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Entries from October 2013

Fly safe tonight on Halloween

October 31st, 2013 by Dale

Have fun handing out candy to the kids tonight. And if you pull chaperone duty, fly, er, walk carefully so you don’t end up like this witch at 2nd Avenue NW and NW 72nd.


Happy Halloween from us at PhinneyWood!

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King County Council recognizes Boys & Girls Club for 70 years in Greenwood

October 31st, 2013 by Doree

The King County Council this week recognized the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club in Greenwood for its 70th anniversary.


Pat Murray, Regional Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, and Calvin Lyons, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, with the members of the Metropolitan King County Council.

According to the press release, the North Seattle Boys and Girls Club became the first Boys and Girls Club in King County in 1943. It was created to address the problem of juvenile crime after a riot involving more than 100 teens on the corner of North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

The club provides athletic programs, after-school programs and day camps when school is out.

The council also donated a used Metro Transit Vanpool van to the club, to transport kids between school and the club, on field trips and during summer break.

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Neighborhood news roundup: businesses opening, closing, awards

October 29th, 2013 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Zeliga Management is remodeling the space that formerly housed Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café at North 65th Street and Phinney Avenue North. Eli Secor tells us tenant work could start around the beginning of the year, with estimated occupancy date of February 2014. They’ve set up a website with more information on the 2,500 square foot space, including floor plans.

Phinney Neighborhood Association and 826 Seattle were honored last week with “Light A Fire Awards,” presented by Seattle Met Magazine at a special dinner at Canlis. PNA Development Director Ann Bowden tells us both organizations were honored for making Seattle “a better place to live, give and grow. The PNA was recognized for ‘Honoring Our Elders;’ 826 Seattle was recognized for ‘Inspiring the Next Generation.’” Award winners are featured in the November issue of Seattle Met.

Green Bean Coffeehouse reopened last Friday at 8515 Greenwood Ave. N. This is the Bean’s fifth location in four years. Its first coffee shop was destroyed in the Oct. 23, 2009, arson that also destroyed three neighboring businesses and damaged several others. The Bean then shared space with Greenwood Sip & Ship on Greenwood Avenue for several months, then moved across the street to its own building, then moved half a block south as part of Sanctuary Church’s offices when the other building was torn down for redevelopment. Green Bean’s current space is on the ground floor of a brand new building that’s part of the Piper Village development.

G & O Family Cyclery, 8417 Greenwood Ave. N., opened about two weeks ago. The shop specializes in family and cargo bikes.

The Dibble House Bed & Breakfast on the corner of Dibble Avenue and NW 73rd Street, just over the Phinney Ridge line into Ballard, has closed. The owners told us this morning that it was a hard decision to make but it was time to move on after 26 years.

Wedgwood author David Volk has just published his second edition of “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Seattle,” which features a number of locations in Greenwood, including Taproot Theater, Gordito’s and Couth Buzzard Books. Volk says it’s “a funny, street-savvy book that’s intended for frugal locals, economizing college students and even formerly furloughed federal workers who still want to enjoy an occasional day or night out, but want to pay less for it.” The official release date is Nov. 5, although he says books are starting to arrive in local bookstores already.

Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for new members from 6-9 years old on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the U-District. “Members of the Performing Choir get to sing with the Seattle Symphony, travel on tours, sing in major concert halls, sing in professional recording studios and make new friends. Auditions for the Prep Choirs are straightforward and fun. No prior musical training is required – just musical aptitude and obvious enjoyment of music.” Call 206-524-3234 to schedule an audition appointment.

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Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat on Saturday big success for Greenwood Food Bank

October 29th, 2013 by Doree

Update Wednesday: Food Bank officials tell me another batch of donations from the trick or treating event came in today, increasing the total to $1,050 and 780 pounds of food.

Earlier: Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank tells us that Saturday’s Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat in Phinney Ridge-Greenwood and the food bank’s cider pressing raised $946.36 and 700 pounds of non-perishable food. This was the first year that the trick or treating event was tied to fundraising for the food bank, and food bank officials say trick or treaters’ donations were “a fantastic boost for us to kick off the holiday season.”

Sally sent us some cute photos from the afternoon, but this is our favorite: Frankenstein and Spiderman outside the 74th St. Alehouse.


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Halloween events, live music, cider pressing, Bartell grand reopening this weekend

October 25th, 2013 by Doree

Tons of fun to be had in the neighborhood this weekend, including trick or treating and other Halloween events. Here are a few highlights; check our Events calendar any time for more.

The main Halloween event is the annual trick or treating at businesses all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues, from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Bring a can of food or donate $2 to the Greenwood Food Bank and get a special sticker to wear. Other fun along the route: Illumination Learning Studio at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting a free Kids Monster Mash Halloween Dance Party and candy exchange from 12-4 p.m.; trick or treat and play games at “Halloween on Holman” from 12-2 p.m. Saturday at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square; get a free children’s book from 12-3 p.m. at Couth Buzzard Books; children’s Halloween party at 12 p.m. at Works Progress Coworking, 115 N. 85th St., Upstairs in 202; Halloween Wonderland at 12 p.m. at American Dance Institute 8001 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Pumpkin Bash is Saturday, where the animals get special treats; and the Pumpkin Dash fun run is Sunday at Green Lake.

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

Seattle Folklore Society presents Brother Sun in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price. Reserve seats online  or call 206-528-8523.

Live pipe organ music for the 1925 classic “Phantom of the Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N. $10 suggested donation.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Troupeau Acadien — Cajun Music and Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Spooky Songs and Stories of the Sea Halloween Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Northern Tunes Session w/Rhythm Rollers at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank is hosting a cider pressing and food drive on Saturday. Bring a bag of food to donate and they’ll fill up your growler or other container with fresh pressed apple cider. Growlers and cups of hot cider will also be available for purchase and they’ll have candy for trick-or-treaters and an activity table for kids.

Come see plans for a new Seattle Police Department North Precinct on Aurora Avenue and North 130th Street. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bitter Lake Community Center gym, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kids Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in the Brick Building.

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., has a busy weekend of acoustic music. California duo Misner & Smith perform at 8 p.m. Friday; Leo MacNamara & Friends perform a live concert recording at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Eli Conley & Hitch the Pony perform at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Bartell Drugs celebrates its grand reopening at 100 N. 85th St. in Greenwood from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday with free samples, free hot dogs, free photo booth and a live radio broadcast.

Urban Food Fair at 5 p.m. Sunday at the PNA.

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Seattle firefighters to read to preschoolers at library to promote fire safety

October 24th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Public Library have partnered to promote literacy and raise awareness of home fire safety during October’s Fire Prevention Month. Firefighters will read “No Dragons for Tea” at 10 branches all across the city, including the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 30.

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Foggy days make for interesting scenery

October 23rd, 2013 by Dale

The foggy weather may have left some of us in a funk, but at least in Phinney-Greenwood, we’ve been able to break free from that misty blanket later in the day.

That’s not so much the case in a goodly portion of Ballard, which remained under the clouds into this evening.


Now if only we could PhotoShop out the overhead wires… Have you got any great public locations for a good shot of scenes like this? If so, please share.

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Task force proposes changes to Woodland Park Zoo’s elephant program

October 23rd, 2013 by Doree

A task force commissioned by Woodland Park Zoo is recommending a number of changes to its elephant program. The task force released its comprehensive final report Tuesday night, providing the zoo’s board of directors with two options.

The majority of the task force recommended “A focus on growing a multi-generational elephant herd by making improvements to the existing program and exhibit including an active breeding program.”

A minority of the task force called for “improving the existing elephant exhibit, and allowing the current elephants to retire or die at the Zoo. Chai, Bamboo and Watoto would serve as representatives of their species to help inform visitors about the predicament of elephants in the wild.”

Task Force co-chair Jay Manning explained in a press release, “We found the zoo’s elephant program at a crossroads. One path leads to the long-term presence of elephants at the WPZ, the other to a future without them.”


Woodland Park Zoo elephant Chai. Photo by Ryan Hawk.

Among the key Recommendations:

  • Significant improvements are needed to improve the social well-being and behavior health of the three elephants, including enlarging the facility, reducing choke points in the barn; expanding and increasing the enrichment program.

  • The zoo should consider using natural breeding if Chai is to be bred instead of artificial insemination to increase the success of having a life birth.

  • The zoo should explore new cutting edge educational models to educate the public with or without elephants and strengthen its conservation programs.

  • Work with the AZA and other organizations to more effectively connect WPZ’s elephant program to national efforts to protect elephants in the wild.

The zoo’s board of directors and staff will review the report and decide on next steps to be implemented in 2014.

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Halloween events reminder: Business trick or treating, dancing, carnival, food drive

October 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Halloween is just over a week away. These guys are anxiously awaiting the chance to trick or treat.


So, here’s a reminder of all the fun Halloween events happening in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend:

Carkeek Park’s Wild Halloween, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Thursday for ages 2-3; free. “Experience a fun morning learning about the “scary” animals of Halloween and how they are really not so very scary. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume to this hike.” (Code for registering online is #104959.)

Illumination Learning Studio at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting a free Kids Monster Mash Halloween Dance Party and candy exchange from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday.

Halloween on Holman” is a family event with trick-or-treating at local businesses, games, prizes, and more from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square.

“Thrill The World – Crown Hill” is hosting a “Thriller” zombie dance for the whole family at 2 p.m. Saturday at the end of the Halloween on Holman event in the QFC Shopping Center on Holman Road. This event has been canceled.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting the “Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat” from 12-3 p.m. Saturday at businesses all along Phinney/Greenwood avenues. Participating businesses will have posters up in their windows. Volunteers will staff food bank donation stations along Phinney/Greenwood from North 59 to North 90th streets. Donate a can of food or $2 and get a special sticker. (Donations to the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank are voluntary, and any child who can’t donate can still get a sticker so they don’t feel left out.)

Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank is hosting a cider pressing at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. Hot cups of cider will be served for a small donation, and if you donate a bag of groceries, you’ll get a free jug of apple cider.

Woodland Park Zoo presents its annual Pumpkin Bash on Oct. 26-27 with pumpkins for the animals and trick-or-treating and entertainment for kids.

Bitter Lake Halloween Carnival, Bitter Lake Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Carnival games, holiday entertainment, face painting, candy, prizes, two large jump toys, and a cakewalk. Twenty-five cents per ticket for games and food. Please bring a can of food for the food bank.

The zoo’s annual Pumpkin Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk and 1K Kids Dash is Sunday. The 1K Kids Dash begins at 9:15 a.m. and the 5K Fun Run/Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Green Lake Small Crafts Center. Racers are encouraged to dress in costume.

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