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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Greenwood gas explosion fundraising has exceeded $260,000

April 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association reports that fundraising efforts after the March 9 natural gas explosion in Greenwood have exceeded $260,000, and the PNA has disbursed more than $234,000 so far.

Read on for the complete update from the PNA.

Dear Friends of Greenwood,

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since the explosion that devastated the center of Greenwood.

Fundraising efforts have reached $260,601, thanks to countless individuals and over 100 businesses who donated or held benefits. We expect more contributions to come in through various fundraisers and charitable organizations, including proceeds from the Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ book Encyclopedia Greenwoodia and proceeds from the auction of the Greenwood plywood murals, which Urban Hands has organized. The auction will take place at Greenwood Square/Upper Crust Catering (8420 Greenwood Ave N), starting at 6 pm (appetizers, bar and social hour at 5 pm) on Friday, May 13 during the BIG One Art Walk.

Here at the PNA, we’ve been working hard with the Greenwood Relief Advisory Board, communicating with the 53 businesses, and all of the employees and residents affected, determining needs and distributing funds.

So far, $234,423 has been disbursed but funds are still needed, as the estimated damage is in the millions. Roughly half of the funds went directly to the displaced residents and the employees who lost work hours because of business closures. The remaining is currently being distributed to businesses based on the amount of damage they suffered. Of the 53 businesses affected, 30 have requested funds for uninsured loss, many have declined assistance because of sufficient insurance coverage and we are waiting to hear back from several businesses who have not responded.

Progress with repairs is moving slowly as businesses, building owners and insurance companies navigate this complicated situation.

We have heard countless expressions of gratitude (including flowers and a pizza!) from those receiving relief, and we are honored to steward the community’s generosity.

PNA continues to welcome donations to the fund, and we will keep it open through fall. You can still donate online or via mail/in-person at 6532 Phinney Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103. PNA will also continue to promote any fundraisers or benefits organized by businesses or groups.

Thank you for your support!

Lee Harper

Executive Director

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Fundraising concert for Greenwood gas explosion at Stage Door Café Saturday

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Two local musicians will perform a benefit concert for those affected by the March 9 Greenwood gas explosion from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St.

Singer songwriters Kristin Chambers and Jennifer Savage Crane will perform. The show is free, with all donations going to the businesses affected by the blast. There also will be a $10 raffle for the chance to win tickets to a Taproot show and a gift certificate to the Stage Door Café.

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Greenwood Relief Fund Updated

April 12th, 2016 by Robin Donovan

Greenwood explosion relief efforts are still underway with an updated list of businesses who have contributed to the Relief Fund. To see the complete list (which continues to grow), or to donate, please visit the Phinney Center website. The original posting with more information can be found here.

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Bureau of Fearless Ideas celebrates our neighborhood with ‘Encyclopedia Greenwoodia’ book launch on Saturday

April 6th, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth that’s housed within the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating itself and our neighborhood in a big way on Saturday with the book launch of “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia.”

The book features stories, poems and essays by 38 BFI students and 15 adult writers, with a foreword by former Mayor Mike McGinn, who lives just a few blocks from BFI. The book was sent to the printer before the March 9 natural gas explosion that leveled three businesses across the street and blew out BFI’s windows and caused structural damage inside, along with damaging another 50 businesses in a several-block radius. Originally a fundraiser for BFI, all profits of the book will now go to the Greenwood Relief Fund, to help those businesses, employees and apartment residents move on. And they’ve increased the print run, with help from 4Culture, which provided the original grant for the book.


Coincidentally, the first student piece in the book is a short love letter from a BFI student to Mr. Gyros restaurant, which was destroyed in the blast. The first line sets the tone: “Opening the door to Mr. Gyros, I felt it was a place as friendly as a fuzzy bunny.” Other stories feature Gordito’s, the Angry Beaver and G&O Family Cyclery, all three heavily damaged in the explosion.

The book, supported with a grant from 4Culture and printed in Seattle, also includes historic photos from archives at the Museum of History and Industry and the University of Washington, alongside essays relating to neighborhood history. A foldout map shows story locations and neighborhood highlights. There are fictional stories of Greenwood’s past and future, imagined residents and places, sensory reviews of businesses, profiles of notable Greenwoodians, and even mysteries set in the neighborhood.

The book launch and author reading party is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the nearby Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. (Because BFI was heavily damaged in the blast, the book launch was moved to the senior center and all programs are now taking place down the street at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.) Books will be available for purchase and also will be sold for $10 at many neighborhood locations, with more author readings coming later this spring.

The book is already getting a lot of press, including from The Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times.

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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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