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

 

Entries from August 2011

Host families needed for foreign exchange students after Hurricane Irene cancels their East Coast plans

August 31st, 2011 by Doree

The local region of International Student Exchange, a foreign exchange student program, is trying to find host homes for high school students who were originally scheduled to spend the school year on the East Coast.

Host families are needed for the following students:

  • A boy from Germany who also speaks French and English, enjoys basketball, soccer, swimming, martial arts, baseball, and plays the drums.
  • A girl from Brazil who is outgoing and cheerful, loves cooking, reading, playing volleyball, soccer and riding horses.
  • A boy from Vietnam who likes playing volleyball, dancing hip hop, and going to the theater, is an A student, and is excited about learning about the American lifestyle.
  • A girl from Thailand who loves camping, bowling, shopping, travel, baking, and animals.
  • A boy from China who loves reading and collecting things, enjoys school activities and going to the movies, swimming and playing ping pong.
  • A boy from Brazil who likes bowling, playing soccer, camping, and loves to volunteer to take care of younger children.
  • A boy from South Korea who likes soccer, swimming, bowling, is a black belt in Taekwondo, enjoys music and plays the clarinet.
  • A girl from Spain who likes to spend time with her family, playing tennis and basketball, reading and playing the piano.
  • A boy from Thailand who likes fishing with his dad, playing golf, basketball and soccer. He loves animals and hopes to be a veterinarian when he gets older.
  • A girl from China who is interested in swimming, music and watching sports, and can’t wait to meet her American family.

Students come with good English skills, full health insurance and their own personal spending money, and mainly the desire to be a member of an American family. We ask our families to provide a bed (shared room is okay with similar age range) and meals eaten with the family. Host families do not need to have teenagers of their own; young families as well as empty nesters are excellent high school student hosts this year.

For more information about the students and the program, contact Jamin Henderson at 360-661-0552 or j.henderson33@hotmail.com.

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‘An Ideal Husband’ opens at Taproot on Sept. 23

August 31st, 2011 by Doree

Taproot Theatre in Greenwood ends its regular 2011 season with “An Ideal Husband,” opening Friday, Sept. 23.

Candace Vance, Anne Kennedy, Ryan Childers, and Aaron Lamb in “An Ideal Husband.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug, Taproot Theatre.

Dandies and diamonds swirl in and out of this comedic classic. Sir Chiltern appears to be the ideal husband, until a choice from early in his career comes back to haunt him. Can he be restored to his adoring wife or will the truth be everyone’s undoing? This smart satire sparkles with wit and romance.

Although perhaps lesser known than Wilde’s beloved The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband captures all of his wit and sparkle. Wilde was an Irish writer and poet, and one of the great playwrights of the Victorian era. He is known for his short stories, his one novel—The Picture of Dorian Gray—and a number of plays including An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Windermere’s Fan and A Woman of No Importance.

An Ideal Husband premiered at the Haymarket Theatre in January 1895 and ran for 124 performances. In addition to being produced countless times at theatres around the world, it has also been adapted for television, radio and film, including the 1999 film starring Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett and Rupert Everett.

“An Ideal Husband” runs Sept. 23-Oct. 22, with previews on Sept. 21-22. Taproot Theatre is at 204 N. 85th St.

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Zoo’s Fall ‘Fecal Fest’ starts tomorrow

August 31st, 2011 by Doree

Gardeners have been anxiously awaiting the time when they can send in their postcards for a chance to buy the much coveted “Zoo Doo” or “Bedspread” composts from the Woodland Park Zoo.

A steaming pile of Zoo Doo. Photo courtesy Woodland Park Zoo.

Well, the time is now. Send in a postcard from Sept. 1-23 to request your compost (you can request both Zoo Doo and Bedspread, but separate postcards are required and only one postcard per person is eligible for each drawing). Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. “Dr. Doo” will contact the lucky drawn entries only.

Send a standard postcard to Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information:
-Name
-Day and evening phone numbers
-Preference: Zoo Doo or Bedspread
-Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
-Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up

Pick-up dates for Zoo Doo or Bedspread begin Oct. 1 and end on Oct. 17. Winners load their own compost, but Dr. Doo will provide shovels. Costs: pick-up truck 8×4 bed - $60; 6×4 bed – $45; 6×3 bed - $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStores for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

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Correction on Greenwood Seafair Parade Very Important Kids division winner

August 30th, 2011 by Doree

Ann Woodward, organizer of the Greenwood Seafair Parade, just told us she sent us the wrong name of the winning entry in this year’s Very Important Kids Parade Comic/Novelty division. The real winner in the Comic/Novelty division of the July 27th parade was Monkey Business Preschool, not Daniel Bagley Elementary School as previously announced.

Woodward said she’s sorry for the mistake.

We’ve updated the original results post to reflect the correct winner.

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Waste Management challenges neighborhoods to reduce trash, increase recycling, composting

August 30th, 2011 by Doree

Waste Management, one of two companies that contract with the City of Seattle to haul away garbage, recycling, and yard waste, is challenging neighborhoods to reduce trash and increase recycling during a six-month period. And the winner gets a chunk of cash.

Starting at the end of September and running through March, Waste Management’s Neighborhood Rewards Programs will measure garbage, recycling and yard waste, and compare it to data for the same time period last year. The neighborhood that can recycle and compost the most, and throw out the least garbage, will win a $50,000 grant for a community project.

While the contest is strictly for residential and not commercial, Kristin Kinder, outreach coordinator for Waste Management, said businesses are encouraged to promote the contest as a way for the whole neighborhood to win.

“It’s a cool combination between single-family residential and commercial entities working together and both reaping the benefits,” Kinder told last week’s Greenwood Community Council meeting.

A number of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood organizations will collaborate on helping our neighborhood decide what to do with the grant money if we win the contest, including the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney, Northwest District Council, Greenwood Community Council, and Phinney Ridge Community Council.

“The neighborhood that wins will be granted $50,000 for a ‘shovel ready’ plan. So they don’t want us to spend a lot of time and money figuring it out. It should be ready to go,” Phinney Neighborhood Association Administrative Assistant Marie Bolla said.

“We want to protect our resources and protect the resources of this area for our children and our friends and family and for our community,” Bolla added, “and one way to do that is to reduce waste, and recycle what we can.”

Final details of the contest are still being worked out, so stay tuned for more details, and the official start date in September.

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Small and Simple Projects Fund opens Thursday for applications on emergency preparedness

August 30th, 2011 by Doree

The next round of Small and Simple Projects Fund grants from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund will focus on emergency preparedness. Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, Sept. 1. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 17.

The city encourages applicants to attend one of two workshops to learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund program, and brainstorm emergency preparedness project ideas. The workshops will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW; and on Thursday, Sept. 15, at The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S.

For more information or questions, contact the Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov, or the Seattle Office for Emergency Management at 206-233-5076 or SNAP@seattle.gov.

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Assemble Gallery & Studio featured on Q13 this morning

August 29th, 2011 by Doree

Assemble Gallery & Studio in Phinney Ridge was featured on Q13′s morning news today. Co-owners Emily Grosse and Andie Wurster taught reporter Kaci Aitchison how to stamp and sew, and talked about their many crafting classes.

Wurster tells us that Assemble will be featured again on the 5 p.m. news tonight.

Assemble Gallery & Studio at 7406 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Emma Jean’s Consignments & Antiques for lease

August 29th, 2011 by Doree

The space housing Emma Jean’s Consignments & Antiques, at 8554-1/2 Greenwood Ave. N., is for lease.

Most everything has already been cleaned out of the display window. A phone message left at Emma Jean’s this morning requesting more information was not immediately returned.

Owner Thomas Grant opened the store in 2005, and named it after his mother. Grant told us last year that the store had been hit hard by the economy, and he had noticeably less foot traffic after four restaurants burned to the ground in October 2009, and many other nearby businesses were hit by a serial arsonist.

Inside Emma Jean’s last year.

He had a large collection of Black Americana in the store that was not for sale. Grant’s father was a master sergeant in an all-black infantry in Korea and Japan, and also played trombone, upright bass, tuba and French horn in a Bavarian band. Many photos of Grant’s parents and his father’s band adorned the walls of Emma Jean’s.

Thanks to Quinn for the tip.

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Bathhouse theater selling original seats from Phinney’s Ridgemont Theater

August 29th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Public Theater, located at the Bathhouse at Green Lake, is selling its old plush red seats that originally came from the Ridgemont Theater on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 78th Street in Phinney Ridge.

The old seats for sale on display in front of the Bathhouse Theater. Photo by Dave Rosencrans.

The Ridgemont movie theater closed in the 1990s, and the Bathhouse Theater inherited The Ridgemont’s seats in 1997. The old Ridgemont building was demolished and replaced by condos in the early 2000s; the building kept the Ridgemont name and the new sign is a nod to the site’s theater history.

The Bathhouse is currently raising money for newer seats through a seat naming campaign, because the current seats are more than 80 years old. The old seats cost $25 each. Individual seat naming prices for the new seats range from $250 to $500.

For more information on buying either the old or new seats, call the Seattle Public Theater box office at 206-524-1300, or email boxoffice@seattlepublictheater.org.

Thanks to Dave for the tip and photo of the seats!

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Zoo’s International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday

August 29th, 2011 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo hosts International Vulture Awareness Day on from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. It’s included in zoo admission.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Vultures are scavenging birds that help recycle and prevent the spread of disease. Woodland Park Zoo is home to the turkey vulture, a species that ranges from southern Canada to South America. Turkey vulture numbers declined in the 1950s and 1960s, most likely due to the mistaken belief that they spread diseases. Shooting and poisoned baits often targeted these useful birds. Populations have increased in recent years, due to less persecution and safer use of pesticides. Contaminants and habitat loss continue to threaten other vulture species, particularly in southern Asia, where some species have been nearly forced to extinction.

International Vulture Awareness Day includes a talk about vultures at 10:30 a.m. and again at 3:30 p.m., a special raptor flight program at 11:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m., Olympic Vulture Study display with guest biologist Diann MacRae from 12-3 p.m., and games and activities from 12:30-2 p.m. All special activities are at the Raptor Center.

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Seattle Public Schools kicks off school year with ‘Celebration of Learning’

August 27th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is inviting students and their families, along with teachers and staff, to a special party to kick off the school year. The “Celebration of Learning” is from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Seattle Center, in the Fisher Pavilion.

Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will speak, and the All-City Band will perform. Representatives from Transportation, Nutrition Services and Enrollment will be there to answer questions from families.

Everyone will receive a ticket as they enter for door prize drawings. Prizes include dinner for two at the Space Needle, a gift certificate to Duke’s Chowder House and Seattle Mariners memorabilia.

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Zoo offering free admission to military and emergency providers on Sept. 10-11

August 26th, 2011 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo is admitting all military personnel and emergency services providers free of charge on “Heroes Weekend,” Sept. 10-11, in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The offer applies to all active and retired U.S. military, police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel with valid service identification. And up to six of their guests will receive half-off admission.

Beginning Sept. 12, the zoo will make its regular military discount easier. Instead of having to purchase discounted tickets at military bases, active and retired U.S. military and their family members will receive $5 off admission at any zoo gate (must show military I.D.)

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