Blaine Carnival tonight!
Don’t forget the Blaine Carnival tonight from 5:30-8:30! This is a fun family event for all ages- featuring popular classics like a cake walk, face painting, cotton candy and much more. Tickets are $1.00 each, with rides and food costing from 1 to 3 tickets.
Rain or shine at Catharine Blaine’s playground: 2550 34th Ave West.
Farmers Market opens Saturday
The Magnolia Farmers Market is finally here. Fresh veggies and fruit. Live music and delicious street food. Meeting up with friends and neighbors (and their dogs) while you sample bites and sips IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET (we’re talking wine, people)! And it all starts this weekend.
Here are some of the vendors you’ll see this Saturday and most likely all season (from the Seattle Farmers Market website):
Remember that crops are seasonal and dates may change depending on Mother Nature – for a weekly list of what’s ripe now, see the Ripe and Ready page. Be sure to ask at the market info tent if you have questions or don’t see what (or who) you are looking for.
Farm name, county location, products, days at market:
Our local knife sharpener will be at the market each week this year! Bring your kitchen knives to Your Knife Sharpening Guy for convenient service while you shop the market.
Alvarez Organic Farms, Yakima, Peas, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans, corn, etc, all season.
Caravan Crepes, King, Sweet and savory crepes, including gluten-free, all season with some exceptions.
Cascade Natural Honey, Honey, July – Sept.
Chao Garden, King, Puget Sound vegs and cut flowers, all season.
El Chito, King, Tamales, all season.
Got Soup, King, Seasonal soups-to-go, all season.
Hayton Farms, Skagit, Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, all season.
Ia’s Garden, Snohomish, Puget Sound vegs and cut flowers, all season.
Jacobs Creamery, Lewis, Cow’s milk cheeses, all season.
Jarvis Growers, Clallam, Garlic, July 20 – Sept 28.
Keep It Real Food Co., King, Baked goods, all season.
Kittitas Valley Greenhouse, Kittitas, Tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, gr. beans, all season.
Little Prague, King, Eastern European pastries, all season.
Lyall Farms, Grant, Tree fruits, all season.
Mama K’s Cooking Gluten Free, King, Gluten-free baked goods, all season.
Mariposa Vineyard, local WA wines, June 8 & 22, July 6 & 20, Sept 14 & 28
Martin Family Orchards, Douglas, Cherries, peaches, apples, nectarines, all season.
Mondello Ristorante, King, Fresh pasta and sauces, all season.
Olsen Farms, Stevens, Beef, lamb, potatoes, all season.
Patty Pan Grill, King, Quesadillas and tamales, all season.
Present Tense Farm, Snohomish, Vegetables, all season.
Razey Orchard, Yakima, Organic melons, peppers, tomatoes, corn, cherries, peaches, apples, July – August.
River Farm, Kittitas, Organic plant starts, vegetables, melons, chicken, eggs, and roasted peppers, all season.
Snohomish Bakery, Snohomish, Breads and baked goods, all season.
Stoney Plains Organic Farm, Thurston, Organic vegetables, berries, eggs, all season.
Teya’s Pastries and Cakes, King, Eastern European-style baked goods, all season.
Tieton Farm & Creamery, Yakima, Goat milk cheeses, all season.
Tiny’s Organic, Douglas, Organic tree fruit, dried fruit, all season.
Trevani Truffles, King, Chocolates, all season.
Whidbey Island Ice Cream, Island, Ice cream, all season.
Whitehorse Meadows Farm, King, Blueberries, July 13 – Sept 28.
Willie Greens Organic Farm, Snohomish, Organic veggies, berries, herbs, fruit, all season.
Youngquist Farm, Skagit, Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, jams, all season.
The Magnolia Farmers Market runs Saturdays, 10am-2pm, June 1 – Sept 28, 2013 in the Village on 33rd Ave W & W McGraw Streets. See you there!
Smith Cove Park celebration tomorrow
The public is invited to join Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Port Commissioner Tom Albro, Seattle Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, State Representative Gael Tarleton and community representatives tomorrow, (Friday, May 31st) for a celebration of Smith Cove Park at 1:30 p.m.
The announcement for the new park space and water quality improvements came in April, a result of negotiations between the City, County and Port to both expand park space at Smith Cove in response to neighborhood input and to support the County’s investments in controlling combined sewer overflow:
The new park will be more than five acres and is a long-desired waterfront space on Elliott Bay. “This is a great day for parks and neighborhoods in Seattle,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “It took a lot of work over the years, but today we have put together a path forward for supporting more parks in Seattle and for helping support the County’s sewer infrastructure.” “The cooperation between our agencies illustrates perfectly how government can and should work in serving the public interest, and our work together at Smith Cove will create tremendous community and environmental benefits,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. King County led the effort for this agreement because of the need to site a new facility in the Magnolia area. Community members identified this as an opportunity for a new park and King County worked with its partners at the Port and the City to move the idea forward to protect Puget Sound from overflows of stormwater and sewage that occur near Smith Cove Park during heavy rains.
The $5,216,000 acquisition cost will be funded by the 2000 Parks Levy, 2008 Parks Levy, Conservation Futures Funding and the sale of easements to King County for the Magnolia Combined Sewer Overflow project. The deal is still pending legislative action from both City and County councils, and the Port commission. Still, it is a project that has been on the mind of many for a long time coming:
“After years of conversations, the dream of Smith Cove Park will be realized,” said Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. “I am grateful that all parties involved — the City of Seattle, King County, and the Port –found a path to ‘yes’. I especially want to thank the Magnolia and Queen Anne community members who persisted in their vision. Together we will replace blackberry vines and chain link fencing with another green gem along our Waterfront. Kudos to all!”
Sprocketts Bikes is moving
Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles has a new home- 2823 Thorndyke Ave W. right off the Elliot Bay bike trail. Look for their official grand opening June 1st. The new location will be catering to the commuters of Seattle by opening at 7:30 Tuesday – Friday.
Incident at or near the Magnolia Library- UPDATED 5/29/13
UPDATE-It seems Monday’s excitement at the Magnolia library turned out to be an unattended plastic bag with questionable contents, according to this report from SPD Detective Renée Witt:
We responded to 911 call of a suspicious package at the Seattle Public Library branch at this address. I inspected a blue plastic “shopping bag” that contained a suspicious electronic component labeled “receiver” poking out of the plastic bag. There were also some books and compact discs in the bag. The bag lay on a metal shelf near the book deposit drawer on the south side of the building. I called ABS. We taped off the area.
ABS squad responded to the call and arrived at 1749. ABS determined the wire to be odd but harmless and not connected to anything in the bag. The scene was opened to traffic at approximately 1810 hrs. ABS collected the wire and “receiver.”
EARLIER-Reports have been coming in of an incident at or near the Magnolia Library earlier this evening:
Apparently they are investigating a suspicious item. The bomb squad truck is there too. There is a police road block barrier…Police cars, yellow taped off…very disturbing…
Thank you to Kym for the photo. More information as we get it.