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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council to discuss Sound Transit 3, explosion site development plans on Tuesday

September 19th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday will have a presentation on the upcoming Sound Transit 3 package, to help voters understand the proposed projects, timelines and projected costs.

And a representative of Slattery Properties, which owns the property on the west side of Greenwood Avenue from North 84th to 85th streets, will discuss the company’s plans for rebuilding the Greenwood explosion site. Owner Mike Slattery told me at the Sept. 9 Phoenix Party that the company is tentatively planning a mixed-use building with two levels of below-ground parking, ground-floor retail, and housing on top.

The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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The Fiber Gallery sold, will remain as is

September 19th, 2016 by Doree

Mary Harris has sold The Fiber Gallery at 8212 Greenwood Ave. N. to Megan Warren. Harris tells me she will continue working at the shop through the end of the year to help with the transition, and will then retire.

She says Warren plans to keep the knitting and crochet store as it is. The phone remains 206-706-4197, and the email remains fibergallery@comcast.net.

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Greenwood 4th graders’ well dedicated in Ghana

September 16th, 2016 by Doree

Last fall we told you about Josie Droz, then a third-grader at Greenwood Elementary, who raised $10,000 to construct a well in Ghana. Josie just started fourth grade, and her well is now installed at Kankun Primary School in the district of Nasena Nankana West.

Josie's well, ready for the dedication ceremony.

Josie’s well, ready for the dedication ceremony. Photo courtesy of Water Access Now.

At the end of second grade Josie began raising money for Water Access Now by holding lemonade stands and fundraising at neighborhood events, including the big May Artwalk. By the end of that summer she raised $5,000 with the help of her family and friends, and that was matched by a board member of Water Access Now, who was impressed with her work.

A Water Access Now team recently visited Ghana for the well’s construction and dedication.

School children help dedicate Josie's well.

School children help dedicate Josie’s well. Photo courtesy of Water Access Now.

Congratulations, Josie!

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50 Years of Folk, farmers market, PARK(ing) Day, concerts in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

September 16th, 2016 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. See our Events calendar for more.

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.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Classical Guitar Cabaret with Robert Vierschilling, Stella Kosim, Jessica Papkoff and Friends at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Kesselgarten Klezmer concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

50 Years of Folk” is a free, all-day festival at the Phinney Center by the Seattle Folklore Society and numerous partners. Starting at 11 a.m. and lasting until 10 p.m., music lovers of all ages are invited to workshops, open jams and concerts with dozens of local musicians, dancers and dance callers. See the website for a complete schedule of events.

PARK(ing) Day Plus+ is Friday and Saturday, with three Greenwood locations turning a small portion of the street into a park for the day.

Seattle School Boardmember Scott Pinkham is hosting a District I community meeting from from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Saturday at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

Greenwood musician Jaspar Lepak plays acoustic folk and Americana music as the opener for Tracy Grammer at Hale’s Palladium, 4301 Leary Way NW, from at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. A child of the Sonoran Desert, her songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban, and currently Seattle. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.

Lepak started writing songs in 2002 while living in Minneapolis. Between 2004 and 2009, she recorded five albums, and in the fall of 2009, she moved to Durban, South Africa with her husband Kale. Her music found an enthusiastic audience, and in 2011, she recorded FORGIVING WIND which Rolling Stone South Africa hailed as an album full of “beauty and original charm.” Lepak became a Seattle resident in 2012 and released her seventh recording, WIDE WORLD, in 2014. She tours frequently between her former homes and her new home in the Pacific Northwest, often accompanied by Kale (accordion and harmonies) and other friends she’s found along the way. Learn more at http://www.jasparlepak.com.

Tickets in advance are $15 (plus service charge), or $18 at the door.

It’s a busy weekend outside the neighborhood, which will affect traffic and parking:

  • Seattle Boats Afloat Show at South Lake Union through Sunday.
  • 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions at KeyArena at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
  • The Great Wallingford Wurst Festival Friday and Saturday.
  • Susan G. Komen 3-Day fundraising walk Friday through Sunday, starting and ending at Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center.
  • Seattle Sounders play the Vancouver White Caps at 1 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • UW Huskies play Portland State at 5 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium.
  • Blink-182 concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena.
  • The Mariners play the Houston Astros at Safeco Field at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

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Seattle Folklore Society Festival is all day Saturday at Phinney Center, and it’s free

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Folklore Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an all-day free festival this Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. All events at “50 Years of Folk” are free with no tickets needed; admittance is subject to room capacity on a first-come basis.

Lasting 11 hours in 11 different rooms in both the PNA’s Blue Building and Brick Building, the festival will celebrate fiddling, ukulele strumming, Contra dancing, clogging, square dancing, storytelling, and music from a wide range of influences, plus puppet-making with Seattle ReCreative.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. are participatory activities and listening; dinner break is from 5-7 p.m. (bring your own or support a nearby restaurant); then from 7-10 p.m. is the showcase concert featuring Scandinavian music by Skolkis, historic dance tunes and fiddling by Phil and Vivian Williams, old-time music, harmony singing, and flatfoot dancing from Squirrel Butter, and stories, songs and tunes from virtuoso auto-harp player Bryan Bowers.

Click here for the full schedule, including:

  • “Fiddling From Scratch” for kids & adults (loaner fiddles available)
  • Carter Family Songs – Sharman Smith, Cathy Britell, Laura Gregg, Robert Giidley
  • Mini-Concert – Phil & Vivian Williams: Pioneer Dance Music of the Far West
  • Contra-dance musician workshop – Matching tunes to dances: Countercurrent
  • Appalachian Clogging workshop (Eclectic Cloggers)
  • Square Dance Caller workshop (dancers welcome)

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Phinney Ridge author Tara Austen Weaver is finalist for WA State Book Award

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

Phinney Ridge author Tara Austen Weaver is a finalist in this year’s Washington State Book Awards.

Weaver’s book “Orchard House: How a Neglected Garden Taught One Family to Grow,” is a finalist in the Biography/Memoir category.

The awards are presented in eight categories, for books published by Washington authors in 2015. Winners will be announced at the awards celebration from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave. Each winner will receive a $500 honorarium.

The awards program will feature emcee Frances McCue, an award-winning poet and arts administrator who received the Washington State Book Award for poetry in 2011 for “The Bled.” The program also features brief readings from 2016 winning titles. A reception and book signing will follow in the Living Room on Level 3 of the Central Library. The awards and celebration are sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

A book award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

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2 neighborhood coworking spaces to participate in next week’s Seattle Coworking Week

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Coworking Week is Sept. 19-23, hosted by the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance, with events happening at collaborative work spaces all over the city, including at Plug&Play and Works Progress in Greenwood.

All Coworking Week events are open to the public. You can see the full list of events here.

Plug&Play, 8535 Phinney Ave. N., will host an open house and free coworking day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, will host a free coworking day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by a community happy hour and open house from 5-7 p.m.

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Greenwood Food Resource Center halfway to goal of raising $3,000 for Hunger Action Month

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

FamilyWorks’ campaign to raise $3,000 for the new Greenwood Food Resource Center is about halfway to its goal, with two weeks left to go in Hunger Action Month.

The food bank is housed at the Salvation Army, at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. It opened in April to help fill the gap when Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank closed.

So far, FamilyWorks, based in Wallingford but supporting projects in numerous neighborhoods, has raised $1,428. They’re hoping to raise $3,000, which will be matched by FamilyWorks Board Members and local businesses.

Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood has donated a T-shirt, growler and one growler draft fill in support of the fundraising campaign. Anyone who donates to GFRC through the end of September will be entered into a drawing to win.

You can donate online here.

You can read a testimonial from a GFRC client on FamilyWorks’ blog.

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Seatown Veterinary Care opening in Greenwood in October

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

Dr. Kari Emery will open Seatown Veterinary Care at 8542 1st Ave. NW in Piper Village in Greenwood in October. Seatown will be very close to Mud Bay pet store.

Dr. Emery is a northwest native and has been practicing veterinary medicine for the past 13 years in the Seattle area. Special interests include well care, geriatric care, pain management, soft tissue surgery, veterinary rehabilitation and dentistry. Watch for updates on Facebook @seatownvet.

Seatown Veterinary Care’s phone is 206-707-9090.

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