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


If you see someone dressed as a gorilla in Phinney-Greenwood today or tomorrow, don’t panic!

April 10th, 2014 by Doree

A-1 Pianos at 7020 Greenwood Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge is promoting its Friday night Artwalk event by having someone dressed in a gorilla suit handing out flyers tonight and tomorrow. An employee at the store tells us someone freaked out the last time they did this and called the police after seeing the gorilla hiding in the bushes and eating a banana.

The store’s artwalk theme is based on April Fool’s Day and is called “Bad Art Walk” and “features paintings by various artists from a private collection that is questionable, tacky, corny, campy…kitschy – or just plain ‘bad.’ There will be an opportunity to vote for the ‘baddest’ art entry.”

So, to recap, if you see someone dressed as a gorilla in the neighborhood today or tomorrow, it’s okay. But do send us a picture!

Here’s the gorilla buying a banana at Ken’s Market.


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Metropolis greeting card and gift store is for sale

April 10th, 2014 by Doree

The owners of Metropolis on Phinney Ridge are ready to retire so they’ve put the greeting card and gift store up for sale, according to the store’s Facebook page.

“This is a great opportunity for someone to own a unique and established business in a loving and growing community of loyal customers,” according to the Facebook post.

The store has been on Phinney Ridge for more than 33 years. The asking price is $55,000, which includes everything inside the store. Co-owner Terry Heiman is willing to help during the transition period. Direct inquiries to him at pvtravel@aol.com.

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Call for artists for Northwest Fine Arts Competition in October

April 8th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Center Gallery, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is once again hosting the Northwest Fine Arts Competition in October and November. Artists are invited to submit their work for this juried show. The winning artist will receive $200 and a solo show in the gallery in 2015. Jurors are Jody Bento, Gallery Manager at Seattle Art Museum, and Dionne Haroutunian, artist and founder of the Sev Shoon Arts Center.

More information and the application are available here.


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City council meeting tonight on proposed parks funding

April 7th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle City Council will hear public comments tonight about Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to provide $54 million in annual, major-maintenance funding for Seattle’s parks, including Woodland Park Zoo.  The Council will decide whether to send the proposal to voters in August.

The hearing begins at 6 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave.

The Greenwood Community Council has drafted a statement in support of the plan, particularly because it wants to see funds set aside for development of the proposed park at 81st and Greenwood, next to the Greenwood Library. Seattle Parks purchased the land two years ago and the businesses are moving out, but if development funds aren’t set aside, then the land will sit vacant until funds are found.

Click here to see GCC’s letter to Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

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School auction, live music for kids and adults, PNA potluck in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

April 4th, 2014 by Doree

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

St. John’s School auction is tonight and Saturday night at 120 N. 79th St. Check out their website for all the info on Friday’s carnival street fair and Saturday’s 1920’s gala.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 at 7:30 p.m. tonight; and Roo & The Few, Drew Nitchoff, Barry Whittle, Mark Goldberg — Songwriters In Seattle Monthly Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bring a favorite appetizer or drink to share with friends and neighbors at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Happy Hour Potluck and Orientation, at 6532 Phinney Ave N., from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Learn more about PNA programs and activities and how to get involved.

Kindiependent rocker Caspar Babypants plays two shows at Ridge Romp at the PNA on Saturday. The 10:30 a.m. show is already sold out, but you can still buy tickets for the 12:30 p.m. show at Brown Paper Tickets. If it’s not sold out, tickets also will be available at the door. Cost is $5 ($6.17 with the online service fee).

Taproot Theatre continues its run of “In the Book Of” through April 26.

Seattle School Boardmember Sherry Carr’s regularly scheduled meeting at Bethany Community Church at Green Lake has been rescheduled from Saturday to April 12.

Seattle Folklore Society’s Saturday concert featuring Gordon Bok and Carol Rohl is sold out.

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Possible measles exposure at two Aurora Avenue businesses last Saturday

April 3rd, 2014 by Doree

The Washington State Department of Health says a Whatcom County woman who was contagious with measles may have exposed people in Seattle last weekend. The woman was at Beth’s Cafe at 7311 Aurora Ave. N. sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at Aurora Suzuki, 7409 Aurora Ave. N., between 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 a.m.

Anyone who has not been vaccinated against measles is at risk. According to the DOH, “Measles is highly contagious and can cause severe illness with rash, fever, cough, eye irritation, and can be fatal.”

For a list of all public places the woman was at, including the Kings of Leon concert at Key Arena, click here.

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Reader shares great video of Sully’s annual Pie Joust

April 3rd, 2014 by Doree

Andrius sent us this great video of Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon’s annual Pie Joust on April 1 on Phinney Avenue and North 61st Street. Thirty-two contestants, most in costume, on bicycles try to hit each other in the face with a plate of whipped cream. Check it out.

2014 Pie Joust at Sully’s Saloon from Andrius Simutis on Vimeo.

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Free events, classes at the Greenwood and Broadview libraries

April 3rd, 2014 by Doree

A whole lot is happening at the Greenwood and Broadview libraries these days. Here’s a partial list of events and classes.

Seattle Public Library’s Edible Garden Series begins this month. Learn about edible gardening, food advocacy and sustainability through a variety of free workshops.

  • Cool Season Gardening – Get gardening tips from Bill Thorness, local author of “The Cool Season Gardener,” from 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20; Greenwood.
  • Plant Party! – Kids will learn about the world of plants through song, dance and puppetry. For ages 5 and younger. From 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, April 21; Greenwood.
  • Can You Dig It? – Kids will learn about a different kind of plant each week (flowers, vegetables, succulents and cacti) through hands-on activities; Broadview, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 12-1 p.m. Thursday April 24; 12-1 p.m. Thursday, May 1; and 12-1 p.m. Thursday, May 15.
  • Family Night: Urban Gardening for Kids – Explore urban gardening with kids and help plant a variety of flowers and edible plants; 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6; Greenwood.

Family Nights at The Greenwood Library, from 6-7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. Make crafts and hear a story.

Teens are encouraged to apply for a new Teen Board at The Greenwood Library.

Teens who are artistic, like to read, write, create videos (book trailers for example), and/or are interested in working with kids are all encouraged to apply. Depending on how self-directed they are they can earn 60+ hours for the 1 year program. An application for the summer and the full year (June-June) program are attached.

Pick up an application at the library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N., or email Jennifer Bisson, teen services librarian, at Jennifer.bisson@spl.org.

Free information session about adoption and foster care, including information about placement agencies, types of adoption, adoption and foster care costs, and how to get started; 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, Greenwood.

Seattle Public Library’s 16th annual Seattle Reads selection is “For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey” by Richard Blanco. He will visit Seattle April 26-29. He’ll read a selection of poems from his body of work from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium.

In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, following in the footsteps of Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams and Elizabeth Alexander. Blanco presented “One Today,” an original poem he wrote for the occasion, becoming the youngest, first Latino, first immigrant and first openly gay writer to hold the honor.

“For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey” is Blanco’s account of his life-changing experiences as the inaugural poet in 2013. He shares life as a Latino immigrant and openly gay man discovering a new, emotional understanding of what it means to be an American. He reveals the inspiration and challenges behind the creation of the inaugural poem, “One Today,” as well as two other poems (“What We Know of Country” and “Mother Country”) commissioned for the occasion and included in the book, with translations of all three poems into his native Spanish.

Finally, Blanco reflects on his spiritual embrace of Americans everywhere through the power of poetry and his vision for its new role in our nation’s consciousness. Like the inaugural poem itself, “For All of Us, One Today” speaks to what makes this country and its people great, marking a triumphant moment in American history and letters.

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Ballard author and Jeopardy! champ buys Santoro’s Books

April 2nd, 2014 by Doree

Good news for independent book store lovers: Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., has been sold to Ballard author and number four all-time Jeopardy! champ Tom Nissley.

Carol Santoro put the bookstore up for sale three months ago, hoping someone would buy it before she had to close when her lease ended on May 31. Nissley and his wife, Laura Silverstein (who owns the popular Glittersweet handbag company) will take over the store in early May and will change the name to Phinney Books. Santoro’s will have a farewell party from 5-7 p.m. on its last day, Saturday, May 3. Phinney Books will open in early June, and also will sell Glittersweet bags and custom book-themed paper goods.

“I couldn’t have hoped for a better buyer or a better outcome for the bookstore,” Santoro said in a press release. “After nine years owning Santoro’s Books and 29 years in the bookselling business, it’s time for me to make a change. I feel completely confident that Tom will take the bookstore in an interesting new direction. He’s extremely knowledgeable and well-connected in the bookselling world – it’s a perfect fit.”

Nissley was an eight-time winner on Jeopardy in 2010 and runner-up in the Tournament of Champions in 2011. He’s back on the show this week as part of the “Battle of the Decades.” Since winning Jeopardy, he quit his job as a book editor at Amazon and is a full-time writer. His newest book is “A Reader’s Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year.”

“We’re living in a digital age, but it’s become clear in the past couple of years that many readers still want to read physical books and want to buy them at local, independent bookstores, which are thriving in Seattle,” Nissley said in the press release. “After recommending books online for 10 years, and then in the pages of my own book, I’m looking forward to putting good books directly in readers’ hands for a change. And I’m excited to be doing so just eight blocks from my house, at a store that Carol has built into a neighborhood institution.”

Carol Santoro is keeping the Santoro’s Books name for her wholesale business that provides books to schools and libraries. That business offers discounts and free shipping within the greater Seattle area. She can still be reached through her current email, carol@santorosbooks.com.

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Mazda Miata stolen last night in Greenwood

April 1st, 2014 by Doree

Chris tells us his red 1991 Mazda Miata was stolen from in front of his house in the 900 block of North 89th Street Monday night.

The license plate is 702-YYY. If you see it or have any information, please call Seattle Police or Chris at 206-660-7237.

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Woodland Park Zoo plans to improve elephant exhibit, replace Watoto with a new Asian elephant

March 31st, 2014 by Doree

On Friday, Woodland Park Zoo quietly released its final plan to improve its elephant exhibit. (The zoo did not send out a press release, but posted it on its blog.)

The plan calls for the zoo to spend up to $3 million to send its African elephant, Watoto, to another zoo, and replace her with a new Asian elephant, and improve the indoor and outdoor elephant habitats.

The Elephant Task Force released its final report last October. The zoo’s Board of Directors and staff reviewed it and came up with the final plan.

The group Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants slammed that plan on its website.

The Seattle Times had an in-depth story on the plan on Saturday.

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Reminder: Community safety meeting tonight

March 31st, 2014 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Monday) is a community safety meeting with members of Seattle Police Department, in the wake of last month’s murder in Greenwood. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Taproot Theater, 204 N. 85th St. SPD offices will offer updates on the recent homicide, educate the community about the North Precinct’s resources, and talk about crime prevention, street safety and how-to’s of 9-1-1 usage.

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