A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


‘Dance Your Cash Off’ to support the students at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

September 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, our neighborhood’s free tutoring and writing center for kids, is hosting its annual “Dance Your Cash Off” fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. This year’s theme is “Electric Karaoke Boogaloo.”

Dancers must raise at least $50 in donations to be eligible for dancing and prizes.

*Oh yes, there are PRIZES. Registered dancers earn “style points” for costumes, for moves, for great hair, or for great attitude, with top points-havers winning FABULOUS PRIZES. We are amassing a vast array of amazing giveaways including restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, free services, and free stuff from all over Seattle, to be bestowed upon dancers throughout the evening. Plus, GRAND PRIZES include special packages for the highest fundraising team and individual, the team and individual dancer with the most style points, and best karaoke performance!

Our celebrity judges include acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Shelton, powerhouse performer Sarah Rudinoff, actor and impresario Rebecca Mmm Davis, comic El Sanchez, and artist and SubPop receptionist Derek Erdman!

Register yourself or your team online.

And just in case you missed it, BFI and its fundraising storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., recently moved back into headquarters at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. after their building was seriously damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion. The store was closed during those six months and tutoring moved to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Both reopened for business two weeks ago.

Both the store and tutoring center are looking for more volunteers. Check out the info here.

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Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. and Bureau of Fearless Ideas reopen after significant damage from March 9 natural gas explosion

September 7th, 2016 by Doree

Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., and its Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, which tutors hundreds of students in the back, have reopened as of today.

The store/tutoring center was heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion. Tutoring moved temporarily to the Phinney Neighborhood Association for the spring and summer.

According to a letter to families and supporters from Executive Director Teri Hein, the store is having a soft reopening today and is still working on fully stocking shelves.

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Bureau of Fearless Ideas celebrates our neighborhood with ‘Encyclopedia Greenwoodia’ book launch on Saturday

April 6th, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth that’s housed within the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating itself and our neighborhood in a big way on Saturday with the book launch of “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia.”

The book features stories, poems and essays by 38 BFI students and 15 adult writers, with a foreword by former Mayor Mike McGinn, who lives just a few blocks from BFI. The book was sent to the printer before the March 9 natural gas explosion that leveled three businesses across the street and blew out BFI’s windows and caused structural damage inside, along with damaging another 50 businesses in a several-block radius. Originally a fundraiser for BFI, all profits of the book will now go to the Greenwood Relief Fund, to help those businesses, employees and apartment residents move on. And they’ve increased the print run, with help from 4Culture, which provided the original grant for the book.


Coincidentally, the first student piece in the book is a short love letter from a BFI student to Mr. Gyros restaurant, which was destroyed in the blast. The first line sets the tone: “Opening the door to Mr. Gyros, I felt it was a place as friendly as a fuzzy bunny.” Other stories feature Gordito’s, the Angry Beaver and G&O Family Cyclery, all three heavily damaged in the explosion.

The book, supported with a grant from 4Culture and printed in Seattle, also includes historic photos from archives at the Museum of History and Industry and the University of Washington, alongside essays relating to neighborhood history. A foldout map shows story locations and neighborhood highlights. There are fictional stories of Greenwood’s past and future, imagined residents and places, sensory reviews of businesses, profiles of notable Greenwoodians, and even mysteries set in the neighborhood.

The book launch and author reading party is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the nearby Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. (Because BFI was heavily damaged in the blast, the book launch was moved to the senior center and all programs are now taking place down the street at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.) Books will be available for purchase and also will be sold for $10 at many neighborhood locations, with more author readings coming later this spring.

The book is already getting a lot of press, including from The Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times.

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826 Seattle publishes fourth edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’, buy tickets for annual fundraiser with guest Carrie Brownstein

February 18th, 2014 by Doree

826 Seattle’s newest edition of its fourth annual anthology “What to Read in the Rain” features literary great Tom Robbins, journalist Susan Orlean, and novelist and musician Myla Goldberg. In addition to the adult writers, 22 youth writers are featured in this year’s edition of stories, essays and poetry.

Books are distributed to Seattle hotels, which place one in each guest room. Guests can read them and leave them, or they can purchase them. Hotels receive a portion of the proceeds, with the bulk going back into 826 Seattle’s free youth literary programs.

The 2014 edition is available at Renaissance Seattle, Cedarbrook Lodge, Grand Hyatt, Washington Athletic Club, Alexis and Olive Eight (although more hotels may be added). You can also purchase a copy at Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. (the front and fundraising arm for 826 Seattle), at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. or online.

If you’re looking for another way to support 826 Seattle, their annual fundraiser “People Eating and Giving” is set for March 7 at the Triple Door. Tickets are $150 and include dinner and wine. Special guests include board member Tom Robbins, reading from his upcoming memoir “Tibetan Peach Pie,” and “Portlandia” star Carrie Brownstein. Tickets are available online.

And a heads up that 826 Seattle’s annual Pluto Day has been renamed Dwarf Planet Pride Day, in honor of all the littlest planets. A special parade around the main intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 85th Street starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15th.

For the past eight years, we’ve protested Pluto’s demotion from “planet” to “dwarf planet.” Despite our rallying cries, the IAU (International Astronomical Union) has remained staunchly unmoved.

 This year, we’ve decided to embrace Pluto’s status and celebrate all the dwarf planets. The Dwarf Planet Pride Parade departs the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 2pm, with festivities to follow.


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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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826 Seattle offering free help for students writing college entrance essays

October 17th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s non-profit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is offering free help for juniors and seniors writing college entrance essays. Mentors will be available at a College Entrance Essay Marathon from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 826 Seattle/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Students can register on the website, but drop-ins are also welcome. Bring finished essays that need editing, or initial ideas for an essay. Bring a laptop if you have one; or bring your essay/ideas on a flash drive or piece of paper.

Another session will be from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.

If students need to do any follow-up work on their essays, or SAT prep, they can attend 826 Seattle’s free High School Tutoring program, from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Register for that program online, or at the College Entrance Essay Marathon.

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Neighborhood news: charity collections, tutoring, zoo lights

August 17th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news we’ve collected recently.

The Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N., made its first donation yesterday to three “charity cases” it supports by naming pizzas after neighborhood institutions, then donating $1 from each pizza to that organization. In its first six months in business, The Ridge sold 700 pizzas supporting the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 799 supporting Woodland Park Zoo, and 804 supporting Fire Station 21, which will give its check to the NW Burn Foundation.

Left to right, Ridge co-owners Chris Gerke and Chris Navarra, Jim Bennett from Woodland Park Zoo, PNA Executive Director Lee Harper, and Charles Turner and Stephen Eney from Fire Station21. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

Tara Berg, owner of Hazel Salon & Organics at 5817 Phinney Ave. N., tells us she and her staff raised $298.75 by doing feather and glitter hair extensions at last Friday’s Summer Streets event, to donate to the Seattle Animal Shelter. Hazel Salon is also matching that amount and sending it to PAWS.

Nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle, 8414 Greenwood Ave N., is getting ready for school to start again, and with it, an influx of students needing help with homework. After-school tutoring begins on Monday, Sept. 10. Students ages 6-18 can receive one-on-one help from volunteers from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and high school students only can receive help from 6-8 p.m., including SAT prep and help writing college applications.

You can register for tutoring online, or pick up a registration form at the center, inside Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

Speaking of 826, Naked City Brewery is once again hosting a special fundraiser for them. Naked City has brewed a special beer, called 826 Luminosity, which is a dry-hopped golden ale made with pale and honey malt and Palisade hops. All proceeds from pints of 826 Luminosity sold on Sunday, Aug. 26, will go directly to 826’s programs, plus $1 from every pint sold on Aug. 24-25.

Lettuce Link is asking neighbors to plant an extra row of veggies to donate to food banks. For more information on the ‘Grow-a-Row’ campaign, check out Lettuce Link’s blog, and to donate, contact Jessica Sherrow, the Lettuce Link Summer VISTA, at jessicas@solid-ground.org 206-694-6746, ext. 2.

Woodland Park Zoo recently announced it will premiere its own winter lights festival this holiday season. WildLights will run from Nov. 23 through Jan.1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly (closed Dec. 24-25).

Rendering by Todd Nordling Concept Design.

Approximately 375,000 energy-efficient LED lights will recreate wild animals and wild places in two and three dimensions along the zoo’s pathways and North Meadow. An animated display of nature’s wonder will be woven into the zoo’s famous greenery inspired by exotic destinations from across the globe, including “Northern Lights,” “The Water Hole” and “Jungle Lights.” Zoomazium, the zoo’s indoor nature play space, will be open for play and performances. While the zoo’s animals will be tucked in for the night, the Day Exhibit, a showcase of reptiles and amphibians, will be open, offering another indoor venue for the chilly evenings.

Other highlights will include visiting reindeer, the Historic Carousel (additional fee), entertainment and festive refreshments for purchase.

Admission to WildLights will be $8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for toddlers ages 0-2. From December 14 to January 1, admission will increase to $9.50 for adults. This is an after-hours ticketed event so regular zoo membership privileges will not apply. WildLights will be a rain or shine event ‒ there will be no ticket refunds.

Tickets to WildLights will go on sale in the fall and will be available online at www.zoo.org/wildlights daily. Night-of-event tickets will be for sale at the zoo’s West Entrance only, if not sold out.

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Pluto Day to celebrate dwarf planet

March 5th, 2012 by Doree

826 Seattle and the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. are once again hosting their annual “Pluto Day” event, where they celebrate the dwarf planet and lament its demotion from full planet status.

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a “dwarf planet,” despite vigorous opposition by Pluto lovers in Greenwood.

Pluto Day starts at 12 p.m. Saturday at the space store at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. A sign-making workshop will be followed by a march beginning at 1 p.m. Marchers will travel north on Greenwood Avenue North sidewalks, cross at North 87th Street, then head back 2-1/2 blocks to rally in front of Neptune Coffee at 8415 Greenwood Ave. N.

Keynote speakers include Alan Boyle, journalist and MSNBC.com science editor, who will give arguments for and against Pluto’s reclassification as a dwarf planet.

The first “Pluto IS a Planet” protest was on March 15, 2008. You can see YouTube video of that first protest. Last year’s Pluto Day march and rally drew more than 30 “protesters.”

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Pearl Jam bassist auctioning two custom guitars to benefit 826 Seattle

January 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and guitar maker Mike Lull have created two bass guitars that are currently being auctioned online at CharityBuzz, with all proceeds going to 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s tutoring and writing center hidden inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

As of Monday afternoon, “Green Noise” (signed and hand-painted by Ament, with an estimated value of $5,000) was going for $2,200; bidding ends at 12 p.m. (Pacific Time) Thursday.

Red Splatter” (signed and hand-painted by Ament, with an estimated value of $5,500), was going for $2,450; bidding ends at 7 p.m. (Pacific Time) Thursday.

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