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Entries from July 2010

Two ransacked Hondas appear overnight in Phinney

July 31st, 2010 by Doree

Stephen sent us pictures of two cars that look like they’ve been stolen and torn apart:

Two vehicles appeared overnight on 1st Ave NW between 73rd and 74th. They have parts removed and the interiors appear ransacked…Maybe they were stolen in the same neighborhood. One red Honda Civic with the trunk removed, and one green Honda Civic with taillights removed.

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Night Out block parties and Greenwoodstock music fest next Tuesday

July 30th, 2010 by Doree

The annual Night Out Against Crime is next Tuesday, and we know many folks in the neighborhood are planning block parties to celebrate and get to know their neighbors better. Send us your photos after your block party and we’ll post a compilation.

The 6th annual Greenwoodstock free neighborhood music fest is held on the same night as Night Out, from 5-9:30 p.m. at “Our Park” at the corner of 6th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 76th Street. The block between 76th and 77th will be closed to traffic.

Painting by Greenwood artist Stephen McClelland. Poster graphics by Greenwood designer Lisa Anderson.

Bring along your beach blanket or folding chairs for an evening of fun together. The event is family, kids, neighbor and pet friendly. Don’t forget your applause, smiles, and tips for the bands that have offered up their time and talents.

It is Night Out Against Crime/Block Party Night so bring your whole block party along. The first two hours are intentionally quieter so block parties can come and represent and still have a chance to meet and talk with their neighbors. Show up with your own block banner like at the Olympic Opening Ceremony if you like.

The schedule:

5-6 p.m.: Gathering and chatting time, music by DJ DR. B. Neighbor and caterer Tiberio Simone will be making pizzas on the grill again.

6-7 p.m.: Bar Tabac – “Picture yourself magically transported and sitting in a Paris Bistro with a wineglass in hand listening to Gypsy Jazz, Tango, and Dub with the ghost of Django Reinhart playing along. This wonderful band features players from Bellingham and Seattle. Jonathan Sampson on acoustic electric guitar and trombone; Carrie Robinson – acoustic guitar; Aaron Harmonson – upright bass; Terry Wergeland on accordion and trumpet; and Andy Piper as percussionist using a suitcase, snare drum and washboard.”

7-8 p.m. Sweet Secrets – “Sweet Secrets is a fun family-friendly all-ages Seattle rock band. They have a pleasant warm tone that envelopes and inspires the listener to absorb their unique lyrics. They describe themselves as Seattle indie-pop for smart sexy people like you. They kindly offer all their music for free download on their website. Featuring Roger Lloyd’s great vocals, electric guitar and sexy shaved head; Eric Severtson’s warm lead guitar and effects that remind me of Jennifer Turner’s tone when she played on Natalie Merchant’s “Tigerlily” CD; Corrina MacFarlane’s lovely violin touches; Corey Knafeltz and Logan Bender’s super solid drum and bass support.”

8-9:30 p.m. Jeff Fielder and Black Market – “Black Market is like listening to a live double record set. They are a compilation band of some of the best musicians in Seattle. Their music can take off in any direction imaginable, so they are likely to knock your socks off! Jeff was the subject of the watercolor painting by Mareth Warren on last year’s Greenwoodstock poster. Here is your chance to see him rockin’ in person! Jeff Fielder on electric and acoustic guitar, Dobro and vocals (Sera Cahoone; Lindsay Fuller; Mark Lanegan/Isobel Campbell band); Andrew McKeag on electric guitar and vocals (The Presidents of the United States of America; 70 Proof; Shuggie); Ty Bailie on Hammond B3 organ and keyboards (Paul Allen Band; Dept of Energy; The Glass Notes; Davy Knowles Band); Kevin Sweeney on vocals (The Flying Nuns); Sean Divine on harmonica and vocals (Jelly Rollers; Jeff Fielder); Andy Stoller on bass (Traci Chapman; Chuck Prophet; Pete Droge); Mike Musburger on drums (Fastbacks, Posies, Thee Sgt Major III; Mark Pickerel and the Praying Hands); Perry Morgan on drums (Souvenirs, Glass Notes, Gary Reynolds; Lost Dogma).

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Dog found in Phinney – do you recognize him?

July 30th, 2010 by Doree

ZoeDog writes in the Forum that they found a “a large, male, unneutered dog (chestnut with cream-color markings around his neck)” at North 71st Street and Fremont Avenue North on Tuesday. He did not have a name tag or a microchip, but did have a very worn rabies tag with a vet’s number that was unreadable.

The dog is now at the Seattle Animal Shelter, case #9267. Their phone is 206-386-PETS. ZoeDog posted more pictures here.

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Pet of the Week is Samarrah

July 30th, 2010 by Doree

This week’s PAWS Cat City Pet of the Week is Samarrah.

Samarrah is a gorgeous 1-year old girl with a sweet personality. You can’t help but notice her as she immediately approaches you and asks for for attention. She is a petite little girl with a soft voice, dazzling green eyes, and stunning dilute tortoiseshell markings. She has a calm and confident personality with a playful, kitten-like curiosity. Samarrah will make a great addition to any family!

Samarrah is waiting for your feather toy at PAWS Cat City (8503 Greenwood in Seattle). She is spayed, microchipped, litter box trained, and up-to-date on her vaccines. Her adoption fee is $90. Cat City is open Tue, Wed & Fri noon – 6 pm, Thu noon – 7 pm and Sat – Sun 11 am – 5 pm.

Check out this PAWS blog for some kitten cuteness to brighten your Friday (then come check them out in person over the weekend)!

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Henry replaces old mural with new overnight

July 29th, 2010 by Doree

Sara sent us a note about a new mural by artist Ryan Henry Ward that replaced one of his old murals, and he did it under cover of darkness.

“Henry” painted a middle-of-the-night mural (three enormous walruses riding three tiny bicycles) last night on the west side of 8th NW, between 65th and 67th. It was formerly a different Henry mural (one with lots of eyeballs) that had been painted-over black about a week ago. Then last night, I saw him out there with spotlights, and this morning the new mural is done.

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Scenes from 60th Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 29th, 2010 by Doree

We took over 100 photos at last night’s 60th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade and we wish we could post most of them, but that would eat up all our bandwith. So here are just a few of the many parade entries.

The Seattle Police Department motorcycle drill team led off the main parade.

Followed by the presentation of colors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 40.

Mayor Mike McGinn, a Greenwood resident, waves to the crowd.

Two of the many clowns throughout the parade.

Parade Grand Marshals The Coats sing the national anthem in front of the judges’ stand.

The Greenwood Knights Car Club shows off their sweet rides.

Mexican Dancing Horses.

You write your own caption for this sheepdog and his owner.

This drill team is still smiling after marching for an hour.

The Pacific Northwest Drumline.

And here’ the cutest kid ever, working the crowd.

The parade was sponsored by the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce and 27 local businesses (including PhinneyWood).

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Talent overflows at Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 28th, 2010 by Dale

Thousands turned out to watch a continuous stream of dancers, marching bands, classic cars, clowns, pirates and more at the 60th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade today.

Here’s a clip of some of the action. We’ll post more photos and video tomorrow.

 

Here’s the stunningly coordinated (in dress and movement) Seattle Chinese Community Girl’s Drill Team performing in front of the review stand.

And the Seattle Schools All-City Band, which combined a dance number with a strong musical performance was a real crowd-pleaser too.

What did you like best about the parade?

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The low-down on the yellow chopper we see every day

July 28th, 2010 by Doree

We’ve noticed a bright yellow helicopter flying over the neighborhood pretty much every day, and usually several times a day. We’ve been meaning to find out just who it belongs to, but our sister site My Wallingford beat us to it. Turns out it’s from Seattle Helitours, which gives, what else, helicopter tours of major attractions around the area.

Our sister site My Ballard followed up and found out the company has been around since the 1980s and they operate both the yellow helicopter and the blue/white one that flies the same route. The reason we’ve seen the yellow helicopter so much lately is because of recent promotions on Groupon and Living Social, which sold more than 900 tours.

(Photo courtesy Seattle Helitours.)

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Taproot extends ‘Man of La Mancha’ by two weeks

July 28th, 2010 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s current production of “Man of La Mancha” has been such a success that the run is being extended by two weeks, through Aug. 21. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings (no Saturday matinees during the extension).

Don Quixote is mad… mad enough to dream an impossible dream while tilting after windmills with his trusty sidekick, Sancho Panza. Quixote’s romantic quest is as crazy as he is. But is his impossible dream madness or vision? The trial is about to begin. Taproot Theatre’s production—directed by producing artistic director Scott Nolte with musical direction by Edd Key—features fresh, acoustic arrangements and an intimate setting that transports the audience to the Spanish dungeon where Cervantes’ story unfolds. Man of La Mancha was written by Dale Wasserman with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. The original production was staged by Albert Marre, and it was originally produced by Albert W. Selden and Hal James.

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ShelterBox fundraiser at Picnic

July 28th, 2010 by Doree

Picnic is hosting another fundraiser wine tasting for ShelterBox from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Suggested donation is $20 per person.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief organization that provides shelter and emergency supplies to areas hit by natural disasters. Contents of each box vary depending on the need, but generally include a tent for 10 people, thermal blankets, insulated grounds sheets, mosquito nets, water purification system, basic tool kit (hammer, axe, saw, shovel, pliers, wire cutters), wood-burning or multi-fuel stove, cooking supplies and eating utensils, and a children’s activity pack of coloring books and crayons.

We’ll be debuting five new Spanish wines brand new to market paired with some delicious treats to nibble on. All tasting fees will be donated to ShelterBoxUSA.org.

We last held an event for ShelterBox this past February after the massive earthquake in Haiti. Our event was a great success and, thanks to you, we raised enough money to send one whole box to Haiti ($1000, shipped). That’s shelter and the means to live for 10 people.

All too quickly we forget that ShelterBox is needed all over the world everyday. Their current deployments can be tracked on their website and include disasters you won’t hear much about on the evening news – flooding in Brazil and a landslide and flooding in Pakistan.

Thursday’s event is in collaboration with our good friends at BUILD. Next weekend they, along with other cycling enthusiasts, will be riding from Seattle to Vancouver, BC to raise money for this great cause. They started with the goal of raising $10,000 for ShelterBoxUSA.org – at $1000 per box that’s 10 boxes, or shelter for 100 people! (more info on their ride at the BUILDlls blog here). Please join us and help us blow them way past that $10,000 goal and help those who have just lost everything and truly need your help.

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Road closures for tonight’s Seafair Parade

July 28th, 2010 by Doree

The Greenwood Seafair Parade takes over a good portion of Greenwood tonight. The parade route starts at North 95th Street and runs down Greenwood Avenue North to North 85th Street, then turns west, before ending at NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue Northwest.

The entire parade route will be closed from 5:30 p.m. until after 8:30 p.m.  Seattle Police will direct traffic. Also, Greenwood Avenue North between North 95th Street and North 105th Street will be closed at 4:15 p.m. for staging.

Metro Transit bus routes 5, 48 and 355 will be rerouted from about 4-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information on the routes, or call Metro’s Customer Information Office at 206-553-3000. In a nutshell:

  • Route 5 Express: Use stops south of North 79th Street or the temporary stop eastbound on North 80th Street & Greenwood Avenue North, from 5:15-8:30 p.m.
  • Route 5 Local: Use stops north of North 105th Street or south of North 80th Street, or use the temporary stops along the reroute, from 4-8:30 p.m.
  • Route 48: Use stops east of Linden Avenue or west of 8th Avenue NW, or the temporary stops along the route, from 5:15-8:30 p.m.
  • Route 355: Use stops west of Linden Avenue or north of 105th on Greenwood, or the temporary stops along the route, from 4-8:30 p.m.

The grandstand will be set up in front of Bartell Drugs and Blockbuster. The parade announcer is Randy Rowland, voice of the Seahawks at Qwest Field and pastor at Sanctuary Church (which meets at Taproot Theatre and runs the Green Bean Coffeehouse).

About 100 floats, marching bands, drill teams, community and school groups, and the Seafair Pirates are in the parade. Grand Marshals are Seattle a capella group The Coats. The parade starts at 6 p.m. with the kids’ parade.

We’ll be there taking pictures and video and we’ll have a full report later tonight.

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Have you seen this kitty?

July 27th, 2010 by Doree

Update: Cation has been found!

Alina just sent us this note about her missing kitty:

My baby cat, Cation, is missing. He is about five pounds, eleven months old…He’s been missing since last night (Mon July 27). He lives at 59th and Phinney. I know he’s very scared and probably hiding in some tiny space and making sad meows. He’s an indoor cat but escaped so the outdoors is very new to him. If you see him, please call at any time 206-465-1936. Thank you for your help.

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