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Entries from November 2014

PhinneyWood ‘Glow Cone’ lights up the ridge

November 29th, 2014 by Dale

More than 100 people gathered on a chilly (for Seattle, at least) evening to welcome in the holidays with caroling and a countdown for the first annual lighting of the “Glow Cone” on the historic air raid siren at the corner of Phinney Avenue North at North 67th Street.

The siren, a Cold War reminder built in 1953, is now home to a cheerier aspect – a 17-foot-tall, 20-spoked, 6,000-LED-light “Glow Cone” that shines on the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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PNA director Lee Harper kicked off the lighting saying the Glow Cone and 150 monkey holiday lights are something only our neighborhood can claim.

“What if an animal escaped from the zoo and ran up and down Phinney and Greenwood? And the monkeys were born,” Harper explained to the crowd. “It is unique. A lot of people, including my partner, said ‘I don’t get it. Monkeys?’ Exactly. But you’re talking about it and you’re not talking about the lights and trees in Ballard.”

Here’s a shot of the crowd singing carols before one lucky kid got to flip the switch on the lights. (Thanks to Mike Veitenhans for the two photos.)

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KING 5 had a nice story about the Glow Cone and monkey lights on Sunday night.

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News roundup: Bookstore news, city funds for hunger programs, Nutcracker performers

November 28th, 2014 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Eight neighborhood children will perform in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Kokoro Anan — Baby Mouse; Bixby Atkins — Little Boy; Sadie Beers — Infantry; Maya Bransier — Infantry; Claire Crawford — Small Servant; Claire Curran — Cavalry; Annika Greenig — Mother Mouse; and Angelika Volante — Toy Theater Girl.

Seattle’s Human Services Department will give the Greenwood Senior Center $113,000 next year to continue to provide nutritious food to neighborhood seniors. The city also is providing the Phinney Neighborhood Association with $40,428 for its Hot Meal Program.

The Seattle City Council is awarding $68,000 to City Fruit to glean extra fruit off neighborhood trees for food banks and hunger programs. City Fruit is very active in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is in the final days of its $2,500 fundraising campaign to purchase high quality microphones, an audio interface, and video equipment so that they can share all their regular musical and performance events with the community online.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is starting a new monthly book subscription service called Phinney by Post. Subscribers will receive a surprise paperback book every month.

Why are we starting Phinney by Post? To try something new and fun, for one thing, and as a way for faraway friends of the store to keep in touch (although you can choose to pick up your monthly book at the store if you prefer). But also because, as much as we love discovering the newly published books each season, we also love unearthing older books that not everyone knows about (the kind we feature in Old Book of the Week). And that’s what Phinney by Post will specialize in, although we might throw a more recent book in every once in a while too.

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Holiday lights, Small Business Saturday, concerts, theater in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

November 28th, 2014 by Doree

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

Taproot Theatre’s holiday production of “Appalachian Christmas Homecoming.”

Woodland Park Zoo WildLights, now through Jan. 4.

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Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, so please do your holiday shopping at our neighborhood stores and help support a thriving business community right here.

The first annual Holiday Glow Cone Lighting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center’s air raid tower, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Holiday songs and cookies for everyone.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Timberbound (below) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in the Brick Building. Cost is $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

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Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, in the Brick Building.

Streets are closed and buses rerouted through downtown Seattle for Macy’s Holiday Parade this morning, for the Westlake Tree Lighting in the evening, for the Seattle Marathon 5K and Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon on Saturday, and for the Seattle Marathon on Sunday. Check Metro’s service advisory page for more information on buses.

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Greenwood micro-apartment developer will give presentation at Greenwood Community Council meeting

November 26th, 2014 by Doree

The property company building a micro-apartment project at 714 N. 95th St. in Greenwood will give a presentation on the project at the Greenwood Community Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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This home will be replaced by 36 residential units.

Daniel Stoner, president of Parkstone Properties, tells us the project will be resubmitted under new rules recently passed by the Seattle City Council.

“While the new regulations require only Streamlined Design Review for a project of our size, we thought it would be helpful to hold a voluntary
community meeting to listen to neighborhood residents and address questions about our project,” he said in an email. “Please join us that night for a lively, constructive discussion and learn more about our micro-apartments as one component for addressing Seattle’s exciting but challenging population growth.”

Stoner says the project will soon have its own website describing floor plans and amenities. In the meantime, you can check out another micro-housing project the company is building at 918 N. 103rd St. to get an idea of what it will be like.

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Holiday lighting project begins as monkeys ‘escape’ from zoo today

November 25th, 2014 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s new holiday lighting project is 150 metal-framed monkeys with lighting strips that will hang from businesses and trees throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood through Jan. 4. Some of those monkeys “escaped” from Woodland Park Zoo today, as a publicity stunt for both the lighting project and the zoo’s annual WildLights event.

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A gorilla, penguin, meerkat, and otter make a run for it with some escaped monkeys this afternoon.

Businesses and community members (including us) sponsored each monkey, which were manufactured with the help of numerous neighborhood volunteers. Sponsors of the project include the PNA Business Membership and the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

WildLights officially kicks off on Friday night (although there is a preview tonight for all monkey sponsors and the media) and runs through Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 24-25). It runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly.

The winter lights festival features more than 600,000 LED lights along zoo paths, shaped to look like wild animals and global destinations. The carousel will be open during WildLights (for an additional fee), and food is available for purchase. Visitors can see real reindeer and listen to carolers. Most of the zoo animals will not be on display, but the Day Exhibit (reptiles and amphibians) and a part of the Adaptations Building (sloths, Indian flying foxes and meerkats) will be open during WildLights.

Tickets are $9.75 for adults (ages 13+), $6.50 for children ages 3-12, and free for toddlers ages 2 and under. Enter at the zoo’s West Entrance on Phinney Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online or at zoo gates during regular zoo hours. (Admission to the zoo prior to 5:30 p.m. is not included.) Parking is free.

Another part of the holiday lighting project is the new “Glow Cone,” hanging from the old air raid tower at the Phinney Center at Phinney Avenue and North 67th Street, which will be lit up at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Neighborhood sculptor Kim David Hall developed the designs for the 17-foot-cone and the monkeys.

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The cone is hung from the PNA’s air raid tower earlier this week. Photo by Mike Veitenhans.

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Holiday theater, concerts, bookfest, family variety show in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

November 21st, 2014 by Doree

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

Taproot Theatre’s holiday production of “Appalachian Christmas Homecoming” begins this weekend.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Disaster on the Seas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell and special guest Perry Robinson at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Ari and Mia Friedman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Cost is $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price.

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Ari & Mia, Boston’s Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song- and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.

The fourth annual Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest is from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center. Meet 26 local authors and have them autograph their books (Secret Garden will be selling books on site). Readings, free cookies baked by the authors and a special guest performance by the Rejections, the Seattle7Writers band. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Phinney Center and the literacy programs of The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle). Authors include bestsellers and award winners, fiction and non-fiction, children’s and young adult, thriller and poetry writers: Daniel James Brown, Robin Oliveira, Tara Conklin, Elizabeth George, David Laskin, Deb Caletti, Adrianne Harun, Kitty Harmon, Bob Dugoni, Carol Cassella, Sean Beaudoin, Lynn Brunelle, Kathleen Alcala, William Dietrich, Laurie Frankel, Waverly Fitzgerald, Bharti Kirchner, Frances McCue, Donna Miscolta, Peter Mountford, Kevin O’Brien, Joan Leegant, Clare Meeker, Bernadette Pajer, Suzanne Selfors, and Ed Skoog.

The Green Lake Gobble 5k and 10k run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. An estimated 2,000 runners and walkers will be there, so be careful of extra pedestrians and traffic. Metro Route 48 will rerouted during the Gobble Run. Check Metro’s Alerts website for details.

Seattle Harmony Voice Lab from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center, in the Brick Building.

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center. Free, but tickets need to be reserved online.

Free Northwest Clarinet Choir concert from 4-5:15 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St.

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UPDATE: OWNER FOUND — Cat found in Greenwood

November 21st, 2014 by Doree

Update: Her owner has been found.

Earlier: Jessica says she found this kitty, which she thinks is female, near North 92nd Street and Dayton Avenue on Thursday. The cat is small, a little skinny and has no collar. If she’s yours, email jbookwalter@gmail.com.

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Neighborhood news: stolen truck, meal sharing app, burn ban, new karate studio

November 19th, 2014 by Doree

UPDATE: The truck has been found.

Stolen F250 pickup 11-19-14-resizedLogan’s 2003 Ford F250 truck was stolen from Aurora Avenue near Fremont late Friday or early Saturday. It’s gray, with Washington license plate B65535Y. If you’ve seen it, please call the police and put a note in comments below.

Emerald City Karate in Fremont is moving to Greenwood. Remodeling is currently underway at the new dojo at 8314 Greenwood Ave. N., a few doors down from the Greenwood Post Office. We’ll keep you posted on when adult and kids classes are scheduled to begin.

A meal-sharing app called DYNE has launched in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge and other neighborhoods. DYNE allows neighbors to host a meal in their home with a set price; guests use the app to book a table. DYNE’s community growth manager, Derak Wolcoski, lives in Greenwood. “So far, Greenwood and Phinney Ridge have seen events hosted by professional chefs, urban farmers, a mushroom forager, a dietician specializing in vegan cuisine and a pastry chef / small batch ice cream maker – yum!” he said in an email.

UPDATE: The burn ban has been lifted as of 6 a.m. Thursday.

Earlier: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issued a Stage 2 Burn Ban for King County, starting at noon today. The ban is expected to be lifted at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

The front expected this evening is showing rain and winds that will clear the air. However, daytime winds
will not be sufficient to significantly reduce pollution levels in King and Pierce counties, especially in areas where wood burning is common.

Snohomish County is expected to have earlier daytime winds sufficient enough to reduce pollution levels, allowing the burn ban to be lifted as of noon today.

The purpose of a burn ban is to reduce the amount of pollution that is creating unhealthy air usually due to excessive wood smoke. The Clean Air Agency will continue to closely monitor the situation.

During a Stage 2 burn ban:

No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.

The Washington State Department of Health recommends that people who are sensitive to air pollution limit time spent outdoors, especially when exercising. Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, cause difficulty breathing, and make lung and heart problems worse. Air pollution is especially harmful to people with lung and heart problems, people with diabetes, children, and older adults (over age 65).

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Woodland Park Zoo will move its remaining two elephants to another AZA-accredited institution

November 19th, 2014 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo just announced this afternoon that it will phase out its elephant program and send its two remaining elephants to other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Here’s the zoo’s full press release:

“We remain committed to putting the welfare of our elephants first. After several months of working to implement the recommendations of the Elephant Task Force, we have found that adding to the herd of our two aging elephants is not realistic in the foreseeable future. It is in the best interest of Bamboo and Chai to live in a social, multi-animal herd in a healthy environment,” said Woodland Park Zoo’s President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen. “This can best be accomplished by relocating them to another accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums facility that is held to exemplary standards of care. Having only one or two elephants at the zoo for the long term would work against the broader social welfare of Chai and Bamboo and we are committed to following the recommendations of elephant health and welfare experts.”

The Elephant Task Force–panel of local community representatives and internationally-distinguished scientists and animal care professionals–conducted a critical and thorough external review of the zoo’s elephant program in 2013.

The zoo will begin finding a new home for its two elephants, 47-year-old Bamboo and 35-year-old Chai, both female Asian elephants.

“We will ensure Bamboo and Chai will be relocated together to an Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) facility that shares our commitment to animal health and welfare and conservation through education, and provides viewing access to the animals. We have not identified a new home at this time but we expect to move them in 2015. They will be a part of our family for the rest of their lives and we will continue to follow their welfare at their new home,” added Jensen.

“It is a difficult decision to move these animals who have long played an important role as ambassadors for their species in the wild, but we could not have made it without the thoughtful and exhaustive work of the Elephant Task Force, the zoo’s Board of Directors and our staff. We will continue working with our elephant conservation partners in Borneo and Tanzania and the 96 Elephants campaign to help end the ivory trade,” said Jensen.

Approximately 139 Asian elephants currently live in AZA institutions. According to Woodland Park Zoo’s Chief Operations Officer Bruce Bohmke, North American elephant population management experts predicted a population decline based on a decade’s worth of research. Bohmke, who serves on the Steering Committee of the North American AZA Elephant Taxon Advisory Group and Species Survival Plan (TAG/SSP), said the decline is attributed to a number of factors including an aging population and limited reproduction. “In addition, because other zoos are expanding or building new exhibits, there are very few individual elephants to acquire. We recognize that the process of expanding existing herds is going to happen slowly, and that it may be a few decades before a sustainable population can be achieved,” said Bohmke.

Each year, the zoo reviews its animal programs, which include physical and behavioral health and care, and makes decisions to continue, phase out or introduce new animals based on an extensive set of criteria, explained Bohmke. In 2012, the zoo phased out its African wild dog and Malayan sun bear exhibits.

In May 2015, Malayan tigers will be introduced to a new, dynamic exhibit for tigers and sloth bears. The state-of-the-art complex will empower and inspire visitors with up-close animal encounters, hands-on learning, and links to meaningful conservation actions visitors can take to build a better future for wildlife.

Visit http://zoo.org/elephantnews for information about Woodland Park Zoo’s elephants. Visit http://zoo.org/96elephants for more information about the 96 Elephants campaign.

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