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


Entries from June 2014

Neighborhood news roundup: brewery co-op, host families needed, volunteer drivers wanted

June 30th, 2014 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery plans to open at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N. in January or February of 2015. It will not offer food, but is working to arrange delivery from nearby restaurants. The member-owned and operated brewery is currently fundraising and recruiting new members.

King County Senior Services is looking for volunteer drivers to help neighborhood seniors get to medical appointments. If you have a reliable vehicle, clean driving record, and some weekday availability, call 206-748-7588 or email hilaryc@seniorservices.org.

The World Affairs Council is looking for host families for one- to two-week visits by international students attending leadership programs this summer. They still need 10 families to host Mexican students from July 21-Aug. 2, one host family for a North Africa & the Middle East student from July 24-30, and three host families for Chinese students from Aug. 12-23. All the students speak English and were chosen as community leaders. Learn more online or contact Rachel at rparislambert@world-affairs.org or 206-441-5910 ext. 319.

Garbage, yard waste and recycling pick up will be on a normal schedule this Friday, July 4. The City of Seattle’s South Transfer Station is open extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week since the North Transfer Station closed for remodeling. The South Transfer Station is at 130 South Kenyon Street in South Park.

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Crime roundup, also lost and found

June 30th, 2014 by Doree

Julia says she found a camera at NW 87th Street and Greenwood Avenue North during the Greenwood Car Show on Saturday. If you think it’s yours, email us and we’ll put you in touch with her.

Jen tells us someone broke into her car near 52nd Street and Palatine Avenue around 4 a.m. today.

We don’t keep much in our car but they managed to take an old iPod, a car charger, an auxiliary cord and an emergency road side kit. My husband heard a car roll up to the house and idle. It sounded like the newspaper man but it was 4am so he went to the window to see what was going on and saw a white ford truck with a guy waiting in the driver seat and the other guy in our car with a flash light looking for stuff to steal. My husband opened the front door and yelled at them and they sped off. We called the cops and filed a report.

Jenny says someone stole her bike on Saturday afternoon from near Aurora Avenue North and Winona Avenue North on the edge of east Phinney and Green Lake. It’s a red Fuji Gran Tourer SE. If you’ve seen it, please call Jenny at 425-923-9425.


Beth says someone stole the leaf blower out of her Greenwood garage two weeks ago, and left a NY Giants jersey in its place. The leaf blower was an Echo brand similar to this.

Sara and Tom had their red 1999 Honda Civic 4-door stolen sometime Saturday night from 87th and Phinney Avenue North. The license plate is APR7352. If you’ve seen it, please call Sara at 206-240-9402 or Tom at 206-422-2053.


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Car show, pancake breakfast, farmers market and live music in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

June 27th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh produce, flowers, bread, meat, and several food trucks/stands to choose from for dinner (plus ice cream!)

The 22nd annual Greenwood Car Show takes over a mile-and-a-half of Greenwood Avenue from North 67th to 90th streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with more than 500 classic and cool cars. Cars start arriving at 5:30 a.m. The show ends at 4 p.m. but it will take a few hours to get all those cars out. Metro Route 5 will be rerouted off of Greenwood Avenue to 8th and 3rd avenues. Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for details.  The Greenwood Senior Center will fuel up all those car enthusiasts with a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Comedy At The End Of The Universe Open Mic & Fundraiser for David Zoe Leon at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.; Jim Page in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Randy Bowles & Sun Flights in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday.

4th annual Sakya Monastery Book and Bake Sale at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, 108 NW 83rd St., all day Saturday and Sunday.

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Volunteers needed for Phinney Center’s Hot Meal Program

June 26th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association needs volunteers to help prepare, cook, serve and clean up dinner for its Hot Meal Program from 3-7 p.m. on Mondays at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Volunteers must be at least 10 years old (children ages 10 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult). The Hot Meal Program serves 150-200 free meals three times a week at two sites. For more information or to sign up, contact LeAnne at leannec@phinneycenter.org or 206-783-2244.

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Cockatiel appears to have flown the coop and landed in Phinney-Green Lake yard

June 26th, 2014 by Doree

Shelbey tells us a cockatiel landed in her back yard at North 70th Street and Linden Avenue North yesterday afternoon and has been chirping nonstop. She assumes it’s somebody’s pet. It seems hungry but they don’t know how to get it down from the tree.

Anyone missing their pet cockatiel?

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Neighborhood news: new businesses, solar units on sale, mural design chosen, and we have the best toy store in the West

June 25th, 2014 by Doree

We have lots of miscellaneous neighborhood news to report.

Mo’s Sandwiches recently opened at 6108 Phinney Ave. N. The deli has already received a lot of love on Yelp. (Thanks to James for the photo.)


Greenwood startup GRAYL, which recently moved into 6557 Greenwood Ave. N, #101, produces the Water Filtration Cup, a personal water filter made of stainless steel that works like a French press.

Top Ten Toys, 120 N. 85th St., recently received the award for best toy store in the Western half of the U.S at the conference and trade show of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. That’s the association for independent and small chain toy stores. (In 2012, Top Ten Toys was the first toy store in the Northwest voted the Best Toy Store by the Western Toy and Hobby Association.)

Beginning in July, North Seattle Rotary is changing its meeting site to Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Meetings are at noon every Wednesday. Anyone is invited to check out Rotary and receive a free lunch.

The public can now purchase solar units from planned solar arrays at Phinney Neighborhood Association and the Woodland Park Zoo, in a partnership with Seattle City Light. City Light customers purchase units, then receive credits on their monthly electric bills based on the power produced. Solar units will cost $150; each unit represents a 28-watt piece of the system. The enrollment page is here. The PNA will purchase units for its own building, and is looking for sponsors for the units. If interested, contact Amy Besunder, development director, at amyb@phinneycenter.org.

A neighborhood man has been cleaning Greenwood-Phinney avenues for the last several months as he walks to and from work between 83rd and 60th streets. He’s started a fundraising campaign to raise money to buy more garbage bags, a grabber tool, and a collection cart.

Ten businesses have signed on to help raise funds for the proposed North 63rd Street Mural Project. Each business will have a collection box and will match customer donations up to $250. The participating businesses are: Phinney Market Pub & Eatery, Starbucks, Redmill, A-1 Piano, Umpqua Bank, Greenwood Hardware, Ken’s Market, Sip & Ship, Naked City Brewing and Top Ten Toys. The Phinney Neighborhood Association also will collect donations online (those will not be matched).

1,323 votes were cast in the mural design contest; 565 voted for Michiko Tanaka’s design “Animal Silhouettes.” The neighborhood now has to raise $5,000 to match a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Matching Fund Grant. That will help pay for the paint, special anti-graffiti coating and a maintenance contract.


This is a small portion of “Animal Silhouettes.”

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New Heart of Phinney Park art an homage to ancient Greek sculpture

June 25th, 2014 by Doree

Artist Matt Babcock‘s latest creation for the Heart of Phinney Park at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North is titled “Discobolos.”


This sculpture is a riff on the piece of the same name by the ancient Greek sculptor Myron. Myron’s Discobolos no longer exists and is only known through Roman copies. Babcock makes public art because he believes that public spaces reflect the ways communities and individuals think of themselves in relation to others and to the larger world.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Australian Shepard/pit bull mix missing from Greenwood

June 24th, 2014 by Doree

Update: She’s been found already!

Earlier: Elizabeth says her Black and White Australian Shepard/pit bull mix disappeared from North 105th Street and Dayton Avenue North. Her family is in the process of moving so Kolie (coal-ee) is stressed out and ran off.

Kolie has a floppy right ear, is super friendly, has all her shots, and is micro-chipped and licensed.

Please Call 410-591-1053 if you find her.

Kolie-missing Australia Shepherd-pitbull mix

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Greenwood Car Show roars back into the neighborhood for the 22nd time this Saturday

June 24th, 2014 by Doree

The 22nd annual Greenwood Car Show will take over Greenwood Avenue North from North 67 to 90th streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with a mile-and-a-half of more than 500 classic and cool cars on display. Put on by the Greenwood Knights Car Club, the car show features live music on the main stage at North 79th Street, several donation collection stations for the Greenwood Food Bank, the 5th annual Beer Can Derby at Naked City Brewery, a pancake breakfast and a special Kids’ Zone.

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The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting its traditional pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. that day. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for the whole family. Proceeds support the senior center’s programs.

Three classic hydroplanes will be on display in the Safeway parking lot at North 87th Street.

The Kids’ Zone on Morrow Lane between Greenwood and Palatine avenues (just north of Taproot Theatre) will have two bounce houses and a bouncy slide, games, pinewood derby track, Hula Hoop and jump rope contests, face painting, pony rides, prizes and performances from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everything is free, except for the pony rides.

Here’s the Kids’ Zone entertainment schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Puppet Story Corner
  • 11:30 a.m. – School of Rock Performance
  • 12:30 p.m. – Puppet Story Corner
  • 1 p.m. – Jump Rope & Hula Hoop contests
  • 2 p.m. – Puppet Story Corner

Drop-off locations for food bank donations include: the Volunteers of America booth (North 87th Street), Main Stage at North 79th Street, Greenwood Knights booth at North 77th Street, and Ken’s Market at North 73rd Street.

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The Beer Can Derby & Root Beer Can Derby will raise money for the Greenwood Food Bank. The custom-designed 40-foot long derby track has four lanes and an electronic timer. To enter, just bring five non-perishable food items for the food bank. The Beer Can Derby is for adults 21 and over; vehicle designs must include one beer can. The Root Beer Can Derby is open to all ages, and participants must include one soda can in their car design. More information and vehicle specifications are here.

The LeMay car museum inTacoma is bringing three classic cars to be on display at Greenwood Avenue and North 76th Street: 1954 Kaiser Darrin, 1957 Lincoln Premiere, and 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville.

A portion of the car show’s registration fees will benefit local nonprofits. Since 2009, the car show has raised $71,000 for neighborhood nonprofits and automotive scholarships.

Cars will begin lining up at 5:30 a.m. Traffic will be rerouted so plan accordingly for delays.

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