News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood

 

How a Walk at the Zoo can help People With Early Stage Memory Loss

July 31st, 2014 by master

Aug. 4, The Woodland Park Zoo and the Alzheimer’s Association have a great program aimed to help seniors suffering from Memory Loss.

For some, aging comes with a high price to pay; the loss of memory. It’s sometimes a slow transition and can be hard on not only the person loosing their memory, but also their close friends and family members.

Recently, I was in California helping to care for my own aging parent suffering from an illness and cognitive disfunction. It made me realize how important it is to reach out to the seniors in my life and make sure they are getting the proper care and support.Here are a few local programs that are available for just that reason:

MEMORY LOSS ZOO WALK

Starting on August 4th, for 10 consecutive weeks, the Woodland Park Zoo with sponsorship from the Alzheimer’s Association, the Greenwood Senior Center and Seattle Parks and Rec. is offering a program for seniors. The program takes place 9:30 – 11:00 am on Mondays and provides a chance for physical activity, cognitive stimulation, and social connection. The program is open to a set number of participants living with Early Stage Memory Loss and care partners. Registration is required.

OUT & ABOUT WALK

Invigorate body, brain, and spirit with 3-4 mile brisk walks in various parks and neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Varied terrain includes sidewalks and gravel paths, mostly level but expect some gentle to moderate hills. Each walk concludes with a social gathering in a nearby cafe. To determine if this is the right group for you or someone you care for, and to be added to the email list for current location information, contact Mari Becker, mari.becker@seattle.gov, (206) 684-4664. 2nd & 4th Fridays at 10:00 am. No charge.

WALLINGFORD COMMUNITY SENIOR CENTER

From Delicious Meals and fitness classes to Senior Education Programs and Community Events, the WCSC has a ton of great opportunities for seniors.

4649 Sunnyside Ave N Suite 140 Seattle WA 98103 206-461-7825

In Addition

There are many resources on line to help support caregivers and seniors. It’s important to check in with your loved ones as they age and make sure they are getting the care that they need, i.e., getting exercise, eating healthy and understand their rights. Here are list of helpful links:

Senior Rights Assistance

Five wishes: Aging with Dignity

Senior Services

Seattle Senior Centers

If you know someone in need of help will dementia or Alzheimer’s, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900

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Pay Attention! Whether You're Walking or Driving, it's Time to Put Down the Phone!

April 10th, 2014 by master

Recently, while driving at a neighborhood friendly speed near Greenlake, a female runner who was looking at her phone proceeded to cross the street in front of me without even slowing down or looking up. When I questioned her disregard for safety, she gestured that it was a crosswalk.

While not a marked crosswalk, I agreed with her that technically, yes, an intersection of streets does denote a crosswalk for pedestrians, but doesn’t she still have the responsibility to at least look up and make sure there are no cars coming?

In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, between Today and next Tuesday

The Washington’s Traffic Safety Commission says officers across the state will be cracking down on distracted driving as part of a national enforcement campaign. Komo News reports that the campaign has the slogan, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” Yet, the epidemic of distracted driving seems to only touch the surface of how the distraction of smartphones and other digital devices are increasingly infiltrating so many areas of our lives. In many cases these distracted behaviors are putting people in harms way.

Distracted Walking: Putting thousands of pedestrians in emergency rooms each year

In a 2012 study conducted by the University of Washington, pedestrians who texted were four times less likely to look before crossing streets, stay in crosswalks, or obey traffic signals. NPR reported that the study watched more than 1,100 pedestrians at 20 intersections in Seattle that have had the most pedestrian injuries over three years.

The conclusion of the study published in The Injury Prevention Journal, stated:

Distracting activity is common among pedestrians, even while crossing intersections. Technological and social distractions increase crossing times, with text messaging associated with the highest risk. Our findings suggest the need for intervention studies to reduce risk of pedestrian injury.

Just as You Teach Kids to look Both Ways before Crossing Streets, Teach by example not to look at Mobile Devices While Walking

Healthline.com reported on an Ohio State University study that looked at the most recent impacts of distracted pedestrians.

The authors “found that the number of pedestrian ER visits for injuries related to cell phones tripled between 2004 and 2010, even though the total number of pedestrian injuries dropped during that period. The study also found that adults under 30, mainly those between the ages of 16 and 25, are most at risk for cell-phone related injuries while walking.”

Co-author of the sturdy, Jack L. Nasar,  Ph.D., professor and Ph.D. program chair of city and regional programming at Ohio State University says that “If you must talk or text, pull out of the stream of pedestrian traffic and stop walking while doing it. If you’re a parent, just as you teach your children to look both ways before crossing a street, teach your children not to use their mobile devices while walking or driving.”

If the distractions of your phone is still irresistible while you’re driving or walking…

and for those texting walkers:


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Spring Clean! JoinThe Beautification of Wallingford April 19th

March 13th, 2014 by master

Wallingford has gotten some much needed beauty sleep over the winter, but now it’s time to freshen up! Come Join your neighbors for Wallingford Chamber’s annual Spring Clean!

Aptly named Operation Beautification Wallingford, neighbors can join members of the Wallingford Chamber, the Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, Sustainable Wallingford, the Wallingford Center and others to get out to clean the streets of our neighborhood!

Details:

  • Saturday, April 19th,
  • Meet at Wallingford Center at 10 AM
  • Get your gear on
  • Beautify the hood!


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New Vintage Shop Brings Independent Style to Wallingford

January 29th, 2014 by master

Right before you head up the main stairs at the north entrance of Wallingford Center, you might notice a new little shop beckoning you to come in.

Indie Frock opened about three months ago in Wallingford, but has been alive and well in the imagination of owner Debbie Wirfs for much longer.

Wirfs started out with a knack for discovering great vintage finds and selling them on eBay. It was initially just a hobby, but that hobby turned into a major passion and now scouring finds at estate sales, auctions, and small town thrift stores is her full time job! Before opening her own shop, she got her sea legs while working her own booth at the Fremont Sunday Market, pop-up stores, Atlas Clothing and even the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, of which Wirfs said “everyone should go check out.”

Indie Frock has a beautifully eclectic vibe. You’ll find vintage and contemporary americana inspired styles that include brands ranging from classic Pendleton to Free People and Anthropology. You might just even find that once-in-a-lifetime mystery dress that will magically fit like it was made especially for you!

There are some really unique items at Indie Frock. Local artisan designer Feather and Skull makes hand-made one-of-a-kind boots and other handcrafted accessories. For jewelry, local artist Peaces by Lauren creates earrings and necklaces that have a timeless quality to them.

Whatever your pleasure, you can be sure that Wirfs has a refined eye for quality. When you stop in for a peek, you might just end up leaving with a very reasonably priced Brooks Brothers Makers silk tie for your husband  like this reporter did!

Brooks Brothers Makers Tie $20

Wirfs says she is thinking about having a Grand Opening Promotion, so follow on Instagram @indiefrock and through their Facebook Page to be the first to know!

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Café LuLu: Neighbors, a Perfect Cup-of-Joe and Art Openings

January 24th, 2014 by master

Café Lulu is situated on Latona Avenue just off 65th. It’s a short diversion from Wallingford proper and a great spot for your next stroll through the hood.

This Saturday evening, photographer Lisa Hagen Glynn is exhibiting her new work from 6-9pm. There will be some live jazz music, so, it’s a great opportunity to check out this spot and experience this local business in the evening hours.


The Latona & 65th area houses a small grouping of businesses from an antique store, The Dish, the Latona Pub and more. Just south of Greenlake and north of Wallingford, the area has a local and loyal following. Nestled in between Krittika Noodles & Thai and the Latona Pub, Café Lulu is a bright and cheerful spot to get your morning coffee, a quick breakfast or a pick-me-up snack.

Owner Karen Laurie takes pride in her employees and her customers. She says she strives hard to make sure her cafe is a warm and welcoming place for everyone. She mentioned that “sometimes we have lines in the morning, but I usually can see who my regulars are and I make sure to have their order ready for them when they get to the front.”

It is also a great spot to work –as this reporter found out on a recent break from the home office. After the morning rush, Laurie assured me there are usually tables available for those who need a change of scenery in their work day. There is always Wifi, and there are even a few outlets just in case your gadget is running low on juice.

Serving Café Vita coffee and a variety of teas, they also have a delicious menu that won’t break the bank. Breakfast Burritos come from Café Racer, pastries from Louisa’s Bakery, and fresh bagels from Seattle Bagel. And for those of you who always have a hankering for Macrina’s famous squash harvest bread, you’re craving will be cured. The best part is that you will be served by a solid crew of barista’s who love their job and will treat you like family.

So on your next search for a comfortable spot to have a moment to yourself, meet a friend, enjoy a hot drink and a treat, or get some work done, Laurie and her team  will not disappoint.

6417 LATONA AVE NE SEATTLE, WA 98115

6417 Latona Ave

Monday – Friday : 6:30am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday : 7:30am – 2pm

Call Cafe Lulu: 206-527-7062

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The Wallingford Dump Gets a Facelift!

January 21st, 2014 by master

The Seattle Times reports that the Wallingford transfer station is getting updated! That’s great news for Wallingford! Unfortunately, for about two-years, customers of the North-Station will need to take an estimated 10.5 mile trip down to the South Park-Station to unload their trash.

Originally published January 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM | Page modified January 19, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Wallingford transfer station closing for two-year update

Starting Monday afternoon, the garbage-transfer station in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood will close for two years while a more efficient and user-friendly facility is built in its place.

By Safiya Merchant

Seattle Times staff reporter

The new South Transfer Station in South Park opened in 2013. It is bright and airy with lots of green attributes. There are separate entrances for private and commercial trucks.

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On Monday, the infamous pit at the garbage-transfer station in Wallingford will exhale its last smelly breath.

The transfer facility on North 34th Street will shut down at 5:30 p.m. so that a more efficient and modernized version can be built in its place over the next two years.

In the interim, residential and commercial users of the North Transfer Station will need to trek their old tires, shot appliances, yard debris and other garbage down to the new South Transfer Station in South Park, which was just completed last year.

The new north station will be markedly different from the one there now, featuring many of the same amenities that were added to the new south station.

Chief among them: Instead of dumping their garbage into a deep and massive pit, users will be able to deposit it onto a flat floor — a safer option for customers and employees alike, said Ingrid Goodwin, a public-information officer for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).

Other new features: separate dumping areas for commercial trucks and self-haulers, translucent panels on the building to let in more natural light, misting systems to control odors and dust and solar panels on the roof.

Unlike the current station, which is open on the sides where customers drive in and out, the new station will be enclosed.

And the entire campus will expand east to Woodlawn Avenue North to make room for the station’s own separate recycling facility.

The north-station reconstruction is estimated to cost $92.4 million, according to Goodwin.

Ken Snipes, SPU’s director of solid-waste operations, said the north-station construction is the second phase in a three-phase project that began with the new south station.

The third phase, Snipes said, will be to transform the old South Transfer Station, which still stands near the new one at that site, into a recycling facility.

The changes to the north and south stations will help them come closer to their goal of recycling 60 percent of everything that comes in by pulling more materials out of the waste stream and recycling them, Snipes said.

Goodwin said the community around the north station was actively engaged in the planning of the new north station, and vocal about what it wanted and didn’t want to see.

One feature it pushed for — and will get: creation of an open space at the site for community use. This space will include features like a sports court and pathways.

“It’ll look a lot friendlier; it won’t look like a dump,” Goodwin said.

The downside is that for roughly the next two years, north-station users will need to haul their trash about 10.5 miles south to the station in South Park. That facility will be able to handle additional customers, Goodwin said, but she acknowledged the inconvenience.

“We’re just hoping that our customers will be patient with us for the next couple of years and they will benefit from having a new station in 2016,” she said.

Lynn McCaffray, an arborist who frequently takes yard waste to the Wallingford station, said she probably won’t drive down to South Park because she lives up north in Shoreline and does not want to go through traffic at the end of her day.

Shoreline also has a transfer station, and she’ll use it instead, noting that it just reduced its rates for clean green waste.

But once the Wallingford station reopens, she said, she’ll be back. “I like the facility; the people are really friendly; they’re really nice.”

Safiya Merchant: smerchant@seattletimes.com or 206-464-2299


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It's Not Just Another Day Off Of Work: 21 MLK Day events in Seattle

January 15th, 2014 by master

Photo Credit: Marc Lester/ Anchorage Daily News

There’s no school on Monday January 20th, the Seattle Public Libraries and a host of other government/federal agencies are closed, and if you’re lucky, your job is giving you the day off as well. So besides sleeping in, what are you planning to do to honor our amazing strides in civil rights?

From the Seattle Times Website, here are 21 events going on around town.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events 2014

Northwest events marking Martin Luther King Day begin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Here’s a selected list.

KIng County Martin Luther King Day Celebration

THU Speakers including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and King County Executive Dow Constantine; music, student essay award ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle; free (www.stgpresents.org ).

MLK Film Screenings and Dialogue at SAM

FRI Films, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “The Man Who Drove with Mandela,” followed by conversation on ways to volunteer in honor of Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and others who led lives of service for social change; 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets available, or day of event on space-available basis starting at 6:45 p.m.; the museum, usually closed on Mondays, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for the holiday, $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3121 or www.seattleartmuseum.org ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

FRI Seattle community colleges host keynote speaker National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Michele Norris, who will discuss “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, and Tonya Mosley of the “Black in Seattle” series for KUOW, emcee of interactive program, discussion and reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free (www.seattlecolleges.edu/mlk ).

Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy planting

SAT Plant trees in the park, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or www.seattle.gov/parks ).

Youth march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SAT Seattle Parks and Recreation youth-organized march to celebrate the contribution Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive; march ends at Rainier Community Center for youth talent show and youth group-speak recitation, 1 p.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle; preregister online (206-233-3979 orwww.seattle.gov/parks/teens/programs/mlkprogram.htm).

Share the Dream

SUN Concert to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and special guests, 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free, freewill offering collected to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County (206-329-0300 orwww.emergencyfeeding.org).

MLK Unity Party

SUN KEXP hosts DJs for music, dance and celebration in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cause of freedom and equality for all people, for ages 21 and older, 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$7 (www.kexp.org/events/details/9176 ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

SUN Keynote speech by Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, performances including theatrical creation, spoken word, African drumming, group singing of civil rights-era songs, awards for service toward social justice, reception with a resource fair, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (redeemingmlk.blogspot.com/).

State Parks Free Day

SUN-MON Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required; Martin Luther King Day, Sunday-Monday (www.parks.wa.gov/events ).

National Parks Free Day

MON Visit national parks with no entrance fee in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm).

MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County

MON Preregister online for a variety of volunteer activities (www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/mlkday).

MLK Day of Service

MON National Service Blog of volunteer projects (mlkday.gov).

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

MON Breakfast honors Seattle leaders with award presentation and keynote speaker Ron Sims, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, music by University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir, 7 a.m. Monday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$35; tickets available by phone through Friday or at the door (425-775-3362).

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Workshops, Rally, March

MON Workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry, music, keynote speaker Aaron Dixon, 11 a.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march to Westlake Park for brief outdoor rally, 12:30 p.m., rally approximately 1:45 p.m. (www.mlkseattle.org ).

Fremont MLK Day of Service

MON Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with keynote speaker Lake Union District Council Member Ralph Frank Weathers, “I Have a Dream” speech and a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, assemble disaster hygiene kits and welcome baskets for Patrick Place Apts., earthquake preparedness information, Community Service Volunteer Forum, for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St., Seattle; free (fremontmlkday.org).

MLK Day Open House, Northwest African American Museum

MON Reading room with a selection of books about the civil-rights movement and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, film showing of “Sing Your Song,” the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte, 1 p.m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or www.naamnw.org ).

Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase

MON High-school boys basketball tournament, Rainier Beach-O’Dea, Garfield-Franklin, Beamer-Jefferson (Portland); 3 p.m. Monday, doors open 2 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; $10 (garfieldhs.seattleschools.org/).

Crossroads MLK Health Fair

MON Performances, health and community information and exhibits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, speakers Bellevue mayor and City Council, 12:15 p.m., Market Stage and South Concourse, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 orwww.crossroadsbellevue.comCQ).

MLK Day project, Kirkland

MON Help remove invasive plants, wear waterproof shoes, tools and gloves provided, 10 a.m. Monday, Crestwoods Park, 1818 Sixth St., Kirkland; preregister (www.greenkirkland.org).

King Showcase, ShoWare Center

MON High-school girls and boys basketball MLK Day tournament, eight games, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m., ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $5-$10 (253-856-6990 orwww.showarecenter.com).

University of Puget Sound Martin Luther King Day Celebration

TUE Keynote speech by leader and political activist of the Chicano civil-rights movement Carlos Munoz, other speakers, music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma (www.pugetsound.edu ).

Let us know what kinds of things you do to celebrate civil rights. We would love to hear in the comments!

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