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Entries from January 2012

Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce asks for business owner input as it reinvents itself

January 31st, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce is reinventing itself, and it needs input from neighborhood business owners, whether they are traditional brick-and-mortar or home-based.

If you own a business in Greenwood or Phinney Ridge, you’re invited to a meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N.

The New Year begins with the opportunity for you to weigh in on the future and role of the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.

Simple Agenda:

We will be accepting nominations for, electing and installing Officers and the Board of Directors.

We will engage in conversation about what you want from your local, business-advocating Chamber of Commerce.

Come, bring your business neighbors, your thoughts and nominations.

Get involved (to the extent you can) as 2012 unfolds as the year of Reinvention and Resurgence!

It’s your Chamber, help us help You!

(PhinneyWood is a member of the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce.)

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Greenwood resident Benjamin Cournoyer to be part of chorus in ‘A Chorus Line’

January 31st, 2012 by Doree

Benjamin Cournoyer, who recently moved to Greenwood, will be a chorus member in Seattle Musical Theatre’s production of “A Chorus Line” at Magnuson Park from Feb. 10 – March 4.

A Chorus Line follows a group of desperate to work actor/dancers through their audition experience for a spot on the synchronized dance chorus of an upcoming Broadway production. Ironically, Director Zach uses the audition to mine each of their very unique personal events that shaped their lives as dancers.

This will be Cournoyer’s fourth production with SMT. His other credits include: Bob Cratchit in “Scrooge: The Musical” at Capital Playhouse; a pirate and a policeman in STAGEright’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance”; Ninian Edwards in “Lincoln in Love” at Village Theatre’s 2010 Festival of New Musicals; Woof in “Hair” at The Historic Everett Theatre; and Richard III at Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio.

Performances are Friday through Sunday, with one Thursday night show. Tickets are $35-$40 with special rates for seniors, students and group sales. Tickets can be purchased online, or by calling the box office at 206-363-2809.

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8th Ave. & 85th St. intersection in Greenwood-Ballard to be closed to traffic this weekend for repaving project

January 31st, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will close the intersection of 8th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street to all traffic this weekend and next weekend, so it can rebuild the roadway as part of its year-long repaving of N/NW 85th Street from Ballard to I-5.

Here’s the latest from SDOT:

Work dates (weather dependent):

  • Friday, February 3 to Monday, February 6*
  • Friday, February 10 to Monday, February 13*
  • These dates are tentative based on weather; visit our website, or sign up for email alerts to receive updates on schedule

Work hours:

  • 6:00 p.m. Friday to 5:00 a.m. Monday (24-hour continuous work)
  • Noisy work activities will be limited between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.


  • The intersection will be completely closed to traffic for two weekends
  • Detour routes will be clearly posted; please follow signed detours and avoid cutting through neighborhood streets
  • Eastbound detours will remain in place on NW 85th St between 15th Ave NW and 8th Ave NW

Transit, bicycles and pedestrians:

  • Metro bus routes #28 and #48 will be affected by this work; sign up for Metro rider alerts for the latest information on route changes
  • Bicycles should detour around the intersection during this work
  • Pedestrian crossings will be maintained; flaggers and uniformed police officers will be present during this work to assist pedestrians

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Volunteers needed for salmon duty

January 30th, 2012 by Geeky Swedes

Volunteer fish feeders are needed for the 2012 salmon supplementation project in Carkeek Park. From February through May, 50,000 Chum Salmon fry will need to be fed three times a day by volunteers. Salmon from the Suquamish Tribal fish hatchery are raised in a small pond at Carkeek Park where they learn the taste and smell of the creek water.

“Salmon duty” takes just 30 minutes at least once a week. Schedules are flexible and fish feeders attend a one hour training. The training for spring fish feeders will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 11.

This is a joint project between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Watershed Community Action Project. Interested fish feeders should contact Nancy Malmgren at 206-363-4116.

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Greenwood Market getting ready to say goodbye

January 30th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood Market is in its last week of business at the corner of NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW, before closing to make way for an expanded Fred Meyer.

I stopped by this afternoon to talk with Store Director Patty Nolan. She wanted customers to know that while everything is on clearance, currently priced from 10-50 percent off the lowest marked price, the store still has plenty of inventory.

Greenwood Market is still receiving shipments of bread.

While there are empty shelves, the store is still receiving dairy and bread shipments, and they’ve got a ton of canned pumpkin, plenty of juices, cooking oil and spices. The produce aisle is still fairly well stocked, too.

“We were joking that it looks like Thanksgiving,” Nolan said of the canned pumpkin display. “And we have lots of Gefilte Fish!”

Some shelves are empty, but Greenwood Market still has a lot of juice and crackers.

Nolan said Greenwood Market plans to hold a low-key open house for its regular customers from 5-7 p.m. Friday, as a way to say thank you to its loyal customers.

Greenwood Market’s last day will be Saturday.

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Business, neighborhood news roundup

January 30th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of recent business and other news.

Istanbul Kebab has opened in the space formerly occupied by Pita Grill and King Falafel, at 8317 Greenwood Ave. N. (Thanks to Lauralee for the tip and photo!)

418 Public House (formerly the Reading Gaol), at 418 NW 65th St., is now open to people under the age of 21 until 8 p.m., and even has a kids menu. A Phinney Ridge resident tells us that 418 serves excellent Mexican food, and has a selection of rotating taps.

The Greenwood Senior Center is having a special early Valentine’s Day luncheon featuring the Cornucopia Band, at 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Cost is $5, plus a donation for the Greenwood Food Bank. RSVP at 206-297-0875.

826 Seattle, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., is getting ready for its winter/spring workshop season.

We will be offering a wide range of Saturday and school holiday creative writing workshops for students between the ages of 7 and 18.

Our innovative workshop leaders have created a host of dynamic workshops, from fairytale riffs to rock music reporting, faux travelogues to found poetry, graphic illustrating to persuasive writing, and more!

There’s something for everyone, so sign up here and get inspired. We guarantee your imagination will be stretched well beyond what you thought were its furthest limits.

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Live music, Spanish story time, remodeling advice and more in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

January 27th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a peek at what’s happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check out our Events calendar any time for more.

Jim Page in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. Free; food and drink available for purchase. On Saturday, Couth Buzzard welcomes Pint & Dale performing “Music of the Blue Divide” starting at 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, listen to the OneFourFive Georgian Polyphonic Choir at 7 p.m.

Dr. Richard Kimball & the Fugitive perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

Seattle City Hall Open House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 601 5th Ave., downtown. The city is providing local music and food. Meet your elected officials, tour city offices, have a Q&A session with the mayor, and learn more about city resources.

Seattle Public Library rescheduled its Jan. 18 meeting at the Ballard Library to tomorrow (Saturday) from 2-4 p.m. at the Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E. SPL is hosting community meetings to ask for input on library services.

World Languages Story Time in Spanish at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The 4th Annual Beatles Sing-along Benefit for Elizabeth Gregory Home is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Egan Hall at St. John’s School, 123 N. 79th St.

Bill Evans performs a Banjo in America concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

The PNA’s annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Meet with dozens of contractors, architects, designers, and more, plus City of Seattle permitting specialists will be available to answer questions. Admission is $6 for PNA members, $10 general; children 12 and under are free.

Looking ahead to next week, the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Cultural Engagement Film Series is hosting a Queer Youth Film Event with a special screening of “Put This on the Map” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. The screening will be in Community Hall, in the lower level of the Brick Building. Free.

Join us for a screening of this award-winning local film, featuring 26 queer youth sharing their thoughts and feelings about gender and sexuality. These remarkable teens are from Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and other Eastside communities. In this affecting 35-minute film they raise issues of identity and questions of belonging, while expressing their essential humanity.

Following the movie, there will be an opportunity for sharing and discussion, facilitated by the Safe Schools Coalition. PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and Teen Link will also be on hand to share resources, along with the filmmakers.

Munch fresh popcorn, enjoy a soda and get the chance to win a free night out at the Majestic Bay Theater! Whether you identify yourself as straight or queer or prefer no label at all, whether you are 14 years old, 84 years young or “ageless,” you are welcome at this event.

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SDOT getting back up to speed on 85th Street repaving project after snow storm

January 27th, 2012 by Doree

The major repaving project on N/NW 85th Street was put on hold for several days last week because of the snow and ice. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) resumed work this week. Here’s an update on current work.

Work continues in Phase 1 between 15th Ave NW and 8th Ave NW. Work activities impacted by the snow are currently being rescheduled. We will continue to update you on how the weather delay may impact anticipated work activities over the next couple weeks.

Construction activities anticipated this week include:

  • Continued roadway removal and excavation between:
  1. Mary Ave NW and 14th Ave NW (north side)
  2. 14th Ave NW and 12th Ave NW (north side)
  3. 11th Ave NW and 10th Ave NW (north side)
  4. Dibble Ave NW and 8th Ave NW (south side)
  • Installation of drainage facilities at the intersection of 14th Ave NW and NW 85th St
  • Concrete paving throughout the project area (as weather allows)
  • Opening of 12th Ave NW and closing of 11th Ave NW — Side streets can be closed for up to 30 days total, however the days are not required to be consecutive. This means streets may be opened and closed as needed.
  • Closure of Dibble Avenue south of NW 85th St for installation of drainage facilities and roadway removal, excavation and concrete panel replacement.
  • Westbound traffic continues to be maintained through Phase 1 primarily on the south side of the street.

Stay tuned for more details on upcoming construction activities via email and our project website early next week.

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Hand-painted guitars by Pearl Jam bassist bring in $17,000 for 826 Seattle

January 26th, 2012 by Doree

826 Seattle was thrilled today to learn that two custom-made and hand-painted bass guitars were sold at auction for $8,501 each, with all the proceeds going to the non-profit tutoring and writing center.

Jeff Ament, bassist for Pearl Jam, asked his favorite guitar maker, Mike Lull, to build the guitars, then Ament painted them. They were each valued at $5,500. Below is the guitar Ament called “Green Noise.”

The guitars were auctioned through the CharityBuzz website. As soon as the auction ended this afternoon, 826 Seattle sent out this tweet:

THANK YOU to everyone who helped support today’s auction. You’re ALL rockstars to us. Final bids? $17,000. Holy. Moly. We are SO GRATEFUL.

826 Seattle later told us each guitar sold for $8,501, for a total of $17,002.

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