City Baseball try-outs tonight and tomorrow for teens

City Baseball ( a youth baseball club located  in Seattle) is now preparing for the 2013 season in which City will field competitive and instructional baseball for youth ages 8-14. Starting in 2012-13, the Magnolia Baseball Club will no longer have a 13 and 14 year old program (click here for details). The City Baseball Club plans on picking up right where MBC left off with continuing a strong tradition of youth baseball. The 13 and 14 year old teams are led and trained by former Division 1 college players.Try-outs for the 13’s and 14’s will be on 7/31 and/or 8/1. 13’s are from 6-715pm, the 14’s from 715-830pm at Magnolia Field #1. Click here for more information about City Baseball.

Volunteers needed for Art Show at Summerfest

The 2012 Magnolia Summerfest and Art Show is almost here!  The Art Show folks are looking for volunteers to help out – if you are interested in being a Magnolia Summerfest and Art Show docent, please contact: Rebecca Sanchez. Volunteers are needed on Friday and Saturday – 10AM until 8PM; various shifts are available.

Wheeler St. closed for good

Wheeler Street Kitchen closed over the weekend. The announcement was made on their Facebook page:

Thank you Magnolia & Beyond. So great being part of the community. Stay tuned for the exciting new venture in this space.

Carrie & Greg

Earlier this year MV wrote about the restaurant being for sale. We will update as soon as more information becomes available.

A “new” recycled bike shop for Interbay

Interbay has a new recycled bike shop. Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles (yes, with two t’s) specializes in recycled bikes from kids to cruisers. Owner Mike Benson, an avid rider himself, greets his customers with a smile- his goal is to get them on exactly the right bike.  Sprocketts’ bikes are 99% recycled and 1% new (meaning brake cables and inner tubes), and 10% of their profits go to local charities. Located on Armory way between Whole Foods and the P-Patch, they offer full-service repairs and fittings, for-sale spare parts, and a rotating selection of bikes that are waiting for a new home.
1600 West Armory Way


Help Magnolia Manor P-Patch grow…faster

The Magnolia Manor P-Patch is requesting donations to help expand the garden, making 90 plots available all at once, rather than in two phases of 30 plots, then 60 plots.  From an urgent email to Friends of the Magnolia Manor Park

The original P-Patch plan was to have 30 plots ready for Spring 2013 planting, and construct an additional 60 plots ready for 2014.  We discovered that completing the whole project of 90 plots at once rather than in two phases will save $3000.00. See image below:



They need to $10,000 by July 31, 2012 to fence in the whole area of 90 plots.  You can donate online by clicking here (if donating online, they ask that you designate Magnolia Manor Park as recipient). For more information about Magnolia Manor Park and the P-patch, click here.

Magnolia man’s food truck featured on national tv tonight

Magnolia resident and food truck owner Lee Scott’s Snout and Co will be featured tonight on television’s Eat St. on Cooking Channel at 9 pm. Scott, who has been cooking almost his entire life and has extensive experience as a caterer and bar man, ventured out into the food truck world in fall of 2010.  Snout and Co.’s menu pays homage to his Cuban roots, with items like The Cuban, which comes in a sandwich, as well as a bowl, Picadillo (Cuban-style hash), with ground beef, chopped tomatoes, green olives, bell peppers, raisins and spices, served over white rice with plantains, plus some vegetarian fare.

The show’s website describes the episode:

The Pnut Butter Bar in Los Angeles shows there’s more to life than the classic pb ‘n’ j sandwich, serving up nutty named dishes such as the Elvis inspired Thank You, Thank You Very Much sandwich that’s made with bacon, bananas, peanut butter, honey and then grilled in butter. Next is Snout and Co. in Seattle delivering comfort food drawn upon from Cuba to South Carolina featuring a Homemade Black Bean Burger and a Pulled Pork Sandwich with meat that has taken 24 hours to prepare. Then we visit Toronto to put in some quality eating time at Smoke’s Poutinerie serving up poutine with imported Quebec cheese curds and topped with grilled chicken, Italian sausage, and green peas amongst others. Our final stop is in Orange County where we flip out on perfect pancakes at the  Crepes Bonaparte truck.
Cooking channel can be seen locally on channel 204 (comcast) or channel 232 (direct tv). Follow Snout and Co on twitter or facebook to see where you can try the tasty street eats…

Drinking water may be discolored on Thursday but still safe to drink

Residents and businesses in some parts of Magnolia and Interbay may temporarily experience discolored water, beginning Thursday evening, July 26. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) says that crews have been performing maintenance on a major pipeline that has been out of service for the last six weeks and will be brought back online the evening of the 26th. When the water is back on, discolored water (caused by iron rust particles loosened from the inside of the pipe during maintenance), may be noticeable until the system clears.

Water Operations Acting Director Dave Muto says “We are doing everything possible to minimize the impact of discolored water on customers.  The pipe has been cleaned and disinfected, it’s been sitting full of water to allow any remaining sediments to settle, and we are bringing it back in service at night when water usage is low.”  SPU says although it looks unappealing, the discolored water is safe to drink.

SPU says:

Customers with discolored water (should) avoid using hot water and operating their dishwashers and washing machines until their water runs clear.  (They) should run their cold tap water for 3 to 5 minutes. If the water isn’t clear, they should shut off the faucet and wait an hour before testing the water again. If the water still isn’t clear, customers are advised to call SPU’s Operations Control Center at (206) 386-1800.  To learn more about Seattle Public Utilities, click here.

Big crane, and bigger crane in Elliott bay

MV reader Steve sent in this photo.  He writes:

A new ship just anchored off Magnolia in Elliott bay,- this was a picture with the sun setting on the huge cargo cranes, with a smaller crane on a barge as it went by. Quite a site.

Thanks, Steve!

Two teens injured in late night Discovery Park shooting

After an apparent altercation with with three teen-aged males, a 16-year-old male was shot in the arm at Discovery Park last night.  SPD Detective Jeff Kappel writes:

At approximately 10:47 p.m. officers responded to reports of shots fired near the visitor’s center in Discovery Park.  About a half hour later officers received a report that a male with a gunshot wound arrived at a North Seattle hospital.  Officers responded to that location to investigate further.  Officers interviewed the victim, who was less than cooperative.  The only suspect descriptions provided to officers at this point are that all three males are teenagers, and include a black male, an Asian male, and an unknown race male. Investigation indicates that the primary suspect (shooter) and the victim were known to each other. Gang Unit detectives responded and are handling the follow up on this active and on-going investigation. The victim was transported to … (the) hospital by friends, where he is being treated for his non-life-threatening injuries.

A few hours later, a second victim from the shooting, a 17-year-old female, arrived at a North Seattle hospital with a gunshot wound to her leg. Kappel writes:

Preliminary investigation indicates that the girl had left Discovery Park after the shooting incident and went home.  She apparently didn’t know she had been shot but had a bleeding wound on her leg.  Her mother transported her to the hospital for evaluation and treatment where it was determined that she had sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg.


What to expect on the roads this weekend

It’s an event-filled weekend ahead. Some of the many ever-popular events expected to draw crowds in the thousands include the Bite of Seattle, Seafair Triathlon, Chinatown Seafair Parade, and the 2012 Swedish SummeRun.
SDOT’s Peg Nielsen suggests:
Since battling traffic can be a pain, why not do something for your sanity and the environment by not driving and trying one of the alternate modes of transportation available – Metro Transit, the West Seattle Water Taxi, the Sounder commuter train, Link light rail, car pool, bicycle or walk, if feasible.
If you do decide to drive in Seattle this weekend, here’s what the streets will look like:
Bite of Seattle: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday, July 22, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Seattle Center
  • up to 30,000 attending
  • Expect congestion in the area around the Seattle Center.
Seafair Triathlon Expo: 9 a.m.  – 2 p.m.
  • Triathlon participants will pick up their race packet prior to Sunday’s event
  • 1,020 expected
  • Street closed from 7a.m. to 3 p.m.:  Ninth Avenue between Seneca Street and University Street-expect congestion in the area.

Refuse to Abuse 5k at Safeco Field: 9 a.m.
  • Sidewalks adjacent to Safeco Field
  • 1,600 expected
  • Run route on sidewalks only: starts at Safeco Field Garage Plaza on Occidental Avenue S; heads north on the service road to the east of the garage and stadium to S Royal Brougham Way; then moves west on Royal Brougham to First Avenue S; south on First to Edgar Martinez Drive S; east on Edgar Martinez Drive back into Safeco Field.
Seafair Triathlon: 6:30 a.m.  – First wave of contestants moves out Seward Park, in Lake Washington, and on surrounding roadways
  • 2,000 participating
  • Streets closed from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Lake Washington Boulevard S will be closed from Seward Park to I-90 from approximately I-90 Express Lanes will be closed from 6:30 to 10 a.m. between Lake Washington Boulevard S and Mercer Island Bicycle Sunday follows on Lake Washington Boulevard.
Chinatown Seafair Parade: 7 p.m.
  • International District
  • 9,500 expected
  • Parade staging at 5 p.m.:  S King Street between Eighth Avenue S and 12th Avenue S, and on 10th Avenue S, between S Jackson and S Weller Street. Parade route: Starts at S King Street and Eighth Avenue S; turns west on King to Fifth Avenue S; moves south on Fifth to S Weller Street; then goes east on Weller to Eighth Avenue S; and finally south on Eighth to S Lane Street. Expect congestion throughout the district.

2012 Swedish SummeRun: 8:15 a.m. start
  • Gathers at Minor Avenue and Madison Street
  • 4,500 participants
  • 5K route: From Madison and Minor runners move north on Minor to Seneca Street; east on Seneca to Union Street; then east on Union to 12th Avenue;  north on 12th to Aloha Street; west on Aloha  to 11th Avenue; south on 11th to Howell Street; east on Howell to 12th; south on 12th to Union Street; west on Union to Seneca Street; west on Seneca to Minor Avenue; and south on Minor to finish at Marion Street.