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Entries from May 2011

Taproot Theatre hosts ‘Neighbors and Strangers’ to discuss race and diversity

May 31st, 2011 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s current production of “Brownie Points” discusses the issue of race and motherhood. The theater is holding a series of guided conversations after Thursday night performances (June 2, 9 and 16), and will host a special “Neighbors and Strangers: Discussing Diversity and the Experience of Race in Seattle” at 7 p.m., Monday, June 13. Special guests at “Neighbors and Strangers” are Pastor Patrinell Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir.

The discussion comes shortly after the release of the 2010 Census report, which ranked Seattle as the 5th least diverse of America’s large cities, yet with the most diverse zip code in the country (98118). “Neighbors and Strangers” will consider a number of questions, including what does this mean for people living in Seattle, is diversity a problem in our city, and what factors are affecting Seattle’s diversity?

Moderated by Tali Hairston, director of the John Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific University, the evening’s speakers will include Pastor Patrinell Wright, founder/director of Total Experience Gospel Choir, Rabbi Mark S. Glickman of Congregation Kol Ami and Congregation Kol Shalom, Dr. Ron Ruthruff, author of The Least of These, and Karen Lund, director/associate artistic director of Taproot Theatre Company. A special guest performance from Total Experience Gospel Choir will open the evening.

Admission to “Neighbors and Strangers” is free, but you must sign up in advance due to limited seating (priority seating will be given to ticketholders for any performance of “Brownie Points”). To RSVP, contact Sonja Lowe at 206-529-3666 or sonjal@taproottheatre.org.

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Three City Fruit classes coming up in Phinney

May 31st, 2011 by Doree

City Fruit, which organizes volunteers to pick fruit from neighborhood trees to donate to food banks and school food programs, is getting a jump on fruit season with canning and pest management classes.

All classes are $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Click on the class you want here and you’ll be redirected to Brown Paper Tickets for purchase. You can also send a check with the class name and your contact information to City Fruit, PO Box 28577, Seattle, WA 98118.

Low-Sugar Jam – Saturday, June 4, 10am-noon
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church: 7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Many jam recipes call for lots of sugar in order to ensure fruit preservation, but the outcome is not only unhealthy, it often obscures the true taste of the fruit. This class will cover techniques to safely make low-sugar jams, and in the process you’ll learn basic canning and jam-making techniques. Shannon Valderas is a Seattle Tilth Master Food Preserver with many years of canning experience.

Organic Pest Management – Saturday, June 18, 10am-noon
Green Bean Coffeehouse: 8533 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This workshop takes an ecological approach to protecting apples, pears, Asian pears and stone fruits from common pests in the Pacific Northwest, including apple maggot fly, codling moth, scab and other fungal diseases. The class will address strategies ranging from choosing more resistant cultivars, maintaining tree hygiene, using barriers, installing traps, promoting beneficial insects and using organic sprays. Ingela Wanerstrand is owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible landscapes, and has more than 20 years’ experience maintaining gardens and orchards.

Canning Basics – Saturday, July 16, 10-12pm
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church: 7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Learn this traditional preservation technique and open up a whole world of homemade jams, jellies, relishes, salsas, sauces, even pickles! The class will cover equipment, safety, ingredients, basic water-bath canning, and where to find canning recipes and resources. Nancy Gohring is a Master Food Preserver and City Fruit board member.

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Seattle Public Library surveying patrons on free computer use and online resources

May 31st, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library is asking library users to take an online survey to better understand how the community uses and benefits from the free use of library computers. The survey will be online through June 9.

The survey, called the IMPACT Survey, is being coordinated by the University of Washington Information School. Library patrons can access the survey by going to the Library’s home page: www.spl.org. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

“People use Library computers and Internet connections for many purposes, including finding jobs, researching health information, and staying connected with friends and family,” said Lin Schnell, the Library’s interim chief executive officer.

Schnell said survey information will result in improved services.

A similar online survey conducted in 2009 showed many adult patrons used Library computers for employment or career purposes. Of those using Library computers to find jobs, 38 percent were granted interviews and 19 percent were hired for new positions. An overwhelming 69 percent of teens responding to the survey said they used Library computers to complete homework assignments.

The Seattle Public Library offers more than 1,000 computers with free Internet access and an array of online services – everything from online homework help to online Library fine payment.

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Restaurants added to Food & Drink guide

May 30th, 2011 by Dale

Three more restaurants have been added to the Food & Drink guide:

You can post comments/reviews and give ratings for these restaurants, as well as more than 70 other eating and drinking establishments in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

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Free youth cardiac screenings at Garfield High School on Wednesday

May 30th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Nick of Time Foundation to offer free youth heart screenings on Wednesday at Garfield High School. All students between the ages of 14-24 years are eligible for a screening, regardless of their enrollment status.

According to the American Heart Association, one in every 350 young people has an undetected heart condition. The best way to detect these conditions is through a heart screening using an ECG (electrical test) and Echocardiograms (ultrasound) of the heart. The test is painless and takes about 25 minutes. Athletes especially are encouraged to sign up for a cardiac screening.

Screening packets are available at the Garfield High School office or the Garfield Teen Health Clinic. Those interested can also download the forms at www.nickoftimefoundation.org.

To pre-register your child for a screening, email jasmine.brooks@seattlechildrens.org or call the Garfield Teen Health Clinic (open Monday-Friday) at (206) 860-0480. Please include the following information:

  • Child’s full name (first, last)
  • Age/Date of Birth
  • Parent’s name, email address and contact phone number
  • Where the child attends school
  • Preferred (first and second choice) appointment time

Last year, the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to update the District emergency management plan to include a public access automated external defibrillator (AED) program. Seattle Public Schools collaborated with the Heart of Seattle Schools, a non-profit organization that includes the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders, local hospitals, the American Heart Association, Nick of Time Foundation and other school community partners, to develop a plan for implementing this program. Starting in the fall, SPS will begin placing AEDs in schools with the ultimate goal of having an AED in every school and ensuring that staff are trained to use them if necessary.

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In memory of those who served

May 30th, 2011 by Dale

While today is seen by many as simply a day off, it’s also a day set aside to remember those who’ve fallen in military service to our country.

The largest observance in our area is at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., where they’ll be holding their 85th annual Memorial Day service today starting at 1:30 p.m. A guided tour of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, one time envisioned as “The Arlington of the West,” will follow.

Here is a clip Evergreen Washelli made of their 2010 Memorial Day Service. It starts off a bit slow, but stick with it - it includes some stirring photography in the back half.

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House fire on N. 71st Street

May 29th, 2011 by Dale

A large contingent of firefighters quickly doused a fire in the basement of a house at 550 N. 71st St. in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

The fire was called in shortly before 5 p.m. The home’s occupants were not home at the time, but they did come running around the corner at about 5:35 p.m., and were relieved when firefighters told them their dog was safe at a neighbor’s house. They told firefighters they also had a cat, but they didn’t know if it was inside at the time of the fire.

Doree, who is at the scene, sent this picture:

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Enjoying the nice weather in Greenwood

May 29th, 2011 by Dale

The Yard Cafe, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N, is out of soft-launch mode and is officially open today. Patrons soaked up some drinks and filtered sun on their patio this afternoon.

Expect it to be more difficult to get a  seat on Monday, when the weather is expected to be dry and slightly warmer than today.

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The Blue Glass

May 28th, 2011 by Dale

The Blue Glass (American)
704 NW 65th St. (Map)
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 420-1631
TheBlueGlass.net

Yelp: “…Came here on a whim for brunch on a Saturday afternoon, and so happy we did! …”

Seattle Times: “The menu: They call it “global comfort food.” What that means is variety: Southern Hush Puppies, French salad, Vietnamese fish cakes…”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (16 votes, average: 4.06 out of 5)
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Ridgeback Cafe

May 28th, 2011 by Dale

Ridgeback Cafe (Creperie, breakfast, neighborhood cafe)
500 NW 65th St. (Map)
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-4073
TheRidgeBackCafe.com

Yelp: “…Delicious food and Stumptown coffee makes a great combination…”

Urban Spoon: “…the crepes will definitely keep me coming back…”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 4.22 out of 5)
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Aventura Mexican Restaurant

May 28th, 2011 by Dale

Aventura Mexican Restaurant (Mexican)
Aventura Mexican Restaurant (Map)
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 363-3089
aventuramexican.com

Yelp: “…The quesadillas are unique – deep fried …”

Urban Spoon: Outside doesn’t look fancy. But inside is clean…

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Phinney Farmers Market opens Friday, June 3

May 27th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Farmers Market opens for the season on Friday, June 3, with special events for kids, live music and cooking demonstrations. Bluegrass band $4 Shoe plays from 3- 5 p.m. and kids’ entertainer Caspar Babypants plays from 5-7 p.m.

The Phinney Farmers Market is organized by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance. It is open from 3-7 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 7 in the Phinney Neighborhood Center parking lot, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.  The market accepts EBT (food stamps), WIC and Senior market coupons.  Gift certificates are also available. Check out what’s ripe each week with the Ripe and Ready report.

This year the market welcomes 2 exciting new vendors to our roster: Lantern Brewing and Tahoma Farms.  Lantern Brewing is a new micro-brewery in Greenwood that produces delicious pale and seasonal ales made with ALL Washington-sourced ingredients.  Tahoma Farms is located on 40 acres of land in the fertile Orting Valley, on the banks of the Puyallup River. They produce a lovely variety of certified organic vegetables and herbs, including lettuces, pumpkins and even some luscious strawberries.

Returning farmers bring a full selection of all-local, sustainable fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and other good foods: Willapa Hills Cheese, Seattle Urban Honey, and Olsen Farms heirloom potatoes and pastured beef, to name a few.  As the season progresses, look for new crops such as squash blossoms, cherries, raspberries, braising greens and other straight-from-the-farm, seasonal produce.  Unless you grow it yourself, nothing is fresher than the produce at the farmers market!  This year, as last year, we’re experiencing a wet, cold spring, so crops will likely be ripening a week or two later than in warmer years – but be patient and relish the flavors of each season in their turn.

For desserts, treats, and food to go, check out the homemade ice cream, jams and preserves, pastries and hot foods including Veraci Pizza, Pan Africa, Patty Pan and other locally made goodies.

Special Events at the Market:

On August 19 the market hosts the first Phinney Phruit Phestival, a celebration of our local farmers’ delicious varieties of summer fruits.  Canning demos, taste comparisons, farmer info, recipes and more will be part of the day’s activities.  The market also hosts local musicians, including great stuff for kids, nearly every Friday.  And mark your calendars for the Zucchini Races on Sept 9th!

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