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

 

Free tax help at Greenwood & Ballard senior centers, Broadview & Ballard libraries

January 31st, 2014 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax help and electronic filing at several locations, including one in our neighborhood and another three nearby. You don’t have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use the free service.

AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle most common tax returns for employed or retired individuals, which include earned and retirement income, investment income (Schedule D), and various education, child and earned income credits.

AARP Tax-Aide sites are not able to prepare returns with rental income or depreciation, but do prepare Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses. Taxpayers utilizing the free service can receive their tax refunds rather quickly as all AARP Tax-Aide sites will be using electronic filing.

Foreign students who need help with their 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843 can visit sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library for assistance.

For more information and to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).

  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning tomorrow (Feb. 1). Walk-ins only, no appointments. Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, beginning Monday, Feb. 3. Walk-ins only. Mondays, 3:30-7 p.m. (closed Feb. 17) and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0403.
  • The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins its free help on Feb. 11. Thursdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0875.

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UW’s Landscape Architecture Studio studying Greenwood and Phinney Ridge to learn how to design healthier neighborhoods

January 8th, 2014 by Doree

The University of Washington’s Landscape Architecture Studio is studying how to design healthier neighborhoods, and its January through March quarter is focused on Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Students are trying “to identify and envision ways of improving the neighborhood’s streets and open spaces. Students will explore design options to support walking and bicycling throughout the neighborhood, such as greenways, as well as to enrich ecological and community life.”

As part of that effort, the Studio is hosting a community conversation from 6:30-7:45 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Share your insights on:

• what you enjoy most about your neighborhood,
• what neighborhood places you visit often and what is missing,
• what works well for people to walk and bike to local destinations, and
• what is needed to improve accessibility, ecological conditions, and community
gathering.

Please RSVP online.

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Seattle firefighters to read to preschoolers at library to promote fire safety

October 24th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Public Library have partnered to promote literacy and raise awareness of home fire safety during October’s Fire Prevention Month. Firefighters will read “No Dragons for Tea” at 10 branches all across the city, including the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30.

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Library news roundup

October 16th, 2013 by Doree

Greenwood Library is offering a “Prevention and Care for Diabetes and Heart Disease” seminar at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., led by Dr. Calvin Kwan from the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Free.

Seattle Public Library also offers free drop-in Homework Help at 11 branches throughout Seattle, including the Broadview Branch at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. Students with a library card also can access free online Homework Help seven days a week.

SPL also offers free online education through Universal Class, which is accessible with a library card. Universal Class includes more than 500 online classes taught by real instructors, on a wide range of topics. You can take a class on your own time, 24 hours a day.

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Reminder: All libraries closed tomorrow for in-service day

October 1st, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Library, along with all branches of the Seattle Public Library, will be closed Wednesday, Oct. 2, for an in-service day.

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All branches of Seattle Public Library closed on Wednesday, Oct. 2

September 25th, 2013 by Doree

All branches of the Seattle Public Library, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 2, for an in-service day.

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All library branches will be closed on Labor Day

August 28th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that all branches of the Seattle Public Library, including the Greenwood Library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, for Labor Day.

The good news, however, is that for the first time in five years, the library will not have to shut down all branches for a week and furlough employees to make up for budget deficits, thanks to last year’s library levy passing.

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Greenwood Library news: sensory story times, author reading, future library services

August 20th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting several upcoming events, including a special story time series for children who have difficulty in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or are otherwise sensitive to sensory overload.

Sensory Story Time is from 10:15-10:45 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of every month. It’s designed for children ages 10 and younger and their parents or guardians.

Librarians will use preschool-level books, songs and movement during Sensory Story Time. Visual guides to familiarize children with meeting rooms, restrooms and parking lots at the Columbia and Greenwood branches will be available prior to the story times. The guide will also include photos of story time presenters. The presenters will sing the same four songs in the same order at each story time; audio recordings and lyrics of the songs will also be available.

Library programs and events are free and open to the public. Registration is required; call or visit the branch to register. Sensory Story Time is limited to 15 families per session and is not appropriate for day cares.

Award-winning poet Jason Mott will read from his debut novel, “The Returned,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16. This event is free; no registration is required. Free parking is available.

“The Returned” features a story in which all around the world people’s loved ones return from the dead. The book has been adapted into the television series “Resurrection” debuting in spring 2014.

Mott’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award, and Entertainment Weekly has named him one of its 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch. He lives in North Carolina. This event is presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Co. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

City Librarian Marcellus Turner will host a series of “Community Conversations” around the city beginning this fall for library users to discuss current and future library services. Light refreshments will be served. Conversations in or near Greenwood-Phinney include:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Reminder: Open house on Greenwood Metro changes is tonight

August 7th, 2013 by Doree

The City of Seattle and Metro Transit are hosting an open house tonight to discuss plans to improve Metro service and bus stops in Greenwood. The open house is from 5-7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Changes are proposed for Greenwood Avenue North between 92nd and 105th streets, including bus stop consolidation, bus bulbs and sidewalk improvements.

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Greenwood Library on opening day, 1928

July 20th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Library tweeted this archive photo of the Greenwood Library‘s opening day in 1928.

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Thanks for the photo, SPL!

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Pop up shop at Greenwood Library on Saturday

July 15th, 2013 by Doree

Friends of The Seattle Public Library is having a “pop up shop” at the Greenwood Library from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

You can buy used paperback for $2 and used children’s books for $1, plus totes, mugs and jewelry. Friends advocates and raises money for the Seattle Public Library throughout the year.

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5th Greenwood Lit Crawl this Saturday

July 9th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Lit Crawl is back for the fifth time, featuring 15 writers at five Phinney-Greenwood locations starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Here’s the lineup:

  • 6:30 p.m.: Furnishments, 7218 Greenwood Ave. N. — Arlo Smith, Michael Overa, Chelsea Kurnick
  • 7:30 p.m.: Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St. — Matthew Pritchard, Benjamin Schmitt, Myrmidon
  • 8:30 p.m.: Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. (outside in the front) — Christine Deavel, Charles Mudede
  • 9:15 p.m.: Chocolati, 8319 Greenwood Ave. N. — Luke Johnson, Aimee Suzara, Anna Wolff
  • 10:15 p.m.: Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. — Imani Sims, Summer Robinson, Interrupture, and Maged Zaher

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