Earth Day Cleanup Planned

When:    Saturday, April 20
Time:     10 AM to 1 PM
Where:  45th & Wallingford, SE corner

This year’s Wallingford Earth Day cleanup is organized by volunteers Will Vagle and Michael Dewar. Historic Wallingford is pleased to join them and spread the word!

Since 2022, with the support of Wallingford Community Council, Historic Wallingford, and the City of Seattle, volunteers have led this effort to bring the community together to pick up litter and coordinate trash removal.

To participate, drop by our registration desk next to the Animal Storm statue at 45th and Wallingford. Volunteers will receive a safety vest, picker, gloves, bags, and a plan! We hope to see you there!

Thank you, Will and Michael, for all your work!

Community Input Sought on Utility Box Beautification

Public art enriches our lives without us even knowing it and becomes part of our experiences, says sculptor Toby Mendez. Wallingford is full of outdoor art—from the whimsical mosaics of the Boys and Girls Club to the Animal Storm sculpture outside Wallingford Center to the eye-catching murals found throughout the N. 45th St. business district.

With this as inspiration, a collaborative neighborhood group, Wallingford Beautification, is working on plans to add to Wallingford’s artistic landscape, to enhance visual interest and raise community pride in Wallingford. With guidance from project manager Juan Martinez from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, this group is focused on adding graphics to three utility boxes along N. 45th St.—at the SE corner of Meridian and 45th in front of Silver Tray Thai; on the north side of 45th in front of QFC; and on the SE corner of 45th at Densmore by Wells Fargo.

The group invites your input on potential graphics for this project. Your feedback will assist the committee in charting the path forward as it enhances the utility boxes in Wallingford.

Show Your Love for Wallingford This Valentine’s Day

From February 11th to 15th, Historic Wallingford will be partnering with Tutta Bella for a fundraiser, making it easy as pie to show your love for Wallingford this Valentine’s Day!

Dine in or order delivery, takeout, or curbside from Tutta Bella during those days and use the code EasyAsPieWallingford at checkout. Twenty percent of sales made during February 11-15 using our special code will go directly towards Historic Wallingford’s efforts to foster an awareness of and appreciation for our neighborhood’s history and architecture. Thank you for your support!

Note: Valid for orders placed at the Wallingford, South Lake Union, Columbia City, and Issaquah restaurants, or the Kirkland or University Village QFCs (by ordering online, not at the kiosk). Orders made through third-party delivery services like DoorDash or UberEats do not qualify.

Historic Wallingford Receives Community Award

We had a ball Thursday night at Historic Seattle‘s 15th annual Preservation Celebration at Washington Hall. Thank you so much to Historic Seattle for hosting this event, and congratulations on 50 years! We were so honored to receive the 2023 Community Advocacy Award. Our Board President Rhonda Bush and Vice President Sarah Martin accepted the award on behalf of our organization.

This award is dedicated to the hard work of our valued volunteers, the generosity of our gracious donors and sponsors, and the passion of our supporters. Our work would not be possible without you. Thank you!

That’s a wrap!

The Wallingford Local broadcast its fifth and final live radio broadcast of the season from a soggy Meridian Park Wednesday. The show featured Ben Chandler of the Seattle Farmers Market Association; Sarah and Johnny Courtney of the restaurant Atoma, opening in November in Wallingford; Alex Halmi of Cafe Lolo, purveyors of small-batch pasta (one of two “Vendors of The Week of The Month”); farmers market employee Marina with a pair of fiddle tunes; Colleen Kurke, organizer of a Wallingford clean-up on October 14; Robin Mallory of Vashon Garlic (second of two “Vendors of The Week of The Month”); Sarah Martin of Historic Wallingford; and The Wallingford Local‘s infamous Trivia Challenge.

Produced and hosted by Feliks Banel with production and technical assistance from Laura Scott and additional production support from Rhonda Bush and Sarah Martin. Special thanks to Eric Zappa, Mark Patterson and Mitch Etter of SPACE 101.1 FM . Thanks to all who made this season a success!