Ballots due Nov. 8

This may go without saying for most, but Election Day is next Tuesday. That means ballots must be postmarked (with a first-class stamp) by Nov. 8, or returned to a ballot drop box (no stamp needed) by 8 p.m. that night.

For those in Queen Anne and Magnolia, the nearest dropboxes — open 24 hours a day between now and Election Day — are at the Ballard Branch Library (at the corner of Northwest 57th Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest), and the King County Administration Building (500 4th Avenue). Voters are asked to plan ahead to avoid lines.

For voters with disabilities who need assistance completing their ballot, an accessible voting center will be open at Union Station (401 S. Jackson St.) on Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Skinny Kitty Farms hosts pop-up this Thursday

While the Queen Anne Farmers Market has wrapped up its season, one weekly vendor will return on Nov. 3 to help shoppers stock up with farm-fresh produce, and gifts as the holidays approach.

Skinny Kitty Farms will be parked in the same area as the market, with their bright yellow and white van from 3 to 6 p.m. The Skagit County-based purveyor will bring winter squash, onions, potatoes, dry black and pinto beans, apples, and a limited supply of eggs, among other items, along with apple sauce, cider, jam, and plum conserves.

If the first pop-up is a success, the van will return on the first Thursday of each month until the Farmers Market reopens.


Magnolia School clean up on Saturday

Before official work to renovate and reopen the Magnolia School begins, neighbors will meet on Nov. 5 to do prep work on the site.

From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, volunteers can meet on the East side of the building, off of 28th Avenue West to tackle some of the overgrowth and landscaping work needed at the shuttered elementary school.

Snacks and lunch will be provided. 

In February, Seattle voters approved a six-year, $475.3 million capital levy, that included $90 million to address capacity needs in the district. Of that figure, approximately $20 million is earmarked for the Magnolia School renovation.


New York Times bestselling author in Magnolia on Sunday

An author and journalist who has written for the likes of Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times will be at the Magnolia LDS Chapel (2415 31st Ave. W.) at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 for a fireside conversation.

Jeff Benedict, the co-author of longtime NFL quarterback Steve Young’s new autobiography, “QB: My Life Behind the Spiral,” will appear for a fireside conversation, titled, “Balancing faith, ambition, and the culture of sports.”

Benedict has written 15 books, and currently directs the Institute for Writing and Mass Media at Southern Virginia University.


“Luncheon with Friends” on Nov. 16

Registration closes Nov. 10 for a free “Luncheon with Friends,” for people over the age of 50 on Nov. 16, meant to celebrate friendship and life’s joys. The nondenominational luncheon is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Magnolia Church of Ascension (2330 Viewmont Way W.), the latter of which will host the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will also include bingo.

The lunch will be prepared by Chef Cody Davis, who has experience working at Tutta Bella, Ray’s Boathouse, Serious Pie, and Bon Appetite.

To register, call Robin O’Leary at 206-233-7138, or email her at robin.oleary@seattle.gov. While there’s no cost to attend, donations are welcome.