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Veterans Day: What’s closed

November 11th, 2014 by Doree

We salute all those who are currently serving or have ever served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Thank you for your service.

Veterans Day is a national holiday, which means all federal offices are closed, as well as the U.S. Postal Service, most banks and credit unions, all library branches and Seattle Public Schools. On-street parking is free on Tuesday.

Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed, including community centers, environmental learnings centers, indoor swimming pools and the Green Lake Small Craft Center. However, boat ramps, city golf courses (Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle), and the Amy Yee Tennis Center will be open.

Metro Transit will operate on a reduced schedule on Tuesday. All Metro offices will be closed, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and pass sales offices.

Woodland Park Zoo is offering free admission to all active, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service identification. Up to four accompanying family members with valid ID will receive $5 off regular zoo admission on Tuesday.

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Carjacking suspect arrested in Phinney Ridge after high-speed chase from Fremont

November 10th, 2014 by Doree

A carjacking suspect was arrested in Phinney Ridge late this afternoon after stealing a car in Fremont and leading police on a high-speed chase.

Witnesses emailed PhinneyWood to tell us they saw the car speeding through the neighborhood before police captured the suspect at Dayton Avenue North and North 68th Street.

David wrote: “I just watched a high speed car chase headed northbound on Phinney Ave. They flew by my office at 62nd and Phinney… A suspect vehicle with 4 or 5 police cruisers in VERY fast pursuit. They had to be going 60+ MPH. It looked like a car chase from a movie, to be honest.”

Mary sent us this photo of the arrest scene.


James sent this photo below showing the suspect’s car smashed between police cars.


Here’s another angle of the scene from James.


According to KIRO, the suspect stole the car from a 68-year-old woman, then hit her with the car before speeding off.

You can read KOMO’s story here. KIRO has a story with video here.

Update Tuesday: KIRO has an interview with the carjacking victim. And here’s SPD’s info from the Blotter.


Monkey ‘strippers’ needed to help light up Phinney-Greenwood

November 7th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The second work party on Tuesday has been cancelled because Sunday’s volunteers completed all the work! (Photo of work party, below, by Mike V.)


Earlier: Volunteers are needed to help attach light strips on metal monkey frames that will hang from businesses, awnings and light poles all over Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this holiday season.

“Monkey Strippers,” as organizer Mike Veitenhans is calling them, can come to a work party from 1-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 6; or a second work party from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5.


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Beer, reptiles, live music and circus arts in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

November 7th, 2014 by Doree

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

Positive Images of Aging Film Series at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 1-3 p.m. Friday. Today’s free film is “Robot and Frank.”

District II School Board Member Sherry Carr meets with constituents from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

Fever and Ague: An Evening of Theatrical Circus Arts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Versatile Arts, 7601 Greenwood Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sing with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn at 12 p.m. Saturday; Gary Kanter & Friends: CD Release and Benefit Concert for Familias Unidas Por La Justica at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Reptile Man will be at Ridge Romp at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, in the Brick Building, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday is the 5th annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and our very own Top Ten Toys, 120 N. 85th St., will be celebrating with special events from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 27th annual PNA Winter Beer Taste is from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building. This year’s theme is “Hops! The Other Weed.” Cost is $25-$65; designated drivers are just $10. Pub snacks provided in addition to 10 beer tastes, plus a silence auction of beer-related paraphernalia. Check out the Beer Taste website for a list of the 32 participating breweries.

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

And if you’re heading downtown this weekend, the Battery Street Tunnel on Aurora Avenue will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday until 8 a.m Sunday so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can test the fire suppression system. Northbound traffic will be routed off the viaduct at Western Avenue, to Broad Street, Second Avenue and then on to Battery Street to return to northbound Aurora Avenue. Southbound traffic will be detoured at Denny Way, to Wall Street, Elliott Avenue, then back to southbound Aurora Avenue.


Free strength training lecture at Salmon Bay Physical Therapy next Thursday

November 7th, 2014 by Doree

Salmon Bay Physical Therapy, at 6500 6th Ave. NW, Suite A, is hosting a free strength training lecture with James Hein from Level 4 Crossfit Seattle in Ballard. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13. Hein, a former Navy SEAL and strength coach, will discuss the importance of strength training and how to avoid getting hurt.

To register, call the clinic at 206-789-8869.

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NW Chamber Chorus presents ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ concert

November 6th, 2014 by Doree

David Pichette-resizedThe Northwest Chamber Chorus will present “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” concert with guest narrator David Pichette on Dec. 7 and 13 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Sunday, Dec. 7, show begins at 3 p.m. The Saturday, Dec. 13 show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22 general; $17 seniors; $12 students and singers. Children ages 6-12 are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Tickets are available online or by calling 206-523-1196.

Enjoy this concert with Mark Kloepper and the Chamber Chorus as they’re joined by guest narrator David Pichette for a reading of Dylan Thomas’ popular story combined with songs of the season and a carol sing-along.

Guest Narrator David Pichette, an actor in the Seattle area for over 30 years, has appeared at all the major theaters in the region. He has also worked numerous seasons with the Alliance Theatre, Kansas City Rep, San Jose Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, New Mexico Rep, Portland Center Stage, among others. He recently finished a season with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, appearing in Twelfth Night, Into the Woods, and Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. In the last few years, he has begun adapting novels to the stage, in partnership with R. Hamilton Wright: Double Indemnity (premiered at ACT Theatre), Hound of the Baskervilles (premiered at Seattle Repertory Theatre), and Picture of Dorian Gray (currently in development with the Seattle Rep).

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Join Seattle Area German American School for ‘Laternenfest’

November 5th, 2014 by Doree

The Seattle Area German American School just north of Greenwood is inviting neighbors to its family-friendly Laternenfest 2014 from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10. The event celebrates St. Martin’s Day with traditional songs and marching with homemade lanterns. SAGA school children made their own lanterns at school; parents and community members are encouraged to bring their own, as well as flashlights or headlamps.

Meet at the Interurban Trail at North 110th Street and Fremont Avenue North (four blocks east of the school).

You can register here to help them plan (but it’s not necessary).

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Earshot Jazz’s ‘Sax in the City’ will have jazz jams along Greenwood Avenue Thursday

November 5th, 2014 by Doree

The Earshot Jazz Festival is taking jazz to the streets on Thursday at nine locations throughout the city, including our neighborhood. Jazz musician Kenny Mandell will play along Greenwood Avenue from North 73rd to 84th streets between 4-5 p.m. as part of “Sax in the City.”

Other musicians will play in Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill, Fremont, Pike Place Market, Belltown, at the UW’s Red Square, Cornish College and in Ballard.

If you see Kenny playing on Thursday, please email us a picture!

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Greenwood author Dennis Ortblad to read from “The Berlin-Breslau Affair” on Tuesday

November 5th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood author Dennis Ortblad will read from his recently published novel, “The Berlin-Breslau Affair,” at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

As a veteran of the Foreign Service at U.S. embassies overseas, Dennis sets his foreign affairs thriller in contemporary Berlin, Dresden, and a castle where Hitler was building a command bunker until the Soviet armies overtook his plans.


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Election Day: Mail or drop off your ballots today

November 4th, 2014 by Doree

Today is election day all across the country. So either get your stamped ballot to the post office before 5 p.m. or (unstamped) to a King County Elections drop box before 8 p.m. The closest drop box to the PhinneyWood area is in front of the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW.

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White and grey Italian greyhound missing from Greenwood

November 4th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Tim says the UPS driver found him and brought him back home!

Earlier: Tim says his white and grey Italian greyhound is missing from Greenwood. Parker’s face is white on one side and grey on the other. He is wearing a camo-colored dog shirt, but no collar.

If you’ve seen him, call Tim at 206-437-8524.

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Phinney Ridge Starbucks to reopen by 1 p.m. today after truck crashed through front window yesterday

November 4th, 2014 by Doree

Jeff Cornejo, manager of the Phinney Ridge Starbucks at the corner of North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North, tells us the coffee shop plans to reopen by 1 p.m. today. The store was seriously damaged early Monday morning when a truck smashed through the front. The driver ran away from the scene.

“We’re happy no one got hurt and excited to make coffee again,” Cornejo said by email.

He sent a photo of the shop’s interior taken this morning.