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Time for businesses to apply for PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair

October 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is coming up on Jan. 25, 2015. Now is the time for businesses to apply to be a vendor.

From the PNA:

It is a great opportunity to make new contacts and help homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects. Our selection of over 80 exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups, and permitting agencies. Exhibitors leave the fair with new contacts, and homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects.

Every year we offer a series of short presentations focusing on sustainability and green building topics along with perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Applications are due December 1, but there are limited spots, so apply online now! https://phinneycenter.org/forms/homefair/application/

Please send all questions to homefair@phinneycenter.org

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Halloween happenings in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

October 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Here’s our neighborhood’s main Halloween events this weekend. (If you know of more, please put them below in Comments or email us.)

The Hunger Goblin’Trick or Treat will be along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Costumed kids can trick or treat at participating merchants. Donate a can of food or purchase a Hunger Goblin’ sticker for $2 to help support the Greenwood Food Bank. Stickers are available in advance at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations along the trick-or-treating route. Stickers are not required to trick-or-treat, but are encouraged to help those less fortunate. The Hunger Goblin will be available for photos at Umpqua Bank (bring your own camera).


Frankenstein hands out candy to trick-or-treaters in front of the 74th Street Ale House.

City Fruit and the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., are hosting a cider pressing and food drive from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the food bank, you’ll receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider. You can also tour the food bank and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., is turning its studio into a Halloween Wonderland with 200 flying bats, bales of hay, dancing scarecrows, cats and ballerina dolls, ghosts, a mossy branch laden cemetery and giant spiders.

Halloween on Holman is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square shopping centers at NW 100th Street and Holman Road. Kids in costume and accompanied by an adult can trick-or-treat at participating stores. Pick up a card showing all participating merchants at the tent in front of Elements Massage and Karin’s Beauty Supplies. In addition to wrapped candy, each merchant will offer a coupon or special for adults, along with a sticker for the card. Turn in your sticker-filled cards to enter a drawing for gift cards from neighborhood stores. The fifth annual event is also a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks, so please bring non-perishable goods to donate.

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Library news roundup

October 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave.  N., is hosting a free Math Salon from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, hosted by Daniel Finkel.

Finkel has a doctorate in math from the University of Washington and coordinates math circles, math salons and other activities that help make learning math fun for everyone. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Numberplay Blog and teachers at the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. He also runs workshops for teachers. He is co-founder of Mathforlove.com.

Anyone with a library card can access free chat tutoring through Seattle Public Library.

One can even use this service if a card is blocked for checking out due to fines over $15, so any and all students can get free homework help. If you do not have an updated card or PIN, go into any library to get a new one.

Seattle Public Library is partnering with CityClub to serve as official fact-checkers for the online 2014 Living Voters Guide.

The Living Voters Guide is a free, nonpartisan service that enables individuals in Washington state to discuss, research and ask questions about local and statewide ballot measures, as well as federal races. Individuals simply type in their zip code and the November election ballot measures and federal races from their districts appear.

Individuals can review or add to the pros and cons written by other users of the site. If individuals want items verified, they can click on the “Ask a librarian to fact check this point” button. After researching the content of flagged claims, librarians from The Seattle Public Library post a response with citations, and assign each claim a status of “accurate,” “questionable,” or “unverifiable”—all within 48 hours of a request.

The first version of the Living Voters Guide was created through a grant by the University of Washington in 2010. The 2014 guide was funded through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and sponsorship from The Boeing Company.

Library patrons can now download five songs a week from its Freegal, which maintains more than 7 million songs from more than 28,000 labels. The previous limit was three songs.

The music includes hits like Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” as well as classics such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” jazz standards like Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and more.

The music files from Freegal are DRM-free, do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices. New music is added daily. A Library card is necessary to access and download songs. Library card applications can be completed online by visiting www.spl.org.

The library and 826 Seattle are hosting a free Greenwood Family Forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Learn more about the Library’s free school support resources for youth of all ages; and 826 staffers will talk about their youth tutoring and writing programs.

The next after-school S.T.E.A.M. Games for ages kindergarten and up is from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Greenwood Library. Kids can play games that support reading, science, technology, engineering, art and math skills. (This is not a drop-off program; please stay with your child if they are too young to attend a library program alone.)

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Crime Roundup: Car, engine computer and stroller stolen, two bikes found

October 21st, 2014 by Doree

We have several crime items to report:

Kevin found a cream-colored Trek bicycle ditched in front of his house this morning near North 88th Street and Linden Avenue. If it’s yours, email him and describe it.

Rebecca says someone stole her new double Bob brand stroller from in front of her house on 6th Avenue NW between NW 70th and 72nd streets. Put a note below in Comments if you’ve seen it.

Kurt says the engine control unit computer was stolen from his Honda Civic sometime around Oct. 9 near North 97th Street and 1st Avenue NW.

BJ’s tan Honda Civic was stolen between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Sunday from the 6000-block of 6th Avenue NW. License plate number AAE2307; and there’s a green sticker on the driver’s side at the bottom of the front windshield. If you have any information, please put a note below in Comments or email us and we’ll forward the info. UPDATE: The car has been recovered by police.

Margaret found this Specialized Rockhopper bike and a wallet of CDs at the alley entrance of Dayton Avenue and North 95th Street. If they’re yours, put a note in Comments or email us.


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Election forum is TONIGHT at Taproot Theatre

October 21st, 2014 by Doree

Don’t forget the election forum tonight (Tuesday) starting at 7 p.m. at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. It’s jointly hosted by four community councils from Northwest neighborhoods — Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge.

  • 7:00 – Welcome and settle in
  • 7:10 – Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education initiatives
  1. In favor of 1A: Laura Chandler, Preschool teacher/trainer
  2. In favor of 1B: Michael DeBell, for Seattle School Board member
  3. Opposed to both: Melissa Westbrook, Public education advocate
  • 7:45 – The Reduce Class Sizes state initiative
  1. In favor: Shannon McCann, 3rd Year Special Ed. teacher
  2. Opposed: Jami Lund, Education policy analyst
  • 8:10 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
  1. In favor: Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember
  • 8:20 – The New Monorail Initiative
  1. In favor: Elizabeth Campbell, Initiative sponsor
  • 8:30 – 36th District candidates
  1. Senator: Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, incumbent); Sabrina Forbes (R)
  2. Representative, Position 1: Reuven Carlyle (D, incumbent – not confirmed); Leslie Klein (Republicanspirit – did not reply)
  3. Representative, Position 2: Gael Tarleton (D, incumbent – cannot attend); Paul Addis (Libertarian)
  • 8:45 – Adjourn – cafe will stay open so you can talk to campaigners

Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe will be open before and after the forum.

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Election Forum Tuesday evening at Taproot Theatre

October 17th, 2014 by Doree

Four community councils from Northwest neighborhoods — Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge – are jointly hosting an election forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Please join your neighbors next Tuesday evening to make sense of ballot measures as the fall election closes in. The election forum gives you an opportunity to hear from the campaigns and ask them your questions.

  • 7:00 – Welcome and settle in
  • 7:10 – Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education initiatives
  • 7:45 – The Reduce Class Sizes state initiative
  • 8:10 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
    8:20 – The New Monorail Initiative
  • 8:30 – 36th District candidates* have been invited to introduce themselves
  • 8:45 – Adjourn – cafe will stay open so you can talk to campaigners

*Not all candidates are able to attend

Space is generously provided by the Taproot Theatre. There is no charge to attend, but donations to offset the Taproot’s costs will be appreciated – and please plan to stop by Taproot’s Stage Door Cafe before or after the event.

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Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash, live music and Meaningful Movies in the neighborhood this weekend

October 17th, 2014 by Doree

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

Greenwood Meaningful Movies: “Feeding Frenzy” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Exploring Opera: Don Giovanni at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., at 7 p.m. Friday.

PNA Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PNA.

Violet Sweet Shoppe, which opened last week at 6410 Phinney Ave. N., is having its grand opening celebration all day Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pumpkin Bash and “Boomazium” at Woodland Park Zoo Saturday and Sunday. Animals will get special Halloween-themed treats to eat and smash. Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor play space, will be turned into a Halloween-themed Boomazium with storytelling, costumed puppet shows, face painting (for an additional fee), games and more, Mad Science programs will be from 11 to 2 p.m. in the Rain Forest Food Pavilion. (During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult.)

staines-resizedSeattle Folklore Society presents Bill Staines with opener Tom Rawson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance (online or call 1-800-838-3006) are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price. Tickets at the door are $2 more. (Photo by Larry Marcus; courtesy Seattle Folklore Society.)

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, in the Brick Building.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Mushrooms the focus at Phinney Books next Wednesday

October 16th, 2014 by Doree

Now that Phinney Books has been open a few months, co-owner Tom Nissley says they’re starting to do more author readings and events.

Coming up next Wednesday, Oct. 22, the focus is on mushrooms. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Becky Selengut (author of the new cookbook “Shroom”) and Langdon Cook (author of the Washington State Book Award nominee “The Mushroom Hunters”) “will present a patch-to-plate slideshow revealing secrets of the woods and kitchen.”


Phinney Books is at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Violet Sweet Shoppe grand opening celebration on Saturday

October 16th, 2014 by Doree

Violet Sweet Shoppe opened at 6410 Phinney Ave. N. last Friday, but they’re celebrating their grand opening on Saturday with free cake.


This is the second location for the vegan bakery, but the Phinney Ridge shop is actually a candy store. However, you can order baked treats for delivery to the candy store the following day.

Violet Sweet Shoppe is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesday.

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Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is Saturday

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

The popular Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Parents can buy gently-used, name-brand clothing, 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 (from newborn to 10 years).

Fifty-percent discounts on many items starts at 12 p.m.

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3rd Annual Cider Press and Food Drive to benefit Greenwood Food Bank

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

City Fruit and Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank are teaming up again for the third annual Cider Press and Food Drive from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Food Bank.

In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the VOAWW Greenwood Food Bank, participants will receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider courtesy of City Fruit. Tours of the food bank will be available and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

Held in conjunction with both Food Day and PhinneyWood’s Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat, this event collects food and money to feed families in our community throughout the holiday season. In addition to the Food Bank’s position as a stop along the Trick or Treat route, donation stations will be located along Greenwood Avenue to make donating even easier.

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New monkey holiday lights to be featured in Seattle Magazine

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

Mike Veitenhans sent us photos of Seattle Magazine photographer Andrew Vanesse taking photos of a bunch of LED-lit monkeys hanging around Red Mill and Starbucks on Tuesday night. Vanesse’s photos will appear in the magazine’s December issue.


About 150 monkeys will hang from storefronts and trees along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from the zoo to North 87th Street between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, “part of the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group’s efforts to bring a little offbeat cheer to the neighborhood!” Veitenhans says.

Another part of the holiday lighting project will be a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that will hang from the old air raid tower at North 67th Street in front of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. It will be lit on Saturday, Nov. 29.

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