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3,000 people attend the 2014 Wedgwood Arts Festival

July 30th, 2014 by hillaryu

On one of the hottest weekends that we’ve had so far, over 3,000 people attended the 2014 Wedgwood Arts Festival at Our Lady of the Lake on July 12th and 13th. It was the largest festival to date.

Here are some great facts about this year’s event:

  • Event organizers conducted surveys with the artists and 92% said the festival was worth their time and money, which is great for the community and local vendors
  • The support from the Our Lady of the Lake staff was great and they have already invited the festival to return next year; the new space enabled the festival to grow 50%! This year they had 77 artists, up from 46 last year.
  • There were 8 bands playing live music – including 2 nationally touring bands.
  • With the new location, the event was able to group the food vendors together and give them better access to reliable electricity. Food vendors included Veraci Pizza, Athena’s Greek Food, Patty Pan, Seattle Espresso, Half Pint Ice Cream and Tastyz Sno Cones & Kettle Corn

The Wedgwood View received several inquiries about why the event was moved to Our Lady of the Lake. The organizers promptly wrote back:

“There are many reasons why we moved the festival, but mostly it was because:

  1. We received a lot of feedback from patrons with disabilities that last year’s location was not easily accessible to those using wheelchairs and walkers
  2. Logistically we needed more space and electrical access in order to grow the festival”

To view photos of the event, check out their Facebook page.

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The Big Green Community Picnic & Festival

July 22nd, 2014 by hillaryu

Sustainable NE Seattle is joining with Greendrinks, Sustainable Seattle and BECU to bring the 3rd annual Big Green community picnic to Hunter Farm Gathering Place.

Tuesday, August 12th
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This year’s event will feature several different activities including a workshop on how to make your own compost and quick fixes for your bike! Businesses, organizations and neighbors will be there sharing tips on how to green your home, giving electric bike test rides, sampling free ice cream and more! And don’t leave your kids at home! There will be plenty of fun things for the whole family!

And for all you Greendrinkers 21+, in the center of it all will be a beer garden featuring pours from Sierra Nevada, Fremont Brewing, Wilridge Winery, and more. So bring a cup to help us make this a zero waste event!

Local businesses and organizations joining will be:

BECU, Cleanscapes, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, Silicon Energy (powering the evening with a solar trailer!), ZipCar, ClifBar, Honest Tea, Audubon Society, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, NE Seattle Tool Library, Seattle Electric Bike, Bike Shack (they can help you with some quick bike fixes!), SustainableWorks, Outdoor Research and Seattle Tilth.

This can’t miss evening is brought to you by BECU, a community credit union.

For more information about the event, please visit their website.

And, of course, events like these would not be possible without help from volunteers! Currently, they are seeking the following:

  • A local band to play from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Someone(s) with living chickens and/or rabbits, that would be willing to bring them to show and tell about
  • Someone good at soliciting donations for give-aways
  • Someone willing to man the DIY laundry soap table
  • Seamstresses willing to show and tell their re-purposed clothing and or fabric products
  • General helpers for some shifts during the event, set-up, and postering in the NE area, and social media networking (tweeters, fb, etc)
  • Individuals interested in demonstrating their household practices which facilitate living sustainability and resiliently

To volunteer, contact Michelle.

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Walks ‘n’ Wags

July 19th, 2014 by hillaryu

Walks ‘n’ Wags Pet First Aid offers a recognized National Pet First Aid Certificate course for dog and cat professionals and pet owners. Spend the day with Walks ‘n’ Wags certified instructors as they offer fun and learning. Classes are intended for pet care professionals, dog and cat owners, rescue workers, first responders, groomers and shelter workers.

Course completion offers continuing education credits for IAABC, CBCC-KA and CPDT-KA members. Trupanion health insurance will waive enrollment fees for those who complete the course. This class has received the Animal Wellness Magazine Stamp of Approval and a Modern Dog Fave Find.

The curriculum includes:

  • Choking
  • Bleeding and Wounds
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • CPR
  • Eye & Ear Injuries
  • Burns, Frostbite, Hypothermia & Heat Stroke
  • Poisoning
  • Bandaging
  • Foreign Objects
  • Transport
  • Treating for shock
  • An easy-to-use manual and quick reference guide for your first aid kit.
  • Certificate of completion
  • And much, much more!

Join them today, July 19  and tomorrow, July 20 at the K9 Fun Zone on Queen Anne, 25 Nickerson St. 98109.

Today’s class is from 10-5 and tomorrow’s is from 1:30-4:30.

To learn more about the classes, please visit their website.

To register, send a message via email or call 206-284-3647 (DOGS).

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Volunteer Drivers Needed!

July 15th, 2014 by hillaryu

Getting to the doctor’s office can seem daunting for many local seniors. Poor vision or medical conditions prevent them from driving; limited mobility makes it impossible to take the bus; taxis come with prohibitive costs; and loved ones have full-time jobs that render them unavailable to help. Yet, since 1975, Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation has served as a trustworthy resource for older adults throughout King County. With its force of kind and reliable volunteers, the program provides the missing link between seniors and their necessary medical care.

But the value of Volunteer Transportation extends far beyond the rides themselves. A volunteer driver serves as a friendly escort– a companion– someone to talk to along the way. Volunteers turn previously stressful ordeals into pleasant, meaningful experiences.

You can help more seniors get “on the road” to improved health and peace of mind! More volunteer drivers are needed throughout King County, including our community. If you have a reliable vehicle, clean driving record, and some weekday availability, this is the role for you.

Call (206) 748-7588, email Hilary, Recruitment & Outreach Coordinator, or visit their website to find out more. Discover why rides change lives!

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Permanent N.E. Seattle Beach Closure

July 11th, 2014 by hillaryu

Written by David P., with contributions by Sonja J.

Last month the Cedar Park and Lake City communities lost their only public access to Lake Washington; a tiny street-end beach at NE 130th and Riviera Place.

In June the adjacent land owners won a summary judgment and now owns the property, which has been used by the community for over 80 years. It is the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and Log Boom Park in Kenmore. The adjacent land owners, Keith and Kay Holmquist and Frederick Kaseburg, used procedural mistakes made 80 years ago by King County and the original developer. The court followed the letter of the law without considering original intent or how important this beach is to local community.

Local community members are urging the mayor and city council to consider condemning the property for continued public park usage. Although not entered into lightly by the City, neighbors believe that such action is justified, given its history and the benefits to community members for generations to come.

This is in keeping with the current goal of the Seattle Shoreline Master Program which aims to protect the ecological functions of the shoreline areas, encourage water-dependent uses, provide for maximum public access to, and enjoyment of the shorelines of the City; and preserve, enhance, and increase views of the water.

More information can be found here.

Letters to the mayor and city council in support of saving the beach would be gratefully appreciated. Sample letters can be found at the above site. Emails can be sent to: and

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Landmarks Preservation Board to consider The Theodora for landmark nomination

July 9th, 2014 by hillaryu

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of The Theodora (6559 35th Avenue NE) at its meeting on Wednesday, August 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by August 19 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination will be available for public review at the Northeast Branch Library at 6801 35th Ave NE (206-684-7539), and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228).

It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

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Congrats to Wedgwood Resident, Katherine Seidemann!

July 7th, 2014 by hillaryu

Katherine Seidemann was awarded the 2014 Chancellor’s Medal at the University of Washington Bothell’s 23rd commencement ceremony on Sunday June 15 at the Alaska Airlines Arena.

The Chancellor’s Medal  is presented to a member of the graduating class for his or her extraordinary commitment to learning while at the University.

Seidemann received her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing and Poetics and a GPA of 3.95. This is her second UW Bothell degree – she also holds a B.A. from the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Seidemann has been identified by the MFA core faculty as one of the most talented and accomplished students who will be graduating this year. She has met the challenge of the MFA program to engage in crossmedia work and has proven capable of seamlessly moving across artistic media in a way that makes her a source of inspiration for others. One of her most accomplished recent projects is one in which she combines photographic self-portraiture along with writing.

As a student, Seidemann has been involved with the literary journal Clamor as both an undergraduate and graduate student. She was one of two recipients of an honorary scholarship offered to incoming MFA students. Seidemann has served as a Peer Writing Consultant at UW Bothell and also as an Activity Design/Facilitator at the Henry Art Gallery. She has also worked as a Layout Intern for an internationally renowned literary journal, Golden Handcuffs Review.

Seidemann’s accomplishments are remarkable in light of the adversity she has experienced. At the age of 16, she was living on her own in a small apartment on Capitol Hill. As a young adult, she sustained a traumatic brain injury that she struggled to recover from. In subsequent years, she survived an abusive relationship and drug addictions. She was 40 when she transferred to UW Bothell.

Looking forward, Seidemann hopes to create a writing workshop for domestic violence survivors and is considering pursuit of a Ph.D.

Congratulations to Katherine!

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Support the Green Lake Play Series!

June 29th, 2014 by hillaryu

Green Lake Park is at the center of day-to-day life in the city. It is a venue for arts, exercise, and recreation, and is representative of the core of the city’s consciousness and identity. To help share its importance, a team composed of writers, directors, and actors, whom are active members of the Seattle theatre community, have come together to capture what this park means to them. Help them bring 8 brand-new original plays to life by supporting them as they raise money for the space and the staff at the Bathhouse at Green Lake, their marketing and production supplies, and concessions for the performance.

The eight original plays that make up the Green Lake Play Series were written by current and former Seattle residents:

  • Kevin Bordi
  • Rebecca A. Demarest
  • Emily Golden
  • Melanie Hampton
  • Courtney A. Kessler
  • Jerry Kraft
  • J.D. Panzer
  • J. Michael Tumblin

With direction by Nathan Jeffrey and J Michael Tumblin, our cast features ten* wonderfully talented actors that have graced many a local stage, including Taproot Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory, Seattle Public Theatre, Wooden O, and GreenStage:

  • Ryan Childers
  • Tom Dewey
  • Jake Gordon
  • Olivia Hartshorn
  • Bill Johns
  • Caitlin Macy-Beckwith
  • Tess Sevetson
  • Olivia Sterne
  • Jenny Vaughn

*The tenth cast member will be announced soon!

To support and learn more about the Green Lake Play Series, visit their website.

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NEST: We’re Better Together!

June 24th, 2014 by hillaryu

NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) is a grass-roots non-profit organization that marshals the talents and resources of a team of volunteers to help aging members of the community to remain in their own homes and in their own neighborhoods.

“Nest” is a word that evokes warmth, security, nurture; values associated with our family, friends, neighbors and community. NEST holds these values to an even higher ideal. A multi-generational base of volunteers help those aging members of the community who need some assistance in their lives; rides to appointments, shopping, pet care, gardening, computer help and other errands that are so simple until we reach a ‘certain age’.

When a member needs help, they call the NEST office and a call goes out to NEST volunteers. A volunteer then signs up for the job. It’s that easy. When you join NEST you add 100 neighbors to your care team! Aging is only the catalyst that NEST uses to build and nurture community engagement. In addition to helping with services, NEST also provides intergenerational members and volunteers with a wide array of fun and educational events such as ‘Congenial Conversations’, NESTCafe and monthly potlucks.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, NEST serves residents in North Seattle neighborhoods including Bryant, Hawthorne Hills, Inverness, Laurelhurst, Maple Leaf, Matthews Beach, Meadowbrook, Ravenna, Roosevelt, Sand Point, University District, View Ridge, Wedgwood and Windermere. There are over 120 other so called “virtual” villages like NEST across the country.

Learn how you (or someone you know) can continue to live safely and confidently in your own home, in the neighborhood you love. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your parent or neighbor might need a little extra help to stay in their home. Building and maintaining strong social connections helps aging adults to stay healthier, feel more confident and safer in their neighborhood. Becoming a NEST volunteer is a positive way to connect with your community, to pay-it-forward, to build meaningful relationships, to show your own family how you participate in a civil society!

Find out more about NEST on their website or call them at 206-525-NEST (6378).

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Thornton Creek Alliance Storm Water Meeting

June 23rd, 2014 by hillaryu

Join the Thornton Creek Alliance for a meeting about stormwater! The meeting will include updates and information on several items including: the Meadowbrook Confluence Project and the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge.

The event details are as follows:

Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Thursday, June 26th
7:15 p.m.

For more information, visit their website.

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