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More Thorndyke complaints

August 12th, 2015 by Sara

Gretchen writes:
Thorndyke is becoming a garbage dump! Motorhomes parked with piles of garbage outside their doors. Legal to park these Motorhomes for weeks at a time? Dump garbage on the side of the road? Just curious and somewhat irritated!


Random window breakings

August 12th, 2015 by Sara

An MV reader writes:
(I) don’t know if you guys have heard or seen but this morning as I’m getting up for work at six in the morning my car was vandalized someone took a big rock and threw it to the back of my window on my trunk I noticed that down in between Ruffner and Emerson another person was dealing with the same situation talk to the cops and they said that at least 6 cars got hit on 34th Avenue with the same vandalism a rock to the back of the window then I also heard that it happened on 28th Avenue from a friend who lives up there as she was driving to work she saw a whole bunch of cars hit don’t know if this is some teenagers or maybe some drunk adults but this is a serious thing a lot of property damage to cars just should a lot of Magnolia people should be aware to see this type of thing I don’t know if this is going to continue to happen but it happened twice I think it’s a matter looking into.
A concerned neighbor


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“Kids” Farmers Market

August 8th, 2015 by Sara

Is your kid an artist or crafter? Perhaps he or she has an exceptionally green thumb?
On Saturday, August 15, kids from the Magnolia neighborhood are invited to sell their homemade or home grown goods at a special booth at the Magnolia Farmers Market.  All proceeds benefit Summerfest 2016.  If your child is interested, please contact Martha Holt at for a time slot and more information.

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Seattle Police Bomb Squad investigates suspicious package

August 5th, 2015 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

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A reader alerted Magnolia Voice to police activity outside Bartell Drug in the Village this afternoon as officers suited up for a suspicious package. Bomb Squad vehicles were present with a BMW robot ready to go to work.
Police officers tell Magnolia Voice nothing relating to a bomb was found after officers retrieved a box near the dumpster outside of the store.
Bartell’s employees were asked to leave the store but were not sure of the problem outside.



No raised crosswalk or all-way stop-flashing beacons to be installed at 32nd Ave W and W Raye

August 1st, 2015 by Sara


It looks like we are at the end of the line for the hotly contested intersection of 32nd Ave W and W Raye St. As we reported in June, parents, community members and Magnolia leaders came together to ask SDOT for a solution for the dangerous crosswalk.

SDOT has completed its latest review of the crosswalk, and has concluded that neither an all-way stop, nor a raised crosswalk, are merited at this point. Instead, it will install flashing beacons to warn drivers to slow down to 20 MPH during school drop-off and pick-up. The lights are to be up before the start of the school year.

From Magnolia Safety:

An application for a Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund (NPSF) grant to have a raised crosswalk installed at the intersection had passed through the Neighborhood District Council for review by SDOT, but the cost would have been $140,000 (far more than the NPSF cap of $90,000). Also, according to their findings, “the crosswalk would have to be moved away from the intersection. This would place it behind the utility pole, decreasing visibility.” Read their report on the crosswalk here.

A community effort to have the city install an all-way stop at the intersection was also researched, and rejected.


Summerfest this Saturday and Sunday

July 30th, 2015 by Sara

We are so excited for Magnolia’s annual Summerfest!  Many of us look forward to this weekend all year long- the parade, the huge festival on the ballfields, bouncy houses and live music, great food, art and the talent show- an event not to be missed.  Admission is free (you pay only for rides and food.) Don’t forget the sidewalk sale in the village! This year, the festival is Saturday and Sunday, instead of the usual Friday and Saturday.  Here’s a look at what to expect this weekend:

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Saturday, August 1st

10:30am 12:00pm-Seafair parade kicking off the summerfest activities

10:30am 6:00pm-Vendor booths open

12:00pm 6:00pm-Magnolia merchants sidewalk sale
12:00pm 9:00pm-Main Stage entertainment
10:30am 6:00pm-Vendor booths open

12:00pm 6:00pm-Magnolia merchants sidewalk sale
12:00pm 9:00pm-Main Stage entertainment
11:00am 10:00pm-Art Van Der Wel Memorial Beer and Wine Garden
9:00pm Outdoor Movie-Ghost Busters

Main Stage:
12:00pm-Sunshine from Polynesia
1:15pm-Sonare’ Brass Quintet
2:30pm-Folichon Cajun Band
5:00pm-Six Foot Savage
6:00pm-Art Show Awards
7:00pm-Soul Purpose
8:15pm-The Buttons

Kid’s Stage:
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Schedule Details coming soon…

Sunday, August 2nd

10:30am 6:00pm Vendor booths open

10:30am 6:00pm-Magnolia merchants sidewalk sale
11:00am 10:00pm-Art Van Der Wel Memorial beer and wine garden
2:00pm The People’s Bank Tennis Ball Race Preliminary Heats (Rotary Club of Magnolia)
(located on W. Smith near Tennis courts)
3:00pm The people’s Bank Tennis Ball Race Finals (Rotary Club of Magnolia)

Main Stage:
12:00pm Isiah Koscho
1:00pm The Ellis Brothers Trio
2:00pm Filament Wire
3:00pm Vipera Berus
4:00pm Bleachbear

Click here for more information.

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Local artist featured at West Elm

July 25th, 2015 by Sara


Magnolia mom and artist Julie Jacobson is having a big year.  In March, she (along with three other artists) opened Gray Sky Art Gallery at the Interbay Worklofts, and this month her work is the featured art at West Elm’s downtown Seattle store as a part of their Local Artist Program. A graphic designer by trade, Jacobson says:

I’ve been selling my paintings for over 10 years in local boutiques and galleries. I’ve also worked as a graphic designer for 20 years, both at design firms and running my freelance design business. This background definitely plays a role in my art. Each painting is a study in composition, color, and story. I try to combine little bits of lots of things into my pieces while still keeping it simple and clean. I like to layer hand drawn illustrations, small paintings I’ve done, my kids’ art, and found objects into one cohesive piece. I find it intriguing to combine these things and have them serve as a reminder that interest, beauty and amusement can be found in everyday objects.


Jay Battistelli, downtown Seattle West Elm’s Associate Manager explained the Seattle Local Artist Program to Magnolia Voice:

West Elm has created a space within our store for a local artist to display and sell their work each month. We really want to to be able to reach out here in our own community. West Elm doesn’t take a percentage of the sales- all money goes to the artist.

Right now they are booked up with local artists through January 2016. Pop into West Elm ( 2201 Westlake Ave Ste 100) now through the end of July to see or purchase Julie’s work, or head to Gray Sky Gallery for more information. Want to learn how to make art? You’re in luck! Gray Sky offers classes for youth and adults.




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Magnolia Village Tomorrow needs your help to envision a better Magnolia

July 23rd, 2015 by Sara


Magnolia has a distinct, village-like business district, as well as great businesses in various areas throughout the neighborhood. The Village is at a crossroads of opportunity due to changing demographics and attitudes regarding healthy, walkable, and active urban living.

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce intends to develop a vision for the Magnolia Village accomplishing the following key objectives:

  • Define a collective vision for Magnolia
  • Actionable steps toward the collective vision, including funding strategies
  • Mobilize organizations and individuals to improve the Village

To get engaged with Magnolia Village Tomorrow, click here or stop by the Visioning Booth at the Magnolia Farmers Market every Saturday until the end of August from 10am-2pm.

This project is funded by a grant from the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.


Magnolia Elementary School given landmark status

July 22nd, 2015 by Sara


Photo by Steve Smalley

One of the questions we often get is “What is the plan for the old Magnolia School?” Or “That old school is just sitting there…what a waste!” Well, we are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, July 15 , Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board unanimously approved landmark status for Magnolia Elementary School ( 2418 28th Ave. West ).

According to the Magnolia Community Council, the  MCC had circulated a letter to members of the Board and spoke in favor of preservation and the need for the building to be used as a much needed school for the neighborhood:

In response to queries, the District has announced its intent to make necessary repairs, find funding and open Magnolia School for approximately 400  K-5 students. Their estimate is to expect this to take 2 to 3 years.

We will keep you posted as more details become available. Click here for more information.


Search for the Sun with Daybreak Star and the Library

July 22nd, 2015 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center to bring the Search for the Sun program to Magnolia. Magnolia Library Children’s Librarian Amy LaVare writes:

Children ages 3-7 can experience the worlds of plants, animals and different cultures through song and dance with collaborative storyteller Eli Rosenblatt. Learn more about the show and see videos of Eli at his blog.


Thursday, Aug. 20, from  1 – 2 p.m. at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Way.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.


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