Learn about politics, participate in a mock election with Lawton students Thurday night

Lawton Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students are busy getting ready for tomorrow night’s presentations on the election process for parents and guests. The students worked in teams to gather and develop information on the state and national races as well as the initiatives and referendums facing voters.  Students used  the state and county Voter’s Pamphlet as a jumping off point, with additional help from the Internet. They then put everything into Power Point.

Award winning teacher and 26-year veteran of the classroom, Peter Hubbard is the master-mind behind this fun and educational project. He had help from the Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council, the 36th District Republican/Democrat members and The Magnolia Historical Society as well.

All are welcome at Lawton’s Election Night- come learn about election issues and ballot measures, and there will be a mock election, with audience participation.

The fun starts at 6:30 pm in Lawton’s cafeteria.

Lawton Elementary School

4000 27th Ave W



Be safe on Halloween!

As we celebrate with a rainy and dark Halloween tomorrow night, the Seattle Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down and drive with added caution:

If children or adults are walking in the street, drivers should make eye contact with them before moving forward or turning. Likewise, pedestrians are encouraged to be extra careful, wear or carry something reflective, only cross streets at corners, and make eye contact with motorists before crossing.

With more than 1,000 participants expected at the Magnolia Village Trick or Treat tomorrow,  many of whom will be trick or treating in the neighborhood later, it is important to make sure we all watch out for each other!

Lil spooky things, tricks and treats in Magnolia tomorrow

The  Village annual trick or treat is something Magnolia’s kids (and adults) look forward to all year…

McGraw Street shuts down to car traffic tomorrow from 4-6pm so hordes of dressed up kiddos can swarm Magnolia’s friendly businesses for candy and other treats.  Magnolia’s Chamber of Commerce writes:

Trick or Treating is safe and a big party for costumed children and adults in Magnolia village. The businesses provide the treats and the Village is a safe party place made possible by the closing of the Village’s main streets.

Those with little ones may be wondering what to do while you are waiting for the main event? Magnolia Community Center has the answer- “Lil Spooky Things!” Your toddler (age 4 and under) can celebrate Halloween with bouncy houses, treats, pumpkin decorating, and arts and crafts for only $3 per child, (11am – 1pm at the Community Center). Click here for more information.

Please email us your favorite Halloween photos at tips@magnoliavoice.com!




Peoples Bank robbed this afternoon

UPDATE 9:45pm

This information was just released- Here is a description and security photos of the suspect police are looking for from today’s armed robbery of Peoples Bank in the Village:

White male, possibly in his 40s, armed with a gun.  Anyone with information that can help identify this individual is asked to call the FBI at 206-622-0460 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1000.00 if the information given leads to an arrest and charge of the person(s) involved.  (To be eligible for the reward, a person must provide the information through Crime Stoppers.)


According to Len Carver of the FBI Robbery Task Force, the suspect is at large.  Black and white images of the suspect were obtained from security cameras inside the bank.  More to come as we get it.

Magnolia residents react to the robbery:
Eugenia Jones, People’s customer said “It’s amazing to me that something like that could happen here. It’s horrible.”
Renee Waliser, Employed in the Village said: “It’s very scary. Absolutely. You’re never safe. There’re criminals everywhere.”


Sometime in the 2 o’clock hour, Peoples Bank (next to Starbucks in the village) was robbed.  MV was on the scene soon after police arrived, but has yet to confirm any information beyond the headline.  We will update as information becomes available.

Police and employees inside the locked bank after robbery occured


Meeting Tonight to Restore Evening Bus Service

By reporter Steven Smalley
With Metro Transit’s recent elimination of evening bus service in Magnolia beyond 9:30P.M., there are some people who find it more than difficult to get around. Some are downright angry. Residents, workers, and business owners who spoke with Magnolia Voice tell of concerns getting to and from work when shifts end after buses stop running. One man hopes evening bus service can be restored.
“I am visually impaired – legally blind. With my eyesight, I’m not able to drive a car,” says James McIntosh, a Magnolia resident. “I’m dependent on the buses to get around.” McIntosh intends to do something about the bus situation that has him taking action. “It made me mad. ‘No buses after 9:30?’ Is this a small town system or what?” he asks rhetorically. “We’ve organized a group. We need later night service,” he exclaims. McIntosh points out that others are hurt as well. “One woman commutes from the University district where she works at night,” he continues. “Now she has to take a $19 taxi ride every night.” Even if one were to walk to Magnolia from 15th Avenue, he says it presents a danger, particularly for women. “How would you like to hike up Dravus in the rain,” he asks.
Tonight all those interested in pursuing this matter with like-minded bus riders are invited to attend a get-together at Serendipity Restaurant, 3222 West McGraw Street. The meeting begins at 6:30P.M.

Magnolia’s new Met Market to host open house November 2

Magnolia neighbors are invited to stop by Metropolitan Market this Friday to celebrate its newly updated and refreshed Magnolia store.  Part of this pre-holiday event will include tastings and demonstrations by well-known food producers, experts and local chefs under a heated tent outside the store. Some of the tasty treats include: bite-sized tastes of their Thanksgiving menu, holiday sauces and condiments, Mario’s sausage, Theo Chocolates, Fat Cat Fudge, cheese sampling from around the world,Grand Central and Macrina Breads, Boat Street Pickles, Gourmondo Catering, and much more. If you are one of the first 200 guests, you will receive a  free Met Market ReBag.

In addition to the food (as if we need more motivation), there will be a “Movie Night” at the south entrance, with Comfort Chocolates and “Marilyn Monroe” and “Dorothy” from the Wizard of Oz.  See you there!

Here are the details:

Friday, November 2 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Metropolitan Market Magnolia, 3830 34th W

Click here for more details

New coffee shop in Magnolia

We want to welcome Magnolia’s newest coffee shop- Gilman Ave Coffee and Doughnuts.

Located at 4211 Gilman Ave W.  They serve, roast and sell their own coffee called Conduit. (Their Locosfocos roast came in 2nd in the nation at Americas Best Espresso with Coffeefest).


Gilman Ave Coffee and Doughnuts is open Monday through Friday 6:30am- 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am-4:30pm. Thanks, Linda for the tip and photos.


North playfield finally gets new restroom

Long time residents of Magnolia know that the North athletic field (North of the community center) has for decades, been without a restroom.  The good news is that through the efforts of many people involved in youth athletics, this situation has changed.   A new prefabricated restroom facility was installed last week, with finishing touches to  be completed over the next two weeks.  The concrete building was purchased by Magnolia Little League with financial contributions from Magnolia Soccer and Our Lady of Fatima, and then gifted to the city of Seattle.   Seattle Parks and Rec then provided all site preparation and utility work.  The restroom project has been in various stages of planning for nearly 5 years and involved past Magnolia Little league presidents Bill MacGeorge, Jim Bittner and most recently Keith Peterson, who with the help of their respective boards, raised funds and kept the project moving forward.  The new facility will fill a long standing need, and serve the Magnolia for many years.

The installation of a new restroom is part of a bigger project that Magnolia Little League would like to see completed.   About 15 years ago Parks and Rec. started a North field renovation that included work to address the field’s serious drainage problem. At that time, Parks installed a large drainage pipe that runs north and south down the length of this field, with the idea that at some point they were going to extend French drains across the field to collect rainwater.   For various reasons, mostly financial, the drainage portion of the project was never completed so water simply collects on the field.  The youth sports groups would like to see the drainage system completed, but unfortunately, it is beyond their financial capacity.  Seattle Parks and Rec is aware of the difficult winter and spring field conditions and has encouraged the community to lobby the city for funding to complete the project.

Thanks to Bill MacGeorge for the information!

Reader Photos- Keep em Coming!

MV reader Bryan writes

Even with less than stellar weather…..there is still light at the end of the rainbow!!

Read your veggies- “Sylvia’s Spinach” comes to Magnolia’s Bookstore

Magnolia’s own Katherine Pryor has written a children’s book called “Sylvia’s Spinach,” a picture book for ages 3 to 7. The book features fun illustrations by Anna Raff, and focuses on the importance of school gardens, and the challenge of feeding healthy food to a picky eaters.  Parents and kids will enjoy the journey from seed to table through Sylvia’s eyes.

Come hear Katherine read “Sylvia’s Spinach” during storytime at Magnolia’s Bookstore, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.   Buy a copy of the book, and she’ll sign it on the spot!

Picture of Pryor at Mockingbird Books-Photo from the author’s Facebook page
 Magnolia’s Bookstore is at 306 W. McGraw St.