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Phinney Sandbox co-working space opens in former art gallery

December 10th, 2014 by Doree

Phinney Sandbox, a co-working space, opened about a month ago in the former location of Francine Seders Gallery, at 6701 Greenwood Ave. N.


Photo courtesy of Phinney Sandbox.

Membership is $199 a month and includes free Wi-Fi, the opportunity to put your company name in the window, free parking behind the building, 24/7 access with security system, mail service and a kitchen.

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Bike found in Greenwood

December 9th, 2014 by Doree

Jen found this bike at her house near North 83rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North. She assumes it was stolen elsewhere and dumped there. Anyone recognize it?


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Neighborhood news roundup: grant, restaurant closing, legislative page applicants, costume jewelry sale, new story time, crime

December 9th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various news from the neighborhood.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting its second annual Costume Jewelry Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10. Come check out the many treasures.

Friends of Evanston P-Patch has been awarded $25,00 from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund award to hire a landscape architect to redevelop the garden for better functionality and accessibility. The group has pledged a community match of $20,370.

Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., is giving away a free scoop of ice cream this week when you bring in a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. (Limit one scoop per customer.)

The Santa Fe Cafe, 5910 Phinney Ave. N., will be closing as of Jan. 1. According to the restaurant’s Facebook page:

This was obviously a tough decision and one that was not taken lightly.

I want to thank all of you for three decades of loyal devotion. The last seven years of my life as owner has been the highest honor I’ve ever had. I would like to see as many of you as possible in the next month and I’m feeling good about the future.

Any of you who are in possession of gift certificates, please redeem them by the end of the year.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., has two popular story times each week, but it is changing its Monday story time to Tuesday at 11 a.m. with store co-owner Laura. Friday’s story time remains at 11 a.m. with Steph.

Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles is looking for local students ages 14-16 to serve in the legislative page program.

The page program is a hands-on educational experience that takes place on the Capitol Campus during the legislative session. For one week, students will be employees of the Senate, performing administrative tasks and participating in civic education activities that demonstrate the operation of state government.

Earning $35 a day, pages perform numerous tasks including making deliveries to Senate offices, going on errands and working in the Senate chamber during floor debates. In addition, pages will spend two hours a day in page school learning the legislative process. At the end of the week, pages participate in a mock debate with their peers so they are able to experience what it is like to be a real state senator.

Interested parties may contact the legislative office of Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles at: 219 John A. Cherberg Building, PO Box 40436, Olympia, WA 98504-0436, (360) 786-7670, Fax: (360) 786-1999

In addition to numerous reports of package thefts this time of year, we also heard from Sandy that a man walked up to her front door in Greenwood in broad daylight – while numerous people were sitting in the living room and could easily be seen from the window – and stole her Amazon Fresh bags off her doorstep. He ran off before they could catch him. Luckily, the bags were empty.

And with our dark and stormy weather, Kendyl asked us to remind everyone that it’s harder than ever to see pedestrians. So drivers should take extra care, and pedestrians should wear light-colored clothing, a reflective vest, or carry a flashlight.

The streetlights are often not enough illumination. I can’t tell you how many close calls I’ve seen where people seemingly popped out of the dark, surprising drivers. The life you save could be your own!


Cooper’s hawk in Phinney Ridge

December 9th, 2014 by Doree

Laura sent us this great photo of a Cooper’s hawk eating its breakfast (a pigeon) in Phinney Ridge yesterday. And she shared some information about the Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project.

(W)e noticed the purple and silver bands on his legs and found out that the bands were from the Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project (listed here under Coopers Hawks: Site Fidelity and Breeding Dispersal Study, http://www.wos.org/research.html). I contacted Ed Deal, and he told me that there are quite a few of these banded hawks in the Phinney Ridge area. So if anyone sees a Cooper’s hawk with a purple band on their left leg (male) or orange band on their right leg (female), note the ID number on the colored band (and take a photo if you can!) and report the band id, as well as the sighting place, time, and date to Ed at falcophile@comcast.net.


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Winter Festival, Couch Fest Films, music, theater and more in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

December 5th, 2014 by Doree

So much going on in the neighborhood this weekend. Here are a few highlights from our Events calendar.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series presents “The Visitor” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Top Ten Toys,120 N. 85th St., is hosting a Fill-the-Van event on Friday (today) from 2-8 p.m. in its parking lot, where customers can donate holiday gifts to children in need.

Beppa Holiday Sale from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 7700 6th Ave. NW with vests, coats, Sylvia Luppert jewelry, scarves, vintage buttons, kimonos, graphic applique pillows.

“Appalachian Christmas Homecoming” continues at Taproot Theatre.

Broadview-Thomson K-8 PTA is hosting it’s third annual Winter Tree Farm from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and again on Dec. 13-14, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N. Check out Noble Firs (5-8 feet), Douglas Firs (5-7 feet), and small Douglas Fir tabletop trees.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday; and First Sunday Seattle Roda de Choro from 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

Northwest Girlchoir presents “Winter Wonder” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. More than 115 craft vendors, plus hundreds of entertainers and food for sale.

Aurora Commons, 8914 Aurora Ave. N., is hosting a holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday with live music, art, vintage furniture and jewelry, food, and housewares.

Learn more about the effort to create an Emergency Hub in Greenwood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday during the Emergency Shake-Up Fair. Meet with representatives from the Red Cross, get child photo safety cards, free blood pressure readings by Seattle Central College Nursing Students, check out a fire truck, receive a flu shot from a Bartell Drugs pharmacist ($25 cash or check), purchase an emergency kit, learn how ham radios work, learn about CPR and first aid, have a free lunch, enter a raffle, and let the kids bounce in the bouncy house.

Captain Chambers: The Winter Film Tour” at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N. Tickets are $10 online or $14 at the door (online sales close at 4 p.m. the day of the performance). With special guests Clint McCune Music and friends.

Pulling from his own imagination, with influences that span from Godard to Lucas, Captain Chambers is an uncompromising cinematic poet, a celluloid artist and an auteur. He believes in the significance of individual expression, imagination and the sacred and creative self. You may love or hate his work, but you will not find another like him. He paints his stories with moving images and light, and he is not bound by critique or rules. To him, rules are for amateurs, and he loathes the idea of red carpets. Captain Chambers is simple man, but he is a storyteller. Let him tell you a story.

Couch Fest Film Festival at locations around the region, including a home in Phinney Ridge, on Saturday. Purchase a $10 pass for all locations. Films play on the hour at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite community building event disguised as a film festival is back, welcoming strangers into private homes and alternative locations to watch movies. Couch Fest is like a pub crawl, but for movie watching. Attendees can go from house to house, all over the city, watching programs of short films, all for one ticket price.

And if you’re heading downtown late Saturday or early Sunday, be advised that State Route 99 will be closed between the Battery Street Tunnel and the West Seattle Bridge from midnight Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday.

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Emergency Shake-Up Fair this Saturday

December 4th, 2014 by Doree

A group of neighbors has been working to create an Emergency Hub in Greenwood that could be activated in the event of a catastrophe, such as an earthquake.

Learn more about the effort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday during the Emergency Shake-Up Fair at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.. Meet with representatives from the Red Cross, get child photo safety cards, free blood pressure readings by Seattle Central College Nursing Students, check out a fire truck, receive a flu shot from a Bartell Drugs pharmacist ($25 cash or check), purchase an emergency kit, learn how ham radios work, learn about CPR and first aid, have a free lunch, enter a raffle, and let the kids bounce in the bouncy house.

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Naked City Brewery tree lighting and Brew Santa tonight

December 4th, 2014 by Doree

Naked City Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting its annual tree lighting and photos with Brew Santa tonight (Thursday) starting at 5 p.m. The 23-foot-tall Christmas tree is installed in the outdoor Walrus Beer Garden. Families of all ages are welcome. The brew pub also will be releasing its holiday ale, Bing.


The Walrus Beer Garden lit up for the holidays. Photo courtesy of Naked City Brewery.

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Greenwood neighbor explains why she’s thankful to live here

December 3rd, 2014 by Doree

We received a lovely note from Julia, who lives in Greenwood, and wanted to share why she loves our neighborhood so much.

Driving along in the snow through the winter wonderland in the Seattle I’ve known as home for over three decades, it became clear how warm the neighborhood remains. People along Greenwood Avenue bustling about, Small Business Saturday places comfortably packed with familiar faces, and friends sipping coffee at Neptune’s marked the beginning of our holiday season. Then as I caught the red light on Greenwood at North 80th Street, the most amazing site caught my eyes.

There were three or four folks atop “The American Dance Studio” roof, yes, the roof, placing lights and ornaments and monkeys onto an Evergreen tree, a Christmas tree.

It’s my neighborhood. These are our neighbors. The monkeys are a fundraiser for the Woodland Park Zoo. How cool is that idea? The shops along Greenwood placing monkeys in so many fun ways: escaped neon-lit monkeys hanging here, hanging there, hanging everywhere. Businesses trying to feed the animals we all like to visit from time to time.

I feel at home. My life is gonna be okay. Because I live in a pretty safe place with pretty cool neighbors who think saving a Zoo is a pretty cool thing. They think it’s fun to celebrate with monkeys on trees on rooftops. How cool is that?

Happiest of Holiday Seasons to my City, my neighbors, my friends, the animals, and all of you….


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PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is this weekend

December 3rd, 2014 by Doree

Get into the holiday spirit with this weekend’s 34th annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general public. Plus, please bring a can of food for the Greenwood Food Bank.

Both the Blue Building and Brick Building will be filled with more than 115 craft vendors, plus hundreds more entertainers — singers, dancers, etc. — on two stages. There’s also a quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items for sale.


The Winter Festival supports the PNA’s many community programs, including the PNA Hot Meal Program, before and after school childcare, the Greenwood Senior Center, the tool library, art gallery, plus community projects for neighbors in need and the Volunteers of America Food Bank of Greenwood.

Click here for the full entertainment schedule and list of every vendor and their location.

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Celebrating the holidays in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood

December 2nd, 2014 by Doree

Holiday happenings are heating up around the neighborhood. Here’s a list of what we know about it. If we’ve missed any events or giving tree locations, please put a note below in comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com.

Winter Bazaar and Bake Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Seattle Area German American School, 11010 Greenwood Ave. N., in the gymnasium. Bake sale proceeds go toward technology purchases for staff and students.

Naked City Winter Beer Release and Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Get your picture taken with Brew Santa in front of the majestic fourteen-foot Christmas tree glittering in the Walrus Beer Garden, or on the Naked City brew deck. Bing Spiced Cherry Ale will be tapped at 5pm, when Brew Santa arrives from the North Pole Brewery. The tree lighting takes place soon after dusk. All ages are welcome.

PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. More than 120 vendors and hundreds of musicians and dancers with live entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items for sale.

Norse Home 5th annual Julebord Fundraiser at 5311 Phinney Ave. N., on Sunday, Dec. 7. Last year’s event sold out, so call 206-781-7422 or email Kathy@norsehome.org to get your invitation.

The PhinneyWood Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 12, and many artwalk locations will be having special holiday sales, including at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., where nine artists will be hosting a party and art sale from 4-8 p.m. with jewelry, fine art, photography, woodworking, candles, and handmade silk-screened pillows.

NW Boychoir concert, “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” from 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

St. John Catholic Church Christmas Tree Sale on Dec. 13-14 to benefit St. John’s overnight shelter and Noel House programs, which serves homeless women. Locally-grown and freshly-cut Noble and Douglas Fir trees. In the church school’s playground at 121 N. 79th St.; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The 38th annual Pathway of Lights at Green Lake from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, with luminaria along the 2.8-mile path around the lake, plus music and refreshments at four sites: Green Lake Community Center on the east side; Green Lake Small Craft Center (near the Aqua Theater) on the south side; The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side; the Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool. Bring your own lights and candles if you want, as well as a non-perishable food donation (donation bins at the four sites listed above).

Caroling under Gary’s Canopy at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N., at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.

Members of the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus sing to raise money for the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy and lead a caroling singalong. Ken’s Market will provide a firepit and hot cider to keep warm, and the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Member Group will provide song sheets to keep attendees from singing “da da da” instead of the real lyrics.

Christmas dinner at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 12 p.m. on Dec. 25. Free, but donations accepted. Must RSVP by Dec. 19 by calling 206-297-0875.

Taproot Theatre’s holiday production of “Appalachian Christmas Homecoming” now through Dec. 27.

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights now through Jan. 4.

And there are lots of different places in the neighborhood to help out neighbors in need.

  • The Edward Jones office at 6200 Phinney Ave. N. is collecting for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the office during regular business hours through Dec. 12.
  • Bartell Drugs, 120 N. 85th St., is collecting new, unwrapped toys during its annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive, through Dec. 13.
  • Cornuto Pizzeria, 7404 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a giving tree to benefit The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle). From now until Christmas Eve, customers can select tags from a Christmas tree in the restaurant to donate most-needed items to our local writing and tutoring center for youth.
  • Childish Things,10002 Holman Rd. NW, is collecting diapers for Westside Baby through Dec. 30. The store will match all diaper donations.

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UPDATE: BURN BAN LIFTED — Stage 1 Burn Ban in effect

December 1st, 2014 by Doree

Update: The Burn Ban has been lifted as of 12 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 Burn Ban for King, Snohomish and Pierce counties due to stagnant weather conditions and rising air pollution.

During a Stage 1 burn ban:

No burning is allowed in wood-burning fireplaces, uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency.

No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.
Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 1 burn ban.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).

Seattle Parks and Recreation also is reminding everyone that a burn ban means no beach fires are allowed at Golden Gardens or Alki.

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UPDATE: SPEAKER POSTPONED — Phinney Ridge Community Council on Tuesday to have guest speaker on Pedestrian Overlay Zone recommendation

December 1st, 2014 by Doree

Update Tuesday: We’ve just heard that the city’s speaker on the Pedestrian Overlay Zone is unable to make tonight’s PRCC meeting. Her presentation has been rescheduled to the Jan. 6 meeting. The rest of tonight’s meeting agenda remains the same.

Earlier: The Phinney Ridge Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N. Guest Speaker Aly Pennucci, of the city’s Department of Planning and Development, will speak from 7-7:30 on the proposed Pedestrian Overlay Zone, which would extend the neighborhood’s current Pedestrian Overlay Zone to between North 58th and 62nd streets, to promote walkable shopping and service areas.

Also on the agenda is an update on the property at 70th & Greenwood that’s been undergoing environmental cleanup for the last two years, and the status of the residential development planned at 68th and Greenwood.

The PRCC’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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