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


GiveBIG to neighborhood nonprofits on Tuesday

May 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The sixth annual GiveBIG, a one-day online charitable giving event by the Seattle Foundation, is tomorrow (Tuesday), and numerous neighborhood nonprofits are asking for your donations.

The Seattle Foundation “stretches” all donations on Tuesday by about $1 million total. In our neighborhood, you can give to the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Seattle ReCreative, Woodland Park Zoo, Music Center of the Northwest, Cancer Lifeline, and more.

While the official GiveBIG day is Tuesday, you can go online now and schedule your donation for tomorrow. Go to the GiveBIG webpage and search for your preferred nonprofit.

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Flying Bike Coop Brewery hosting fundraiser for G&O Family Cyclery on Thursday

May 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., and Cascade Bicycle Club are hosting a fundraiser for G&O Family Cyclery, which was heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion and has temporarily moved a block north, to 8554-1/2 Greenwood Ave.

The fundraiser is from 3-10 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. One dollar from every pint, schooner and growler sold will support G&O’s rebuilding efforts. G&O Family Cyclery is trying to find a new permanent location in the neighborhood.

“We want the new shop to be a place that reflects the love and support that we’ve felt since this happened. We never want to take that for granted,” G&O co-owner Davey Oil said in a prepared statement. “It’s a very touching thing for Flying Bike and Cascade to give over this spotlight to us. We really appreciate it and can’t wait to party with everyone at the fundraiser.”

You can still donate directly to G&O through their GoFundMe account.

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Fundraising for those affected by Greenwood natural gas explosion exceeds $234,000

March 24th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association reports that fundraising efforts for the businesses, employees and residents affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion have now exceeded $234,000.

That includes the Greenwood Relief Fund that the PNA set up the following day (which is being overseen by an advisory board), a GoFundMe account set up by a neighbor specifically for employees who lost their jobs permanently or temporarily, and a Fundly campaign that was set up by a neighbor just hours after the explosion (the PNA then stepped in as fiscal sponsor).

The PNA has a Greenwood Relief webpage that lists all ongoing and upcoming fundraisers, resources for those affected, and a link to donate to the Greenwood Relief Fund (overseen by the PNA, with 100 percent of proceeds to be distributed to those affected).

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World-class pianist Hiram Galvez performs benefit concert Thursday for Greenwood Relief Fund

March 22nd, 2016 by Doree

World-class Cuban pianist Hiram Galvez will perform a benefit concert for the Greenwood Relief Fund from 7:30-9:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 24, at the Greenwood Masonic Lodge, 7910 Greenwood Ave. N.

The event is co-hosted by the Greenwood Masonic Lodge, the new Luso Food and Wine at 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., and Nazarene Compassionate Alliance NW Chaplains.

All proceeds will go to help the businesses, employees and residents affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged 50 more.

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Whittier Elementary’s online auction open for anyone to bid

March 21st, 2016 by Doree

Whittier Elementary School in Ballard, with boundaries that extend into Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, is hosting its biennial auction to raise money for library books, classroom supplies, extra nursing time and other staffing needs. Before the silent and live auction main event on April 2, the PTA is running an online auction that is open to anyone anywhere in the world.

Just go to whittierauction.org and create an account and bid on items from local businesses like restaurants, breweries and hair salons (and PhinneyWood advertising). Big ticket items include the chance to be part of a Tyler Perry Studios movie or TV show, and a family membership to the YMCA for an entire year (worth more than $1,600).

Dozens of items are in each of the five closings, which are at 10 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, beginning March 23 through April 1.

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Second order of ‘Show Greenwood Some Love’ T-shirts have arrived! On sale at Makeda Coffee by 6 tonight

March 18th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Elementary families who created the “Show Greenwood Some Love” T-shirts have just received the second order, after the first 164 shirts sold out last weekend. They’ll be on sale at Makeda & Mingus, 153 N. 78th St., by 6 p.m. tonight (Friday).


All proceeds are going to the Greenwood Relief Fund, to help residents, businesses and employees affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses, damaged another 50 and displaced a dozen residents.

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‘Show Greenwood Some Love’ T-shirt sales raise more than $4,000 in just a few hours

March 12th, 2016 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School families who produced those “Show Greenwood Some Love” T-shirts sold more than 164 of them at The Ridge Pizza and Makeda & Mingus during last night’s Artwalk to raise $4,100 for the Greenwood Relief Fund to help businesses and neighbors affected by Wednesday’s explosion.


Remaining shirts — mostly larger adult and youth sizes — are for sale at Makeda, 153 N. 78th St. But organizers are putting in a second order that should arrive mid-week and will be for sale at Makeda and at other neighborhood businesses. We’ll let you know when and where.

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Artwalk and plenty of fundraisers for damaged businesses, plus concerts and a magic show in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend

March 11th, 2016 by Doree

If ever there was a weekend that Greenwood neighbors should be out and about in their neighborhood, this is it. The weather may not cooperate, but the monthly Art Up artwalk is still happening tonight, even at many of the businesses damaged by Wednesday’s explosion. Let’s show those businesses some love by eating at the restaurants, patronizing their businesses and buying art.

Earlier today, artist Faye Fontaine painted the plywood at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., to help advertise the Artwalk.


Check the Artwalk website for a list of participating businesses and artists, but keep in mind that that list was compiled before the explosion and we don’t know exactly who is participating as cleanup and repair efforts are ongoing. Many participating venues will have donation jars out to help affected businesses, and some are donating all or a portion of the night’s proceeds to relief efforts, including Urban Light Studios (part of Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 100) and Flying Bike Coop Brewery (8570 Greenwood Ave. N.)

Greenwood Elementary parents will be selling “Show Greenwood Some Love” T-shirts at The Ridge Pizza at 7217 Greenwood Ave. N. during the artwalk tonight. Parents donated the money to make the shirts, so all proceeds go to the relief fund. T-shirts are $25, cash or check only. Checks should be made out the Phinney Neighborhood Association, with Greenwood Relief Fund or Greenwood Love T-shirt in the memo.

The list of businesses and organizations holding fundraisers or collecting donations is long, far too long for us to list them all here. The Phinney Neighborhood Association is compiling a complete list, and is continually adding more, so please check that page for up-to-date information. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation through the PNA to the Greenwood Relief Fund.

Other events happening in the neighborhood this weekend:

Seattle Folklore Society presents internationally-acclaimed harpist Seumas Gagné (one of the founding members of the band Wicked Celts) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. He’ll be joined by several local Celtic musicians. Tickets in advance are $16 general; $14 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price. All tickets are $2 more at the door.

Couth Buzzard is still hosting its full lineup of concerts this weekend: Pacific NW Folklore Society’s Drunken Maidens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Stew’s Folk Music Corner at 12 p.m. Saturday; Songwriters in Seattle with Tim Davidson, Dan Foster, Matthew Schumacher and Steve Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Evan’s Family Variety Show is hosting a special event from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center with internationally renowned magician Jeff McBride. The show is family-friendly, and there are also special events just for professional magicians. Tickets available online.

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Naked City Brewery packed tonight for Greenwood fundraiser

March 10th, 2016 by Doree

Update Friday: Naked City Facebooked this today:

We blew twelve kegs of Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale.
We raised $8125 in beer sales for the relief fund.
We raised $3474 in donations for the relief fund.
In total, we raised $11,599 in one day for the relief fund.
Love you all. Together, we are a phoenix.

Earlier: Naked City Brewery has been hosting a fundraiser all day today to support businesses destroyed and damaged in yesterday’s explosion. $1 from every pint of the specially brewed Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale is going to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

At 8:30 p.m., the inside was completely packed, with people standing outside.


And more people were in the beer garden.


A number of other businesses are hosting fundraisers in the coming days. The PNA has a special web page with a long list of fundraisers and donation sites (some of those donation sites will match funds up to a certain amount). Many of the locations are in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, but others are in Ballard, Magnolia and throughout the rest of the city. As of tonight, there are nearly 30 fundraising opportunities, but please check the list often as they are adding to it continuously.

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