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Entries from July 2014

Holman Road closures and nighttime work next week

July 31st, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will close the north side of Holman Road NW between NW 87th Street and 8th Avenue NW beginning at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. for grinding and paving work (weather permitting). Traffic will be shifted to the south side of the road where one lane will remain open in each direction. The lane closures and traffic reconfiguration will remain in place until Aug. 14.

Following completion of the north side of the roadway, on Aug. 14 the south side of Holman Road NW will then be closed for grinding and paving between Northwest 87th Street and Eighth Avenue Northwest. Traffic will be shifted to the north side of the roadway with one lane open in each direction until Friday, Aug. 22, when paving on the south side will be complete.

Residents are advised that nighttime work is scheduled to take place between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. on Aug. 6, 13, 14 and 21. Paving work is weather dependent and scheduled dates are subject to change. In addition to this night work, crews will continue sidewalk and median work on Aug. 9 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Local bus access will be maintained for King County Metro’s Route 28 and RapidRide D Line. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, visit Metro Online at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/, or call (206) 553-3000.

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Missing cat? Not really, it’s just the annual Gumshoe scavenger hunt

July 30th, 2014 by Doree

Neighborhood volunteer Mike Veitenhans has been teasing us lately about how many stories we’ve been posting about missing cats. So he thought maybe his annual Gumshoe 5K Walk scavenger hunt could use the same tactic in publicizing the 10-day fundraising event, which begins Friday. Take it away, Mike:

This cat, Clueless, has been missing since he took a wrong turn in last year’s Gumshoe 5K Walk. This year’s ninth annual fundraiser on behalf of the Greenwoods — Senior Center, Food Bank and Elementary School PTA — begins Friday, August 1, runs through Sunday, August 10, and offers the opportunity to explore the neighborhood and win over $1,000 in prizes! Entry forms are $20 for a single, but just $15 each when two or more are purchased at the same time. The forms go on sale August 1 at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, PhinneyWood Starbucks, Ken’s Market and Couth Buzzard Books-Espresso Buono Cafe. By the way, if you find Clueless (aka Seth Thomsen), his owner-parents, Greg and Rhonda, ask that you tell him they’ve moved and left no forwarding address.

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Last year’s Gumshoe raised more than $5,000 for the Greenwood nonprofits. And it’s a lot of fun to do with friends.

(The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

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UPDATE – FOUND: Maya the cat escaped from home yesterday

July 30th, 2014 by Doree

Update: Maya has been found.

Earlier: Phebe tells us her cat, Maya, escaped Tuesday morning from her home on 61st Street.

She is a strictly indoor cat, is a petite 7 pounds, and has all her claws. She has an orange lightning bolt collar and an ID chip. Please call us if you see her! (206) 465-7523.


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Cat may have been killed by a coyote

July 30th, 2014 by Doree

Diane tells us her cat was killed near NW 79th Street and 3rd Avenue NW on Monday night by what she thinks was a coyote.

It came up on the deck, drank water from our dog’s bowl, and sometime before/after it killed our cat who was outdoors. I actually saw it out the window but its markings looked more like a husky or malamute. Only now do we assume it was a coyote. Our yard is fenced, as well. Just not completely tight, I guess. We’re sad and want to caution others not to leave their animals outside if possible.

Has anyone else seen a coyote in the neighborhood?

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Neighborhood news: free trees, preschool registrations, library design contest, host families needed, fundraising for beer and breast cancer research

July 30th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of lots of various neighborhood news.

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op has openings in its Pre-K class for the 2014-15 school year. Must be age 4 by Aug. 31. Class meets Monday and Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Email the registrar at pnpc_info@yahoo.com to register or for more information.

Preschool at the Harbor, 9204 11th Ave. NW, still has spots open for its morning preschool classes starting in the fall. Classes for ages 3-5 run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Architects Without Borders is holding a contest to design Little Free Libraries. You must register by Friday, Aug. 1, and submit your design by Aug. 27.

Little Free Libraries are small-scale book shelters that function as “take-a-book, leave-a-book” gathering places. They provide a location where the free exchange of books, ideas, stories, and interests contribute to a shared experience valued by neighbors and visitors. All entry fees benefit Architects Without Borders – Seattle, a local non-profit that provides ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate design assistance to communities in need.

The Seattle-based nonprofit NorthWest Student Exchange is looking for host families for international high school students.

Hosting is a great way to make an international friendship, learn about another culture without leaving home, and make a difference in young person’s life. Most hosts are busy families. They include their exchange student in their everyday life and provide the student with a bed, a place to study, meals, and a safe, caring family environment. They are not expected to provide travel opportunities or an entertainment program. Students attend a local high school and are strongly encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities.

If you are interested learning more about hosting please e-mail us at nwse@nwse.com or call us at 206-527-0917.
NWSE exchange students are closely screened for appropriate motivation, academic and language skills; our students have solid emotional and practical support from NWSE professional partners abroad, and from the students’ natural parents in their own countries. Our students come with their own spending money and health and accident insurance. NWSE local Academic Coordinators recruit, screen and orient local host families and provide close support throughout the program.

Domino Beauty Boutique in Greenwood raised $3,600 for breast cancer research during a pub crawl through local bars last weekend. Nearly 80 people visited The Alibi Room, Baranof, Bleacher’s Pub, Bill’s on Greenwood, Crosswalk, Gainsbourg and Teachers Lounge.

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Beginning next Monday, Aug. 4, Seattle residents can apply for up to four free trees for their yard and planting strips through Seattle reLeaf’s Trees for Neighborhoods program. Participants receive a watering bag for each tree, training on proper planting and care, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, and ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities, such as pruning. This year, the program is offering 12 tree species ranging from large native conifers to small deciduous trees appropriate for planting under power lines and along the street, including Douglas fir, black tupelo, and incense cedar.

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Bend, Oregon, author Sharon Duerst has just published her second novel, “Catching Rain,” the sequel to “Mending Stone,” which features a number of Seattle-area businesses and attractions, including three in Phinney Ridge: TM Dessert Works, Ken’s Market and the now-closed Francine Seders Gallery.

Phinney Ridge resident Annie Davis’s business, Annie’s Nannies, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a picnic for all past nannies and families on Aug. 14 at Woodland Park, Shelter 5. The company is providing a picnic lunch, goody bags, balloon animals, and Goofy Gideon the Magician. Everyone will gather for a huge group picture at 12:45 p.m.

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery is more than halfway to its goal of raising $300,000 to open in Greenwood. Click here for details on what exactly a cooperative brewery is, and how to become a member and how to invest. Last week, more than 60 people attended an open house at the new space, at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., and raised $16,000.

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Annual Night Out Against Crime is next Tuesday, Aug. 5

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

Next Tuesday, Aug. 5, is the 30th annual Night Out Against Crime, where thousands of neighbors all across Seattle will close off their blocks to cars and break out the barbecues and kids’ games and enjoy each other’s company.

The Seattle Police Department encourages people to participate in Night Out, because getting to know your neighbors is one of the most effective tools to prevent crime.

A previous Night Out block party in Phinney Ridge.

You can register to close off your block here. Remember that intersections can’t be blocked; and it’s best to use garbage/recycling cans and bright tape to block off streets, because they can be moved easily if an emergency vehicle needs to get through.

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UPDATE: FOUND — Honda Accord stolen from Phinney Ridge

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

Update Aug. 6: David tells us his car was recovered in Shoreline and three suspects were arrested after police found it full of stolen goods. He says the thieves also apparently tried to forge a bill of sale but spelled his name wrong.

Earlier: David tells us someone stole his green 1995 Honda Accord four-door sedan from the 6200 block of 5th Avenue NW. It has a bike rack on the trunk and some white tape on the driver’s side headlight. The license plate is 164 ZVX.

If anyone sees it, please call the police (report #14-244695) and then call David at 206-551-4564.

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Community meets mural fundraising goal

July 28th, 2014 by Doree

The community has raised the $5,000 needed to paint and maintain the new mural on the North 63rd Street/Aurora Avenue underpass, according to organizer/volunteer Mike Veitenhans. Volunteers painted the mural over the past two weekends. Now all that’s left is to apply the anti-graffiti coating.


Volunteers painting the mural. Photo by Pamela Jaynes.

A neighborhood celebration will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the grassy area next to the mural, across from Green Lake. Food and beverages provided.

Note: Neighborhood fundraising tours scheduled for Aug. 2 and 16 and Sept. 6 have been canceled since the fundraising goal has been met.

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Performance art, theater, live music, garage sale, farmers market in the neighborhood this weekend

July 25th, 2014 by Doree

Here are some highlights of events in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

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

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents The Wild Snohomians (Country/Americana), Knut Bell (solo set) and Johnny Hoffman and the Residents Friday night; and hard rock by Shark The Herald, Animal People, Dolphin Hunt and Alina Alisha Nicole on Saturday night.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its run of “Jane Eyre the musical” on the mainstage, and “The Amish Project” in the Isaac Studio.

The soon-to-come Portal Studio, a movement and performance space at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an installation/dance performance by The Royal Society called “Southland.”Last weekend’s performances sold out, so they’ve added a second set of shows Friday and Saturday night. Doors open at 7:45 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door.

The second of five Saturday morning two-hour walking tours of PhinneyWood to help raise matching funds for the North 63rd Street Underpass Mural Project is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Meet under the bright yellow air raid tower at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Other tour dates are Aug. 2 and 16, and Sept. 6. Suggested donation is $10, but any amount will be accepted.

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. Juggler Nickolai Pirak, magician Ruben Barron, and the Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. $5 for children, $10 for adults, in advance or at the door.

Northwest Market Street will be closed again from Greenwood Avenue North to Third Avenue Northwest from 7 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can do some paving work. Eastbound traffic on Northwest Market Street will be detoured to North 39th Street. Westbound traffic will be detoured to North 39th or to North 65th Street (via North 50th Street and Phinney Avenue North). Trucks will be detoured to North 85th Street.

Next door to Phinneywood, the Crown Hill Neighborhood Garage Sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Dozens of houses participate in this annual event.

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