Parks Department holding public workshop on applying for money to create new parks

From our partners at Phinneywood

Thanks to the 2008 Parks levy, $15 million was allocated for communities to develop new parks. $7 million has already been allocated, but another $8 million is available in the 2012-13 cycle.

Project proposal letters are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, June 11, and full project applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

Parks Department officials will help applicants at a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Check out the Parks Department’s online application system, which includes templates for proposal letters and applications, a detailed timeline, criteria, and analysis maps.


It looks like it will be awhile before Magnolians can make their own fro-yo creations right here in the neighborhood.  I spoke with a crew member at the work site today and he said it would be a couple of months until Menchie’s Magnolia shop will officially open it’s doors on McGraw.  The  frozen yogurt chain is known for having  a “rotating selection of eclectic frozen yogurt flavors and every topping under the sun.”  You can sample the flavors, then fill your own bowl, top it and pay for it (the price is based on weight of the finished product).

In a phone conversation today, the Menchie’s Corporate office confirmed they don’t have an exact opening date for the store- but said it should be around two months.



Magazine sellers back in Magnolia

By Reporter Steve Smalley

Door to door

The magazine crews are back in the neighborhood this afternoon. Homeowners are asked to order publications which the sellers say will, “get people jobs in the Central area,” according to a Magnolia resident who spoke with the men. As of 1PM Saturday, there were two salesmen knocking on doors, delivering their pitch to residents.




Village Yoga event to raise money for a diabetes cure

Matty and Kelten
A local dad is reaching out to our community to help raise money to find a cure for diabetes. He writes:
My name is Matt Campbell and I am a resident of Magnolia.  My son Matty was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 years ago. He and his classmate Patrick Scott, who is also a type 1 diabetic,  have formed a team (The MighT1′s, which also includes their friend Kelten) for the Beat the Bridge race…an annual event put on by Nordstrom and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to support JDRF in it’s efforts to find a cure for diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes, also known as “juvenile diabetes,” is an autoimmune disease whereby something has caused the body to stop making insulin, a hormone necessary for converting food into energy. No one knows what exactly causes it: only 10% of people  diagnosed with type 1 diabetes have a family member with the disease. Until a cure is found, it is a permanent condition that must be carefully monitored with frequent blood sugar checks and insulin injections either using an insulin pump or syringes. (Most people are more familiar with type 2 diabetes. With type 2, the body still produces insulin, but is not able to use it effectively without the help of medication and, in some cases, additional insulin.)
This is the second year that Matty and Patrick have teamed up together.  Their former pre-K teacher at the Magnolia Co-Op, Judy McEvoy, upon hearing about their team decided to do a fundraiser at her Yoga Studio to support the team. I have reached out to a number of the businesses in the Village for items for a raffle and they have been incredibly supportive because it is such a wonderful cause… People’s Bank, Umpqua Bank, The Village Pub and Menchies have either given us an item or hung a beat the bridge poster or both.  I am calling this undertaking “It Takes a Village.”  It’s community supported events like this that make me very glad to live in Magnolia.
He goes on to write :
The 1 great thing about Type 1 diabetes is the tangibility of the results over the last 20 years.  JDRF’s main goal is to cure Diabetes, but their secondary goal is the improve the lives of Type 1 diabetics and the progress that is being made right now, because of the fundraising, is incredible.  On the horizon is the artificial pancreas! The bottom line is, there are (unfortunately) hundreds of worthy causes, but this is one where we are seeing direct results right before our eyes… As a parent of a T1D it is truly amazing and inspiring!


Judy McEvoy writes:
Village Yoga is proud to host a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in support of Team Matty, Patrick & Kelton, “The MighT1′s”.  This is a family yoga event on May 6th, 2-3:30p. Kids 4+ are welcome. Cost per family will be $20 at the door.
For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact Village Yoga at 206-466-2429. To join The MighT1s at Beat the Bridge and help find a cure for type 1 diabetes, you can click here.

Fire destroys luxury yacht at Fishermen’s Terminal

A 110-foot luxury yacht caught fire early this morning at Fishermen’s Terminal, attracting a large fire response that remains at the scene later this morning as the vessel still smolders. No one was injured in the blaze.

The Seattle fire boat assisted firefighters on the ground, who ran hoses about a hundred yards down a dock to reach the blaze.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the fire scene may be active throughout the day, as the aluminum body is still red hot from the fire. The “Safari Spirit” was owned by a cruise line, and it was moored at Fishermen’s Terminal for repairs.

Erica in Magnolia sent us this photo of the flames shooting high in the air. The fire was visible by some neighbors on the Ballard side, as well.

The yacht is completely destroyed, and there’s no word on what started the fire. We’ll update the story as we learn more.

Magnolia’s Springfest and Art Walk tomorrow night

Spring is in the air, and with that comes Magnolia’s 2nd annual Springfest & Art Walk, this Friday, April 27th from 5-8pm.  With 22 stores and businesses participating, there will be tons of art to see and sips and snacks to enjoy as you pop in and out of shops in the Village.  Here’s a mini preview of what you can expect:

  • Magnolia CPA and The Magnolia Mailbox will be hosting an open house with three artists,  Eric Olson, Corinna Sinclair and Cathy Graczyk, along with the musical stylings of the “Magnoliacpa and the 1040’s” jazz duo featuring Jason Graczyk – guitar and Jon Goneau – keyboard. They will also be serving wine, coffee and light appetizers.  Both businesses are located on the first floor of the Magnolia Center Building in the hallway that runs between Wheeler and McGraw Streets.
  • Vixen Day Spa and Boutique will feature art, as well as libations (3209 W. McGraw).
  • Jazz guitarist Marco DeCarvalho will be playing in front of Starbucks from 6-7:30.
  • The Friends of Magnolia Manor Park are hosting a “Build your own Birdhouse” workshop. Paints and supplies will be available if you’d like to build your birdhouse right there, or you may take your kit home. Stop by their table outside of Umpqua Bank in the Village (at 32nd and McGraw). There will be four designs to choose from, with suggested donations of $15 dollars per kit. Proceeds will go toward the park fund. For more information, please contact Susan Casey at or Melanthia Peterman at
  • The Magnolia Community Center will host bounce houses, tumbling fun and a pottery sale for Mother’s Day. (Bouncing and tumbling for ages 10 and under). $3 per child; pottery sold separately, but all proceeds benefit the center. Kids get in free with the purchase or a $3 or more item. Free gift wrapping for purchases more than $10. For more information, call the center at 206-386-4235.

Plus much more…W. McGraw street will remain open to traffic, so please walk carefully- see you there!

Dine out for Life locally this Thursday

Magnolia’s Bill the Butcher will be a proud participant in this year’s Dining Out for Life on Thursday, April 26th.  This is the 19th year for Dining Out for Life- where restaurants throughout King, Kitsap & Snohomish Counties raise money for the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.  On that day, all five of their shops, including the Magnolia location will donate 20% of their sales.  They will also be spotlighting their Signature Sausage – the house-made & very popular “Smokin’ Hot Cheese Dog.”
When you dine at a participating restaurant, grocery store, cafe, or bakery on this day, up to 30% of your purchase is donated to Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against illness and hunger in our community. Click here to see participating restaurants .
Lifelong AIDS Alliance is a non-profit organization that prevents the spread of HIV, provides support services for those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as delivers medically nutritious meals to individuals living with and without HIV/AIDs through the Chicken Soup Brigade Program. Based in Seattle, Lifelong advocates to expand resources for programs that benefit those at risk of and living with HIV/AIDS.

Liquor store to close-Update 4/24

I spoke today with Bill Watson, store manager and employee for 20 years, about the upcoming closure.  Here’s what he had to say:

  • A man named Zeleke Kassahun purchased the store’s right to sell liquor during a month-long online auction for $241,300.  (The 167 stores in Washington state sold for more than 30 million dollars at auction).
  • All state liquor stores will close on May 31st-  liquor sales will go private June 1st.
  • Although many of their wines are currently on sale, Bill says don’t expect “going out of business sale” prices on the rest of the alcohol- anything left on May 31st will go back to the distribution center.
  • Bill is retiring and moving to Palm Springs.  He says “Magnolia has been a great place to work, and he’ll miss our neighborhood.”

We will keep you posted!


The management at the Magnolia Liquor store found out Friday that they will close April 26th.  Magnolia Voice will follow up asap for more details.

Attempted gas theft

MV reader Lindsay writes:

I live on the corner of 22nd Ave W andDravus Street. Last night, between 9:30pm and 5am, somebody attempted to siphon gas out of my gas tank. The person must have gotten spooked, because they left the tube in my gas tank as well as the nozzle and an empty Pittsburgh Steelers backpack. They managed to get my gas tank door open (which has a locking mechanism) and chipped the paint in the process. The police came and took the evidence, but I just want to warn readers to stay on the lookout. I’ll be buying a locking gas cap…

Thanks for the heads up!

36th District candidates participate in The Stranger’s game show-themed forum

From our partners at

With half a dozen candidates in the running for Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson’s seat in the 36th District, The Stranger hosted a forum last week for the candidates to duke it out, using a Survivor-style game show theme. At Spitfire in Belltown on Monday night, the candidates gathered on stage with The Stranger’s Dominic Holden and Rep. Dickerson as each candidate was asked for their position on a certain issue. After their answers, audience members voted via text message on their least favorite candidate, effectively kicking them “off the island” and out of the forum.

Out of the six Democratic candidates on the stage, Sahar Fathi was the last candidate standing at the end of the night. Our news partners, The Seattle Times, reports that Fathi, 28, “advocated for poverty alleviation and racial equality issues,” at the forum. If elected, she would become the first Iranian-American woman to serve in any state legislature, says the Times.