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.
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.
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!) Watch this page for more Outdoor Cinema info coming soon, and mark your calendar for summer fun in Wedgwood.
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.
Wedgwood Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, January 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Congratulations – we survived the “end of the world” that was predicted in December. Whether you were concerned about that or not, now is a good time to reflect: had there been a natural disaster that day, would you have been prepared? Would your neighbors have been ready? And would the overall community been able to help you if you faced issues that were bigger than you or your neighbors could handle?
A number of people in NE Seattle have been working on these questions over the past year or two, and some changes can be seen. Many families have prepared disaster kits for their homes. More than a dozen new blocks have organized disaster plans. And emergency communications hubs have been planned and/or tested in Wedgwood, Maple Leaf and Lake City. That is good progress, but more needs to be done.
In drills run at the communications hubs in 2011 and 2012, we practiced sending radio messages to Seattle’s Emergency Operations Center – with made-up scenarios saying that we had a fire at a specific address, or someone who needed kidney dialysis. These were fun drills, and everyone seemed especially eager to try out the radios.
However, through those drills, the city realized the radio system would be overwhelmed by traffic were we to be reporting individual incidents. Now, the process will be to call in only generalized community assessments, as well as incidents that involve more than 100 people. All other situations, and often the large reported incidents as well, need to be dealt with by local community resources. Which means that we need to organize things ahead of time, so that these resources are ready.
So we’re hosting a meeting on Wednesday, January 30th from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church to bring together people in the community who are willing to come and help figure out what needs to be done to get our community prepared. This will be a working meeting, with participants asked for input, suggestions and ideas, and from this we hope to determine what the most important steps are for getting our community prepared for a disaster.
Please join us for this meeting. Remember, preparations done before a disaster will reduce the impact of that disaster. We’re not a gloom-and-doom bunch, just pragmatists with a goal. Eventually there will be a major earthquake here, so let’s be prepared to help each other. Know that, be prepared for it, and hopefully it will happen many generations from now. In the process, getting involved and meeting your kindred spirits from the neighborhood can be fun. We will work hard to make this meeting enjoyable, interesting and productive.
Sustainable NE Seattle invites you to attend the Grand Opening of the new NE Seattle Tool Library, 2415 NE 80th Street, this Saturday, January 19 at 10 AM. You can sign up for membership and there will be a meet-and-greet, then the official opening ceremony at 11 AM. Stick around until 2 PM for tool lending, refreshments, and the “Taste of the Tool Library” demonstrations. There will also be a drawing from the names of all members to win an array of prizes donated by local businesses.
Because of the support of the very successful West Seattle Tool Library, funding through Cleanscapes Waste Reduction Award Program and the support of building owner North Seattle Friends Church, there is now a NE Seattle Tool Library. The Tool Library will help reduce waste, increase neighborhood resilience and strengthen community ties. Please join in the celebration on Saturday!
Yes it is that time of year again when we will see scary and not so scary creatures wandering the business district of Wedgwood in search of sweet treats. The Wedgwood Business District Trick or Treat will happen again on Wednesday, October 31st, Halloween, from 4 to 6 PM. Take a stroll down 35th Ave NE and stop in at local businesses for goodies.
Wedgwood’s annual Outdoor Cinema is happening this year at the Hunter Farm Gathering Place, on Saturday, August 4th. The festivities begin at 7PM and will again feature snackable goodness from Metropolitan Market, Van Gough Coffeehouse, and others! Come early to grab your seat!
You can come ask Wedgwood Community Council trustees what we’ve been working on on your behalf, become a member of the WCC, and/or buy a “Wedgwood” t-shirt.
It’s almost that time of year again, when the neighborhood gathers together to enjoy free food and drink from local businesses, music and games for the entire family and of course, a gigantic blow-up screen featuring a hot summer blockbuster!
This year’s annual Outdoor Cinema on Saturday, August 4 will feature a showing of Disney’s “The Muppets,” and will be, for the first time ever, located at the Hunter Tree Farms Gathering Space (7744 35th Ave NE; next to the U.S. Post Office).
Other key details to note:
• Festivities will begin around 7pm and continue until dusk; the movie will start as the sun sets so bring blankets, lawn chairs, etc. to keep yourself comfortable.
• Metropolitan Market, Van Gogh Coffeehouse and a number of other sponsors will be providing free food and drink throughout the event.
• The Wedgwood Community Council will be available to answer questions about membership and how YOU can become a proud owner of a nifty green WEDGWOOD t-shirt.
Keep an eye out for more posts on the website, but if you have any specific questions, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the whole family there!
Seattle does a pretty good job of recycling, whether its our old milk containers or food wastes. According to the City, the average Seattle single-family residence recycles/composts about 70% of its waste, which is up 20% from 25 years ago. However, the City spends more than $150 million a year to dealing with our waste.
So, in an effort to boost recycling/composting and save the City about $6.4 million a year, Seattle Public Utilities is implementing a test pilot project called “One Less Truck.” Under the test pilot project, 10 blocks of Wedgwood will have their waste pick up go from once a week to every other week. The 10 blocks in question include those (east to west) 30th Ave NE to 35th Ave NE and (north to south) NE 85th Street to NE 90th Street. Wedgwood is 1 of 4 neighborhoods in the City included in the test pilot.
As a result of the reduced collection frequency, those residences included in the test pilot project will receive a one-time payment of $100 and reduced rates. The test pilot project runs from July 1st – December 31st. The every-other-week schedule for pick up can be found HERE.
The every-other-week test pilot project, which is being implemented following a City Council directive, has been successfully adopted in other nearby cities, including Renton, Olympia, and Portland. Seattle Public Utilities will be hosting an Open House for the project at the NE Branch Library on Thursday, June 14th, beginning at 6:30.
If you have questions on the project, check out this Q&A. Any other questions can be directed to OneLessTruck@seattle.gov or (206) 684-7665, press #1.