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Entries from March 2012

Live music, Spanish story time, theater, art and traffic detours this weekend in Phinney-Greenwood

March 30th, 2012 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events happening around the neighborhood this weekend. You can check our Events calendar any time for more.

A Winters Morning and Ever so Android in concert at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Rebecca Cohen, Caryn Kupferman and Robyn McGillveray in concert. Free; food and drink available.

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer in concert at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., at 8 p.m. Friday.

Freud’s Last Session” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., until April 21.

PlaySpace at Emmanuel Church at 510 N. 49th St. is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday for free kids’ play.

Spanish Story time at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., at 2 p.m. Saturday.

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club hosts an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. Sunday at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

The intersection at 3rd Avenue NW and NW 85th Street will be closed to all traffic this weekend while Seattle Department of Transportation crews rebuild the outside lanes. The intersection closes at 7 p.m. Friday and reopens at 6 a.m. Monday.

Crews also will be working on the intersection of North 85th Street and Palatine Avenue North;traffic will be maintained through the north side of the intersection. Detours will be posted.

Metro Bus Route 48 will be rerouted off of North 85th Street between Greenwood and 3rd avenues this weekend.

During this time, Route 48 heading toward Mt. Baker will travel instead via 15 Av NW, NW 80 St, Greenwood Av N and N 85 St to its regular route.

Heading toward Loyal Heights, Route 48 will travel instead via Greenwood Av N, 80th, 8 Av NW and NW 85 St to its regular route.

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Greenwood Walgreen’s now has electric vehicle charging station

March 30th, 2012 by Doree

The Walgreens store at 8701 Greenwood Ave. N. now has an electric vehicle charging station. Gregg sent us this picture he took a few days ago.

Walgreens has installed electric charging stations at about 800 locations around the country.

This is the first public electric vehicle charging station in our neighborhood that we are aware of. Does anyone know of any others? (The new Fire Station 21 has one, but it’s only for Fire Department use.)

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Christ the King Catholic School hosting preschool information night

March 30th, 2012 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School, at 415 N. 117th St., is hosting a Preschool Information Night for parents of registered and prospective students, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

CKS has three different preschool programs: an all-day, year-round preschool; a half-day class for 4-year-olds; and a half-day class for 3-year-olds. The 4-year-olds class meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The 3-year-old class meets from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Our preschool program follows the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and focuses on children becoming independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. Preschool students participate in activities which develop the foundation for language, math, science, spirituality, social studies, creative arts, music, movement and dramatic play. Our talented and caring teachers provide a warm and supportive environment where children can explore, experiment, create and learn through a wide variety of hands-on experiences.

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Missing Greenwood woman last seen in Ballard

March 29th, 2012 by Doree

Update: Heather was found dead on Sunday. No other details are available. Our condolences to her family and friends.

Earlier: Posters have gone up all around Ballard and Phinney-Greenwood, asking for the public’s help in finding a 35-year-old woman named Heather.

She has platinum blonde hair and green eyes, and is full figured. She had been living in Greenwood, and was last seen in Ballard on March 20 wearing blue jeans and white shoes, and carrying a metallic pink cell phone and a black rectangular purse. She may appear disoriented.

If you’ve seen Heather, please call 206-782-2116, or Seattle Police Department Missing Persons Detectives at 206-684-5582, or email braaten1@yahoo.com.

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Wahe Guru Yoga opens next to Yanni’s Greek Restaurant

March 29th, 2012 by Doree

Wahe Guru Yoga has opened next door to Yanni’s Greek Restaurant at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N.

It offers Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. Beginning in mid-April it also will offer a parent-and-baby yoga class, as well as yoga for children ages 8-12.

Co-owner Frytz Fatehpal Mor and his wife, Yana Hari Baldev, are the teachers. They have a third partner who lives in Los Angeles. All three are internationally certified teachers.

From Mor:

The mantra Wahe Guru (pronounced: Whaa Hay – Gooroo) is the infinite teacher of the soul. It expresses the indescribable experience of going from darkness into light. It balances the energies of generating, organizing, and transforming principles. It expresses ecstasy through knowledge and experience. It is the gurmantra, which triggers the destiny.

Wahe Guru’s current class schedule includes Sadhana at 4 a.m. Monday-Sunday; Kundalini Yoga & Meditation at 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, at 12 p.m. on Monday and Friday, and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Mor tells us their website – www.waheguruyoga.com – should be up in a few days. Their phone is 206-783-WAHE (9243).

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Families needed to host foreign exchange students

March 29th, 2012 by Doree

Phinney Ridge and Greenwood families are needed to host a foreign exchange student next school year. Council for Educational Travel, USA, is a non-profit global exchange organization that works with students from 43 countries.

Add diversity to your home by bringing new and interesting culture to your family by hosting an international high school student. These young adventurers are curious about all things American and are looking forward to spending a school year or semester in Seattle. International exchange students speak English and will be attending neighborhood schools. They are bright and eager to share their culture and learn about ours.

For more information, please email cetusa.mae@gmail.com or call 704-533-0708.

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The 4th Trimester postpartum group at the PNA

March 29th, 2012 by Doree

A drop-in postpartum support group recently started at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The 4th Trimester meets from 10:15-11:45 a.m. every Wednesday; suggested donation is $5 per meeting.

The weekly group allows new parents to share questions, concerns, and experiences. Group facilitators provide information and resources. A digital baby scale is available so can weigh your baby.

The group is facilitated by Anita Shelton, an acupuncturist, and L.M.P. with a practice focusing on women’s health, maternity care, and musculoskeletal conditions; and Sarah Palmer, a psychotherapist with training in infant and child development, attachment theory, and postpartum mood disorders.

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Next Think & Drink at Naked City tackles consumerism, happiness

March 29th, 2012 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is sponsoring another “Think & Drink” event, this time on the topic of consumerism and happiness.

The free event is at 7 p.m. on Wed., April 4, at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. “Consumerism and the Pursuit of Happiness” will be a conversation with John de Graaf and Laura Musikanski, coordinators of the Happiness Initiative. They’ll talk about the rise of consumerism in post-war America, and its impact on national happiness. The discussion moderator is Ross Reynolds, host of KUOW’s news-talk program “The Conversation.”

De Graaf is the filmmaker and author behind Affluenza; Musikanski is the former executive director of Sustainable Seattle. Together, they are coordinators of the Happiness Initiative (happycounts.org), a national nonprofit, nonpartisan project that studies and promotes conversations about the various factors influencing our personal and community well-being.

Think & Drink is sponsored by Humanities Washington.

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Seattle Public Schools may delay Whittier Developmental Preschool move by one year

March 28th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools today announced that it may delay by one year the planned move of the Developmental Preschool at Whittier Elementary to Viewlands Elementary.

Last week we told you that some parents with children in the Developmental Preschool were upset that the district had made the decision to move the program in January, but didn’t tell them until mid-March. Some of the preschoolers have older siblings enrolled at Whittier specifically so the family could be at one school. By waiting to notify parents until after Open Enrollment had ended, those families didn’t have the option to move their older children to Viewlands as well.

The Developmental Preschool is located on the bottom floor of Whittier Elementary.

The school district says it made the initial decision in January, after determining that Whittier would likely need an extra classroom next year. Since there are no open classrooms right now, either the Developmental Preschool or the Whittier Kids before- and after-school program would need to move. The district determined that more families would be affected by the loss of the before- and after-school program.

Today, the district sent home a letter with all Whittier students, stating that it will wait until April 15 to determine if increased enrollment at the school will mean it needs the preschool room for an additional home room. The letter from Pegi McEvoy, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, says that if the latest enrollment data for Whittier does not show any increases for next year, then the Developmental Preschool will remain at Whittier for the 2012-13 school year, then move to Viewlands in 2013-14.

SPS Spokeswoman Teresa Wippel told me today that the district has an exception process for siblings who want to transfer to Viewlands but missed the Open Enrollment period. The new District Ombudsman is helping affected families with that process.

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99 Monkeys toy resale store opening in Phinney

March 28th, 2012 by Doree

99 Monkeys (RE)Pack and Play Toys is opening at 7104 Greenwood Ave. N. next month. The store’s concept is to take previously-owned children’s toys and repackage them in eco-friendly packaging. Sometimes groups of similar toys are packaged together in new sets.

The shop’s name is inspired by “The 100th Monkey” story, which details how if enough people begin to make different decisions, a new paradigm emerges. The store is using that story as a means to promote its earth-friendly, reusable concept.

99 Monkeys also will be home to Green Bananas Drop-In Art Care, an art-based babysitting service for children ages 2-1/2 through 5. Children can be dropped off for up to four hours. They will get to play with all kinds of art supplies, led by an experienced instructor. Each week the instructors will focus on a different artist or classic fairy tale as inspiration for an art project that children can take home. The cost is $9.50 an hour for the first child, $6.50 an hour for each additional child.

99 Monkeys’ grand opening party is set for 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, with free art projects and snacks.

Thanks to Lauralee for the tip and photo!

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Two men at Greenwood apartment building taken to hospital with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

March 27th, 2012 by Doree

Two men at a Greenwood apartment building were overcome by carbon monoxide just before 5 p.m. today. They were taken to Virginia Mason Hospital and placed in a hyperbaric chamber.

From Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line blog:

At 4:58 this afternoon, Firefighters were called to the 10300 block of Greenwood Avenue North for a report of 2 men who were overcome by the carbon monoxide. The men were operating a gas powered pressure washer in the basement parking garage of multi-level residential apartment complex when they began experiencing symptoms. The men walked upstairs to their apartment and called 911.

Medics evaluated the two men and say they were alert, oriented and breathing but showed symptoms of CO poisoning. The men, one in his 20′s the other in his 40′s, were in stable condition while being transported to Virginia Mason to their Dive Chamber.

Seattle Firefighters tested the CO levels in the hallways of the apartment complex and found them to be safe.

Thanks to Silver for the tip!

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GAIN meeting on how to deal with problem houses, creating block watches

March 27th, 2012 by Doree

Update Thursday: KIRO 7 attended the meeting and has a story and video here.

Earlier: GAIN (Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors) is hosting a meeting Wednesday night on how neighbors can deal with “problem” houses – whether it’s a suspected drug house, absentee landlord letting the house and yard fall apart, etc.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army meeting room at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.

Dan Pavlovic of GAIN said the meeting is a direct response to one particular house near North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue, where neighbors suspect drugs and prostitution. Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston will attend the meeting, along with Community Police Officer David Gordon and Assistant City Attorney Jana Jorgensen.

Pavlovic said those at the meeting will discuss the city’s chronic public nuisance ordinance, and how neighbors can band together with the help of the city attorney liaison to confront landlords who may not know what is happening at their property.

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