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Green Lake path painting project rescheduled to Thursday

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

If you’re heading to Green Lake on Thursday, be aware that Seattle Department of Transportation will be painting the path’s center yellow line starting at 9 a.m. (this was rescheduled from last weekend). The project will take about six to eight hours.

The path will remain open and users will be detoured around the painting project vehicles.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets tonight for board elections, transportation projects update

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

A Seattle Department of Transportation representative will give a presentation on proposed projects in our neighborhood at the Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The transportation discussion will be followed by final nominations and election for PRCC’s board of directors. Nominations will be taken until voting begins at 8 p.m. You can email nominations to dduthweiler@comcast.net, or nominate in person at the meeting.

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Taproot Theatre and Greenwood Senior Center present ‘The MemoryCare Plays’ this weekend

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center has partnered with Taproot Theatre and Full Life Care for a staged reading of award-winning plays about living with memory loss at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Each performance of  “The MemoryCare Plays” will be followed by a conversation with The University of Washington’s renowned memory loss expert, Dr. Soo Borson.

The shows will be in Taproot’s new Isaac Studio Theatre, 212 N. 85th St.

Tickets for the Friday performance are $50 for patrons, $100 for benefactors. Both include a preshow reception. Benefactors will receive a signed book by local author Esther Altshul Helfgott. The Saturday performances are $25 general, $15 seniors and students.

Proceeds from all ticket sales benefit ongoing arts programs for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers.

The MemoryCare Plays came about through the efforts of Dr. Margaret Noel and the MemoryCare organization, based in Asheville, North Carolina. The organization put out a call in 2012 for one-act plays that highlight the issues families face when a loved one suffers from dementia. The result was 91 submissions from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. The final scripts which comprise The MemoryCare Plays were selected by a juried committee based on the playwright’s insight and skill in communicating themes and ideas in a way that would deepen understanding for families, caregivers and the larger community.

The MemoryCare Plays received a bronze medal for best anthology at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards which honor the year’s best independently published books. The 2014 “IPPY” Awards contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas. For more information go www.memorycareplays.org

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Give Big to local nonprofits today

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

Today is the Seattle Foundation’s fifth annual Give Big, a 24-hour event where donations to more than 1,700 Puget Sound area nonprofits are stretched through a pool of matching donations. Give Big ends tonight at 11:59 p.m.

Several of our neighborhood’s nonprofits are on that list, including: The Great Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), which provides free writing and tutoring to children; Taproot Theatre Company; Aurora Commons, a “neighborhood living room and resource center that compassionately and creatively serves men and women along the Aurora corridor who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, and sexual exploitation”; Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (which includes the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood); Cancer Lifeline; Christ the King Catholic School; Music Center of the Northwest; New Beginnings; Norse Home; Phinney Neighborhood Association; St. John Catholic School; and Woodland Park Zoo.

We’ve probably missed some from our neighborhood. Please put a note below in comments if you find another one.

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‘The Big One’ artwalk coming up this Friday and Saturday with 100+ artists at 70 Phinney-Greenwood galleries and businesses

May 4th, 2015 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s huge annual artwalk is coming up this Friday and Saturday. The 20th annual PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One is officially from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, but many galleries and other businesses will host artists and parties later on Friday night.

More than 100 artists working in various mediums will be at 70 businesses from North 65th to North 87 streets throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, but mostly along Phinney and Greenwood avenues. Some businesses will have special musical performances inside or outside on the sidewalk. You’ll also likely see street performers, children’s activities and chalk art. Check out the artwalk website for a map and list of all participating businesses and artists. You can also get a printed map at participating sites this week.

Several restaurants and pubs will offer artwalk specials (check the website for details).

Historically the Friday night event packs the sidewalks with many hundreds of people, so if you’re driving through the neighborhood, please be extra cautious of pedestrians.

Here are just a few highlights:

American Dance Institute at 8001 Greenwood Ave. will have special dance performances from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature artists Katarina Schmidt and Thendara Kida-Gee (below), along with displays of “Creative Art for Seniors” classes by Betsy Dahlstrom.


Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., will have a group show featuring art created by ILS students ages 5-13 (below), plus art made by the teachers.


Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature Casey Brookbush’s paintings of musicians and spaceships.


Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Mark O’Malley’s folk art paintings of storefronts along Phinney and Greenwood avenues.


Two Birds Tattoo, 7408 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Cute for a Cause, which includes art and goods and gift certificates on silent auction with all proceeds going to Old Dog Haven and The Seattle Animal Shelter. Donations of pet supplies or pet food welcomed; and there will be a face painter and a puppy kissing booth.

All Art Up PhinneyWood Art Walks, including The BIG One in May and smaller ones during the other 11 months, are organized by the all-volunteer Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association. You can contact the Arts Council by emailing artupphinneywood@gmail.com.

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Two ways our neighborhood is helping with earthquake relief in Nepal

May 2nd, 2015 by Doree

There are two ways that our neighborhood is helping out with relief in Nepal after the devastating earthquake and landslides.

Thaiku restaurant, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N., is donating 100 percent of its gross sales from 12-5 p.m. this Sunday to Nepal through the Red Cross. The restaurant also will sell locally-made letterpress cards, calendars and artwork by Ilee Papergoods, with all of the proceeds donated as well.

And Greenwood neighbor Sue is collecting needed items to ship overseas.

A local, Sherpa-owned company, Sherpa Adventure Gear (SAG), is sending a palate of humanitarian aid this week and I’m reaching out to local neighbors to see if you have a tent that is collecting dust in your garage, an extra tarp that maybe you bought for a project you didn’t finish, or a water purification set you got for a backpacking trip that has been lying dormant? I am a Greenwood neighbor, and am collecting items for this shipment. SAG regularly ships goods to and from Nepal, and the CEO, Tashi, and his family were actually over there when the quake struck (they are fine…) and they are going to insure that the shipment makes it to the most needy villages. Please consider this request! Obviously time is of the essence to get supplies over there, so I will only be collecting items over this weekend.

If you are interested, you may contact me at sue_u_k@msn.com to coordinate a pick-up or drop off.

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Neighborhood news: food truck, food club, Coyle’s adding a day, transit, happy hour

May 1st, 2015 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

The Real Food Buying Club, which sells organic and sustainable food boxes, is available for home delivery in our neighborhood beginning today.

Coyle’s Bakeshop, which opened in March at 8300 Greenwood Ave. N., and is currently open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, will be adding Wednesdays as of May 13.

Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe is hoping to open up a food trailer in our neighborhood. Twin sisters Jessica and Amanda Lewis are converting a 1969 Shasta into a food trailer that will serve sandwiches on soft pretzels. They plan to bake their own pretzels, roast their own meats, and make all condiments from scratch. They will have vegan and gluten-free options, and will focus mainly on catering, but will be parked curbside at least three days a week. They have a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the trailer conversion.

The City of Seattle has received $15.5 million in federal and state grants to improve walking, biking, transit and street operations in Seattle, including $600,000 for the design and construction of sidewalk improvements on Greenwood Avenue North, between North 136th and North 145th streets.

Kaylyn wrote us concerning all the package thefts that occur in the neighborhood. She’s wondering if anyone has good ideas on how to combat this. Please let her know in Comments.

In-Season Fresh Take-Away & Cafe has instituted a happy hour from 3-6 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday at the café at 6412 Phinney Ave. N. Happy hour includes bottled craft beers, hard ciders, wine and sake cocktails ranging in price from $3.50 to $6, plus an extensive cooked-to-order appetizer menu (including vegetarian options).

The American Lung Association’s Master Home Environmentalist Program is offering free home health assessments to improve your air quality. They’ll provide advice, recommendations and resources, plus a free high quality walk-off mat and a free green cleaning kit.

A new transportation service called Snap Transit is finalizing which routes to provide between South Lake Union and the Central Business District and outlying neighborhoods. Snap Transit will use 14-25 passenger shuttles with free wi-fi and USB power hookups. The on-demand service will be available using a mobile app with regularly scheduled routes. They’ll finalize routes based on customer interest, so if you want to try it in our neighborhood, register here. Snap hopes to start service on June 1.

Low-income seniors can now apply for $40 in vouchers from the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, to use to purchase fresh produce at participating farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs throughout King County.

King County residents, age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) with incomes at or below 185 percent of Federal Poverty Level are eligible to apply. To qualify, an older adult living alone must earn a monthly income at or below $1,815. A household of two must earn less than $2,456 per month. A chart containing the 2015 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines by family size can be found here.

Completed applications must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2015. Due to limited funding, qualified applicants will be selected through a random process. All applicants will receive mail notification of the status of their application on or before July 1, 2015.

Applications are available online or by calling any of the organizations listed below:

  • African American Elders Program: 206-328-6840
  • Asian Counseling & Referral Service: 206-695-7510
  • Chinese Information & Service Center: 206-624-5633 ext 4178
  • Latino Information & Assistance: 206-764-4700
  • Neighborhood House: 206-571-5080
  • Russian Information & Assistance (Irina at JFS): 206-861-8787
  • Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens: 206-684-0500
  • Senior Information & Assistance (206-448-3110 or 1-888-4ELDERS)

A searchable list of local markets that may accept the vouchers can be found on the Washington State Farmers Market Association website.


Concerts, bookstore day, zoo exhibit opening, flea market, school tour and more in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

May 1st, 2015 by Doree

Here are a few events happening in and around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Strangers” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Montessor Garden school tour from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at 6615 Dayton Ave. N.

Kids Fleamarket from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Seattle Area German American School, 11010 Greenwood Ave. N. Proceeds will go towards improving the school’s playground.

Saturday is the first annual Independent Bookstore Day. You can support both our neighborhood’s bookstores, Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., and Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. Phinney Books has an extensive lineup of events for the day.

Woodland Park Zoo celebrates the grand opening of its new Banyan Wilds exhibit this weekend, with special keeper talks and interactive demonstrations, free tiger stickers, crafts and family activities, and a special showing of the Show Your Stripes tiger art tour statues.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual auction begins at 5 p.m. Saturday under the big white tent in the parking lot at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas.

Seattle Folklore Society presents David Roth at 7 p.m. Sunday (note the different time and day than usual), at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).

West Woodland Bike Rodeo from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at West Woodland Elementary School.

Jane’s Walks is hosting a series of 12 free community walks around the Puget Sound region this weekend, including one at Green Lake at 10 a.m. Sunday, beginning at Peet’s Coffee, 6850 E. Green Lake Way.

Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs, who championed walkable neighborhoods, urban literacy, and cities planned for and by people. This event, celebrated by over 100 cities across the globe, creates a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live, work, and play.

Green Lake is a recreational mecca for the entire city, drawing people from all over to walk, jog, fish, sunbathe, and play sports. This will be a fun and informative walk around the entire lake. Come learn about its natural and human history, from its origins as a glacial lake carved by the Vashon Glacier, through its settlement and development as a Seattle suburb, to its current status as one of the city’s most popular destinations.

FYI: The yellow center line on the path around Green Lake will be painted this weekend (this has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 7). Work begins at 9 a.m. and is expected to take 6-8 hours. Seattle Department of Transportation will use a pilot truck for the paint truck and staff will tail the paint truck to warn pedestrians as the wet paint is applied. The path will remain open and visitors using the path will be detoured around the painting project vehicles.

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HomeStreet Bank’s Phinney Ridge branch opens today

May 1st, 2015 by Doree

HomeStreet Bank opened its Phinney Ridge branch today at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 73rd Street, directly across the street from Fire Station 21.

The branch offers banking products and services for consumers and businesses, including mortgage lending, financial advising and small business lending. The branch also has a community room in the back with a separate entrance and bathroom, for neighborhood organizations to use for free.

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