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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.

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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!

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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.

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“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.

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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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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead carols to raise money for charity

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead caroling under “Gary’s Canopy” (that’s Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair) at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N. from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Donations will go to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Come enjoy a fire pit and hot apple cider courtesy of Ken’s Market. The Phinney Neighborhood Association will provide song sheets.

Organizers say all voices are welcome, whether they’re in tune or not!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28th, 2013 by Doree

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Phinney Ridge, Greenwood and beyond. We are thankful to live in such a wonderful neighborhood, full of generous and thoughtful neighbors.

After you’ve filled up on turkey and stuffing, don’t forget about Small Business Saturday, where everyone is encouraged to shop at small local businesses. Many Phinney-Greenwood stores are planning special hours, discounts and events for Saturday.

We are especially thankful that our neighborhood has an abundance of locally-owned stores that give back to the community. Where do YOU plan to spend your local dollars on Saturday?

With gratitude -

Doree Armstrong & Dale Steinke (owners/editors) and Jenni Sandmeyer (advertising manager)

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Taproot Theatre presents holiday show ‘Le Club Noel’

November 13th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s holiday show, “Le Club Noel,” is an original Christmas play by local playwrights and frequent Taproot performers Candace and Sam Vance.

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Candace Vance and Faith Russell. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Step into a 1930’s Parisian Cabaret and fall under the spell of Le Club Noel, where the band is hot and the songs sung by a beautiful chanteuse. Together they create music to awaken love in the coldest of hearts. With money scarce, and WWII on the horizon, this close-knit band of musicians reminds us that Christmas has always been a time for miracles.”

“Le Club Noel” runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 28, with low-price previews on Nov. 22-23.

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