Group Meets to Return Night Bus Service

By Reporter Steven Smalley
For those Metro bus riders who got left in the dark when evening bus service ended, here is the latest from a new group formed to restore it.
Magnolia Transit Riders will meet Tuesdays at 6P.M. to work on ways to bring back nighttime service. The November 27 get-together is at Uptown Espresso in the Village (3223 W. McGraw Street).
On the agenda is a petition to request the return of evening coaches, together with an invitation for Metro officials to meet with the group.
Word from Magnolia Transit Riders is some night bus service may already be on its way in 2013

Community Center Pottery sale this Friday night during Winterfest

Instead of their annual gingerbread house decorating event, Magnolia Community Center is aligning with Village merchants and joining the fun for Winterfest. Follow the luminaries through the Magnolia play field to the Center for free smores and hot chocolate. Melissa Valenzuela from the Community Center says

 You can get some of your holiday shopping done at our holiday pottery sale while the kids jump around in our bounce houses and tumbling area (only $3 per child). Buy a piece of pottery valued more than $3 and your child can jump for free!

Here are the details:

Magnolia Community Center Holiday Fest and Pottery Sale

Nov. 30 from 6-8 p.m.

2550 34th Ave. W


Tour five of Magnolia’s most festive homes

Here is your chance to see inside some of the most beautiful homes in the neighborhood and check out their holiday decorations.  There’s  a holiday boutique and tea house at Our Lady of Fatima Social Center in addition to the tour.


Saturday December 1     10AM-4PM

Tickets: Presale  $25     Day of Tour $30

Presale tickets can be purchased at the Magnolia Garden Center.  Tour day tickets can be purchased at the Fatima Social Center or at any of the five homes. Proceeds from the tour will be donated to Catholic Community Services programs.

Click here for more information.

Brazen lady burglar on the prowl

MV reader Melissa writes
I just caught a women prowling around in my neighbors back yard in the middle of the day (29th/Dravus).  I called police and apparently she has been burglarizing apartments along 25th.  If you see her, please call 911.  She is white, wearing black track suit, has strawberry/blond hair and is carrying a purse.
Holly wrote
She came to our home…Literally opened the back door (which was unlocked) and entered!  Black track suit with soccer logos- we are at 29th and Blaine…I called the police & am showing them this posting. Scary, people!

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is looking for new members

Are there parts of Magnolia that you wish were more ‘walkable’? The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is accepting applications for new members to help make walking in Seattle safer and easier.  The volunteer board “advises the mayor and city council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation.”

Board members must be Seattle residents. They should be “frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city.” Seth Schromen-Wawrin, chair of the Pedestrian Advisory Board says “Making sure our neighborhoods develop in walkable ways is crucial in supporting our businesses, mass transit, community services, and many other aspects of the city. Serving on the Pedestrian Advisory Board is a great way to work with other dedicated residents to help make Seattle the most walkable city.”
Interested walking enthusiasts should submit a resume and cover letter via email by 5 p.m., December 17th to  Howard Wu at The board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry streets. Click here for more details.

Winterfest is coming

Thanksgiving is over and Winter is almost upon us.  Magnolia Village Winterfest will be here before we know it.

It all starts this Friday night at 6 with the tree lighting ceremony and caroling at the Magnolia Garden Center.  The festivities continue as many of Magnolia’s friendliest businesses provide refreshments and entertainment on the sidewalks and streets of the Village. Be sure to keep an eye out for Santa! McGraw Street will be blocked off to street traffic for the event.

Click here for more information


Magnolia Montessori helps the homeless

Magnolia Montessori School is partnering with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission to collect items for an emergency shelter for homeless men, women and children. Sharon Thomas, Public Relations Manager for the Mission says

We are asking parents to help their children to go through their closets and pantry to find gently used toys, books, warm clothes, non-perishable food and coats they could part with…a new pair of socks is greatly appreciated.

You can drop off your items at Magnolia Montessori -2849 Thorndyke Ave West, between Barrett St. and Armour St. (there’s a box in the backyard),  November 26th– 30th from 9:30 – 4:00, Monday to Friday.



Reduced Metro service for turkey day and beyond

Metro buses will be operating on reduced schedules over the Thanksgiving holiday and during several holiday periods through January including a full week of reduced service at the end of December. On Thanksgiving Day, Metro will operate a Sunday schedule. On Friday, Nov. 23, Metro will operate reduced weekday service, which offers more service than on weekends, but less service than on normal weekdays.

Metro is estimated to save about $1 million each year using a limited schedule over holiday periods from November through January. These are planned reductions for holiday periods when Metro has historically seen a reduction in the number of weekday riders – estimated to be 15 percent or more systemwide.

Click here for specific route information.

Hear Handel’s Messiah at Fatima tomorrow-spend an afternoon in 18th century

Our Lady of Fatima’s Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra presents Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, November 18 at 3:00pm.  With all the original recitatives, arias and choruses accompanied by the Our Lady of Fatima Baroque Orchestra of 18th century instruments,  they will be performing the piece as it was originally premiered in Dublin in 1742.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with discounts for students and seniors. Click here for tickets and more information.


Magnolia Manor Park’s Off-Leash Area Grand Opening

Friends of Magnolia Manor Park  announces a Grand Opening Celebration for the Magnolia Manor Park Off-Leash Area on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 1 pm. Festivities will take place in Magnolia Manor Park, 3500 28th Avenue West. Don’t miss the ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:30 pm.

All are invited to a work party on Saturday, November 17th at 10 am (rain or shine!) at the park, to help with plantings, installing poop bag stations, and other projects.