Got an hour? Blood donors needed during holiday season

Puget Sound Blood Center  has issued an urgent appeal for blood donors to take just one hour between now and January 5, 2014 to give blood. The number of people visiting donation centers and mobile drives goes down by 30 percent or more during the holiday season – with high schools and colleges on break, and people busy with vacations, family gatherings and social events. PSBC serves 75 hospitals throughout the Puget Sound region and needs to collect 900 donations every weekday to ensure a stable supply of blood components. Patients having major surgeries, organ transplants, receiving trauma care or cancer treatment can quickly deplete the supply during the holidays.

”We’re asking people to schedule just one hour…to donate blood,” said David Leitch, director of donor and volunteer resources for PSBC. “That will carry us through the holidays so we can avoid an emergency shortage down the road if blood supplies become depleted, especially if we’re hit with snowy weather.”

There is a specific need for O-negative blood donors: ’universal donors’ whose blood can be given to patients with any other blood type. There are 11 donor centers in Western Washington.  Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Click here to make an appointment, or call 1-800-398-7888.


Celebrate the New Year at Targy’s and help raise funds for Magnolia’s Finn

With Laura at our sister site Queen Anne View

Targy’s Tavern is ringing in the New Year with a triple-threat of DJs to help fuel a fundraiser for a good cause. Join them on New Year’s Eve for Targy’s Bumpin’ & Thumpin’ New Year’s Eve Ball to celebrate and help out Finn, a 3 year old Magnolia boy with leukemia.

If you were psyched about the 80s Dance Party that Targy’s hosted in the summer, then plan on attending this one too! The same three DJs that spun tunes for the 80s party are back at it again, this time celebrating the changing of the calendar and looking back at music’s past.

DJLeroy-Tomas-MikeJDJ Leroy, DJ MikeJ, and DJ Thomas – all local DJs from Queen Anne and Magnolia – will be playing “old school hits from the 80s and 90s, mixed with some modern top 40 dance hits” starting at 9:30pm.

In addition to the music, there’ll be a champagne toast at midnight to celebrate the New Year. Plus, Targy’s will be raising money for a good cause – helping out 3-year old Finn and his family in their battle against leukemia.

Finn’s mom Kate says “I feel so much gratitude.  It is so hard to put into words. We are so grateful. He is our child, but it is so touching to see the whole community taking care of him.”


Nikos Gyros announces grand total for their Year of Giving Back

By reporter Steven Smalley

Alexandra “Alex” Serpanos, owner of Nikos Gyros in Magnolia Village, concluded her Year of Giving Back with the final fund-raising event this past Sunday. During the previous 12-months, Alex has broken her “Never on Sunday” promise to raise funds for the community by donating 100% of her restaurant’s take, including tips, to a different charitable organization each time. All employees contribute their labor as well.

“I want to thank the community for supporting us in our endeavor over the year,” says Serpanos from her Christmas Eve sick bed, sporting a 101° temperature. “Not only the organizations and charities were grateful, but the people who came in to lend support were appreciative and supportive as well.”
Serpanos is pleased to announce the grand total raised for the year comes to $17,000. These are funds given directly to the charities.
“I would love to eventually do it again at some point, but it’s a good start,” exclaimed Serpanos.
Nikos Gyros is located across the street from Umpqua bank in the Village and is open six-days-a-week. (Almost) never on Sunday.

Nifty celebrates 6 months in Magnolia

Thanks to super fun toys and a great “candy bar”, Nifty Toy and Gift is thriving after 6 months in our neighborhood.  Owner Paula Hlastala says the biggest challenge since opening her doors “has been letting people know we are here. We’re not the gym anymore, and we’re not an office. Magnolia has such a wonderful small-town quality, but people have their routines, their “loop”, and sometimes it’s hard to attract attention for something new.”

Step inside the unassuming façade and find that the shop holds many surprises (for instance, bacon and mustache-scented candles).  A new neon sign, participation in community events, and the fact that Nifty stocks the Rainbow Loom, have helped direct people to the colorful little shop on the corner of 32nd and Raye. Older kids have been pleased to discover “it’s not just for babies” like some assumed.

There’s still time to visit before Christmas for some last-minute holiday shopping. Regular store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday, noon-5pm. Nifty is usually closed Mondays, but will be open this Monday December 23rd 11am-6pm. They will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But…owner Paula says if the store hours do not fit your schedule, just contact her at or 206-858-6671 to arrange a private shopping appointment.

Be sure to check out their sticker club (if you have returned 5 date stamps for your $2 in credit, you are eligible for a special gift the week between Christmas and the New Year. Select a mystery prize, and inside, find a special treat or store credit, up to $20, just for being such a valued customer). And, the first 100 Magnolia Voice readers will receive a special gift if you mention MV when you visit the store!

henry mural at Nifty




Ruined tires make for a crummy holiday

We received the following emails over the weekend:

There has been someone going around putting nails into tires around 32nd and 33rd and Government Way in Magnolia.  Many of our neighbors are upset because their cars have flats.  It’s always the driver’s side front tire that they vandalize.  Can you post on the Voice to ask people to be vigilant?


Early on Sunday, 2 cars parked back-to-back on 33rd, just off Government Way, had screws pounded into their left front tires, in the exact same place. Vandalism occurs in this are on a regular basis, and requests for stepped-up police presence appear to have fallen on deaf ears. Residents in the area should …check their tires before driving off.
-Frustrated Govtwayguy

Snow day!

All Seattle Public Schools are operating two hours late this morning. The District’s already scheduled one-hour early dismissal is still in effect. Buses are operating on snow routes/regular routes. There are no door-to-door transportation services, and no preschool or head start today. You can find out more here:

“Snow routes” means that buses only run on roads that are maintained by the City that receive snow removal. You can find more information on snow routes at the City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation Winter Weather page.

Send us your snow pics!