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SDOT repaving Greenwood Avenue between North 125th and 136th streets tonight and tomorrow night

August 18th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is repaving Greenwood Avenue North between North 125th and North 136th streets tonight (Thursday) and Friday night.

Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 125th is scheduled for repaving in September. Motorists are advised to be aware of the rough road surface in the area and to travel safely.

What to expect:

  • Paving work hours for Thursday and Friday will be 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained on this section of Greenwood Ave N throughout the paving process.
  • Thursday night, August 18, the southbound lanes between N 125th and N 136th streets will be paved.
  • Friday night, August 19, the northbound lanes between N 125th and N 136th streets will be paved.
  • On-street parking adjacent to the paving will be prohibited until the repaved lanes are reopened.
  • Motorists will NOT be able enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the newly laid asphalt has had time to cool. For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • On Thursday night, it is estimated that southbound driveways between N 130th and N 136th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. and midnight, while southbound driveways between N 125th and N 130th streets will be closed between 10 p.m. Thursday night and 6 a.m.Friday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving progresses.
  • On Friday night, it is estimated that northbound driveways between N 130th and N 136th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while northbound driveways between N 125th and N 130th streets will be closed between 10 p.m. Friday night and 6 a.m.Saturday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access.

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Cycle back to school with Pedalheads

August 18th, 2016 by Doree

This post is sponsored by Pedalheads.

Now that we’re halfway through August, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school! What better way to travel down the quirky streets of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood than by bike? Not only is cycling a healthy way for your child to start their day, it’s also a wonderful way to give them greater independence as they enter the new school year!

At Pedalheads Bike Camps, we teach kids how to ride safely and competently in a fun, educational environment. We run our camp out of North Beach Elementary (9018 24th Ave. NW) where kids from 3-12 master the skills they need to succeed on the trails and the streets. Maybe you’ve seen some of our more experienced campers pedaling around Soundview Playfield!


Since 1995 we’ve taught over 200,000 children to ride, using our own Pedalheads teaching method, combined with small classes (generally 4:1) and exceptional instructors. With 50+ locations across Canada and the United States, our comprehensive program opens up a world of opportunities for a lifetime of cycling!

Camps run Monday to Friday June-August and luckily we still have some spots available for late August! Choose between morning camps (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.), afternoon camps (1-3:30 p.m.) or all-day camps (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at select locations). We also offer private lessons. There are several different programs to choose from, depending on your child’s age and skill level. Before and after care is available for all-day camps.

For more information: W: www.pedalheads.com T:1.888.886.6464 E: info@pedalheads.com.

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UPDATED: Have you seen Milo the Siamese cat?

August 16th, 2016 by Doree

Update: Sadly, David believes Milo was killed by a car.

Earlier: Milo the Siamese cat disappeared near NW 79th Street and 3rd Avenue NW last Saturday. He’s 2-1/2 years old, tan with brown points, and microchipped. He is an indoor/outdoor cat and is very friendly, but always comes home every evening and morning.


If you’ve seen Milo, please call Dave at 206-697-2584.

Dave says he’s notified the Seattle Animal Shelter, their vet at Phinney Ridge Animal Hospital, AVID microchip company, and posted on Facebook, Craigslist and Nextdoor, as well as posting fliers around the neighborhood.

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PhinneyWood is experiencing some issues since our server switch

August 16th, 2016 by Doree

Please excuse our website hiccups over the last few days. We switched servers this weekend, and we continue to have a few issues, including the deletion of the last three weeks’ worth of posts. Some of those were saved elsewhere, so we’ll be adding those back in today. And we’re aware of several broken links, which we’ll also be working to fix.

Thanks for your patience.

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Find out more about what the Greenwood Community Council does Tuesday night

August 15th, 2016 by Doree

Join members of the Greenwood Community Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., in the Screening Room, to find out more about the council and what it does for the neighborhood.

It’s a great chance to relax with some refreshment, meet some people and talk about the neighborhood – or not. If you’re interested in learning about the community council and finding out who’s involved, this is a nice way to do it. Please join us – everyone welcome! (sorry, no host bar).

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Gorditos reopens after fixing heavy damage from March 9 gas explosion

August 15th, 2016 by Doree

Gorditos Mexican restaurant has reopened after being heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses around the corner, and damaged another 50.

The restaurant, at 213 N. 85th St., announced on its Facebook page Saturday morning that it was reopening that day, and crowds appeared brisk. KING 5 had a nice story that night.

Mr. Gyros, which was one of the businesses that was destroyed in the blast, is parking its food truck most afternoons and evenings in the now-empty lot on Greenwood Avenue North between North 84th and 85th streets.

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Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery celebrates its first ‘Annibrewsary’ this week

August 15th, 2016 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, at 8750 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating its first anniversary – what it calls its “annibrewsary” – this week.

Flying Bike is the only cooperative brewery on the west coast. Members receive discounts on beer and other events, and can participate in home-brew competitions, with the winner’s creation sold at the brewery. The brewery is open to the public. Food from next-door Munch Café can be ordered at Flying Bike and delivered to your table at the brewery.

The brewery will have trivia happening all evening, along with member beer specials and birthday cake. The anniversary week will include an Imperial Pale bottle release, Run Club specials, daily guest taps and ice cream floats. Saturday, Aug. 20, Flying Bike will throw itself a big party with live music and “Elmer” barrel-aged Belgian blend draft release. On Sunday, they’ll host a scavenger hunt/beer run 5k/10k fun run.

Check out Flying Bike’s website for week’s calendar of events, and its Facebook page for updates.

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News roundup: Neighborhood matching funds, business recognition, PNA jobs, library tours and music

August 15th, 2016 by Doree

The city recently announced $417,000 in matching fund awards for neighborhood projects, including $15,408 to a team of North 137th Street residents to identify solutions to increase pedestrian safety and traffic calming on North 137th Street between Greenwood and Linden avenues.

A group of neighbors has created a new Greenwood/Phinney community Facebook page. This new group is not specific about boundaries so anyone who considers themselves part of the neighborhood may join.

Royal Cause is a Seattle company that has been giving out Community Partnership Awards, to provide recognition for businesses that support local nonprofits. So far, Phinney-Greenwood businesses receiving awards include: Mud Bay, Naked City Brewing and Chuck’s Hop Shop.

The Seattle Public Library is offering monthly tours of its Seattle Room and Special Collections at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 10, The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room. Registration is required. Find the tour’s calendar listing on the website and click on “Sign Up” or “Registration is Required.”

  • House and Building History – Join us for a look at the resources to uncover your building’s past; 10:30-11:30 am. Thursday, Aug. 25.
  • Taste the Town – Explore the history of food and drink in Seattle through menus, cookbooks, restaurants and more; 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.
  • Odds, Ends and Curiosities – What’s the oldest, the smallest, the biggest, the weirdest, and the wackiest thing in Special Collections? Join us for a mash-up tour of the Seattle Room, when librarians choose their favorite—or not-so-favorite—items for you to explore! 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Library also has launched its Seattle music collection, PlayBack, with music from 50 local artists, including Tomo Nakayama, Fly Moon Royalty and The Not-Its! Anyone can stream the albums for free, and Library cardholders can download and keep any music in the PlayBack collection.

The Phinney Center is currently hiring for three positions, See their Employment page for details of each position and how to apply.

University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences is looking for babies and children to take part in social and cognitive development studies.

We explore questions such as: why do infants enjoy social interactions? How do toddlers learn about the emotions and goals of others? And what makes children enjoy math?

We also share new research discoveries with families, teachers, and policymakers. Our goal is to help unify the science and practice of learning. We hope our findings will grow into programs and activities that will help children flourish.

By volunteering to for studies, your child can play different kinds of fun and interesting games.

Contact UW I-LABS to learn about opportunities to participate in exciting child development research. We are looking for infants and children in the age range of 0 to 9 years. For more information to go our website at http://ilabs.uw.edu/joinonline.

The City is asking for input on its new approach to outreach and engagement about City projects, events, opportunities and issues. Check out the online tool to weigh in and share your views, take a short survey, or email comments to NewDON@seattle.gov.

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Comment on any environmental concerns of development coming to 9039 Greenwood Ave. N.

August 15th, 2016 by Doree

The buildings formerly housing the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank will be torn down and replaced by a six-story building with 78 apartments and six live-work units, with parking for 44 vehicles. It will be called Greenwood Apartments.

Comments on environmental concerns must be received by Aug. 28.

You can see the developer’s design proposal here. And you can see notes from the first Early Design Guidance meeting here.

The building is currently the temporary location of the Seattle Artists League, which just began offering art classes this month.

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