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Early Design Guidance meeting Dec. 7 for proposed 16-unit residential and live-work building at 9532 Greenwood Ave. N.

November 23rd, 2015 by Doree

The Department of Planning and Development will hold an Early Design Guidance meeting for a proposed seven-story structure with 14 residential units and two live-work units at 9532 Greenwood Ave. N. The site is currently an empty lot adjacent to a duplex and an apartment building.

Parking will be provided for eight vehicles.

You can see the design proposal here.

The meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

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Phinneywood author Mike Attebery releases his fifth book

November 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Neighborhood author Mike Attebery has just released his fifth book, “Rosé in Saint Tropez.” It is currently available on Amazon, but will be available through independent bookstores in about 6-8 weeks.

Here’s the official synopsis:

To millions of fans, he’s a rock star. To his family, he’s a virtual stranger.

After years on the road, Will Baker is joining his relatives for an extended reunion in the South of France. Sunny Saint Tropez may provide a glamorous, rosé-infused change of scenery, but it isn’t long before old family differences bubble to the surface. And the biggest surprise is yet to come, when Will’s older brother arrives with his new girlfriend in tow, a woman who just happens to be Will Baker’s college sweetheart, the one that got away.

With romance, comedy, and sparkling wit, Rosé in Saint Tropez takes readers on a breezy tour of the French Riviera, while reminding them that everyone has regrets, even rock stars. Fortunately, it’s never too late to revise that final verse.

Attebery’s previous books are “Bloody Pulp,” “Seattle On Ice,” “Billionaires, Bullets, Exploding Monkeys” and “On/Off.”

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Metro Route 48 rerouted off North 85th Street tonight through Sunday afternoon

November 20th, 2015 by Doree

Metro bus Route 48 will be rerouted off North 85th Street between 8th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North from 8:30 p.m. today (Friday) until about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, due to construction.

Instead, Route 48 will travel along 8th Avenue NW, North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North in both directions, before connecting to its usual route.

Click here for reroute details.

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Storytime, zoo auction, bluegrass, holiday bookfest in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

November 20th, 2015 by Doree

Here are some highlights of this weekend’s events in and near the neighborhood. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

How to Be Your Own Health Advocate from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

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

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Holiday Silent Auction on Friday in the zoo’s Education Center, adjacent to the south entrance. Admission to the auction is free (does not include zoo admission). Bake sale, auction preview and guaranteed bids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; silent auction and dinner/bake sale from 4-7:30 p.m. Parking is free after 4 p.m. Auction items include art by zoo animals, the opportunity to paint behind the scenes with a colony of Humboldt penguins, meet the zoo’s snow leopards up close, and a private keeper talk and enrichment program with the zoo’s Komodo dragon. Proceeds support the zoo’s conservation projects around the world.

Parents’ Night Out from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Emerald City Karate, 8314 Greenwood Ave. N.

Salmon Bay School Pancake Breakfast and Fair Trade Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Salmon Bay K-8, 1810 NW 65th St.

Strength 101 for Active Seniors workshop from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents the bluegrass Kathy Kallick Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA in the Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price.


The 6th annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the PNA. Meet your favorite local authors, who will sign their books, which you can purchase there from Secret Garden’s boutique bookstore. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) and the PNA.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell ( all levels) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Green Lake Gobble Run is Sunday morning. Metro route 48 will be rerouted, and parking and traffic will be dicey, so plan accordingly.

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Phinneywood neighborhood becomes ‘MonkeyWood’ during the holidays

November 19th, 2015 by Doree

Last year our neighborhood had about 150 LED metal-framed monkeys hanging in windows and from awnings and trees as a way to promote local businesses during the holidays and tie in with Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights.

This year the monkey troop has grown by 50, to more than 200, and they’re already starting to pop up around the neighborhood. Businesses and individuals sponsor each monkey for $25, which helps pay for materials and holiday community events. It’s all organized by the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group. The monkeys will be lit on Saturday, Nov. 28, and remain illuminated until New Year’s.


Red Mill Burgers and Starbucks were overrun with monkeys last year.

The monkeys now have their own website, MonkeyWood.org, which lists a host of new monkey-related activities and “red monkey Wednesday” specials offered during the month of December, from discounts at the Zoo Store to monkey punch at El Chupacabra, Naked City’s monkey-themed beer-food tastings and Pete’s Egg Nest’s free banana with each meal order. The website also has information on a monkey scavenger hunt for ages 12 and under, with prizes from local businesses, plus info on saving receipts from neighborhood businesses for a chance to win $100 restaurant gift cards.

On Friday, Dec. 11, as part of the monthly Artwalk, an Emerald City Trolley will drive up and down Phinney and Greenwood avenues between the zoo and North 87th Street to make it easier for folks to see all the monkeys and get to Artwalk locations. The trolley will run from 6-10 p.m. Cost for unlimited rides is $1, or show your WildLights ticket.

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News roundup: Ballard design and transportation open house tonight, adopt a storm drain, School Traffic Safety Committee, ORCA cards, Nordic youth ski team, Parks closures next week

November 18th, 2015 by Doree

With all the rain lately, the city is asking residents to help keep street drains clear of leaves and other debris. Seattle has 80,000 storm drains, more than utility crews can keep clean. To report street flooding issues, call 206-386-1800. More winter storm tips here.

The city is holding an open house tonight (Wednesday) to get feedback on Ballard’s Urban Design and Transportation Study, in light of all the development happening in the neighborhood, as well as Sound Transit’s planned light rail to Ballard. The open house is from 6-7:30 p.m. at Leif Erikson Lodge, in the large hall on the second floor, 2245 NW 57th St. Light snacks will be provided.

SDOT’s transportation element of this coordinated study Move Ballard, will recommend near-term multimodal transportation improvements for the Ballard Hub Urban Village in response to the area’s recent growth. The plan will also evaluate potential future high capacity (e.g. light rail, bus rapid transit) transit station areas in anticipation of possible Metro and Sound Transit investments in the neighborhood. This meeting is an opportunity to comment on Move Ballard’s draft recommendations.

Over the summer, SDOT gathered feedback on the community’s priorities for transportation improvements and location preferences for a future high capacity transit station. Based on community input, traffic analysis, adopted modal plans, and ongoing projects; SDOT prioritized and evaluated local transportation improvements and future high capacity transit station locations.

This meeting is your opportunity to:
• Learn what we heard at the last open house and various stakeholder meetings
• Comment on the draft priorities and recommended design concepts for local transportation improvements
• Comment on draft evaluation of potential high capacity transit station locations (e.g. light rail)
• Comment on draft streetscape designs
While the main focus of this open house will be on transportation, this is also an opportunity to comment on land use and urban design draft recommendations.

The Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee is looking for new members to help make walking and biking to school safer. The volunteer board advises the Mayor and City Council on school traffic safety, including adult crossing guard locations, school traffic signs and signals, school safety patrols, bicycle facilities, sidewalks and student traffic safety education.

Board members serve a three-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Members must be Seattle residents and may not be City employees. The board meets the fourth Friday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. typically at Seattle Public Schools headquarters with occasional field meetings at school sites or school crossings. Ideal committee members may include parents of school children, frequent walkers and bikers, people interested in pedestrian or bicycle encouragement and those with expertise in public health or child injury prevention.

Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by 5 p.m. on November 30, 2015, to Ashley Rhead at ashley.rhead@seattle.gov. For more information or questions, call Ashley Rhead at (206) 684-7577 or send an e-mail to the address above.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Thanksgiving closures:

  • Community centers and teen life centers are closed Nov. 26-27
  • Environmental learning centers are closed Nov. 26-27
  • Indoor swimming pools are closed Nov. 26-27
  • Green Lake Small Craft Center is closed Nov. 26-28
  • Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center is closed Nov. 26-28

These facilities are open:

  • Boat ramps
  • Golf courses (will close early on Nov. 26, around 2 p.m.)
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center (7 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Nov. 26; no regular courses or programs over the weekend but center is open regular hours for court reservations)

King County Metro will be at the Ballard Farmers Market on Dec. 13 signing up bus riders for ORCA cards, including ORCA LIFT, the reduced fare card for income-qualified bus riders. At the ORCA To-Go cart, you can also get a youth or senior card, fill up your E-Purse. They’ll be at numerous other places around the region in the coming months. See the complete schedule here.

Momentum Northwest, a non-profit Nordic ski team for youth, has opened its winter program registration. Volunteer coaches work with skiers from ages 6 to 18 to learn cross-country skiing and also teach them about being environmental stewards, combining ski runs with trash pickups or trail work sessions alongside groups such as the Washington Trails Association. All of the program’s winter sessions take place at the Cabin Creek Sno-Park trails at exit 63 off I-90, at the historic Kongsbergers Ski Club.

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PNA Home Fair exhibitor applications now available

November 18th, 2015 by Doree

Exhibitor applications are now available for the PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Jan. 31.

Unlike bigger home shows, the PNA Home Fair features local businesses in a neighborhood setting that brings our exhibitors back year after year. Our attendees want to hire local businesses and value the one-on-one conversations possible at an event with 80-90 exhibitors. Our exhibitors and presenters include general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups, and permitting agencies. Exhibitors will leave the fair with new contacts and homeowners will have the information they need to move forward on their home improvement projects.

This year’s theme is Smaller Living, Larger Life –incorporating a wide range of ideas including living in a smaller footprint, decluttering and simplifying, expanding outdoor living space, or shifting part of the home into income generating or multi-generational space for family.

Apply online by December 1st at: http://phinneycenter.org/forms/homefair/

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Preserve and Gather café opens today in Greenwood

November 18th, 2015 by Doree

Preserve and Gather, a new café at NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW, opened its doors today. The café offers coffee, tea, baked goods, cured meats and cheeses, plus preserves, pickles and spreads.

The café will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Woodland Park Players auditions for ‘Oklahoma’ are on Thursday and Saturday

November 17th, 2015 by Doree

The new neighborhood theater group Woodland Park Players is holding auditions for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “Oklahoma” this week. Auditions are from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and 1-3 p.m. Saturday at West Woodland Elementary, 5601 4th Ave. NW.

Rehearsals will be in January, February and March, with performances March 18-19 at Ballard High School.

Woodland Park Players is looking for anyone over the age of 18 with all levels of experience, including no experience at all. See their website for more information and audition signups.

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