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Entries from April 2009

Magnolia woman continues fight against viaduct

April 30th, 2009 by Sara

The Magnolia woman who is fighting plans to replace the viaduct with a deep bored tunnel was featured on KING 5 news

Elizabeth Campbell is the head of the Magnolia Neighborhood Planning Council and says she will continue to use every weapon she can find to fight the tunnel. She thinks putting a four-lane highway underneath downtown Seattle will have taxpayers digging deep to pay for inevitable massive cost over-runs in the future.

“Theyll pay for it in lost time while they’re trying to get through the area,” she said. “They’ll pay for it if they get taxed for any of the overruns.”

Campbell believes that the tunnel will not carry enough traffic and it cuts off acess to Highway 99 from the northwest part of the city.

As we have reported, Campbell is gathering signatures and wants to have Seattle voters say yes or no to the deep tunnel. She says she’ll file lawsuits, challenge Environmental Impact Statements and even plans to run for mayor with the tunnel as her major issue.  Campbell tells KING 5 she has collected 3,000-4,000 signatures so far. She needs about 20,000 more and hopes to raise money to hire signature gatherers. 

See KING 5 story here.


Lawton Park walk

April 29th, 2009 by Sara

Here is an interesting idea for your Saturday.  The Washington Native Plant Society will celebrate Native Plant Appreciation Week with an exploration of Lawton Park on Magnolia’s east side. The walk will be led by a steward and highlights include a ravine, where a perennial stream seeps from the hillside to form a wetland.  Green Seattle Partnership Stewards participated in a Seattle Parks drive to utilize live stake and bare root planting methods this winter in the area.  If you are interested, meet at the street end of 25th Ave.W, south of W. Thurman Street at the  southeast corner of the park at 2p.m. on Saturday (5/2).  Contact Barbara Downward at  206-283-2498 or

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Magnolia Chorale

April 29th, 2009 by Sara

The Magnolia Chorale is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of bringing music to our community this weekend.  The shows are on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM at the Magnolia United Church of Christ at 3555 West McGraw and Sunday May 3rd at 2:00 PM at the Church of the Ascension at 2330 Viewmont Way West. 

The Chorale will celebrate with music ranging from English contemporary John Rutter to Americans Stephen Foster and Cole Porter.  The Magnolia Chorale was founded in 1989 and is made up of community members who perform sacred and secular choral music.  They present two concert series annually during the first weekends in May and December.   

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.  You can buy advance tickets at LE ROUX in The Village.  Complete schedule here or call  206-283-9998 for more information.


Dine Out for Life

April 29th, 2009 by Sara

Dining Out For Life is set for this Thursday (4/30) at a number of nearby restaurants. This nationwide effort supports Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against AIDS. 

There are 160 Puget Sound restaurants participating and when you dine, 30% of your bill goes directly to Lifelong Aids Alliance. The group provides vital services to people in our area living with HIV, AIDS and other chronic illnesses. 

You can support Dining Out For Life during breakfast, lunch, dinner, or cocktail hours.  Check with any of these restaurants: 

Caffe Vita
Eat Local – Artisan Food Store
Hilltop Ale House
McMenamin’s Queen Anne
Pasta Bella Ristorante in Queen Anne
Portage Restaurant
Tini Bigs

For a complete list of all participating restaurants, visit

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Magnolia Preschool rummage sale

April 28th, 2009 by Sara

Calling all bargain hunters. Get ready for lots of shopping opportunities at the Magnolia Preschool Rummage Sale this Friday and Saturday (5/1-2) at the Fellowship Hall at the Magnolia Presbyterian Church at 3051-28th Avenue West.  This is the third year of this popular sale and you can expect a big crowd.

Sale organizers tell us there are lots of clothes for kids and adults, household items and furniture including a wooden kitchen set and easels for budding artists. The sale runs from 8 am to 4pm each day.  Call 217-4867 for more info.


Countdown to splashdown at Mounger pool

April 28th, 2009 by Sara

The Pop Mounger swimming pool opens for the season on May 9th and today workers were giving it a good scrub to get it ready for a long summer.  Here is the schedule for the season.

Magnolia Voice reader Kristin Kennell took these pictures for us of the empty pool as workers cleaned it in preparation of the opening.   Both the main pool and the kiddie pool were cleaned.

If you are getting ready for pool season, remember that swim lessons are very popular and fill up quickly. If you still need a spot for your little swimmer, there will be a chance to register in person on Saturday (5/2) from 8am to 1pm. If you want to rent the pool for a special event or birthday party you can do that on Saturday too. 

Thanks for the great photos Kristin!

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Calling all artists!

April 28th, 2009 by Sara

A quick reminder that the deadline is May 8 for artists to submit art work for the festival poster, postcard and the cover of the festival program for the annual Magnolia Summer Festival and Art Show.  The festival which is held the first weekend in August has become a well known tradition in the community.

Artists can submit a piece of artwork or design around the theme of Summer in Magnolia. The media can be photo, watercolor, oil, and mixed media. The finished poster will be 11 x 17 inches, in color, and contain information about the festival.  

Information about the artist will appear in the program and the winner can have a free booth at the Summer Festival.  If you are interested, please deliver your application to the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce at
3214 West McGraw St., #301B or call (206) 284-5836.  More information here.  

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Cruise ship impact on Magnolia

April 27th, 2009 by Sara

The cruise ship season is officially underway at the new Smith Cove Terminal and we have received a number of questions about the schedule of the ships and the impact on Magnolia since the first one arrived last Friday. Here is what Sally del Fierro from the Port of Seattle says:

Two ships will be arriving on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in the early mornings (typically before 6 am) and begin disembarkation around 8:00 am.  This process lasts for about two hours.  Embarkation typically begins around noon until about 3 pm.  The ships depart between 4 and 5 pm.  Also, every other Thursday, there will be one smaller 700-passenger vessel calling.  We don’t anticipate much of a traffic issue associated with this ship but the times above apply.   

The commercial vehicles (taxis, shuttles, motor coaches, provisioning trucks) will use the Galer Street Flyover into the main gate at Terminal 91 (near the Amgen campus).  Personal vehicles that are dropping passengers off or parking for the week will use the Magnolia Bridge and the off ramp to the parking facility, the same off ramp used for Elliott Bay Marina/Palisades. 

If you have any concerns or issues, you can call the Cruise Seattle Community Information line at 206-728-3337.

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Work continues at Briarcliff

April 27th, 2009 by Sara

There is lots of progress at the site of the old Briarcliff School where Lexington Fine Homes plans to build 39 houses. This first phase of construction extends 39th Ave. W. through the Briarcliff property to Dravus Street, along with improvements to Dravus in front of the property. 

Here is the latest from the Lexington website. “We are pleased to announce that the detailed engineering drawings for the roads, utilities, sidewalks, landscaping and other development improvements have been approved by the City.  These development activities have started and are expected to be completed in late 2009.”

This is the map that shows where the homes will be located.  No prices have yet been set for the homes.

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Preschool openings at Community Center

April 26th, 2009 by Sara

Magnolia Community Center Preschool director Debbie Azevedo wants to spread the word that they are enrolling children at all age levels right now.  They have space available in all classes for three to five year-olds.  There are a number of classes to pick from with a variety of schedules. The sessions are all half day, there is no longer a full day preschool option available. 

If you are interested, contact the center at 206-386-4235.