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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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Black Tao Tao scooter stolen from Greenwood last Thursday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

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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Seattle Eater: Mo’s Sandwiches to be replaced by Japanese restaurant called Modern

October 9th, 2014 by Doree

Several people emailed us in the last few days to say that Mo’s Sandwiches, which opened in May at 6108 Phinney Ave. N., had already closed, and that a sign in the window announced a new Japanese restaurant would take over. Seattle Eater reports that the restaurant, named “Modern,” hopes to open before the end of the year.

Read Seattle Eater’s full announcement here.

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Young, female ferret found on Aurora Avenue last week

October 9th, 2014 by Doree

Lauren says she found a young female ferret last Thursday night on Aurora Avenue North and North 77th Street. She says it’s definitely someone’s pet, because it allowed itself to be picked up, ate out of a bowl and used a litter box. The ferret is staying at the home of someone else with other ferrets.

If you know the ferret’s owners, please leave a comment below for Lauren.

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Community members and businesses can sponsor a lighted ‘monkey’ for holiday season

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is seeking community members and businesses to sponsor a lighted metal monkey for the holiday season.

The 150 monkeys will hang in “troupes” along Greenwood-Phinney avenues and the downtown corridor. They’ll be in trees and store windows and hang from awnings during from the end of November through December to help promote the holiday season, in conjunction with Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights event.

Sponsorship for each monkey is $25. The first 75 household sponsors also receive a pair of tickets to the WildLights preview night on Nov. 25. Monkeys will be displayed from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30. A Holiday Lighting event to kick off the season will happen at the raid tower at 67th and Phinney in front of the PNA on Nov. 29.


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Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is TODAY! Eat out to help the hungry

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is today (Wednesday), raising money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Dine at any of the 33 neighborhood restaurants, pubs or coffee shops any time today, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the program. Grab a coffee and pastry for breakfast, have lunch with your co-workers, then take the family out for dinner.

Participating businesses will have a colorful whirligig sign outside. And you can check the full list here.

If you’re not able to eat out today but still want to support the Hot Meal Program, you can send a check to the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.


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Free bike tune-up at Chuck’s Hop Shop on Friday

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

Bike Works and New Belgium Brewery are providing free bike tune-ups at four Seattle bars this month and next. In our neighborhood, Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St. in Greenwood will host a free tune-up from 5-7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 10.

Down in Fremont, Bike Works’ BikeMobile tuning truck will be at Nickerson Street Saloon, 318 Nickerson St., from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Free Bike Tune-Up consists of:

Free Safety Tune: (Check tightness of all fasteners on bike, adjust brakes and shifting, lube chain, and inflate tires.)

Free Individual Services:

  • Tube Installation
  • Brake Adjustment (*excluding hydraulic brake bleeds)
  • Derailleur Adjustment
  • Hub Adjustment
  • Bottom Bracket Adjustment
  • Headset Adjustment
  • Quick Wheel True
  • Chain Installation

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Neighborhood crime: houses broken into, yard used as toilet, packages stolen, car stolen

October 7th, 2014 by Doree

We’ve received a lot of emails about crime in the neighborhood lately. Here’s a roundup:

Janet says someone broke through her two back doors last Friday, near North 50th Street and Phinney Avenue North, and stole money and other items.

They also climbed up on a sawhorse and disabled a motion detector light in the back yard. (A neighbor (who I don’t know) reported that in a house behind mine, someone saw this person either leaving or entering and called out to them – but when they didn’t answer, assumed it was me – the resident.)

When the police came, I learned that at least five other houses had been broken into. In one case, someone came upon the “person” while they were in the home. This person is safe, thankfully.

I understand that- on this same night – houses were hit on N. 48th, N. 49th, N. 55th, and N. 65th Streets.

Also, people need reminders (as I do) not to leave ladders, stepstools, etc. outside.

Karleen says her home on the same street was broken into Friday night when someone used a tall ladder (not hers) to break into the second floor. The thief stole electronics.

Lisa tells us her car was stolen from in front of her house at 4th Avenue NW and NW 72nd Street last Saturday during daylight hours. She says her car had been broken into just a few weeks before.

Keven tells us his home surveillance camera got footage of a man using his Greenwood yard as a toilet.

I am cleaning around some flowerbeds in the yard when I notice a mound of poo. Something told me this wasn’t the product of a large dog (since dogs usually prefer using grass to dirt). Still, I put it out of my mind long enough to clean it up… only to let curiosity grip me and force me to search the security camera watching over the area. Sure enough a “two legged animal” did the doo!

We would really like to know who this…ahemmmm!… .gentleman is… so we can let him know fouling folks’ yards isn’t cool (especially with all this concern in the news about pathogens spread by bodily fluids and human waste.

Check out the YouTube videos here and here of the surveillance footage to see if you recognize the man. (KIRO ran a story Tuesday night after seeing this post.)

Tyler got surveillance pictures of a woman stealing packages off his front porch near North 76th Street and 3rd Avenue NW yesterday. He says packages have been stolen three times over the last few months, and the surveillance footage shows it was the same woman the last two times.

It’s a woman who appears to be riding her bike carrying large bags which she can easily slip stolen packages into. I can’t believe that we’re the only house she is stealing from. We’ve filed police reports, but haven’t received any follow-up from them.



And Matt says his car was broken into Saturday night between midnight and 8 a.m. near Greenwood Avenue North and North 104th Street. The thief smashed a window and stole a black Swiss Gear backpack with a Dell work laptop, two iPods (a video iPod and an iPod Shuffle), and Bose headphones.

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Vintage light blue Schwinn found in Phinney Ridge – looks like it may have been stolen

October 7th, 2014 by Doree

Laird tells us he found a vintage, light-blue Schwinn Traveler bicycle at the corner of NW 60th Street and 1st Avenue NW.


It was leaning against a tree unlocked all day and we assume it was stolen and abandoned there. It’s now safe in our garage and we would like to reunite it with its owner.

Email him if it’s yours.

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Necropsy report shows elephant Watoto had chronic, age-related arthritis

October 7th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo today released the necropsy report for its female African elephant Watoto, who was euthanized in August at the age of 45 after she was found lying down in the elephant exhibit and unable to stand on her own.

Excerpts from the press release:

According to the zoo’s Director of Animal Health, Dr. Darin Collins, the most relevant finding from the pathology report was the chronic, age-related arthritis in the elephant’s leg joints, which had been described during the post-mortem examination. Additional findings in other tissues examined, such as age-related changes in heart and muscles, were mild and within expected limits and were not life-threatening. There was no evidence of an infectious disease process, in the joints or in other tissues examined. In addition, the pathologist did not find any evidence for a herpesvirus infection.

“We don’t know if Watoto fell or laid down. My clinical assessment is that she was unable to stand back up, due to the joint disease,” said Collins. Falls in elderly animals, and people, can be caused by physical conditions, such as arthritis, that impair mobility or balance. “Unfortunately, the sequence of events that occurs when an elephant is down and unable to stand becomes life-threatening in less than a few hours’ time. When lying down, large-bodied animals cannot breathe normally due to massive weight impacting their lung cavity, decreasing blood flow to vital organs and nerves, and resulting in limb paralysis.”

During multiple attempts to get Watoto to her feet, several hourly blood draws that were taken to monitor her health status showed her overall condition was in swift decline, added Collins.

“We are not surprised by the pathologist’s findings, which are consistent with those of a geriatric animal. Watoto did not show any new health concerns and her behavior and appetite were normal in the days leading up to her death,” explained Collins.

On the morning of August 22, zookeepers reported that Watoto was lying on her side in the yard of the elephant exhibit, unable to move to an upright position, an unusual behavior for her. Through many attempts, the keepers and animal health staff were able to successfully right Watoto to her feet with the careful use of crane-like machinery. “Unfortunately, despite these attempts, Watoto was unable to stand on her own,” said Martin Ramirez, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “Watoto simply didn’t have any more to give. We were faced with making the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her, and we made it with compassion and deep sadness.”

Watoto was born in Kenya between 1969 and 1970, and joined Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant herd in 1971 as an orphan from the wild.

Woodland Park Zoo has two remaining female elephants: 47-year-old Bamboo and 35-year-old Chai.

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