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Kristen Grainger and True North would have played our Phinney Ridge Concert Series this fall, but Covid intervened. They are playing a live stream show you can watch from the comfort of your home, this Saturday, October 24th, 7 PM. Check it out on their Facebook Page here or Northwest Talent Spotlight’s Youtube Channel here.

There is no user registration or paywall, but viewers will be asked to make a donation via an online tip jar. Donations are split 50-50 between the band and the venue. 

Definitely a great band and a great show! Give ’em a listen. And drop something in the tip jar.

PhinneyWould? – Halloween Costumes

Like everything else, Halloween is going to be a bit different this year. Some of you will still be Trick-or-Treating. Others will have virtual parties and events to dress up for. I know plenty of you also like to get your pets into costumes… whether they like it or not. Whatever your plans are this year, tell us…   

What are your fun and creative Halloween costume ideas this year?

Keep in mind that we are a family-friendly organization, so keep more of your adult-themed ideas too yourself… even if they are funny.

Send your responses to tips@phinneywood.com and we will share our favorites soon along with your first name and last initial.

Anything you would like to see answered, shoot us an email at tips@phinneywood.com! Shoutout to Paige Cody for the picture.

Get in your Halloween Costumes and come to Nutty Squirrel Gelato to meet Jack Skellington from Nightmare Before Christmas outside the store. There will be a Selfie Station with Jack, a free photo booth with 3D wooden backdrop, and of course Halloween goodies to take home.

The event will be done in accordance with Covid guidelines. As a safety measure, Nutty Squirrel is asking families to reserve their spot before the event. Reserve your free tickets here through EventBrite. More details on their Facebook Events page.

Nutty Squirrel Gelato “Ghouls & Gelato”
7212 Greenwood Ave N
Saturday (10/24) and Sunday (10/25) from noon – 3pm

Live-Work-Play was founded in 2001 by architect and interior designer, Sheri Newbold and is built 20 years’ experience in both disciplines. Whether designing a home, ADU, addition, renovation, or anything in between, live-work-play makes the most of your individual goals and aesthetic.

Live-Work-Play’s DADU (Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit) and Backyard Cottage class is a great opportunity to find out more about creating an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit). Learn steps involved and elements to consider when planning a DADU for your property. Your $15 ticket fee will be donated to the Phinney Center.

Date and Time:
Thu, October 22, 2020
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Online Event – Register here

Francine Seders was a major influence in the Northwest art scene, representing some of the region’s premier artists including painters Mark Tobey and Jacob Lawrence. She kept a low-key gallery where students, and artists, and serious art collectors were always welcome in Phinney Ridge at 6701 Greenwood Avenue N from 1970 to 2013.

Francine Seders

In the subsequent years, the highly-visible storefront has hosted a number of business, including most recently Greenfab and the Roots & Wings Foundation (which moved to 7107 Greenwood Ave N just a few weeks ago).

The 1400sf corner space across the street from Red Mill and The Phinney Center is looking for tier next tenant and would be ideal for showcase retail, office, or gallery space. You can read more about the space and how to contact the owner here.

The Sunday Supper is a FamilyWorks event that brings our community together to support our neighbors and the resiliency of all. Since we can’t get together in person like we usually do every year, FamilyWorks has come up with a special way to include Tom Douglas in this year’s event.

Luckily, Tom is a veteran in front of the camera and offered to do a live-streamed Cook-Along for all of us, on Sunday, October 25. Anyone can tune-in to watch the live stream, but if you want the complete experience, we recommend ordering a beautiful Take Home Meal-Kit from Tom Douglas Restaurants, which in turn benefit the programs at Familyworks.

All you have to do is choose your entrée option and quantity, and mark the pickup date on your calendar. While your entrée choice will come pre-cooked by the Tom Douglas Catering team, you’ll be responsible for preparing the salad, sides, and dessert. But don’t fret, because you’ll be able to follow Tom Douglas each step of the way!

Take Home Meal Kits


Prosser Farm fall salad of acorn squash, escarole, thyme vinaigrette

Entrée (Select One)

All entrées include a side of sautéed black kale with garlic.
Charcoal roasted chicken breast with scalloped potatoes
True North Alaska cod with scalloped potatoes
Cauliflower and butternut squash lasagna


Cranberry apple crisp with vanilla whip

*The Take Home Meal Kits are partially prepared dinners. While the entrée will come pre-cooked, you get to follow along with Tom and prep the salad, sautéed black kale with garlic, and the cranberry apple crisp. Then heat your entrée and enjoy!

Amid the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, music venues have been forced to come up with creative ways of bringing in revenue in the hopes of reopening come Phase 4. Greenwood’s ​Tim’s Tavern​ is gearing up to throw its own live-streamed music festival.

On October 17, the venue will host an all-day online event in which they’ll stream sets from local, national, and a few international artists. The music performances will be prerecorded for safety reasons, but the show will have live components from host and Tim’s Tavern Co-Owner Mason Reed and some very special guests. During the show, there will be a link for donations, as well as the option to buy Tim’s merchandise, including a special edition t-shirt for the event.

“This event’s going to be about saving Tim’s, but, at the same time, it’s much more than that,” said Reed. “It’s about our local scene and our love for live music. It’s a cornerstone to our culture as a city and we have to do everything we can to make sure our venues are still here long after this pandemic. The shows must go on!”

Reed and his business partner Matthew O’Toole have enlisted the help of Bricologe Studios and have been hard at work turning the venue into a broadcast studio, filming and editing video, mixing and mastering audio and getting ready for the live event.

Both Reed and O’Toole said they’re remaining positive, but that another three or four months of closure could spell trouble. With the money from an SBA loan and a grant from the city gone to the recurring costs of rent and insurance, the venue is aiming for a nationwide audience for the festival in hopes of bringing in enough donations to avoid bankruptcy.

The festival will stream for free at ​SaveTims.com​ on October 17th starting at 2pm. If you are interested in virtually attending please visit the website and signup for free tickets.

Follow Tim’s Tavern on Facebook​, YouTube​, and Instagram to see their updates.

Last week we asked you…

What shows and movies have you been binging on this year?

As expected, we received a lot of responses mentioning Schitt’s Creek, which I proudly endorse. I was surprised to only see Watchmen mentioned once after the shows recent Emmy haul, though many of you may have already watched it…or have no desire to pay for another service to do so.  Here were some of our favorites:

“Suits (both American and Korean), Gravity Falls, and so much anime – Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Voltron, Power Rangers.” – Julia R.

“The Wire, The Boys, Chernobyl, The Man In the High Castle, The Expanse. Schitt’s Creek, Brooklyn 99, and the good seasons of Community. Watchmen. Steven Universe. Archer. Jessica Jones. Parks & Rec. Psych.” – Dan B.

“The Umbrella Academy!” – Alex G.

“After hearing from multiple people that the Great British Baking Show was their favorite series and continually not believing them (I mean, I love cooking, but really?), we finally checked it out. Ended up binging the entire series and every season. It’s delightfully wholesome and the support and care the participants give to each other is a refreshing counter to the uncivilized nation that we’ve become.”– Samantha M. 

Love the responses! Keep them coming and be on the lookout for a new question next week!

Anything you would like to see answered, shoot us an email at tips@phinneywood!

For many years, we had a whimsically enjoyable storefront near 85th St. called the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. What many did not realize is that the store – while indeed a functioning retail spot that sold astronaut ice cream among other items – was really a front for a nonprofit creative writing workshop called the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

The Greenwood Pencil Box is an interactive retail and community event space created in partnership by The Bureau of Fearless Ideas and Sanctuary Art Center with the goal of supporting youth arts and leadership in the Seattle area.

Our intrepid reporter and neighborhood gadabout, Bill Thorness took advantage of the nice weather to drop by recently.

In the photo above, Caroline from Sanctuary Art Center holds up her favorite t-shirt designs at the new Greenwood Pencil Box store. It opened on Oct. 1 at 8414 Greenwood Avenue North. Behind the store is the Fearless Ideas youth tutoring center.

In the photo below, Fearless Ideas Creative Director Ian Bell shows of an “I ♥ Greenwood” hoodie.

Ian explains that the “Atomic Teleporter” that connects the store to the tutoring center has been turned into the world’s largest pencil (see the pink eraser on the back wall). He insists that the pencil continues right through the building’s roof and is actually taller than the Space Needle, which will surely make it one of Seattle’s newest tourist attractions.

Take a selfie with the bottom part of a giant pencil during the Greenwood Pencil Box’s regular hours, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m. Maybe you’ll even see a cool t-shirt to buy, and you can help support two great neighborhood non-profits working with youth.