A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


PNA’s Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings for fall

July 29th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program located in Loyal Heights, has openings for the 2015-16 school year for children ages 5 and younger.

We offer a part-time cooperative program with a play-based curriculum that supports children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Parents are also supported by our in-house parent educator. We currently have openings in our Parent/Infant and 3-5s classes for the 2015-16 School Year. The Parent/Infant class meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am. A child must be born before September 1, 2015, but may not have turned one year by that date to be eligible. The 3-5s class is held Tues/Wed/Thurs from 12:15-3:15 pm, plus Fridays from 12:15-3:15 pm for pre-K children. Please contact the Registrar atbpc.registrar@gmail.com for more information and/or visit our website at www.phinneycenter.org/bpc.

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Empty Amazon boxes found in alley

July 29th, 2015 by Doree

Sharon tells us she found two empty Amazon Prime boxes in the alley behind her home. She assumes someone stole the boxes from porches, took the contents, then threw the boxes away.

One box’s address is 720 N. 95th St., Apt. C; the other’s is 6230 4th Ave. NW.

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News roundup: New auto parts store, acupuncture clinic opens, soccer registration open, self-published books at library

July 28th, 2015 by Doree

Advance Auto Parts is moving into the former liquor store building at Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and 93rd streets. (Thanks to John and Chris for the tips!)

Advance Auto Parts - 92nd & Greenwood-resized

Dr. Melissa Romeo, PhD., LAc, has opened Phinney Ridge Community Acupuncture at 7100 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite A. The community acupuncture clinic offers a sliding scale for treatments of $20-$40, and patients get treated in the same room together, keeping overhead costs down. Phone is 206-495-3675.

Woodland Soccer Club registration for fall is still open. Play begins in September and goes for approximately three months. Teams practice once or twice a week with games on the weekend. WSC currently has openings for the following age divisions: Boys U-12, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-19; Girls U-11, U-12, U-14.

The University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), is looking for families of infants and children from birth to age 8 to join its registry. I-LABS studies social and cognitive development. Researchers explore why infants enjoy social interactions, how toddlers learn about the emotions and goals of other people, and when children develop empathy for others. You can learn more about volunteering and sign up for the registry online.

The Seattle Public Library has added self-published books to its E-book collection. All Washington state authors are invited to submit their works to the library using the new SELF-e self-publishing platform, and to attend a public reception in August to celebrate the circulation of local, self-published e-books.

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Library Journal and BiblioBoard to offer the SELF-e public library e-book discovery service. SELF-e allows self-published authors to submit their e-book for circulation at The Seattle Public Library, libraries throughout Washington and possibly libraries nationwide.

To submit an e-book to The Seattle Public Library’s collection, visit www.spl.org/seattlewrites and scroll down to the SELF-e publishing link.

E-book submissions may include fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short story collections — in any theme or genre, so long as the e-book is submitted in EPUB or PDF format. E-books may be converted to EPUB or PDF formats by using MS Word or Adobe InDesign; both programs are available on public computers at all Library locations. All submissions must be in English at this time. There is no limit on how many books an author may submit.

Submissions must be the writer’s own work. An e-book may not be submitted without the author’s knowledge or consent. No monetary compensation is provided, however authors are not restricted from promoting or selling their e-books in other markets. Authors of all ages may submit e-books. All submissions will be reviewed by Library Journal to see that the requirements listed in the Terms of Agreement are met (e.g., not illegal, plagiarized, commercial, malicious, etc.).

The public reception will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 8 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. (206-386-4636). Attendees can check out the first self-published e-book submissions, learn more about the new SELF-e service, and hear BiblioBoard’s co-founder Mitchell Davis speak on self-publishing in public libraries.

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Residents advised to manage water use as city activates water shortage response plan

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

Because of historic low river levels and this summer’s heat wave, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have activated water shortage response plans, with the first phase asking residents to be mindful of their water use.

Seattle’s water supply outlook is fair and, like Everett, supply is projected to be adequate until fall rains typically return. With today’s activation of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the city is taking the needed steps to further maximize its water supply for people and fish in the event this unusual weather continues.

Seattle operates a regional water supply system that serves Seattle as well as 25 other cities and water districts in King County.

If conditions worsen, each city may move to the “voluntary” phase of water shortage response and ask customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.

Examples of good water management include:

• Watering early or late: Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
• Watering deeply, but infrequently: It’s better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
• Fixing leaks: Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks. Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.
• Washing vehicles wisely: Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.
• Using a broom, not a hose: Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.
• Washing full loads: Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.

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Greenwood Tree Walk on August 15

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

City Tree Ambassadors will take neighbors on a morning tree walk around Greenwood, learning about tree placement, history and more, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. Meet at the southeast corner of Sandel Park, 9053 1st Ave. NW.

RSVP for the walk online.

If you can’t make the walk, you can download the self-guided tour to do any time.

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Seattle Summer Parkways coming to Lower Phinney/Ballard Sept. 19

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Summer Parkways is a new city program to turn miles of city streets into pedestrian zones for four hours for neighborhoods to stage special events.

These free, all-ages celebrations will create expansive, temporary open space on Seattle’s streets, where thousands of friends, families, and visitors can participate in dozens of community-based activities, from skateboard demos, to puppeteers, to art activities to food truck dining. Neighbors are encouraged to plan additional activities.

The inaugural program will happen in the Central District on Sept. 12 and Ballard/Lower Phinney on Sept. 19.

Our area’s Summer Parkway will close seven miles (131 blocks) to traffic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, with featured activities in locations including Loyal Heights Playfields, Salmon Bay Park, Ballard Corners Park, 14th Avenue Northwest Park Boulevard, Ballard Commons Park and the Sixth Avenue Pocket Park.

Ballard Map-resized

Streets will be closed to through traffic but open to local traffic. Neighbors are encouraged to host their own events anywhere along the route. Check out the Summer Parkways website for more info or email Summer.Parkways@seattle.gov to tell them about your planned event.

Seattle Summer Parkways is being produced in partnership between the City of Seattle, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club, among others.

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Family variety show, storytelling, live music and theater in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Storytelling with Steph at 11 a.m. Friday at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

Plant Care Clinics at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

“Godspell” at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues through Aug. 15.

“Game Night Gone Bad!” at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Art Studio Open House and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 909 N. 78th St., in the alley between 77th and 78th streets.

Free Boxing Power Hour at 11 a.m. Saturday at Title Boxing, 112 N. 85th St.

Cascadia Irish Music Week Farewell Concert from 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in the Brick Building.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the PNA in the Brick Building. Free, but you need to reserve a ticket online.

There’s a lot going on downtown this weekend, so beware of traffic.

  • Seafair Torchlight Run & Parade is Saturday, which will affect transit service throughout downtown starting at 3 p.m. Check out Metro’s Service Advisories page for reroute info.
  • Seattle Dragon Boat Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at South Lake Union Park.
  • And the Mariners play Toronto at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 1:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

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Annual Spoke & Food biking and dining fundraising event is Tuesday

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Tuesday, July 28, is the annual Spoke & Food fundraising event, where people are encouraged to bike to participating restaurants and breweries, where 20 percent of their bill will be donated to the non-profit road safety group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

While you’re encouraged to ride your bike, it’s not required. Each participating establishment will donate 20 percent of their total sales from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.

The goals of Spoke & Food are to improve local community by creating an event that people can do in their own neighborhoods; to promote a healthy lifestyle; to improve Seattle’s regard for its environment; to showcase how easy it is to use bicycles for everyday activities; and to help raise funds for a deserving non-profit.

You can find the full list of participating venues online. Those in our neighborhood include The Barking Dog Alehouse and Razzi’s Pizzeria.

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Greenwood actress performing ‘The Two Step’ at The Pocket Theater

July 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood actress Christine Longé will perform her solo show, “The Two Step,” at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., this Sunday and the following Friday, before traveling to Australia to perform in September.

Show times are 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26, and 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31. Audience members can take part in a special potluck in the lobby after Sunday’s performance. Tickets are $10 online or $14 at the door. The performance runs 55 minutes without an intermission, and is suitable for ages 10 and above.

THE TWO-STEP media photo 2 by John Small-resized


Photo by John Small.

Edith is an enchanting woman who dares to dream big. From sleepy suburbia to sweltering Saudi Arabia, she struggles to marry her independence with her need for love. THE TWO-STEP explores how music, travel, and memory influence a life well-lived.

THE TWO-STEP is a solo show inspired by the life of my worldly grandmother, who is a longtime Queen Anne resident and local legend among senior citizens. She teaches folk, line, and ballroom dance for seniors at the Seattle Center in addition to multiple retirement homes and senior communities throughout the Puget Sound region. She’s an avid traveler, matriarch, and opinionated optimist.

I’ve performed THE TWO-STEP for many audiences in the 2014 Winnipeg, Chicago, and Seattle Fringe Festivals (where my show was voted as the Audience Choice Award winner), and my next adventure is overseas in the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival come September. THE TWO-STEP is a whimsical, physical play directed by the talented Paul Budraitis which features an original musical number composed especially for this show by UW graduate Tom Freeman.

Off stage, the Cornish College graduate teaches theater and coaches gymnastics at Seattle Gymnastics Academy in Ballard.

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