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Entries from April 2013

18th annual PhinneyWood Art Walk coming up on May 10-11

April 30th, 2013 by Doree

Phinney Ridge and Greenwood’s huge annual Art Walk is on May 10-11. Eighty-four businesses all along Phinney/Greenwood avenues and throughout the neighborhood will host more than 200 artists in various mediums, plus live music, and dining specials.

It was crowded in and outside of Metropolis at 74th and Greenwood last year.

The PhinneyWood Art Walk runs from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Participating venues range from North 59th to 87th streets. ArtWalk maps will be available online in the next couple of days, and also at participating businesses during the event.

The ArtWalk is organized by the volunteer Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and the ArtUp Phinney-Greenwood monthly art walk.

My all-time favorite Art Walk photo, taken in 2010, as Trio Con Brio sat on toilets while performing in the front window of Johnson & Johnson Antiques.

A serious side to art will be seen at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., as it hosts architect and photographer Rex Hohlbein, who uses his Homeless in Seattle website to try to change the negative stereotypes of homeless people, to show their natural beauty. Steve Strukoff, a formerly homeless artist who now lives at Aurora House and has used Hohlbein’s office to do his art, will also exhibit his art at the church.


Dinkus, one of many homeless individuals that architect Rex Hohlbein has photographed in his attempt to “rebrand homelessness.”

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Klein mountain bike found in Phinney front yard – is it yours?

April 29th, 2013 by Doree

Stephen tells us he found a mountain bike in his front yard at North 74th Street and Dayton Avenue North on Saturday. He assumes it was stolen and then dumped. He posted a picture and description on Craigslist.

Black in color, well used but very serviceable. There’s a little tool kit under the saddle, and it has clip on pedals. If you can tell me what stickers are under the gloves in the photo, you can come pick it up.


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Food author Deborah Madison at Santoro’s Books Tuesday to benefit City Fruit

April 29th, 2013 by Doree

Author Deborah Madison will sign her new book “Vegetable Literacy” from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. The bookstore is donating 15 percent of sales from all books during that time to City Fruit, which uses volunteers to harvest extra fruit from neighborhood trees to donate to food banks and other hunger programs. Guests are encouraged to donate $5 to City Fruit at the event.

Her new book, Vegetable Literacy, has been called her crowning achievement — “a massive well of knowledge that makes you want to read and learn as well as cook.” Madison, who started her career at Chez Panisse and then opened The Greens in San Francisco, will discuss the fascinating relationships between vegetables and herbs within the same botanical families. She will be on hand all evening to sign her cookbooks and chat. Stumbling Goat Bistro is preparing snacks, and there will be wine and hard cider served.

If you can’t make it . . . Santoro’s will donate 15% of all books ordered and prepaid on April 30 (Vegetable Literacy or any other book) to City Fruit. Call or e-mail your order and be sure to mention City Fruit.

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Live music, running, green home tour, plant sale in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

April 26th, 2013 by Doree

Lots of live music, free yoga, running, plant sale and more in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Here are a few highlights; check our Events calendar any time for more.

Friday Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Karaoke with Katybelle at 8 p.m. Friday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

Last weekend of “The Whipping Man,” at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Couth Buzzard Appreciation Day all day Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., with music, poetry and stories.

Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club Plant Sale Liquidation starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Green Lake Aqua Theater, 5900 West Green Lake Way N.

National Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at all five Seattle Police precincts, including the North Precinct at 10049 College Way N.

Northwest Eco Building Guild’s Green Home Tour is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and includes a Greenwood backyard cottage.

Learn the art of selling your products at “Get Ready to Wholesale” at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Studio of Awesome, 101 N. 85th St., Suite 201.

The Blackberry Bushes in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N.

Top Pot Doughnut Dash from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday at Green Lake. More than 2,000 runners are expected and streets around the lake will be congested.

Phinney Ridge Yoga celebrates its fifth anniversary with two free yoga classes on Sunday at 6615 Dayton Ave. N. Call 206-547-2172 or email christy@phinneyridgeyoga.com to reserve a spot in the 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. class.

Northern Tunes Open Session with Rhythm Rollers at 6 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Claudia Schmidt in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building. Tickets are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors, half-price for children. Reserve seats online or call 206-528-8523.

Live Jazz Sundays at 8 p.m. Sunday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

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Leilani on Greenwood apartments opening this summer, 2 retail spaces available

April 25th, 2013 by Doree

Leilani Apartments at 10201 Greenwood Ave. N. will open this summer with 273 units. Adam Greenberg from First Western Properties, Inc. tells us the building has two retail spaces available for lease, and he’s hoping the community will weigh in on what they’d like to see there.

Here’s what it looks like now, as construction wraps up.


And here’s a rendering of what the finished building will look like.


Rendering courtesy of First Western Properties.

One space would work for a coffee shop or café. It’s a 1,518 square feet rectangle with 20+-foot ceilings, a vent so a restaurant could install a kitchen hood, and outdoor patio space.

The second space is 983 square feet and would be suitable for a professional office such as a lawyer, insurance agent, chiropractor, etc.

If you’re interested in the space or want to share your ideas of what kind of business should go in there, email Adam Greenberg at adam@fwp-inc.com or Louis Wenger at louis@fwp-inc.com.

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Seattle Farm Supply opens in Greenwood

April 25th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Farm Supply has opened at the triangular corner of Holman Road, 3rd Avenue NW and NW 101st St., selling urban farming supplies, from chicken coops to feed and chickens, plus plant starts, raised garden beds and vermicomposting equipment.


Owner Eric Jonas says he started the business out of his garage two years ago, selling chicken coops, then quickly expanded to feeders, water supplies, feed and chicks. He says he always wanted to move his business to this very corner, calling it his “dream location.”

Jonas hopes to also begin selling goats this week. He wants Seattle Farm Supply to be an educational resource for urban farmers, and plans to eventually offer classes.

The property owner still plans to use the space as a Christmas tree lot during the holiday season, but Jonas says his landlord has offered to continue to sell animal feed to his customers during that time.

Seattle Farm Supply is at 210 NW 101st St. It is open from 12-6 p.m. today and tomorrow, but starting this weekend it will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

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Greenwood Senior Center presents “Meaningful Movies”

April 24th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is following Wallingford Neighbors for Peace & Justice’s success with its free movies series “Meaningful Movies,” followed by a community discussion.

Greenwood Senior Center’s next quarterly movie is “Sound and Vision” at 1 p.m. Friday. It features stories of people trying to clean up, restore and protect Puget Sound and the oceans.

Following the movie, Bill Malatinsky of the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center will facilitate a community discussion. Refreshments will be served.

The Greenwood Senior Center is at 525 N. 85th St.

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Tickets to ZooTunes’ 30th anniversary season go on sale to zoo members on Wednesday

April 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s popular ZooTunes series is back for its 30th season this summer. Zoo members can buy online beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Members will receive a pre-sale link by email, and can purchase up to eight tickets per show. Non-members can purchase tickets online beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. Tickets also will be available at the zoo’s West and South gates beginning Friday. One child 12 and under per paid ticket is admitted free.

Concerts are held outside on the North Meadow. Concert-goers should bring their own blankets or low-backed folding chairs. Food vendors are onsite, including a beer and wine garden, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Gates open at 5 p.m.; concerts begin at 6 p.m.


Brandi Carlile’s 2011 ZooTunes’ concert. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Here’s the lineup:

  • June 23: John Prine with Kendel Carson & Dustin Bentall ($32.50)
  • June 30: Old Crow Medicine Show ($32.50)
  • July 7: Huey Lewis and the News: SPORTS 30th Anniversary Tour ($39.50)
  • July 17: John Hiatt & The Combo with Holly Williams ($28)
  • July 24: An Evening with Randy Newman ($28)
  • July 26: LeAnn Rimes ($32.50)
  • July 30 & 31: Indigo Girls with Lindsay Fuller ($28)
  • Aug. 7: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with JJ Grey & Mofro ($26)
  • Aug. 11: Todd Snider’s Traveling Folk Show featuring: Shawn Mullins, Hayes Carll and Sarah Jarosz ($24)
  • Aug. 15: Loreena McKennitt ($32.50)
  • Aug. 22 & 23: Brandi Carlile ($39.50)

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Wallet lost near Gainsbourg Lounge last night

April 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Brooke tells us she lost her wallet in front of Gainsbourg Lounge, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N., around 10 p.m. Monday. If anyone found it, please call her at 206-650-1767.

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