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


Spoke & Food fundraiser July 26 to raise money for Hunger Intervention Program

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

The 7th annual Spoke & Food fundraiser is from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at 19 restaurants throughout the city, including three in our neighborhood. Just bike to one of the locations and they will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Hunger Intervention Program.

In our neighborhood, participating locations are the Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St.; Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. The first 20 cycling patrons at each location will get a Spike & Food drawstring backpack with goodies inside.

The Hunger Intervention Program provides meals, basic cooking skills and nutrition education to needy families.

See the Spoke & Food website for a list of all participating locations.

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Gumshoe detective walk looking for volunteer testers before August event

June 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Gumshoe, which leads participants on a fun 5 kilometer detective walk through the neighborhood to raise money for local nonprofits, is back for its 11th annual event Aug. 5-14. But before that, organizer Mike Veitenhans needs some volunteers to test drive his 30 clues to make sure they make sense.

During the test drive the Gumshoe answer man follows behind and eavesdrops to learn which clues need to be tweaked before going to print—he doesn’t want any Gumshoes taking a wrong turn and ending up in Poulsbo! Volunteers receive complimentary entry forms for their trouble, but still need to do the Gumshoe in August because the clues almost always change as a result of the test drive. If you’d like to do the pre-Gumshoe, email answerman@dothegumshoe.org.

Gumshoers do the 2015 walk.

Gumshoers do the 2015 walk.

Gumshoe entry fees ($20 each or $15 each when buying two or more), go to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA, and the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises $7,500+ for Haiti school

June 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus filled Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church on Saturday night for its annual Haiti benefit concert. The chorus raised more than $7,500 in donations for the Mona Foundation, which supports the Georges Marcellus School in Guerot. That doesn’t include donations made to the foundation’s website, which haven’t yet been tallied.

9-year-old Josie Rough received a standing ovation after her solo at Saturday night’s concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

9-year-old Josie Rough received a standing ovation after her solo at Saturday night’s concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

The chorus has raised about $68,000 since its first fundraising concert in 2005, first for Lekol Pa Nou School in Pinchon, and then for Georges Marcellus School for the past three years.

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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 $60,000 for two Haiti schools in the last 12 years. The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

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International humanitarian and hero of ‘A Long Walk to Water’ to visit Daniel Bagley Elementary Wednesday

June 6th, 2016 by Doree

International humanitarian Salva Dut, a former “Lost Boy” who was featured in the 2010 book “A Long Walk to Water,” will visit Daniel Bagley Elementary on Wednesday to thank students for raising money for his nonprofit Water for South Sudan, which provides access to clean drinking water.

Daniel Bagley is located just on the other side of Aurora Avenue, but its boundaries include the east side of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

One of Bagley’s classrooms of 4th and 5th graders raised more than $6,000 to win WFSS’s Iron Giraffe capital campaign challenge, which is raising money for new wells and drilling equipment. The class has held bake sales, lemonade stands and hand-written donation request letters. The P5 classroom is still raising money; you can donate online here. Dut is visiting the school as a thank you for winning the fundraising challenge.

The school is hosting an informal potluck open to the community from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the school at 7821 Stone Way. Salva will speak at 6 p.m. and then sign books. The event is free; bring food to share if you can. (You can find more information about Dut’s visit to the school on the school’s website.)

After fleeing Sudan’s civil war in the 1980s to first Ethiopia and then Kenya, Dut eventually resettled in Rochester, New York, as a refugee, attended college and then founded Water for South Sudan. He now lives most of the year in South Sudan, overseeing WFSS’s drilling operations. You can find out more about Salva Dut’s story here.

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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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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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