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

 

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……

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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PhinneyWood ‘Glow Cone’ lights up the ridge

November 29th, 2014 by Dale

More than 100 people gathered on a chilly (for Seattle, at least) evening to welcome in the holidays with caroling and a countdown for the first annual lighting of the “Glow Cone” on the historic air raid siren at the corner of Phinney Avenue North at North 67th Street.

The siren, a Cold War reminder built in 1953, is now home to a cheerier aspect – a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that shines on the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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PNA director Lee Harper kicked off the lighting saying the Glow Cone and 150 monkey holiday lights are something only our neighborhood can claim.

“What if an animal escaped from the zoo and ran up and down Phinney and Greenwood? And the monkeys were born,” Harper explained to the crowd. “It is unique. A lot of people, including my partner, said ‘I don’t get it. Monkeys?’ Exactly. But you’re talking about it and you’re not talking about the lights and trees in Ballard.”

Here’s a shot of the crowd singing carols before one lucky kid got to flip the switch on the lights. (Thanks to Mike Veitenhans for the two photos.)

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KING 5 had a nice story about the Glow Cone and monkey lights on Sunday night.

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Holiday lighting project begins as monkeys ‘escape’ from zoo today

November 25th, 2014 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s new holiday lighting project is 150 metal-framed monkeys with lighting strips that will hang from businesses and trees throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood through Jan. 4. Some of those monkeys “escaped” from Woodland Park Zoo today, as a publicity stunt for both the lighting project and the zoo’s annual WildLights event.

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A gorilla, penguin, meerkat, and otter make a run for it with some escaped monkeys this afternoon.

Businesses and community members (including us) sponsored each monkey, which were manufactured with the help of numerous neighborhood volunteers. Sponsors of the project include the PNA Business Membership and the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

WildLights officially kicks off on Friday night (although there is a preview tonight for all monkey sponsors and the media) and runs through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24-25). It runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly.

The winter lights festival features more than 600,000 LED lights along zoo paths, shaped to look like wild animals and global destinations. The carousel will be open during WildLights (for an additional fee), and food is available for purchase. Visitors can see real reindeer and listen to carolers. Most of the zoo animals will not be on display, but the Day Exhibit (reptiles and amphibians) and a part of the Adaptations Building (sloths, Indian flying foxes and meerkats) will be open during WildLights.

Tickets are $9.75 for adults (ages 13+), $6.50 for children ages 3-12, and free for toddlers ages 2 and under. Enter at the zoo’s West Entrance on Phinney Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online or at zoo gates during regular zoo hours. (Admission to the zoo prior to 5:30 p.m. is not included.) Parking is free.

Another part of the holiday lighting project is the new “Glow Cone,” hanging from the old air raid tower at the Phinney Center at Phinney Avenue and North 67th Street, which will be lit up at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Neighborhood sculptor Kim David Hall developed the designs for the 17-foot-cone and the monkeys.

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The cone is hung from the PNA’s air raid tower earlier this week. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

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Monkey ‘strippers’ needed to help light up Phinney-Greenwood

November 7th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The second work party on Tuesday has been cancelled because Sunday’s volunteers completed all the work! (Photo of work party, below, by Mike V.)

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Earlier: Volunteers are needed to help attach light strips on metal monkey frames that will hang from businesses, awnings and light poles all over Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this holiday season.

“Monkey Strippers,” as organizer Mike Veitenhans is calling them, can come to a work party from 1-5 p.m. this Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 6; or a second work party from 12-4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5.

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New monkey holiday lights to be featured in Seattle Magazine

October 15th, 2014 by Doree

Mike Veitenhans sent us photos of Seattle Magazine photographer Andrew Vanesse taking photos of a bunch of LED-lit monkeys hanging around Red Mill and Starbucks on Tuesday night. Vanesse’s photos will appear in the magazine’s December issue.

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About 150 monkeys will hang from storefronts and trees along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from the zoo to North 87th Street between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, “part of the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group’s efforts to bring a little offbeat cheer to the neighborhood!” Veitenhans says.

Another part of the holiday lighting project will be a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that will hang from the old air raid tower at North 67th Street in front of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. It will be lit on Saturday, Nov. 29.

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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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