All ‘Hoods Welcome at Outdoor Cinema 2014!

If you’re visiting this page from outside of Wedgwood, welcome! You may have seen some nifty signs appear on 35th Avenue this week heralding the summer’s most-anticipated event: Outdoor Cinema 2014. (Or at least one of the most-anticipated events, anyway.)

All the key details can be found in this blog post, but the Outdoor Cinema is not just for Wedgwoodians. Instead, it’s an opportunity for folks from the surrounding ‘hoods to come and enjoy the awesome Hunter Farm Gathering Space.

Here’s a handy list of a few close Wedgwood neighbors and how to get involved with the one representing you:

And if you live in Wedgwood, here is more info on how you can become a member of the Wedgwood Community Council.

See you on August 2nd!

Outdoor Cinema 2014!

This year’s annual Outdoor Cinema will be on Saturday, August 2 at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE, next to the Wedgwood Post Office. Live music, games for kids and food vendors will be available beginning at 7:30 PM with the movie starting at dusk (as soon as it gets dark enough!)

In keeping with the ever-so-popular dragon lore of our time, we will be showing How to Train Your Dragon! Some of you will have already seen How to Train Your Dragon 2 by the time Cinema rolls around, so come on out to go back to the beginning, when young Hiccup befriends his first dragon.

Montlake Traffic Alert

Sunday, May 18, 2014 is the day of Beat the Bridge, a racing fundraiser for juvenile diabetes.  All areas around Husky Stadium and Montlake Boulevard will be closed to through-traffic, until about noon.

Montlake Bridge photo by Paul Gibson on

Meaningful Movies Night: May 9

On Friday evening, May 9, Wedgwood Meaningful Movies will show To the Last Drop, a film about the Alberta, Canada, oil-containing tar sands.  This is one of the world’s largest open pit mines and there are concerns about pollution by toxic chemicals in the production process.  Questions must be asked about the overall effects of site degradation and oil use on climate, and the risk of contaminating fresh water supplies on which U.S. and Canadian food production depend.

The film will be shown at University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th Ave NE.  Enter from the south parking lot of the church building.  This event is free (donations gratefully accepted) and open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 PM for light refreshments.  The film will begin at 7 PM, followed by discussion.

Mid-Winter Magic: Gardening Show

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show will be held from February 5 to 9 at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  This annual gardening extravaganza will transport you out of mid-winter into a magical world of blossoms, inspiration for outdoor living, edible gardening, sustainability and more.  Tickets to the Garden Show are lower-cost before February 5.  You can order on-line or purchase tickets at local outlets.

In addition to Display Gardens the Show has a Marketplace of tools and gardening accessories, a Plant Market, Resource Center, Seminars and a free package check service (stash your purchases while you continue to enjoy the show.)

Music at Magnuson: Christmas Ship Festival

In December Argosy Cruises brings Christmas Ships around Seattle’s beaches to serenade those on shore.  On Friday evening, December 20, enjoy refreshments and listen to live music by the Emerald City Jazz Ensemble at the Magnuson Boat Launch, NE 65th Street entrance.

The festivities on the beach at Magnuson begin at 8 PM.  The ship will arrive at 8:50 PM with a twenty-minute concert by Dickens Carolers on board, using a sound system to project to the audience at Magnuson.  Everyone is invited to come out for this festive evening sponsored by the Magnuson and Laurelhurst Community Center Advisory Councils and the Seattle Parks Dept.

Outdoor Cinema on August 3rd, 2013

Wedgwood’s big summer party, the Outdoor Cinema, will be held on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE (next to the post office.)  Music, games for kids and food vendors will be available beginning at 7:30 PM with the movie starting at dusk (as soon as it gets dark enough!)  The movie shown will be Madagascar 3, a computer-animated comedy film by Dreamworks.  The film follows the adventures of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe.

If you would like to donate to support Outdoor Cinema, you may use the PayPal link which is at the top right corner of this page.  Donations will also be accepted at the event on August 3.

June 14 is Flag Day

Friday, June 14 is Flag Day — fly the American flag and celebrate the freedom that it stands for.

And don’t forget that Fathers Day is coming up this Sunday, June 16!  How about getting Dad a gift certificate to the NE Seattle Tool Library?  The Tool Library will be open on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM, and on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Save the Dates: Summer 2013 in Wedgwood

Summer is coming, with fun events planned for Wedgwood.  The Wedgwood Art Festival has artists, musicians, food and children’s activities lined up for the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14. This will be the Eighth Annual Celebration of Awesome Art in Your Neighborhood, and will again be held at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE.  Check the Wedgwood Art Festival schedule for your favorite musicians, and the times of puppet shows and face-painting for children.  There are still opportunities to sponsor and to volunteer at the Festival, too.

The Outdoor Cinema sponsored by the Wedgwood Community Council will be on Saturday, August 3rd, at the Gathering Place at Hunter Tree Farm, 7744 35th Ave NE in the heart of Wedgwood.  Kid/family activities will begin at 7:30 PM and the movie will start at dusk (whenever it gets dark enough!)  The movie will be Madagascar 3, a computer-animated comedy.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 will be Seattle’s city-wide Night Out Against Crime.  Night Out is a great opportunity to have a block party, get to know your neighbors and work together for safety and support.

Lights, Camera, Auction!

Mark your calendar for Wedgwood Elementary School’s upcoming event, Lights, Camera, Auction! This year’s Hollywood-themed school fundraiser will be held on Saturday evening, March 23, from 5:30 to 10 PM. Please note the event location:  Lake City Presbyterian Church, 3841 NE 123rd Street.  A list of contributing sponsors is on the Wedgwood School Auction page and you can buy tickets there via the PayPal link.  Let’s participate in supporting our neighborhood school and its programs via this fun (adults-only) evening event.  Even if you are not a Wedgwood School parent, you can attend the auction, bid on the great items and have a fun evening with the satisfaction of knowing you helped our neighborhood school.