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


Final meeting on public input for Viewlands Elementary playground improvements is March 2

February 18th, 2015 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting its final public meeting about its playground improvement project on March 2nd.

Viewlands was awarded a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to prepare construction documents for the first phase of improvements to the playground. Previous meetings sought input from students and community members about what they’d like to see in the improved playground.

This final public meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, March 2, to review the design documents that are currently 50 percent completed.

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Public Review of first phase of Viewlands playground improvement Nov. 2

October 28th, 2014 by Doree

The public is invited to review the first phase of playground improvements proposed for Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 3rd Ave. NW., from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, in the school gym. This is the first of two public meetings.

The playground improvements are being paid for by a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Meeting participants can tour the school grounds and learn where future recreational and play components will be located. Snacks and games will be provided.

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Parade of LED-wrapped metal monkeys will light up Phinney-Greenwood this holiday season

September 15th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council have organized a fun new project for the November-December holiday season. They’ll light the air raid tower at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North and hang 150 monkeys with lights from trees, awnings and poles all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from North 59th to 87th streets.

Here’s a prototype being shaped in the workshop.


And here it is all lit up.


The project is made possible by a grant from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, which means the community has to match it with volunteer hours.

Here’s more info from organizers Ann Bowden and Mike Veitenhans:

The idea grew out of discussions about ways to promote the neighborhood businesses. The air raid tower is a unique feature in the neighborhood and became a natural focus for the project and a central location for a lighting event. In addition, the Woodland Park Zoo’s new WildLights offered an opportunity to capitalize on the thousands of people who travel to the neighborhood to see holiday lights. And so the project was born.

This fall, a 17-foot tall, 20-spoked, 6000 LED structure (shaped something like a cone) will be created to hang from the tower’s work platform. On Nov. 29, the structure will be lighted during a holiday lighting event.

In addition, 150 metal frame monkeys will also be created, wrapped in LED lighting strips and posted on trees, lamp posts, awnings and in windows at various locations along Phinney and Greenwood. Think what fun it will be trying to spot all of the monkeys who’ve “escaped” from the Zoo’s WildLights.

Because this is a DON grant, community members are needed to help match the funds with volunteer efforts – everything from helping to create the monkeys to hanging them to planning and executing the lighting event.

First up – Benders are needed soon. Volunteer “benders” will bend 1/8″ x 3/4″ flat bar into various monkey shapes. The work will be done in a workshop in South Lake Union. Volunteers will be trained, need to have strong hands, not be afraid of sweating and getting dirty, and able to work at least 2-hour shifts. Tack welding experience would be nice.

Additional volunteer job descriptions will be developed soon.

Anyone interested in being part of this should contact Mike Veitenhans or Ann Bowden by emailing biz@phinneycenter.org or mike.v@comcast.net.

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20th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is Feb. 8

January 31st, 2014 by Doree

Next Saturday, Feb. 8, is Seattle’s 20th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day when you’re encouraged to reach out to neighbors old and new and celebrate what makes your neighborhood special.

The day was the brainchild of Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood. Thanks, Judith!

Here are ways you can celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. Once scheduled, you can post your event to the events calendar.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
  • Send Neighbor Appreciation Day e-cards to your neighbors.
  • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. You can post stories about great neighbors or neighborhoods on our website, or post it to our Facebook page.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors!

In our neighborhood, Fire Station 21 at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting an open house at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8.

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Visit Fire Station 21 on Neighbor Appreciation Day Feb. 9

January 28th, 2013 by Doree

Neighbor-Appreciation-Day-2004ArtWinner-resizedThe 19th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is on Saturday, Feb. 9. It’s a day to celebrate all our great neighbors and communities. As part of the festivities, nearly two dozen fire stations will open their doors to the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so people can take a tour and get to know their firefighters better.

Besides Station 21 at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N., nearby stations celebrating that day include Green Lake Fire Station 16, 6846 Oswego Place NE; Ballard Fire Station 18, 1521 NW Market St.; Bitter Lake Fire Station 24, 401 N 130th St.; and Crown Hill Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave. NW.

The city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day website allows you to send an e-card to neighbors, tell a story about your favorite neighbor or what makes your neighborhood special, ideas for how to celebrate the day, and an events calendar for the day.

By the way, Neighbor Appreciation Day was first suggested to the city in 1995 by Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood. Thanks, Judith!

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Neighborhood news roundup

August 7th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of newsy tidbits from the neighborhood.

Phinney Ridge Girl Scout Annika Sovold is one of five winners in Molly Moon’s five-ingredient ice cream contest. Molly Moon’s and the Girl Scouts partnered together for the July contest called “Eat Local, Eat Organic!”

Annika called her ice cream “The Best Ice Cream You’ve Ever Put in Your Mouth.” Ingredients include honey, chocolate and cherries. You can see the five winning recipes here.

The Wing Dome, 7818 Greenwood Ave. N., recently renovated its patio to include an angled rooftop, so diners can eat outside rain or shine.

(Photo courtesy of the Wing Dome.)

The Salvation Army has named new leaders for its Seattle Temple Corps, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.

Majors Ronald and Ronalee Fenrich are taking over for Majors David and Linda Harmon, who were appointed to The Salvation Army Western Territorial office in Long Beach, CA. The Fenrich’s most recently managed Clark County Corps in Vancouver.

(Photo courtesy The Salvation Army.)

The Seattle Temple Corps is among the largest Corps in The Salvation Army Northwest Division. It serves more than 500 families per month. Among the variety of programs and services offered to the community in North Seattle are daycare for infants and toddlers, rent/utility assistance, after-school tutoring and music lessons for kids and teens, summer camp, and holiday assistance.

The Seattle Temple Corps serves several North Seattle neighborhoods, bordered on the south by the ship canal bridge, Puget Sound on the west, and Lake Washington to the east. The area includes Seattle neighborhoods of Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Green Lake, Northgate, Ballard, Fremont, University District, Wallingford – and its north-most area of service is Kenmore.

The Majors have been married for 20 years and have two children.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting applications for the fall round of the Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Small and Simple Projects Fund. The application deadline is Oct. 8.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching funds of up to $20,000 to support community members as they work together to build a stronger and healthier neighborhood through civic participation. Activities may be physical projects, as well as less tangible but equally significant educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities. To learn about the guidelines and application process, visithttp://seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. To apply, groups need to register at webgrants.seattle.gov, a web-based application and fund management system.

Low-income residents will be able to double their purchasing power at some neighborhood farmers markets when using their SNAP electronic benefit transfer cards at select farmers markets through Oct. 1, including the Phinney Farmers Market.

The City of Seattle Office of Sustainability & Environment’s “Fresh Bucks” pilot program allows SNAP EBT users to get $10 worth of Fresh Bucks per day to purchase fruits and vegetables when they purchase a minimum of $10 with their EBT card.

Fresh Bucks can be used at the following Farmer’s Markets: Phinney, Columbia City, Lake City, University District, Magnolia, Broadway, West Seattle

(The Fresh Bucks pilot program is funded by JP Morgan Chase, the Seattle Foundation, and the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

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18th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day on Feb. 11

January 17th, 2012 by Doree

Celebrate the people who make our neighborhood great with Seattle’s 18th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day on Feb. 11. The event was started by Phinney Ridge’s own Judith Wood, who suggested the city set aside a day to honor great neighbors.

From the city’s press release:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. The website, www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday, provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help community members organize an activity. Once organized, the event can be posted to the online calendar atwww.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/eventsubmit.htm (the submission can be made public or private).
  • Send out Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting e-cards to your neighbors. The selection of e-cards feature artwork from past winners of the Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest.
  • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. Community members can visit the Neighbor Appreciation Day website to post stories about great neighbors or their neighborhood.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the online calendar. Seattle Fire stations, Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers and pools, and other organizations have special Neighbor Appreciation Day events and work parties planned.

Artwork by Alex Taylor.

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Neighborhood project workshop on Tuesday in Ballard

September 12th, 2011 by Doree

The city will hold a workshop in Ballard on Tuesday on brainstorming ideas and working through the application process for the next round of Small and Simple Projects Fund grants from the Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund.

The workshop is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 17. This round of grants will focus on emergency preparedness. Another workshop is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S.

For more information or questions, contact the Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov, or the Seattle Office for Emergency Management at 206-233-5076 or SNAP@seattle.gov.

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Small and Simple Projects Fund opens Thursday for applications on emergency preparedness

August 30th, 2011 by Doree

The next round of Small and Simple Projects Fund grants from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund will focus on emergency preparedness. Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, Sept. 1. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Oct. 17.

The city encourages applicants to attend one of two workshops to learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund program, and brainstorm emergency preparedness project ideas. The workshops will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW; and on Thursday, Sept. 15, at The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S.

For more information or questions, contact the Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov, or the Seattle Office for Emergency Management at 206-233-5076 or SNAP@seattle.gov.

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