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


Entries from January 2013

Thieves try to siphon gas from at least 3 cars in Phinney Ridge

January 31st, 2013 by Doree

Roger tells us that at least three neighbors near Greenwood Avenue North and Greenwood Circle had gas siphoned – or attempted to be siphoned – from their cars overnight.

Roger’s gas tank cover was open, but he has a locking gas cap, so it was inaccessible. He noticed gas caps hanging off of two neighbors’ vehicles.

Did anyone else have this problem?

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UPDATE: The Shop Agora closes Phinney Ridge store, turning into wholesale showroom, distribution center

January 30th, 2013 by Doree

Update Thursday: We’ve just heard back from The Shop Agora’s owners, and they tell us the Phinney Ridge store is being turned into a wholesale showroom and online distribution center because their business is expanding. They’ve consolidated their retail and food service to the Capitol Hill store.

Earlier: The Shop Agora has closed its Phinney Ridge store, 6417-A Phinney Ave. N. The sign on the door asks customers to visit its  Capitol Hill store, which opened in August 2011, at 346 15th Ave. E.


The shades remain closed, but in looking through the glass door you can see they’ve started packing up.


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Taproot Theatre expansion on track for late-summer completion

January 30th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre’s expansion is coming along, as crews get the site ready for the modular construction building to be installed sometime this summer.


The back side of Taproot Theatre’s existing building is on the right.

Taproot’s Producing Artistic Director, Scott Nolte, tells me the plan is for the new building to be finished in late summer. With modular construction, the building components are completed offsite, then installation and finish work takes about four to six weeks.

The expansion takes the place of the former Eleanor Roosevelt Building, which housed four restaurants and burned in the Oct. 23, 2009, arson. The new building will include a second theater, dressing rooms, offices, scene workshop and a café and wine bar at 208 N. 85th Street.

If you’re wondering about the huge mural that was installed along the construction fence two months after the arson, Nolte said it is currently in storage, waiting for someone to come forward with a new site for it. Nolte said the mural would likely need to be touched up by the artists first.



The mural used to cover most of the length of the construction fence.

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Greenwood Fred Meyer opening at 7 a.m. Friday

January 30th, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that the remodeled Greenwood Fred Meyer will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, at 100 NW 85th St.

The parking lot was full of construction vehicles and workers making last-minute preparations this morning.


The old Greenwood Market sign on the corner of NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW was finally taken down last week and has been replaced with a Fred Meyer sign.



Fred Meyer employees will serve cake at 2 p.m. Friday, and they’ll be donating $25,000 to local charities, including $5,000 to the Greenwood Senior Center and $5,000 to the Greenwood Food Bank. The store also will have a food drive for the food bank for the month of February, and will use its coin collection boxes at registers to collect donations for the food bank until May 25.

Fred Meyer also plans to donate perishable food items to the Greenwood Food Bank five days a week through the Grocery Rescue Program.

Update: Fred Meyer Public Affairs Spokeswoman Melinda Merrill just told me that neighbors are invited for a sneak peek inside the store from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Customers can use the grand opening ad that will be in the newspaper; there will also be lots of food samples.

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‘Jeeves in Bloom’ opens at Taproot on Friday

January 29th, 2013 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., presents “Jeeves in Bloom” from Feb. 1-March 2 (previews Wednesday and Thursday).


Randy Scholz, Matt Shimkus and Aaron Lamb. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Peace. Tranquility. The English countryside. Then Bertie Wooster pays a visit. While ducking romance, fleeing a cleaver-wielding chef and burgling his uncle, Bertie’s trail of mischief and mayhem is set right by his unflappable valet, Jeeves. Based on characters created by author P.G. Wodehouse…

Wodehouse’s Jeeves series is considered by many to be some of the most humorous writing in the English language. The characters rose in popularity and were made infamous in the 1990’s BBC comedy series, Jeeves and Wooster, starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. The Jeeves character also inspired the phrase “right ho, Jeeves” and the internet search engine, askjeeves.com. Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse was a master of English prose who was admired by his contemporaries and successors alike.

Taproot Theatre’s production of Jeeves in Bloom is directed by Associate Artistic Director Karen Lund and features Matt Shimkus as Jeeves and Aaron Lamb as Bertie Wooster, accompanied by the talented Marianna de Fazio, Stephen Grenley, Parker Matthews, Kim Morris and Randy Scholz. The production team includes scenic and sound designer Mark Lund, costume designer Sarah Burch Gordon and lighting designer Roberta Russell. Micah Lynn Trapp serves as stage manager, Christine Marie Brown as dialect coach and Tina Polzin as dramaturg.

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Suspect in Greenwood home invasion arrested

January 28th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police have arrested a suspect in a home invasion in Greenwood and a series of violent armed robberies in another part of the city.

From the SPD Blotter:

Seattle police have arrested a man suspected in a series of violent armed robberies in the East Precinct, and a home invasion in Greenwood.

Detectives believe the man opened fire inside a home during a January 20th home invasion robbery at 92nd and Greenwood, and pulled a gun on several victims and threatened to shoot them during several holdups in the East Precinct over the last month.
On Sunday, patrol officers spotted the 19-year-old suspect near Mount Baker and chased after him on foot. Officers were able to catch up to him, arrest him, and book him into the King County Jail for robbery.

Officers also found a handgun not far from where they arrested the man.

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Visit Fire Station 21 on Neighbor Appreciation Day Feb. 9

January 28th, 2013 by Doree

Neighbor-Appreciation-Day-2004ArtWinner-resizedThe 19th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is on Saturday, Feb. 9. It’s a day to celebrate all our great neighbors and communities. As part of the festivities, nearly two dozen fire stations will open their doors to the community from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. so people can take a tour and get to know their firefighters better.

Besides Station 21 at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N., nearby stations celebrating that day include Green Lake Fire Station 16, 6846 Oswego Place NE; Ballard Fire Station 18, 1521 NW Market St.; Bitter Lake Fire Station 24, 401 N 130th St.; and Crown Hill Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave. NW.

The city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day website allows you to send an e-card to neighbors, tell a story about your favorite neighbor or what makes your neighborhood special, ideas for how to celebrate the day, and an events calendar for the day.

By the way, Neighbor Appreciation Day was first suggested to the city in 1995 by Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood. Thanks, Judith!

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School open houses, live music and home remodeling in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

January 25th, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of events happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Three schools in the neighborhood are hosting open houses for prospective students on Saturday.

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 N. 117th St., is hosting its open house for preschool through 8th grade at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Fitzgerald Room, followed by Bingo Night at 6 p.m.

KapKa Cooperative School, 510 N. 49th St., just south of Woodland Park Zoo, is hosting its open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

North Seattle Fives, 5515 Phinney Ave. N., is hosting its open house at 1 p.m. Saturday.

David Grier performs at 7 p.m. Friday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, the third Greenwood Lit Crawl begins. “A Quintet of Quays” visits Chocolati, Couth Buzzard, Bherd Studios and Naked City Brewery.

Community Open Mic, hosted by Theo Dzielak, at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Couth Buzzard hosts Rhythm Rollers — Northern Tune Open Jam.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Phil and Vivian Williams in concert at 7:30p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $15, or $13 for SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids are half price. Reserve seats online or call 206-528-8523.

They play the hoedowns, reels, waltzes, dance tunes, and songs that came to the Pacific Northwest with the pioneers over the Oregon Trail, and later immigrants. This dynamic, foot stomping music is played on acoustic instruments – fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin – as it was in the old days. It brings back the images of relaxing after a hard day on the Trail, the Saturday night dance in the Grange Hall, and the simple pleasures of having a good time playing music with friends and neighbors after the day’s chores are done.

The 5th annual Beatles Sing-along benefit for Elizabeth Gregory Home, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s School’s Egan Hall, 123 N. 79th St. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults ,$5 for kids, and $10 for seniors.

Elizabeth Gregory Home provides transitional housing, case management, and drop-in services to adult women who are homeless in the Seattle and surrounding areas, including King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. EGH officially opened its doors to homeless women in 2006. It now operates a day center in the University District, where women may wash their clothes, cook meals, and learn computer skills, as well as a residence in the Maple Leaf neighborhood where a few women stay while transitioning to a better life. More information can be found online.

The sing-along features a live band and lyrics displayed on a screen to help refresh old memories (and create new ones). Over three dozen Beatles tunes are covered spanning their entire career, from the simpler early songs to more complex arrangements which feature strings and horns. The event is truly multigenerational, as previous years have had attendees ranging from toddler to 90+ years of age.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design and Remodel Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with dozens of contractors, architects, electricians, permit specialists and others on hand. Cost is $6 for PNA members, $10 for the general public. Children 12 and under are free.

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50¢ Books gone, Happy Feet Reflexology coming

January 24th, 2013 by Doree

Dann’s 50¢ Books has moved out of 8536 Greenwood Ave. N. after opening last summer, but Happy Feet Reflexology is moving in, according to a sign in the window.

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Happy Feet still has its original location in Roosevelt, at 1223 NE 65th St. It offers Chinese foot reflexology and body acupressure.

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