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Annual Festival of Fruit at Carkeek Park’s Piper’s Orchard is Saturday

September 9th, 2014 by Doree

The Friends of Piper’s Orchard is hosting the annual Festival of Fruit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Carkeek Park‘s historic orchard. Events begin at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd. There will be a cider pressing and tasting, live music, activities for kids, and guided tours of the orchard.

All are welcome to join for:

  • Informational presentations: Experts including the renowned Dr. Bob Norton, retired research scientist from WSU Extension in Mt. Vernon, and Shaun Shepherd from Portland’s Home Orchard Society will give talks on apple varieties and identification.
  • Apple identification: Bring apples from your home orchard for variety identification.
  • Fresh pressed cider: Visitors are encouraged to try out making cider the old-fashioned way, with a hand cranked cider press.
  • Homemade pie: Visitors can donate homemade pies. Fresh warm cider and slices of homemade pie will be available for a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.
  • Orchard tours: Expert volunteers who have restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and newly planted grape vines.
  • Apple Tasting: Visitors will have the chance to taste heirloom apple varieties that are grown in the orchard.
  • Kids’ crafts: Little ones will enjoy organized arts and crafts activities.
  • Cider making presentation: Watch and learn how to make cider during a presentation starting at 2:30 p.m.

The festival is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center. Volunteers will be directing guests. For more information, please call 206-684-0877 or visit www.pipersorchard.org.

The Festival is sponsored by Friends of Piper’s Orchard, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and City Fruit.

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‘Hood Hunt returns to Phinney Ridge this Wednesday

September 8th, 2014 by Doree

The free neighborhood scavenger hunt called ‘Hood Hunt returns to Phinney Ridge this Wednesday evening. The map-based ‘Hood Hunt is from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday starting at West Woodland Park, North 59th Street and Phinney Avenue North.

About 20 checkpoints will be scattered around Phinney from 46th to 63rd streets and 3rd to Aurora avenues. Visiting all checkpoints will cover about four to five miles. Participants can walk, run, bike, etc. You can download and print a map here.

Just after 7:30, participants can meet at Phinney Market Pub at Phinney Avenue and North 60th Street to socialize and share their experiences. (But organizers say this is just a suggested time, and there’s no official time limit to finish the hunt.)

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Possible stolen bike found on 1st Ave NW between 85th & 84th streets

September 8th, 2014 by Doree

Jeremy found this bike on 1st Avenue NW between North 84 and 85th streets this morning. He thought it had probably been stolen and dumped.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Corgi mix missing from Phinney Ridge since Sunday morning

September 8th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Omak has returned home.

Earlier: Eric and Stacey say their black, white and brown Corgi mix named Omak disappeared from 8th Avenue NW and NW 77th Street around 10 a.m. Sunday.


He was running and he will eventually get tired and sit on your porch and look really cute. He is about 20 pounds, has floppy ears and may or may not answer to the name Omak. He is a little scared and is a LONG way from his actual home. If you see him let us know, we will come to where he was spotted.

If you’ve seen Omak, email Eric and Stacey at bassgil@earthlink.net.

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Greenwood Library news

September 8th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s some news from the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The library has a few spots open for its Teen Advisory Board. Teens earn service learning credit while helping the library and community. Teens need to be at least 14 years old and in high school; artistic, like to read, write, make short videos, and/or interested in helping at library programs; self-directed and dependable; can get to the Greenwood Library once or twice per month; and can make a school yearlong commitment (Oct. 2014-June 2015). Email Jennifer.bisson@spl.org for an application.

LEGO Mania will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. LEGOs and Duplos provided.

After-school S.T.E.A.M. Games from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month, for kids kindergarten age and above. Learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math board games and activities.

Seattle Public Library purchases access to many databases for patrons to use, especially for students to use for homework. Databases require patrons to type in their library card and PIN. Check out a list of children’s databases here, and teen databases here.

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SPD Gang Unit investigating after woman grazed by bullet on Metro bus in East Phinney/Green Lake on Friday night

September 7th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a woman was grazed by a bullet while riding a Metro bus Friday night near North 65th Street and Linden Avenue North.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers began receiving calls of shots fired just before 9:40 p.m. Friday in the 6000 block of Aurora Ave. North. When they arrived on scene, they found a woman who had been grazed by a bullet while on a bus full of people.

A witness said that two men were standing outside a car arguing with two people inside the car. As they argued, a bus approached a nearby stop at Linden Ave. North and North 66th St. One of the men inside the car began shooting at the two men on foot. The two men outside the car began running toward the bus and were able to get onto the bus as the bus sped away. Realizing that a bullet grazed a woman on the bus, causing a cut to her head, the driver stopped the bus a few blocks away.

Officers rushed to the scene to find only one of the two men still on the bus. Officers continue to question him in an attempt to gain a clear picture of what lead up to the shooting. A witness described the shooter as a black male in his late teens wearing a grey hoodie. The suspects were last seen in a silver sedan possibly resembling a late 90s Ford Focus.

Seattle Fire department Medics responded and treated the woman at the scene before transporting her to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The Gang Unit is taking the lead in this investigation and anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 and speak with officers.

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13 rotting alder trees to be removed at Carkeek Park starting Monday

September 5th, 2014 by Doree

Beginning Monday, Sept. 8, Seattle Parks and Recreation will fell 13 failing alder trees at Carkeek Park. A 24-inch diameter alder tree fell and destroyed the bridge adjacent to the Salmon Imprint Pond this spring. Crews will take down nearly two-dozen more that have trunk decay and undermined root systems.

When Seattle Parks tree crews fell the 13 trees, where practical they will leave the trunks’ lower portions as wildlife snags. Hydraulic lifts will be used to remove 12 of the trees in sections, and one tree will be felled from the base. Using the lift will limit the amount of woody debris getting into the stream and help protect the tree workers. The remaining stumps will help create wildlife habitat. This plan was created in collaboration with Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

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Join Greenwood 2035 study groups

September 5th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is still recruiting volunteers to participate in “Greenwood 2035″ study groups to coincide with Seattle’s update of its Seattle 2035 comprehensive plan. Study groups will educate themselves about growth, development and infrastructure issues, learn about how things get done in Seattle, and discuss how to involve everyone in neighborhood discussions.

You can sign up for a study group by filling out the survey here.

Proposed study groups:

LAND USE. This study group will develop information and positions about how Greenwood should develop. For example:

  • What is loved about Greenwood that should be preserved, and what could be improved?
  • How can new density and development enhance and promote Greenwood’s livability?
  • What city improvements and services are needed to make new development work?
  • What can be done to preserve affordability and healthy small businesses?
  • What kinds of development are helping or hurting livability in Greenwood?

TRANSPORTATION. This group will address Greenwood’s transportation needs and priorities.

  • What new transit connections are needed, and how can service be improved?
  • What’s the best way to accommodate bicycles, and where should greenways be located?
  • What should be priority uses for our main streets? How should they operate?
  • Should car use be more efficient, or should it be frustrating to spur shifts to transit and bikes?
  • What are the transportation projects and improvements that should top our priority list?

SIDEWALKS. This group will propose practical ways to start building sidewalks north of 85th St. (Note: Seattle’s change to district elections makes this a timely opportunity – any candidate for the district north of 85th will need a program to address sidewalks, and we can help!) This group will study and consider:

  • Why are there so few sidewalks north of 85th St., and what’s been tried to get them built?
  • What is the city’s obligation vs. the home or business owner?
  • How will Seattle’s complete streets policy help? How effective are grant processes?
  • What are obstacles to building sidewalks and what can be done to overcome them?
  • What is a practical program that a new city councilmember could promote?

NEW MODELS FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. This group will aim to broaden community involvement.

  • Are meetings still an effective way to involve people in addressing neighborhood issues?
  • What are generational differences – how do younger community members engage?
  • How can dialogue increase between residents and local business people?
  • What are engagement and outreach models that are more participatory?
  • How do different constituencies feel the community council could better engage or represent their interests?

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Weekend events: film series on aging, farmers market, live music, Broadview fire station open house, Dick’s Drive-In charity walk

September 5th, 2014 by Doree

Here are some highlights of events happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series, “My Afternoons with Margueritte,” from 1-3 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 Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Jazz First Fridays with New Ronin 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Tap Me on the Shoulder,” a house concert at 8 p.m. Friday at 137 N. 84th St.

Fire Station 24, at 401 N. 130th St. in Broadview, is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday so the public can check out the fire station’s seismic and safety upgrades, and meet your local firefighters.

Fire Station 24 is one of 32 neighborhood fire stations being upgraded, renovated or replaced through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2003. Fire Station 24 houses one engine company (E24) and a reserve engine. It was built in 1975 and, as one of the newer stations in the system, was in generally fair condition but required minor seismic retrofits to meet current earthquake safety standards. Remodeling to enhance operations was also part of the $2.1 million project.

As part of the safety upgrades to the facility, seismic strengthening on the structure and asbestos abatement in the ceiling were performed. This project added decontamination facilities and EMS equipment storage, as well as new interior lighting and paint. The crew bunk and living areas and the physical training room were configured, and restroom facilities were altered to comply with current building codes.

The Women of Wonder 5K & 10K Race is at Green Lake on Sunday morning, so be prepared for traffic.

Metro Transit will reroute Route 28 and four others off the Fremont Bridge from midnight to 7 a.m. both Friday and Saturday due to bridge maintenance. Routes 26, 28, 31, 32 and 40 will instead travel via Nickerson Street and the Ballard Bridge in both directions, serving all posted stops along the reroute. See Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute information.

First Sunday Seattle Roda de Choro at 2 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Keep your eyes open for a group of two dozen or so people who will walk from the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In to the other five Dick’s locations on Sunday, to raise money for homeless organizations. The Holman Road Dick’s in Crown Hill-Greenwood will be their third stop of the day; they expect to arrive around 3 p.m.

The fourth annual Dick’s Drive-In Walk-A-Thon supports a number of organizations that help the homeless, including Mary’s Place, FirstPlace School, FareStart, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, The Compass Center, Operation Nightwatch, St. Martin de Porres Shelter and Cocoon House. Dick’s will match up to $2,000 collected by walk-a-thon participants and the restaurants’ Change for Charity buckets on the day of the walk.

You can join the walk when it begins at 10 a.m. at the Edmonds Dick’s Drive-In. Walkers who make a donation of $20 or more at the Edmonds start will receive a punch card to take to each store and an orange t-shirt to wear on the walk. The entire route is about 22 miles. Their route is here and you can follow them on their Facebook page.

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Greenwood Medical Clinic on 85th will close next fall and move to new Meridian Center for Health

September 4th, 2014 by Doree

Neighborcare Health will break ground for its new Meridian Center for Health on Friday at 10501 Meridian Ave. N. Then, in the fall of 2015, Neighborcare Health’s Greenwood Medical Clinic, at 415 N. 85th St., will close and move into the new facility by Northgate.

The Meridian Center for Health is a partnership with Public Health – Seattle & King County and Valley Cities mental health treatment.

The new site will be opened at the current site of the North Public Health Center. Neighborcare Health has been asked to assume operations of the primary care clinic at the North Public Health Center site beginning Jan.1, 2015. The new Meridian Center for Health is scheduled to open in fall 2015.

The new 44,000-square-foot facility will preserve care for the 7,000 patients currently provided at Neighborcare Health’s Greenwood Medical Clinic and Public Health’s North Public Health Center, and will double access to provide a health care home for at least 14,000 patients. The Meridian Center for Health will offer low-income families primary medical and dental health (Neighborcare Health), specialty mental health and recover services (Valley Cities) and WIC nutrition and Maternity Support Services (Public Health).

North Seattle has the greatest percentage of low-income people not yet served by a community health center in the city of Seattle. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) population estimates, 22 percent of the total population (68,600 individuals) living in North Seattle (and Shoreline) is low-income, living at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. HRSA estimates that 70 percent (48,220) of the low-income individuals in North Seattle are not served by a community health center.

The Meridian Center for Health is partially funded by a federal New Access Point grant under the Affordable Care Act as well as generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, The Cambia Foundation Health Foundation and numerous foundations and individuals. Neighborcare Health has launched a campaign to raise $3 million in philanthropic support to build the facility, and design and implement the integrated care model.

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Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament raises $6,000 for Fred Hutch

September 3rd, 2014 by Doree

The popular Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament, part of the annual Summer Streets festival on Aug. 9, raised $6,000 for the Innovators Network at Fred Hutch. That includes soccer team registration fees and another $1,168 from Naked City Brewery, which donated one dollar from every pint sold during the event.

Almost 200 hundred soccer players on 32 teams competed in Fun, Competitive and Pro divisions. Each winning team won a trophy and $300 in gift cards to Naked City, The Yard Café, and Phinney Market Pub.

The new youth street soccer fields at Greenwood Avenue and 72nd were so popular that organizers are planning a full youth division tournament next year.

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Phinneywood resident returning from 20,000-mile motorcycle journey tonight

September 1st, 2014 by Doree

Phinneywood resident Elisa Wirkala is returning home tonight after a 20,000-mile motorcycle journey across two continents and 14 countries.

Wirkala, a middle school Spanish teacher, began her journey on Jan. 1 on a 125cc motorcycle, traveling through North and South America. Her family in Ballard is throwing her a welcome home party tonight. Tbis fall Wirkala will teach at St. Joseph School in Capitol Hill.

You can read all about her adventures on her blog, TravelBugBlues.

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