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Klezmer, jazz, folk and more music in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

January 20th, 2017 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time.

The Cup” community open house from 2-5 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park United Methodist, 302 N. 78th St.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents The Vocal Majority with Colonels of Truth at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Kesselgarten Klezmer concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents The Bills at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

With two previous JUNO nominations and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards under their belts, expect musical magic from this extraordinary quintet. The Bills are renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, evocative songwriting, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization.

Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin, and bows – these are the vehicles for The Bills’ unique sonic approach. With individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical and world music, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic-music super-group.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend, be aware:

  • Immigrant and Refugee Defend Our Rights March begins at 1 p.m. Friday with a rally at Judkins Park in the Central District, followed at 2:30 p.m. by a march to Westlake Park downtown.
  • Inauguration Day Demonstration and Rally at Westlake Park from 5-8 p.m. Friday.
  • There’s a private event at CenturyLink Field from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. Seattle Department of Transportation warns folks to expect congestion and delays near the venue.
  • Womxn’s March on Seattle begans at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with a rally at Judkins Park, followed by a march to Seattle Center. SDOT expects about 30,000 people to march, so expect significant traffic delays along the route.

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Design Review Recommendation Meeting for 9701 Aurora Ave. N. self-storage facility is Feb. 6

January 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board is holding a design review recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9701 Aurora Ave. N. (where Gold’s Gym is currently) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The proposal is for a six-story, 220,000 square foot self-storage facility with an office and a caretaker’s unit, plus parking for 15 vehicles. The current building will be demolished.

Two design review meetings were held in 2015 and 2016, and environmental review has taken place. Written comments on site planning and design issues will be accepted through the date of the recommendation meeting, as well as at the meeting itself. Comments can be emailed to PRC@seattle.gov; reference project # 3020310.

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Ballard Preschool Coop open house on Feb. 4

January 19th, 2017 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is hosting an open house for prospective families at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Meet teachers and current co-op parents, tour the classroom and learn more about the program.

Ballard Preschool Co-op offers play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K, as well as on-site sibling care, at 7503 18th Ave. NW. Please RSVP to the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com with your name, child’s name, and child’s date of birth.

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36th District legislators to hold town hall in Ballard on Jan. 29

January 18th, 2017 by Doree

State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, State Rep. Gael Tarleton and State Rep. Noel Frame from the 36th Legislative District — which covers all of Greenwood and part of Phinney Ridge – are hosting a town hall meeting from 1:30-3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Ballard High School.

This is an opportunity to discuss with your legislators whatever issues are on your mind, and to get an update on this legislative session.

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Greenwood Library closing Feb. 13 for renovations, will reopen in April

January 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily on Monday, Feb. 13, until sometime in April for renovation. The 15,000 square foot library, which was completely rebuilt in 2005, has seen heavy use and needs new carpet and remodeling that will improve public spaces and increase access to technology.

Seattle Public Library is holding an open house from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, to explain more about the renovations and answer questions. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other library staff members will be on hand.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch. When placing a hold on items, patrons can choose another library location for pickup. If patrons don’t select an alternate branch by Feb. 3, the library will automatically redirect holds to the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125; and to the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW for all other patrons.

The Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is normally closed on Fridays but will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 to accommodate Greenwood Library patrons. Some regular Greenwood Library programs will be provided at alternate locations. Check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.

After 12 years of heavy use, the interior will be improved to make the branch more enjoyable for patrons, who say they want quiet study spaces, areas where they can use a multitude of devices and collaborate with others, and spaces where they can sit with their children to read or use technology. Improvements are designed to make it easier for patrons to interact with one another, create flexible, open, welcoming spaces and improve access to technology.

Specific improvements include upgrading the meeting room, adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, and repositioning the public computers to reduce glare. The worn carpet in the branch also will be replaced.

An indoor-outdoor boulder that comes through an exterior glass wall into the children’s area will be removed due to ongoing moisture problems. The boulder will be moved across the street to a parcel designated to become a community park.

The improvement project will be conducted in two phases because it will take time to fabricate a new exterior glass wall for the area where the boulder was located. Most of the construction work will occur while the branch is closed in February and March. The branch is expected to reopen in April with a temporary exterior wall and briefly close again in May or June for about a week so the custom glass can be installed.

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Final design review meeting on new park by Greenwood Library is Feb. 1

January 17th, 2017 by Doree

The final design review meeting for the new park to be constructed by the Greenwood Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Seattle Parks and Recreation presented three concepts at its Nov. 2 meeting, and collected feedback from meeting attendees and through an online survey. At the Feb. 1 meeting, Cascade Design Collaborative designers will present their current design and gather feedback.

According to the park development website, the timeline has been pushed back a bit because of permitting delays for demolishing the old Bleacher’s Pub and commercial building (they were originally scheduled to be demolished last fall).

The park will fill the entire east side of the Greenwood Avenue block between North 81st and 82nd streets. Funding comes from the Seattle Park District.

A park stewardship group, Friends of Greenwood Library Park, has started a Facebook page.

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Free tax assistance at libraries and senior centers

January 17th, 2017 by Doree

Taxpayers can receive free tax preparation services at many Seattle Public Library locations, senior centers and other community sites. The service is a collaboration between SPL, United Way of King County and AARP, with no age, job or retirement requirements to receive free help.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (not available for business tax returns). Some sites offer drop-in assistance, others are appointment-based, others provide assistance for individuals filing online but who have a few questions (no appointment necessary).

See the Tax Help webpage for a list of all free tax sites and documents required.

Federal taxes this year are due by Tuesday, April 18 (the deadline has been extended because Monday, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.)

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., offers tax help by appointment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 2. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.

The Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, offers appointments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 1. Call 206-297-0403 for an appointment.

The following are the drop-in sites closest to our neighborhood, with help offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., from 2:30-7 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 2 through April 17 (closed Feb. 20 for Presidents Day).
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, from Feb. 3 through April 15.
  • Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays, from Feb. 7 through April 18.
  • Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St. in Wallingford, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, now through April 18.

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Seattle City Light restores power to more than 12,000 customers, including large portion of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood

January 16th, 2017 by Doree

Around 3 p.m., Seattle City Light reported more than 22,000 customers in North Seattle were without power, including large portions of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Power has since been restored to 12,000 customers — including our neighborhood — but a large chunk of Ballard is still out, according to City Light’s outage map.

City Light Tweeted a few minutes ago that power was expected to be restored to all remaining customers by 5 p.m.

The cause of the outage is still under investigation.

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Comment on any environmental concerns for 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. project by Jan. 25

January 13th, 2017 by Doree

The developers of the “Shared Roof” project coming to 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. have asked the city to rezone the land from Neighborhood Commercial 2-40 to Neighborhood Commercial 2-65, and now it’s neighbors’ time to comment on any environmental concerns about that rezone request.

The rezone would increase heights from 40 feet up to 65 feet. The developers are planning a five-story building with 33 apartment units, ground level retail and below-grade parking for 28 vehicles.

Comments on any environmental impacts of the rezone will be accepted through Jan. 25. (The comment period has been extended twice; the first extension came after the Phinney Ridge Community Council asked for an additional 14 days beyond the original Jan. 8 comment date. The latest Department of Construction and Inspections notice has added an additional three days.)

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