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News roundup: PNA job, Neighbor Appreciation Day, volunteer drivers needed, Planning Commission needs new members, Shakespeare’s First Folio at Central Library

February 4th, 2016 by Doree

A roundup of various neighborhood and city news:

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for an Office Manager, who reports to the Deputy Director and supervises a team of four part-time reception staff and a handful of substitutes. Click here for a PDF of the full job posting.

Neighbor Appreciation Day is Saturday, Feb. 13. Residents, community groups and businesses across the city are encouraged to celebrate good neighbors and everyone who makes our neighborhood a good place to live. Neighbors are encouraged to plan a block party, work party or potluck or other kind of neighborly event. There are many community activities at fire stations, community centers and pools. Check the website for more info on activities throughout the city.

Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) needs volunteer drivers to take senior citizens to medical appointments. Volunteers use their own car and choose the days, times and areas in which they wish to drive. Call 206-748-7588 or email hilaryc@soundgenerations.org for more information.

The Central Library is hosting an exhibit of Shakespeare’s First Folio, from March 21-April 17. Considered one of the world’s most treasured books, the 1623 folio contains the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, published seven years after his death. The First Folio contains 36 plays, 18 of which would otherwise have been lost, including “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “As You Like It.” The First Folio will be on display during regular library hours in the Level 8 Gallery. Visitors are encouraged to reserve a free ticket in advance; timed admission runs every 30 minutes. A limited number of drop-in tickets will be available at the library each day.

The City of Seattle is looking for candidates to serve on the Seattle Planning Commission beginning in April. The 16-member commission advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on citywide planning goals, policies and plans, and provides them with independent and objective advice on land-use and zoning, transportation and housing issues. Three three-year positions are currently open. Members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to: Vanessa Murdock, Executive Director, Seattle Planning Commission, City of Seattle, Office of Planning and Community Development, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019; or email to Vanessa.Murdock@Seattle.gov.

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4 Greenwood-Phinney breweries participating in Washington Beer Commission’s Brewery Open House Day on Feb. 20

February 4th, 2016 by Doree

Stop by neighborhood breweries on Saturday, Feb. 20, as part of Washington Beer Commission’s statewide Brewery Open House Day. You can get a tour, meet the brewmasters and sample the beers.

Participating breweries in our neighborhood include Bluebird Brewing (the nano brewery inside Bluebird Microcreamery; you’ll also see how they make their sodas) at 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.; Lantern Brewing at 938 N. 95th St.; Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Naked City Brewery and Taproom at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Reminder: Community meeting on burglaries with SPD Crime Prevention Team at Couth Buzzard Thursday night

February 3rd, 2016 by Doree

This is a reminder that Couth Buzzard Books, which has been burglarized twice in the last two months, has organized a community meeting with Seattle Police Department representatives at 7 p.m. Thursday at the bookstore at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

SPD’s Crime Prevention Team will talk about a recent surge of burglaries of both homes and businesses and how everyone can try to reduce crime.

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Free music nights at Stage Door Café in February

February 3rd, 2016 by Doree

The Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St., at Taproot Theatre offers free music on Monday nights in February. The café’s full dinner menu is available during the concerts, along with beer and wine.

Hanschen & Ilse are Seattle actor-musicians Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland. Hanschen and Ilse are also characters out of Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening, characters who sought fulfillment beyond the confines of their present society. Justin and Kirsten appeared on stage together for the first time since college in Balagan Theatre’s Seattle premiere of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s adaptation of Spring Awakening as Hanschen and Ilse. Justin and Kirsten met at Pacific Lutheran University where they each earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. Since graduating, they’ve appeared together on Seattle stages in Spring Awakening, Avenue Q (Balagan Theatre), Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre), and Grease (The 5th Avenue Theatre).

Stage Door Café invites you to live music with one of Seattle’s “boldest unheard of voices” (Northwest Music Scene). Combining hammered dulcimer, guitar, and piano with layered vocals and synth beats, Ninjanun delivers a folktronica twist to a quirky pop style. Her songs are just as likely to speak of the cosmos and comic books as they are to romanticize relationships.

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 5-7 p.m.: IvyLane

Stage Door Café invites you a free music event with the musical combination of the skilled and eclectic Ivan Lee with the talented and effervescent Elaine Skeffington. With a growing fan base throughout the area, this Seattle area-based duo is a potent match of vocal and guitar talent resulting in not just the expected harmonies and repertoire, but also a consistently unique and engaging knack for re-arranging familiar tunes into IvyLane-itized versions!

Add to this the reputation for their wry and spirited stage presence, these two are a rare and special musical match. With a blend likened to Lady Antebellum and Pink Martini, they tackle everything from Yes to The Civil Wars and Jason Mraz to Squeeze & everything in between (even Nirvana!) with impressive musicianship & wit.

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Tickets on sale now for PNA Wine Taste Feb. 27

February 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The annual PNA Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building. Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general, $10 designated driver.

Tickets get you 10 tastes, plus appetizers and live music (designated drivers get all the soda they want). For ages 21 and over only.

The onsite wine store provides the opportunity to purchase some of the wines being tasted, with the proceeds benefiting the PNA.

Check out the Wine Taste webpage for a list of participating wineries and which wines they’ll be pouring and to buy tickets. Tickets are also available at the Phinney Center.

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SPD: Men caught selling meth, printing fake checks at Aurora Avenue motel in Greenwood

February 2nd, 2016 by Doree

From the Seattle Police Department Blotter:

Police found a gun, knives, ammunition, laptops and printers from an Aurora Avenue motel last week after arresting two men for selling meth and running a check counterfeiting operation out of their room.

SPD Major Crimes Task Force detectives began investigating the men for narcotics dealing last week, and visited the room at the Klose-Inn Motel–located in the 9300 block of Aurora Avenue North–on several occasions to buy meth. During the investigation, detectives learned the room’s residents were also running a check fraud business.



Detectives began tailing the suspects and, one occasion, followed one of the men to a Greenwood store, where he cashed a fake check for $1,000.


SWAT, MCTF detectives and patrol officers served a warrant at the suspects’ motel room around 9:30 PM on January 27th and arrested a 29-year-old man for fraud, and a 20-year-old for narcotics and weapons possession.

Detectives found suspected stolen jewelry, a loaded handgun, ammunition, packaged methamphetamine and unidentified pills, a key-making machine, laptops and printers, along with knives, high-end watches, cash, identification and bank cards.

Detectives released the 29-year-old pending further investigation and booked the 20-year-old into the King County Jail. Police are also investigating him for additional crimes after he claimed to be involved in several incidents of gun violence in the greater Seattle area.

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Disaster preparedness workshop at Broadview Library April 12

February 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Office of Emergency Management is offering a series of disaster preparedness training classes and workshops in the next few months, including one at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.

This one-hour course provides an overview of the hazards that can impact Seattle, and steps that individuals and families can take to become more prepared to deal with them. This includes guidance on how to develop a disaster plan, build a disaster supply kit, and organize with your neighbors to become better prepared.

Disaster Preparedness: The Basics sessions do not require any registration but are offered on a first-come first-served basis. Please come early to ensure a spot as we must comply with fire code restrictions on the capacity of the room.

For more information contact the Office of Emergency Management, SNAP@Seattle.gov or 206-233-5076.

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Neighborcare Health at Greenwood remains open two days a week, while Meridian Center for Health opens for comprehensive medical, dental and mental health care for low-income residents

February 1st, 2016 by Doree

The Neighborcare Health clinic at 415 N. 85th St. in Greenwood was originally scheduled to close when the new, and much more comprehensive, Meridian Center for Health opened at 10521 Meridian Ave. N. near Northgate. While Meridian Center’s grand opening was Jan. 23, the Greenwood clinic remains open on Mondays and Thursdays while administrators assess the ongoing need for that clinic.

Meridian Center for Health is a public-private partnership that brings together Neighborcare Health (medical, dental and pharmacy), Public Health – Seattle & King County (Women, Infants, Children nutrition and maternity support services), and Valley Cities (mental health and substance use recovery services) to help clients with a variety of health and social service needs.

Meridian Center for Health provides:

  • Primary medical care
  • Dental care (ongoing and urgent)
  • Pharmacy services
  • WIC nutrition program
  • Support for pregnant women, moms and young children, including help with parenting skills, nutrition and breastfeeding
  • Behavioral health services (mental health and substance use recovery services)
  • Health and wellness classes

This model is at the forefront of reforms in public health, health care delivery and social services. Better integration – focused on patient-centered care, quality and prevention — is the primary goal of King County’s Health and Human Services Transformation Plan. The model meets the aims of the federal Affordable Care Act and the Washington State Health Care Innovation Plan, which call for new types of integration to provide care for the “whole person.”

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Greenwood author Rita Wirkala to read from ‘The Encounter’ at Greenwood Library Saturday

February 1st, 2016 by Doree

Greenwood author Rita Wirkala will read from her new book, “The Encounter,” from 12-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

“The Encounter” is a story of adventure, romance, immigration and the social realities of Latin America that begins with the dumping of toxic waste into the Amazonian jungles of Ecuador. Following Wirkala’s reading will be a Q&A session and book signing.

Wirkala is an Argentine writer and professor of medieval Spanish literature at the University of Washington. She writes novels, poetry, literary essays and textbooks that have been published in both the United States and Europe. Wirkala lives in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.

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