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Magnolia Girl Scouts Food Drive to Help Ballard Food Bank

November 10th, 2014 by Sara

It’s time for Troop #41157’s first service project of the year – the annual food drive. Last year the Girl Scouts collected more than 75 banana boxes of food for the Ballard Food Bank.

The food drive not only supports families in our neighborhood, but helps kids build empathy and the desire to help other people.

Girl Scouts will be out in our neighborhood now through November 12th, going door-to-door collecting donations of non-perishable food items. For a complete list of acceptable donations, please visit the website of the Ballard Food Bank.

If a Girl Scout has not visited your house by Wednesday, November 12th, please feel free to leave your donations on the front porch of Troop Leader Jim Petersen’s house – 3603 33rd Ave. W –  by Thursday, November 13th at 3pm. They will take it to the Ballard Food Bank for you.
Thank you in advance for helping your neighbors!

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Speed limits change on 15th W and Elliott Ave

November 5th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

Magnolia Voice readers spotted some unannounced speed limit changes on 15th Avenue West and Elliott Avenue which affect you and your drive. Here is what we learned from SDOT: With the Emerson overpass construction, increased traffic volume, and additional car wrecks, Seattle’s Department of Transportation finds it necessary to immediately lower limits on those streets, without much notice.
From Ballard traveling southbound, it’s 30 MPH to the middle of the bridge, where it increases to 40.
Just south of Dravus Street is drops to 35 MPH and stays that speed all the way to West Harrison Street (Shanty Cafe), where it decreases to 30 MPH.
There were 254 car accidents, including a fatality, over that stretch of roadway during the past three years, according to SDOT.
Please drive safely.


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Help the less fortunate while you shop this Thursday

November 3rd, 2014 by Sara


All are welcome Thursday night for the 12th annual evening of trunk show fun. Shop ‘Til You Drop for unique gifts and fabulous clothing, support 30+ local vendors & artists, and help those in need in our community. They’ll have a variety of goodies to shop including Glassbaby, Meadow Boutique, Paper Delights, Pete’s Toffee, Brooklyn Grace Jewelry and more!

Show up for sips and sweets, a Vixen fashion show, raffle 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 out-reach group, will collect 10% of all vendor proceeds to be used to purchase warm winter coats for women and children around Seattle area shelters.
This fun event is November 6th from 6-9pm.
Admission is one new or gently-used coat or a suggested $15 donation.
Fatima Parish Hall is at 3307 W Dravus St.

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Update to gunshots – A witness comes forward

November 3rd, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

Since our earlier story, a witness has come forward.  Magnolia Voice reader “Joe” heard the shots fired Saturday morning as he walked his dog along 36th Ave W and Government Way. Directly afterward, while standing at a crosswalk, according to Joe, a brown pickup truck drove past with the windows down. It smelled of gun powder. Joe says he is a military veteran who also worked at the King County jail. He is familiar with the smell of gun powder.
Joe states the truck appeared to be a 1990 brown Ford pickup truck with a long bed. The occupants were two white males, 30-40 years of age with long hair and were wearing baseball caps.
If you know these men, call the Seattle Police Department.
Thanks to Joe for his observations.

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Interbay Eagles win big this weekend

November 3rd, 2014 by Sara


The Interbay Eagles youth football from Magnolia and Queen Anne won their first championship in their ten year history. The Bantam team, made up of 11 and 12 year olds beat Eastside Catholic 33-7 last Sunday for the Northwest Junior Football League championship game, capping off a 9-0 season. Head coach Ron Blokker said “the boys played hard all year, were dedicated and deserving of the crown and look to defend it next year!”

Sign-ups start in spring for next season. Click here for more information.


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Early morning gunshots startle Magnolia residents

November 3rd, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley

The sound of five gunshots awakened Magnolia homeowners near 35th Ave W & Thurman Saturday morning, followed by the roar of a speeding pickup truck racing away from the scene. The gun blasts and truck were all caught on video from a home security camera. Click here to see it (turn up the sound).
“Jen” tells Magnolia Voice the shots made her and her husband jump out of bed to see what was happening.
“We don’t expect a drive-by shooting at six in the morning,” she says. “It was unnerving.”
“We have a security camera inside our front door,” Jen reveals. “We looked at the video and saw the vehicle. Then we called police.”
Lots of neighbors heard the shots too. Jen says someone found shell casings that were turned over to Seattle Police.
No damage was located.
“We have no idea what they were shooting at,” says Jen.


Get rid of those old TVs – FREE

October 29th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
If you’re like most of us, once you bought that new flat screen television, the old tube monster is stashed in the garage awaiting its fate for another day, TBD. A trip to the dump costs money. Get rid of old TVs and myriad other consumer goods this Saturday, Nov. 1 at Magnolia United Church of Christ. The service is free.
This recycling event, put on by 1 Green Planet, will take whatever is stacking up. Here is just a partial list: Cell phones, circuit boards, computers, freezers, lawnmowers (empty gas), metal furniture, microwaves, motorcycles, printers, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, bicycles, BBQs, kitchenware, typewriters, satellite dishes, scrap metal, VCR players, vehicles, washers, weed eaters, et al.
Here are the DON’TS: Wood, wooden furniture, glass, chemicals, paint, books, cardboard, disks & drives, audiotape, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, tires, lightbulbs, Styrofoam, hazardous waste or oil.
The complete list of items they will take is truly amazing. Check out the whole thing by clicking on their website here.
Magnolia United Church of Christ is located at 3555 W. McGraw St. The recycling event is free. Hours are 10a.m.-3 p.m. Cash donations are welcome.


Trick or Treat in the Village Friday

October 29th, 2014 by Sara

If your household is anything like ours, you have already been counting down the days until Magnolia’s spookiest event of the year-Magnolia’s annual Trick-or-Treat in the Village will take place Halloween (Friday, October 31), from 4:00 – 6:00pm. W. McGraw street will be closed from 32nd Ave to 34th Ave for little ghosts, goblins, witches and more. Bring a bag for treats, your camera and your patience.

All businesses in the Village are invited to participate. Businesses in Magnolia that are not in the Village are also invited to join in the fun, just contact the Chamber, at to reserve your spot on the corners of 33rd Ave and McGraw.

Those with little ones may be wondering what to do while you are waiting for the main event? Magnolia Community Center has the answer- “Lil Spooky Things!” Your toddler (age 4 and under) can celebrate Halloween with bouncy houses, treats, pumpkin decorating, and arts and crafts for only $3 per child, (11am – 1pm at the Community Center). Click here for more information.

Please email us your favorite Halloween photos at!

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Windy night blows out power

October 26th, 2014 by Sara

By reporter Steven Smalley
The morning after an autumnal storm blows through finds the neighborhood in good shape over all. Although a major part of Magnolia was without power for a spell, the lights are back on (we assume) and the landscape held up against the fury of the weather. Even most of the political signs harkening the silly season are still rooted in place.
Magnolia Voice was able to locate only two trees that didn’t fair well. One at the corner of 32nd & Barrett toppled over completely blocking the entire street last night. By this morning crews had sawn the limbs covering the roadway leaving only the trunk, down but out of the way.
The other arboreal disaster was in front of the Magnolia Animal Hospital in the Village which lost only a large limb that blocked a lane of traffic last night. Again, crews cleaned up the blockage before morning.
If we missed some damage at your place send us word at

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Drop a donation by for Treehouse tomorrow

October 24th, 2014 by Sara

Julie writes:
My daughter and her friend will be doing a clothing drive for Treehouse this Saturday October 25th, from 12pm-3pm in the Magnolia Village in front of Starbucks.  For those that don’t know Treehouse is an amazing organization providing essential and  academic support to children in foster care. I hope you will search through your things and see if you might have anything to donate.

They are in dire need of the following:


• Graphic tees
• Denim all sizes 28-44


• Tops M-XXL


• Tops and bottoms all sizes


• Pajamas all sizes 6-18


• Boys and girls clothing 4T-5T


• Tops all sizes

 The girls will also be selling bracelets to benefit treehouse.

** any and all clothing in good condition accepted but inventory in the above sections are in dire need!

**cash donations accepted as well, and we will buy clothing for these needs

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