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Oliver’s Twist is open!

July 29th, 2014 by Sara

A gilt mirror and urban taxidermy grace the walls inside Oliver’s Twist

Tonight the doors are open at Olivers Twist Magnolia. As we mentioned in May, this is the second location for Owner Dan Braun’s (with co-owner Sarah Hughes-Giles) 21+ cocktail spot (the first is on Phinney Ridge), known for it’s charming small plates and delicious drinks.  We caught up with him right before their grand opening. He says:

We’re really excited to be here in Magnolia. We want to be a nice addition to the neighborhood and hope to fit in well here.


Welcome to the neighborhood! We are happy you’re here.

Oliver’s Twist is at 3217 W McGraw in the Village.  Click here for their Facebook page.

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Medical waste on Mag streets

July 28th, 2014 by Sara

Amanda writes:

This morning I jogged past 2 different items of medical waste.  Each was right near a trash bin in front of 1 or 2 homes, at least 2 blocks from any park.

 I know those orange safety containers for Sharps are expensive and pricey to drop at Bartells.  Here is a free way to handle all those items:


 Thanks –

Thanks for the reminder! Please properly dispose of your medical waste so a curious child or animal doesn’t find it!


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Summerfest this weekend, Aug 1 and 2!

July 28th, 2014 by Sara

We are getting so excited for Summerfest! Check back later in the week for a complete rundown of the weekend’s events.  But for the quick view, here you go:


  • Festival starts at 11am
  • Youth Talent show at 7pm
  • Outdoor movie at 9pm


  • Festival open at 10am
  • Seafair parade and Kids parade* starts at 10:30
  • Festival closes at 10pm

* New this year they are introducing the community float contest.  Get your group to create a float for the parade and you could win a prize.  $250 for 1st, $150 for 2nd and $100 for 3rd.

Don’t miss the Magnolia Merchants Sidewalk Sale all weekend…

Click here for more information about Summerfest

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Fun at the Magnolia Library

July 24th, 2014 by Sara

Did you know that our Magnolia Library offers free programs for kids? Check out what’s going on this summer:

July 28th  1-3pm

Local students are invited to a read-in Ms. Gallegos, the Lawton Elementary School librarian! Lawton students and other young readers are invited to stop by the Magnolia Public Library to chat with Ms. Gallegos and sign up for the summer reading program at the library. Come on by and tell us about your summer!


July 29th  5–7 pm

Hands-On Science Lab for Teens

Dive into science and learn something new! We’ll do a variety of fun experiments to find out how things work and why. For ages 12 and up.


July 31st 2-3pm

Mathblast with the Pacific Science Center

Think you don’t use math every day? Think again! Make colorful chemical reactions with Pacific Science Center staff & explore every day uses for numbers, shapes, probability and measurements. For ages 7 and up.


August 7th 4-5pm

Enjoy singer-songwriter and illustrator Morgan Taylor’s multimedia performance about Gustafer Yellowgold, a resident from the sun who traveled to Earth and landed in the Minnesota woods. For ages 4-12.


August 14th 2-4pm

Crafty Science Lab

Throw on your lab coat and cackle with glee as we get some hands-on science fun and learn something new! We’ll perform a variety of experiments to find out how things work and why. For ages 6-12.

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Missing 13 year old – last seen 900 block of W McGraw St on Queen Anne

July 24th, 2014 by Sara

From Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View:

No other details available, but please call 911 if you see Steven Miller, missing 13 year-old. Last seen near 900 block of W McGraw St.

SPD Missing 13 year old

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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.