Fisherman’s Fall Festival this Saturday, October 4th


The 26th Annual Fisherman’s Fall Festival is taking place this Saturday, October 4th from 11 am – 6 pm.

“The Festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal, works to increase the public’s knowledge of the importance of the fishing industry as well as Fishermen’s Terminal to Seattle while raising money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation.”

The Festival is free to attend, and has tons of activities for the entire family to take part in, like art projects, wooden boat building, trout pond, live music, ship canal tours, The Reptile Man, beer and wine garden, salmon barbecue, and much more!

The proceeds from activities within the festival are donated to the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial to assist families of fishers lost at sea.

For more information about this event, please check out:


Magnolia Real Estate Report for the Month of August

August Real Estate

The month of August has come and gone, but the Seattle real estate market continuesto show no signs of slowing down, particularly Magnolia, which has been thriving for months now.

According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, August brought about the sale of 33 single-family homes at a median sales price of $639,000. There were 55 active homes for sale in August. Of the 33 single family homes that did sell, they averaged being on the open market for only 19 days. Real estate transactions are obviously moving pretty rapidly in Magnolia these days!

Condominiums were also a hot commodity in August.  11 condos were sold in Magnolia at an average sales price of roughly $293,000 for the month.

As you can tell from the statistics reported above, the Magnolia real estate market has continued to stay hot, and shows no signs of slowing down at this point. That is great news if you’re looking to buy or sell a condo or single-family home. For more information on Magnolia (and Seattle) real estate, contact your local real estate agent today.

Bike the Bluff Coming Up this Weekend!

Happy Kids Biking

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 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!



Reminder that the Magnolia Car Show is this Saturday!


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!

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

Elliott Bay Chaline Ouellet

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

Fort Lawton Riot

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

32nd Buildings

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

Daybreak Star

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!

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


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.


Dine Around Seattle

It is time for, yet again, the biannual “Dine Around Seattle” event that invites residents to come out and support local business and restaurants around our great city.  From November 4th-29th, there will be a wide selection of great deals and discounts at various locations around Seattle.  Most restaurants are offering “3-Course Dinners for just $30” and some are even including “3-Course Lunches for $15.”  Come out and enjoy exclusive deals and seasonal dishes from the top chefs every Sunday through Thursday throughout November.

The event is put on by the Seattle Good Business Network.  They are in their eleventh year of hosting by stressing the strengthening of our community through the support of local businesses.  One of the top-rated businesses is located in our very own, Magnolia, is that of the Palisade’s Waterfront Restaurant.

Located in the heart of the Elliott Bay Marina, the Palisade, displays cultivating views of the water and sea-craft that port there.   Even with beautiful outdoor views, there is still an aesthetically-pleasing interior that gives off a soothing feeling to its visitors.  First, it is hard to miss the large water tank, near the entry, that keeps the Dungeness crab extremely fresh.  Secondly, they have a saltwater pond, filled with live Steelhead, that guests are able to walk over with a bridge conveniently located in the center of the restaurant.  Lastly, they have a mixed variety of seafood, steak and sushi that can meet expectations as restaurant-goers can taste the time and effort put into each dish.