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High winds causing power outages all over town

August 29th, 2015 by Doree

If you look at Seattle City Light’s outage map, you’ll see that much of Fremont and parts of Ballard are without power. However, so far Phinney Ridge and Greenwood appear to have few problems.

But because of continuing high winds, Woodland Park Zoo is closed for today.

Please let us know in Comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com if you’ve lost power or had other problems because of the high winds.

To report an outage to City Light, call 206-684-3000 or 206-684-7400.

Washington State Department of Transportation is reporting many blocking incidents on freeways.

KING 5 is reporting High Wind Warnings in 11 counties, and reports that two people are dead after being hit by falling trees or branches.

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Dinner and Movie in Greenwood Park tonight

August 29th, 2015 by Doree

Come to Greenwood Park tonight (Saturday) for dinner and a showing of “Toy Story.” A pizza food truck arrives at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at 8 p.m. at the north end of the park. North Seattle Boys & Girls Club is providing popcorn and snocones.

In case of rain, dinner and a movie moves to the Boys & Girls Club right across the street.

Suggested donation to the all-volunteer Vision Greenwood Park is $8 for a family, or $4 per person.

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Evanston P-Patch Garden Party this Sunday

August 28th, 2015 by Robin Donovan

The P-patch community gardening program continues with it’s second workshop this Sunday, August 30, from 5:30-7:30 pm. This meeting will feature a presentation by Barker Landscape Architects where three design concepts for the garden will be presented to attendees. Barker will be soliciting input on the designs to make a third, unified plan for the garden, which will be presented on Sunday, September 27. Seating and rain canopies will be available to make this workshop rain or shine. Refreshments will be provided, a potluck is encouraged. 604 N. 101st St. Open to the community. Free.

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Storytelling, plant care, farmers market, poetry and jazz, instrumental concert in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend

August 28th, 2015 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Storytelling with Steph at 11 a.m. Friday at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

Plant Care Clinic at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

What’s The Word Poetry and Jazz Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

An alley-wide garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the alley near 74th Street behind Herkimer Coffee.

Foss Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Foss Home and Village, 13023 Greenwood Ave. N.

Free Boxing Power Hour at 11 a.m. Saturday at Title Boxing Club, 112 N. 85th St.

Outdoor showing of “Toy Story” at Greenwood Park on Saturday. Food truck shows up at 6:30 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.

John Reischman and John Miller play an acoustic instrumental concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Carrido Crushing Cancer Throwdown fundraiser Sunday at Seatown Crossfit at 8316 Aurora Ave. N.

If you’re heading downtown:

  • More than 20,000 people are expected every day from Friday through Monday at PAX Expo at the Washington State Convention Center and Paramount Theater. “8th Avenue will be closed between 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. between Pike and Seneca streets for line queuing each day, and 9th Avenue will be closed from Pine to Pike streets between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Monday with a full closure on Saturday and Sunday.”
  • Sounders FC plays Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field at 2 p.m. Sunday. About 50,000 people are expected.

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New Seattle Parks and Recreation superintendent to visit Bitter Lake Community Center Sept. 2

August 26th, 2015 by Doree

New Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre is hosting a series of community meetings to learn more about the needs of each of the city’s neighborhoods.

He’ll be meeting with neighbors at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Aguirre is also hosting two large open houses, where Parks & Recreation staff will share their work, from staffers who help purchase land to build new parks to those who organize summer camps. Open Houses will have food and free children’s activities. The open house closest to us is from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE.

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Neighborhood Walking Audit tonight will look at how to make pedestrian crossings safer

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

A group called Connect Northgate is hosting a Neighborhood Walking Audit starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) to look at how to increase safety for some major pedestrian areas.

A team of caring neighbors called Connect Northgate is hosting the walk and we’ve invited folks from both Licton-Haller, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and a new coalition of neighbors for a better Aurora Ave called ALUV to join us.

We’ll be looking at getting kids safely across Aurora Ave to the new Wilson-Pacific Schools (serving 1700 children in 3 schools), the Fremont Ave N Greenway, and the Northgate Station Area where the Northgate Pedestrian Bike Bridge lands.

Would you like to come on the walk and see first-hand the issues faced by kids and other people walking and biking tin our neighborhood?

Meet at the Licton-Springs P-Patch at 6:30.

The Licton Springs P-Patch is at North 92nd Street and Meridian Avenue North.

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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

Non-profit Invest in Youth needs volunteer tutors to work with students at Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake, which pulls students from Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Volunteer tutors are needed once a week, starting the first week of October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for an hour once a week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org or contact Alison at aallen@investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? Become a substitute tutor or share this with your friends who might be interested.

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Library hosting free art workshop for seniors, film festival of films directed by women

August 25th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is holding a free eight-week workshop series for adults ages 55 and up to learn the fundamentals of drawing, watercolor and collage with a local artist. Workshops are designed for any skill level, even absolute beginners. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required. The workshop series at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is from 12-2 p.m. on Mondays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 2. Call 206-684-4086 to register, or sign up in person at the branch.

SPL is also hosting a free “Directed by Women” film festival at several branches in September. The Greenwood Library , 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Frida” from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. The Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., will show “Little Women” from 1-3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9

In addition to the film screenings, the Library has put together several lists of additional materials for film lovers to check-out.

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News roundup: library programs, free dental care, crime, (PARK)ing Day applications due, pre-K opening

August 24th, 2015 by Doree

Various news from around and near the neighborhood:

The University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry, at Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St., has appointments for a one-day “Anniversary Day of Service” on Oct. 8, where children ages 1-18 years old will receive exams, teeth cleaning, x-rays, and fluoride varnish/sealants for free. Call 206-543-5800 for an appointment and make sure to ask for the Anniversary Day of Service. It’s open only to children not currently patients of the Center.(The first 50 children will get appointments, after that they’ll go on a waiting list.)

If your child participated in the Seattle Public Library’s Summer of Learning Program, they can now turn in their program booklet’s survey to receive two free tickets to an end-of-summer party at the zoo on Sept. 11-13. (You can also find the survey online.) Surveys must be turned in by Sept. 10 to receive zoo tickets. Tickets provide free admittance to the zoo for one person 18 or under and one guest.

The Seattle Public Library is giving away tickets to the annual Bumbershoot music festival. Library patrons ages 18 and up can take a photo of their Library card with a favorite Seattle landmark, then post the photo to Twitter or Instagram. Entries are due by noon Monday, Aug. 31. Full entry details are here.

Heads up: Green Lake Community Center and Evans Pool will be closed from Sunday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 7, for maintenance. The outside bathrooms will remain open from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. during that week.

Ann tells us there is a rental house near her home at 81st and Greenwood where she is sure people are selling drugs. She has called the police and been told they should call 911 when they see a drug deal happening, but she says everything happens inside the house so they can’t actually see it. She was hoping someone would have advice on what else she can do. Please comment on this post if you have any advice.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop has an opening in its Pre-K program for fall.

PNPC is a play based learning cooperative designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical & mental development of young children. Children learn early science curriculum, pre-math skills, gain impulse control and much more. Parent education classes are available monthly and cover a range of parenting topics.

The Pre-K program schedule is:

Monday & Wednesday 11:45am – 2:45pm

Tuesday & Thursday 9:30am – 12:30pm

A parent or caregiver works in the classroom one day each week. Tuition is $220/month

Please email pnpc_info@yahoo.com with any questions or to inquire about registration.

Applications for PARK(ing) Day are due this Friday.

On September 18, PARK(ing) Day will provide an opportunity for you to create fun and interactive public spaces to engage with local communities. Groups from all around Seattle will be designing and installing temporary on-street pop-up parks to help generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities. This year, event hours will be extended from 10am until 7pm to give people more time to enjoy the spaces. What’s not to like?

To apply, just pick the parking space you’d like to use and then fill out the simple, FREE application available on our website. Check out SDOT’s guidelines for easy-to-follow tips about planning your pop-up park. Be sure to get your applications turned in to david.burgesser@seattle.gov by Friday, August 28.

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