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Rusted Element Design is a small, woman-owned design and maker studio located in the PhinneyWood neighborhood. Founded in 2018, they specialize in creating handmade, one-of-a-kind home goods, including small tables, serving trays, cutting boards, coasters, bowls, ornaments, and jewelry.

Owner Jen Albright is looking forward to hosting her first class this Wednesday (9/20) from 6-8pm, but did not get the tickets up for sale as early as she wanted and is offering 50% off with code RESINCLASS50 to a limited number of people. If you would like to attend this workshop and take advantage of this generous offer, you can sign up here.

“I’m excited to offer in-person Epoxy Resin Classes and virtual Midjourney AI courses. These offerings are designed to engage both hands-on art enthusiasts and tech-minded individuals. With a focus on fostering creativity, these classes are an excellent opportunity to expand your skills in a welcoming and professional environment. Don’t miss this unique chance to dive into the world of art and technology, and I look forward to seeing your artistic growth!”

The 63rd St Mural has a long history as being a prominent focal point in Seattle. It is located on the north side of N 63rd St at Aurora Ave N, an area that receives high foot and wheel traffic. There have been murals at this site since the 1990s, the most recent of which was Michiko Tanaka’s mural (pictured above), created in 2014 by a group of community members with support from the PNA. Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers this mural outlasted its 5-year life expectancy and was painted over in 2021. 

Now, the PNA, with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the local community, is leading the effort to paint a new 63rd St Mural during the summer of 2023 that is both created by and a reflection of our vibrantly diverse Seattle community. The theme of this project is Belonging

We are in need of volunteers to help prep and clean the wall on 9/23, and to paint on 9/30. The PNA will provide snacks on the 23rd, and lunch on the 30th.

  • Prep: Saturday, 9/23 from 9AM to 1PM
  • Paint: Saturday, 9/30 from 9AM to noon and/or 1 to 4PM
  • Learn more and sign up for one or both shifts here

For information about volunteering, contact LeAnne Chow, Volunteer Program Manager, at [email protected]

The mural is divided into five connected sections that make up a total span of over 200 feet. Four artists—Odette AllenAi-Chun HuangDozfy, and Craig Cundiff—plus the artist team of Aiste Rye and Amelia Milling will paint one section each. The five sections will be tied together by a piece of text that spans the length of the mural. Check out the mock-up below for reference.

The Bite of PhinneyWood is PNA’s annual tasting event to showcase the amazing restaurants, cafes, and bars of the neighborhood. As of today, the Bite has sold out for the second year in a row! We are at our capacity of 700 attendees, so there will not be tickets available at the door. We hope to see you next year if you missed out.

If you would like to receive an email alert when 2024 tickets go on sale, you can sign up for that here.

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and supported the PNA’s community-driven work! 

The Greenwood Senior Center‘s longtime Director of Senior Programming, Cecily Kaplan, is retiring at the end of the year. The PNA is seeking our next leader to carry on the work of this beloved neighborhood gathering place, as well as the PNA Village and the Memory Loss Program.

The PNA seeks a compassionate and committed Director to oversee programming and services, anchored at the Greenwood Senior Center, geared towards older adults and their families:

  • Greenwood Senior Center – A gathering place offering services and activities for seniors and adults of all
    ages, including classes, support groups and memory loss programs.
  • PNA Village – A program enabling people to stay in their homes and communities as they age, using
    volunteers to help with life’s regular chores and difficulties.
  • Memory Loss Program – Groups, support, and activities for people living with memory loss and their
    families and caregivers

Details and a full job description can be found here.

Learn more about the PNA and our Senior Programs here.

Join Frances Coppa, ADHD Educator and Parent Coach, to learn how ADHD impacts your child’s development based on the most recent research and tools to tap into your child’s strengths and find more peace and flow. 

The group sessions will include a combination of education, support and coaching to help you develop the specific strategies needed to improve your child’s skills, behavior and your relationship. An added benefit is that you do this training with a group of parents experiencing similar challenges, so you build community and learn from one another. 

Topics include: 

      • Establishing lasting structure that will reduce chaos and defiance 
      • Creating an environment where listening and learning can occur 
      • Improving your child’s focus, decision making and advocacy skills
      • Building a culture of collaboration that will lead to more cooperation and build skills at the same time

When: Wednesdays 7:30-9pm, October 11-November 29 (no class Nov. 22)
Where: Loyal Heights Cooperative Preschool, 7706 25th Ave NW, Seattle
Learn more here: www.FrancesCoppa.com/Classes/
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/686847929647?aff=oddtdtcreator

This is a monthly contribution to the Blog by Greenwood realtor Doron Weisbarth

Summertime is usually a slow time in the real estate world in our area, particularly in August. You can see that in the data, where the market activity is significantly lower than the last few months, and even than last year (and last year was not even a good year…). Yet prices remain relatively resilient. This is even more interesting given that we’ve seen a significant decrease in the number of new listings, yet the number of homes for sale has increased quite a bit!

You can read the full report online at PhinneyWoodHomes.com.

This brings up an interesting new phenomenon. While the stats clearly indicate that the market is in a “Sellers’ Market” territory, buyers are behaving as if it’s a “Buyers’ Market”. This is not true across the board, though. So, when a good home, that is well priced, and well marketed hits the market, it will get strong interest. But, if the home’s design doesn’t meet today’s buyers’ demands, then they will completely ignore it, even if it’s a good price and location. This is particularly true for many of the new ‘skinny’ homes that, many times, have some serious functionality design problems.

If you have questions about how to navigate this confusing market, call Doron Weisbarth for a free, no-obligation consultation, at 206-779-9808.

By Dominique Sabins, special to the Blog

Brunch at The Blue Glass is a hidden gem in our neighborhood located on the sunny corner of NW 65th Street and 7th Ave NW. Their brunch menu features unique, comfort style dishes that break away from your traditional brunch. The atmosphere is warm and intimate with local art hanging on the walls and Turner Classic films playing while you dine. The Blue Glass also has a lovely covered patio out front so you can enjoy the rest of Seattle’s warm summer days. This 21+ establishment strives to have a little something for everyone on their menu with plenty of gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. I loved to see that most menu items could be altered to accommodate dietary restrictions. 

Blue Glass owner James Kincaid

James Kincaid bought the business 5 years ago with the intention of adding a delicious neighborhood-focused spot with great service. After years of working in other Seattle kitchens, he wanted to take his creative dishes to a new level and build his own business. Since acquiring the space, he has crafted a local and organic menu that shifts with the seasons. He is also particularly passionate about using local seafood, which is featured in their indulgent PNW Dungeness Crab Benedict.  

James’ long history of loving brunch, as both a chef and a diner, has led to the creation of this brunch menu. He often takes inspiration from his kitchen and front-of-house staff to give them an opportunity to contribute their ideas for new specials. His menu changes roughly 2-3 times a year to accommodate seasonal availability of produce and seafood. 

While having brunch there I stepped outside of my usual dishes and tried their Braised Short Rib and Kimchi Benedict. Perfectly soft poached eggs sat atop layers of tender, spicy braised short ribs, kimchi, and their house-made sweet potato English Muffins. The heat from the ribs is beautifully balanced by the bright, tangy kimchi. When you dig your fork into this dish, it glides seamlessly through the eggs, ribs, and muffin. Personally, I hate when I have to fight my way through a tough English muffin, so this soft sweet potato version was heaven for me. In addition to this, their benedict comes with a heaping scoop of crispy herb roasted potatoes. When James began building his menu, he set out to have the best benedict in town. This benedict’s gooey poached egg and fluffy English muffin certainly make a strong case.

Brunch Carbonara at the Blue Glass

I also ventured into trying the Brunch Carbonara, a delightful spin on the classic pasta dish. This version served, again, a perfectly poached egg that ran yolk over the noodles and crispy pancetta. Mixed into the carbonara was chopped asparagus that gave the dish a lovely crunch. If you are looking for a hearty, creamy dish, this is it. 

If a lighter Brunch is more your style, they offer multiple salads from a classic Caesar to a Greens and Grains salad. The Greens and Grains is the perfect summer salad that mixes greens and quinoa with a honey dijon vinaigrette. They finish this off with sliced oranges, cherry tomatoes and crunchy chips. You can also build your own breakfast plate a la carte from their list of sides. One of James’ goals for brunch was to provide a diverse spread of options for any mood. This menu certainly offers everything from rich mains to smaller bites, with plenty of room for adjustments. The next time you are waiting too long for a table at other, over-populated brunch spots, stop by this neighborhood establishment instead for a delicious, locally-sourced meal. 

Outside on a glorious weekend day

Come out for art and eats in the neighborhood during the PhinneyWood Art Walk! Enjoy local art of all types: photography, sculpture, collage, oils, watercolors, prints, glass, metal and fiber art, ceramics, and mixed media.

This weekend will be more than a gallery walk, it’s a neighborhood party with music and performances at participating businesses, in addition to artist showcases. In the spirit of the art walk theme “Art Up, Chow Down,” many restaurants and pubs offer music or menu specials. You can check out the directory of participating businesses and map of participating businesses.

Want a piece of Art Walk history? Stop by the Phinney Center to purchase a limited edition, locally designed and screen-printed poster for $25.

2023 PhinneyWood Art Walk
September 8, 6-9 pm
September 9, 12-5 pm

A la Mode Pies at the 2022 Bite

The second annual Bite of PhinneyWood, which will feature 20 local restaurants serving a bite of their best food to all attendees, is near to selling out again. The event debuted in 2022, and the 500 allotted tickets sold out nearly 2 weeks before the event. This year’s Bite – on Sunday September 17th from 1-5pm – has expanded to 700 tickets, which are approaching the same sold-out status with 10 says to go until the event.

“We have less than a dozen VIP tickets remaining, and just about 100 total tickets overall remaining,” says Event Manager Jenny Marquette. “We added a bunch of fun enhancements and extra space to the event this year, so we’re anticipating these last 100 will go pretty quickly.”

In addition to the 20 servings of food from favorite PhinneyWood restaurants (and 1 pour of wine from Doe Bay Winery, if you are of age), this year’s Bite will include:

  • A “living passport” that will be good for discounts at all Bite restaurants after the event, with free 2024 Bite tickets and upgrades for people who take advantage of the offers
  • A Beer and Wine Garden that is integrated with the rest of the tastings rather than a separate space
  • A small, curated vendor area that will have additional sampling for you, including Papa Tony’s Hot Sauce, Firefly Kitchen, Cheeky & Dry, and Grain & Garnish
  • There will be a special appearance by the RidgeWood Bottle & Tap slushie machine!
  • Aegis Living will have a free flavored water station – drop by if you’re thirsty or have any questions about extended aging care for your loved ones

If you are interested in snagging one of the final spots for this popular event, you can buy your ticket here.