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Greenwood residents thank neighbors for returning stolen mail

December 16th, 2014 by Doree

We received a nice note from Hayley and Jon, who report that while some of their mail was stolen from their Greenwood home, helpful neighbors have found and returned it.

I’d like to report that our mailbox in the 9200 block of Phinney Ave N got rifled at some point over the weekend. While we feel a little violated and a whole lot annoyed by the thieving jerks, this experience has led me to truly appreciate the neighbors in our hood. Over the last few days, folks have been dropping off bits and pieces of our mail– an electric bill, a rather important piece of a school application and a very sweet holiday card that someone toted all the way over from 97th and Dayton. Thank you, neighbors, for being so darn neighborly! Your helpfulness and concern warms our hearts.

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Mail, Christmas pillow found at Aurora & 65th

December 15th, 2014 by Doree

Paula found a stack of mail and a decorative Christmas pillow at the bus stop at Aurora Avenue North and North 65th Street on Saturday. One of the pieces of mail has the name Renee Curtini on it. Does anyone know Renee or recognize the pillow?


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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday features talk with micro-housing developer

December 15th, 2014 by Doree

A developer who is building a 36-unit micro-housing project at 714 N. 95th St. Greenwood will speak at Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting. The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The public is invited.

From the Greenwood Community Council’s meeting notice:

There’s been a big to-do about micro-housing (aka apodments*) in neighborhoods all over Seattle. Micro-housing is a relatively new idea in Seattle, allowing people who don’t need a full apartment to rent a bedroom only with access to a common kitchen. Many do not provide parking because many micro-housing residents don’t own one. The micro-housing boom has caught neighborhoods by surprise, with buildings appearing all over town. These projects have been largely exempt from regulation or public review, but the City Council is reconsidering whether to change that.

Three micro-housing developments are under construction now in Greenwood – comprising most of the development that will open here in the next year. (One is on Phinney Ave. above the Safeway parking lot, and two are on NW 85th St.) There are clearly potential benefits, but also unknown impacts that raise concerns for some neighbors.

Daniel Stoner is a developer who has built micro-housing projects previously, and he’s asked for the opportunity to discuss plans for a new micro-housing project on 95th St. with Greenwood neighbors – the topic of our December meeting. KCTS recently did a story on micro-housing and Daniel was interviewed — you can see the interview by clicking here.

*Apodments is a trademark of a specific micro-housing development company, so the term micro-housing is used here.

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Holiday events, live music, theater and more in Phinney Ridge-Greenwood this weekend

December 12th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

It’s the second weekend of Broadview-Thomson K-8’s Winter Tree Farm, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N. Purchase a tree from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday (in the inner school courtyard – all Douglas Firs are $10 off on Friday only). The tree farm is open again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Our neighborhood’s monthly Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday night at three-dozen galleries and other businesses. This is a great chance to get a lot of your holiday shopping done.

Seattle Schoolboard member Sherry Carr meets with constituents from 8:30-10 am. on Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

Maracuja performs pan-Latin music at Empty Sea Studios 6300 Phinney Ave. N., at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. The show is also available online through The Roots Channel.

The animals at Woodland Park Zoo will enjoy special holiday-themed treats this weekend and next weekend as part of the zoo’s Winter Celebration. Also, the zoo’s WildLights continues nightly through Jan. 4.

The Northwest Boychoir performs “A Festival of Lessons & Carols” from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Taproot Theatre continues its holiday production of “Appalachian Christmas Homecoming.”

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Julie Mainstone in a Pacific NW Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sing with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn at 12 p.m. Saturday; and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Yuletide Sessions Vol. 2: A holiday concert and sing-along from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Emmanuel Church, 503 N. 50th St.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Arto and Antti Järvelä at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost for tickets in advance is $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members and seniors (plus, for this concert only, the discount applies to members of Nordic Heritage Museum, Finnish Lutheran Church, & Finlandia Foundation); kids are half-price. (Tickets are $2 more at the door.)


Three Christmas variety shows at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., on Sunday and Monday. Proceeds benefit the homeless.

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.,in the Brick Building.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, get your photo taken with Santa at Cafe Bambino, 405 NW 65th St. (bring your own camera). All donations benefit the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.


Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Artwalk is tonight

December 12th, 2014 by Doree

Tonight is our neighborhood’s monthly Art Up Artwalk from 6-9 p.m., with three dozen galleries and businesses hosting artists in all kinds of mediums, so it’s a good time to get some Christmas shopping done locally. Check out the Artwalk website for a full list of all participating businesses and artists, a map, and restaurants offering Artwalk specials.

Here are a few highlights.

A group of more than 30 artists, including Seattle Times photojournalist Betty Udesen, has joined together for a pop-up art show examining the topic of peace. They’ll be inside the beautiful empty space at 8421 Greenwood Ave. N. (formerly Antika). Cellist Mannfried Funk and vocalist Christyna Honeycutt will perform.

At 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., check out Andrea Groenink’s bags and accessories made from vintage and designer fabrics (below), Suzanne Harrison’s custom-made screen-printed pillows, necklaces by metalworker Todd Harrison, woodworking by Andrew Makatura and Gale Backer, along with several other artists.

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American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., presents dance routines by local dancers.

Emerald City Karate, which just moved from Fremont into 8314 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting artist and 3D animator for Disney Interactive Bryan Fu.

Bherd Studios Gallery, 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101, is hosting its final gallery exhibit before moving its business online (plus they’ll be guest curating around the region). This group show features local urban and contemporary artists who have exhibited with Bherd over the years.

dec_billsongreenwood-resizedBill’s on Greenwood, 8560 Greenwood Ave. N., presents the work of artist Roger Willsie (right), who mainly paints in oil, but also works with acrylic and other media.

Salon Mercury, 7513 Greenwood Ave. N., will present a collective show of children’s artwork, with a percentage of art sales benefiting the writing and tutoring center The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle).

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UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Black pug found at 80th & Greenwood tonight

December 11th, 2014 by Doree

Update Friday 9 a.m.: This little pug is back home.

Earlier: Adam found a lost black pug on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. If it’s your’s, email him at adam.tischler@gmail.com.


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Starbucks finally being repaired after truck smashed through front last month

December 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Starbucks is finally being repaired after a truck smashed through the front windows last month. Store Manager Jeff Cornejo tells me repairs began Monday night. He said the city permit took longer than expected because the crash took out a load-bearing column and required extra documentation for construction.



Phinney Ridge Starbucks has been open since the day after the Nov. 3 crash, with plywood covering the entire front.

The column will be the first thing to be replaced, then the store front. It is unclear whether we’ll get a garage door, or sliding glass doors when they repair the window section of the store. Construction…will continue during our non-operating hours.

The city will also install temporary concrete barricades while a long term solution is figured out.

There two possible solutions we are pursuing with the City:

1- installing bollards, or something similar; which the City will have to request through a special public right of way permit.

2- incorporate our section of the street with the Pedestrian Overly Zone currently being proposed between 58th and 62nd.

The building repairs should be wrapped up by the end of this month.

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Phinney Sandbox co-working space opens in former art gallery

December 10th, 2014 by Doree

Phinney Sandbox, a co-working space, opened about a month ago in the former location of Francine Seders Gallery, at 6701 Greenwood Ave. N.


Photo courtesy of Phinney Sandbox.

Membership is $199 a month and includes free Wi-Fi, the opportunity to put your company name in the window, free parking behind the building, 24/7 access with security system, mail service and a kitchen.

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Bike found in Greenwood

December 9th, 2014 by Doree

Jen found this bike at her house near North 83rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North. She assumes it was stolen elsewhere and dumped there. Anyone recognize it?


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Neighborhood news roundup: grant, restaurant closing, legislative page applicants, costume jewelry sale, new story time, crime

December 9th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various news from the neighborhood.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting its second annual Costume Jewelry Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Come check out the many treasures.

Friends of Evanston P-Patch has been awarded $25,00 from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award to hire a landscape architect to redevelop the garden for better functionality and accessibility. The group has pledged a community match of $20,370.

Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., is giving away a free scoop of ice cream this week when you bring in a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. (Limit one scoop per customer.)

The Santa Fe Cafe, 5910 Phinney Ave. N., will be closing as of Jan. 1. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page:

This was obviously a tough decision and one that was not taken lightly.

I want to thank all of you for three decades of loyal devotion. The last seven years of my life as owner has been the highest honor I’ve ever had. I would like to see as many of you as possible in the next month and I’m feeling good about the future.

Any of you who are in possession of gift certificates, please redeem them by the end of the year.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., has two popular story times each week, but it is changing its Monday story time to Tuesday at 11 a.m. with store co-owner Laura. Friday’s story time remains at 11 a.m. with Steph.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles is looking for local students ages 14-16 to serve in the legislative page program.

The page program is a hands-on educational experience that takes place on the Capitol Campus during the legislative session. For one week, students will be employees of the Senate, performing administrative tasks and participating in civic education activities that demonstrate the operation of state government.

Earning $35 a day, pages perform numerous tasks including making deliveries to Senate offices, going on errands and working in the Senate chamber during floor debates. In addition, pages will spend two hours a day in page school learning the legislative process. At the end of the week, pages participate in a mock debate with their peers so they are able to experience what it is like to be a real state senator.

Interested parties may contact the legislative office of Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles at: 219 John A. Cherberg Building, PO Box 40436, Olympia, WA 98504-0436, (360) 786-7670, Fax: (360) 786-1999

In addition to numerous reports of package thefts this time of year, we also heard from Sandy that a man walked up to her front door in Greenwood in broad daylight – while numerous people were sitting in the living room and could easily be seen from the window – and stole her Amazon Fresh bags off her doorstep. He ran off before they could catch him. Luckily, the bags were empty.

And with our dark and stormy weather, Kendyl asked us to remind everyone that it’s harder than ever to see pedestrians. So drivers should take extra care, and pedestrians should wear light-colored clothing, a reflective vest, or carry a flashlight.

The streetlights are often not enough illumination. I can’t tell you how many close calls I’ve seen where people seemingly popped out of the dark, surprising drivers. The life you save could be your own!


Cooper’s hawk in Phinney Ridge

December 9th, 2014 by Doree

Laura sent us this great photo of a Cooper’s hawk eating its breakfast (a pigeon) in Phinney Ridge yesterday. And she shared some information about the Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project.

(W)e noticed the purple and silver bands on his legs and found out that the bands were from the Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project (listed here under Coopers Hawks: Site Fidelity and Breeding Dispersal Study, http://www.wos.org/research.html). I contacted Ed Deal, and he told me that there are quite a few of these banded hawks in the Phinney Ridge area. So if anyone sees a Cooper’s hawk with a purple band on their left leg (male) or orange band on their right leg (female), note the ID number on the colored band (and take a photo if you can!) and report the band id, as well as the sighting place, time, and date to Ed at falcophile@comcast.net.


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Winter Festival, Couch Fest Films, music, theater and more in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

December 5th, 2014 by Doree

So much going on in the neighborhood this weekend. Here are a few highlights from our Events calendar.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series presents “The Visitor” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Top Ten Toys,120 N. 85th St., is hosting a Fill-the-Van event on Friday (today) from 2-8 p.m. in its parking lot, where customers can donate holiday gifts to children in need.

Beppa Holiday Sale from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 7700 6th Ave. NW with vests, coats, Sylvia Luppert jewelry, scarves, vintage buttons, kimonos, graphic applique pillows.

“Appalachian Christmas Homecoming” continues at Taproot Theatre.

Broadview-Thomson K-8 PTA is hosting it’s third annual Winter Tree Farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and again on Dec. 13-14, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N. Check out Noble Firs (5-8 feet), Douglas Firs (5-7 feet), and small Douglas Fir tabletop trees.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday; and First Sunday Seattle Roda de Choro from 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

Northwest Girlchoir presents “Winter Wonder” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. More than 115 craft vendors, plus hundreds of entertainers and food for sale.

Aurora Commons, 8914 Aurora Ave. N., is hosting a holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday with live music, art, vintage furniture and jewelry, food, and housewares.

Learn more about the effort to create an Emergency Hub in Greenwood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday during the Emergency Shake-Up Fair. Meet with representatives from the Red Cross, get child photo safety cards, free blood pressure readings by Seattle Central College Nursing Students, check out a fire truck, receive a flu shot from a Bartell Drugs pharmacist ($25 cash or check), purchase an emergency kit, learn how ham radios work, learn about CPR and first aid, have a free lunch, enter a raffle, and let the kids bounce in the bouncy house.

Captain Chambers: The Winter Film Tour” at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N. Tickets are $10 online or $14 at the door (online sales close at 4 p.m. the day of the performance). With special guests Clint McCune Music and friends.

Pulling from his own imagination, with influences that span from Godard to Lucas, Captain Chambers is an uncompromising cinematic poet, a celluloid artist and an auteur. He believes in the significance of individual expression, imagination and the sacred and creative self. You may love or hate his work, but you will not find another like him. He paints his stories with moving images and light, and he is not bound by critique or rules. To him, rules are for amateurs, and he loathes the idea of red carpets. Captain Chambers is simple man, but he is a storyteller. Let him tell you a story.

Couch Fest Film Festival at locations around the region, including a home in Phinney Ridge, on Saturday. Purchase a $10 pass for all locations. Films play on the hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite community building event disguised as a film festival is back, welcoming strangers into private homes and alternative locations to watch movies. Couch Fest is like a pub crawl, but for movie watching. Attendees can go from house to house, all over the city, watching programs of short films, all for one ticket price.

And if you’re heading downtown late Saturday or early Sunday, be advised that State Route 99 will be closed between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge from midnight Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday.

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