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Entries from November 2009

Meet Mimi!

November 29th, 2009 by Sara

This week’s featured pet is Mimi, a gentle soul who would love a home for the holidays.   She is a calm, well-mannered adult cat who dreams of a quiet home where she’ll be treasured for the faithful companion that she is. 


Mimi is adorable and full-figured, and although she is grown-up she still has a playful side.  She was living happily with her lifelong owner who passed away and Mimi was brought to the Seattle Animal Shelter.  Mimi went into one of the shelter’s excellent foster homes where she has been waiting for quite some time for someone to adopt her. Her foster parents must give her up due to plans for extended travel.


Mimi can be a bit shy when meeting people for the first time, but in her foster home she has shown that she readily and quickly warms up to her caretakers and blossoms into a devoted companion.  If you would like to meet Mimi or just learn more about her, please call the shelter’s foster care hotline at 206-684-0685.   Adoption info here.


Make holiday decor from Discovery Park

November 29th, 2009 by Sara

As you dive into your holiday decorating,  you might want to consider making some sustainable decorations at Discovery Park.


 On Saturday, December 12 from 1 to 4p.m. at the Discovery Park  Environmental Learning Center you will get to create wreaths, garlands, and sprays using non-native, invasive plants removed from Discovery Park such as English ivy, Scot’s broom, and holly.  They will provide basic materials and you can bring special ribbon, cones or other decorations.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and the cost is $20 for first person and $16 for each additional person in the party.  Register in advance to make sure you have a spot using course code #45620.


Two days, 2,500 pies

November 28th, 2009 by Sara

When Alyssa Lewis and her husband Patrick opened the Seattle Pie Company in Magnolia in mid-July, they had no idea it would take off the way it has in just a few short months.

Alyssa Lewis & Patrick, Seattle Pie Company

By August Seattle Weekly had renamed the neighborhood “Pie City.” By November the new neighborhood business struck a big deal with Metropolitan Market, providing pies for their six Seattle-area locations. And now they’re so busy, they’re expanding into a 1,000 square foot retail space next door to accommodate their fast-growing success. In four months they went from baking an estimated 30 pies a day, to a few hundred.

Seattle Pie Company

So when Thanksgiving rolled around, the folks at Seattle Pie Company knew they were in for some late nights. In fact, Alyssa, Patrick, and a rotation of employees and family members (Patrick’s older brother Darren came from Port Orchard to help with the holiday rush), spent the days leading up to Thanksgiving baking pies. All night long.

Get the full story at our sister site, Queen Anne View.

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Brush fire in Interbay

November 27th, 2009 by Sara

UPDATE:  We got this information about the fire from Magnolia Voice reader Paul;

My friend Bob and I were riding by on bikes when the fire started.  It appeared to be two transients that let a camp fire get out of hand, in the middle of the hill side halfway between Thorndyke and the bike trail below.  We rode down to the trail and took an iPhone video as the two and their dog came down out of the woods.  They made the comment their “campfire got out of hand”.  It appeared to be burning itself out in the damp brush, but the fire department opened up the fence above on Thorndyke to get in there and get it all out.  Luckily, there is a fire hydrant right at that spot along Thorndyke.  We left contact info with SPD in case they wanted the video.  Thankfully it didn’t appear that either of them nor the dog had been injured or burned.

Firefighters have responded to a brush fire at 2501 Thorndyke Ave. W just after 4 p.m., and there’s a large plume of black smoke visible from the east side of Magnolia and 15th Ave. We’ll let you know if there’s any damage to report. (Thanks Michael for the tip.)

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What to do after the turkey fry

November 26th, 2009 by Sara

Lots of people are going to enjoy a deep-fried turkey this year but the question is what to do with the leftover oil? Don’t put the three to five gallons of oil down the drain because it can stick to the sewer pipes and cause problems.  The best thing to do is recycle it.

A number of restaurants are part of a recycling program this year, allowing home cooks to bring in their used cooking oil, and Kent-based Standard Biodiesel will collect it and donate money to Seattle Children’s for every gallon collected.

The closest collection point for Magnolia is Red Mill Burgers in Interbay.  Here is a list of other participating restaurants.

Before you take the oil to a recycling station, make sure to let it solidify in a container.  

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Whale spotted near the locks?

November 26th, 2009 by Sara

Our sister site, My Ballard, has a photograph of what appears to be a small gray whale just to the west of the Ballard Locks.  A reader saw it around noon on Wednesday, and sent in this photo. He said it was there for about 20 minutes and then disappeared. 

No one at the Army Corps or Shilshole Marina had seen or heard about a whale in the area but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.  A gray whale was seen near the Locks several years ago.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2009 by Sara

We are thankful for all the support we receive from Magnolia Voice readers.  We hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. – Gladys and Abner


Santa is coming to Magnolia

November 25th, 2009 by Sara

Tis the season and now you can get Santa photos in the Magnolia Village.  Serendipity will have a professional photographer at the restaurant starting the day after Thanksgiving from 3pm. to 5p.m.  Santa pictures will be available on Tuesdays and Saturdays 3 to 5p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3p.m. through December 20th.


Walk ins are welcome or you can make an appointment by calling Steve  Schimmelman at 206-406-7119.  More information here .


Denali Fitness Thanksgiving fundraiser

November 23rd, 2009 by Sara

Denali Fitness will be offering two hours of classes on Thanksgiving day to raise money for Northwest Harvest. Last year the club raised just under $5,000, and this year they hope to pass the $10,000 mark.

Denali will be offering a variety of classes at their Interbay and Madison Park locations, and have challenged The Fitness Lab in  Fremont to run a simultaneous event.

“The heat is on,” wrote Tricia Murphy Madden, Group Fitness Director at Denali. ” If between the three clubs we raise 10K, we will provide almost 6,200 meals to adults and children who otherwise would go without.”

Here’s the schedule for the Interbay club:

  • 8:30 a.m. – cycling with Tommy
  • 9:00 a.m. – Turkey Burner Boot camp Andy
  • 9:30 a.m. – cycling with Don

Denali is asking for $20 donations, though members frequently give more. “Last year we had a member write a check for $1000 at the end of the class because he was so moved by the experience,” says Madden.  Classes are filling up fast, call (206) 282-7400 or email to register.  (Denali Fitness is a sponsor of Magnolia Voice.)


Magnolia coyote up close

November 22nd, 2009 by Sara

Magnolia Voice reader Kristin found the coyote in her yard on Sunday morning in the 2800 block of 23rd Ave West. 

The Magnolia coyote appeared in our yard this morning about 10:30.  It is good sized, appears healthy and doesn’t appear to be the least bit skittish about humans in its immediate vicinity. It didn’t balk a bit about being within 10 feet of me or my husband, even as I moved toward it, camera in hand. In fact, the picture was taken without a telephoto lens.


First it ate the cat food on our neighbor’s deck, then it chased a squirrel up a tree.  Another neighbor’s tethered dog (a big, Newfoundland mix, I believe) was barking incessantly at it, and the coyote appeared to want a piece of that dog (its fur was up, teeth bared as it patrolled the fence line, looking for an avenue to get at it.) Fortunately, the coyote didn’t find a break in the fence.


The coyote hung out in our yard for about 15 minutes before heading south down the alley.

The coyote has been moving around the Magnolia area. We first reported it when it was seen earlier this month near 40th Ave West. and then near Pier 91

Thanks Kristine for the amazing pictures.

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