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Carolers spread holiday cheer under Gary’s canopy on Saturday

December 21st, 2014 by Doree

About 100 neighbors gathered under the canopy at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair on Saturday night to sing Christmas carols and share a bit of holiday cheer.


This was the second annual event. Carolers donated $453 for the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Below, Jack Lofton of the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus leads the carolers.


Thanks to Mike Veitenhans for the photos!

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Holiday cheer, story time, bookstore birthday and live music in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

December 19th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events in our neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., presents its weekly Friday story time at 11 a.m. with the effervescent Steph, who will wear her traditional Grinch jammies and Seahawks Santa hat, and read Christmas and Hannukah stories, and hand out juice and cookies.

“Appalachian Christmas Homecoming” continues at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., has a packed weekend, including its 5th Anniversary All-Day Celebration on Saturday. New and used books will be on sale, and there will be treats and music all day, including a special concert in the evening featuring Greenwood’s Little Sara and the Night Owls.


Couth Buzzard Books staff.

Aside from the all-day celebration, Couth Buzzard is hosting its Classical Guitar Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting a very special benefit concert for its Early Stage Memory Loss programs from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The OK Chorale and the senior center’s own All Present (a song circle for people living with early stage memory loss) will sing holiday and winter favorites, plus there’s a cookie exchange (please bring a dozen cookies to share). Suggested donation of $10.

The community is invited to the second annual Caroling under Gary’s Canopy at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair, 7418 Greenwood Ave. N., at 5 p.m. Saturday. This is a fun event with a fire pit and lots of good cheer with neighbors.


Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Attempted break-in on NW 88th this morning – did anyone see anything?

December 18th, 2014 by Doree

Nick tells us someone tried to break in to his house this morning around 8:15 while he was home. Did anyone see the suspect?

Luckily I was home asleep and scared him off. I was awoken by banging noises and realized what it was. I got to my back door and he had broken a window in the door and was reaching for the lock. I yelled and he ran to the front yard hopping two fences and fled east on NW 88th. Unfortunately without my glasses and the fact that he was in an all out sprint the only details I have on his appearance are that he was a black male in dark clothing. As I was running back to my bedroom to get some clothes I heard a car door slam and I rushed back to the front window. I saw a black BMW drive off from the front of my house and then head north on 8th. Police were called and showed up promptly. We do what we can to prevent break ins, nothing of value in plain view, curtains closed, barky dogs (who happened not to be home with me today).

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Neighborhood news: donation, scammers, development app, paving project, library events

December 18th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Red Mill Burgers recently celebrated its 20th anniversary by donating $5,000 to the Greenwood Senior Center to help fund its many memory loss programs, including the Alzheimer’s Café, an early stage memory loss chorus, theater improv for those living with memory loss, an interactive songwriting workshop and an Alzheimer’s caregivers journal writing workshop.

The Phinney Ridge Umpqua Bank branch is providing free gift wrapping, including paper, ribbons and bows, through Dec. 24 for any gifts purchased from local businesses.

A new website aims to make it easier to find out what developments are being built in Seattle. Seattle in Progress bills itself as “a modern alternative to the ‘notice of proposed land use’ boards currently posted at construction sites. These signs, often covered in graffiti, offer minimal information about the development and no easy way to learn more, voice an opinion or hear what others are saying. Data on project locations and descriptions comes from the city’s land use permits database, available at data.seattle.gov. Design proposals are created by the developer of each project and published by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.”

Seattle City Light is reminding customers that scammers are still out there, threatening to cut off power unless they make a payment to what turns out to be a fraudulent bill collector.

Scammers commonly target non-English speaking individuals, elderly and small business owners. They use phone calls, email, even home visits, posing as Seattle City Light employees. In the scam, they demanding the customer’s financial and personal information in addition to payment with a pre-paid credit card (MoneyPak/GreenDot) or else the customer will face an immediate shutoff of service.

Seattle City Light does not call, email or visit customers demanding immediate payment to avoid shutoffs. Anyone who falls behind on payments will receive at least two written notifications before the shutoff process starts.

Additionally, City Light employees will never need to enter your home to conduct any kind of test. If someone claiming to be from City Light approaches you at home and asks for personal or financial information, requests to enter your home, or cannot provide you with employee identification, immediately shut your door, secure your home and call 911.

If a customer suspects a scam attempt or has any questions regarding their bill, City Light urges them to call a customer service representative at (206) 684-3000.

The Seattle Public Library has lots of activities to keep kids occupied during winter break, including Lego Mania, paper airplane flying courses, movies, crafts, SAT studying, chess games and more. Check out the complete schedule for all branches.

SPL has also recently upgraded workstations at all branches, including full access to Microsoft Windows and more applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, plus all Microsoft Office applications, and the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications. Permissions have also been relaxed, now allowing patrons the ability to download and install applications during their computer-use session. All computers are restored to a default state after a session ends. Library patrons also can use their Library card to reserve a computer for up to 90 minutes.

Here’s a list of Seattle Parks and Recreation winter holiday closures:

  • Community centers, environmental learning centers and teen life centers will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Indoor swimming pools and small craft centers will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Golf courses will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed on Dec. 25. Golf courses will be open on Jan. 1.
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. The center will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Seattle Department of Transportation says its paving project on Holman Road NW is now complete. During the eight-month project, SDOT repaved 1.4 miles of the road, built curb ramps at 64 locations, improved 3,700 feet of walkway, installed five bus stop waiting pads with new lighting for Metro’s RapidRide service, constructed pedestrian refuges on Holman Road NW at the intersections of 7th Avenue NW and 13th Avenue NW, and enlarged an existing median to better serve as a pedestrian refuge at Holman Road NW and 15th Avenue NW. The construction contractor is still putting some finishing touches on landscaping for the next couple of weeks.

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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery signs lease for brewery and tasting room in Greenwood

December 17th, 2014 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery has signed a lease to open a brewery and taproom at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N. Construction on the 3,000-square-foot space will begin later this month. Flying Bike has more than 900 member-owners.

As a cooperative, FBCB member-­owners choose board members, what beer will be brewed and what beers will be on tap, along with the general direction of the brewery. Member-­owners will also receive a tasting room patronage dividend, access to educational events, and other benefits. FBCB has supported many Seattle beer events including the signature Tour de Pints bike ride during Seattle Beer Week each May. The co­op has supported the launch of other new breweries and pubs in the Puget Sound area as well through member events.

Construction progress will be communicated via blog posts as well as social media outlets (Facebook, twitter @flyingbikecoop)
FBCB will feature beers from member­-sourced recipes and fosters cooperative principles built around community, collaboration, and education.

For more information or to join the co-op, email info@flyingbike.coop.

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Early Design Guidance meeting set for another proposed micro-housing development

December 17th, 2014 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold an Early Design Guidance meeting for a proposed micro-housing development at 9002 Greenwood Ave. N. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW.

The developer is proposing a four-story building with 48 efficiency dwelling units. No parking is planned. The existing building, which used to house an alterations business, will be demolished.

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Greenwood residents thank neighbors for returning stolen mail

December 16th, 2014 by Doree

We received a nice note from Hayley and Jon, who report that while some of their mail was stolen from their Greenwood home, helpful neighbors have found and returned it.

I’d like to report that our mailbox in the 9200 block of Phinney Ave N got rifled at some point over the weekend. While we feel a little violated and a whole lot annoyed by the thieving jerks, this experience has led me to truly appreciate the neighbors in our hood. Over the last few days, folks have been dropping off bits and pieces of our mail– an electric bill, a rather important piece of a school application and a very sweet holiday card that someone toted all the way over from 97th and Dayton. Thank you, neighbors, for being so darn neighborly! Your helpfulness and concern warms our hearts.

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Mail, Christmas pillow found at Aurora & 65th

December 15th, 2014 by Doree

Paula found a stack of mail and a decorative Christmas pillow at the bus stop at Aurora Avenue North and North 65th Street on Saturday. One of the pieces of mail has the name Renee Curtini on it. Does anyone know Renee or recognize the pillow?


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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday features talk with micro-housing developer

December 15th, 2014 by Doree

A developer who is building a 36-unit micro-housing project at 714 N. 95th St. Greenwood will speak at Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting. The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The public is invited.

From the Greenwood Community Council’s meeting notice:

There’s been a big to-do about micro-housing (aka apodments*) in neighborhoods all over Seattle. Micro-housing is a relatively new idea in Seattle, allowing people who don’t need a full apartment to rent a bedroom only with access to a common kitchen. Many do not provide parking because many micro-housing residents don’t own one. The micro-housing boom has caught neighborhoods by surprise, with buildings appearing all over town. These projects have been largely exempt from regulation or public review, but the City Council is reconsidering whether to change that.

Three micro-housing developments are under construction now in Greenwood – comprising most of the development that will open here in the next year. (One is on Phinney Ave. above the Safeway parking lot, and two are on NW 85th St.) There are clearly potential benefits, but also unknown impacts that raise concerns for some neighbors.

Daniel Stoner is a developer who has built micro-housing projects previously, and he’s asked for the opportunity to discuss plans for a new micro-housing project on 95th St. with Greenwood neighbors – the topic of our December meeting. KCTS recently did a story on micro-housing and Daniel was interviewed — you can see the interview by clicking here.

*Apodments is a trademark of a specific micro-housing development company, so the term micro-housing is used here.

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Holiday events, live music, theater and more in Phinney Ridge-Greenwood this weekend

December 12th, 2014 by Doree

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

It’s the second weekend of Broadview-Thomson K-8’s Winter Tree Farm, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N. Purchase a tree from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday (in the inner school courtyard – all Douglas Firs are $10 off on Friday only). The tree farm is open again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Our neighborhood’s monthly Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday night at three-dozen galleries and other businesses. This is a great chance to get a lot of your holiday shopping done.

Seattle Schoolboard member Sherry Carr meets with constituents from 8:30-10 am. on Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

Maracuja performs pan-Latin music at Empty Sea Studios 6300 Phinney Ave. N., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The show is also available online through The Roots Channel.

The animals at Woodland Park Zoo will enjoy special holiday-themed treats this weekend and next weekend as part of the zoo’s Winter Celebration. Also, the zoo’s WildLights continues nightly through Jan. 4.

The Northwest Boychoir performs “A Festival of Lessons & Carols” from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Taproot Theatre continues its holiday production of “Appalachian Christmas Homecoming.”

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Julie Mainstone 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.

Yuletide Sessions Vol. 2: A holiday concert and sing-along from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Church, 503 N. 50th St.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Arto and Antti Järvelä at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost for tickets in advance is $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members and seniors (plus, for this concert only, the discount applies to members of Nordic Heritage Museum, Finnish Lutheran Church, & Finlandia Foundation); kids are half-price. (Tickets are $2 more at the door.)


Three Christmas variety shows at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., on Sunday and Monday. Proceeds benefit the homeless.

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.,in the Brick Building.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, get your photo taken with Santa at Cafe Bambino, 405 NW 65th St. (bring your own camera). All donations benefit the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.

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Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Artwalk is tonight

December 12th, 2014 by Doree

Tonight is our neighborhood’s monthly Art Up Artwalk from 6-9 p.m., with three dozen galleries and businesses hosting artists in all kinds of mediums, so it’s a good time to get some Christmas shopping done locally. Check out the Artwalk website for a full list of all participating businesses and artists, a map, and restaurants offering Artwalk specials.

Here are a few highlights.

A group of more than 30 artists, including Seattle Times photojournalist Betty Udesen, has joined together for a pop-up art show examining the topic of peace. They’ll be inside the beautiful empty space at 8421 Greenwood Ave. N. (formerly Antika). Cellist Mannfried Funk and vocalist Christyna Honeycutt will perform.

At 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., check out Andrea Groenink’s bags and accessories made from vintage and designer fabrics (below), Suzanne Harrison’s custom-made screen-printed pillows, necklaces by metalworker Todd Harrison, woodworking by Andrew Makatura and Gale Backer, along with several other artists.

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American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., presents dance routines by local dancers.

Emerald City Karate, which just moved from Fremont into 8314 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting artist and 3D animator for Disney Interactive Bryan Fu.

Bherd Studios Gallery, 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101, is hosting its final gallery exhibit before moving its business online (plus they’ll be guest curating around the region). This group show features local urban and contemporary artists who have exhibited with Bherd over the years.

dec_billsongreenwood-resizedBill’s on Greenwood, 8560 Greenwood Ave. N., presents the work of artist Roger Willsie (right), who mainly paints in oil, but also works with acrylic and other media.

Salon Mercury, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., will present a collective show of children’s artwork, with a percentage of art sales benefiting the writing and tutoring center The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle).

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UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Black pug found at 80th & Greenwood tonight

December 11th, 2014 by Doree

Update Friday 9 a.m.: This little pug is back home.

Earlier: Adam found a lost black pug on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. If it’s your’s, email him at adam.tischler@gmail.com.


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