Seattle's Magnolia Neighborhood News Blog

Magnolia Voice header image 4

Entries from October 2009

Big crowds for spooky Village fun!

October 31st, 2009 by Sara

A big crowd of kids and parents hit The Village Friday afternoon for some serious trick or treating.  While we don’t have an official head count, it certainly seemed like the crowd was larger than past years.  One merchant told us they handed out 50% more candy this year than last year.

There were lots of adorable little ones and many great Kodak moments.

And we noticed more grown ups in costume this year.

The little tykes are still our favorites.

A big thank you to all the shops and restaurants in The Village who hand out candy and make this such a special community event. Seattle Pie Company passed out tasty caramel covered apple slices.

→ 78 CommentsTags:

Trick or treat tonight in The Village

October 30th, 2009 by Sara

Lets hope the rain takes a break for tonight’s big Halloween event in The Village.  McGraw street will be closed to traffic so kids in costume can safely trick or treat at Magnolia’s shops and restaurants.  Many of the merchants have been known to dress up too.

This is an annual event in Magnolia and one of our favorite nights of the year.

Trick or treat runs from 4-6p.m. 


Shop till you drop November 5

October 29th, 2009 by Sara

The Magnolia Moms 7th Annual Shop ‘Til You Drop benefit event will be held on Thursday, November 5 from 6-9p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima. 

This event started in a Magnolia mom’s living room and has now grown to include 30 vendors and local artists, a fashion show and silent auction.  Shop Till You Drop also includes a coat drive. 

“Last year Magnolia Mom’s donated nearly $2,700 and more than 300 coats. What a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” says Jenn Wathen, one of this year’s event chairs. “Bring a friend, enjoy a tasty treat, and get a jump start on your holiday shopping.”

Admission is one gently used children’s coat or a suggested $15 donation,  All proceeds plus 10% of all sales will benefit local shelters including Providence Hospitality House, the Catholic Community Services/Refugee Assistance, Sacred Heart Shelte, The Harrington House and St. Mary’s Food Bank in Seattle.

Magnolia Moms was founded 17 years ago through Our Lady of Fatima Parish as a neighborhood outreach program for homeless or displaced mothers in need. The organization now serves the daily needs of thousands of women and children who otherwise have no means of support.  The sale will be held at the Fatima Parish Hall located at 3307 West Dravus Street. 

→ 1 CommentTags: ,

Trees planted in Discovery Park

October 28th, 2009 by Sara

One hundred and twenty five Magnolia residents joined forces at Discovery Park to plant 350 trees and make a statement about climate change.

The event was part of a global climate action day organized by  The event was sponsored by Sustainable Magnolia, Seattle Parks and Recreation Department , and Dietz Design Group.  Purchase of the trees was funded by donations from many Magnolia residents and business sponsors.

→ 49 CommentsTags:

Magnolia tops for trick or treating

October 27th, 2009 by Sara

Zillow, an online real estate information service, has ranked Magnolia third in the top five best Seattle neighborhoods for candy gathering on Halloween night in their first ever Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index.

“The Index names the top five Seattle neighborhoods to trick-or-treat using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score, and local crime data,” Zillow PR rep Whitney Tyner says.

Although we were beat out by Wallingford and Queen Anne we did come in ahead of the University District and Capitol Hill in the top five. According to Zillow, we are an “affluent, family-friendly” community, “with gorgeous homes and small-town charm, plus a bustling main street business district.” They also noted our high home values.
“The genesis of this research is the theory that homes in higher end neighborhoods give out bigger or better candy (think King size Snickers instead of ‘fun size’ minis). However, on Halloween night trick-or-treaters need to safely cover the most ground, in the fastest time, to collect the most Halloween loot,” Tyner says. “This Index reflects neighborhoods that will yield the most candy, with the least walking and safety risks for trick-or-treaters this Halloween.”
This survey does not even take into consideration the October 30th event in The Village.  McGraw Street will be closed to traffic and kids can go from store to store gathering Halloween loot.  

→ 41 CommentsTags:

Benefit concert at Daybreak Start

October 27th, 2009 by Sara

The United Nations of All Tribes will host a benefit concert at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Discovery Park this Friday (10/30).   The concert will raise awareness and funds for the upcoming 40th anniversary of United Indians, the historic takeover of Ft. Lawton, and the creation of the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.

A line up of Native American musicians will perform, including multiple Native American Music Award recipients.  Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.  Elders and Student rate is $15.00.  The benefit concertwill to raise awareness and funds for the upcoming celebration of the 40th anniversary celebration scheduled in March 2010.  


Bayview playground almost complete

October 26th, 2009 by Sara

The Bayview playground renovation is almost complete.  The park at 2614 24th Ave. W is one of five playground renovation projects in Seattle funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. The schedule was accelerated to complete the park as part of the Seattle Jobs Forward package.  This project replaced the play equipment, and brought the site up to standards. 

A meeting was held last spring to gather input from residents and the parks department tells us that neighbors are happy with the changes.  Now that the play structure is installed they will complete a final safety inspection and hope to take down the fence and open the park to the public in about a week or so.

→ 36 CommentsTags:

Cruise season wrap up

October 23rd, 2009 by Sara

There is a community meeting set for Wednesday, October 28 at 6p.m. to review the first year of cruise operations at the new Smith Cove Cruise Terminal.  Now that the season is over, Magnolia residents are asked to provide feedback about the cruise ships at Terminal 91. When the ships first arrived in May, there were concerns raised about the horn and music noiseThe Port promised to reduce excessive music noise but the ship horns are required each afternoon. 

The end of the season wrap up meeting will also give residents a chance to learn about cruise plans for 2010.  Discussion topics will include transportation, environmental considerations and the vessel schedule.  If you can’t attend the meeting, you can submit a comment or question via email at   . 

The meeting will be held at the Queen Anne-Magnolia Dept. of Neighborhoods Office at 160 Roy Street. If you would like to attend, you need to email or call 206-787-3837.  There will be a light meal served so they need a head count.

→ 28 CommentsTags:

Discovery Park needs you

October 23rd, 2009 by Sara

Volunteers are needed to provide educational programs at Discovery Park. Known as docents, the volunteer naturalists teach and lead programs throughout the park.  There is training provided for volunteers who make it possible for the park to offer a wide variety of progams throughout the year. 

This photo was taken during a recent docent training while they were studying spiders. Docents teach many of the programs for the public and school groups that visit the park. For more information, call the Environmental Learning Center at 206-386-4236.  You may also download an application at  Applications are due in January 2010.

→ 34 CommentsTags: ,

Tree planting in Discovery Park Saturday

October 22nd, 2009 by Sara

A reminder that Sustainable Magnolia is holding a Climate Action Day this Saturday (10/24) from 10a.m. to 1p.m. and the group plans to plant 350 trees in Discovery Park.  This is modeled after a global effort called

The group wants to plant Douglas Fir, Red Alder, Bitter Cherry, Big Leaf Maple, Madrone, Cascara, Black Hawthorne, Vine Maple and Dogwood trees.  They are currently fundraising to purchase the trees that will cost between $3 and $10 each. 

You can participate by donating trees or helping to plant. The group will meet at Discovery Park Visitor’s Center for speakers, cider and donuts before planting.  More info here