Bike the Bluff Coming Up this Weekend!

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Magnolia’s popular Bike the Bluff fundraiser will be held this Sunday, September 7th! Participants are asked to meet and finish the ride at Catherine Blaine Playground, located behind Pop Mounger Pool, on 32nd Ave West.

Bike the Bluff emphasizes that this is not a race. You are able to set your own pace, and walk or ride a 5 or 7 mile loop around Magnolia.

The registration fee for one adult is $20, and each additional family member after that is $10. Children under 18 are also $10. You can register online at www.bikethebluff.org or register the day of, starting at 9:30 AM. The course is open from 10 AM – 2 PM.

All proceeds benefit the Catherine Blaine 5th grade class trip to Islandwood, an environmental science camp located on Bainbridge Island.

Sunday’s weather is supposed to be wonderful, and the Seahawks play earlier in the week, so there’s no reason not to come out and participate in a great community event!

Final Note: HELMETS ARE REQUIRED!

 

Donate a Bike at the Interbay Whole Foods for a Great Cause

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On Saturday, August 23rd, Whole Foods Market at Interbay (located at 2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119) is asking for donated adult-sized bikes and bike parts to be given to students in Togo, West Africa.

The donated bicycles play a significant role in helping bridge the education gap. Togo is located in a rural part of Africa. Studies show that the dropout rate is 3 times higher in rural areas than in cities. Rural families cannot afford private transportation for their children to get to school, and public transportation is not available.

Students who have received bikes in the past have 98% retention rates of staying in school, and 95% passing rates on annual exams, because they finally have reliable transportation to and from school.

So, if you have any old bikes around the house or garage, swing by Whole Foods next Saturday the 23rd between 10am and 2pm and donate to a great cause!

For more information about the Bicycles for Education program visit the Alaffia website: http://www.alaffia.com/store/pc/Bicycles-for-Education-d20.htm

Reminder that the Magnolia Car Show is this Saturday!

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The Magnolia Village Car Show sponsored by the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and Werner’s Crash Shop is this Saturday, August 9th starting at 9:00 am and lasting until 3:00 pm.

If the 2014 Car Show is anything like they’ve been in the past, then it will be a HUGE success!

Car’s will be lined up on both sides of West McGraw (in the heart of the Magnolia Village) between 32nd and 33rd Avenue.

Come on down this Saturday, and be ready to check out some awesome cars!

July Real Estate Report for Magnolia

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As our hot Seattle summer continues to drag on, thereal estate market continues to be quite dynamic, including Magnolia, which has seen a ton of activity. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, July brought about 26 single family home transactions, at a median sales price of $668,000.There were 69 homes available for sale in July. Of the 26 homes that did sell, they averaged being on the open market for 10 days, which is great news if you’re looking to sell your house!

Magnolia also had 16 active condominiums for sale in the month of July. Of those 16 condo’s, six were sold for a median sales price of $294,500.

Statistics continue to support that the Seattle –and Magnolia –real estate market has stayed hot, and you can bet that will continue to be the case all the way through the end of summer, which is typically the busiest time of year for real estate transactions. For more information on Seattle real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.

Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show, August 1st & 2nd 2014

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Just a friendly reminder that the Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show is this Friday, August 1st and Saturday, August 2nd.

Summerfest has been a community favorite sponsored by the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years, and a Seafair community event since 1985. The festival will have all of the following activities: the annual Art Show, the annual Merchant’s Sidewalk Sale, live music, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, pony rides, inflatable rides, clowns and magicians, beer garden, and the Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade.

Schedule of some of the Summerfest Events:

Art Show: Located at Magnolia Ballfield. Artists Reception is Friday August 1st from 6:45 –                    7:30 . Awards announced at 7:30.

Seafair Parade: Saturday, August 2nd, beginning at 10:30 AM.

Youth Talent Show: Friday, August 1st, at 7 PM (Check in is at 6:30 PM) on the hill behind                                   the Magnolia Community Center.

Outdoor Movie: This year’s movie is Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Friday, August                           1st at 9 PM.

 

The Fort Lawton Riot

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The Fort Lawton Riot was a tragic event that took place during World War II, and involved late-night violence between Italian prisoners of war and US soldiers at Fort Lawton in Magnolia.

On the night of August 14th, 1944 a group of African Americans and a group of Italians came across each other after a night of drinking, and words were exchanged. One thing led to another and a fight broke out between the two groups. After the riot was over, Italian prisoner of war Guglielmo Olivotto was found dead. The result of this riot was the court-martial of 43 soldiers–all of whom were African American. 28 US soldiers were ultimately convicted and imprisoned.

In 2005, Jack Hamann wrote a book called On American Soil which played a significant role in helping convince the U.S. Army Board for Correction of Military Records that there were extreme errors committed by the prosecution and and that all convictions should be reversed. Hamann called the Fort Lawton Riot the “most overlooked civil rights event in American history.”

In 2008, President Bush signed a decree ordering the Army to compensate the defendants or their family for the errors made throughout the investigation.

This event has a ton more information, twists, turns, etc…we just tried to provide a brief summary, so if you’d like to learn more please check out Wikipedia for an overview, The Seattle Times article on the apology to the soldiers, or possibly even the book On American Soil.

 

Mixed-use Development (Finally) coming to Magnolia

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The buildings located at 2406 32nd Avenue West (Down from Ace Hardware and Across from the Magnolia Garden Center) have long been empty, boarded up, and covered with graffiti. However, a four story apartment building with retail space on the ground floor is in the works.

The new building, is reportedly going to have 24 one and two bedroom units, as well as 32 parking spaces in the basement, and 6,300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

The Architects of this new development got the “OK” from the Design Review Board, and are now just waiting on the final permits, which should take around 4 months. Construction is then estimated to take about one year.

It will be great having some bright, new buildings coming to Magnolia in the near future, they should be a wonderful new addition to our community!

 

 

Preschool Will Once Again be Offered at Daybreak Star

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Daybreak star will once again be home to a preschool at the Native Cultural Center.

After 27 years, Daybreak Star and the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation lost their program in 2013. Since that loss, they have been trying to get a preschool back to the community of Magnolia to support Native American families.

The program will consist of about 40 children, all around four years old. Most likely, the classes will be held Monday – Thursday, for 6 and 1/2 hours a day. This model of classes was chosen in favor of a half-day preschool, because it makes life easier on parents that are working.The hope is that the preschool will be up and running by 2015.

The school is located at 3801 W. Government Way in Magnolia.

Congratulations on successfully bringing back a preschool to Daybreak Star!

Nordstrom’s Designer Preview Coming to Magnolia!

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Seattle’s favorite fashion retailer, Nordstrom, will be holding its annual Designer Preview next month!

The Designer Preview is meant to duplicate the feeling of an international runway event, and it will be taking place on Thursday, July 24th, at the Smith Cove Event Center on Pier 91, in Magnolia.

Nordstrom will be showing off collections from some of their top designers, such as Prada, Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten and many others, worn by both male and female models.

The proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Seattle Art Museum, where they will fund a show titled ‘Pop Departures,’ which will debut in October.

The Design Preview will also include food trucks, a live DJ, and a Vogue fashion editor talking current trends.

 

 

$5 Pet Adoptions at the Seattle Animal Shelter this week!

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This week only, the Seattle Animal Shelter is offering cat and other pet adoptions for just $5.

At this time, the shelter simply has too many pets on hand, and they are hoping this promotion will encourage people who have been considering adopting a pet, to take action and adopt.

Pets that will be available to take home are cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, birds, turtles, snakes, and more.

Regular adoption prices can range from $15 – $145, so for potential pet owners, now is a fantastic time to adopt!

This special promotion is available from Saturday, June 21, through Sunday, June 29. The Seattle Animal Shelter is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions and licensing.