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Entries from October 2010

Hundreds brave the rain for Greenwood Avenue treats

October 31st, 2010 by Doree

Who cares if it’s raining, as long as you can still trick-or-treat? That seemed to be the theme at the annual Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce-sponsored trick-or-treat event along Greenwood Avenue Saturday afternoon.

The sidewalks were teeming with princesses and super heroes out to bag as much candy as possible. And some of the merchants passing out treats certainly got into the spirit. This monkey at Herkimer coffee shop was loud and animated (while the man sitting in the window behind him took pictures).

This dapper young gentleman had martini glasses filled with candy.

And Couth Buzzard Books not only gave a piece of candy to each kid, they also let children pick out a free book.

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Weekend events roundup

October 29th, 2010 by Doree

Seems like all the events happening in the neighborhood this weekend are Halloween related.

From 12-3 p.m. Saturday it’s the annual Safe Trick or Treat, sponsored by the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce. Costumed kids get candy from many businesses all along Greenwood/Phinney avenues and 85th Street. Some businesses offer more than just candy (for instance, Couth Buzzard Books will give out free children’s books).

Woodland Park Presbyterian Church at 225 N. 70th St. presents its Halloween Organ Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Come to this organ ‘spooktacular’ dressed in your Halloween best and ready to experience the sights and sounds of the season like no place else!

Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the zoo’s animals get pumpkins to gnaw on and smash; your little goblins can trick-or-treat around the zoo’s West Plaza; on Saturday, Alpha Martial Arts will give demonstrations; on Sunday, Roosevelt High School students will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; Killer Science will give some fun presentations; and there are special programs inside Zoomazium. Pumpkin Bash is included with admission.

Green Bean Coffeehouse at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. has its Harvest Fest from 12-3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Safe Trick or Treat. Face painting, carnival games and treats.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. presents Pint & Dale from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday for an evening of scary, spooky Halloween songs. Free; food and drink – including beer and wine – available. 

The Seattle Public Theater Youth Ensemble presents “Zombie Caesar” on Oct. 29-31 at the Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Performers are ages 10-14. The Roosevelt High School Thriller Club will make a special appearance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Free, but donations accepted for their scholarship fund. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday; special trick-or-treat inside the theater on Halloween.

Daniel Bagley Elementary sponsors its “Green” Halloween 5K and Kids 1K Dash at 9 a.m. Sunday at Lower Woodland Park. Proceeds help build the school’s new greener playfield. Costumes encouraged for participants and spectators. Entry form here.

In Ballard, the Market Street trick-or-treating is from 3-5 p.m. Sunday on NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue.

Carkeek Park Plaza Merchants and Holman Road Square Merchants present the first Halloween on Holman from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, at 10021 Holman Road NW, in the QFC Shopping Center. Trick-or-Treating for kids in costume accompanied by an adult, free face painting, photos, chair massage, treats and prize drawings.

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Chocolati Café just got a little bit sweeter

October 29th, 2010 by Tyler Steele

After three years of preparation and a lot of elbow grease, the remodel of the Chocolati Café in Greenwood is complete with additional floor space, later business hours and “Movie Nights” every Monday at 7 p.m.

“We really just wanted to make it the neighborhood place,” said owner and entrepreneur Christian Wong, 34, as he ran around taking care of the day’s business in the new addition at 8319 Greenwood Ave. N. “The Greenwood area is lacking a larger café like this one.”

On top of those recent additions, Wong said that in the next few months he will be tripling his chocolate line, serving beer, pairing wine with his handmade chocolates, and organizing live music events for the Greenwood café.

Wong, who owns and operates all five Chocolati locations, said, “The Greenwood community is awesome – it’s like the cheers of coffee houses.”

Thomas Vanroosendaal, barista and Movie Nights coordinator, noted that “we have a lot of regulars – 50 percent of them I know by their first name. It’s just a great neighborhood with a small-town feel about it.”

Wong, whose plans for future Chocolati locations include “smaller stores with 12 seats or less,” said he will keep the Greenwood and Wallingford cafes large and “focused on community.”

In the middle of a caffeinated, late-night chat with Vanroosendaal, frequent customer Gale Kennedy said, “I like the employees – they really get to know you.”

Regular customer Gale Kennedy chats with Thomas Vanroosendaal, barista and “Movie Nights” coordinator.

Wong said he decided to expand the café because of the unique Greenwood culture, “different than all the others – so artsy and eclectic.”

He said he was creative during the expansion, which increased floor space to a total of 2,100 square feet, by enlisting the help of his baristas during “a lot of cleaning, painting and dumping.

“Yeah, we did most of this work ourselves,” he said, looking around the new meeting room once used for storage. The expanded rooms can be reserved for meetings, private parties or catered events.

“It’s an old building, and we’ve been patching it up a lot,” Wong explained. “But we tried to leave a lot of the integrity of the building – keep it fun.”

Wong even cleaned up and put an old, broken heater on display because of its “antique quality,” enhancing the vintage look of the place.

“They expanded but kept the intimacy and flavor of it,” Kennedy said as she eyed the light fixtures.

Vanroosendaal said customers can now get the “best of both worlds” – private rooms in the newly remodeled back wings and fast-paced service in the original coffee house up front.

But, in particular, he is “really proud of the colors, different rooms and the furniture.”

To cater more to students and the night crowd, Wong said he decided to increase the café’s hours to 11 p.m. every night of the week and introduce more entertainment options like “Movie Nights.”

“I’m happy about it,” said Vanroosendaal, who picks the movie based on seasonal themes. “First and foremost, we wanted to get people in here that wouldn’t normally enjoy the space.”

Next week’s “Movie Nights” will be on Monday, Nov. 1, and will feature “Night of the Living Dead” in honor of the passing holiday.

“We should have cracked this open a long time ago,” Wong said. “Business has already picked up with the added space.”

Tyler Steele is a journalism student at the University of Washington, and PhinneyWood’s new intern. All photos by Tyler Steele, except the panorama photo of the cafe is by Mike Veitenhans.

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Halloween scene

October 29th, 2010 by Doree

Mike V sent us some pictures of a well-decorated Halloween yard at North 70th Street and Linden Avenue North.

And here’s a closeup of those skulls.

Send us your photos of great Halloween decorations so we can post them this weekend.

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iPhone found in Greenwood this morning

October 29th, 2010 by Doree

Erik tells us he found an iPhone on 85th Street in Greenwood this morning. Email him at especkman@gmail.com and describe the image on the lockscreen if it’s yours.

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Trick or Treat map for North Seattle

October 29th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Wondering which of your neighbors will be giving out candy this Halloween?  Ballard resident John Tynes created a trick or treat map to show which homes in the neighborhood will open their doors to trick or treaters Sunday night.  Since it was such a great idea, the map has been expanded to include Phinney, Greenwood and all of North Seattle.  Before Sunday rolls around, you should see a lot more blue dots outside the Ballard area.  Just click here to see the current map and follow the directions on the left column to add your house (Google account required to edit map).

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Greenwood Park volunteers install twig fence as part of new community garden

October 29th, 2010 by Doree

Volunteers continue to work on the new community garden at Greenwood ParkVision Greenwood Park, a volunteer group, is organizing the work parties at the park, located between Fremont and Evanston avenues north of 87th Street. Dozens of volunteers at a  previous work party in September began clearing the brush.

From Vision Greenwood’s Cassandra Allen:

In between rain squalls, volunteers were guided by Joanna D’Asaro a fellow volunteer and local landscape architect from Greener Living Solutions. They constructed a fence frame that was then filled by the north lot’s cleared tree branches and shrubbery. Materials for the frame were provided by Dunn Lumber to the group at a discount. As the fence grew from the ground up, volunteers intertwined rhododendron, yew and cedar branches in layers giving it a lovely layering of green and brown. Joanna’s design of the twig fence provides a natural-looking, visual barrier with recycled materials.

“We came up with the concept of the twig fence with the hope of constructing something that will be esthetically pleasing, easy to maintain and easy to assemble. It met all those goals and brought the community together for four hours,” said Mike Stringer, Chair of the Vision Greenwood Park volunteer group, “We appreciate the local business and neighborhood support we’re receiving!”

Volunteers enjoyed pizza donated by Stacia’s Gourmet Pizza during a break while they discussed plans for building a shed for the garden in early 2011. The goal is to open the community garden to planting in the Spring. To volunteer, contribute and find out what’s happening at Greenwood Park, visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/visiongreenwoodpark/

Photo by Jay Boynton.

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Halloween events roundup

October 28th, 2010 by Doree

Plenty of trick-or-treating and other Halloween events in our neighborhood and nearby this weekend. Here’s what we know; let us know if we’ve missed anything.

Both the Ballard Community Center at 6020 28th Ave. NW and the the Loyal Heights Community Center at 2101 NW 77th St. are hosting Halloween Carnivals from 6-8 p.m. Friday. Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family.

Join us for a fright fest of activities games and challenges, including an area for tots. Complementary refreshments will be available. This event is for children 10 years old and younger. High school students can get volunteer community service hours by helping at this event.

North of Greenwood, the Bitter Lake Community Center at 13035 Linden Ave. N. is hosting a free teen flashlight pumpkin hunt at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Let’s kick off a Halloween to remember with a hunt for wicked prizes in our wooded lakeside grounds. We’ll award a best dressed prize at the end of the hunt, and free hot apple cider will be provided for all participants. Dress warmly, and bring a flashlight and goodie collecting bag. The hunt will begin at the Bitter Lake Community Center lobby promptly at 7:30 p.m. Don’t be late! This event is for children ages 11 – 17.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Many of the zoo’s animals get pumpkins to gnaw on and smash; your little goblins can trick-or-treat around the zoo’s West Plaza; on Saturday, Alpha Martial Arts will give demonstrations; on Sunday, Roosevelt High School students will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; Killer Science will give some fun presentations; and there are special programs inside Zoomazium. Pumpkin Bash is included with admission.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

The Greenwood Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Safe Trick or Treat from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Businesses along Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street will pass out candy to kids in costumes. This is a big event; thousands of kids and parents will be roaming the streets and sidewalks, so please drive safely.

Green Bean Coffeehouse at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. has its Harvest Fest from 12-3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the Safe Trick or Treat. Face painting, carnival games and treats.

The Seattle Public Theater Youth Ensemble presents “Zombie Caesar” on Oct. 29-31 at the Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake. Performers are ages 10-14. The Roosevelt High School Thriller Club will make a special appearance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Free, but donations accepted for their scholarship fund. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday; special trick-or-treat inside the theater on Halloween.

Daniel Bagley Elementary sponsors its “Green” Halloween 5K and Kids 1K Dash at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Come on out Halloween morning for a little pre-Halloween fun and exercise and help Daniel Bagley Elementary build a safer, greener playfield. The run is presented by Daniel Bagley PTA and is sponsored by neighborhood businesses, Super Jock ‘n Jill and American Athlete. The course circles Lower Woodland Park and is described as “hilly and fun.” This event is open to everyone. The Kids’ 1K dash begins at 9:00am, followed by a 5K run at 9:30am. Day of race registration opens at 7:30am in Lower Woodland Park just east of the Skate Park (5900 West Greenlake Way N. Seattle WA 98103). Download the Entry Form or Register Online Now!

Costumes are encouraged for both participants and spectators. Awards will be given for best overall costumes and to the top three male/female finishers in both races. All proceeds will directly support the Green Field Project at Daniel Bagley Elementary School.

The Green Field Project consists of: replacing much of the existing asphalt on the playground with 10,000 square feet of grass, adding 5,000 square feet of new trees and native plantings, new pervious asphalt, and a permanent running track. The pervious asphalt is a salmon-friendly surface as it reduces water runoff, and the new plantings will enhance both the air quality and property values.

In Ballard, the Market Street trick-or-treating is from 3-5 p.m. Sunday on NW Market Street and Ballard Avenue.

Halloween on Holman is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Businesses in Carkeek Plaza (9999 Holman Road NW, where QFC is) and Holman Road Square (across the street from QFC) will hand out treats to costumed kids. Costumed adults will be helping people safely cross Holman Road. Many stores will have specials, there’s face painting, complimentary chair massages by Elements Therapeutic Massage, and a grand prize drawing at 3:45 p.m. for gift cards donated by many of the merchants.

Not this weekend, but next Friday, Nov. 5, the Phinney Neighborhood Center holds its annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival. A parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at the PNA at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with live music by VamoLa. After the parade, author Flor Fernandez Barrios will read from her book “The Mask of Oya,” and there’ll be face painting, a costume contest and traditional Mexican food.

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Greenwood Streetscapes’ 4th workshop on 102nd Street is tonight

October 28th, 2010 by Doree

Greenwood Streetscapes has been working with blocks of residents to figure out how to get sidewalks and safer pedestrian walkways in Greenwood. The group’s fourth workshop is tonight and will focus on North 102nd Street from Greenwood Avenue North to Dayton Avenue North.

The workshop is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center, 8515 Greenwood Ave. N.

Neighbors and volunteer professionals will study a map of their block, learn about their street right-of-way and visualize streetscape possibilities so that a preliminary block plan can be developed.

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West Woodland’s new playground, rain garden dedicated

October 27th, 2010 by Doree

West Woodland Elementary at 5601 4th Ave. NW dedicated its improved playground and new rain garden this morning. Here’s the student choir singing.

And here’s Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith shaking hands with West Woodland Principal Marilyn Loveness.

The refurbished playground includes play equipment and a running track made of porous asphalt. The students helped plant a rain garden of native shrubs and plants to divert runoff from the city sewer system. The rain garden will be incorporated in the fourth- and fifth-grade curriculums.

Thanks to Sheila for the photos!

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Day in the Life photos

October 27th, 2010 by Doree

Last week we put out a call for photos of a Day in the Life of Greenwood, as a way to celebrate the neighborhood making it through the one-year anniversary of the massive arson that destroyed four businesses in downtown Greenwood.

Here are a few photos we received. While they weren’t actually taken on Saturday – the anniversary of the fire – they do nicely capture a few things about our neighborhood.

Laura sent this picture of Greenwood Elementary’s 100th year celebration.

Jonathan sent a picture of the recently reopened King Falafel Grill.

And DumDumDugan sent a photo of the rebuilding of the house at 108 NW 84th St. that was one of the many targets of last year’s arsonist. That’s a new foundation in there.

After sitting dormant for a year, once the teardown occurred it has been a beehive of activity. They’re making great progress.

If you’ve got more photos of happy happenings in Greenwood, please email us.

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Bill Gates Sr. at Phinney Center Saturday to tout Initiative 1098

October 27th, 2010 by Doree

Bill Gates Sr., one of the primary sponsors of Initiative 1098 – the state income tax on high-income residents – will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The Protect Washington coalition says it expects more than 100 volunteers to listen to Gates Sr.’s speech, before fanning out across the neighborhood to talk about all the initiatives before next week’s election. The public is welcome to attend the speech.

By the way, Gates Sr. filmed one of the initiative’s TV ads – the one with the dunk tank – at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

(Disclosure: PhinneyWood does not endorse any political campaign or candidate.)

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