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


Entries from January 2014

20th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is Feb. 8

January 31st, 2014 by Doree

Next Saturday, Feb. 8, is Seattle’s 20th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day when you’re encouraged to reach out to neighbors old and new and celebrate what makes your neighborhood special.

The day was the brainchild of Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood. Thanks, Judith!

Here are ways you can celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. Once scheduled, you can post your event to the events calendar.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
  • Send Neighbor Appreciation Day e-cards to your neighbors.
  • Share a story or two about your favorite neighbors. You can post stories about great neighbors or neighborhoods on our website, or post it to our Facebook page.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors!

In our neighborhood, Fire Station 21 at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting an open house at 11 a.m. on Feb. 8.

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Free tax help at Greenwood & Ballard senior centers, Broadview & Ballard libraries

January 31st, 2014 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax help and electronic filing at several locations, including one in our neighborhood and another three nearby. You don’t have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use the free service.

AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle most common tax returns for employed or retired individuals, which include earned and retirement income, investment income (Schedule D), and various education, child and earned income credits.

AARP Tax-Aide sites are not able to prepare returns with rental income or depreciation, but do prepare Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses. Taxpayers utilizing the free service can receive their tax refunds rather quickly as all AARP Tax-Aide sites will be using electronic filing.

Foreign students who need help with their 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843 can visit sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library for assistance.

For more information and to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).

  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning tomorrow (Feb. 1). Walk-ins only, no appointments. Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, beginning Monday, Feb. 3. Walk-ins only. Mondays, 3:30-7 p.m. (closed Feb. 17) and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0403.
  • The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins its free help on Feb. 11. Thursdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0875.

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What’s your plan for Super Bowl Sunday?

January 30th, 2014 by Dale

For at least one PhinneyWood business it means closing early so the staff can watch the game.


With Super Bowl mania gripping the entire region, is your neighborhood business closing early, or doing something special?

If so, post a comment below, or send info to us at tips@phinneywood.com.

Go Hawks!


Musical tribute to Pete Seeger at Phinney Center Saturday

January 30th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Folklore Society and the Seattle Labor Chorus present a tribute to legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. This free, all-ages event is from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, in the Brick Building’s Community Hall.

One of America’s best-loved folksingers, an untiring activist and environmentalist, and an inspiration to many, passed away on January 27th, 2014. The Seattle Folklore Society and the Seattle Labor Chorus invite all to a free all-ages community celebration of the life, spirit and music of Pete Seeger.

Come as you are, bring a song or a story or a snack to share if you wish. This will be a participatory evening, as what could be a more appropriate way to remember and honor Pete? We’ll start at 7 to be more accessible to families with young children, and there is no charge for admission.

Let’s be together in music and memories.


Wallingford greenhouse group looking for new place to grow veggie starts for giving gardens

January 29th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The group has found a greenhouse space in U-Village.

Earlier: A group of volunteers has recently lost its use of a greenhouse in Wallingford, where they grew vegetable starts for P-Patch gardeners to grow food to donate to local food banks.

The six-year-old group is looking for a greenhouse space anywhere north of the Ship Canal, from east Ballard to Wallingford, up to about 85th Street.

If you have a greenhouse, or space where one can be constructed, email Agnes at agnes.p.cwalina@gmail.com.

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Artists ‘Face Off’ at Naked City Brewery Wednesday

January 28th, 2014 by Doree

Artists will battle in a “Face Off” competition at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. on Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Bherd Studios Gallery, just down the block at 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101.

Artists will have 15 minutes to create work in each battle. Larkin, Face Off Champion 2013, is battling to hold on to his title with upstart challenger Braden Duncan nipping at his heels. Sensei 23 & Zach Bohnenkamp of Matamuros go head to head in “Float Like Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” match, Angelina Villalobos, AKA: 179, takes on John Osgood in the “Battle of Signs” and then Joseph Brooks in the “Face Melter” match vs. Challenger TBA. Winner of each match will be determined by who generated the most for their piece in the live auction which happens after each match. All proceeds go directly to the artist. Be sure to come out to root for and to bid on your favorite artist and your favorite pieces. (Bidders should bring cash, no credit card machine available for this event).

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Two artists battle in last year’s first Face Off event.

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Reminder: Meeting Thursday on possible parks levy

January 28th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking at sponsoring a new levy in August to fund more facilities, services and programs. They’ve already held two community meetings; the third is this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

Parks is looking at more funding for Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium, more maintenance funds, Park Rangers to improve park safety, increased funding to keep community centers open longer hours, more P-patches, and acquiring more land for future parks.

Meeting participants will help Parks staff determine how to prioritize the list of possibilities, what exactly should be on the ballot, and what tax mechanism should fund it.

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Help Boys & Girls Clubs of King County raise $48,000 in contest against Denver clubs

January 27th, 2014 by Doree

Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, including the North Seattle club in Greenwood, are trying to raise at least $48,000 in a Super Bowl-inspired contest with the Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Denver. On the line? Not only bragging rights, but if the Seattle-area clubs lose the contest, club members will have to wear Denver team colors for a day. If Denver loses, their club kids have to wear Seahawks’ blue and green.

The contest runs through 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, two days after the Super Bowl. You can donate online.

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Hairless Mexican dog missing from Phinney Ridge

January 27th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The dog was found miles away in Blue Ridge and has been reunited with her owner.

Earlier: June tells us her Hairless Mexican dog ran away this morning from North 74th Street and Greenwood Avenue North. (Sorry, no picture is available.) If you’ve seen her, please call 206-953-0591.

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