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Theater, waffle brunch, Top Ten Toys 30th anniversary, preschool co-op sale, lots of concerts and mayoral candidate forum in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

October 20th, 2017 by Doree

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

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., has extended its run of “Relativity” through Oct. 28.

The Cookie Counter, 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a Spooky Ice Cream Social from 6-9 p.m. Friday. AND, they’re now serving waffle brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday (Belgian waffles — regular or gluten free, dairy-free butter and syrup, toppings, ice cream, and waffle sundaes, plus veggie sausage, orange juice and bottomless coffee).

Top Ten Toys, 120 N. 85th St., celebrates its 30th anniversary on Saturday with 30 percent off discounts, a special bag for the first 200 people through the door, and a raffle for prizes.

Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kids’ Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, in the Brick Building.

Glass and Décor Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at five local art studios, including one in Phinney Ridge.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting Kesselgarten in a benefit concert for victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Alex Sturbaum and Arthur Davis 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 Bill Staines at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

The PNA Village is hosting a volunteer opportunity called Leaf It To The Village, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Meet at the PNA for donuts, coffee and cocoa, then split off into teams to help clean up the yards of neighbors who can’t do it themselves. RSVP to village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

Mayoral Candidate Forum from 5-6 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center in the Brick Building (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) Moderated by David Hyde and Amy Radil from KUOW. Free beer from Peddler Brewing, plus non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.

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Honda Accord stolen from North 50th and 1st Avenue NW early Tuesday

October 20th, 2017 by Doree

Janet tells us her car was stolen from in front of her house on North 50th Street near 1st Avenue NW (just west of the zoo) at 6:25 a.m. on Tuesday.

It’s a 1989 Honda Accord 4-door sedan, license plate number WA AHR0973. It had a black vinyl “bra” protector on the front above the headlights (although it could easily be removed), the back license plate is slightly bent, some minor scratches on the back fender, one front headlamp cover is slightly bent, and the upper left corner of the windshield had a parking sticker from a D.C. apartment complex. It also had a yellow steering wheel “club” device.
She says a neighbors’ surveillance video shows a man with white tennis shoes stealing the car.

This is a different vehicle, but the same model as the one that was stolen.

If you have any information, please email Janet at epsteinjanet@comcast.net, or call 911 if you see it.

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Seattle City Light to dispose of 7 old substation properties, including 1 in Phinney Ridge, public meetings with details Nov. 6 and 16

October 19th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle City Light plans to sell seven old substation property sites it no longer needs, including one in Phinney Ridge. The other six sites are in Ballard, Crown Hill and North Beach. State law requires City Light to get fair value for the sites.

The Phinney site is at 6109 Phinney Ave. N., next to Gibran clothing boutique and close to Sully’s Snowgoose Saloon. The 6,000 square foot site is zoned Neighborhood Commercial 2-40 feet. (City Light’s surplus property webpage says the City’s Office of Housing has expressed an interest in the Phinney Ridge property to build affordable housing, however, the site is still open for public comments.)

City Light will host a community information meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Ballard First Lutheran Church, 2006 NW 65th St. to answer questions, and then a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the same location, to take testimony about disposition alternatives. If you’d like to email your comments about any of the sites or ask to be notified of actions taken on the site, email SCL_RealProperty@seattle.gov.

Detailed information about all the sites, including maps and pictures, is here.

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Reminder: Mayoral candidates forum at PNA this Sunday, Port candidates forum in Broadview next Tuesday

October 19th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will be at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., this Sunday for a candidate forum, moderated by David Hyde and Amy Radil from KUOW. The forum is from 5-6 p.m. in the Brick Building (doors open at 4:30 p.m.) Free beer provided by Peddler Brewing.

Also remember that the Broadview-Bitter Lake and Greenwood community councils are co-hosting an election forum of Seattle Port Commissioner candidates from 7-8 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 24) at Broadview United Church of Christ, 325 N. 125th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates attending:

  • Seat 1: Ryan Calkins
  • Seat 3: Ahmed Abdi and Stephanie Bowman
  • Seat 4: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbruek

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Port candidates forum in Broadview Oct. 24

October 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Broadview-Bitter Lake and Greenwood community councils are co-hosting an election forum of Seattle Port Commissioner candidates from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Broadview United Church of Christ, 325 N. 125th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates attending:

  • Seat 1: Ryan Calkins
  • Seat 3: Ahmed Abdi and Stephanie Bowman
  • Seat 4: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbruek

The Port of Seattle is a special purpose government entity with an annual operating of budget of $620 million, partially funded by King County property taxes. A major driver of growth and development, it is estimated that the Port generates over 200,000 jobs and $20 billion in business revenue for the region each year.

Three of the Port’s seats will be on your ballot this November. This means your votes will set the direction of the Port for the next several years. The Port is managed by an elected board of five commissioners. There are three seats on the ballot this November, so the outcome will have considerable impact on the direction the Port takes in the next several years.

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Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest is Nov. 18 with 30 Pacific NW authors reading, signing books

October 18th, 2017 by Doree

We Seattleites sure do love our books, and what better way to celebrate that love of reading than the annual Seattle7Writers’ Holiday Bookfest next month at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

The Holiday Bookfest, from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, features 30 Pacific Northwest authors who will read from their books and sign them for fans, plus the Seattle7Writers’ house band, The Rejections, will play. Phinney Books will be selling authors’ books, and some of the authors have baked their own special treats.

A portion of the proceeds benefits literacy programs at the PNA, as well as the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Greenwood’s free tutoring and writing center for children. You can also donate gently used books for Seattle7Writers’ Pocket Library program. (Donate three or more books and receive a free Seattle7Writers tote bag to carry your books home.)

Participating authors: Anastacia-Reneé, Andrea Dunlop, Bharti Kirchner (who lives in Wallingford), Boyd Morrison (who lives in Phinney Ridge), Brent Hartinger, Bridget Foley, Clare Meeker, Claudia Rowe, Dave Boling, David Laskin, David B. Williams (who lives in Licton Springs), Deb Caletti, Donna Miscolta (who lives in Greenwood/Green Lake), Dori Hillestad Butler, Elizabeth George, Garth Stein, Jarret Middleton (who lives in Fremont), Kathleen Alcala, Kevin Emerson (who lives in Crown Hill), Kevin O’Brien, Laurie Frankel (who lives in Queen Anne), Linda Johns, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Lynn Brunelle, Megan Chance,Robert Dugoni, Robin Oliveira, Sean Beaudoin, Suzanne Selfors and Waverly Fitzgerald.


3 p.m. — The Rejections
3:30 p.m. – Reading by Andrea Dunlop
3:45 p.m. – Reading by Dori Hillestad Butler
4 p.m. — Reading by Laurie Frankel
4:15 p.m. – Reading by Kevin Emerson
4:30 p.m. – Reading by Bharti Kirchner
4:45 p.m. – Reading by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

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Rhinos coming to Woodland Park Zoo next year for the first time ever

October 16th, 2017 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo will get its first-ever rhinos next spring. The temporary Assam Rhino Reserve will be designed to spotlight wildlife trafficking and the turtle extinction crisis. It will house Greater one-horned rhinoceros, Asian brown tortoises, and demoiselle cranes.

Photo by Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, courtesy of Woodland Park Zoo.

Five species of rhinos survive today: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan. In the last 200 years, the rhino population has plummeted from one million to fewer than 30,000 worldwide.

Also known as the Indian rhino, the greater one-horned is second in size only to the white rhino, weighing 4,000 to 6,000 pounds. It has a single horn that is about 8 to 25 inches long; a gray-brown hide with skin folds gives it an armor-plated appearance. Once found across the entire northern part of the Indian subcontinent, the population plummeted due to sport hunting, human conflict, poaching for their horns for use in traditional medicine and habitat loss. Because of conservation efforts by government and NGOs working together, World Wildlife Fund said the population has increased from as few as 350 animals just a few decades ago to more than 3,500 by 2015 in the Terai Arc Landscape of India and Nepal, and the grasslands of Assam and north Bengal in northeast India.

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Seattle Public Schools needs crossing guards at 21 schools

October 16th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is short on crossing guards to help students safely cross streets near elementary and K-8 schools, including several schools in and near Greenwood-Phinney Ridge. The part-time positions start at $15 an hour for two hours a day (10 hours a week).

Applicants must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent; be at least 18 years old; pass a Criminal Justice Fingerprint and Background Check; and be mature, caring and safety minded. Crossing guards must be able to stand for extended periods of time in all types of weather.

Current openings: Adams, B.F. Day, Daniel Bagley, Beacon Hill, Bryant, Catharine Blaine, Cascadia/ Robert Eaglestaff, Fairmount Park, Genesee Hill, Greenwood, Highland Park, John Stanford International, Kimball, Loyal Heights, Madrona, McDonald, Olympic View, Roxhill, Sanislo, Salmon Bay, TOPS and Whittier.

To apply, contact Yvonne Carpenter at 206-252-0907 or ylcarpenter@seattleschools.org.

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Seattle Public Schools hosting community meetings on proposed high school boundary changes

October 16th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools is changing high school boundaries, so the district has scheduled five community meetings to hear from families and students about the proposed changes.

The nearest open house to our neighborhood is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St.

The boundary changes would take effect in fall 2019. Boundaries are changing in part because Lincoln High School will be opening in Wallingford, and district enrollment continues to grow.

For more information, see the High School Boundary Changes webpage, and the school board’s top three potential boundary change scenarios on the High School Boundary Task Force Recommendations webpage.

For Ballard High School, the board’s preferred proposed boundary changes would take some kids who live less than a mile from Ballard H.S. and send them to Ingraham High School, at 1819 N. 135th St., more than four miles away. North Ballard and Crown Hill north of 85th Street would move from Ingraham to Ballard. Some Phinney Ridge and Greenwood students currently slated for Roosevelt would move to Ingraham, while some south Phinney students currently slated for Roosevelt would move to Ballard.

These community meetings also will discuss other updates to the Student Assignment Plan, including special education, school choice, and advanced learning opportunities in high schools, which would take effect in fall of 2018.

Other open houses (all are from 6:30-8 p.m.):

  • Mon., Oct. 23, Eckstein Middle School, 3003 NE 75th St.
  • Mon., Oct. 30, McClure Middle School, 1915 1st Ave. W.
  • Wed., Nov. 8, Cleveland High School, 5511 15th Ave. S.
  • Thurs., Nov. 9, West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave. SW

At the end of this month, district families and staff will be invited to take a survey to provide feedback on the proposed high school boundary options.

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