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


Entries from August 2014

Short-haired black cat missing from Phinney Ridge since last Wednesday

August 31st, 2014 by Doree

Sally says her small, short-haired, black, female, 1-year-old cat disappeared from around North 65th Street and 1st Avenue NW last Wednesday evening.


If you’ve seen her, please call 206-349-0618.

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Volunteer tutors needed for Daniel Bagley Elementary

August 29th, 2014 by Doree

Invest in Youth, a nonprofit that provides free tutoring at six Seattle elementary schools, is looking for volunteer tutors for Daniel Bagley Elementary School by Green Lake. Bagley’s attendance area includes portions of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Our program is unique in that we don’t charge families or schools to provide our quality tutoring services. We are able to do this because of the support of our volunteers who commit to tutoring a 3rd through 5th grade student once a week.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year and works on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for just one hour every week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

The impact of Invest in Youth’s tutoring program is dramatic:

• 100% of classroom teachers agreed during the 2013-2014 school year that Invest in Youth was a valuable resource for their students.

• Students made an average gain of 19% in math and 13.5% in reading as measured by Invest in Youth’s pre and post-assessment.

• Tutors felt that the lasting bond they form with their student is the most meaningful element of the program.

With at least 85% of students enrolled in Invest in Youth being eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, it is likely that these students would not be able to receive one-on-one tutoring each week for the whole school year by a reliable adult if it wasn’t for our committed volunteers. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us this fall in our mission to enhance the academic abilities, self-confidence and life prospects of Seattle students. Please sign up today!

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, please visit our website: www.investinyouth.org. Can’t commit to the full school year? We have substitutes to fill in for you when necessary, so don’t let busy schedules dissuade you from participating – or “share” a student and the commitment by signing up with a friend!

Tutoring begins the first week of October and runs through May. Tutoring sessions are from 3:50-4:50 p.m. every Wednesday at Bagley, 7821 Stone Ave. N.

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Farmers market, live music and play day at Boys & Girls Club in Phinneywood land this weekend

August 29th, 2014 by Doree

Here are a few events coming up in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Storytelling with Steph at Phinney Books, 7405 Phinney Ave. N., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday.

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. Fresh fruit, veggies, bread, ice cream, popsicles, flowers and several dining options.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert (featuring Couth Buzzard barista Sara Depp and Greenwood jazz musician Kenny Mandell) at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Laura Lagerstedt & Pink Camel and Val D’ Alessio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tilted Thunder Rail Birds present Summer Field Play Day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N. in Greenwood.

If you’re heading downtown this weekend, keep in mind that it’s Bumbershoot weekend at the Seattle Center. Plus the Mariners play at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday; there’s the PAX Expo gamer’s convention at the Convention Center Friday through Monday (20,000 people are expected each day); the Sounders play at 1 p.m. Saturday; and the NFL Kickoff Run – Seahawks 5K is Monday morning.

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Seattle Police: Suspected car thief drowns after stealing car from Phinney Ridge and driving into Ship Canal

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police say a suspected car thief drowned late last night or early this morning after driving a car stolen from Phinney Ridge into the Ship Canal.

From the SPD Blotter:

Update – 11:45 AM: Officer have recovered a man’s body from the water near where police last saw the suspected car thief. The King County Medical Examiner will take custody of the body as police continue to investigate the incident.


Police divers are working to recover the body of a suspected car thief, now presumed drowned after he drove into the Ship Canal late Wednesday night.

Around 11:30 PM, police received reports that a Nissan Sentra had driven off a pier near the 1000 block of West Ewing Street.
Officers and rescue teams from the Seattle Fire Department arrived at the Nickerson Street Marina and spotted a man in the water, calling for help.

Officers in SPD’s Harbor Unit attempted to throw a rope to the man four times, but he refused to grab the rope and pushed away from an officer, who tried to grab him out of the water. The man then went under the water.

Officers and Seattle Fire Department divers searched the canal for more than an hour, but were unable to find the man.

Police believe the man was driving a stolen car—reportedly taken from the Phinney Ridge neighborhood Monday afternoon—when he drove through a gate and off of a dock on the canal.

SPD is still investigating this incident and we’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.

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Neighborhood news: magazine cover, soccer, PEPS, earthquake retrofit workshop

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Couth Buzzard Books and musician Kenny Mandell, who frequently plays at the bookstore, are the cover story in the September issue of Earshot Jazz Magazine.

Woodland Soccer girls U12 team is looking for more players. Girls must have been born between August 2002 and July 2003 and live within the boundaries of North/NW 85th Street, Lake Washington Ship Canal, I-5 and 8th Avenue NW.

The late fee will be waived and you can use this link to register. When registering, enter ‘Lemondrops’ and/or ‘Jon Herlocker’ in the team/coach field.

A reminder that toxic algae scum has been found along the shores at Green Lake. The lake remains open to most activities, but…

People and pets should not wade or play in the lake where the scum has accumulated. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to drink from the lake in these areas. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to rinse well to remove all algae.

The lake remains open to fishing, boating, stand-up paddling boarding and other recreational activities. While Seattle Parks and Recreation’s lifeguarded beaches remain open. The last day of operation for East Green Lake Beach is August 24. The last day of operation for West Green Lake Beach is September 1.

A warm, dry summer has promoted the algae bloom, and continued warm weather continues to promote it. Blooms have been known to last into November in particularly warm autumns, and typically disappear as the weather gets colder.

Symptoms of illness from liver toxin are flu-like and may include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting. If symptoms occur after ingesting lake water, park users should consult a health care professional immediately. Pets are at highest risk.

Registration is now open for PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) programs at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Baby Peppers, for families with babies 5-12 months old, meets once a week for 11 weeks from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Sept. 24 o Thursdays starting Sept. 25. Second Time Around, for families with a newborn aged 0 – 4 months and an older child, meets once a week (one parent and baby only) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 16 or 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 17 (this group meets at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N.) New and expectant parents can attend a free While You’re Waiting session from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 10 or Oct. 8.

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a workshop by Seattle Office of Emergency Management on how to reduce earthquake damage by retrofitting your home from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. The workshop is free but registration is required. To sign up, email snap@seattle.gov or call 206‐233‐5076.

These introductory workshops provide information on how to seismically secure a house to its foundation, especially for houses built before 1980. Experienced home retrofit instructors will instruct attendees on what tools are needed to retrofit a house and discuss building techniques, the city’s free plan set and the permit process. The workshops are designed for all homeowners, whether they are doing the work themselves or hiring a qualified contractor.

Shoreline Area News has a story on the 80th wedding anniversary of Vern and Shirley Greer, who owned Greer Lumber in Greenwood for 47 years before the store closed in 1999.

If you’re heading through Fremont, be aware that Seattle Department of Transportation next week will begin a series of lane closures for painting the Fremont Bridge, which will last into February.

These closures will occur during off – peak travel hours, but heavier traffic should be expected regardless. The first stage of the closures, lasting several weeks, will affect just northbound traffic.

The northbound curbside lane will be closed to all vehicles, leaving a single travel lane open, between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday starting Sept. 2. The adjacent walkway (on the east side of the bridge) will also be closed during these hours. All pedestrian and bicycle traffic will have to share the walkway on the west side of the bridge. Directional signage will be placed to route pedestrians and bicyclists when the lane/walkway closures are in effect.

Northbound vehicles – and bicyclists travelling in either direction – should allow for additional crossing time due to congestion during this initial phase of the painting project.

The bridge will also open more frequently until painting is completed, as more vessels will require the bridge to open to pass underneath. (The painter’s scaffolding and containment system beneath the bridge reduces the vertical clearance above the surface of the Ship Canal.) As a result, traffic back-ups resulting from openings of the bridge will occur more often. Drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes if convenient.

This pattern of traffic restrictions will be in place for several weeks, before one southbound travel lane will also be closed, but just between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., since south bound traffic flows are heavy in both morning and evening peak periods.

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Thursday events in the neighborhood

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Here are two interesting events in the neighborhood this evening:

Port & Anchor, a coffee shop and community space at 503 N. 50th St. by the zoo, is hosting an all-ages open-mic event called The Sound from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. A $5 donation covers the door fee; drinks available for purchase. You can sign up in advance by emailing sound@portandanchor.com; sign-up inside begins at 6:30 p.m. Slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Couth Buzzard Books presents local author Esther Altshul Helfgott, reading from her new book, “Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer’s,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. She also is the author of “Dear Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Diary & Poems.”

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Key ring found at 68th & Greenwood – is it yours?

August 28th, 2014 by Doree

Nancy tells us she found a key with a unique key ring in front of her office at 6814 Greenwood Ave. N. If you think it’s yours, email Nancy at nhawkins@seanet.com to identify it.

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Someone’s special stuffie found at Greenwood Park

August 27th, 2014 by Doree

Heidi says her dog carried this stuffed husky puppy home from Greenwood Park. The red ribbon says “Alaska.” She assumes it’s special to a little person and hopes someone claims it.


If it’s yours, call Heidi at 206-992-3019.

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Call for artists for Phinney Center Gallery in 2015

August 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is accepting submissions for its 2015 gallery season for visual artists working in 2D or 3D media for individual or group shows. Submission deadline is Sept. 8 at 10 p.m. More information and the online application are here.

The Phinney Center Gallery is located in the historic Phinney Center in Seattle, Washington. Our gallery shows are advertised to 17,000 local community members and 3,000-4,000 viewers visit the Phinney Center each month. Our gallery has approximately 100 linear feet of wall space (depending on configuration of walls), as well as display capacity for three-dimensional work in locked glass cases and pedestals. The gallery will provide insurance. Priority consideration for gallery shows will go to artists working in the Puget Sound area who are not currently represented by a commercial gallery.

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