A One-Day Park

What can you do in a parking space?  You can create a park for a day on September 19, 2014 from 9 AM to 3 PM, a creative activity to turn parking spaces in Seattle into a temporary art zone, recreational area, non-profit info table or business advertising zone.

PARK(ing) Day happens once a year, on the third Friday in September, and is an opportunity for any Seattleite to temporarily turn parking spaces into parks. The event raises awareness about important issues like creating a walkable, livable, healthy city and can be used by any group to advertise their business or services.

A one-day park is in one or two on-street parking spaces, but cannot be the spaces closest to the corner of a block.   Traffic cones must be used to mark off the one-day park, and there are restrictions on the height of items used in the space.  See the Frequently Asked Questions for guidelines and application info.  Applications are due by August 29.

A Roaring Good Time at This Year’s Summer Cinema

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year’s Summer Cinema. Between the amazing weather, delicious snacks, lively music and fun kid’s activities, it was an evening to remember…. Especially once young Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless soared across the screen in “How to Train Your Dragon”!

The WCC would like to say a special thank you to our 2014 Cinema sponsors, Douglas Fir business members, and participants: Homestreet Bank, Van Gogh Coffeehouse, QFC, Johnson’s Auto, Maid In the Northwest, JA Garden Design & Maintenance, Zeeks Pizza, Jesse Paulson Real Estate, Rx Pharmacy, Adams Insurance, Wedgwood Drama, Sublime Corn & Shave Ice, OneLife Church, Seattle Fire Department #40, and the Soul Purpose Band. This event wouldn’t be possible without their support!

If you missed the Cinema, or just want to relive some of the fun, check out the snaps below. Hope to see you in 2015!

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.)

The festivities at Outdoor Cinema 2014 will begin at 7:30 PM on Saturday, August 2, with live music, food vendors and kids activities.  Be sure to visit the Wedgwood Community Council membership table.  The movie is How to Train Your Dragon, and will begin as soon as it gets dark enough.

The Outdoor Cinema is not just for Wedgwoodians. 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 Montlake.net

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.