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Community meeting – dig into Seattle’s past

November 11th, 2015 by Sara

All are invited to explore some of Magnolia’s history and learn about the field of archeology. On Nov. 19, King County Wastewater Treatment Division invites you to learn about their award-winning efforts to protect history, and to hear archeologist Alicia Valentino share the story told by remnants of Seattle’s Finntown.


Qian Long coin from the Ch’ing Dynasty.

Before the presentation, you can learn about how archeologists have recovered and protected cultural resources on King County’s project sites in Magnolia. See artifacts from Finntown and replicas of artifacts from the West Point Treatment Plant site in Discovery Park. Visit with the Magnolia Historical Society and learn about their work to chronicle the area’s history. In 2014, King County’s contractor unexpectedly unearthed clues to a pre-World War II shantytown during construction of the new Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility.  Over a month, archeologists recovered over 2,400 artifacts from a site that turned out to be remnants of Finntown.  Finntown, a low-income, multicultural community, clung to the tideflats of Smith Cove around 1920-1940.

Do you have a personal story from Seattle’s past you would like to tell? From 5:30 until 7 p.m., you can provide video or audio stories to our team!

Please call Monica van der Vieren at 206-477-5502.

When: Thursday, November 19th

Open house and storytelling- 5:30-7 p.m.

Presentation- 7 p.m., followed by Q &A

Where:  Catherine Blaine School, in the cafeteria

2550 34th Ave W


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Fatima’s kindergarten information night

November 11th, 2015 by Sara

Magnolia’s K-8 Catholic elementary school is hosting a kindergarten information night on Monday, November 30th, at 7 p.m. in the kindergarten classroom.

Come learn about what Fatima has to offer: a robust math and technology program; specialists available to all grades in music, art, Spanish, and P.E.; a multi-sensory learning resource; a 9,000-volume library; a true middle school model for grades 6-8; a high rate of 8th grade acceptance to Catholic high school; and a strong and supportive community.  Current parents and 8th graders will be on hand to talk about their experience at Fatima, and a tour will be included.
For additional information, please contact Michele Kellogg in the school office at or at 206-283-7031. Click here to visit the school any time online.

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Honor our Veterans in Magnolia tomorrow

November 10th, 2015 by Sara

Veterans Day, November 11th, Magnolia Service lead by the American Legion Post 123, Magnolia and the Cub Scouts Pack 80, Magnolia

Coordinator Elizabeth Servey says all veterans, scouts and neighbors are invited to join as we celebrate those who have served our country. Here is what to expect in the Village tomorrow:

9-945am: Service project –those interested will clean up the side walk and put US flags in Magnolia village
•Bring or make thank you cards for veterans. (Supplies will be provided)
•Bring your extra Halloween candy to be given to veterans at VA hospital
•Those who can please bring gloves and or rake/brooms and or bags for leaves/street clean up

10-1015am: Raising of the US flag at the post office and a short speech about Veterans Day.

All events for will take place on the sidewalks and NOT on the street. Use cross walks when cross the street! Afterwards the Servey’s will give any collected cards and candy to veterans at VA hospital.

Contact Elizabeth for more information;, 206-909-6853.


Elizabeth Servey hands out Veterans Day poppies



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American Legion Post 123, Magnolia meeting tonight

November 10th, 2015 by Sara

American Legion Post 123, Magnolia meeting Tuesday, November 10th at 6-8pm

Magnolia Lutheran Church, Fireside Lounge

This month’s speakers will be discussing Emergency Preparedness

All Legionnaires, veterans and all those who have served or are currently serving are invited.  See how they plan to support our veterans and our community in the upcoming months.  Also let them know if you have an idea of how to do so!

Contact Elizabeth for more information about; Magnolia’s Post, visiting or getting involved: or 206-909-6853.




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Write your Memoirs this weekend

November 10th, 2015 by Sara

Ever think about writing down your memories? Your 10th Birthday party when you had a Barbie doll cake – the kind that had a real Barbie doll in the middle and frosting was used for the bodice and the skirt was made of decorated cake? How about the family reunion where you learned your Dad got caught smoking in third grade and was sent home only to have his father, for punishment, make him smoke a whole cigar in front of the family at dinner. Or, do you have your great grandmother Rose’s letters that tell of life on a homestead in eastern Washington and you want to write about them so your children will know their roots?

image003The next free and fun writing memoir workshop sponsored by the Magnolia Historical Society, November 14th, 12:30-4:30, at the Magnolia library is taking reservations now 206.284.2430. Space is limited and fills up quickly.

The Magnolia Historical Society Memoir Writing workshops have for many years provided a safe place and fun atmosphere in which to learn to write down memories, share with others your family stories and improve your writing. Good instruction using prompts, kind critique and gentle advice get you to a rough draft, offer help with rewriting and suggest ways to publish or preserve your work for yourself, family or friends. You will work in small groups practicing writing and discussing your work. This workshop is designed to be a positive experience for beginners to the practiced writer. Everything you need will be provided: notebooks, writing implements and snacks.

Past students have commented: “how nice it was to get positive feedback and solid suggestions of how to improve my writing.” “There were so many resources provided to help me begin writing my memories. Meeting others who wrote interesting stories of their lives was inspiring.” “The small groups and gentle instruction got me started on something I have wanted to do for a long time – write my memoir!” “I now know how to provide my children with a history of me and my parent’s lives thanks to this intensive and fun class – we did a lot of writing and sharing. I learned a lot.”

Click here to learn more.

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Catharine Blaine news

November 9th, 2015 by Sara

Dine Out for Blaine @ The 5 Spot, 8am-10pm, 1502 Queen Anne Ave N

  • The 5 Spot will be donating 25% of ALL food sales on Monday 11/9 to support the Instrumental Music Program at Blaine. 
  • Principal Heather Johnson will be at the 5 Spot at NOON …so come by, eat, support our school, and get a chance
Invest in Your Child Giving Campaign


Catharine Blaine K-8 had some special visitors on the playground last week.  The Blaine Tiger gave students high 5s, tiger paw print stickers were handed out and PTA President Jenna Sylvester was decked out in her orange wig.  No it isn’t Halloween this week, but it is the middle of the Invest in Your Child Giving Campaign which has a fundraising goal of $240,000 for the schoolThe annual giving campaign is the primary PTA fundraiser for Blaine and runs through November 10.  PTA fundraising supports programs at Blaine like Middle School Band, Athletics, Technology, Enrichment, the Reading & Math Specialists, Project-Based learning and teacher grants.  If families want to learn more about the campaign or to donate info is available at  Thank you to all the Blaine families who have already donated- we couldn’t do it without you!  And if you haven’t done it yet- please remember to get your Orange card in!

In photo: Chase Sylvester, Jenna Sylvester, Claire Shields, Blaine Tiger, Aidan Bernard

In photo: Chase Sylvester, Jenna Sylvester, Claire Shields, Blaine Tiger, Aidan Bernard

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Oh dear, a deer

November 4th, 2015 by Sara

Magnolia Voice reader “M” writes:

Today I saw a deer near the top of the  Magnolia Bridge.  A buck with two spike antlers. I’ve heard of a coyote and a bear sighting in my nearly 20 years in Magnolia, but I was shocked to see a deer.

What else have you seen, neighbors?



Don’t miss Magnolia Moms Trunk Show this Thursday!

November 4th, 2015 by Sara

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Shop ’til you Drop for unique gifts and fabulous clothing, support 30 local vendors & artists, and help the less fortunate in our community.  Join friends and neighbors for sips and sweets, raffle prizes and socializing.  Kick-start your holiday shopping or just find a little something for yourself – bring a friend and join in for a community shopping event – for a cause!  Magnolia Moms, a non-profit community service outreach group, will collect 10% of all vendor proceeds to be used to purchase warm winter coats for women and children in Seattle area shelters. 
Event Coordinator Jennifer Lounsberry says last year, the event brought in more than 450 warm coats for needy kids and mamas.
Here are just a few of the many vendors that will be selling their wares:
House of 3 -calligraphy and canvas art prints.
If Kids Ruled the World – inspirational message tees for girls.
Non-perishable goods-gorgeous linens napkins.
Lika Love Fashion– mobile fashion truck.
Join in the fun this Thursday evening, November 5th from 6-9pm at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center, 3218 W. Barrett St.
Admission:  One new or gently used child’s coat *OR* suggested $15 donation.




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It’s Election Day – Vote!

November 3rd, 2015 by Sara

From Mike at our sister site Maple Leaf Life

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You’ve had that ballot for weeks.

It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.

As we wrote in October:

Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.

But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.

Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.

For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.

If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.

Specifically on the transportation levy:

If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.

Ballots must be mailed (see your local post office for times) in or turned in to a drop box by 8 p.m. The closest drop box to Magnolia is the Ballard Library drop box.  Click here for the voter’s guide.

ballard library map

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How was your Halloween?

November 1st, 2015 by Sara

Trick or Treating in the Village was a huge success this year.  Check out some photos from our Steve Smalley:

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Thank you to all who participated! How was your Halloween? Send us your pics!

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