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


PNA Preschool Co-op needs donations for its bi-annual kids gear sale

February 19th, 2013 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op is looking for donations for its huge bi-annual Gently Used Kid’s Clothing and Gear Sale, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, in the Brick Building. Clothing and gear for sale will include items for ages 0-10, plus maternity. Items include gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear and maternity wear.

Admission is free. All clothes are hung by size and gender. Fifty-percent discounts on many items begins at 12 p.m.

If you’d like to donate items your family has outgrown, email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off. Donations need to be made by March 10.

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Bumps & Babies Fair spring sale at Bitter Lake Community Center

April 9th, 2012 by Doree

The Bumps & Babies Fair Spring Sale is on April 14-15 at the Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N. The twice-yearly boutique and consignment event features thousands of new and gently used kids’ clothes, toys and baby gear.

The sale is from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, April 15. Bring your own bags or baskets. Cash preferred, but credit cards will be accepted (but not checks). Sales tax will be added.

New this year, Seattle Gymnastics Academy will have a children’s play area set up.

Photo by J. Shelton Photography.

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Ridge Romp back to entertain children (and their parents)

October 18th, 2010 by Doree

The Ridge Romp children’s entertainment series is back at the Phinney Neighborhood Center for almost-monthly children’s concerts, puppet shows and more.

Cost is $3 per person at the door (babies in arms are free.) Doors open at 10 a.m., show starts at 10:30 and lasts about 45 minutes.

The first show of the season was Juggletunes on Oct. 2. The season continues on Nov. 27 with “Yo Ho Ho The Pirate Show” from Thistle Theater.

(A) pirate ship adventure and search for treasure with Crazy Captain Jenny! Learn how to walk, talk, and sing like a pirate and how to live by the all-important Pirate Code of Conduct. Meet Clarence the Baby Crocodile who warns of a giant sea monster lurking in the deep. An interactive adventure complete with treasure map and a message in a bottle!

The wildly popular Caspar Babypants is back on Jan. 8.

Chris Ballew, lead singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, lends his wacky chops to Caspar Babypants, purveyor of simple, good time sing-along music for kids and parents to enjoy together. “It’s not much of a stretch from The Presidents,” says Ballew. “I’m still singing songs about bugs and animals. I’m still drawing upon the same influences — old folk music and blues.” Your babes will dance their pants off!

Caspar Babypants, with Chris Ballew on the left, perform at last year’s Ridge Romp.

On Feb. 5 it’s a rockin’ concert by The Not-Its!

Meet The Not-Its!, Seattle’s most rockin’ kid-focused band. With the success of their debut album, We Are The Not-Its! released June 2009, it’s clear they are on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families will love. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within “fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates.”

The Not-Its! rock pink tutus and skinny ties.

The Reptileman performs on March 5.

Leapin’ lizards! The Reptileman is back with his menacing menagerie of cold-blooded creatures. Be prepared to be amazed by slithering snakes and chomping crocs, while learning about these incredible animals in the process.

Ridge Romp shows for April 2 and May 7 have not yet been announced.

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Mimi Rose closing September 30

July 11th, 2010 by Doree

Mimi Rose children’s clothing and toy store at 6001 Phinney Ave. N. is closing its doors after 20 years.

Designer/owner Margaret Rose says business has been tough the last few years and she has the opportunity to travel for the next year, so she’s going to take some time off and then see if she wants to go back into business.

“It is a bittersweet thing,” Rose said today. “I’ve really grown to love the community and be a part of it. Business has been very difficult. I’ve been in business for 20 years. This is the most challenging it’s ever been.”

Mimi Rose has been in four locations over the last 20 years, first starting in the heart of downtown Seattle. Rose designs all the clothing and sold her products nationally for about 15 years.

With her youngest child off to college in the fall, she’s going on an “open ended adventure” to Turkey, where she plans to relax and rethink her business plans.

Mimi Rose currently has a going-out-of-business sale. All clothes are 25-75 percent off, books are 40 percent off, and toys are 25 percent off. And she still has plenty of inventory coming in over the next four weeks.

Her last day will be Sept. 30, and she may have store fixtures for sale during the last few days.

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Still room in some of PNA’s summer camps

May 19th, 2010 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association still has room in some of its Dragon Room Summer Program Camps.

The Dragon Room Summer Program is a series of week-long, half-day camps for young children sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) and held in the PNPC’s enchanted Dragon Room at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Open to PNPC families and community members, the Dragon Room Summer Program offers rich and diverse classes for preschoolers and elementary aged children.

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Taproot teaches ‘Drama With Your Mama’

May 17th, 2010 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s popular Acting Studio has a new class this spring called Drama with Your Mama. Designed for children ages 1 to 3, it aims to help children develop their imagination through singing, movement and general silliness.

Held at Grace Fellowship Church on NW 62nd Street and 4th Avenue Northwest in Lower Phinney, the class is loosely structured and can move along with the children’s whims.

Children in Taproot’s Drama With Your Mama class bounce around.

During the session’s second class this morning, teacher Jessica Brady led about a dozen children plus their caregivers (mostly moms, but also two dads and a grandmother) through a series of songs and movements.

“When we’re doing drama we use our voices and we use our bodies,” Brady explained.

After singing “Row Row Row Your Boat,” “The Hokey Pokey” and several other fun songs, the class settled down to read a book about a kitten discovering a full moon, which she thinks is a bowl of milk.

That’s when the drama part kicked in.

Brady pulled out a magic green hula hoop that she laid on the floor. With each child touching the magic hoop, they counted to three and were transported to Drama Land. There, they tried to capture the full moon with a pretend rope as a lasso.

Children try to lasso the moon.

Then one little girl said they should turn the rope into a fishing line and catch the moon that was reflected in the pond.

Some children participated fully in class, others spent time snuggling with mom or dad until they felt comfortable, and this little boy felt the need to drive around the circle for a while.

That’s KING 5 reporter Deborah Feldman and photojournalist Tom Hickey in the background. They’ll be doing a story on Drama With Your Mama in June as part of KING 5’s “Learning for Life” series.

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Sign up for PNA Kids! summer camps

March 15th, 2010 by Doree

PNA Kids! is now signing up children for its summer programs, including the second year of its preschool summer camps.

After the success of its first year, PNA Kids! will once again be offering Preschool Summer Camp at its Whittier site from July 6th – August 27th. The preschool staff has pulled together a great summer curriculum that includes engaging activities and fun for all preschoolers ages 3 – 5. “A Green Thumb” and “Kids in the Kitchen” are just two of the weekly themes this year. For kids 5 – 12, our Summer Safari is the way to go with two locations at the Phinney Center and Whittier Elementary. Daily field trips and themes such as “Travels in Time” and “Go! Go! Go! In the H2O” will keep the kids entertained. Check it out online or come by the Phinney Center and pick up a brochure.

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PNA’s Dragon Room Summer Program registration opens soon

March 5th, 2010 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhod Preschool Co-op (PNPC) is once again holding a series of camps for kids this summer.

The Dragon Room Summer Program is a series of week-long, half-day camps for young children sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) and held in the PNPC’s enchanted Dragon Room at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Open to PNPC families and community members, the Dragon Room Summer Program offers rich and diverse classes for preschoolers and elementary aged children. The classes are drop-off so do not require parental involvement, but you are always welcome to stay for all or part of the class to explore along with your child.

See the website for class descriptions and registration information. Registration opens to current PNPC families on March 29, to PNA members on April 2 and to the general public on April 5.

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The pigs are coming to Ridge Romp

February 4th, 2010 by Doree

Valentine’s Performing Pigs are the guests at this Saturday morning’s Ridge Romp children’s entertainment series at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the brick building.

Valentine’s Performing pigs is a unique, fast-paced act that consists of mini pigs doing tricks and incredible athletic feats on a very large stage. As music plays, the dazzling swiners dance, jump in the air, play catch with the audience, run up teeter totters, slam dunk basketballs, pop balloons, roll barrels and madly roar across the stage on scooters and skateboards! The audiences go HOG WILD!

The pot-bellied pigs hit the stage at 10:30 a.m. for a 45-minute show. Cost is $3 per person (babes in arms are free).

The famous pigs from Gig Harbor have appeared on “The Late Show” with David Letterman and “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, and have appeared in commercials and at special events all across the country. Click here for some amazing video of past performances.

Note: In past years, Valentine’s Performing Pigs have been so popular that the event sold out, and some of those folks attending were adults without children, leaving some kids out in the cold. Please remember that Ridge Romp is a children’s entertainment series; it is designed for families.

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Rep. Dickerson spearheads ’safe baby bottle bill’

January 26th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

36th District Representative Mary Lou Dickerson (D) is the primary sponsor of a bill which calls to ban the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from bottles, cups and other containers that young children drink from. It also calls for a ban of BPA from sports bottles, which pregnant women use. (Bill text here. pdf)

The state house vote was nearly-unanimous yesterday to ban the chemical, moving the bill on to the State Senate. “I’m proud we united 95 to 1 to protect babies and young children from BPA-laced food containers,” said Dickerson (D-Seattle). “The strong support for this bill reflects the overwhelming evidence that kids need to be protected against this very toxic substance.” Representative Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) was the lone nay in the House. Two representatives were excused from the vote.

After the first reading in the State Senate today, the bill has been referred to Health & Long-Term Care. If this bill passes, Washington state will be the third state to ban BPA, following Minnesota and Connecticut.

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Help your child give up the binky with the Binky Fairy

November 4th, 2009 by Doree

Parents of little ones know how hard it can be for your child to give up the pacifier. PlayMatters at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. is presenting monthly visits by the Binky Fairy to make it easier.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month, the Binky Fairy will take your child’s binky and let them choose a big kid gift from a treasure box. The only requirement is a donation to Toys for Tots. After making a donation, your child can play at PlayMatters for half off the regular admission.

If you don’t have a binky, you’re still welcome to donate to Toys for Tots and stay and play for half off.

PlayMatters has also just started a new preschool program for ages 3-5. The three-day and five-day sessions begin Jan. 4.

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Clean out your toy room and reduce your carbon footprint

November 3rd, 2009 by Doree

CoolMom is hosting its second annual Toy Swap ‘n’ Sale on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Greenwood and West Seattle. Here’s how it works: You clean out your kid’s toys and donate whatever they don’t need anymore. You get a $5 credit so you can shop at the sale for “new” toys they do want. And the toys are priced cheap. You reduce your carbon footprint by not buying a brand new toy.

The Greenwood sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodland Park United Methodist, 302 North 78th St. The West Seattle sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW. You don’t need to donate to shop.

All proceeds benefit CoolMom, WestSide Baby and Family Works. CoolMom is a non-profit that “helps unite families to take action on climate change through education, lifestyle change, and advocacy.”

CoolMom wants to help families reduce spending and their carbon footprint this holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste in the United States increases by more than 25%. By buying locally used toys instead of newly packaged toys purchased at several stores throughout the state or country, families can reduce their travel fuel consumption and reduce their impact on our recycling and landfill centers. Buying quality used toys also saves families money, which helps in these tough economic times.

Bring your bagged items to one of the 13 drop-off locations before Wed., Nov. 11. Include your name on the donation bag or in a slip of paper inside so you can get the $5 credit.

Greenwood/Ballard drop-off locations: PCC Green Lake; Phinney Neighborhood Center (65th & Greenwood); Small Faces Child Development Center (92nd & 14th NW): Greenwood Elementary (1st NW & 80th); PCC Fremont. West Seattle locations listed here.

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