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Entries from April 2011

Pepper the dog is missing

April 30th, 2011 by Doree

Scott says his Husky mix named Pepper ran off from North 82nd Street and Linden Avenue North.

Pepper weighs about 45 pounds, is a fast runner, and is sweet and shy. She is mostly black with tall white socks and a white belly. She is wearing a collar with her name on it. If you’ve seen Pepper, please call 206-228-0391.

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Wing Dome set for its TV close-up on Sunday

April 30th, 2011 by Doree

The Wing Dome at 7818 Greenwood Ave. N. is sprucing up the joint before Sunday’s filming for a Cooking Channel Food Network show. The Wing Dome will be showing off its super-duper hot #7 wings for the “Heat Seekers” series.

Everyone is welcome at the restaurant during filming, which is scheduled from 12-6 p.m. Sunday.

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Poetry, book sale, vegan fundraiser this weekend

April 29th, 2011 by Doree

Here are a few events happening around Phinney-Greenwood this weekend. You can always check out our events calendar for more.

Half Price Books is having its huge annual sale at its Greenwood warehouse this weekend. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 9241 Greenwood Ave. N., you can stock up on books, CDs, VHS tapes, and DVDs. On Saturday, all books are $3 or less; on Sunday everything left is $1 or less. End-of-sale specials start at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club is hosting its plant sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Green Lake’s Aqua Theater, 5900 W. Green Lake Way. Florals and edibles will be available.

Saturday is national Drug Take-Back Day, to encourage the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs. The closest location to Phinney-Greenwood is the Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct at 10049 College Way N. Hours to drop off are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to find a list of sites near you.

The Chocolate Shoe Box at 7410 Greenwood Ave. N. is having another fundraiser for Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Sequim this weekend. This is part of the annual World Wide Vegan Bake Sale. The sale is from 12-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chocolate Shoe Box’s last fundraiser for Precious Life Animal Sanctuary raised more than $1,750.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café’s monthly Community Cabaret is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. This month is a celebration of National Poetry Month. “The Rhymes They Are A Changing” features young poets from nonprofit tutoring center 826 Seattle, as well as host Kate Smith, along with Scott Katz, Jake Esau, Leslie Fried, Sara Brickman, Kenny Mandell, Simon Henneman, Theo Dzielak and Lydia Swartz.

The Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., hosts a documentary film screening and panel discussion of “Ten More Good Years,” a film about the challenges facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered elders. It’s from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

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Half Price Books warehouse sale in Greenwood this weekend

April 29th, 2011 by Doree

Half Price Books is having its big annual clearance sale at its Greenwood warehouse this weekend. Located at 9241 Greenwood Ave. N., the warehouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, everything is $3 or less, and on Sunday prices drop to $1 or less, and we have end of sale specials (fill a tote bag for $20) starting at 2pm on Sunday. We have books, CDs, DVDs, VHS, software, lots of kid’s books, and comics. Cash, checks or charge ($20 minimum purchase is using a charge card).

Get there early. Here’s a picture of the line outside of last year’s event.

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Huge turnout for electronics recycling event

April 29th, 2011 by Dale

Before the recycling crew could open up their truck, a couple dozen people had lined up in the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s lower parking lot with old computers, monitors, printers, cell phones and other electronics last Saturday.

InterConnection, a local non-profit, refurbishes usable items to donate to local and international nonprofits. Those that can’t be refurbished are recycled.

Organizers said the initial turnout was very good, as evidenced by the pile of old electronics that quickly piled up before they could sort through it.

Organizers tell us they received 108 computers, another 42 laptops, 67 monitors, 41 keyboards or mice, 38 cell phones, 31 printers and 15 televisions.

From the PNA:

We had a great turnout and ended up with 9 pallet-sized boxes full of equipment. Several of the computers, monitors, and cell phones will be refurbished, and others will be recycled through environmentally and socially responsible methods. The event was such a success that we hope to do more of these in the future.

People who couldn’t make the event on Saturday can always drop off the same materials at InterConnection. Their address is 2222 N. Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98103, and drop-off times are 10-6 Mon-Fri and 10-5 on Saturday. For a complete list of what you can give, visit http://www.interconnection.org/give.html.

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Taproot Theatre presents west coast premiere of ‘Brownie Points’

April 28th, 2011 by Doree

As it closes out its phenomenally successful run of “The Beams are Creaking” this weekend, Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre prepares for the west coast premiere of “Brownie Points.” Directed by Karen Lund, “Brownie Points” opens on May 20.

In November, playwright Janece Shaffer won the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for “Brownie Points.” Shaffer will visit Taproot Theatre during opening week.

The girls’ club pledge never promised camping would be easy…for the moms. In the late night mayhem of a backwoods campout a storm rages outside, while a squall builds inside the cabin. Set against tranquil mountains, the close quarters, diverse backgrounds and differing walks of life collide, spurring hilarious but meaningful conversations about race, religion and parenting.

“I love how this play gets to the heart of sensitive issues, by couching them in the comic moments of our everyday lives, making them accessible,” said Lund. “It basically comes down to what’s more important, people’s differences in things like race and religion, or what they have in common, which in the case of these women is the struggle to raise their kids the best way they know how.”

Tickets are available at Taproot Theatre’s box office, 204 N. 85th St., by phone at 206-781-9707, or online.

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Nominate a busy mom for a Mother’s Day makeover

April 27th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Many moms are so busy taking care of other people that they don’t have time to think about themselves. That’s why Susan Grace of Ballard’s Suite 300 Skincare (5424 Ballard Ave NW #300) is teaming up with Frederick’s of Greenwood (8524 Greenwood Ave N) to offer one lucky mom a makeover. “Mother’s Day is the one day a year that we show mothers how much we appreciate them,” Grace tells us. “This is just us doing our part to spread the love.”

The magnificent makeover will include:

A skin care consultation to determine the best treatment
Signature facial
Moisturizing hand and arm treatment
Brow shaping (and possibly other face hair removal if needed)
A hair consultation to decide on the best new look for mom
All over color, highlights or lowlights
Haircut and style
AND a goody bag of products for mom to indulge in at home

To enter, send a brief note by May 6th on why the mom you’re nominating deserves the makeover to: mothersdaymakeover2011@gmail.com by May 6th. The contest is only open to moms in the Seattle area.

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Art Up and Chow Down at huge annual Art Walk

April 27th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood-Phinney’s monthly art walk supersizes itself on May 13-14 for the big annual Art Walk event. With its new theme of “Art Up Chow Down,” the huge May Art Walk always brings thousands to the streets to enjoy art, listen to live music and enjoy good old-fashioned neighborliness.

Trio Con Brio performed from a set of porcelain thrones at Johnson and Johnson Antiques at last year’s art walk.

Seventy businesses along Phinney and Greenwood avenues will become art galleries and live music venues from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 13, and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, from 58th to 87th streets. More than 150 artists will show their work.

Friday night artwalkers will have an opportunity to “meet the artists” and there’ll be a variety of entertainment as well including musical performances in participating businesses and churches and chalk art for children.

The Jurors’ Top Picks will be featured at the Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave N, during the ArtWalk but will also be on view at the Gallery through May 27.

ArtWalk maps will be available the week of the event at participating businesses as well as the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Jurors for this year’s show include artist and Greenwood resident Jason Huff, a public art project manager for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs; Francine Seders, who has owned and operated Francine Seders Gallery in Phinney Ridge for more than 40 years, and Alex Strazzanti, owner of Oasis Art Gallery in Wallingford and Co-Director of the Wedgwood Art Festival.

The monthly Phinneywood art walks are organized by the Greenwood Arts Council, an all-volunteer organization. The BIG One is also presented by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

Artist Daniel Sebree shows off his utensil-scaled Spoon Dragon at last year’s art walk.

For more information, see the Art Walk website, or call the PNA at 206-783-2244.

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Greenwood studio artist selected as finalist for City Arts award

April 26th, 2011 by Doree

Kate Protage, who has shown her work at Greenwood’s Bherd Studios, is one of six finalists for the City Arts “Best of Artwalk Awards.” Protage’s “Exhibit A” from her March show at Bherd was selected as one of the winning entries.

Protage is now up against five other Seattle artists for a chance to win $1,000 and a spotlight in City Arts Magazine.
The winner will be announced on Thursday at the awards party at Fred Wildlife Refuge, 127 E. Boylston. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 21-and-over event. Admission is free when you RSVP to promos@cityartsmagazine.com with ART WALK in the subject line.

In 2011, four winners will each receive $1,000 and a profile of their artwork in City Arts magazine. Together with our 2011 partners, the Art Walk Consortium, businesses and galleries that participate in neighborhood art walks can nominate a favorite piece of art for each month. Each spring, summer, winter and fall, we narrow dozens of submissions down to six finalists, and then throw a party in their honor (with delicious and free Blue Moon seasonal beers, music, food and more). Anyone attending the event gets to vote for the winner and we’ll hand out the award that night.

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Annual Gumshoe 5K Walk set for Aug. 5-14

April 26th, 2011 by Doree

The Sixth Annual Gumshoe 5K Walk, a fundraiser for Phinney-Greenwood nonprofits, will be Aug. 5-14. Buy a $20 entry form and follow the clues to interesting sights around the neighborhood. Turn in your completed form and be entered to win a Fred Meyer gift card.

One of the many quirky yards featured in past Gumshoes.

Proceeds will be divided equally among the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Volunteers of America Food Bank in Greenwood. (Last year’s Gumshoe raised $3,700 for the senior center.)

Entry forms will be available at Starbucks, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, and Ken’s Market. Ken’s Market is even designating a key on its cash registers so gumshoers can purchase entry forms with debit or credit cards instead of cash.

The Gumshoe also includes about 30 “MiniGumshoes.” Neighborhood stores will have micro scavenger hunts inside their businesses. Gumshoe organizer Mike Veitenhans says the MiniGumshoe map inside entry forms will double as discount coupons good for 10-20 percent at participating stores. The MiniGumshoes will run a little longer than the main Gumshoe event, from Aug. 3-17.

Veitenhans tells us that students from Greenwood Elementary will march in the Greenwood Seafair Parade on July 27 and pass out colorful Gumshoe bookmarks.

(Note: The Gumshoe website still has last year’s data; it will be updated in June.)

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Missing Dachschund last seen headed toward Phinney Ridge

April 25th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

A two-year-old Chihuahua-Dachschund mix got out of an unfamiliar house in an unfamiliar part of Ballard on Sunday evening and headed east.

Erin posted this Craigslist posting:

Bella Esme is the dogs name. She is a Chihuahua Dachschund mix. She is 2 years old. She was visiting our house and escaped out the front door and isn’t from this area of seattle and doesn’t know her way around or back. She ran up Market towards Phinney Ridge but we could not keep up. This happened at about 6 pm. If you have seen her or have her please reply back! thank you and we are still searching in the dark for her.

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North Seattle gets new Crime Prevention Coordinator

April 25th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Phinney-Greenwood and all of North Seattle will now have a new Crime Prevention Coordinator (CPC), Terrie Johnston, who replaces Diane Horswill and Neil Hansen. This new appointment comes after Seattle Police Department secured grant funding for a total of four CPCs through the end of this year. There had been a total of six.

The coordinators work in the precincts to educate the public on ways to reduce their risk of becoming victims, and act as liaisons between the local community and the police.

You can get more information here about the CPCs. Our partners at the Common Language Project produced a story and video on the CPCs and their role in the neighborhoods last year.

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