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


PNA’s ‘Beer Taste Olympics’ is July 23

July 14th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Summer Beer Taste Olympics is from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.


Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general public, and $10 for designated drivers. Includes 10 tastes, mini brats from Barking Dog Alehouse and pub style snacks. Must be 21 and over to attend.

More than 30 Northwest breweries and cideries will be there, and some will have special brews made just for this event. Click here for the complete list of breweries and cider makers attending.

Only service dogs are allowed.

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YMCA summer camps and after-school programs at the Phinney Center

May 19th, 2016 by Doree

University Family YMCA will offer after-school enrichment programs at an earlier time beginning next fall, to
correspond to Seattle Public Schools’ earlier bell times for most elementary schools. (Most elementary schools will
start at 7:55 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

The Y will provide transportation from Daniel Bagley, West Woodland, Greenwood and Whittier elementaries, and
Salmon Bay K-8. Registration for 2016-17 after-school programs begins on June 6, but you can put your name down now on the “interest list” by emailing universityprograms@seattleymca.org.

The Y is also offering preschool and school age summer camps at the PNA. Register by emailing universitysummer@seattleymca.org.

Camps for grades 1-6:

  • June 27-July 1: Slimy Science
  • July 5-8: Gamesapalooza
  • July 11-15: LEGO Camp: Extreme Star Wars with LEAP4Kidz
  • July 18-22: Artist’s Showcase
  • July 25-29: Grossology
  • Aug. 1-5 (FULL): Magic Camp with Bruce Myers
  • Aug. 8-12 LEGO Camp: Superheros with LEAP4Kidz
  • Aug. 15-19: Yoga Camp with Mindful Movements
  • Aug. 22-26 LEGO Camp: Movie Making, Brick Films with LEAP4Kids
  • Aug. 29- Sept. 2: Drama Camp

Preschool Camps (ages 3-5):

  • June 27- June 1: Little Picasso
  • July 5-8: Music Makers
  • July 11-15: Mighty Jungle
  • July 18-22: Discovering Dinos
  • July 25-29: Itty Bitty Sports
  • Aug. 1-5: Let’s Get Cooking!
  • Aug. 8-12 LEGO: Beginning Building with LEAP4Kiz
  • Aug. 15-19: 3,2,1…Blastoff!
  • Aug. 22-26: Ocean Commotion
  • Aug. 29- Sept. 2: Butterflies, Bees, and Ladybugs

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More than 100 registered yard sales at Saturday’s Garage Sale Day

May 19th, 2016 by Doree

Saturday is the huge PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, where about a hundred houses in our neighborhood will be hosting garage/yard sales. It’s sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, which has put together a map of all registered sales (the map is not online yet, but will be up before Saturday morning).

Plus there’s a special flea market and tool sale at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.; you can recycle electronics with InterConnection; you can shred up to four boxes of paper with Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; AND you can swap plants, pots and tools, or pick up some new plants for free. Plus Master Gardeners and Composters will be on hand to answer your questions.

At the end of the day, bring anything leftover to the PNA to donate to Goodwill or Salaam Cultural Museum, a Fremont-based nonprofit organization providing aid and supplies to Syrian refugees.

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Phinney Farmers Market opens June 3 with later hours

May 18th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Farmers Market opens in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., on Friday, June 3. Hours have shifted 30 minutes later, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. This will allow more time for people to leave work and get to the market for ready-made dinners and to pick up their groceries for the weekend.

The Phinney Farmers Market will happen every Friday through Sept. 30.

New vendors at the Phinney Farmers Market this year:

  • Burton Hill Farm (raw goat milk dairy on Vashon Island), selling raw goat milk, farmstead cheese, goat milk soap, lavender calendula salve, and rose lotion.
  • Toste — sweet and savory French toast sandwiches using locally sourced ingredients, organic and free of any preservatives, artificial colors or GMOs.
  • El Chito – Handmade tamales made with local, in-season ingredients (chicken, pork, veggie, vegan), and special breakfast tamales, plus Hibiscus flower ice tea.
  • Old Ballard Liquor Co. — Artisan nano-distillery paying homage to Ballard’s history as a Scandinavian fishing and blue collar neighborhood with old-fashioned liquors and liqueurs like Aquavit.
  • Cascade Farm from Kelso, selling grass-fed lamb and beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken.

SNAP (EBT), WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, and Fresh Bucks are accepted at all locations run by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (University District, West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Columbia City, Lake City, Magnolia and Phinney). Fresh Bucks provides a $10 match for all SNAP/EBT users.

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U.S. Small Business Administration offering low-interest federal disaster loans to businesses affected by March 9 natural gas explosion

May 5th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has received word that the U.S. Small Business Administration has officially agreed to offer low-interest federal disaster loans to businesses affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged another 50.

Here’s the email the PNA sent to affected businesses:

Yesterday we heard from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) that they are offering disaster assistance to small businesses economically impacted by the Greenwood Gas Explosion.

The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received on April 29, from Gov. Jay Inslee.

“Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said SBA’s Seattle District Director Nancy Porzio.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Porzio added.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for small businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years, and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Get help: The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering free, personalized consulting to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses owners may contact the SBDC from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by telephone at (509) 358-7765.


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Greenwood gas explosion fundraising has exceeded $260,000

April 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association reports that fundraising efforts after the March 9 natural gas explosion in Greenwood have exceeded $260,000, and the PNA has disbursed more than $234,000 so far.

Read on for the complete update from the PNA.

Dear Friends of Greenwood,

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since the explosion that devastated the center of Greenwood.

Fundraising efforts have reached $260,601, thanks to countless individuals and over 100 businesses who donated or held benefits. We expect more contributions to come in through various fundraisers and charitable organizations, including proceeds from the Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ book Encyclopedia Greenwoodia and proceeds from the auction of the Greenwood plywood murals, which Urban Hands has organized. The auction will take place at Greenwood Square/Upper Crust Catering (8420 Greenwood Ave N), starting at 6 pm (appetizers, bar and social hour at 5 pm) on Friday, May 13 during the BIG One Art Walk.

Here at the PNA, we’ve been working hard with the Greenwood Relief Advisory Board, communicating with the 53 businesses, and all of the employees and residents affected, determining needs and distributing funds.

So far, $234,423 has been disbursed but funds are still needed, as the estimated damage is in the millions. Roughly half of the funds went directly to the displaced residents and the employees who lost work hours because of business closures. The remaining is currently being distributed to businesses based on the amount of damage they suffered. Of the 53 businesses affected, 30 have requested funds for uninsured loss, many have declined assistance because of sufficient insurance coverage and we are waiting to hear back from several businesses who have not responded.

Progress with repairs is moving slowly as businesses, building owners and insurance companies navigate this complicated situation.

We have heard countless expressions of gratitude (including flowers and a pizza!) from those receiving relief, and we are honored to steward the community’s generosity.

PNA continues to welcome donations to the fund, and we will keep it open through fall. You can still donate online or via mail/in-person at 6532 Phinney Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103. PNA will also continue to promote any fundraisers or benefits organized by businesses or groups.

Thank you for your support!

Lee Harper

Executive Director

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Greenwood Relief Fund Updated

April 12th, 2016 by Robin Donovan

Greenwood explosion relief efforts are still underway with an updated list of businesses who have contributed to the Relief Fund. To see the complete list (which continues to grow), or to donate, please visit the Phinney Center website. The original posting with more information can be found here.

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Fundraising for those affected by Greenwood natural gas explosion exceeds $234,000

March 24th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association reports that fundraising efforts for the businesses, employees and residents affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion have now exceeded $234,000.

That includes the Greenwood Relief Fund that the PNA set up the following day (which is being overseen by an advisory board), a GoFundMe account set up by a neighbor specifically for employees who lost their jobs permanently or temporarily, and a Fundly campaign that was set up by a neighbor just hours after the explosion (the PNA then stepped in as fiscal sponsor).

The PNA has a Greenwood Relief webpage that lists all ongoing and upcoming fundraisers, resources for those affected, and a link to donate to the Greenwood Relief Fund (overseen by the PNA, with 100 percent of proceeds to be distributed to those affected).

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PNA disburses $64,000 to residents and employees displaced by Greenwood explosion

March 18th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, which has been overseeing fundraising efforts since the March 9 Greenwood explosion that destroyed three businesses, damaged 50 more, and displaced a dozen residents from their apartments, has made the initial disbursement of donated funds.

From the PNA:

Today, The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) will disburse an initial $64,000 to 12 evacuated residents and 30 displaced employees from the March 9 gas explosion in Greenwood to address their immediate needs.

In the aftermath of the explosion, PNA established the Greenwood Relief Fund and has been collecting donations from individuals, businesses and community groups. Donations are still coming in and so far, the fund has reached $144,933, which includes contributions from individuals, businesses and various benefits and fundraisers hosted by the community. One hundred percent of the PNA’s Greenwood Relief Fund will go to relief efforts.

In addition, $47,202 was raised from a GoFundMe account set up by a community member to help employees of damaged businesses, which the PNA was asked to oversee.

The explosion displaced 12 residents in one apartment building, damaged two other apartment buildings and 53 businesses. Three businesses were completely destroyed (Quick Stop, Neptune Coffee, and Mr. Gyros), four others remain closed (Insurrection, Gorditos, G & O Family Cyclery and The Angry Beaver) and one has temporarily relocated (Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas). Thirty employees experienced a loss of income or jobs.

The PNA, working with the City of Seattle and the Red Cross, has been in contact with the owners of the businesses and the residents displaced by the blast to determine the extent of the damage, their needs, and the response required going forward.

The PNA has convened the Greenwood Relief Advisory Board, consisting of business and community members, to determine how best to distribute the funds. Board members are: Lee Harper, PNA; Jeff Cornejo, PNA; Emilia Jones, PNA; Kelly Kasper, HT2 Consulting Services; Bryan Miller, Naked City Brewery; Jamie Clausen, Phinney Estate Law; Ed Medeiros, community member; Alicia Diefenbach, Verity Credit Union; Tim Corrigan, Umpqua Bank; and Sondra Firestein, Pursuit Concierge.

The advisory board has prioritized the needs for initial fund distribution in the following order: displaced residents, employees who are still out of work, and businesses.

Intermediate-term needs of businesses are still being determined as businesses work with insurance companies and assess their losses. The advisory board will take this information into account as distribution decisions are made.

The PNA will continue to update the community and raise funds through its relief webpage at www.phinneycenter.org/greenwoodrelief. Benefits and fundraisers hosted by the community and resources for those affected are listed on this page as well.

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