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Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood and city news:

Seattle Department of Transportation is looking for up to 10 people for a discussion about finding your way around the city on foot.

This discussion is part of a year-long project to design better walking directions and information to encourage Seattleites and visitors to walk more and further. These meetings will provide the City with critical early input from those who have first-hand knowledge of wayfinding challenges in Seattle.

The discussion will take place over 2 hours on October 10th at the Central Library (1000 4th Ave, Seattle 98104). There will be an afternoon (2pm-4pm) and an evening (5:30-7:30) session. Volunteers must be available on this date to be considered. Refreshments will be provided. Participants will be acknowledged for their time with a $60 Safeway gift card.

If you are interested in volunteering for a focus group, please email wayfinding@seattle.gov by September 27th, indicating your availability to participate in the afternoon or evening session.

To help us gather a representative sample of community members, please tell us something about yourself, including the neighborhood in which you live or work and the reasons why you walk.

The national literacy nonprofit Reading Partners is looking for volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with students at Broadview Thomson K-8, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N.

Only 20 percent of economically disadvantaged students in the US are reading proficiently by fourth grade. For students entering fourth grade, it is essential to have made the switch from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ Most subjects, including history, science and math, all require literacy in order to progress. Over the past two decades, Reading Partners has engaged nearly 55,000 community tutors and over 1,300 AmeriCorps members to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to more than 50,000 students attending over 350 public schools in nearly 75 school districts across the country. All told, Reading Partners volunteers have delivered more than 1.5 million tutoring sessions, helping students grow their reading skills and confidence at a critical stage in their education.

More volunteer information here.

Town Hall Seattle continues its Inside Out season while its historic downtown building undergoes renovation. Town Hall and the Phinney Neighborhood Association present “Dylan Thuras: The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $5 for adults, free for kids.

Dylan Thuras, co-founder of the global exploration project Atlas Obscura, unveils a guidebook to inspire a love of exploration in our kids—an illustrated collection of the world’s most breathtaking landmarks.

Join hundreds of other volunteers Nov. 3 for Green Seattle Day to plant thousands of plants in parks throughout Seattle. In our neck of the woods, volunteers will work at Woodland Park, Golden Gardens and Discovery Park. No experience is necessary, and all tools, gloves, plants, coffee, snacks and instruction will be provided. Sign up here.

Woodland Park Zoo’s new red panda twins, Zeya and Ila, are taking their first steps out of their behind-the-scenes den. Check out this cute video.


Seattle will see a number of pop-up parks around the city on Friday, which is PARK(ing) Day, where neighborhoods take over a few parking spaces to show how the space could be used for people not cars.

From 2-6 p.m. Friday, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways will take over a space near the intersection North 87th Street between Greenwood Park and North Seattle Boys & Girls Club. The pop-up park is called “Play Connections: Music to Play By.” They’ll have musical instruments, an instrument making station and games.

See the PARK(ing) Day webpage for a list of all pop-up parks around the city on Friday.


The city is hosting a City Budget Forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

Hosted by Seattle District 5 Councilmember Debora Juarez, City Budget Director Ben Noble, and City Council Staff Director Kirstan Arestad, the forum will focus on the 2019-2020 budget.

  • What is in the proposed budget for City Council District 5
  • How citizens can influence the Council’s review
  • Councilmember Juarez’s budget priorities
  • 50-minute, budget-related Q&A with the audience

Cyla’s Gift” is a timely story playing at Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio from Sept. 28 through Oct. 13. It is written and performed by Samara Lerman, and directed by Kelly Kitchens.

This is a relevant, insightful story for a generation facing a resurgence of fear and extremism.

“Cyla’s Gift” is a train-hopping, border-crossing story of danger, adventure, magic, loss, and the power of storytelling.

When the ghost of her grandmother, Cyla Tine, starts visiting Samara in the middle of the night, she is compelled to travel through interwoven family stories of survival. Lerman asks: “What happens when your family lineage stops with you? What happens to the stories and memories of generations past?”

Two-thirds of Americans surveyed cannot identify what Auschwitz is, according to the 2018 Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Study (source: NY Times). Samara’s lovingly retold piece focuses on the heroism, terror, and the human cost of bigotry. This is a story that needs to be told and remembered.

Tickets are $15-$30; current Taproot subscribers can get a discount by calling the Box Office at 206-781-9707. “Cyla’s Gift” is one hour with no intermission, and is recommended for ages 13 and up.


The Seattle Public Library has opportunities for teens to do their school service learning. The Learning Buddies program matches high school student mentors with children to help them improve their literacy, math and logic skills. The Greenwood Library partners with the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club in Greenwood, in conjunction with the Club’s after-school program.

If interested, email Greenwood Library’s Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Bisson at jennifer.bisson@spl.org, to set up an interview. She is currently conducting interviews through Oct. 4.

Training is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.; 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Greenwood Library; then a run-through from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

Learning Buddies will meet from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 23 through Dec. 18 (except Nov. 20).

And September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a national celebration of public libraries. Library cards are free, and so are all library programs.

You can apply online, then pick up your card at the library (including a new keychain size card).

Besides checking out books and movies, library cardholders also can download or stream movies and TV shows, download and keep up to five songs a week, download audio or e-books, visit a museum, use the library’s Wi-Fi to print from a laptop or smartphone (15 cents per page for black-and-white, 50 cents for color), find job resources, use the library’s computers, attend free classes and workshops, attend story times, get help with taxes, get homework help, and lots more.


The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., to discuss two pretty big topics.

The first is the city’s revised Design Review process, that requires developers to conduct early community outreach before they can schedule design guidance meetings with City staff.

The Greenwood Community Council is well positioned to add value and quality to this new outreach requirement but also requires volunteers to track, host, coordinate, participate, and respond to community outreach request from developers. We will take a quick look at the overall design review process and identify volunteer opportunities to help us prepare for more engagement with developers. (You can see Greenwood/Phinney Neighborhood Design Guidelines here.)

The second major topic is a discussion of how potential new developments will affect existing businesses in downtown Greenwood.

Proposed rezoning in Greenwood’s Business Core will allow the redevelopment of existing buildings to up to seven stories, leaving many of our local businesses wondering about their place in the neighborhood. The GCC Board is seeking volunteers to examine existing programs, studies and proposals, such as the 2017 Seattle Legacy Business Study Report and the 2017 University District Small Business Vulnerability Study by Steinbrueck Urban Strategies,and volunteers to create and conduct a survey of local businesses that would be useful to city government agencies in helping our local businesses.

The Council has produced a video about the potential for displacement of small businesses in Greenwood.


If you need clothes and gear for your little one, you’re in luck because two of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s preschools are holding their semi-annual Gently Used Gear Sales in the next few weeks.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and Ballard Preschool Co-op’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Both sales are at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building in Community Hall.

Shop for deals on gently used clothes in sizes from newborn to 8, shoes, toys and gear (including pack and plays, cribs, car seats, strollers, maternity wear and more).

Strollers must be parked at the door because it gets cramped in there with all the people and sale items, and you should bring your own bags.


The Phinney Ridge-Greenwood neighborhood’s annual Pig Out to Root Out Hunger is coming up next Wednesday, Sept. 26. More than 30 restaurants have pledged to donate a portion of that day’s proceeds to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program, which serves 16,000 free meals a year to those in need at the Greenwood Senior Center and St. John United Lutheran Church.

Coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, it all counts.

Click here for a complete list of restaurants participating and look for the “Pig Out Participant” sign in front of restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, etc.


Here’s what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Phinney Farmers Market is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, veggies, flowers, honey, bread, meat, eggs, and lots more, plus several dining options. It’s also Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. with $5 adult beverages from local producers. Must be 21 to enter the Happy Hour area.

It’s the monthly Art Up Phinneywood Artwalk at dozens of galleries and other businesses in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Check out the Artwalk website for a full list of participating venues and artists.

Pacific NW Folklore Society presents Curtis & Loretta at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Looking ahead to Monday, head over to the Ballard Eagleson VFW, 2812 NW Market St., from 5:30-8 p.m. for a neighborhood forum on the Ballard and West Seattle Link Light Rail extensions (includes Smith Cove, Interbay and Ballard stations).

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day happens Friday through Sunday, beginning and ending at the Seattle Center.
  • Boats Afloat Show at Chandlers Cove in South Lake Union Friday through Sunday.
  • State Route 99/Aurora Avenue southbound will be closed between Battery and Spokane streets Friday night through Sunday night.
  • On Saturday there’s a private event at Safeco Field. Expect significant traffic congestion and transit delays around Pioneer Square, SODO, Chinatown/International District.
  • Seattle will celebrate the WNBA champions Seattle Storm with a parade that begins at 1 p.m. Sunday underneath the Space Needle and ends with a rally at 2 p.m. at Key Arena.