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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s huge kids clothing and gear sale is Saturday

April 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up this Saturday, April 26.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss Greenwood Avenue transit, sidewalk project

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The major topic on the agenda is Seattle Department of Transportation’s upcoming project of transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue between North 90th and 105th streets. SDOT representatives will present their plans during the meeting and answer questions.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss how sidewalk designs will impact on-street parking, and how to balance improvements for bikes and buses vs. impacts to drivers.

From GCC:

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers. Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus. Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N. This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.

Also on the agenda will be an update on the proposed park across the street from the library on Greenwood Avenue and 81st Street, and an update on micro-housing and low-rise development regulations.

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Earth Day cleanup party in Greenwood Park this Saturday

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Join neighbors of Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St., at a volunteer park cleanup party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

We’ll be picking up trash and pulling weeds, so bring gloves and hand tools if you have them. (Some tools will be available to use.) If you play or walk in Greenwood Park, or are looking for a service opportunity for Earth Day, we’d love to meet you. Projects available for all ages, abilities, and skill levels!

Questions? Email visiongreenwood@gmail.com.

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Phinney Ridge teens headed to robotics world championships

April 21st, 2014 by Doree

Congratulations to Phinney Ridge residents Elaine Rickards and Morgan Thompson, members of the Ballard High School USFirst Robotics team The Vikings, who are heading to the world championship USFIRST robotics competition after gaining enough competition points in the NW Regional in Portland two weeks ago.

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L to R: Ballard High School engineering teacher Craig Nielson, drivers Morgan Thompson and Elaine Rickards, and teammate Sydney Kaplan, after the regional competition.

The world championship competition is April 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Carkeek Park celebrating 34th annual Earth Day on April 26

April 18th, 2014 by Doree

Carkeek Park is throwing itself a big party for the 34th annual Earth Day.

Earth Day itself is on April 22, but the celebration at the park will be on Saturday, April 26. The main event is an expo in the Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with representatives from: the Carkeek Park Advisory Council; the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project; Streams, Trails, and Restoration Stewards; Friends of Piper’s Orchard; Carkeek Foresters; EarthKeepers Day Camp; the Carkeek Park Demonstration Gardens; Seattle Parks Naturalists; Seattle Public Utilities Salmon in the Classroom and Salmon Stewards programs.

Here’s the schedule events:

  • 10 a.m. – Cub Scout Flag ceremony at the Environmental Learning Center
  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Visit and feed the chum fry in the Imprint Pond.
  • 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – King County Wastewater Carkeek Pump Station Tours (every 45 minutes).
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Litter pick-up starting at the beach; sign-up in the parking lot next to the overpass.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Join a STARS (Streams, Trails, and Reforestation Stewards) volunteer work party. Help with hands-on trail maintenance and forest restoration (invasive removal). Gloves and training provided. Age 13 and older. Meet in the fenced yard adjacent to the maintenance shed to sign in at 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – EarthKeeper Explorers: Wonders of Piper’s Creek Watershed – Scavenger hunt, wetland demonstrations and creating art at the Environmental Learning Center. For ages 6-12 with an adult.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Green building consultations with a Miller-Hayashi architect, designers of the ELC.
  • 12-12:30 p.m. – Nature walk with a park naturalist, starting from the ELC.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – EarthKeeper Explorers: Wonders of Piper’s Creek Watershed – Looking at macroinvertebrates in the stream. For ages 6-12 with an adult; starts at the ELC.
  • 1-2 p.m. – Guided tour of Piper’s Orchard.
  • 1:30-3 p.m. – Pacific Northwest Natives & the Salmon – History, storytelling, music, and drum circle near the Wheel of Wisdom and salmon slide and in the play area.
  • 2:30pm – Watershed Tour with SPU naturalist, starting from the ELC.
  • 7:30-9 p.m. – Carkeek in the Dark with a park naturalist, $5 (registration required on Seattle Park’s website; search for “Explore the Park in the Dark.”)
  • 8 p.m. – Salmon in the Classroom salmon fry release into Venema Creek at the Imprint Pond.

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Grab your glad rags and come to the Roaring 20s auction at the PNA

April 17th, 2014 by Doree

Get all dolled up in your swankiest 1920′s attire for the annual PNA auction from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

You can get a sneak peek at some of the hundreds of items to bid on, including vacations to Puerta Vallarta and Las Vegas, Zoo Tunes season tickets, gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants and shops, and the ever-popular dinner with the Defenders of Greenwood at Fire Station 21.

Cost is $55 per person (or $75 at the patron level). Reserve a table for 10 for $550/$750. You can buy your tickets online, in person at the PNA, or call 206-783-2244.

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Seattle magician bringing family-style variety show to Phinney Center

April 16th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle magician and entertainer Evan Reynolds will host a monthly family-style variety show at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., beginning Sunday, April 27. The show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids, $10 for adults in advance online; an additional $5 at the door.

The opening show features a line-up that sci-fi enthusiasts will relish: an Indiana-Jones-themed musical number by local artist Scandal From Bohemia (winner of the Most Humorous Act in 2010 at the Great Burlesque Expo in Boston!) and accordion player Evan Evanovich, who will be working the crowd. But the star of the show (at least from a kid’s perspective!) is R2-D2, an amazing movie-quality replica built over a five-year period by Evan himself. The R2 unit – which looks, moves, and talks like it just rolled out of the movies – will play a significant role in Evan’s show, alongside several lucky volunteers!

Evan Reynolds was hooked on magic from boyhood, inheriting the craft from his father who was a practicing magician in the 1950’s. His performances range from theater to corporate to kid-style. He has been awarded Magician of the Year for Atlanta, Best Children’s Entertainer by the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians, and has over fifty 5-star reviews on Kudzu. By day, Evan is a software engineer and devoted father of two. He likes to whip out his cards – or his kids – to impress an audience when time allows.

The second show will be June 1, featuring guest start Louie Foxx. After that, shows will be on the fourth Sunday of every month.

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale

April 15th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 26.

They’re accepting donations of gently used infant and children’s clothing and gear. Donations are tax-deductible; all proceeds support the preschool. Email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Zoo’s grizzly bears to play in the snow on Tuesday

April 14th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali are getting a 20th birthday treat on Tuesday when Crystal Mountain will truck in fresh snow from the Cascades for the bears’ exhibit. The bears actually turned 20 in January but were hibernating and slept right through it.

The snow will be delivered at 9:30 am. Tuesday. The 835-pound bears will start playing in the snow around 10 a.m.

The zoo will live stream the snowy experience on its “bear cam,” as well as inside Zoomazium and the grizzly bear viewing shelter.

The ski resort also trucked in snow in 2004 when the grizzlies turned 10.

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Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

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Buddy the dog found in Phinney Ridge – do you know who he belongs to?

April 13th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Buddy has been reunited with his owners.

Earlier: Reid says he found this dog at 65th and Sycamore today. He’s wearing a collar that says his name is Buddy.  If he’s yours or you know who he belongs to, call Reid at 503-752-1324.

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Holman Road paving project begins Monday

April 11th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will repave 1.3 miles of Holman Road NW from Greenwood Avenue North to Northwest 87th Street, beginning Monday.

Road crews also will construct a pedestrian median at the intersection of Holman and 13th Avenue NW, a new median at 7th Avenue NW, enlarge a current median at Holman and 15th Avenue NW, and repair sidewalk spots and build curb ramps. Transit riders will get new bus shelters with better lighting.

To reduce impacts to the surrounding community, this project has been divided into two phases. The first phase of work will be done in Zone 1 on Holman Road Northwest between 7th Avenue Northwest and Greenwood Avenue North and is expected to be complete in June. Once Zone 1 is complete, crews will begin work on Zone 2, on Holman Road Northwest between Northwest 87th Street and 7th Avenue Northwest, which is expected to be complete by September.

Drivers can expect some lane closures and parking restrictions within the construction zone. Regular construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of bridge expansion joint replacement work of Holman Road Bridge in Zone 2, which will require a full closure of Holman Road Northwest at 8th Avenue Northwest in both directions while work is conducted during weekend nights.

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Neighborhood news roundup: business news, tracking buses, charity climb, lunch program

April 11th, 2014 by Doree

A little bit of this and a little bit of that from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

CrossFit Phinney Ridge, 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., is now offering yoga at 10 a.m. on most Sundays. It’s $5 cash-only for gym members, or $9 cash for non-members. Bring your own mat. Check the schedule to make sure class is on that week.

Atlas Coffee Importers recently moved into 201 N 85th St. They used to be eight blocks west in Ballard.

The Park Public House, 6114 Phinney Ave. N., received approval for an expansion of its sidewalk café.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has launched a project to track the location and frequency of people being passed by when their Metro bus is full. The paper is trying to collect enough information from commuters to build a map of the worst places to catch a bus.

Nurturing Pathways offers creative dance classes and parent education workshops at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. They have classes for infants, waddlers, toddlers, and grads (3-4 years old). The spring session begins April 15. Click here for the PNA schedule.

This is the last weekend of Woodland Park Zoo’s “Party for the Planet,” in honor of Earth Day. Zoo visitors can take a free guided environmental-focused tour of the zoo every day, with a conservation tour, climate change tour and tree tour rotating daily.

Phinney Ridge resident Dave Reeck is taking part in the Mitrata-Nepal Foundation for Children charity climb up Mt. Rainer. You can sponsor him by going to his fundraising page.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., invites everyone to lunch at 12 p.m. Monday-Friday, served by Chef Debbie Bivens and a group of volunteers. Cost is $3 (suggested donation) for diners 60 and over; and $6 fixed cost for ages 59 and younger.

Summer camp registration is underway at a bunch of local camps, including Illumination Learning Studio, Zeno Math Camp and PNPC Dragon Room programs at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. We’ve got a new Summer Camp advertising section, with more camps being added all the time.

Andrea Lewicki is hosting three Art Improv Workshops at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the next couple of weeks. The workshops run from 6:15-8:45 p.m. on April 17, 23 and 25. Cost is $15.

A blend of improv principles and creative wisdom with a party game twist! Art Improv is a fun way to wake up your creative intelligence without falling into Blank Page Decision Burden and Perfect Result Attachment. You will likely laugh a lot, learn tricks for conquering stuckness, and meet new people. No previous art experience required. Imperfection and experimentation are enthusiastically encouraged!

Katzenklavier Tavern is planning to open any day now at 123 N. 85th St. Our frequent tipster Lynn got an early look inside and said it looks like a very cool ski lodge.

We’re also keeping an eye out for an opening date for Mo’s Sandwich Shop, next The Park Public House at 61st and Phinney Avenue North. The owner used to own a shop on Queen Anne. According to Lynn, he plans outside back seating for 40; it will be dog friendly.

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