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Entries from April 2009

Select Soccer tryouts next week

April 30th, 2009 by Doree

Woodland’s Westside United Select Soccer Program begins tryouts next week, and the program is seeking youth from greater Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne, Woodland and other areas.

According to the organization: “Our top youth coaches and professional trainers focus on advanced player development. Train local, get expert instruction, and participate with similarly committed families and youth!”

Tryout dates are: Boys U11 – May 4, 7 and 9; Girls U11- May 5, 6 and 9; Boys and Girls U12 – Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17; Boys and Girls U13 – Sunday, May 17 and Monday, May 18.

For more information, including tryout locations, see the Westside United website or Seattle Youth Soccer Association.

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PNA Kids! adds art summer camp

April 30th, 2009 by Doree

PNA Kids! has added another summer camp to its programming. The new Art Camp is for 2nd to 8th graders and will be held in the art room at Whittier Elementary School. The first of seven week-long summer sessions begins June 22.

Art topics taught by the four experienced artists include: Mixed Media Creations; Adventures in Printmaking; Biological Illustration; Green Art; Colorful Art; Comics and Cartooning; and Paper Mache.

The cost is $110 per week for Phinney Neighborhood Association members; $125 for non-members.

PNA Kids! also has a Preschool Summer Camp for ages 3-5, and a Summer Safari for ages 5-12.

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Greenwood assault victim now breathing on his own

April 30th, 2009 by Doree

We just received an update late last night from Todd Boettger’s brother, Forrest, that Todd was taken off the ventilator yesterday and is now breathing on his own, nine days after being seriously assaulted in Greenwood.

Well on the 25th we finally heard the doctors say, “we dont think he is going to die” vs. “It’s too early to say” On the 26th they discontinued the drugs which cause paralasis and saw that Todd was able to move all but his left leg. By the evening Todd’s left leg started to move and they had to restrain his right hand because he was moving it towards the ventilator. Todd was not able to focus and his eyes would open but roll back in his head and shut as if exhausted, he would go back to sleep.

Todd had the ventilator removed yesterday and although had a rough couple of hours through the transistion is now breathing on his own. He is scheduled for facial reconstructive surgery tomorrow which is to last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours from start to finish then back to the ICU until hopefully no later than this weekend. He still today can not follow simple commands but I was told that this is normal for this type of brain trauma. Each brain injury is unique the doctors told me and only time will tell what Todd’s future holds.

Todd’s daughter Lillian went in to see her daddy today and Todd seemed to follow her with his eyes even turning his head towards her at one point. Lillian had mentioned that she would like to come in and read to her daddy when he is done with his surgery.

Forrest sent us this photo of Todd, which shows a long line of more than 50 staples in his skull. He has at least three skull fractures, along with a crushed left cheek and fractured left eye socket.

Forrest lives in San Diego but will come to Seattle in May to see his brother and try to raise $50,000 towards his medical care. You can donate to Todd and his daughter, Lillian, at any US Bank through the Todd Boettger Relief Fund. Forrest is looking for volunteers to help him in his fundraising. He can be reached at collectionoftrees@yahoo.com or at 619-405-5343.

Please do not forget to mention that we appreciate all the help from Epilogue Books in Ballard for all their continued support and my heart is deeply touched for the kindness of the owner and staff. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Namaste- Forrest Boettger

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Stuff the bus for Food Lifeline at Holman QFC

April 30th, 2009 by Doree

University of Washington students are hosting their second annual food drive called Stuff-the-Bus on Saturday and Sunday.

Sponsored by The Daily and Chi Psi Fraternity and a number of other organizations, shuttle buses will be parked in front of QFC grocery stores on Holman Road in north Greenwood, as well as at Northgate and University Village. Volunteers there will accept food and cash donations to Food Lifeline.

Their goal is to get food and cash donations equaling $20,000. Last year they raised 8,049 lbs of food and $1,069 in cash, for a total equivalent to $14,671.

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Green Lake’s Aqua Theatre to be memorialized

April 29th, 2009 by Doree

The Aqua Theatre at the southwest end of Green Lake used to be a hot spot for entertainment. On Saturday, you can relive those days with the unveiling of signage celebrating the Aqua Theatre’s history. (The photo below of an Aqua Follies crowd is from Seattle Municipal Archives.)

Friends of the Aqua Theatre, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the community will unveil an interpretive sign at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the remains of the theatre, next to the Green Lake Small Craft Center, 5900 W. Green Lake Way N.

According to a press release:

Becky Sokolow, whose father produced shows and designed sets for the theatre in the 1950s and 1960s, formed Friends of the Aqua Theatre and applied for and received a “small and simple” award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund to chronicle the history made at the site from 1950 to 1964 on interpretive signage.

The Aqua Theatre, an open-air stadium with an over-water stage, seated an audience of 5,500 showcased the talents of entertainers from 1950 to 1969, and hosted opera performances, Broadway musicals, and the first Seafair, including the Aqua Follies with its cast of 125. All of the original structure has been removed because of structural concerns, except for one set of concrete bleachers.

Other notables who performed there included Bert Parks, Bob Hope, Cole Porter, Sonny and Cher, Led Zeppelin, and the Grateful Dead.

Some of the former actors, directors, performers and divers will be on hand for the ceremony.

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Put in your 2 cents on townhouse design review

April 29th, 2009 by Doree

If you want a little input into all the new townhouses that are being built in Phinney/Greenwood and around the city, you can attend a Department of Planning and Development (DPD) public meeting on the Administrative Design Review (ADR) process next Monday.

The meeting is at Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., in the Bertha Knight Landes Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation starts at 6 p.m.

Mayor Nickels asked DPD to create an Administrative Design Review process for townhouse development, in conjunction with the Multifamily Code Update. Currently, most townhouses are not required to undergo design review. The intent of the project is to increase design quality and flexibility, without adding significantly to project cost, time and housing affordability.

This is the second public meeting on the topic. Draft recommendations will be presented, which are based on further research and analysis, and on the comments received from the public. After a short presentation, there will be plenty of opportunity for comments, questions and discussion. We hope you will be able to join us. After the meeting, all the information will be available on the website.

Click here for more information and to download project documents.

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Dine out for Life Thursday

April 29th, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget the annual “Dine Out For Life” to help fight AIDS is Thursday night. Participating restaurants will donate 30% of your meal cost to Lifelong AIDS Alliance to support their critical care services.

Participating Phinney Ridge and Greenwood restaurants include: 74th St. Ale House, Pig ‘n Whistle, Romio’s Pizza and Pasta, Carmelita, Oliver ‘sTwist, Red Mill Burgers, Mae’s Phinney Ridge Cafe, and Santa Fe Cafe. Check out the full list online.

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Greenwood group to be honored by mayor

April 29th, 2009 by Doree

Mayor Greg Nickels will proclaim Saturday, May 2, as GAIN Appreciation Day. GAIN (Greenwood Aurora Involved Neighbors) brings neighbors together to promote community and decrease crime. Nickels will attend GAIN’s 30th neighborhood cleanup on Saturday.

Everyone is invited to help GAIN celebrate spring by joining them for the cleanup at 10 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch at from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at Greenwood Christian Church, 8018 Fremont Ave N. for both events. 

Gain has collected 655 bags of garbage in the Greenwood/Aurora corridor since its first cleanup in December 2005.

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Gainsbourg to ‘surrender’ on Cinco de Mayo

April 28th, 2009 by Doree

One of Greenwood’s newer drinking establishments, Gainsbourg, at 8550 Greenwood Ave. N., is having their own special twist on a traditional Cinco de Mayo next Tuesday. We’ll let owner Hannah Levin explain it all, because her prose is so much better than ours:

Never mind the frat boys headed for Senor Frogs, here’s the real story: Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unanticipated defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The battle was significant because even though they were outnumbered two-to-one, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had known no defeat for nearly 50 years. How bad-ass is that? In recognition of this, French cocktail lounge and bistro Gainsbourg is offering our humble surrender to our conquerors next Tuesday, May 5.

For that night only, we will serve Pacifico, Modelo Especial and Corona ($3) along with pint-sized hand-shaken margaritas with house-made mix ($5) and a special, delicious-if-somewhat-ridiculous food menu that will include fish tacos with mango slaw and lime-cilantro creme fraiche, “Mexi-Frites” with fire roasted pepper ketchup, and cucina style chips with salsa fresca and guacamole.

We’ve also hired a rather awesome Mexican folk music trio (NOT a cheeseball mariachi band, I assure you) called Trio Lucero Del Norte who will be kicking out their jams from 9 – 10 p.m. that evening. You can check them out over here: http://www.myspace.com/triolucerodelnorte
Fortuitously, this unorthodox celebration will coincide with the opening of our 156-square foot, outdoor cafe and everyone can agree that drinking outside makes everything seem right with the universe (if only temporarily).

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