Happy Turkey Day Seattle!

Thanksgiving SeattleHappy Turkey Day Seattle!

For those procastinators: How to Cook a Turkey

For NFL Fans: 9:30 AM on CBS, Texans vs Lions (Seahawk fans root for Texans); 1:15 PM on FOX, Redskins vs Cowboys (Seahawk fans root for Redskins); & 5:20 on NBC, Patriots vs Jets (Seahawk fans do not care)

For College Football Fans: 4:30 PM on ESPN, TCU vs Texas

For Gonzaga Fans: 6 PM on ESPN2, Clemson vs Gonzaga

For those who get stressed on the holidays: Meditation

For those akward moments when talking to family: Discussion Topics

For keeping peace at the Thanksgiving dinner: Topics to Avoid

If you do not avoid those topics: Unbeatable Arguments

Long Time Magnolia Resident Passes

Long time Magnolia resident, Arthur Van Der Wel, passed away on June 13, 2011 after a valiant fight with an aggressive brain tumor.  Art had an amazing life which I cannot do justice to with my words, but one can read the kind words written about his life on the Seattle Times.

Art was not only respected by his friends and family but also through the many people whose lives he touched in the Magnolia neighborhood and the Seattle real estate industry in which he worked in since the 1960’s.  He will be sorely missed.

A Celebration of Art’s Life will be held in Magnolia on June 27th at Fatima Catholic Church at 2 PM.

Power Outage Hits Magnolia and Queen Anne

This past Saturday, a large power outage hit both the Queen Anne and Magnolia neighborhoods of Seattle leaving over 10,000 Seattle City Light customers in these areas without power.  The overnight storm that left many in the dark had crews working on the problem and by 1:00 pm only a little under 2,000 were still without power.  The windstorm that plagued the city resulted in downed power lines and a number of trees to fall which was undoubtedly the cause of most of the outages.  If this windy weather persists, it is more than likely that other Seattle neighborhoods could be facing power outages of their own.

December Happenings

We’ve already had our first taste of winter as last week marked the first snowfall.  Most have started putting holiday lights and decorations, and we’re tuning our radio stations to those playing Christmas music.  Yet, December is much more than cold weather and “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” coming through the speakers.  Most importantly, it’s a time for family, community, and togetherness.  Here is a list of what’s happening in your neighborhood to help celebrate the spirit of the Holidays.

Dec. 1st – Dec.30th-Head to the The 5th Avenue Theatre with your family to see the newest rendition of a holiday classic “A Christmas Story: The Musical!”.  The toe-tapping take on the funny film is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  The musical runs until the 30th of December, so be sure to make it to the Theatre.

Dec. 2-The Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle and 2200 Westlake host a holiday celebration that benefits the Seattle Humane Society with a focus on your pets!  There will be a first annual tree lighting, dog costume contest, pet portraits all while you enjoy carolers, hot cider, cookies and shopping at the 2200 retailers.  The event is free and starts at 6:00 p.m.  

 Dec. 3-Westlake Center has its annual holiday tradition-The Great Figgy Pudding Carol-off!  Come see (and hear!) over 40 caroling teams singing for a spot to compete in a sing-off on the main stage.  The event is at 400 Pine St in Seattle, running from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm.  

 Dec.3-Upper Queen Anne is hosting its annual Holiday Magic festival from 3:00-9:00 pm.  Put on by the Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, it will include discounts at local business, snacks, and  a performance from the John Hay Chorus.  Kids can enjoy art projects, a firetruck, prize drawings and and the annual tree lighting at Bethany Presbyterian Church.  

 Dec 4thThe Magnolia Tour of Homes and Holiday Boutique starts this weekend, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Attendees are able to tour beautiful homes in the neighborhood to see some of the best holiday decorations around!  Tickets are available at Around The Block in The Village in the Magnolia neighborhood.    Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 the day of the event.  Proceeds will go to the Association for Catholic Childhood.

 Dec. 5th-Magnuson Park in Seattle is hosting the Red Stocking Run & Walk, a 5k run/walk to benefit Children’t Home Society of Washington.  The cost is $30/person (through Dec.2) and is $35/person day of race.  There is a free 1k for kids, and a Hot Chocolate Garden and other festive booths for your enjoyment.  The run is at 7400 Sand Point Way in Seattle and begins at 9:30 am.  

 Dec. 11The 34th Pathway of Lights begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m.  Hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council, the 2.8 mile path running around the lake is lit up with luminaria, including the lights and candles brought by attendees.  The free event will include performances from local musicians, warm snacks and drinks, and an encouraged non-perishable food item donation booth.  

 Dec. 12For those of age, the 3rd Annual 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl is happening Sunday in Queen Anne, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  A $5 dollar donation from each attendee will go to the Dynamic Family Services.  Enjoy drink specials and friends at this event. 

 Dec. 18th-Take a cruise on the Virginia V, a historic Steamship who is hosting holiday cruises to support the non-profit, Forgotten Children’s Fund.  Passengers will enjoy holiday music and sights from the boat, and the Christmas Ships Festival.  Departing from South Lake Union, tickets are $39 and $49 and includes desserts.  The ship departs at 7:00 p.m. and returns at 10:30 p.m.  

 Dec.18thYear after year, Madison Park residents enjoy the arrival of the Christmas Ships at Madison Park Beach.  The ships, will arrive on this day between 4:55 and 5:15 complete with elaborate holiday light and decorations displays.  Live music will be provided by the Vivace!  Cathedrals Choir.  The ships will be making a number of appearances at beach parks throughout the city as well.

 Dec. 19-Head to Ballard’s Swanson’s Nursey to see a decked out holiday display.  Among ornaments and trees are live Reindeer, part of the Reindeer Festival, a visit from Santa Claus himself and a other animals including a camel and a miniature donkey.  The event, running until Christmas Eve, is great for young children. 

 Any way you choose to enjoy this holiday season, have fun doing it!  There is a large variety and something for everyone to enjoy.

Happy Holidays Seattle!

Magnolia Schools Score Reports

Seattle Public Schools recently released a district wide report on state test scores and yearly improvement rates.  Eighty-two schools were involved and rated from 1-5, one being low passage rates and little improvement and a 5, the contrary.  Some schools received high grades, while others scores were not so impressive.  Twelve schools in the district got a perfect score, but almost just as many received a 1.  The Elementary Schools in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle include Lawton and Catherine Blaine K-8.   According to score reports on seattleschools.org, Lawton received a 4 and Catherine Blaine K-8 received a 5.  Scores among the middle schools and high schools for the Magnolia area included: Ballard High School-3, and McClure Middle School-3.  The Magnolia area schools had a higher average among elementary schools, but showed lower scores in middle and high schools.  In the areas who scored lower, district leaders have conferred and said that if these rankings don’t improve (in schools scored in the lower range) in the next couple of years, replacing the staff or closing schools may both be possible consequences.    Schools will be provided funds to carry out improvement plans, and those with the lowest scores will get the largest dollar amounts.  Among other communities whose primary schools received lower grades, residents have expressed concern over how this reflects on the education and curriculum in the community, and school representatives plan on providing them information as well as a meeting to discuss the reports.  Because the data is fairly extensive, some school staffers are organizing meetings for residents to attend.  Hopefully, these resulting scores will increase the emphasis put on the importance of education in our communities.  More detailed reports can be seen at www.seattleschools.org.

Waterfront Magnolia Home

Waterfront Magnolia HomeThis Magnolia home on the waterfront was sold in 2007.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own true waterfront! The home is a fantastic contemporary house designed by Reid Morgan and sitting out on the water on Salmon Bay (view shown at top of page), looking North West up the bay to the Olympic Mountains, the Sound, Islands, and glorious sunsets.  There are very active vistas of boats going through the locks, and the excitement of the nearby railroad bridge(trains travel slowly here).  The dock is huge and valuable.  Nature is in your backyard with an abundance of sea birds, salmon & marine mammals playing in and around the water.  The home has a three-car garage and shop. The basement has a mother-in-law apartment as well. This home is ready for you and any modernization!

Quaint Magnolia Home

Magnolia Home for Sale

Magnolia Home for Sale

This home presents a great opportunity to live in the desirable and quiet Magnolia neighborhood. The quaint, one-story home has a newer kitchen and a large fully-fenced backyard perfect for gardening and barbecues. The house is very close to Discovery Park, the library, playground, schools and stores.