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


Entries from June 2012

Farmers Market, live music and hundreds of hot rods in the neighborhood this weekend

June 29th, 2012 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check out our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Farmers Market runs from 3-7 p.m. Friday, with fresh produce, bread, flowers and lots more, in the parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a special book reading by Bharti Kirchner starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday: “Tulip Season: A Mitra Basu Mystery.”

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, 108 NW 83rd St., is hosting its annual Book & Media Sale on Saturday.

The Greenwood Car Show takes over the length of Greenwood Avenue North from North 65th to North 90 streets on Saturday. The show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the road will be closed from 5 a.m. to about 6:30 p.m. About 60,000 people are expected to check out the classic and collector vehicles.

A benefit for Rosalie Sorrells, with Gary Kanter, Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston, starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Bruce Molsky and Jim Miller perform old-time fiddle music at 9 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 at the door. You can also see a live webcast on Empty Sea Television.

Starting Sunday, you’ll need to bring your own shopping bags to grocery stores, or pay a five-cent per paper bag fee. Seattle Public Utilities and Safeway stores will give away more than 32,000 free reusable bags to shoppers while supplies last, beginning Sunday. Those thin plastic bags will be a thing of the past, but thicker (2.25 millimeters or greater, like many department stores use) are considered reusable and might be provided free, depending on the store).

Looking ahead to next week, the PNA hosts a public viewing of the Euro 2012 soccer final, starting at 11:45 a.m. Monday, in Community Hall.

And garbage, yard waste and recycling pickups are on a normal schedule on July 4, but the North Transfer Station will be closed to the public.

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Thief steals Greenwood amputee chef’s custom-made knives

June 29th, 2012 by Doree

KOMO has an interesting story about a Greenwood man, who lost his right hand years ago, and uses specially-made knives in his career as a chef. The knives were designed to fit his prosthetic hand. A thief stole his car from in front of his Greenwood home earlier this week. When the car was recovered a few days later, the custom-made knives were missing.

You can read KOMO’s full story here.

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Top Ten Toys, Beach Comber Kids Cuts win ParentMap’s Golden Teddy Awards

June 29th, 2012 by Doree

Congratulations to Top Ten Toys for winning ParentMap magazine’s Golden Teddy Award for best toy store, and to Beach Combers Kids Cuts for best kids haircut.

Other neighborhood favorites that were finalists:

And Seattle Magazine is looking for neighborhood nominations for its annual “Best of” issue in December. Vote for your neighborhood favorites through July 15.

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Greenwood, start your engines! Car Show tomorrow closes down Greenwood Avenue to show off hundreds of classic cars

June 29th, 2012 by Doree

The repaving of Greenwood Avenue North is complete, just in time for the annual Greenwood Car Show on Saturday. The road will be closed for about a mile and a half, from North 65th to North 90th streets, to allow for tens of thousands of people to ooh and aah over hundreds of classic and cool cars.

The show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the street closes starting at 5 a.m. and lasting until 6:30 p.m. The cross streets of North 80th and 85th will remain open. Seattle Police will direct traffic and pedestrians.

It’s free to attend, but the organizers, the Greenwood Knights will give a portion of the car entry fees to local charities. Last year, the Greenwood Knights gave $10,000 to the Greenwood Food Bank and $3,000 to the Greenwood Senior Center.

The city is expecting about 60,000 people to attend. Lance Lambert, producer and host of TV’s long-running “The Vintage Vehicle Show,” will once again emcee the awards ceremony starting at 3 p.m.

The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at 525 N. 85th St. Cost is $5 for adults or $15 for the whole family. You’ll get pancakes, eggs, meat, fruit, juice and coffee. All proceeds support the Senior Center’s programs.

Bluebird Microcreamery will open early to serve ice cream at 10:30 a.m. And Naked City Brewery is hosting its 3rd annual Beer Can Derby during the Car Show. (If any other businesses are planning something special during the car show, please put a note in comments.)

Metro bus route 5 will be rerouted off Greenwood Avenue onto NW 65th Street, to 8th Avenue NW, to 3rd Avenue NW, to North 90th Street and then to its regular route. Because of road construction on North 85th Street, eastbound Route 48 will be rerouted to 8th Avenue NW, to NW/N 80th Street, to Wallingford Avenue North, then back to its regular route.

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‘Big blank wall’ between Naked City and New’s Noodles will be shorter

June 28th, 2012 by Doree

The top of that big blank wall that stretches between Naked City Brewery and New’s Noodles in the 8600 block of Greenwood Avenue North is being knocked down.

The wall before demolition. Photo from 2011.

Several business owners on that street have long complained that various crimes happen in the Yen Wor Garden parking lot behind the wall, and both sides of the wall and the parking lot are frequently hit by graffiti.

Graffiti and garbage behind the wall. Photo from 2011.

The wall will now be 47 inches tall, allowing clear views from Greenwood Avenue into the parking lot, and will hopefully deter any criminal acts.

Several folks from Naked City have spent the last few days with a concrete saw and sledge hammers, taking down the top section.

Picture taken today, showing most of the wall has been shortened.

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Outdoor art exhibit created at Carkeek Park

June 28th, 2012 by Doree

This comes from our sister site, My Ballard:

A new outdoor art exhibit was recently unveiled at Carkeek Park. It’s called “Rootbound: Heaven and Earth 4” and features 18 artists from around the Puget Sound, Vancouver, B.C., California and Oregon. The exhibit is installed along nearly three miles of trail through the park’s canyons and creeks, and features site-specific sculpture including sound art, kinetic sculptures, and landscape inventions. “All works are considered experimental: some are designed to last for the entire four month display period…while others incorporate decay and erosion,” according to the exhibit’s website. “The exhibit’s themes offer a variety of perspectives on art and nature.”

“Tree Futures” by Suze Woolf. Photo from the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.

“From Rust to Dust” by Suzanne Tidwell. Photo from the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.

“I will go back and not come out” by Fox Anthony Spears. Photo from the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.

The exhibit is a collaboration of Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and 4Culture Site Specific. It is up now through October 31.

From Seattle Parks:

Following a widely acclaimed debut in 2009 that received national attention, CoCA and the five organizations have partnered again to bring another exhibition to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle. As before, the theme concerns the natural world in a time of dramatic change. Some of the art is designed to weather in place and erode, while other work incorporates movement and interactive use by visitors.

To learn more about the exhibit, visit the Heaven and Earth Exhibition website.

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Greenwood Food Bank needs 3 Lead Volunteers

June 28th, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Food Bank, inside the Community Resource Center at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., needs three Lead Volunteers.

Help your community and build leadership skills by joining the Greenwood Food Bank as a Lead Volunteer. The Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank is seeking three dedicated volunteers to take on management roles in the organization: a Food Bank Lead Volunteer, to direct food distribution and operation of food bank distribution center; a Warehouse Lead Volunteer, to manage the food bank warehouse and monitor inventory; and a Volunteer Food Bank Coordinator, to supervise the daily operations of the Greenwood Food Bank as a whole. Please contact Volunteers of America at (206) 782-6731 orgreenwoodfoodbank@voaww.org for more information.

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Dick’s adding restrooms, ATM

June 27th, 2012 by Doree

Dick’s restaurant on Holman Road is adding restrooms, an ATM and some other upgrades.

According to the sign in the window, construction should be done by November. They’ll be posting updates on their Facebook page.

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Spoke & Food returns today for donations to charity while biking and dining

June 26th, 2012 by Doree

The third annual Spoke & Food event is back today, and Stumbling Goat Bistro is your local eatery offering a donation to a local non-profit in exchange for biking to your meal.

Spoke & Food is a city-wide event that aims to encourage biking, as well as donations to a good cause. From 6-10 p.m. tonight, bike to any of the 16 participating restaurants and 20 percent of your total bill will be donated to FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank.

Participating restaurants by neighborhood:

  • Ballard – Barking Dog Alehouse
  • Capitol Hill – Julia’s on Broadway
  • Columbia City – St. Dames
  • Fremont – Nickerson Street Saloon
  • Green Lake – Duke’s Chowder House
  • Madison Park – McGilvra’s
  • Madrona – St. Clouds
  • Maple Leaf – Snappy Dragon
  • Phinney Ridge – Stumbling Goat Bistro
  • Queen Anne – Emmer & Rye
  • Ravenna – Pied Piper Alehouse
  • Roosevelt – Marcello’s Ristorante
  • Salmon Bay (Ballard) – The Shelter
  • South Lake Union – Serious Pie
  • Wallingford – Julia’s
  • White Center – Proletariat Pizza

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