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.

Community Emergency Prep Meeting, Wed 1/30

A home emergency kit

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.

Grand Opening Celebration at the Tool Library

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!

Wedgwood Annual Business District Trick or Treat

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.

The Muppets Are Coming! Outdoor Cinema, Saturday, August 4th

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.