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


Blockhead Trivia returns to Chuck’s Hop Shop on Tuesday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

Blockhead Trivia is back at Chuck’s Hop Shop at 8th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hosted by Ballardites Ken Masel and Allison Woods, the cost is $5 per person, with a six-player maximum per team. Chuck’s provides prizes for the top two teams.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, the all-ages trivia event benefits the Greenwood Food Bank.

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City Fruit looking to harvest late-season pears and apples from neighborhood trees

September 17th, 2014 by Doree

Non-profit organization City Fruit is looking for Greenwood and Phinney Ridge fruit tree owners to let volunteers harvest their extra fruit to donate to local food banks and meal programs, including the Greenwood Food Bank. Right now they’re looking to harvest late-season pears and apples.

City Fruit has collected more than 15,000 pounds of fruit so far this harvest season. If you have fruit trees to be harvested, contact Harvest Coordinator Luke Jesperson at luke@cityfruit.org.

And they’re always looking for volunteer harvesters. You can sign up online.

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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.


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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Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl raises over $900 for Greenwood Food Bank

December 16th, 2013 by Doree

The 2nd annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood on Dec. 7 raised $972 and more than 100 pounds of canned/boxed food for the Greenwood Food Bank.

From organizer Tim Arnot of Tim’s Tavern:

A special thanks to everyone who attended the event by donating the $20 for the wristband, Bleacher’s Pub for donating $200, Sully’s Snowgoose Tavern for donating $100, Tim’s Tavern for donating $100, and to the twenty pubs participating with discounted drinks for the pub crawlers and helping to collect food and wristband money. A shout out also to our photographer Roman Rivera, and volunteers on the trolley-Cat Long and Greg Gibson! Let’s do this again next year Greenwood and make an even bigger donation. Put this on your calendars now, spread the word to your friends, and contact Tim if you would like to help out with next year’s planning and promoting!


Thanks to Tim’s Tavern for the photo of revelers on the special pub crawl trolley.

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Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat on Saturday big success for Greenwood Food Bank

October 29th, 2013 by Doree

Update Wednesday: Food Bank officials tell me another batch of donations from the trick or treating event came in today, increasing the total to $1,050 and 780 pounds of food.

Earlier: Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank tells us that Saturday’s Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat in Phinney Ridge-Greenwood and the food bank’s cider pressing raised $946.36 and 700 pounds of non-perishable food. This was the first year that the trick or treating event was tied to fundraising for the food bank, and food bank officials say trick or treaters’ donations were “a fantastic boost for us to kick off the holiday season.”

Sally sent us some cute photos from the afternoon, but this is our favorite: Frankenstein and Spiderman outside the 74th St. Alehouse.


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Gumshoe scavenger hunt raises $5,100 for 3 neighborhood non-profits

August 13th, 2013 by Doree

The annual Gumshoe scavenger hunt through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood raised a total $5,100, which will be divided equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank.

Gumshoe Guy Mike Veitenhans says a record 205 completed entry forms were turned in this year.

Drawing winners are:

  • Jenna Smith – $250 Fred Meyer gift card
  • Kyle Halmrast – $150 Fred Meyer gift card
  • David Austin – $100 Fred Meyer gift card
  • Janet Sawyer – $75 gift card to the Phinney Market Pub & Eatery and a day at the Woodland Park Zoo with a special behind the scenes tour for two adults and two kids
  • Angela Galbadini – $75 gift card to The Olive and Grape and tickets for two to Taproot Theatre
  • Celina Darnell — $225 in gift cards to nine PhinneyWood restaurants for the Eatsy Street Game
  • Leslie Basel — $135 in gift cards to nine PhinneyWood shops for the GumShop Game

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Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir concert to benefit Greenwood Food Bank this Sunday

April 3rd, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir will perform a benefit concert for the Greenwood Food Bank starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. Donations of non-perishable food items and/or financial donations are welcomed.

The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir is a true ecumenical choir with voices from the Methodist, Lutheran, and Catholic traditions standing side by side with members who have no church affiliation. Focusing on Black Gospel Music, Spirituals, and South African Freedom Songs, the 35 voice choir is a high-energy chorus that sings throughout the Phinneywood community. The Greenwood Food Bank is at 9041 Greenwood Ave. and serves over 1000 individuals each month.

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Feinstein Foundation to match cash and food donations to food banks, including Greenwood

March 13th, 2013 by Doree

The Feinstein Foundation has pledged to partially match all cash and food donations to Volunteers of America Western Washington’s (VOAWW) food bank programs, including the Greenwood Food Bank, from March 1 to April 30. The foundation is donating a total of $1 million to various hunger programs.

You can drop off canned goods in donation barrels at Gainsbourg Lounge, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.; Chocolati Café, 8319 Greenwood Ave. N.; Curves, 10033 Holman Rd. NW.; Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Walgreens, 8701 Greenwood Ave. N.

You can also donate money online, through the VOAWW website. (Be sure to select “Feinstein Challenge” from the drop down menu under “Gift Designation.”)


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Greenwood Food Bank needs volunteer delivery drivers and assistants

February 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank is in urgent need of drivers and delivery assistants to help pick up food donations from local grocery stores. Drivers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Delivery Assistants (who ride along with the driver) are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.


  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • A valid drivers’ license
  • Background Check
  • A copy of your Driver’s Abstract

Duties include:

  • Pick up donations from grocery stores using the food bank vehicle (a Sprinter van)
  • Help load and unload truck
  • Occasional delivery of pre-packaged food boxes to home delivery clients
  • Occasional warehouse help when not needed as a driver’s assistant

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Fred Meyer reopens to huge crowds, donates $25,000 to 5 community organizations

February 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Fred Meyer reopened its Greenwood store on Friday to huge crowds, which continued through Saturday. The remodeled store added 55,000 square feet, for a total of 192,000 square feet on two levels.

Neighbors turned out for the grand opening ceremony, complete with hundreds of cupcakes, on Friday afternoon.


And Fred Meyer donated $5,000 each to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Library, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood, and PAWS.

Store Director Pete Laudadio presents a $5,000 check to Greenwood Senior Center Director Cecily Kaplan (right) and PNA Board President Kris Cummings (left). (Photos courtesy of Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group.)

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Greenwood Fred Meyer opening at 7 a.m. Friday

January 30th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that the remodeled Greenwood Fred Meyer will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, at 100 NW 85th St.

The parking lot was full of construction vehicles and workers making last-minute preparations this morning.


The old Greenwood Market sign on the corner of NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW was finally taken down last week and has been replaced with a Fred Meyer sign.



Fred Meyer employees will serve cake at 2 p.m. Friday, and they’ll be donating $25,000 to local charities, including $5,000 to the Greenwood Senior Center and $5,000 to the Greenwood Food Bank. The store also will have a food drive for the food bank for the month of February, and will use its coin collection boxes at registers to collect donations for the food bank until May 25.

Fred Meyer also plans to donate perishable food items to the Greenwood Food Bank five days a week through the Grocery Rescue Program.

Update: Fred Meyer Public Affairs Spokeswoman Melinda Merrill just told me that neighbors are invited for a sneak peek inside the store from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Customers can use the grand opening ad that will be in the newspaper; there will also be lots of food samples.

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Greenwood Food Bank needs last-minute toys and gift cards after donor falls through

December 13th, 2012 by Doree

One of the Greenwood Food Bank‘s donors was not able to follow through on their commitment of toys and gift cards for food bank families.

VOA Greenwood will need gifts for children of our food bank families. Ideally, we’ll need them by our Holiday Party this Saturday, December 15th. Gift cards for places like Fred Meyer/Toys’r’us/Target etc (places that sell toys and/or clothes) or cash donations are welcome, though we will continue to take donations through the week. Please contact us at (206) 782-6731 or greenwoodfoodbank@voaww.org to help.

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