Summerfest less than a month away

Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show is looking for artists for this year’s show.  The Magnolia Art Show is a juried show with cash prizes.  Judges select the best work in each media group which includes painting, photo/print, and 3D. You need to register by July 15.   You can register here.

Magnolia Summerfest is set for July 29 & 30 this year.  There will be live stage music, arts and crafts, a beer garden, inflatable rides and a giant slide for kids,pony rides, food booths and a youth talent show.  The outdoor movie on Friday night will be E.T. starting at 9p.m.

The Magnolia Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade will be on Saturday starting at  10:30 a.m. and the popular Baby Races will follow.

Volunteers are always needed to make Summerfest a success.  Click here to volunteer.

Tom Douglas cooking at Interbay P-Patch

Tickets are now available for the P-Patch Trust’s annual Chef in the Garden event on Wednesday, July 13 at 6p.m.  Held at the Interbay P-Patch (2451 15th Ave W), the evening will feature renowned Seattle chef Tom Douglas preparing an array of dishes that emphasize locally sourced, garden-fresh ingredients.  Some of the ingredients for the dishes will come from P-Patch community gardens  and the courses will be paired with Northwest wines.   There will also be food and garden-related silent auction items.  

The Chef in the Garden event, which is limited to 100 diners, is the Trust’s primary fund-raising effort. All-inclusive tickets are $119. They can be purchased online. Hurry because last year’s event sold out well in advance.  .

The P-Patch Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to acquire, build and protect community gardens in Seattle’s neighborhoods. For more details  visit the Trust’s website or call 425-329-1601.

Paul Wozniak 1956-2011

A long time Magnolia resident and well known community volunteer has passed away.  Paul Wozniak died suddenly on June 21, leaving behind his wife and three children.  His friends asked us to share the story of his life with our readers.

Wozniak was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up between dairy farms and urban parks, fascinated by the way cities and communities were designed to create a sense of purpose, belonging, community and home. He met his wife, Diane, while completing a degree in planning and environmental studies. They moved to Seattle in 1978. Paul received a master’s degree in geography and urban planning at the University of Washington and he loved seeing the resulting applications of his work: saving salmon streams, planning the first Microsoft campus, mapping out linked bicycle trails , and being a part of the evolving growth of his chosen home. Paul was a volunteer soccer coach and a  loyal supporter on the sidelines for his kids various sports.

Whenever Paul was asked how he was,  he unfailingly responded: "Never better!" He welcomed each day as a chance to volunteer and be of service somewhere, for church or schools or the broader community.  A highlight was his six-year food prep for the Washington Middle School and Garfield High School auctions. With professional chefs and fellow parents Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s and John Platt of St. Cloud’s, he delighted in this successful annual fundraiser for students.

There will have a service and reception in his honor on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 2330 Viewmont Way West, in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any hunger/feeding program or another charity of your choice.

Football and cheerleading registration open

Kids interested in football or cheerleading can register now to play with the Interbay Eagles.  They field youth football teams for ages 7-14 and a cheer squad for ages 6-11.  

The Eagles are members of the NJFL which has over 50 youth teams participating.  Click here for registration information

Award winning student movie

Last month we told you about the Magnolia student filmmakers who won the  48-Hour Film Off at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth with their movie Jam the Jam.   Now we can show you their movie.

Senior Riley Moffitt (with arm raised),  sophomore Tara Conley (far left)  and junior Sam Wolk (far right) competed against teens from seven other western Washington high schools.  The student filmmakers were given 48 hours to produce a three minute film from start to finish.   The assignment was to produce a movie on the theme ”Show us your Jam” that incorporated a musical instrument, a  scene of artistic inspiration and the line “behind the performer.”

The Center School team filmed all day in Magnolia. While most teams went the expected route and made films with musical themes, the Center School team took the assignment literally and made a movie about jam.   Here is the link to view the short film.

Szmania’s in the news

The change to steak house for long time Magnolia restaurant Szmania’s that we told you about earlier this month is featured in the food section of the Seattle Times today.  You can check out the article here.

(Disclosure: Szmania’s is a sponsor of MagnoliaVoice)