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Greenwood Seafair Parade is tonight, rain or shine!

July 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that the 64th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade will close streets in downtown Greenwood tonight for the oldest Seafair-sanctioned parade. Thousands of people will line Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street. The parade begins at 6 p.m. at North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, heads south to 85th Street, then west to 6th Avenue NW. The parade should end around 8:30 p.m.

Greenwood Avenue will be closed for several blocks north of 95th Street as parade entrants line up.

Parade organizer Ann Woodward says the parade will happen rain or shine. (The only reason to cancel would be lightning strikes.)

The parade theme is “Touchdown Greenwood,” and the grand marshal is Blitz, the Seahawks mascot. Pony rides will be available for $6 starting at 10 a.m. at North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Email us your favorite pics from the parade and we’ll post them the next day.

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Apodments at 87th & Phinney Avenue to be called ‘Footprint Phinney,’ open in spring 2015

July 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Footprint Investments has a conceptual drawing of its plan for the four-story, six-unit building currently under construction at 8727 Phinney Ave. N. The building will be called “Footprint Phinney” and have 40 “sleeping rooms.” It is directly north of the Greenwood Safeway’s upper parking lot, and east of the grocery store’s lower lot.

Here’s what the construction site looks like now.


Footprint Phinney’s website lists its amenities:

  • Furnished with a bed, table, chair, and bookshelf
  • Convenience center including microwave, refrigerator/freezer
  • Common kitchens
  • Sound-insulated floors and walls/quiet hours
  • Onsite laundry
  • Walk Score: 97
  • Transit Score: 53
  • Bike Score: 68
  • Professional maintenance of common areas and grounds
  • Close to Zipcar locations
  • Flexible lease terms

We’ve emailed Footprint Investments several times to ask how much rent will be but have not received a response.

Our October post about the development drew a lot of neighborhood criticism because it does not require parking.

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One-man neighborhood cleanup crew organizes cleanup event this Saturday

July 22nd, 2014 by Doree

For several months, one man has been single-handedly trying to clean up the streets of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Todd Chaisson picks up trash every day as he walks to and from work between North 60th and 83rd streets. He’s usually out there between 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m. five days a week, alternating sides on each trip. He’s even got a Facebook page with maps of his route and information on what tools work best.

He started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for tools, including a trash grabber, trash can cart and bags, broom, etc. So far he’s raised $385 of his $1,000 goal. He’s donating half to local non-profits, including the Greenwood Food Bank.

Now he’s organizing a neighborhood cleanup day, set for this Saturday, July 26. He’s hoping to get about a dozen people to come out and help. He’s reserved some equipment from the city’s Adopt a Street Program. If you’re interested in helping out, you can leave him a message through either the GoFundMe site or his Facebook page. If all goes well, he’s hoping to organize monthly neighborhood cleanups.


Christ the King Catholic School celebrating its 75th year

July 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Congratulations to Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St. (in Broadview, just north of Greenwood), which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The school began in 1939 as St. Anthony School with 94 students and four staff from Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The parish and school were both rededicated as Christ the King in 1949.

Here’s a historical photo.


And here’s the school today (both photos provided by the school).


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Host families needed for Chinese students arriving Aug. 1

July 22nd, 2014 by Doree

American Homestay Network is looking for families in our neighborhood to host international students, interns and professionals while they study at local institutions. The Redmond-based company tells me they have recently been overwhelmed by demand for students to stay in Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and surrounding neighborhoods.

Host families receive $440-$770 per student (compensation varies based on proximity to the school, meals and transportation, and the type of accommodation). Students are usually college-aged and stays can be as short as a couple of weeks, or last a year or more. Hosts can be families, singles, shared houses, retirees, teachers looking for summer income, or anyone with an extra room and good English conversation skills.

The organization has an immediate need for 20 hosts within 30 minutes of Seattle Pacific University for a 15-day study tour from China from Aug. 1-16. AHN is offering a $100 bonus to either the host or to the person who refers the host in addition to the $388.13 host payment.

If you can host, complete the online application and mention “SPU Study Tour” in the application.

• Host families will pick their student up on August 1st at 6pm at the Ashton Hall Building on SPU and drop student off on August 16th at 10:30am
• Students will attend classes M-F 9am-4:30pm
• Hosts provide 3 meals each day – breakfast and lunch will be self-serve and the host will make dinner at least 5 nights a week
• Hosts will be paid $388.15 plus the $100 bonus
• Total travel time to the SPU campus shall not exceed 50 minutes
• Students have 2 Saturday excursions planned
• Students may need host help to find and purchase a SIM card or a temporary cell phone
• Students are 15-18 years old, from China

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Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday will bring thousands to neighborhood

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

The 64th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade will take over Greenwood this Wednesday evening, July 23. More than 100 parade entries – including marching bands, drill teams, unicyclists, horses, dogs, pirates, community groups and plenty of cute kids – will begin at 6 p.m. at North 95th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, working their way south, then turning right on 85th Street and ending at 6th Avenue NW. The parade should end around 8:30 p.m.

The parade theme is “Touchdown Greenwood,” and the grand marshal is Blitz, the Seahawks mascot. Pony rides will be available for $6 starting at 10 a.m. at North 92nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Thousands of people line the route, with some putting out chairs to reserve their place early that morning. Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Cafe, at 208 N. 85th St. is offering pre-orders on boxed dinners for $12.95 that come with reserved seating from 3-8 p.m. either inside or out, using your own chairs or theirs. Order forms are inside the café. (If any other business has a similar special, please let us know.)

The Greenwood Seafair Parade is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade.

(PhinneyWood is a parade sponsor.)

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Works Progress coworking space offering free day, celebrating Coworking Week in August

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

Works Progress, a co-working space at 115 N. 85th St., is offering a free day of working in their air conditioned office. Works Progress is shared by more than 20 freelancers, telecommuters and other independent workers. Their clientele includes an attorney, sports league managers, editors, non-profit staff and software developers.

Those who do a free trial day can take $25 off their first month if they sign up.

Works Progress has been open for about a year-and-a-half; six months ago they added an events space.

The office will be participating in Seattle Coworking Week from Aug. 4-9, organized by the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance, which includes a dozen coworking and collaborative spaces: Agnes Underground (Capitol Hill), Ballard Labs, DevLocal (Fremont), Impact Hub Seattle (Pioneer Square), Indie Ballard, The Mill (Capitol Hill), Office Nomads (Capitol Hill), Red Element (Downtown), Vybe (Eastlake), WeWork (South Lake Union), Works Progress and the West Seattle OfficeJunction. Check out the full calendar of events for Seattle Coworking Week.

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Volunteers paint North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass, fundraising still underway

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

A group of volunteers spent last weekend painting the new North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass mural. Using local artist Michiko Tanaka’s “Animal Silhouettes” design, children and adults painted the north side of the underpass.


Fundraising is still underway. So far, $3,235.40 has been raised of the $5,000 goal. That will pay for all the paint, a graffiti-proof coating and five years’ worth of maintenance. Ten neighborhood businesses have collection boxes, and each business will match customer donations up to $250. Five businesses have reached or are close to that $250 as of press time. The other five businesses are still collecting donations: Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, Starbucks, Red Mill, A-1 Piano and Naked City. Donations also can be made online through the Phinney Neighborhood Association, but they won’t be matched.


Thanks to mural painting volunteer Dave Simons for the photos!

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Weekend events: theater, storytelling, summer dinner, beer, Shakespeare in the park

July 18th, 2014 by Doree

Here are just a few highlights of events happening in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Phinney Books, at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is bringing back Santoro’s Books tradition of Storytelling with Steph at 11 a.m. every Friday, starting today.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Classical Guitar Cabaret — Robert Vierschilling, Mathew Anderson, Jessica Papkoff and others at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Pint & Dale — Music of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Summer Festival Dinner – ¡Saludos a España! on Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., dinner seating at 7:30 p.m.

Join local personality Jim Yragui as he tells stories and recreates authentic fare from Spain, including Sangria, Pan Amb Tomaquet, Ensalada Piperada and Paella Valenciana. Finish dinner with a cool Sorbet de Champan and the hot passions of Flamenco singing and dancing, presented by Flamenco Luz. Floor show featuring “Flamenco Luz” begins at 8:00 pm. Proceeds benefit Greenwood Senior Center. Tickets are $12 for PNA members, $15 general public, available online.

“Jane Eyre the musical” moves into its second week at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Life jacket sale at Evans Pool at Green Lake from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $20 for sizes infant to youth large, $30 for teens to adult size XXXL.

Beerzilla – The King of Summer Beer Tastes from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The 9th annual PNA beer taste features 10 tastes from 26 Northwest breweries, brats from Barking Dog Alehouse and pub style snacks. Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 for general public, $10 for designated drivers, available online.

GreenStage presents Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” outside at Lower Woodland Park from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Free, but donations accepted. On Saturday and Sunday, GreenStage presents a double feature of “Othello” and “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Saturday “Othello” plays at 3 p.m., “Love’s” at 7 p.m. On Sunday the shows are switched.

Cat Adoption event at PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Cats are from the Seattle Animal Shelter’s foster care program.

Seattle Singer-Songwriter Showcase at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Over in Ballard, Pono Ranch, 4502 Shilshole Ave. N., is hosting a “Radio Bust Out” fundraising concert for the new FM community radio station serving northwest Seattle.

Fulcrum Community Comminications is the name of the non-profit organization seeking a license to operate in this territory. The FCC has accepted the application, and any day now we await our permit from the FCC to begin building the antenna tower and studio. The FM channel frequency will be 107.3.

Neighborhoods served include Ballard, Fremont, Greenwood, Phinney, Interbay, Wallingford. Queen Anne, the western U-District, Magnolia and all areas in between.

The concert is an all day music festival showcasing the diversity of music coming from our neighborhoods, emphasizing youth musicians.

NW Market Street will be closed from Greenwood Avenue North to Third Avenue North this weekend and next so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can replace broken concrete panels. The closure is from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 p.m. Sunday both weekends. Eastbound traffic on Northwest Market Street will be detoured to North 39th Street. Westbound traffic will be detoured to North 39th or to North 65th Street (via North 50th Street and Phinney Avenue North). Trucks will be detoured to North 85th Street.

Woodland Park Zoo’s newest giraffe, Dave, will make his debut on the zoo’s African Savanna on Saturday.

The zoo welcomed the nearly 2-year-old giraffe to their herd at the end of May and shared his arrival in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video. Dave remained out of view from visitors while undergoing a 30-day, standard quarantine period. As part of Dave’s introduction, Woodland Park Zoo’s keepers slowly introduced him to his fellow herd mates, Olivia, Tufani and Misawa, and later acquainted him with the oryx, gazelle, zebras and ostriches that share the African Savanna exhibit.

Looking ahead to next week, Woodland Park Zoo will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Seattle native Debbie Armstrong’s 1984 Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom. At 1 p.m. Thursday, Armstrong will be honored with a bench and Gold Medal Rose bushes dedicated in her honor at the zoo’s rose garden, which is by the zoo’s South Entrance at North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North. Admission to the rose garden is free.

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Honda Passport stolen from Greenwood apartment garage last weekend

July 17th, 2014 by Doree

Gabriel tells us his car was stolen from his apartment complex’s parking garage sometime last weekend. It’s a 1998 Honda Passport, license AME7065. It was taken from the Guinevere Apartments on North 85th Street near Dayton Avenue North.

The vehicle does not have a front plate, has a broken driver’s side rock shield, a rear-mounted spare tire with no cover, and a large “X” that was recently keyed in the middle of the passenger side front door.

If you’ve seen it, call the police and please call Gabriel at 206-297-3737.


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Volunteers needed to paint new 63rd Street underpass mural this weekend and next

July 17th, 2014 by Doree

About 20 people have already signed up to help paint the new mural on the North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass this weekend and next, but another 20 are needed.

If you’re at least 12 years old, you can sign up for a shift here.

Fundraising for the project continues, with donation boxes set up at 10 neighborhood businesses, and the ability to make an online donation through the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The goal is $5,000 to match a Department of Neighborhoods grant, which will pay for all the paint, anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract.

Here’s the latest fundraising total through last Friday.


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PNA Beer Taste – ‘Beerzilla’ – rampages through Phinney Ridge on Saturday

July 14th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual summer beer taste – “Beerzilla” – hits the neighborhood from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, July 19.

Beer taste attendees can sample microbrews from 26 Northwest breweries, including some special brews made specifically for this event. Admission includes 10 tastes, brats from Barking Dog Alehouse and pub style snacks.

All that beer drinking will happen outside the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.  Tickets online are $25 for PNA members, $30 for general public, $10 for designated drivers.


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