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


Greenwood Tree Walk on August 15

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

City Tree Ambassadors will take neighbors on a morning tree walk around Greenwood, learning about tree placement, history and more, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. Meet at the southeast corner of Sandel Park, 9053 1st Ave. NW.

RSVP for the walk online.

If you can’t make the walk, you can download the self-guided tour to do any time.

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Seattle Summer Parkways coming to Lower Phinney/Ballard Sept. 19

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Summer Parkways is a new city program to turn miles of city streets into pedestrian zones for four hours for neighborhoods to stage special events.

These free, all-ages celebrations will create expansive, temporary open space on Seattle’s streets, where thousands of friends, families, and visitors can participate in dozens of community-based activities, from skateboard demos, to puppeteers, to art activities to food truck dining. Neighbors are encouraged to plan additional activities.

The inaugural program will happen in the Central District on Sept. 12 and Ballard/Lower Phinney on Sept. 19.

Our area’s Summer Parkway will close seven miles (131 blocks) to traffic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, with featured activities in locations including Loyal Heights Playfields, Salmon Bay Park, Ballard Corners Park, 14th Avenue Northwest Park Boulevard, Ballard Commons Park and the Sixth Avenue Pocket Park.

Ballard Map-resized

Streets will be closed to through traffic but open to local traffic. Neighbors are encouraged to host their own events anywhere along the route. Check out the Summer Parkways website for more info or email Summer.Parkways@seattle.gov to tell them about your planned event.

Seattle Summer Parkways is being produced in partnership between the City of Seattle, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Cascade Bicycle Club, among others.

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Family variety show, storytelling, live music and theater in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

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

Plant Care Clinics at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

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

“Godspell” at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues through Aug. 15.

“Game Night Gone Bad!” at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Art Studio Open House and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 909 N. 78th St., in the alley between 77th and 78th streets.

Free Boxing Power Hour at 11 a.m. Saturday at Title Boxing, 112 N. 85th St.

Cascadia Irish Music Week Farewell Concert from 8-10 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in the Brick Building.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the PNA in the Brick Building. Free, but you need to reserve a ticket online.

There’s a lot going on downtown this weekend, so beware of traffic.

  • Seafair Torchlight Run & Parade is Saturday, which will affect transit service throughout downtown starting at 3 p.m. Check out Metro’s Service Advisories page for reroute info.
  • Seattle Dragon Boat Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at South Lake Union Park.
  • And the Mariners play Toronto at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 1:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

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Annual Spoke & Food biking and dining fundraising event is Tuesday

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Tuesday, July 28, is the annual Spoke & Food fundraising event, where people are encouraged to bike to participating restaurants and breweries, where 20 percent of their bill will be donated to the non-profit road safety group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

While you’re encouraged to ride your bike, it’s not required. Each participating establishment will donate 20 percent of their total sales from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.

The goals of Spoke & Food are to improve local community by creating an event that people can do in their own neighborhoods; to promote a healthy lifestyle; to improve Seattle’s regard for its environment; to showcase how easy it is to use bicycles for everyday activities; and to help raise funds for a deserving non-profit.

You can find the full list of participating venues online. Those in our neighborhood include The Barking Dog Alehouse and Razzi’s Pizzeria.

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Greenwood actress performing ‘The Two Step’ at The Pocket Theater

July 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood actress Christine Longé will perform her solo show, “The Two Step,” at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., this Sunday and the following Friday, before traveling to Australia to perform in September.

Show times are 3 p.m. Sunday, July 26, and 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31. Audience members can take part in a special potluck in the lobby after Sunday’s performance. Tickets are $10 online or $14 at the door. The performance runs 55 minutes without an intermission, and is suitable for ages 10 and above.

THE TWO-STEP media photo 2 by John Small-resized


Photo by John Small.

Edith is an enchanting woman who dares to dream big. From sleepy suburbia to sweltering Saudi Arabia, she struggles to marry her independence with her need for love. THE TWO-STEP explores how music, travel, and memory influence a life well-lived.

THE TWO-STEP is a solo show inspired by the life of my worldly grandmother, who is a longtime Queen Anne resident and local legend among senior citizens. She teaches folk, line, and ballroom dance for seniors at the Seattle Center in addition to multiple retirement homes and senior communities throughout the Puget Sound region. She’s an avid traveler, matriarch, and opinionated optimist.

I’ve performed THE TWO-STEP for many audiences in the 2014 Winnipeg, Chicago, and Seattle Fringe Festivals (where my show was voted as the Audience Choice Award winner), and my next adventure is overseas in the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival come September. THE TWO-STEP is a whimsical, physical play directed by the talented Paul Budraitis which features an original musical number composed especially for this show by UW graduate Tom Freeman.

Off stage, the Cornish College graduate teaches theater and coaches gymnastics at Seattle Gymnastics Academy in Ballard.

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50th anniversary celebration of Medicare and Medicaid at Greenwood Senior Center July 30

July 23rd, 2015 by Doree

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hosting a 50th anniversary celebration of those programs from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. next Thursday, July 30, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The public is invited.

At this event, the Honorable Mike Kreidler, and a panel of distinguished experts will discuss how Medicare and Medicaid have changed society and the ways in which we can work together to strengthen and improve health care for future generations in Washington State.

On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. For 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have played a critical role in protecting the health and well-being of millions of families and improving our nation’s economic security. These are life changing programs that keep Americans healthy.

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Meet new superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation at community meetings

July 23rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s new superintendent, Jesús Aguirre, will meet with community members in the next few months to learn more about the city’s diverse neighborhoods and recreation needs.

In our neck of the woods, his meetings are from 6:30-8 p.m. at the following community centers:

  • Bitter Lake, Sept. 2, 13035 Linden Ave. N.
  • Ballard, Sept. 17, 6020 28th Ave. NW
  • Loyal Heights, Oct. 27, 2101 NW 77th St.

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Beautiful evening for Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 22nd, 2015 by Doree

The weather for this year’s Greenwood Seafair Parade was perfect, in keeping with the theme, “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” led by Grand Marshal MJ McDermott, meteorologist at Q13.


There were lots of drill teams, including these masked girls in striking lime green and hot pink outfits. (We didn’t see the team’s name; if anybody knows it, please put a note below in Comments).


The All-City Marching Band.


Seafair royalty.


Tara Academy of Irish Dance.


Engine 21 and the Defenders of Greenwood.


Emerald City Karate students showed how to break a board.


Members of the Greenwood Knights car club showed off their sweet rides.


And, of course, the Seafair Pirates scared folks with their incredibly loud cannon atop their ship, Moby Duck.


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Community meeting & potluck Sunday to start designing renovation of Evanston P-Patch

July 22nd, 2015 by Doree

Friends of the Evanston P-Patch recently received a $25,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant to renovate the community garden at 604 N. 101st St. (between Evanston and Fremont avenues).

Established in 1974, it is the second oldest community garden in Seattle, with about 75 P-Patch plots in 11,600-square-feet of space. Several of the plots benefit local food banks.

Neighbors are invited to a community meeting and potluck at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 26, at the P-Patch, to meet with Barker Landscape Architects as they gather input from the community. Top Pot Doughnuts will provide treats, and Barker will conduct an interactive design game.

A second public meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, to review design concepts. The third meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, to review final designs. All meetings are in the garden.

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