A neighbor writes (I think non-passively aggressively):

May I request that you post the following about reminding neighborhood dog owners to observe proper dog walking/scooping etiquette? Thanks!

Dear Dog Owners of Wallingford -

Just a friendly reminder to pick up your canine’s feces immediately after he or she deposits it. Not only is it a health hazard, but you can be fined if you do not pick it up. Please read the information here to refresh your memory as to why it is so important, and the potential financial consequences.

Understand if you have forgotten a bag, if so – please go back and pick it up. Or if you see someone else who was not courteous, please pay it forward, and pick up that.

Many thanks for helping keep our neighborhood healthy.

- Your Neighbors

Not sure about the potential financial consequences: I’d lay down money that a ticket hasn’t been written for that crime in years, if ever, in this city, but the rest holds, I’d say.

Artist’s Way Classes

ArtistsWayAdLooking for some inspiration and guidance for your creativity? Kate Gavigan is offering Artist’s Way Classes:

The Artist’s Way Classes Are Now Open for Fall Registration

The Seattle Artist’s Way Center is excited to be offering Artist’s Way classes again this fall. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity.

Whether you see yourself as an artist or not, this material can be an incredibly useful resource to tap into your creative side which can benefit many areas of your life. The 12 week class takes students through the book with an emphasis on the chapter tasks and additional creativity exercises. This material can work with anyone, no matter how dormant or energized their creative life may be, and can enhance their ability to be more fully and genuinely themselves. To quote Julia, “In order to retrieve your creativity, you need to find it.” The Artist’s Way material can help you do just that.

The Artist’s Way is twelve sessions over twelve weeks, and takes place at the Windows on Art Gallery in Wallingford. See the Artist’s Way Center web site to register or for more information.

(This is a sponsored post.)

Erotic Bakery Closing

2138481883_9f15c6c4fe_zThe Erotic Bakery, an institution of innuendo for 28 years, will be closing the kimono at the end of September. Kimmie, the owner, wrote on their Facebook page back in June:

Hello Friends of The Erotic Bakery, this is Kimmie. After much thought and soul searching, we have decided to close our doors permanently as of Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. As of today, we have 95 days left of retail. I will try to share something from the bakery daily until we close. I would like to personally thank my family, friends and customers for 28 and 1/2 great years. Brian my better half, and Desirae, the best decorator ever. MacGyver, my nephew the best sales person I could ask for, Jared our baker, Zack my stand by and Bennie, my son and froster. This was Bennie’s first cake. I thought is was perfect to send us into the next chapter of our lives. With the deepest gratitude I thank you all.

Seattle Eater notes:

Owner Kimmie Barnett told The Stranger’sBethany Jean Clement that the store, opened in 1986 as Marzi Tarts and renamed The Erotic Bakery in 1999, is shuttering “because she’s tired” and, inexplicably, due to a “decline in demand for boob/penis/vulva cakes.”

My own experience with the the bakery isn’t particularly cheerful: when I first started Wallyhood five years ago, I walked down 45th Street introducing myself to businesses and letting them know that if they had news to get out, to let me know (I wasn’t asking for or accepting sponsorships at that point), and the owner snapped at me, asking me why I was telling her this and then asked me to leave. I left and never returned.

(Photo by Jayne Vidheecharoen; Thanks to Heidi, Taylor, Martha, Darcey and DOUG. for the tip)


Free Trees Still Available

What? You didn’t take the city up on its offer for free trees? Highrises are piling up on Stone Way like legos on a preschool floor, houses are being demolished to build apartment complexes, and here, we have the opportunity to bring back the forest, and yet free trees are left in lonely bundles, desperate for a home.

Tulip Tree flowerKatie Gibbons writes:

I work for the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program and we’re trying to find homes for some really great street trees. The street tree application deadline is next Wednesday, August 27th.  I’m looking for some help getting the word out on local blogs/websites with the hope of finding some sufficient planting spaces for these trees

Plant a Neighborhood Landmark—Apply for a Street Tree!

Does this hot, sunny weather have you wishing your street had more tree canopy? The City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, residents have planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets through the program. Through Trees for Neighborhoods, participants receive up to 4 free trees, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, and training on tree planting and care.

Plant a future neighborhood landmark—apply for a white oaksilver lindentulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip! Imagine the awe-inspiring beauty a street tree will someday provide your neighborhood. All of these trees require at least a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. Ready for a tree? Don’t delay—the application for street trees closes Wednesday, August 27th! Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.

To apply for a street tree visit www.seattle.gov/trees. If you have questions, email [email protected] or call (206) 684-3979.


Veggie Walk Aug 26

Screenshot_8_22_14__10_06_PMWho says Fremont has all the weird?


Parade your prize potato, carrot, cabbage or squash at the first Green Lake Veggie Walk from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. The event, which will be filmed, starts at The Seattle Public Library, Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Parking is available at the branch.

This one-of-a-kind event is sponsored by the Green Lake Branch teen advisers as part of a digital literacy project.

Marty Hendley, teen librarian at the Green Lake Branch, notes that “The teens were really excited to make a movie and they decided to get all ages involved by sponsoring a Veggie Walk. Why veggies? Why not? This event offers a unique, offbeat opportunity for the community to come together and do something a little different – OK, a LOT different. And that’s what makes it so fun!”

Teens will film participants as they arrive at the Green Lake Branch, introduce their vegetables and attach leashes to the vegetables. The group will walk partially around the lake, and then stop to read to the vegetables. Patrons of all ages who would like to be a part of the film are encouraged to bring a favorite book, a vegetable and a leash; a limited quantity will be available at the branch.

The event will be captured on video and posted to the Library’s Tumblr and Facebook pages. By filming and editing the video, teenadvisers at the Green Lake Branch will have the chance to gain and improve digital literacy skills.

For more information, call the Green Lake Branch at 206-684-7547 or Ask a Librarian.

Promo video on SPL web site.

And don’t worry, if you forget your veggie, the library will have cabbages and yarn leashes available on request. Because it’s a library.

If you’ve been at Meridian Playground recently, AP 20 broken branch Aug 14you may have noticed broken branches in the apple trees and even more apples on the ground than usual. In fact, three weeks ago one tree twisted apart and collapsed completely under the weight of a record-breaking crop of apples. Its neighbor is in real danger of splitting in half.

These fruit trees were planted soon after the Good Shepherd Center was built in 1905 so are too weak to bear the stress of thousands of pounds of apples. A group of volunteers thinned and bagged many of the apples last May but still too many apples remain on the trees.

Will you help take care of the trees and pick up apples on the ground?

City Fruit, with the support of Seattle Parks, is sponsoring a work party Sunday, August 24 from noon to 3. We’ll remove apples from trees that are particularly burdened, and pick up fruit on the ground in boxes and buckets. Meet in the NE corner of the orchard, north of the playground.

Volunteers are welcome to take apples home for cooking. Note that most of these apples are not ripe, and nearly all (except those that were bagged) have insect pest damage, which can easily be cut out. Unripe apples are not suitable for making cider or feeding to animals. We will leave the bagged fruit on the trees for harvest in the fall.

This cleanup effort will continue for the next two months, as long as the apples are falling.

City Fruit is a Seattle non-profit that harvests surplus fruit from residential trees and also cares for orchards on public property. If you want to help take care of the Meridian fruit trees on a regular basis, please sign up at the City Fruit volunteer web page.

And if you have extra fruit on your trees at home that you would like to donate, email [email protected]

Green Lake Only A Little Scummy

We got this news release from Seattle Parks and Rec:

Green Lake algae scum found; water only harmful where scum is found

 Toxic algae has been found in accumulated scum along the shores of Green Lake; however the lake is not closed and remains open to most activities.

King County Department of Natural Resources … tests have revealed that the toxins are currently found in the scummy algae that accumulate in some places along the lakeshore.

People and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

The lake remains open to fishing, boating, stand-up paddling boarding and other recreational activities. While Seattle Parks and Recreation’s lifeguarded beaches remain open. The last day of operation for East Green Lake Beach is August 24. The last day of operation for West Green Lake Beach is September 1.

A warm, dry summer has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it. Blooms have been known to last into November in particularly warm autumns, and typically disappear as the weather gets colder.

The lake was closed in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2012 and most recently in fall 2013 for toxic algae blooms. Intense blooms of blue-green algae have occurred in Green Lake since 1916.

Treating the lake with alum inactivates the phosphorus that is released from the bottom sediments and prevents stimulation of the algae growth. Green Lake was successfully treated with alum in 1991 and 2004. The water quality improved for several years following treatment on both occasions, and has been mostly good since 2004.

Green Lake is home to cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae that are regularly present in small numbers. When nutrients are plentiful and the weather is warm, the conditions are right for an algae bloom to take place. Winds can concentrate the buoyant cyanobacteria into accumulations or scums along the shoreline, which may increase the amount of toxin that could be ingested by pets or people using the lake recreationally.

Symptoms of illness from liver toxin are flu-like and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.  If symptoms occur after ingesting lake water, park users should consult a health care professional immediately. Pets are at highest risk.

For more information on cyanobacteria, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.


(Photo of Green Lake by Alin Moni. Pretty sure that’s not the algae making all those beautiful colors.)

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