Summerfest less than a month away

Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show is looking for artists for this year’s show.  The Magnolia Art Show is a juried show with cash prizes.  Judges select the best work in each media group which includes painting, photo/print, and 3D. You need to register by July 15.   You can register here.

Magnolia Summerfest is set for July 29 & 30 this year.  There will be live stage music, arts and crafts, a beer garden, inflatable rides and a giant slide for kids,pony rides, food booths and a youth talent show.  The outdoor movie on Friday night will be E.T. starting at 9p.m.

The Magnolia Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade will be on Saturday starting at  10:30 a.m. and the popular Baby Races will follow.

Volunteers are always needed to make Summerfest a success.  Click here to volunteer.

Tom Douglas cooking at Interbay P-Patch

Tickets are now available for the P-Patch Trust’s annual Chef in the Garden event on Wednesday, July 13 at 6p.m.  Held at the Interbay P-Patch (2451 15th Ave W), the evening will feature renowned Seattle chef Tom Douglas preparing an array of dishes that emphasize locally sourced, garden-fresh ingredients.  Some of the ingredients for the dishes will come from P-Patch community gardens  and the courses will be paired with Northwest wines.   There will also be food and garden-related silent auction items.  

The Chef in the Garden event, which is limited to 100 diners, is the Trust’s primary fund-raising effort. All-inclusive tickets are $119. They can be purchased online. Hurry because last year’s event sold out well in advance.  .

The P-Patch Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to acquire, build and protect community gardens in Seattle’s neighborhoods. For more details  visit the Trust’s website or call 425-329-1601.

Paul Wozniak 1956-2011

A long time Magnolia resident and well known community volunteer has passed away.  Paul Wozniak died suddenly on June 21, leaving behind his wife and three children.  His friends asked us to share the story of his life with our readers.

Wozniak was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up between dairy farms and urban parks, fascinated by the way cities and communities were designed to create a sense of purpose, belonging, community and home. He met his wife, Diane, while completing a degree in planning and environmental studies. They moved to Seattle in 1978. Paul received a master’s degree in geography and urban planning at the University of Washington and he loved seeing the resulting applications of his work: saving salmon streams, planning the first Microsoft campus, mapping out linked bicycle trails , and being a part of the evolving growth of his chosen home. Paul was a volunteer soccer coach and a  loyal supporter on the sidelines for his kids various sports.

Whenever Paul was asked how he was,  he unfailingly responded: "Never better!" He welcomed each day as a chance to volunteer and be of service somewhere, for church or schools or the broader community.  A highlight was his six-year food prep for the Washington Middle School and Garfield High School auctions. With professional chefs and fellow parents Thierry Rautureau of Rover’s and John Platt of St. Cloud’s, he delighted in this successful annual fundraiser for students.

There will have a service and reception in his honor on Saturday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 2330 Viewmont Way West, in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any hunger/feeding program or another charity of your choice.

Football and cheerleading registration open

Kids interested in football or cheerleading can register now to play with the Interbay Eagles.  They field youth football teams for ages 7-14 and a cheer squad for ages 6-11.  

The Eagles are members of the NJFL which has over 50 youth teams participating.  Click here for registration information

Award winning student movie

Last month we told you about the Magnolia student filmmakers who won the  48-Hour Film Off at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth with their movie Jam the Jam.   Now we can show you their movie.

Senior Riley Moffitt (with arm raised),  sophomore Tara Conley (far left)  and junior Sam Wolk (far right) competed against teens from seven other western Washington high schools.  The student filmmakers were given 48 hours to produce a three minute film from start to finish.   The assignment was to produce a movie on the theme ”Show us your Jam” that incorporated a musical instrument, a  scene of artistic inspiration and the line “behind the performer.”

The Center School team filmed all day in Magnolia. While most teams went the expected route and made films with musical themes, the Center School team took the assignment literally and made a movie about jam.   Here is the link to view the short film.

Szmania’s in the news

The change to steak house for long time Magnolia restaurant Szmania’s that we told you about earlier this month is featured in the food section of the Seattle Times today.  You can check out the article here.

(Disclosure: Szmania’s is a sponsor of MagnoliaVoice)

Uptown Espresso promises to win over Tully’s customers

Thanks to contributor Steven Smalley for this story.

As we first reported last week, long time Magnolia coffee shop Tully’s is going to be replaced by Uptown Espresso on August 1.

Uptown Espresso c0-owners Peter Noble and Dow Lucurell are both Magnolia residents who say the love the neighborhood.  This will be the ninth Uptown Espresso location in the Puget Sound area.  

Uptown Espresso has been in business for over 30 years and its one of the original coffee shops in Seattle.  They say people will find a great product, great people and a well known brand and they stress that they are not a corporate chain.

Noble says it’s safe to assume the decor will be similar to their other stores with a comfortable, lived in, slightly funky look.  They try to reflect the area where they operate in each location.

Noble says they will do everything they can to make Tully’s loyal customers regulars at Uptown.  He has heard that the customers love the fireplace in the current space and says that the design is still up in the air  as they put together their plans.

Uptown Espresso will offer pastries, breads, scones and pies and they are considering adding sandwiches.  They bake at one location that provides items to all their stores. The coffee beans are a proprietary roast from Fonte who also roasts for the Four Seasons Hotel.  Uptown Espresso is known for the way they steam milk and finish their drinks with their Velvet Foam.

Community Center limited hours start today

Today marks that start of construction at Blaine School and the Magnolia Community Center and that means limited activities at the community center.  The center will only be open Monday though Friday from 4 to 8p.m.  There are no gym drop-in activities until July 18.  All other evening programs are still scheduled.

There are a number of repair projects to the building that make the change necessary.  Crews will be working on the Blaine  roof,  and repairing damage that was done to the community center gym from the electrical fire that took place in April.  

Kids clothes event at Serendipity Tuesday

The online children’s consignment boutique, Stella+Jack, is joining forces with local kid friendly café, Serendipity to host its first ever local sale event.

Drop by Serendipity Café (322 W. McGraw Street in The Village) on Tuesday (6/28)from 2-7pm to shop for boutique brands like (Petite Bateau, Kate Quinn Organics and Ralph Lauren and summer basics from Baby Gap at up to 80% off retail prices. Kids can romp in Serendipity’s play area and enter a coloring contest while mom and dad shop for bargains.  They say that the clothes will primarily be in baby/toddler sized clothing, wooden toys, parenthood accessories and more including a Bugaboo stroller.  There will be a giveaway for a new Burberry bag too.

Interbay QFC closes pharmacy

The pharmacy at the Interbay QFC is now closed.

According to signs posted around the store, all prescriptions have been transferred to the Uptown QFC Pharmacy (500 Mercer St). According to the signs, the Uptown pharmacy offers free prescription delivery. The hours at the Uptown pharmacy are: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.