Plantings make Magnolia even more beautiful

A big thank you to Magnolia Garden Center for planting the large open boulevard garden in front of Bartell’s and the town homes on 32nd Ave W.?They donated $1,000 in baby plants and lots of labor to make this area of Magnolia a lot more beautiful. Gary Ard of The Dirt Exchange (in Ballard) donated soil and Tim McHugh (the developer of the condos) also donated soil and is providing the water to maintain the garden. Margaret and Chuck?selected plants with a visual appeal as well providing food for bees, butterflies and birds. Stop by and take a look.

Some of the planrs before they went in

Upper Crust Bakery

Appears to be closed.? Nothing on their website or Facebook page- we will let you know as details?become available.

Get ready to Bike the Bluff, September 9th

Plan now to take advantage of (hopefully) beautiful weather and some of the most amazing views in Seattle?with Bike the Bluff, the annual family-friendly bike ride that celebrates scenic Magnolia while supporting the students of Catharine Blaine K-8 School.? This year?s ride will be held on Sunday, September 9. Registration opens at 10 a.m., and you?can register and?start your ride?any time after that. The course officially closes at 2 p.m. Click here?for advance registration and more information. (Register in advance and?you will automatically be entered to win a Giro child?s bicycle helmet).

Riders can choose either a 5- or 7-mile loop, both of which begin and end at the Blaine playground, immediately adjacent to the Pop Mounger Pool parking lot on 32nd Ave. W.? Water stations along the way will offer water and free treats such as Power Bars,apples, and popsicles.? Beginners may want to take a 2-mile-round trip?sidewalk route from the Blaine playground to Government Way, where they can reward themselves with a treat at the water station there before heading back.? Bike the Bluff is not a race, so each rider can set his or her own comfortable pace. After the?ride?there will be hot dogs, drinks, snacks, and sweets for sale on the playground.

Now in its 21st year, Bike the Bluff is the main fundraiser for the annual trip that Blaine fifth-graders take to Islandwood, a four-day environmental science camp on Bainbridge Island.? Bike the Bluff entry fees, which include an event t-shirt, are $15 for riders 12 and older, $10 for riders under 12, and $30 for a family (which includes two event t-shirts).? Additional Bike the Bluff t-shirts are available for $10 each.? Helmets are required for all riders.


High season for car prowls on the hill

MV reader Jerry writes:
After 21 years of living here without incident we were awakened @ 4 AM this morning to our car alarm going off in front of our house and the sound of a car roaring off. Got outside and discovered a broken window and an opened car door. Phoned 911 and got two patrol cars out in less than 10 minutes. The officer thought it was likely they were attempting to steal our vehicle. We normally park in our garage on the alley. From this day forward we will only be parking in our garage! This occurred in the 2600 block of 28th W. Don’t know if any other cars were tampered with last night. Remind your readers to remove valuables, lock your car and investigate when you hear something!!!
This is why we don’t buy new cars. Who wants to spend 30K on something that can disappear in moments? Surprised we were targeted given that this car is 16 years old. The repair bill was over $200 also, older cars so why set the comp limit down that low? If someone hits it the insurance company would total the car anyway….There is nolthing victimless about property crime when you have to pay for repairs and you lose your sense of security.

Mercer Street goes both ways

Is it possible we may see an end to the “Mercer Mess” in our lifetime?
SDOT says?two-way traffic has begun on Mercer Street. By?finishing tasks and opening the I-5 ramps early, the department?put both east- and westbound traffic on the road for the first time since the 1960s.
?After decades of traffic winding through the neighborhood, a two-way Mercer creates a more direct route for the 80,000 trips taken daily through South Lake Union,? said SDOT Director Peter Hahn. ?While we still face another year of work on this phase and additional construction for Mercer West, this is a tangible sign of progress on this important corridor.?
This?opening is a part of Stage 3 of construction as crews complete work on Fairview Avenue N and Valley Street in early 2013. Please check out?SDOT’s site for specifics on how to get around town with the new traffic?configuration.


Sidewalk and Lane Closures Sunday on Elliott Avenue W

Elliott Avenue W will be?down to two lanes northbound and one lane southbound this Sunday from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.? The lane restrictions on Elliott will be in place from just north of W Mercer Street to where Western and Elliott avenues meet near W Thomas Street. The sidewalk on the western side of Elliot will also be closed.

The?closures are a necessary safety precaution during the time a large crane will be in? operation at 333 Elliott Avenue W.?Drivers should expect to slow down through the? work zone.



Upcoming construction closures

This is a busy?time for roadwork- take a look at the anticipated closures below and plan for extra driving time.
  • Southbound SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. August 26 – 30.
  • I-5 on and off- ramps at Mercer Street closed 11 p.m. Friday, August 24, until 5 a.m. Monday, August 27, when Mercer Street opens to two-way traffic.
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp and Banner Way NE overpass at N 85th Street closed from 10 p.m. Friday, August 24, until 5 a.m. Monday, August 27 for grinding and paving.
  • The eastbound First Avenue S off-ramp from the Spokane Street Viaduct and eastbound Spokane surface roadway between East Marginal Way S and First Avenue S are closed around the clock for repaving.

Filming at Fishermens Terminal

UPDATE 8/24/12
Mystery solved.? The movie being filmed is called “One Square Mile”.? Click here for details on Kim Basinger’s visit to Magnolia…
We have gotten a ton of emails over the past 24 hours about what looks like a movie shoot at Fishermens terminal.? J writes:
We were down at the Highliner grabbing some lunch yesterday. Saw a sign that said ‘extras’ and noted a tent serving beverages just east of the pub. While eating the staff told us that they were hosting a buffet for the crew
of a movie being shot along the west wall. Said this was the second time they have been here shooting film this month Don’t know anything about the film they are making but two people said that?Kim Bassinger is in the film. Thought I’d pass it along!
We will be investigating! If you spot any stars, be sure to email your pics to

Magnolia student represents at the Public Library Breakfast of Champions

Magnolia’s 7 year-old Evan Otte was at honored the?Seattle Public Library Breakfast of Champions yesterday.? The?event, held at the Space Needle, celebrated?27 winners? (one from each of Seattle’s?neighborhood libraries).? The Seattle Public Library hosts the Breakfast of Champions celebration to recognize the summer reading accomplishments of children throughout Seattle. Each year the Seattle Public Library sponsors a summer reading program for children ages birth to 12. The mission of this program is to prevent summer setback among Seattle?s children.? Our own Evan Otte was recognized as an outstanding reader by the City of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, City Librarian Marcellus Turner and MC Dennis Bounds, from KING-5 News.? After congratulating several of the winners,?Mayor McGinn asked Evan what his favorite book was and Evan replied that it was “The Wheedle on the Needle” and the Mayor said, “you know, someone just gave me that book. I love that book too, because the mayor is the hero in the book.”

A Ballard student, Mayor McGinn and Evan

Each winner was allowed to bring three guests and they sat at a table with their local librarian.? Evan sat with Magnolia librarian, Jesten Ray.

Evan poses with Jesten Ray

After breakfast there were some short speeches. “Seattle Public Library has hosted a summer reading competition since 1919,” said Marcellus Turner, the city librarian, “and this year the city read more than 191,000 books, which could equal to 13 times the space needle.” ? Following the speeches,? Dennis Bounds invited each Breakfast of Champion winner come up?to be honored onstage, where they received? a Seattle Public Library t-shirt and a?giant cookie with their name written on it in frosting. Congrats to Evan and all of the kids recognized!

Special thanks to Kym Otte for heads up and the photos






Find your next best friend this weekend

Interbay Urban Center (IUC) is partnering with the Seattle Animal Shelter and the Seattle Humane?Society to host the ?Pet Adopt-a-thon!?,? this Saturday, at the Interbay Urban Center (1827 15th Ave. W. near Whole Foods), from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tons of cats and dogs from both the Seattle Animal Shelter and the Seattle Humane Society?s MaxMobile will be?ready to take home.

If you make a love connection and?decide to adopt on Saturday, you will get a?break on some of the costs-?Seattle Animal Shelter cats over 6 months old are free, and kittens are adopt two for the price of one ( Licensing fees may apply). A single kitten adoption ranges from $157 to $162, and?from $82 to $237 for dogs, and includes:

Initial vaccinations


Feline Leukemia testing (for cats)

Certificate for free health exam at local veterinarians

Spay or neuter


Seattle Pet License (if?applicable)

Click here for more information.