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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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Election forum is TONIGHT at Taproot Theatre

October 21st, 2014 by Doree

Don’t forget the election forum tonight (Tuesday) starting at 7 p.m. at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. It’s jointly hosted by four community councils from Northwest neighborhoods — Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge.

  • 7:00 – Welcome and settle in
  • 7:10 – Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education initiatives
  1. In favor of 1A: Laura Chandler, Preschool teacher/trainer
  2. In favor of 1B: Michael DeBell, for Seattle School Board member
  3. Opposed to both: Melissa Westbrook, Public education advocate
  • 7:45 – The Reduce Class Sizes state initiative
  1. In favor: Shannon McCann, 3rd Year Special Ed. teacher
  2. Opposed: Jami Lund, Education policy analyst
  • 8:10 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
  1. In favor: Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember
  • 8:20 – The New Monorail Initiative
  1. In favor: Elizabeth Campbell, Initiative sponsor
  • 8:30 – 36th District candidates
  1. Senator: Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, incumbent); Sabrina Forbes (R)
  2. Representative, Position 1: Reuven Carlyle (D, incumbent – not confirmed); Leslie Klein (Republicanspirit – did not reply)
  3. Representative, Position 2: Gael Tarleton (D, incumbent – cannot attend); Paul Addis (Libertarian)
  • 8:45 – Adjourn – cafe will stay open so you can talk to campaigners

Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe will be open before and after the forum.

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Election Forum Tuesday evening at Taproot Theatre

October 17th, 2014 by Doree

Four community councils from Northwest neighborhoods — Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge – are jointly hosting an election forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Please join your neighbors next Tuesday evening to make sense of ballot measures as the fall election closes in. The election forum gives you an opportunity to hear from the campaigns and ask them your questions.

  • 7:00 – Welcome and settle in
  • 7:10 – Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education initiatives
  • 7:45 – The Reduce Class Sizes state initiative
  • 8:10 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
    8:20 – The New Monorail Initiative
  • 8:30 – 36th District candidates* have been invited to introduce themselves
  • 8:45 – Adjourn – cafe will stay open so you can talk to campaigners

*Not all candidates are able to attend

Space is generously provided by the Taproot Theatre. There is no charge to attend, but donations to offset the Taproot’s costs will be appreciated – and please plan to stop by Taproot’s Stage Door Cafe before or after the event.

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Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash, live music and Meaningful Movies in the neighborhood this weekend

October 17th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Greenwood Meaningful Movies: “Feeding Frenzy” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Exploring Opera: Don Giovanni at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., at 7 p.m. Friday.

PNA Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PNA.

Violet Sweet Shoppe, which opened last week at 6410 Phinney Ave. N., is having its grand opening celebration all day Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pumpkin Bash and “Boomazium” at Woodland Park Zoo Saturday and Sunday. Animals will get special Halloween-themed treats to eat and smash. Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor play space, will be turned into a Halloween-themed Boomazium with storytelling, costumed puppet shows, face painting (for an additional fee), games and more, Mad Science programs will be from 11 to 2 p.m. in the Rain Forest Food Pavilion. (During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult.)

staines-resizedSeattle Folklore Society presents Bill Staines with opener Tom Rawson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance (online or call 1-800-838-3006) are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price. Tickets at the door are $2 more. (Photo by Larry Marcus; courtesy Seattle Folklore Society.)

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

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Mushrooms the focus at Phinney Books next Wednesday

October 16th, 2014 by Doree

Now that Phinney Books has been open a few months, co-owner Tom Nissley says they’re starting to do more author readings and events.

Coming up next Wednesday, Oct. 22, the focus is on mushrooms. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Becky Selengut (author of the new cookbook “Shroom”) and Langdon Cook (author of the Washington State Book Award nominee “The Mushroom Hunters”) “will present a patch-to-plate slideshow revealing secrets of the woods and kitchen.”

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Phinney Books is at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Violet Sweet Shoppe grand opening celebration on Saturday

October 16th, 2014 by Doree

Violet Sweet Shoppe opened at 6410 Phinney Ave. N. last Friday, but they’re celebrating their grand opening on Saturday with free cake.

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This is the second location for the vegan bakery, but the Phinney Ridge shop is actually a candy store. However, you can order baked treats for delivery to the candy store the following day.

Violet Sweet Shoppe is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesday.

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