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


Election Forum Tuesday evening at Taproot Theatre

October 17th, 2014 by Doree

Four community councils from Northwest neighborhoods — Greenwood, Broadview, Green Lake and Phinney Ridge – are jointly hosting an election forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Please join your neighbors next Tuesday evening to make sense of ballot measures as the fall election closes in. The election forum gives you an opportunity to hear from the campaigns and ask them your questions.

  • 7:00 – Welcome and settle in
  • 7:10 – Dueling Seattle Early Childhood Education initiatives
  • 7:45 – The Reduce Class Sizes state initiative
  • 8:10 – Seattle Transportation Benefit District (for bus transit service)
    8:20 – The New Monorail Initiative
  • 8:30 – 36th District candidates* have been invited to introduce themselves
  • 8:45 – Adjourn – cafe will stay open so you can talk to campaigners

*Not all candidates are able to attend

Space is generously provided by the Taproot Theatre. There is no charge to attend, but donations to offset the Taproot’s costs will be appreciated – and please plan to stop by Taproot’s Stage Door Cafe before or after the event.

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Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash, live music and Meaningful Movies in the neighborhood this weekend

October 17th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Greenwood Meaningful Movies: “Feeding Frenzy” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Exploring Opera: Don Giovanni at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., at 7 p.m. Friday.

PNA Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Exchange from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PNA.

Violet Sweet Shoppe, which opened last week at 6410 Phinney Ave. N., is having its grand opening celebration all day Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pumpkin Bash and “Boomazium” at Woodland Park Zoo Saturday and Sunday. Animals will get special Halloween-themed treats to eat and smash. Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor play space, will be turned into a Halloween-themed Boomazium with storytelling, costumed puppet shows, face painting (for an additional fee), games and more, Mad Science programs will be from 11 to 2 p.m. in the Rain Forest Food Pavilion. (During Pumpkin Bash, one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult.)

staines-resizedSeattle Folklore Society presents Bill Staines with opener Tom Rawson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance (online or call 1-800-838-3006) are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price. Tickets at the door are $2 more. (Photo by Larry Marcus; courtesy Seattle Folklore Society.)

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, in the Brick Building.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Mushrooms the focus at Phinney Books next Wednesday

October 16th, 2014 by Doree

Now that Phinney Books has been open a few months, co-owner Tom Nissley says they’re starting to do more author readings and events.

Coming up next Wednesday, Oct. 22, the focus is on mushrooms. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Becky Selengut (author of the new cookbook “Shroom”) and Langdon Cook (author of the Washington State Book Award nominee “The Mushroom Hunters”) “will present a patch-to-plate slideshow revealing secrets of the woods and kitchen.”


Phinney Books is at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Violet Sweet Shoppe grand opening celebration on Saturday

October 16th, 2014 by Doree

Violet Sweet Shoppe opened at 6410 Phinney Ave. N. last Friday, but they’re celebrating their grand opening on Saturday with free cake.


This is the second location for the vegan bakery, but the Phinney Ridge shop is actually a candy store. However, you can order baked treats for delivery to the candy store the following day.

Violet Sweet Shoppe is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily except Tuesday.

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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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