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Entries from January 2015

Beatles sing-along, seed swap, storytelling and lots of live music in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

January 30th, 2015 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of things to do in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Storytelling with Steph at 11 a.m. Friday at Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Burgundy Pearl and Fine Company in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Classical Guitar Cabaret with Robert Vierschilling, Stella Kosim, Jessica Papkoff and Denis Ha at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The King County Seed Lending Library is hosting its Second Annual Seed Swap from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave., as part of National Seed Swap Day. The seed swap will be in rooms 6 and 7 of the Blue Building.

Please bring seeds if you have them. They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets. Attendees aren’t required to bring seeds to take them, but are asked to limit what they take in order for all to enjoy the swap.

Workshops will offer further education on saving and cleaning seeds. Speakers include KCSLL Co-director and Urban Food Warrior Caitlin Moore; author Bill Thorness (Edible Heirlooms, Cool Season Gardener); and author and educator Lisa Taylor (Your Farm in the City, Maritime Northwest Garden Guide).

Non-profit greening groups will be on hand, and you can learn about the library’s newest branch: the Phinney Neighborhood Association! The PNA has agreed to host the seed collection in its popular Tool Library. Starting in February, seeds can be “checked out” during the Tool Library’s regular hours.

Tim’s Tavern presents Minty Rosa, Skyline Divine and Cat Bomb on Friday; Ben Ghazi Quartet and guests on Saturday; and Boom City and Yo Adrian at on Sunday. All shows are at 9 p.m., $5 cover.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Foghorn Stringband at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at-the-door)

The 7th Annual Beatles Sing-Along, a benefit for the Elizabeth Gregory Home (which provides transitional housing for women), is from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at St. John Catholic Church’s Egan Hall, 123 N. 79th St. Adults $15, seniors $10, kids $5.

On tap for this year is Paul’s homage to his musician father, “When I’m Sixty Four”, and the Porters are pleased to be joined by three fine young musicians from the All City Clarinet Ensemble. This continues our tradition of enlisting the help of the abundant musical talent in our area in adding the great arrangements of Sir George Martin from the Beatles recordings to the live accompaniment for the sing-along.

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New businesses and some closing

January 30th, 2015 by Doree

Furnishments, at 7218 Greenwood Ave. N., is closing. All regular priced merchandise and custom order furniture is now 20 percent off. The store expects to close sometime in April. While the retail store is closing, the home staging business will remain open.

In-Season Fresh Take-Away & Café opened last month at 6412 Phinney Ave. N. in half of the former Mae’s Café space. Their website isn’t up to speed yet, but you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

I Do Bridal recently opened at 424 N. 85th St. after 18 years in Wallingford. The original store remains open as I Do Bridal’s outlet store. The Greenwood store is open by appointment from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Phone is 206-633-7926.

A new sign says Munch Café will open soon at 8576 Greenwood Ave. N., the space most recently occupied by The Box & Bottle. We’ve emailed them to get more information.

Tony’s Coffee Seattle Coffee Bar & Espresso Training Lab, at 7001 3rd Ave. NW, closed at the end of December. A spokesman tells me they’ll be all moved out in the next couple of days and then an architecture firm will move in. We’ll keep you posted on that. Tony’s left because its lease came up for renewal and the company decided to look for a bigger space with more foot traffic.

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Community names Woodland Park Zoo’s new lion cubs

January 29th, 2015 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s three male lion cubs now have names, thanks to community input.

The top vote getter was Tandie, which means “fire.” Lion parents, mom Adia and dad Xerxes, were then given the chance to select two more names by being given enrichment items with the names of the next three highest vote totals. Adia stuck with the cubs while Xerxes chose Gandia, meaning “clever,” and Mandla, meaning “power/strength.”


Photo by Dennis Dow, Woodland Park Zoo.

Tandie, Gandia and Mandla were born Oct. 24. Their outdoor schedule remains intermittent but they will come out more as warm, dry weather allows.

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Greenwood Library celebrating 10th anniversary on Feb. 8

January 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its new building at a community party from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Meet City Librarian Marcellus Turner, enjoy refreshments and share your favorite library memories.

The Library will also be sealing a time capsule, which will be opened at the branch’s 25th anniversary in 2030. “Library patrons are invited to write a letter to their future self, describe the community, draw pictures or take photos—whatever comes to mind!” said Karen Spiel, regional manager for libraries in northwest Seattle. Templates for the time capsule can be picked up at the Greenwood Branch, and entries can be turned in to the branch through Sunday, Feb. 8.

The current Greenwood Branch opened Jan. 29, 2005. It was the 13th project completed under the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” building program. The branch features an expansive view of the Cascade Mountains, tables made of wood salvaged from an American red elm, and artwork by Portland artists Fernanda D’Agostino and Valerie Otani based on Greenwood Branch patrons who posed as models.

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Pie lovers needed for A La Mode Pies’ PBS filming Thursday morning

January 28th, 2015 by Doree

A PBS crew will be at A la Mode Pies’ Phinney Ridge café on Thursday morning, filming a documentary on the Best Pie Shops in America. A la Mode is hoping the café will be packed at 8 a.m. with folks ordering a slice of pie and willing to share their thoughts about what makes their pie exceptionally yummy.

A la Mode Pies is at 5821 Phinney Ave. N.

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Greenwood Elementary open house on Feb. 5

January 28th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary is hosting an open house for prospective families from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5. Come tour the building and hear a presentation by Principal Dr. Trotter, and a tour of the building.

Greenwood Elementary is at 144 NW 80th St.

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Phinney Hub neighborhood group to practice earthquake response on Feb. 9

January 27th, 2015 by Doree

A new neighborhood group called Phinney Hub is hosting “The Disaster Games” on Feb. 9 to help neighbors practice earthquake responses. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

We’ll use a realistic earthquake scenario and a simple paper-and-pencil format to help us think about the issues we will face in the first hour after a major earthquake. We’ll discuss how to safeguard ourselves and our families, and how to help our neighbors.

We’ll also inaugurate “Proud To Prepare,” a social media campaign to recognize and appreciate people who have taken action to strengthen their independent capability. And we’ll share our plans to establish an Emergency Communications Hub at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

This meeting is free and open to all members of the public. For more information, please visit our web site at www.PhinneyHub.org.

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Ongoing choral ensemble at Music Center of the Northwest

January 27th, 2015 by Doree

Music Center of the Northwest is offering a choir class for singers of all ages and experience levels. The ongoing ensemble “teaches choral singing skills while exploring interesting and fun music.” Class is from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St.

For more information or to register, call 206-526-8443.

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Second Early Design Guidance Meeting for North 109th Street project of 100 small efficiency dwelling units

January 27th, 2015 by Doree

The public is invited to comment about site planning and design at the second Early Design Guidance Meeting for a proposed 100-unit building at 1008 N. 109th St. The developer’s preferred option out of three has 93 “small efficiency dwelling units” and seven live/work units.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset Capt. Ballard Room.

The four-story building will have surface parking for either 9 or 12 vehicles (the design proposal uses the numbers inconsistently, and the Land Use Bulletin says 15), basement storage for 100 bicycles, a rooftop deck and solar panels. Each SEDU will have 225 square feet of space. Each live/work unit will be about 320 square feet. Three commercial spaces would be on the ground floor. The proposal requires a lot boundary adjustment.

You can see the full design proposal here (PDF).

The property is on the corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 109th Street, adjacent to the Rose Corner Flower Shop. It currently has a giant pile of dirt and is surrounded by trucks from the nearby Handy Andy Rent-A-Tool.


If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can send written comments about site planning and design issues by Feb. 2 by email to PRC@seattle.gov or mail to: City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Ave., Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019. Reference project number 3017565.

If an environmental review is later triggered, the public will have the opportunity to comment on environmental impacts such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.

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