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Emergency Shake-up Open House at Boys & Girls Club Dec. 6

November 13th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood neighborhood has received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to provide emergency preparedness programs and to establish two emergency communication hubs: at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., and the Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.

An Emergency Shake-up Open House is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N. to help people learn more. The open house includes a free lunch, kid’s activities, raffle prizes, and representatives from Seattle Fire Department, City of Seattle, the Red Cross and more. Emergency kits will be available for purchase.

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826 Seattle expanding programs, changing name to The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas

November 12th, 2014 by Doree

The nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is breaking off from the national 826 organization founded by author Dave Eggers and fearlessly charting a new course with a new name.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas will greatly expand its mission and programs, but headquarters remains behind the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

826 Seattle has worked with more than 20,000 children during the last 10 years. The plan for the new Bureau is to open new locations through the city and hopefully beyond, beginning with White Center, to reach thousands more children between the ages of 6 and 18. All programs are free; the organization is supported solely by donations.

“Seattle is an amazing place. We are proud of the work we do here, helping all kinds of kids develop into confident future leaders through the power of expressing and sharing their own ideas and stories. People who can share their own stories and listen to others are not only more effective in their academic and work lives but are also kinder and more understanding people. Our work is to create the next generation of skilled, empathetic leaders,” said Teri Hein, Executive Director of Fearless Ideas and founder of 826 Seattle. “We have huge goals and if the past ten years are any indication, every reason to believe we can reach them. We want to grow deeper roots into our neighborhood of Greenwood, expand into new neighborhoods, create more opportunities to broadcast our students’ work throughout the region and, together with our whole extended team, serve the greater Seattle area while we are making Seattle greater.”

“I know of no organization, academic or otherwise, that is as effective at showing kids that writing brilliant sentences can be nearly as adventurous as walking on the moon,” said iconic Northwest author and long-time board member Tom Robbins.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that the power of words, well-written and well-spoken, can open doors to important opportunities. Our tutoring, writing, and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6 to 18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to share their stories. Programs at each Fearless Ideas center reach into the surrounding neighborhood to involve adults and businesses in helping youth become engaged citizens and confident leaders. All programs are free and open to families from any socio-economic background.

Click here for a PDF of their four-page FAQs about the change. And The Stranger has a great story detailing the change.

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Buy a pint at Ballard Beer Company on Wednesday to support the Greenwood Senior Center

November 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Ballard Beer Company will donate $1 from every pint purchased on Wednesday to the Greenwood Senior Center. It’s part of their Pints for a Purpose program. Ballard Beer Company is at 2050 NW Market St. On Wednesday it’s open from 4-11 p.m.

The Greenwood Senior Center (GSC), a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA), offers programs and services that provide an opportunity for thousands of seniors each year to enhance physical fitness, mental stimulation and emotional well-being and supports active seniors in their efforts to preserve traditions, embrace change and maintain independence. In 2013, the Greenwood Senior Center served over 2,300 seniors, ages 55 – 95, more than 17,000 times, offering daily hot meals, social work services, classes, lectures, visits by health, financial, tax or legal professionals, and numerous club, craft, musical, arts, social and recreational events.

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Empty Sea Studios launches The Roots Channel

November 11th, 2014 by Doree

Empty Sea Studios, at 6300 Phinney Ave. N., is expanding its reach of independent, acoustic music with its new business, The Roots Channel, which offers streaming and on-demand video covering roots music, arts, culture and sustainability topics like do-it-yourself projects. The channel is musician-owned and operated, with 70 percent of its net revenue going to the artists and content providers featured on the site.


The Roots Channel will have ad-free, full-length concert movies and documentaries, music lessons, workshops, artist interviews and live and on-demand concerts. The channel costs $8.99 per month. The Roots Channel is available on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers, and will soon be available on Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku.

Empty Sea Studios, which opened in Phinney Ridge about 5-1/2 years ago, produces acoustic concerts and provides album recording services. Owner Michael Connolly is an accomplished musician and producer who plays fiddle, mandolin, accordion, upright and electric bass, Hammond organ, piano, guitar and uilleann pipes, and has toured with the The Indigo Girls and other big names.

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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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