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News roundup: Greenwood on City Stream, lost wedding ring, update on Holman Road pedestrian overpass, PNA Preschool teacher needed, NW Chamber auditions, free toilets

August 15th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Channel’s Roberto Romero hosted a recent episode of City Stream from the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Seattle Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Street Fund Program has released a summary of the July 19 public meeting that centered on why it wanted to remove the pedestrian overpass from Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW as it installs new signalized crosswalks. Many neighbors said they wanted the overpass to remain. SDOT plans to discuss neighbors’ concern and come up with a plan by the end of August. You can still email your comments and questions to NSFHolman@seattle.gov.

Leslie says she lost her wedding ring sometime Friday night between 5-8:30 p.m., somewhere along Greenwood Avenue North between the Phinney Center and North 76th Street. It’s 14k white gold with small, inset diamonds; no engraving inside other than maker stamps “14k” and “US.” She’s offering a reward. If you find it, please call 206-730-6292.

The Phinney Center has a job opening for Preschool Co-op Twos Teacher. This position is responsible for teaching a two-hour class of 18 2- and 3-year-olds twice a week, with the help of nine parent volunteers every day. Salary is $800-$900 a month. See the full job description here.

AlertSeattle is reminding people that they can find their closest Community Emergency Hub by going to http://bit.ly/hubsnearme, then searching by address of clicking on the map of nearest hubs.

Northwest Chamber Chorus is holding auditions from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., by appointment with Music Director Mark Kloepper. One prepared classical audition piece and sight-singing is required. To schedule an audition, contact Betsy Brockman, Executive Director at nwcc@frontier.com.

Ryan tells us he lost a pair of black Oakley sunglasses somewhere around 70th Street and Sycamore on Aug. 6. Please email him if you’ve seen them.

Seattle Public Utilities Water Conservation Program is partnering with Sound Generations Minor Home Repair program to remove old toilets and replace them with water-saving toilets at no cost to qualified homeowners. To be eligible, you must receive a Seattle Public Utilities water bill, live in the home you own, have toilets that were installed before 2004 and meet income guidelines. Call Sound Generations at 206-448-5751 or visit www.seattle.gov/util/FreeToilets.

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While Town Hall is under renovation, it’s taking its speaker and music series on the road, including to Phinney Ridge

August 15th, 2017 by Doree

Town Hall, located downtown, is under renovation for the next 14 months, so the speakers and music venue is taking its programs on the road to several neighborhoods, including ours.

All of Town Hall’s lectures, concerts, and arts programs are just $5 per person.

The “Inside/Out” season will stop at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., on Saturday, Sept. 30, for two concerts by perennial favorite Caspar Babypants (Chris Ballew of the famous ‘90s band The Presidents of the United States of America), to celebrate the release of his 13th children’s album, “Jump for Joy!” Concerts are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. $5 for adults, free for kids.


  • “Sam Kean: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us” is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Bathhouse Theatre, 7312 West Green Lake Dr. N. “What’s invisible, ubiquitous, and has an epic story to tell? New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean provides us with a curious history of the air we breathe, placing it at the center of Earth’s and humanity’s existence.”
  • “Jonathan White: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean” is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at University Lutheran Church, 1604 NE 50th St. “Seattle-based author Jonathan White uses his surfing and sailing adventures across the globe to take us on a journey of scientific inquiry exploring the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion.”
  • “Vanessa Grigoriadis: Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus” is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at University Lutheran Church, 1604 NE 50th St. “National Magazine Award winner Vanessa Grigoriadis will be joined on stage by local author Claire Dederer for a candid and in-depth discussion on sexual consent on college campuses. Grigoriadis offers convincing, if controversial, advice on how schools, students, and parents can make college a safer, richer experience.”
  • “Max Tegmark: Being Human in the Age of A.I.” is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at University Lutheran Church, 1604 NE 50th St. “Artificial intelligence is transforming war, crime, justice, jobs, and even our very sense of what it means to be human. MIT Professor Max Tegmark takes us to the edges of A.I. and the human condition with his new book, Life 3.0.”

Beyond introducing new audiences to Town Hall, they expect Inside/Out to introduce Town Hall to new community leaders. With a season founded on grassroots collaborations, the organization has a unique opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and create new ones. Each community, including Phinney Ridge/ Greenwood, has a neighborhood steering committee that will inform, and even curate, some of the programming offered in their neighborhood. Further, Town Hall will commission an artist- and scholar-in-community for each neighborhood, awarding a competitive stipend (and the stage) to local creatives with a distinct point-of-view and strong community ties. To the point: Town Hall wants to bring the story of Seattle to Seattleites.

You can see all Phinney Ridge area Town Hall events here.

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Congresswoman Jayapal’s staff hosting neighborhood meetup in Broadview on Tuesday

August 14th, 2017 by Doree

U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal’s office is hosting a neighborhood meetup from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Broadview Branch Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

“Outreach staff will be available to answer questions, offer constituent services, provide an overview of the office’s work and functions, and update attendees on Jayapal’s legislative activities,” according to the press release.

Congresswoman Jayapal represents Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and the surrounding areas, including Vashon Island, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Edmonds and parts of Burien and Normandy Park.

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Artwalk, Farmers Market, Gumshoe, theater and music in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

August 11th, 2017 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Farmers Market is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

It’s Artwalk night from 6-9 p.m. Friday at dozens of art galleries and other venues throughout the neighborhood.

The Gumshoe 5K Walk continues through Aug. 20 (it’s been extended by one week due to heat and air quality concerns). Buy your $20 entry form at Ken’s Market, Couth Buzzard Books or the Phinney Center, then follow the fun clues and turn in your completed form for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses. All profits go to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. Follow the Gumshoe’s Facebook page for updates as some clues may have moved since the forms were printed.

“Persuasion” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., through Aug. 26.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents “Voices Raised — Some Things Gotta Be Said concert” at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Open House to help design renovations and expansion to Baker Park in Crown Hill is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, at 8347 14th Ave. NW.

36th District Democrats Annual BBQ from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at State Rep. Reuven Carlyle’s home.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • South Lake Union Block Party from 12-11 p.m. Friday.
  • Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City at 1 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Slayer Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at WaMu Theater.
  • Magnolia Village Car Show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Mariners play the Angels at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation crews will close the two right lanes of northbound State Route 99 across the Aurora Bridge from 5-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday for inspection work.

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Burn ban lifted as of 2 p.m. today

August 11th, 2017 by Doree

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lifting the Stage 1 Burn Ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties as of 2 p.m. today, as the air quality is improving.

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Do you recognize this Greenwood package thief?

August 11th, 2017 by Doree

Rebecca tells us this man stole three packages early this morning from inside her locked apartment building’s lobby at 8745 Greenwood Ave. N.

The man was able to open the security panel at the outside entrance and then buzz himself into the building. Security cameras also caught the man inside with an armful of packages.

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City conditionally approves development planned for 8820 Aurora Ave. N.

August 10th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has conditionally approved the development proposed for the vacant lot at 8820 Aurora Ave. N. (formerly the site of the Aurora Motor Inn).

The project will be five-stories tall with 4,524 square feet of warehouse space, 5,246 square feet of office space, and 27 small efficiency dwelling units. Parking will be provided for three vehicles.

Any appeals of the DCI opinion must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than Aug. 24.

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Second public meeting on Phinney Center hillside redesign is Aug. 18

August 10th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Center will hold its second public meeting to redesign the hillside between its Blue and Brick Buildings at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, in the Blue Building, Room 1.

The landscape architects will have a table to present the final schematic design during the Sept. 15 Phinney Farmers Market, from 3:30-7 p.m.

You can find out more on the Hillside Development Project webpage.

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Solar Eclipse Party at Greenwood Park Aug. 21

August 10th, 2017 by Doree

Join neighbors at a solar eclipse party at Greenwood Park from 9-11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21.

While Seattle is not in the path of totality, it should still be a great view of a partial eclipse. Be sure and bring your viewing devices, and snacks to share if you want. The eclipse is predicted to begin shortly after 9 a.m., with its peak around 10:20 a.m.

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