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Entries from May 2010

Learn safe camping techniques at zoo’s Bear Affair

May 31st, 2010 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves on Saturday will teach you how to camp safety in bear country and learn how to co-exist with wolves.

Enjoy talks by the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project and zookeepers, enrichment treats for bears and wolves, campsite demonstrations by Boy Scouts, and activities focused on what bears and wolves need to survive in the wild and how we can all co-exist.

Watch the zoo’s grizzlies rip through a campsite and back yard set up in their naturalistic exhibit and see the messy results of improperly stored food and garbage in bear country. Hear about wolf conservation efforts by Wolf Haven International. And learn about the plight of Asian bears.

Approximately 20,000 black bears exist in Washington and fewer than 30 grizzly bears remain in the North Cascades and Selkirk Mountains. Biologists believe there could be as few as 10 individual grizzly bears in the Cascades.

Bear Affair & Big Howl for Wolves is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is included with zoo admission. The campsite exhibition is from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

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Check out our new events calendar

May 30th, 2010 by Dale

We’ve added a new, much enhanced events calendar to PhinneyWood. You can always find the most current events in the right column, or you can see all upcoming events on the PhinneyWood Events Calendar page.

On the calendar page, you’ll also find a link to submit an event. Our submission form allows you to write up your event the way you want it described. It even has a repeat function for recurring events.

Through the calendar, you can forward events to friends, add them to your personal calendar and schedule event reminders.

If you’re an event organizer, we encourage you to use our event submission form to ensure your event is quickly added and contains the details you want others to know about.

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Meet the Phinney Farmers Market producers

May 29th, 2010 by Dale

Contributor Briana Watts put this clip together for PhinneyWood to remind people what’s at the Phinney Farmers Market.

The Phinney Farmers Market runs from 3-7 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 1.

Thanks, Briana!

(Contributor Briana Watts is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)

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And now for a farmers market musical interlude

May 29th, 2010 by Dale

For your musical pleasure, here’s an upbeat clip of The Canote Brothers performing at the Phinney Farmers Market on Friday.

If you liked this, you can see them again at the market on June 11.

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K.C. Executive officially opens Phinney Farmers Market for the season

May 28th, 2010 by Doree

King County Executive Dow Constantine rang a little bell just before 3 p.m. today, officially opening the Phinney Farmers Market for the season. “Where else do you get to visit with the person who grows your food?” he said. 

Dozens of vendors are selling all kinds of produce, jams, meat, eggs, edible plant starts, flowers, soups, nuts, ice cream, pasta, pastries, bread, cider, wine, chocolates, salmon and honey.

Plus, you can eat a nice dinner right there at the market with food from Veraci Pizza, Pan Africa (chicken, lamb and vegetarian African dishes), and Patty Pan (grilled veggies, quesadillas, tamales).

See a full list of vendors and their products here. The Phinney Farmers Market is open from 3-7 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 1. Below, Constantine chats with Woodring Orchards proprietor Dale Nelson about his jams, juice and dressings.

Thanks to Ann Bowden at the Phinney Center for the photos.


Greenwood arsonist sentenced to 30 years

May 28th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

The homeless man who admitted to setting a string of fires in Greenwood last year was sentenced to 30 years behind bars this morning. Our newspaper partner the Seattle Times was in court when 47-year-old Kevin Swalwell took the plea deal.  Swalwell apologized and blamed his actions on mental illness.

Ten fires were set in Greenwood, including the four businesses that went up in flames on October 23. Green Bean Coffee House, C.C. Teriyaki, Szechuan Bistro and Pho Tic Tac were all housed in the Eleanor Roosevelt Building that burned.

(Photo of Kevin Swalwell courtesy of The Seattle Times.)

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Memorial Day Weekend happenings, closures

May 27th, 2010 by Doree

As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, you should be aware of a number of events, closures and reasons for major traffic backups.

The 39th annual Northwest Folklife Festival is Friday through Monday at the Seattle Center. Traffic on Aurora Avenue/Highway 99 will be congested, and parking will be difficult, so consider taking the bus or riding your bike. (And the Mariners play the Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. Monday at Safeco Field, so getting downtown will be extra challenging.)

If you’re interested in catching a Phinney-Greenwood act at Folklife, you’ve got plenty to choose from. Our post earlier this week on two local acts elicited a bunch of comments, with dates and times that other local acts are performing.

Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed on Friday for a furlough day (and all facilities will be closed on Monday for the holiday). Parks administrative offices will also be closed on Tuesday.

These facilities and services are closed on Friday, May 28:

  • Grounds maintenance
  • Community centers (except child care and late night programs, which will still operate).
  • Swimming pools
  • Environmental Learning Centers
  • Lifelong Recreation (except Food and Fitness programs, which will still operate)
  • Business Service Center

In addition to recreation facilities being closed, there will be no trash pick-up on Friday, May 28, nor will the bathrooms be cleaned and maintained that day. Normal park maintenance will occur throughout the remainder of the weekend. On Memorial Day, limited park maintenance staff will be on duty to empty trash cans and clean restrooms.

“We’ve done everything we can to limit the impacts of the furlough on our patrons, customers and visitors; however, the public will experience parks with diminished maintenance on Friday, May 28,” said Christopher Williams, Acting Superintendent. “If park patrons encounter overflowing trash cans, we encourage you to pack out your own trash. We are asking the community to help us keep our parks clean on the few days this year that we are not able to clean them ourselves.”

On Sunday, the Fremont Criterium Bike Race starts at 10:20 a.m. More than 500 riders are expected to race the triangular closed course on North Canal Street, Phinney Avenue North, and North 35th Street. Those streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Childish Things, a children’s new and resale store at 10002 Holman Road NW, will be closed on Memorial Day for “a little store remodeling.” (If you know of other Greenwood-Phinney stores that will be closed for Memorial Day, please put a note in comments.)

Neighborhood Service Centers, including the Greenwood office, will be closed on Monday, as well as Tuesday for an unpaid furlough day.


News from nearby neighborhoods

May 27th, 2010 by Doree

Here’s what’s making headlines in other neighborhoods.

Construction begins on controversial Briarcliff development in Magnolia.

Molly Moon’s ice cream truck to venture beyond Wallingford – where should they go?

Wallingford hosts dance party to raise money for Greenwood’s 826 Seattle.

Register online for Fremont’s Solstice Parade.

New Ballard park selected for sustainable initiative.

Beware of aggressive crows.

Hate crime charges against man who pointed gun at German man at Queen Anne bar.

Weekend races at Magnuson Park.

Traffic problems caused by detour after closure of 15th Avenue NE bridge in Maple Leaf.

And our friends over at MyGreenLake shed some light on the farmers market that shares space with the U-Haul truck rental at Aurora Avenue and N. 65th St.


Farmers Market opens tomorrow with visit by K.C. Executive

May 27th, 2010 by Doree

King County Executive Dow Constantine will help kick off the opening day of this season’s Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Returning vendors include Billy’s, Alvarez, Stoney Plains, Rockridge Orchards, Willie Green’s, Olsen Meats, Tiny’s, Chao Garden, Half Pint Ice Cream and Veraci Pizza.

New this year is Dog Mt. Farm (which will eggs, a first for the Phinney Farmers Market), Local Roots, Willipa Hills Artisan Cheeses and Steppe Cellars wines.

You can see a full list of vendors here, along with their list of products and dates each vendor will be at the market.

The Phinney market has become the meeting place for neighbors and families on Friday nights. Shoppers can expect weekly shopping and strolling music, chef’s demos, kid’s events and the freshest, most local produce in the city!

The Farmers Market is every Friday through Oct. 1.


Neighborhood businesses nominated for Seattle Weekly ‘Best of the Web’ awards

May 27th, 2010 by Doree

SeattleWeekly.com just announced its nominees for its “Best of the Web” Awards 2010.

In the category of Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Urban Arts, Bherd Clothing in Greenwood was one of five nominees.

PAWS Cat City and Mud Bay were nominated for Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Pets/Pet Shop. And PAWS was also nominated in the categories of Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Nonprofit and Seattle’s Best Online Presence – Activism.

PhinneyWood was nominated for Seattle’s Best Neighborhood Blog, and so was our sister site, MyBallard.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of luminaries from Seattle’s online community including Ben Huh of Cheezburger Network, Chris Pirillo of LockerGnome and Social Media Club Seattle, John Cook of TechFlash, Rachel Ratner of KEXP, Matt Harding of Wherethehellismatt.com, Ethan Lowry of Urbanspoon, Florangela Davila of the University of Washington and KUOW, Seattle’s favorite urban muralist, Ryan Henry Ward, and Seattle Weekly web editor Zibby Wilder.

This team of expert judges is currently reviewing the nominees and will be picking one winner from each category. Winners will be announced at SeattleWeekly.com on Wednesday, June 2.


Garbage collection normal on Memorial Day

May 27th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities is reminding folks that garbage, recycling and yard waste collections are on a normal schedule next week, despite the Memorial Day holiday. So if Monday is your collection day, put out everything by 7 a.m. like usual.

And the North Recycling and Disposal Station in Fremont/Wallingford will be open during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 31.

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Zoo euthanizes second ostrich in two weeks

May 26th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

The Woodland Park Zoo no longer has ostriches in the African Savanna exhibit.

Ozzie the ostrich, shown in forefront, courtesy Dennis Dow.

This week, Ozzie the 12-year-old male ostrich was euthanized after an apparent fall into a water tub in the African Savanna. Although veterinary staff tried to stabilize him and treat his injuries, the ostrich was in obvious pain. “The bird progressively declined and euthanasia was the most humane option for this 250-pound patient,” said Dr. Darin Collins, director of Woodland Park Zoo’s Animal Health. Preliminary necropsy findings confirmed leg and head trauma with extensive soft tissue muscle damage.

The female ostrich in the exhibit was euthanized less than two weeks ago after a critical leg injury during a diagnostic medical procedure to treat a chronic fungal infection. According to the zoo, a post-mortem examination confirmed a pelvic bone fracture and a life-threatening systemic infection of the reproductive tract.

The zoo is looking into options but has no immediate plans to replace the ostriches.