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

 

Phinney Center’s Power of Community breakfast and Capital Campaign kick-off

September 10th, 2014 by Doree

Two important events are coming up for the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

First up is the third annual Power of Community Fundraising Breakfast to support the PNA’s senior programs, from 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The keynote address, “Tilting at Windmills: Changing Aging in the 21st Century,” is by Kavan Peterson, co-founder of the pro-aging multi-blog network ChangingAging.org. You can register for the breakfast online. Attending the event is free, but participants are encouraged to donate at least $50. And if you aren’t able to attend the breakfast but would still like to contribute, click here.

Then, on Oct. 1, the PNA will host a kickoff party for the next phase of its Capital Campaign, which will upgrade the Brick Building. The building was built in 1917 and is not ADA accessible and does not have an elevator. Join the kickoff party from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Community Hall of the Brick Building. Take a tour of the building and learn more about the renovations. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Amy Besunder, Development Director, at amyb@phinneycenter.org.

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts annual 826 Luminosity benefit next Tuesday

August 21st, 2014 by Doree

Every Aug. 26, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts a benefit for 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center just down the street at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. Next Tuesday’s event begins at 8 p.m. with a special Naked Sessions acoustic concert by Eric Anderson from Cataldo. Tickets are $10 through Brown Paper Tickets.

All proceeds from concert tickets, plus the whole day’s proceeds from every pint sold of 826 Luminosity (a special ale from Head Brewer Don Web) will go directly to benefit 826 Seattle’s programs.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

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Gumshoe scavenger hunt raises record amount for neighborhood nonprofits

August 11th, 2014 by Doree

The ninth annual Gumshoe 5K Walk, a fundraising scavenger hunt through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood that ended on Sunday, raised a record $5,620.95 to be split between three neighborhood nonprofits: Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Senior Center and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

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A Gumshoer uses a magnifying glass to decipher a clue. Photo courtesy of the Gumshoe.

Check out the Gumshoe website for a full list of all prize winners.

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Community meets mural fundraising goal

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

The community has raised the $5,000 needed to paint and maintain the new mural on the North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass, according to organizer/volunteer Mike Veitenhans. Volunteers painted the mural over the past two weekends. Now all that’s left is to apply the anti-graffiti coating.

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Volunteers painting the mural. Photo by Pamela Jaynes.

A neighborhood celebration will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the grassy area next to the mural, across from Green Lake. Food and beverages provided.

Note: Neighborhood fundraising tours scheduled for Aug. 2 and 16 and Sept. 6 have been canceled since the fundraising goal has been met.

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Bike to dinner next Tuesday and help raise money for a nonprofit

July 24th, 2014 by Doree

Spoke & Food logo-resizedRazzi’s Pizzeria in Greenwood, Barking Dog Alehouse in Phinney/Ballard and 16 other restaurants around the city are participating in Tuesday evening’s fifth annual “Spoke & Food” event. The idea is for patrons to bike to and from a participating restaurant from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday. But even if you don’t bike, each restaurant has agreed to donate 20 percent of all proceeds to Seattle’s Outdoors for All Foundation.

Last year’s event raised more than $6,000. Spoke & Food chooses a different nonprofit each year.

See the website for a list of all participating restaurants.

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Volunteers paint North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass, fundraising still underway

July 21st, 2014 by Doree

A group of volunteers spent last weekend painting the new North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass mural. Using local artist Michiko Tanaka’s “Animal Silhouettes” design, children and adults painted the north side of the underpass.

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Fundraising is still underway. So far, $3,235.40 has been raised of the $5,000 goal. That will pay for all the paint, a graffiti-proof coating and five years’ worth of maintenance. Ten neighborhood businesses have collection boxes, and each business will match customer donations up to $250. Five businesses have reached or are close to that $250 as of press time. The other five businesses are still collecting donations: Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, Starbucks, Red Mill, A-1 Piano and Naked City. Donations also can be made online through the Phinney Neighborhood Association, but they won’t be matched.

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Thanks to mural painting volunteer Dave Simons for the photos!

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Volunteers needed to paint new 63rd Street underpass mural this weekend and next

July 17th, 2014 by Doree

About 20 people have already signed up to help paint the new mural on the North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass this weekend and next, but another 20 are needed.

If you’re at least 12 years old, you can sign up for a shift here.

Fundraising for the project continues, with donation boxes set up at 10 neighborhood businesses, and the ability to make an online donation through the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The goal is $5,000 to match a Department of Neighborhoods grant, which will pay for all the paint, anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract.

Here’s the latest fundraising total through last Friday.

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Neighborhood walking tour Saturday to raise funds for new 63rd Street Mural Project

July 8th, 2014 by Doree

Neighborhood volunteer extraordinaire Mike Veitenhans is leading a two-hour neighborhood walking tour Saturday morning to raise funds for the new 63rd Street Mural Project. The tour starts at 10 a.m. underneath the bright yellow air raid tower at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. It will include a stop at local artist Kim David Hall’s amazing “bowling ball” house and a peek inside if he’s home (photo below).

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No advance registration required; tour cost is whatever you can donate to the project, which will turn the gray wall on the Aurora Avenue North/North 63rd Street underpass into a piece of art. The community voted on the winning design, “Animal Silhouettes,” by artist Michiko Tanaka.

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The project is trying to raise $5,000 to match a Department of Neighborhoods grant for paint, anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract. The project is sending out a weekly fundraising thermometer from its 10 neighborhood businesses with donation boxes, plus an online donation option through the PNA. Those 10 businesses have pledged to match their customer’s donations up to $250.

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Volunteers are needed to help paint. Painting is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 19, and continue on July 20, 26 and 27. Painting volunteers need to be at least 12 years old. If interested, please email N63rdStreetMural@gmail.com.

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Two days left until Dance Your Cash Off! to support Greenwood’s 826 Seattle

June 17th, 2014 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center 826 Seattle is hosting its fifth annual dance marathon to raise money for its free children’s programs. “Dance Your Cash Off!” is on Thursday, June 19, at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., in the Central District. Registration is at 5:30 p.m.; all dancers must be on the floor ready to go at 6 p.m. Grand prizes will be awarded after 11 p.m.

Grab your friends, family or co-workers and register your team here. There are prizes for best dance moves, costumes, highest fundraising amounts, etc.

Writer and humorist Lindy West is the emcee; KEXP DJs El Toro and Riz Rollins will keep dancers on their feet. Celebrity judges include Christopher Frizzelle, John Roderick, Sean Nelson, Betsey Brock, Rachel Kessler and David Schmader.

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s huge kids clothing and gear sale is Saturday

April 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up this Saturday, April 26.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Grab your glad rags and come to the Roaring 20s auction at the PNA

April 17th, 2014 by Doree

Get all dolled up in your swankiest 1920′s attire for the annual PNA auction from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

You can get a sneak peek at some of the hundreds of items to bid on, including vacations to Puerta Vallarta and Las Vegas, Zoo Tunes season tickets, gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants and shops, and the ever-popular dinner with the Defenders of Greenwood at Fire Station 21.

Cost is $55 per person (or $75 at the patron level). Reserve a table for 10 for $550/$750. You can buy your tickets online, in person at the PNA, or call 206-783-2244.

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale

April 15th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 26.

They’re accepting donations of gently used infant and children’s clothing and gear. Donations are tax-deductible; all proceeds support the preschool. Email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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