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Cafe Bambino’s Santa photos raise $646.25 for charity

December 14th, 2015 by Doree

Cafe Bambino‘s annual Santa photos during Sunday’s WinterFest on NW 65th Street raised $646.25 for the Ballard Boys & Girls Club (this is an updated higher total from earlier this morning).

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People and pets had their picture taken with Santa on the coffee shop’s deck at 405 NW 65th St.

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This was Cafe Bambino’s eighth year hosting “A Shot with Santa,” where people use their own camera to take photos but can make a donation. This year’s total is double last year’s.

Thanks to West Woodland Neighbors for the photos!

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Pancake fundraiser tonight for Viewlands Elementary playground renovation

October 28th, 2015 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary School’s fundraising campaign for a renovated playground is having a pancake fundraiser from 4-10 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the IHOP at Oaktree Plaza, 10002 Aurora Ave. N. Print out the flier below (or print it from the school’s website) and show it to your server and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the playground campaign.

Organizers for the project at 10525 3rd Ave. NW are trying to raise $25,000 in matching funds by Nov. 4. As of Tuesday night, the campaign had raised $21,000. The project received a $75,000 King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant and a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods.

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Viewlands Elementary needs to raise $25,000 for playground renovations

October 17th, 2015 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, needs to raise $25,000 in cash for its playground renovations. The project has already received a $75,000 King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant and a $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant from the Department of Neighborhoods, but that matching grant requires cash and in-kind donations.

The cash match must be raised by Nov. 4. You can donate online. You can also download their project flier and mail in a donation.

Phase 1 construction could begin next summer, and would include a new play area with climbing structure, and a multi-sport field plus an eighth-mile running track.

Please see the Playground Project 2016 page for more information or download the flier. A GoFundMe Site has also been set up to accept donations online: https://www.gofundme.com/xj6hyaw7

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Pig Out to Root Out Hunger is Wednesday

October 5th, 2015 by Doree

Pig Out logo 2015 -resizedOur neighborhood’s annual Pig Out to Root Out Hunger is all day on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Just eat at any of the participating businesses, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program.

Start with coffee, then lunch, dinner, treats and drinks. Participating businesses will have colorful whirligig signs out front. You can also make a direct donation to the Hot Meal Program by sending a check to the Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.

  • 74th Street Ale House, 7401 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • A La Mode Pies, 5821 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Bill’s On Greenwood, 8560 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • El Chupacabra, 6711 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Fresh Flours, 6015 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Georgia’s Greek Restaurant, 323 NW 85th St.
  • Kouzina Greek Restaurant, 8403 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Martino’s, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Pete’s Egg Nest, 7717 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Phinney Market, 5918 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Prost!, 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Razzis Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Red Mill Burgers, 312 N. 67th St.
  • Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Stumbling Goat Bistro, 6722 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Tangerine Thai, 5914 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Thaiku, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Wing Dome, 7818 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 7419 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Yard Cafe, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Zeeks Pizza, 6000 Phinney Ave. N.

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Haven’t done The Gumshoe yet? Try ‘Procrastishoe’ Sunday afternoon

August 7th, 2015 by Doree

If you purchased your entry form for the 10th annual Gumshoe 5K Walk but haven’t had time to do the detective walk through the neighborhood yet, never fear, there’s a special group walk just for you. And they call it “Procrastishoe.”

A group of Gumshoers on the detective walk this week.

A group of Gumshoers on the detective walk this week.

It’s not too late to finish the 10th annual Gumshoe 5K FUNdraising walk and enter the prize drawing for one of ten $100 gift cards from local businesses. The event continues through this weekend.

If you are a master at dragging your feet or a slowpoke who lets things slide until the last minute, join fellow procrastinators at Ken’s Market at 3 PM Sunday, August 9, to do the Gumhoe in a group. No entry form? Buy one at Ken’s. The Answer Man will follow the troop providing helpful hints and smart ass comments. You’ll finish in time to submit your entry form for the prize drawing that takes place that evening AND you’ll meet new people, explore unfamiliar (perhaps) parts of the neighborhood and get some exercise for both brain and body.

The Gumshoe is a FUNdraising detective walk held every summer in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods — an annual event that has raised over $38,000 for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank since it took its first steps (pun intended) in 2005!

Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks (on Phinney) and Couth Buzzard Books. Solve the clues to discover the route and have fun. To learn more, check out the Gumshoe website at http://dothegumshoe.org.

The Answer Man is punctual, so don’t be late!

Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.

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Annual Spoke & Food biking and dining fundraising event is Tuesday

July 24th, 2015 by Doree

Tuesday, July 28, is the annual Spoke & Food fundraising event, where people are encouraged to bike to participating restaurants and breweries, where 20 percent of their bill will be donated to the non-profit road safety group Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

While you’re encouraged to ride your bike, it’s not required. Each participating establishment will donate 20 percent of their total sales from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday.

The goals of Spoke & Food are to improve local community by creating an event that people can do in their own neighborhoods; to promote a healthy lifestyle; to improve Seattle’s regard for its environment; to showcase how easy it is to use bicycles for everyday activities; and to help raise funds for a deserving non-profit.

You can find the full list of participating venues online. Those in our neighborhood include The Barking Dog Alehouse and Razzi’s Pizzeria.

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Gumshoe detective walk needs ‘test drivers’

June 24th, 2015 by Doree

The annual fundraising Gumshoe 5K Walk returns July 31-Aug. 9, taking participants on a scenic and fun walk through our neighborhood while looking for clues to complete the form for a chance to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. Since 2005, the Gumshoe has raised more than $38,000 for three Greenwood non-profits — Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

The event has been streamlined this year – dropping the Eatsy Street and GumShop photo clue “games within the game” — and now has additional administrative support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, said Mike Veitenhans, who organizes the event and is known as the Gumshoe Answer Man that participants can call when they can’t figure out a clue.

Veitenhans is looking for two volunteers to “test drive” this year’s walk, which involves solving the draft clues while Veitenhans follows along and takes notes so he can tweak the clues into their final form. In return for their time and since they’ve done the walk, the volunteers will receive free Gumshoe entry forms and are eligible to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses being offered as prizes this year.

If you’d like to be a “test driver,” email AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org.

(Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus raises entire year’s budget for Haiti school in one night

June 22nd, 2015 by Doree

More than 200 people attended Saturday’s Phinney Neighborhood Chorus concert to raise funds for the George Marcellus School in Haiti, raising $7,620 – enough to cover the school’s entire budget for one year.

The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

The school’s annual budget is $6,582. Of that, $4,902 is budgeted for teacher salaries, $180 for school supplies, and $1,500 for one meal per day for each child (sometimes their only meal of the day).

The chorus has raised more than $90,000 for two Haitian schools in 12 years.

Online donations are still accepted through the Mona Foundation.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concert June 20 to benefit school in Haiti

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus presents its annual concert to benefit the George Marcellus School in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The chorus will sing a program of mostly a cappella modern and not-so-modern folk music from around the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Sweden, the Republic of Georgia and southern France. The chorus’s mission is to “sing local, act global.”

We sing for free, on behalf of the George Marcellus School in one of the poorest areas of rural Haiti. Donations are much appreciated. We hope to raise the entire $6,500 budget that the school needs for teacher salaries and providing each student one meal a day. 100% of funds raised will go to the school through the Mona Foundation, a Kirkland-based non-profit 501(c)3 that supports universal education.

Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for a fun evening of good singing in a good cause.

Donations can be made here.

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