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“Seattle Reads” at the Seattle Public Library Northeast Branch

March 22nd, 2014 by hillaryu

Mark your calendars! “Seattle Reads” is coming to our neighborhood library on Tuesday, April 29!

In 1998, The Seattle Public Library launched a program to get Seattleites reading and discussing the same book. “Seattle Reads” is now an annual event and has been widely emulated in cities, states and countries around the world.

In this 16th year of the series, The Seattle Public Library will feature “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey” by Richard Blanco. Blanco will visit Seattle April 26-29 to talk with readers about his book.

The public is invited to meet Blanco and discuss “For All of Us, One Today” at four locations (information on the other locations can be found on The Seattle Public Library website). Books will be available for purchase at all events. Doors open 30 minutes before each branch event. Limited free parking and street parking is available at branch libraries.

Seattle Public Library Northeast Branch
6811 35th Ave. N.E.

Tuesday, April 29
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Burglar Breaks Into Wedgwood Church, Smashes Equipment, Lights Candles

March 18th, 2014 by hillaryu

From the SPD Blotter:

[Read the original story here.]

Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on March 17, 2014

Seattle police were called to the Our Lady of the Lake church in Wedgwood around 10:15 AM Saturday morning after an employee came into work to find someone had smashed church equipment, lit several candles, and propped open a door at the church.

Sometime between 7:30 PM Friday and 10:15 AM Saturday, someone broke into the church—located in the 8900 block of 35th Ave NE—smashed a 60″ flatscreen TV and a candle holder, knocked over trash bins and a flag, stolen a microphone from a podium, and left several candles burning.

After police were unable to find any smashed locks or broken windows in the church—indicating a possible break-in—church staff said it was possible someone had hidden in the church following services and waited to come out until everyone else had left the building.

The case will be referred to detectives for investigation.

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Business Profile: Rainglow Airbrush Tanning

March 17th, 2014 by hillaryu

A new ray of sunshine has popped up in the Wedgwood neighborhood and that’s Rainglow Airbrush Tanning. Rainglow, located at 7506 35th Ave NE Seattle, is a concept brought to you by Jamie Lampitt. Jamie, a Pacific Northwest native, was working medical sales and traveling a lot when she realized that her work-life balance was not ideal. She was a wife, had two young children and was ready to find the balance she needed. So she quit her job and set to work on finding her true passion.

Over several months, Jamie researched her idea of an airbrush tanning salon that would appeal to the sun-deprived residents of Seattle and be safe for the body, mind and soul. As an avid tanner for years, Jamie found herself in a UV tanning bed several times a week. When research came out about the dangers of UV tanning, Jamie knew that she needed to find a different way to get her glow on. That is when she developed her love of airbrush tanning and never looked back. Now, Jamie embraces wearing sunscreen because she knows she can get that golden hue in a safe and effective way.

Jamie spent time training under LA’s Airbrush Tanning Guru to the stars, Heather Shaw. Heather worked with Jamie to help her perfect her airbrush skills and Jamie is proud to bring the technique to the Northwest. One of the unique features of a Rainglow tan is that the formula they use is organic, vegan, kosher, never been tested on animals and made in the USA. Jamie is currently the only practitioner to be using this technique and formula in our area.

Jamie prides herself on paying attention to the details and ensuring that every client leaves with an amazing tan. Specifically, she works with each client every step of the way, discussing the reasons for the airbrush tan, finding the right color and developing contouring that works for each client. Jamie says “airbrush tanning has a lot of benefits but two of the most popular are how the effects can make your body look 10 pounds lighter and that your need for makeup will be much less because an airbrush tan adds a flawless finish to your face.

When asked about her approach, she said, “if the clients can remember one thing about their experience, I want it to be that they remember how great the service was.” And great it is. Not only does Jamie provide a custom intake session, and walk each client through the steps prior to the tan, she also has all of the details covered. When you enter the salon, you’re welcomed, offered water and a delicious treat. Jamie then checks in with each client, making sure they’re entirely comfortable with the process. As she says, “I want everyone to feel comfortable and usually, if it’s their first time, they have a lot of questions.” Jamie has covered all the details. In fact, if you show up and you forgot to wear baggy clothing (as tight clothing can rub the fomula off the skin), she’s got you covered and even provides umbrellas for those blustery days in Seattle.

The experience takes about 15-20 minutes, with the formula developing over the next few hours, and dries instantly. You can expect your tan to last 7-10 days and Jamie will call you the following day to make sure everything has developed to your satisfaction.

Rainglow Airbrush Tanning is by appointment only. Call 206-801-5214.

For more information, you can visit their website.

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Special Forum on Metropolitan Parks Districts

March 16th, 2014 by hillaryu

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Metropolitan Parks Districts & Were Afraid to Ask
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:30-9:00PM

Sand Point Community Church Fireside Room
4710 NE 70th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

Thatcher Bailey, Executive Director, Seattle Parks Foundation
John Barber, Founder, Parks & Open Space Advocates (POSA)
Don Harper, Land Use Chair, Queen Anne Community Council
Michael Maddux, Citizen Member Parks Legacy Committee
Moderator: Bill Bradburd of the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition

followed by
Seattle City Council: Times A-Changin’
How District Elections Will Alter Local Governance
Speakers:  Ben Anderstone, Anderstone Strategies & Alex Pedersen, Aide to City Council President Tim Burgess

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Construction Work on SB I-5 This Weekend

March 15th, 2014 by hillaryu

Work to replace two dozen worn and aging bridge expansion joints ramps up again this weekend.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Friday, March 14, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will close all but a single lane of the southbound Interstate 5 collector-distributor, which runs parallel to the mainline between the Washington State Convention Center and I-90.

The on-ramps from Spring and James streets along with the South Dearborn Street off-ramp will also be closed during that time while crews complete the replacement of 10 bridge expansion joints that began Feb. 21 – 24.

All lanes and ramps will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. on Monday, March 17, in time for the morning commute.

Closure details:

  • 10 p.m. Friday, March 14 until 5 a.m. Monday, March 17
  • The southbound I-5 collector-distributor will be reduced to a single lane between the Washington State Convention Center and I-90.
  • The on-ramps from Spring and James streets along with the South Dearborn Street off-ramp will be closed.

For more information, visit the WSDOT website.

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Rain City Symphony – March 19

March 13th, 2014 by hillaryu

Join the Rain City Symphony for a lovely evening of music.

The concert will feature Dan Williams, Oboist, playing Benedetto Marcello’s Concerto in C Minor for Oboe and Strings. Mr. Williams is one of Seattle’s sought-after performers. He has played principal oboe with the Seattle Symphony and the Seattle Opera.

In addition, they will perform Three Dances from Gayane, by Aram Khachaturian (1903–1978) and Vltava (The Moldau) (1875) by Bedřich Smetana (1824– 1884).

A Winter Concert

Teresa Metzger Howe, Conductor

University Christian Church

4731 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle

March 19, 2014

7:30 P.M.

Admission is complimentary.

For more information, visit their website.

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Meet the New Editor of the Wedgwood View

March 9th, 2014 by hillaryu

Hello neighbors!

I am very excited to be the new editor of the Wedgwood View. It is my hope that together we will continue to build an amazing online community where we can chat about news, events around town and everything in between.

I am a Seattle native and was born and raised in the area. I grew up in Ravenna and attended Bryant Elementary, Eckstein Middle School, Roosevelt High School and then the University of Washington Bothell. It was a blast growing up in the neighborhood and being able to experience the amazing growth that has occurred over the last 10+ years. I currently live in the heart of Wedgwood where I see lots of new things happening everyday!

When I’m not here writing to you, I’m the Executive Director of a non-profit. I’m also an avid coffee lover, wannabe fitness expert (Pure Barre and Jazzercise anyone?) and I enjoy the occasional time spent at home reveling at the beautiful mountain ranges in the area with my husband, Peter.

I know that you will learn more about me as I continue to put my own personal touches on the site and I hope you will introduce yourself! Drop me a line via email, send me a news tip or ask me out to coffee. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to talk about, but we can start with why you think the Wedgwood and View Ridge areas are the best around!

Until we meet again,

Editor, Wedgewood View


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Local power outages after nearly 4 inches of rain in six days

March 6th, 2014 by Mike

Lights flickering? Yes.

This morning around 144 of our neighbors are without power after a rainy night that brought an additional .79 inches of rain and more winds.

That outage started shortly after 1 a.m., according to Seattle City Light. Estimated to be fixed around noon.

Six days into March, we have had nearly 4 inches of rain.

The forecast: More rain today, slackening this afternoon. Perhaps a dry spot on Friday. Rain over the weekend.

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NEST hosts community dinner with Nancy Pearl, KUOW’s Steve Scher

February 28th, 2014 by Mike

Next month brings the return of a popular northeast Seattle event – NEST’s community dinner with Nancy Peal and friends.

The dinner is a fund-raiser for NEST – North East Seattle Together. It will be held Sunday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m.

Pearl – an international literary star – is being joined by a radio host who often interviews her,  Steve Scher of KUOW  public radio. Both live in northeast Seattle.

They will be talking about books-their current favorites and the ones that played a significant role in their lives.

Last year’s event, also featuring Pearl,  filled the hall. More than 130 people, 24 volunteers and 18 business contributed, raising over $20,000 to support NEST,  a local non-profit organization offering neighborhood support, enriching programs and trusted resources that enable aging northeast Seattle residents to remain in their homes and to engage meaningfully in our community.

This year’s community event, titled “NE Seattle Treasures”, is at Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 18th Ave. N.E.

Individual tickets to the dinner and program are $75.00, a portion of which will be tax deductible. To register online, go to the NEST website and click on the event image in the middle of page. To pay by check, please send a check to NEST, PO Box 51009, Seattle, WA 98115 and include a note with (1) the name of each ticket holder, (2) your address and phone number.

For more information about NEST or this event, contact Judy Kinney, NEST executive director, at, 206.525.6378, or visit

Disclosure: Mike, the author of this post, is also the current NEST board president.

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Polar Bear Plunge returns to Matthews Beach

December 18th, 2013 by Kate Bergman

Ring in the New Year in your swimwear at the 12th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Matthews Beach, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Meadowbrook Community Center Advisory Council are co-sponsoring the Jan. 1 event that starts at noon sharp; registration begins at 11 a.m.

From the Parkways post:

A 2014 Official Patch of Courage will be given to all heroic polar bear participants who immerse themselves neck-deep in the lake. The patch will show the world that participants braved the frigid waters. Warming refreshments will be served.

As in previous years, younger polar bears and anyone else who needs a little more room can take part in the Polar Cub Club part of the event immediately preceding the main plunge. For the truly hearty, double-dipping is allowed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a few tips for enjoying a fun, safe swim:

· Make the plunge even more special by dressing up in a costume!
· Come early, and carpool or take the bus (you can plan your trip).
· If you have heart problems or other serious medical concerns, we recommend that you consult your healthcare professional before taking the Polar Bear Plunge. If you can’t go in the water, come and watch!
· Don’t drink alcohol–it doesn’t warm you up, and it accelerates hypothermia.
· Stay in the water for no longer than 15 minutes-you lose body heat 25 times faster in water than in air.
· Keep your outer clothing on until you’re ready to get in the water. After the plunge, remove wet clothing before getting into dry clothes.

Will you brave the frigid waters of Lake Washington for this year’s Polar Bear Plunge?

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