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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

Anyone who is interested in applying to the city for funding grants ranging from $1,000 to $100,000 for community projects should attend to see if your project idea matches funding requirements.

You can register for the workshop here.


Actress/artist Siobhan O’Loughlin is coming to Seattle to present her one-woman show “Broken Bone Bathtub,” which actually takes place in a bathtub in a private home. She’ll be presenting her show in 10 different Seattle neighborhoods plus Tacoma, including Phinney Ridge/Greenwood on May 5 and 18.

O’Loughlin has presented this piece of immersive theater in five countries. The specific location of each show will be given after you purchase tickets.

After a serious bike accident, a young woman musters up the courage to ask for help, and shares her story, exploring themes of trauma, suffering, human generosity and connection. The audience (of 4 to 8 people at a time) takes on the role of Siobhan’s close friends; listening and sharing their own experiences, and assisting the cast-clad artist in her very real ritual of taking a bath.

Tickets are $35.


Crosscut today published an article about the city’s new parking regulations — which don’t require housing developers to provide any parking if the project is near “frequent transit” — and it focused exclusively on residents and businesses in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

In the article, Scott Nolte, Producing Artistic Director of Taproot Theatre, and Alice Poggi, president of the Phinney Ridge Community Council, both argue that the transit system is not good enough to get all people out of their cars.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.


The Phinney Ridge Community Council’s annual meeting starts at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, May 1, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

The guest speaker will be King County Assessor John Wilson, who will explain:

1. Assessment Process; how it works and pertaining laws
2. Senior/Disabled Exemption Programs
3. Possible effect on taxes of proposed up-zones to Seattle’s commercial, multi-family and single-family zones.
4. Assessor’s thoughts on proposals to help those burdened by property taxes.

You can submit questions for the assessor in advance to Phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com.

The meeting will end with the nomination and election of members to the Council’s Board of Directors.

Our Community Council is an all-volunteer group with a Board of Directors comprised of neighborhood residents, property and business owners. There are 15 board positions, half of which are elected each year for a 2-year term. Our purpose is to inform residents and encourage participation in shaping policies that affect the character of our neighborhood. Prior experience or specialized knowledge is not required, but a willingness to learn is a great characteristic.

*Self nominate or nominate another.

*Nominees must live, work or own property or a business between Aurora Ave North & 8th Ave. NW and North 46th St. & North 75th St. For more information contact Phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com & visit http://www.phinneyridgecc.org


Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jim Page and Timothy Hull in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday (all levels welcome).

Seattle Folklore Society presents Berkely Hart at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Seattle ReCreative, 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., is having an Earth Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with recycled art activities also happening at Chocolati across the street.

Greenwood Elementary School’s Musical Theater Club Presents “Shrek Jr.” at 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday in the school’s auditorium, 144 NW 80th St. Recommended donation of $5 per family at the door.

Woodland Park Zoo is hosting the traveling National Geographic exhibition “National Geographic Photo Ark” starting today (Friday) through Oct. 7. The National Geographic Photo Ark project, by National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, documents every species in zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers. It’s included in zoo admission.

A compelling and visually powerful project, the National Geographic Photo Ark aims to photograph species before it is too late. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world. Learn more at NatGeoPhotoArk.org.

The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition at Woodland Park Zoo will highlight 56 of Sartore’s more than 50 most compelling images and provide guests with the extraordinary opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark. The 8’ tall x 6’ wide portraits will be displayed across the zoo’s 92 botanical acres. A diversity of mammal, reptile, and bird species will be represented including animals currently living at the zoo such as Matschie’s tree kangaroo, Western pond turtle, Sumatran orangutan, snow leopard, Humboldt penguin and greater one-horned rhino (new species coming in May). Guests will learn about the project, its mission, and Woodland Park Zoo’s conservation initiatives in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Sartore has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world. He estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of more than 12,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

Looking ahead to next week, Pacific MusicWorks an “April in Paris” concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., with baroque flautist Joshua Romatowski, baroque oboist/recorder player Curtis Foster, and harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky. Tickets are available online for $20 general or $15 ages 21-30 and includes house beer, cider or glass of wine (concert is for ages 21 and up only).

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Seattle Sounders host Minnesota United FC at 1 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Washington Department of Transportation is warning of expected traffic headaches this weekend due to a lot of scheduled road work and ramp closures on I-5, which will likely create more traffic on alternate roads like Highway 99. Northbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, from the West Seattle Bridge to Olive Way. The following ramps will be closed during the weekend construction:
  • Northbound I-5 off-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge, Spokane Street and Columbian Way
  • Columbian Way on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Westbound I-90 on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Eastbound I-90/Edgar Martinez Drive on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Dearborn Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • University Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • Cherry Street on-ramp to northbound I-5

Here’s a roundup of various news from the neighborhood and beyond.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. (and Maple Valley and Magnolia), just received its refurbished 1970s classic three-wheeler that it found in Italy last year.

The mobile gelateria now has an awning, a 10-flavor gelato case, sink, cone holders and shelves. And at just 11 feet long and five feet wide, it’s smaller than a typical food truck, which will increase Nutty Squirrel’s catering and special events capabilities. Owners Alev and Tolga Seymen named it Carmello.

FamilyWorks is increasing the number of hours that the Greenwood Food Resource Center is open. The food bank, at The Salvation Army at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N., has seen a steady increase in customers the last two years to more than 120 households weekly. So in addition to their 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday hours, they’re now adding 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (starting this week).

The national nonprofit Reading Partners is looking for more volunteers for its reading programs in local public schools. If you’re interested in helping make sure students read at grade level by fourth grade, you can find more information on the Reading Partners website.

Congratulations to Chaco Canyon Organic Café, including its Greenwood location, which recently won Chinook Book’s Heart of Seattle award in the dining category.

From left: Elena Frunze (West Seattle café manager), Chris Maykut (partner and original owner), Careth Wilkinson-Davis (Head Chef), Mohamed Youssef (current owner).

A reminder that coyotes are routinely sighted in our neighborhood, so be aware if you have small animals that go outside. Stacey tells us she recently saw a coyote walking near Palatine avenue North and North 56th Street on four separate occasions.

Whittier Elementary in Ballard, which draws from Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, has just opened its online auction, which is open to the public. All profits go to the school’s PTA, which funds a number of programs at the school. A hot-ticket item is sure to be Gringotts Bank, from the Diagon Alley Project, which was across the street from the school (the majority of the structures were donated to Camp Korey in Mount Vernon).

Seattle Police Department has issued a Level 3 Sex Offender Notification for David Jackson, who recently moved to the 11200 Block of Greenwood Avenue North and is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision. Level 3 poses the highest risk to re-offend.

Detective Stevenson from the Seattle Police Department’s Sex Offender Detail is responsible for checking on this offender and verifying his addresses as long as he is residing at them.

To learn more about these offenders and to see their photos, please visit the King County Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender website and search by their name. You will also find personal safety tips and resources on this site.

If you have further questions about these offenders, contact Michelle McRae of the Seattle Police Sex Offender Detail at (206) 684-5581 or e-mail atmichelle.mcrae@seattle.gov.

To register to receive an email alert whenever a published offender registers within one mile of your desired addresses, go to the following link: http://www.icrimewatch.net/register.php?AgencyID=54473


Two of the Phinney Center’s biggest events are coming up in May and June: the annual auction and Garage Sale Day.

This year’s auction theme is Enchanted Forest. The auction starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The silent auction takes place inside, then participants move outside to the big white tent in the parking lot for the live auction and dessert dash. Auction items include one-of-a-kind experiences, jewelry, theater tickets, gourmet dinners, vacation getaways, crafts, and lots more.

Costumes are encouraged but not required. Proceeds support the PNA’s programs, which serve children, seniors, low-income and the entire neighborhood.

Tickets are $60 per person, or $75 for patrons.

The annual Garage Sale Day is Saturday, June 9. You can register your sale on the official Garage Sale Day map (printed and online interactive); sign up by May 21. You also can reserve a space at the PNA’s Flea Market. Garage Sale Day usually sees about 100 garage and yard sales throughout the neighborhood.


The Daily Journal of Commerce reported this afternoon that the building at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., currently housing Phinney Books and R & R Studio, sold for $2.2 million last month.

No development plans have been filed.

Tom Nissley, owner of Phinney Books, tells me he hasn’t met the new owners and hasn’t heard any talk about redevelopment. He says he has two years left on his lease.


Greenwood Stars Musical Theater Club presents “Shrek Jr.” at Greenwood Elementary School’s Auditorium at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 21, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, April 23.

You don’t need tickets in advance; they request a $5 donation per family at the door. Proceeds from the show and pre-play concessions and bake sale will go to the Musical Theater Club and the Greenwood PTA.

Greenwood Elementary School is at 144 NW 80th St.