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Greenwood Library and The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas present “Words in the Park” from 2-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the new park next to the library (east side of Greenwood Avenue North between 81st and 82nd streets).

Activities include Bananagrams, magnetic poetry, reading selfies, prizes, snacks and more:

2-4 p.m. — Snail Mail Express: Write a stamped post card to mail to family and friends.

2:30 p.m. – Snail Mail Story Time

3 p.m. – Flowers for Stories: BFI students will trade flowers for your stories; then students will write poems to be displayed at the library.

4-5:30 p.m. – Let’s Paint an Orca: Indigenous writer Sondra Segundo will share stories and drawing lessons of orcas from the Haida people. (For students 9-18 years old; registration required.)


Seems to be a little quiet in the neighborhood this weekend as Seattle Public Schools students begin their summer break. Here’s what’s happening; check our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh veggies, fruit, bread, cider, wine, beer, fruit, meat, ice cream, popsicles, and plenty of dining options.

It’s closing weekend for “Lady Windermere’s Fan” at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Northwest Girlchoir is hosting a free concert from 7-8 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. It’s a joint concert, featuring the Vivace and Amore choirs, as well as Australia’s Hillcrest College Choir. Cookie reception to follow. All are welcome.


The international Make Music Day is on Thursday, the Summer Solstice, and will features dozens of musicians at venues throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Click here for a map of every venue and list of musicians.

Here’s the schedule:

Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. All-ages performances in the Screening Room:

  • 3:15-4 p.m.: The Temporaries
  • 4:15-5 p.m.: Little Sara and the Night Owls

Verity Credit Union courtyard, 8533 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 3:30-5:30 p.m.: Abraham Neuwelt – Handpan/Percussion
  • 7-7:30 p.m.: SaeMonae – Rap
  • 7:30-8 p.m.: Phoebe Kinks – Indie Alternative
  • 8-8:30 p.m.: Moon Candy – Country-Rock
  • 8:30-9 p.m.: Jav DaHart

Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St.:

  • 4-5 p.m.: Stewart Hendrickson – solo fiddle
  • 5-6 p.m.: Do Peterson Band – soul & folk
  • 6-7 p.m.: Strawberry Rocket – Classic original rock

Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.:

  • 1-2 p.m.: Ukulele Jam

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 3-9 p.m.: Stories and songs with Jim Page

Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 3-5 p.m.: Junk Jam Band workshop with Seattle ReCreative
  • 4-5:30 p.m.: Instrument Petting Zoo with Music Center NW
  • 6-7:15 p.m.: Rounds & Harmony Workshop with Sandy Buechner
  • 7:15 p.m.: Workshop participant performance

Salmon Bay Community Lending, 7919 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 6-7:30 p.m.: Jazz Jam (lead sheets provided)
  • 7:30-9 p.m.: Tango Jam (lead sheets provided)
  • 6-8 p.m.: Toddler Jam (instruments provided, for ages 0-5ish)

Makeda & Mingus, 153 N. 78th St.:

  • 6-7 p.m.: Abby London – singer/songwriter
  • 7-8 p.m.: Ethos – hip hop with a message
  • 8-9 p.m.: The Lost Boy presents the Kewl Kidz – Spoken Word and Music

Illumination Learning Studios, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 6-7:30 p.m.: Betsy Alexander “Fiddling from Scratch” workshop for the fiddle curious. Loaner instruments available for kids and adults.

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church lawn, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 5-7 p.m.: Seattle Song Circle, participatory singing
  • 7-7:45 p.m.: Ukestra Seattle concert
  • 7:45-8:30 p.m. Strum-along jam (all instruments and voices welcome)

3 Wishes, 7413 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • Surprise artist

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 6-8 p.m. Mathew Benham, Jazz Guitar

Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 5-7 p.m.: Northern tune jam – bring your instrument and join in
  • 7:30-9 p.m.: Sarah Comer’s Community Old-time Dance Band, with easy dances taught for all

Beats & Bohos, 7200 Greenwood Ave. N.

  • 7-8 p.m. Kelly Blanchard & Blue Star Creeper – original psyche folk rock

Immersive Square home studio, 331 N. 71st St.

  • 3-5 p.m. – Play and experience music in Virtual Reality

A-1 Pianos, 7020 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 3:30-8 p.m.: Piano Street Serenade – you make the music

Johnson & Johnson Antiques, 6820 Greenwood Ave. N.:

  • 7-9 p.m.: Cedron and N’Shama Sterling

Heart of Phinney Parks 1 & 2 (on both sides of the Phinney-Greenwood avenues curve at North 67th Street):

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Join an open rehearsal with the Different Drummer Band
  • 3:30-4 p.m.: Steve Church, Folk, blues & jazz-tinged originals with mouth trumpet
  • 8-8:30 p.m.: Phinney Ridge Orchestra
  • 8:30-9 p.m.: Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra

Starbucks, 316 N. 67th St.:

  • 5-6 p.m.: Ken Elia – Solo classical guitar, traditional repertoire and arrangements of pop/rock/jazz

The Phinery, 6500 Phinney Ave. N.:

  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Phinney School of Music

From the SPD Blotter:

A woman was assaulted after confronting two people casing her neighbor’s home near Greenlake last last month, and police are now seeking the public’s help identifying the two suspects.

Police were called to the 900 block of North 82nd Street on May 31st after the victim saw a man and a woman outside her neighbor’s house and believed they were casing the home for a future break-in.

The victim confronted the suspects and quickly became involved in a confrontation with the female suspect, who pulled the victim to the ground by her hair. The victim’s neighbors rushed to her aid and called police. The suspects fled toward Aurora Avenue.

The victim sustained cuts, bruises, a possible broken nose during the assault.

Police obtained surveillance of the two suspects, who were described as a black female in her 20’s, with bleached blonde and black hair, wearing a white hate, brown tan hooded jacket, jeans, and carrying two bags. She was accompanied by a white male in his 20’s with dark hair, wearing a black jacket, a white hooded sweatshirt, long tan shorts, carrying a black backpack.

If you have any information about this incident or the suspects, please call the SPD Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.


Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and is now a free annual event in more than 750 cities in 120 countries, always held on the Summer Solstice.

Make Music Day Phinney-Greenwood happens from 3-9 p.m. this Thursday at numerous businesses throughout the neighborhood, with family-friendly live performances in all genres. It’s hosted by the PNA Business Group, in collaboration with Make Music Seattle.

The full list of participating businesses will be posted on the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Make Music Day webpage on Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s the list of participating artists:

Abby London – upbeat introspective originals on piano and guitar. Topics include being late, consumerism, parents, relationships, and money.

Do Peterson Band – Do Peterson Band performs Soul & Folk originals and classic Soul & Folk covers made famous by Marvin Gaye, Tracy Chapman, Stevie Wonder, The Roches, etc. Do Peterson Band is Zoe Bermet (vocals), Jeanne Morefield (vocals), Kirk Van Scoyoc (vocals, banjo) and Do Peterson (vocals, guitar).

Fiddle From Scratch with Betsy Alexander – Come and try out fiddling!

Jav DaHart – solo songwriter writing songs that tell a story – a mix of hip hop, pop, rock and poetry.

Kesselgarden Klezmer Duo – clarinet and accordion duo playing Klezmer – the instrumental Jewish folk music of Eastern Europe

Little Sara and the Night Owls – a three-piece blues, soul, and jazz cover band (vocals, guitar, and saxophone/congas) of Greenwood regulars who love to play for neighbors!

Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra

Phinney Ridge Orchestra

SaeMonae – Solo rap

Sarah Comer with the Open Old Time Dance Band and the Seattle Collaborative Contra Band – learn some easy folk dances to old time dance music. Check out a sample here.

Seattle Song Circle – 40 plus year tradition of singing together in Seattle.

Solo Guitar Studio – Solo classical guitar, traditional repertoire and arrangements of pop/rock/jazz etc

Steve Church – Folk, blues and jazz-tinged originals with mouth trumpet

Temporaries – piano, guitar, drum and tap dancing

The Lost Boy presents the Kewl Kidz – Spoken Word and Music

The Sirens of Swing – Female vocal trio with piano and bass accompaniment

Ukestra Seattle – 13-person ukulele orchestra performing songs and sing-alongs

Ukulele Jam at the Greenwood Senior Center


It’s time to comment on any environmental concerns for the housing and retail project planned for the Greenwood site where several businesses exploded due to a natural gas leak two years ago.

The project will take over most of the west side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 84th and 85th streets, although the building housing the much-lauded FlintCreek Cattle Co. restaurant will remain.

The new project will bring a six-story, 72-unit apartment building with ground floor retail and parking for 38 vehicles. The existing buildings at the south end (where Better Hearing, Kouzina and Insurrection Performance used to be) will be demolished.

You can email comment through June 27 to PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure and reference project # 3025261-LU.


Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be at Tuesday’s Greenwood Community Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

O’Brien’s attendance was scheduled long before the recent head tax controversy and before the May 2 meeting on housing, homelessness and taxes in Ballard that our sister site MyBallard termed “an angry shoutfest.”

Mike O’Brien represents the Sixth City Council district, which generally includes the portion of Greenwood south of 85th St. We expect he’ll want to discuss current issues he’s working on and answer questions.

If he’s willing, we have a twist to throw in: We’d like to give a few people a chance to pitch a great idea, a win-win solution for Greenwood or Seattle…

What’s your issue?

What’s your idea?

What could the City Council do about that?


Summer Blood Drive from 1-7 p.m. Friday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Walk-ins welcome (closed 3-4 p.m.)

“Lady Windermere’s Fan” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents What’s the Word Poetry Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Little Sara and the Night Owls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Owen Roe Wine & Bites at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Phinney Community Chorus Haiti Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Father’s Day Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Ave. N. Traditional breakfast menu items with a Norwegian flare; music by the Norse Home Celebration Orchestra. Cost is $17 for adults, $12 for seniors; kids 12 and under eat free.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • The I-5 express lanes will remain closed until 11 a.m. on Saturday, so crews can perform maintenance work. The lanes will open southbound after the closure.
  • The inside lanes in both directions of SR 513/Montlake Boulevard across the Montlake Bridge will be closed from 6-11 a.m. on Saturday for maintenance and repairs to the bridge deck.
  • Fremont Fair is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday).
  • Mariners vs. Red Sox at Safeco Field at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle will join cities across the country on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for the national annual Night Out Against Crime, which brings neighbors together.

Seattle Police Department just opened registration for neighbors to sign up for block parties that will close off streets that evening so people can get to know each other and talk about crime prevention. Last year, Seattle registered more than 1,300 Night Out events.

You can register your block party here.

The Department of Neighborhoods has funding available to support your Night Out event. The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $5000 to help fund Night Out planning and activities. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 26th at 5:00 p.m. For information on the application process, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf, or call 206-233-0093. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round.