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HomeStreet Bank’s Phinney Ridge branch collecting diapers for WestSide Baby

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge branch of HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting diapers through the end of this month to donate to WestSide Baby.

The 16th annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive’s goal is to collect more than 300,000 diapers for children in need. You can drop off diapers during the bank’s normal business hours.

WestSide Baby partners with more than 120 social service agencies to get diapers, clothing, and kids’ and maternity gear to tens of thousands of local families in need.

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Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour is Saturday

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour is Saturday, with two in the Greenwood/North Beach area and a third near North Seattle College. Another five sites are nearby in Northeast Seattle.

This family-friendly self-guided tour will show off goats, ducks, bunnies, chickens, bees and some very innovative urban gardens.

Tickets are $8 for children 12 and under, $10 for Tilth members of bicyclists, $15 for general, and $35 for families of three or more people.

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Public meeting for Phinney Flats on July 25, then Design Review Recommendation Meeting on Aug. 1

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, July 25, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

That public meeting will be followed a week later by a Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The July 25 public meeting is because DCI wants to “discuss policy and Code background and to gather comments on the project.”

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 3,900 square feet of commercial space, and no parking.

You can see the January design proposal here. An updated proposal is not yet on DCI’s website.

You can comment on site planning and design issues through Aug. 1 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Mention Project #3020114. A separate environmental review will be triggered.

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Farmers Market, word cabaret, music and more in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program presentation from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

The Phinney Farmers Market, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, veggies, bread, meat, eggs, flowers, cider and lots of dining options. If you’re walking there from Greenwood, the Phinney Farmers Market Walking Group leaves the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 3 p.m.

Taproot Theatre continues its run of “Big Fish” at 204 N. 85th St.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Represent This! What’s the Word Cabaret 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 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Shirley Gnome: Real Mature at 8 p.m. Friday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

A heads up that Woodland Park Zoo will close early Friday, at 3 p.m., for its 40th annual Jungle Party fundraiser. Visitors may remain on the grounds until 4 p.m.

Seafair Milk Carton Derby and the Seafair Stand Up Paddleboard Competition are both from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Green Lake.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend:

  • Bite of Seattle at Seattle Center from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic starts at UW on Saturday morning, with 10,000 riders. The last group leaves the starting line at 7:30 a.m. and most rider will clear the city limits by about 9 a.m.
  • Seafair Dragon Fest in Chinatown-International District Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Boeing Company’s 100th year anniversary celebration is at The Museum of Flight. East Marginal Way South will be closed south of the South Park Bridge.
  • The Mariners play Houston at 7:10 p.m. Friday, and 1:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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Host families need for one week stays of incoming UW students

July 14th, 2016 by Doree

The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students is looking for host families for incoming
UW students for one week this summer and fall. The nonprofit organization is welcoming 60 students this summer
and another 200 in the fall. Host families will show students around the city and help them acclimate
to the Puget Sound Region.

For more information or to apply to be a host family, click here.

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PNA’s ‘Beer Taste Olympics’ is July 23

July 14th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Summer Beer Taste Olympics is from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general public, and $10 for designated drivers. Includes 10 tastes, mini brats from Barking Dog Alehouse and pub style snacks. Must be 21 and over to attend.

More than 30 Northwest breweries and cideries will be there, and some will have special brews made just for this event. Click here for the complete list of breweries and cider makers attending.

Only service dogs are allowed.

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Greenwood and Phinney business owners should be on lookout for possible book selling scam

July 14th, 2016 by Doree

Dr. Jason Hooyman from Hooyman Chiropractic at NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW says a man came to his office on Wednesday, claiming to be selling books to donate to Seattle Children’s Hospital, and was fairly aggressive in his sales pitch, although he didn’t have any books with him.

The man said he was an Iraq war veteran and that he was blind in one eye. He was about 6 feet tall with brown hair, and slightly overweight. He was dressed in shorts and a polo shirt.

KOMO had a story on Wednesday about Queen Anne businesses that were approached by a man with a similar description and the same sales pitch. Those business owners believed it to be a scam.

Did anyone else encounter this man?

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News roundup: election ratings, business moving, recycling competition, zoo Wi-Fi, fiction writer award, crime

July 12th, 2016 by Doree

Just in time for the primary election, Municipal League of King County ratings are now available. The ratings are for more than 90 candidates running for local offices.

Manna Teriyaki, the last business left at the little strip mall at Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street, will move out at the end of August so the land can be developed into a park. While the owners had been looking for space to rent in the neighborhood, they now tell me they will reopen in Woodinville, where rent is cheaper.

Woodland Park Zoo is installing a free public Wi-Fi network, thanks to a donation from Cisco Systems, Inc. The first phase, completed at the end of June, added Wi-Fi to the zoo’s West Entrance and North Meadow. The second and third phases will add Wi-Fi to high traffic areas including the Rain Forest Food Pavilion, Zoomazium, South Entrance, popular exhibits and staff areas.

Waste Management is again encouraging neighborhoods to compete to reduce garbage and increase recycling
and in the process earn up to $20,000 for the nonprofit of their choice.

The neighborhood region that reduces garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 for the community non-profit(s) of their choice. Regions that reduce waste through creativity and strong community involvement can win even more – up to $15,000 for the non-profit(s) of their choice. To determine the winner, WM will compare the pounds of garbage per household from this year to last.
The region that reduces their garbage the most wins!

Jen tells us someone broke into her mom’s car while parked at the zoo parking lot on North 55th Street last Thursday.

They took her knitting bag which had her iPad and nook, a photo album, and a daKine backpack of diapers. Her book was also in one of the bags and has my grandparents’ wedding photo in it. We would love to get any of it back, but especially the photo.

If you have any information or found any of those items, please email kranich10@yahoo.com.

Jennifer tells us someone broke into both of her family’s cars around midnight Friday, without breaking any glass or jimmying the locks, on NW 73rd Street near 7th Avenue NW. She said they only stole sunglasses and loose change. She was awake at the time and heard a neighbor’s car alarm go off, so she assumes the thief tried to get into more cars on the street.

Artist Trust is currently accepting applications from fiction writers for the second annual Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction, which provides an unrestricted $10,000 award. Applications must be received by midnight on Sept. 12. Full application and requirements can be found here.

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Public review of city’s updated Pedestrian Master Plan through Aug. 12

July 12th, 2016 by Doree

The City of Seattle has released an updated draft of its Pedestrian Master Plan, which is the 20-year blueprint for making Seattle more walkable and accessible. Anyone can comment on Seattle Department of Transportation’s plan from now through Aug. 12 by emailing comments to PMPupdate@seattle.gov.

Through the Pedestrian Master Plan, SDOT prioritizes pedestrian investments throughout the city including new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods.

Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s safest and most accessible cities for pedestrians. It is tied for the second-lowest pedestrian fatality rate in the country, and is fifth in the country for the percentage of people who commute to work by foot according to the 2016 Benchmarking Report from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center also ranks Seattle as the only platinum-level Walk Friendly Community in the nation. However, there is always more the City can do to make Seattle more walkable and accessible.

The updated PMP establishes the policies, programs, and project opportunity areas that will further enhance pedestrian safety, comfort, and access in all of Seattle’s neighborhoods, while remaining a national leader. It lays out the key strategies and actions that SDOT will use to achieve its vision of making Seattle the most walkable and accessible city in the nation, and it establishes the performance measures to gauge success. The update will help ensure that SDOT focuses resources on areas where walking conditions are challenging and where improvements are needed to help residents walk comfortably.

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