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On Saturday evening near 8pm, two unknown perpetrators entered Green Tree Restaurant at 8576 Greenwood Ave N and smashed all of their front window panels while the shocked owners looked on. No suspects have been identified, but if you have any information on this incident, please email to tips@phinneywood.com.

With the backup and high costs in construction throughout the city, replacement is weeks out. In the meantime, please support this neighborhood business with your dollars and your love. Green Tree serves exemplary Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine and opened in January 2020, just when the pandemic was almost upon us. Here are options to order online, or you can call them to order take-out at (206)789-0819. They are truly a family business, and are open from 11am – 10pm every day.

Hot tip: the Spicy Lemongrass Chicken (no. 88) is one of the best things I have eaten all year.

Vermicomposting at home is one of the easiest ways for a person to divert organic waste from landfills while at the same time creating a nutrient-rich soil amendment for your home garden. Learn how to build your own 3 tray worm composting bin while enjoying the outdoors and meeting your neighbors. No skills necessary. Maximum number of participants is 6 to allow for 1:1 attention.

Taught by Tom Scott of Fremont Occasional Woodworks

Location: Phinney Center Lower Parking Lot (outside the brick building)

Class conducted outside — Dress for the weather! (Masks required). Bring a sack lunch if you like.

Hosted by the PNA Community Woodshop

Cost: $100 per person (all supplies to build the bin are included; proceeds support the PNA!)

Register by October 1 – Sign up Here

Tired of renting? Come to a free Homebuyer Education Class taught by Phinney Ridge realtor Kristen Adams, from Blue Star Group and lender Tony Veliz from Caliber Homes, with Guest Speaker Mark Despain. Each class is a two-part series held virtually on a Tuesday and Thursday evening

This class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC). Covered will be the entire home-buying process to educate, inform, and empower those looking to purchase a home. Successful completion of the course entitles you to a certificate which qualifies you for certain Homebuyer Assistance programs, including down payment support through the WSHFC.

The class will be held online via Google Meets and the event link will be emailed to you after registration.  

RSVP to secure your spot today:

October dates:

Tuesday 10/5, 5-8pm & Thursday 10/7, 5-7pm

October RSVP

November dates:

Tuesday 11/8, 5 – 8pm & Wednesday 11/9, 5-7pm

November RSVP

If you have any questions, contact Kristen at (206) 940-6771 or kristenadams@windermere.com.

Photo by Birgit Loit

Socktember is here! Our local toxin-free, Envirostar Award-winning dry cleaner Bakker’s is now collecting new socks to donate to local shelters as the cold weather starts to permeate our community. This is their first drive, so let’s get out and support them! Socks are the most requested item by homeless charities and those living on the street. Socks get grubby real fast and none of us want to have to reuse a dirty pair, yet when rivalled with the high demand, the supply of donated socks has become scarce. 

If you don’t have new socks laying about, you can pick them up locally at Fred Meyer or order them to be delivered through Amazon directly to Bakker’s – here is their shopping list. We also highly recommend checking out the funny promo video they shot for this project.

While you’re there, check out Bakker’s great services, prices, and deep commitment to environmentalism.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 9/21) Half Moon Bouldering & Title Boxing Club invite you to send-off summer in style, with expertly crafted ice-cream. Nutty Squirrel will be scooping gelato in Morrow Lane (the alley behind Bartell and Snapdoodle Toys). They will be serving some of their most popular flavors. Join us from 4pm to 6:30pm, soak in the last-day-of-summer sun, relish tasty treats, and find out about Half Moon Bouldering and Title’s fall class schedule, promos, and events. Happy end-of-summer!

POP UP ALERT! Wunderground Coffee and Delancey Seattle are teaming up tomorrow (Saturday 9/18) from 11am – 4pm at Essex Bar in Ballard to give you a preview of their upcoming cafe menu, a collaborative cocktail menu, and coffee. All proceeds from the event will benefit the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.

The menu will include Spicy Portobello Mushroom Sandwich, Fermented Beet Grain Bowl, the Brainchild Bone Broth, and Mushroom Chocolate Granola. Essex will be showcasing the cocktail menu from 4 PM – Midnight.

Wunderground Coffee was founded by Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale, and bills itself as “the world’s best tasting and most efficacious mushroom coffee and tea.” WC uses only premium Arabica coffee and all of mushrooms are “fruiting body” and grown on wood. They are opening a café in Capitol Hill mid-October so this is a chance to preview some of the goods. Per Dani May: “We’re excited for people to learn why effective ratios and a fruiting body matter in order to feel the benefits of Chaga, Reishi, Lion’s Mane and Cordyceps. And no, you will not experience a weird mushroomy flavor, just amazing coffee and tea.”

This is an all-inclusive, all-ages, community event because mental illness is on the rise, affecting millions, regardless of age, ethnicity, or social standing. In the US, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 1 in 6 youth experience a mental health disorder. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death between the ages of 10 yrs – 34 yrs of age. These statistics are staggering! It’s time to have open conversations, end the stigma, and start supporting each other. Mental health is rooted in community.

If the rain that is in the forecast does materialize, the event will be held indoors, moving to Community Hall in the lower brick building at the PNA.

Featuring: live music, arts, self-care, relaxation rituals, intro classes, stress-relieving and healing practices, raffle prizes, and tasty treats from a curated cast of local makers, artists, healers, spiritual leaders, practitioners, and wellness professionals.
When: Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 10 am – 3 pm
Where: Phinney Center, lower level parking lot, 6532 Phinney Ave N. Seattle, WA
Why? September is mental health & suicide prevention month. In observance, this cause-driven event is designed to stop the stigma, raise awareness, raise funds, and share resources for stress, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, and all types of mental illnesses. Fundraiser proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Seattle, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Bring your friends and family for this complimentary, not to be missed day of wellness.

We’re honored to welcome an incredible group of wellness professionals (listed below) who will be hosting free workshops and stress-relieving experiences, sampling tasty treats, and self-care rituals, donating raffle prizes, sharing mental health resources, and so much more.

  • Music Center Northwest
  • Seattle Sound Temple
  • Center for Spiritual Living
  • Inner Renewal & the Healthy Path
  • Earthbound Family Kitchen
  • Mimi’s Zero Waste
  • Gärden
  • Phinney Estate Law
  • Sanctuary Art Center
  • Light Owl Healing
  • Nightshade Botanicals
  • Inside Health Institute
  • Positive Knots Jewelry
  • Sea Moss Boss
  • rue Santé

Plus, the raffle prizes will also include gifts from our friends at Centered In The City and The Bar Method Phinney Ridge

The Program (schedule TBA)
-Intro to Yoga
-Legal planning for mental health crisis
-Spirituality Speaker
-Simple Somatics Brain Dance
-Sound Bath Ritual
-Mental Health Speaker
-Good Mood Food Demo
-Nature & Healing Talk
-Drum Circle

Founded in 2016 Breaking White Silence Northwest, is an all-volunteer project that aims to help white people gain white racial literacy, which we believe to be a keystone step–one of countless steps—in the lifelong process of building personal and collective capacity to take effective action toward racial justice. BWSNW’s project plays a modest part in a vast network of activists, projects and organizations collectively working toward dismantling white supremacy.

BWSNW supports the formation of free, facilitated groups of white people studying the writing of whiteness scholar Robin DiAngelo (primary text: What Does It Mean To Be White? [Revised Edition]). Each group functions as an incubator and springboard, providing brave space for white people to begin to understand their own positioning within white supremacy and to gain key resources to sustain meaningful antiracist action.

This Fall there are two virtual study groups. This is a wonderful opportunity, especially for those who may have difficulty attending in-person groups in North Seattle. Contact info@breakingwhitesilencenw.org and/or explore the website: breakingwhitesilence.org to learn more.

Breaking White Silence Northwest FALL 2021 Study Groups

Fridays, 4-5:30 pm. Six session group September 17, October 1, 15, 29, November 12, December 3. Participants limited to 7. Pre-registration required. No fee. Virtual. Facilitator – Jan Bucy. To register: Email jbucy50@gmail.com

Sundays, 1-3 pm. Six session group September 5, 19, October 3, 17, 31, November 14. Participants limited to 8. Pre-registration required. No fee. Virtual. Co-facilitators Suzanne Engelberg and Kristin Mauritsen. To register: Email suzaeng@gmail.com

Books are available on-loan for the duration of the study group, if needed. Dr. DiAngelo is a whiteness scholar and author of the 2018 New York Times best-selling book White Fragility and the 2021 book, Nice Racism. Her work has been featured at the Seattle Public Library and in NPR, Slate, and The New Yorker. To learn more, visit robindiangelo.com.

Lastly, Breaking White Silence Northwest is still standing on the corners of 85th and Greenwood every Wednesday from 5 to 6 holding BLACK LIVES MATTER SIGNS. You are welcome you to join for any amount of time and they have signs to share.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) is seeking candidates for our Board of Directors and we would love to hear from you! We are looking for community members who are passionate about the PNA’s mission to build community and are actively working to build a more equitable and inclusive Board and organization. We value a diversity of opinions, backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities, and encourage people representing the diverse elements of our community to apply.

Additionally, we are looking for members who have expertise in finance, fundraising, law, nonprofit management, public relations, racial equity, and real estate.

Board members can serve up to two 3-year terms, starting in January, and generally spend 4 to 8 hours per month for board and committee meetings and supporting events. Our Board members are active and engaged!

Email us to learn more! Or get started by completing our Board Application (editable Microsoft Word document or download the .pdf) & sending us your bio or resume.