February 24th, 2017 by Doree
Here are highlights of what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.
Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its run of the comedy “Room Service” through March 11 on the mainstage; and Thalia’s Umbrella presents “When Love Speaks” in Taproot’s Isaac Studio Friday and Saturday.
Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jim Page 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.
PNA Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle Folklore Society presents David Francey at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets in advance are $20 general; $17 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).
David Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, where he got his first taste of working life as a paperboy. Reading the newspapers he delivered, he began a life-long interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop for many of his songs. Francey was 12 when his family immigrated to Toronto. Music played a large part in family outings when the Franceys sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside, David singing harmony.
In concert, Francey is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humor and astute observations combine with an openhearted singing style, earning him a loyal following.
Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts an Oscar watching party with Don Webb featuring D.O.A. (Don’s Oscar Ale) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday.
If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend, be aware of traffic and parking issues from:
February 23rd, 2017 by Doree
Here’s a roundup of various news from in and around the neighborhood.
Seattle Animal Shelter is offering free spay and neuter services, plus microchipping, from Feb. 27 through March 3. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260.
These surgeries usually cost between $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.
Seattle Rose Society experts will host a free rose pruning demonstration from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at Woodland Park Rose Garden at the zoo. Learn tips on the proper tools and techniques for pruning your roses.
Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E.
Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.
Invest in Youth, which coordinates free tutoring programs at local elementary schools, including Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake, is hosting a special fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. March 3 at 415 Westlake to raise money for its programs. You can buy tickets here.
Seattle Police are warning that tax-related identity theft is a big problem during tax season, as identity thieves try to use stolen Social Security numbers to get a tax refund or a job. Police suggest you contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show you were paid by an employer you don’t know, or more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number. SPD suggests you file your tax return as soon as possible; don’t routinely carry your Social Security card and always question when you’re asked to provide the number; research your tax preparer; and use a cross-shredder for old and unneeded financial statements.
Seattle Audubon Society is recruiting volunteers for its spring FUN (Finding Urban Nature) program at Greenwood Elementary School.
FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the nature in their own schoolyard habitat, and examines how each organism depends on others to survive. Volunteers lead small groups of four to six students through a series of outdoor investigations, which teach kids to use their senses and scientific practices to discover the importance of urban biodiversity firsthand.
Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks to lead 4-6 students through each lesson, with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is necessary; volunteers will attend a training session before going into a school.
The program needs volunteers at Greenwood Elementary School for lessons in April and May.
Contact us at FUNvolunteer@seattleaudubon.org or call 206-523-8243 ext. 12 if interested.
February 23rd, 2017 by Doree
The Phinney Neighborhood Association is helping to bring Sandglass Theatre to Seattle for workshops and a March 5 performance of its award-winning “D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks.”
Developed using a collective story-making method called TimeSlips, Sandglass Theater’s D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their words, their images and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous and quite mysterious. From these gathered stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters and creates a piece that reflects the stigma, acceptance, despair and joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers, family members and broader community.
The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care community). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.
TimeSlips was developed by Dr. Anne Basting, who received the 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant for her work. TimeSlips opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.
The hour-long performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion and sharing of community resources and support.
**Not recommended for people living with memory loss or young children. Before deciding to attend caregivers should consider that the performance takes place in a care facility, and the puppets exhibit late-stage dementia. Caregivers should be encouraged to attend the workshop specifically designed for them.
Click here to buy tickets for the performance at University Prep Theater, or to register for the free workshops, which are designed for specific audiences.
Tags: memory loss, Phinney Center, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA
February 23rd, 2017 by Doree
The building housing All That Dance, at 320 N. 85th St. in Greenwood, will be demolished and replaced by a 237,000 square foot, 224-unit apartment building, with 175 parking stalls.
According to Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, the project would require a rezone for additional height. The project will undergo full design review with early design guidance meetings open to the public.
The developer is Shea Properties out of California.
We’ve got a message in to All That Dance about their future plans and will update this post when we know more.
Thanks to Rebecca for the tip!
Tags: construction, Department of Construction and Inspections, development, housing, parking
February 21st, 2017 by Doree
The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.
Hundreds of people are living on the streets in Seattle today, with more arriving all the time. There have been several local meetings on new encampment plans, but this one has a different focus: Who are the homeless, why is homelessness growing, what would one-term solutions look like, and how can communities help?
Our three speakers on the front lines responding:
- The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
- The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
- Arepresentative from Speak Out Seattle!
Tags: greenwood community council, homeless, housing
February 20th, 2017 by Doree
The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets tonight (Monday) at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., to discuss what issues to advocate for and take action on this year. Everyone is welcome.
You can see feedback the committee has already received and add your own thoughts.
At tonight’s meeting the committee will look at the list of suggested items and drill down into specific actions it might take in the coming year.
Tags: greenwood community council, transportation
February 17th, 2017 by Doree
The Greenwood Library has closed temporarily for two months for remodeling, so the Green Bean Café, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., will be the site of a pop-up library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday, from Feb. 23 through March 30.
That pop-up library will have books available for checkout. A children’s story time with storytelling and singing will start at 11:30 a.m.
Tags: books, Green Bean Cafe, Greenwood Library, library
February 17th, 2017 by Doree
Here are some highlights of what’s happening in and around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.
The Cup community open house from 2-5 pm. Friday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St. From 7-9 p.m. Friday, the church hosts a screening of the documentary “Divided We Fall.”
Taproot Theatre continues its run of “Room Service” (which has been extended through March 11) on the mainstage. “When Love Speaks” runs in the Isaac Studio through Feb. 25.
Seattle Folklore Society presents Frankie Gavin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).
Seattle Folklore Society is proud to present Frankie Gavin in concert. Gavin has been playing fiddle and flute since his teenage years; at the age of 17, he won two all-Ireland competitions, one for each instrument.
The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with DeDannan, the globally-renown band he founded in the mid-1970s. After a short break in the 2000s, he restarted the band with a new, young lineup, which maintains the stellar quality of those iconic early DeDannans. He has also performed for four U.S. presidents.
The plain fact is that there is no more exciting fiddle player nor more moving flute player in the world of Irish music today. The Guinness Book of Records, that bible of bizarre human conditions and activities, lists Frankie as the world’s fastest fiddle player: in September, 2010, he played a traditional Irish tune, “The Foxhunter’s reel,” at a breathtaking 150 beats per minute!
Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Ave. N., is hosting its Sunday Brunch Buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with traditional breakfast menu items with a Norwegian flare. All proceeds support the Norse Home and its vibrant Scandinavian culture. Adults $15, seniors $10, kids ages 5-12 $5, under age 5 is free. Call 206-781-7400 to make reservations.
Looking ahead to President’s Day on Monday:
- Metro Transit will operate on its Reduced Weekday and University of Washington service.
- Seattle Parks and Recreation will close most facilities, including community centers, environmental learning centers, indoor swimming pools, Green Lake Small Craft Center, and Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center. All boat ramps, the Amy Yee Tennis Center and the Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses will be open.
- As a federal holiday, all schools, banks and the U.S. Postal Service will be closed on Monday.
February 15th, 2017 by Doree
Seattle Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Greenwood early this morning. No one was injured.
From the Seattle Fireline Blog:
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 1:22 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 100 NW block of 81st Street for a house fire.
Firefighters arrived to find visible flames from the two-story residence. They quickly deployed a hose line through the front door to the second floor, applied water, and ventilated smoke through the attic while checking for occupants. The fire was successfully extinguished by 1:45 a.m.
The homeowner advised firefighters that the fire was in the upstairs bathroom and there was no one inside the home.
There were no injuries from this incident. Firefighters remained on-scene overnight for fire watch.
Fire Investigation Unit members determined the cause of fire to be an electrical malfunction in the bathroom exhaust fan. The estimated loss is $55,000.
Tags: fire, Fireline, Seattle Fire Department