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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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Garage sale Saturday to benefit MS Walk team

March 26th, 2014 by Doree

A group of families on NW 83rd Street are having a huge garage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to raise money for their MS Walk team, Team Zero Zebras. The sale will be at 344 NW 83rd St. Most of the items will be on the back patio.

The garage sale will go on rain or shine, with items from at least five families. Check out their Craigslist post with a long list of items and a bunch of pictures.

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Whittier Elementary online auction is open to the public

March 25th, 2014 by Doree

You don’t have to have a child attending Whittier Elementary School in Ballard in order to bid during the school’s popular online auction, running now. (Whittier’s boundaries include parts of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.)

During last year’s world tour, Grammy winner Macklemore wore four custom-made Sonics jerseys with his name embroidered on the back. He autographed one of those classic yellow-and-green team jerseys and donated it to Whittier (thanks to his friendship with a Whittier family). Macklemore also donated an Ultimate Fan Swag Bag, which includes three CDs, a Shark Face Gang sweatshirt, hoodie, T-shirt, tank top, socks, beanie, scarf, and a limited edition 7-inch vinyl of “Same Love.”

Other special items in the online auction include a custom kitchen design by Phinney Ridge Cabinet Company (with a fair market value of $1,500); and a four-night stay at the Fairmont Hotel or Resort of your choice in the U.S. or Canada, including round-trip coach class airfare for two (fair market value of $7,260).

About 60 items are in each closing, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, through April 4. You can bid at whittierauction.org.

This is the second time Whittier has conducted an online auction that is open to the community and beyond. The auction team puts most of the hundreds of auction items donated by local businesses in the online auction, where more people have a chance to bid. About 150 items are reserved for the silent and live portions of the main auction event on April 5 at the Marriott Waterfront Seattle, including a football signed by Super Bowl Champion Seahawk Richard Sherman. (That event is open to anyone as well. You can buy tickets online.)

(Disclosure: I’m a Whittier parent and I’m on the auction committee.)

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Community raises more than $13,000 for Greenwood family that lost everything in house fire

December 17th, 2013 by Doree

The community has rallied around a Greenwood family of three that lost nearly everything in a house fire on Dec. 2. An online fund set up to help the family had an initial goal of raising $10,000. Today it stands at $12,334.

And Phinney Neighborhood Association Executive Director Lee Harper tells us that Winter Festival participants on Dec. 7-8 donated an additional $1,035 to help the family get back on their feet.

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Fund set up to help family that escaped fire at Greenwood home on Monday

December 5th, 2013 by Doree

Friends have set up a fund to help a family that lost their home and nearly everything in it in a Greenwood fire early Monday morning. Seattle Fire Department determined the fire was caused by an overheated electrical cord.

The online fund‘s goal is to raise $10,000 for the family, whose son attends Loyal Heights Elementary in Ballard. As of this afternoon, the fund had already raised more than $2,300.

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Greenwood Elementary Jog-a-Thon looking for business sponsors

October 7th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School’s PTA is looking for business sponsors for its annual Jog-a-Thon on Oct. 18.

The PTA’s mission for the Jog-a-Thon is to raise money for their school while also promoting fitness, fun and community. They are looking for local businesses who would like to sponsor this fun-filled event.

Fundraising is an important part of every public school and Greenwood is no exception. There continues to be a major lack of funds available from federal sources and the Seattle School District. With approximately one of three Greenwood students receiving free and/or reduced meals, the support of our community is crucial to our success.

To inquire about sponsorship levels and the marketing benefit that sponsorship provides to your business, please contact jogathon@greenwoodpta.org.

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