Winterfest 2022: Kick-Off the Holiday Season in the Magnolia Village

UPDATED NOVEMBER 28, 2022

Winterfest 2022 – Saturday, December 3rd!

Join us in the Magnolia Village for a day filled with events to kick-off the holiday season, starting with pancake breakfast & hot chocolate offerings, lunch specials, afternoon family activities, and into the evening with adult gatherings.

Below is the Winterfest 2022 overview. Follow Discover Magnolia Facebook and Instagram channels to keep up with activities as they are continuously added!

  • Starbucks: 6am – 5pm. Enjoy a 12 oz hot chocolate for $3.00.
  • Petit Pierre Bakery: 7:30am – 4pm. Grab a Winterfest hot chocolate, topped with homemade marshmallows and crushed peppermint. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Magnolia Beautification Project.
  • Magnolia Lutheran Church – Swedish Pancake Breakfast: 8am – 12:30pm. Annual holiday tradition. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds go to charity.
  • Unravel Therapeutics: 9:30am – 8:30 pm. Drop by and purchase unique gifts and services just right for the discerning gift giver.
  • Mondello Lunch Special: 12pm – 3pm. Enjoy your choice of fettuccine primavera or lasagna with tiramisu for $23.
  • Figurehead Brewery: 12pm start – while supplies last. Cookie decorating and free hot chocolate for the kids!
  • VR Bubble Shop: 12pm – 8pm – 50% off all VR gaming activities.              
  • American Dance Institute – Free dance classes for various age groups – Children’s Hip Hop (ages 8-10) at 1:30pm – 2:20pm. Children’s Creative Dance (ages 3.5-5) at 3:00pm-3:45pm. Pre-Ballet (ages 5-7) at 4:00pm-4:50pm. Pre-registration required: https://www.americandanceinstitute.com/magnolia-village-winterfest
  • Magnolia Dental Care: 4pm. Ornament decorating for homegrown holiday arts and crafts.
  • Serendipity Lounge: 3pm – 5pm. Enjoy the sounds of one of our favorite local bands, Magnolia Steel and Rik & Lisa in the Serendipity Lounge.
  • Magnolia Cooperative Preschool: 4:30pm – 6pm. Enjoy hot chocolate & warming stations at the Magnolia Cooperative Playground.
  • Carolers in the Village – Magnolia Chorale: 4pm – 6pm. Welcome the sounds of the season with caroling through Magnolia Village. Catch them at the tree lighting at the Garden Center at 5pm!
  • Windermere: 4pm – 8pm. Make holiday memories by getting photos with Santa, one of the most popular attractions!
  • Sell Your Sole: 5pm – 8pm. Celebrate the Grand Opening while enjoying drinks, small bites AND shopping for gifts (or for you!).
  • Magnolia Garden Center: 5pm. The annual tree lighting event to kick off the holiday season along with the Magnolia Chorale carolers and warm beverages. Family winter photography by Julie Bennett will also be available on-site.
  • Jingle Bell Cruise: 6pm. In partnership with Werners Crash Shop, car enthusiasts will love the 25 holiday-decorated cars cruise through Magnolia, ending in the Village. Toy donations for Pacific Raceways Toy Drive will be accepted!
  • Magnolia’s Book Store: 6pm – 8pm. Magnolia’s favorite bookstore will be open ’til 8pm. Enjoy some holiday treats from 6pm to closing.
  • Carolers in the Village – The Holidames: 6pm – 8pm. Seasonal song favorites led by Ginger Ann Griffis.
  • Westerly Studio: 6pm – 9pm. It’s the annual holiday art sale! Come for a sip AND shopping for gifts – big and small – from nine local artists.
  • Vixen Collection Day Spa & Boutique: 6pm – 9 pm. Shop for gifts, clothing and beauty products with complimentary adult beverages.
  • Magnolia Village Pub: 7pm – 9:30pm. Join us for an Ugly Sweater Contest at 7pm, winner will be announced at 9:30pm. In between, there’s special holiday trivia, selfie booth, food and drinks. Bring a book for local charity donation and receive $5 off first beer.                   
  • Pet Pros: Shopping for your favorite pooch just got easier. Enjoy the Dog Treat-Making Station.
Mug of hot chocolate

Magnolia Community Council update and call to action – learn more

NOVEMBER 14, 2022

The Magnolia Community Council is appealing to the Magnolia community to donate to a legal defense fund to challenge the recent decision by the Seattle Redistricting Commission that fractures the Magnolia neighborhood into two separate council districts.

The Magnolia Community Council is seeking donations to support its legal defense fund with the goal of requesting a judge to order the Commission to follow the redistricting charter and vote for a map that keeps Magnolia in one council district. The Community Council is also seeking registered voters to sign on as an “additional party” to the legal challenge. If interested , the Community Council asks that you reach out to them directly at magnoliacommunityclub@gmail.com.

To learn more and stay connected with the Magnolia Community Council, please click here.

Magnolia Murals! New mural at Pier 91, Glacier Fish Company

NOVEMBER 3, 2022

Hopefully, you’ve seen the murals popping up around the neighborhood of Magnolia. One such mural is about a fish with close ties to the community. A colorful new mural now lives on your daily commute if you look over the Magnolia Bridge down at Pier 91! The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP), a trade association for the Wild Alaska Pollock industry, commissioned an eye-catching mural on the north face of the Glacier Fish Company building at Pier 91 in the heart of the Magnolia neighborhood by local artist Kyler Martz.

Kyler Martz is a local artist known for his distinctly recognizable work. Martz started as a tattoo artist and still inks body art, but he also created murals for the Whale Wins restaurant in Ballard and Ballard PCC Community Markets, illustrations for the Fremont Solstice Festival, and the Amazon Treasure Truck program, Filson clothing, and more.

Glacier Fish Company, the company that hosts the extravagant mural on the side of its building, is a member of GAPP and produces frozen-at-sea groundfish products like Wild Alaska Pollock.
This mural represents the fish and its attributes, plus the hardworking people that may even live in your neighborhood that go into bringing Wild Alaska Pollock to millions of American plates. The mural faces where thousands of cruise passengers arrive each year and “beautifies” the drive for many Magnolia natives. Many probably don’t know that Wild Alaska Pollock is the most consumed wild-caught fish in the world, and now it lives in your backyard.

The mural, made with adhesive and polyester mesh, utilizes the rich colors seen on cans of seafood from the Pacific Northwest’s rich seafood industry past. That is the lineage that supports the strong Wild Alaska Pollock industry we have today,” Morris said. Whether it’s snapping a picture of the mural with the city skyline or Puget Sound in the background as you’re on your daily run, or if you’d like to head to visit the public port in your own backyard yourself, you’re sure to see a detailed masterpiece.

Many Seattleites and visitors probably didn’t know that Wild Alaska Pollock has such strong ties to Seattle. But now everyone can join us in celebrating the name and what our fish both brings to the tables of consumers worldwide and means to the local economy.

Find the short videos that describe how Martz made the art for the building and the fence. GAPP appreciates the work that went into conceptualizing this project with Martz, the local agency Garrigan-Lyman Group, and Glacier Fish Company. We are excited to see this mural in our daily commute and local Seattle news outlets. We hope that it, like the Wild Alaska Pollock industry itself, becomes an iconic part of the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle.

Seattle Redistricting Commission advances Magnolia split

NOVEMBER 3, 2022

On Monday, October 31st, the Seattle Redistricting Commission voted 4-1 to advance a new council district map that splits Magnolia into two council districts. The final vote is November 8th, and the new council district map will then be filed with King County auditors. The primary boundary will be 28th Ave W. Magnolia residents living west of 28th Ave W. will be in District 6, and those living east will be in District 7. See the proposed map for the northern and southern boundaries, and the Commission continues to take public comment on the draft map.

The line at 28th Ave. W. ensures that Magnolia Village is entirely in the 6th District. However, the Magnolia and Dravus bridges are in the 7th District. The Emerson Street Bridge is straddled between the 6th and 7th Districts. Interbay along 15th Ave W., from Smith Cove to the Ballard Bridge, will be in the 7th District.

Recap of Commission Deliberations. The Commission heard from Magnolia residents challenging the proposed fracturing of the neighborhood. However, the Commission was not swayed. This is partly due to perceived differences of opinion on the rules for redistricting and the city charter guiding the redistricting process. An array of other issues apparently also informed decision-making by the Commission. This includes the role of redistricting in addressing generational racial and housing equity and diversity in Seattle, the support for the Redistricting Justice Coalition and its proposed redistricting map, and concerns over resident-driven recommendations for splitting other neighborhoods to keep Magnolia whole.

Next Steps. Magnolia-based discussions have focused on how and if to address the final proposed map that will fracture Magnolia. The Magnolia Community Council is seeking community feedback on the next steps. You can share your opinion, advice, and counsel by emailing magnoliacommunityclub@gmail.com. In the meantime, residents can continue to engage with the Commission and offer public comment through November 15th.

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee met on November 2nd and reaffirmed that the Chamber would continue collaborating with the Magnolia Community Council in the weeks ahead.

The Chamber also looks forward to developing strategies and scheduling meetings with District 6 Councilman Dan Strauss and District 7 Councilman Andrew Lewis. Both council seats are up in 2023, and unclear at this juncture if one or both are running for re-election. Bottomline, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and collaborate with our members to promote and protect the interests of our Magnolia business and family members with Council members Strauss and Lewis. And, we will support our members living in both the 6th and 7th districts. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Jason at jason@discovermagnolia.org or 206-618-1589.

Seattle Redistricting Commission seeks additional comments

OCTOBER 27, 2022

On Wednesday, October 26, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods issued a press release and announcement on behalf of the Seattle Redistricting Commission. The Commission is now offering three different “discussion maps” along with to the Malaba Map now titled the “Amended Draft Map.” The Amended Draft Map is the official draft map following a 4 to 1 vote by the Commission on October 18th. The three “discussion maps” were discussed at the October 25th meeting of the Commission.

The Commission is planning to vote on a final map on November 8th. They will hold a special meeting on October 31st that the public is invited to attend online. The Commission will take additional public comments on the four different maps. Two maps are extremely similar and split Magnolia between two districts (Amended Draft Map and the “Juarez Discussion Map“). The two other maps keep Magnolia whole (“Nickels Discussion Map” and “O’Sullivan Sponsored Discussion Map.”)

To learn more about the amended draft map and the three discussion maps, click here. The Nickels Discussion Map and the O’Sullivan Sponsored Discussion Map keep Magnolia whole. To offer comments to the Commission, click here.

To participate in the special meeting of the Seattle Redistricting Commission on October 31st, from noon to 1:30 pm, click here.

To sign the “Keep Magnolia Whole” petition prepared by the Magnolia Community Council, click here.


Magnolia split – again. Sign petition to keep Magnolia whole

OCTOBER 24 – TIME SENSITIVE

The Seattle Redistricting Commission meets for its final vote to create new city council districts on Tuesday, October 25th, at noon: see agenda, here (Zoom link provided to participate in the meeting).

As reported, the Commission shocked Magnolia and other residents of the city on October 18th by voting to fracture Magnolia with the removal of the O’Sullivan-Shah map proposal and the passing of the Malaba map proposal. It was a surprise move, and unclear exactly why it was done, but the results are less than desirable for Magnolia.

We strongly urge all Magnolia residents to log on to Keep Magnolia Whole and sign thee petition in support of keeping Magnolia in one council district. As of 9:00 am on Monday, October 24th, Magnolia has just over 600 signatories to the petition. It is vital that the Commission hear from Magnolia residents, both in written testimony and by signing the petition.

One Magnolia – one week to keep Magnolia in one council district

OCTOBER 19, 2022

On Tuesday, October 18th, the Seattle Redistricting Commission voted 4-1 to support the so-called Malaba Map that fractures Magnolia into two separate districts. Former Mayor Greg Nickels cast the lone “no” vote.

In a surprise twist, the O’Sullivan-Shah Map that kept Magnolia whole in a newly configured 6th District was pulled from consideration by both Commissioners O’Sullivan and Shah, the map’s proponents and authors. The reasoning was that the map placed Fremont into the 7th District, and the outcry from the Fremont neighborhood was persuasive. Four Commissioners also believed the Seattle Redistricting Justice group effectively demonstrated city-wide support for the RJS map. The draft Malaba Map can be accessed here.

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce continues to support the O’Sullivan-Shah Map and wants it back into consideration for the final vote on October 25th. Notably, the final map must be reviewed, edited as needed, approved by King County Elections and other auditing departments and personnel, and filed with the city clerk. To see the timeline remaining in the redistricting process, please click here.

Magnolia residents and businesses who want to keep the neighborhood, Interbay along 15th Avenue W., and all three bridges that provide access in and out of Magnolia, MUST continue to advocate the Commission for the O’Sullivan-Shah Map. We have one week to advocate for “One Magnolia.” Comments supporting the O’Sullivan-Shah Map are simple: please reconsider the O’Sullivan-Shah Map, as it best recognizes Magnolia as a community of interest. Provide your comments here.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in this issue and your advocacy for keeping Magnolia whole and as “One Magnolia.”

This is it – support the O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map to keep Magnolia in one council district

UPDATED OCTOBER 13, 2022

The Seattle Redistricting Commission is marching ahead to finalize a city council map by mid-November. Please support the O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map to keep Magnolia in one council district.

Background. On October 18th, the Commission will vote on three different draft redistricting maps. The map that receives the MOST votes from the Commission’s five members will be the preferred council district map. There will be one more round of public comment on the preferred map, and the process will be finalized no later than November 15th.

Members of the Redistricting Justice Coalition strongly favor splitting Magnolia. Indeed, the coalition’s preferred map fracturing Magnolia is one of the three maps being considered by the Commission. The coalition has achieved its redistricting goals for newly designed Districts 1 & 2, which we support. The two proposed districts ensure better equity and justice in representation for the BIPOC communities in south Seattle. However, they continue vigorously lobbying to crack Magnolia into two districts.

TAKE ACTION. Support the O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map. One of the amended maps that the Commission will discuss on Oct. 18th keeps Magnolia whole. Please support the “O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map” that keeps the entirety of Magnolia and Interbay in a newly refigured District 6.

Below are suggested talking points for your comments:

  • I support the O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map that keeps Magnolia whole in one council district. I favor a redistricting outcome that makes Seattle a more equitable, just, and inclusive place for residents to engage with their elected council members. A unified Magnolia aligns with this vision for Seattle while also recognizing other communities’ needs and the redistricting charter’s goals.
  • The O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map acknowledges that Magnolia is a definable “community of interest” consistent with redistricting rules. Residents of our close-knit community depend solely on three bridges built and maintained by the city of Seattle and funded by the Seattle City Council. Please recognize the unique geographic circumstances, Magnolia’s ongoing bridge maintenance needs, and its need to stay connected in one council district to the Interbay area and 15th Ave W.
  • Thank you for your hard work and public service. Redistricting is an essential tool in representative democracy and an important milestone in the evolution of the Seattle City Council.

We join the Magnolia Community Council recommending you submit your positive, supportive comment online, any time through this portal.

Even if you have previously sent in comments, share your thoughts about how the O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map helps Magnolia remain a neighborhood. 

Share this information with neighbors and friends. Urge them to submit positive public comments too.

If you have questions, please call Jason at 206-618-1589 or email jason@discovermagnolia.org

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Crib Notes! The Seattle Redistricting Process in a Nutshell. The Seattle Redistricting Commission is tasked with redrawing the city’s seven Council districts and is expected to vote on a final amended draft map on October 18th. Redistricting occurs every decade and accounts for population shifts measured by the Census. The Seattle Redistricting Commission has received hundreds of written and oral comments since the Spring of 2022.

The map drawing process will end no later than November 15th, and the new lines will go into place for the next seven City Council elections in 2023.

The council lines determine how Seattle’s communities and neighborhoods are grouped and represented by the seven City Council members (two council members are at-large positions and voted on by the entirety of the city’s electorate) with implications for decisions about city funding, land use, and legislation. A preliminary map was first released in August. It triggered many passionate responses from all corners of Seattle, especially Magnolia residents who shared concerns that Magnolia was fractured in the first draft map and our voting power diminished.

A new draft was proposed on September 27th that kept Magnolia whole and moved into District 6. The Commission debated the map’s merits and held public hearings to seek input and guidance. Following a public forum on October 8th, the Commission offered three proposed changes to the September 27th map. We strongly support the O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map.

To support the O’Sullivan/Shah Proposed Changes Map, review our suggested talking points above and PROVIDE WRITTEN COMMENTS HERE

Magnolia Community Council releases statement on redistricting and splitting Magnolia into two districts

The Magnolia Community Council released a statement and provides analyses and information regarding the Seattle Redistricting Commission’s recommendations to split Magnolia into two separate city council districts.

The Magnolia Community Council’s comments coincide with the Seattle Redistricting Commission’s regularly scheduled public meeting on Tuesday, September 6th starting at 12 noon through 1:30 pm. The meeting can be accessed by visiting the Redistricting Commission’s website.

We note that the Commission’s website continues to offer ever-changing dates for public forums. Today’s regular meeting of the Commission will hopefully finalize dates and times for public forums so more of the public can be engaged in the redistricting process.

Access the Magnolia Community Council’s comments by clicking here.

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Chambership has its privileges – join the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce this August and receive 30-dollar store credit from Modele’s Home Furnishings.

Win-win opportunities abound this August for the new family, individual, or business members who join the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce. You become a part of Magnolia’s inner circle AND receive a $30 in-store credit as you shop Modele’s for unique high-end brands and gently used furniture, home accessories, and one-of-a-kind gift items.  

Modele’s Home Furnishings, located in the heart of Magnolia Village, and the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce are teaming up from August 1 to the 31 to encourage Magnolia Chamber memberships while showcasing one of Magnolia’s most beautiful retail stores in our community. Modele’s is a proud member of the Chamber and knows the value of membership firsthand.

“I receive so much support from the Magnolia Chamber,” says Modele’s owner Deb Bluestein. “It is because of the Chamber’s networking opportunities, business resources, and ample opportunities for meaningful community involvement that I am excited to sponsor the ‘Chambership has its privileges’ membership drive and offer a $30 store credit to those who join the Chamber this August.”

“With Summerfest back this year on August 5-7th, I want to encourage all families, individuals, and businesses to participate in the “Chambership has its privileges” membership drive and join the Magnolia Chamber right now; this month,” says Deb. “Please join as soon as possible and then stop by Modele’s while you’re enjoying Summerfest and make great use of the $30 store credit!”

Every Magnolian is welcome to join, be a part of the inner circle of our community and support the Magnolia Chamber. Families or individuals pay only $60 per year to be a member and support or help promote community events such as Summerfest and the Chamber’s Vino in the Village, Winterfest, Trick-or-Treat in the Village, and more. Family and individual members receive local event discounts and invitations to special member-only events. Chamber family and individual memberships are also a great way to support our local businesses like Modele’s and help you engage in the community we call home.

Based on your organization’s size, we have four membership tiers for new business members, including non-profits. All membership levels allow business members to increase visibility and connect with other merchants and our local community. If you are a business with 15 or fewer employees, you also automatically receive FREE membership with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber. Value-added benefits include the Chamber’s revamped website and continuously improving business listings. The business listings now consist of an interactive, searchable directory of member businesses that you can maintain with descriptions, logos, contact information, and images. Business members also have ample opportunities to meet potential customers by participating in the community’s Vino in the Village and as we help to promote Summerfest events.

To learn more about the “Chambership has its privileges” August membership drive and Modele’s $30 store credit offer to reward new members, please call Jason Thibeaux, Magnolia Chamber’s executive director, at 206.618.1589. You can also visit Modele’s at 3220 W. McGraw St., in the heart of Magnolia Village, join the Chamber in the store, and start shopping!

JOIN TODAY