Magnolia Little League 11 Year Old All Star Team in tourney tomorrow

After you visit the Farmers Market tomorrow, head over to the baseball fields to watch Magnolia vs Woodinville in the 11U All-Star Little League Tournament.  The first game of the Magnolia-hosted tournament is at 1:00 on field 5 (across from Fatima).  For tournament information click here:

Front row Left to Right: Jack Farley, Jasiah George, Ryan Dauber, Ajay Tse, Alec Sigmar, Oskar Chadwell

Middle row Left to Right: Gus Coluccio, Michael Byrne, Ryan Aust, Brock Hathaway, Jay Dunbar, Carter Alberts, Coach Mike Hathaway

Back row Left to Right: Coach Kevin Coluccio, Manager Scott George

Not pictured: Coach Dave Aust

Library teen reading program busts summer boredom

The Seattle Public Library’s 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program, Century 22: Map the Future, kicked off at the beginning of June.  The annual program continues through August 26 and encourages everyone to read during the summer.  This year they have multiple ways for teens to participate:

Stay up to date with what’s happening for teens by visiting Push to Talk , the library’s blog written for teens by teens and the librarians who serve them. The 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. The Summer Reading Program also includes hundreds of free programs for people of all ages at various locations. For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

New biz in the Village- update

There are a couple of new attractions coming to “downtown” Magnolia this summer- here’s what we’ve heard…

Menchie's Magnolia

UPDATE 6/30/12  Menchie’s to Open July 7
By reporter Steven Smalley
It’s official, Moms, dads, seniors, and kids are all invited to Menchie’s grand opening in the Village a week from Saturday. The ribbon cutting festivities begin at 11A.M. with all manner of goodies to be given away. Along with prizes and a visit by the Menchie Man, the first 100 to enter the store will receive a free T-shirt. In case you haven’t visited the other Menchie’s around town, the franchise, owned by long-time Magnolia residents Joe Sauvage, his wife Missy, Scott Baklenko and his wife Jen, offers self-serve, frozen yogurt with all imaginable toppings. Plus, if you have dietary restrictions, they have you covered with no sugar-added, gluten free, and low-fat menu offerings.
“We are the healthy alternative to frozen desserts,” says Baklenko, in an interview with Magnolia Voice. “We cover the entire spectrum of dietary needs.” He adds, “Our wives, our families, and our kids all love the product, and
we thought we’d bring it here to Magnolia.”
Eight frozen yogurt machines dispense 16 flavors to which you can add any part of 40 toppings – from fresh fruit to gum drops. “You build your own dessert, and that is the fun part of it,” says Baklenko.
Although fully staffed for the summer, those interested in employment can go to, to submit an application and resume. All submissions come directly to the Magnolia store. Families of Magnolia athletes already thank the newest Menchie’s for sponsoring two softball and two baseball teams. The store owners are involved in the community even before the doors open.

Menchie’s- the corporate office says it will open in a month and a half, but word on the street is that we will have fro yo in Magnolia by the end of June.  MV is working hard to get the exact opening date!


PJ’s Paws and Claws retail shop is closing, and they have sold their grooming salon. Magnolia Paw Spa is now right next to Queen Margherita.  Don’t worry- the original groomers are still there. Welcome Magnolia Paw Spa!

Blaine’s outgoing principal says “thank you” to Magnolia

A letter of gratitude to the community from Heather Swanson:

It was early August six years ago and I had literally stepped off a plane, only hours before, to find myself in a non descript room hidden behind the Land Of Cubicles known as the District office, we were interviewing for a new principal at Blaine.  As I tried to stay awake through what seemed to be endless conversation I began to wonder, “Why can’t I take this on?”  Fast forward six years, I am embarking on a new adventure, one that is allowing me the space to make some life choices. There is no doubt that I would not be able to take this risk without everything that I have learned from all of you along the way.

I have learned the power of commitment. A shared commitment to a common goal…. Educating OUR children.  As a collective we have become one of the top performing schools in the state.  That comes from surrounding ourselves with people who love math, idolize authors, work tirelessly to save the environment, and dream of far off lands. It is joy in music and inspiration in art, it is a physical body nurtured.  It is mutual trust and respect.

I have learned bravery in standing tall for our beliefs and what is important. In these times of change, both locally and globally, we stand tall on the belief that a strong community supports the fragile, and that a stellar educational program  will always level the playing field. We do in fact want all our students to have equal access to the world.

I have learned the audacity to dream different and dream big. Our students are amazing and have the unbelievable capacity to dream.  I will carry with me stories of triumph, hard work, sadness and great joy.  I count myself lucky to have been able to watch students grow from Kindergarten to sixth grade, from Middle School students into High School students.   The small moments that I have had represent an immense amount of respect and caring.

I have learned the intellectual capacity to challenge and change.  As we worked to build a community school, I was pushed and confronted with difficulties in many ways.  I discovered that change while sometimes scary only opens up new opportunities.  My thinking and who I am very different now than it was when I first started. I owe this to all of you.

As I move out into the world, I travel with the gifts of strength, courage, confidence and friendship. I can’t thank you enough for your support of me, and your belief in this amazing school that is Catharine Blaine K-8.



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Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard and Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol responding to reports of Salmon Bay fuel spill

The State Department of Ecology, U.S. Coast Guard pollution investigators and the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol have responded to reports of a diesel fuel spill in Seattle’s Salmon Bay. The spill was first noticed over the weekend, and State, Federal and local authorities have had responders and investigators at the site. They are working to determine the potential source of the spill.

The Department of Ecology says:

Oil sheen is most noticeable at Sagstad Marina and Fisherman’s Terminal. The sheen is too thin for removal from the water. There does not appear to any ongoing leak of fuel into the water…all oil spills cause environmental damage, regardless of size. Oil is toxic to the environment and the damage starts as soon as the oil hits water. A single quart of oil has the potential to foul more than 100,000 gallons of water. As an initial action, Ecology has placed absorbent pads in the water.

We will update the blog as soon as information becomes available.

For more information on the Ecology Spills Program, click here.



Mayor McGinn listens to YOU this Saturday

Magnolians, show up and be heard on Saturday as Mayor Mike McGinn visits the Magnolia Community Center for a Neighborhood Town Hall from 11- noon.  The meeting is a part of  the Engage Seattle initiative, a series in of city-wide town halls to ensure that as many people as possible who live, work, or play in Seattle are able to voice their concerns and offer their feedback directly to the mayor.

Magnolia Community Center- 2550 34th Ave W
Saturday, June 23rd, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Josefina’s Mexican Grill

Have you tried this hidden gem on the east hill of Magnolia?  I had the chance to stop in for lunch and got the opportunity to meet the owners and sample some great food!

Josefina and Carlos

It began with a Christmas gift.  Carlos Vasquez (who has more than 20 years in the restaurant business), wanted to surprise his wife, Josefina Chavez,  with her dream present;  a restaurant.  He got the space on Thorndyke, readied the kitchen and even commissioned artist Renae to create murals with her image.  When the day arrived, he gave her a set of keys and drove her to the restaurant, named after her, of course.
Thrilled with her gift, Josefina now cooks in her dream restaurant.
Their expansive menu has everything from carnitas to chiles rellenos.  The space is cozy and friendly, and the food is reasonably priced.  I had the Molcajete, chicken, steak, nopal cactus, and chorizo cooked over flames and served  on a hot rock plate.  It came with rice, beans, salsa, queso fresco and homemade corn tortillas.  It was delicious and I had leftovers for two meals.
2818 Thorndyke Ave W
open 11am-pm Monday-Sunday
What is your favorite place to eat in Magnolia?

Incident near Fisherman’s Terminal yesterday

Many of you noticed a huge fire and aid response in the 2400 block of West Commodore yesterday.  It turns out, Seattle Firefighters were called to the area for reports of a suicidal man who had set a fire.  Seattle Fire Department’s Public Information, Officer Kyle Moore says:

The odor of solvent could be detected from the area where the man in his 50’s was located. Then light smoke came from the same area so we called for a full fire response and a hazardous material call.  Firefighters put out the fire quickly which was caused  by rags lit on fire. The man eventually surrendered to Seattle Police Officers.

He says the man was transported to Harborview Medical Center by Medics for treatment after he injured himself in the suicide attempt. No one else was injured.


New (old) liquor store open

Walking with a girlfriend in the Village one evening last week, I noticed the “open” sign on the the old Magnolia liquor store, so we headed on in.  We discovered (what many of you might already know) that the old Magnolia Liquor store is now the new Magnolia liquor store. Doing business as “The Spirit of Magnolia LLC”, the store looks very much as it did, but the employee we spoke with  assured us that changes are coming, and new items are on their way (including cigars!)

Open until 11 most nights

Popular brands
The store carries some new and trendy brands (many of my friends will be excited about the “Skinny Girl” line of beverages), and some fun specialty garnishes and snacks.

olives and mixers

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Magnolia’s Farmers Market- even better in 2012

New location McGraw st

I have always been a big fan of our Farmers Market, and this season am so excited to see it in an even better location, with more vendors!  Here are a few snapshots from opening day:


The fruit and vegetables looked amazing

Heirloom tomatoes

The booths are set up in the middle of the street, back to back, which allows for easy strolling and plenty of room to shop

Gluten-free bread

Gather supplies for a home-cooked meal, or eat at the market

Yummy treats

More veggies

All sorts of potatoes


Music in front of the post office

The market is smack-dab in the middle of some of Magnolia’s best shopping, and I noticed many people popping in and out of  the stores, as well.  If you haven’t been there already this season, it is worth a look- support the market and our local businesses-Saturdays, from 10am-2pm, now through September.

Here’s who you’ll see (and what they’re selling) at the market:

Alvarez Organic Farms-Peas,potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, beans, corn, etc

Anita’s Crepes-Sweet and savory crepes

Cascade Natural Honey-Honey

Chao Garden-Puget Sound vegs and cut flowers

Collin’s Family Orchards-Tree fruits

Finnriver Cider-Hard ciders (sampling, too) June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 29.

Grain Expectations-Breads and baked goods.

Greenwater Farm,-Hardy kiwis, Sept 29.

Half Pint Homemade Ice Cream-Ice cream

Hayton Farms-Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries

Ia’s Garden-Puget Sound vegs and cut flowers

Jacob’s Creamery-Cow’s milk cheeses, butter, eggs

Juice Peddler-Market-fresh juices

Kittitas Valley Greenhouse-Tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, green beans

Little Prague-Eastern European pastries

Lopez Island Vineyard-Wine (sampling, too), June 23, July 28, Aug 25, Sept 22

Lyall Farms-Tree fruits

Maninis-Gluten-free fresh pasta and breads

Martin Family Orchards-Cherries, peaches, apples, nectarines

Mondello Ristorante-Fresh pasta and sauces

Mushroom-Beef, lamb, potatoes

Perennial Vintners-Wine (sampling, too), June 16, July 7, Aug 18, Sept 8

Pinch Baking Co.-Breads and baked goods

Razey Orchard-Organic melons, peppers, tomatoes, corn, cherries, peaches, apples

Schreiber & Sons Farm-Vegetables

Stoney Plains Organic Farm-Organic vegetables, berries, eggs

Tiny’s Organic-Organic tree fruit, dried fruit,

Trevani Truffles-Chocolates

Willie Greens Organic Farm-Organic veggies, berries, herbs, fruit

To find out more about the Magnolia Farmers Market, click here.  What do you buy at the Farmers Market?