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


10th annual Gumshoe 5K Walk begins Friday, raises funds for 3 Greenwood nonprofits

July 30th, 2015 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s annual scavenger hunt, the Gumshoe 5K Walk, begins its 10th year this Friday and runs through Aug. 9. The Gumshoe takes participants on a fun detective walk around the neighborhood by following clues to find interesting places, signs, yard art, etc., and the chance to win $1,000 in prizes. Ten local businesses have each donated $100 gift cards, from Phinney Market Pub & Eatery to Top Ten Toys.


Past Gumshoe participants followed clues to this interesting yard art.

Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks on Phinney, and Couth Buzzard Books. The Gumshoe is a fundraiser for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank, raising more than $38,000 since 2005.

New this year is the “Procrastishoe,” a group walk for people (like us) who buy forms and wait until the last possible second, but think they can’t complete it in time to qualify for prizes. So, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, meet up with other procrastinators at Ken’s Market to solve the walk en masse, with the Gumshoe Answer Man (Mike Veitenhans) following along behind to provide hints.

(Past years’ Eatsy Street and GumShop “games within the game” have been eliminated to streamline the event.)

Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.

CommentsTags: , , ,

Gumshoe detective walk needs ‘test drivers’

June 24th, 2015 by Doree

The annual fundraising Gumshoe 5K Walk returns July 31-Aug. 9, taking participants on a scenic and fun walk through our neighborhood while looking for clues to complete the form for a chance to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. Since 2005, the Gumshoe has raised more than $38,000 for three Greenwood non-profits — Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

The event has been streamlined this year – dropping the Eatsy Street and GumShop photo clue “games within the game” — and now has additional administrative support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, said Mike Veitenhans, who organizes the event and is known as the Gumshoe Answer Man that participants can call when they can’t figure out a clue.

Veitenhans is looking for two volunteers to “test drive” this year’s walk, which involves solving the draft clues while Veitenhans follows along and takes notes so he can tweak the clues into their final form. In return for their time and since they’ve done the walk, the volunteers will receive free Gumshoe entry forms and are eligible to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses being offered as prizes this year.

If you’d like to be a “test driver,” email AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org.

(Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

CommentsTags: , , , , ,

Halloween happenings in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

October 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Here’s our neighborhood’s main Halloween events this weekend. (If you know of more, please put them below in Comments or email us.)

The Hunger Goblin’Trick or Treat will be along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Costumed kids can trick or treat at participating merchants. Donate a can of food or purchase a Hunger Goblin’ sticker for $2 to help support the Greenwood Food Bank. Stickers are available in advance at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations along the trick-or-treating route. Stickers are not required to trick-or-treat, but are encouraged to help those less fortunate. The Hunger Goblin will be available for photos at Umpqua Bank (bring your own camera).


Frankenstein hands out candy to trick-or-treaters in front of the 74th Street Ale House.

City Fruit and the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., are hosting a cider pressing and food drive from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the food bank, you’ll receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider. You can also tour the food bank and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., is turning its studio into a Halloween Wonderland with 200 flying bats, bales of hay, dancing scarecrows, cats and ballerina dolls, ghosts, a mossy branch laden cemetery and giant spiders.

Halloween on Holman is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square shopping centers at NW 100th Street and Holman Road. Kids in costume and accompanied by an adult can trick-or-treat at participating stores. Pick up a card showing all participating merchants at the tent in front of Elements Massage and Karin’s Beauty Supplies. In addition to wrapped candy, each merchant will offer a coupon or special for adults, along with a sticker for the card. Turn in your sticker-filled cards to enter a drawing for gift cards from neighborhood stores. The fifth annual event is also a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks, so please bring non-perishable goods to donate.

Comments Off on Halloween happenings in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekendTags: , , , , ,

3rd Annual Cider Press and Food Drive to benefit Greenwood Food Bank

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

City Fruit and Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank are teaming up again for the third annual Cider Press and Food Drive from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Food Bank.

In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the VOAWW Greenwood Food Bank, participants will receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider courtesy of City Fruit. Tours of the food bank will be available and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.

Held in conjunction with both Food Day and PhinneyWood’s Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat, this event collects food and money to feed families in our community throughout the holiday season. In addition to the Food Bank’s position as a stop along the Trick or Treat route, donation stations will be located along Greenwood Avenue to make donating even easier.

Comments Off on 3rd Annual Cider Press and Food Drive to benefit Greenwood Food BankTags: ,

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.

Comments Off on Blockhead Trivia returns to Chuck’s Hop Shop on TuesdayTags: , ,

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.

Comments Off on City Fruit looking to harvest late-season pears and apples from neighborhood treesTags: , , , , ,

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.

CommentsTags: , , , ,

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.

CommentsTags: , ,

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.


CommentsTags: ,