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Adult summer camp explores history and civics August 8th

July 22nd, 2014 by Sara

Are your kids having all the fun this summer? Feeling left out? Never fear- here’s a summer camp just for you…

Seattle CityClub designed Civic Boot Camp for individuals to find a welcoming place and a road map for community engagement for themselves in order to strengthen our community’s civic health.

Boot Camp provides new residents, and current residents, with a sense of connection to each other and belonging to our region. It also helps create ties between diverse communities and ensures that immigrants and young people are incorporated into Seattle’s civic life.

Civic Boot Camp was developed following the publication of by Seattle CityClub’s 2010 Greater Civic Health Index where it was first reported that the Greater Seattle region ranks lower than the rest of the United States in neighborliness. Over the last decade, greater Seattle has grown almost twice as fast as the nation as a whole, adding more than 415,000 residents. Our minority population accounts for 92% of that growth. In addition, Seattle was described recently as a “’city of the first move’ where young people move…right out of college…to hang out in a cool city with lots of starter jobs and other young people and night life.” Parallel to this growth, our region is also increasingly mobile. While nationally, 59.1% of residents have lived at their current address five years or longer, in greater Seattle, that rate is 47.4%.

Civic Boot Camp takes place over the course of one day where participants learn about Seattle’s rich history, connect with leaders and professionals and help shape our community. This summer, Civic Boot Camp is themed along the Downtown Seattle Waterfront with activities that include:

  • A luncheon panel discussion: Lillian Hochstein, Pike Place Market Foundation; Bob Donegan, Ivar’s; and Jared Smith, Mayor’s Office, and more to come!
  • A meeting with Port Commissioner Tom Albro.
  • HistoryLink-led tour of waterfront sites including Pike Place Market, Olympic Sculpture Park and the Port of Seattle.
  • Interactive group discussion sessions.
  • Networking opportunities and Happy Hour
  • Creation of a takeaway personal civic action plan.
  • A micro-grant exercise.

One day session is $125 per person and includes: breakfast, lunch, beverages, admission fees, membership to CityClub ($50 value!), plus additional materials and resources. CityClub will provide a select number of scholarships. To register for the August 8th Civic Boot Camp call CityClub at 206.682.7395 or click here.  A limited number of spots are also available for Friday, August 1st.

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Summer fun for little ones at Discovery Park

July 22nd, 2014 by Sara

Photo from Seattle Parks and Rec

Summer is in full swing and many wonderful opportunities are available for exploring Seattle Parks with a Naturalist, whether strolling the beach discovering intertidal creatures, finding the magic of insects in a microworld, or seeing the natural world through the eyes of your tot. Check out these fun programs:

TidePool Adventure Discovery Park’s North Beach

Meet at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center

Ages: 6 and older     Free

Saturday, August 9 8:45 – 10:45am

Sunday, August 10 10:00 – 11:30am


Summer Forest Exploration

Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center

Ages: 6 and older

Saturday, August 3 1:00 – 3:00pm


Insect Magic for the Family

Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center

Ages:  Families with children, ages 4 and older $5.00 per person

Sunday, August 24 10:00am – noon

Please pre-register for all of these programs by calling (206) 386 – 4237


Click here for the latest wildlife and program happenings.






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Have you been to the Farmers Market yet?

July 21st, 2014 by Sara

We have (in this editor’s humble opinion), one of the best Farmers Markets around. It may be small, but the selection is incredible. Here are some great shots from MV friend K. Kennell from Saturday’s events. She writes:

Great turn out for the Farmers Market, I was surprised dogs are permitted there around all the food!



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Help find Remy

July 15th, 2014 by Sara

Have you seen this cat?

Remy escaped my house when guests were visiting Sunday evening.  He is a 14 lb. Abyssinian (tawny color) cat who is very friendly.  He is an indoor cat, so may be frightened about being out of doors.  Please call 206.310.1842 if you see any sign of him.  He escaped in the area of 30th Ave. W. between W. Barrett and W. Armour St.


An expensive (dog) poo…

July 15th, 2014 by Sara

From an MV reader:

I yelled at this guy in front of my mom’s house, he let his dog poop on the street and didn’t pick it up. I yelled down the street, “come on dude, you better come back for that!” He returned with this….well done sir, now I’m the jerk. I tried to return the money but he had already left.


Catharine Blaine has a new (old) Principal

July 14th, 2014 by Sara

A familiar face will grace the halls of Blaine come September.  From Seattle Public Schools:

Dear Catharine Blaine K–8 Community,

I am pleased to announce … Ms. Heather Johnson (formerly Swanson) will return to serve as your new principal. Your current principal, Ms. Julie Cox, will be Principal at North Beach Elementary next year.

Ms. Johnson spent the past year as a middle school Principal at the American School of Barcelona, in Spain. Previously, she served as principal at Catharine Blaine from 2006 through 2012, and she is excited to be returning to this school community.

Prior to moving to Spain, Ms. Johnson was a consultant to the Readers and Writers Project at Columbia Teachers College in New York. During her previous time as Catharine Blaine’s Principal, she also served as the President of the Principals Association of Seattle Schools (PASS) for one year. Early in her career, she taught Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading at Seattle’s Denny Middle School, which has been renamed Denny International Middle School.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle Pacific University, Ms. Johnson earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the same school. She holds Washington State certifications as an administrator.

Ms. Johnson has been selected because she was a highly rated principal prior to her departure from Seattle Public Schools and is a natural fit for the Catharine Blaine K–8 community. She is a dedicated instructional leader who is committed to working collaboratively with parents, teachers and students. We will be arranging an opportunity for the community to meet with her when she returns to the United States full-time in August.

Please help me welcome Ms. Heather Johnson back to the Catharine Blaine community and to thank Ms. Julie Cox for her leadership during the past two years.


José Banda


We used to live here…

July 14th, 2014 by Sara

This happened in our hood on the evening of the 11th…

My spouse and I were out and the kids were home with a younger babysitter.  A man came to the door and when they didn’t answer he knocked on the window.  She told him to leave.  She wrote it on a piece of paper and put it up to the window.  He then opened up the mail slot and said that he “used to live here”.  The babysitter got the kids downstairs and called her mom for help.  There was another one waiting in a van.  Her step dad drove up and talked to them and asked them to leave.  They claimed they said they lived in the neighborhood and were selling vacuums.  My daughter and the babysitter very clearly heard him say that he “used to live here”.   Perhaps just the usual overly pushy magazine salespeople?  Hopefully.  Definitely weird and a little concerning.

This was at the end of Williams right off Lawton Park around 8:30 pm.

Any one else notice anything or have any salespeople come?



Give back: look great

July 11th, 2014 by Sara

Vixen Day Spa & Boutique, Finn’s Bakery and Poplin Style Direction present

Save Money, Give Back & Look Fabulous; an after hours clothing swap to benefit homeless youth, Saturday, July 19th, 6-9pm.

What’s more fun than shopping a friend’s closet? A clothing swap gives you that same joy, except you get to KEEP the items you find. Bring pieces that just don’t work for you anymore to Vixen, buy your ticket and see us at the event. Jewelry, accessories, shoes, apparel and menswear welcome. Last donations accepted on Thursday, July 17th.

Things to remember:

1. Please limit your donations to items that you’d be proud to claim as your own. After all, any remaining items will be donated to a young person to wear at job interviews. In doubt? If you are happy to say it came from you, it’s perfect! Accessories, shoes, menswear and women’s clothing are welcome.

2. All proceeds will benefit YouthCare’s Barista Training Program that teaches homeless and formerly homeless kids not only job skills, but life skills, as well.

3. Whether you bring 3 items or 30, you are welcome to walk out the door with as many pieces as you like. Not sure what looks good on you? Your very own personal stylist will be there every step of the way.

4. Need one more piece to complete your new outfit? Not to worry! Attendees are welcome to shop Vixen’s inventory during this exclusive after hours event, as well.

5. Yes, there will be snacks. What’s a swanky swap without bubbles and hors d’oeuvres? The bakers at Finn’s Bakery make their own delicious crackers. I can’t imagine what bite sized treats are in store for guests.

Barista Training Program grads, like the rest of us, come in all shapes and sizes. So, if you have interview appropriate clothing for men or women of any size, please consider donating them, as well. Thank you!

The event will take place at Vixen Day Spa & Boutique
(3209 W. McGraw) $15 per ticket- 100% of ticket sales go to Youthcare

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Annual Spaghetti Feed Dinner July 22nd

July 8th, 2014 by Sara

All are invited to Magnolia’s annual Spaghetti Feed Dinner at the Magnolia Garden Center, July 22nd. This event is limited to 40-50 people. Food will be provided by Tarantino’s catering and drinks/wine will be provided by People’s bank.  It is an opportunity to enjoy an awesome dinner, mingle with neighbors and support the Chamber.  Tickets can be purchased for $30 in advance or $35 at the door.  Click here for tickets.


Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement construction closures

July 5th, 2014 by Sara

Visit this website for a complete list of closures. Closure information changes frequently, so remember to check for updates throughout the week.

SR 99 Corridor

Sunday, July 6

  • Crews working for Seattle Public Utilities will close one lane in each direction of SR 99 between Raye Street and Roy Street from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Drivers can expect short delays due to rolling slowdowns on both directions of SR 99 between Aloha Street and the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.Bike/walk: We maintain a safe and reliable path for bicyclists and pedestrians through the construction area.

Monday, July 7

  • Drivers can expect short delays due to rolling slowdowns on both directions of SR 99 between Aloha Street and the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

 More about the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program




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