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Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Gently Used Kid’s Clothing & Gear Sale is March 21

February 24th, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Gently Used Kid’s Clothing & Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The sale is for expecting families and those with kids from newborn up to 10 years old.

Items include gently used clothing, 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. Many items will be discounted by 50 percent starting at 12 p.m.

Organizers are looking for tax-deductible donations of gently used baby and kid clothing and gear by March 13. All proceeds help support the preschool. Email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off.

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Sandel Park’s grass torn up by joyriders again

February 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Paul sent us photos of Sandel Park’s grass chewed up by joyriders late last week. The tracks covered a good portion of the park’s field.


He says it looks like the car also hit a tree.


This is not the first time it’s happened at the park at 9053 1st Ave. NW.

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The Lodge Sports Grille coming to 85th & Greenwood

February 23rd, 2015 by Doree

The Lodge Sports Grille will open its sixth restaurant in the former Greenwood Academy of Hair space at the northwest corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.


That space has been empty since the hair academy moved out in June of 2010.

The sports-themed restaurant is known for good pub food and plenty of taps. The chain currently has restaurants in downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, Kirkland, Mill Creek and Mukilteo.

We’ve got a message in to them to find out more details, such as an opening date. We’ll keep you posted.

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Theater, lots of live music, family variety show and ape celebration in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

February 20th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., presents a special showing of “The Age of Love” at 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $7 for senior center members, $10 non-members.

THE AGE OF LOVE follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds. From anxious anticipation through the dates that follow, it’s an unexpected tale of intrepid seniors who lay their hearts on the line, and discover how dreams and desires change—or don’t change—from first love to the far reaches of life. The film takes viewers where no documentary has gone before—directly into the lives of older singles who still yearn to be seen and understood, who still desire another’s touch, who seek a new chance at love.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Laura Lagerstedt & Pink Camel and Animals of Grace at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents bluegrass/punk/acoustic by Sweet Lou’s Sour Mash, Forest Beutel, and Colonels of Truth, starting at 9 p.m. Friday; $7 cover charge.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Mary Flower with Spud Siegel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).

Metropolis cards and gifts store is celebrating its 34th Anniversary here on Phinney Ridge on Saturday. Metropolis has also been sold as owner Terry Heiman is retiring. Meet new owner Sue Pasha between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cake will be served at 1 p.m.

The Seattle Public Library and Pacific Science Center are hosting a full month of programs to introduce children and teens to engineering and the importance of science literacy (next week is National Engineers Week). Registration is required at each branch.

At the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. (206-684-4086), children ages 8 and up can sign up for Robot Challenge at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. “Program your own robot to compete with others in an obstacle course. Using high functioning robots, investigate the steps engineers take to design a robot and learn about careers around the globe that use robots for exploration and new technology.” On Sunday, kids ages 4-7 can check out “Slime!” from 2-3 p.m. “Experiment with an extraordinary material that can bounce, twist and stretch to the limit! Enjoy handling this non-Newtonian fluid that both flows and breaks, and brainstorm creative ways to use it.”

At the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. (206-684-7519), from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, teens ages 12-18 can work on Pulley Power. “Who needs super strength when you’ve got pulleys? Design and explore pulley systems to find out how and why this modest machine makes work so much easier.”

Savage/Love” continues at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., through next weekend.

Woodland Park Zoo is having its Great Ape Senior Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday when Towan, North America’s oldest male orangutan born in captivity, turns 47 along with his twin sister Chinta, and gorillas Pete and Nina, all born in 1968. Anyone who can show proof of being born in 1968 will get free zoo admission that day.

A group of West Woodland neighbors will be cleaning up NW 65th Street from 3rd to 8th avenues from 9-11 a.m. on Sunday. Meet at Cafe Bambino at 8:30 a.m. Bring your own gloves, pickers and wagons to carry garbage.

Nonprofit Bike Works is looking for donations of bikes that it can refurbish. You can drop off bikes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at several locations near us, including at NW CrossFit at 6419 15th Ave. NW; Axis Automotive at 930 N. 95th St.; and Gregg’s Green Lake Cycles, 7007 Woodlawn Ave. NE.

Evans Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the PNA in the Brick Building. Free.

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Couth Buzzard Books hosts David Shields and Caleb Powell tonight in ‘I Think You Are Totally Wrong: A Quarrel’

February 19th, 2015 by Doree

Couth Buzzard Books hosts UW professor David Shields and his former student Caleb Powell in a rematch over their new book and upcoming Hollywood film, “I Think You Are Totally Wrong: A Quarrel.” The fun begins at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

The book was just released. You can read the Huffington Post review here, and the Boston Globe review here.

Here’s an excerpt from Huffington Post:

This core is a (faux) battle between the art-obsessed Shields — so fixated on his next book that he’s forgotten to live — and Powell, in the opposite corner — full of travel and perspective, but a so-far-unsuccessful writer. They inhabit these positions the way red or blue states express monolithic political ideology, but it’s a useful and delightful conceit. Shields can free himself from a semi-mid-career existential crisis and Powell can push back against a former teacher whose values are so effete and disconnected from life as to be almost irresponsibly thin air.

Actor/Director James Franco directed a film about the book, starring Shields and Powell, to be released this spring.

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12 weeks of SR 99 lane closures begin in March

February 19th, 2015 by Doree

Washington Department of Transportation crews will be working on the future north portal of the State Route 99 tunnel and will need to close one lane in both directions of SR 99/Aurora Avenue North between Valley Street and the Aurora Bridge. The closures begin March 7 and will last about 12 weeks.

Two lanes will be open in each direction while crews install foundations for four large sign structures in the median and curb areas.

Work is planned in two phases. View a map of the work locations.

  • Phase 1 (approximately 8 weeks): one lane closed in both directions for median work — One lane in the northbound and southbound directions will be closed around-the-clock while crews install four sign foundations in the median
  • Phase 2 (approximately 4 weeks): one lane closed in southbound direction for curb work — One southbound lane will be closed around-the-clock while crews install two sign foundations in the southbound curb area

Because northbound and southbound buses will travel – and stop – in the outside lanes with other vehicle traffic, trips may take longer than normal. During both phases the southbound bus-only lane restriction will be lifted.

In an effort to balance the needs of drivers and residents, some work will occur during nighttime and weekend hours. An additional lane may close at night and during some weekend days.

The long-term lane closures are expected to cause additional backups on SR 99 for vehicles and buses, particularly during peak commute times. WSDOT is encouraging drivers and bus riders to:

Questions? Contact us at viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov or 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463) or visit us at www.AlaskanWayViaduct.org.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus and Concord Chamber Choir perform March 15

February 19th, 2015 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus and Concord Chamber Choir will perform the Frank Martin Mass for Double Choir at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. Tickets are $22 general, $17 senior citizens; $12 students and singers. Children ages 6-12 are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Purchase tickets online or by calling 206-523-1196.

The highly regarded 40-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus under Music Director Mark Kloepper combines forces with the Eastside-based Concord Chamber Choir to present Frank Martin’s deeply spiritual masterpiece, the Mass for Double Choir, written early in the 20th century and not performed until 1963.

Also on the program are performances by each participating choir. Northwest Chamber Chorus performs Amen by Henryk Górecki, McKay from The Sacred Harp, arranged by Carol Barnett, Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down traditional spiritual arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, Carpe Diem by Portland composer Joan Szymco, commissioned in honor of the NWCC’s 40th Anniversary in 2008.

Concord Chamber Choir performs Alleluia and I Will Lift Mine Eyes by Jake Runestad, O Sacrum Convivium by Olivier Messiaen, Hymn to the Eternal Flame by Stephen Paulus, Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin, Ain’t That good News and I Can Tell the World traditional spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan.

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Final meeting on public input for Viewlands Elementary playground improvements is March 2

February 18th, 2015 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting its final public meeting about its playground improvement project on March 2nd.

Viewlands was awarded a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to prepare construction documents for the first phase of improvements to the playground. Previous meetings sought input from students and community members about what they’d like to see in the improved playground.

This final public meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, March 2, to review the design documents that are currently 50 percent completed.

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Metropolis celebrates 34th anniversary and new owner this weekend

February 18th, 2015 by Doree

Metropolis cards and gifts store at 7319 Greenwood Ave. N. is celebrating its 34th anniversary on Saturday. Also, owner Terry Heiman is retiring and has sold the store to Sue Pasha, who will be at the celebration to meet customers.

The celebration lasts all day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with cake and close-outs on some merchandise that won’t be carried any more.

Congratulations to Metropolis for 34 years in the neighborhood, and to Terry for a well-deserved retirement!

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