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Did you lose a chicken?

September 16th, 2014 by Sara

Natasha writes:

Anyone missing a chicken? One showed up at my dad’s house on the Interbay side of Queen Anne this afternoon, he’s keeping it safe until its owner is found. If you think it might be yours, please send me an email at with a description.

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Magnolia schools update

September 11th, 2014 by Sara

Wondering what’s going on in and around Magnolia’s schools? Here’s the scoop:
It takes a village to run all of our events at Lawton Elementary.  We still need many more volunteers to make the “Back to School Bash” Friday, September 12th a successful event.  This is a great event for working parents that do not have the time to volunteer during the day.  No experience required, we welcome all new families to sign up as well.  The event will be held at the Lawton Elementary Playground and surrounding Lawton Park.  Click here to help:


Hi Mavericks. Sorry we got some wires crossed re: picture day – the wrong date and time was sent in the eNews. We sent out a correction yesterday afternoon, and put it on the website — but our for real, say cheese, get your hair+outfit ready picture day is FRIDAY, SEPT 12th. A copy of the order form and online order info is on McClure’s website. And the order forms should have come home w/ your student as well. Here’s wishing all smiles and no goofy looks at 2014 Picture Day. (there will be a picture makeup day in several weeks in case of absence or an unfortunate, aforementioned goofy look)

ps if you can help out, email CHEESE !!!!!
Thursday, Sept 11th, (tonight!!) New Family Orientation, 6:00pm, Cafeteria
Please join us in Catharine Blaine Cafeteria at 6:00pm on Thursday, September 11th.  If you are new to Blaine with a child in grades 1-8, please join us for an informational evening.  You’ll hear from our principal and learn about the Blaine PTA (Parent Teacher Association),  F.E.A.T. (Family Engagement Action Team) and other ways to get involved.  Please bring your questions and any paperwork you have not yet filled out.  We’ll help you get it all done.  Children are welcome but the event will be geared toward parents.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to F.E.A.T.’s New Family Coordinator, Sharon Paul, at  Thanks and GO TIGERS!

Spaghetti Dinner:
Fatima Fall Fest is coming up Saturday 9/27 from 6-9pm stay tuned for more info!

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Homeless housing project planned for Interbay

September 11th, 2014 by Sara


Permits are in place and construction about to begin on a 4-story complex to house homeless men and women with serious mental illness and/or addictions at 2202 15thAvenue West, according to Bill Hobson, director of the Downtown Emergency Services Center.

Currently a parking lot next to Seattle Pump and Equipment Co. and across the street from The Little Gym, the 97-unit building is the 11th such structure owned and operated by DESC. Construction is scheduled to start this month.
Although plans are not widely known, Director Hobson says all City of Seattle policy guidelines were followed. They consisted of written notification to all properties within 500 feet of the building; communications with the Magnolia and Interbay neighborhood associations, including the Queen Anne Community Council; and public meetings at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church and Seattle Center Armory.
Hobson says only four people attended the meeting at the armory.
“DESC goes beyond what we are required to do for neighborhood notification,” he tells Magnolia Voice.
Additionally, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development does not require a Design Review process for projects in this part of Interbay, he says.
Hobson goes out of his way to allay any fears about residents’ danger to the surrounding community.
“The overwhelming numbers of people who have disorders never commit a violent act,” he assures. “Over 95% of sexual assault over children is perpetrated by a family member or close friend. There is no association between pedophilia and mental disorder.”
When asked about the particular addictions of residents to powerful drugs, Hobson added insight. “It tends to be alcohol, occasionally crack,” he points out. “Alcohol is what they can afford. Heroin is an expensive addiction.”
He goes on to explain, “There are people who will have serious mental disorders. They will all be engaged in treatment relationships. There are 21 full time employees assigned. There will be someone on duty 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week.”
Neighbors will receive a telephone number with an invitation to call with any problem that might relate to the facility. DESC tracks and logs all calls.
“Eighty-eight percent of the phone calls we receive don’t have anything to do with the residents of the building,” Hobson reveals.
DESC operates over 800 units of housing in Seattle.
Obtain more information from their website or call them at 206-515-1525.

Rendering courtesy DESC


Join Magnolia Girl Scouts

September 10th, 2014 by Sara

It’s not too late to join Girl Scouts!  Magnolia’s Girl Scout Troop looks forward to welcoming new members.  Interested in Camping, First Aid, Community Service, Leadership, Nature or Cooking? Join the Magnolia Girl Scout Troop. They are a parent-run troop that focuses on outdoor skills and service projects.

They currently have Second and Third Grade Brownies, Fourth and Fifth Grade Juniors and 6th Grade Cadets.  They are looking to add Kindergarten and First Grade Daisies.

 The troop does a variety of activities and skills:

  • Fall and Spring campouts at GSWW campgrounds
  • Backyard campfire
  • Food drive benefiting the Ballard Food Bank
  • Caroling
  • Sponsor a girl from Kenya to help her go to school and get medical care
  • Sell Girl Scout Cookies
  • Pool (Mountlake Terrace) and Ice Skating (Highline Ice Arena) Parties
  • Camp-in at Catharine Blaine with movie and ice cream floats
  • All the scouts can build their own campfires
  • Outdoor skills (eg. map reading, letter boxing, rowing, knot tying, animal ID, etc)
  • Earn badges (pets, pottery, painting, hiking, etc)

Scout leader Jim Petersen writes:

Through the Girl Scouts, girls also have access to a wide variety of activities around the area, including Girl Scout Camp activities (like summer residential and day camps, archery, horseback riding, boating), council-wide activities (such as Archaeology and Rocketry science explorations), special events like Girl Fest at CenturyLink Field and Girl Scout Night at ZooLights, and community-sponsored (badge-eligible!) events like Girl Scout Rock and Geology Day at the Burke Museum and digital photography seminars at the Microsoft Store!

We meet approximately twice a month here in Magnolia at Catherine Blaine on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30

 We are open to girls in K through 6th grade.  Our Sixth Grade Cadet Troop is expanding and is specifically looking for new members.  Many of the Cadet-level badges allow girls to explore areas of the world that they may already have a burgeoning interest in, such as digital photography, music, or starting a business.  Our troop is very hands-on, allowing girls to explore and build confidence through doing — all while having fun! Being part of the Girl Scouts teaches girls valuable life skills, from teamwork and leadership to outdoors.

If you would like more information or want to join, please email Jim Petersen at


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Hey Magnolia Moms- don’t miss the first Magnolia Moms meeting of the new school year!

September 9th, 2014 by Sara

School is back in session and so are the Magnolia Moms!

Our Story:

Magnolia Moms was founded in 1998 as a neighborhood outreach program for homeless or displaced mothers and children.  As busy mothers of young children, we find we have limited time to give back to our community, but by pooling our resources and organizing our efforts we can make a difference! We currently support a network of five shelters/charities that assist mothers and children in need.

We extend a warm welcome and an invitation to women interested in getting involved.  Members are not required to be affiliated with Our Lady of Fatima Parish or School, or live in the Magnolia neighborhood.  New members are accepted year round and can participate/volunteer at whatever level works for them.

What We Do:

We gather monthly Sept. through May to discuss issues related to our charities, update duties and activities, and to socialize.  We often have a guest speaker presenting on an interesting and relevant topic.  In addition, we also have a variety of ongoing projects and special events.

Our first meeting of the year is this Thursday, Sept.11th at 9:30AM at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center.  Our guest speaker is Amy Lang, MA., a 3 time Mom’s Choice Award winner and featured in the Wall Street Journal, who speaks, teaches and writes about talking to kids about the birds + the bees in the Seattle area and around the country!

Bring a friend and spread the word, we would love to see you on Thursday!



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Still time to register for preschool!

September 6th, 2014 by Sara

Do you have a kiddo that is ready for preschool but still needs a spot in class? You’re in luck! These three Magnolia Preschools have just a few openings for the 2014-15 school year. (Sponsored post)
Creative Arts has openings in their 3 year-old class which meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
At Creative Arts Preschool we believe that young children thrive in a safe learning environment that respects their unique developmental needs. With teacher facilitation and support during play, along with exposure to developmentally appropriate materials and activities, children develop an understanding of their world. They learn to solve problems, take risks, gain confidence and self-esteem, and develop empathy. These skills and attributes are the building blocks of social relationships, well-being, and future school success.
Creative Arts is at 3116 W Smith. For more information, click here  and or Facebook at Creative Arts for Children Magnolia.  If you are interested, please email the director, Polly Critchlow at

Bloom and Grow Preschool has openings in their Monday-Wednesday-Friday class which is for four and five year olds. They also offer a Pre-K extended day program for children who are going into kindergarten the following year. Children turning four by December 31st of this year are eligible to start this Fall on September 10th.

We provide a safe, nurturing environment that builds self-confidence and cultivates a love of learning through structured curriculum and creative play.  All classes follow a structured schedule, including crafts, story time, show and tell, tabletop activities, singing, snack, and free play time. The 4-5 year old class also includes writing, calendar time, and circle time. Children who stay for the extended PreK program follow related curriculum intended to prepare them for kindergarten.

Bloom and Grow is at 3051 W 28th St. For more information click here  and if you would like a tour call (206) 217-4867.


Magnolia Cooperative Preschool has classes for all ages ranging from Toddlers to Pre-K (ages 1-5).  They have openings in the following 4 classes: 2s, 2s/3s, 3s and Pre-K.

Based in the heart of Magnolia for more than 70 years, this is a place where children and parents come to grow and learn.  At Magnolia Cooperative Preschool (MCP), by focusing on social development, we have created a place where children are given the space and time to feel safe, gain self confidence, become bold and truly believe in themselves.  Our children enjoy sunny classrooms and an amazing private playground.  Throughout their school day students are nurtured by a dedicated experienced teaching staff.  Teachers encourage student imagination and curiosity as they learn through creative and cooperative play.

Magnolia Coop is at 3555 W McGraw St. Click here to learn more about enrollment.

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Sign Up: Volunteers needed to beautify our Front Doors

September 4th, 2014 by Sara


By Reporter Steven Smalley

Entrances to the neighborhood are about to get a grand makeover thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and others who are organizing an effort to improve the signs leading to our Oasis-on-the-Bluff. At the top of the Garfield Street Bridge and at the corner of 20th Avenue West and West Dravis Street, are actual welcome signs that have suffered through years of rainy weather and benign neglect. Thanks to the energy and donations from the good folks at Ace Hardware, Magnolia Garden Center, along with others, the welcome signs and environs are about to receive a thorough rehabilitation by way of rakes, shovels, and volunteers.
“Right now they have a lot of weeds. It’s overgrown and looks like no one cares,” observes Eileen Quackenbush of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce. “We’re trying to beautify the entryways to Magnolia to show that it’s a welcoming community, and to show that we have pride in our community.”
Magnolia resident and experienced landscaper Keith Drechsel, conceived the notion to beautify the entrances to the area – an idea that was developed into the Front Doors Project. To incorporate the landscape design, volunteers are requested to come forward and add their labor to the effort in bringing the plan to life. Saturday, October 4 is the date to circle on your calendar when the work party kicks off. The goal is to complete the overhaul at two locations in one day.
“The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has approved our grant request for $1,000,” reveals Greg Carnese of Leroux Apparel in the Village. “As of (last week) we raised about $1,900 – in addition to the grant monies from the city – in cash donations.”
On top of landscaping, there is talk of possibly acquiring new signs, but that would take an even bigger effort.
“I would love for a sign company to come forward to volunteer design and installation of a new sign for Magnolia,” adds Carnese. “That would be terrific.”
The Chamber sends a special thanks to Ace Hardware for providing tools, and the Magnolia Garden Center for their design expertise along with the plants that will constitute the finished layout.
“We would like to have additional donations to help maintain the landscaping,” requests Carnese. “They can be made by stopping by Leroux Fashions in Magnolia Village. People have stopped me on the street with a $20 bill saying, ‘We want you to do this. We’ve needed it for a long time.’”
Volunteers, let Greg Carnese know you’ll help out by dropping him a line:

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Leaving on a jet plane. Are you hearing this?!?

September 3rd, 2014 by Sara

MV reader Leslie wonders:

I’m curious if anyone can comment on the loud jet noises lately.  About 10 minutes ago (4:45 pm Sat 8/30) there was a huge sounding jet that made several passes.  The other night my boyfriend woke up to jets at 4 am. I’ve heard them at 5 am and 6 am lately, once on a Saturday.  What IS this?  There are planes at varying times, but not usually this thunderous screeching sound. You’d think the blue angels were doing a flyby.

We’ve also noticed what seems like an increased amount of air traffic. What say you, Magnolia?


Fremont Bridge lane closures for facelift

September 3rd, 2014 by Sara

From Cara at our sister site Fremont Universe

Editor’s note: For those Magnolians who need to leave the hill…

SDOT began work the week of August 11th to paint the Fremont Bridge, which is no easy task considering the immensity of the project itself along with the bevy of boats, bikers, walkers, and of course, vehicles that cross the bridge every hour. Here are the most important details about the closures:

The northbound traffic lane and east-side walkway will be closed from 7am-3pm Monday through Friday.

There may also be a couple of weekend closures the first of which will occur on September 6-7th. However, these closures are only scheduled for the wee hours of the morning. From 3am-6am on Saturday and 12am to 6am on Sunday. (Heads up bar-goers crossing from Queen Anne!)

You can find the full project description here as well as this great explanation about how tricky it is to repaint a bridge here, both from SDOT.

We are also pretty big fans of the Fremont Bridge here at Fremont Universe, check out our post about the bridge for more fun facts.

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Join up and “Putt Cancer in the Hole”

September 2nd, 2014 by Sara

All are invited to “Putt Cancer in the Hole,” a charity putt putt golf event that was was created in 2011 in honor of Audrey Warnekros who passed away from a brain tumor in 1991. It has since become an annual event where teams of up to 6 play for a spot on the trophy, with a raffle of awesome prizes after the event.
Organizer Frankie is a lifelong Magnolian.  She writes:
I’m a Magnolia native – I grew up in the same house that my dad did on 27th  on the top of Dravus. My mom passed away when I was 5 years old from a  brain tumor, so 4 years ago I started hosting a putt putt tournament  called “Putt Cancer in the Hole,” to raise money for the American Brain  Tumor Association to support education, research, and awareness for brain  tumor diagnosis, treatment, and care. It’s important for me to help make a  difference for future families that have to deal with the diagnosis.
Click here to register or donate.
Event day: Sept. 13th
Where: Interbay Golf Center
Check in time: 11 AM – 12 PM
Shotgun start: 12 PM
Theme: SUPERHEROES! (not required to dress up, but all the more fun if you do!)
Raffle will happen after groups are done on the course.
Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for youth under 12 (*registration cost is tax deductible!*)
Net proceeds to benefit the American Brain Tumor Association. If you are unable to play, please contribute any amount that you are able!
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Questions? Please contact Francie Warnekros at or 206-330-8801

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About the ABTA
Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was the first national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to brain tumors. For 40 years, the ABTA has been providing comprehensive resources that support the complex needs of brain tumor patients and caregivers, as well as the critical funding of research in the pursuit of breakthroughs in brain tumor diagnosis, treatment and care.

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