Saturday, October 31, 2009

When did you last hear a good Ghost Story?

Today is the day that the thin boundary between the living and those that have passed over can be crossed. The day we call Halloween in Celtic tradition was a far more frightening day to the average Joe and Harriet of old. Come join storyteller Naomi Baltuk and her apprentice daughter, Bea, to hearing haunting scary tales.

Witches and ghosts and general horrific mayhem - not for the weak or faint of heart! (but FREE!) Come in costume - if you dare!

Renton History Museum

TODAY at 11 am
235 Mill Ave. South
Renton, WA

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Olde Fashioned Halloween Party Saturday!

Tomorrow is the day when we dress up and scare the neighbors if possible, eat way too much candy and light up the carved pumpkins one last time. My favorite way to enjoy the holiday is partaking in the community fun at the Olde Fashioned Halloween Party that is held downtown just off of Main Street and South Third.

The kids, the costumes, the games and the fun - it is all free, except for the hot dogs that you must really partake in to thoroughly enjoy the outing (you need a layer of real food to buffer all of the candycorn and snicker bars).

Bring the kids or just the kid within - you will not regret it. (Just look at FUN last year was!)

"OLDE" Fashioned Halloween Party
Saturday, October 31st
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Street Square in Downtown Renton
(enter on South Main St between 2nd & 3rd across from Uptown Glassworks)
Wear your costume, have fun at the games, have your face painted and your photo taken while snacking on some treats and food
Trick or Treat in Downtown Businesses from 1 to 4pm

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Pumpkin Art - how are your carving skilss?

Renton Hill is showing some pumpkin flavor - someone has been up late carving these days. Couldn't resist sharing this ever cute doorstep.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

wormy and squirmy came to rest upon a cake

wanna make some of these graveyard delights?

First -
use a cake mix, follow the directions for cupcakes, but put some LUV into it girls, add chocolate milk instead of water, or buttermilk and when it comes to the oil - maybe use that stuff we call butter

Then -
take an 8oz of cream cheese (okay, this could be lowfat), room temperature, and half a bag of semisweet chocolate chips that you have melted carefully on a double boiler on the stove. whip together, add a teaspoon of vanilla for good measure, and approx. 3 cups of powdered sugar. frost right away.

Decorate -
with crumbled oreo cookies (about 7, without the creamy middles), and some gummi sour worms. makes it look like death warmed over at the cemetery.

Flat Moogie will be visiting madlycreative for a few days - so stay tuned to her crazy antics. she is from the south - who knows what that might end up being...
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Pumpkins and squash for sale

Goosebump Pumpkins? We-Be-Little Pumpkins? How cute can you get. All found at Carpinito Brothers, less than a mile down the road from Downtown Renton.

Carpinito Brothers Farm
1148 Central Ave N
Kent, WA 98032
(253) 854-5692
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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Renton Film Frenzy Curvee Awards Gala Tonite!

The Film Frenzy films will be screened tonight at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center - and it is FREE! - come and join the fun. The top ten films will be screened from 7 til 9pm tonight and the Curvee Awards will be given - $1,700 in cash prizes featuring a special performance by the EriAm Sisters.

This is the culmination of seventeen filmmakers 50 hour odyssey to write, edit and produce a 4 minute film masterpiece featuring some necessary bits about Renton for the Second Annual Renton Fim Frenzy Competition.

If you can't make it to this evening's screening, the following two evenings will give you ample time and place to partake in this local bit of creativity. You can even meet the genius behind the effort, as the filmmakers themselves will be on hand to discuss their works.

Downtown Renton FilmWalk October 28-29 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Whistle Stop Ale House
809 S. 4th St.

310 Wells Ave. S.

Blossom Asian Bistro
305 Burnett Ave.S.

THURSDAY Locations

Liberty Cafe
926 S. 3rd St.

Renton History Museum
235 Mill Ave. S.

DC's Bar & Grill
907 S. 3rd St.

Remember = Admission is FREE. Can't beat that price!
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Chilling new home additions

Halloween haunting going a little by the way side this year? Let someone else's art be your new addition to the home Halloween decor. Deb at Girlfriend's Antiques,Gifts and Florals on South Third painted these babies herself. The base is old doors and the themes are a hoot.

Call or drop by today to get the best bit of artistic yard art around.

Girlfriend's Antiques, Gifts and Floral
920 South Third Street

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Add some spice to your life - Pumpkin Spice, that is

Painted Windows for the holidays - nobody has a better handle on it than Common Ground Coffee and Cupcakes. Little Witch and her cupcake, what could be cuter. Why, having your own cupcake, of course.

The Picaroon got lucky once again and had the best bit of Halloween flavor in a cup with a toasty and spiced up Pumpkin Latte while watching a bit of Renton mosey on by the other day. Heaven in a cup.

Enjoy the season in more way than one - eat yourself into some Happy Halloween spirits - and start right here at Common Ground.

Common Ground Cupcakes and Coffee
900 South Third St.(425) 235 - 1717

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Make no "bones" about it, Halloween is on

One more house to go and get your "spook" on this coming Halloween. Yet another house on Williams between 3rd and 4th in North Renton that deserves your attention.

Many of the decorations are handmade by those that reside within this house turned cemetery. Ever year adds a a new layer of fun.

Bring the kids by for some coffin chilling action as the graveyard becomes "alive" just in time for the holiday.

Congrats to Dave and Evan for bringing their best game to the yard art for Halloween.
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Get your costume mojo going

Sometimes dressing for Halloween is a family concern - the Schlegel family has this down pat.

Grandma, what big eyes you have!

Be careful Little Red

Someone doesn't like wolves - and isn't afraid to show it

Next great Halloween adventure -
"OLDE" Fashioned Halloween Party
Saturday, October 31st
1:00 - 4:00 pm

Main Street Square in Downtown Renton
(enter on South Main St between 2nd & 3rd across from Uptown Glassworks)
Wear your costume, have fun at the games, have your face painted and your photo taken while snacking on some treats and food
Trick or Treat in Downtown Businesses from 1 to 4pm

South Renton Neighborhood Potluck

South Renton has a invitation for you and the family - come join them for some October good cheer. The Neighborhood Potluck in Burnett Park is open to all today from 1pm till 4pm. Bring a dish of food, bundle up the kids and come on down. It should be festive fun - that park is really pretty, has great playground equipment for the young ones and the fall leaves will add that special something.

South Renton October Neighborhood Potluck
Today 1 pm - 4 pm
Burnett Park at S. 6th St. & Burnett

Saturday, October 24, 2009

What I saw today in Renton

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Boo! It's a Carnival for Kids today

Boo Carnival for ages 2 through 8, begins this morning at 10 am and lasts until 12 noon. It is $6 to get in and the children must have a parent/guardian in attendance. Inflatables and other games and delightfully spooky fun. This is co-sponosred by Stoneway Concrete - way to go guys!!

For more infor call (425)430 - 6700
Renton Community Center
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Remember your civic duty today and join a meeting

So many places to be tonight in Renton and all are good for your civic soul and the heart of your community. But how to choose? All I know is that your presence at any one of these meetings would be greatly appreciated - so wait to put on the fuzzy pink slippers and sweats tonight for a little while, and come hang out with your Rentonite friends.

The North Renton Neighborhood Association will be holding a meeting tonight at the Renton Senior Activity Center, 211 Burnett Ave. N., and the half an hour before the official start at 7pm is for drinking coffee, schmoozing with the crowd and have a snack or two. This will be on the ground floor this time around, as the usual room will be holding a Block Watch Meeting upstairs.

A great Block Watch Meeting with the ever informative and effervescent Cyndie Parks of the Renton Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit will be the guest speaker, 7pm at The Renton Senior Activity Center 2nd floor for anyone who is interested in coming. Some of my neighbors are thinking to first start out upstairs at the Block Watch Meeting and then move downstairs to catch the remainder of the North Renton Neighborhood Association Meeting. A little two-timing action, if you know what I mean. It could be good, if you are up to a little double indemnity.

The Museum Master Plan Informational Meeting is also occurring this evening from 7 to 9pm at the Renton History Museum which is located at 235 Mill Avenue South, which is one block south of the Renton Public Library. I wrote about this meeting last week, and as the museum's consultants share some of their findings in relation to assisting the museum with it's next 15 year phase, it is an excellent opportunity to have a say in how Renton history will be viewed and made.

Be a good Rentonite - make one of these meetings your preferred destination TONIGHT
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Keeping it all safe - Block Watch Meeting tells you how

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We don't always know when and what to do when keeping hearth and home safe - and that is where attending a BLOCK WATCH MEETING comes in. Cyndie Parks, from the Renton Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit makes it all so doable and talks you through whatever queries or problems that you might have. The best part about getting involved with your community is meeting the neighbors. When we can put a name and a face to those who live around us, we are more likely to want to have each other's back and pass along any pertinent information about what is going on along the block. In a time when finances have taken a downturn, petty crime and home break-ins is on the rise. Don't let you and your home become the victim to vandalization or theft.

This Block Watch Meeting is open to anyone who is interested. Come along and be informed, and maybe at a later date you can organize a meeting just for your street. Being informed never hurts anyone - it's the ignorance part that gets ya.

My funny story about the photo I am using in this posting is about some friends whose home I often admire and pass. One night, the moon was showing brightly, the wisteria draping over the neighbor's porch was looking so enticing, that although it was nearly 10 in the evening, being the shutterbug that I am, I pulled out the camera to snap a photo. It wasn't but a minute before the door flew open and the occupants of the pretty house were on the porch. Never shy about telling anyone to mosey along if their presence was disturbing the peace ir threatening to get ugly, these were the type of folks you would want to have on your block. They are polite but protective and not shy about calling 911 when needed. I felt so embarassed - I hadn't meant for the flash on the camera to go off and that is what had set them to fly off their cozy couch and outside to check on the scene. The situation was explained, another photo or two was taken and we called our "good nights" and parted. I won't be doing that to my neighbor's again anytime soon - I'll let them catch up on their evening viewing of Survivor in peace.

In Renton, we have a great response by the Renton Police Department for 911 calls. Suspicious behavior SHOULD be reported and the dispatch officer can prioritze the call for the police, so you never have to worry that your call about a car that has sat in the neighbor's drive for too long with the engine running will keep the police from handling a more serious crime. But until you pick up the phone and make the call, no one will ever know if there is a reason to be concerned about your area. So, come to the meeting, learn when to make the call and learn how to make your home and community a safe and welcoming place as the days become shorter and the nights, longer and much darker.


Renton Senior Activity Center
Second Floor
North Renton, WA

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Halloween decorations to die for

More Halloween haunting to be found on Williams Ave. N. between 3rd and 4th. Can you stand it? This is just next door to the house of the Shlegel's that I featured yesterday. Whew - is there ever a lot of Halloween Spirit in that part of town!

I never realized that a sitting gargoyle could be so cute and attractive to me. Either my standards are getting lower or I am just getting that much closer to the undead.

Never too many pumpkins in my estimation.

Okay, so you know that you and the kids are just gonna have to come over to this block a week from this Saturday and check this all out, right? Because I have one more house to feature on this very block before I am done. So hold onto those witch and warlock hats - we are just beginning our Halloween neighborhood flight.
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