A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Reminder: Neighborhood open house on proposed zoning changes for housing is Thursday

April 24th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a community open house to explain proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing from 6-8 pm. Thursday, at Hale’s Ales Brewery, 4301 Leary Way NW, in The Palladium (enter from the back side closest to Fred Meyer).

City of Seattle staff will have maps and more information regarding proposed zoning changes for Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Aurora/Licton Springs, Ballard, Crown Hill, and NE 130th.

Representatives will be on hand from the following city departments and projects: Age Friendly Seattle (Human Services Department); Design Review (Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections); Ship Canal Water Quality (Seattle Public Utilities); Open Space Plan (Office of Planning & Community Development); Democracy Vouchers (Ethics & Elections Commission); Neighborhoods Streets and Greenways Projects (Seattle Department of Transportation); and Mandatory Housing Affordability (Office of Planning & Community Development/Office of Housing).

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Earth Day events, concerts, used kids’ gear sale and more in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend

April 21st, 2017 by Doree

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

Earth Day Event: Learning From Rachel Carson at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

“Evidence of Things Unseen” continues at Taproot Theatre through April 29.

Greenwood’s Naked City Brewery celebrates the opening of its new all-ages Camano Island location this weekend.

Ballard Preschool Co-op is hosting its Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building, with clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear – including pack and plays, cribs, car seats, strollers, maternity wear and more. Bring your own bags. Strollers must be parked at the door.

Beppa Studios Rain-or-Shine Garage Sale (indoors and outdoors) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Furniture, household, vintage, sewing supplies, fabric, eclectic display items (cash only).

Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with special events and activities, including giving patrons biodegradable non-invasive seed paper to grow wildflowers in your home garden; a giant card to sign thanking legislators for standing up for science and wildlife; and an electronics recycling drop off station for used cell phones, MP3 players, e-readers, and other handheld devices to recycle for free with ECO-CELL.

Earth Day Craftapalooza from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Seattle ReCreative, 8408 Greenwood Ave. N.

Live Latin music benefit lunch at The Olive and Grape from 12-3 p.m. Saturday.

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle presents a free all-ages public concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St. Oratorio and operatic works of Mozart with voices and chamber ensemble.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Brian Conway with Nancy Conescu at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

One of the premier Irish fiddlers living in the U.S., Brian Conway performs with skill, grace, and force steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. The New York-born virtuoso has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship, and a leading exponent of the highly-ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann. Conway’s talents have been enthusiastically received all over North America and throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe.

Brian Conway will be touring with Portland-based guitarist Nancy Conescu, a noted singer of traditional Irish and American ballads. Another native New Yorker, Conescu was exposed to the music and traditions of many cultures from an early age, becoming an accomplished guitarist whose imaginative and polished playing on electric and acoustic guitars keeps her in great demand as an accompanist. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Ireland, France, Japan, and Australia.

Earth Day Fundraiser show (Bluegrass review and vocal showcase) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • WE Day happens all day Friday at KeyArena, with about 12,000 people and lots of buses. Expect delays around South Lake Union during the morning and afternoon commutes.
  • The Tenacious Ten 10K/10Mile begins and ends at Gas Works Park.
  • March for Science begins at 10 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park followed by a march at 12 p.m. to Seattle Center. About 20,000 people are expected to attend.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce I-90 westbound traffic to one lane near Bellevue Way and reroute traffic to the express lanes from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes from the University District into downtown between 5 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday while crews perform deck repairs on the Ship Canal Bridge. The express lanes will open southbound at 8 a.m. At the same time, the city of Seattle will close the on-ramp from Northeast 50th Street to southbound I-5 in order to clean up trash and debris along the freeway. Travelers must use the Northeast 45th Street on-ramp to access southbound I-5.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council’s May meeting will focus on ‘What do you want for Phinney?’

April 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council’s annual meeting and election is at 7 p.m. on May 2 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The focus this year is asking neighbors “What do you want for Phinney?” Residents are encouraged to share their top priorities for the neighborhood and the PRCC board.

Also, if you’re interested in a seat on the PRCC board, you can self nominate (or nominate others) by emailing phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com.

Board Members are asked to:

  • Participate at open meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and participate in communications throughout the month
  • Help make neighborhood connections, study & recommend action on issues affecting the neighborhood including land use, zoning, transportation, public safety, budget priorities, parks and public spaces.
  • Live, work or own property or a business between Aurora Ave North & 8th Ave. NW and North 46th St. & North 75th St.
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council is comprised of 15 Board members. Meetings are open to all.

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Department of Neighborhoods changes from Neighborhood District Coordinators to Community Engagement Coordinators

April 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Department of Neighborhoods recently changed the titles and responsibilities of its Neighborhood District Coordinators, who are now called Community Engagement Coordinators. The NW District’s Coordinator was formerly Thomas Whittemore, but he has moved to a citywide position.

The new North Sector Community Engagement Coordinator is Laurie Ames, who lives in our neighborhood. Her contact info is laurie.ames@seattle.gov or 206-684-0320.

You can read more about the change here.

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Greenwood Community Council’s annual meeting and board election is Tuesday

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s annual meeting to set this year’s priorities and elect new board members is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library (which reopened today after two months of remodeling), 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

There’s a lot going on in Greenwood this year:

At least four six-to-seven story buildings are moving through the city’s process, including the site of last year’s gas explosion, the old DOL building, and the grassy area in the Greenwood Shopping Center east of Palatine,

Seattle’s changing its land use code to allow taller buildings everywhere in return for developers contributing towards affordable housing,

New schools will open next fall near Aurora, and safe pathways for kids to get there are still a concern,

Homelessness and opiate addiction is increasing with hundreds of unplanned encampments in Seattle,

while Seattle has just opened a new sanctioned encampment site nearby,

Seattle’s changing how it engages the public to get more voices to the table, and

Meanwhile sidewalks and better bus connections are still needed.

– What should the Greenwood Community Council focus its attention on over the next year?
– What issues would you like to learn more about, or find out what your neighbors think?
– How could we do a better job building community in Greenwood?

Please join us Tuesday to weigh in on the most important issues facing Greenwood, and set priorities over the coming year. You can also weigh in on issues and priorities by filling out our survey before Tuesday, whether you plan to attend or not. The survey results will be shared at the meeting to stimulate discussion. We have received 60 responses so far, and the free version of SurveyMonkey will accept another 40 more.

Please also consider joining our board. If you’ve ever thought about getting involved in the neighborhood, joining our board is a great way to do it.

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City Cycle opening in Janus apartment building April 29

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

City Cycle indoor cycling is opening in the Janus apartment building at 117 NW 85th St. Its soft opening will be April 29 through May 5, with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 6, with free classes at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m., plus snacks and a Lorna Jane trunk show.

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Greenwood Library reopens today

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., has reopened after being closed for two months for remodeling.

Improvements included upgrading the meeting room, adding a laptop bar in the teen area, combining service desks, increasing seating options, adding electrical outlets to tables, repositioning the public computers to reduce glare, and replacing the carpeting.

The boulder that extended from the outside into the children’s area was removed due to ongoing moisture problems, but will be incorporated into the new park being built across the street. The Library will close again in June or July for about a week for installation of the custom glass where the boulder used to be.

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PhinneyWood is back online after 4 days of server issues

April 17th, 2017 by Doree

PhinneyWood is back online after being down for nearly four days because of server issues. Unfortunately, we lost most of the last two weeks of posts. We’ve now recreated all of the missing posts.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop for community groups at Greenwood Senior Center May 17

April 12th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting spring workshops for community groups interested in applying for the grants from Neighborhood Matching Fund for community-led projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art and community organizing. This year the fund will award $3.2 million dollars.

The May 17 workshop will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 206-733-9916 or go online.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov.

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