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Carkeek Park celebrating 34th annual Earth Day on April 26

April 18th, 2014 by Doree

Carkeek Park is throwing itself a big party for the 34th annual Earth Day.

Earth Day itself is on April 22, but the celebration at the park will be on Saturday, April 26. The main event is an expo in the Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with representatives from: the Carkeek Park Advisory Council; the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project; Streams, Trails, and Restoration Stewards; Friends of Piper’s Orchard; Carkeek Foresters; EarthKeepers Day Camp; the Carkeek Park Demonstration Gardens; Seattle Parks Naturalists; Seattle Public Utilities Salmon in the Classroom and Salmon Stewards programs.

Here’s the schedule events:

  • 10 a.m. – Cub Scout Flag ceremony at the Environmental Learning Center
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Visit and feed the chum fry in the Imprint Pond.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – King County Wastewater Carkeek Pump Station Tours (every 45 minutes).
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Litter pick-up starting at the beach; sign-up in the parking lot next to the overpass.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Join a STARS (Streams, Trails, and Reforestation Stewards) volunteer work party. Help with hands-on trail maintenance and forest restoration (invasive removal). Gloves and training provided. Age 13 and older. Meet in the fenced yard adjacent to the maintenance shed to sign in at 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – EarthKeeper Explorers: Wonders of Piper’s Creek Watershed – Scavenger hunt, wetland demonstrations and creating art at the Environmental Learning Center. For ages 6-12 with an adult.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Green building consultations with a Miller-Hayashi architect, designers of the ELC.
  • 12-12:30 p.m. – Nature walk with a park naturalist, starting from the ELC.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – EarthKeeper Explorers: Wonders of Piper’s Creek Watershed – Looking at macroinvertebrates in the stream. For ages 6-12 with an adult; starts at the ELC.
  • 1-2 p.m. – Guided tour of Piper’s Orchard.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. – Pacific Northwest Natives & the Salmon – History, storytelling, music, and drum circle near the Wheel of Wisdom and salmon slide and in the play area.
  • 2:30pm – Watershed Tour with SPU naturalist, starting from the ELC.
  • 7:30-9 p.m. – Carkeek in the Dark with a park naturalist, $5 (registration required on Seattle Park’s website; search for “Explore the Park in the Dark.”)
  • 8 p.m. – Salmon in the Classroom salmon fry release into Venema Creek at the Imprint Pond.

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Grab your glad rags and come to the Roaring 20s auction at the PNA

April 17th, 2014 by Doree

Get all dolled up in your swankiest 1920′s attire for the annual PNA auction from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

You can get a sneak peek at some of the hundreds of items to bid on, including vacations to Puerta Vallarta and Las Vegas, Zoo Tunes season tickets, gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants and shops, and the ever-popular dinner with the Defenders of Greenwood at Fire Station 21.

Cost is $55 per person (or $75 at the patron level). Reserve a table for 10 for $550/$750. You can buy your tickets online, in person at the PNA, or call 206-783-2244.

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Seattle magician bringing family-style variety show to Phinney Center

April 16th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle magician and entertainer Evan Reynolds will host a monthly family-style variety show at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., beginning Sunday, April 27. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids, $10 for adults in advance online; an additional $5 at the door.

The opening show features a line-up that sci-fi enthusiasts will relish: an Indiana-Jones-themed musical number by local artist Scandal From Bohemia (winner of the Most Humorous Act in 2010 at the Great Burlesque Expo in Boston!) and accordion player Evan Evanovich, who will be working the crowd. But the star of the show (at least from a kid’s perspective!) is R2-D2, an amazing movie-quality replica built over a five-year period by Evan himself. The R2 unit – which looks, moves, and talks like it just rolled out of the movies – will play a significant role in Evan’s show, alongside several lucky volunteers!

Evan Reynolds was hooked on magic from boyhood, inheriting the craft from his father who was a practicing magician in the 1950’s. His performances range from theater to corporate to kid-style. He has been awarded Magician of the Year for Atlanta, Best Children’s Entertainer by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians, and has over fifty 5-star reviews on Kudzu. By day, Evan is a software engineer and devoted father of two. He likes to whip out his cards – or his kids – to impress an audience when time allows.

The second show will be June 1, featuring guest start Louie Foxx. After that, shows will be on the fourth Sunday of every month.

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale

April 15th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 26.

They’re accepting donations of gently used infant and children’s clothing and gear. Donations are tax-deductible; all proceeds support the preschool. Email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), 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 (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Zoo’s grizzly bears to play in the snow on Tuesday

April 14th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali are getting a 20th birthday treat on Tuesday when Crystal Mountain will truck in fresh snow from the Cascades for the bears’ exhibit. The bears actually turned 20 in January but were hibernating and slept right through it.

The snow will be delivered at 9:30 am. Tuesday. The 835-pound bears will start playing in the snow around 10 a.m.

The zoo will live stream the snowy experience on its “bear cam,” as well as inside Zoomazium and the grizzly bear viewing shelter.

The ski resort also trucked in snow in 2004 when the grizzlies turned 10.

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Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

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Buddy the dog found in Phinney Ridge – do you know who he belongs to?

April 13th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Buddy has been reunited with his owners.

Earlier: Reid says he found this dog at 65th and Sycamore today. He’s wearing a collar that says his name is Buddy.  If he’s yours or you know who he belongs to, call Reid at 503-752-1324.

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s huge kids clothing and gear sale is Saturday

April 12th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up this Saturday, April 26.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), 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 (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Holman Road paving project begins Monday

April 11th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will repave 1.3 miles of Holman Road NW from Greenwood Avenue North to Northwest 87th Street, beginning Monday.

Road crews also will construct a pedestrian median at the intersection of Holman and 13th Avenue NW, a new median at 7th Avenue NW, enlarge a current median at Holman and 15th Avenue NW, and repair sidewalk spots and build curb ramps. Transit riders will get new bus shelters with better lighting.

To reduce impacts to the surrounding community, this project has been divided into two phases. The first phase of work will be done in Zone 1 on Holman Road Northwest between 7th Avenue Northwest and Greenwood Avenue North and is expected to be complete in June. Once Zone 1 is complete, crews will begin work on Zone 2, on Holman Road Northwest between Northwest 87th Street and 7th Avenue Northwest, which is expected to be complete by September.

Drivers can expect some lane closures and parking restrictions within the construction zone. Regular construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of bridge expansion joint replacement work of Holman Road Bridge in Zone 2, which will require a full closure of Holman Road Northwest at 8th Avenue Northwest in both directions while work is conducted during weekend nights.

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Neighborhood news roundup: business news, tracking buses, charity climb, lunch program

April 11th, 2014 by Doree

A little bit of this and a little bit of that from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

CrossFit Phinney Ridge, 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., is now offering yoga at 10 a.m. on most Sundays. It’s $5 cash-only for gym members, or $9 cash for non-members. Bring your own mat. Check the schedule to make sure class is on that week.

Atlas Coffee Importers recently moved into 201 N 85th St. They used to be eight blocks west in Ballard.

The Park Public House, 6114 Phinney Ave. N., received approval for an expansion of its sidewalk café.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has launched a project to track the location and frequency of people being passed by when their Metro bus is full. The paper is trying to collect enough information from commuters to build a map of the worst places to catch a bus.

Nurturing Pathways offers creative dance classes and parent education workshops at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. They have classes for infants, waddlers, toddlers, and grads (3-4 years old). The spring session begins April 15. Click here for the PNA schedule.

This is the last weekend of Woodland Park Zoo’s “Party for the Planet,” in honor of Earth Day. Zoo visitors can take a free guided environmental-focused tour of the zoo every day, with a conservation tour, climate change tour and tree tour rotating daily.

Phinney Ridge resident Dave Reeck is taking part in the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children charity climb up Mt. Rainer. You can sponsor him by going to his fundraising page.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., invites everyone to lunch at 12 p.m. Monday-Friday, served by Chef Debbie Bivens and a group of volunteers. Cost is $3 (suggested donation) for diners 60 and over; and $6 fixed cost for ages 59 and younger.

Summer camp registration is underway at a bunch of local camps, including Illumination Learning Studio, Zeno Math Camp and PNPC Dragon Room programs at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. We’ve got a new Summer Camp advertising section, with more camps being added all the time.

Andrea Lewicki is hosting three Art Improv Workshops at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the next couple of weeks. The workshops run from 6:15-8:45 p.m. on April 17, 23 and 25. Cost is $15.

A blend of improv principles and creative wisdom with a party game twist! Art Improv is a fun way to wake up your creative intelligence without falling into Blank Page Decision Burden and Perfect Result Attachment. You will likely laugh a lot, learn tricks for conquering stuckness, and meet new people. No previous art experience required. Imperfection and experimentation are enthusiastically encouraged!

Katzenklavier Tavern is planning to open any day now at 123 N. 85th St. Our frequent tipster Lynn got an early look inside and said it looks like a very cool ski lodge.

We’re also keeping an eye out for an opening date for Mo’s Sandwich Shop, next The Park Public House at 61st and Phinney Avenue North. The owner used to own a shop on Queen Anne. According to Lynn, he plans outside back seating for 40; it will be dog friendly.

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Artwalk, Top Ten Toys grand reopening, live music in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

April 11th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Friday night is the monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk at dozens of art galleries and other businesses in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. The artwalk officially runs from 6-9 p.m., but many businesses are open later. Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 101, presents surrealist collages of found paper fragments by Melanie Reed. School of Rock, 106 N. 85th St., features folk art acrylic paintings by Tom Swanson, plus several “art cars” and School of Rock’s house band. Photographer Pauline Smith presents “Night Study” at In The Red Wine Bar, 6510 Phinney Ave. N. Smith used a Holga and a Pentax K1000 and a tripod, setting exposures from 15 seconds to several minutes to create dream-like scenes.

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Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its run of “In the Book Of” through April 26.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a Pacific NW Folklore Society concert with Dale Russ and Michael Saunders at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sing with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn at 12 p.m. Saturday; Steve Barsotti, Peter Comley, Susie Kosawa in a Seattle Phonographers Union Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle School Boardmember Sherry Carr will meet with District II constituents from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

Top Ten Toys will celebrate its grand reopening at 120 N. 85th St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a raffle, crafts, face painting, nail art, temporary tattoos, games, and two magic shows by Evan Reynolds.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Ellis Paul in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets are $20 general, $17 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents Jeff Campbell and Andrew Norsworthy at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $14 at the door.

Woodland Park Zoo Tree Walk at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for children and parents. Meet at the zoo’s west plaza. The walk is free, but zoo admission is required. If you can’t make it, the Tree Walk is also available for download from Seattle reLeaf, and also can be found on the Zoo’s app for smart phones.

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If you see someone dressed as a gorilla in Phinney-Greenwood today or tomorrow, don’t panic!

April 10th, 2014 by Doree

A-1 Pianos at 7020 Greenwood Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge is promoting its Friday night Artwalk event by having someone dressed in a gorilla suit handing out flyers tonight and tomorrow. An employee at the store tells us someone freaked out the last time they did this and called the police after seeing the gorilla hiding in the bushes and eating a banana.

The store’s artwalk theme is based on April Fool’s Day and is called “Bad Art Walk” and “features paintings by various artists from a private collection that is questionable, tacky, corny, campy…kitschy – or just plain ‘bad.’ There will be an opportunity to vote for the ‘baddest’ art entry.”

So, to recap, if you see someone dressed as a gorilla in the neighborhood today or tomorrow, it’s okay. But do send us a picture!

Here’s the gorilla buying a banana at Ken’s Market.

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Metropolis greeting card and gift store is for sale

April 10th, 2014 by Doree

The owners of Metropolis on Phinney Ridge are ready to retire so they’ve put the greeting card and gift store up for sale, according to the store’s Facebook page.

“This is a great opportunity for someone to own a unique and established business in a loving and growing community of loyal customers,” according to the Facebook post.

The store has been on Phinney Ridge for more than 33 years. The asking price is $55,000, which includes everything inside the store. Co-owner Terry Heiman is willing to help during the transition period. Direct inquiries to him at pvtravel@aol.com.

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