A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Entries from November 2010

Added to food & drink: The Olive and Grape

November 30th, 2010 by Dale

We finally got ’round to adding The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N., to our Food & Drink section, where you can read and post reviews, as well as rate local eating and drinking establishments.

The Olive and Grape replaced Olive You in Greenwood in September. Let us know of any other restaurants, drinking establishments and coffee shops you’d like to see added to the site.

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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board looking for new members

November 30th, 2010 by Doree

If you’re someone who loves to walk everywhere, then the city wants you to apply for its Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board.

The goal is to help make walking safer and easier, and to increase the trips people make by walking instead of driving in a car. The volunteer board plays an influential role in implementing Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan, and also advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, and evaluates policies and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Board members serve a two-year term with an opportunity to serve a second term. They are frequent walkers of a variety of ages, levels of mobility, and walks of life, and from areas throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents, and may not be city employees. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry.

The pedestrian board members have articulated their vision: “We want Seattle to become a ‘walking city.’ People will walk in ever increasing numbers. We will want to walk; we will walk safely and with pleasure; we will walk for whatever reasons and at whatever times we choose. In Seattle, walking will be a way of life…”

If you’re interested, email a resume and cover letter by Dec. 17 to Brian Dougherty at brian.dougherty@seattle.gov. For more information, call him at 206-684-5124.

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Last chance to get free trees for your yard

November 30th, 2010 by Doree

The deadline is quickly approaching to get free trees for your yard from the city’s Seattle reLeaf program. You can apply for up to four trees per household. You’ll also get watering bags, a bag of GroCo compost, and training on proper tree planting and care.

Supply is limited and first-come, first-served. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 6. These trees are for your yard, not sidewalk strip.

Planting trees is a great way to lower your carbon footprint. An average city tree will absorb about a ton of harmful carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Urban trees also help keep our water clean, our air breathable, provide habitat for birds and other wildlife and make Seattle a vibrant place to live and work.

Available species include:
1. Shore pine (Pinus contorta ‘Contorta’)
2. Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
3. Red oak (Quercus rubra)
4. Western red cedar (Thuja plicata ‘Excelsa’)
5. Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

You can fill out the application here.

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The Olive and Grape

November 30th, 2010 by Dale

The Olive and Grape (Mediterranean, Italian, Turkish)
8516 Greenwood Ave N (map)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 724-0272

Yelp: “Great appetizers and a decent selection of Turkish and Italian entrees. The calamari/garbanzo beans appetizer is a must have.”

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (20 votes, average: 3.60 out of 5)

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Zoo’s new lion will undergo quarantine exam before being introduced to African Savanna

November 29th, 2010 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo received a 1-year-old female South African lion, named Adia, from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in early November. Adia has been quarantined for the standard 30 days, and will undergo a full physical on Wednesday before her quarantine is over.

Photo by Grahm Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Named Adia (AH-dee-uh), which means “gift” in Swahili, the new lion arrived under a recommendation by the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for African lions. She will be paired for breeding with the zoo’s 11-year-old male lion when she reaches sexual maturity next fall. After clearing quarantine, Adia will be introduced gradually to the zoo’s award-winning African Savanna where she will rotate on exhibit. The male currently lives with another female, 11 years old.

All three lions belong to the South African subspecies, Panthera leo krugeri. Known as the Transvaal lion, it ranges in Southern Sahara to South Africa, excluding the Congo rain forest belt, in grassy plains, savanna and open woodlands.

The lion is perhaps the most iconographic of all the African savanna species. Their presence on the savanna immeasurably increases eco-tourism. In zoos, they help demonstrate the interdependency of all species. Although not endangered, African lions face an uncertain future, primarily due to the growth in human population. Poachers hunt lions for trophies and because they pose a threat to humans and livestock.

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Library now has 15,000 more digital books, more Seattle Times archives

November 29th, 2010 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library has greatly increased its online offerings with an additional 15,000 digital E-books, as well as free access to The Seattle Times historical archives from 1900-1984.

The archive is in addition to the Library’s subscription to digitized copies of the Seattle Times from 1985 to the present. NewsBank, publisher of the Seattle Times Historical Archives, is in the process of digitizing the years 1896 through 1899, with completion expected in January 2011.

The archive is fully searchable and users can print, magnify and save digital copies of the Seattle Times.

To view digital copies of newspapers in the Seattle Times Historical Archives, go to www.spl.org and click on “Library Collection,” then “Databases & Web Sites,” and select “Magazines & Newspapers.” Scroll down the page to find the “Seattle Times Historical Archives.”

As for the 15,000 new digital books, they are public domain titles whose copyrights expired. Volunteers from Project Gutenberg have been digitizing public domain books. The Library now has more than 70,000 files in seven digital formats.

The e-books can be downloaded to a PC or Mac, and transferred to some electronic reading devices.

The 15,000 public domain e-book titles are separate from the main OverDrive collection and all files have DRM-free access. The public domain titles are always available and since downloads do not expire, so there are no due dates or late fees to worry about!

To browse and download public domain e-books available via OverDrive, go to www.spl.org and click on “Library Collection,” then select “Digital Books & Media.” Scroll down to the OverDrive section and click the “Go to OverDrive Project Gutenberg e-books” link. A Library card and PIN number are not required to download public domain items.

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Garbage, recycling pickup back to normal

November 29th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities says solid waste collection is back on a normal schedule after last week’s snow canceled pickups for two days.

Beginning today, SPU is allowing residents whose containers were not picked up on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, to put out twice as much garbage and yard waste for no additional fee, as well as all additional recycling (which is free anyway).

When setting out extra waste, customers are encouraged to place perishable food items in their collection containers and set bagged, non-perishable items next to the containers.

Contractors will also attempt to pick up all missed recycling collections this week instead of on their bi-weekly schedule. If recyclables cannot fit into their container, customers can use a paper bag or cardboard box to store the additional items.

To ensure collection, customers should have their containers out by 7 a.m.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will continue to post service updates on www.seattle.gov/util. Customers can also reach SPU for information by calling Customer Service at (206) 684-3000…Follow SPU on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SeattleSPU.

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PNA’s Winter Festival back for 30th year

November 29th, 2010 by Doree

This weekend marks the 30th annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The festival is expected to attract more than 4,000 people who will do their holiday shopping amongst the 120 juried crafts booths. There’s also live entertainment all weekend long.

The Winter Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 for the general public, plus a can of food for local food banks. Children 12 and under are free.

You’ll find practical gifts from handmade hats and scarves to whimsical toys and garden art. And hundreds of PNA members have donated handmade goodies for the bake sale. Lunch and espresso also are available in the brick building. Enter the handmade quilt raffle for $1. Drawing will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.

But shopping is only one aspect of the Winter Festival. Equally important is the entertainment. It’s hard to resist music that ranges from Sousa to Marimba. Sedentary Sousa players, Appalachian cloggers, blue grass musicians and Middle Eastern belly dancers will all find their way to one of two stages during the weekend.

Since its beginning, the Winter Festival has served as a fundraiser for the Association…Funds raised help to support a variety of PNA programs such as two soup kitchens, before and after school child care, the art gallery, a tool lending library, community projects for neighbors in need, and a number of community building outreach events.

Check out the Winter Festival website for a complete list of vendors and their locations, plus the entertainment schedule.

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Zoo hosting open house on Phinney Avenue improvements

November 28th, 2010 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo is hosting an open house for the community to comment on plans to improve access to and visibility of the zoo on Phinney Avenue North. The open house is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Membership Office lobby inside the zoo’s West Entrance. Light refreshments will be served.

Participants will have the chance to meet with zoo staff to learn about improvements the zoo is considering on Phinney Ave. N. near N. 55th Street, including a new, safe pedestrian path, locations for a zoo sign, directional signage for better wayfinding, and repositioning of the nearby North-bound bus stop to help encourage transit use.

Zoo leadership and project managers will incorporate feedback from the open house in the completion of this improvement project. The project is expected to be completed by May 1, 2011.

For more information about the open house, contact Roxanne Murphy, Community Relations and Outreach Liaison, at roxanne.murphy@zoo.org or 206.548.2462.

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