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

Alternative Christmas Fair

FoH_Flyer_2014_pdfDavid Yao writes:
Now in its 36th year, this is Seattle’s original Alternative Christmas Fair, where ALL money brought in goes directly to programs that relieve poverty, hunger and homelessness. JOIN US and enjoy:
  • Vintage Treasures and Books
  • Quality Crafts, Gifts and Decorations from home and around the world
  • Children’s Clothing, Games and Toys
  • Homemade Deli Lunch, Fresh Baked Pies and Treats
  • Handmade Quilt Silent Auction

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL! Come visit, shop, have a tasty lunch, and enjoy a compassion-filled pre-Christmas Bazaar in the company of others who wish to celebrate a vision of ‘Hope’ for our world!

The event is tomorrow, Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm at the Keystone Church in Wallingford (5019 Keystone Pl N)

Mo’ Murals!

Erika Bigelow writes:

Hey Wallingford, there’s some new color in the ‘hood. Thanks to the support of the Wallingford Community Council and the John Stanford International School PTSA, 700 sf of vibrant, colorful, whimsical murals by artist, Ryan Henry Ward, were completed on the South, playground-facing portion of the John Stanford International School, in October. The planning, was two-years in the making, and the results easily exceeded the expectations.

JSIS has one of the smallest playgrounds for a school its size in the district. It hosts over 475 children per school day and is the only play area in the SE Wallingford neighborhood. The community surrounding the school uses this facility after school and on weekends for basketball, learning to ride bikes, playground fun and family time together.

Prior to October, those South-facing walls were a drab green color, which added no life to the playground. The hope of the planning team, was that a mural would inspire the kids and liven up the atmosphere while demonstrating the uniqueness of JSIS. Brainstorming meetings with teachers and parents resulted in a general plan to showcase the JSIS diverse global perspective with a subtext of compassion and friendship.

The teachers and the kids enthusiastically supported the project and lessons on murals in class were followed by awesome question and answer sessions with Henry, while he painted. Students completed their own Henry image to hang inside the school and even had the challenge of a Henry-themed scavenger hunt.

The murals can be viewed from the street on both 4th and 5th, just above 40th, or on the playground itself after school or on weekends. Come and take a look and, if you think you’re a Henry mural expert, see if you can complete the scavenger hunt challenge.


A little about the artist: Henry Ward, who signs his work simply as Henry, is an American artist who has been described as “Seattle‘s most prolific muralist.” Publicly active as an artist since 2008, he has painted over 150 murals on surfaces, such as buildings exteriors, school interiors, garages, and even vehicles in the Seattle area.

As an artist, he began his craft at the age of three, drawing on the walls of his childhood home. In third grade he had his own comic strip, while in the fourth grade he began winning art competitions, which landed his imagery on t-shirts. He self-published greeting cards throughout his childhood, and in high school began yet another comic strip, which was published on the back of Omega Force comic books. He grew up in Enumclaw, Washington and attended Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. Post college, he remained in Bellingham as a social worker, increasingly working with art therapy. After his older brother, Brandon died in 1999 of heart failure, Ward and his younger brother Andy traveled in IndiaNepal, and Thailand.

In contrast to many other artists in Seattle’s “street artist” scene, Ward always executes his public pieces with the permission of the property owner.

Besides his mural and canvas work, Ryan partners with SAM (Seattle Art Museum) to do quarterly “live painting” workshops that instruct and entertain audiences.

‘Compassion is born from the imagination. To have the desire to be compassionate, you have to imagine a world that’s better than the one you live in.’Ryan Henry Ward, Artist


Thankful for Community at WCSC!

Building community is a part of our mission at Wallingford COMMUNITY Senior Center. Join us this week for a great program that will help you grow your personal community!

Thanksgiving Friendship Luncheon, Friday, November 21, 12 – 2 pm thanksgiving 5

Wallingford & beyond – you’re invited to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Friendship Luncheon! Turkey with all the fixings, vegetarian options also available. EBT cards now accepted! Suggested donation: Adults $6, Kids $4. Advance registration required, space is limited.


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

Wallingford Bidet

I took this picture in 2007, in a little town in Costa Brava in northeastern Spain. It was the tiny seaside fishing village of Cadaqués, where Salvador Dali grew up, now a small vacation spot for the Spanish.

1731690754_3b98514d10_zI don’t know what you call it, exactly: it’s not a bidet, or at least, not merely a bidet. But yes, it sprays hot water on demand to cleanse your nethers.

Anyway, I fell in love (imagine all the toilet paper you’ll save!), but tucked it away as one of those “some day, when I’m outfitting my home indulgently…” things.

And then…Miyabi! Yes,  I discovered last night that the (otherwise mediocre) handmade soba noodle spot on 45th street is sporting what looks to be the premium version in their double-yew see. Features include:

  • Heated seat
  • Heated water on demand, in men’s and women’s directed zones
  • Adjustable water pressure and temperature
  • Other features, unexplored

Missing: hot air dry.  But still.

A full review of the Inax Clessence, as written in 2007, is available here. NSFW, probably.

Power Up

So I thought this was cool: the library has a device you can check out that allows you to see how much energy your household devices are drawing. For lightbulbs and such, it’s fairly obvious (a 60 watt bulb draws roughly 60 watts!), but I’ve ready about “vampire drain”: devices that drawn power even when they’re supposedly off. Your TV and printer may do this to stay “warmed up”, so that when you are ready to watch you don’t have to wait for the system to warm up or get ready. Your DVR or cable set-top box may be drawing power to keep a hard drive spinning.

Last week, I tried checking one of these Kill-A-Watt (ha ha) devices out and measured a few things around my house. I also did a quick calculation of how much each of these devices would cost if left on (or off but plugged in) for a month. Power in Seattle costs about 9.6 cents per killowatt-hour (i.e., drawing 1,000 watts for on hour).

Watts Cost / month
iHome Clock Radio (no music) 5.4 $0.37
Wahl Homecut beard trimmer 18 $1.24
Humidifier (low) 47 $3.25
HP Printer (off) 5.2 $0.36
HP Printer (on, not printing) 6.2 $0.43
Precor Treadmill (not moving) 26 $1.80
Precor Treadmill (fast walk) 120 $8.29
Macbook Pro, fully charged, on but doing nothing 16 $1.11
Standup freezer (average over 48 hours) 40 $2.83
60 watt incandescent bulb 60 $4.15
11 watt LED bulb 9.7 $0.67
Dell 20.5″ LCD Monitor (On) 48 $3.32
Dell 20.5″ LCD Monitor (Standby) 1.4 $0.10
Toaster oven 1400 $96.77
Cable TV DVR 40 $2.76
Space Heater 1300 $89.86

The Cable TV DVR is as reported here, since we don’t have one. Likewise, I wasn’t able to measure a TV, but would be curious to hear from someone who has one who can measure it on and off.

The device is free to check-out to any Seattle Public Library cardholder, and you can pick it up from the Wallingford branch.

(Photo by Tau Zero)

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