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Winter-themed crafts and family movies at the Greenwood Library

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting two crafting sessions this week for people to make a special winter-themed gifts using paper, glue, Mod podge and more.

Tuesday’s session is from 6-7 p.m. and is designed for families. Wednesday’s session is from 3-5 p.m. and is for tweens and teens in grades 5-12. Both sessions are free and don’t require registration.

The library also is showing two free family movies in December. “Big Hero 6” (PG) is showing from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. “Inside Out” (PG) is showing from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss housing, parking, development updates

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda is an update on impact fees legislation for the mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda; updates on the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Design Review process; neighborhood parking issues; and updates on design proposals and permits for development projects at 6528 Phinney Ave. N. and 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.

The next PRCC meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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GloCone and monkeys lit for the holidays

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

Neighbors gathered around the Phinney Center’s old air raid tower Saturday night for the second annual GloCone and Monkey Lighting.

PNA Executive Director Lee Harper talked to the crowd before the lighting.


The GloCone and several metal-framed LED monkeys hang from the air raid tower. Another 200 monkeys are hung throughout the neighborhood as a way to promote neighborhood businesses during the holidays, and as a tie in to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights.


Check out the PNA Business Group’s new MonkeyWood.com website, which highlights specials and promotional events throughout the holiday season, including Red Monkey Wednesdays, where a solid red monkey in the window means that business is offering something special that day. There’s also a Monkey Scavenger Hunt for kids 12 and under with prize drawings for $20 gift cards to Bluebird Microcreamery, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Phinney Books and Top Ten Toys.

Thanks to Mike V for the photos!

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Keys taken during car prowl at 1st & 78th – has anyone seen them?

November 30th, 2015 by Doree

Mark tells us his car was prowled late Saturday or early Sunday at 1st Avenue NW and NW 78th Street.

A few small items were taken, including a key ring with about 10 keys on it. The keychain has a city of Seattle Built Smart vinyl oval key ring. If anyone happens to find the key ring laying around the neighborhood I really need them back.

If you have any information, please email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll put you in touch with Mark.

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GloCone and Monkey Lighting at PNA air raid tower Saturday at 5 p.m.

November 27th, 2015 by Doree

The 2nd annual GloCone and Monkey Lighting begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the old air raid tower at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, at the corner of North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North.

The GloCone was installed today. Here’s Mike Veitenhans helping to install the pieces.


The tower also will have several LED metal-framed monkeys, part of the troop of more than 200 monkeys hanging in the windows of neighborhood businesses, as part of the PNA Business Group’s holiday marketing campaign, which ties in to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights.

Saturday’s lighting ceremony will include carols, free refreshments, and one child will be chosen from the crowd to “throw the switch” to turn on the GloCone and LED monkey lights.

For more holiday lighting fun and neighborhood business specials throughout the next month, check out the new MonkeyWood.org.

Thanks to David for the photo!

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Holiday lighting, WildLights, Small Business Saturday in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

November 27th, 2015 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening in and around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Teen Program: Game On! From 2-4 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights starts tonight and runs through Jan. 3.

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, which means you’re encouraged to spend your holiday dollars at neighborhood businesses, many of which are having special sales and events, including Adorn, at 7003 3rd Ave. NW, which is having a trunk show with leather goods, jewelry and apparel from Elk Accessories in Australia.

GloCone and Monkey Lighting at the Phinney Center’s old air raid tower, corner of North 67th and Phinney Avenue North, from 5-6 p.m. Saturday. Sing carols, enjoy refreshments, and one child will be selected from the crowd to “throw the switch” to turn on the lights.

Taproot Theatre continues its special holiday show, “This Christmas.”

Holiday Sale of Himalayan Handicraft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, 108 NW 83rd St.

Traffic-wise, if you’re venturing out of the neighborhood this weekend:

  • The Macy’s Holiday Parade starts at 9 a.m. Friday downtown. Needless to say, traffic and parking will be tough, and numerous bus routes will be affected. Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for reroute information.
  • The Huskies host the Cougars for the Apple Cup at 12:30 p.m. Friday. (If you aren’t going to the game, you can watch it for free on a big screen at the Central Library; doors open at 11:30 a.m.)
  • Westlake Tree Lighting ceremony and Macy’s Star Lighting and Fireworks show starts at 5:25 p.m. Friday.
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker starts Friday night and runs through December.
  • Winterfest at Seattle Center begins Friday and runs through Dec. 31, with festivities throughout the Center, the Armory and the ice rink at Fisher Pavilion.
  • Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Streets will be closed and buses rerouted.
  • Seattle Marathon and half marathon are Sunday morning, with waves starting at 7:15 a.m. All streets should reopen by 2:15 p.m.
  • Seahawks battle the Pittsburg Steelers starting at 1:25 p.m. Sunday.

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Bag found in Phinney Ridge with random items likely from a car prowl

November 26th, 2015 by Doree

Ginny tells us she found an Ann Taylor Loft shopping bag on her driveway this morning.

It was full of items that most of us would carry in our cars…phone cables, sunglasses, CDs and an owner’s manual for a 2007 Mazda3. There are a few other items in it as well. It has probably been there for a few days, although the items were not damp. I suspect it was a grab and dash from a car prowl…I live between 3rd and 8th on 73rd.

If you think the items might be yours, email Ginny at grollett@hotmail.com.

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Early Design Guidance meeting Dec. 7 for proposed 16-unit residential and live-work building at 9532 Greenwood Ave. N.

November 23rd, 2015 by Doree

The Department of Planning and Development will hold an Early Design Guidance meeting for a proposed seven-story structure with 14 residential units and two live-work units at 9532 Greenwood Ave. N. The site is currently an empty lot adjacent to a duplex and an apartment building.

Parking will be provided for eight vehicles.

You can see the design proposal here.

The meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

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Phinneywood author Mike Attebery releases his fifth book

November 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Neighborhood author Mike Attebery has just released his fifth book, “Rosé in Saint Tropez.” It is currently available on Amazon, but will be available through independent bookstores in about 6-8 weeks.


Here’s the official synopsis:

To millions of fans, he’s a rock star. To his family, he’s a virtual stranger.

After years on the road, Will Baker is joining his relatives for an extended reunion in the South of France. Sunny Saint Tropez may provide a glamorous, rosé-infused change of scenery, but it isn’t long before old family differences bubble to the surface. And the biggest surprise is yet to come, when Will’s older brother arrives with his new girlfriend in tow, a woman who just happens to be Will Baker’s college sweetheart, the one that got away.

With romance, comedy, and sparkling wit, Rosé in Saint Tropez takes readers on a breezy tour of the French Riviera, while reminding them that everyone has regrets, even rock stars. Fortunately, it’s never too late to revise that final verse.

Attebery’s previous books are “Bloody Pulp,” “Seattle On Ice,” “Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys” and “On/Off.”

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