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Entries from August 2009

85th & Greenwood intersection reopened

August 31st, 2009 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation tells us that the westbound lanes of 85th St. at the Greenwood Avenue intersection are back open today, after the road was repaired following a water main break that flooded the intersection three weeks ago.

Marybeth Turner says the road crew had a little finishing work to do this morning before reopening the lanes, but that traffic is now flowing in all directions.

We haven’t had a chance to drive through there yet today, so please tell us how the road looks and feels.

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Zoo Doo ready for its closeup

August 31st, 2009 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo announces its Fall Fecal Fest, when local gardeners go crazy for animal waste to fertilize their gardens. Here’s a pile of the steaming Zoo Doo, as it’s called (photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ):

Because of contaminants found in earlier piles (it’s since been given a clean, ahem, bill of health), there’s less Zoo Doo this fall than usual, so the usual lottery process will be even more competitive.

You can also buy Bedspread, a composted mulch made from the manures and bedding of the zoo’s non-primate herbivores.

Bedspread is like Zoo Doo but contains higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It is excellent fertile mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways, and is an ideal mulch and soil builder for Northwest gardens.

If you want the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread, send a postcard from Sept. 11-25 to: Zoo Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information: name, day/evening phone numbers, whether you’d prefer Zoo Doo or Bedspread; how much you’d like to buy (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size pick-up truck load); and whether you prefer weekday or weekend pick-up. (Only one postcard per person allowed.)

Postcards will be randomly selected and Dr. Doo will contact only the lucky winners. Pick-up dates are Oct. 9-25. You’ll have to load the compost yourself, but the zoo will provide shovels.

Cost for either Zoo Doo or Bedspread:

  • Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60
  • 6×4 bed: $45
  • 6×3 bed: $35
  • Garbage cans: $8 to $10
  • Bags: $4 to $6 depending on size.
  • Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available in the ZooStore for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

For more information, call the poop line at 206-625-POOP or visit the zoo’s website.

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Libraries closed today through next Monday

August 31st, 2009 by Doree

Don’t forget that all branches of the Seattle Public Library are closed all this week for a furlough to save the library system money. The libraries also will be closed next Monday for Labor Day. All branches will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Book drops are locked, and you can’t even access the library’s website because there’s no one to staff it. Library fines will not accrue this week and no books are due.

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Greenwood Park parties on

August 31st, 2009 by Doree

Hundreds of people played and ate at the Greenwood Park party on Sunday, while looking at design possibilities for future expansion.

Olive You, My. Gyros and Molly Moon’s donated food, as did a number of neighbors who took turns on grilling duty.

Thanks to David for the photos!

Here’s a brief report from Vision Greenwood Park Chair Mike Stringer:

Congratulations, everyone.

That was a fantastic event!!! Everything came together amazingly well. We had terrific attendance. I counted heads when everyone was lining up for ice cream, and there were at least 100 people in the plaza. That doesn’t include all the folks who had walked through earlier or came by later. Everyone I spoke to was having a great time and really appreciated our community building effort.

I want to give special thanks to our ‘party committee’ of Loretta, Cassandra and Joanna. You ladies did a great job organizing the event.

Thanks to Kurt and John for their culinary expertise. To Ann Bowden for all the supplies. To Patrick and his volunteer crew. And of course, thanks to Mark, Clayton, and Anna for the great design work. The layouts looked beautiful.

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Harlequin Source School combines dance, circus

August 30th, 2009 by Doree

Harlequin Source School is a unique movement studio that unifies dance, circus, martial arts, and yoga into one incredibly cool space inside SPACE: A Design Build Collective at 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite 103. Harlequin is now introducing classes for the community.

The Harlequin Source School began with a fighter turned tango dancer and art representative from Boulder, CO. She met a San Francisco native theater artist and choreographer in a Seattle blues dance venue. Over a month, they discovered a shared passion for education, community and of all things, the Circus. A desire to blend all of these interests into something entirely new was born, and within another month the desire had a name.

The first to rehearse at HSS were the Harlequin Hipsters, a dancing troupe of acrobatic jesters under the direction of Ryan Barret. Now, members of the troupe contribute their knowledge from disciplines as varied as ballet and clowning or partner acrobatics and tango.

Harlequin has classes for capoeira, yoga, poi (firedancing), Argentine tango, hip-hop, aerial dance, fusion dance, modern dance and hula-hooping. There’s even a Kid’s Circus class for ages 7-13. Check out the full schedule.

Inside the 2,000 square foot space they’ve got a 500-square-foot sprung dance floor, 20-foot tall ceilings, lounge areas, mirrored wall, counter and table space, and bathrooms. Here’s the crowd after a recent performance by the Harlequin Hipsters:

And in case you were wondering what that shiny metal box is on top of the building…

That’s the space for another innovative group, Versatile Arts, which offers aerial performance classes in what they call The Cathedral.

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Sun too much for PNA’s solar-powered ATM

August 29th, 2009 by Dale

The prototype solar-powered ATM recently installed in the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s upper parking lot has been removed after getting “fried” by too much power coming from its solar cell array, according to the PNA.

All that remains is a gray metal case and the post that held the solar cells.

While the ATM’s design is refined, the PNA is taking the opportunity to design a way to better integrate it into the space, incorporating it into a structure that could include covered bike parking, according to Judith Wood at the PNA. As a result, it may be next spring before the ATM is reinstalled.

“In the interest of doing it well, we’re not going to do it quickly,” Wood said.

The next closest ATM is inside El Chupacabra. There’s also one at the 7-Eleven on the corner of Phinney Avenue and 59th Street and inside Ken’s Market at Greenwood Avenue and 73rd.

This got us thinking about putting together a listing of ATMs in Greenwood and Phinney. We know of several, but we’re hoping you can help out by letting us know in comments or via e-mail of ATMs you use, as well as what fees they charge.

Thanks, artman1951, for the tip! 

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Public meeting Sept. 14 for 6010 Phinney

August 29th, 2009 by Doree

The city Design Review Board will meet Sept. 14 to go over designs and take public comment for the 6010 Phinney project. The project would demolish the current building, housing Roosters, Chef Liao, Daily Planet Antiques and Phinney Ridge Cleaners, and build a new four-story building with 2,708 square feet of commercial at ground level and 18 residential units above.

We’ve reported on previous public meetings that got a little testy.

The meeting is set for 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, at the Ballard High School Library.

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For sale: Poetry

August 29th, 2009 by Dale

We were tickled by the entrepreneurial spirit of Meredith Clark who set up a manual typewriter and a simple “Poetry Store” sign at the Phinney Farmers Market on Friday.

People would give her a theme. She’d ask a few questions, ponder possibilities, then concentrate on the keys as she pecked out some prose verse. When we talked with her, she was wrapping up a fittingly themed poem for the venue about radishes.

We took her up on her offer as well, getting a very touching poem about the PhinneyWood Kid sharing a tricycle ride with his teddy bear.

Clark, who has a background in education and writing, was accepting donations of any amount to help defray her moving expenses to Seattle from Rhode Island. You might see her at other local markets. If you’re interested in getting a poem in the meantime, you can contact her at moineau at gmail.com.

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Montessori Garden holds open houses

August 29th, 2009 by Doree

Montessori Garden moved into the Phinney Neighborhood Center earlier this year and is now offering half-day and full-day programs for ages 3-6.

Half days run from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30-4 p.m. The full day class is 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open houses for the coming year are set for Nov. 14, Dec. 12 and Jan. 30. Each open house is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children are welcome.

Email or call 206-524-83076 to RSVP for limited spaces.

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