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Cosmo the cat is missing

October 30th, 2014 by Doree

David says his cat is missing.

Male, fixed Bengal housecat, Cosmo, missing from 3rd Ave. NW at NW 67th St. No collar, unfortunately (drives him insane), but he does have an ear chip. Please call Sandra if you have seen him: 206-369-1713.

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Public Review of first phase of Viewlands playground improvement Nov. 2

October 28th, 2014 by Doree

The public is invited to review the first phase of playground improvements proposed for Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 3rd Ave. NW., from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, in the school gym. This is the first of two public meetings.

The playground improvements are being paid for by a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Meeting participants can tour the school grounds and learn where future recreational and play components will be located. Snacks and games will be provided.

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Former NFL quarterback opens luxury menswear showroom in Phinney Ridge

October 27th, 2014 by Doree

Gibran Hamdan, who played in the NFL for six years before founding the luxury menswear company Alial Fital, has moved the company’s headquarters and showroom from Belltown to 6103 Phinney Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge.

Hamdan founded his company about four years ago when he learned to sew after retiring from football. The company produces limited edition dress polo shirts, pants, zip-up tops, ballcaps and ties. Alial Fital (backwards spelling of his parents’ names, Laila and Latif) also sponsors PGA Tour golfers Bo Van Pelt and Jim Renner.

You can schedule a showroom appointment online.

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Volunteers needed to provide free tax help to low-income families

October 27th, 2014 by Doree

United Way of King County is looking for 1,000 volunteers for its Free Tax Campaign at neighborhood sites, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Starting as a grassroots initiative in White Center thirteen years ago and led by United Way of King County, this effort is now county-wide and connects low-income workers to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), considered the most successful federal anti-poverty measure in the last four decades.

To reach our goal of serving 20,000 people across King County, we are recruiting and training over 1,000 volunteers to prepare taxes and connect clients to public benefits. Volunteer Tax Preparers and Benefits Specialists work one-on-one with friends and neighbors to connect clients to benefits and bring an average of $30,000 back into their communities. Join our talented team, receive training that boosts your skills, and help reach the people who need it most. No experience needed!

More information on volunteering is available on the Free Tax Campaign website.

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Lion triplets born at Woodland Park Zoo

October 25th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo yesterday welcomed Africn lion triplets, born to 5-year-old Adia (ah-DEE-uh) and 7-year-old father, Xerxes. This is Xerxes’ first offspring; Adia gave birth in 2012 to four cubs with a different male.

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Photo by Dr. Darin Collins, Woodland Park Zoo.

All three of the cubs are male. The cubs and mom are bonding in the off-view maternity den.

You can see more pictures and video on the zoo’s blog.

Lion cubs typically weigh about 3 pounds at birth. They are born blind and open their eyes within a week or two after birth.

Woodland Park Zoo’s lions belong to the South African subspecies, Panthera leo krugeri. Known as the Transvaal lion, it ranges in Southern Sahara to South Africa, excluding the Congo rain forest belt, in grassy plains, savanna and open woodlands. These lions range in weight from 260 to 400 pounds.

The African lion is the only big cat not protected under the Endangered Species Act. As few as 32,000 African lions are estimated to remain in the wild and their future remains uncertain, particularly as the growth in human population continues to impact lion populations. There is legal hunting of lions and retaliation killing because they pose a threat to humans and livestock.

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Library and 826 Seattle hosting Greenwood Family Forum on Wednesday

October 24th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Library and nonprofit tutoring center 826 Seattle are co-hosting the Greenwood Family Forum from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. It’s billed as a “school success night for neighborhood parents and educators.”

Teen Services Librarian, Jennifer Bisson, and 826 Seattle Director of Programming, Alicia Craven, will present on free programs at the library and 826 including resources for students doing research projects, and the chance for parents to sign students up for the free weekend writing workshops offered by 826 Seattle in the winter.

This will be the first of three meetings throughout the year in which community members will gather to listen to guest speakers share expertise on topics of education and socio-emotional development, to converse and to create a community of parents and educators to better support our students.

Questions? Email Alicia at alicia@826seattle.org.

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Día de los Muertos at PNA next Saturday

October 24th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival is next Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 -9 p.m. at the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave.

Appropriate for all ages, the free festival includes music, Aztec dancers, food, arts and crafts, a traditional altar dedication, and Spanish music for children.

The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. in Community Plaza for a procession led by Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dancers.

Volunteer opportunities are still available to help decorate the PNA, paint faces, help kids decorate sugar skulls, etc. Volunteers can sign up online.

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Halloween events, live music, art, storytelling and paper folding in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend

October 24th, 2014 by Doree

Lots going on in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time.

Storytelling with Steph, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Hunger Goblin’Trick or Treat will be along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Costumed kids can trick or treat at participating merchants. Donate a can of food or purchase a Hunger Goblin’ sticker for $2 to help support the Greenwood Food Bank. Stickers are available in advance at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations along the trick-or-treating route. Stickers are not required to trick-or-treat, but are encouraged to help those less fortunate. The Hunger Goblin will be available for photos at Umpqua Bank (bring your own camera).

City Fruit and the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., are hosting a cider pressing and food drive from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the food bank, you’ll receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider. You can also tour the food bank and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., is turning its studio into a Halloween Wonderland with 200 flying bats, bales of hay, dancing scarecrows, cats and ballerina dolls, ghosts, a mossy branch laden cemetery and giant spiders during Saturday’s trick or treat event.

Martin Gardner Celebration of Mind with Seattle Public Schools STEM Paper Folding, from 4-5:45 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library. Free.

Paper folding was what brought the renowned Scientific American columnist Martin Gardner back to math. Our event will focus on paper folding, especially the kinds that Martin liked. For example, we will do paper magic, fold with triangles, make boxes from polygons, make flexagons, and (as at the famous biennial Gathering for Gardner meetings) jointly fold and assemble a large modular sculpture.

Live Music at Lantern Brewing: The Brewhouse Ramblers from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, 938 N. 95th St.

JeffWarner-2011PressPhoto-resizedSeattle Folklore Society presents Jeff Warner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

Jeff Warner’s traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of the people that his parents, Anne and Frank Warner, met during their folksong collecting from 1938 to 1966. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips, and has produced a CD set of their recordings: “From Mountains to the Sea.”

This concert will include a live multi-media presentation about his parents’ song-catching through rural America, followed by Jeff performing banjo tunes, 18th-century New England hymns, sailor songs, and more.

1925 silent film classic “Phantom of the Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Pint & Dale — Spooky Songs and Stories of the Sea Halloween concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) at 2 p.m. Sunday., 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. The bookstore also will give away free books to children dressed in costumes during Saturday’s Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat.

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, Brick Building.

Seattle Art Improv from 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the PNA.

Halloween on Holman is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square shopping centers at NW 100th Street and Holman Road. Kids in costume and accompanied by an adult can trick-or-treat at participating stores. Pick up a card showing all participating merchants at the tent in front of Elements Massage and Karin’s Beauty Supplies. In addition to wrapped candy, each merchant will offer a coupon or special for adults, along with a sticker for the card. Turn in your sticker-filled cards to enter a drawing for gift cards from neighborhood stores. The fifth annual event is also a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks, so please bring non-perishable goods to donate.

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Time for businesses to apply for PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair

October 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is coming up on Jan. 25, 2015. Now is the time for businesses to apply to be a vendor.

From the PNA:

It is a great opportunity to make new contacts and help homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects. Our selection of over 80 exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups, and permitting agencies. Exhibitors leave the fair with new contacts, and homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects.

Every year we offer a series of short presentations focusing on sustainability and green building topics along with perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Applications are due December 1, but there are limited spots, so apply online now! https://phinneycenter.org/forms/homefair/application/

Please send all questions to homefair@phinneycenter.org

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Halloween happenings in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

October 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Here’s our neighborhood’s main Halloween events this weekend. (If you know of more, please put them below in Comments or email us.)

The Hunger Goblin’Trick or Treat will be along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Costumed kids can trick or treat at participating merchants. Donate a can of food or purchase a Hunger Goblin’ sticker for $2 to help support the Greenwood Food Bank. Stickers are available in advance at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations along the trick-or-treating route. Stickers are not required to trick-or-treat, but are encouraged to help those less fortunate. The Hunger Goblin will be available for photos at Umpqua Bank (bring your own camera).

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Frankenstein hands out candy to trick-or-treaters in front of the 74th Street Ale House.

City Fruit and the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., are hosting a cider pressing and food drive from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the food bank, you’ll receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider. You can also tour the food bank and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., is turning its studio into a Halloween Wonderland with 200 flying bats, bales of hay, dancing scarecrows, cats and ballerina dolls, ghosts, a mossy branch laden cemetery and giant spiders.

Halloween on Holman is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square shopping centers at NW 100th Street and Holman Road. Kids in costume and accompanied by an adult can trick-or-treat at participating stores. Pick up a card showing all participating merchants at the tent in front of Elements Massage and Karin’s Beauty Supplies. In addition to wrapped candy, each merchant will offer a coupon or special for adults, along with a sticker for the card. Turn in your sticker-filled cards to enter a drawing for gift cards from neighborhood stores. The fifth annual event is also a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks, so please bring non-perishable goods to donate.

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Library news roundup

October 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave.  N., is hosting a free Math Salon from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, hosted by Daniel Finkel.

Finkel has a doctorate in math from the University of Washington and coordinates math circles, math salons and other activities that help make learning math fun for everyone. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times Numberplay Blog and teachers at the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. He also runs workshops for teachers. He is co-founder of Mathforlove.com.

Anyone with a library card can access free chat tutoring through Seattle Public Library.

One can even use this service if a card is blocked for checking out due to fines over $15, so any and all students can get free homework help. If you do not have an updated card or PIN, go into any library to get a new one.

Seattle Public Library is partnering with CityClub to serve as official fact-checkers for the online 2014 Living Voters Guide.

The Living Voters Guide is a free, nonpartisan service that enables individuals in Washington state to discuss, research and ask questions about local and statewide ballot measures, as well as federal races. Individuals simply type in their zip code and the November election ballot measures and federal races from their districts appear.

Individuals can review or add to the pros and cons written by other users of the site. If individuals want items verified, they can click on the “Ask a librarian to fact check this point” button. After researching the content of flagged claims, librarians from The Seattle Public Library post a response with citations, and assign each claim a status of “accurate,” “questionable,” or “unverifiable”—all within 48 hours of a request.

The first version of the Living Voters Guide was created through a grant by the University of Washington in 2010. The 2014 guide was funded through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and sponsorship from The Boeing Company.

Library patrons can now download five songs a week from its Freegal, which maintains more than 7 million songs from more than 28,000 labels. The previous limit was three songs.

The music includes hits like Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” as well as classics such as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” jazz standards like Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and more.

The music files from Freegal are DRM-free, do not expire, and are compatible with PCs, Macs, iPods, iPads and other MP3-compatible devices. New music is added daily. A Library card is necessary to access and download songs. Library card applications can be completed online by visiting www.spl.org.

The library and 826 Seattle are hosting a free Greenwood Family Forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Learn more about the Library’s free school support resources for youth of all ages; and 826 staffers will talk about their youth tutoring and writing programs.

The next after-school S.T.E.A.M. Games for ages kindergarten and up is from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Greenwood Library. Kids can play games that support reading, science, technology, engineering, art and math skills. (This is not a drop-off program; please stay with your child if they are too young to attend a library program alone.)

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Crime Roundup: Car, engine computer and stroller stolen, two bikes found

October 21st, 2014 by Doree

We have several crime items to report:

Kevin found a cream-colored Trek bicycle ditched in front of his house this morning near North 88th Street and Linden Avenue. If it’s yours, email him and describe it.

Rebecca says someone stole her new double Bob brand stroller from in front of her house on 6th Avenue NW between NW 70th and 72nd streets. Put a note below in Comments if you’ve seen it.

Kurt says the engine control unit computer was stolen from his Honda Civic sometime around Oct. 9 near North 97th Street and 1st Avenue NW.

BJ’s tan Honda Civic was stolen between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Sunday from the 6000-block of 6th Avenue NW. License plate number AAE2307; and there’s a green sticker on the driver’s side at the bottom of the front windshield. If you have any information, please put a note below in Comments or email us and we’ll forward the info. UPDATE: The car has been recovered by police.

Margaret found this Specialized Rockhopper bike and a wallet of CDs at the alley entrance of Dayton Avenue and North 95th Street. If they’re yours, put a note in Comments or email us.

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