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The team behind local Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches has launched a new grocery delivery service debuting May 30th: Homegrown Goods. The first zip codes for home delivery will include some of Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, and Fremont. Born during the current pandemic to offer easier and safe access to local food, this new grocery service is here to stay as it expands into more and more Seattle neighborhoods in the coming months.

The service will feature some favorite local products from nearby farmers, butchers and makers delivered directly to your door safely and on time. Some initial local vendors include Ecolibrium Farm, Coro by Salumi, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Macrina Bakery, Molly’s sandwiches and salads, Ranger free-range chicken and more. As with Homegrown sandwiches, founder Brad Gillis is passionate about the local connection to food and helping to support the local food system with his new venture.

To be notified when the service is available in your zip code, enter your email here.

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

If you’ve been curious about the “masked bush” on the corner of NW 81st Street and 1st Avenue NW, you’re not the only one. Kiro 7 was as well, resulting in this feature over the weekend. What began as a bit of decoration, has become a mask exchange and food donation site for the community.

Getting tired of Zoom calls with all of the same people? Why not have a call with one of the animals from the Woodland Park Zoo? Now you can choose from a select group of mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects for a 15-minute virtual meeting, gathering or happy hour! For more information on how to book a call click here.

As of today, North Star Diner is back! Burrito-To-You and Nightly Takeout is available Thursday-Monday according to a recent post on the diner’s Facebook page. More details and menus (including cocktails) will be available soon, so keep an eye out here.

Prost! has added another day to their to-go brat and beer sales. In addition to Wednesdays from 2-6pm and Saturdays from 1-4pm, you can now drop by on Fridays from 2-6pm. Learn more about the latest offerings on their Instagram page.

Four Spoons Cafe is back at if for weekend brunch today. They offer contactless pickup from 8:30am-noon on Thursday and Friday, and 8am-noon on Saturday and Sunday. To place an order, call 206-297-6384. You can find their menu here.

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

We received this heartwarming Tip at PhinneyWood earlier this week from John Aguilar, Director of Bands at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School. You can access the video via YouTube here.

“I just wanted to share with you a virtual performance that my students did recently of Juice by Lizzo. As you know, we have been out of school for two months now, and along with that comes numerous concerts/festivals/competitions/parades that the students will no longer get to experience this school year.

It is with that in mind that my students decided to come together virtually during these uncertain times, as we try to send the message that music truly is one of the best medicines for the soul and that we can still make music together, although physically apart. We also want to share the message that the love and joy of learning a subject does not necessarily have to only occur in a classroom. I am writing to see if you can help us share our message in hopes of inspiring the community through our music. I hope you enjoy!”

Food Lifeline will distribute emergency food boxes at Northgate Mall and North Bend Outlet Mall, as well as two Food Lifeline locations Food Lifeline will distribute several thousand emergency food boxes to anyone needing help keeping food on the table during this crisis. The distributions will occur at the following locations and times:

Northgate Mall – 401 East Northgate Way, Seattle, Wa. 98125

  • Tuesday, May 19th, at 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

North Bend Outlets – 461 South Fork Avenue S.W., North Bend, Wa. 98045

  • Thursday, May 21th, at 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Food Lifeline – 815 South 96th Street, Seattle, Wa. 98108 (Two (2) this week)

  • Wednesday, May 20th,  at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 22, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

These emergency food boxes each contain 22-25 lbs of shelf-stable food items like canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, non-meat protein items, and bread and grains. They will also contain some fresh produce items that tend to have a longer shelf life. Those wishing to take home boxes can receive a drive-up no-touch distribution, and there will also be walk-up distribution.

ANYONE can have access to this food. This is a confidential distribution, so there will be no paperwork or qualification. Food Lifeline is only asking for zip codes to track its efforts. Food Lifeline encourages everyone to take home this nutritious food. We are all struggling during this crisis, and no one should hesitate to accept this help.

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The Greenwood Branch of the Seattle Public Library and the Phinney Neighborhood Association are partnering to bring you Bookin’ Around Greenwood, a community book cover scavenger hunt.

Here’s how it works:

  • Look for 25+ book cover posters displayed at The Greenwood Library, local business, and community windows throughout our neighborhood. See how many you can find!
  • When you spot a poster, snap a picture or jot down the book title. If you have access to a printer, you can print out the instruction sheet linked below. Simply circle the books you find and send an image of your sheet when you finish.
  • Email 3 titles/photos you find for a chance to win a gift certificate to one of our local businesses. Submit 10+ for an extra chance to win. Email to greenwood@spl.org.


They have suggested some fun activities on many of these posters as well. Feel free to email any of your creations at the email listed above. They will share your work with the community!

The library hopes to see you again soon! In the meantime visit spl.org for book recommendations, to get free digital books & media, and to answer library account questions. Happy Bookin’!

If you are a Greenwood/Phinney business or organization that wants to participate and did not get a poster yet, please email greenwood@spl.org

Participating Locations:

American Dance Institute
Bureau of Fearless Ideas
Boys and Girls Club
Diva Espresso 
Emerald City Karate
Fire Station 21
G & O Family Cyclery
Greenwood Senior Center
Illumination Learning Studio
Ken’s Market
Makeda and Mingus
Matt’s Greenwood Auto Care
Monkey Grind Espresso
Pete’s Egg Nest
Phinney Books
Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
Seattle ReCreative
Sip and Ship
Snapdoodle Toys & Games
St. John Catholic School
Terra Bella Flowers
Title Boxing
Valhalla Sandwiches
Wing Dome
Woodland Park United Methodist Church

Ballard SeafoodFest 2020 canceled

Ballard SeafoodFest began in 1974 as a salmon barbecue celebrating Ballard’s deep ties to the maritime community. Over the years, it has grown to a massive festival that spans three days and draws more than 75,000 visitors to celebrate the best of Ballard: seafood, live music and craft beer and cocktails.

Mike Stewart, Executive Director of the The Ballard Alliance who runs the event, has issued the following announcement:

“It is with heavy hearts and a little sea spray in our eyes that we have made the decision to cancel our planned July 10 – 12, 2020 event. The Ballard SeafoodFest team explored every option to reschedule. Unfortunately, ensuring the health and well-being of our neighbors and visitors while providing an exceptional festival experience that our community has come to know and love is not possible in 2020.

And while we cannot direct the wind, we can adjust our sails. The SeafoodFest team has taken a new tack with our sights set on the Summer of 2021. We will use this time to ensure the 2021 festival will be a safe and stellar experience for all and look forward to providing more details in the coming months.

In the meantime, stay tuned. It is our intention to create a small-scale community celebration – virtual or otherwise – to keep the spirit of SeafoodFest alive and honor all the businesses and neighbors who have supported us over the years. We look forward to sharing more details on that very soon.”

Seattle Parks and Recreation announced the addition to Greenwood Park is open and substantially complete. Jesús Aguirre, SPR Superintendent, cut a celebratory ribbon at the park on Friday. “It is important to open this additional park space. Together with community input we have created a great addition to Greenwood Park,” said Aguirre. “Although the park can’t be used to its fullest, we hope people will visit, walk through, and participate in the community tag project.” Blank manilla tags have been placed on the fencing around the grass and the community is encouraged to draw on the tags or write a message about what the new park space means to them.

“I am excited for the Greenwood community to acquire additional park space. Greenwood is home to many families, so the park expansion and all of its amenities will serve this growing neighborhood well,” said Debora Juarez, District 5 Councilmember and Chair of Public Assets and Native Communities, which works with SPR to support residents across the city.

The new park offers so many activities and although some will be closed off, SPR wanted to open the walking paths and additional park space. SPR reminds us when you visit the new park area please respect the minimum of 6 feet of separation between people, do not congregate in the park and please stay home if you are feeling sick. The lawn areas are temporarily fenced to allow the grass to established.

The new addition to Greenwood Park reflects the “game” theme input received from the community and offers a ping pong tables, corn hole, 4-square, hopscotch, and tether ball. The sport court striping for pickle ball will occur in the coming week. The project also features a wood arbor connection to the pea patch, a hillside slide into the play area, picnic area with BBQ, ping pong tables, corn hole, tether ball, and skate elements. It incorporates accessibility features in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is seamlessly incorporated into the existing Greenwood Park.

SPR is waiting on the delivery of the site furnishings and will install them as soon as they arrive. The tetherball, ping pong paddles, and beanbags for cornhole will be available when the slide and play area opens in the park.

SPR purchased the 0.1-acre site at 8805 Fremont Ave. N in 2013 to provide more open space for the growing neighborhood and expand the existing Greenwood Park. King County Conservation Future grant provided funding for the acquisition. The acquisition of the property was identified in the Greenwood neighborhood plan and the 2009 Greenwood Park Master Plan.

Funding for this park project is provided by the Seattle Park District. Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog for Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as other facilities including the Aquarium and Zoo. In addition, it provides funding to improve and rehabilitate community centers, preserve the urban forest, perform day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities, provide more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, provide programs for people of all ages and abilities, and acquire and develop new park land.

For more information or for meeting notification translations please visit


It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

Get ready for a Social Distancing Shopping Extravaganza featuring Dansko shoes this Saturday, May 16th from 12-12:30pm! The event will be broadcast live from 3 Wishes and there will be a free gift with purchase. To learn more about this event, click here.

Looking for more delicious breakfast options? Four Spoons Cafe is offering no-contact pickup from 8:30am-noon on Thursday and Friday, and 8am-noon on Saturday and Sunday. To place an order, call 206-297-6384. You can find their menu here.

Despite work on the exterior of the building, Bluebird Ice Cream is still serving up to-go orders at 7400 Greenwood Avenue. They are open from 2-8pm Monday-Friday and noon-8pm on the weekends. For the latest news on Bluebird, check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Got empty egg cartons? Instead of recycling them, please bring them to the Wallingford Food Bank so they can help distribute their bulk deliveries of eggs.

The Greenwood Food Bank will be holding a Drive-Thru Food Box Distribution on Monday, May 18th, from 10am-2pm at Northgate Mall. The distribution will take place in the parking lot in front of Barnes & Noble.

In need of more fun toys, games, and activities these days? Call Snapdoodle Toys at 206-782-0098 from 12-6pm Monday-Saturday to satisfy your needs. You can also order from their website for curbside pickup or delivery. They’ve got plenty of fun options for all ages!

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

In the age of adaptability, Illumination Learning Studio is staying connected to their students and their families online. Ms. Molli Piper, co-owner of Illumination Learning Studio, has created a story time for Ballard families to enjoy. Let Ms. Molli share a book with your little one and take a break from home schooling.

There are six stories to choose from and more scheduled. Online classes in their Virtual Learning Studio are available in Performing and Fine Arts. The Illumination Learning Studio team is eager to open their doors again and have been working hard on all necessary preparations and precautions available.

Illumination Learning Studio
7720 Greenwood Ave N. Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98103