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Young male tuxedo cat wandering around 2nd Avenue NW

March 4th, 2015 by Doree

Barb tells us a young male tuxedo cat has been wandering around on 2nd Avenue NW between NW 70th and 72nd streets and she’s concerned that he’s lost.


He’s very friendly, and has a very loud yowl. He makes his presence known. He flops down and rolls around as soon as I approach him. He is very trusting and wants to relate and comes to “kitty.”

He comes by late afternoon or early evening. Maybe he’s doing rounds, or maybe his owner lets him out at that time. Or maybe he’s lost. Is this cat yours or a neighbor’s?

Please contact Barb at 206-941-0840 or barb@barbrowandesign.com.

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Greenwood Community Council looking for new board members

March 3rd, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is looking for new officers and board members for all positions:

  • President
  • Vice president
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Land Use Chair
  • Transportation Chair
  • Health and Safety Chair
  • Outreach Chair

You can nominate yourself or someone else you think should consider the job. Ideal candidates will be available for occasional meetings over beer or coffee, respond to emails so we can make decisions, and be interested in creating opportunities for neighbors to meet developers and decision-makers, shape neighborhood priorities, or make things happen in Greenwood.

These are two year terms, but please be prepared to commit to staying involved for the coming year. Any kind of skills and diversity you bring to the board will be appreciated. Please give it some thought … but don’t overthink it.

If you’re interested in any of these positions, just show up at the March GCC meeting at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. For questions, email: info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org.

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Phinney Hub meeting March 9 will focus on disaster preparedness

March 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Hub aims to help neighbors be prepared. The March 9 meeting will focus on making sure your household is prepared for the effects of a major earthquake or other disaster.

We will have an expert presenter to give you information and answer your questions. Kelly Kasper of HT2 Consulting worked at the American Red Cross for 10 years delivering disaster preparedness and business continuity services. She is a professional “Disaster Geek” (her words!) who can help us understand and respond to the hazards that we face in our neighborhood.

Kelly will make a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 40-minute question-and-answer session. If you want to know what to do and how to do it, this is your chance to find out!

Phinney Hub will meet from 7:30-8:45 p.m. on Monday, March 9, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Orange tabby missing from Greenwood

March 1st, 2015 by Doree

Update: Nasi has been found and returned home.

Earlier: Tracey says her small orange tabby, named Nasi, did not return home to Dayton Avenue North and North 97th Street on Friday.

He is missing his collar and tags, which were found in our yard. He is super friendly and we hope that a loving person thought he was a stray and picked him up. Please contact us at lostcatgreenwood@yahoo.com if you have seen him.


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Woodland Park Zoo elephants moving to Oklahoma City Zoo this spring

February 27th, 2015 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo announced on its blog today that its remaining two elephants, Bamboo and Chai, will move to the Oklahoma City Zoo sometime in late-March to mid-April.

Activists have long called for the zoo to shut down its elephant exhibit and move them to a sanctuary. Instead, the zoo decided to move them to another zoo where they will be part of a larger herd. Oklahoma currently has a family of five elephants, including a 2-month-old baby.

We are happy to announce that we have selected Oklahoma City Zoo, which best meets our criteria based on recommendations from animal welfare experts: a social herd of Asian elephants into which Chai and Bamboo may successfully integrate, a state-of-the-art facility, a healthy environment free of active infectious disease, high caliber elephant keeper and veterinary staff, a restricted contact management system, and an established history of stable finances and leadership.

You can read the full blog post, which details the decision-making process and how Chai and Bamboo will be moved 2,000 miles.

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Theater, live music and wine in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

February 27th, 2015 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

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

Savage/Love” at 7 p.m. Friday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Ellis Paul with Rebecca Loebe at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $20 general, $17 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).


The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building. Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general, $10 designated driver. For that you get 10 tastes, appetizers and music.

Phil Schallberger: ULTRA SHOWBERGER from 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Free Northwest Clarinet Choir concert from 4-5:15 p.m. Sunday at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St.

If you’re heading downtown, some streets will be closed around Aurora Avenue and Queen Anne for the Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Run. Some buses, including the 5, will be rerouted. See Metro’s Service Advisories page for information.

A reminder that Metro Transit bus fares are going up by 25 cents on Sunday, March 1 (50 cents for Access paratransit). But there’s also a new reduced-fare program, called ORCA LIFT, for riders earning at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, about $23,340 annually for an individual. ORCA LIFT fares will be $1.50 per trip regardless of time of day or number of zones traveled.

Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting its final public meeting about its playground improvement project from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, March 2.

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Subway and Silverball Saloon coming to Greenwood

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

Subway is currently building out the space at 8530 Palatine Ave. N., in one of the newer buildings between Palatine and Greenwood avenues and along Morrow Lane.


This photo is looking east toward Greenwood Avenue.

According to signs in the window, Silverball Saloon will be opening at 8558 Greenwood Ave. N.


The saloon’s Facebook page says the Western-themed bar and arcade will have classic and current pinball and arcade games and a wide selection of local beers. They’re hoping for a spring opening.

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Volunteers needed to bend 60 more metal monkey frames for next holiday lighting project

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

December’s holiday lighting project in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood brought 150 metal monkeys to businesses and trees throughout the neighborhood, and a lot of good press and attention to local businesses. The demand from businesses and residents to sponsor a monkey was so great that organizers are expanding the troupe for next year.

They’re looking for volunteers to help bend 60 more metal monkey frames. The work will take place in three, four-hour sessions at Close Enough Engineering’s workshop at Lake Union on March 16, 18 and 20.


If you’d like to help, contact Mike Veitenhans at mikeveets@gmail.com.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. You can see the full agenda here.

Guest speaker Kaitlin Parker of the National Wildlife Federation will talk about how to establish a backyard wildlife habitat and neighborhood corridors.

The council will discuss land use and development reports, the status of the proposed Pedestrian Overlay Zone and a Department of Planning and Development parking study.

They’ll also talk about council district issues, now that seven of the nine City Council positions will be elected by district. Ballard, Phinney Ridge and part of Greenwood are in the new District 6. The new District 5 will cover the north end of Greenwood up to Shoreline, as well as the east side of I-5.

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