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The PNA, in collaboration with Sandy Nelson Design and the nonprofit Sanctuary Art Center, has created a t-shirt that will be a neighborhood source of pride and resilience for years to come: PhinneyWoodStrong.

In addition to bringing our community and businesses together, this is also a fundraiser for all businesses and organizations in the area. The shirts cost $25 each (or more, if you wish to donate extra), with $5 going to Sanctuary to cover their costs, $5 going to the PNA, and the rest going to a single business or organization in our community that you would like to support.

This project is much like the Greenwood Elementary PTA post-gas explosion shirt fundraiser in 2016, and similar to an initiative going on in Tacoma right now. We believe with the right rallying cry, context, and call to action that this can become a successful and sought-after shirt that symbolizes the struggle for our community to fight for the small businesses and organizations that help make us who we are.

Once you order your shirts, they will be printed and brought to the Phinney Center Blue Building (6532 Phinney Ave. N) and you will be contacted for the date of a socially-distant pick-up (10 am-4 pm).

Order your shirts today!

T-shirts are also available for immediate purchase at Greenwood Hardware, with $5 going to Sanctuary, and the rest going to PNA.

Fying Bike Brewery crowded with people

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery will be holding a special Pint Night today supporting The Center for Wooden Boats. The CWB was one of founding Board Member Chris Tarnstrom’s passions and the event will be held in his memory. For more information visit the Flying Bike website or Facebook event page.

Have some news that you want to share with the community? Feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

Boy lying on picnic table writing in a notebook

The fearlessness has not stopped. But, says Erica Mullen, executive director of The Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a big dose of it has been necessary lately. It continues to fuel the work of the nonprofit learning organization whose home base is 85th and Greenwood Avenue: empowering youth to write and tell their stories.

The trio of challenges that hit our community this spring—pandemic, racial protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd, and the closure of schools and businesses—have each been fearlessly tackled in a unique BFI way.

When the pandemic hit and BFI had to close its doors, kids could no longer come to the writing center for after-school homework help and camaraderie. BFI’s second location at Yesler Terrace also had to close. School closures meant that BFI’s regular field trips, where classes come out for writing workshops, also ended.

Enter “Communi-TEA.” BFI convened hour-long online sessions a few days a week to keep in touch with students and generate the creative spark that ignites hundreds of eager kids using BFI’s programs. The gathering was focused on “writing, creativity, learning skills, mindfulness.” The children’s librarian from the Greenwood SPL branch joined the Tea three times to give book recommendations for younger children.

But more than activities, it was a chance to “just be there for students,” she explains. “Our programs team put a lot of their heart into supporting our people and those students.” The gatherings made space for kids to talk about how hard it was to adjust to the pandemic restrictions.

BFI scaled back to a smaller staff of six, including Mullen, restructuring to be more efficient and readjusting to focus on programs. With 90 percent of the budget coming from philanthropy, Mullen worried the economic collapse would be disastrous. Their annual fundraiser shifted to online and donors stepped up with solid support. “Right now we’re doing OK, but we’re concerned about the long-term giving,” she says. Working with financial advisors at Verity Credit Union they got a federal PPP loan, which “was amazingly helpful,” she says, as it was clear that their community needed BFI to step up.

The Black Lives Matter movement and protests have triggered “fearless conversations around equity and inclusion,” she says. In the after-school programs, a majority of the kids are students of color, and over 75 percent speak a different home language other than English, a statistic BFI only recently learned by gathering demographic information on their constituencies. Field trips and in-schools programs look a bit different, but BFI prioritizes working with Title 1 schools, which are ones with higher poverty rates, students of color, and immigrant and refugee populations.

As a mostly white-led organization serving a largely BIPOC constituency, BFI is grappling with how to be anti-racist. Some older students let BFI leadership know “how they want us to show up,” Mullen says. “We are in the early stages of creating some social justice goals and actions.”

One early action was to create a “Black Student Union” for BFI’s older students to take a larger leadership role, and also to mentor younger students. Many of BFI’s students are one of only a few students of color in their predominantly white classrooms.

BFI also will generate outreach for more adult volunteers from communities of color so that the tutoring and mentoring team can reflect the diversity of the students.

And they are figuring out ways they can reopen safely. At Yesler Terrace, the space allows for three groups of three students at any given time. At Greenwood, the expansive central room had large tables that were not very flexible. A capital-focused grant allowed BFI to get some new furniture that will be more flexible.

This summer, a collaboration with the Greenwood branch of the Seattle Public Library will have students making recordings reading books by Black authors and geared toward a Black audience. The library will train students how to be engaging when reading aloud. BFI will film the students doing the readings, and the library will air the videos.

Summer programs will keep kids generating creativity through writing and storytelling. The “Fearless Summer” Series offers both digital workshops via Zoom, and analog at-home Creative Adventure Kits through the mail.

For the fall, BFI is looking at ways to take their creative writing workshops to schools, since it’s unlikely that field trips will resume. If school days are shorter, BFI’s “after-school” programs may be held earlier too.

“We’re excited to get back physically into the community,” Mullen says, and when BFI reopens its doors, it will no longer be a space-themed portal. Formerly, you’d enter the center through the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, which offered “rocket parking on the roof” and space-themed books, cheeky gifts and educational items.

But partnering with Sanctuary Art Center, which trains youth experiencing housing instability in art and offers them work experience, BFI will open “Greenwood Pencil Box: Outfitters of Creative Adventures.” It will be an interactive art experience where you can make your own t-shirt or participate in games and activities. And spend some money to support the organizations.

The fun store will mirror the heart that has always been beating at BFI, which pumps out self-expression and builds strength. That focus, says Mullen, delivers coping skills. “The work we did up until kids couldn’t physically be with us,” she says, “helped them get through a very tough time, using creativity and storytelling.”

A POEM FOR COVID

by Raniah, Grade 6

I feel alone, but with someone.

I feel like letting the icy air greet me with kisses.

I feel at home, but somewhere completely different.

I feel I know what’s going on, but I’m multitasking;

feeling completely clueless.

Numbers, feelings, worries, hopes

fill my thought box to the brim.

I hope all is well.

I hope my thought box gets emptied.

I hope I can find where I am,

And I hope that, alone, I can find a friend.

I hope that we can all hope.

This poem was generated at a Bureau of Fearless Ideas “Communi-TEA” online youth gathering.

main painting a rainbow peace sign on sidewalk

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

A familiar name will be returning to the neighborhood this Fall (if possible). Martino’s Smoked Meats & Eatery will be returning in a bigger and better location when they reemerge in the old Hecho space at 7314 Greenwood Ave. N. Promise of more food, beer, and fun was posted on their Facebook page yesterday, so keep an eye out for updates to come.

If you’re looking for another excuse to venture out for a walk, check out what the neighbors painted in their alley between N 73rd & N 74th and Greenwood and Dayton. Be sure to be safe and respectful when stopping by. 

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

At Cedar Park Senior Affordable Apartments, reality has given way to the new virtual normal. For those interested in finding a new place to live during this pandemic but have been unwilling to risk seeing spaces in person, you now have a great option. Interested parties can sit back and take a 3D virtual walk-through while you choose the floor plan that’s right for you, your family member, or your friend.

When “staying in place” is simply not an option, it’s good to know that moving is not an impossible task even during these uncertain times. Cedar Park is offering new standards to apply electronically, sign your lease online, and you may request a touch-free move-in experience.

You can access our virtual tours from your own phone. Take a look

Located on 30th Avenue NE, right by the Grocery Outlet and Ace Hardware, the property is close enough to walk to Lake City Memorial Triangle, down Lake City Way or around Cedar Park.

Cedar Park Senior Affordable Apartments
12740 30th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 364-4040

Page Ahead is a nonprofit that focuses on closing the literacy achievement gap for kids in majority low-income communities across Washington by building home libraries and providing reading resources. They are a major partner of Seattle Public Schools, and as the school year ended last month, they gave thousands of K–2 kids in Seattle (and across the state) 12 free books each for summer reading through their Book Up Summer program. With the COVID-19 school closures exacerbating existing inequities for our students, having reading material at home is more crucial than ever.

While Greenwood Elementary does not qualify for this program, Broadview-Thomson does. In Broadview-Thomson’s first year, Page Ahead gave 1,066 books to 89 kindergartners. In total, they gave 34,000 books to students in Seattle, and more than 145,000 books across Washington in 2020.

To learn more about donation and volunteering opportunities, please check out Page Ahead’s website here.

Photo: interior of The Olive and Grape

It’s hard for us all to keep up with everything going on these days. PhinneyWood is here to help you stay up to date on some of the latest happenings around the neighborhood.

Virtual live auctions are underway at the Woodland Park Zoo through Friday, July 10th for the zoo’s 44th annual Jungle Party fundraiser.  Check the zoo website daily for newly released content featuring favorite zoo animals and staff. The events will conclude with a live stream Jungle Party from 7pm-8pm. You can register for the party here.

The Olive and Grape has decided to take a step back on in-person dining with the regional rise in Coronavirus cases. They will continue to provide delivery and curbside pickup and offer their mini-mart options for the time being. Keep an eye on their website for updates on future events and changes.  

Have some news that you need to share with the community, feel free to reach out so we can spread the word! There is an easy online submission form here.

Woodland Park Zoo’s 44th annual Jungle Party is going virtual this year and coming to you! While the community can’t physically gather together this year, participants can celebrate with and support the zoo from the comfort of their homes virtually and in spirit—starting today.

Jungle Party is the zoo’s signature fundraiser, raising more than $1.7 million each year for the zoo. This year’s Jungle Party funds will go directly toward providing the best possible day-to-day care and welfare for the nearly 1,000 animals that call the zoo home, supporting day-to-day operations to keep the zoo running, and continuing important and memorable programs and experiences for guests and the community.

Registration for virtual Jungle Party is free. To register, visit https://www.zoo.org/jungleparty/register

  • Monday, July 6: Auctions open including silent, super silent, zoo experiences and “live” auctions; online programming begins; pre-order meals for Friday evening from Ethan Stowell Restaurants and more! Bid on exciting auction items including zoo experiences that can’t be experienced anywhere else. Check back daily for newly released content featuring favorite zoo animals and staff!
  • Friday, July 10, 7:008:00 p.m.: Live stream Jungle Party program begins (times below are approximate and may be subject to change):
    • 7:00: Welcome Emcee Matt Lorch and Auctioneer Fred Northup, Jr.
    • 7:10: Mix-it-up with Chef Ethan Stowell and learn how to make the Jungle Bird Cocktail; toast to the animals with Laurie Stewart, Woodland Park Zoo Board Member and CEO of Sound Community Bank
    • 7:30: Fund-Our-Future campaign, Nurturing Our Core, will focus on the core, day-to-day operations of Woodland Park Zoo. Due to the coronavirus, the zoo has spent multiple months with its gates closed, devastating its earned revenue. Now, more than ever, the zoo needs community support for its critical operations, from animal keepers, to grounds crews, to horticulture specialists and more
    • 7:35: A sit-down with Director of Animal Health Dr. Darin Collins; Dr. Doo, aka Kaitlyn Welzen; and Ambassador Animal Curator Rachel Salant        

Want to scratch all the itches? You can this Saturday July 11 at Makeda & Mingus, where you can not only get a slice of extraordinary cake, but also help an essential organization in the Innocence Project.

Come get a slice and some coffee to go. Cakes start at $6 a slice. Linden Park Whisk will be baking from their updated menu:

  • Yellow Cake with Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Swiss Meringue filling and Popcorn Swiss Meringue
  • Dark Chocolate Cake with Caramel drizzle and Earl Grey Swiss Meringue
  • Pistachio Cake with Milk Chocolate Ganache and Espresso Swiss Meringue

50% of the sales will go to The Innocence Project. To help facilitate ordering, cakes will be pre-sliced the day of, packaged, and ready for sale and a quick checkout.

Makeda & Mingus Innocence Project Cake pop-up
Saturday, July 11 from 2pm – 5pm
153 N. 78th St.
(206) 782-1489