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Holiday happenings in the neighborhood this month

December 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Lots of holiday happenings around the neighborhood this month. Here’s a roundup. Let us know what we missed in Comments below or email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll add to this post.

The annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in both the Blue and Brick buildings, with 115 hand-picked artists and crafts vendors, continuous live entertainment in both buildings, plus lunch items and baked goods. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general. Please also bring non-perishable food for the food bank.

Woodland Park Zoo presents its annual WildLights 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1 with more than 600,000 lights, carolers, reindeer, Santa and more.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Enjoy music and refreshments at several sites while admiring thousands of luminaria around the lake. Free but donations of non-perishables will be collected for FamilyWorks Food Bank.

North Pole on the Ridge Food & Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Illumination Learning Studio. Selfies with Santa, holiday crafts, card and ornament making, face painting, gelato, cocoa, cider and treats. Free but donations of non-perishable holiday foods and new, unwrapped and non-violent toys are appreciated.

Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N. Fire pit, hot cider and songsheets for a singalong. Free, but a hat will be passed for donations to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

PhinneyWood Phestivus turns our monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk into a full night of holiday festivities with a free trolley running up and down the main drag so neighbors can check out the 200 LED metal-framed monkeys in windows of businesses and residences and see more Artwalk venues. Phestivus runs from 6 p.m. to midnight next Friday, Dec. 9. Hop on the free Emerald City Trolley at designated stops (marked by A-Boards) along Phinney and Greenwood avenues between 59th and 87th streets. More than 30 venues are participating in the Artwalk. As a bonus, wear your best Ugly Christmas Sweater and score discounts at participating pubs and restaurants as part of the “monkey crawl.” Free parking for PhinneyWood Phesitivus is available at the Zoo’s north parking lot at 59th and Phinney and at the Phinney Center at 67th and Phinney. You can find out more about the monkeys and neighborhood holiday activities on MonkeyWood.

Join neighbors for a Christmas meal at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 12 p.m. Dec. 25. RSVP by Dec. 16 to 206-297-0875. Free but donations are welcome.

Christmas tree lots:

  • The Christmas tree sale to benefit Noel House Shelter Programs for Homeless Women is back at St. John Catholic Church at 80th and Greenwood on the school playground from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 3) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 4).
  • Ballard Boy Scout Troop & Crew 100 is selling trees at their lot next to St. Alphonsus’ parking lot on 15th Avenue NW by Ballard Market. Fresh trees are delivered twice a week. Scouts will man the lot rain or shine from 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

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Mayor Murray announces 3 new authorized homeless encampment sites, including Licton Springs, just across Aurora Avenue from Greenwood

December 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Mayor Ed Murray has announced three new authorized homeless encampment sites, including one at 8620 Nesbit Ave. N., just across Aurora Avenue from Greenwood in the Licton Springs neighborhood.

The Licton Springs site will hold up to 50 tiny houses for 60-70 people.

The other two sites are in Georgetown and White Center. Existing authorized encampments are in Ballard, Interbay and Rainier Valley.

The encampments are part of the city’s long-term plan to address homelessness, called Pathways Home.

The Seattle Times has a story on the proposed sites here.

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PNA Winter Festival, several holiday plays and improv, plus stand-up comedy and the blues in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

December 2nd, 2016 by Doree

See our Events calendar for more details on all these events.

The annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in both the Blue and Brick buildings, with 115 hand-picked artists and crafts vendors, will feature thousands of items for your holiday shopping. From hand-crafted clothing to furniture, continuous live entertainment in both buildings, plus lunch items and baked goods. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general. Please also bring non-perishable food for the food bank.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” on the mainstage and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in the Isaac Studio.

A Very Villains Holidays Jubilee” at The Pocket Theater, at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

First Annual Improv Gift Exchange at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theater 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

First Sundays Blues Open Jam from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Kortney’s (Stand-Up Style) Comedy Show at 7 p.m. Sunday at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

Beppa Studios, 7700 6th Ave. NW, is hosting its annual Holiday Clothing and Gift Sale, with hundreds of items created by local artists: Beppa jackets and clothing items, Sylvia Luppert handmade jewelry, Barbara Osborne craft pine needle baskets, Laurette Chasse artwork, vintage buttons, vintage kimonos and kimono scraps, other holiday gifts, including scarves, jewelry, and bags. The sale is from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Christmas tree sale to benefit Noel House Shelter Programs for Homeless Women is back at St. John Catholic Church at 80th and Greenwood on the school playground from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

If you’re heading downtown this weekend:

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Reminder: Department of Neighborhoods discussion of housing affordability and proposed zoning changes is Saturday at Bitter Lake Community Center

December 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a series of what it calls “conversations on affordable housing” throughout the city, including from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N. The DON is asking for residents’ feedback on proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing in all neighborhoods.

See the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda website for maps that show draft neighborhood zoning changes. The neighborhood maps that will be highlighted at the Dec. 3 meeting are:

  • Aurora-Licton Springs
  • Ballard
  • Bitter Lake
  • Crown Hill
  • Greenwood/Phinney
  • NE 130th

Representatives from other city departments will be at the meeting to discuss residents’ thoughts and concerns about: Parks and Recreation – development plan; Department of Transportation – Metro Rapid Ride; Transportation and Construction and Inspections – parking reform; Office of Sustainability and the Environment; Ethics & Elections – democracy vouchers; Human Services Division – fair housing.

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Advertise for the holidays on PhinneyWood

December 2nd, 2016 by Doree

If you’re a local business owner and want to reach thousands of customers right here in our neighborhood, consider PhinneyWood’s advertising options:

  • Display ad (rotates randomly through ad positions, 6 on right side of page and 1 on left) – 180 x 180 pixels: $150 per month.
  • Display ad, fixed position below the third story on the home page — 300 x 250 pixels: $300 per month.
  • Banner ad (below our masthead at the top of the page) — 970 x 35 pixels: $500 per month.

With any size ad, we offer a 5% discount for three months and a 10% discount for six months. Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group Members receive 10% off (in addition to three- and six-month discounts, if applicable; does not apply to graphic design services).

For more information, see our Advertising FAQ page.

Please also note our sponsored Real Estate tab below the banner ad. Our Real Estate sponsor is Seattle Home Savvy. Let us know if you’re interested in sponsoring another specialty link.

If you’re interested in advertising, please email our advertising manager, Jenni Sandmeyer, at NextDoorMediaJenni@gmail.com.

Thank you to all our sponsors for supporting PhinneyWood!

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PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is this weekend

November 30th, 2016 by Doree

The huge annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in both the Blue and Brick buildings. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general. Please also bring non-perishable food for the food bank.

More than 100 hand-picked artists and crafts vendors will feature thousands of items for your holiday shopping. From hand-crafted clothing to furniture, jewelry, housewares, candles, spices, toys, art and more. Enjoy continuous live entertainment in both buildings, plus lunch items and baked goods.

Click here to see the full vendor list and entertainment schedule.

And click here to see photos of many of last year’s vendors, craft items and entertainers.

(Note: PhinneyWood is a Winter Festival sponsor.)

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Streamlined Design Review for 5 townhomes at 308 N. 74th St.

November 30th, 2016 by Doree

The Department of Construction and Inspections is conducting a Streamlined Design Review on development of the lot at 308 N. 74th St., just east of Bluebird Ice Cream and Café Vita. The small single-family home will be demolished and replaced with a three-story structure containing three townhouses, plus a three-story structure with two live/work units. Surface parking will be provided for three vehicles.

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Because the project is under Streamlined Design Review, the only opportunity to comment on the project is now through Dec. 11. Send comments regarding site planning and design issues to PRC@seattle.gov, and reference project #3025653.

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Design rendering by H+dIT Collaborative, LLC.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development, land use policy, homeless encampments, waste water

November 30th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda:

  • Guest speaker Dana West, Planner for King County Waste Water Treatment Division
  • Project reports/permit updates for proposed developments at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. and 7009 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Land use policy reports on: Seattle Backyard Cottages legislation; Seattle Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda updates on Environmental Impact Statements for proposed height increases; Greenwood Phinney Urban Village Map for height/density upzones; discussion of site criteria for city’s Homeless Encampment proposed locations

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Earthquake Home Retrofit class at Broadview Library on Saturday

November 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Office of Emergency Management is hosting an earthquake retrofit class at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The workshop is free but online registration is required.

This introductory workshop will provide information on how to seismically secure a house to its foundation, especially for houses built before 1980. Experienced home retrofit instructors will teach attendees on what tools are needed to retrofit a house and will discuss building techniques, the city’s free plan set and the permit process. The workshop is designed for all homeowners, whether they’re doing the work themselves or hiring a qualified contractor.

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