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Artwalk, book exchange, drag show, music in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

October 9th, 2015 by Doree

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

Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday at dozens of galleries and other businesses throughout the neighborhood. Check out the Artwalk website for a complete list of all participating businesses and artists. The Phinney Center Gallery is hosting opening night of the Northwest Fine Arts Competition.

PNA Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Exchange from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Then the Mystery Book Exchange is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Flying Bike Ghoul Gallery & Pumpkin CDA Release from 6-10 p.m. Friday during the artwalk, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.

Bust’d: An All Ages Drag Show at 7 p.m. Friday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

“Dracula” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. (and has been extended a week, through Oct. 31).

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Hank & Claire — Pacific NW Folklore Society coffeehouse concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Community Sing with Pacific NW Folklore Society at 12 p.m. Saturday; Threshold Ensemble — Playback Theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell at 2 p.m. Sunday; and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Danish folk duo Jensen & Bugge at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA in the Brick Building.

Over in Ballard, a life-size Street Scrabble tournament will happen from 4-6 p.m. at the intersection of 17th Avenue NW and NW Dock Place.

And don’t forget that President Obama is expected to touch down at Boeing Field at 3:45 p.m. today for two events at the Westin Hotel downtown. So, plan your commute accordingly. He’s expected to leave at 7 p.m.

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K-9 unit catches armed robbery suspect in Greenwood

October 9th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Police Department says a police dog tracked down a man suspected of robbing a man at a Greenwood ATM on Wednesday night.

From the SPD Blotter:

A 38-year-old man was tracked down by an SPD K-9 and arrested after robbing a man at an ATM in North Seattle.

Police responded to an armed robbery outside of a bank in the 400 block of N 85 Street just before 10 PM on Wednesday night.

The victim told officers he was approached by the suspect as he walked up to use the ATM. The suspect pointed a gun at him and demanded he withdraw cash from the machine, which he did.

The suspect snatched the money as well as additional cash from the victim’s wallet and ran off northbound.

Officers set up containment and SPD K9 Jaeger and his partner Officer Rory Smith were able to track the suspect to a backyard in the 700 block of N 88 Street where he was found hiding behind a shed.

The suspect was positively identified by the victim and the victim’s money was found in his pocket.

The suspect told officers he threw the gun he used in the robbery in some bushes. Officers located the gun in a nearby park, which turned out to be a realistic looking pellet gun that had its orange tip painted black.

The suspect was booked into KCJ for investigation of robbery.

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Neighborhood news roundup: Theater, low-power radio station volunteers needed, food bank donation, home health assessment, city capital projects information, voters guide

October 8th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre is extending its production of “Dracula” by one week, through Oct. 31. And tickets to its Christmas shows, “This Christmas” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” are now on sale.

The city’s new low-power community radio stations are working on getting up and running, including 107.3 in Ballard, which will reach into Phinney-Greenwood. They’re looking for volunteers to help with the design and set up. A Volunteer Committee Signup meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at 309 N. 36th St. in Fremont, above LTD Bar and Grill.

The Ballard Elks recently made a large donation to the Greenwood Food Bank, collecting 437 pounds of food in one month.


The 2015 Master Builders Association Remodeled Homes Tour on Oct. 17 includes one Greenwood home, at 8315 Fremont Ave. N. The tour is free.

Seattle Department of Transportation has launched a new website, Capital Project Dashboard, which provides information on major projects (more than $500,000) including transit, bike, pedestrian, waterfront and bridges. You can see each project’s estimated cost and spending, whether the project is in design or construction, if it is on schedule and within the budget, and its expected completion date. Project information will be updated monthly.

The American Lung Association’s Master Home Environmentalist program is offering free home visits to families looking to improve their indoor air quality, with the goal of improving health and quality of life, especially those with asthma or allergies. Home assessments can look for possible mold/moisture, allergens or asthma inducers, smoke, home chemicals, dust and lead. (Note that they don’t do testing or cleaning of any kind.) For more information, see the website, or call 206-512-3280 (English) or 206-512-3294 (Spanish).

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development is holding five community meetings this fall to solicit public comment on the Draft City of Seattle Comprehensive Plan, titled Seattle 2035. It is designed to be a roadmap for Seattle’s next 20 years. The two open houses nearest our neighborhood are Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m., at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St. in Ballard; and on Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N.

The meetings will include open house displays and a presentation to provide a broad overview of the Draft Plan, highlight major changes and get feedback on proposed village expansion areas, especially areas near meeting locations. Since some of Seattle 2035’s policies about affordable housing will be implemented as part of the City’s proposed Housing and Affordability and Livability Agenda, there will be information and opportunity for feedback at the meetings.

The Draft Plan is informed by the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was released in May 2015. The Draft Plan includes goals and policies to help achieve our vision for Seattle’s future. Seattle is expected to grow by 120,000 residents and 115,000 jobs in the coming 20 years. The Draft Plan also includes a new Future Land Use Map, showing a pattern of growth that supports the City’s vision.

Residents may comment through Nov. 20 at community meetings, through Facebook and Twitter, by email to 2035@seattle.gov, or by mail to City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Seattle 2035, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for a new teacher for the PNA Preschool Co-op and the Ballard Preschool Co-op.

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) and Ballard Preschool Co-op (BPC) are parent-run preschools that provide a structured cooperative program designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children. Each offers classes from Parent/Infant through Pre-Kindergarten. Children and parents benefit from the cooperative classroom experience, led by a staff of nurturing early education teachers, and the community of participating families. Parents are additionally supported by the instruction and guidance of our parent educators.

Position Overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic, warm, and caring individual to teach our Parent/Infant (BPC) and Parent/Toddler (PNPC and BPC) classes starting ASAP. Ideally, this person will teach all 3 classes at both preschools; however, we will consider multiple candidates to fill these roles, if necessary. The PNPC Parent/Toddler class is held at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave North, whereas, BPC classes take place at their preschool location in Loyal Heights, 7503 18th Ave NW.

Employment Details

The PNPC Parent/Toddler class meets on Fridays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Current enrollment in this class is 16 children and 16 parents. The BPC Parent/Infant class meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. with 10 infants and 10 parents currently enrolled. The BPC Parent/Toddlers class is held on Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and includes 15 children and 15 parents.

For complete position information, contact Misty Saracino at bpc.allschoolchair@gmail.com, or email a cover letter and resume to hr@phinneycenter.org by 5 p.m., Oct. 19.

The 2015 Living Voters Guide is now live. Hosted by Seattle CityClub, it includes:

  • Seattle City Council district races
  • City of Seattle I-122: Public participation in government
  • City of Seattle Prop. 1: Transportation maintenance and improvements funding
  • King County Prop 1: Property tax levy for children, youth, families, and communities
  • King County Charter Amendment 1: Law enforcement and oversight
  • Statewide Initiative 1366: State taxes and fees
  • Statewide Initiative 1401: Trafficking of animal species threatened with extinction

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Upcoming candidate forums, debates

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

Folks have several upcoming opportunities to find out more about candidates and issues on the November ballot.

Next Monday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Greenwood Community Council is hosting a forum with candidates from City Council Districts 5 and 6. District 5 generally covers Greenwood north of 85th Street, while District 6 generally covers the area south of 85th Street.

  • 6:45 p.m. – Doors open
  • 7 p.m. – District 5 Candidates – Sandy Brown and Debora Juarez
  • 7:40 p.m. – Break
  • 7:45 p.m. – District 6 Candidates – Catherine Weatbrook and Mike O’Brien
  • 8:30 p.m. – Adjourn

Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a District 6 candidates forum and debate at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Then from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, also at the Greenwood Library, the Greenwood Community Council hosts a “Speed Candidating” event.

There are many races and ballot measure this fall — too many to fit into a debate format, so instead we will provide an opportunity for candidates who can fit it into their schedule to come make their pitch and answer your questions. All candidates and ballot representatives will be invited. This will replace our regular October community council meeting this month.

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UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Stolen bicycle found in Greenwood yard

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

Update: The bike’s owner has been found.

Earlier: Mark found a bicycle in his yard at NW 83rd Street and 6th Avenue NW on Tuesday morning and assumes it was stolen and dumped. If you think it’s yours, please call or email him with a description at 206-380-3670 or mark@falconerdesignstudio.com.

If no one comes forward within two weeks, he’ll donate it.

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Pig Out to Root Out Hunger is today!

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

Pig Out logo 2015 -resizedOur neighborhood’s annual Pig Out to Root Out Hunger is happening all day today (Wednesday). Eat at any of the participating businesses, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program.

Participating businesses will have colorful whirligig signs out front. You can also make a direct donation to the Hot Meal Program by sending a check to the Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.

  • 74th Street Ale House, 7401 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • A La Mode Pies, 5821 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Bill’s On Greenwood, 8560 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • El Chupacabra, 6711 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Fresh Flours, 6015 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Georgia’s Greek Restaurant, 323 NW 85th St.
  • Kouzina Greek Restaurant, 8403 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Martino’s, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Pete’s Egg Nest, 7717 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Phinney Market, 5918 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Prost!, 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Razzis Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Red Mill Burgers, 312 N. 67th St.
  • Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Stumbling Goat Bistro, 6722 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Tangerine Thai, 5914 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Thaiku, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Wing Dome, 7818 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 7419 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Yard Cafe, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Zeeks Pizza, 6000 Phinney Ave. N.

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Second community meeting for Woodland Park Zoo Sensory Garden design is Oct. 21

October 7th, 2015 by Doree

The second meeting for community input on Woodland Park Zoo’s new Sensory Garden is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6552 Phinney Ave. N.

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff will present a preferred design that was developed from community input, and will gather additional ideas to be incorporated into the final design.

This community-initiated project develops a garden for the senses by adding enhanced sight, touch, smell and sound elements with the intent to increase accessibility and provide a welcoming atmosphere and experience for all. The Sensory Garden is an expansion of Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on .7 acres of existing zoo property. The new garden will be located adjacent to the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo at 700 N 50th Street.

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Vehicle windows smashed inside gated garage in Phinney Ridge, items stolen

October 6th, 2015 by Doree

Jamie tells us someone smashed the rear driver-side windows of her car in her apartment’s gated garage at North 71st Street and Greenwood Avenue North between 2:30-7:30 a.m. today and stole a number of things.

Please email her at jamielynnlynn@hotmail.com if you have any information or find any of the following:

  • Portable car battery charger
  • Black backpack with many compartments containing:
  1. Asus laptop (very thin), encrypted (police have serial number)
  2. VW Key/remote attached with several other non-distinguishable keys
  3. BECU checkbook
  4. Cell phone batteries (Samsung)
  5. Various USB cables, phone charger
  6. Bluetooth mouse
  7. TopPot travel coffee mug

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Varnish Salon on Phinney closed, eviction notice posted on window

October 6th, 2015 by Doree

Varnish Salon at 7407 Greenwood Ave. N. appeared to be closed several weeks ago, and now an eviction notice has been posted on the window. The notice from the King County Sheriff’s Office says the premises must be vacated by Oct. 7 (Wednesday) and all possessions inside will be removed.

The salon’s website is still up but the phone number is no longer in service. The owners did not respond to an email sent on Sept. 23 for more information.

Varnish Salon opened in March 2012.

(Thanks to Jeff for the tip about the eviction notice.)

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