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Performance art, theater, live music, garage sale, farmers market in the neighborhood this weekend

July 25th, 2014 by Doree

Here are some highlights of events in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

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

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents The Wild Snohomians (Country/Americana), Knut Bell (solo set) and Johnny Hoffman and the Residents Friday night; and hard rock by Shark The Herald, Animal People, Dolphin Hunt and Alina Alisha Nicole on Saturday night.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its run of “Jane Eyre the musical” on the mainstage, and “The Amish Project” in the Isaac Studio.

The soon-to-come Portal Studio, a movement and performance space at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an installation/dance performance by The Royal Society called “Southland.”Last weekend’s performances sold out, so they’ve added a second set of shows Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 7:45 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.

The second of five Saturday morning two-hour walking tours of PhinneyWood to help raise matching funds for the North 63rd Street Underpass Mural Project is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Meet under the bright yellow air raid tower at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Other tour dates are Aug. 2 and 16, and Sept. 6. Suggested donation is $10, but any amount will be accepted.

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. Juggler Nickolai Pirak, magician Ruben Barron, and the Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. $5 for children, $10 for adults, in advance or at the door.

Northwest Market Street will be closed again from Greenwood Avenue North to Third Avenue Northwest from 7 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can do some paving work. Eastbound traffic on Northwest Market Street will be detoured to North 39th Street. Westbound traffic will be detoured to North 39th or to North 65th Street (via North 50th Street and Phinney Avenue North). Trucks will be detoured to North 85th Street.

Next door to Phinneywood, the Crown Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Dozens of houses participate in this annual event.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade winners

July 25th, 2014 by Doree

Here are the trophy winners of Wednesday’s 2014 Greenwood Seafair Parade.

1st Place – Pacific Norwest (PNW) Drumline
2nd Place – Kennedy Catholic High School Marching Band
3rd Place – Salvation Army, Seattle Temple Corps Band

1st Place – Seattle Seafair Pirates
2nd Place – Seattle Seafair Clowns
3rd Place – Quality Food Center (QFC)

1st Place – West Seattle Hi-Yu
2nd Place – Seattle Seafair Commodores
3rd Place – KUBE 93 FM

Drill Team Jr. Dance
1st Place — Washington Diamonds Drill Team
2nd Place – Diva Upgrades
3rd Place – Princess’s of Elegance Drill Team

Drill Team Sr. Dance
1st Place – Dolls & Gents Drill Team/Drumline
2nd Place – Northside Sr. Drill Team
3rd Place – Lady’s of Elegance Drill Team and Drumline

1st Place – Seattle Time Machine
2nd Place – Greenwood Christian Church Garbage Can Corp
3rd Place – Greenwood Knights Car Club

Drill Team Jr. Precision
1st Place – Highlanders Drill Team B
2nd Place – Lil Senoritas Drill Team

Drill Team Sr. Precision
1st Place — Highlanders Drill Team A
2nd Place – Ballard Eagles Drill Team
3rd Place – North Queens Drill Team

Very Important Kids –Comic/Novelty

1st Place – Christ the King Catholic School
2nd Place – Greenwood Elementary School
3rd Place – Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op

Very Important Kids — Drill Teams
1st Place – Washington Karate Association

Very Important Kids — Wheeled
1st Place – Whittier Wildcats Unicycle Arts
2nd Place – Girl Scout Troop #44487
3rd Place – Cub Scout Pack 321

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Bike to dinner next Tuesday and help raise money for a nonprofit

July 24th, 2014 by Doree

Spoke & Food logo-resizedRazzi’s Pizzeria in Greenwood, Barking Dog Alehouse in Phinney/Ballard and 16 other restaurants around the city are participating in Tuesday evening’s fifth annual “Spoke & Food” event. The idea is for patrons to bike to and from a participating restaurant from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday. But even if you don’t bike, each restaurant has agreed to donate 20 percent of all proceeds to Seattle’s Outdoors for All Foundation.

Last year’s event raised more than $6,000. Spoke & Food chooses a different nonprofit each year.

See the website for a list of all participating restaurants.

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‘SEA-HAWKS!’ and more at the Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 23rd, 2014 by Dale

The rain held off, but so did much of the usual crowds, making it easier for those who did go to get front-row seats at the “Touchdown Greenwood” themed Greenwood Seafair Parade.

The chant, “SEA-HAWKS! SEA-HAWKS!” rippled through the small, but enthusiastic audience, as Blitz, the parade grand marshal, rode by near the head of the parade.


“Are they real princesses?” one young girl asked her mother as the waving Seafair princesses went by:


Tara Academy students stepped out:


The new Mayor, Ed Murray, put in an appearance in the old mayor’s ‘hood:

Mayor Ed Murray

The Electronettes drill team give an athletic performance:


The Seafair Pirates came with the traditional cannon. Many people got ready for one blast…


…and tried to capture the next one:


While the booming cannon made plenty of people jump, perhaps the most surprising guest was the double rainbow that arched over the parade. Here’s a shot of the brightest one. If you have a better shot – or any other great shots of the parade- please send it to us at tips@phinneywood.com.


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Greenwood Seafair Parade is tonight, rain or shine!

July 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the 64th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade will close streets in downtown Greenwood tonight for the oldest Seafair-sanctioned parade. Thousands of people will line Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, heads south to 85th Street, then west to 6th Avenue NW. The parade should end around 8:30 p.m.

Greenwood Avenue will be closed for several blocks north of 95th Street as parade entrants line up.

Parade organizer Ann Woodward says the parade will happen rain or shine. (The only reason to cancel would be lightning strikes.)

The parade theme is “Touchdown Greenwood,” and the grand marshal is Blitz, the Seahawks mascot. Pony rides will be available for $6 starting at 10 a.m. at North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Email us your favorite pics from the parade and we’ll post them the next day.

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Apodments at 87th & Phinney Avenue to be called ‘Footprint Phinney,’ open in spring 2015

July 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Footprint Investments has a conceptual drawing of its plan for the four-story, six-unit building currently under construction at 8727 Phinney Ave. N. The building will be called “Footprint Phinney” and have 40 “sleeping rooms.” It is directly north of the Greenwood Safeway’s upper parking lot, and east of the grocery store’s lower lot.

Here’s what the construction site looks like now.


Footprint Phinney’s website lists its amenities:

  • Furnished with a bed, table, chair, and bookshelf
  • Convenience center including microwave, refrigerator/freezer
  • Common kitchens
  • Sound-insulated floors and walls/quiet hours
  • Onsite laundry
  • Walk Score: 97
  • Transit Score: 53
  • Bike Score: 68
  • Professional maintenance of common areas and grounds
  • Close to Zipcar locations
  • Flexible lease terms

We’ve emailed Footprint Investments several times to ask how much rent will be but have not received a response.

Our October post about the development drew a lot of neighborhood criticism because it does not require parking.

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One-man neighborhood cleanup crew organizes cleanup event this Saturday

July 22nd, 2014 by Doree

For several months, one man has been single-handedly trying to clean up the streets of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Todd Chaisson picks up trash every day as he walks to and from work between North 60th and 83rd streets. He’s usually out there between 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. five days a week, alternating sides on each trip. He’s even got a Facebook page with maps of his route and information on what tools work best.

He started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for tools, including a trash grabber, trash can cart and bags, broom, etc. So far he’s raised $385 of his $1,000 goal. He’s donating half to local non-profits, including the Greenwood Food Bank.

Now he’s organizing a neighborhood cleanup day, set for this Saturday, July 26. He’s hoping to get about a dozen people to come out and help. He’s reserved some equipment from the city’s Adopt a Street Program. If you’re interested in helping out, you can leave him a message through either the GoFundMe site or his Facebook page. If all goes well, he’s hoping to organize monthly neighborhood cleanups.

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Christ the King Catholic School celebrating its 75th year

July 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Congratulations to Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St. (in Broadview, just north of Greenwood), which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The school began in 1939 as St. Anthony School with 94 students and four staff from Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The parish and school were both rededicated as Christ the King in 1949.

Here’s a historical photo.


And here’s the school today (both photos provided by the school).


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Host families needed for Chinese students arriving Aug. 1

July 22nd, 2014 by Doree

American Homestay Network is looking for families in our neighborhood to host international students, interns and professionals while they study at local institutions. The Redmond-based company tells me they have recently been overwhelmed by demand for students to stay in Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and surrounding neighborhoods.

Host families receive $440-$770 per student (compensation varies based on proximity to the school, meals and transportation, and the type of accommodation). Students are usually college-aged and stays can be as short as a couple of weeks, or last a year or more. Hosts can be families, singles, shared houses, retirees, teachers looking for summer income, or anyone with an extra room and good English conversation skills.

The organization has an immediate need for 20 hosts within 30 minutes of Seattle Pacific University for a 15-day study tour from China from Aug. 1-16. AHN is offering a $100 bonus to either the host or to the person who refers the host in addition to the $388.13 host payment.

If you can host, complete the online application and mention “SPU Study Tour” in the application.

• Host families will pick their student up on August 1st at 6pm at the Ashton Hall Building on SPU and drop student off on August 16th at 10:30am
• Students will attend classes M-F 9am-4:30pm
• Hosts provide 3 meals each day – breakfast and lunch will be self-serve and the host will make dinner at least 5 nights a week
• Hosts will be paid $388.15 plus the $100 bonus
• Total travel time to the SPU campus shall not exceed 50 minutes
• Students have 2 Saturday excursions planned
• Students may need host help to find and purchase a SIM card or a temporary cell phone
• Students are 15-18 years old, from China

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Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday will bring thousands to neighborhood

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

The 64th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade will take over Greenwood this Wednesday evening, July 23. More than 100 parade entries – including marching bands, drill teams, unicyclists, horses, dogs, pirates, community groups and plenty of cute kids – will begin at 6 p.m. at North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, working their way south, then turning right on 85th Street and ending at 6th Avenue NW. The parade should end around 8:30 p.m.

The parade theme is “Touchdown Greenwood,” and the grand marshal is Blitz, the Seahawks mascot. Pony rides will be available for $6 starting at 10 a.m. at North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Thousands of people line the route, with some putting out chairs to reserve their place early that morning. Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe, at 208 N. 85th St. is offering pre-orders on boxed dinners for $12.95 that come with reserved seating from 3-8 p.m. either inside or out, using your own chairs or theirs. Order forms are inside the café. (If any other business has a similar special, please let us know.)

The Greenwood Seafair Parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade.

(PhinneyWood is a parade sponsor.)

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Works Progress coworking space offering free day, celebrating Coworking Week in August

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

Works Progress, a co-working space at 115 N. 85th St., is offering a free day of working in their air conditioned office. Works Progress is shared by more than 20 freelancers, telecommuters and other independent workers. Their clientele includes an attorney, sports league managers, editors, non-profit staff and software developers.

Those who do a free trial day can take $25 off their first month if they sign up.

Works Progress has been open for about a year-and-a-half; six months ago they added an events space.

The office will be participating in Seattle Coworking Week from Aug. 4-9, organized by the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance, which includes a dozen coworking and collaborative spaces: Agnes Underground (Capitol Hill), Ballard Labs, DevLocal (Fremont), Impact Hub Seattle (Pioneer Square), Indie Ballard, The Mill (Capitol Hill), Office Nomads (Capitol Hill), Red Element (Downtown), Vybe (Eastlake), WeWork (South Lake Union), Works Progress and the West Seattle OfficeJunction. Check out the full calendar of events for Seattle Coworking Week.

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Volunteers paint North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass, fundraising still underway

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

A group of volunteers spent last weekend painting the new North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass mural. Using local artist Michiko Tanaka’s “Animal Silhouettes” design, children and adults painted the north side of the underpass.


Fundraising is still underway. So far, $3,235.40 has been raised of the $5,000 goal. That will pay for all the paint, a graffiti-proof coating and five years’ worth of maintenance. Ten neighborhood businesses have collection boxes, and each business will match customer donations up to $250. Five businesses have reached or are close to that $250 as of press time. The other five businesses are still collecting donations: Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, Starbucks, Red Mill, A-1 Piano and Naked City. Donations also can be made online through the Phinney Neighborhood Association, but they won’t be matched.


Thanks to mural painting volunteer Dave Simons for the photos!

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