Fwallyweenor those that prefer trick-or-treating at stores to trick-or-treating at houses (or who prefer both), the Wallingford Chamber of Commerce wants to let you know that businesses along 45th St between Stone Way and I-5 with a pumpkin poster in the window will be handing out candy 4 pm – 7 pm.

We’ll be out hitting homes in the neighborhood, hope to see you there. I can’t speak for the whole neighborhood, but from years experience, I can tell you there are tons of fun and interesting houses along 42nd Street and blocks north and south, from Latona west.

If you’re doing something special, let us know in the comments section!

Fathia Atallah Memorial:Celebration of Life

Jean-Stephane Vachon writes:

You probably saw her or she talked to you. Fathia was a friendly woman who talked to everybody. She sang at Farmers Market or for Food bank.

Fathia_Atallah(web)Fathia unexpectedly passed away on October 9th, 2014 in Seattle.

We are a group of friends who are preparing a memorial on November 1st. All the Wallingford community is invited. Visit www.fathiainseattle.com for details.

Fathia Atallah was a gifted composer, guitarist and Jazz Vocalist from Toulouse, France. She performed in Europe for more than a decade with her groups Fathal Jazz and Les Couleurs de la Voix.

Fathia moved to the Pacific Northwest United States in 1998 and settled in Seattle, WA. She founded and directed Le Centre Francais Artistique et Culturel de Seattle from 1998 to 2003.  She produced the musical French Cabaret revue on Broadway,

She enthusiastically performed in both French and English for a wide variety of Seattle audiences. During this time, she met her beloved late husband, Gerald X Diamond. Committed to helping others, they volunteered and gave back to the city and people they loved so much. For many years, they sang and entertained in seniors citizen centers such as the Swedish Senior Center and brought people together through the harmony they shared..   Consciously leaving a lighter footprint on the land, they were often seen on their bicycles on Capitol Hill and Wallingford.

Fathia is survived by her brother Toufouk who also lives in Seattle, 9 siblings and her parents who live in France.

The memorial will be held Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Wallingford United Methodist Church (2115 N. 42nd St).

Winner, Winner, Chili Dinner

Remember a while back, when the Gift of Grace Church had that chili cook-off? Vivian writes:

The winner of the 1st annual Wallingford Chili Cook Off hosted by Gift of Grace Church was Wallingford neighbor, Dale Levitzke! Out of 6 submitted chilis, Dale’s “Scorpion’s Kiss” Chili took first prize and will be the official chili recipe in the rotating menu for Gift of Grace’s weekly Sunday dinner, GraceFeast. This is a delicious, comfort food themed, homemade dinner for the neighborhood, served at Gift of Grace every Sunday at 11:45AMwww.giftofgrace.org

Beside the bragging rights, Dale won a gift basket with donations provided by Irwin’s Neighborhood Bakery & Café, The Bounty Café (aka Caffe Appassionato) and Fair Trade items provided by Gift of Grace. Chili Cook Off Judges included representatives from Chow Foods’ TNT Taqueria on N. 45th St., Tutta Bella Pizzeria on Stone Way, Irwin’s Bakery & Café on N. 40th St. and friends and members from Gift of Grace.

Come and taste “Scorpion’s Kiss” Chili at GraceFeast Sunday Dinner on Sunday November 16 at 11:45! Congratulations Dale!!


DOUG.’s Voter’s Guide

tarlekDid you vote yet? Deadline’s coming up, get ‘er done.

Need some help? Much to the chagrin of the FOX News set, we offer here, as we do every election, Wallingford’s own DOUG.’s Voter’s Guide, a progressive analysis of the decisions on the ballot. Hat tip to DOUG.

Also annoying to the FOX News set will be the presence of actual facts in the guide, left unbalanced by the exclusion of facts that are not actually true. However, these facts are cushioned with opinions which I share. For example, the Second Amendment Sisters web site is an abomination.


Blow Me Down

Barb Burrill, local tree steward, sent in this shot of the aftermath of the weekend windstorm on Meridian Park:

Two Winter Banana variety apple trees at Meridian Playground were blown over during the windstorm Saturday. The trees were in good health but had a shallow root system. They were part of the original Good Shepherd Center orchard, dating from the early 1900s.

Winter Banana is a common apple variety at the Meridian Playground orchard – there are seven remaining original trees of that variety.

Uprooted trees at Meridian


Night of the Teal Pumpkin

The-Teal-Pumpkin-Project-2Halloween is this Friday! Excited?

As people get more health conscious, and as the incidence of food allergies in kids continues to skyrocket (when will we figure out why?), there’s been a growing interest in handing out something besides candy. If that’s what you’ve got boiling in the cauldron this year, you may want to put out a teal pumpkin to let people know.

The Teal Pumpkin Project was an introduced by FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) as a way to help parents of kids with food allergies to identify “safe” houses to trick-or-treat at.

Here’s a list of suggestions for things you could provide:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

We’ve been handing out superballs the past few years and the kids have been excited by a toy they can play with all year. I’ll bet Archie McPhee’s would have some bits of oddness you could give away, as well.

Weather is supposed to be on-and-off rain, but nothing serious. We’ll be out reverse-trick-or-treating, as always.

Last Farmstand

europe2010-245Wallingford Farmers Market has packed up and gone away for 2014, but there’s still some time left to get some locally grown veggies: today (Saturday) is the last CityGrown Farmstand market (although they allow they might re-open one more time, weather permitting).

As always, they’ll be out front of 4108 Eastern Ave N from 10 am – 2 pm, selling vegetables grown in small plots around Wallingford and Ballard. Here’s what they say they’ve got, all fresh:

Carrots, Head lettuce – romaine, red crisp, red oakleaf, and butterhead, Salad mix, Pea shoots, Spicy greens – bunch or bag, Arugula – bunch or bag, Kale – dino, curly, and red Russian, Collard greens, Rainbow chard, Spinach, French breakfast radishes, Green onions, Cucumbers, Japanese salad turnips, Broccolini, Romanesco cauliflower, Bok choi, Kohlrabi, Multicolored sweet peppers, Jalapeño peppers, Parsley, Garlic, Tomatillos, Delicata squash, Sugar pie pumpkins, Winesap & honeycrisp apples, and Concorde pears

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