Short Term Wallingford Rental

Remodeling your home and need a place to stay while its under construction? Have out of town guests coming to stay? Are you a visiting researcher at the UW?

Rent our beautiful, 3 bedroom home in Wallingford. Walk to the UW, Fremont, easy access to I-5, downtown and South Lake Union.

Includes hot tub and outdoor shower! Great for kids: play structure in the back yard and right across the street from a school playground. Optional chickens for fresh eggs (we’ll move them while we’re gone if you don’t want them). Fresh honey!

We’ll be traveling March 9 – mid-June and are looking for short-term renters while we’re gone. Full details in our Craiglist ad.

 streetview Living Room kitchen

master bedroom hot tub

The house is also available for shorter term rental through AirBnB (assuming we don’t get someone interested in renting for the full three months), and, separately, we have a studio apartment (sleeps up to 4) that’s a mother-in-law attached to the same house. See the three bedroom Wallingford house on AirBnB and the Wallingford studio apartment on AirBnB.


Weedin Call for Artists

Screen-Shot-2015-01-30-at-12.49.21-PMGet your art on, and improve the (neighboring) neighborhood! The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association has issued a call for artists to create a public art work to serve as a “gateway to the Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood”. Budget: $100,00. That’s enough for a serious gateway, I’d think:

The Weedin Place Steering Committee of the Roosevelt Business Group (within the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association) seeks an artist or artist team to create public artwork that will serve as a gateway to Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. The artwork will be integrated into a new urban pocket park at Weedin Place between 65th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street. The call is open to artists and designers working in the United States, with a preference given to Pacific Northwest artists. The total budget for artwork is estimated at $100,000. The application deadline is 12 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 (Pacific Standard Time).

Visit the Weedin Place Call for Artists page for more information.

Crime and Squats

Bits from the blotter:

Kristina writes:

Wanted to share that there was a theft attempt on our CRV in our driveway last night.  We’re at Latona and 43rd.  Destroyed the driver side door lock and the ignition.  Want to give a thumbs up to Officer Oakland for his help and to Elements Locksmith that came to our home and replaced our ignition in about 60 minutes at a really reasonable price.

Last week, Brady wrote:

Last night there was a reported potential burglary at 4338 Latona (home that is a pending sale and set to close probably in the next week) so 5 cop cars showed up, although only 2 were there when I got there. Cops didn’t catch the guy and concluded that it was most likely a squatter.

Wallingford_-_Google_MapsOn the subject of squatters, I’ve been watching the house on the empty house on the corner of 41st and Meridian (at right) for years now, as bushes devoured a car in its, driveway, curtains decayed in its windows, but the yard remained kept up nicely.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one watching it: according to neighbors, squatters moved in sometime last year and held a slow-motion garage sale of the antique furniture that was inside. They were eventually evicted, but not before looting thousands of dollars in valuables. The owners (Paul and Alice Nelson, according to the King County records) have let it sit vacant for years. Their children, who do not live in the area, interceded to help get the squatters out, I was told.

More School Tours: HCC (was APP)

If your child qualifies for the HCC (“Highly Capable Cohort”, previously known as APP) program at the Lincoln School in Wallingford, you have just a few weeks to sign up for a tour to see if it’s a good fit: there are tours next Wednesday 2/25 and Monday 3/2. You can sign-up here.

According to the Seattle Public Schools Advanced Learning page, the HCC program:

  • Serves students identified through district testing as Highly Capable, which typically includes cognitive scores at or above the 98th percentile and achievement scores at or above the 95th.
  • Offers deep, complex and/or accelerated curricula.
  • Offers the Highly Capable Cohort — self-contained classrooms in core subjects for students.

Admission to the program starts with cognitive testing through the school or a private tester, but the school notes that a particular score is not an absolute qualifier or disqualifier from the program, and that teacher evaluation is an “important consideration” as well.

What’s surprising to me, given the nominal 98th percentile cut-off for the program, is the claim made here that “Per Rachel Cassidy, the District demographer, [11%] of Seattle Public School students in grades 6 to 8 living in the McClure, Whitman, Hamilton, and Eckstein attendance areas are enrolled in middle school APP.”

That number is a bit of a head-scratcher: how can 11% of the kids be in the top 2%, even given the consideration of teacher evaluations?

Now, maybe the kids in the districts around these attendance areas are smarter than the kids in Seattle in general, but that would surprise me. Maybe they test better. That wouldn’t surprise me.

Or maybe the parents in these areas are more aggressive about pursuing testing, and pushing the school district when they’re on the cusp. That also wouldn’t surprise me.

Whatever, don’t try asking the school district about it. A simple phone call to find out when tours are were met with rude, shouting responses by their staff.

Licton Springs in Wallingford

LS_Logo_BelowFINALLicton Springs Elementary School’s temporary stay in Wallingford’s Lincoln School building (4400 Interlake Avenue N.) has another couple of years to it: they’ll be there through the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year.

Licton was Seattle’s first alternative public school, with a curriculum oriented around Native American culture. (The name comes from the area they will be relocating to in late 2017, but also has Native American roots, taking its name from “Liq’tid (LEEK-teed) or Licton for the Lushootseed word meaning ‘reddish mud of the springs’. ”

John Chapman, Licton Springs PTO Chairperson, writes:

If you are looking for a school that is dynamic, respectful, and student centered, while dedicated to equality, compassion, and social justice –Licton Springs K-8 may be the school for your child. Licton Springs K-8 (formerly known as Pinehurst K-8, and before that Alternative School #1), has been providing students with a hands-on, project based, social-justice curriculum since 1970, and now has a new focus on Native American experience.

We will be holding school tours and an open house in preparation for student open enrollment. All events will be at our temporary location in the South Wing of the Lincoln Building, 4400 Interlake Avenue N., in the Wallingford neighborhood. We are open to any student in Seattle Public Schools.

Evening Open House – Wednesday, February 25th, from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Daytime Tours – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30-10:30, February 19th, 24th, and 26th; March 3rd and 5th.

What will you find at Licton Springs K-8?

  • An intimate, compassionate learning community where every student is cherished for their unique gifts and talents, where different learning styles are respected and encouraged, and where all hearts and minds are welcomed.
  • A student-driven approach where children have the freedom to explore their interests and follow their natural curiosity, lighting a passion for learning that they will carry throughout their life.
  • Hands on-projects and experiential learning methods that keep school connected to the real world, engaging students beyond the limits of the typical classroom.
  • A focus on Native American heritage that honors the history, experience, culture, and world view of indigenous people, creating a supportive environment for Native students, while honoring and respecting the diverse, multi-cultural background of all our students.
  • A passion for social justice and environmental education that encourages students to advocate for issues important to themselves, their community, and the world – helping them become the compassionate leaders of tomorrow.
  • An emphasis on high academic expectations, critical thinking, and high-quality presentation that encourages students of every level of ability to grow and excel. Our graduates leave fully prepared for high-school, with research, writing, and project management skills far beyond the typical middle-school experience.
  • An emphasis on the arts, including dance through a partnership with the Pacific North Ballet, Native American carving, film studies, and other art projects. We incorporate art and creative expression throughout our curriculum.
  • A commitment to fully serve and address the needs of all students, from the highly gifted to the highly challenged, in a supportive and inclusive community, and to fully support the needs of special education students.

For more information about our school, call the office at – 206.252.6000, or go to our official SPS website.

Meaningful Movies

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies is celebrating their 12th anniversary this Friday, Feb 20th at 7:00 pm, and they’re celebrating with a bit of a mixed media affair: play reading interspersed with video, followed by facilitated discussion:


Project Unspeakable
A Dramatic Reading of Selected Sections of the Play, with Video Vignettes
(A Play by Court Dorsey, based on a book by Jim Douglass)

Portions of the play will be a read by Friends of Meaningful Movies, a collection of 12 readers from our own social justice community. And we’ll augment the performance with interspersed historical videos.

Coinciding with the 50th commemoration of the death of Malcolm X (Feb 21, 1965), Project Unspeakable is a theatrical work about the role of Thomas Merton’s “Unspeakable” in the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy.

From the authors of the play: “A generation of baby-boomers who have lived most of their adult lives in the rubble of shattered dreams, who have seen the great leaders of their generation slaughtered in officially whitewashed circumstances, are invited to come forward to insist that the truth finally be uncovered regarding this destruction of lives and visionary leadership. In addition,
Project Unspeakable offers [everyone] a unique opportunity, not only to learn more about these four inspirational leaders of the 1960’s, but also to reenergize their recent efforts to confront current manifestations of the ‘Unspeakable,’ as many have already been doing in the ‘Occupy’ and the climate action movements.”

The play is followed by a facilitated community discussion.

Takes place at 5019 Keystone Place N. (in the Keystone Church building. The event is open to the public, admission by donation.

BikeWorks Bike Drive

Ed Phippen writes:

Bike Works is hosting a city-wide bike drive on Feb 22nd and one of the drop off locations is here in Wallingford (at my house).
In case you’re unfamiliar with BikeWorks, it uses bicycles to teach primarily disadvantaged kids about leadership, education, and work.  In its signature program, Earn-A-Bike, kids take a class to learn how to strip and then rebuild a bike.  Upon graduating they are encouraged to volunteer in their communities.  After a set number of volunteer hours they “earn” a bicycle of their own.  BikeWorks also runs a variety of classes, camps, and tours for youth.  It also has it’s own recycle program and bike shop, the proceeds from which are used to support our programs.
So we’re constantly on the hunt for used bikes.  Demand for our programs has grown over the past several years so we’re increasing opportunities for people to donate used bikes and bike parts.  We’ll take anything!
If you’ve got bike that you’re ready to part with, head over over to Ed’s place, 1851 N. 52nd St, 10 am – 2 pm.
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