Brother, can you spare a bin?

The Wallingford Chamber of Commerce spent some time this weekend cleaning the streets of leaves and debris, as they have in years past. But, with the transfer station in south Wallingford closed, there’s no easy way to dispose of the collected waste. Colleen Kurke, who is spearheading the effort, has piled the bags by her Cutz Meridian salon and asked if we would put a shout out for volunteers who would pick some up and fit them into their own bins.

The bags are there now, so stop on by, or contact Colleen at [email protected] with questions.

Eva Gone

534781_10150989847588465_1596136672_nSorry, way late with this news, but Eva’s Restaurant in Tangletown has closed for good as of October 31. According to their web site:
After fourteen years in Tangletown Eva is closing. Thursday, October 30, will be our last dinner service. We’d like to thank you all for your support over the years, and we hope to see you again in the not too distant future. Watch this space in 2015 for updates on a possible new location. You can enter your email to the right to be added to our mailing list.
Word is that a Mongolian restaurant is building out in the space.
(Thanks for the tip, Peter Krause, and sorry for ignoring the tip back in mid-October, Mark Bryant!)

FamilyWorks Wonder Bags

Jake and Sarah fro FamilyWorks sent over this request:

As you do your holiday shopping, or even just run errands around town, consider buying some small gifts for children at FamilyWorks. Our goal is to be able to give 200 children and youth a Wonder Bag filled with toys that they select. You can help by donating new or VERY gently used gifts for these bags!

Some good ideas for gifts are:

    • Children’s books: ranging from board/baby books to young adult books
    • Small stuffed animal or puppet
    • Socks, hats, gloves: ranging from baby to teen sizes/designs
    • Play-doh, silly putty, Gak, etc.
    • Small bouncy balls
    • Kid-friendly art supplies, stickers
    • Small plastic animals
    • Kids puzzles
    • Decks of cards, card games, or small board games
    • Small Lego kits, science kits
    • Journals, colored pens
    • Lip balm, nail polish, hair ties
    • Gift cards to Bartell Drugs, Target, Fred Meyer, etc. for $10-$20

Any other ideas! Call 206-694-6727 or stop by if you’re not sure.

You can drop off items at FamilyWorks, 1501 N 45th St on Mondays 9:30-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:30-5, or Fridays 9:30-3 by December 12.

Thank you for your help making a great holiday for all families in our community!

Thanksigiving Week Activities

If you’re scratching your head about what your kids going to do all day this week, what with many schools on vacation, check out the Seattle Public Library’s list of  Thanksgiving school break events for Kids and Teens.

Move-A-Tree, Plant-A-Tree in Wallingford

In 2014, City Fruit harvested over 28,000 pounds of fresh, organic fruit from residential and public trees in Seattle. Of that total, nearly 5,000 pounds came from Wallingford fruit trees. This was the first year City Fruit has harvested in Wallingford. The fruit was donated to food banks, meal programs, and homeless shelters, including FamilyWorks Food Bank, the University District Food Bank, and the Wallingford Community Senior Center.

CITY_FRUIT_FB-Shareable_Plant_1-1-300x300From March through October 2014, over 250 volunteers with City Fruit’s orchard steward program spent 530 hours taking care of fruit trees at Meridian Playground and the Burke-Gilman Trail.

The harvest season may be finished, but now it’s prime time to plant fruit trees. On Saturday, December 6, starting at 10 AM, Wallingford will host City Fruit’s first “Move-A-Tree, Plant-A-Tree” event. City Fruit staff and volunteers will plant four or more fruit trees (pear, plum, apple) that are being moved from their current less than ideal locations.

The destination? A sunny greenspace in lower Wallingford, between the Burke-Gilman Trail and N. Northlake Way, near Sunnyside Avenue North. A new public orchard has been established there by City Fruit volunteer orchard stewards.

For the event December 6 we’re looking for folks who like to dig! You will dig up two trees in Wallingford and the destination holes. We alsoCal watering quince need a volunteer with a pickup truck of any size to haul the trees a few blocks to haul them to the planting site.

If you want to join the fun, sign up using the links below. Light duty jobs are also available, such as spreading wood chip mulch, digging weeds, and moving small amounts of gravel. Or – maybe you want to be everyone’s favorite volunteer and bring cookies!

Work gloves, tools, hot drinks and snacks will be provided. Look for the blue canopy on N. Northlake Way.

As a bonus for joining us in the colder weather and for our first Plant-a-Thon, the first 10 people to sign up will receive a long-sleeved City Fruit t-shirt. 

Crushed Olives

CrushedOlivesSale2014_pdfAs she’s done in year’s past, Rina over on 41st and Eastern, with her lovely Israeli accent, is offering home cured crushed olives for sale, with all proceeds benefiting Women For Women International, a non-profit benefiting women in countries affected by war and conflict (“We directly work with women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.”)

The Middle Eastern Flavor’s “Hannah’s Olives” (named for her mother) are $10 / jar, email [email protected] to order. Supplies very limited.

Region13Woodland Park will host the Region 13 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships this Saturday.

Athletes, ages 8-18, qualified for the opportunity to race by placing well in their respective local meets earlier this fall. Teams are travelling from Washington, Oregon and Northern Idaho, in hopes of qualifying for the Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championship to be held December 13th in Myrtle Beach, SC. The top 30 finishers and top 5 teams will qualify. The first race begins at 9:00 am. Races continue throughout the morning and early afternoon, finishing at 2:00 pm.

Several Puget Sound based teams will participate, including:

  • Rain City Flyers
  • Federal Way Track Club
  • Cascade Striders
  • Speed Unlimited
  • Issaquah Gliders
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