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A fun Halloween weekend in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood

November 1st, 2015 by Doree

It sure was a fun weekend in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, with the main drag teeming with more than a thousand children and adults trick-or-treating at neighborhood businesses Saturday afternoon for the annual Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat, followed by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead festival on Sunday night.

American Dance Institute went all out with decorations, as usual.

American Dance Institute went all out with decorations, as usual.

Frankenstein's Monster always greets trick-or-treaters at 74th St. Ale House.

Frankenstein’s Monster always greets trick-or-treaters at 74th St. Ale House.

Monkeying around at Herkimer Coffee.

Monkeying around at Herkimer Coffee.

An amazing salmon head piece at Seattle ReCreative.

An amazing salmon head piece at Seattle ReCreative.

Traditional Aztec dancers lead a procession from the Phinney Center through the neighborhood.

Traditional Aztec dancers lead a Day of the Dead procession from the Phinney Center through the neighborhood.

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People decorated sugar skulls.

Raul Sanchez built the Day of the Dead altar at the Phinney Gallery. Here he explains the significance of marigolds. "That flower signifies the sun. Without the sun, there is no life."

Raul Sanchez constructed the Day of the Dead altar at the Phinney Center Gallery. Here he explains the significance of using marigolds. “That flower signifies the sun. Without the sun, there is no life.”

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Día de los Muertos and ‘spooky’ teen art and poetry at the Greenwood Library

October 14th, 2015 by Doree

In honor of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a miniature sculpture calacas workshop from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Participants will learn to mold and sculpt miniature skeletons using air dry clay. All ages; no registration required.

The library also is hosting a teen art and poetry contest with a “spooky” theme. The contest is open to anyone ages 10-18. Entries are due to the library’s Information Desk by 6 p.m. on Oct. 23. Winners will be announced on Oct. 28. Art may be in any medium: photography, painting, drawings, collage, etc. Poetry should be no longer than one page. Participants may submit up to two entries total. All entries will be displayed at the library. Pick up an entry form at the library.

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Día de los Muertos at PNA next Saturday

October 24th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival is next Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 -9 p.m. at the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave.

Appropriate for all ages, the free festival includes music, Aztec dancers, food, arts and crafts, a traditional altar dedication, and Spanish music for children.

The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. in Community Plaza for a procession led by Ce Atl Tonalli Aztec Dancers.

Volunteer opportunities are still available to help decorate the PNA, paint faces, help kids decorate sugar skulls, etc. Volunteers can sign up online.

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Hundreds honor ancestors at annual Day of the Dead celebration

November 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Hundreds of people packed into the Phinney Neighborhood Association Friday night for the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. It began outside in the rain, where Esmael Xiutecpatl and Ce atl Tonalli Aztec Dance Group performed a traditional blessing and then led a procession through the neighborhood.

Inside people could drink Mexican hot chocolate, buy Day of the Dead Bread, see more traditional performances, and decorate sugar skulls (below).

And people could place pictures and other objects to remember loved ones on the community altar.

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