Billy Dee Williams at Scarecrow

billy-dee-r2d2Billy Dee Williams, best known for his role as the dashing Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars series, will be gracing the Cloudy City with his presence this Saturday, including a stop at Scarecrow Video from noon to 2 pm:

Scarecrow Video is honored to welcome the legendary BILLY DEE WILLIAMS to our store on Saturday, January 31st course one of the stars of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as well as films like Lady Sings the Blues and Nighthawks. He is also currently revisiting his iconic role as Lando Calrissian in the hit ABC Family animated series Star Wars: Rebels. He’ll be in Seattle for a Star Wars-related event at the EMP Museum, and is also swinging by Scarecrow to sign autographs.

Mr. Williams is not currently scheduled to appear in the Seattle area again this year, so you don’t want to miss your chance to meet this icon!

Please Note: Billy Dee Williams will be charging between $30 and $40 per autograph. He will have a variety of photos for sale at his table (included in the autograph fee). The price is the same if you bring your own items to get signed. He will pose for pics at his table only with those fans that make an autograph purchase.

Cometa Reminder

Quickie reminder: Cometa Playschool, a Wallingford Spanish immersion preschool, is having an open house this Saturday, January 31st. More details here.

Lots to Love at WCSC in February

Join us at Wallingford COMMUNITY Senior Center for these programs brought to you with lots of heart in February! (NOTE: All programs listed here take place at Wallingford Community Senior Center, unless otherwise noted.)

pancake heart 3Pancake Breakfast with Heart
Celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing a hot, freshly prepared breakfast with others in the community! Pancakes made with heart designs, French toast, ham, vegetarian sausage, beverages and more! Advance registration appreciated, drop-ins also welcome.

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 9 am – 12 pm
$5 Adults / $3 Kids

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Tax help is coming to WCSC! If your household makes less than $60,000, come to WCSC on one of two Mondays in February (2/9 or 2/23) for free help filing your taxes. Advance registration appreciated.

Mondays, February 9th & February 23rd, 10 am – 2 pm
Free, 45-minutes appointments

Art by Savvy Dani

Art by Savvy Dani

Echoes of a Lifetime – Portrait Sessions
Spend half an hour in a photo shoot and interview session with local artist Savvy Dani who will then paint a portrait of you for her project “Echoes of a Lifetime”, in conjunction with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. When the portrait is completed, you will receive prints of your portrait and a copy of your interview answer, and you’ll have the option to purchase the original portrait at a reduced price. Donations support WCSC’s programs. Advance registration required.

Thursdays, February 12th & February 19th, 1 – 4 pm; 30 minute sessions
$3 members/$5 public suggested donation

food heartFood, Food, Food! – Discovering the Landscape of Food
Learn the what, where, and how of Seattle’s food resources so you can eat healthy, tasty food economically! Including information on community gardening, food banks, farmers markets, community kitchens, and more. A light lunch will be served at 12:30. A collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Wallingford Community Senior Center. Advance registration required.

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12:30 – 3 pm

Free, donations accepted for lunch
At Northgate Community Center: 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA, 98125

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Would you like to better understand LGBT issues? Learn to support someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender? Hear the personal stories of LGBT individuals and family members? A panel from PFLAG, an organization of parents, families, and allies united with members of the LGBT community to move equality forward, will share their lived experiences. There will be time reserved for questions and dialogue as well. Presented by PFLAG Speaker’s Bureau of Greater Seattle. Advance registration appreciated.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 2 – 3 pm

Meditation PhotoWeekly Meditation Guided Practice
Learn to be in the NOW. Research points to the many health benefits of meditation. Beginning and experienced meditators welcome. It’s never too late to start! Drop-ins welcome.

Fridays, February 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 2-3 PM
$3 members/$5 public suggested donation


For more information about these and other great programs at Wallingford Community Senior Center, visit our web site: , email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 206-461-7825.

Gypsy Squares Return

David writes:

For two years, our band hosted a monthly community square dance at the Gypsy Cafe. Now that it has become the newly updated Stone Way Cafe (3510 Stone Way Ave N), we are starting up the event again, last Saturday of the month (starting this Saturday, January 31) from 7 – 9:30 pm. It’s $5 / person (under 18 always free) and all ages are welcome. It’s a really fun time. It would be great to include more neighbors.



Henry Weinhard’s is owned by SBMiller (who also produce Miller Beer, along with a number of other brands). Red Hook is owned is by the Craft Brew Alliance, which in turn is 32% owned by Anheuser Busch. But the PNW brew pub tradition lives on, right?

Less so. On Friday, the Elysian Brewing Company, owner of four brew pubs, including the Elysian Tangletown, confirmed it was being acquired by Anheuser Busch. The announcement quotes CEO and co-founder Joe Bisacca, saying “after a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward.”

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. Terms have not been disclosed, nor have details of what the move will mean for the individual brewpubs.

However, the Capitol Hill Seattle blog notes that employees were surprised, and not in a good way, quoting several Twitter messages, including:

Somewhat hilariously, CHS also grabbed this tweet from CraftBeerMonger, who found a bit of promotional material back from before the Elysian contemplated this particular move:

(Thanks for the tip, DOUG.)

Legislative Climate Action

David Perk writes:

A forum on Climate Change legislation in Olympia will be held on Saturday morning, January 31 at Keystone Congregational Church,  5019 Keystone Place N.

The forum will provide you with information regarding the bills supported by the Environmental Priorities Coalition and will give you an opportunity to get answers to your questions. Action training to learn just how to best influence your legislators will be included. The forum begins at 9 am and runs until 11:30.

Sasha Pollack, with the Washington Environmental Council (WEC), will describe the proposed Carbon Pollution Accountability Act, which will put a price on carbon and require large polluters to pay, and the Clean Fuels standards, which will reduce the carbon content of gasoline. Rebecca Ponzio, with the WEC, will describe the proposed Oil Train Safety bill. Brenna Davis, from Virginia Mason Hospital, will provide a business perspective and Mauricio Ayon, from Washington Community Action Network, will give a perspective of the effects on low-income and marginally-employed families.

A wide range of environmental and political organizations will be present at the event.  These include the Northwest Energy Coalition, which will have information on energy efficiency and alternative energy legislation, and the Sierra Club, which will have information on proposed coal trains bills. Sponsors of the event include the 43rd District Democrats Environmental Caucus, the Washington Environmental Council, 350, The Metropolitan Democratic Club and Climate Solutions.

Climate Action Forum Invite (web)

Meridian Open House

Front(This is a sponsored post from Wallingford realtors Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski)

Maybe you have noticed the new construction view home at 3508 Meridian Ave N on your strolls through the neighborhood. It is a 5 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home with over 4,200 sf of living space on a 7,200 sf lot (a football field by Wallingford standards)*. So you may wonder how can a large home like this be green, energy efficient and have a responsible carbon footprint.

What is an energy performance score?
The energy performance score (EPS) measures the estimated total energy usage (electricity, natural gas) of this home for one year. Like MPG for a car purchase, it gives the new owner a projection of how much it will cost to operate the home. This 4,200 sf home measured out at 16,000 kWh/yr, almost half of the average Seattle home at 28,000 kWh/yr, and 1,700 sf, or less than half the size. This is well below the 2020 City of Seattle target of 22,400kWh/yr. The previous, smaller, home that was on the property used more than twice the energy with 39,000 kWh/yr!

The carbon score measures the total carbon emissions based on the annual amounts, types and sources of fuels used in this home. This score came in at 5.3, which is significantly below the Seattle average of 8.8. At current utility pricing, the annual cost to operate the home is estimated to be just over $1,100 a year.

Conclusion: At 2.5 times the size, it takes 43% less energy to live in this home compared to an average Seattle house, with a 40% lower carbon footprint than the average Seattle home.

Kitchen and Living RoomHow is that possible?

The advanced construction methods and materials, as well as the HVAC system provides for this efficient performance. Below are a few highlights:

  • Advanced air-sealing to prevent air leaks
  • Knauff EcoBatt insulation made from 62% recycled glass
  • Low-E windows to prevent overheating
  • Duct-less heat pumps – 265% efficient
  • Heat/Energy Recovery Ventilation – air exchange with minimized energy loss
  • Energy Star rated appliances

Want to learn more and see these innovative systems in action?

Come by this Sunday, January 25th, 2015 from 1-4pm. Meet the builder, Green Canopy Homes, and find out more about upcoming projects, including a net-zero project to be built in Wallingford later this year. Also learn about custom options the builder can offer. This will be the last opportunity for the public to see this home before the happy new owners take possession.

* According to MLS data this listing is the highest priced sale in the neighborhood on record.

Kris Murphy and Daniela Dombrowski are Wallyhood Sponsors and Real Estate Brokers who live and specialize in the Wallingford and Green Lake neighborhoods. They practice out of the Keller Williams Greater Seattle office located on the corner of Stone Way and N 45th St.

Kris Murphy & Daniela Dombrowski
[email protected] / [email protected]

Keller Williams Greater Seattle
1307 N 45th St, Suite 300

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