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Entries from May 2013

Naked City Brewery adding beer garden in parking lot

May 31st, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., has leased the adjacent parking lot from Yen Wor Garden Chinese restaurant, and is turning the space into a beer garden.

Here’s what it looked like Friday morning, as workers try to get it ready in time for a soft opening in the next week or two.


Yes, that’s a Henry mural on the wall. And there’s another interesting Henry painting along the concrete wall.


The opposite wall is being painted to cover the old graffiti.


Marketing Director Bryan Miller said Naked City also will display the mural that used to cover the fence next to Taproot Theatre after the 2009 arson destroyed the adjacent building.

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Dancing, live music, plant exchange and more in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

May 31st, 2013 by Doree

Lots to do in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Here’s a sample; check our Events calendar for more.

Ballard’s Bike to Work and Summer Streets Party is from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday at Bergen Place on Market Street and 22nd Avenue NW. (Some streets will be closed.)

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

Taproot Theatre continues its month-long run of “Bach at Leipzig,” 204 N. 85th St.

“No Waiting: Seriously Funny with Gary Kanter, Mike Pryor and J.W. McClure” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m. it’s Katy Keenan, Mike Milici, David Rix, Roo & The Few — “Songwriters in Seattle Monthly Showcase.” At 2 p.m. Sunday, join the Science Geeks Discussion Group.

Songs for a New World” by Ballard High School’s music and drama departments, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at BHS. Students will perform the musical they will take across the pond to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August. Tickets available online.

Darryl Purpose with fiddler Darryl S is at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., at 8 p.m. Friday.

PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Many local businesses are offering free fun activities for families to celebrate diversity and tolerance.

PNA Garden Party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Plant exchange, nursery plant and garden art sales, presentations and information by Master Gardeners.

Whittier Heights annual Garage Sale is Saturday, with more than 60 homes selling their wares from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for an online map.

Family Dance fundraiser for the Phinney Cooperativa Pre-Escolar en Espanol from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in the Brick Building. Tickets are $15 (kids get in free); food for sale. Music by The Cumbieros.

And if you’re heading downtown this weekend, don’t forget the Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure is on Sunday and lots of streets will be closed (it starts at Mercer Street and Third Avenue North.)

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Body Fat Test truck at CrossFit Phinney Ridge on Friday

May 29th, 2013 by Doree

Body Fat Test will have its truck parked in front of CrossFit Phinney Ridge, 7601 Greenwood Ave. N, Ste. 100, from 5-11 a.m. this Friday for hydrostatic body composition testing. Appointments last about 10 minutes and are open to anyone who’s interested. Body Fat Test also conducts bone mineral density tests. Each test costs $49, or $88 for both.

Participants should wear a bathing suit and bring a towel. You’ll completely submerge for about seven seconds in a warm tub of filtered water.

Email info@crossfitphinneyridge.com or call 425-686-9037 to sign up.

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Neighborhood news roundup: Zoo’s crane chick, education grant, donated van, concert sold out

May 29th, 2013 by Doree

Broadview-Thomson K-8 is one of several Seattle Public Schools receiving a total of $3.2 million from the 2011 Families and Education Levy. The money will go to support students’ academic success, close the achievement gap, and better prepare students for college or a career.

The Metropolitan King County Council is donating 27 surplus Metro Vanpool vans to local organizations, including the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood. The retired vans have been part of Metro Transit’s fleet for at least six years and have reached the end of their service life. The King County Council has donated more than 430 retired Metro vans since 1996.

The Brandi Carlile ZooTunes concerts on Aug. 22-23 have sold out. Ticket still remain for the other concerts at Woodland Park Zoo’s North Meadow.

During the first two weekends in June, Seattle Department of Transportation will install green thermal plastic safety markings at driveways and streets that cross the cycle track on Linden Avenue North, between North 128th and North 145th streets. Streets may be temporarily closed but driveway access will be maintained. The work is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays (weather depending). During the next month, SDOT crews also will complete landscaping and art work installation along the route.

Woodland Park Zoo has a new male red-crowned crane chick, born two weeks ago.


Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

The 21-year-old parents, Niles and Maris, were donated to Woodland Park Zoo in 1992 from Japan’s Kobi Oji Zoo with hopes of bringing more red-crowned cranes into the world. Red-crowned cranes are severely endangered in their native habitat, with an estimated 2,700 cranes remaining in the Amur Basin of Northeast Asia and only 80 cranes in institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. Since the species joined Woodland Park Zoo more than two decades ago, the zoo has celebrated 13 successful hatchings from the pair.

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Zoo’s jaguar cubs are healthy 10 pounds each, getting ready for summer debut

May 28th, 2013 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s three jaguar cubs received their first comprehensive exams last week. The 3-month-old cubs each weighed about 10 pounds. They’ll make their debut at Jaguar Cove this summer.


Photo by Jamie Delk, Woodland Park Zoo.

The trio — born in March to the zoo’s jaguar pair, 7-year-old mother Nayla and 14-year-old father Junior — have been under the watchful eye of Nayla since birth. Jaguar births are rare, and as a “near threatened” species on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the jaguar triplets are a major milestone for Woodland Park Zoo’s jaguar conservation efforts.

Health updates were put on hold while first-time mother Nayla demonstrated natural motherly care and protection, so much that keepers and veterinarians couldn’t get their hands on the cubs until late last week. Zoo staff has determined the healthy triplets include two girls and one boy, all exhibiting curiously different personalities.

With steady growth and development, the keepers are beginning to introduce the cubs to enrichment items such as boxes, paper towel rolls and small balls. Nayla and the cubs also have access to an outside yard, in addition to their indoor rooms.

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Greenwood P-Patch redesign meeting is tonight

May 28th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood P-Patch Steering Committee is meeting tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library to discuss the redesign of the Greenwood P-Patch at 345 NW 88th St. Two more workshops will follow on June 27 and July 23. The steering committee is working with Higbee Design Collaborative to redesign the P-patch.

Tonight’s meeting is from 6-7:45 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. All are welcome.

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Phinney Farmers Market opens for the season next Friday, June 7

May 28th, 2013 by Doree

The annual Phinney Farmers Market at the Phinney Neighborhood Association opens for the season next Friday, June 7. The Market will be open from 3-7 p.m. every Friday through Oct. 4, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the upper parking lot.

Customers can purchase veggies, fruits, meat, eggs, cheese, flowers, bread and other baked goods, and prepared foods. The Market accepts SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition coupons.

New vendors this year include Golden Glen Creamery; Grateful Bread; Hedlin Farms (heirloom tomatoes and veggies from Skagit Valley); Jarvis Growers (a dozen varieties of dried garlic, from Olympic Peninsula); Keep it Real Foods (treats low in carbs, and high in nutrients and protein); Sanford’s Farm (plant starts, eggs, chicken); Tabby Cat Pickling (organic pickled cucumbers, dilly beans, dilled carrots, sunchoke skordalia, and “Tabby Tartar”); Tandoozy (Indian street food); Taste of Istanbul (falafel, shawarma, shish kebab’s, and kofta plates); Twin Oaks Creamery; Wilridge Winery (estate-grown Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Melange, Syrah, Nebbiolo, dessert wines); Yongquist Farm (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries).

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Live music, dance, theater and zoo contest in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

May 24th, 2013 by Doree

What a beautiful start to Memorial Day weekend. If you’re not heading out of town, here’s a sampling of what to do in and around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood; check our Events calendar for more.

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

Roots & Country Songwriters, hosted by Joy Mills and featuring Tom Parker, Mike McDermott and Strange Jerome, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Saturday it’s What’s the Word Cabaret, with Michael Schein, Carolyn Wright, William Higareda (MC Varda), Theo Dzielak and Ronin Jazz, at 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, it’s Northern Tunes Session with Rhythm Rollers at 6 p.m.

“Bach at Leipzig” continues in its second week at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Karaoke with Katybelle at 8 p.m. Friday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.; on Sunday it’s Happy Hour Bingo at 4 p.m. and Live Jazz at 8 p.m.

Woodland Park Zoo is holding a contest to name its new pair of Asian small-clawed otters. The contest starts today and runs through June 15. Two contest winners will each get a $100 Umpqua Bank savings account, a ZooParent adoption, and a visit from an Umpqua Bank ice cream truck for 100 friends.


Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Qualified entries for the 7-year-old male and 3-year-old female must be in the Malay language as a tribute to the otters’ native southern and southeastern Asia range. Winning names will be chosen by a panel of zoo judges. Pick up a ballot at any Seattle-area Umpqua Bank, clip out a ballot from select issues of The Seattle Times, or submit your otter names online.

Metro Transit is on holiday schedule for Memorial Day, and its providing a special shuttle to Folklife Festival from the Northgate Transit Center.

And just so you know, Phinney Market Pub & Eatery has started serving a full breakfast every weekday, to try to fill the gap from the closing our Male’s Phinney Ridge Café. A new pastry chef will cook up scones, biscuits, coffee cake, breads, and sticky buns.

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Garbage and other waste pickup on normal schedule for Memorial Day

May 24th, 2013 by Doree

Monday customers of Seattle Public Utilities‘ garbage, yard waste, and recycling pickups should put their waste out on Memorial Day like always.

The City of Seattle’s Recycling and Disposal stations will be open during their regular business hours as well, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The North Station is at 1350 N. 34th St. in Fremont/Wallingford.

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