reports.

Owner Linda Fecher told My Green Lake that she hopes for a grand-opening celebration on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8, 2011), with free treats for moms. A soft opening will precede that sometime in early May.

The bakery and cafe will be located at 301 NE 65th St. The location previously held PetDaddy, a self-serve dog wash and dog boutique. PetDaddy closed after a drunk driver crashed into its storefront.

The new cafe will be open Mondays through Fridays, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.,  and  Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Read more about the new Irwin’s and see interior photos on My Green Lake.

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Mallard mystery in Wallingford

April 14th, 2011 by master

Earlier this week, this pair of mallards appeared in Wallingford near Meridian Playground. Over two days, we saw them waddling down the street, and they welcomed treats. We consulted local Audubon Society Master Birder Martin Muller about how the wandering waterfowl might have ended up more than half a mile from Green Lake.

Three options in my mind:
1) Someone in your neighborhood feeds these birds. If the female has a nest nearby, she will take breaks to look for food.
2) This female is looking for a suitable nest site (male in tow).
3) These birds are simply looking for handouts.

I’ve seen Mallard nests in Green Lake Park. One year under the slide in the playground next to the Community Center/Evan Pool complex. Sometimes in hollow stumps of trees close to water. Also underneath vegetation (larger bushes) in yards across the street from the lake.

Incubation (by hen only) takes about 27 days. She usually takes an early morning and late-afternoon break. If the pair bond is intact, the male will accompany her on those “outings” (he waits nearby for the female to emerge; you don’t want someone with a bright green head anywhere near the 8 – 12 bite size morsels…).

Eggs are produced at a rate of one per day. Incubation starts with the sixth egg or so.

Eggs hatch in the order laid, usually within a half day of each other. So while laying may take a week or almost two weeks, the eggs hatch close together. The hen will lead the ducklings to water (up to almost 2 miles in one Saskatchewan study, but usually much closer). This is where the Make way for duckling scenes occur.

If the female in the picture is nesting or is thinking of nesting near this location, that’s going to be one hazardous trek to any body of water (Green Lake or Lake Union).

Then again, this may be a female just reconnoitering the neighborhood with her partner in tow.

Anyone else seen these mallards in Wallingford?

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Nearby: strip club reopening, kids' store closing, more

April 1st, 2011 by master

Rising Stars children’s store on Phinney Ridge closing April 28

Strip club in U District plans to reopen

Giggles became Jiggles in Dec. 2010, then the city closed it in March

Pedestrian staircase collapses in Maple Leaf

2011 Top Pot 5K Doughnut Dash at Green Lake Park

Green Lake band ‘Hotels’ is a semifinalist in Billboard’s Battle of the Bands contest

Milstead & Company Bringing ‘Simple, Awesome’ Coffee To Fremont

Easy Street muralist recreates Pearl Jam Vitalogy on time lapse video

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Nearby: tree tags taken, UW student missing, more

March 9th, 2011 by master

Tree tag, Sunday, March 6, 2011. Photo courtesy Nat Rocket.

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Traffic alert: 3000 runners at Green Lake Sat.

February 11th, 2011 by master

Thanks to our sister site My Green Lake for this story.

Garett Slettebak, Director of Marketing at Pro-Motion Events, Inc., asked us to alert the neighborhood that “things will be getting busy” this Saturday (Feb. 12, 2011) in Green Lake.

More than 3,000 registrants are expected at the Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Valentine’s Day Dash at Green Lake Park. The 5K run/walk will begin on the southwest side of the lake, near the Aqua Theater, at 9:30 a.m.

West Green Lake Way, near the Aqua Theater parking lot, will be completely closed from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., clockwise traffic will not be permitted in the lane closest to the park on all perimeter roads around Green Lake.

Aurora Ave N will remain open, as will the outer lane of counter-clockwise traffic around the lake.

You can read more about the event and find registration details here. Photos from last year’s Valentine’s Day Dash are available here.

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Saturday: Pathway of Lights at Green Lake

December 9th, 2010 by master

This story is from our sister site My Green Lake. The photo from last year’s Pathway of Lights is courtesy Steve Mohundro.

The 34th Pathway of Lights, the annual luminary lighting of the path around Green Lake, will be this Saturday  (Dec. 11, 2010), 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.

The “walk of lights” is lit up by luminarias that line Green Lake’s pathway. Walkers are encouraged to bring their own lights and candles to add to the ambiance.

Local musicians will perform at four sites around the lake: the Green Lake Community Center on the east side, the Green Lake Small Craft Center (the Aqua Theater) on the south side, the Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theater) on the north side and The Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool. Warm drinks and treats will be available at those locations, as will donation bins for non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest.

The music at the community center will be provided by Green Lake United Methodist Church, as well as members of Sustainable Wallingford, who will be singing “Green Carols.”  The Phinney Neighborhood Chorus will be singing at the Aqua Theater.

There will be an open house at Windermere Green Lake (7300 East Green Lake Dr N) during the event.  Creole soul food from Where Ya At Matt will be available.

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Nearby: Giggles to Jiggles; Green Lake CC update

November 14th, 2010 by master

University District
The comedy club Giggles could become the strip club Jiggles if the property owner has his way. But wait — there’s a private elementary school right across the street and there’s the issue of a cabaret license. Read Giggles to Jiggles? Owner doesn’t have proper license yet for strip club.

The Nickelsville tent city on 15th Ave. NE will move tomorrow: Nickelsville keeping its next move under wraps

Green Lake
The tot play room and other services at Green Lake Community Center were saved, thanks in part to community input: City Council votes to convert one room at the Green Lake Community Center to offices

But the neighborhood will lose another kiddie play space: Green Lake’s Scratch Patch to close its doors

Trophy Cupcakes will have treats depicting endangered species; profits will go to the Woodland Park Zoo, plus Zoo’s limited edition art supports endangered species

Retired astronaut to be grand marshal of 2011 Greenwood Seafair Parade

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