Free Tax Return Help in Magnolia

Need help with your taxes this year? AARP Tax-Aide posted this notice in the Magnolia Voice forum:

Confused by tax law changes? Can?t afford a professional preparer? AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors are eager to assist taxpayers in preparing and e-filing your tax return. Quality review insures accuracy. Don?t put off filing because you owe taxes and don?t have money. E-file now and pay by April 15. The program has no age limit, no income limit, and AARP membership is not necessary.

When you have received all your tax statements, call Magnolia Community Center at 206 386 4235, 2550 34th Ave W, to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Counselors will be available at the Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Ave. West, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM each Friday from February 10th through April 13th.

Metro bus routes 19, 24 and 31 service the immediate area. There is free parking in the MCC lot and on-street in the neighborhood.

Scope of service is limited to those filing 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ including basic Schedules A, B, C, D, EIC. Those with complex returns including rental property, partnerships, etc. are advised to seek paid preparers.

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Seattle Pie is Moving

By reporter Steve Smalley

“We?re going to have the first floating pie company,” reveals Seattle Pie Company owner, Alyssa Lewis in an announcement to Magnolia Voice. A banner in the window Saturday was the first sign the area?s most delicious pie store is?moving to South Lake Union.?????

It seems Seattle Pie is running out of room and leaving the neighborhood, but not the pie business.? Here is their idea: Alyssa and her husband Patrick will offer their wonderful fruit, cream, and savory pies, plus Appassionato Coffee, from a vessel moored at a commercial dock on South Lake Union.??”Customers come on-board and order,” she says. “Like a food cart, but a boat cart.” There will be no cafe.

Seattle Pie Company sold retail slices and whole pies in the space next to Queen Margherita at 3111 West McGraw, and wholesale pies to major grocery stores around town including Metropolitan Markets, Town &?Country, Central Markets, PCC, IGA and Whole Foods. Pies will still be available at these stores.? The?Magnolia storefront?closed yesterday.? If you have gift certificates, Alyssa advises to hold onto them until the new place opens in May or June this year, or take them to Dan at The Mailbox in the Village and she will deliver pies there.? Alyssa and Patrick send their love to all in the Magnolia community and thank everyone for their support.?

Look for Alyssa?s new book, ?Pie-co-lo-gy? on Amazon and in local book stores this March.

For more information, you can email

And the Dish ran away with the spoon. To Ballard.


After 8 years in the village, Magnolia’s Dish it up is closing.? Their employees and?merchandise are moving to their Ballard Ave location.?Employee Linda McGillvray?said the building that houses Magnolia’s Dish it up is being sold, and the store “just doesn’t have the volume to keep up with expenses.” McGillvray was quick to?mention that nobody will lose their job in this consolidation.? She says?they will miss Magnolia and the friends they have made here, and that they hope their Magnolia customers will “cross the bridge to shop at the Ballard Ave store”.

Dish it up’s last day in the village is February 28th.? Classes will continue at the Magnolia location until mid-February.

Dish it up’s Ballard store is located at 5320 Ballard Avenue NW

A New Bar by Superbowl Sunday?

By reporter Steve Smalley

It?s one heck of a deadline for a new lounge ? open the newly remodeled space, turn it into a working bar, and serve customers by this weekend’s Superbowl, but the owners of Serendipity, Nanette, Jenn, and their entire families are giving it their best shot.?

With work progressing, permits issued, and fingers crossed, the newest addition to their successful corner restaurant is to be the latest Village watering hole.??Magnolia Voice got a look inside to see a custom made back-bar,?a soon-to-be installed booth, and walls freshly painted.?Can they make it in time?
Stay tuned to see if they?open before the coin toss.
UPDATE 02/02/12-??Although they fought the good fight to get their new bar open by this Superbowl Sunday, looks like the folks at Serendipity are not going to make it.?Table delivery is late and will not make it until next Wednesday, and the final city inspection has not happened.
???????It was a good try, but look for the opening just a bit later. If you don’t take a swing, you can’t get a hit.

Pancakes for a Good Cause

Magnolia Moms hosts their annual pancake breakfast in the Our Lady of Fatima Parish hall on January 29th after the 8:30 and 10:30 masses to benefit the Easter Basket program.?Magnolia Moms creates and delivers approximately 200 Easter baskets to Seattle women, moms, and children who are in transitional housing. ?Baskets are filled with age-appropriate toy items, books, school-supplies, and toiletries.???The breakfast is open to the public.

Cost: $5/person and $20/family

3307 West Dravus Street

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No Summerfest Art Show in 2012?

The Magnolia Summerfest Art Show?is in danger of being cancelled, unless a volunteer steps up as?show coordinator by January 30th.??Summerfest Chair, Marti Stave says?”I think it’s a shame that the Art Show may not happen this year. ?It has been a community institution for many years offering a venue for residents to display their work. There are many talented photographers, painters and sculptors here in our community. It has also been a place for young artists to show their work in public sometimes for the first time.”

photo courtesy of Marti Stave

Magnolia’s ?Summerfest and Art Show is scheduled for the weekend of August 3rd and 4th. If you would like to volunteer?as Art Show Coordinator, please contact Marti Stave at (206) 396-8803 or

Pothole Rangers want to hear from you

They?re annoying, dangerous and when filled with water, deceiving. Now that the Seattle Department of Transportation is finished with the winter storm, the Pothole Rangers are out filling those pesky potholes.

Pothole on Clise Pl W and W Howe St

?Freezing weather and heavy precipitation mean that we?re seeing more potholes. We?ve added dollars to respond to pothole repair requests,? said Mayor Mike McGinn. SDOT has $9 million available to address street surface repairs, which includes potholes. About $8.5 million of that is earmarked for main arterials.

Click here to report a pothole. Keep an eye on reported potholes on the city?s pothole map

Power Outage Update

By reporter Steve Smalley

Explosions and bright flashes of light punctuated the night sky yesterday as a tree or tree limbs came crashing onto power lines causing a 6-hour outage, according to neighbors on the north end of Magnolia.

Just before 9p.m., residents near the corner of 40th Avenue West and West Cramer Street heard two loud bangs and saw blue flashes of light outside. Apparently, branches had fallen down, taking out sections of electrical cables,? plunging the area into darkness.

Power crews warned the curious to stay away from the area and some were not allowed to drive out of the neighborhood for a brief time.

Workers managed to restore power in a speedy six hours from the time power was cut off. Neighbors expressed their appreciation for the quick service.

The morning hours found large electrical lines wrapped in yellow caution tape still hanging low near the street.

Parts of Magnolia in the Dark

Reader Dan emailed this shortly after 9pm:

Two huge transformer explosions on Magnolia overlooking the ship canal just now…explosions with bright blue light flashes and showering red sparks, fire is out. 39th and west cramer. ?Power is out locally.

Thanks for the tip and photo,?Dan!

Stay tuned for updates

New Playtime for Magnolia Tots

Did you know that play can help stimulate brain development?

The? Magnolia Branch Library?is offering a? brand-new? free playtime for local babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers.? Cass Mabbott,the?new Children’s Librarian, says the vibe will be welcoming- a casual and lively time for?little ones?and parents to meet their neighbors while soaking up early literacy skills.


Library Playtime

  • Mondays and Tuesdays from 3-5pm


  • Magnolia Branch library meeting room
Magnolia Minis will learn early literacy skills through educational play at the Magnolia Branch Library

photo from Cass Mabbott