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


Seattle, Memorial Day Weekend

May 22nd, 2015 by Robin Donovan

This Memorial Day weekend there are a number of great (and free) ways to enjoy the holiday while honoring those who made sacrifices serving in the U.S. armed forces. Below are a few events city-wide.

Northwest Folklife Festival

One of the largest free folk festivals in the country, this annual festival features over 7,000 diverse performers, participatory dances, workshops, arts and crafts and food booths galore! There is something for every age and appetite at this festival. Fri., May 22 through Sun., May 24 from 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Mon., May 25 from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. (Discovery Zone open daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Credit: http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival2015/

Credit: http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival2015/


Memorial Day Ceremony, Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight honors military service on Memorial Day, May 25. This ceremony will feature a performance by the Boeing Employee Concert band. Veterans and active U.S. Military personnel receive free admission to the Museum with identification. Monday, May 25 @ 10:30 am–12:30 pm am located in the side gallery. Free. All ages.

Some experts regard The Museum of Flight's B-17F as the world's finest example of this type of aircraft.

Credit: www.museumofflight.org/event/memorial-day-ceremony

Seattle International Film Festival

SIFF’s mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive. This year’s festival runs from May 14- June 7. Full calendar can be found here.


Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation manages a 6,200-acre park system of 465 parks and extensive natural areas. Parks provides athletic fields, tennis courts, play areas, specialty gardens, and more than 25 miles of boulevards and 120 miles of trails. There are many free events throughout the year and as summer approaches, there is something for everyone found in every neighborhood. Full calendar of events can be found here.


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All library branches closed on Memorial Day

May 20th, 2015 by Doree

All branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

Both the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.

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Weigh in on Metro’s proposed bus changes after Link light rail comes to Capitol Hill and UW in 2016

May 19th, 2015 by Doree

The new Link light rail stations in Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington will affect bus routes throughout the city once they open in 2016. Metro has proposed changes to 32 routes, including the 28 and 48 in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, to streamline regional transit.

Route 28 Local and the 28 Express would be combined, making weekday buses more frequent. Route 48 would be more frequent both on weekdays and weekends.

Fill out Metro’s survey by May 31 to tell them how these changes will affect you.

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Seattle City Council District 6 candidates forum is June 6

May 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council and Phinney Neighborhood Association are hosting a candidates forum for the new Seattle City Council District 6 from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Incumbent Councilmember Mike O’Brien and challengers Catherine Weatbrook, Jon Lisbin and Stan Shaufler will answer questions on zoning, land use, development, transportation, environment, civic engagement, public safety, etc.

District 6 covers Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard and Fremont. Click here for a PDF map of District 6. Click here for information on all districts.

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Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots now available through Seattle Public Library

May 18th, 2015 by Doree

This morning the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Library officials formally kicked off a program to loan mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to library cardholders. The program was made possible by a grant from Google and is available through all library branches, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

More than 90,000 Seattle residents lack Internet access at home. Starting Monday, thanks to a grant from Google, residents with a Library card can reserve a mobile Wi-Fi device to give them broadband access wherever they need it – home, work or out in the community. With this program, the Library hopes to give some of the most underserved in the city a powerful way to connect to the Internet – access that helps children succeed in school, and provides adults with critical information on health, employment, education and more.

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Flying Bike Brewery Open House, Today

May 17th, 2015 by Robin Donovan

Come check out the Flying Bike Brewery Co-op – Washington State’s first Brewery Cooperative located at 8570 Greenwood Ave.



Doors will be open to the public today, Sunday, May 17 from 6-8 pm for a glimpse of the location with brewing equipment in place. There will be great local beer available (including the Storm Cycle CDA) and new Head Brewer Kevin Forhan will be there to shake hands and answer any questions.

This will be a great way to close out Seattle Beer Week and toast the new Co-op!

More information on the event can be found at this link

Check out this KUOW interview that the Head Brewer recently gave.


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Celebrate the Green Bean’s 10th Birthday on Saturday, May 30

May 16th, 2015 by Robin Donovan

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The Green Bean is turning 10 and will have a birthday party to celebrate on Saturday, May 30. There will be an open house and dessert auction from 6-7 pm followed by a short program at 7:15 pm.

Members of the community are encouraged to bring a story, photo or poem about what the Green Bean means to them and will be added to a scrapbook for the coffeehouse.
RSVP to the event is encouraged and can be done through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thegreenbeancoffeehouse.


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Storytelling, theater, music, kickboxing, Nepal fundraiser in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

May 15th, 2015 by Doree

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

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

Bike to Work Day is Friday so please be aware of all the extra bicycles that will be on the road. Stop by our neighborhood’s Bike to Work commute station between 7-9 a.m. at Greenwood Park (on the east side), co-hosted by Greenwood-Phinney Greenways and G&O Family Cyclery, with donuts, bagels, coffee, and free bike-related gear courtesy of Cascade Bicycle Club.

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting a special screening of “Speaking of Dying” from 3-5 p.m. Friday.

“This film inspires and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, and medical providers about your own choices. It will help you believe that you can have a peaceful ending that will be a gift to yourself and your loved ones.

Senior Center social worker Carin Mack will lead a follow-up discussion from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. RSVP at 206-297-0875.

Emerald City Karate, 8314 Greenwood Ave. N., is offering a free fitness kickboxing class at 1 p.m. every Saturday in May. They hope to start regular kickboxing classes in June.

Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St., potluck and recipe exchange from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick: Singing the Songs of Vern & Ray at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $20 general, $18 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).

Strangers” at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Jeeves Intervenes” opens at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

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

The Olive & Grape restaurant, at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a fundraiser buffet dinner from 4-8 p.m. Sunday to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders’ Nepal Rescue and Relief efforts. Amalia Rubin will share the music of Tibet and Nepal, while Seumas Gagné will perform harp music and songs of Gaelic Scotland. Admission to the buffet dinner is $15. There also will be raffles and a silent auction to raise more funds for relief efforts. If you can donate items to the silent auction, contact Paola at 206-724-0272.

Ballard’s Syttende Mai Parade is Sunday, celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day and Nordic heritage. The parade starts at NW 62nd Street and 24th Avenue NW, travels southbound on 24th, turning eastbound on NW Market Street, then southbound on Ballard Avenue NW, ending at NW Dock Place. The parade begins at 4 p.m. with streets reopened at 7 p.m. About 4,500 people are expected to attend.

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Seattle ReCreative offers classes, workshops and summer camps

May 14th, 2015 by Doree

The 1-year-old non-profit Seattle ReCreative, at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., has greatly expanded its art offerings with new classes for children and adults, workshops and upcoming summer camps. Seattle ReCreative focuses on environmental sustainability by using reusable materials donated by community members and businesses.

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Photo courtesy of Seattle ReCreative.

Topics include Introduction to Bookbinding, Family Woodworking, Puppetry and Family Play, to name a few. They also maintain a community workspace.

Founders Jenna Boitano and Emily Korson estimate that Seattle ReCreative has diverted 15 tons of material from the landfill so far, with the help of Ballard Reuse.

Two week-long summer camps, called Camp ReCreative, will combine experiential art making with exploring local urban ecosystems. Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first camp, July 20-24, is for ages 5-8 years old. The second camp, July 27-31, is for children ages 8-12. Each five-day session costs $250, which includes materials.

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