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Just a reminder that the company that  purchased the former Safeway site at Greenwood Avenue and North 87th Street is holding a drop-in session from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., in the Screening Room.

Washington Holdings wants to know what the community is interested in seeing in their planned mixed-use development, which will include apartments and retail space.

If you can’t make it tonight, you can also complete a survey on the project website, or email the development team directly at info@87greenwood.com.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus is holding auditions for experienced singers from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Auditions with Music Director Mark Kloepper are by appointment. All voices are invited.
One prepared audition piece and sight-singing is required. Piano accompaniment for the prepared piece will be provided.

To schedule an audition, contact NWCC at nwcc@frontier.com.

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Just a reminder that United Way of King County and several partner agencies are providing free summer meals to every child 18 and under who needs it at more than 200 sites throughout King County. The program aims to fill the summer gap for children who quality for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

Summer meal programs are open to all those 18 and under without any paperwork or registration — just show up. Many programs also offer arts and crafts, games, and hands-on educational activities to keep growing kids minds and bodies.

Plug in your zip code on the website to find sites nearest to you. Here are the sites in and closest to our neighborhood:

  • Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St.: Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; snack 3-4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 25.
  • Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW: Breakfast 8:30-8:50 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday Aug. 21-25 only.
  • Broadview-Thomson Elementary School, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N.: Breakfast 8:30-8:50 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday Aug. 21-25 only.
  • Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.: Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Sept. 1.
  • Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, 1310 N. 45th St.: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 25.
  • Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.: Lunch 12-1 p.m.; snack 3:30-4 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 25.
  • Licton Springs Elementary School, 4400 Interlake Ave. N.: Breakfast 8:30-8:50 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday Aug. 21-25 only.
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Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, 5918 Phinney Ave. N., closed at the end of July.

We have decided to close the Phinney Market Pub & Eatery after seven wonderful years of operating in our neighborhood. We’ve decided to sell the restaurant to a new ownership group. I’ll update you when the sale is complete and the new concept is confirmed.

Ada’s Restaurant, 5910 Phinney Ave. N., which closed suddenly a couple of months ago, now has a For Lease sign in the window.

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The Phinney Ridge Community Council is asking residents and business owners to take a one-question survey on whether to change the Greenwood-Phinney Urban Village boundary.

The impacts of more development with regards to on-street parking are intensifying. Please participate in this short Survey about a proposed way to address these impacts by changing the boundaries of the Greenwood-Phinney Urban Village boundary.

This poll is intended to gather the opinion of Phinney residents and those who frequent the Phinney Ridge neighborhood.

We will not share or publish any names or addresses.

A tally of votes will guide the Phinney Ridge Community Council in preparing a proposal to the City Council for a boundary adjustment.

Click here to read background information and take the survey.

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The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says today’s air quality is now at an unhealthy level for everyone, not just vulnerable populations.

Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems.

Currently, the air quality has reached levels that are UNHEALTHY for everyone in the Puget Sound region. Although we could have some clearing tonight, with so much smoke around it will likely linger through Thursday. The outlook for early next week shows smoke could return. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website for the most recent conditions.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems:

  • Asthma attack
  • Trouble breathing
  • Coughing
  • Stinging eyes
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Fast heartbeat

Everyone should take precautions, especially children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD), or that have had a stroke:

Stay indoors when possible.

Limit your physical activity outdoors, such as running, bicycling, physical labor, and sports.

Close windows in your home, if possible, and keep the indoor air clean. If you have an air conditioner, use the “recirculation” switch. Use an indoor air filter if available.

If you do not have an air conditioner, consider finding a public place with clean, air-conditioned indoor air like a public library or a community center.

Avoid driving when possible. If you must drive, keep the windows closed. If you use the car’s fan or air conditioning, make sure the system recirculates air from inside the car; don’t pull air from outside.

Schools, camps, sports teams, and daycare providers should consider postponing outdoor activities or moving them indoors.

N95 or N100 rated masks can help protect some people from air pollution. These masks are usually available at hardware and home repair stores. Please check with your doctor to see if this appropriate for you. More information here.

For more information on ways to reduce your exposure, see the Washington Department of Health’s Smoke From Fire tips.

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The Phinney Neighborhood Association is expanding some programs and rearranging a few jobs, so there are quite a few current job postings.

Click on each link for a full job description and application instructions.

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The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Everyone is welcome.

On the agenda:

Land Use Policy updates, including:

  • Seattle Tree Ordinance and Urban Canopy
  • Backyard Cottage-Detached Dwelling Unit Environmental Impact Statement
  • Mandatory Housing Affordability Proposal and Appeal

They’ll also discuss the proposed rezone of the “Shared Roof” development project at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N., plus the Greenwood/Phinney Village Boundary Survey and the Green Lake Small Craft Center Feasibility Study.

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Just a reminder that Parks and Recreation is hosting a community meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Greenwood Park’s Sport Court at 8805 Fremont Ave. N. to show its final design for the park’s addition.

Parks and Rec purchased the one-tenth of an acre site, which is surrounded by current park property, in 2013. The public is invited to view the preferred schematic and give final input.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be finished in spring 2019.

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