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    NW Chamber Chorus performs ‘Director’s Choice’ concert in Phinney Ridge June 5 and 11

    May 23rd, 2016 by Doree

    Northwest Chamber Chorus celebrates 10 years with Director Mark Kloepper with two concerts with special guest Jay Mabin on blues harmonica. The concerts are at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

    The highly regarded 40-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus closes its 48th Concert Season with two performances of its “Director’s Choice” concert. This varied program celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Mark Kloepper’s tenure as Music Director of the NWCC and features favorites chosen by him, the singers and audience from the past ten years of programs.

    Included are Der Geist hilft by J.S. Bach with organ continuo, Ave Maria by Franz Biebl and Bogoroditse Devo by Sergei Rachmaninoff, I Have Had Singing by Steven Sametz, porky & porkie by Neil Ginsberg on a poem by e.e. cummings, Voix Celestes by Gilbert Alcock, and two pieces from Liebeslieder Waltze by Johannes Brahms:Ein kleiner , hübscher Vogel wär and Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen.

    Also on the program are spirituals My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord arranged by Moses Hogan and Ezekiel Saw de Wheel arranged by William L. Dawson, Southern folk hymn Down in the River to Pray arranged by Marc Hafso, and Shaker song, Ye Followers of the Lamb arranged by Edwin Earle Ferguson, folk songs Oro My Currach arranged by Neil Gisberg, and Home on the Range arranged by Mark Hayes with harmonica solo by blues artist Jay Mabin.

    Tickets are $23, or $18 for senior citizens and singers of established groups. Students ages 6-18 are admitted free. Tickets are available online or by calling 206-523-1196.

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    Registration open for Woodland Soccer Club for fall

    May 20th, 2016 by Doree

    Fall season registration is now open for Woodland Soccer Club, which provides recreational soccer for ages 6 to 18 (must turn 6 years old on or before July 31, 2017). Games begin the weekend of Sept. 10.

    Registration fees are $115 for Mod (U-6 through U-9) and $125 for Rec (U-10 and higher) with a $25 discount for registrations received before June 27.

    Registration and more information is available online. Financial Aid is available through the Ray Farbarik fund. Contact headregistrar@woodlandsoccer.org with questions.

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    City Fruit launches second ‘Save Seattle’s Apples’ campaign

    May 20th, 2016 by Doree

    City Fruit has launched its second Save Seattle’s Apples campaign, to reduce food waste and educate people about the health of the city’s urban canopy.

    City Fruit volunteers harvest unwanted fruit from neighborhood trees to give to food banks and other food programs rather than letting it go to waste.

    In 2014, City Fruit was forced to compost over 12,000 lbs of fruit harvested from Seattle’s urban canopy. This fruit was unusable due to insects, poor tree management, or neglect. After City Fruit’s first Save Seattle’s Apples campaign, the 2015 harvest resulted in only 3,000 lbs of compost, a vast improvement over 2014 that provides a huge boon to Seattle’s emergency food system. Through education, outreach, and direct hands-on assistance to tree owners and community members, City Fruit hopes to continue to lower this number in order to prevent food waste in Seattle.

    From April through June, City Fruit will provide free pest barriers to Seattle tree owners and will host a series of outreach events in four Seattle neighborhoods focused on covering trees to prevent pests in public orchards and on private property. On Friday, May 20th at the Good Shepherd Center (N 50th St.) from 12 – 4 pm Seattle Cider Company and community volunteers will be celebrating this year’s campaign by netting the orchard’s fruit trees. City Fruit will also co-host screenings and discussions of the eye-opening film, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, in collaboration with Meaningful Movies. Free pest prevention materials will be available at each of the five screenings.

    Learn more about the Save Seattle’s Apples campaign the City Fruit website: www.cityfruit.org/ssa.

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    Bike Everywhere, theater, garage sale day, and lots of concerts in Phinney Ridge-Greenwood this weekend

    May 20th, 2016 by Doree

    Here are some highlights of what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

    Friday is Bike Everywhere Day, so expect a lot more cyclists than usual to ride to work and school. Please share the road with everyone.

    It’s the second week of Taproot Theatre’s production of “The Realization of Emily Linder,” at 204 N. 85th St.

    Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents The RooTsters at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale – Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

    Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents live music all weekend. Friday it’s Earl Brooks at 9 p.m., Teen Cat at 10 p.m., and Everson Pines at 11 p.m. Saturday it’s Full Life Crisis at 8 p.m., The Drove at 9 p.m., Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4 at 10 p.m. On Sunday the Blue Belles Band plays at 8 p.m.

    PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at more than 100 registered garage and yard sales throughout the neighborhood.

    Seattle Folklore Society presents Hanz Araki, Colleen Raney & Cary Novotny at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door.)


    If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend:

    • Movie crews are filming “50 Shades Darker” in the northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct with rolling slowdowns through May 26. Filming is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.
    • Billy Joel plays a concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Safeco Field.
    • The Sounders play the Colorado Rapids at 7 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
    • The University District Street Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    • The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Seattle walk starts and finishes at the Seattle Center from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The walk will use sidewalks and trails through Myrtle Edwards Park, so no streets will be closed.
    • Brooks Trailhead 10K and 15K run begins at 8 a.m. Sunday at Gasworks Park and goes around Lake Union.

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    YMCA summer camps and after-school programs at the Phinney Center

    May 19th, 2016 by Doree

    University Family YMCA will offer after-school enrichment programs at an earlier time beginning next fall, to
    correspond to Seattle Public Schools’ earlier bell times for most elementary schools. (Most elementary schools will
    start at 7:55 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

    The Y will provide transportation from Daniel Bagley, West Woodland, Greenwood and Whittier elementaries, and
    Salmon Bay K-8. Registration for 2016-17 after-school programs begins on June 6, but you can put your name down now on the “interest list” by emailing universityprograms@seattleymca.org.

    The Y is also offering preschool and school age summer camps at the PNA. Register by emailing universitysummer@seattleymca.org.

    Camps for grades 1-6:

    • June 27-July 1: Slimy Science
    • July 5-8: Gamesapalooza
    • July 11-15: LEGO Camp: Extreme Star Wars with LEAP4Kidz
    • July 18-22: Artist’s Showcase
    • July 25-29: Grossology
    • Aug. 1-5 (FULL): Magic Camp with Bruce Myers
    • Aug. 8-12 LEGO Camp: Superheros with LEAP4Kidz
    • Aug. 15-19: Yoga Camp with Mindful Movements
    • Aug. 22-26 LEGO Camp: Movie Making, Brick Films with LEAP4Kids
    • Aug. 29- Sept. 2: Drama Camp

    Preschool Camps (ages 3-5):

    • June 27- June 1: Little Picasso
    • July 5-8: Music Makers
    • July 11-15: Mighty Jungle
    • July 18-22: Discovering Dinos
    • July 25-29: Itty Bitty Sports
    • Aug. 1-5: Let’s Get Cooking!
    • Aug. 8-12 LEGO: Beginning Building with LEAP4Kiz
    • Aug. 15-19: 3,2,1…Blastoff!
    • Aug. 22-26: Ocean Commotion
    • Aug. 29- Sept. 2: Butterflies, Bees, and Ladybugs

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    More than 100 registered yard sales at Saturday’s Garage Sale Day

    May 19th, 2016 by Doree

    Saturday is the huge PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, where about a hundred houses in our neighborhood will be hosting garage/yard sales. It’s sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, which has put together a map of all registered sales (the map is not online yet, but will be up before Saturday morning).

    Plus there’s a special flea market and tool sale at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.; you can recycle electronics with InterConnection; you can shred up to four boxes of paper with Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; AND you can swap plants, pots and tools, or pick up some new plants for free. Plus Master Gardeners and Composters will be on hand to answer your questions.

    At the end of the day, bring anything leftover to the PNA to donate to Goodwill or Salaam Cultural Museum, a Fremont-based nonprofit organization providing aid and supplies to Syrian refugees.

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    City Councilmember O’Brien releases proposal to make it easier to build backyard cottages

    May 19th, 2016 by Doree

    Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, NW Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages.

    Councilmember O’Brien’s bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

    • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
    • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
    • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
    • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
    • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
    • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
    • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
    • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.

    The city’s Office of Planning & Community Development released its SEPA determination of non-significance today. The public can comment on the proposal through June 2 by emailing Nick Welch at nicolas.welch@seattle.gov, or by mail at City of Seattle, OPCD, Attn: Nick Welch, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

    The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.

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    Pay-What-You-Can at Taproot Theatre tonight for ‘The Realization of Emily Linder’

    May 18th, 2016 by Doree

    Taproot Theatre’s pay-what-you-can performance for its new show “The Realization of Emily Linder” is tonight (Wednesday). $10 tickets are on sale this afternoon, with pay-what-you-can sales beginning at 5 p.m. at the box office at 204 N. 85th St. A $3 per ticket fee will be added to all credit and debit card sales). Limit four tickets per person.


    Charity Parenzini, Annelih GH Hamilton and Laura Kenny in “The Realization of Emily Linder.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

    Control is an illusion… Where’s the remote? Retired college professor Emily Linder summons her daughters to share her recent realization: she knows the precise time of her death. In this quirky comedic drama one eccentric family will amuse and surprise you with their preoccupations, recognitions and realizations.

    Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey said, “Richard Strand [the playwright] captures a family dealing with the new challenges of an aging parent and the old rivalries of competitive siblings. This story’s honesty and hilarity will not only touch mothers and daughters and caregivers of aging parents, but everyone who has dealt with the difficulty of growing up and watching the world change drastically around them.”

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    Family STEAM night at the Greenwood Library next Tuesday

    May 18th, 2016 by Doree

    The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) night next Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. for families with children ages 5 and up. The drop-in activities will explore engineering and mazes by having children design and create their own mazes with a variety of materials, from sand and straws to LEGOs and cardboard. There also will be a scavenger hunt.

    The event is free and registration is not required.

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