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

 

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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Interfaith Thanksgiving service at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church on Nov. 21

November 7th, 2012 by Doree

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave., is hosting an interfaith Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The service is called “Community of Light,” and features an interfaith choir, speaker Rabbi Daniel Wiener from Temple De Hirsch Sinai, and participants from local Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Sikh communities.

The service is free and open to all; donations will be collected for Seattle City Light’s Project Share, providing utilities assistance to neighbors in need.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Rawlings-Wright at 206-783-2350.

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Viewlands Elementary students collecting food for Holiday Food Boxes for students in need

November 3rd, 2012 by Doree

Students at Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, are collecting food in each classroom and partnering with Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) and local businesses to create Holiday Food Boxes for fellow students in need. Participating businesses include Starbucks, QFC, and Lenny’s Produce Market.

The students will pack up the boxes on Nov. 14; the boxes will be distributed to students in need before Thanksgiving.

“The Hunger Intervention Program is pleased to support Viewlands Elementary and hopes to offer weekly food support to students in 2013 through our Healthy HIP Packs program,” Kate Murphy, HIP Program Manager, said in a press release. “The Healthy HIP Packs program provides food when children need it most – on the weekends when the safety net of school meals is not available. The packs provide nutritious and kid-friendly foods sufficient for six meals and two snacks per child.”

According to the press release, one in four Washington children live in households where families are struggling to make ends meet; and Viewlands Elementary has one of the highest free and reduced price school meal participation rates in North Seattle.

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Greenwood Food Bank’s ‘Turkey Drive’ starts today

November 1st, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Food Bank wants to provide 400 turkeys to neighborhood families in need this Thanksgiving. The food bank launched its three-week “Turkey Drive” today, asking for donations of turkeys or money.

“There are many families in need across Greenwood, Phinney, and throughout North Seattle,” Brandy King, VOA’s Development and Outreach Manager, said in a press release. “We’re doing our best to help these families – many of them single parent homes – have a fulfilling Thanksgiving meal. Greenwood and Phinney Ridge are filled with generous-hearted folks. It’s a great way to show this community’s support for one another.”

Donations can be dropped off at the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, now through Nov. 20.

Contributions can also be made online. For more information, call the Greenwood Food Bank at 206-782-6731.

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Happy Thanksgiving, PhinneyWood!

November 24th, 2011 by Dale

Here’s wishing you a Happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving that’s big on what matters most to you, whether it’s family and friends, or food and fellowship.

If you’re planning on making a last-minute dinner ingredient dash, or simply plan to pop out to the coffee shop to get away from the family, er, stretch your legs, remember that many businesses are closed, or have limited hours. If you know of a business that’s open, or closing early today, post a comment (and if you’re looking for a further diversion, vote on our PhinneyWood Facebook page on what your plans are for the day).

And speaking of local businesses, Saturday is "Small Business Saturday" - a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. But as far as we’re concerned, any day is an excellent day to support the many fine local businesses that help make our Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods a great place to live and work.

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Thanksgiving reminders

November 23rd, 2011 by Doree

Schools and banks are closed on Thanksgiving Day, and many stores and restaurants are closed or close early so employees can spend the day with their families. Here are a couple of other reminders:

Parking meters take a holiday on Thanksgiving, but are back on for Friday.

King County Metro Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day, and a reduced weekday schedule on Friday.

On Saturday, Metro will have special shuttles downtown for the 104th Apple Cup between the UW and WSU at CenturyLink Field. The closest shuttle to us is from Northgate. Cost for the shuttle is $2.50 one way, or $5 roundtrip. Metro will also operate its regular Saturday bus schedule.

And, by the way, Chai, a female Asian elephant at Woodland Park Zoo, predicted on Tuesday that WSU will win the Apple Cup. Chai chose a papier mache apple full of real apples and biscuits bearing the Cougs’ crimson and gray, over the UW’s papier mache swag.

Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Last year Chai correctly chose the Dawgs as the winner. Any UW or WSU fan can get half-off zoo admission through Sunday by wearing their school’s logo (hat, sweatshirt, gloves, jersey, etc.) or show valid student I.D.

The 8th annual Thanks-Giving Dance by Wassa Dance and Village Volunteers happens from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at ARC School of Ballet, 9250 14th Ave. NW in Crown Hill.

Come dance barefoot to live percussion music. Each dollar donated goes directly to support education for girls in Africa.

The funds raised with Seattle-based 501c3 non-profit organization Village Volunteers will assist women and girls by starting a cooperative making sanitary pads using water hyacinth, an invasive aquatic species on Lake Victoria in Kenya.

Last year, the funds raised started a social enterprise to make fuel briquettes out of water hyacinth. This year we will use the same invasive species but make sanitary pads that are low cost, biodegradable and will subsidize hygiene products for girls in school. Young women can miss up to 50 days of school a year because of their menstrual cycle. Due to high absence rates, girls are rarely eligible for scholarships or to attend secondary schools based on low test scores.

Access to an education can change the course of a girl’s life. When a girl receives seven or more years of education, on average she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children. Education for girls is also critical in preventing HIV infection rates and increasing potential future income for the young woman and her family.

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Phinney school bringing Thanksgiving to seniors and those in need

November 21st, 2011 by Doree

The 36 students at KapKa Cooperative School, a private elementary school near the Woodland Park Zoo, will shop for, prepare and then deliver more than 30 Thanksgiving meals to seniors and others in need in Phinney Ridge and Ballard this week.

The recipients of the meals live at the nearby Norse Home or were referred by the Ballard Food Bank.

The meal preparation is the major focus of the entire school for the preceding three weeks. The students plan cooking amounts, shop for the food, cook the food with parent volunteers at school, and box the meal the day before Thanksgiving. “It is real-life math and science with a compassionate purpose,” said 1st grade teacher, Richard Gawne. He took a group of students to shop at Greenwood Market where students were adding and multiplying for larger quantities and analyzing costs and savings. When the shopping and food preparation is done, the students then create over 60 personalized placemats and centerpieces to accompany each delivery.

On delivery day, the students will pack up the meals and share a simple soup lunch and songs before departing for deliveries. Upon delivering the meals, students talk with the recipients, sing songs, and present hand-made cards and decorations. This important tradition of school is now in its 20th year. “Children are naturals taking action and the Thanksgiving project shows how much they are capable of,” said the school’s Kindergarten teacher and founding parent, Susan Sasnett. Their action would not have been possible without the generous support from local businesses including Ballard & Greenwood Markets, Metropolitan Market, and Dish It Up.

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Free Thanksgiving meal for families on free and reduced lunch program

November 20th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Families who participate in Seattle Public Schools’ free and reduced lunch program can sign up for a free Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of NBA stars and local politicians.

Families must sign up by Monday at one of 11 Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers. The two nearest community centers to Phinney Ridge and Greenwood where families can sign up are: Ballard, 6020 28th Ave NW; or Bitter Lake, 3035 Linden Ave. N.

NBA stars Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, Will Conroy, Isaiah Thomas and Spencer Hawes have teamed up with Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Mayor Mike McGinn to give away 2,000 Thanksgiving dinners. The “Thanks-Give-N-Go Turkey Give-Away” takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 5-8 p.m. at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave S.

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Happy Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

November 25th, 2010 by Dale

Happy Thanksgiving, PhinneyWood friends and neighbors! As the temperature rises…

and snow begins to melt on this wintry Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for living in this community and for our relationship with all of you. We wish you a safe and happy holiday.

What are you thankful for?

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Turkeys fly at zoo’s annual Turkey Toss

November 20th, 2009 by Doree

Snow leopards, Komodo dragons, grizzlies, lions, tigers and more carnivorous animals at Woodland Park Zoo will chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys at the zoo’s annual Turkey Toss from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. It’s included in zoo admission.

(Photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ.)

The early Thanksgiving treat is part of the zoo’s ongoing enrichment program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally and physically stimulated and engage zoo visitors.

You can also drop off a non-perishable food donation outside the zoo’s South Entrance at North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue. Collected food will benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Association soup kitchen program, which operates two days a week at St. John United Lutheran Church located across from the zoo’s West Entrance, and one day a week at Calvary Lutheran Church in Ballard. Food items most in demand: non-perishable juice, jam, canned fruit, beans, canned vegetables, chili, ketchup and powdered creamers.

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