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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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13-year-old girl sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake park Friday afternoon

July 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake on Friday afternoon.

From the SPD Blotter:

As the girl was listening to music at the park, a man called out her name. The girl thought she knew the man and walked up to him.

The suspect then grabbed the girl and dragged her to a secluded area near the water and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to escape and fled to the Bitter Lake Community Center. The suspect was last seen leaving the park along Bitter Pl. North.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The suspect is described as a white man, 40 years old with a heavy build.

Sexual Assault Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

If you have any information about this case, please call 911 or contact detectives at (206) 684-5575.

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Neighborhood news roundup: library programs, street soccer tournament, business fundraising, Night Out registration

July 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library has a bunch of special programs happening this summer for readers of all ages. Its “Zone In!” Summer of Learning program is designed to prevent summer setback among school-age children. The program runs through Aug. 31. Pick up an entry form at your local library and read 10 books or do special activities that include science or building something, creating artwork, learning a magic trick, etc. You’ll get a free book when signing up, a free day pass for your family to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture once you’ve completed 10 items, and if you turn in your form by Aug. 4 you’ll be entered into a drawing for the city librarian’s Breakfast of Champions event.

Teens and tweens can create and share videos, photos, GIFs, artwork, poetry or creative writing at teenspl.tumblr.com (#bysplteens).

While supplies last, they also will get free books when they come to the library for a program, attend an outreach event, or participate in an activity. Tweens and teens also can sign up online at seattle-summer-2014.bibliocommons.com to create an avatar, set up their own summer online bookshelf and earn badges.

This Saturday, kids ages 11 and up are invited to a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., to learn photography and graphic design skills. You’ll create a poster with an image you’ve created a message supporting your favorite cause. Cameras, laptops and Photoshop instruction will be provided, along with free pizza. Registration is required due to limited space. Call the Greenwood Library to sign up: 206-684-4086.

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament to benefit Fred Hutch at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., on Saturday, Aug. 9. Nearby School of Rock will host a day-long concert with a headliner at 7 p.m. Last year’s tournament raised nearly $5,000 for the Innovators Network at Fred Hutch. Register your team of six players in the Fun, Competitive, or Pro division.

Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St., is now serving Indian dinners from 5:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday. Dishes include vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries and are priced between $8-$20.

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafes is in the final week of its Kickstarter campaign to create its new café in Greenwood.

Phinney Ridge Confections is a new company by neighbor Sheila Cain that offers homemade truffles for pickup and delivery to the Seattle area.

Harbor Church, 9204 11th Ave. NW, is looking to hire a part-time assistant teacher for its preschool beginning this fall.

This teacher would be in our preschool from 9 am – 1 pm 4 days per week (Tuesday – Friday) throughout the school year, acting as an assistant to our Lead Teacher in classroom management, teaching, facilitating playtime, snacks, and classroom organization. Pay is hourly. For more information or to apply, please contact us at (206) 414-5022 or walkonthepath@gmail.com.

The 30th Annual Night Out Against Crime is coming up on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Register your block party to get a permit to close the street.

Night Out is a national Crime Prevention event. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
Seattle has had a long history of supporting Night Out. The program has been growing every year, with over 1,400 neighborhoods participating in 2013. It’s fun, free and offers a great opportunity to reconnect with your neighbors, share information with one another all while learning more about crime prevention. You do not need to be in an active Block Watch to hold a Night Out event.

Within the Night Out registration form, blocks are given the opportunity to close down the street. Please remember, in order to legally close the street a permit must be completed.

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Artwalk, farmers market, live music, family fun in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

July 11th, 2014 by Doree

Here are some highlights of weekend events in our neighborhood. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

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

It’s a gorgeous day for the monthly Art Up Phinneywood Artwalk tonight. Dozens of art galleries and businesses will host artists from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Check out the Artwalk website for a full list of participating businesses and artists.

It’s opening weekend for Taproot Theatre’s newest production of “Jane Eyre, the musical.”

Seafair Battle for the Paddle (Milk Carton Derby) from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at the south end of Green Lake.

This Saturday, kids ages 11 and up are invited to a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., to learn photography and graphic design skills. You’ll create a poster with an image you’ve created a message supporting your favorite cause. Cameras, laptops and Photoshop instruction will be provided, along with free pizza. Registration is required due to limited space. Call the Greenwood Library to sign up: 206-684-4086.

Ballard SeafoodFest is from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday. About 25,000 people are expected so traffic and parking will be terrible – plan accordingly.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Salmonfeathers – Pacific NW Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sing with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn at 12 p.m. Saturday; Bill Davie & J.W. McClure 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.

Fundraising walking tour for the new 63rd Street Mural Project. Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the bright yellow air raid tower at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Christian Church, 8018 Fremont Ave. N. It’s a free, science-themed event with bouncy house, crafts, demonstrations and activities, plus hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy.

Banjo great Bill Evans in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. It also will be broadcast live on The Roots Channel.

California-based Bill Evans is widely recognized not only as a superb player of 5-string banjo, but as an incredibly well-versed historian of the instrument. This weekend Bill will be taping a live DVD at the studio as he presents The Banjo In America – a historical survey of the banjo from its African roots to its present-day form. Surrounded by a host of different historical replica instruments, Bill presents a fascinating story of this unique instrument.

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

The Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is this weekend, so don’t be alarmed if you see 10,000 riders along the roads from the UW south into Oregon. Seattle Police will escort riders Saturday morning until they reach Lake Washington Boulevard.

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Four neighborhood sites on Saturday’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour

July 10th, 2014 by Doree

Chicken coop and urban farm tour 2014-resizedThe 14th Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour is this Saturday, July 12, and includes four sites in the Phinneywood neighborhood. The self-guided tour of 25 urban farms showcases people who have incorporated animals and unique gardens into their landscapes. Tour-goers will see unique backyard coops, chickens, turkeys, goats, ducks, bunnies and bees, and learn how to create their own urban farm. Tickets are available online: $12 for adults, $5 for kids, and discounts for groups, bicyclists and Seattle Tilth members.

The chicken coops show an impressive display of ingenuity, both practical and fanciful. Many hosts use recycled materials, compost manure, harvest rain water, use solar energy and have other systems that creatively conserve natural resources onsite. All of our hosts have vast knowledge about their animals and gardens and are happy to share what they’ve learned so others can participate in raising urban livestock and creating productive gardens in their communities.

Many of the hosts have fun names for their sites including, “Feathered Fish Farm,” “41 Legs Urban Farm,” “Big Belly of the Earth Farm,” “Urban Farm Schoolhouse,” “City Art Farm,” and “Roosevenna Rancheria.” Jake Harris, host of the “Stone Soup Coop,” has a unique chicken tree bungalow where his birds brood. His site also includes a mushroom farm, lending library, edible native plant nursery and a stone compost system.

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Parakeet found in Phinney Ridge last weekend

July 10th, 2014 by Doree

Tim tells us he found a parakeet last Saturday morning on 4th Avenue NW between 72nd and 73rd avenues NW. The bird has a tag and bright blue cheeks. Call 206-618-5811 or 206-876-0495 or email casadenelson@comcast.net if it’s yours.


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Neighborhood walking tour Saturday to raise funds for new 63rd Street Mural Project

July 8th, 2014 by Doree

Neighborhood volunteer extraordinaire Mike Veitenhans is leading a two-hour neighborhood walking tour Saturday morning to raise funds for the new 63rd Street Mural Project. The tour starts at 10 a.m. underneath the bright yellow air raid tower at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. It will include a stop at local artist Kim David Hall’s amazing “bowling ball” house and a peek inside if he’s home (photo below).


No advance registration required; tour cost is whatever you can donate to the project, which will turn the gray wall on the Aurora Avenue North/North 63rd Street underpass into a piece of art. The community voted on the winning design, “Animal Silhouettes,” by artist Michiko Tanaka.


The project is trying to raise $5,000 to match a Department of Neighborhoods grant for paint, anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract. The project is sending out a weekly fundraising thermometer from its 10 neighborhood businesses with donation boxes, plus an online donation option through the PNA. Those 10 businesses have pledged to match their customer’s donations up to $250.


Volunteers are needed to help paint. Painting is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 19, and continue on July 20, 26 and 27. Painting volunteers need to be at least 12 years old. If interested, please email N63rdStreetMural@gmail.com.

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Weekend events in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge

July 4th, 2014 by Doree

Just a few events to tell you about in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and First Sunday Seattle Roda de Choro from 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

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

The Phinney Farmers Market is CLOSED today for the holiday, but it will be back from 3-7 p.m. next Friday.

Don’t forget that Metro Transit is operating on a Sunday schedule today, so check the schedule before you head out to celebrate the holiday.

All city community centers are closed today, as well as indoor pools, environmental learning centers, the Amy Yee Tennis Center and the Green Lake Small Craft Center. But all golf courses, boat ramps and beaches are open, as well as wading pools at Green Lake, Bitter Lake, Cal Anderson, EC Hughes, Hiawatha, Lincoln Park, Magnuson Park, Van Asselt, Volunteer and Wallingford. The city’s two outdoor pools are open today. Mounger is on a holiday schedule and Colman is on a regular Friday schedule.

65,000 people are expected at Gas Works Park today for fun and fireworks. Neighborhoods north of Gas Works Park (from North 40th Street south to North Northlake Way) are closed to all but local access. The gates opened at noon and the fireworks are scheduled to begin about 10:20 p.m.

Becky posted on our Facebook page, asking if anyone has tips on where to take little kids to see fireworks without having to fight the crowds. Anyone?

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Greenwood and Ballard teens produce documentary about Boy Scouts anti-gay policies

July 3rd, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood teens Leo Pfeifer and Duncan Gowdy and Ballard teen Coleman Andersen just released an online documentary about the Boy Scouts policy against gays.

Clipped Wings” tells the story of Liam Easton-Calabria, a candidate for the rank of Eagle who came out before the BSA allowed gay scouts. Some of the film was shot in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, including Liam’s Eagle Scout ceremony at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. The film also follows Geoff McGrath, a Scoutmaster who was ejected from scouting because of his sexuality.

The three filmmakers attend Ballard High School. According to Pfeifer, their previous films have been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and various regional, national and international festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival.

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Honda Civic stolen Monday night from Phinney Ridge

July 2nd, 2014 by Doree

George tells me his 1997 blue Honda Civic 4-door was stolen sometime Monday night from North 73rd Street, between Dayton and Fremont avenues. The license plate is AFL0139. If you’ve seen it, please call George at 206-667-7102.

Here’s a picture of  a similar car.


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Neighborhood block party near NW 65th Street & 6th Avenue July 12

July 2nd, 2014 by Doree

We got this note from Nicky about a neighborhood block party near NW 65th Street and 6th Avenue NW from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 12.

We’re in East Ballard, I mean, lower Phinney, you know by the Ridgeback, you know… Phinney Ditch!

That’s us. We’re looking for local artists, artisans, and practitioners to set up and showcase their talents among other local curiosities. email: phinneyditch@gmail.com

Phinney Ditch block party-resized

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