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Seattle is truly a city of neighborhoods. Our neighborhoods in northeast Seattle – from Wallingford to Wedgwood to Windermere – are like treasures to discover each month when we just explore outside our front door. This is “4 to Explore,” a treasure map to 4 of the best things each month: 1 shop or restaurant to visit, 1 meeting to connect with neighbors, 1 fun activity to enjoy, and 1 neighborhood issue to engage. Enjoy exploring!

–Alex Pedersen

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1 Store to Adore

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Archie McPhee in Wallingford

Zany toys like “Hypno Glasses,” bacon-shaped bandages, and Edgar Allan Poe action figures spill out of bins and leap from the walls at this month’s “Store to Adore” ARCHIE MCPHEE in Wallingford. With its motto of “Less Talk – More Monkey,” Archie McPhee has been truly “Confusing Seattle for Over 30 Years.”  You know you’re in store for adventure when parents don’t want to leave even when the kids have had their fill. Browsing and trying out the toys will be the funnest part of your visit. But if you’re feeling too self-conscious to buy the “World’s Best Cat” trophy or the Bigfoot dress-up doll in person, explore Archie McPhee’s online store. Archie McPhee is…

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1 Meeting to Connect

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National Night Out Crime Prevention

Can setting up a barbecue in the middle of your street make your neighborhood safer? YES it can — on NATIONAL NIGHT OUT. On Tuesday, Aug 5 after 6 p.m. (which is also Election Day), people in many of our NE neighborhoods and throughout Seattle will connect and enjoy food on their blocks. Connecting with neighbors makes everyone safer. To set up a block party or find one nearby, click here.  Be sure to get on your neighborhood email list so that you can report suspicious activity and spot trends together. When in doubt, always call 911. For the past year, “4 to Explore” has been hanging our hopes on new…

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1 Fun to Enjoy

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Sounds of Summer Concerts at U Village

Enjoy 3 more music performances with the Sounds of Summer FREE CONCERTS at U-Village: Wed, Aug 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: The Paperboys: “a unique spin on folk music with Irish jigs [and] a good dose of country and bluegrass”   Wed, Aug 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Vicci Martinez.    Wed, Aug 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Hit Explosion “plays the best 70’s and 80’s disco and dance hits” According to the U-Village website, “Enjoy free live music, gourmet bites from U Village restaurants, the lively RAM beer garden, a balloon artist, face painting by Tangerine Tales, and fun activities…

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1 Issue to Engage

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Parks & Rec Taxes – the Vote

Ballots are due Tuesday, August 5 and, if you are struggling with how to vote on PARKS & RECREATION TAXES, you are not alone. While most people say, “I love our parks” and have historically voted to increase funding, there are many more questions about this tax proposal. So, take your time and consider carefully this costly and permanent choice. As assessed property values rise, so do costs for homeowners and renters (landlords can pass these costs to their tenants). So even if tax rates are not much higher, the tax bill grows and will continue to grow. This ballot measure doubles the amount of parks taxes from the…

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