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

 

Emergency Shake-up Open House at Boys & Girls Club Dec. 6

November 13th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood neighborhood has received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to provide emergency preparedness programs and to establish two emergency communication hubs: at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., and the Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.

An Emergency Shake-up Open House is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N. to help people learn more. The open house includes a free lunch, kid’s activities, raffle prizes, and representatives from Seattle Fire Department, City of Seattle, the Red Cross and more. Emergency kits will be available for purchase.

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Help Boys & Girls Clubs of King County raise $48,000 in contest against Denver clubs

January 27th, 2014 by Doree

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, including the North Seattle club in Greenwood, are trying to raise at least $48,000 in a Super Bowl-inspired contest with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Denver. On the line? Not only bragging rights, but if the Seattle-area clubs lose the contest, club members will have to wear Denver team colors for a day. If Denver loses, their club kids have to wear Seahawks’ blue and green.

The contest runs through 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, two days after the Super Bowl. You can donate online.

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King County Council recognizes Boys & Girls Club for 70 years in Greenwood

October 31st, 2013 by Doree

The King County Council this week recognized the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club in Greenwood for its 70th anniversary.

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Pat Murray, Regional Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, and Calvin Lyons, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, with the members of the Metropolitan King County Council.

According to the press release, the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club became the first Boys and Girls Club in King County in 1943. It was created to address the problem of juvenile crime after a riot involving more than 100 teens on the corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

The club provides athletic programs, after-school programs and day camps when school is out.

The council also donated a used Metro Transit Vanpool van to the club, to transport kids between school and the club, on field trips and during summer break.

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North Seattle Boys & Girls Club celebrates 70 years in Greenwood

July 15th, 2013 by Doree

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood is celebrating its 70th anniversary at 7 p.m. Saturday with a party for ages 21 and over with appetizers, music, dancing, a silent auction, local wine and beer, alumni speeches and memorabilia displays. Tickets are $25 online.

The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, at 8635 Fremont Ave. N, is the oldest Boys & Girls Club in the state.

Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large had a great story about the club and its history a few days ago.

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Fred Meyer reopens to huge crowds, donates $25,000 to 5 community organizations

February 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Fred Meyer reopened its Greenwood store on Friday to huge crowds, which continued through Saturday. The remodeled store added 55,000 square feet, for a total of 192,000 square feet on two levels.

Neighbors turned out for the grand opening ceremony, complete with hundreds of cupcakes, on Friday afternoon.

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And Fred Meyer donated $5,000 each to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Library, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood, and PAWS.

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Store Director Pete Laudadio presents a $5,000 check to Greenwood Senior Center Director Cecily Kaplan (right) and PNA Board President Kris Cummings (left). (Photos courtesy of Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group.)

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Volunteers pitch in at Boys & Girls Club to paint, organize, build new bathroom

May 17th, 2012 by Doree

Volunteers from BlackRock and Rebuilding Together Seattle made some improvements today at the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club in Greenwood.

They painted, organized, made one bathroom ADA compliant and built a new bathroom at the club, at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

Rebuilding Together Seattle is a nonprofit organization that provides free home repairs for low-income homeowners and nonprofit facilities. (Photos courtesy of Rebuilding Together Seattle.)

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Thieves break into Greenwood Boys & Girls Club, steal electronics, break doors

February 8th, 2012 by Doree

Thieves broke into the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood three weeks ago during the snow storm and stole all of the club’s electronic toys, including an Xbox, Kinect, Wii, Play Station 2 and recording studio equipment. They also broke eight doors. The club estimates a loss of at least $15,000 in stolen items and damage.

“It’s just been frustrating,” Operations Director Joan Caldon said this afternoon. “Kind of shocking more than anything else.”

Caldon said the thieves appeared to be professionals, using a crowbar to pry out the steel-enforced windows from eight steel doors.

“The majority of the cost will be fixing and replacing the doors and door frames and the door jambs,” she said.

The thieves took about $5,000 worth of electronics, including a mixing board and keyboard for a recording studio that the club was in the process of setting up. They also took a lot of video games and accessories, including the microphone and guitar for “Guitar Hero,” and steering wheel for racing games, as well as power tools, DVD players, flat-screen TV, and a shop vacuum. They did not steal any computers.

The club isn’t sure exactly when it happened, because the club was closed for several days during the snow storm.

Parents of club members got together and decided to hold a fundraiser Friday night, providing a meal for $15 per person from 5-7 p.m. at the club at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

“That’s really exciting to see the parents step up to the plate,” Caldon said.

If you can’t attend the fundraiser, you can donate online. Caldon said donations of electronics and video games are also welcome, but please call her first to make sure it’s something they can use. You can reach Caldon at 206-436-1850.

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North Seattle Boys & Girls Club offering rainy day gym for little ones, and a winter basketball program

December 12th, 2011 by Doree

The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, in Greenwood at 8635 Fremont Ave. NE, asked us to tell the community about two of their upcoming programs.

Their Pre-school Rainy Day Gym will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, from Jan. 4 – April 25. Cost to drop in is a donation of $3-$6. The gym will be filled with age-appropriate toys, including mats, balls, trikes, blocks, etc.

The Club’s Winter Basketball Program for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade starts in January.

  • K-1st grade: Mondays from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.; Jan. 23 – March 19. Cost is $30 for the season.
  • 2nd-3rd grade: Practices are Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.; games are on Saturdays. Jan. 25 – March 24. $40 for the season.
  • 4th-5th grade: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. or 6-7: p.m.; Jan. 5 – March 8. $55 for the season.

Register online at www.ns.positiveplace.org.

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