A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Entries from June 2011

Black and white dog found on Dayton and North 79th today

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

Update: A Phinneywood reader wrote on our Facebook page that owner and dog have been reunited.

Jim found this black and white dog wandering off leash around 3 p.m. today on North 79th Street, near Dayton Avenue North.

If you are the owner, or know who is, call Jim at 206-784-9626.

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City wants neighborhood groups to apply for technology grants

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

The City of Seattle’s new Online Boost Project is designed to help neighborhood groups do more effective online outreach and foster online engagement. The OBP is looking for 15 projects that will receive up to $1,000 in matching funds, and will get training from social media experts through workshops.

From the press release:

The Online Boost Project is designed to enhance skills and proficiency on the use of online resources for community groups with workshops, mentorship and seed funding to implement and/or increase their web presence. In coordination with the Seattle Communities Online initiative, we are seeking opportunities to enhance:

  • Increased awareness of community issues;
  • Increased community participation in problem solving; and
  • Increased interaction with government.

Online Boost grantees will have access to:

  • Up to $1000 mini-grants for a quick, specific project to be completed within 3 months.
  • Workshop (required in order to receive funding) where participants would leave the workshop knowing what resources are out there, what their plan of action will be, and how to go about implementing.
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities

Deadline to apply is July 12. Applicants must register ahead of time in order to access the online application. If you have already registered for another grant with the City, you can log in with your user ID and password and select “Funding Opportunities” and then “Online Boost Grant.”


Zoo animals get Fourth of July treats at Red, White & Zoo

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

The Woodland Park Zoo is giving special Fourth of July treats to many of its animals this weekend as part of its Red, White & Zoo event. Animals will munch on watermelons, corn on the cob, star-shaped popsicles and other picnic food.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Red, White & Zoo is included in zoo admission. Treats will be served to the animals from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The zoo is also offering a $2 off discount when you buy admission tickets at participating Ivar’s restaurants through Sept. 30. Click here for more information and a list of participating locations.

And the zoo is encouraging people to ride transit by offering a free shuttle service from the South Kirkland Park & Ride on weekends through Sept. 4; a $2 discount off admission to visitors who ride public transit to the zoo (show your bus transfer or ORCA card at the gate through Sept. 30;and two vouchers for free Metro bus rides to all zoo member households (the voucher will be in the August issue of the myZoo member magazine).


Taproot Theatre presents a musical ‘whodunit’ with ‘Something’s Afoot’

June 28th, 2011 by Doree

“Something’s Afoot,” a murder mystery opening at Taproot Theatre Company on July 15, begins by letting you know who didn’t do it.

Jenny Cross, Natalie Ann Moe, and Tim Tully. Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

“The butler didn’t do it!” So starts this murder mystery musical that has been delighting audiences for decades. When wealthy Lord Rancour is found dead at his lakeside estate, the race to find out whodunit begins. Filled with booby-traps and belted songs, this hilarious spoof hums along as you play armchair detective to a zany cast of characters.

Directed by Scott Nolte, “Something’s Afoot” runs July 15 through Aug. 13, with previews July 13-14.

“Murder mysteries have always been a big hit among our patrons, since the early days of Taproot Theatre,” Nolte said in a press release. “So, we got to thinking, what better way to celebrate our 35th Anniversary Season and say thanks for the years of support than to present a murder mystery musical? This clever spoof honors the mystery greats like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.”

“Something’s Afoot” premiered in 1972 at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Taproot’s production features Dale Bowers, Gerald B. Browning, Ryan Childers, Jenny Cross, William Hamer, Ian Lindsay, Natalie Anne Moe, Deanna Sarkar, Pat Sibley and Tim Tully.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 2 p.m. Saturday matinees. There’s a pay-what-you-can performance on July 20, and post-play discussions on Wednesday nights (except for the preview night). Taproot Theatre is at 204 N. 85th St.

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A la Mode Pies coming to Phinney Ridge

June 27th, 2011 by Doree

A la Mode Pies, a pie delivery business currently located on Capitol Hill, is moving operations and opening its first café in Phinney Ridge. A la Mode Pies will be at 5821 Phinney Ave. N. in the space formerly occupied by Dolly’s Dollhouse, next to Hazel Salon & Organics and across the street from Woodland Park Playground.

A la Mode Pies hopes to open sometime in September.

Owner Chris Porter opened A la Mode Pies about two years ago. He currently cooks out of the Knee High Stocking Co. kitchen, which is a speakeasy-themed bar and restaurant on Capitol Hill.

“Business has just grown and grown and grown,” he said of the need for his own kitchen and to branch out from delivery only to a café. “We chose Phinney because, one, a large number of our customers are already in Phinney, and, two, it’s just such a charming neighborhood. The location itself is so sweet; it seemed like such an ideal place for our flagship store.”

Porter said he had family living in Phinney Ridge when he was young, and he’s well aware of the neighborhood’s affection for Dolly’s Dollhouse, which closed last year when owner Joyce Clifford passed away.

“We’re definitely going to have a little homage to Dolly’s inside,” he said. “And we’re definitely going to continue the relationship that that space has had to the neighborhood.”

Currently, A la Mode Pies delivers pies to your doorstep within 24 hours of placing an online order. He said the pies are baked the same day, and often arrive on customer’s doorsteps still warm. Delivery within Seattle is free; other destinations, such as Bellevue, have a $5 delivery fee. Customers can still order online but pick up from the new café to save on the delivery fee.

“We are not abandoning the delivery aspect, because that’s really what separates us from everyone else in town,” Porter said. “We’re the only pie shop that will deliver to your doorstep.”

A la Mode currently sells 12 kinds of pies, including Bourbon Butterscotch, Chocolate Caramel Pecan, French Apple, Lemon Macaroon, and Star-Spangled Sour Cherry. Most of A la Mode’s pies are made with locally organic ingredients. The new A la Mode Pies café will sell full pies or by the slice, espresso, and Bluebird ice cream.

“Families can wheel their strollers in and sit down at a table by the window, and we’ll have a counter. So you can have a cup of coffee and a piece of pie and take a respite,” he said.

Porter said he developed a love of cooking from watching his mother in the kitchen. After seven years as a television news reporter in Missoula, Montana, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, then a few years in public relations, he decided to go back to what he loved – cooking pies.

“And it’s just exploded since then and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I think the beauty of pie is that it’s all about the filling. It’s all about a flaky crust and the filling. I think pie just offers something very unique. It takes us all back to our childhood. We all have memories of grandma making pies.”

Porter said A la Mode Pies does a big business in weddings, office and birthday parties. He said he’ll need to hire about five people for the new café.

“I hope that Phinney becomes a kind of destination for dessert.”

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Free summer meal program for children

June 27th, 2011 by Doree

The Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Service Program will provide free meals and snacks for children 1-18 at about 90 sites across the city, including one in Greenwood and one in Bitter Lake.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the program, also known as “Summer Sack Lunch,” which runs from today through Aug. 26. The meals are served at sites where at least half the children are eligible for free or reduced price school lunches.

Thanks to a $225,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the 2011 program includes several enhancements:

  • Books! The Seattle Public Library will provide fun and educational programming, such as story times in five different languages. Free books will also be given to children at story time sites;
  • Fresh produce: The Puget Sound Food Network will help provide bags of fresh produce from local farms for families to take home for the weekend; and
  • Saturday sites: Several meal sites will offer lunch on Saturdays as a pilot project

Some of the meal sites offer the food program to children enrolled in specific activity programs, but the majority offer meals to all children 18 years old.

Summer Sack Lunch will be provided at Sandel Park Playground, 9053 1st Ave. NW, from 12-1 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., from 12-1 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Click here to find the program site nearest you; and here for links to a calendar listing menus for every breakfast, lunch and snack.

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Greenlake Farmers Market in East Phinney/West Green Lake opens for season

June 27th, 2011 by Doree

Our sister site My Green Lake reports that the Greenlake Farmers Market, at 6501 Aurora Ave. N., has opened for the season. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

Read My Green Lake’s story here.


Santoro’s Books celebrating 6 years in Phinney Ridge

June 27th, 2011 by Doree

Santoro’s Books at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating its sixth anniversary from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Join owner Carol Santoro and her staff as they share food and wine and good book picks. Enter a drawing to win a $60 gift certificate, receive a $6 refund on purchases more than $25, and get a free bag of Chukar cherries with every purchase more than $60.

Carol also wanted to share the good news that the store has renewed its lease for another year.

Santoro’s also just began its Summer Reading Program.

From June 21st until September 21st we are offering a special frequent buyer account for our young readers. Buy 8 books from our middle readers and/or young adult sections and you will receive the average price of what you purchased as a store credit. Start turning pages!

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More scenes from Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show

June 26th, 2011 by Doree

So many cars, so little space to publish pictures of them all from Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show. We posted several photos in an earlier post, now here are a few more.

There were some beautiful paint jobs, like this red and black roadster.

And this shiny green truck.

And this beautiful blue car with white rag top.

This yellow racing car is from Evergreen Speedway.

Several bands played throughout the day.

The new Cornuto pizzeria at 7404 Greenwood Ave. N. seemed to be doing a brisk business.

And the fabulously-coiffed stylists from Fredericks salon, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N., were selling calendars and collecting donations for next year’s MS Walk.

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Thousands of car lovers pack Greenwood Avenue for annual Car Show

June 26th, 2011 by Doree

Tens of thousands of people walked along Greenwood Avenue North Saturday during the 19th annual Greenwood Car Show, enjoying more than 700 cool cars from all eras.

There were really old roadsters.

And rows of muscle cars.

This orange truck had a matching bike in the back.

This shiny green VW Bug had a cushy spot for Kermit the Frog and friends.

Kids enjoyed the old-fashioned fire trucks.

And this 1939 LaSalle hearse, named “Resurrected.”

The Greenwood Car Show is a fundraiser for the Greenwood Food Bank. Half of the car entry fees are donated to the food bank, and people were encouraged to bring non-perishable food to place in donation bins at the Car Show. We’ll share the total raised as soon as the Car Show organizers, the Greenwood Knights, tally it all up.

Thanks to Mike V for some of the photos!


Dog dies in Greenwood house fire

June 25th, 2011 by Doree

A black lab died in a house fire at 209 N. 90th St. in Greenwood tonight. The first call came in to the fire department at 6:32 p.m. The occupant of the rental house was not home at the time, and as of 8 p.m., no one had been able to contact him yet. However, the owner of the home had been contacted.

Fire investigators determined that the accidental fire started in the dryer near the back door. Batallion Chief R. R. Mondragon said it looked like the fire had been smoldering for some time, and that the dog had been dead for a while.

Capt. R. Shakoor-Asadi of Fire Station 21 looks at the burned dryer where the fire started.

Capt. R. Shakoor-Asadi of Fire Station 21 said it was a young boy living nearby who first smelled smoke and called 911.

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Car Show, pancake breakfast happening in Greenwood-Phinney right now

June 25th, 2011 by Doree

Just a reminder that the huge annual Greenwood Car Show is happening along Greenwood Avenue North right now, until 4 p.m. today. The street is closed so that more than 700 cars can be parked for maximum ogling by tens of thousands of people. Don’t forget that it’s a fundraiser for the Greenwood Food Bank, so bring a few cans of food to drop into the bins located throughout the show.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting a pancake breakfast until 11 a.m. today. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. All proceeds support the Senior Center’s programs.

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