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


Volunteers needed to bend 60 more metal monkey frames for next holiday lighting project

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

December’s holiday lighting project in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood brought 150 metal monkeys to businesses and trees throughout the neighborhood, and a lot of good press and attention to local businesses. The demand from businesses and residents to sponsor a monkey was so great that organizers are expanding the troupe for next year.

They’re looking for volunteers to help bend 60 more metal monkey frames. The work will take place in three, four-hour sessions at Close Enough Engineering’s workshop at Lake Union on March 16, 18 and 20.


If you’d like to help, contact Mike Veitenhans at mikeveets@gmail.com.

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2 more LED holiday monkeys stolen from Red Mill overnight

December 31st, 2014 by Doree

Two more LED-covered metal monkeys were stolen from the roof of Red Mill Burgers overnight, making a total of five monkeys stolen from the neighborhood lighting display in the last month.

Mike Veitenhans, one of the lighting project organizers, tells us he filed a police report this morning. The first two monkeys were stolen from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar; the third was stolen yesterday from Red Mill.


Holiday monkeys on Red Mill Burgers and neighboring Starbucks in late November. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Since the thieves left behind the lighting controllers, he says the police believe the monkeys were stolen for scrap metal. Each monkey has only about $20 worth of metal.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group and the Greenwood Arts Council came up with the lighting project as a tie-in to Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights and a way to promote neighborhood businesses in a unique way. Each monkey has roughly $80 worth of materials and another $120 worth of volunteer time.

The monkeys – about 150 throughout the neighborhood – have been displayed since Thanksgiving week and will be taken down beginning Jan. 2 and stored until next year.

If you have any information about the stolen monkeys, call the PNA at 206-783-2244. Veitenhans says the stolen monkeys also can be dropped off at the PNA, no questions asked.

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Third LED holiday monkey stolen from local business

December 30th, 2014 by Doree

A third LED holiday monkey has been stolen from a neighborhood business, this time from Red Mill Burgers at the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street. The first two monkeys were stolen from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar one block south of Red Mill.


Red Mill Burgers and Starbucks had several LED monkeys installed on their building in November for the neighborhood holiday lighting project. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

This is the first year for the whimsical holiday lighting project, sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council as a way to bring attention to neighborhood shops and to Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights. The project has received some great media attention.

The project received a City of Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s grant for materials; volunteers then bent the metal and attached the LED strips. About 150 monkeys were sponsored by businesses and individuals (including us) for $25 each. That money will be used to construct about 50 more monkeys next year. One of the project’s organizers, Mike Veitenhans, says the materials for each monkey cost about $100 and volunteer work to create them is about another $100.

If you have any information about the stolen monkeys, please call the PNA at 206-783-2244.

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Grinch snips Christmas lights on railing

December 22nd, 2014 by Doree

Sally tells us someone snipped the Christmas lights on her porch railing at 6th Avenue NW and NW 82nd Street sometime Sunday morning.

Our front porch railing is lined with lights and someone snipped the wires with scissors in over a dozen places. We’ve been living in Greenwood over 5 years now and love it here but are getting tired of the malicious activity that seems to be common. We’ve also had our car stolen three times in front of our house. Thinking about installing a camera……


Did anyone else have lights snipped?

And speaking of Grinch-like behavior, two of the new lighted monkeys from our neighborhood’s lighting display have been stolen in the last few weeks. The most recent theft was of one of the monkeys hanging from the trees in front of In the Red Wine Bar on Phinney Avenue at 65th. If anyone  knows who might have taken them, please email us and we’ll pass along the info to the neighborhood lighting organizers.


A pink LED-wrapped monkey climbs the tree in front of In the Red Wine Bar last month.

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Carolers spread holiday cheer under Gary’s canopy on Saturday

December 21st, 2014 by Doree

About 100 neighbors gathered under the canopy at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair on Saturday night to sing Christmas carols and share a bit of holiday cheer.


This was the second annual event. Carolers donated $453 for the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Below, Jack Lofton of the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus leads the carolers.


Thanks to Mike Veitenhans for the photos!

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Naked City Brewery tree lighting and Brew Santa tonight

December 4th, 2014 by Doree

Naked City Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting its annual tree lighting and photos with Brew Santa tonight (Thursday) starting at 5 p.m. The 23-foot-tall Christmas tree is installed in the outdoor Walrus Beer Garden. Families of all ages are welcome. The brew pub also will be releasing its holiday ale, Bing.


The Walrus Beer Garden lit up for the holidays. Photo courtesy of Naked City Brewery.

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Greenwood neighbor explains why she’s thankful to live here

December 3rd, 2014 by Doree

We received a lovely note from Julia, who lives in Greenwood, and wanted to share why she loves our neighborhood so much.

Driving along in the snow through the winter wonderland in the Seattle I’ve known as home for over three decades, it became clear how warm the neighborhood remains. People along Greenwood Avenue bustling about, Small Business Saturday places comfortably packed with familiar faces, and friends sipping coffee at Neptune’s marked the beginning of our holiday season. Then as I caught the red light on Greenwood at North 80th Street, the most amazing site caught my eyes.

There were three or four folks atop “The American Dance Studio” roof, yes, the roof, placing lights and ornaments and monkeys onto an Evergreen tree, a Christmas tree.

It’s my neighborhood. These are our neighbors. The monkeys are a fundraiser for the Woodland Park Zoo. How cool is that idea? The shops along Greenwood placing monkeys in so many fun ways: escaped neon-lit monkeys hanging here, hanging there, hanging everywhere. Businesses trying to feed the animals we all like to visit from time to time.

I feel at home. My life is gonna be okay. Because I live in a pretty safe place with pretty cool neighbors who think saving a Zoo is a pretty cool thing. They think it’s fun to celebrate with monkeys on trees on rooftops. How cool is that?

Happiest of Holiday Seasons to my City, my neighbors, my friends, the animals, and all of you….


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PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is this weekend

December 3rd, 2014 by Doree

Get into the holiday spirit with this weekend’s 34th annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general public. Plus, please bring a can of food for the Greenwood Food Bank.

Both the Blue Building and Brick Building will be filled with more than 115 craft vendors, plus hundreds more entertainers — singers, dancers, etc. — on two stages. There’s also a quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items for sale.


The Winter Festival supports the PNA’s many community programs, including the PNA Hot Meal Program, before and after school childcare, the Greenwood Senior Center, the tool library, art gallery, plus community projects for neighbors in need and the Volunteers of America Food Bank of Greenwood.

Click here for the full entertainment schedule and list of every vendor and their location.

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Celebrating the holidays in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood

December 2nd, 2014 by Doree

Holiday happenings are heating up around the neighborhood. Here’s a list of what we know about it. If we’ve missed any events or giving tree locations, please put a note below in comments or email us at tips@phinneywood.com.

Winter Bazaar and Bake Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Seattle Area German American School, 11010 Greenwood Ave. N., in the gymnasium. Bake sale proceeds go toward technology purchases for staff and students.

Naked City Winter Beer Release and Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4.

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.

PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. More than 120 vendors and hundreds of musicians and dancers with live entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, bake sale and lunch items for sale.

Norse Home 5th annual Julebord Fundraiser at 5311 Phinney Ave. N., on Sunday, Dec. 7. Last year’s event sold out, so call 206-781-7422 or email Kathy@norsehome.org to get your invitation.

The PhinneyWood Art Up Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. next Friday, Dec. 12, and many artwalk locations will be having special holiday sales, including at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., where nine artists will be hosting a party and art sale from 4-8 p.m. with jewelry, fine art, photography, woodworking, candles, and handmade silk-screened pillows.

NW Boychoir concert, “A Festival of Lessons and Carols,” from 7:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

St. John Catholic Church Christmas Tree Sale on Dec. 13-14 to benefit St. John’s overnight shelter and Noel House programs, which serves homeless women. Locally-grown and freshly-cut Noble and Douglas Fir trees. In the church school’s playground at 121 N. 79th St.; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The 38th annual Pathway of Lights at Green Lake from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, with luminaria along the 2.8-mile path around the lake, plus music and refreshments at four sites: Green Lake Community Center on the east side; Green Lake Small Craft Center (near the Aqua Theater) on the south side; The Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre) on the north side; the Arch on the east of side of the community center/pool. Bring your own lights and candles if you want, as well as a non-perishable food donation (donation bins at the four sites listed above).

Caroling under Gary’s Canopy at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N., at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20.

Members of the Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus sing to raise money for the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy and lead a caroling singalong. Ken’s Market will provide a firepit and hot cider to keep warm, and the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Member Group will provide song sheets to keep attendees from singing “da da da” instead of the real lyrics.

Christmas dinner at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 12 p.m. on Dec. 25. Free, but donations accepted. Must RSVP by Dec. 19 by calling 206-297-0875.

Taproot Theatre’s holiday production of “Appalachian Christmas Homecoming” now through Dec. 27.

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights now through Jan. 4.

And there are lots of different places in the neighborhood to help out neighbors in need.

  • The Edward Jones office at 6200 Phinney Ave. N. is collecting for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the office during regular business hours through Dec. 12.
  • Bartell Drugs, 120 N. 85th St., is collecting new, unwrapped toys during its annual Salvation Army “Toy ‘N’ Joy” drive, through Dec. 13.
  • Cornuto Pizzeria, 7404 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a giving tree to benefit The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle). From now until Christmas Eve, customers can select tags from a Christmas tree in the restaurant to donate most-needed items to our local writing and tutoring center for youth.
  • Childish Things,10002 Holman Rd. NW, is collecting diapers for Westside Baby through Dec. 30. The store will match all diaper donations.

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