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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts annual 826 Luminosity benefit next Tuesday

August 21st, 2014 by Doree

Every Aug. 26, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts a benefit for 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center just down the street at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. Next Tuesday’s event begins at 8 p.m. with a special Naked Sessions acoustic concert by Eric Anderson from Cataldo. Tickets are $10 through Brown Paper Tickets.

All proceeds from concert tickets, plus the whole day’s proceeds from every pint sold of 826 Luminosity (a special ale from Head Brewer Don Web) will go directly to benefit 826 Seattle’s programs.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

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Two days left until Dance Your Cash Off! to support Greenwood’s 826 Seattle

June 17th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center 826 Seattle is hosting its fifth annual dance marathon to raise money for its free children’s programs. “Dance Your Cash Off!” is on Thursday, June 19, at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., in the Central District. Registration is at 5:30 p.m.; all dancers must be on the floor ready to go at 6 p.m. Grand prizes will be awarded after 11 p.m.

Grab your friends, family or co-workers and register your team here. There are prizes for best dance moves, costumes, highest fundraising amounts, etc.

Writer and humorist Lindy West is the emcee; KEXP DJs El Toro and Riz Rollins will keep dancers on their feet. Celebrity judges include Christopher Frizzelle, John Roderick, Sean Nelson, Betsey Brock, Rachel Kessler and David Schmader.

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826 Seattle publishes fourth edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’, buy tickets for annual fundraiser with guest Carrie Brownstein

February 18th, 2014 by Doree

826 Seattle’s newest edition of its fourth annual anthology “What to Read in the Rain” features literary great Tom Robbins, journalist Susan Orlean, and novelist and musician Myla Goldberg. In addition to the adult writers, 22 youth writers are featured in this year’s edition of stories, essays and poetry.

Books are distributed to Seattle hotels, which place one in each guest room. Guests can read them and leave them, or they can purchase them. Hotels receive a portion of the proceeds, with the bulk going back into 826 Seattle’s free youth literary programs.

The 2014 edition is available at Renaissance Seattle, Cedarbrook Lodge, Grand Hyatt, Washington Athletic Club, Alexis and Olive Eight (although more hotels may be added). You can also purchase a copy at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (the front and fundraising arm for 826 Seattle), at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. or online.

If you’re looking for another way to support 826 Seattle, their annual fundraiser “People Eating and Giving” is set for March 7 at the Triple Door. Tickets are $150 and include dinner and wine. Special guests include board member Tom Robbins, reading from his upcoming memoir “Tibetan Peach Pie,” and “Portlandia” star Carrie Brownstein. Tickets are available online.

And a heads up that 826 Seattle’s annual Pluto Day has been renamed Dwarf Planet Pride Day, in honor of all the littlest planets. A special parade around the main intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 85th Street starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th.

For the past eight years, we’ve protested Pluto’s demotion from “planet” to “dwarf planet.” Despite our rallying cries, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) has remained staunchly unmoved.

 This year, we’ve decided to embrace Pluto’s status and celebrate all the dwarf planets. The Dwarf Planet Pride Parade departs the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 2pm, with festivities to follow.

 

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Holiday book signing by local authors at PNA

November 13th, 2013 by Doree

Nearly two dozen local authors will read from and sign their books from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The fourth annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Book Signing is co‐hosted by Santoro’s Books, Shunpike and the PNA. Proceeds benefit 826 Seattle (a nonprofit writing and tutoring center in Greenwood) and the PNA. The authors are even baking homemade goodies for purchase to support literacy programs.

Authors include: Garth Stein, Kristin Hannah, Elizabeth George, Erica Bauermeister, Megan Chance, Susan Wiggs, Kevin O’Brien, Clare Dederer, Kevin Emerson, Jennie Shortridge, Carol Cassella, Laurie Frankel, Sean Beaudoin, Shannon Huffman Polson, Lynn Brunnelle, Suzanne Selfors, Deb Caletti, Bernadette Pajer, Bhartii Kirchner, William Dietrich, Mike Lawson, Clare Meeker and Thor Hanson.

Twelve authors will give readings throughout the afternoon:

  • 2 p.m. – Erica Bauermeister
  • 2:15 p.m. – Sean Beaudoin
  • 2:30 p.m. – Jennie Shortridge
  • 2:45 p.m. – Bill Dietrich
  • 3 p.m. – Laurie Frankel
  • 3:15 p.m. – Thor Hanson
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lynn Brunelle
  • 3:45 p.m. – Suzanne Selfors
  • 4 p.m. – Bharti Kirchner
  • 4:15 p.m. – Shannon Huffman Polson
  • 4:30 p.m. – Kevin Emerson
  • 4:45 p.m. – Bernadette Pajer

The S7W writers also help stock “pocket libraries” throughout the city in homeless shelters and food banks. Anyone who brings gently‐used books to donate at the Holiday Book Signing will receive a free S7W cloth bag.

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Seattle7Writers brunch to benefit 826 Seattle

July 8th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle7Writers and Elliott Bay Book Company are hosting another gathering of prominent Seattle authors at a Book Club Brunch to benefit literacy programs.

The Sunday, July 14, brunch will benefit Greenwood’s 826 Seattle, a non-profit writing and tutoring program. The ticket price of $50 includes brunch, mimosas, and a $20 tax-deductible donation.

The brunch is at 10 am. at Greenwood Square, on the southeast corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North (above Hummus Café – enter on 85th next to the bus stop).

Author Garch Stein will emcee and Whidbey Island mystery writer Elizabeth George will discuss her books and the writing life.

Other authors that will sign books at the brunch:

  • Deb Caletti, “He’s Gone”
  • Tara Conklin, “The House Girl”
  • Laurie Frankel, “Goodbye For Now”
  • Kristin Hannah, “Fly Away”
  • Shannon Polson, “North of Hope”
  • Jennie Shortridge, “Love Water Memory”

Seattle7Writers is a nonprofit organization that presents local literature to the community while raising money for 826 Seattle. Authors’ books will be available for purchase; a percentage of book sales also will benefit literacy programs.

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826 Seattle wants you to ‘Dance Your Cash Off’

May 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center, 826 Seattle, is gearing up for one of its major annual fundraisers, “Dance Your Cash Off.” The dance marathon takes place at Nectar Lounge in Fremont on June 20.

The idea is to dance five straight hours, starting at 6 p.m. (Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.) Fundraising minimum is $50 (down from last year’s $150).

The event is hosted by radio personality Luke Burbank. DJs are Potatoes O’Brien and Larry Rose of KEXP. Celebrity judges include “Stranger” staff writers Christopher Frizzelle, Jen Graves, Cienna Madrid, Sub Pop staff, and (and others to be announced later).

Last year’s event raised $31,000. Their goal this year is $32,000.

Register online to form your dance team.

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826 Seattle raises $171,000 at annual fundraiser

May 2nd, 2013 by Doree

826 Seattle, Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center, raised more than $171,000 at last Friday’s fifth annual People Eating and Giving event at the Triple Door.

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Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service accompanies some 826 students.

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826 students showing off their work. Photos by Victoria VanBruinisse.

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Neighborhood news roundup: business closed, arts, live music and poetry, recycling, lion cubs

March 21st, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news, in no particular order.

Snoose Junction, 10406 Holman Rd. NW, closed its doors on March 9.

Tony’s Coffee Bar, 7001 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting the second in its literary series on Friday evening. “Three Washington Writers and One From Portland” is from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Four authors will read from their works: Nicole Rosevear, Ellen Parker, Jennifer D. Munro and Erin Gilbert. The event is free; refreshments will be served. Tony’s also will be giving away free Italianos from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. that day to celebrate the literary event.

Greenwood nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is partnering with Couth Buzzard Books for a “Whipper Snapper’s Cabaret” Saturday night. Talented students from 826 Seattle will take the stage for poetry and singing. Joining them are jazz musician Kenny Mandell’s jazz workshop Students, spoken word artist/DJ William Higareda (MC Vajra), humor essayist Marianne Hale and “trickster/wordsmith” Holly Brown. Free; food and drinks available for purchase. The Cabaret starts at 7:30 p.m. at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Phinney resident Howard Snyder, a fine art landscape photographer, has a solo photography exhibition called “Chasing Shadows, Chasing Light” at Seattle Creative Arts Center through the end of this month.

PhinneyWood reader Joey Pauley contacted us, seeking witnesses to a car accident at the intersection of North 80th Street and Linden Avenue North on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.

This is a photo of Pauley’s red car…

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And the other driver’s black car.

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If you witnessed this accident, please call Joey at 206-651-5639.

A PhinneyWood reader contacted us because they were concerned about the new Greenwood Fred Meyer’s lack of recycling containers for customers to use. We contacted Fred Meyer and received this response:

Fred Meyer takes pride in the recycling program we have in each of our stores. It is part of our commitment towards a more sustainable business. We work hard to wrap up all loose ends with a new store opening as quickly as possible. Recycling stations for Customers are now available at your new Greenwood store. Thank you for shopping with us and for recycling!

Woodland Park Zoo’s new lion cubs now have full access to the entire lion exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The waiting line to view the cubs in the lion shelter has been removed.

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Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

“The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle” author David Volk is looking for recommendations on freebies and deals in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge for his book’s second edition, due in May. (We profiled Volk in December 2010.)

If any of your readers know about great happy hours, places to go to hear live music for free, ways to see movies for free or cheap, amazingly cheap restaurants and places to see comedy for cheap, please have them drop me an e-mail. All people who make suggestions that he uses will be named in the book’s acknowledgements, the top five win a wonderfully kitschy prize and the best one wins a free copy of the new book when it comes out.

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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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826 Seattle offering free help for students writing college entrance essays

October 17th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is offering free help for juniors and seniors writing college entrance essays. Mentors will be available at a College Entrance Essay Marathon from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 826 Seattle/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Students can register on the website, but drop-ins are also welcome. Bring finished essays that need editing, or initial ideas for an essay. Bring a laptop if you have one; or bring your essay/ideas on a flash drive or piece of paper.

Another session will be from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.

If students need to do any follow-up work on their essays, or SAT prep, they can attend 826 Seattle’s free High School Tutoring program, from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Register for that program online, or at the College Entrance Essay Marathon.

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Neighborhood news: charity collections, tutoring, zoo lights

August 17th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news we’ve collected recently.

The Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N., made its first donation yesterday to three “charity cases” it supports by naming pizzas after neighborhood institutions, then donating $1 from each pizza to that organization. In its first six months in business, The Ridge sold 700 pizzas supporting the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 799 supporting Woodland Park Zoo, and 804 supporting Fire Station 21, which will give its check to the NW Burn Foundation.

Left to right, Ridge co-owners Chris Gerke and Chris Navarra, Jim Bennett from Woodland Park Zoo, PNA Executive Director Lee Harper, and Charles Turner and Stephen Eney from Fire Station21. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Tara Berg, owner of Hazel Salon & Organics at 5817 Phinney Ave. N., tells us she and her staff raised $298.75 by doing feather and glitter hair extensions at last Friday’s Summer Streets event, to donate to the Seattle Animal Shelter. Hazel Salon is also matching that amount and sending it to PAWS.

Nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle, 8414 Greenwood Ave N., is getting ready for school to start again, and with it, an influx of students needing help with homework. After-school tutoring begins on Monday, Sept. 10. Students ages 6-18 can receive one-on-one help from volunteers from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and high school students only can receive help from 6-8 p.m., including SAT prep and help writing college applications.

You can register for tutoring online, or pick up a registration form at the center, inside Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

Speaking of 826, Naked City Brewery is once again hosting a special fundraiser for them. Naked City has brewed a special beer, called 826 Luminosity, which is a dry-hopped golden ale made with pale and honey malt and Palisade hops. All proceeds from pints of 826 Luminosity sold on Sunday, Aug. 26, will go directly to 826’s programs, plus $1 from every pint sold on Aug. 24-25.

Lettuce Link is asking neighbors to plant an extra row of veggies to donate to food banks. For more information on the ‘Grow-a-Row’ campaign, check out Lettuce Link’s blog, and to donate, contact Jessica Sherrow, the Lettuce Link Summer VISTA, at jessicas@solid-ground.org 206-694-6746, ext. 2.

Woodland Park Zoo recently announced it will premiere its own winter lights festival this holiday season. WildLights will run from Nov. 23 through Jan.1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly (closed Dec. 24-25).

Rendering by Todd Nordling Concept Design.

Approximately 375,000 energy-efficient LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. An animated display of nature’s wonder will be woven into the zoo’s famous greenery inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe, including “Northern Lights,” “The Water Hole” and “Jungle Lights.” Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor nature play space, will be open for play and performances. While the zoo’s animals will be tucked in for the night, the Day Exhibit, a showcase of reptiles and amphibians, will be open, offering another indoor venue for the chilly evenings.

Other highlights will include visiting reindeer, the Historic Carousel (additional fee), entertainment and festive refreshments for purchase.

Admission to WildLights will be $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for toddlers ages 0-2. From December 14 to January 1, admission will increase to $9.50 for adults. This is an after-hours ticketed event so regular zoo membership privileges will not apply. WildLights will be a rain or shine event ‒ there will be no ticket refunds.

Tickets to WildLights will go on sale in the fall and will be available online at www.zoo.org/wildlights daily. Night-of-event tickets will be for sale at the zoo’s West Entrance only, if not sold out.

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826 Seattle wants fundraisers to ‘Dance Your Cash Off’

May 22nd, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is hosting its annual “Dance Your Cash Off” fundraiser on Thursday, June 21, at Fremont’s Nectar Lounge.

Last year’s event raised $25,000 to support 826 Seattle’s free programs for students ages 6-18. Organizers hope to raise at least $28,000 this year.

You can register to form or join a dance team, and be ready to dance for five straight hours. You must raise at least $150 in donations (which makes you eligible for prizes). Fun costumes encouraged.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on June 21, dancing begins at 6 p.m. The Grand Prize will be awarded after 11 p.m. Joe & Nancy Guppy of Seattle Channel’s “ArtZone” are hosting, and DJ El Toro of KEXP will spin tunes.

Speaking of 826 Seattle fundraisers, the organization raised more than $170,000 at its May 4 “People Eating & Giving” event, where authors Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter talked with John Roderick of The Long Winters about their support for 826.

Left to right: John Roderick, Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter.

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