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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.


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


Since it’s 41 degrees and raining with heavy snow on the passes, it’s time to start thinking about summer!

Registration for three summer programs at the Phinney Center opened today, including Whittier Kids Summer Day Camps, YMCA at the Phinney Center, and Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español Outdoor Spanish Camp. Details and registration opportunities can be found here.

Also, Seattle Young Engineers is debuting an experimental science camp at the PNA, “Summer Champ Camp”. Information and registration is now open on their website.


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
(Main Meeting Room)