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Celebration of new 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass mural is Friday

August 13th, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the neighborhood is invited to a celebration of the new North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass mural from 6-7:30 p.m. this Friday, in the grassy area next to the mural, across from Green Lake. Food and beverages will be provided.


Dozens of volunteers helped paint the mural in July. Photo by Pamela Jaynes.

Volunteers raised $5,000 from neighbors and local businesses to pay for paint, anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract.

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Lightning destroys tree in Phinney Ridge early this morning

August 13th, 2014 by Doree

James tells us his neighbor’s tree was struck by lightning about 1:30 a.m. today, in the 100 block of North 60th Street in Phinney Ridge. He says the tree was more than 100 feet tall. It toppled onto several parked cars and knocked out a power line.


A closeup of where the tree was struck.


Thanks to James for the photos.

KIRO 7 has video here. KOMO 4 has aerial photos here. And Q13 has a few photos in a photo gallery with its weather story.


Party in Greenwood Park this Saturday

August 12th, 2014 by Doree

The 6th annual Party in Greenwood Park is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Fremont and Evanston avenues on the north side of 87th Street.

The party kicks off at 11 a.m. with a show from the Bubbleman. Kids 12 and under can play on the Pop-up Adventure Playground. Suggested donation is $2-$5 per child to help pay for materials.”No Bones About It” vegan food truck will be selling food.

The volunteer group Vision Greenwood Park is looking for volunteers to help out at the party. They need help setting up the adventure playground, for clean-up after, as well as answering general questions about the park. If you can help out, even for just one hour, please email visiongreenwood@gmail.com.


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Gray Tabby named Nori missing from Phinney/Ballard

August 12th, 2014 by Doree

Nori, a gray Tabby, disappeared from her home in the 6200 block of 5th Avenue NW on the morning of Aug. 2.


She is 2 years old, about 7 pounds, does not have a collar but is micro-chipped. Her owner says it’s possible she’s been accidentally locked in a basement, shed or garage. See more photos in the Craigslist post.

She’s friendly, so it’s quite possible someone in the neighborhood started feeding her. If your neighbor tells you about the cute new cat they’ve seen hanging around, please have them get in touch with me, and/or take the cat to a vet or shelter to have it scanned, at no cost, for a microchip. Email rbn.dc07@gmail.com with any leads.

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Gumshoe scavenger hunt raises record amount for neighborhood nonprofits

August 11th, 2014 by Doree

The ninth annual Gumshoe 5K Walk, a fundraising scavenger hunt through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood that ended on Sunday, raised a record $5,620.95 to be split between three neighborhood nonprofits: Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Senior Center and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.


A Gumshoer uses a magnifying glass to decipher a clue. Photo courtesy of the Gumshoe.

Check out the Gumshoe website for a full list of all prize winners.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday

August 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda:

  • Board member nominations
  • Block party report
  • Information on the formation of the new Seattle Park District’s Citizens Oversight Committee
  • Updating the PRCC mission statement and increasing membership

The PRCC’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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Saturday was a gorgeous day for Summer Streets

August 11th, 2014 by Doree

We had a great time at Saturday’s annual Summer Streets, sponsored by Seattle Department of Transportation, which shut down Greenwood Avenue to cars from North 65th to 87th streets. People were free to walk or ride their bikes in the street, while businesses and community groups offered children’s activities, sidewalk sales, and dance and aerial performances.


The annual Street Soccer Tournament was held in front of Naked City Brewery just south of 87th Street, while the new Youth Soccer Field was set up at 72nd.

Youth soccer field-resized

Firefighters from Station 21 let a long line of eager kids hold the fire hose (and “accidentally” spray nearby parents taking pictures!)


And musicians played a variety of music throughout the mile-long festival, including this quintet in a driveway near 70th.


A quartet on the sidewalk near 76th.


And Ayron Jones and The Way, which headlined the School of Rock stage at 87th.


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Summer Streets is Saturday!

August 8th, 2014 by Doree

The huge annual PhinneyWood Summer Streets celebration is Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Greenwood Avenue will be closed to cars from 65th to 87th streets, and opened up to pedestrians and cyclists.

Versatile Arts performers at a previous Summer Streets.

About 3,000 people are expected to stroll through the neighborhood, listening to live music in several places, playing pianos in the street in front of A-1 Pianos, doing chalk art in front of Couth Buzzard Books, watching the annual Street Soccer Tournament in front of Naked City Brewery and at youth soccer “fields” at 72nd Street, enjoying a “Cozy Cove” beach-themed rest station set up specifically for seniors between North 75 and North 77th streets, checking out a temporary pop-up protected bike lane and a parklet, a Bicycle Benefits scavenger hunt, watching donated canned goods being turned into a huge canned food pyramid, a portable planetarium, kid’s activities with Pacific Science Center, aerial performances from Versatile Arts, and Seattle ReCreative will demonstrate the power of Oobleck (a non-Newtonian fluid) as participants “walk on water” at North 78th Street.

Summer Streets participants are encouraged to bring canned food donations for the Greenwood Food Bank.

Check out the activity map with a list participating businesses and activities.

Greenwood/Phinney avenues will close to traffic between North 65th and 87th streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. But North 65, North 80th and North 85th streets will remain open to east-west traffic. Greenwood Avenue between North 85th and 87th streets will remain closed until 9 p.m. for the Street Soccer Tournament and a concert by Ayron Jones and The Way.

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Artwalk, Summer Streets, Tequila Fest, Street Soccer Tournament, live music and theater in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

August 8th, 2014 by Doree

It’s going to be a very busy weekend in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Here are some highlights; check our Events calendar any time for more.

First up is the Phinney Farmers Market, from 3-7 p.m. Friday, in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with fresh fruits, veggies, bread, flowers, popsicles, ice cream and several dinner options.

From 6-9 p.m. Friday is the monthly Art Up Artwalk. Dozens of art galleries and businesses will host artists in various mediums. Check the artwalk website for a full list of participating venues and artists.

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the annual PhinneyWood Summer Streets event, which will close down Greenwood Avenue to cars from 67th to 87th streets. A-1 Pianos will have several pianos in the street for people to play; Couth Buzzard Books will hand out free children’s books, and Madeline Berman will help folks create beautiful chalk art on the sidewalk and in the street; Greenwood Food Bank volunteers will collect canned food for a huge pyramid; plus there’s live music at several venues, and a street soccer tournament in front of Naked City Brewery. Check out the Summer Streets website for a full list of activities and a map. (Because of the street closure, Metro Transit will reroute Route 5 buses from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Check the alternate route here. Cross streets of North 65th, North 80th and North 85th will remain open.) You also can check out the event’s Facebook page.

On Saturday at Woodland Park Zoo it’s Asian Wildlife Conservation Day. There will be special keeper talks, kids’ crafts and coloring activities, a free raffle ticket for a chance to win one-of-a-kind zoo prizes, including a painting by the zoo’s orangutan, Towan.

Taproot Theatre continues its productions of “Jane Eyre, the musical” and “The Amish Project.”

Northwest Tequila Fest is 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

It’s the last weekend of the Gumshoe 5K Walk, a scavenger hunt through the neighborhood that raises money for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

The Gumshoe Answer Man will be leaving Ken’s Market at 9 am Sunday, the last day of the event, to walk the Gumshoe route and, while he won’t answer any clue questions outright, he will pause at clue answer locations to utter meaningful grunts to any and everyone who wants to tag along!

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents The Fire Inside – a Pacific NW Folklore Society coffeehouse concert, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sing with Kate Power and Steve Einhorn from 12-1:15 p.m. Saturday, Jim Page in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

GreenStage presents “All’s Well That Ends Well” from 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Sandel Park, 9053 1st Ave. N.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents Acoustic Open Mic at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus auditions in Phinney Ridge on Aug. 21 & 24

August 8th, 2014 by Doree

Auditions will be held for new members of the Northwest Chamber Chorus on Aug. 21 & 24 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Photo courtesy of Northwest Chamber Chorus.

Music Director Mark Kloepper will have 15-minute audition appointments for experienced choral singers from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24. Singers must have one prepared classical audition piece, and sight-singing is required. (The audition piece does not need to be memorized, but please bring music for accompanist Ali Webb.)

To sign up for an audition appointment, contact Executive Director Betsy Brockman by email at nwcc@frontier.com.

NWCC has 40 singers. Rehearsals are from 7-9:30 p.m. on Mondays from September to June at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Mandatory weekend and Saturday retreats are held in October, January and April. Recording sessions for a new CD are required in June. Chorus members pay dues of $210 per season. Payment plans and scholarships are available.

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UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Dog found at Green Lake this morning — is he yours?

August 7th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The owner has been found.

Earlier: Elizabeth tells us she found this beautiful dog while running around Green Lake this morning.


 He very sweetly came to me, and shared a leash with my dog. We walked to the Greenlake Animal Hospital, and he was NOT chipped. Nor was he wearing a collar! But this is clearly someone’s pet. He’s a little chubby (not starving), rides well in the car, and walks nicely on a leash. I brought him to the Seattle Animal Shelter on Elliot Ave, in case someone goes looking for him there. Thus far, he has not been claimed. He was found at the north end of Greenlake.

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Live north of 85th? Metro Transit is offering free ORCA card

August 7th, 2014 by Doree

Metro Transit’s new In Motion program for North Seattle and Shoreline aims to encourage people to use transit, bicycle, walk or carpool. So it’s offering a free ORCA card good for two weeks of unlimited travel to anyone who pledges to change some of their trips from driving alone. This round of the program is for anyone who lives or works in North Seattle north of 85th Street, or in Shoreline.

Just register online and record your weekly progress. (Must be at least 16 years old and have at least one car in your household to participate.) The program runs for 12 weeks.

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