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


Entries from June 2013

Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss Aurora Corridor Improvement Project

June 30th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday night with Jonathan Dong from Seattle Department of Transportation giving a presentation about coming traffic and parking changes to Aurora Avenue North.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building, downstairs in the Blue Room.

As part of a strategy for making travel on Aurora more efficient and reliable for all users, SDOT is recommending traffic signal timing improvements for all lanes and the implementation of peak period Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes between N. 38th Street and N. 115th Street. BAT lanes will support King County Metro’s new RapidRide E Line bus service which will begin February 2014. Aurora Avenue North is among the most heavily used transportation corridors in King County.

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Speeding motorcyclist seriously injured in Sunday morning collision with pickup at Greenwood Avenue and Holman Road

June 30th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Police say a motorcyclist was seriously injured Sunday morning when he collided with a pickup truck. From the SPD Blotter:

At approximately 7:31 a.m. an officer on patrol in a fully-marked police car observed a motorcyclist traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto northbound Greenwood Avenue North from Holman Road Northwest. The officer engaged his emergency lights and siren while attempting to catch up to the motorcyclist, who was several blocks ahead of the officer. The motorcyclist failed to stop.

The motorcyclist turned onto eastbound North 125th Street and the officer lost sight of the him. The officer regained sight of the motorcyclist in the area of the 12200 block of southbound Phinney Avenue North. When the motorcyclist turned onto westbound North 122nd Street the officer again lost sight of the him. The motorcyclist appears to have attempted to turn onto southbound Greenwood Avenue North from North 122nd Street when he collided with a pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Greenwood Avenue North.

Traffic control devices for the intersection at North 122nd Street and Greenwood Avenue North consist of stop signs facing traffic on North 122nd Street; there are no traffic control devices for traffic on Greenwood Avenue North.

Fire department medics responded to the scene and transported the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20′s, to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The adult male driver and adult male passenger of the pickup truck were not injured and declined medical attention.

There were no citations issued at the scene, which is standard procedure in traffic collisions requiring extensive follow up investigation and collision reconstruction.

Traffic Collision Investigation Squad detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

Metro Route 5 is rerouted off Greenwood Avenue between North 105 and North 125 streets until further notice. Metro supervisor vans will be shuttling customers in and out of the rerouted area.

Update 3:20 p.m.: Metro Route 5 has resumed its regular route on Greenwood Avenue now that the scene has been cleared.

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This weekend in Greenwood-Phinney: Car Show, School of Rock opens, live music and more

June 28th, 2013 by Doree

It should be a gorgeous weekend in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Here are a few event highlights; check our Events calendar any time for more.

The Phinney Farmers’ Market runs from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the PNA, in the Brick Building.

Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, 108 NW 83rd St., is having its third annual Book & Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono features original folk songs from Hayburners at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and “Threshold Playback Theater–Who and What Has Been a Guide in Your Life” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Greenwood Car Show on Saturday will bring hundreds of classic and cool cars from every era to a mile-and-a-half long stretch of Greenwood Avenue North, from North 67th to North 90th streets. The event is free, but you’re encouraged to bring a non-perishable donation for the Greenwood Food Bank to drop into one of the many barrels along the route.

The Greenwood Senior Center’s pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday will get you fueled up to go gaga over all those automobiles. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for the whole family; 525 N. 85th St.

School of Rock Seattle celebrates its grand opening at 106 N. 85th St. in Greenwood with a day-long celebration with live music, free mini-lessons and food.

Illumination Learning Studio celebrates its grand opening at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. this weekend, with face painting and creative fun on Saturday during the Car Show, and a parents’ information night from 5-8 p.m. Sunday.

Looking ahead to next week, Woodland Park Zoo celebrates the Fourth of July with special treats for the animals during its Red, White & Zoo event on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.


The Inverse Opera presents a free cabaret at Naked City Brewery on Monday

June 28th, 2013 by Doree

The Inverse Opera, a non-profit arts organization, is presenting a free cabaret on Monday at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

“V for Victory: Songs of Triumph” will feature singers Jared Michael Brown, Jadd Davis, Brian Giebler, Sean Glynn, Matthew Posner, Jenny Shotwell, Jessica Spencer, plus percussion guest Zac Stowell and Chris Ranney on keyboards.

It’s free, but a suggested donation of $5 will help them cover costs.

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School of Rock celebrates grand opening on Saturday

June 27th, 2013 by Doree

School of Rock is celebrating its recent move from Lake City to Greenwood with a rockin’ party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show. School of Rock is now at 106 N. 85th St. in the Piper Village shopping center just east of Fred Meyer.

The celebration will feature food, door prizes, free trial lessons and live music.

Instructors also will demo the school’s newest program, Little Wing, an early childhood music education class set to classic songs that both kids and adults can love.

School of Rock offers music lessons guitar, bass guitar, vocals, keyboard and drums.


Illumination Learning Studio opening Saturday

June 27th, 2013 by Doree

Illumination Learning Studio, which offers interactive learning, music and arts programs, will open its doors at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. on Saturday, during the Greenwood Car Show. They’ll show off the space to interested people, have some fun activities for the kids, and will serve lemonade and water to anyone who’s thirsty. Co-owner Molli Piper will offer face painting, and easels will be set up outside for kids to get creative.

On Sunday, the studio is hosting a Community Parent Night from 5-8 p.m. for interested parents to meet the teachers and learn more about the programs.

Parents are asked to RSVP online.


Greenwood Car Show drives into Phinney-Greenwood on Saturday

June 26th, 2013 by Doree

Thousands of car lovers will pack Greenwood Avenue on Saturday for the 21st annual Greenwood Car Show. Classic, antique and modern cars from every decade will be parked along a 1-1/2-mile long stretch from North 67th to North 90th streets. (That also means the road will be closed to other cars from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., but east-west traffic can still use North 80th and 85th streets. Also, Metro Route 5 will be rerouted. Click here for alternate route information.)

Cars will start rumbling into place at 6 a.m., and the show opens to the public at 8 a.m. Live music starts at 10 a.m. Awards in various categories will be presented at 3 p.m.; the show officially ends at 4 p.m. But it will take a few more hours for all the cars to drive away.
Sponsored by the Greenwood Knights car club, the Car Show is free to attend. Car registration fees will benefit local charities.

The Greenwood Senior Center will host a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at 525 N. 85th St. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for the whole family.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts its 4th Annual Beer Can Derby in the street. The entry fee is five non-perishable food items for the Greenwood Food Bank. Naked City will give brewery prizes to the contestant or spectator who donates the most food.

The stylists from Frederick’s Beauty Salon will once again glam up in retro style to go out and collect donations and sell calendars with photos of cars from last year’s Car Show to raise money for the National MS Society.

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Photo courtesy of Frederick’s Beauty Salon.

Calendars are sold year-round at Frederick’s Salon, 8524 Greenwood Ave. N.

And Volunteers of America will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Greenwood Food Bank. Donation barrels will be in the following locations:

  • Car Show check-in area — 71st & Greenwood Avenue North
  • Ken’s Market — 7231 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Prost — 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Greenwood Knights Car Show booth — 77th & Greenwood Avenue North
  • Car Show Main Stage — 79th & Greenwood Avenue North
  • Bleacher’s Pub — 8818 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Chocolati — 8319 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Green Bean — 8533 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Walgreens — 8701 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Safeway — 8704 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Greenwood Fred Meyer
  • Fist Full of Metal Tattoo — 125 NW 85th St. (85th & Palatine)

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Firefighters rescue dog from Greenwood house fire on Tuesday

June 26th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle firefighters rescued a dog from a house fire in Greenwood on Tuesday afternoon. From Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Line:

A Greenwood basement fire is being called an accidental fire by Seattle Fire Investigators. The Seattle Fire Investigative Unit determined an unattended propane heater started a fire in the basement of a home located in the 8700 block of 2nd Avenue NW.

At 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday June 25th, dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a 911 call reporting smoke coming from the basement of the 1-story home. Engine company 25 arrived and found smoke in the basement of the home. Firefighters made entry and completely extinguished the fire in 8 minutes.

The residents were not home at the time of the fire but firefighters did rescue a dog from the house.

Due to the extensive smoke and soot damage, the residents are staying at another location until the home can be thoroughly cleaned.

Investigators determined the propane heater ignited nearby plastic and cardboard combustible materials. The damage loss is $15,000 to the contents of the home and $5,000 to the structure.

There were no reported injuries.

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Neighborhood news roundup: store closing date, local author published, solar program extended

June 25th, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of all kinds of neighborhood news:

The Greenwood Community Council’s walkabout of areas without sidewalks that was originally scheduled for last week, has been rescheduled because of rain. We’ll let you know of the new date.

The building housing Francine Seders Gallery, at 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., is for sale (but the gallery is not).

United Way of King County’s Summer Food Service Program begins this week, providing free meals to qualified children at dozens of sites throughout the city and around Puget Sound, including three in our neighborhood.

You can see a map of all meal sites in the region here.

Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop at 203 N. 85th St. will close on July 17 after its building was sold. Nearly everything in the store is half off.

Solarize Seattle: Northwest has extended its deadline to sign up homeowners who want to join the group purchase program that offers discounts and pre-approved contractors for adding solar panels. The new deadline is July 1.

Local author Mike Attebery has just published a new e-book anthology, and dedicated it to his friend, David Barrow, a Greenwood resident who passed away last month. It’s available through multiple retailers through Kobo, including independent affiliate bookstores like Couth Buzzard Books, at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.