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Entries from March 2013

Seattle & King County offering amnesty on pet licenses this month

March 31st, 2013 by Doree

Seattle and King County are offering pet owners a one-month amnesty on pet licenses during the month of April. So if you let your pet’s license lapse or never purchased one to begin with, now’s your chance to do it without a penalty.

You can purchase or renew a pet license online, or at most City of Seattle Neighborhood Service Centers (the closest to our neighborhood is in Ballard, next to the library), or at the Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W.

The cost to license a dog is $47 for one year ($27 if spayed or neutered), or $69 for two years ($37 if spayed or neutered).

A cat license will cost $30 for one year ($20 if spayed or neutered), or $45 for two years ($27 if spayed or neutered).

Special licenses may be granted to miniature goats for $20 for one year or $30 for two years; and potbellied pigs for $120 for the first year and a $30 annual renewal. (Restrictions apply; call 206-386-4262 for more information.)

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Live music and egg hunts in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

March 29th, 2013 by Doree

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

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents an “in-the-round” evening with three artists trading songs and playing off each other. Tickets to see local singer-songwriters AP Dugas, Gregory Paul and Annie Ford at 8 p.m. Friday are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Book launch party for “Empowering the Children: 12 Universal Values Your Child Must Learn to Succeed in Life” by Karen Szillat, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (Brick Building). The event is free, but a $20 suggested donation gets you a signed copy of the book. All ages. RSVP karen.szillat@gmail.com.

T.R. Ritchie & Tracy Spring in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents The Righteous Mothers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (Brick Building). Tickets are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; children get in for half price.
Tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or call 800-838-3006.

The Righteous Mothers are four funny, philosophical female folk-rock musicians who have been one of the Northwest’s foremost musical performing groups for the past 26 years. They whip their audience into a frenzy with zany original music, witty theatrics, and mind-boggling, intricate vocal harmonies, grabbing hearts and funny bones with songs about ice cream, labor pains, annoying dreams, and Supreme Court decisions. They surprise and delight young and old, gay and straight, male and female with their quirky humor and open hearts.

Woodland Park Zoo hosts the 12th annual Bunny Bounce from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with egg hunts on the North Meadow and Easter-themed treats for the zoo’s animals. Bunny Bounce is for kids ages 1-8. Bring your own egg hunt basket or reusable bag. (To make sure candy and wrappers don’t make their way into the animal exhibits, the eggs will be empty and participants will receive their candy as they exit the zoo.)


Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting egg hunts at 10 a.m. Saturday for ages 2-10 at many community centers. Closest to our neighborhood: Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N; Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N.; Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St.

At Green Lake, the Spring Egg Scramble is at Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N. on Saturday. The scramble for ages 3 and younger is at 10 a.m.; ages 4-5 and 6-7 is at 10:30; and ages 8-9 and 10-12 is at 11 a.m. Meet in the gym.

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Community names 2 of Woodland Park Zoo’s lion cubs

March 28th, 2013 by Doree

More than 2,000 people voted to name two of Woodland Park Zoo’s four lion cubs. Two of the cubs were named by staff.


Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

The cubs’ names are Rudo (“love” in Zulu, pronounced ROO-doh), Busela (“happy and independent” in Zulu, pronounced BOO-sayla), Pelo (“heart” in Sotho, pronounced PEE-lo), and Nobuhle (“the beautiful one” in Zulu, pronounced no-BOO-sche).

The cubs will be out in the African Savanna from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

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Greenwood development updates

March 28th, 2013 by Doree

We’ve seen many business and development changes to Greenwood in the last few years, and more are on the way. Here are a few highlights.

The long-empty site of a former pizza restaurant, then coffee shop, then construction vehicle parking lot, on the corner of NW 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW, will soon be a mixed-use development. Security Properties has purchased that land, along with the adjacent empty lot and house next to that.

85th & 1st-development-resized

Jeanne Muir, president of Urban Relations, was hired by Security Properties to work with the community on the development. Muir says the company doesn’t yet have specific plans for the site, although it will be some sort of housing with retail on the lower floor. Muir says the company will talk to the community about what it would like to see on the site.

But first the company is waiting for the City Council to approve a new rezoning proposal for parts of Greenwood, including that block. Under the rezone, that site would be zoned NC2-40 (Neighborhood Commercial, with 40-foot height limits). The City Council will hold a hearing on the rezone on Monday.

Two mixed-use buildings on Greenwood Avenue North between North 85th and 87th streets are on schedule to be completed in July. Gary Brunt, property manager for Greenwood Shopping Center, Inc., which owns much of the land in downtown Greenwood (including the Fred Meyer site), says the two buildings will have a total of about 9,000 to 10,000 square feet of retail space. Each building will have three apartments above that.


The building on the right replaces what once was a McDonald’s, and later the Green Bean Coffeehouse. The building on the left is being built in what was a driveway to a parking lot. A new street between the two will connect to Piper Village and Fred Meyer.

Sonny Newman tells me the building housing his dance hall and City of Hope Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop at 201 N. 85th St. has been sold. Newman says he will be closing his studio on May 31. He does not plan to open elsewhere.


And according to Zillow, sales are pending for a big chunk of land at 85th and Greenwood.

One pending sale, at $1,350,000, is for 8415 Greenwood Ave. N. (Neptune Coffee), 8417 (currently empty, until recently it housed Terra Bella Flowers, which moved to 7321 Greenwood Ave. N.), 8419 & 8421(Antika).


By the way, Antika’s owners are continuing their retirement sale. Everything is now 57-60 percent off (57 percent off for credit cards, 60 percent off for cash, checks and debit cards).

The other pending sale, for $700,000, is for 8401, 8403 and 8403-1/2 Greenwood Ave. N., currently housing Better Hearing Center, Kouzina Greek restaurant, and Insurrection Apparel & Boots.

We will try to contact the new owners and find out their plans for those lots. And we’ve heard rumors of a few other business land sales in the neighborhood. We’ll try to bring you more information on those soon.

And King County has committed a total of $750,000 from Conservation Futures Tax Levy funds for the acquisition of the property on the northeast corner of North 81st Street and Greenwood Avenue North, directly north of the Greenwood Library, to be turned into a park. The site currently houses Greenwood Quick Stop, Aloha Ramen and Manna Terikyaki.

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Help others during Hunger Action Week

March 28th, 2013 by Doree

This is Hunger Action Week and many volunteers will be at Greenwood-area grocery stores on Saturday conducting Food Security Surveys.

According to United Way of King County, one in five children in King County live in families which struggle to access healthy, affordable food. United Way tells me they’re concentrating most of their survey volunteers in or near our neighborhood this weekend.

Volunteer survey-givers are still needed. Go to the website to sign up. You can also see a list of local anti-hunger projects.

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Prefab modules for Taproot Theatre’s expansion arrive next Tuesday

March 28th, 2013 by Doree

Construction crews have been working on Taproot Theatre’s expansion since late last year, excavating the site of the former Eleanor Roosevelt building (destroyed in the 2009 arson) and pouring a new foundation.

On Tuesday, the new theater will really take shape as the first of 21 modular building units will arrive by semi-truck from Method Prefab’s factory in Ferndale.


This is what the foundation looked like last week.

The trucks will line up along Palatine Avenue between North 85th and 87th streets between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Tuesday. A crane will hoist each section off the trucks and onto the foundation.

Taproot’s Producing Artistic Director Scott Nolte told the Greenwood Community Council last week that the work to join the modular units will take about six weeks. He expects the theater to be complete sometime in August.

The addition will add a second theater (with retractable seating, so the space could also be used for meetings and other events), scene shop, offices, cafe and more restrooms.

Check out Method’s website for pictures of Taproot’s modules under construction, and what they look like all wrapped up for shipping.

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2 free community garden plots left at Harbor Church

March 27th, 2013 by Doree

Harbor Church, on the corner of NW 92nd Street and 11th Avenue NW, has two spots open in its free community garden.

For more information, contact Jana Koh, Minister of Outreach and Family Ministries, at jana.koh@gmail.com or call 206-414-5022.

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Butter Nutrition opens in Greenwood

March 27th, 2013 by Doree

Catherine Crow has opened Butter Nutrition, a nutritional therapy practice, in Greenwood.

Discover how to use food to fuel and transform your life (without supplements)! Offerings include working 1-1 over the phone or in your private home, grocery shopping tours, pantry makeovers and MORE! I also offer OBLIGATION FREE 30minute consultations that include a nutrition assessment questionnaire, identifying your areas of nutritional stress, and what nutritional therapy can do for you!

Crow currently offers nutritional counseling in your home or over the phone. And her Facebook page has lots of nutrition tips.

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Hit and run by Ken’s Market early Monday – did anyone see anything?

March 26th, 2013 by Doree

Patrick tells us his father’s car was hit at 5:30 a.m. on Monday by a white car that left the scene.

The car was travelling East on 73rd Street when it drifted across the street and hit the side of the car. There should be significant damage to the driver’s side, front fender. It is most likely a local car, considering the time of day, and the person was either commuting to work or heading to the airport. Any information would be appreciated.


If you have any information, please email eggers1@yahoo.com.

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