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


Stella the cat is missing from Greenwood

September 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Melissa says her kitty, Stella, has disappeared from her Greenwood home near Linden Avenue North and North 80th Street. She was last seen Thursday morning. She is very sweet but skittish with strangers. She is chipped and has a blue collar with yellow hearts, a bell and black name tag with her name and phone number on it. Please call 206-714-4683 if you have seen her.


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Violet Sweet Shoppe moving into former Mae’s Cafe space

September 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Violet Sweet Shoppe, a vegan bakery at University Village, is opening a second location in the southern half of the former Mae’s Cafe space at 6410 Phinney Ave. N.

Owner Crystal Rice tells me that she and her husband, Michael Chinn, opened their original store about 1-1/2 years ago to great success. But since they live in Ballard, they wanted to open another location closer to home.

Rice says they hope to open the first week of October, with a Grand Opening costume party on Oct. 18. The shop will be open daily from 11 a.m to 7 p.m., closed on Tuesdays.

The Phinney space will specialize in organic candy and small batch chocolate bars. We will sell our famous Salted Peanut Butter Cups, Pisa Cups (filled with chocolate mousse), and of course, shortbread cookies. Customers will be able to order cakes and tarts and have them ready for pick up the next day. There is no kitchen at the candy store so the bakery will remain the production location. As always, we are a vegan company so both stores will stay egg and dairy free. The candy store will have a good selection of gluten free items, as well.

You can follow Violet Sweet Shoppe on Facebook.

Thanks to Margaux for the tip!

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Gently used kids gear sale at PNA Sept. 27

September 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op is hosting its annual Gently Used Kids Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Shoppers can get big savings on gently used clothes in newborn to size 8, shoes, toys and gear, like pack-and-plays, cribs, car seats, strollers and maternity wear.

Bring your own bag. Strollers won’t fit inside the sale and must be parked outside. All proceeds benefit the Ballard Preschool Co-op.

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Reminder: Greenwood Library closed Wednesday for in-service day

September 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 24, for an in-service day. The Broadview, Green Lake and Wallingford branches also will be closed that day.

Each branch of The Seattle Public Library will close for one day in late September or early October for in-service days so staff members can review the Library’s strategic plan and service priorities and goals. This new system replaces the former single in-service day where all branches were closed the same day.

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Farmers market, mystery book exchange, lots of live music in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

September 19th, 2014 by Doree

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

Today is national PARK(ing) Day, with about 50 parking sites around the city turned into mini parks for the day. Phinney Ridge has one pop-up park in front of A-1 Pianos at North 71st Street and Greenwood Avenue North, where passersby are encouraged to play the pianos.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. While you’re there, the PNA is hosting a blood drive with Puget Sound Blood Center. It’s open until 7 p.m. (closed from 3-4 p.m.) Walk-in donors are welcome.

Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., will have live music in the tasting room from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday. Local duo “The Brewhouse Ramblers” will play Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz and Western Swing tunes.

Beppa Studio, 7700 6th Ave. NW, is having its Fall Extravaganza from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring clothing, buttons, jewelry and more.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Classical Guitar Cabaret — Robert Vierschilling, Mathew Anderson, Stella Kosim, Jessica Papkoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.; and Randy Bowes and Teddy Boy Roix In Concert at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Mystery Book Exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PNA. Free if you bring your own gently used mystery novels and DVDs to trade (you’ll get one ticket for each paperback or two for hardbacks). If you don’t have any books to exchange, you can buy paperbacks for $1 and hardbacks for $2 each.

Seattle Folklore Society presents traditional Irish music with Kevin Burke & John Carty at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA’s Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18, $16 SFS/PNA members and seniors, kids half price. Tickets at the door are $2 more.


NW Firelight Chorale rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Cider pressing from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N. Bring your own apples or pears to juice and jugs.

Nelson Wright: CD Release concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

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News roundup: Story times, fundraising, sewer systems, homework help, membership campaign, trick-or-treating date set

September 17th, 2014 by Doree

This and that from around the neighborhood:

Seattle Public Utilities will hold another community meeting on proposed improvements to the sewer and drainage systems in Broadview. The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 next Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. For more information, check the project website, call the Broadview Project message line at 206-409-3651, or email SPU_BroadviewProjects@seattle.gov.

Group-signs-resizedGreenwood’s Domino Beauty Boutique raised $8,354 for The Pink Boat Regatta, which benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, through their Pink Zumba and Pink Boat Pub Crawl. Domino took second place for overall funds raised in the Regatta, and placed first in their division at the Sept. 7 sailboat race at Shilshole. The Pink Boat Regatta Seattle raised a total of $60,185.

Now that school’s back in session, here’s a reminder that the Seattle Public Library offers free in-person homework help for children and teens at several neighborhood branches, including the Broadview Library at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. Homework help is offered from 6-7:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The library also offers free online assistance for students of all ages, including tutoring for adults.

Library-trained homework helpers can assist students struggling to understand a homework assignment or needing ideas to start a research paper. Homework helpers also are familiar with the range of the Library’s other homework help resources and can devote one-on-one time with students that librarians sometimes cannot.

Online Homework Help is offered in English and Spanish. Tutoring in math, science, English and social studies is available from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Library patrons may also use the Ask a Librarian reference service, available 24 hours a day, or access online resources for teens and children.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has launched its 34th annual PNA Membership Campaign, “We Live Here, We Give Here!”

A connected community fosters strong families, a rich social life, ready friendships and a feeling of belonging. PNA provides large and small ways to connect and build the social networks and close bonds that define our community. We’ve created programs for preschoolers through seniors, families and singles, homeowners and renters, financially secure neighbors and people who are struggling.

Memberships are vital—dues make up a significant percentage our budget, enabling us to offer infrastructure, support and resources for neighbors to come together to develop new programs and projects, as well to continue all that we currently do. Join or renew today.

Aging and Disability Services — the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County wants to get the word out about two programs that help families navigate the elder care maze.

  • Senior Information & Assistance (1-888-4ELDERS) is for anyone age 60+ and their family members who needs help identifying resources that meet their needs.
  • The King County Caregiver Support Network provides guidance to unpaid primary caregivers of adults of any age who are unable to care for themselves—typically family members or close friends or neighbors.

The organization also is looking for community input through an online survey, which is open through Sept. 30.

Phinney Books is expanding its popular Friday morning story time for toddlers to Mondays, beginning Sept. 22. Both story times begin at 11 a.m. Brandee will read stories on Monday and the ever-popular Steph will continue reading on Fridays.

The Woodland Park Zoo has welcomed its third Chilean flamingo chick this year. Two other chicks hatched Aug. 31 and Sept. 5. The chicks are currently being cared for off public exhibit but will join the adult colony in the flamingo exhibit in about 30 days. A total of 14 flamingos have hatched at the zoo since the exhibit opened in 2008.

The Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program, a program of Lutheran Community Services, is looking for foster families in our neighborhood. The program provides care to refugee and immigrant children from around the world.

Our neighborhood’s annual trick-or-treating along Phinney-Greenwood avenues is set for the Saturday before Halloween. From 12-3 p.m. on Oct. 25, children in costume will be welcomed at participating businesses for the Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat. Donation stations to benefit the Greenwood Food Bank will be set up along the route and the Hunger Goblin will be available for photos at Umpqua Bank. Donate a can of food or $2 to receive a Hunger Goblin sticker (stickers available ahead of time at Umpqua Bank). You do NOT need a sticker to trick-or-treat. To become a participating business, email biz@phinneycenter.org.

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City Fruit looking to harvest late-season pears and apples from neighborhood trees

September 17th, 2014 by Doree

Non-profit organization City Fruit is looking for Greenwood and Phinney Ridge fruit tree owners to let volunteers harvest their extra fruit to donate to local food banks and meal programs, including the Greenwood Food Bank. Right now they’re looking to harvest late-season pears and apples.

City Fruit has collected more than 15,000 pounds of fruit so far this harvest season. If you have fruit trees to be harvested, contact Harvest Coordinator Luke Jesperson at luke@cityfruit.org.

And they’re always looking for volunteer harvesters. You can sign up online.

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Mini park will pop up in parking space in Phinney Ridge for Friday’s annual PARK(ing) Day

September 16th, 2014 by Doree

The annual PARK(ing) Day is this Friday, with more than 50 pop-up parks throughout the city, including one in Phinney Ridge. PARK(ing) Day turns parking spaces into public places for one day, to re-think how streets can be used to promote a healthy, walkable community.

Our neighborhood’s pop-up park will be in front of A-1 Piano at 7020 Greenwood Ave. N. They’ll have pianos there for anyone to play.

Here’s their pop-up park from last year.

PARKing Day 2013 - A1piano-resized

PARK(ing) Day spaces will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Check out the website for a full list and map of all parks throughout the city.

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Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update and form study groups

September 16th, 2014 by Doree

Tonight’s Greenwood Community Council meeting will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at Taproot Theatre Cafe, 208 N 85th St. (refreshments available for purchase).

The main topic on the agenda is an introduction and overview of the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan Update. The GCC is forming study groups for its complementary Greenwood 2035 plan.

Tom Hauger from Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development will give an overview of the Seattle 2035 update process for Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan and some of the key issues that will be addressed. Tom will also take audience questions. This will be a good opportunity to get oriented to the comprehensive planning process for those who hope to become more involved in it. (For those who are opinionated about development issues, this is not the forum to air them, but there will be plenty of opportunities as the process continues.)

Looking ahead to next month, the October GCC meeting will be the annual Election Forum at Taproot Theatre, on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

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Parade of LED-wrapped metal monkeys will light up Phinney-Greenwood this holiday season

September 15th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council have organized a fun new project for the November-December holiday season. They’ll light the air raid tower at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North and hang 150 monkeys with lights from trees, awnings and poles all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from North 59th to 87th streets.

Here’s a prototype being shaped in the workshop.


And here it is all lit up.


The project is made possible by a grant from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, which means the community has to match it with volunteer hours.

Here’s more info from organizers Ann Bowden and Mike Veitenhans:

The idea grew out of discussions about ways to promote the neighborhood businesses. The air raid tower is a unique feature in the neighborhood and became a natural focus for the project and a central location for a lighting event. In addition, the Woodland Park Zoo’s new WildLights offered an opportunity to capitalize on the thousands of people who travel to the neighborhood to see holiday lights. And so the project was born.

This fall, a 17-foot tall, 20-spoked, 6000 LED structure (shaped something like a cone) will be created to hang from the tower’s work platform. On Nov. 29, the structure will be lighted during a holiday lighting event.

In addition, 150 metal frame monkeys will also be created, wrapped in LED lighting strips and posted on trees, lamp posts, awnings and in windows at various locations along Phinney and Greenwood. Think what fun it will be trying to spot all of the monkeys who’ve “escaped” from the Zoo’s WildLights.

Because this is a DON grant, community members are needed to help match the funds with volunteer efforts – everything from helping to create the monkeys to hanging them to planning and executing the lighting event.

First up – Benders are needed soon. Volunteer “benders” will bend 1/8″ x 3/4″ flat bar into various monkey shapes. The work will be done in a workshop in South Lake Union. Volunteers will be trained, need to have strong hands, not be afraid of sweating and getting dirty, and able to work at least 2-hour shifts. Tack welding experience would be nice.

Additional volunteer job descriptions will be developed soon.

Anyone interested in being part of this should contact Mike Veitenhans or Ann Bowden by emailing biz@phinneycenter.org or mike.v@comcast.net.

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Green Lake closed to swimming and all water contact due to toxic algae

September 12th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Parkes and Recreation today closed Green Lake to swimming and water contact for people and pets because of toxic algae.

People and pets should not swim, wade or play in the lake. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to go in or drink from the lake. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

Symptoms of illness from contacting the toxins in water are eye, nose, and mouth irritation and skin rash. If accidental contact occurs, use clean water to promptly rinse skin. Swallowing the toxins may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea vomiting and in severe cases liver damage. If symptoms occur after swallowing lake water, park users should consult a health care professional or veterinarian immediately. Pets are at highest risk.

Tests have revealed that high levels of toxins are currently found in the algae and are higher in areas where algae collect. King County Department of Natural Resources has been conducting weekly testing of water at various locations around Green Lake as well as scum samples submitted through the State Toxic Algae Program. After each test, the information is reviewed by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

The lake remains open to fishing (though fish should be thoroughly cleaned) and boating in stable boats. Avoid areas of scum when boating.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s lifeguarded beaches closed for the season on Sept. 1.

A warm, dry summer has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it. Blooms have been known to last into November in particularly warm autumns, and typically disappear as the weather gets colder.

Toxic algae blooms appeared at Green Lake in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2012 and in 2013, resulting in warnings to the public about exposure to the algae. Intense blooms of blue-green algae have occurred in Green Lake since 1916. Phosphorus released from the bottom sediments stimulates algae growth. Treating the lake with alum inactivates the phosphorus that is released from the bottom sediments and prevents stimulation of the algae growth. Green Lake was successfully treated with alum in 1991 and 2004. The water quality improved for several years following treatment on both occasions, and has been mostly good since 2004.

Green Lake is home to cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae that are regularly present in small numbers. When nutrients are plentiful and the weather is warm, the conditions are right for an algae bloom to take place. Winds can concentrate the buoyant cyanobacteria into accumulations or scums along the shoreline, which may increase the amount of toxin that could be ingested by pets or people using the lake recreationally.

For more information on cyanobacteria, please visit Washington Department of Health toxic algae website.

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Weekend events: Artwalk, live music, farmers market, music improv

September 12th, 2014 by Doree

Plenty to do in the neighborhood on this gorgeous weekend. Here are a few highlights. Check our Events calendar for more.

Monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Dozens of galleries and other businesses will host artists in various mediums, and several restaurants/pubs have Artwalk specials. Check out the Artwalk website for a list of all participating venues and a map.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh veggies, fruit, bread, flowers, honey and more, plus several dinner options.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Kate MacLeod in a Pacific NW Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sing with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn at 12 p.m. Saturday; and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Community meeting with Seattle Public Schools Boardmember Sherry Carr, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

September Awareness Through Movement class, 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Ladywell’s Vitality Spa & Sauna, 8538 1st Ave. NW.

Crankie Fest: East Meets West at 7 p.m. Sunday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N.

Acoustic Open Mic at 7:30 p.m. at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

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