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Entries from March 2009

Sign up now for the Dragon Room Summer Program

March 31st, 2009 by Dale

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op is offering their annual summer camp program for ages 3-7. 

The Dragon Room Summer Program is a series of week-long, half-day camps for young children sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) and held in the PNPC’s enchanted Dragon Room at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Open to PNPC families and community members the summer camp program offers diverse classes for preschoolers and elementary aged children – everything from space camp to yoga to woodworking. The program is partly a community service offering and a (low margin) fundraiser for the preschool, we’re told.  

More information is at: phinneycenter.org/pnpc/summer. Act fast as classes are already booking up. Registration is now open for Phinney Neighborhood Association members. The general public gets their shot starting April 6.

Thanks, Lexy, for letting us know about this program!

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Senior Center discusses ‘Elder Culture’

March 30th, 2009 by Doree

Greenwood Senior Center at 525 N. 85th St. hosts an interesting discussion topic Wednesday night: Creating a Vibrant Elderculture. It’s based on the book “The Making of an Elder Culture” by Theodore Roszak, who, in 1969, defined baby boomers in “The Making of a Counter Culture.”

In “The Making of an Elder Culture,” he outlines the possibilities for boomers as they age and reclaim their ’60’s values.

The free Senior Center discussion, from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, features facilitator Cecile Andrews, the author of “Slow is Beautiful” and “Circle of Simplicity,” and the founder of Phinney EcoVillage.

Click here to download Roszak’s latest book, which he published in installments on the Second Journey website (it’s free, but you can make a donation if you want). The downloads are only available through the end of March (which is Tuesday). After that, you’ll have to wait for the paperback to be published in the fall.


Playmatters on Greenwood Avenue for sale

March 30th, 2009 by Doree

The indoor child play space playmatters at 7720 Greenwood Ave. is for sale for $40,000, according to this listing on Trulia.

This vibrant, turn-key Child-Centered Indoor Play Space Business is for sale. Located in the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood, it has convenient street parking & tons of foot traffic. Over 450 parents and caregivers are signed up visitors / members. Bright ground level retail space has been recently designed and updated with child friendly colors, modern furnishings and toys. Great space to rent for child centered events.great opportunity for parent wishing to bring their children to work with them!

We’ve got a message into the owner for more details, so we’ll update this post if we hear back.

Update Tuesday: Just heard back from Val, the owner:

I would adore to have a neighborhood person buy the biz. I have a new baby and a terrific job opportunity with a friend. I came to realize that I just can’t do it all. I’m hoping that someone will buy the place who wants to continue serving the families in the neighborhood.


Door hangers promote Summer Streets event

March 30th, 2009 by Doree

The city is distributing door hangers to businesses and residences explaining April 10’s Summer Streets event in Greenwood and Phinney. Summer Streets will close down Phinney/Greenwood Avenue from 65th to 87th streets from 6-9 p.m., in conjunction with the monthly Art Up/Open Up art walk, to allow neighbors to mingle and have fun. Major intersections will remain open.

Here’s what the front of the hangers look like:


And here’s the map and more info on the back:

Businesses are encouraged to have a sidewalk sale, put tables and chairs in the street for people to sit and eat, have a fashion show, or do anything else fun they can think of.

“The city and Chamber think this is a great chance for folks to connect with their neighbors and an opportunity to support local businesses and artists,” expains Dawn Schellenberg, a Strategic Advisor for Seattle Department of Transportation, and a Phinney/Greenwood resident. “We are still looking for ‘intersection guardians’ to help direct traffic around the event and to share information on what is happening. Anyone interested in helping out can contact us at summers.streets@seattle.gov.”


Recycle glass bins for City Fruit

March 30th, 2009 by Doree

Since Seattle residents can now put all their glass right into the main recycling bin, what do you do with your old glass recycling bin? You can either put it out – upside down – next to your recycling cart and the city will take it and recycle it, or you can put it to good use hauling donated fruit.

City Fruit is the new name of a program dedicated to picking and donating Phinney and Greenwood’s surplus fruit. (The program was formerly known as Community Fruit Tree Harvest.) Program organizers say the old glass bins are great for storing, transporting and delivering fruit picked from neighborhood trees.

Think about collecting some of these from your neighbors. If you are willing to collect at least six plastic bins in your neighborhood to use for harvesting fruit – and you don’t know where to store them – let me know. If you need these bins for your oganization’s harvests, let me know. City Fruit will try to get bins from those that have them to those that need them – but let’s do it in batches of six or more. If you would like to get more involved in developing City Fruit and its projects, let us know. gailsavina@gmail.com or 206-818-5684.

Thanks to Cheryl for the tip!


Get ready for the April Fools Day pie joust

March 29th, 2009 by Dale

April 1 is right around the corner and that means it’s time for the annual bicycle pie joust on the street outside of Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon. Here’s a shot from last year’s event:

According to one of the staff, it’s the biggest day of the year for the bar at 6119 Phinney Ave. N. Last year they had about 200 spectators and about 60 competitors showing up to root for their favorites – or get pasted with whipped cream pies.

Competition is supposed to start around 4 p.m., but usually starts late. If you want to compete, show up after they open on Wednesday to sign up.

Thanks, Cheryl, for reminding us about this event. She found this story link and video from last year:


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Recycling changes start Monday

March 29th, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget that all the new recycling and yard waste changes start on Monday, and that your collection day may have changed. You should have received a notice in the mail with your collection day listed on the label, and the garbage collectors should have placed a collection day sticker on your garbage can in the last week or two.

Yard waste will now be picked up every week, and you can put food scraps such as meat, fish, bones, shells, cheese and dairy products into your yard waste carts.

You also can recycle a ton more stuff than before, including paper and plastic cups, deli trays, aluminum foil, plastic plant pots and lids that are at least three inches in diameter. And you can put glass right into the main recycling cart instead of separating it.

Electronics, used motor oil and bulky items will be collected through special services.

For more information on all the city’s solid waste changes, click here or call 206-684-3000.


Did anyone see a coyote?

March 29th, 2009 by Dale

Jaimee wrote to us at about noon today:

Ok, so I’m pretty sure I just saw a coyote standing in the intersection of 52nd and Palatine right outside our house.  Has anyone else seen it?  Who should I call?

If anyone else does see a wild coyote in the neighborhood, call the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife at (425) 775-1311.

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Couple more restaurants added

March 29th, 2009 by Dale

We’ve just added north Greenwood restaurants Un Pho Gettable and Manna Texas Style Smoked BBQ to the restaurant guide.

Let us know if we’re missing any Phinney or Greenwood restaurants in the guide. And if you have any news tips, shoot a note to us at tips@phinneywood.com.



Manna Texas Style Smoked BBQ

March 29th, 2009 by Dale

Manna Texas Style Smoked BBQ (Barbecue)
10410 Holman Road N (map)
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 782-5491

Yelp: “The meat is perfectly smoked and finished off with a great sauce…”
Urban Spoon: “Texas style all the way, with good sides…”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (20 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)


Un Pho Gettable

March 29th, 2009 by Dale

Un Pho Gettable (Vietnamese)
322 N 105th St. (map)
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 349-0885

Yelp: “It is so convenient for me to stop by and grab some pho to go before I head home from work…”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (20 votes, average: 3.35 out of 5)


Zoo’s new penguin exhibit almost ready

March 28th, 2009 by Doree

We got a behind-the-scenes look at the new Humboldt penguin exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo a few days ago. Construction is mostly complete, and they’re finishing up some signage and plantings in anticipation of its public opening May 2. The penguins, brought in from a number of zoos, are in quarantine behind the exhibit, and are slowly being introduced to penguins outside their own groups before jumping into their new home.

The exhibit is modeled after penguin habitat in Punta San Juan, Peru.

Guano (bird excrement) is harvested in Punta San Juan for use as fertilizer. And while it’s good to reuse something like that, the penguins make their nests in piles of guano, so over-harvesting is harming their habitat. So signs around the exhibit, and stacked bags of (fake) guano will teach visitors about the importance of maintaining penguins’ habitat. There’s also a lot of very realistic looking hand-painted “guano” all over the rocks. These seagulls were adding their own authenticity to the exhibit while we were there.

Right in front of the window is a large rock that almost touches the surface of the water. That’s for the penguins to “porpoise” over the top, almost like a slide. Fun for them, fun for us to watch. And there are two very deep portholes that extend into the tank, so kids (or adults) can sit inside them and feel like they’re right in the tank with the birds.

On the north side is where the tide comes rushing into the pool every minute or two.

On the south end, a crumbling old wall with a large hole in it symbolizes the need for newer infrastructure in Punta San Juan to keep predators away from the birds.

The exhibit includes dozens of built-in nesting dens, more than the number of bird pairs that will live there, so they can move around and find the one they like the best. Penguin foot prints are embedded into the ground on the far right, along with bits of nesting material such as seaweed and shells.

The ground outside the tank is pervious concrete, so rain soaks into the ground. The pool is heated by geothermal energy tapped from 300 feet below the earth’s surface (check out KING 5 environmental reporter Gary Chittim’s report on this heating and cooling method).

Kids will be able to climb into a small boat, climb over an old anchor, and possibly get wet if they get too close to a “blow hole” that will periodically spurt water into the air.