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

 

Presidents Day closures

February 15th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that today is Presidents Day, a federal holiday. That means all schools, banks, post offices, libraries and government offices are closed. Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities also are closed, including all community centers, environmental learning centers, indoor swimming pools, the Green Lake Small Craft Center and the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center. However, all boat ramps, golf courses (Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle), and Amy Yee Tennis Center remain open.

All street parking in the city is free.

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Merry Christmas from PhinneyWood

December 25th, 2015 by Doree

Merry Christmas to all of our Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighbors!

Today we are thankful for being your neighborhood news source for the last 7-1/2 years.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

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Track Santa’s progress to PhinneyWood neighborhood

December 24th, 2015 by Doree

Santa is on his way! You can track his route across the earth as he moves toward our neighborhood.

NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) and its predecessor have tracked Santa’s trip every Christmas Eve since 1955.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation holiday closures

December 21st, 2015 by Doree

Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on modified schedules during the winter holidays:

  • Community centers, environmental learning centers and teen life centers will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31, and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Indoor swimming pools and small craft centers will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • Golf courses will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31 and will be closed on Dec. 25. Golf courses will be open on Jan. 1. (Schedules subject to change. Some courses may be open later than 2 p.m.; call specific courses directly before you go).
  • Amy Yee Tennis Center is open from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31; closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
  • The Moorage Operations Office will be open Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; closed Dec. 24-27.

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Neighbors gather to sing carols, raise money for charity

December 20th, 2015 by Doree

About 150 neighbors gathered at the 3rd annual Caroling under Gary’s Canopy on Saturday night to sing, and celebrate the holidays around a warm fire, with hot chocolate and cider.

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Caroling was led by the Phinney Neighborhood Chorus, with song sheets passed out.

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A pass of the hat collected $425 for the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Thanks to Mike V for the photos!

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Turn in neighborhood receipts for ‘Monkey See, Monkey Buy’ contest and win a $100 gift card

December 16th, 2015 by Doree

As part of the PNA Business Group’s holiday marketing campaign with those 200 colorful, LED monkeys throughout the neighborhood, many businesses are participating in the “Monkey See, Monkey Buy” drawing. Just staple $25 in receipts (dated from after Thanksgiving to Dec. 18) from neighborhood businesses to an entry form printed out from MonkeyWood.org, and drop it in the collection bin at Ken’s Market. You can enter as many times as you can accumulate $25 in receipts.

Each entry is eligible to win a $100 gift card to Zeeks Pizza, Stumbling Goat, Chaco Canyon or Naked City Brewery.

The contest ends this Friday. Winners will be announced between 5-6 p.m. Saturday during the annual Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Cafe Bambino’s Santa photos raise $646.25 for charity

December 14th, 2015 by Doree

Cafe Bambino‘s annual Santa photos during Sunday’s WinterFest on NW 65th Street raised $646.25 for the Ballard Boys & Girls Club (this is an updated higher total from earlier this morning).

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People and pets had their picture taken with Santa on the coffee shop’s deck at 405 NW 65th St.

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This was Cafe Bambino’s eighth year hosting “A Shot with Santa,” where people use their own camera to take photos but can make a donation. This year’s total is double last year’s.

Thanks to West Woodland Neighbors for the photos!

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Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café hosting jazz night and Santa on Dec. 21

December 10th, 2015 by Doree

Stage Door Café, part of Taproot Theatre, at 208 N. 85th St., is hosting a night of live jazz, cookie decorating and a special visit from Santa from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21.

Pictures with Santa (bring your own camera) and cookie decorating are from 4-5 p.m. (cookies and frosting can be purchased from the Stage Door Café). Then from 5-7 p.m. there will be live jazz from Taylor Zickefoose.

Zickefoose has worked with some incredible musicians and has won 9 international awards. This past February, she was selected as the Adult winner of the 2015 Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Contest, winning the opportunity to perform again in Kobe, Japan. Having won the High School Division in 2012, Zickefoose is the only individual to have won both divisions. After completing two years at Central Washington University, she is now in Graz, Austria studying vocalist jazz with Dena DeRose.

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Winter Fest on NW 65th Street on Sunday

December 10th, 2015 by Doree

The West Woodland neighborhood, which is kind of a confluence of Lower Phinney and Ballard, is hosting Winter Fest celebrations on Sunday, with Santa, free hot chocolate and arts and crafts vendors.

Santa will be at Café Bambino, 405 NW 65th St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your own camera for pictures with the kids and/or pets. Free hot chocolate for the kids. All donations will benefit the Ballard Boys and Girls Club.

Both 418 Public House and the space formerly housing the Ridgeback Café at 500 NW 65th Street are hosting the Stumbletown Artists Trunk Show from 1-5 p.m. with handcrafted clothing, jewelry, housewares, toys and more.

And neighborhood-based Balleywood Creamery will be there providing tastes and pints to go of her ice cream made with locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients.

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