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Entries from July 2009

‘Night Out’ registration extended

July 31st, 2009 by Sara

The registration period for the “Night Out Against Crime” has been extended.

You now have until 9 a.m. Monday to register your block for Tuesday’s event. We’ve received emails from a few people who are wondering where the gatherings will be. If your block is hosting a Night Out party, post details in comments below.



July 31st, 2009 by Sara

This is a big weekend in Magnolia.  The annual Summer Festival begins today and we wanted to run it all down for you to make sure you don’t miss anything. 

Things get rolling Friday at noon and run through 10pm.  There is an art show and art for sale.  There is also a children’s art show along with food vendors, crafts for sale and a beer garden.  It all takes place on the ball fields below the community center. There will be an entertainment stage there too and fun stuff for kids. 

On Friday night there is an outdoor movie at the community center.  This year they are showing Back to the Future starting at 9pm. 

On Saturday the ever popular kid’s parade starts at 10:30am followed by the big parade at 11am.  The route travels down 34th Ave West and turns onto McGraw Street through the Village.  A big part of the parade is the pet parade.  If you want to enter, go to PJ’s Paws and Claws to register before 6pm on Friday. 

 Following the parade is the Baby Crawl Race at the Magnolia Garden Center and the festival continues through Saturday night.

Village merchants are having a sidewalk sale Friday and Saturday so make sure to check out the bargains when you are at the Festival.


Meet White Rooster

July 31st, 2009 by Sara

Not only does the Seattle Animal Shelter have cats, dogs and small, furry critters, they also have roosters now and then.  This lovely White Rooster as they appropriately call him, is well behaved and very handsome. 

He is proud of his pretty white tail feathers and very trusting with people.  He crows but takes breaks now and then and talks softly to you when you come to visit.  He’s looking for a nice sort of country home in the city where he can potentially spend his days with a group of friendly hens. 

If White Rooster sounds like a good fit for your life, you can visit him at the Seattle Animal Shelter.  Seee him and other available pets on the shelter’s website at

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One year for Magnolia Voice

July 30th, 2009 by Sara

We don’t want to be the kind of people who make a fuss over their own birthday but we couldn’t help ourselves.  This month Magnolia Voice turns one.  

We are not sure if a blog can really have a birthday but we did want to take this chance to say thanks to our readers for a great year.  We didn’t know what to expect when we started this community effort and its been a fun ride.  A community blog depends on readers to keep it relevent and we appreciate all the tips and comments from each of you. 

Write to us anytime at  Our best stories come from you.

We also want to thank our advertisers.  These local businesses help to support our effort and we encourage you to return the favor by shopping locally whenever you can.

Thanks for reading and we’ll save you a piece of cake. 


Fire in Magnolia

July 30th, 2009 by Sara

If you heard lots of sirens this afternoon it was for this fire at 2014 West Bertona.  That is near the Boxcar Tavern on the east side of Magnolia.

The call came in a little before 2pm this afternoon.  It was reported as a fire in a building.  There are a number of industrial and residential units in that area. There was a large fire department response and medic units were called to the scene but we do not have word of any injuries.

Magnolia Voice reader Aaron sent this picture from a nearby office.  Thanks Aaron and Ann who emailed us from nearby.

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This looks cool

July 29th, 2009 by Sara

Temperatures are expected to stay in the upper 90’s for the next few days and people are doing what they can to keep cool.  Being on the water is a great option and Kristin Kennell sent us this picture she took of the Seattle Fire boat in Elliott Bay.

Looking at it makes us feel a little cooler.  The boat was in the harbor for Seafair festivities and Kristin was enjoying a ferry ride when she took this shot.  Thanks Kristin! 

If you have any good pictures of people keeping cool in this crazy heat, send them to us at 

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Crawl baby, crawl

July 29th, 2009 by Sara

We love SummerFest.  There are lots of great things to do and its fun to see so many people in The Village.  One of our favorite events is the annual Baby Race at the Garden Center.  Not sure what is funnier, watching the babies compete on the grass track or watching their parents coax them to the finish line.

The races begin right after the parade ends on Saturday, usually around noon.  If you think your baby is a  contender or if you just want to watch, hurry over for a good spot.  This is very popular and always draws a big crowd.  The baby race track is at the corner of 32nd & Smith in The Village in the Garden Center parking lot. 

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Sidewalk Sales in The Village

July 29th, 2009 by Sara

This is SummerFest week and that means its time for sidewalk sales in The Village.  A number of our local merchants will have items on sale through this weekend.  Dish it up! says they will be offering their biggest discounts of the year with closeouts on cookware, bakeware and summer items. They are also offering a $30 Gift Card with any summer cooking class purchase. 

Vixen is also having a big sale with 30 % to 50% off on summer clothes and accessories. And the Magnolia Garden Center will have deals on items from the garden center and the gift shop in the parking lot including furniture and Vera Bradley retireds. Other stores will have items out too so its worth a trip to The Village to check it out or drop by after the parade.

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A little love for Magnolia in ‘Best Of Seattle’

July 29th, 2009 by Sara

We have mixed emotions about the rest of Seattle finding out what Magnolia residents already know but the word is out in the just released Seattle Weekly Best of Seattle poll.  Some Magnolia favorites make the list this year.

In the Reader’s Poll Discovery Park is named the Best In-City Hiking Trail.  They call it a place that will wow visitors and take natives’ breath away.  Readers said that Discovery Park offers sublime sunset views and a surprisingly large network of soft, walkable paths leading through the woods, past the cliffs, and down to the beach.   The Reader’s Poll also named Discovery Park the Best Place to Spot a Bald Eagle. 

The Weekly Editor’s Poll says the Best Onion Rings in town are at our own Red Mill. Editors say that they don’t serve onion rings at Red Mill so much as thick chunks of onion with a hole in the center.  Magnolia Voice readers show the love for Red Mill too, it is currently the favorite in our restaurant section.

The Weekly comes up with some obscure categories in its annual poll and the award for Best Menu Item Name goes to Mulleady’s Irish Pub.  They win the prize for their Irish Knockers and Colcannon.  Anyone who has been there knows that knockers are a pork sausage, which the cooks at Mulleady’s Irish Pub have Uli’s custom-make for them, and that the colcannon actually means mashed potatoes threaded through with bright-green kale leaves.  But the name still makes us giggle.  Mulleady’s is a favorite of our readers too.

And finally the award for Best Tourist Attraction to Satisfy Your Dad goes to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks.  You won’t get any argument from us on that one.  We never get tired of watching that boat parade. And its free.

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Your dog (or cat) loves a parade

July 29th, 2009 by Sara

The 8th annual Pet Parade and Costume Contest to benefit the Seattle Animal Shelter will be part of the Magnolia SummerFest parade on Saturday. You are invited to bring your dog or cat and strut your stuff in this benefit event sponsored by PJ’s Paws and Claws. 

You can sign up now until Friday at 6pm at PJ’s in The Village.  Check in begins at PJ’s at 9:30am on Saturday.  The group will move to the staging area at 10:30am and the parade will begin at 11:00am.  The pet parade participants are invited back to Pj’s following the parade for refreshments and the contest winners will be announced around noon. 

Prizes will be awarded for pet costumes in categories including funniest and best look-alike pet & owner but you don’t have to have a costume to walk in the pet parade. 

Since 2001, PJ’s Paws and Claws has sponsored the pet parade and costume contest with proceeds benefiting the Help the Animals Fund, which pays medical expenses for strays.  PJ’s will collect $3 per human walking in the parade.  PJ’s donates 5% of its profits to animal rescue and adoption agencies in King County year round.   

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