LaVassar Florist and Roaring Mouse Annual Holiday Open House details

Once again, northern Ravenna businesses LaVassar Florists and Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio (7530 20th Avenue NE) are holding their Annual Holiday Open House.

This year the event takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM-5 PM.

Thirteen artists and vendors will have their wares available for purchase (see the full list on the event flier below).

Raffle prizes include three fresh arrangements from LaVassar, and two $50 gift certificates for Roaring Mouse.

Santa himself will attend the event from noon until 2 PM — he’s a busy guy these days. Complimentary photos are available, or you can use your own camera.

Cookies and cider will be available. But if you’re still hungry, check out the bake sale — the proceeds of which benefit Hopelink Food Bank.

Willy Wonka, eat your heart out – Will Bake for Food is back!

Ravenna Blog's Junior Editor sampling a Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Roll by Cook Local at Will Bake for Food 2010.

We love a good bake sale, don’t you?

Well, they do not get any better than Will Bake for Food.

Imagine a room full of baking bloggers who have donated their time, culinary talents, and tasty goodies in exchange for donations of food or cash to a local charity.

Donations of food or cash are exchanged at the door for tickets, which are then used to “buy” goods at all the various tables. Or, if you’re the gambling sort, raffle tickets can be purchased as well.

This year’s donation recipient is The Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County. You can find a list of the items the Emergency Feeding Program needs most here (PDF).

This year’s bake sale of champions takes place on Saturday, November 12, at University Heights (5031 University Way NE), from 11AM-2PM.

Our haul from last year, long since consumed with gusto.

Last year’s event collected 1,903 pounds of food and $946 for Northwest Harvest. The 1,631 items sold by 54 bakers and 138 beverages (55 coffee, 83 cider) poured by 2 volunteers sold out in 90 minutes.

To see a sampling of this year’s bakers — which includes Molly Wizenberg of Orangette and Delancy, Cook Local of the Roosevelt neighborhood, and the secretary of the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association — visit the Bakers page of the Will Bake for Food website.

For more on the organizers of Will Bake for Food, check out our post about last year’s event (“Will Bake For Food: The Ravenna connection to next week’s event for Northwest Harvest”).

Local things to see or do this weekend

If you haven’t caught my cold by this weekend, here are some local events worth leaving the house for.


  • Pancake Art Contest (Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave NE, 9-11 am; breakfast admission $3, Pancake Artist entry fee $5) – Enjoy a pancake breakfast (including toppings, bacon and beverages) and/or show off your pancake decorating skills in competition. Prizes awarded to each age group. Money benefits the Ravenna Community Garden (Project Ravenna Phase 2).
  • Will Bake For Food (University Congregational Church’s Ostrander Hall, 4515 16th Ave NE, 10 am-2 pm; food donations or money) – Over 60 local food bloggers hold a bake sale for Northwest Harvest, their baked goods exchanged for your donations. Read the Ravenna Blog post about this event, or head to the Will Bake For Food website for more information.
  • Free Wine Tastings (McCarthy & Schiering, 6500 Ravenna Ave NE, 11 am-5 pm) – Two try this Saturday are two 2005 Corliss Estates Reds. Read more about them here.


  • Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale (Ida Culver House Ravenna, 2315 NE 65th St, 11 am-5 pm) = Selection of homemade jewelry, quilts, paintings, organic dog treats, greeting cards, baked goods and more will be for sale. Proceeds benefit the retirement community’s garden club.