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


Community members and businesses can sponsor a lighted ‘monkey’ for holiday season

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is seeking community members and businesses to sponsor a lighted metal monkey for the holiday season.

The 150 monkeys will hang in “troupes” along Greenwood-Phinney avenues and the downtown corridor. They’ll be in trees and store windows and hang from awnings during from the end of November through December to help promote the holiday season, in conjunction with Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights event.

Sponsorship for each monkey is $25. The first 75 household sponsors also receive a pair of tickets to the WildLights preview night on Nov. 25. Monkeys will be displayed from Nov. 29 to Dec. 30. A Holiday Lighting event to kick off the season will happen at the raid tower at 67th and Phinney in front of the PNA on Nov. 29.


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‘Monkey Benders’ needed for neighborhood fabrication project

September 24th, 2014 by Doree

Metal benders are needed starting this Thursday to create 150 metal frame monkeys that will light up the streets of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this holiday season.

Working with a professional fabricator, volunteers will bend and tack weld 1/8″ x 3/4″ flat bar into various monkey shapes starting this Thursday, Sep 25. Additional bending sessions will be scheduled based on the availability of volunteers and shop time. The work will be performed at Close Enough Engineering, 630 Boren Ave N, in South Lake Union. Volunteers need to have strong hands, not be afraid of sweating and getting dirty, and able to work at least one four-hour shift.

Interested? Contact Mike Veitenhans at mike.v@comcast.net


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Parade of LED-wrapped metal monkeys will light up Phinney-Greenwood this holiday season

September 15th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council have organized a fun new project for the November-December holiday season. They’ll light the air raid tower at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North and hang 150 monkeys with lights from trees, awnings and poles all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from North 59th to 87th streets.

Here’s a prototype being shaped in the workshop.


And here it is all lit up.


The project is made possible by a grant from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, which means the community has to match it with volunteer hours.

Here’s more info from organizers Ann Bowden and Mike Veitenhans:

The idea grew out of discussions about ways to promote the neighborhood businesses. The air raid tower is a unique feature in the neighborhood and became a natural focus for the project and a central location for a lighting event. In addition, the Woodland Park Zoo’s new WildLights offered an opportunity to capitalize on the thousands of people who travel to the neighborhood to see holiday lights. And so the project was born.

This fall, a 17-foot tall, 20-spoked, 6000 LED structure (shaped something like a cone) will be created to hang from the tower’s work platform. On Nov. 29, the structure will be lighted during a holiday lighting event.

In addition, 150 metal frame monkeys will also be created, wrapped in LED lighting strips and posted on trees, lamp posts, awnings and in windows at various locations along Phinney and Greenwood. Think what fun it will be trying to spot all of the monkeys who’ve “escaped” from the Zoo’s WildLights.

Because this is a DON grant, community members are needed to help match the funds with volunteer efforts – everything from helping to create the monkeys to hanging them to planning and executing the lighting event.

First up – Benders are needed soon. Volunteer “benders” will bend 1/8″ x 3/4″ flat bar into various monkey shapes. The work will be done in a workshop in South Lake Union. Volunteers will be trained, need to have strong hands, not be afraid of sweating and getting dirty, and able to work at least 2-hour shifts. Tack welding experience would be nice.

Additional volunteer job descriptions will be developed soon.

Anyone interested in being part of this should contact Mike Veitenhans or Ann Bowden by emailing biz@phinneycenter.org or mike.v@comcast.net.

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100+ carolers gather for first Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy in Phinney Ridge Saturday night

December 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Thanks to Mike V for sharing photos of Saturday night’s first annual Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at Greenwood Avenue North and North 75th Street. Here’s an overview shot of the crowd, estimated at about 150 people, at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair.


The Phinney Neighborhood Chorus helped lead the caroling around the firepit, and Ken’s Market provided free cider. Passing the hat raised $571.60 for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.


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Santa, caroling, and book store’s birthday party in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

December 20th, 2013 by Doree

We know everyone’s busy getting ready for Christmas, but there are a few holiday events happening in the neighborhood this weekend.

The Seattle Santa will be at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 76th Street by Tasty and Sip & Ship from 3-7 p.m. Friday. Get your photo taken and make a donation to Santa’s favorite homeless charities, then redeem your donation card for free hot chocolate at Tasty or coffee at Sip & Ship.

Couth Buzzard Books has Japanese Koto and Classical Guitar Concert with Silk Strings and Robert Vierschilling, Jessica Papkoff and Matthew Anderson from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Friday; then an all-day celebration of the store’s fourth birthday on Saturday. Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. for a sale, treats, raffle, and plenty of live music, including Jim Page at 7:30 p.m.

The first-ever Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair, 7414 Greenwood Ave. N, with the Phinney Neighborhood Chorus leading a sing-along. Firepit, hot cider, and lyric sheets provided. Donations accepted for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

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Everything you need to know about disposing of holiday waste

December 19th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities has lots of friendly reminders about how to dispose of garbage, recycling and yard waste this time of year.

  1. There’s no solid waste collection on Christmas Day. Customers whose normal pickup days are Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, will have their waste collected one day later than normal next week. The city’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be closed on Christmas Day as well.
  2. Customers who subscribe to yard waste pickup can put out their Christmas tree and other greens for no extra charge from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. (Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees should be cut into sections no longer than six feet, with branches trimmed to less than four feet. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Metal, plastic and ornaments must be removed. Trees with flocking, tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. (Those trees need to be cut into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20.) Regular residential food and yard waste collection rates resume on Monday, Jan. 13; the fee for extra yard waste is $4.90 per unit.
  3. Customers can drop off holiday trees and greens for free at Seattle Public Utilities’ North and South Recycling and Disposal stations from Dec. 26 through Jan. 12. Tree sections must be eight feet or less in length and the trunk must be four inches or smaller in diameter. Limit of three trees per vehicle. The North Recycling and Disposal Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except holidays.
  4. Household hazardous waste: Fluorescent bulbs and tubes, Ni-Cad and Lithium rechargeable and other batteries can be disposed of for free at Seattle’s Household Hazardous waste stations. The nearest one to our neighborhood is at 12550 Stone Ave. N. (one block east of Aurora Avenue). Incandescent light bulbs, regular Christmas lights and alkaline batteries (such as AA, AAA, C and D) can go in the garbage, however, some places will recycle them.
  5. You can always put out extra recycling for free. Put it in sturdy boxes or 32-gallon cans next to your recycling cart on your regular collection day.
  6. Recycling do’s and don’ts:
  • Styrofoam packaging can’t be recycled. Many local mail houses accept packing peanuts for reuse; Styro Recycle in Renton will accept styrofoam for recycling. Otherwise, Styrofoam and packing peanuts go in the garbage (but put peanuts in a bag first so they don’t scatter).
  • Flattened cardboard goes in your recycling cart. If it doesn’t fit, put it next to your cart.
  • Ribbons and bows go in the garbage.
  • Gift wrap goes in the recycling. (Don’t burn it; it’s toxic.)
  • Greeting cards, catalogs and envelopes go in the recycling bin, even if they have plastic windows or staples.
  • Electronics can’t be recycled or put in the garbage because they contain hazardous materials. Go to www.ecyclewashington.org or www.takeitbacknetwork.org for locations to drop off your old TVs, monitors and computers.

If you’re not sure what can be recycled or where to do it, you can look it up on this website.

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Greenwood holiday house featured on ‘Evening Magazine’

December 13th, 2013 by Doree

Vern Comstock’s heavily-decorated house on 81st Street in Greenwood was featured on last night’s “Evening Magazine” on KING 5. His tiny front yard features more than 61 holiday figures (including a porpoise with a Santa hat) and 6,000 lights.

Thanks for the holiday spirit, Vern!

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Santa Claus is coming to corner of Greenwood & 76th on Dec. 20

December 11th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children and be available for portraits from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 76th Street, in the parking lot next to Tasty and Sip & Ship.

Wear your holiday attire for a Kodak moment worthy of sharing! Donations will be collected by Santa and Mrs Claus to support charity activities they do for the folks having a hard time this winter. Your photo donation will be rewarded, not just with a picture perfect memory, but with your choice of hot drinks: visit the Sip & Ship café next door at 7511 Greenwood for a hot cup of joe, or if your pleasure is hot chocolate, redeem your donation card at Tasty!

The Seattle Santa hosts a walk for the homeless of Seattle on Christmas Eve morning. Your donations help make it happen and everyone appreciates that! Ho Ho Ho!


Photo courtesy The Seattle Santa.

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Reminder about increase in package thefts

December 10th, 2013 by Doree

Thieves seem to come out in force during the holiday season, stealing just-delivered packages off porches. Autumn tells us someone stole a package of baby shower gifts from her Greenwood home two weeks ago.

Surveillance footage showed a white woman with brown hair, approximately 160 pounds driving a 1992 white Lincoln Continental back up the driveway where our apartment complex is located and go from door to door loading packages into her car. The same thief returned on 11/27 to steal a package from the same neighbor but she was spotted and drove away in a hurry. Anyone seeing this car following a UPS truck or circling the neighborhood should immediately call the police.

We’ve received plenty of other emails from folks who’ve had packages stolen, and I witnessed a man steal a package off my neighbor’s porch last week. (I got his license plate but it was a stolen car.)

Experts suggest having packages sent to your work (if your employer will allow this) or to a P.O. box. Sip & Ship at 7511 Greenwood Ave. N. will accept packages if you’re already in their computer system. They’ll call you when it arrives and you pay a small fee, starting at $5 for a small box and going up depending on the size.

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Naked City Brewery’s Christmas tree now lit

December 5th, 2013 by Doree

Lee sent us this photo of tonight’s tree lighting at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.


“Brew Santa” is also there for this family-friendly event.

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More than 100 artist and craft vendors at this weekend’s PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

The 33rd annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. There will be constant live entertainment by hundreds of musicians and dancers, 115 artists and craft vendors, lunch food and treats for sale. Check out the full entertainment schedule here.


Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general, children 12 and under are free. Please also bring a can of food to donate to the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank.

While you’re there, consider picking up a tag from the Giving Tree to help local children and families in need. The PNA is sponsoring two more Giving Trees, at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.) and Umpqua Bank (7120 Greenwood Ave. N).

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Winter Festival.)

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Tree lighting and ‘Brew Santa’ at Naked City Brewery on Thursday

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special family-friendly tree lighting, visit with Brew Santa, and release of its holiday Bing Spiced Cherry Ale from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Aged on a blend of Washington Bing and Montmorency Tart cherries, cinnamon, and cloves, Naked City Bing is Christmas in a glass. The holiday hit’s base beer is the Knowledge, an English-style strong old ale brewed with dark malts and balanced with hops. The Knowledge is its own reward, but Bing sweetens the deal.

Get your picture taken with Brew Santa in front of the majestic fourteen-foot Christmas tree glittering in the Walrus Beer Garden or on the Naked City brew deck. Bing Spiced Cherry Ale will be tapped at 5pm when Brew Santa arrives from the North Pole Brewery. The tree lighting takes place soon after dusk. All ages are welcome.

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