Magnolia girl leads the pack at Torchlight run

Congratulations to Magnolia resident Hazel Carr.  The 14 year old placed first in the 19 and under category and third overall in the Seafair Torchlight 5k on Saturday. 

Sun shines on Magnolia parade and Summerfest

Despite some obvious pacing challenges, the Magnolia parade brought smiles to the faces of young and old on a picture perfect day.

The Grand Marshall of the parade was Magnolia’s own Kathi Goertzen, KOMO TV anchor. 

The Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill Team made a return to the parade after a long absence and thrilled the crown with precision moves…

Summerfest seemed bigger than ever with lots of new participants…

Rudy’s Place for sale

Rudy’s Place restaurant on 34th Ave. W. is for sale, according to the listing agent, Melanie Smith. “There has been lots of interest,” she adds.

(photo by Brian Gregory)

Magnolia Voice has learned that Rudy Finne, owner of Rudy’s, is retiring from the restaurant profession.  He is selling the building and land for  $599,000. It has been previously assessed at $585,000, before major renovation work was performed. In addition, the restaurant business, signs, and equipment are offered for sale at $75,000.  The business is offered with liquor licenses and permits included.

Many restaurants have tried to make it work at that location, including the  Limelight Cafe and Magnolia Ristorante.  You can contact Smith at John L. Scott at 206-369-3404.

Thanks to contributor Steven Smalley for this story.

Car drives into building on Elliott Ave

A car ran through a planting strip, over a sidewalk and off an embankment before smashing into a building at 333 Elliott Ave W., the home of Seattle-based Big Fish Games on Wednesday afternoon.

(Thanks to Magnolia Voice reader Elizabeth who snapped this photo.)

This photo was taken by Jai who works in the building and sent it to our sister site Queen Anne View.  Reports indicate that the driver fell asleep at the wheel but that has not been confirmed by Seattle Police.  The driver of the Honda was not injured.

World War II mortar removed from Magnolia home

A son got a big surprise when he was cleaning his parents basement this week. reports that the Seattle Police Department bomb squad was called to a Magnolia home near 38th Ave West and West Armour after the man  found a World War II-era mortar round.  You can read the entire story here.

Suspect arrested in Magnolia burglaries

A suspect that is believed to be responsible for recent burglaries in Queen Anne and Magnolia has been arrested.  

This is the same person we told you about last week who was arrested following a reckless driving spree.

Turns out the driver of this car, who crashed after driving at high speeds and damaging other vehicles, had items from a recent burglary in the car.

Seattle Police community officer Francisco Tello gave us this rundown:  On July 18, at about 11p.m., officers responded to the area of Thorndyke Ave N and West Blaine Street to investigate a recklessly driven vehicle. With good vehicle description and direction of travel by the caller, the responding officers were able to locate the vehicle that crashed a few blocks away. The officers located the driver who was taken into custody. Further investigation by the officers revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen. West Precinct detectives processed the vehicle and found suspected stolen items taken from a previous burglary. Because of great work by alert citizens, responding officers and detectives, the suspect is in custody and facing multiple charges, including auto theft. The property found in the vehicle has been returned to the rightful owner, and no additional property has been recovered at this time. West Precinct detectives are still analyzing evidence to link the suspect to additional burglaries in the area and will contact victims once such evidence is received.

Tello reminds everyone that Night Out is Tuesday, August 2 and you can register at the Seattle Police website

Sunshine for Summerfest

It rained last year but the weather forecast is looking good so far for the annual Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show this weekend.  The action starts on Friday a (7/29) and runs through Saturday (7/30) night.  The festival runs from 11a.m. to 10p.m.   In addition, the Arts Festival will feature lots of great art on the Magnolia playfield on 34th Ave West near Smith.

On Friday there will be pony rides and a giant slide for kids on 33rd Ave West.  At the community center that night is the youth talent show followed by the  free outdoor movie.  This year they will be showing ET.   

On Saturday the day begins with the Magnolia Seafair Parade & Kid’s Parade at 10 a.m.   All kids are welcome to be in the parade, just grab a costume and show up at 9:45a.m.   Bring some candy to throw to the crowds too!  The parade starts on 34th Ave West and comes down McGraw Street.

If you would like to be in the main parade you can join PJ’s Paws and Claws as they partner with the Seattle Animal Shelter mascots and volunteers to raise money for the Help the Animals Fund. Pets and their people who dress up in costume can win some fun prizes. Register here, they are asking for a $5 donation per human.

The festival will also include a sidewalk sale from shops in the Magnolia Village and live music. 

Fort Lawton may become a national park

Fort Lawton in Discovery Park may be considered for inclusion in the national park system.  Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., is sponsoring an amendment to the FY Interior-Environment Appropriations bill calling for a U.S. Interior Department study “to determine the suitability and feasibility” of designating the site as part of the Park System.

In an article in the, a McDermott aide says the park is in “good condition . . . We’ve talked to the City and they are on board.  The study would simply determine if there is anything at the park that is of national importance or significance that needs to be honored/protected/maintained . . .”

There are other National Park System historical units in our state, including the San Juan National Historic Park. 

Magnolia Post Office not on closure list

The United States Postal Service released the list of possible office closures today, with 3,653 offices under consideration.  We checked the list and the Magnolia Post Office is not being considered for closure.

Through the years there has been speculation that the Magnolia branch could be vulnerable as the financially troubled agency looks to trim costs.  You can see the full list of offices that are being studied for closure here.  

Golf for Ballard

A big fundraiser for Ballard High School’s music and athletic programs is coming up next month.  The 11th Annual Ballard High School Golf Classic will be August 1 and 2 at the Golf Club at Newcastle.  There will be a dinner and auction the night of August 1st, and golf on the 2nd. There are many ways to be involved by playing in the tourney, donating to the auction or becoming a hole sponsor.  For more information, or to register, go to the Tournament website.

At BHS over 850 student athletes participate on 35 different teams in 21 sports and more than 200 students are involved in music programs.  This fundraiser, put on by the Ballard High School Foundation, is the single largest fundraiser for athletics and music at Ballard High School.  The dinner and auction will be emceed by Ballard alum Bob Flick from the class of 1951.  For more information contact Sue Verduin or Billy Rodgers at