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Theater, live music, poetry in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

March 27th, 2015 by Doree

It’s opening weekend at Taproot Theatre for two new productions, “The Best of Enemies” on the mainstage and “The Mark of Immediacy” in the Isaac Studio.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents gypsy folk/ acoustic music from Butterflies Of Death and Brad Rizer, Scott Ferrin and guests at 9 p.m. Friday ($5 cover); and rockabilly/ garage/ punk with F-Holes, Hard Money Saints, Die Nasty, Split Skins and Sioux City Pete at 8:30 p.m. Saturday ($7 cover)

Meet artist Melissa Crosetto from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Herbs House, 716 NW 65th St.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Lou and Peter Berryman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets in advance are $16, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).

Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than thirty-five years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully-accessible performance. They have produced sixteen albums and three songbooks of their original, hilarious, quirky, and oddly-profound songs, and have toured the US and Canada to rave reviews.

Free poetry reading by James Nolan and Lydia Swartz at Push/Pull inside Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Traffic could be quite a headache if you’re trying to get downtown this weekend. The Fremont Bridge will be closed to traffic for painting between midnight and 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pedestrians and bicycles (but not vehicles) will be allowed 5-minute long crossing periods at 1:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. – otherwise all traffic must use alternate routes. Metro routes 26, 28, 31, 32 and 40 will be rerouted and travel instead via Nickerson Street and the Ballard Bridge in both directions, serving all posted stops along the reroute.

State Route 99/Aurora Avenue will have closures beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and ending by 5 a.m. Monday for construction and the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s semi-annual inspection.

  • SPU crews will close two northbound lanes and one southbound lane of SR 99 between Ward Street and Highland Drive from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for utility work.
  • SDOT and contractor crews will close both directions of SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for utility work and sign bridge installation.
  • From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, SDOT bridge inspection crews will close both directions of SR 99 between Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel to conduct a scheduled inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Ballard Boys & Girls Club open house next Thursday

March 27th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Boys & Girls Club is hosting an open house from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at 1767 NW 64th St., for new and current families, business owners and neighbors to enjoy light appetizers and beverages. Childcare will be provided.

As partners in our mission to guide youth toward their full potential, the strong community partnerships play a critical role. We’re inviting our partners to learn more our upcoming youth and athletic programs, summer camps, meet the new board and staff members and discuss opportunities to get involved. We have a variety of opportunities for our partners to get involved and can match you with an opportunity that fits your skills, interests and availability.

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2 PEPS groups in Phinney Ridge starting soon

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) is starting two sessions for new and second-time parents in Phinney Ridge in the next few weeks.

Second Time Around begins on April 8 at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for parents with a newborn 0-4 months and one or more older children. One parent attends with the baby, with a topic discussion related to a growing family with a focus on the newborn. This group meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

Baby Peppers starts April 15 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 12-1:30 p.m. This group is for one parent and a baby 5-12 months. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a topic discussion related to the adventure of parenting. Meetings also include break time for socializing and connecting with other parents, as well as time to focus on baby’s development. Toys are provided. Meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

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Neighborhood news roundup: city fund, conservation district, preschool enrollment, volunteer opportunities

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various news from around the neighborhood and the city.

Furnishments‘ retail store, 7218 Greenwood Ave. N., will officially close on May 31. (The home staging business will remain open.) Everything is now 40 percent off and will remain so for a few weeks, before changing to “garage sale” prices.

Preschool at the Harbor is now enrolling for fall for children ages 3-5. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 9204 11th Ave NW.

Two projects near our neighborhood have been awarded money from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. The Broadview Community Playground Improvement Project received $25,000 to complete construction and permitting documents to renovate play areas adjacent to Broadview-Thomson K-8 School. (The community will match $13,300.) Green Lake Chamber of Commerce received $15,400 for a youth fishing event at Green Lake, which will include a free fishing pole and educational sessions on water safety and life jackets. (The community will match $8,760.)

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is holding a series of Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) public meetings to gather input about establishing a program. “NCDs can be best described as a hybrid between Seattle’s Landmark Review Districts and our Design Review Program where unique neighborhoods can help set architectural style, square footage requirements, or other design elements.” The last of the three meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The city is looking for volunteers for the Citywide Review Team to review project proposals submitted to the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund.

Chuck’s Hop Shop, at 656 NW 85th St., will celebrate its 5th anniversary from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 4, with a full tap list of customers’ favorite beers.

Seattle Audubon is looking for volunteers for its spring Finding Urban Nature program.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat. Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. Four lessons in the spring and four more in the fall give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. We serve 12 Seattle Public Schools located throughout Seattle.

  • Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall.
  • Volunteers lead a group of 4-6 students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers.
  • No previous teaching or science background is required – and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!
  • Apply as soon as possible to be a part of spring FUN starting in April!
  • Training sessions will be held on March 28th, and 30th. Reply NOW to get more information and to sign up for a training session!

Contact Seattle Audubon at 206-523-8243.

FamilyWorks resource center and food bank in Wallingford needs donated books for its April Reading Rocks program. Books can be in all reading levels, from infants to high schoolers, and new or gently used. They’re especially looking for children’s books in Spanish. You can drop off books at 1501 N. 45th St. from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays 9:30-5; or 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. You can also volunteer at the April 16 event. Contact Elizabeth at elizabethr@familyworksseattle.org.

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Ballard High School student survey on solar power use

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

Students at Ballard High School’s Biotechnology Academy are conducting surveys on why homeowner invest in solar power – or not. It’s part of a year-long science project the students plan to enter in a contest called Imagine Tomorrow.

They created two short surveys: One for homeowners who use solar power, and one for those who don’t.

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Neighborhood’s troop of holiday monkeys grows to 205

March 25th, 2015 by Doree

Volunteers recently finished bending the metal frames for an additional 60 monkeys to add to the neighborhood’s new holiday lights display. The monkeys were created last year as a tie-in with Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights, and because they were completely different from the usual holiday light displays.


Red Mill Burgers and Starbucks had lighted monkeys all over the building.

Businesses and community members sponsored monkeys for $25 each, with the money being used to pay for the troop’s expansion. Monkeys hung from awnings, trees and in business windows throughout the neighborhood. Future “fostering” fees will be used to maintain the monkeys and support other PNA Business Membership Group projects.

Volunteers have now bent a total of 210 monkeys, but five were stolen in December, so the troop now stands at 205 for next year’s display.

Here’s a video of the last of the new monkeys being created at Close Enough Engineering in South Lake Union.

(That’s Steve Walker, the monkey designer and owner of Close Enough Engineering, doing the welding, and volunteers Jim Spoor holding the tail, George Allen rotating the table, Phil Manget dropping the pins, and Mike Veitenhans bending the frames.)

Volunteers will be needed soon to add the light strips to the frames. If you can help, please email Ann Bowden at bowdens@drizzle.com.

Businesses can reserve their 2015 monkey now online. Community members also will be able to sponsor a monkey at a later date.

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Pluto lovers to rally in Greenwood in support of dwarf planet on Saturday

March 25th, 2015 by Doree

The writing and tutoring center The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) is once again rallying the troops in support of dwarf planet Pluto at Saturday’s Dwarf Planet Pride Day. Kids and grown-ups will march along the sidewalk around 85th and Greenwood with signs protesting Pluto’s 2006 demotion.

This is the 7th Pluto Protest Day here in Greenwood, and it promises to be even bigger than before, with special guests Alan Stern (principal investigator for NASA’s New Horizons probe, launched in 2006, which is scheduled to fly by Pluto this July ), MSNBC science editor Alan Boyle (author of “A Case for Pluto”), UW Astronomer and Carl Sagan fellow Dr. Sarah Ballard (who has discovered more than 50 exo-solar planets), and UW astronomer Oliver Fraser.

It all starts at 1:30 p.m. with sign-making and practicing your best Pluto chants at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. (Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.) with the parade starting at 2 p.m. At 2:15 p.m., marchers will observe a moment of silence at Neptune Coffee across the street to commemorate Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet. From 2:20 – 3:30 p.m. is a post-parade rally with food and a debate between students enrolled in the Bureau of Fearless Ideas workshop program, and a brief program featuring all the special guests.

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Phinneywood resident organizing huge children’s consignment sale at Seattle Center

March 24th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood-Phinney resident Lorraine Mitchell organizes a semi-annual children’s consignment event called Perfectly Outgrown with clothing, maternity wear, baby gear, books, furniture and toys. This year’s sale is April 10-12 at the Seattle Center Pavilion. The sale is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 10; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 12 (items are 50 percent off on Sunday).

Sellers, new moms (those expecting or with infants under 1 year), military families, and those who promote the sale on social media can shop early (see the website for full details on times and registration).

Sellers set their own prices and earn 60-70 percent. The seller registration fee is $10 in March, and rises to $15 in April.

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New musical theater group needs director

March 24th, 2015 by Doree

A new musical theater group called Woodland Park Players is looking to hire a director to work with adults at all levels of theater experience. The group’s goals are to “build community, have fun, and benefit the arts in our local schools.”

For more information, contact Producer Linda Joss at lindaannjoss@gmail.com.

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