Say Välkommen To The Holiday Season At Yulefest!

Ready or not, it’s officially the holiday season.

The music has started, the decorations are going up, and each night, another house is lit up in the most festive of colors. If you ARE ready for some good ol’ fashioned Holiday cheer (so, basically unless you’re Scrooge?), hop across the bridge to Ballard and head down to the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Annual Yulefest this Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th!

Yulefest features all things Scandinavian and all things holiday, making it the perfect event to get in that ’God Jul’ (Merry Christmas) spirit!

 

Enjoy traditional Nordic-inspired items from many different vendors, plenty of delicious Scandinavian sweet and savory treats at the Nordic Cafe (even get some to go for later!) and traditional and contemporary Nordic music and dance will be performed on three different stages.

Kids are encouraged to have fun and get crafty with plenty of kid-oriented crafts,  a raffle and the opportunity to meet the man we all want a visit from in December, Santa Claus (or, Julenissen in Norwegian, Jultomten in Swedish)!

Grown-ups are also encouraged to have plenty of fun and toast the season in the Valhalla Beer Garden (which will be nice and toasty warm!) with a tasty beverage including the Nordic-fav hot mulled wine, glögg. Skål (cheers!) to that!  

This year, Yulefest celebrates its 40th year of bringing Scandinavian holiday fun and flair to our community, and it will be the last Yulefest celebrated at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s current location, before they move on to bigger and better things for 2018.

Yulefest is a wonderful celebration of culture, the holidays and community. If you’re ready for some serious holiday spirit, good food, fun music and maybe even some holiday shopping, Yulefest is the place to be!

God Jul!

Get Sweaty And Sip On Sweetness At The 2017 Hot Chocolate Run

It’s almost time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This year’s yummy and fun event kicks off on Sunday, March 5th at Seattle Center How’s that for a great way to spend the first Sunday-Funday of March, both for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The fun begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. with the 5K and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Race participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag of goodies to take home, of course, delicious chocolate. Talk about motivation to finish strong!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t count the calories, you will have more than earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not into running or chocolate? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (left) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

This event is great to do with friends, family or even by yourself. You’ll probably leave with new friends after a little friendly competition! This event brings together people from all over the city and state, so get out there, mix, mingle and help build a wonderful feeling of community in our fair city. Sprint into Springtime at this fabulous annual event, get a good sweat on and maybe even make some new friends….oh and eat chocolate! Do we really need to sell you on this?

For more info on this event, road closures, the post-race party and more, visit the Hot Chocolate Run website here.

 

 

 

Anticipated Road Closures:

Street Closure From To Side of Road Closure Time Anticipated Opening
2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

Magnolia Summerfest

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Summerfest is here! 

Saturday, August 6th @ 10:30 am -Parade

Sunday, August 7th @ 2 pm- Youth Talent Show

Sunday, August 7th @ 5pm- Pet Parade

Food trucks, Urban Craft Uprising Vendors, bounce houses, live music, and beer garden!

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!

$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.

 

Mixed Reviews on New Inspection Regulations

The city of Seattle has recently approved a program that would require an inspection on all rental property.  Landlords would be required to register their properties with the city, which allows them to keep track of all rental properties in the county.  The program would begin in 2014 and has received mixed reviews from the community.

One aspect that has received some buzz is that of the landlords having to pay for this mandatory inspection.  There is a large discrepancy between landlords who are more hands-on and take better care of their properties compared to those who don’t.  Those that take pride in their properties feel they are getting punished even though they are doing everything possible to make their rental livable and safe.

Another issue at hand is that of the inspection fees.  Tenants are worried that the landlord is going to pass off the inspections costs onto them.  This has come as some concern as Seattle’s rental prices are already high.  With so many losing their homes to foreclosures and short sales, this inspection fee may be yet another cost for those looking to rent in the Seattle area.

Regardless of the complaints, the inspection program has been passed by the city and will take effect in 2014.  Landlords need to take the necessary precautions to make sure their property is up to code.  Whether that is being more involved or spending on improvements, landlords should be aware of hefty fines if they do not pass the inspection.    With the rental market at an all-time high here in Seattle, there may be more regulations coming soon.

Greek Cuisine in Magnolia

If you are looking for Greek cuisine in Magnolia, Nikos Gyros is the place.  Located at 2231 32nd Ave W, this restaurant is minutes away from the Magnolia Bluff.  It’s best to attend on a sunny day, order to go and take in the beautiful scenery on one of the benches on Magnolia Blvd.

This restaurant is known for its cost-effective meals for all ages.  They are known for the family environment and strong sense of community, but most of all their food.  Favorites include the Greek fries, the chicken souvlaki, pita bread, and of course the original gyros.

Their portions are large, so if you are considering sharing, feel free. The friendly staff makes for an enjoyable experience for anyone.  They are a family-owned business with a wide selection of fresh menu items.

If you are looking for a casual evening out while staying within your budget, Nikos Gyros in Magnolia is a great choice. Don’t forget to try the Greek fries, a little zest and feta will make you come back again!

2 People Shot in Discovery Park

Many people venture to Discovery Park, one of Seattle’s biggest tourist destinations, to catch a view of the city, or go for an afternoon hike in the Magnolia neighborhood park. But last Thursday evening, along with the tragedy of the Batman Premiere shooting in Aurora, CO, Discovery Park had another shooting occur that same evening, injuring a 16 year old boy, and a 17 year old girl.

According to the Seattle Times, police made a statement claiming the boys friend’s took him to the hospital to be treated for an arm injury, and the girl didn’t know she had been shot until she got home and realized her leg was bleeding. Police are on the lookout for three teenage boys who are said to be responsible for the boy’s injury, and apparently the boy knows who the shooter is. Gang investigators are looking into finding those responsible, who are at large in Seattle.

Celebrate Earth Day This Weekend!

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce is helping the Wallingford neighborhood celebrate Earth Day this weekend with it’s much anticipated 3rd annual “Operation Beautification Wallingford” on Saturday. The clean up crews will be gathering from 11am to 2pm around the Wallingford Center to begin cleaning, and will also host face painting, a bake sale and live music. If you’d like to help beautify the neighborhood but aren’t able to work outdoors, you can donate items to the bakes sale! All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wallingford Community Senior Center and the Chamber for their endeavors and dedication to keeping the community clean, and to “eat, live and work well.” If you’d like more information on volunteering in and around Wallingford for Earth Day, please find more information here.

Photo Courtesy of theCrimsonCrow.com