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Entries from May 2009

Sunny opening day of Phinney Farmers Market

May 30th, 2009 by Doree

Yesterday the weather was perfect for the first day of this year’s Phinney Farmers Market at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Gary Paine (under the yellow tent) played guitar and sang while shoppers picked their fruits and veggies.

Beautiful flowers were on sale too.

And, of course, the little ones loved the super fast slides on the hillside!

Dozens of vendors also sell meat, cheese, cidar, jam, pastries, ice cream, pizza, Pan African food, honey, chocolates, bread and more. The market runs every Friday from 3-7 p.m., rain or shine, through Oct. 2.

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Suspected drunk driver arrested at 60th & 3rd

May 29th, 2009 by Doree

James sent us these photos of the arrest of a suspected drunk driver near NW 60th St. and 3rd Ave. NW. on Friday about 5 p.m. James says the woman in the orange vest is an off-duty Seattle Police Officer who happened to be riding down the street on her Vespa and found the man allegedly trying to leave the scene after hitting some parked cars.

James tells us that when the on-duty officers arrived, they took over the arrest.

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Meet your local legislators Saturday

May 29th, 2009 by Doree

State legislators Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson and Rep. Reuven Carlyle will host a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday to provide an overview of the 2009 session and what future steps our state should take.The town hall is at the Seattle Labor Temple, Hall #8, at 2800 1st Ave.

The legislators will use the time to talk about issues affecting the 36th District, the state revenue shortfall and the budgets that passed, and to take comments and questions from constituents.

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Garage sale to benefit food bank

May 29th, 2009 by Doree

Ben tells us that his church community is having a multi-family garage sale on Saturday to benefit the Greenwood Food Bank. The sale is at 9222 3rd Ave. NW, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We are selling tons of clothes, kid and baby gear, kids toys, lots of shoes, household items (espresso machine etc). All proceeds are going to support the Greenwood Food Bank.

We’re also wanting to make this a Greenwood neighborhood party, so we will have free coffee in the morning, food all day, a BBQ from 11-1 and a bunch of neighbors hanging out. All the food has been donated, so every cent of the sale goes to the food bank.

Whether people stop to buy, eat, socialize or donate $ to a good cause, we’d love to see as many people from the neighborhood as possible.

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‘Around the World in 80 Days’ reviewed

May 29th, 2009 by Dale

The Seattle Times has done a review for the latest play at Taproot, the rollicking adaptation of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days,” that does a better job of describing the fast-paced play than we could do as amateur theatergoers.

Taproot should be pretty happy about the writeup, considering the concern they’ve voiced about not having their last play reviewed by the papers, which they believe negatively affected ticket sales. To combat the recent loss of newspaper arts critics with the P-I’s closure, their marketing people are coming up with ways to encourage the audience to virally promote their shows, including handing out slips of paper reminding people to post critiques online and tell their friends.

Director Scott Nolte said they saw an uptick in sales for “Tuesdays with Morrie” when people started posting about it on Facebook. 

Left to right: Nolan Palmer, Ryan Childers and Alyson Scadron Branner. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

The play runs through June 20 and even though we were lucky enough to have already seen it once during a Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce event held before the play officially opened, we had such a good time we plan to be back to see how it evolves.

“Around the World in 80 Days” runs from through June 20 at Taproot Theatre at 204 N. 85th St. For tickets, call Taproot Theatre’s box office at (206) 781-9707 or Ticketmaster at (206) 292-ARTS, or online.

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Strut’s 1-year anniversary sale & party

May 28th, 2009 by Doree

Strut shoe store at 7511 Greenwood Ave. N. is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Owner Paula says they’ll have hourly drawings, refreshments, cake, and that-day-only discounts.

Strut’s motto is: “We are all about comfort and style!” Strut sells dozens of brands for women, men and kids, including Merrell, Crocs, Terrasoles, Dr. Scholls, Naturino, Relaxshoe, Planet Walkers, and Bobux and See Kai Run for the kids.

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St. John’s School dedicates ‘Peace Wall’

May 28th, 2009 by Doree

Today St. John’s Catholic School formally dedicated and blessed a “Peace Wall” created by its students. Each tile was decorated by a St. John student and has a picture or peaceful word such as smile, appreciate, comfort, and grace. Fr. Crispin Okoth, originally from Kenya and current pastor at St. John Parish, said the blessing. The wall lines a path the students take to enter and exit the school grounds.

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Phinney Farmers Market opens Friday

May 28th, 2009 by Doree

Time to get your fresh fruit and veggies, flowers, jam, pickles, cheese, hand-made pasta, baked goods, pizza and a whole lot more as the Phinney Farmers Market opens the season Friday from 3-7 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Live music from 4-6 p.m., a play area for the kids and sunshine – what a great way to spend a Friday evening and support your local farmers.

Phinney’s market runs every Friday through Oct. 2. They always have a whiteboard out front detailing what’s fresh that week, but you can also sign up for a weekly “Ripe and Ready Report” from the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance. Send an email to nfma@seattlefarmersmarkets.org to be added to the list.

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Oliver’s Twist robbed at gunpoint Wednesday

May 28th, 2009 by Doree

The Seattle P.I. reports that a bar in the 6800 block of Greenwood Avenue North was robbed at gunpoint about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. The police report does not name the bar (because all crime reports are supposedly confidential), but we received a tip from someone who heard on a police scanner that it was Oliver’s Twist (which is also the only bar in that block).

According to the P.I.:

He was described as a black man, slim build, 6-foot-2 and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and a mask over the lower half of his face.

“I’m going to say this one time, you’re going to get the money and put it in the bag,” he told the man working there, according to a police report.

Facing a black semi-automatic handgun, the man turned over $300 to $400. The suspect didn’t approach either witness, but told them not to look at him.

The man fled north on Greenwood Avenue North. The employee, who was not injured, locked the doors and called police. Officers tried to track the man with a police dog.

Thanks to HL for the P.I. link.

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