A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is Saturday

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

The popular Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s Gently-Used Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Parents can buy gently-used, name-brand clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more. All clothes are hung by size and gender (from newborn to 10 years).

Fifty-percent discounts on many items starts at 12 p.m.

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3rd Annual Cider Press and Food Drive to benefit Greenwood Food Bank

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

City Fruit and Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank are teaming up again for the third annual Cider Press and Food Drive from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Food Bank.

In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the VOAWW Greenwood Food Bank, participants will receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider courtesy of City Fruit. Tours of the food bank will be available and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

Held in conjunction with both Food Day and PhinneyWood’s Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat, this event collects food and money to feed families in our community throughout the holiday season. In addition to the Food Bank’s position as a stop along the Trick or Treat route, donation stations will be located along Greenwood Avenue to make donating even easier.

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New monkey holiday lights to be featured in Seattle Magazine

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

Mike Veitenhans sent us photos of Seattle Magazine photographer Andrew Vanesse taking photos of a bunch of LED-lit monkeys hanging around Red Mill and Starbucks on Tuesday night. Vanesse’s photos will appear in the magazine’s December issue.


About 150 monkeys will hang from storefronts and trees along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from the zoo to North 87th Street between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, “part of the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group’s efforts to bring a little offbeat cheer to the neighborhood!” Veitenhans says.

Another part of the holiday lighting project will be a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that will hang from the old air raid tower at North 67th Street in front of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. It will be lit on Saturday, Nov. 29.

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Phinney Ridge best neighborhood for trick-or-treating, according to Zillow

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

Real estate website Zillow has ranked the best Seattle neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in, and this year Phinney Ridge has moved from second place to first. Nationally, Seattle moved from fifth best city to eighth.

The index represents cities that will provide the most candy, in the least amount of time, with the fewest safety risks. The ranking was calculated using four equally weighted data variables: Zillow Home Value Index, population density, Walk Score and local crime data.

Zillow ranked Loyal Heights as the second-best neighborhood, followed by Wallingford, Queen Anne and Roosevelt. (Loyal Heights was first last year.)

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Level 3 sex offender moves into neighborhood

October 14th, 2014 by Doree

Periodically we receive notices from the Seattle Police Department about sex offenders who have moved into the neighborhood. The most recent notice is about Charles Frere, a level 3 registered sex offender, who recently moved to the 500 block of North 79 Street. He is not under Department of Corrections supervision. According to the King County Sheriff’s Crime Watch website, Frere is a 70-year-old black man with brown eyes, about 5’ 10” and 243 pounds, with a scar on his right forearm. He was convicted in 1979 of rape in the first degree.

You can see his picture on the sheriff’s website. You can also use the website to search for all sex offenders within a certain radius of your home, business or school.

More info from SPD on sex offenders:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. Since this offender has completed his sentence, he is free to live where he wishes. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offender could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any way to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

The single most effective means of protecting your child is communication with your child. They have to feel comfortable discussing sensitive matters with you. Teach your children that they should not be asked to touch anyone in the bathing suit areas of their body or allow anyone to touch them in those areas. Teach them types of situations to avoid. It is not good enough to tell a child to avoid strangers. Please remember that children are most often molested by someone they or their parents know.

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

October 14th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Village needs volunteer drivers to transport Village members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

The PNA Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and helps neighbors remain active and engaged while staying in their homes and neighborhoods as they age.

Contact Amanda at 206-789-1217 or amandaw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Chihuahua/Terrier mix ran away from Greenwood during Saturday’s thunderstorms

October 14th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The dog has been found.

Earlier: Dan tells us his light brown Chihuahua/Terrier mix with white tips and graying muzzle ran away from North 97th Street and Evanston Avenue North around 5:45 last Saturday during a thunderstorm. “Carson” is wearing a red collar with license and ID tag. He is shy and may be hard to catch.

If you’ve seen him, please call Dan or Sheila McKinney at 206-783-3017 or 206-715-0363.

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Road crews will pave NW 87th St from Greenwood to Phinney avenues Thursday and Friday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will pave NW 87th Street from Greenwood to Phinney avenues on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

The street will remain open for local access and through traffic will be detoured. The sidewalk on the south side of Northwest 87th Street will be closed while the crews install a new curb ramp. Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

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Blockhead Trivia returns to Chuck’s Hop Shop on Tuesday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

Blockhead Trivia is back at Chuck’s Hop Shop at 8th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hosted by Ballardites Ken Masel and Allison Woods, the cost is $5 per person, with a six-player maximum per team. Chuck’s provides prizes for the top two teams.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, the all-ages trivia event benefits the Greenwood Food Bank.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Black Tao Tao scooter stolen from Greenwood last Thursday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

UPDATE: The scooter has been found.

Scooter-stolen-10-13-14-resizedBeth tells us her black Tao Tao brand scooter was stolen from North 83rd Street and Linden Avenue North between 12-6 p.m. last Thursday. The scooter is only four months old.

Has anyone seen it?

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Storytelling, live music, theater, last week of farmer’s market, and singing workshop in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

October 10th, 2014 by Doree

Here are just a few highlights of all the fun things happening around Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Storytelling with Steph from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

Halloween Luncheon with “Thrilling Tales” from 12-1:30 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

The final Phinney Farmers Market of the season (not last week as I originally reported last week) is Friday from 3-7 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The monthly ArtUp Artwalk is Friday from 6-9 p.m. at dozens of art galleries and other businesses throughout the neighborhood.

Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names” by Seth Lepore, Easthampton, Mass., at 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N. “This is a super fun and unique show that is based on me asking audience members absurd and sincere questions and then riffing off of those suggestions, creating characters on the spot.”

Seattle School Boardmember Sherry Carr meets with constituents from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Tim Grimm and Krista Detor at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

“A Lesson From Aloes” presented by Thalia’s Umbrella at The Isaac Studio Theatre at Taproot Theatre, 208 N. 85th St., Oct. 10-26. Tickets: Adults: $34-40; students: $20; 25 and under: $20; seniors: $24-30.

A white couple invites their best friends, a “colored” family to dinner. What could be more . . . complicated?

Set in South Africa in 1963 and hauntingly resonant today, A Lesson from Aloes weaves a tale of poetry and survival, of friendship and betrayal, where the personal is always political and the political is always very, very personal. Aloes is the intensely personal story of three people struggling to keep love and friendship alive when trust is broken.

Professor Banjo plays Ridge Romp from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the PNA’s Brick Building.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Curtis & Loretta at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Sing with Kate Power & Steve Einhorn at 12 p.m. Saturday; Kesselgarten & Klezmer Balabustas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Evening of Classic Rock w/ Midnight Radio Revival at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Angry Beaver, 8412 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab, a peer-learning workshop for singers to practice fundamental skills, starts Sunday, Oct. 12 and meets every Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the PNA’s Brick Building in Room 35. Drop-in workshop; first time is free, then $5.

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SPD: Woman claiming to be ‘nunchuck master’ attacks friend in Greenwood

October 9th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police posted this gem a couple of days ago on the SPD Blotter:

 The mysterious midnight disappearance of a woman’s wedding ring from a “spooky” abandoned home last Saturday led the self-styled “nunchuck master” to attack her friend with a martial arts weapon and flee, before she was caught by police.

Officers first crossed paths with the suspect at about 12:20 AM when they spotted a woman walking near the 100 block of NW 85th Street, followed closely by a man, who flagged down officers and said the woman had just attacked him.

The man told police he and the woman—who are just friends—had been staying at an abandoned home in the neighborhood. That night, the woman discovered her wedding ring was missing, and accused the man of stealing it. She then pulled a pair of nunchaku from her purse, and began swinging them at the man.

The man blocked the woman’s blow with his arm and tackled her to the ground. He was able to wrestle the nunchucks away from the woman, but she quickly leapt up, grabbed the man’s cellphone off a nearby dresser and fled the home.

The man chased after the woman, offering to return her nunchucks in exchange for his phone. Instead, the woman shattered the phone, threw it down a storm drain and punched the man in the face. Officers found the pair on the street shortly thereafter.

When police spoke to the woman about the incident, she informed them she is a “nunchuck master,” and denied attacking the man. She told officers she was simply trying move out of the abandoned home, “because the house is spooky.”

Officers seized the nunchucks, arrested the woman for assault and booked her into the King County Jail. Police were unable to locate the woman’s missing ring.

Neither the suspect nor the victim were seriously injured in the incident.

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