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Top Ten Toys targeted by LEGO thieves

August 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Top Ten Toys, at 120 N. 85th St., has been hit recently by at least two shoplifters who have stolen high-end LEGO sets. Staffing Manager Aries J. Galindo said two men visited the store separately last week, and another man and woman appeared to be casing the store previous to that.

Security camera footage shows the man in the image below went straight to the back of the store, placed his large backpack on the floor, picked up several small LEGO sets, then walked out with one of the large LEGO Mindstorms sets worth more than $300.


Later in the week, the man in the white shirt pictured below entered the store carrying an empty gift bag. About 10 minutes later as he was leaving the store, a staff member approached him because she saw that he had a LEGO Mindstorms set in the bag. The man said he had just purchased it at Fred Meyer. Galindo said that man had a number of tattoos on both arms and a tattoo behind his left ear.


Galindo said the store is missing at least four of these expensive LEGO sets. Because of the thefts, Top Ten Toys has instituted a bag check when customers enter the store. Customers who refuse a staff member’s request to look in their bag will be asked to put their bag in their vehicle or come back later without the bag.

The store also will not accept any returns for LEGO Mindstorms sets without a receipt. “We maintain the right to retain the item until said receipt is presented and the sales database is cross referenced,” he told me by email. “There will not be any refunds and/or store credits for LEGO sets that are clearly showing as ‘no sale’ in our system.”

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Spaces remaining at Ballard Preschool Co-op

August 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program at 7503 18th Ave. NW, has a few spaces remaining in its 3-5’s program for the upcoming school year. Class meets from 12:15-3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is open to children born between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Children born on or between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012, attend one additional day for Pre-K.

Contact the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com for details.

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Bike found in Phinney Ridge

August 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Nancy found a blue bike on her property near North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. If you think it’s yours, call her at 206-604-2570 to identify it.

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Support Greenwood Food Resource Center during Hunger Action Month

August 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The new Greenwood Food Resource Center is kicking off a month-long campaign during September’s Hunger Action Month to meet increased demand by neighbors in need.

The Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank was a vital part of our community before closing in March, after the organization sold its building at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N.and moved operations to the new North Greenwood Food Bank in Bitter Lake. In late April, Wallingford-based FamilyWorks and The Salvation Army opened the Greenwood Food Resource Center at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. to fill the gap in service by providing healthy, fresh food to hundreds of households in our area.

One neighbor who utilizes the Greenwood Food Resource Center told food bank staffers, “The new food bank has helped enormously. The food I’m able to get there allows me to put a little money aside for my health care costs. It’s been a lifesaver.”


Photo courtesy of Greenwood Food Resource Center.

Since opening, the Greenwood Food Resource Center has seen its weekly numbers increase from serving 56 households to 105 households each week.

FamilyWorks is kicking off a campaign during Hunger Action Month to help pay for this growing demand. You can donate here. Just $25 can provide nutritious food for a family for one week.

Every donation, up to $3,000, will be matched dollar-for-dollar because of a match pool created by FamilyWorks Board Members and local businesses.

You can see an interesting video about the space as it prepared to open in April.

The Greenwood Food Resource Center is open to clients from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the The Salvation Army at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.

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GreenwoodBlastsOff summer concert Sunday at Fred Meyer

August 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Greenwood’s School of Rock and Fred Meyer are teaming up for the GreenwoodBlastsOff Community Summer Concert from 12-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at Fred Meyer.

It’s a free, all-ages event featuring The Not-Its!; School of Rock Seattle’s House Band of teen musicians; Amos Miller with Coyote Central youth; EMP Sound Off! 2015 winners One Above Below None; Tom Nook; poetry readings by Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna; hands-on youth art activities facilitated by Seattle ReCreative; and live art by Greenwood muralists.

The idea is empower youth artists and musicians to help contribute toward relief and rebuilding efforts as our neighborhood continues to recover from the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged another 50.

Information booths will provide help with household and neighborhood preparedness and safety, relief and rebuilding efforts, and local resources. Vendors include Puget Sound Energy and the Phinney Neighborhood Association (which administered the Greenwood Relief Fund after the explosion).

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood will be showing off air rockets designed by K-12th graders, in partnership with Starfish Education and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Pacific NorthwestSIXR will let youth explore virtual reality technology by capturing and sharing 360 images/videos, interviewing performing artists and musicians, and hosting a photo booth.

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Brown and white dog found in Greenwood Sunday evening

August 21st, 2016 by Doree

Judith found a small brown and white dog with no collar wandering around North 83rd Street and Dayton Avenue North on Sunday evening. She thinks it looks like a King Charles spaniel mix.


If it’s yours, call her at 206-618-1376.

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Farmers Market and jazz in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

August 19th, 2016 by Doree

It seems like a quiet weekend for our neighborhood, with few events on our Events Calendar.

As usual, the Phinney Farmers Market is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, berries, veggies, bread, meat, eggs, flowers, cider, ice cream, popsicles, and lots of dining options. If you’re walking there from Greenwood, the Phinney Farmers Market Walking Group leaves the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 3 p.m.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., once again hosts Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

It’s supposed to be a scorcher this weekend, and most branches of the Seattle Public Library have air conditioning and are open to anyone who needs to cool off. The Closest libraries to our neighborhood with air conditioning are the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.; Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.; Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.; and Wallingford Library,1501 N. 45th St.

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Greenwood’s Kumon Math and Reading is closing

August 19th, 2016 by Doree

Kumon Math and Reading Center at 115 NW 85th St., Suite 106, will close at the end of August, because Director Marty Paulson is retiring.

Kumon has been in the neighborhood for 17 years and served more than 2,000 children.

Paulson says the space is for rent.

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Woodland Park Zoo’s annual fall Fecal Fest kicks off Aug. 22

August 18th, 2016 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual fall Fecal Fest begins Aug. 22 for gardeners wanting to score some Zoo Doo by lottery. Zoo Doo is composed of feces from the zoo’s non-primate herbivores such as tapirs, hippos and giraffes. There’s a limited supply of Zoo Doo this year, so it’s only available in 5-, 32- and 50-gallon amounts, with a maximum of 100 gallons per person. No truck loads are available.

However, Bedspread, the zoo’s composted mulch, is available by the truck load. “Bedspread is a combination of Zoo Doo, sawdust, and large amounts of wood chips and is used to cushion perennial beds and woody landscapes including rose beds, shrubs and pathways. Apply it this fall and protect your soil all winter.”

Also available for the first time is Worm Doo, usually reserved for the zoo’s greenhouse. “Worm Doo is worm castings made from Woodland Park Zoo’s Zoo Doo compost and zoo coffee grounds. It is an exceptional rich soil and microbial diverse soil amendment recommended for seedlings, potted plants or in the garden. It’s been pooped once by exotic herbivores and pooped again by compost loving worms.” Worm Doo will be sold in pint-sized containers at ZooStores for $7 starting Aug. 22 while supplies last.

To enter the lottery for the opportunity to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread, you must fill out the online form at zoo.org/fecalfest from Aug. 22 to Sept. 14. Only one entry per person for each drawing. Winners will be able to pick up their prize from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15.

Zoo Doo: 5 gallons $5; 10 gallons $10; 25 gallons $15; 50 gallons $20. Limited to 100 gallons per recipient. No truckloads. Pint-sized buckets are available at ZooStores for $4.95.

Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $50; 6×3 bed: $40. Winners can get up to two full truckloads per person.

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