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

 

Phinney Neighborhood Chorus performs Haiti school fundraiser on June 25

June 13th, 2016 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Chorus is performing its annual concert to raise money for a school in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Phinney Lutheran Church, 7500 Phinney Ave. N.

The concert is free with all donations going to the George Marcellus School in Haiti. Last year’s concert raised $7,620 – enough to cover the school’s entire budget for one year.

The chorus has raised more than $90,000 for two Haiti schools in the last 12 years. The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

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Viewlands Elementary needs $25,000 to finish funding playground improvement project

May 5th, 2016 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary’s Parent Teacher Student Association is just $25,000 away from fully funding its playground improvement project, scheduled to begin this summer. The project is funded by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, a King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant, and many community donations.

The PTSA’s Spring Legacy Campaign hopes to raise the final $25,000 by June 10 to fund the remaining components of the project, including the embankment slide with rubber surfacing and a log and boulder seating area.

Click here for the donation form, where you can also order an engraved brick or paver for the new play area.

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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).

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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.

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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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