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


North Star Diner & Shanghai Room hosting fundraiser for customer’s mom’s hospice care

October 23rd, 2015 by Doree

The North Star Diner & Shanghai Room at 8580 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting a fundraiser to help one of its regular customers pay for her mother’s hospice care.

The fundraiser begins at 9 p.m. Saturday. A portion of revenue and all proceeds from Shock Top Beer will go to the family, and there will be other opportunities to donate and help out.

Thank you for taking the time to hear about my mom Janet’s story. She is a brave woman who has gone through countless treatments to see me grow up. But now unfortunately her treatment options have run out and we are facing hospice. There are still expenses related to her care that we are finding hard to afford. Having a fundraiser at my favorite bar, the Shanghai room would not only possibly help my mother financially but help put a smile on my mom’s face during this difficult time.

You can also make a donation on the family’s You Caring page.

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Balconies and windows needed for holiday monkeys

October 19th, 2015 by Doree

Last year, 200 lighted monkeys hung around in local businesses and public spaces like the library as a way to promote our neighborhood business district. Even more monkeys are planned for this year.


Businesses and community members can “foster” a monkey from Thanksgiving through New Year’s for just $25. The first 75 household sponsors will receive a pair of tickets to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights preview night on Nov. 24.

New this year, community members living along Phinney-Greenwood avenues from North 59th to 87th streets or on 85th Street can hang a monkey in their window or from their upper balcony if it faces Phinney Avenue, Greenwood Avenue, or 85th Street.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group dreamed up the monkeys as a way to tie in with WildLights, to draw even more visitors to the neighborhood and generate funds to maintain the monkeys and support other community activities, from the GloCone lighting to Summer Streets.

If you’d like to foster a monkey, all you need is $25, a guardrail to which a monkey can be attached with plastic ties, and an electrical receptacle – monkeys stay lit 24/7 but each draws less than two watts of power. In return, you’ll receive two complimentary tickets to the zoo’s WildLights preview on Monday, November 23.

Interested? Please email biz@phinneycenter.org or call 206.783.2244.

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The Olive & Grape hosting fundraiser for Nepal earthquake victims on Sunday

May 11th, 2015 by Doree

The Olive & Grape restaurant, at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a fundraiser buffet dinner from 4-8 p.m. this Sunday, May 17, to raise funds for earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. Proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders’ Nepal Rescue and Relief efforts.

Acclaimed traditional musician 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.

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Cancer Lifeline’s 40th anniversary celebration luncheon on March 21

February 13th, 2013 by Doree

Cancer Lifeline, 6522 Fremont Ave. N., on the east side of Phinney Ridge, is hosting its 40th anniversary celebration and fundraising luncheon at 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at the Westin Seattle downtown.

The keynote speaker is Debra Jarvis, author of the book “It’s Not About the Hair.” A minimum donation of $150 will be requested at the event. Proceeds benefit Cancer Lifeline’s work to support people affected by cancer.

You can find more details and register online, or call 206-832-1273.

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Benefit Wednesday for Phinney Ridge restaurant server who suffered a stroke

January 15th, 2013 by Doree

Catherine (Cat), who is a server at 74th Street Ale House and Prost! in Phinney Ridge, suffered a stroke on Christmas Day. The 35-year-old faces a lot of therapy to recover and has no insurance, so friends and co-workers are hosting a benefit night this Wednesday, Jan. 16, at six locations.

74th Street Ale House’s sister locations, Hilltop Ale House in Queen Anne and Columbia City Ale House, are also participating in the fundraiser, as well as Prost!’s sister locations, Die Bierstube in Roosevelt, and Feierabend in South Lake Union. A large chunk of the proceeds from sales of food and drinks at each location will be donated to her recovery efforts, and extra donations will be accepted.

Hale’s Ale’s, Georgetown Brewery and Maritime Brewery have also donated.

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Holiday sales, toy donations and birthday wishes

December 11th, 2012 by Doree

Ballard, Greenwood and Phinney artisans and home-based businesses are gathering at a Greenwood home on Saturday to raise money for Whittier Elementary School in Ballard.

The Holiday Bazaar is from 12-3 p.m. Saturday at 313 NW 81st St., a half-block west of Greenwood Elementary School. The sale is open to the public.

Customers pay a $2 entry fee, and vendors will donate a portion of their proceeds to the PTA. They’ll also have a bake sale.

Businesses include Plover Organic (linens, pillows, tablecloths and other textiles), Driscoll Design (hand-glittered journals), Glittersweet (purses and bags), Turquoise Creative (greeting cards and fine art), Lara Cowles (totes), Crescent Moon Designs (jewelry), KHS Pottery, and kindie rock band The Not-Its! (CD’s, T-shirts).

Most vendors accept credit cards, but not all, so please bring cash, especially for the entry fee, baked goods and items from smaller vendors.

Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots until Dec 18. For every toy donation, you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream.

Woodland Park Zoo is selling its “seasonal blend” of Holidoo compost, made from animal waste of nearly two dozen herbivore species at the zoo. Holidoo is available at the ZooStore in 4-gallon containers ($20), 2-gallon buckets ($12.95) or pints ($4.95).

Phinneywood resident Gabe Airth is celebrating his 12th birthday tomorrow on 12/12/12 and is hoping his friends will help him raise $1,212.12 for Seattle Public Theater, where he participates in the youth program. You can donate online (be sure and mention Gabe’s name in the comments area).

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Domino Beauty Boutique raises $1,600 for breast cancer research

September 24th, 2012 by Doree

Domino Beauty Boutique, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 101, raised $1,600 in donations from clients and friends as part of the Pink Boat Regatta, benefitting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The regatta was on Sept. 9 at Shilshole in Ballard.

Domino’s boat placed fourth out of 16 boats in their class.

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Christ the King students raise money for Cle Elum wildfire victims

September 11th, 2012 by Doree

Students from Christ the King Catholic School in Broadview, just north of Greenwood, started off the school year with a service project to raise money for victims of this summer’s Cle Elum wildfires.

The Student Council organized a baked goods and crafts sale, and raised more than $200 for the Red Cross.

Hudson Patterson, CKS Student Council Service Chair, said in a press release, “Since Cle Elum had a fire, we felt we should raise money to help them. It felt good to help people in need.”

Christ the King’s student council.

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Fundraiser for Rickshaw employees after grease fire damaged restaurant

May 4th, 2012 by Doree

A grease fire at Rickshaw Restaurant and Lounge at 322 N. 105th St. on March 24 shut down the restaurant temporarily, but it’s taking longer than expected to make the repairs, meaning its employees are out of a paycheck.

Kathy’s Pizza, Grill & Sports Bar at 930 N. 130th St. is hosting a fundraiser for Rickshaw employees from 5 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday, May 16.

A beer pong competition, karaoke, trivia and $1 raffle tickets will raise money for employees to help make ends meet. Pizza slices will be $2, and Bud Light pitchers will be $8.

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