Creatures take to the streets on All Hallows Eve

Something strange happened in Magnolia tonight.
Creatures took to the street! Hundreds of them both big and small, some in masks, others ghoulishly green or with cat eyes and whiskers roamed the streets on what would have been just another Monday.

No one knows exactly what happened. It was as if time stood still. There were no cars. There were no airplanes overhead, just a sickly wind blowing through the Village as creepy crawlers and visitors from beyond wandered the street hungering for who knows what.

The smart ones stayed at home or behind closed doors. And when the creatures came, the living threw candy at the creatures to keep them from clawing their way in. It was a haunting affair by all accounts.

And as darkness settled in overhead, just a crescent moon razor-blading a section of the inky fabric, the strange ones continued their search, slowly walking through the streets trying to fill a void that would never be filled.
Miraculously, professional photographer and crack reporter Steve Smalley was on hand documenting the night. Sadly, only his camera was found the following morning beside a pile of bones. These are the pictures that remained on Steve’s camera.

Magnolia preschoolers get an early start

Happy Halloween, everyone! Photo by Karen Czyzewski

Preschoolers from Magnolia paid a visit to the Magnolia Community Center today where they were greeted by candy-weilding staffers. Their trick-or-treating endeavors will surely continue from 4 to 6 p.m. today at stores throughout the Village.

Magnolia Community Club says mayor has it wrong about community center usage

The president of the Magnolia Community Club (MCC) has sent a letter to the mayor suggesting his budget has mislabeled the neighborhood’s community center and its level of usage.
Mayor Mike McGinn’s budget for 2012 shows, as it did last year, more cuts into community centers throughout the city. Of the $121,130,643 proposed for a 2012 Parks and Recreation (DPR) budget, $81,274,457 is to be pulled from the general fund – which has been shrinking under the current economy. Hence the need for cuts.

About 67 percent of the DPR budget or $81,677,000 is personnel. So the mayor looked at ways to trim that cost yet keep facilities open. So with a team of consultants, he created service level designations for centers based on physical facilities, current use and demographics. Level 1 means a community center is open 70 hours a week. Level 2a means a center is open up to 45 hours a week and Level 2b means a center stays open no more than 25 hours a week. The latter is the proposed designation for the Magnolia Community Center and what MCC president Diana Dearmin is fighting.
In her letter to the mayor, Dearmin writes:

“We understand that the Magnolia Community Center has not been credited for actual square footage used to conduct its regular scheduled programs when portions of Catharine Blaine School are used daily and that the absence of the actual square footage substantially penalizes Magnolia in the rating system. We therefore request that these inequities be corrected and that the Magnolia Community Center be re-assigned to Tier 2A if tiered service levels cannot be avoided.”


Today’s the day!

The Poppins family popped into Magnolia for last year's Trick or Treat in the Village event.

Kids throughout Magnolia will be roaming West McGraw Street this afternoon in search of treats and ghoulish goblins will be doling it out by the handful. Trick or Treating in the Village takes place today from 4 to 6 p.m. at most participating businesses in and around the Village.

The annual event draws kids by the hundreds and their parents who often spare no expense to get that certain look just right. Last year saw families as characters from Mary Poppins, Dr. Seuss characters, a menagerie of animals and pop culture figures from Pixar characters to classics from the Wizard of Oz.

Halloween safety tips

Illustration by Lynne Lancaster.

Only one in three parents talk to their children about being safe on Halloween. Even though so much of the lore around Halloween is indeed lore, it’s always a good idea to play it safe.
Here are some safety tips from the Washington state Department of Health.


Lost dog found

Credence was lost over the weekend but just returned home.

A male black lab named Credence was lost over the weekend near 31st and Ruffner streets. But the 12-year-old, medium-build dog was found this morning and the owners are couldn’t be happier to have their friend back.

Volunteers celebrated at Discovery Park

Discovery Park volunteer Lance Smith with family. Photo courtesy of Penny Rose.

Last week’s celebration to recognize volunteers at Discovery Park was quite the affair.
Seventy-five volunteers from Discovery, Carkeek and North Beach parks joined together for a potluck dinner, some laughs and reflection on the year.
Several volunteers displayed thei paintings, photographs and nature journals all of which drew inspiration from the three parks. Many of the volunteers had focused on specific areas or fields. They were Adopt an Area Volunteers, Bird Tour Leaders, Junior Naturalists, Librarian, Special Projects, Bird Survey teams, Recyclers, Advisory Council Members, Database Entry volunteers, and general gardeners and docents.

Discovery Park volunteers socializing and snacking at last week's event. Photos courtesy of Penny Rose.

Among the list of volunteers was the South Meadowlarks Big Sit Team of Neil and carleen Zimmerman, Kathy and Arn Slettebak and Helen Gilbert. These volunteers sat and counted birds, rain or shine, from 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in the process raised more than $1,000 for the Discovery Park Habitat Fund. They found 55 species of birds.
All volunteers were recognized at the event and each received a prize from one of several supporting sponsors, which included the following:
Seattle Audubon Society, MiniMountain, IMAX, Northwest Outdoor Center, Discovery Espresso, Evergreen Escapes.
Seattle Parks and Recreation is now putting the call out for volunteers for 2012, especially in database entry, bird surveying and adopt-an-area-stewards. If you’re interested, call Penny Rose at (206) 386-4250.

Aladdin and his lamp coming to Magnolia

Photo courtesy of The Magnolia Theater

The Magnolia Theater, the children’s theatre in Magnolia, which has performed mainstay musicals such as “The Sound of Music” and “Annie” over its eight seasons, is staging ALADDIN Jr. this November and December.
Veteran director and founder of the theater, Jeannie O’Meara-Polich, will again direct this classic musical which features songs by the prolific Alan Menken. Cast members are largely children from Magnolia. Performances will take place:
4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10
7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12
4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1
7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2
4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3
Performances take place at The United Church of Christ 3555 W. McGraw St. Tickets are $10, cash or check only.

Pumpkin decoration event, a smash

How do I look, mom?

Do I want to eat, play soccer or football? I guess I’ll do it all.
Such difficult decisions a soccer player must make.
This little one is ready to ride.
The princess at the party.

More than 125 people showed up to this morning’s “Lil’ Spooky Things” pumpkin decorating event held at the Magnolia Community Center. The event was designed for children 4 and younger, and allowed them to decorate pumpkins, play games and jump in a bounce house. There were snacks and juice available, too.

The party drew all sorts of creatures from frogs, princesses, football players, puppies, cute bugs. And there were some kids there, too. 🙂

Nice job. All photos courtesy of the Magnolia Community Center.

Metro wants your input for bus routes

In the coming months, Metro will be gathering feedback on a set of proposed bus service changes that will take place in June and September 2012.

The goal of the proposals is to simplify service and reduce duplication. The changes may mean reduction in services at locations where ridership is low, and more services to areas with many, or the potential for many riders.

Metro wants to make changes to more than 60 bus routs in the county. Metro will hold a public meeting at 6:30-8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7 at Catharine Blaine K-8 at 2550 34th Ave. W. Click here for more.