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Just in time for this late summer rain – and the realization that rain doesn’t actually clean your car – it’s free car wash day! This Thursday (8/22), Brown Bear is turning 62 and offering free “Beary Clean” car washes at 26 tunnel locations. Last year’s one-day event added sparkle and shine to a record-setting 32,789 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area.

The Seattle-based, family-owned company has provided over 400,000 free “Beary Clean” washes over the past 13 years to celebrate its August birthday and to honor former and current service members on Veterans Day.

Brown Bear  Founder and CEO Victor Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 1800 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear owns and operates 51 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane, with a 52nd location opening this year in Lynnwood.

For participating tunnel wash locations and more information about Brown Bear Car Wash, visit www.brownbear.com.

Meet the next generation of owners! Mylon Mayer, Derek Giles and Daniel Schacher (pictured, L-R) are the newest members of the Ken’s Market ownership team. With a combined 30 years working at Ken’s between them, the trio joins current owners Steve and Scott Giles (Ken’s sons) as well as Bill Stamey (Ken’s son in-law). They plan on keeping Ken’s a strong and essential part of the community, while also bringing fresh changes to the store such as their newly remodeled produce section.

Derek, Dan, and Mylon also continue the tradition of family ownership: Derek is Ken’s Grandson and Dan and Mylon are two long-time co-workers at the Greenwood location. Ken’s is now officially a third generation family business.

Washington State recently became the first in the nation to allow composting as an alternative to cremation and traditional burial. Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of benefit corporation Recompose, will talk about the benefits of the system she calls “recomposition” – which gently converts human remains into soil, so that we can nourish new life after we die. Come learn more about this dramatically new, environmentally friendly option for death care.

RSVP: 206.297.0875.
Thursday August 22, 10am – 11am
Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

This year, long-time Phinney Ridge staple Red Mill Burgers is celebrating 25 years of serving some of Seattle’s best burgers. Owners Babe, John and Michael Shepherd want to give back to the Phinneywood community, which has supported them for the past 25 years, by giving out their famous bacon deluxe burgers and an order of fries FREE to everyone who stops in tomorrow (August 19) from 12-3 pm. 

In honor of the Shepherds’ mother, Rosemary Shepherd, Red Mill will also be sponsoring the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Power of Community Breakfast on October 3, with a generous donation of $5000 to the PNA’s Greenwood Senior Center Memory Loss Program. 

Burgers and fries will be given away until supplies run out, so come by early!

It’s been a not-too-hot and smoke-free Gumshoe this year and the good weather and air quality promises to hold through the week-end. Deadline for submitting entry forms for the prize drawings is 6pm Sunday and, for those who have waited until the last moment to do the Gumshoe, there’s the Procrastishoe, a group walk that leaves the Phinney Neighborhood Center at 3pm on Sunday.

The Answer Man will be tagging along to prevent any wrong turns and guarantee forms are turned in by the deadline. Please note: the Phinney Neighborhood Center is closed Sunday, so Procrastishoes are encouraged to purchase their forms at Ken’s or the Couth Buzzard. However, the Answer Man will have some forms for sale just in case any Procrastishoes show up empty-handed.

The Flying Bike, Washington’s very first cooperative brewery, is turning 4 years old tomorrow. Per their Facebook: “It’s our 4th Anniversary so let’s celebrate with a Big Fancy Party! Live Music! No Cover!”

Christa Says Yay will be playing starting at 3pm, followed by Sweet Jesus at 4:30. This is a family-friendly, all ages event with giveaways and specials. You can learn more about the event here.

Flying Bike cooperative Brewery
8570 Greenwood Ave N
Saturday August 17, 1pm – 11pm

With a nice crowd of reporters, kids, and zoo luminaries, Woodland Park Zoo’s President Alejandro Grajal opened their new Zoo Doo composting facility today by cutting a vine rope with an oversized pair of scissors. “Zoo Doo is the envy of all gardeners in the region,” remarked Grajal during his speech.

The Zoo Doo yard’s compost system now has automated aeration and temperature control technology, which cuts down compost processing times from about six months to just 60 days. The upgrades also include the addition of 8-foot-tall concrete bunkers, allowing larger piles of compost and creating more Doo in less space.

Composting all of the fecal waste from the vast zoo ecosystem is part of the Zoo’s sustainability initiative, and diverts 650 tons of waste annually from landfills. In addition to saving animal species here and around the world, Grajal says they are also committed to positively impacting their immediate community.

The public can purchase Zoo Doo year round online, at Zoo stores located at the zoo’s South and West Entrances, or at the biannual Fecal Fest which accepts entries from August 19 through September 8. Kaitlyn Welzen – known as “Dr Doo” around the Zoo – relayed that about one half to one third of entrants get Zoo Doo every year, with about 300 of the 600 entrants winning this sweet and aromatic prize last earlier this year.

Chef King began operations in the beginning of the month, across from Fred Meyer and adjacent to the Janus Apartments. This Sichuan restaurant in has a sense of humor throughout the menu, which includes options for the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” the “Whatever” (Chef’s choice), and the “I Don’t Know” (Chef’s secret dish!)

There are also the usual suspects: bubble tea, pork belly, steamed dumplings, beef chow mein, and sweet and sour fish. There is also an interesting sounding dish called “rock candy duck,” made with boiled duck that is then steamed, fried, and slathered with a rock sugar sauce.

101 N 85th St #102, https://www.chefkingseattle.com/ 206-829-9357
Hours: Wed-Mon 11 am-9 pm, Sun closed

This year’s Pianos in the Park is live in Phinney Ridge through Sunday, with a beautiful piano available for all to serenade the community in the Heart of Phinney Park.

There is one last scheduled performance, with Alexander Olsen taking the bench tomorrow at noon. Make yourself a lemonade and come on by!

Are you concerned about how you see people being treated at our borders? Join with others in our neighborhood to learn and act towards positive change. The morning will begin with a presentation on the history of US borders with Dr. Octavio Carrasco and conclude with discussion guided by Pastor Anna Rieke, towards how we can act today to create more justice.

Parking is available. Building is ADA accessible.

Saturday August 17, 10am – noon
St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave N.

The North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway and new signalized crossing at Holman Rd NW and NW 92nd St are complete and open for business. Come and celebrate with Deputy Mayor Shefali Ranganathan and a bike parade along the newly completed neighborhood greenway.

The parade starts at Licton Springs Park and is followed by light refreshments, face painting, and brief remarks at Crown Hill Park.

There are two other joining spots along the parade route: Fremont Ave N and N 100th St or Sandel Playground.

Schedule
10am: Riders gather at Licton Springs Park, kids can use the bike decoration station

10:30am: Ride starts

10:55am: Join the ride at the intersection of the Fremont Ave and North Seattle neighborhood greenways (N 100th St and Fremont Ave N)

11:10am: Join the ride at Sandel Park

11:30am: Enjoy refreshments, face painting, and remarks by Deputy Mayor Shefali Ranganathan at Crown Hill Park

The Gumshoe 5K Walk is an excellent way to get out of the house, see our wonderful neighborhood, and put your brain on notice that it cannot slumber all summer! Entry forms are now on sale at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, and Couth Buzzard Books.

Buy an entry form, solve the 30 clues that guide you through the 3.1 mile neighborhood walk, return your form where you bought it and you’re entered into a drawing for $1,000 worth of prizes!

More details, including last year’s clues and answers, at DoTheGumshoe.org

Cost : $20 for a single form or $15 each if two or more are purchased at the same time.

Come out for a fun and fabulous night of dancing at the Greenwood Senior Center. No partners or experience required, and certainly no need to be a senior to be a part of the event. There will be a learning session from 6:30-7pm with experienced partners to help you out. LGBT Friendly. Questions: 206.297.0875

Thursday August 15
Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.
6:30-7pm warm up, 7-9pm dance
$10 at the door

For all community makers and artists, there are just 3 days left to apply to the PNA Winter Festival and Crafts Fair on Dec 7 & 8. Not just a neighborhood event, the festival draws about 5,000 people from all over the city—it’s a favorite among shoppers and vendors alike.

Want to join the 120+ vendors at this year’s fair? Learn more and apply by Aug 15 at http://bit.ly/wfapp19

Whether you have a long-established business or are just beginning to plan a new business, the Seattle Public Library system has free resources for you to use through their Library to Business program. SPL offers dozens of classes and workshops every year in partnership with local organizations.

This is a service SPL has been offering for a couple of years. and have just started offering these appointments in North Seattle at the Green Lake and Ballard branches. Library staff can assist patrons in conducting research to start or grow their small businesses, including finding data about potential customers, competitors, and general information about a given industry.

SPL is now booking 1:1 appointments with librarians trained to help you research business topics

Taproot Theatre Company has announced the extension of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s award-winning musical, Bright Star. Additional performances have been added on Wednesday (8/21), Thursday (8/22), Friday (8/23) and Saturday (8/24).

Bright Star won the 2016 Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical and Best Score, in addition to the Drama Desk award for Outstanding Music. It was nominated for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Lead Actress in a Musical and Best Orchestrations at the 2016 Tony Awards. 

Per the Taproot: “Bright Star is the uplifting and powerful tale of a simple summer romance blossoming into true love. Alice and Jimmy Ray’s parents have forbidden their union, but the young couple is about to be propelled into a daring and unexpected future that spans decades. This Tony, Drama Desk and Grammy award-nominated musical will make your heart soar and your toes tap. Hold on, love is coming home.”

Was racing gourds at last week’s farmer’s market not enough excitement for you? Follow that on Friday, August 9th with a special happy hour event in the Phinney Farmers Market.

All drinks are $5 and the proceeds benefit the Good Farmer Fund and the longevity of the market.

Come to the market and shop your regular list of fruits, veggies, eggs, bread, and treats then sip while supporting a great cause. Plus, each drink ticket doubles as a raffle entries to win $50 in farm bucks to be spent at any of our seven Neighborhood Farmers Markets. The happy hour will run from 4pm-7pm.

The Good Farmer Fund provides emergency relief to farmers to mitigate situations such as: crop losses due to extreme weather, loss of equipment or greenhouses in fire or heavy snow, and protecting livestock from predators. Since 2008, Neighborhood Farmers Markets has granted over $255,000 in emergency relief funds with thanks to events like the Phinney Farmers Market Happy Hour and their annual fundraiser, An Incredible Feast.

The PhinneyWood Art Walk is a monthly event that promotes over 40 participating venues in our neighborhood. Organized by the PhinneyWood Arts Council, the Art Walk occurs every 2nd Friday of each month with a “Big One” (2-day event) that occurs each year in May.

Come out and cruise the neighborhood from 6-9pm and check out the latest art and special offerings each month. Here is this month’s map with artists and participating venues.

The watercolor above is by artist Zenia Wei and will be featured at Coindexter’s.

Late Summer Blood Drive this Friday

Ever dream of saving a life? Now you potentially can: a single blood donation can save up to three lives in our community! If you have never donated blood and have questions about the process or eligibility, you can find an excellent FAQ on the subject here.

Late Summer Blood Drive
Friday August 9, 12 – 6pm (break from 2-3pm)
Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N

All seven of the council’s district seats, including our D6 seat currently held by Mike O’Brien, are up for election. The top two vote-getters in each race will advance to the November 5 general election.

In King County, voters will decide on an $810 million parks levy and a $345 million Evergreen hospital levy. All Seattle voters will weigh in on a $219 million library levy.

Ballot Boxes are open until 8pm today, with the closest to Phinney-Greenwood at Green Lake Community Center. A complete map can be found here.

Not registered to vote yet? No problem, as this is the first local election to employ same-day voter registration.

Okay, we actually know the reason – it is part of One Reel’s annual “Pianos in the Parks” event. Started in 2013, is an annual event that gives the public the chance to see and play beautiful pianos painted by local artists.

One Reel describes this event as “13 pianos placed in neighborhood parks across Seattle and Eastside communities. Now with a hyper-local focus amidst the backdrop of summer in Seattle, the air will be filled with music, art and celebration.”

Our own Phinney Ridge fine artist, Sandy Nelson, has etched designs in this year’s piano. We have two outstanding local musicians slated to perform as well: Ian Ketterer on Wednesday 8/7 at 4pm, and Alexander Olsen on Friday 8/16 at noon. Mark your calendars and come on by the Heart of Phinney Park!

Piper Village, located on Palatine Ave near Verity Credit Union and the former Green Bean space, is hosting a large and festive Night Out event that the whole community is invited to attend.

Looking for a Dog Kissing Booth? Yes, there will be one of those. Boxing Flash Mob? Yep, they have that as well. These activities and many more will be present and free to all.

Tuesday August 6th, 6pm-10pm. Piper Village, 8623 Palatine Ave N

MUSIC ZONE: Live music by the Greenwood School of Rock House Band. DJ sets by: Gene Lee, David Spencer, DJ Soulcrates and Ben Meadow.

KIDS ZONE: Family friendly fun and activities with Top Ten Toys. Family friendly food and games by Verity Credit Union .

CHILL ZONE: Spa Station/ Open House Tours by Ladywell’s Spa, Wine Tasting by Champion Wine Cellers.

GRILL ZONE: Summer Rib Fest Grillin’ by Fred Meyers, street tacos by Luna Azul.

SPORTS ZONE: Flash Mob Boxing classes for all by Title Boxing

PET ZONE: Puppy Pool Party by Mud Bay, Puppy Kissing Booth by Seatown Veterinary

ART ZONE: Art activates for kids with Seattle Recreative

The Gumshoe 5K Walk returns for its 14th year! Entry forms are now on sale at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, and Couth Buzzard Books.

Buy an entry form, solve the 30 clues that guide you through the 3.1 mile neighborhood walk, return your form where you bought it and you’re entered into a drawing for $1,000 worth of prizes!

Event proceeds support the Greenwood Senior CenterGreenwood Elementary School PTA, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank.

More details, including last year’s clues and answers, at DoTheGumshoe.org

Cost : $20 for a single form or $15 each if two or more are purchased at the same time.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for an experienced community member to fill this essential position. Job responsibilities include Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable, general accounting and reconciliations, and preparing monthly financials statements. This position is approximately 24 hours/week.

For a complete position description, including essential responsibilities, minimum qualifications, compensation details, and application instructions, see our posting at http://www.phinneycenter.org/jobs.

Come one, come all to race your favorite summer squash! At this Friday’s Phinney Farmers Market, bring your kids to decorate provided zucchinis and run them down a track to see how quick they can go. One of the only events in Seattle where playing with your food is a requirement, kids (and adults) of all ages are invited to join the fun and create their very own vegetable vehicle to send down the racing ramp.

All materials for the speedy creations are supplied by the farmers markets and farmers

Friday August 2, 4-6pm
Phinney Neighborhood Association, upper parking lot
Free, donations are gratefully accepted

American Dance Institute Shoreline is announcing the 2019 Moscow Ballet Auditions for the Great Russian Nutcracker. This is a chance for area dance students to perform on stage with the principal dancers of the internationally acclaimed Moscow Ballet. 

Dancers must have at least one year of ballet training and must be enrolled in ballet classes for the Fall of 2019 at any greater Seattle/Shoreline area dance school. Dancers 6-18 are eligible, and auditions are free of charge.

When: Tuesday, September 3
Where:  American Dance Institute, 1240 NE 175th Street
What Time:  Registration check-in is 4:00 pm, audition starts at 4:30 pm

Learn more here. https://www.americandanceinstitute.com/nutcracker-seattle/

Please bring yourself and friends for an evening of music, beer, and bingo to help reach the goal of raising $10k for Swim Across America (SAA). These funds enable critical early-stage cancer research.

This event will be Thursday 8/1 from 7-10pm at the Angry Beaver. You can learn more about it here.

You can donate directly to the effort: https://bit.ly/2JZqejm

View a documentary created at the Greenwood Senior Center, featuring participants of The Gathering Place, an early-stage memory loss program. They share inspiring insight and offer holistic narratives about living with memory loss.

Following the movie, Social Worker Carin Mack will lead participants in a discussion exploring the themes of stigma, friendship, and understanding.

Wednesday, July 31, @ 1 – 2 pm at Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.)

Register: 206.297.0875

Boomers job fair on Wednesday 7/31

This event is targeted at Mature Job Seekers but all our welcome.Come prepared to speak with HR Managers and Recruiters about current openings and career opportunities.

Companies represented include: Aerotek, Alaska/Horizon Airlines, Coast Management, Department of the Navy, Dignity Memorial, Evergreen Health, First Student, Fred Meyer, Hyatt, Kids Co., MMComfort Systems, MV Transit, Platt Electric, Puget Sound Energy, Securitas, Sherwin Williams, and the University of Washington.

Wednesday July 31, 12:30 – 3pm
WorkSource North Seattle, OCEE Building
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103

Woodland Park Zoo is honoring veterans and active military members by hosting “Zoo for All: Honoring Those Who Serve”, a celebration of veterans and active military and their families to come enjoy the zoo. Additionally, there will be special activities for Honoring Those Who Serve guests, including a resource fair with over 25 nonprofit organizations, a special appearance from zoo ambassador animals, a yoga and mindfulness workshop on the North Meadow led by Veterans Yoga, free scooter and wheelchair rentals and more.

During Honoring Those Who Serve, Woodland Park Zoo will extend free admission to active, reservist, and veteran U.S. military personnel or military spouses plus one guest. Regular military discount will also apply, $4 off for up to six (6) family members. Military personnel or military spouses must show valid military ID.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Yes, we have a Half Price Books warehouse hidden in our neighborhood, just north of 85th Street on the west side of Greenwood Avenue in Seattle.

This Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 6pm, you can fill a HPB bag with whatever you find for $25. They will have more than 60,000 books, comics, LPs, DVDs and more. Individual items are all less than $5.

Saturday 7/27 and Sunday 7/28, 8am – 6pm
Half Price Books Warehouse
9241 Greenwood Ave N

There will be a Design Review Early Guidance meeting on Monday for a proposed 5-story, 81-unit apartment building with retail and parking for 8 vehicles. Three craftsmen houses (7903, 7907 and 7911 Greeenwood Ave N) will be demolished. The community is encouraged to attend.

Review Meeting:
July 29, 6:30 pm. Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW. Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

If you wish to file written comments and/or receive a notice of the decision, please send comments to: Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, 700 5th Ave Ste 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, Washington 98124-4019 or e-mail PRC@seattle.gov. Reference “Project #3033073-EG – Cary Guillory.”


Looking for a good family activity that gets everyone outdoors and exercising? The Gumshoe 5K Walk returns for its 14th year!

Buy an entry form, solve the 30 clues that guide you through the 3.1 mile neighborhood walk, return your form where you bought it and you’re entered into a drawing for $1,000 worth of prizes. Event proceeds support the Greenwood Senior CenterGreenwood Elementary School PTA, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank.

More details, including last year’s clues and answers, at DoTheGumshoe.org. For a little insider information, join the Gumshoe Facebook Group. Entry forms go on sale Aug. 2, 2019 at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, and Couth Buzzard Books.

Cost : $20 for a single form or $15 each if two or more are purchased at the same time.

Gumshoe runs from Friday August 2 through Sunday August 18.

The Seattle Public Library is seeking Homework Help volunteers who have a passion for helping elementary, middle and high school students succeed in school. The 2019-2020 Homework Help program will be offered from September 9, 2019 through June 11, 2020.

Volunteers tutor students in all academic subjects and may also specialize in English, math and science. Most of the students at Homework Help attend elementary and middle schools. Volunteers interact with children and teens in small groups and individually. For more information, please read the attached Homework Helper volunteer service description and watch a short video.

If you would like to join us as a Homework Helper this coming school year, please complete the online Homework Help volunteer application by July 31.

Also, FamilyWorks is having a school supply drive that runs through August 12. Click here to view the School Supply Donation page and learn more about donating items or buying discounted supplies in bulk through their partner, Blu School Supplies.

FamilyWorks will also be partnering with six organizations (including WithinReach, North Seattle Family Resource Center, and El Centro de la Raza) to bring a Resource Fair on the same day as the School Supply program. In addition to quality school supplies, families will get access to a variety of resources to help them thrive throughout the year.

A Greenwood summertime tradition, the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade presented by Fred Meyer is the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region. Thousands of people line the route to watch the over 100 entrants that include bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and more. The PNA has sponsored the parade since the early 1980s.

There will be a truck parked at the 85th St. Fred Meyer accepting non-perishable food donations before, during and after the parade (5-8:30pm).

Parade route: Greenwood Avenue from N. 95th to N. 85th, then west to 6th NW.

Wednesday, July 24 from 6pm – 8pm



Per Opus Co.’s Facebook: ” We’re turning 2! To celebrate our 2nd anniversary we’re raising some money for the Ballard Food Bank!

Stop by on Wednesday, July 24th from 4:30-8 pm, we’re serving a buffet style dinner. Stop in for a bit or hang for a while, up to you! $10/plate & $5 for beverages. All proceeds will be donated to the Ballard Food Bank. We’ll also be accepting non-perishable food items, if you’d like to make a food donation as well.

Please note, we will not be having a regular dinner service that night.

Thanks for an amazing & incredible year. We’re really fortunate to do what we’re doing and we appreciate all of the love and support.”

More than 175 million items were purchased during Amazon’s 2019 Prime Day event earlier this week. With the help of Seattle’s new recycling startup, Ridwell, hard-to-recycle Amazon packaging waste will be picked up for free from non-Ridwell members in the Seattle service area from July 22 to August 1st. Anyone interested can sign up here to be notified when the pickups are scheduled. 

Ridwell hopes to make a large impact by recycling Amazon packaging the right way. Too often these materials are placed incorrectly in curbside bins which puts stress on our already struggling recycling systems. Alternatively, many people throw these plastics in the garbage where they are buried in a landfill instead of recycled into new things.  So far this week, over 1,000 households have signed up to be notified of Ridwell’s upcoming free Prime Day pickups.

Ridwell also offers other pickup and recycling of esoteric waste – learn more here.

PhinneyWood is full of wonderful people and great places that we all wish we knew more about. Resident Kevin Kozel periodically digs deeper to let us know more in a column we like to call … Hi Neighbor!

Every neighborhood needs a place for the locals to hang out; a home away from home where you can see your friends and meet new people. Prashanthi Reddy found comfort in her local coffee shops while attending college in Pittsburgh and later as a barista in Michigan. She missed that culture in the corporate world and wanted to recreate it in her own way. Now 11 years gone, Makeda and Mingus fills this need for many in the PhinneyWood community.

Kevin Kozel (KK): You’ve been here for over a decade now, but what originally made you decide to open a coffee shop in the land of coffee shops?

Prashanthi Reddy (PR): I really wanted a place that would essentially be my club house that focused on good coffee, but also the customers and the community. Kind of like your local watering hole, but coffee style.

KK: You started as Makeda Coffee, and now you are Makeda and Mingus. What has changed in the shop over time?

PR: We’ve had beer and wine since the beginning, but not everyone thought about stopping in for a beer at a place with coffee in its name. So we changed the name to Makeda and Mingus. Mingus is my dog; he’s a rat terrier. He’s also named after Charles Mingus, the jazz musician, which also encompasses the arts and culture of the shop.

KK: And where did Makeda come from?

PR: Makeda is the name of the Queen of Sheba, and the area of Sheba is now Ethiopia and Eritrea, where coffee was first discovered.

KK: There are several shops in the neighborhood, and yet the only one leaving is Starbucks. How do you all co-exist?

PR: I share customers with at least a few coffee shops. I think we all meet different needs. Some have parking, some are geared towards working and studying, while others are more for hanging out. We tend to be more social, so this is the place where you want to hang out, meet your neighbors, catch up on the neighborhood happenings and make a new friend.

KK: You make that point on your signage as well. This is Makeda and Mingus’ “Community Table.” In what ways have you seen your shop become this more over time? 

PR: I think the biggest thing I have seen over the years is that parents trust their kids to ride their bike here or meet their friends here. It’s a safe space for their kids to come and hang out as they’re growing up.

KK: We keep saying you’re a coffee shop, but you’re really much more than that. As you’ve said, you offer beer and wine, and you have food as well.

PR: On Monday nights we have a craft night where I make soup and mac and cheese. Thursday night I make a homestyle south Indian dinner. We do have some of these things throughout the week, but I highlight it by day to show off more of our offerings.

KK: Your shop is just around the corner from Greenwood Avenue, so it’s a little less visible, but also keeps you off the busier street. Has that hurt or helped you?

PR: A little of both. I bought it as a turnkey, so it already had an established clientele and word-of-mouth worked out really well. Then around 2016 we saw a little downturn in business and that coincided with the changes in the housing market in the area. As the neighborhood started changing it was also changing my business. In the very beginning one of my coffee mentors told me, “If you want to have a neighborhood coffee shop, make the neighborhood feel like they own the shop.” So I started marketing from square one and had to build up the clientele again.

KK: How has the PNA helped make you a part of the community?

PR: I love having the PNA. It’s an anchor for the neighborhood. I can’t think of many other neighborhoods that have something similar to it. They’re really helpful for businesses and really help amplify what you’re doing. They already have a lot of neighborhood events so there isn’t pressure to do everything. You can do what works for you at a given time.

KK: Do you think your shop would do as well in another neighborhood?

PR: This neighborhood really suits us. Since the beginning I’ve felt that PhinneyWood is a small town in a medium-sized city. You do know your neighbors here. I don’t want to call the “Seattle freeze” a myth, but I haven’t experienced it. In this neighborhood people know each other really well.

KK: As PhinneyWood continues to change, how do you see Makeda and Mingus changing?

PR: I really view myself as a part of the community. I live in the neighborhood and want to provide a space, in whatever capacity, that is for the folks that live here as well. My goal is to stay flexible and available for whatever the neighborhood needs.

If you want to meet Prashanthi, or more of your fellow neighbors, stop by Makeda and Mingus for a drink or bite to eat. It can be found at 153 N 78th Street.

Any person, place, or thing you want to know more about in our neighborhood? Feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment and we’ll look into making it a future feature on Hi Neighbor!

After 43 years of organic gardening and community building, The Ballard P-Patch, one of Seattle’s oldest gardens in the P-Patch program, is at risk of losing their garden site to real estate development. The landowner, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, recently determined that they need to sell the property to fund safety upgrades and renovations to their building.

Our Redeemer’s has valued their partnership with the garden and its community since 1976, leasing the land for only $1 per year to the City of Seattle. Their stated hope is that the community can rally and purchase the land, keeping it a green space in an increasingly dense urban community. But time is short, with construction planned for April, 2020.

The Ballard P-Patch offers 83 individual families garden space, as well as three raised bed areas for mobility-challenged gardeners. But beyond growing produce and flowers, the value of the garden is its role in building community:

  • Giving Gardens produce 1300+ lbs of produce for the Ballard Food Bank.
  • Annual Art in the Garden Festival that showcases local artists, music, and food.
  • Emergency Hub Location protects the community with on-site disaster recovery supplies.
  • Garden tours for local schools educate our youth on agriculture in our society.
  • ADA-accessible pathways and raised garden beds bring nature to all.
  • Open patio and grill available to everyone in the community.

How to help?

The gardeners are reaching out to leaders in the business and civic communities at city and county levels, exploring options for grants and public funding and pooling their contact lists for potential private philanthropists. Email info@ballardppatch.org if you can assist with any of this.

This is also a grassroots fundraising campaign. The gardeners are actively engaging the community and participating in local events to raise awareness and funds. If you would like to show your support, please attend.

Meanwhile, help spread the word:

SPD Picnics

The North Precinct Community Picnic is happening this Saturday July 20, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the North Precinct (10049 College Way North).

They will have hot dogs, soft-serve ice cream, music, kids activities, and a chance to see various specialty units (including the horses).

SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg, reports there will also be “911 storytime for the kids” and “great jokes shared by Sgt. Newsom.”

A Greenwood summertime tradition, the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade presented by Fred Meyer is the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region. Thousands of people line the route to watch the over 100 entrants that include bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and more. The PNA has sponsored the parade since the early 1980s.

Parade route: Greenwood Avenue from N. 95th to N. 85th, then west to 6th NW.

Wednesday, July 24 from 6pm – 8pm

PNA Hiring Executive Director

PNA "Community Begins Here" sign

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) posted a job description for a new executive director today. A Facebook post from their Board President, Amanda Froh, reads:

As you may have already learned, Lee Harper, PNA’s amazing executive director for the last 9+ years, has decided to move on to new professional and personal adventures.

In Lee’s words… “I’ve been with PNA for nearly a decade and I’m so proud of where we are and so grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to lead this organization in collaboration with the board, staff, membership, and larger community. For myself, I’m ready to take a step back, relax a little bit (!), and explore the ‘what’s next’. As for that, I plan to spend the next couple of years using my skills and experience to help organizations throughout King County deepen their impact through a combination of consulting and interim leadership. Though I’m leaving as PNA’s executive director, I’ll remain a member of this community that I love.”

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to express our deepest thanks and admiration for Lee and her innumerable contributions to strengthening the PNA and our community.

Her last day is October 3, when she will give the keynote address at the Greenwood Senior Center’s Power of Community Breakfast. We’d love to see all of you there to support the Senior Center and send her off in style!
Two of the hallmarks of the PNA are stability and visionary leadership.

In the past 40 years, we have had only two executive directors! These are big shoes to fill, but we are excited to move forward and are up to the challenge. We have already made great progress in our search for our third leader to guide PNA into the future. We need your help in spreading the word about this opportunity! 

The job description can be found at phinneycenter.org/jobs. The PNA is also hiring a Development Associate and a Spanish-language Preschool Teacher.

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Party. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first moon landing. This was a formative experience for many Americans, perhaps even you.

This is geared towards people who were there to see it and those who just wish they were. Join the community to watch the moon landing as it was originally seen live on television.

Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St. Friday July 19, 1-2:30pm. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Phinney Farmer’s Market. Enjoy your Friday afternoons at our beloved neighborhood Farmer’s Market that runs weekly through September 27.
Grab dinner or a snack, listen to live music 5-7 pm, and get your fresh produce and other goodies for the week.

Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N. Friday July 19, 3:30 – 7:30pm.

Infant, Child & Adult CPR Class. In this class, students will learn infant, child, and adult CPR, as well as how to help a choking infant, child or adult.  It’s a great class for new or expecting parents, teachers, anyone who works with kids. Certificates will be issued at the end of class.

Taught by Ken Norris, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department who has taught CPR for 25 years. You can register here.

Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N. Friday July 19, 7-8pm.

Don’t throw that gadget away! The PNA Fixers Collective is hosting a Fix-It Repair Café Day, and, as they say, “you can’t break what’s already broken.”

Bring in your broken appliances, devices, lamps, and tools to the Greenwood Public Library for some guidance and help in putting it back together again, and maybe even fixing it in the process.

The idea is to take a moment before throwing something away to figure out if you can save it and prevent buying a new one. It’s also an excellent way to learn how things work and enjoy some good company. You can bring something broken along with you or just bring yourself to watch and learn.

Saturday July 20, 11am – 2pm. Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N

Questions?  Please contact the PNA Tool Library at 206.783.2244 x 48, wellhome@phinneycenter.org.

Phinney’s own Makeda & Mingus is hosting a Plant Swap!

You are invited to bring seeds, pots, books, plants or other indoor gardening items. If you are bringing plants to swap, please clearly label them, make sure they are healthy and pest free, and know if you want to trade or give them away. In addition to fully rooted plants, it is also ok to bring water-propagated plants and or fresh cuttings – just make sure what you are bringing is viable and healthy.

It’s also a good idea to bring a bag or tray to carry your new additions home in.

Makeda & Mingus
153 N 78th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Saturday July 20th, 1 – 5pm

The PNA Summer Beer Taste – “Beerstock” – was a rocking success with over 600 tasters enjoying the vast selection of beers and ciders. The event raised $17,155 which supports the Phinney Neighborhood Association programs serving our community. 

Congratulations to this year’s crowd favorites: 
1st Place Lucky Envelope Mango Lassi Milkshake Hazy IPA
2nd PlaceUrban Family Mantra Imperial Sour Mango, 
3rd Place Fremont Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition 

Cider: Portland Cider Pineapple Rosé 

We’re big on recycling in Seattle, but it can sometimes be confusing to know what is and isn’t recyclable or how much you need to do before you toss an item into the bin.

Michael Eggers, Multi-Family Recycling Outreach Specialist with Seattle Public Utilities, will give an overview of how to properly recycle, how to dispose of non-recyclables responsibly, and answer your questions about the whole process. Register: 206.297.0875.

Thursday July 18, 1-2pm @ Greenwood Senior Center – 525 N. 85th St.

On Monday, July 1, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to ease regulations on building backyard cottages and accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as in-law apartments. According to the bill’s sponsor, District 6 councilmember Mike O’brien, the objective of the legislation was to “create more housing choices in single-family zones.”

While backyard cottages have been allowed in all parts of Seattle since 2009, only 221 had been built as of 2016. The new rules will make it easier for property owners to build backyard cottages and ADUs. Advocates hope that by increasing supply, housing will become more affordable in Seattle.

Here are some of the most significant updates of the new rules:

  • Reduces the lot size requirement to build a backyard cottage from 4,000 square feet to 3,200 square feet.
  • Increases the maximum size of the backyard cottage from 800 square feet to 1,000 square feet, not counting any parking or storage space.
  • Removes the requirement that the owner must occupy the property.
  • Dedicated off-street parking spaces for cottages and ADUs are no longer required.
  • Increases the height limit of backyard cottages by 1 to 3 feet.
  • The maximum number of accessory units allowed on a lot gets increased from one to two—either a backyard cottage and an ADU inside the main home, or two ADUs inside the main home.

In addition, the new legislation included a so called “McMansion” ban, which added a new floor-area-ratio (FAR) limit of 0.5. This means that the maximum square footage of a new home built on a 6,000-square-foot lot would be 3,000 square feet. Backyard cottages and ADUs would not be included in this limit, which reduces the incentive to tear down a modestly sized home and replace it with a jumbo-size single-family home. Instead, advocates hope the new rules will encourage homeowners to add a backyard cottage or basement apartment.

Backyard cottages and ADUs can earn homeowners rental income or serve as extra space for family and friends.

The new rules are expected to reduce the number of teardowns and increase the number of new housing units added to the city’s housing supply. The city’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) estimates that over the next 10 years the new regulations will spare 450 homes from the bulldozer and help add 4,430 new accessory units, which is 2,460 more than would have been built under the old rules.

An earlier version of the legislation was first proposed by Councilmember O’Brien in late 2015. Its progress was stalled by two legal appeals, which were eventually dismissed.

Mayor Durkan signed the legislation last Tuesday, and the new rules will go into effect August 8, 2019. The FAR regulation has a delayed effective date of March 1, 2020. In addition, Mayor Durkan signed an executive order to help homeowners with the design and permitting process, offer low-interest ADU financing through the Office of Housing’s Home Repair Loan Program, and convene a workgroup to assess the effectiveness of the regulatory changes within three years.

Eric Thomas is marketing manager for CRD Design Build, a Phinney Neighborhood Association business member. CRD has provided residential remodeling services to the Seattle community for nearly 40 years. Eric gathers news and information about the topic at the Ultimate Guide to Seattle Backyard Cottages.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) seeks a dynamic Development Associate to provide administrative support to the Development team and Executive Director, including quality and timely stewardship to PNA donors and members which includes gift acknowledgement and processing, data management, and reporting. The Development Associate also assists in planning/executing fundraising events and supporting marketing and communications. The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development. For a complete job description, including essential responsibilities, job requirements, and benefits, see our posting at www.phinneycenter.org/jobs.  To apply for this position, email a cover letter indicating your interest, how you meet the minimum qualifications, and a resume to hr@phinneycenter.org.  Position is open until filled, and preference will be given to candidates who apply by 7/30.  Questions can be directed to Lee Harper, Executive Director, at leeh@phinneycenter.org

Illumination Learning Studio is a cultural, performing and fine arts academy with four locations in Ballard, Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

ILS looking for a Classroom Music Instructor to join their team of Creative Arts instructors.  The Music Instructor works collaboratively with their creative team to develop and deliver K-5 lessons in theater, dance, art, voice and music.  They are also looking for a Dance Instructor. The Dance Instructor works collaboratively with our creative team to develop and deliver K-5 lessons in theater, dance, art, voice and music.  The ideal candidate has prior experience in K-5 education, teaching various mediums of dance to varying skill levels, lesson plan and curriculum development. Lastly, they are looking for an Art Instructor. The Art Instructor works collaboratively with our creative team to develop and deliver K-5 lessons in theater, dance, art, voice and music. 

Interested applicants can request a full job description and submit their resume and cover letter to Molli Piper at ms.molli@ilskids.com.

The Seattle premier of a Tony-nominated musical is tonight, Friday 7/12, at Greenwood’s own Taproot Theatre. Bright Star is a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923.

Per the show’s press release: “Under a serene North Carolina sunset, a simple summer romance blossoms into true love. When Alice and Jimmy Ray’s parents forbid their union, the young couple is propelled into a daring future. Inspired by a true story, this powerful tale of love and redemption will make your heart soar and your toes tap. Hold on, love is coming home.”

  • Opening Night – Friday, July 12 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, July 19 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 PM

Tickets and more information can be found here.

ArtUp, Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk, tonight from 6-9pm. The PhinneyWood artwalk is a monthly event that promotes over 40 participating venues in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood of N. Seattle. Come out and cruise the neighborhood from 6-9 pm and check out the latest art and special offerings each month. Here is tonight’s lineup and map.

Phinney Center gallery opening tonight. Come view the talents within our own community. This show will feature 27 works by PNA members, volunteers, and staff, anonymously selected by a jury.

Join us for the opening reception during the ArtUp PhinneyWood Art Walk to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, take in the tunes of the Bellvue UKE’sters, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece!

The show will be on display July 11- August 16. You can learn more about the featured artists here.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society debuts Princess Ida at Bagley Wright. This Crown Hill production company has 12 performances, starting tonight and running through July 28. “Crystal Dawn Munkers leads an exhilaratingly updated take on the battle of the sexes – complete with operatic warrior maidens, a cross-dressing trio of dandies, and a bit of magic. The brilliant, assertive Princess Ida has sequestered herself and her court in the Castle Adamant, dedicating themselves to the study of the higher arts and absolutely, utterly forswearing the company of men. And the men – including her promised fiancé, Prince Hilarion – are not taking it well.”

More information and tickets can be found here.

2019 Seafair Milk Carton Derby. Saturday, July 13 at Green Lake Aqua- Theater, Beginning at 10:30am. The 47th annual Milk Carton Derby is back for another year of creativity, science and boatmanship. Since 1972, this quirky event features colorful milk carton boats of all shapes and designs racing on Green Lake. Children, adults, families, military, schools and businesses are all invited to build milk carton watercraft and compete on the waters of Green Lake for prizes and bragging rights.

Highly regarded within the local brewing industry, the PNA’s 14th annual Summer Beer Taste is coming up on Saturday 7/13. Meet the people behind your favorite brews, chat with fellow enthusiasts, hang with your friends, and sample from new and favorite breweries alike.

The event includes ten (quite generous) tastes from 32 local microbreweries and cideries, plus pub snacks.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 4pm – 7pm. Get tickets here.

PNA member: $25 (not a member? Learn about it/sign up)
General Public: $30
Designated Driver: $10 (includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages + snacks + the awesomeness that you’re getting your friends home safe!)

Proceeds support PNA’s nonprofit programs for seniors, kids, people in need, and the entire community!

LGBTQ+ North Seattle Housing Fair

On Saturday, July 13 from 11am to 3pm at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, LGBTQ Allyship will host the inaugural LGBTQ+ North Seattle Housing Fair. The purpose is to educate the community around housing issues, bringing community together to talk about their housing and neighborhood hopes and dreams, and ensuring access to housing and community resources.

Access to affordable housing is a crucial issue for LGBTQ communities as it impacts safety and visibility as well as access to community, culture, history, direct services and political clout.

The program will include North Seattle resources, an intergenerational LGBTQ+ panel, LGBTQ renters’ rights training, community artist performance, and community networking opportunities.

This event is free and more information can be found here.

Come view the talents within our own community. This show will feature 27 works by PNA members, volunteers, and staff, anonymously selected by a jury.

Join us for the opening reception during the ArtUp PhinneyWood Art Walk to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, take in the tunes of the Bellvue UKE’sters, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece!

The show will be on display July 11- August 16. You can learn more about the featured artists here.

The primary election is around the corner in early August.

The Greenwood Community Council (GCC) is sponsoring election forums this Saturday at the Taproot Theatre, featuring the two city council races affecting Phinney-Greenwood.

The District 5 forum begins at 10:30 am, and the District 6 forum begins at 1 pm.

Not sure which district you are in? Look it up here by your address.

The forums will be moderated by Steve Scher, Chief Correspondent for the Town Hall Seattle Podcast In The Moment, host of the podcast At Length, and a contributing writer to Seattle Magazine.

This is a free event, however, the Taproot is generously donating their space, and the GCC will request donations to cover their costs.

There is no amplification in the Isaac Studio, but hearing assistances can be available on request.

Attendance has been high at other forums, and the theatre has an occupancy limit, so GCC advises arriving early. Theatre doors will be closed when there is no more room.

Join North Community Police Office Nic Boys for a discussion regarding shoplifting prevention and your safety. Discussion will be around the importance of establishing a plan for your business, known deterrents to shoplifting, and how you can assist in reporting, response and prosecution of perpetrators.

You do not need to be a business owner to participate, and all are welcome. This will be held in the community space in back of HomeStreet Bank Greenwood, accessible through the Ken’s Market parking lot.

Thursday July 11th, 9am – 10:30am. Please RSVP here.

On July 9, after 24 years of serving coffee to our community, our beloved neighborhood Starbucks closed. You’d think we wouldn’t care-I mean, how many Starbucks does one city need? But this one was different. This was our Starbucks.

Starbucks and Red Mill Burgers opened in 1994, replacing one of Phinney Ridge’s many antique shops. Together, they have remained a favorite destination. When my now-grown son was two, we’d walk to Red Mill for French fries for him, followed by Starbucks for an iced mocha for me. It’s hard to imagine one without the other.

The Phinney Ridge Starbucks seemed to have the magic combination of ingredients which allowed it to maintain the old-school Seattle coffee house vibe. For one, its location! With mountain views and outdoor seating, it was a perfect resting place after a long weekend walk, and provided that much needed caffeine boost after a day at the zoo. Also, they had no Wi-Fi! Even in 2019 it was not uncommon to see people reading newspapers and talking to each other while sipping their beverages.

Starbucks was important to our community through their partnership with the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Year after year they supported the PNA’s Winter Festival with complimentary coffee, as well as generous financial contributions.

During the weeks before the final closing, customers had a chance to leave a favorite memory on a sticky note stuck to the back wall. One woman wrote, “Came in right before heading to the hospital to give birth to my son. He is now 16!” Lucy wrote, “Coming here every Wednesday with my Dad,” and Dominic wrote, “My daughter took her first steps here!”

There were also sweet notes to the employees who, according to store manager Mattie Hogan, became like family to many regulars. One note said, “Where everybody knows your name…” and another, “I drive out of my way to come to this location ‘cause you are the best way to start the morning- so friendly and cheerful. You’ll be missed!”

Rumors spread quickly about what was to come, the most common one being that Red Mill is expanding. While Red Mill does own the building, they’re not expanding, and remain committed to finding a new tenant who fits the neighborhood.

The staff threw a closing party on June 28, complete with balloons and streamers hanging over a table of complimentary lemon bread and cake pops. Many people stopped in for the last time after a weekly trip to the farmers market. Regulars reminisced as they stood in line to spin a wheel for prizes.

Thank you Starbucks from Jade for “getting my hangover cured,” from a Dad who wrote, “Morning date with my wife after dropping off the kids. So many completed sentences!” And from the girls who had a place for “gossiping, talking about boys, and laughing too loud since 2012.” From all of us here in Phinney Ridge, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us 24 years of coffee and community. We will miss you.          

courtesy of Erika Stanley

The Seattle premier of a Tony-nominated musical is scheduled for Friday 7/12 at Greenwood’s own Taproot Theatre. Bright Star is a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923.

Per the show’s press release: “Under a serene North Carolina sunset, a simple summer romance blossoms into true love. When Alice and Jimmy Ray’s parents forbid their union, the young couple is propelled into a daring future. Inspired by a true story, this powerful tale of love and redemption will make your heart soar and your toes tap. Hold on, love is coming home.”

  • Opening Night – Friday, July 12 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, July 19 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 PM

Tickets and more information can be found here.

On Friday, July 12 the Woodland Park Zoo is holding an event to celebrate 43 years of raising funds for their wildlife conservation mission. “Our Zoo, Our Oasis” will be at the North Meadow on Zoo grounds from 4:30pm – 11pm. Festivities include:

  • Bidding on more than 500 items in the silent and live auctions.
  • Up-close animal tours
  • A colorful reception featuring complimentary appetizers and specialty drinks from Seattle’s finest chefs
  • A coursed, sit-down dinner

You can buy tickets and learn more about the event here.

We are a little more than a week out from this annual fundraising event at the PNA, on Saturday July 13, 4-7 pm.

“At this fun, laid-back event, you can meet the people behind your favorite brews, chat with fellow enthusiasts, hang with your friends, and sample from new and favorite breweries alike. The event includes ten (quite generous) tastes from 33 local microbreweries and cideries, plus pub snacks.”

Tacos from Barking Dog Ale House will also be available for purchase.

Ticket prices:

PNA member: $25
General Public: $30
Designated Driver: $10 (includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages + snacks)

Get tickets (or sign up to volunteer) here or at the Phinney Center.

After defeating England 2-1 in yesterday’s match, the USA will now move on to the Women’s World Cup Final against the Netherlands.

The game will air on Sunday, July 7 at 8 am. You can watch the game with neighbors in the Phinney Center Community Hall, in the Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

If your child is heading to summer camp this summer, be aware that many do not allow kids to ride the camp bus if they are found to have lice before boarding. We have an excellent resource in the community for this, The Lice Clinic at 8009 Greenwood Ave N.

A head check to make sure your child can ride with their fellow campers is being offered for only $5 Monday through Thursday throughout the months of July and August.

Call to make an appointment: (206) 457-2397

PRCC Meeting canceled July 2

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting for tonight (Tuesday, July 2) is CANCELLED due to Independence Day. The next Meeting Tuesday, August 13 at 7:00 pm (note this is delayed one week due to Neighborhood Night Out).

The PNA Fixers Collective is an informal group of folks who “meet simply for the fun of taking stuff apart, putting it back together again, and maybe even fixing some things in the process.”

The idea is to take a moment before throwing something away to figure out if you can save it and prevent buying a new one. It’s also an excellent way to learn how things work and enjoy some good company!

Fixers Collective is held on the first Wednesday of every month, 6-8 pm at Greenwood Hardware. Feel free to bring something broken along with you or just bring yourself to see why people care about reusing rather than throwing away.

The FIFA World Cup is down to the final 4 teams after USA Women’s soccer rudely took out host France 2-1 on Friday. Come watch the USA team take on England on Tuesday 7/2 at noon in the Phinney Center Brick Building Community Hall.  Brought to you by Seattle United.  Free to the public.  All USA games are showing in Community Hall. Check out the knock-out schedule here.

June 11: US 13-0 Thailand

June 16: US 3-0 Chile

June 20: US 2-0 Sweden

June 24: US 2-1 Spain

June 28 US 2-1 France

Semifinals July 2 @ 12pm – USA vs. England

Finals: July 7, TBA & TBD

Washington Holdings, who is developing the old Safeway store on 87th and Greenwood, has gathered a collection of 15 global artists with the goal of turning the building into a giant collaborative work of art. Participating artists include: They Drift, Tuyu Love me, Zaeos, 179, Kango (featured in picture above), Jeremy Gregory, Joseph Brooks, Ksra, Sneke and others.

The installation will occur on June 29 and 30, and there will be a community lemonade stand Saturday, June 29 from 3:30-5pm.

Founded by Laird Norton Wealth Management & produced by the arts nonprofit One Reel, Pianos in the Parks is a celebration using the power of music to get us out to discover our parks, connect with community, and have fun.  Phinney-Greenwood is one of 13 sites around the Puget Sound that will be hosting a locally-painted piano teamed up with a local pianist.

One Reel is looking for musicians to perform between August 1 through August 18. Performers are required to either live, work or hold a lease on a rehearsal studio in the neighborhood. If interested, be sure to complete this form by Monday, July 1. Monday, July 8 (Deadline extended).

The Phinney Neighborhood Association will review the submissions and provide their recommendations on who to book for official/compensated gigs during Piano In The Parks. Selected artists will be notified prior to July 15.

Per the Seattle times: “Nearly 3,000 Seattle City Light customers lost power early Friday, likely due to a crow touching two wires with his wingspan and causing a surge, according to a spokeswoman for the utility company.

The lights went out about 6:35 a.m. for customers west of Green Lake between North 60th Street to North 74th Street, and along Evanston Avenue North from North 83rd Street to North 105th Street, according to Seattle City Light’s outage map.”

Spokeswoman Julie Moore said power was restored by 8 a.m. The fate of the crow is unknown, but we fear the worst.

The 27th annual Greenwood Car Show is upon us! Hosted by the Greenwood Knights since 2009, the Car Show is a successful fundraiser that gives back to the community through a variety of local nonprofits and automotive-related scholarships – generating more than $175,000 in the past decade.

The show starts at 8am and spans the length of Greenwood, from 70th to North of 85th. The award ceremony on the main stage (79th and Greenwood) will be at 3pm and the festivities wrap up at 4pm.

In addition to the main attractions, there are abundant auxiliary attractions for all ages:

Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Greenwood Senior Center. From 7-11am at the senior center, you can read more about it here or in the previous Blog posting to this one.

Car Show Kid’s Zone. Sponsored by Top Ten Toys and open from 10am – 2pm, this will be in Morrow Lane between N. 85th and N. 87th Streets. A great stopover break for the kids, there will be the ubiquitous bouncy house, dunk tank, games, prizes, and even a good old-fashioned Pinewood Derby car race put on by local boy scouts.

3rd Annual Windermere Greenwood Beer Garden for Charity will take place in the Windermere Greenwood parking lot (311 N 85th St) during the Car Show from 11am to 5pm. There will be live music and corn hole for entertainment. All proceeds from this event will go to the Windermere Foundation, which supports low-income and homeless families in our communities; last year this event raised $3,000.

Fuel up for your Car Show day! The Greenwood Senior Center will be hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast with all the trimmings the morning of the Greenwood Car Show. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, orange juice and coffee.

$5/person or $15/family and all proceeds benefit the Greenwood Senior Center’s programs and services.

Doors open at 7am and food will be served until 11am.

After more than 20 years in our neighborhood, the Phinney Ridge Starbucks is closing on July 9. However, they are having a Friends and Family Closing Event this Friday in celebration of the time they have spent as members of our community.

Come celebrate with all baristas you have come to know and love. The party goes from 3-6pm, and there will be games, prizes, snacks and (of course) coffee. The store will remain open during normal hours after this party, through 7/9.

The FIFA World Cup is down to the final 8 teams after USA Women’s soccer beat spain on Monday. Come watch the USA team take on host country France this Friday, June 28 at noon in the Phinney Center Brick Building Community Hall.  Brought to you by Seattle United.  Free to the public.  All USA games are showing in Community Hall. Check out the knock-out schedule here.

June 11: US 13-0 Thailand

June 16: US 3-0 Chile

June 20: US 2-0 Sweden

June 24: US 2-1 Spain

Quarterfinals: June 28 @ 12:00pm US vs. France

Semifinals TBD: July 2 @ 12:00pm

The Grinning Yogi Greenwood will be celebrating their newly renovated space the weekend of 6/28-6/30, with free classes at the Greenwood location Friday- Sunday.

On Saturday, 6/29 there will be a special open house during the Greenwood Car Show from 12-3 pm with a photo booth, treats, spot coaching, tarot readings, kids crafts, and more. There will be a celebratory class at 4 pm with Emily Kasma and a special Kundalini flow from 6-8 pm with Danielle Gibson in the evening. 

The Grinning Yogi, 8554 1/2 Greenwood Ave N

Seattle based author Shepherd Siegel, whose book was recently acknowledged by Foreword Magazine as one of its 2018 award winners, will be performing at the Couth Buzzard tomorrow at 7pm.

Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture is about tricking power into performing acts of love. Disruptive Play bears witness to how this spirit informs social progress today, whether by Anonymous, Banksy, Bugs Bunny, or unrevealed mischief-makers and culture jammers. Such play is revolutionary and lights the path to a transformed society.”

You can see a video of Mr. Siegel on this subject here.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA. Show is all ages and starts at 7pm.

The Greenwood Seafair Parade, the oldest neighborhood Seafair Parade in the region, is celebrating its 70th year on Wednesday, July 24. Applications are now available to march in the parade.  The parade route starts at Greenwood Avenue and N. 95th, marches South to N. 85th, then west to 6th NW.

School groups, drill teams, organizations, businesses, community groups, churches, and others are invited to participate. Applications are due July 1. Download the application.   

Questions? Contact Vicki Hoyt, Parade Director at GreenwoodParade@comcast.net

Did you know that you live near the world’s oldest continuously operating tool library, which dates back to the 1970s? The Tool Lending Library, in the lower brick building of the PNA, has a dizzying amount of tools and gear available for all PNA members to borrow and use for as long as you need.

Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club, recently featured the library as a part of a look at the new “sharing economy” (think Airbnb, Zipcar, etc) and the positive ecological repercussions of purchasing less.

Tool library hours:

Wednesday 3-6:30 pm
Friday 5-7 pm
Saturday 9 am-2 pm

Location: 6615 Dayton Ave N. (The east side of the Brick Building)

The USA Women’s soccer team continued their streak, beating rivals Sweden to win Group F!  Come watch the USA team take on Spain this Monday, June 24 at 9:00am in the Phinney Center Brick Building Community Hall.  Brought to you by Seattle United.  Free to the public.  All USA games are showing in Community Hall. Check out the knock-out schedule here.

June 11: US 13-0 Thailand

June 16: US 3-0 Chile

June 20: US 2-0 Sweden

June 24: US vs. Spain @ 9:00am

Quarterfinals TBD: June 28 @ 12:00pm

Semifinals TBD: July 2 @ 12:00pm

If your neighborhood plans to participate in the Annual Night Out on August 6, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has a fund to support your event.

The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $5,000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach materials, educational fairs, and kids’ activities, to name a few.

For information on the application process, visit our website or call 206-733-9916. The deadline for applications for Night Out is Tuesday, June 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit seattle.gov/police/community-policing/night-out.

Aging With Pride – UW Study Talk. The landmark study Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study is the first federally-funded longitudinal national project designed to better understand the aging, health, and well-being of LGBTQ midlife and older adults and their families.

Come hear from the UW team responsible for this study and bring your questions about their groundbreaking research. More details here.

Friday June 21, 1-2pm. Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

End of Term Ensemble Concert at Music Center of the NW. Come to hear performances by Music Center of the Northwest’s Ukulele for Kids group class, Youth Rock Band, and Jazz Ensembles as they perform in their End of Term concert. From “Down By the Bay” played by their Ukulele students to favorite rock and jazz tunes.

This recital is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.musiccenternw.org/events

Friday June 21, 7:30-9:30pm. Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N 96th St.

International Make Music Day, a worldwide holiday celebrated every Summer Solstice has a presence in our neighborhood. Jonny Akamu Guitar & Ukulele will be at the PNA from noon – 2pm, and our Verity branch at 8533 Greenwood Ave N will have live music and play-along from 6:30-8:30pm.

Friday June 21, all day. Complete Seattle listings here.

Haiti Benefit Concert with Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus. The 17th Annual concert benefits the Georges Marcellus School in Haiti through the Mona Foundation. Special guests include Izumi Fairbanks and Laurel Finkelstein on percussion, Claude Ginsberg on violin, and Eric Likkel on clarinet. Visit phinneychorus.org for more information.

Saturday, June 22, 7pm. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. Free, but donations are appreciated.

Versatile Arts Presents: Cirque Du Pride. Our own community aerial studio is asking us to show our pride by supporting the Trevor Project. Hang out with LGBTQ+ circus folk at this 18+ dance party and fundraiser.  Expect to be wowed by aerial performances and entertained by carnival games.

Saturday June 22, 7pm-midnight.  Versatile Arts, 7601 Greenwood Ave N. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Entre Hermanos Pint Night at the Flying Bike. Celebrate Pride at Flying Bike by raising a pint to support Entre Hermanos. This non-profit based in South Seattle promotes the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.

Sunday June 23, 6-10pm. Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave N

The USA Women’s soccer team cruised by Chile 3 to nil at their second FIFA match!  Come watch the USA team take on powerhouse Sweden this Thursday, June 20 at noon in the Phinney Center Brick Building Community Hall.  Brought to you by Seattle United.  Free to the public.  All the USA games will be showing in Community Hall. Check out the full schedule here.

June 11: US 13-0 Thailand

June 16: US 3-0 Chile

June 20: 12:00 to 3:00 PM. US v Sweden

Round of 16:  June 24 or 25 – TBD:  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Quarterfinals: June 27, 28, or 29 – TBD: 6:00 to 9:00 AM; or 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Semifinals: July 2 or 3 – TBD: 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Selected artists will receive $600 in compensation for the completed piano transformation, a $100 art material stipend, and public recognition for their work.

If you’re an artist living around Heart of Phinney Park, apply to Pianos in the Park to have your work showcased there all summer! Apply by this Friday, June 21 at onereel.org/2019-artists-pitp!

Early Summer Blood Drive

Ever want to be a hero? A blood donation can save up to three lives, and you have the opportunity to be a hero this Friday, June 21. Bloodworks Northwest will be set up in the Blue Building of the Phinney Center and accepting donors between 1 – 7pm.

You can reserve a time here, or just drop by!

Friday June 21, 1 – 7pm (break from 3-4pm)

Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N

For this month’s meeting, the GCC asks “What are Greenwood’s Interests in the upcoming City Council Election?” The August primary election will narrow the city council races for Seattle’s seven city council districts. In district 5 (NE of Greenwood/85th), incumbent Debora Juarez faces 5 other candidates. In district 6 (the rest of Greenwood), 13 candidates are competing for Mike O’Brien’s empty seat.

This Tuesday’s community council meeting is a chance to discuss the issues Greenwood most cares about in the race. Additionally, there are two surveys the GCC has open for anyone to fill out. This one is to hear opinions about issues that are important to Seattle and Greenwood in the election. And this one is to learn what qualities you are looking for in candidates. Results will be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting, and more complete results will be distributed closer to the election forum in July.

The Greenwood Community Council is sponsoring an election forum on Saturday July 13 at the Taproot Theatre. District 5 candidates will face off at 10:30 am and District 6 candidates will start at 1:00 and the event will be moderated by Steve Scher. Tuesday’s conversation will help prioritize what questions to ask the candidates, and help you be an informed audience.

The USA Women’s soccer team crushed Thailand 13 to nil at their first FIFA match!  Come watch the USA team take on Chile this Sunday, June 16 at 9am in the Phinney Center Brick Building Community Hall.  Brought to you by Seattle United.  Free to the public.  All the USA games will be showing in Community Hall. Check out the full schedule here.

June 11: 12:00 to 3:00 PM. US 13-0 Thailand

June 16: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. US v. Chile

June 20: 12:00 to 3:00 PM. US v Sweden

Round of 16:  June 24 or 25 – TBD:  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Quarterfinals: June 27, 28, or 29 – TBD: 6:00 to 9:00 AM; or 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Semifinals: July 2 or 3 – TBD: 12:00 to 3:00 PM

Phinney Farmers Market – Friday June 14, 3:30 – 7:30 pm. Enjoy your Friday afternoons at the Market, through September 27 in the Phinney Center’s upper parking lot. Grab dinner or a snack, listen to live music 5-7 pm, and get your fresh produce and other goodies for the week.

Art Up and Chow Down Phinneywood Art Walk – Friday June 14, 6 – 9pm. Art Up PhinneyWood artwalk is a monthly artwalk that promotes over 40 participating venues in Greenwood-Phinney. Organized by the PhinneyWood Arts Council, the artwalk occurs every 2nd Friday of each month. Come out and cruise the neighborhood from 6-9 pm and check out the latest art and special offerings each month.

Around the World Family Fun Day – Saturday June 15, 11am – 2pm. Held at the Greenwood Christian Church (8018 Fremont Ave N), this is free to the children of the community with accompanying adult. Festivities will include pony rides, a bouncy house, games & prizes, popcorn and hot dogs.

Family Old Time Music & Dance Party – Sunday June 16, 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Come on out to hear live music from the Open Old Time Dance Band and Seattle Collaborative Contra Band. Learn a few easy folk dances – no experience needed, all dances taught on the spot – play some tunes, and enjoy some potluck chow. Event will be at the Phinney Center.

The Seattle Public Library is excited to celebrate the opening of Alice Ball Park, 8100 Greenwood Ave. N., across the street from the Greenwood Branch. Join the community celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14 for the ribbon cutting and the official opening of the new park.

Everyone is invited to help create the ribbon for the opening ceremony. Drop by the Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086, anytime during open hours to decorate strips of paper for the community ribbon.

At the celebration, Library staff will be in the park’s “Reading Nook” with coloring sheets, books and giveaway prizes. The event also includes music by the Kenny Mandell duo, food from Valhalla Sandwiches and crafts from Re-Creative.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.

For more information, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636.

Please join Ballard District Council tonight for their City Council District 6 Candidate Forum. Note the change of location from the originally announced Sunset Hill Community Club to the Nordic Museum (2655 NW Market Street). This will be moderated by former Seattle City Councilmember and longtime journalist Jean Godden.

Seattle City Council District 6 encompasses the greater Ballard area, as well as Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, and part of Greenwood. This panel will cover at-large issues as well as providing focus on Ballard-specific topics.

There will be 7 candidates participating in this forum:

Doors will open at 6:30pm. Forum starts at 7pm.

Come to the zoo for an evening mix and mingle with your neighbors. Chat with other community members, cool down with ice cream and get up close to the zoo’s awesome ambassador animals.

Hoot for the Hood is free to neighbors of Woodland Park Zoo. Evening parking for the event is free of charge. The event is free of charge, but your RSVP is most appreciated.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo’s West Plaza

Enter through the West Entrance on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th and N. 56th Streets

PhinneyWood is full of wonderful people and great places that we all wish we knew more about. Resident Kevin Kozel periodically digs deeper to let us know more in a column we like to call … Hi Neighbor!

When PhinneyWood’s neighborhood bookstore, Santoro’s, chose not to renew their lease after nine years, the opportunity presented itself for one if its long-time residents. Author and avid reader Tom Nissley never planned on owning a bookstore, but after a little research the timing seemed right. Five years later, Phinney Books now fills the need for local readers and continues to expand its reach beyond the PhinneyWood community.

Kevin Kozel (KK): What made you decide to open a book store in PhinneyWood?

Tom Nissley (TM): It’s the only place I could imagine having one. I got an email from a friend who’s a real estate agent in the neighborhood that Santoro’s was for sale. My first reaction was, “That’s a crazy business, I don’t want to own a book store.” But I decided to look into it because it was the right time in my life. The more I looked into it, the more feasible it sounded.

KK: Book stores haven’t had the most positive outlook over the past 10-15 years, but that’s not the case for Phinney Books, is it?

TM: Things did look pretty rough for bookstores 10-15 years ago, but the last five years we’ve seen things swing back our way a bit. I think people just really like books and book stores. I worked at Amazon when the Kindle came out and a lot of folks really thought that there would be no physical books in five to ten years. But there’s something about a book that’s different… it’s a different machine.

KK: How does Phinney Books differentiate itself from an Amazon?

TM: There’s kind of an irony that Seattle might be the best book store town in the country and it’s also the home of Amazon. We’ve adjusted to Amazon and eBooks. The people who come in here are already educated consumers and they know they want to support a book store and they’re willing to pay a little more for the convenience or to have a store in their neighborhood. We’ve seen it all over Seattle and I think we’re starting to see it more across the country too.

KK: And the big chains have struggled while the independent book stores have found some success…

TM: Yeah. Borders closed and everyone knows that Barnes and Noble is having a hard time. I don’t think they offer much that Amazon doesn’t. Shoppers want a place where people will know them and that isn’t overwhelming. I think people like a place like this, small where someone has chosen what is here.

KK: Sure, you offer specialized knowledge that you don’t get in the stores that are just trying to carry everything.

TM: And those large stores had book sellers that really knew their stuff too, and they eventually moved away from that expertise.

KK: What has surprised you about owning a book store?

TM: I’ve been able to sell books that I find interesting, more than I thought I would. The selection has gotten more idiosyncratic over time because I’ve become more confident that I can actually sell them.

KK: Do you think people’s reading habits have changed because of internet access, cell phones, and other technology?

TM: Yes, I think one reason people come to books is to get a break from screens. You can relax without things jumping out at you or alerts.

KK: You also send out a weekly email newsletter. How many people do you send it to?

MM: Close to 2,000 and half of them actually open it, which I think is pretty good. The newsletter is very similar to what I did at Amazon, so it was the one thing I knew I could do. I’d never operated a cash register before, but I knew I could write about books for people.

KK: Tell me about your great window displays, you always have some sort of theme. What was the inspiration behind that?

TM: That’s the thing I hear about the store the most. A lot of it is one of our employees, Kim Kopetz. She loves it. When we opened I wasn’t really as imaginative about it. Now it’s a way for us to talk to you through books. It’s not all about the “new stuff.”

KK: You recently opened a second store in Madison Park. What led you to that location?

TM: It’s a very similar neighborhood in some ways. I don’t think I would ever consider opening a store in a place that didn’t have that kind of pedestrian center to it. Like PhinneyWood, it’s the kind of neighborhood where people can walk down the street and get pretty much anything they need.

KK: What role has the PNA played in our community?

TM: I think the presence of the PNA helps make us think of ourselves as a neighborhood in a way that others don’t. No other neighborhood really has that strong   community association that does so many things.

KK: We can’t end this interview without mentioning one of your other claims to fame, your time on “Jeopardy.” How many times were you on?

TM: I won 8 times and I’ve been back for a couple of tournaments. I think 14 times.

KK: Do you still watch regularly?

TM: I record it every night. Now that I’m pretty sure they’re never going to ask me back I’ve been happy to not watch every night. I can relax a little.

KK: You and fellow PhinneyWood “Jeopardy” champion Ken Jennings are doing Trivia Night again this year, right?

TM: Yeah, this is the fourth or fifth year we’ve done it. It gets bigger every year. It’s tough to win, but it’s fun!

Phinney Books can be found at 7405 Greenwood Avenue and Madison Books at 4118 East Madison Street. Stop in for all of your reading needs or check out their window displays at the very least.

Also, be sure to sign up for “Jeopardy” Winners Trivia Night on Saturday, June 22, at the PNA.

Any person, place, or thing you want to know more about in our neighborhood? Feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment and we’ll look into making it a future feature on Hi Neighbor!

A dedicated group of volunteers have been working over the last several months to create a “community wood shop”, housed in the small outbuilding at the north end of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s brick building.

The community is invited to come see the shop space as work in progress on Saturday, June 8th from 9 am to 2 pm and enjoy a cup of coffee and doughnut. 

The mission of the shop is to build and support a broad community of fabrication and woodworking members who are enthusiastic about learning, teaching, sharing, and inspiring one another with creativity, skill and community service.

In addition to the nearly 80 registered local garage sales, there are a number of interesting and useful parallel events happening on Saturday:

Shop: Peruse nearly 80 yard sales throughout the neighborhood, aided by an official printed or online interactive map. Check out the flea market in the Phinney Center’s lower parking lot and visit the tool sale at the PNA Tool Library.

Salvage: Donate to Goodwill and recycle electronics, household goods, textiles, and styrofoam at the Phinney Center.

Shred: Shred up to four boxes of paper with Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck from 9 am-1 pm.

Swap & adopt plants: Bring plants, pots, gardening books and tools to exchange, or pick up some new plants for free!

Sneak peek: PNA’s newest program- a Community Woodshop – is underway. Stop by for a free cup of coffee and a doughnut, see the space, and learn about all about it. (Located in the outbuilding at the north end of the Brick Building)

The popular Phinney Farmer’s Market opens for the season tomorrow at 3:30pm, in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The market runs for just 15 weeks, June 7-September 27. Grab dinner or a snack, listen to live music from 5-7 pm, and get your fresh produce and other goodies for the week. This Friday there will also be a voter registration drive from 5-7pm by volunteers from the 36th District Democrats.

The PNA partners with the Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets, a community-based non-profit which brings Washington State farmers into the city to sell their farm-fresh produce.  Check out their Ripe ‘n’ Ready Report to see what you might expect to find each week. See current vendor list on the Phinney Market page.

The market accepts EBT (food stamps), WIC and Senior market coupons. Shoppers can also buy market gift certificates, Phinney Farmers Market t-shirts and sturdy, colorful canvas shopping bags at the Farmers Market info tent.

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019

Time: 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Phinney Center 6532 Phinney Ave N

Tonight’s meeting will focus on a near-term backyard cottage proposal that may be voted on as soon as June 18, and PRCC’s District 6 Council Election Candidate Questionnaire. There will also be policy updates that affect our neighborhood, as well as discussions of current development projects that are occurring or in the pipeline for Phinney-Greenwood. The evening’s agenda can be found here.

June Community Council Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 7PM

Phinney Neighborhood Center – 6352 Phinney Ave N, Blue Building room 3

Don’t miss seeing the 2019 NWFAC art show, featuring 46 amazing pieces by 27 talented artists, including Juror’s Choice artists Kelly Johnston. Through June 14  upstairs in the Phinney Neighborhood Association Blue Building, open weekdays 9-9 and Saturdays 9-2.

The Phinney Center Gallery supports local emerging artists, with rotating shows throughout the year. The gallery shows are advertised to 20,000 local community members and thousands of people visit the Phinney Center each month.

Open hours:

Monday-Friday: 9 am-9 pm
Saturday: 9 am-2 pm

This Sunday, the Greenwood Senior Center presents a special film and discussion event: The Caregivers’ Club – Sun, June 2, 2-4 pm.

“Love doesn’t make it easier, it just keeps you there.” These are words from a member of the “club” no one hopes to join: The Caregivers’ Club. Its members are the relatives of someone diagnosed with dementia. 
In this film, meet three members and get a candid, intimate glimpse into their daily lives, as they navigate their journey as caregivers with humor and frustration. 

We encourage the whole community–including those who are not caregivers– to join us to learn how we all can support these unseen and unsung heroes.

More info: http://bit.ly/carefilm

The Greenwood Senior Center, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is located at 525 N. 85th Street in Seattle.

For questions or to RSVP please call or 206-297-0875, visit phinneycenter.org/caregivers-club or email cecily@phinneycenter.org.

As a part of the 17th Annual Ballard Jazz Festival, the Jazz Walk starts tonight at 6pm. Starting at The Cathedral (5449 Ballard Ave NW), there will be 16 groups in 10 venues all for a single ticket price.

The most recognizable event of the festival brings together all styles of jazz and a New Orleans atmosphere with listeners pouring from club-to-club making this a truly one-of-a-kind event. Advance tickets are available here.

On Sunday from 1-5pm, Lucky Envelope Brewing, Populuxe Brewing, Reuben’s Brews and Stoup Brewing are hosting the 3rd Annual Ballard Putt Putt & Brew Crawl for Bellwether Housing. Join the breweries for a fun afternoon of putt putt, craft beer, and a costume contest, all while helping Bellwether Housing create affordable homes.

Bellwether is operating in partnership with our North Seattle Boys & Girls Club to develop the site for future affordable housing, while still offering youth programming after the project is complete.

Saturday’s weather looks to be beautiful, so after breakfast pack the kids on cargo bikes and head down to the heart of Greenwood for family activities and fun.

Start with The 7th annual PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop, a family-friendly LGTBQ celebration that stretches from 67th through 87th on Greenwood. There will be an abundance of activities for all ages, including cupcake and cookie decorating, tie-dying rainbow capes, face painting, and much more. You can find the activity map here.

The event kicks off with Drag Queen Story time at the library (10:30am and noon, with free tickets available at the library starting at 10am) and culminates with a free kid’s concert by the Harmonica Pocket at 1pm in Morrow Lane. Anyone with 6 activity stamps on their maps can redeem them at the concert for a free Woodland Park Zoo ticket.

Seattle’s First Cargo Bike Festival“, put on by G&O Family Cyclery, will be in Morrow Lane from noon – 4pm. This event features family friendly activities and the chance to ride the best cargo bikes in the world. There will also be a bouncy castle and many informative vendors and speakers.

The seasonal Butterfly Garden is back at the zoo running through Monday, September 2.

The show has become a favorite of zoo guests, as patrons can take a walk among hundreds of free-flying butterflies and fresh flowers inside an enclosed space measuring nearly 3,000 square feet. The zoo has excellent signage about the life cycle of butterflies, and guests can watch new butterflies emerge from chrysalises before flying free in the garden. 

Take a few steps behind the Butterfly Garden to enjoy the year-round Pollinator Patio. This garden is full of ideas and actions to take on behalf of native pollinators such as hummingbirds, beetles, bees and flies – an engaging educational experience for all ages.

While other cities are canceling Drag Queen Story Time as “too controversial”, our neighborhood is embracing this Pride-centered tradition and celebrating diversity and family this Saturday from 10:30am – 1:30pm.

The 7th annual PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop: a family-friendly LGTBQ celebration for everyone. Join the neighborhood to kick off Pride month with face painting, arts and crafts, and other exciting activities.

Participating businesses along the “Hop Route” will host activities that promote inclusiveness and fun. The event map with all the activities will be available in mid-May, both here and at participating locations.

Explore the neighborhood, have fun, and get your map stamped at each stop. Kids who collect 6 stamps or more on their map can exchange it for a ticket to the Woodland Park Zoo.

Drag Queen Story Time:

At: Seattle Public Library, Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave N.

Reading 1: 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Reading 2: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Join drag queen Londyn Bradshaw and friends for free story time at The Seattle Public Library! Bring children 7 and under to enjoy stories, songs, and a photo opportunity.  This is a very popular, free, ticketed event. Tickets are available first come first served, starting at 10 a.m. at the library.

Londyn Bradshaw is a drag queen community activist, leader of a charity organization and a cheer/dance coach who believes in giving lots of her time to charity and volunteering to make the world a more positive place.

Free Kids’ Concert by The Harmonica Pocket:

Starting at 1 pm in Morrow Lane, next to Verity Credit Union, the world famous  The Harmonica Pocket will perform for our great Rainbow Hop participants.

The Harmonica Pocket begins with the swinging songs of songwriter Keeth Monta Apgar. He delivers thick jazz chord progressions with storytelling lyrics wrapped up into thoughtful, mature songs.

The Harmonica Pocket songs are brought to life by a rotating musical gang of players and are as diverse as the musicians who play on them.

The 4th annual Greenwood Couth Community Jazz Festival begins tonight at 7:30pm at the Greenwood institution known as the Couth Buzzard.

Aiming to promote great local jazz artists and encouraging gender, age, and ethnic diversity in the Seattle jazz community, this eclectic fest produced by 2018 Golden Ear Award recipient Kenny Mandell follows the genre from early days to present-day experimentation. You can see the entire schedule here.

Check out the excellent write-up of the festival in the May 2019 issue of Earshot Jazz magazine for more info and the history of this growing event!

Tickets are available at the Couth Buzzard.

Adia (uh-DEE-uh), Woodland Park Zoo’s sole female South African lion, passed away yesterday, May 21, at 9 years old from complications during surgery. The lion had been anesthetized for a procedure recheck exam at the zoo’s veterinary hospital due to slow healing after recent abdominal surgery.

“During yesterday’s procedure, we took radiographs of Adia and discovered complications that required emergency surgery. We were able to surgically resolve these problems but, unfortunately, she went into cardiac arrest just prior to anesthetic recovery. Despite exhaustive efforts to save her, we were unsuccessful,” said Dr. Tim Storms, associate veterinarian at Woodland Park Zoo.

“This is a very sad time for our zoo family. Adia had given birth to two litters of seven amazing cubs with two different companions,” said Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “The keepers who provided excellent day-to-day care fondly remember Adia as being energetic, playful and always excited to see her keepers every morning. Breakfast was her favorite time of the day. She was queen of the felines building at the zoo.”

Woodland Park Zoo partners with and supports the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which is protecting as much as 10% of the remaining population of wild lions in their landscape. To help support the project, adopt a lion through the zoo’s ZooParent Adoption Program: www.zoo.org/zooparent.

Tonight from 3-10 PM, $1 from every pint sold at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery will benefit Bike Works. Bike Works promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Since 1996 they have worked to educate and empower youth, and make bicycling accessible and affordable to the Seattle community.

Bike Works will collecting bike donations on site, raffling off prizes, and enjoying member-driven beers. Dogs and kids are welcome, with supervision. Food is available for purchase on-site, and you are welcome to bring your own food with you.

When: Thursday May 23, 3:00 – 10:00 pm

Where: Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery
8570 Greenwood Ave N

This forum is sponsored by Transit Riders Union, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, 350 Seattle, Cascade Bicycle Club, Disability Rights Washington, Rooted in Rights, Housing Development Consortium, Lime, Seattle Subway, Sierra Club, and The Urbanist. It will be moderated by Heidi Groover (reporter for the Seattle Times and formerly for The Stranger).

Accessing the Event: The Phinney Neighborhood Association (lower building), can be reached via transit on Metro route 5. Bike parking is available on the west side of the building. This event is wheelchair accessible and CART services will be provided.

District 6 Candidate Forum
Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-7:30 pm (Doors open at 5:15, forum starts promptly at 5:30 pm)
Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N – lower brick building, Community Hall

PhinneyWood is full of wonderful people and great places that we all wish we knew more about. Resident Kevin Kozel periodically digs deeper to let us know more in a column we like to call … Hi Neighbor!

The 74th Street Ale House is a long-time staple of the PhinneyWood community. Known for good food, good drink, and good service, it has provided a cozy atmosphere for 28 years. When longtime owner Jeff Eagan decided that operating three ale houses in Seattle was two too many, he didn’t have to look far for new owners at 74th Street. Let’s get to know long-time employees, and new owners, Kathy Christopher and Morgan McDowell.

Kevin Kozel (KK): So, how long have you two been here at the 74th Street Ale House?

Kathy Christopher (KC): I’ve been here 27 years, so a year after the Ale House opened. I didn’t think I would ever be here that long, but I liked their vision. They let me do what I wanted with the food, and then it just became family. I love the place.

Morgan McDowell (MM): I’ve been here 18 years. I moved up this way and started coming here because of the beer and the food. I was in the industry and always thought it would be a fun place to work, so I got a job as a part-time server. In about a year I became bar manager, and a year and a half later the general manager spot opened up. So I’ve been the GM for about 15 years.

KK: How did the opportunity for you two to own the Ale House come about?

KC: I’ve spent so much time here. I love the neighborhood and the employees. It’s where I’ve been for a long time. We have been running it for the “Jeffs” (former owners Jeff Eagan and Jeff Reich), so it just seemed like a natural transition.

KK: Did you decide that together you could take that next step?

KC: Well we’re married.

MM: We met working here and now we’ve been married about nine years. We’ve both invested quite a number of years in this place. You feel a bit of ownership and have a sense of family. We know people that come here on a regular basis since we both started, so there is definitely that sense of community. We couldn’t imagine finding another job, so we did everything we could to make it happen.

KK: And of course it has some sentimental value for you as a couple as well.

KC: Absolutely!

MM: Yes, there’s been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears put into it. It would be hard to walk away from this place.

KK: One thing I’ve noticed since living in this neighborhood is that you guys do an amazing lunch business. It’s not very common around here. What do you think the reason for that is?

KC: I would say it’s the food and the staff. Most importantly the staff.

MM: Both are very consistent. Our newest employees have been here at least three years… maybe five.

KC: We have some people that have been here 20 years.

KK: So you really have this family vibe on many levels.

MM: The people coming in here know who’s working and they know their stories. I think that has a lot to do with it.

KK: Right, it has a very British feeling in that it’s the neighborhood pub.

MM: Well when the Jeffs chose this concept it was inspired by their travels in Europe. It was also when the craft beer scene was just starting here. They were one of the first ones in on that scene. It made this a destination place when you combined it with the type of food they were doing. It wasn’t deep fryers, poppers, and chicken wings. It was a different take on what pub food could be paired with craft beer

KK: Now that it’s your place, is there anything you want to change about it or do you want to like it just the way it is?

KC: We want to keep the tradition and the feel of the place the same. I am going to change some of the stuff on the menu, but nothing drastic.

KK: You’re not going to get rid of the Reuben?

KC: No! Never, that’s my Reuben. It’s our number one seller.

MM: That’s sacred, it won’t be touched for sure. We’ve brought in a full bar. We’re still working on that, but we’ve got all of the basics so far. We’ll be adding some scotches and some higher end whiskeys. We’ve expanded our wine list and hopefully that will grow and become more dynamic. We’re not looking to be a sports bar or change the identity, we’re just trying to update it a little bit.

KC: And we’re doing flowers again.

MM: That was one of the things we wanted to bring back.We used to have fresh flowers every week and eventually it kind of went by the wayside. We both missed it, so it was one of the first things we brought back and the people at Terra Bella do a really awesome job.

KK: Any plans for a formal announcement for the transition?

MM: We hope to have a 28th Anniversary/Grand Re-Opening Party soon!

KK: That’s great, it can be a “We’re new, but still sticking with tradition” party.

Be sure to keep your eyes open for the latest info on the Anniversary/Re-Opening Party at the 74th Street Ale House’s website and Facebook page.

Any person, place, or thing you want to know more about in our neighborhood? Feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment and we’ll look into making it a future feature on Hi Neighbor!

Join over 100 other garage and yard sales throughout our community on Saturday June 8 for this busy annual event. Those who wish to be on the official printed or online interactive map must register by Monday, May 10.

You can learn more about the event, which also includes a plant swap, a flea market, free e-cycling and Styrofoam recycling, and free document shredding, here.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bike Everywhere Day this Friday

In spite of light showers predicted for this Friday, it’s time to dust off the velocipede and celebrate this much-loved two-wheel locomotion!

There are many stations throughout Seattle that will support this annual event, and you can check out the map here. Greenwood’s own G&O Family Cyclery will be outside the Green Lake Playground from 8 – 9:30am. They will have “really good” coffee and fun bikes for the community to test ride.  RSVP here.

Didn’t get enough of our massive District 6 City Council field last month at the jam-packed Speak Out Seattle event at the PNA? Travel down the hill to attend the Ballard Alliance Candidate Forum and meet with several candidates running for Seattle City Council in the upcoming 2019 election.

Come learn about what the candidates’ plans are for District 6 and the neighborhood so you can make the most informed choice at the ballot box this year. This forum will be moderated by Enrique Cerna.

This is a free event and all are welcome to attend. Please indicate that you are coming via Facebook.

Wednesday May 15, 6:30-8:30pm, Leif Erikson Hall – 2245 NW 57th St

The Greenwood Seafair Parade, the oldest neighborhood Seafair Parade in the region, is celebrating its 70th year on Wednesday, July 24. Applications are now available to march in the parade.  The parade route starts at Greenwood Avenue and N. 95th, marches South to N. 85th, then west to 6th NW.

School groups, drill teams, organizations, businesses, community groups, churches, and others are invited to participate. Applications are due July 1. Download the application.   

Questions? Contact Vicki Hoyt, Parade Director at GreenwoodParade@comcast.net

If you’re familiar with pop-up restaurant Sazon Tacos from Bite of Seattle and other venues, then you will be thrilled to learn that Chef Aldo Góngora is opening up a new Mexican restaurant just down the hill.

Sazon Kitchen opens this weekend for breakfast and brunch and will bequeath the passionate brunch crowd with such items as chilaquiles, machaca (beef stew, served with eggs and beans), and grain casseroles. It will also have pastries from Macrina Bakery, coffee from Caffe Vita, and mimosas. 

7301 15th Ave NW, open every day except Wednesday from 7am – 3pm

Friday, May 10, 6-9 pm & Saturday, May 11, 12-5 pm

This weekend is the annual PhinneyWood Art Walk: The BIG One. Now in its 24th year, the BIG One will feature art in 60+ businesses in the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood. The BIG One typically includes photography, sculpture, collage, oils, watercolors, prints, glass, metal and fiber art, ceramics and mixed media.

Over the years, this hugely popular event has turned into a neighborhood party with musical performances in participating businesses and churches, street performers, chalk art and activities for children. In the spirit of the art walk theme of “Art Up, Chow Down,” restaurants and pubs are encouraged to participate as well by offering music or menu specials.  For additional information, check artupphinneywood.com or the art walk’s Facebook page.

Also, The Northwest Fine Arts Competition Opening Reception is this evening at the Phinney Center. Celebrate artists of the Pacific Northwest. View 46 pieces by 27 local artists, chosen by a jury. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and music by the Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra, vote for your favorite piece for People’s Choice, and maybe even add to your collection. A must-stop on your BIG One Art Walk tour! The show will be on display from May 8 to June 14.

As part of Seattle Beer Week (May 9 – 19), all eleven breweries of the Ballard Brewery District have teamed up for a special promotion. Visit each brewery over the course of the ten-day celebration, get stamps in your specially marked passport and claim a limited-edition Ballard Brewery District commemorative patch.

Promotion Rules:

1.      You must visit each brewery between 5/9 and 5/19 and obtain a stamp on your Ballard Brewery Passport. Stamps obtained outside of these dates will not count towards your redemption of your patch. Sorry!

2.      You must obtain a specially marked passport bearing a Seattle Beer Week sticker on the cover. These are available at each brewery.

3.      You must visit all eleven breweries.

4.      Please drink responsibly. You have ten days to complete your passport. Pace yourself!

5.      Patches can be redeemed at your final brewery. Be advised that supplies are limited.

About:
Spearheaded by the Ballard Alliance, and made possible by the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle project, the Ballard Brewery Passport program showcases the walk-ability and quality of the Ballard Brewery district.

The Breweries:
Bad Jimmy’s Brewing
Hale’s Ales
Lagunita’s Brewing
Lucky Envelope Brewing
Maritime Pacific
NW Peaks Brewery
Obec Brewing
Peddler Brewing
Populuxe Brewing
Reuben’s Brews
Stoup Brewing

GiveBIG is a 24-hour day of online giving which takes place on May 8, 2019. GiveBIG2019.org provides an easy-to-use platform for donors to search, support, and donate to participating Washington state nonprofits. 

Tax-exempt organizations (approved by the IRS) with a headquarters or a service location in Washington State are invited to participate in GiveBIG2019. If your favorite nonprofit is not listed, contact the organization and give directly to them. Suggest they register for GiveBIG next year!

Come experience Greenwood’s only aerial studio! Acts by the “talented, daring, and always forward-thinking students of Versatile Arts” happen only 3-4 times per year, and this is a good way to come experience the space. VA has a robust and respected youth program, so bring your curious potential students.

Performances are Friday, May 10 at 8pm and Saturday, May 11 at  4pm & 8pm. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance. The studio is located at 7601 Greenwood Ave N, behind Bohemian Studios and CrossFit.

Tickets are $20 in Advance, $25 at the Door, $35 for VIP (reserved seats with a special treat). Children 12 and under are half price. Purchase your tickets here: https://my.versatilearts.net/rsvp/presale.php

The Ballard High School Playmakers will stage two, one-act plays about school gun violence in their annual spring production. The community is invited to attend. Please share with your followers.

Bang Bang You’re Dead! was first produced at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., where a fatal shooting took place the previous year. It opens in character Josh’s cell after he has killed his parents and five classmates. The ghosts of the classmates demand to know why he killed them.

Eric LaRue is the story of Janice LaRue, the mother of Eric, a 17-year-old boy who shot and killed three of his classmates in school. Three months after Eric is jailed, Janice has not yet gone to see him or found a way to show herself in her community.

The cast features 19 BHS students, and the play is directed by Joe Lambright.Performance Details

The performances will be on May 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117. The performances begin at 7:30 pm.Tickets

***Parental advisory due to subject matter*** Reserved seating tickets are available for purchase at https://showtix4u.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

For their upcoming meeting, the PRCC will be engaging in two important agenda items.

First, there will be a Board nomination and election process. There are 15 board positions, half of which are elected each year for a 2-year term. The PRCC’s stated purpose is to inform residents and encourage participation in significant policies that affect the character of the Phinney Ridge neighborhood.  Board members must live, work, own property or a business between Aurora Ave North & 8th Ave. NW and North 46th St. & North 75th St. For more information contact Phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com and visit http://www.phinneyridgecc.org.

Second, there will be an activity involving the development of the PRCC questionnaire for the District 6 City Council candidates. The primary election is scheduled for August 6, with the top two candidates going to the general election on November 5. You can learn more about who is running for the D6 position here.

Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N., 7pm

Nicole Brodeur of the Seattle Times recently featured Woodland Park Presbyterian Church in her article “Subversive saints show up in Phinney Ridge, just in time for Easter.”

The title comes from the church’s Art Walk collection depicting “Subversive Saints,” such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolores Huerta, Fred Rogers, and Grace Lee Boggs.

Now in its 24th year, the BIG One will feature art in 70-80 businesses and churches in the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood next Friday and Saturday (5/10-5/11). The BIG One typically includes photography, sculpture, collage, oils, watercolors, prints, glass, metal and fiber art, ceramics and mixed media.

Art Walk maps and information on participating venues will be available online at ArtUpPhinneyWood.com and at participating businesses the week of the event.

Spring has sprung, and so have the weeds!  Your neighborhood elders need your help.  Please join the PNA Village on May 11 for their Community Gardening Day.  On this day, the Village will bring together members of our community to provide spring clean- up (i.e. weeding, trimming, planting).

Work will be done in small teams from 9am – 1pm, with each team gardening at two homes. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors and participate in the PNA Village’s mission to build community around our elders. Families are encouraged to participate together and community groups are welcome. No gardening experience is necessary.

Plan to arrive at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th Street, no later than 9am to be placed into a team.  So that we can plan appropriately, your RSVP is required at village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

The Phinney Center’s annual auction is this Saturday, May 4 from 5-9pm. If you want to be able to choose your table and the people you sit with for the live auction, tickets must be purchased by this Friday. Tickets available here

Auction highlights this year include a vacation in San Miguel De Allende, Paella dinner for 25, and a week-long family on Orcas Island. You can view the catalog highlights here

Enjoy a magnificent buffet from That Brown Girl Cooks! during the silent auction and irresistible desserts at the live auction. Auctioneer extraordinaire Jerry Toner will be returning for his 20th and final year at this PNA event.

Join your friends and neighbors for this swinging annual bash, supporting neighborhood programs for children, seniors, low-income people, and the entire community through the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Celebrate el Día de la Niñez with Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés! Andrés and Christina, both native Spanish speakers, bring a high-energy, interactive show with beats and rhythms from all over Latin America that will entice little ones to jump, dance & discover, and get the whole family moving, en Español y en Inglés. Check them out at: http://www.123andres.com/

PCPE is Seattle’s only Spanish-language Cooperative preschool. All proceeds go towards funding scholarships for families for whom preschool education might not otherwise be accessible.

The performance starts 6:30 p.m. Frelard Tamales will be selling food. Snacks for kids will also be available.

PhinneyWood is full of wonderful people and great places that we all wish we knew more about. Resident Kevin Kozel periodically digs deeper to let us know more in a column we like to call … Hi Neighbor!

If you live in PhinneyWood, you know Marty Spiegel. Even if you don’t “know” Marty Spiegel, you know him. It’s just one of the rites of passage that comes with becoming a resident. You move in, you need a light bulb or some duct tape and you head to Greenwood Hardware because it’s a few minutes away … and that’s when you learn that this is not just any local hardware store. One of the many polite and helpful employees helps you out, but if wasn’t Marty you probably still saw him helping another customer. He always seems to be there, helping everyone get to the bottom of their latest home need. It’s time we got to know more about the man that everyone in PhinneyWood knows.

Kevin Kozel (KK): Marty, how long have you been here at Greenwood Hardware?

Marty Spiegel (MS): I came back from New York in ’93. I’ve been working here since early ’94. This was my retirement.

KK: So 25 years then.

MS: Someone mentioned that to me the other day. I never count, but yes, nearly 25 years. People come in whose kids I saw when they were little babies and now they’re teenagers. Some of them even have their own kids! It makes me think a little bit about it.

KK: Being here that long, with people coming and going, you probably know some of these homes better than the people that live in them.

MS: That may be. I may not have actually seen what was done in a house, but I’ve talked to lots of people about what they were going to do; the bathrooms, the plumbing, some of the construction, backyards, decks, all that kind of stuff.

KK: I’m sure you’ve fielded all kinds of questions over the years.

MS: We solve a lot of things. We basically work as translators. Customers come in and they say, “I’ve got this thing and it looks like this.” We have to figure out what it is, what they need, or how best we can fix it. We act as a pep talk team and give them a little information on how you do this or that.

KK: What makes a neighborhood hardware store like Greenwood Hardware different than all of the giant chains out there?

MS: Because we’ve been here since 1948, almost everybody knows us. We’ve managed to hold our own because we really are a “green” store and have been for a long time. We focus on environmental issues and I think people appreciate that. It’s that kind of town. We also focus on the fact that the neighborhood is changing, and we try and listen to what people tell us and go after that.

KK: Sometimes I forget just how many different things you have here. The store is bigger than it seems, but if I ever need a light bulb or a battery, it’s easy for me to just pop right over and pick it up.

MS: I think people feel that way about us and that’s good. That’s what we want. We don’t expect people to spend thousands of dollars here. Some people do, but if you come in and need 49 cents of nuts and bolts that’s perfectly fine. That’s what we’re here to do.

KK: What about this winter? It’s seemed pretty demanding.

MS: This winter was a strange occurrence. In the space of those February storms we had trucks bringing us snow melt, sleds, shovels. Whatever they had in the warehouse we took. People were lined up in the store waiting for us to unload the truck and it would be gone in an hour. That happened five days in a row.

KK: I thought you all handled it very well. All of the stores around here were running out of things.

MS: The best policy for us was to communicate that we had more on order and when we thought it would be here. We put stuff online telling people to check our website. In fairness to everybody, we decided that we would limit how many things people could buy. If we ran out, we would make sure the next person in line was first tomorrow. We made sure the people who were patient about it got covered. It worked well and most people were cool about it.

KK: Last question, what is the best part of being the “Marty at Greenwood Hardware” that everybody knows?

MS: Meeting the people and the dogs (laughs). In my private life I’m very quiet, so this is my social time. I get to see people I know, that I’ve known for years, meet new people, and help them with a problem. I like that. Problem solving is what I do and it’s what I’ve done with all of the kinds of things that I’ve done. So I’m going to keep doing it until they carry me out of here.

If you’ve got a problem for Marty to solve, visit him at 7201 Greenwood Ave North.

Any person, place, or thing you want to know more about in our neighborhood? Feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment and we’ll look into making it a future feature on Hi Neighbor!

Today is notable for two reasons: it is Seattle Independent Bookstore Day, and the grand opening of Madison Books, which will be owned and managed by Tom Nissley and Laura Silverstein of Phinney Books.

The Greenwood store will be celebrating with slices of Coyle’s rhubarb bundt cake for the first arrivals, as well as custom letterpress bookmarks available only on Bookstore Day. There will be hands-on craft workshops: 11am handmade sparkly vinyl pencil cases, and 1pm hand-sewn journals. From 9am to 3pm there will be an artist available to draw your face (or the face of a favorite author) on a custom Phinney Books bookmark. Lastly, there will be exclusive Bookstore Day items, including local Seattle Bookstore Day temporary tattoos and an impressive array of one-time-only items from Miriam Toews, Tui T. Sutherland, Kelly Barnhill, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and many more.



Lucky Envelope Brewing Anniversary Celebration. Join Lucky Envelope for their Anniversary Celebration at the tasting room (907 NW 50th Street) this Saturday, April 27th from Noon-10pm. This year’s anniversary has cultural significance: The number four in Chinese tradition is unlucky because the Chinese word for the number sounds similar to the word death.

This year’s celebration brings a new Hazy IPA along with the return of some fan favorites. There will also be some red envelopes to give away and some new branded merchandise for sale. Beanfish food truck will be serving their delicious sweet & savory Taiyaki offerings from 3pm-8pm.

Ribbon-Cuting Celebration. Come join ALUV and artist Vicki Scuri as they cut the ribbon on “Aurora Bright Dawn”, the City of Seattle’s newest public art located at the pedestrian overpass at Oaktree Plaza. Aurora Bright Dawn was commissioned by the City of Seattle’s Arts & Culture as part of the Neighborhood Street Fund (NSF) program. The NSF program funds projects requested by the community and is helping achieve ALUV’s goal of building community together- A safe, pedestrian-friendly, inclusive urban village that works for everyone.      

This will be located at Oaktree Plaza Pedestrian Crossing Aurora Ave N at N 102nd St. on Saturday, April 27th at noon.

David Roth in concert at the Phinney Center. Our former Seattle neighbor David Roth (now living on Cape Cod) has written music that has traveled the world. He ranges from holistic to hilarious, poignant to improbable.

April 27, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Doors open 30 minutes before the show.
Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Breaking White Silence project: White people for Racial Justice and Social Justice, a project of the PNA, is designed to educate white people on the structures and patterns of racism. One facet of this project is forming free, facilitated study groups to read and discuss Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy (Revised Edition). Dr. DiAngelo is a race and social justice educator and author of the 2018 New York Times best-selling book White Fragility. Her work has been featured at the Seattle Public Library and in SalonNPRSlate, and The New Yorker.

Come to this training session if you are considering facilitating a study group of any size, in private or public settings. Please RSVP (see below) and read through the Facilitator’s Toolkit before the training session, which you can download here.

This session will be an interactive nuts-and-bolts training and assumes familiarity with the toolkit, as well as the project’s history and some core understandings about racism.

For more information or to RSVP for the training, please contact Cecily at cecily@phinneycenter.org.

Saturday, April 27, 2-4pm

Greenwood Branch, Seattle Public Library 8016 Greenwood Ave N


Our local, beloved gelato shop is now more accessible and diverse. In addition to award-winning frozen treats, they now have a full espresso bar, teas, and fresh baked pastries including croissants, pain au chocolat, and Tiramisu.

Additionally, Nutty Squirrel is now open at 7am to accommodate the morning commute. Don’t worry if Google says otherwise, as owners Alev and Tolga Seymen are doing their best to convince the internet their hours have changed.

Join your friends and neighbors for this swinging annual bash, supporting neighborhood programs for children, seniors, low-income people, and the entire community through the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Win one-of-a-kind items and experiences at the silent and live auctions, from local artisan wares and theater tickets to gourmet dinners and vacation getaways. You can view the catalog highlights here.

Enjoy a magnificent buffet from That Brown Girl Cooks! during the silent auction and irresistible desserts at the live auction. Auctioneer extraordinaire Jerry Toner will be returning for his 20th year at this PNA event.

Saturday, May 4, 5pm – 9:30pm. Tickets available here

Based on the classic animated film, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS is being performed tonight by the Greenwood Stars Musical Theater Club. Curtain is 7pm at Greenwood elementary, 144 NW 80th St.

Each show is approximately 30 minutes long. Front door donations ($5/family suggested) and proceeds from the pre-performance bake sale/concession stand support the Greenwood PTA and Musical Theater Club. 

Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Bunny Bounce, a day of egg hunts for kids and Easter treats for animals. The spring event offers fun egg hunts for children ages 1 to 8, crafts, animal encounters and engaging zoo programs throughout the day. Space for egg hunts might be limited and is open on a first-come, first-served basis. As part of the zoo’s conservation mission, families must bring their own egg hunt basket or reusable bag. Saturday, April 20, 9:30am – 3pm

Seattle Folklore Society Concert this Saturday at the Phinney Center.
Music fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Webster’s voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber’s guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they’re magic. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, a great show. Saturday, April 20, 7:30pm – 10pm. Tickets available here.

Clean up the Burke with Washington Wild. Join the Washington Wild as they celebrate their first ever Earth Day Community Clean-Up! Bring your friends and family to give the Burke Gilman Trail and Ballard Bridge some badly needed TLC. Starting from Peddler Brewing Company’s outdoor beer garden in Ballard. Washington Wild representatives will be distributing cleaning materials provided by Seattle Public Utilities and directing groups of volunteers to the Ballard Bridge and Burke Gilman Trail. Cohort heads out promptly at 12. View the Facebook event here.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-Op’s Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale. This popular event will offer fantastic good deals on gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, winter gear, maternity wear, and much more. Phinney Center Brick Building, Community Hall. Saturday, April 20, 9am – 1pm.

The Phinney Ridge Starbucks is closing, and their last day in operation will be July 9 according to manager Mattie Hogan. There is not currently any indication that Starbucks Corporate is looking at new locations in the Phinney or Greenwood neighborhoods.

Mattie says that there will be a big going away party for the store around late June or early July. Dates and details are still being finalized, but we’ll post here when we know the details and you can follow the store’s Instagram, phinneybux, for updates.

All employees at the Phinney Ridge location are guaranteed jobs with other Starbucks stores if they want them, says Mattie. She says she has been able to place everyone at their top choice store so far, so folks are not losing their sources of income as a result of the closure.

To find out where employees are going, look out for a Partner of The Week feature inside the store starting in late April. The feature will highlight one employee each week and say where they’re going, and includes a way to write messages to employees. Look out for these features and other fun activities in the store, and on the phinneybux Instagram.

Job openings in the neighborhood

One resource that we’re looking at adding to the PhinneyWood Blog is a community job board. We feel like it’s important to provide this to our business district in order to give them a direct connection to people looking for a short commute and wanting to work in their neighborhood. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, we know of a couple local businesses that are in the hunt for great people.

The Stage Door Cafe in the Taproot Theatre is seeking an Order Fulfillment Specialist.

This position requires a person who can work in a structured but mostly independent environment. Orders are retrieved via website & email, prepared, packed and shipped with great attention to detail. Customer service (questions, ordering help, order issues) will be handled via phone and email. Strong communication and organizational skills required.

Send your resume by email yourfriends@onecup.org or phone 425.361.0808 for more information.

Swanson’s Nursery is ramping up for their busy summer season and are hiring for the following positions:

Carryout (customer service support), FT. Seeking active, independent individuals who like working outdoors to support our customer service representatives out on the floor. Must enjoy physical work, problem solving, multitasking, and helping customers! This job is great for those who like to stay active and enjoy variety in their work!

Cashiers, PT, weekends, seasonal. Join their team of outstanding individuals who exemplify great customer service. Candidates must have excellent people skills and enjoy helping customers. Attention to detail and ability to multitask is essential.  Cashiering experience is preferred. Gardening experience a plus.

Customer Service, seasonal, FT & PT. Looking for enthusiastic people with a positive attitude who enjoy interacting and problem-solving with customers, and are able to keep plants stocked and looking good.  Plant identification skills and gardening knowledge is preferred but not required. Jobs are available for both the houseplant area and outdoor areas. Join our team and help customers find just what they need when they visit Swansons!

In-Home Container Installation Assistant, PT, seasonal/flexible hours/weekdays. Seeking active individual who enjoys team work and multi-tasking in both an indoor and outdoor environment. Must have an eye for detail, positive energy, enjoy physical work and the ability to work flexible hours. Gardening and plant care experience preferred.

You can find out more and apply at swansonsnursery.com/careers

April 23, 2019
7-8:30pm
Phinney Center Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N
RSVP: speakoutseattle@gmail.com
Facebook event

On Tuesday April 23, Speak Out Seattle! (SOS) will host a District 6 Candidate Forum in the Phinney Center’s Brick Building Community Hall. According to SOS, the forum will focus on “issues relating to public safety, homelessness and other top issues.”

At least 9 of the 11 candidates will be present, with one having declined and another working out a conflict according to SOS. The moderator will be Mike Lewis, of the Candy, Mike & Todd Show on KIRO Radio. Information on forums hosted by SOS for other districts is available on the Speak Out Seattle! website.

This week is full of educational, community-building and fun events. Here are a few to check out:

Model Matzoh Bakery
Tuesday, April 16th
5:00-5:45 PM
Chabad NW Seattle, 8420 Dayton Ave N
RSVP: Chabadofballard@gmail.com

The Model Matzah Bakery is the ultimate hands-on, Passover educational experience!
The exhibit recreates a functional model of the hand-made Matzah factories used by Jews for thousands of years. The participants “relive” the exodus from Egypt as they pound out their very own Matzah. Beginning with a sheave of wheat, they experience the hustle and bustle as they hurry to beat the timer to ensure that crunchy finished product is completed within 18 minutes! The delightful presentation creates an exciting interactive environment where the everyone has a great time learning about their heritage and the tradition of Matzah.

Yoni Levitin, Chabad of Ballard

Passover Seder
Friday, April 19th
7:45pm
Chabad NW Seattle, 8420 Dayton Ave N
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-passover-seder-tickets-58880868262
Tickets $20-$54

“Relive the Passover Exodus”

Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the Community, Chabad is inviting all residents to participate in community Seders to be held on Friday night, April 19,

The Seder take participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age old festival in our modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a delicious catered dinner

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Yoni Levitin “Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from the shackles restraining us from reaching new heights – in our lives, relationships and connection with G-d.”

All are welcome to join the community seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background.

Yoni Levitin, Chabad of Ballard

Seattle Folklore Society presents Chris Webster and Nina Gerber
Saturday, April 20th
7:30 – 10PM, Doors open at 7PM
Phinney Center Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N
Tickets: ChrisNinaSeattleSFS.brownpapertickets.com or 1-800-838-3006. Advance Tickets $20/$18 PNA & SFS members/$10 ( $2 more at the door

Music fans know Chris Webster and Nina Gerber as two of the most skilled and artful musical talents. Webster’s voice is uniquely compelling while Gerber’s guitar is beautiful and powerful. Together they’re magic. With originals, tasteful covers-soulful ballads, jazzy tunes and sweet folk, a great show.

Seattle Folklore Society

Today is the last day to nominate your favorite kid-friendly businesses for the 2019 ParentMap Golden Teddy Awards! Nominations close today, and the five businesses in each category who receive the most nominations will become finalists. You can vote on the finalists from April 24-30.

The categories are:

  • Camps + Classes
  • Family Resources
  • Food + Dining
  • Out + About
  • Shopping + Services

ParentMap will announce winners on June 28 and in the July issue of the magazine.



Clement Place, located at 937 North 96th St, held its grand opening ceremony on April 9th. The facility is owned and run by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC). Clement Place provides 100 units of permanent supportive housing to people experiencing homelessness in Seattle.

Residents of Clement Place will be single adults who have been experiencing chronic homelessness. This program will provide a permanent, stable home with staff and case management onsite 24 hours a day to provide support.

Folks enter Clement Place by referral from the King County Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) program, and can enter the residence from all parts of Seattle. Residents pay 30% of their income toward rent and can utilize on-site supportive services including case management that is tailored to each person. This person-centered model leads to virtually 100% of residents opting in to services. 

“For folks who are experiencing homelessness, the thing that helps create the most stability to then be able to address other challenges such as mental health or substance use is stable housing,” says Kelsey Beckmeyer, Coordinated Entry and Housing Placement Manager for DESC.

To learn more about Clement Place, visit the DESC’s page for the project at https://www.desc.org/what-we-do/housing/clement-place/

Weekend Event Roundup

There’s lots of rain in the forecast for this weekend, but don’t let that stop you from having a good time! There are plenty of fun and educational (and indoor) events going on in the neighborhood from now through Sunday.

All Weekend:

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

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The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) Whittier Kids program is now hiring for a School Age Teacher.

To see the job description and learn more about the Whittier Kids program, please visit phinneycenter.org/jobs

If you need stuff for your kiddos, visit the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC) Gently Used Kids’ Gear Sale on April 20th to get deals and stock up.

This year, Usborne is holding a Books & More Fair to benefit PNPC upstairs during the sale.

Bring shopping bags and friends, and plan to get there early to get the best stuff. Doors open at 9am, and folks who arrive after 12pm can get a voucher for 50 per cent off some items. Admission and parking are free. For full details and event updates, follow the Facebook event.

Event Details:
Saturday, April 20, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Free
Phinney Center Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N

Two neighborhood fixtures are celebrating major anniversaries in 2020, and would love to hear neighbors’ stories of how each spot has affected your life.

Columbia Lutheran Home

Columbia Lutheran Home is celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, and is looking for stories of their home from the community. Have you visited Colombia Lutheran, or had a relative go into their care? You have a story that they would love to hear!

For details on how to submit your story, visit columbialutheranhome.org/news-events or contact Ellie at EllieBrown@ColumbiaLutheranHome.org.

The Park Public House

The Park Public House opened in 1980 (under the name Woodland Park Public House) and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020. The folks at The Park Public House would love to see photos, hear fun stories, and learn more about their early days on Phinney Ridge. Maybe you knew the original owner, maybe you went there in the early days, maybe you have watched the pub grow over the years; they’d love to hear your story.

If you’ve got a story or photo you’d like to share, please email theparkpub@gmail.com.

Join FamilyWorks at the Lagunitas Taproom in Ballard, 5:30-7:30pm on April 16, for Games for Good. There will be games, live music, and complimentary sandwiches. All beer proceeds will go to FamilyWorks Family Resource Center & Food Banks.

For full event details, check out the Facebook Event.

We received notice from Ballard High School that they received the SupportMusic Merit Award this year. Congratulations to Ballard High School! Read on for an except from the press release shared by Ballard High School:

The Ballard High School Performing Arts program has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Ballard High was one of 98 schools selected nationwide and is the only school in Washington state to receive the award.

The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, the music department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music and theatre programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Participation in music prepares students for a successful trajectory outside the confines of the classroom walls,” says Elizabeth Fortune, Director of Orchestras at Ballard High School. “They not only hone the technical skills of playing an instrument or singing; but they also practice daily the dispositions of critical thinking, creative thinking, growth mindset, collaboration, and communication: the things one needs for successful adulting.”

This award recognizes that Ballard High is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, research found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores that their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school, but also to attend college as well. Everyday listening skills are stronger in musically-trained children that in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism.

A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.


Ballard High School. “Ballard High School Peforming Arts Receives National Recognition.” Press Release 1 April 2019

Windermere Greenwood (311 N 85th St) is holding a free document shredding and electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 13th from 11am-2pm.

Bring sensitive documents that you would like to safely shred, and obsolete electronics that you want to recycle. Windermere Greenwood will also provide lunch during the event.

The Windermere Greenwood office is located half a block east of Greenwood Ave N, on N 85th St

New Job Openings at the PNA

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) just posted two new job openings:

To learn more about these postings and see other openings at the PNA, visit www.phinneycenter.org/jobs.

Be prepared! Join Leif Jackson of Sound Seismic for the popular Earthquake Home Retrofit class. Learn about the City of Seattle’s Project Impact and how to evaluate your home for needed structural improvements. Learn to use the correct tools, materials and methods to accomplish an earthquake retrofit. Class size is limited, so be sure to register in advance.

A hands-on follow up is available at the PNA’s Tool Lending Library.

Co-Sponsored by the PNA Tool Library.

Cost: $20/PNA Member, $25/Public

Location: Phinney Center Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Room 6 (3rd floor)

Time: 6-8pm

Register online or call (206) 783-2244

Momentia Talent Share April 6

Enjoy artwork, creative performances, door prizes, and tasty refreshments at the Sixth Annual Momentia Talent Share this Saturday.

The Momentia Talent Share is a special event celebrating the talents and strengths of people living with memory loss. The event is free and open to people of all ages and walks of life who support a dementia-friendly community.

Event Details:
Saturday, April 6
2-4pm
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE

Meet Greenwood Elementary School Principal Zac Stowell

PhinneyWood is full of wonderful people and great places that we all wish we knew more about. Resident Kevin Kozel periodically digs deeper to let us know more in a column we like to call … Hi Neighbor!

At the end of the 2018 school year, Greenwood Elementary School said goodbye to long time principal Dr. Walter Trotter. Changes are rarely easy, but bringing back a familiar face always helps. Enter Zachary Stowell, a previous mentor at Greenwood Elementary and now the new principal.

“Welcome to the best place on earth!” he said upon greeting us while sitting with some of his students during lunch in the cafeteria. Within minutes the whole room was dancing in their seats as music played throughout the room. Did I forget to mention they were also in pajamas as part of Spirit Week? I joined the pajama party for a bit to sit down with Stowell, as his students call him, to learn more about his new role, his instructional style, and what he loves most about the Greenwood community.

Kevin Kozel (KK): So Principal Stowell, how’s it going?

Principal Zachary Stowell (PS): It’s great. Organized chaos at times, but it’s Fun Friday. If it gets out of control we talk to them. We play music and recognize two kids from each class that are demonstrating the character traits of being a Greenwood Star. But when we think about big picture, we’re really focusing on teaching social emotional skills. How do kids know their emotions? If you can name your feelings, you can tame your feelings. But also intentionally teaching strategies. There are no good/bad feelings, they’re just real, so how do we navigate those? We find small times like these to do this work.

KK: Let’s take a step back and get to know more about you. Where does Principal Zac come from and how did he get here?

PS: Sure, I was born in Brooklyn, New York. My dad was in the Navy, born in Minnesota, and my mom was a kid from Brooklyn. We moved a lot; South Carolina, Chicago, Minneapolis, then here. I went to over 10 schools growing up. It wasn’t until middle school when I got into some trouble and one teacher recognized that my behaviors were indicative of need. So instead of suspending and pushing me out, he got me involved with the wrestling team. That really connected me with the school. Then going into high school there was one other teacher that got me interested in the Future Business Leaders of America and more involved in that school. Literally those two people put me on a different trajectory. They had this impact on me, now how can I have that impact on others? This launched me into wanting to get into education.

KK: Very good reason, so how did you go about it?

PS: So I went to Central Washington, got my B.A. and got a job right out of the gate at Northgate Elementary. We really helped to close gaps. My last year there we had a fundraiser and raised $30,000 to bring my class to the White House. Kids that have never left North Seattle.

KK: Wow!

PS: But, it wasn’t replicated in every classroom. It was very frustrating and I wanted to make greater changes than just this one classroom. That sparked my energy and made me realize that these teachers need more support and they’re not necessarily getting it. I wanted to shift and support teachers to help them do what they can for students.

KK: Right, the most important thing.

PS: Then I coached teachers. I worked at 40 different buildings all over the district as a STAR Mentor. I got to mentor, coach, and support all over the district. They thought I was coaching and mentoring them, but they were coaching and mentoring me too. I got so many good ideas. It was like going to every restaurant in Seattle and then opening your own. You got all these recipes and then you get to see which ones you want to put on the menu.

KK: And then the big transition…

PS: I went to Western (Washington University) to get my graduate degree. Then did my Principal Internship at Broadview Thomson, a K-8 school. After my internship I got a job at Catharine Blaine in Magnolia, another K-8. It’s a super, a wonderful community. Very, very hard to leave. But I only applied to one job-here.

KK: Why Greenwood Elementary?

PS: I only wanted to go someplace where I knew the school and I could be successful together. I had already mentored some of the teachers here. Then when I was interviewing I found I had all these little second-degree connections. It just felt like home. This school had some goals, I had some goals, and it’s a perfect marriage. The support of an active PTA, teachers that are hungry to learn and grow, and admin that are like the glue. This is a dream job for a first year.

KK: And what is about this neighborhood?

PS: I think the biggest thing is if you look at this neighborhood before and after school, it’s a community school, just look at the full playground. We’ve got parents filling potholes in the field. The kids are connected. There’s a rich history of events, the Jogathon, the dance, school happens here. It’s all hands-on-deck all the time! I feel so lucky to be a part of it. I couldn’t have asked for a better start, and I’m excited to continue to grow and learn more about this school community.

KK: So how can everyone, not just the parents, get involved and help you and the school?

PS: Well we have needs for volunteers at all times. We have over 150 volunteers and not all of them are part of the school community, but volunteering here and there helps. Supporting our auction is always great, and that’s coming up. I scooped at Nutty Squirrel Gelato after school and it rushes people over there and we get a percentage of the proceeds. I’d like to start a monthly Dine Out for Greenwood. Fundraising opportunities like that where we can pack the house and get a portion helps us fill the gaps we have. Events that offer mutual benefit where we can support your business and some proceeds come back to support our students. There’s not necessarily one clear answer, but the more I know about what’s in the community the more we can be creative and find solutions to support the challenges we have here.

If you’ve got some fundraising ideas you can email fundraising@greenwoodpta.org or call 206.252.1400. If you’d like to volunteer call 206-252-1410.

Any person, place, or thing you want to know more about in our neighborhood? Feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment and we’ll look into making it a future feature on Hi Neighbor!

The event will be at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center on April 2 starting at 6:30. From the organizer, Heidi Rogers:

“As a small business owner in Fremont, mother, and partner I know the importance of keeping our families and neighbors safe. As with many of you, I’ve experienced first hand some of the changes to our neighborhood, and found that I’m not as equipped with the tools to navigate and prevent crime as much as I would like. Many of us have had personal conversations and we share similar concerns. Luckily for all of us, we’ve got an extremely smart and involved candidate for City Council District Six, Sergio Garcia, who helped assist in organizing this awesome event. I decided to host an event with local safety, self-defense, and family safety consultant Donna Miles. It will be a dialogue and demonstration on just that.”

Come join the PRCC tomorrow night to discuss recent MHA and HALA legislation, backyard cottages, and historical landmarks in our neighborhood. The meeting is in the Phinney Center and you can see the complete agenda here.

The Phinney Ridge Community Council is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that tracks issues such as public safety, transportation, transit, land use, zoning, city budget priorities, capital improvements, parks, open space use and other civic issues.

Got Tools?

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) and a dedicated group of volunteers are working to create a community wood shop space a the Phinney Center, and they are looking for community members who would like to donate woodworking tools to help move this project forward. If you have quality woodworking tools that are in good to like-new condition, we would love to hear from you.

Please email krissied@phinneycenter.org for more information or to donate.

the PNA Community Wood Shop Committee

Do you know a teen preparing for college?  Dr. Mark Hofer helps students find, get admitted to, and graduate from great colleges and universities that will best serve their academic, social, financial, and personal needs.  He guides students and their families through the application and admissions process to identify the best colleges while maintaining a focus on graduating with as little debt as possible. 

Join Dr. Hofer at this free introductory talk for college-bound high school students and their parents/guardians. Wednesday, March 27 from 7-8:30pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Blue Building.

Are you ready for a deep dish, Chicago-style pizza made fresh on Phinney Ridge? Owner and Chicago native Dave Lichterman announced that on “Wednesday, March 27th, we’re excited to welcome our new neighbors in Phinney Ridge to the Windy City Pie soft opening from 5-10pm. Our grand opening announcement including regular hours of operation will follow shortly, but Wednesday’s soft open will give us the opportunity to meet the community we hope to serve and take the paper off the windows.”

Windy City Pie is located in the old Phinney Market space at
5918 Phinney Ave N after moving from their initial home in the Batch 206 Distillery. Come on by and support our new neighborhood business when time allows.

Local summer camp roundup

There are a number of great programs that have begun registration for their summer camps:

  1. Whittier Kids Summer Camps. For kids entering K-5th grade during 2019-20. Learn new skills, explore new friendships and provide your child a chance to grow and learn in a safe, fun environment (note: it was previously reported this was at the PNA, when it is indeed at Whittier Elementary). July 1 – Aug 30.
  2. YMCA Discovery Camp. Held at the Phinney Center, YMCA staff create hands-on, structured enrichment activities in art, science, storytelling, and outdoor play. Each week’s theme is woven into the day’s games, field trips, and fun. June 24 – Aug 30.
  3. Young Engineers Summer Champ Camp. Held at the Phinney Center, campers learn the engineering behind the machines we use every day, and build lego models that reflect established STEM theories. Aug 5 – Aug 30.
  4. PCPE’s Outdoor Spanish Summer Camp. Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español will be offering a Spanish-language Summer camp for children ages 2 to 5 years old. The children will explore the outdoors in Woodland Park and Golden Gardens, participate in play-based activities, and reinforce their Spanish.  For more information and to sign up email inscripciones@pcpeseattle.org. July and August, Tuesdays-Thursdays.
  5. Camp TechWise. Project-based program offers game design, video, digital, and music. Campers can jump into cutting-edge topics such as Unity and Unreal Game Dev., virtual reality, 3-D animation,app development, programming, Linux, and sports and games to balance the day with some outside fun. July 29 – Aug 2.
  6. Girls on the Run Camp. During the week-long session at the PNA, 3rd – 5th grade girls will enjoy building friendships in a fun and inclusive setting that includes interactive games, being physically active, and expressing creativity through arts and crafts and storytelling. July 15 – 19.
  7. Seattle ReCreative Summer Camps. Various art and maker-related camps at this Greenwood institution. Throughout summer.

All branches of The Seattle Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, for a staff in-service day. The Central Library book drop will be closed. All branch book drops will remain open. No Library material will be due on that day. All branch library parking garages will be closed, but the Central Library garage at 1000 Fourth Ave. will be open.

Regular operating hours will resume on Thursday, March 28. For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636.

On Sunday, March 24, 36th District legislators will be hosting an informal town hall meeting at Lantern Brewing (938 N 95th St) in Greenwood.

Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Noel Frame, and Rep. Gael Tarleton will be at the brewery from 2pm to 4pm, where they’ll be available for casual and small-group conversations.

Kids and dogs are welcome at the brewery, and no RSVP is required.

Learn more on their event page.

Hello Neighbors! There are a ton of noteworthy events and shows occurring this weekend for you to plug into. Here are a few:

Holi Festival of Colors 2019

Saturday March 23, 1-3pm at the Phinney Center

Holi – “the festival of color” or “the festival of love” – celebrates spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil. Come join in this raucous celebration, where people will chase each other around, throwing handfuls of colored powder.

Indian food by The Roll Pod and chai  from The Chai Lady will be available for purchase; bring cash! Shruti Balakrishnan will share her wonderful singing and Afsaana Dance will perform and teach a short dance lesson. Tickets are available here.

The PNA is looking for volunteers to help with cleanup from 3-4:30. The event will take place in the LOWER parking lot at the Phinney Center. Volunteers can attend the festival free! If you can help, email Polly Freeman at pollyf@phinneycenter.org and show up at 3 – or earlier if you want to enjoy the event first.

Seattle Folklore Society Concert: Low Lily

Saturday March 23, 7:30pm at the Phinney Center

The string and vocal trio Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music.

Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. Tickets can be purchased here.

Always… Patsy Cline at the Taproot Theatre

Friday, March 22 at 8pm, Saturday March 23 at 2pm and 8pm

This musical tribute features over 25 songs, including hits like “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.”

From the Taproot’s press release: “Patsy Cline had a singular way of telling a story. Tune in as her songs and letters weave a big-hearted tale of love and loss told through her unlikely friendship with Texas housewife, Louise Seger.” Tickets are available here.

Mandolin Concert and Workshop with Tim Connell

Workshop: Saturday March 23, 1pm at the Phinney Center

Concert: Saturday March 23, 7:30pm at St. John United Lutheran Church

Portland, Oregon’s Tim Connell has created a sophisticated and original global style on the mandolin. Widely regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of the Brazilian choro style on the mandolin, Tim has his own unique voice on the instrument, described in a Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”

A Brazilian cousin of Dixieland and ragtime, choro has experienced a revival in the last few decades in Brazil and increased popularity here in America, thanks in particular to the fact that it features the mandolin quite prominently. Tickets for the concert can be found here.

Officially launching in 3…2…1

Hello PhinneyWood Community!

Thank you for being such a great, interesting, and open community! Doree and Dale have trusted us to carry on a huge resource to the community and it is SO very important to us to get it right. We asked for your feedback and you delivered; thank YOU! With 225 responses from the community, you shared the top types of stories that you wanted covered. Here is the breakdown in order of popularity:

  1. Neighborhood happenings and events (91%)
  2. Business district updates (72%)
  3. Crime and safety (32%)
  4. Citywide issues that affect the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood (29%)
  5. Traffic and street issues (24%)
  6. District 5 and local government issues (21%)
  7. Human interest stories (19%)
  8. Volunteer opportunities (15%)

As you can see, we are off and running with the Blog, and have been posting for the last couple weeks now. We have just closed our survey and wanted to share the results with you, as well as lay out what we are going to concentrate on bringing to you via the blog.

Here are some quotes that we found instructive on how to carry on Phinneywood.com:

“At its best, PhinneyWood.com was a place to learn about neighborhood events and opportunities to engage with community building happenings.”

“Let’s try to make sure that PhinneyWood.com doesn’t turn into a toxic website like so many forums do. Let’s keep PhinneyWood.com positive and open and beautiful.”

“I think PhinneyWood.com should be more of a moderated information source and a place for positive volunteerism and alliance that recognizes and embraces differences”

“I’d love to see this as an opportunity to provide direction on how to improve the businesses in the neighborhood. Making sure we get a great diversity of shops and restaurants that will help all the businesses succeed.”

In the last couple weeks, we’ve started posting and have focused on the top three content selections from the survey: neighborhood happenings and events, business district updates, and updates on significant crime and safety issues in the neighborhood.

In addition, we plan to have a story about a local person or business that takes a deeper dive every couple weeks. Though “human interest stories” didn’t rate highly in the poll, we felt that featuring businesses or people who have an impact on the PhinneyWood neighborhood was an important thing to produce. As one comment illustrated: “Getting a little deeper into what individual folks are going through or working on would be a nice extra – what challenges and successes businesses are having, who’s doing something special and unusual, what’s the trend in new buildings going in, and how city-wide policies and initiatives would play out locally would all be welcome.”

That is the general direction and content that we will be focusing on going forward and we still want to hear from you!  We’ll be conducting another poll in a few months to see how we’re doing and continue to inform the future of PhinneyWood.com.

You can always reach out with any questions, concerns, or (best of all) tips and story ideas to tips@phinneywood.com. We are also selling ad space – send questions to ads@phinneywood.com.


This month the Greenwood Community Council meeting will give you a chance to meet some of the people helping people in need in our neighborhood! The Greenwood Food Security & Social Services Open Forum will provide an opportunity to learn about what services are currently being offered to people in our community. Information tables will be set up and a panel discussion will take place so that Service Providers can talk with neighbors about their work and the challenges facing all of us in the areas of food security and social services.

If you come between 6:00 and 6:30 you will have a chance to observe the food bank in action. Then we’ll move to a different room for the open house and at 6:30. The Salvation Army is still adding more providers to the open house – here are the providers they have confirmed so far, and we know at least one city council candidate will attend as well:

  • Salvation Army
  • FamilyWorks
  • Speak Out Seattle
  • New Beginnings
  • Molina Health Care
  • North Helpline

Tuesday March 19th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Avenue

The PNA is looking for donations to our annual fundraising auction, which will be held at the Phinney Center on May 4 (tickets here). If you value the multitude of programs and events at the PNA, donating an item to the auction is a great way to give back. Also, many of our 300 attendees make a point to patronize businesses that support the PNA, so we like to think that donating to the auction is a win for everyone.

Here are just SOME of our ideas to get your creative juices flowing…

  • Gift certificates for restaurants, services and experiences
  • Special bottles of wine for the wine grab
  • Time at vacation homes (houseboat, cabin, hotel…)
  • Transferable airline miles
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of a special restaurant/brewery/winery
  • Theater or sporting event tickets
  • A customized portrait/picture from a local artist
  • A cooking class with a special theme

Think about your family and friends. Do you have or know anyone who has access to a boat, a cabin, a hotel, a restaurant, a vacation home, to create an experience that stands out? If you are a business owner, would you be open to donating a class or sending tickets or vouchers for that special service you offer?

You can submit a donation and/or read more about our donation guidelines at phinneycenter.org/auction or contact us at auction@phinneycenter.org with questions or ideas.

Thank you for all of your generous support of this great community organization!

We are one week away from the second annual appearance of this new Phinney Ridge tradition.Holi – “the festival of color” or “the festival of love” – celebrates spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil.

Come join in this raucous celebration from 1-3 pm at the Phinney Center (6532 Phinney Ave N). People will chase each other around, throwing handfuls of colored powders. Folks from all religions, cultures, backgrounds, and ages are welcome! More information on what to wear, what to bring, and so on can be found here.

Indian food by The Roll Pod and chai  from The Chai Lady will be available for purchase; bring cash!Shruti Balakrishnan will share her wonderful singing and Afsaana Dance will perform and teach a short dance lesson.

This event was spearheaded by a neighbor who wanted to share her culture with the community. Read the story about it here.

Two Local Musicals Opening

The Ballard High School Playmakers are preparing to stage the fun, sci-fi, comedy musical Little Shop of Horrors. The popular musical follows the tale of Seymour Krelbourn, a meek flower-shop assistant.

“Seymour discovers a strange plant that he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. But this plant is like no other: it sings it swears, and it thirsts for human blood! As the carnivorous plant grows bigger and more aggressive, it promises Seymour fame and fortune if he continues to provide fresh supplies of blood. What will Seymour do with this unusual species?”

The cast features 32 Ballard High School students, and the play is directed by BHS Theatre Director Shawn M. Riley.

Performance Details:The performances will be on March 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at the Earl Kelly Center for Performing Arts at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117. Shows start at 7:30 pm.

Tickets:Reserved seating tickets for Little Shop of Horrors are available for purchase at https://showtix4u.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/seniors.

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Also opening soon is Curtains by the fabulous Woodland Park Players. Their mission is to create the opportunity for adult members of the Woodland Park community to get involved in the many aspects of theater while creating lasting friendships that build a stronger community and to support arts programs in neighborhood public schools.

“Curtains is a parody of 1950s “whodunnit” theatre mysteries featuring a hilarious company of characters including a very camp director, a bitter critic, clueless investors, ambitious actresses and a lone detective who moonlights as an aspiring musical theatre performer. The talentless leading lady of the cowboy musical, Robbin’ Hood of the Old West is murdered onstage during curtain call, and the whole cast are suspects. It is up to Lieutenant Frank Cioffi to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love. “

Curtains shows March 22-24 and 29-30 at Shoreline Community College, and tickets can be purchased here

Come out for an evening of supporting an essential nonprofit in our community and enjoying excellent food from Tom Douglas Catering. On Thursday March 14, you are invited to a “celestial evening amongst the stars of the BFI galaxy” at Fremont Studios. Special guests include author Cat Rambo and musician Dude York.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that the power of words can open doors to important opportunities. Proceeds from this event go to ensure that BFI’s creative writing and tutoring programs remain open to anyone between the ages of 6-18. All programs are free and open to families from any socio-economic background.

For tickets and more information about the evening, visit BFI’s imaginative ticket portal.

KIRO 7 reported on a rash of teen burglaries this week, and then PhinneyWood received a tip that it happened at 1pm today at a local Greenwood business near North 74th Street.

One teen distracted the employee with a product location inquiry while the other stole a purse and exited the premises.

From the tipster: “Within 10 minutes, they had debited my bank account for more than 700 bucks, and charged a bunch on my credit card at QFC on Holman and the Greenwood Fred Meyer. I did call 911 and the officer who responded said he’d try to pull surveillance video from those stores. When I called the North Precinct later to let them know I’d found my purse with everything else still in it (they’d dumped it in Fred Meyer’s parking lot), they told me it’s been happening a lot, and the kids use the stolen cards immediately to buy Visa gift cards, which they can then use whenever. And they’re going for the big bucks cards, since my accounts showed charges of $225 and $500.”

If you work in the district or manage a store, the takeaway is to designate a secure area to store purses and other valuables. Also be aware of distractions, especially if working alone. Stay safe, everyone!

Artist Hilary Bowker’s works are in the Cookie Counter

The PhinneyWood Art Walk is a monthly event that promotes over 40 participating venues in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood. Organized by the PhinneyWood Arts Council, the art walk occurs every 2nd Friday of each month and culminates with the “Big One” – a two-day event that occurs each year in May.

Come out and cruise the neighborhood from 6-9pm and check out the latest art and support your local businesses while you roam!

See this month’s line-up & get map

The Phinney Ridge Community Council (PRCC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that tracks issues such as public safety, transportation, transit, land use, zoning, city budget priorities, capital improvements, parks, open space use and other civic issues.

Tomorrow’s meeting will run from 7 – 8:30pm at The Phinney Neighborhood Center, and will feature a Q&A with our District 6 City Council representative, Mike O’Brien.

Councilmember O’Brien will be present to answer questions on topics such as the City Council’s plan to upzone single-family neighborhoods and relax development regulations, the HALA inclusionary-housing program, homelessness, developer-impact fees, taxes, and other issues.  Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions to Councilmember O’Brien.

You can find the night’s agenda here, and you may submit a question or topic in advance here.

It’s time to clean out and replenish your bookshelves: trade your gently used books for something new! Meet other readers, get recommendations, and enjoy tasty treats at this popular annual PNA event.

Five genres at one swap: Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Kids’ books, and Cookbooks.

Bring in gently used books you don’t want anymore (only these five genres, please).  The PNA will give you one ticket for each paperback and two tickets for each hardback.  Use your tickets to “buy” more books: paperbacks cost one ticket, hardbacks cost two.

Don’t have books to exchange or want to buy more than you brought in? Purchase paperbacks for $1 and hardbacks for $2.

Now that we’re off and running with the blog, it’s time to rebuild our Events calendar.  If your organization or facility has an upcoming event that you would like to engage with our community, please submit it so folks know what’s happening in the neighborhood.  Submitted events will be checked by the editor before being published, and we only publish events in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

A good example would be The Seattle Folklore Society’s upcoming concert with Reid Jamieson at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Saturday, March 2nd: “Jamieson is a vocal powerhouse committed to making music that matters and moves us, with compelling originals and killer covers of everything from 50s era gold to the latest tribute to Leonard Cohen. Known for regular appearances on CBC’s Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean to recording with Cowboy Junkies.”

Reid Jamieson

Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30pm

Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall

6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

Tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets

Advance Tickets: $20, $18 seniors & SFS/PNA members, $10 children Tickets $2 more at the door

Info: seafolklore.org

Yes, we are trying to keep PhinneyWood hyperlocal, but this is a transit option that will affect many of us in the neighborhood.

According to EnviroIssues, “The West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions will provide fast, reliable light rail connections to dense residential and job centers throughout the region and add a new downtown Seattle light rail tunnel to add more capacity for the entire regional system.”

As a part of scoping, you are invited to share your feedback at an open house at Ballard High School on Thursday (2/28) from 6-8pm. It’s an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the project background, the process for identifying a preferred alternative and how community input has shaped project development to date
  • Share your feedback on route and station locations, topics to study in the EIS and the project purpose and need
  • Participate in small group discussions with your neighbors and share your insights with project staff

Comments must be received by March 18, 2019.  Other ways to comment:

Following up on their comprehensive Business Health Survey, the Greenwood Community Council is engaging in an important Greenwood/Phinney Historic Preservation Survey.  This initial meeting will discuss the survey, how it will be conducted, answer any questions, and prepare for training. It is the hope this project will also capture all our many historic resources and treasures, still yet to be discovered.

Bring a note pad as well as some idea about how you would like to participate, if that is the case.  The GCC is looking for at least 10 survey volunteers, along with other roles/tasks, to be discussed at the meeting. Interest and some previous knowledge of historic preservation, architecture/design, or technical and visual data-collecting is encouraged, but not required. 

If you have any questions, please contact the G/P Historic Preservation Survey CoordinatorAlexa Berlow – alexa-wa@hotmail.com

Greenwood Public Library
Tuesday February 26th
6:30pm-8:00pm
(Main Meeting Room)