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Neighborhood crime roundup

April 24th, 2014 by Doree

Unfortunately, we have a fair number of recent property crimes to tell you about.

Esther tells us someone broke into her neighbor’s house at North 60th Street and Greenwood Avenue last week by kicking in the side door. The thief rifled through drawers and cupboards and stole some jewelry.

Gabi tells us someone stole her husband’s commute bike from their shed sometime between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday. She says the thief would have had to open the gate and walk all the way across the property to reach the shed.

Here’s a picture of a similar Black Raleigh bike. If you’ve seen it, please leave a note below in comments.

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Nancy tells us her neighbor stopped two thieves who were trying to steal a barbecue. They were driving a motorhome through an alley in Phinney Ridge and had just loaded the barbecue into their rig when he confronted them. He was able to get the barbecue back before they drove away. He got the full license plate, but for legal reasons we can only post a partial plate here: APT80**

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Please put a note below in comments if saw them too.

Heather tells us her truck was broken into last week in the alley between North 73rd and 74th streets between Fremont and Linden avenues. She says the thief broke through the back window, cleared out the center console and the glove compartment, stole a backpack and tools, and tried to steal the truck (she could tell because the ignition was messed up). She says several other vehicles in that area were broken into at the same time. She says a man was arrested the following night in Lynnwood after trying to use her husband’s debit card, and their stolen items are still in evidence at the Lynnwood precinct.

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NW Green Home Walking Tour this Saturday includes Phinney-Greenwood homes, businesses

April 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The NW Green Home Tour is coming up this Saturday with dozens of sustainably built homes and businesses from Woodinville to Shaw Island, including several in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Click here for a map of all sites throughout the region. Click here for a map of the North End sites.

The self-guided tour is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

If you’d like a guided walking tour through Fremont, Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, you can join Feet First Board President Dave Ramsay, who will lead a moderately-paced 5.1 mile walk connecting six of the tour sites. Participants will spend 15-20 minutes at each site. The walking tour will begin at 4301 Leary Way NW.

Neighborhood businesses on the tour include Taproot Theatre’s new expansion at 204 N. 85th St., and Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N.,which recently completed an eco-friendly remodel, including solar panels.

 

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Open house on pedestrian safety improvements at West Woodland TONIGHT

April 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting an open house TONIGHT (Wednesday) at West Woodland Elementary’s library, 5601 5th Ave. NW, to discuss upcoming pedestrian safety improvements near the school. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is planning to construct pedestrian safety improvements near 3rd Avenue NW, NW 56th Street and NW 55th Place. These improvements will be completed as part of our Neighborhood Street Fund program and improve pedestrian mobility and safety.

Project elements include:

  • Changing NW 55th Place to one-way, southwest-bound
  • Creating an all-way stop at the intersection of 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street to improve pedestrian crossing safety
  • Separating NW 55th Place from 3rd Avenue NW and NW 56th Street
  • Adding curb bulbs on the west and east sides of NW 56th Street and 3rd Avenue NW to shorten the length of the pedestrian crossing
  • Adding signage on northbound and southbound 3rd Avenue NW to indicate the school zone;
  • Adding minor drainage improvements

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s huge kids clothing and gear sale is Saturday

April 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up this Saturday, April 26.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss Greenwood Avenue transit, sidewalk project

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The major topic on the agenda is Seattle Department of Transportation’s upcoming project of transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue between North 90th and 105th streets. SDOT representatives will present their plans during the meeting and answer questions.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss how sidewalk designs will impact on-street parking, and how to balance improvements for bikes and buses vs. impacts to drivers.

From GCC:

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers. Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus. Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N. This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.

Also on the agenda will be an update on the proposed park across the street from the library on Greenwood Avenue and 81st Street, and an update on micro-housing and low-rise development regulations.

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Earth Day cleanup party in Greenwood Park this Saturday

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Join neighbors of Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St., at a volunteer park cleanup party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

We’ll be picking up trash and pulling weeds, so bring gloves and hand tools if you have them. (Some tools will be available to use.) If you play or walk in Greenwood Park, or are looking for a service opportunity for Earth Day, we’d love to meet you. Projects available for all ages, abilities, and skill levels!

Questions? Email visiongreenwood@gmail.com.

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Phinney Ridge teens headed to robotics world championships

April 21st, 2014 by Doree

Congratulations to Phinney Ridge residents Elaine Rickards and Morgan Thompson, members of the Ballard High School USFirst Robotics team The Vikings, who are heading to the world championship USFIRST robotics competition after gaining enough competition points in the NW Regional in Portland two weeks ago.

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L to R: Ballard High School engineering teacher Craig Nielson, drivers Morgan Thompson and Elaine Rickards, and teammate Sydney Kaplan, after the regional competition.

The world championship competition is April 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Carkeek Park celebrating 34th annual Earth Day on April 26

April 18th, 2014 by Doree

Carkeek Park is throwing itself a big party for the 34th annual Earth Day.

Earth Day itself is on April 22, but the celebration at the park will be on Saturday, April 26. The main event is an expo in the Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with representatives from: the Carkeek Park Advisory Council; the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project; Streams, Trails, and Restoration Stewards; Friends of Piper’s Orchard; Carkeek Foresters; EarthKeepers Day Camp; the Carkeek Park Demonstration Gardens; Seattle Parks Naturalists; Seattle Public Utilities Salmon in the Classroom and Salmon Stewards programs.

Here’s the schedule events:

  • 10 a.m. – Cub Scout Flag ceremony at the Environmental Learning Center
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Visit and feed the chum fry in the Imprint Pond.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – King County Wastewater Carkeek Pump Station Tours (every 45 minutes).
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Litter pick-up starting at the beach; sign-up in the parking lot next to the overpass.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Join a STARS (Streams, Trails, and Reforestation Stewards) volunteer work party. Help with hands-on trail maintenance and forest restoration (invasive removal). Gloves and training provided. Age 13 and older. Meet in the fenced yard adjacent to the maintenance shed to sign in at 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – EarthKeeper Explorers: Wonders of Piper’s Creek Watershed – Scavenger hunt, wetland demonstrations and creating art at the Environmental Learning Center. For ages 6-12 with an adult.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Green building consultations with a Miller-Hayashi architect, designers of the ELC.
  • 12-12:30 p.m. – Nature walk with a park naturalist, starting from the ELC.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – EarthKeeper Explorers: Wonders of Piper’s Creek Watershed – Looking at macroinvertebrates in the stream. For ages 6-12 with an adult; starts at the ELC.
  • 1-2 p.m. – Guided tour of Piper’s Orchard.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. – Pacific Northwest Natives & the Salmon – History, storytelling, music, and drum circle near the Wheel of Wisdom and salmon slide and in the play area.
  • 2:30pm – Watershed Tour with SPU naturalist, starting from the ELC.
  • 7:30-9 p.m. – Carkeek in the Dark with a park naturalist, $5 (registration required on Seattle Park’s website; search for “Explore the Park in the Dark.”)
  • 8 p.m. – Salmon in the Classroom salmon fry release into Venema Creek at the Imprint Pond.

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Grab your glad rags and come to the Roaring 20s auction at the PNA

April 17th, 2014 by Doree

Get all dolled up in your swankiest 1920′s attire for the annual PNA auction from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

You can get a sneak peek at some of the hundreds of items to bid on, including vacations to Puerta Vallarta and Las Vegas, Zoo Tunes season tickets, gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants and shops, and the ever-popular dinner with the Defenders of Greenwood at Fire Station 21.

Cost is $55 per person (or $75 at the patron level). Reserve a table for 10 for $550/$750. You can buy your tickets online, in person at the PNA, or call 206-783-2244.

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Seattle magician bringing family-style variety show to Phinney Center

April 16th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle magician and entertainer Evan Reynolds will host a monthly family-style variety show at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., beginning Sunday, April 27. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids, $10 for adults in advance online; an additional $5 at the door.

The opening show features a line-up that sci-fi enthusiasts will relish: an Indiana-Jones-themed musical number by local artist Scandal From Bohemia (winner of the Most Humorous Act in 2010 at the Great Burlesque Expo in Boston!) and accordion player Evan Evanovich, who will be working the crowd. But the star of the show (at least from a kid’s perspective!) is R2-D2, an amazing movie-quality replica built over a five-year period by Evan himself. The R2 unit – which looks, moves, and talks like it just rolled out of the movies – will play a significant role in Evan’s show, alongside several lucky volunteers!

Evan Reynolds was hooked on magic from boyhood, inheriting the craft from his father who was a practicing magician in the 1950’s. His performances range from theater to corporate to kid-style. He has been awarded Magician of the Year for Atlanta, Best Children’s Entertainer by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians, and has over fifty 5-star reviews on Kudzu. By day, Evan is a software engineer and devoted father of two. He likes to whip out his cards – or his kids – to impress an audience when time allows.

The second show will be June 1, featuring guest start Louie Foxx. After that, shows will be on the fourth Sunday of every month.

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale

April 15th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 26.

They’re accepting donations of gently used infant and children’s clothing and gear. Donations are tax-deductible; all proceeds support the preschool. Email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Zoo’s grizzly bears to play in the snow on Tuesday

April 14th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali are getting a 20th birthday treat on Tuesday when Crystal Mountain will truck in fresh snow from the Cascades for the bears’ exhibit. The bears actually turned 20 in January but were hibernating and slept right through it.

The snow will be delivered at 9:30 am. Tuesday. The 835-pound bears will start playing in the snow around 10 a.m.

The zoo will live stream the snowy experience on its “bear cam,” as well as inside Zoomazium and the grizzly bear viewing shelter.

The ski resort also trucked in snow in 2004 when the grizzlies turned 10.

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Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

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