Are you ready for some fun at Fatima?

The annual Fatima Fall Festival, which features an assortment of activities including the Xtreme Rush Obstacle Course, is rarin’ to go, from 6-9 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 1, at Our Lady of Fatima School.

Students, parents, neighbors and friends are all welcome to the annual festival. There will be a safari-style bounce house, Monkey Motion and a giant dual lane slide. There will be lots of indoor games, karaoke, a photo booth, cake walk, build-a-bear, the giant human sphere and a general store.

There will be hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and plenty of autumnal treats. The festival takes place from 6-9 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima School at 3311 W. Dravus St. Last year, more than 800 people from the community attended.
Photos courtesy of Kym Nyyssela Otte

Staples’ 100% paper discount can help Blaine – deadline Saturday, Oct. 1

Through Saturday, you can help Catharine Blaine K-8 save $14,000 in annual paper costs.
Staples office supply store will rebate customers 100 percent of the purchase price ($5.99) of a ream of Staples brand multipurpose paper. But the offer ends this Saturday, Oct. 1.
Leadership at the K-8 school is asking Magnolians to buy a ream of paper, apply for the rebate then donate the paper to the school. Those donating can leave the paper in the office in the bookshelf to the right of the main doors. These donations can save the school $14,000, which is what it spends each year on copy paper.
The Interbay Staples is located at 1541 15th Ave. W.

Top 10 sellers at Magnolia’s Bookstore

Here are this week’s Top 10 sellers at Magnolia’s Bookstore:

Photo by Michael

1. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. Help by Kathryn Stocktt

3. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons

4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. The Tower, The Zoo and The Tortoise by Julia Stuart

7. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

8. Unbroken: A World War II Story by Laura Hillenbrand

9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

10. The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy by Clive Cussler

SDOT crew working at West Government Way

Photo by Michael

Workers will be out until 4 p.m. today trimming hedges and small trees on the divider at West Government Way and 36th Avenue West near the eastern entryway to Discovery Park.

Seattle Department of Transportation has had the crew and two trucks out since 7 a.m., which has diverted both sides of traffic into the bicycle lanes. Drivers should take extra care upon entering the park.

Early enrollment at SPS begins Oct. 3

By Doree and Michael

Incoming kindergarteners and students of all grades who are new to Seattle Public Schools can get a head start on the enrollment process for next year starting on Monday. Early Enrollment goes through Jan. 31, 2012.

SPS enrollment facilitators will be at several Seattle Public Library locations and neighborhood community centers from Oct. 3-25 to help parents fill out forms and answer questions. You can also enroll your child during Seattle Public Schools’ Family and Community Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Garfield High School (interpreters provided).
Early enrollment allows families to avoid long lines during the busy spring and summer enrollment periods. While early enrollment does not impact where a student is assigned to school – under the new student assignment plan, assignment is based on the student’s home address – it is offered as a convenience to families, enabling them to get the enrollment paperwork completed ahead of time.
In addition, families who have students enrolling early – as well as existing students – will receive their school assignment notification in early 2012, prior to the Open Enrollment period in the spring. Students may apply to attend a different school of their choice during Open Enrollment.
There are no enrollment locations in Magnolia. The closest locations are in Ballard and Queen Anne. Enrollment is  5:30-7 p.m.,  Monday, Oct. 3 at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. Enrollment also takes place Oct. 25 at the Queen Anne Library at 400 W. Garfield St.

Enrollment times and locations are as follows:


Magnolia Fall Fest starts Friday afternoon

King Poppy, the Magical Cat: Mardi Gras Festivities by Frances Popstojanovic. Photo courtesy of Frances Popstojanovic

Live music, shopping, art, food and maybe a harvest moon will be waiting for attendees of The First Annual Magnolia Fall Fest which takes place from 6-8 p.m., Friday in the Village along West McGraw Street and neighboring side streets.

Twenty-two stores will be transformed into art galleries and snack bars and music venues at the evening’s event. Below is a list of the shops and what each will be doing.

  • Cocoa & Cream – the work of budding young artists from the Magnolia Co-op Preschool.  Enter to win a Mt. Jasper Sundae, our newest and biggest ice cream masterpiece.
  • Dish It Up! – The art of the kitchen!
  • Magnolia Garden Center – Art by Christine Jameson. There will be refreshments and a strolling musician. Last day of pottery sale!
  • Magnolia’s Bookstore – Local author Sam Verhovek will be here from 6 to 7 p.m. to sign the newly released paperback edition of his book, Jet Age: The Comet, the 707, and the Race to Shrink the World.
  • Magnolia Travel & Cruise – Art by Eunice Smith.
  • Magnolia Village Pub – Live music from the pop band Stroppy. Food and drink specials.
  • NW Hand Foot & Nail Therapy – Artist Kathy Streeter’s watercolors & Desi Designs jewelry (proceeds benefit esophageal cancer research). Serving wine and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Peoples Bank – Artwork by Magnolia artist, Beni O’Donnell and adult refreshments.
  • Queen Margherita – work of local artist Patty Christie.
  • Serendipity Cafe – Art and music of David Harrison.
  • Starbucks Coffee – Live music, art and tasty samples of coffee and treats.
  • Szmania’s – $5 Wild Blackberry Mojitos, specials appetizers. Live guitar music by Grant Guiley and artwork by Michelle Harps.
  • PJ’s Paws and Claws – Art by Angie Ketelhut. Ten percent of sales will go to the Help the Animals Fund. Great Life pet food will answer questions and share free samples, raffle for prizes and store points.
  • Umpqua Bank – Live music, tasty treats and a chance to come visit the staff at Magnolia’s newest bank.
  • Upper Crust Bakery – Aritists’ reception featuring photography by Heather Roskelley. New fall offerings in the bakery.
  • Vixen Day Spa & Boutique – Art by Magnolia artist, Frances Popstojanovic. The jewelry of Judy Milton, her affordable pieces are just stunning. Come have a sip & see our store makeover!
  • Wheeler Street Kitchen – Art, drinks, food.

Lane closures at 15th Avenue West through Friday

Lanes on 15th Avenue Northwest will be closed today and through Friday so road crews can repair joints on the bridge over Leary Way.

On the busy thoroughfare that connects Magnolia and Interbay to Ballard, the right lane (northbound) will be closed today until 3 p.m.; the left lane (southbound) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday; and the right lane (southbound) will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.


Want to be a Girl Scout?

Kindergarteners, first graders, second graders and third graders interested in camping, experiencing nature, cooking, serving the community and having tons of fun should consider the Girl Scouts.

This troop has 40 girls signed up and has plenty more space. It is a multi-grade troop and a father-run troop. Mothers are encouraged to participate and lead. The focus of this troop that meets in Magnolia is outdoor skills and service projects.

Last year the troop went on two camping trips, conducted a food drive, helped at a homeless shelter, learned how to build safe fires, toured an Air Force C17, made first aid kits, sponsored a girl from Kenya and of course, sold cookies.

The troop meets from 5:45-7 p.m., every second and fourth Wednesday at the Catharine Blaine K-8 cafeteria. An informational meeting for kindergarten scouts will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 5 at the cafeteria.

The next meeting for first, second and third graders is today (Sept. 28). If you have questions or want to join, contact Jim Petersen at

Nighttime lane closures on Mercer Street, Sept. 28-29

Beginning tonight and through Thursday, there will be intermittent land closures on Mercer Street as construction crews work on the Mercer Corridor project.

Up to three lanes of Mercer Street at Terry Avenue North and Boren Avenue North will be closed to accommodate gas-line installations and storm drain crossings at Mercer Street. One lane of traffic will remain open to vehicles at all times. The closures will happen from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. The work is the first phase of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s attempt to ease congestion in the major corridor by making Mercer Street a two-direction street, improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety and access, improving connections among area neighborhoods, improving access to and from the Seattle Center and accommodating future transit investments. The project will also create a new northern entryway to the proposed viaduct tunnel.

Lost dog?

A neighbor saw a dog wandering around the 29th and Tilden area at about 7 a.m. No leash, no owner in sight. The neighbor says the dog looked like an Airedale and was wearing a red collar with tags. She tried to get a closer look but the dog wouldn’t let her come close. The dog was last seen wandering south down 29th. If the dog is found or still missing, contact the Voice at and we’ll post the information.