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    Brazilian music, Jazz Festival, theater and more in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

    May 27th, 2016 by Doree

    Weekend highlights from our Events calendar:

    Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Vintage Brazilian Jazz with Choroloco, joined by Olivia Duffy and Rene Berblinger from Portland, from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $8 at the door or $25 with dinner and a glass of wine. Reservations are recommended; call 206-694-3524.

    Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its run of “The Realization of Emily Linder” through June 11. This weekend, $20 tickets for level C seats are available (in person only) beginning two hours before performances (8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday).

    Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting its first Jazz Festival with Earshot Jazz this weekend. Check out their schedule online. Suggested admission donation is a minimum of $5 for a single show, $10 for an all-day pass, and $25 for all weekend.

    Seattle School Boardmember Rick Burke is hosting a District II community meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

    Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents rock music by The Lark and the Owl, Rory Ok and The Worst Band Ever, and Pirex Saturday night.

    If you’re heading out of the neighborhood, remember that:

    • Northwest Folklife Festival is at the Seattle Center all weekend.
    • The Mariners play Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

    And remember that many places will be closed on Monday, in honor of Memorial Day, including all library branches, banks and schools.

    Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., is hosting its 90th annual Memorial Day Service on Monday. The concert begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by a special ceremony at 2 p.m.

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    Phinney Ridge stabbing suspect ordered to undergo mental health evaluation

    May 26th, 2016 by Doree

    John Christopher Altshuler, who is charged with stabbing two neighbors on Mother’s Day, was ordered today to undergo a mental health evaluation by an expert from Western State Hospital.

    The mental health evaluation is scheduled to take place at the King County Jail, where Altshuler remains on $250,000 bail. The Order for Pretrial Competency Evaluation requires that he be evaluated by a developmental disabilities professional.

    A competency hearing has been scheduled for June 9.

    Altshuler is charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, and Violation of Anti-Harassment Order after stabbing his two neighbors when they confronted him over slashing tires between 3rd and 6th avenues on NW 74th Street. Both men were treated at Northwest Hospital and released a few hours later.

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    Vintage Brazilian Jazz at Luso Food & Wine Friday night

    May 26th, 2016 by Doree

    Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Vintage Brazilian Jazz with Choroloco, joined by Olivia Duffy and Rene Berblinger from Portland, from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

    Olivia and Rene play a mix of traditional Brazilian choro music and original compositions.

    Admission is $8 at the door or $25 with dinner and a glass of wine. Reservations are recommended; call 206-694-3524.

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    Library news roundup: Special Collections tours, summer Book Bingo, Books for Bikes

    May 26th, 2016 by Doree

    The Central Library is offering special themed monthly tours of its Seattle Room and Special Collections. It’s free, but registration is required (click on “Sign Up” or “Registration is Required.”)

    All tours are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 10, The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room.

    • “Seattle’s People and Cultures – Meet the diverse peoples that have made Seattle the unique and vibrant city it is today.” Thursday, May 12.
    • “Century 21: Seattle World’s Fair – Enter the world of the thrilling Century 21 Exhibition, including a look at the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection.” Thursday, June 9.
    • “The Future Unrealized – Delve into visionary plans of Seattle’s past. Did you know that there was a plan to connect all of Seattle by rail as early as 1911? What if Seattle Center had never been built?” Saturday, July 16.
    • “House and Building History – Join us for a look at the resources to uncover your building’s past.” Thursday, Aug. 25.
    • “Taste the Town – Explore the history of food and drink in Seattle through menus, cookbooks, restaurants and more.” Thursday, Sept. 22.
    • “Odds, Ends and Curiosities – What’s the oldest, the smallest, the biggest, the weirdest, and the wackiest thing in Special Collections? Join us for a mash-up tour of the Seattle Room, when librarians choose their favorite—or not-so-favorite—items for you to explore!” Saturday, Oct. 15.

    The Green Lake Library and Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 have teamed up for another summer of “Books for Bikes.” Children in first through third grade can read 10 books, write them down on an entry slip (available at the library’s reference desk), and turn it in. Then they’re entered for a chance to win one of two bikes. Children can enter every time they read another 10 books, through June 25. The drawing is at 2 p.m. on June 26 (must be present to win).

    The library’s second annual summer Book Bingo for adults is now up and running. Co-sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures, adults can pick up a Book Bingo card from any library or print it out online (currently only available in English but a Spanish version is coming soon). Examples of Book Bingo squares include: local author, translated from another language, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, you finish reading in a day, and out of your comfort zone.

    Fill in the card with titles of the books read during the summer. When you complete an entire row or all 25 squares, bring the bingo card to any library or mail it to: Seattle Arts & Lectures, 340 15th Ave. E., Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112. You also can enter by posting a photo of your completed card using #BookBingoNW2016 via Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @seattlepubliclibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

    Blackout cards will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a library of books by 2016-17 authors and two tickets to the entire Seattle Arts & Lectures 2016-17 season. (Blackout cards also will be automatically entered in the bingo drawing.)

    Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to be entered into a drawing to win a $30 gift card from one of 10 independent bookstores (including Phinney Books).

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    Some beaches, spray parks open this weekend

    May 25th, 2016 by Doree

    Several Seattle Parks and Recreation beaches and all of the spray parks open on Saturday, May 28. One outdoor pool is open now and wading pools will open next month.

    You can see the complete list of wading pools and spray parks with opening dates and times here, and Seattle Parks’ online Summer Guide is here. (Wading pools are open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Call the hotline at 206-684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day to find out whether pools will be filled.)

    Near to our neighborhood:

    • East Green Lake beach, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.: Opens this Saturday through Aug. 28. (Hours from May 28-June 24 are 2-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays)
    • West Green Lake beach, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr.: Open June 25 through Sept. 5.
    • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool in Magnolia is open now through Sept. 11.
    • Green Lake wading pool, North 73rd and East Green Lake Dr. N.: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 through Sept. 5.
    • Bitter Lake wading pool, 13035 Linden Ave. N.: Open from 12-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from June 29 through Aug. 19
    • Soundview wading pool, 1590 NW 90th St.: Open from 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday from June 27 through Aug. 21.
    • Wallingford wading pool, 4219 Wallingford Ave. N.: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from June 29 through Aug. 19.
    • Ballard Commons water spray park, 5701 22nd Ave. NW: Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28 through Sept. 5.
    • Northacres Park water spray park, 12800 1st Ave. NE, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28 through Sept. 5.

    (Note that Sandel Park’s wading pool will not be open this summer.)

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    Jazz Festival at Couth Buzzard Books this weekend

    May 25th, 2016 by Doree

    Couth Buzzard Books and Earshot Jazz are hosting a Memorial Day weekend Jazz Festival this Friday through Monday at the book store at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

    Admission is by donation. Minimum donation for a single event is $5; $10 for an all-day pass; or $25 minimum for the entire four-day festival.




    • Open Jazz Jam, 2 p.m.– Free
    • 200Trio/Max Holmberg, 6 p.m.
    • Better Get It In You Soul/Mingus Tribute, 8 p.m.


    • Simon Henneman, Solo Guitar, 2 p.m.
    • Jonah Falk/Kenny Mandell/Simon Henneman, Jazz/Rap 2:45 p.m.
    • Geoff Harper/Dick Valentine Duo, 3:30 p.m.
    • Empty Boat/Don Berman, 5 p.m.
    • Kenny Mandell/Tonal Vision, 7 p.m.

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    Arraignment for Phinney Ridge stabbing suspect moved to tomorrow

    May 25th, 2016 by Doree

    Today’s scheduled arraignment for John Christopher Altshuler has been moved to tomorrow morning.

    Altshuler is charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, and Violation of Anti-Harassment Order after stabbing two of his Phinney Ridge neighbors with a knife on Mother’s Day.

    He remains in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.

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    Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs ‘Find It Fix It’ Walk with Mayor Murray next Tuesday, May 31

    May 24th, 2016 by Doree

    Mayor Ed Murray will lead a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs area from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. That walk will center on the area around Aurora Avenue North between North 84th and 110th streets. The walk begins at Oak Tree Village Plaza by the movie theater, on Aurora Avenue North between North 100th and North 103rd streets.

    Click here for a map of the one-mile walk route with proposed topics at certain locations (i.e., lack of sidewalks, crime, scheduled park improvements, etc.) The walk ends at Lantern Brewery on North 95th Street. City staff will be available for followup questions.

    The first 75 people who sign in at the walk will receive a gift bag of city swag. Refreshments will be provided. If you need more information or have questions, contact Hilary Nichols at 206-386-1907 or hilary.nichols@seattle.gov.

    In addition, Aurora-Licton residents are invited to apply for up to $5000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for the Aurora-Licton Community Project Grants, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Wednesday, May 25 through Friday, June 10.

    If you find safety needs or city maintenance issues, you can report them any time using the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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    ‘The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad’ at Naked City Brewery June 20

    May 23rd, 2016 by Doree

    PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) presents the second annual “The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

    New Dad? About to become one? Grab yourself some dinner and a drink, take a seat and listen to our panel of local dads talk through the trials and tribulations of being a new Dad and give tips on how to handle the challenges and enjoy the ride. These local dads will provide great information in a fun and informal environment. Topics may include:
    • How to survive on no sleep (and tips for maybe getting some)
    • Building your parenting community/Finding your tribe
    • Keeping your marriage strong after baby comes
    • Mistakes you will make the first year
    • Managing work and family
    • Unique ways Dads interact with and form bonds with their babies

    Register to attend through Brown Paper Tickets (suggested admission is $15 but is pay-what-you-can). Attendees pay for their own food and drink.

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