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


Entries from February 2015

Woodland Park Zoo elephants moving to Oklahoma City Zoo this spring

February 27th, 2015 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo announced on its blog today that its remaining two elephants, Bamboo and Chai, will move to the Oklahoma City Zoo sometime in late-March to mid-April.

Activists have long called for the zoo to shut down its elephant exhibit and move them to a sanctuary. Instead, the zoo decided to move them to another zoo where they will be part of a larger herd. Oklahoma currently has a family of five elephants, including a 2-month-old baby.

We are happy to announce that we have selected Oklahoma City Zoo, which best meets our criteria based on recommendations from animal welfare experts: a social herd of Asian elephants into which Chai and Bamboo may successfully integrate, a state-of-the-art facility, a healthy environment free of active infectious disease, high caliber elephant keeper and veterinary staff, a restricted contact management system, and an established history of stable finances and leadership.

You can read the full blog post, which details the decision-making process and how Chai and Bamboo will be moved 2,000 miles.

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Theater, live music and wine in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

February 27th, 2015 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood 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.

Savage/Love” at 7 p.m. Friday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Ellis Paul with Rebecca Loebe at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $20 general, $17 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).


The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building. Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general, $10 designated driver. For that you get 10 tastes, appetizers and music.

Phil Schallberger: ULTRA SHOWBERGER from 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Free Northwest Clarinet Choir concert from 4-5:15 p.m. Sunday at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St.

If you’re heading downtown, some streets will be closed around Aurora Avenue and Queen Anne for the Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Run. Some buses, including the 5, will be rerouted. See Metro’s Service Advisories page for information.

A reminder that Metro Transit bus fares are going up by 25 cents on Sunday, March 1 (50 cents for Access paratransit). But there’s also a new reduced-fare program, called ORCA LIFT, for riders earning at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, about $23,340 annually for an individual. ORCA LIFT fares will be $1.50 per trip regardless of time of day or number of zones traveled.

Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting its final public meeting about its playground improvement project from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, March 2.


Subway and Silverball Saloon coming to Greenwood

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

Subway is currently building out the space at 8530 Palatine Ave. N., in one of the newer buildings between Palatine and Greenwood avenues and along Morrow Lane.


This photo is looking east toward Greenwood Avenue.

According to signs in the window, Silverball Saloon will be opening at 8558 Greenwood Ave. N.


The saloon’s Facebook page says the Western-themed bar and arcade will have classic and current pinball and arcade games and a wide selection of local beers. They’re hoping for a spring opening.

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Volunteers needed to bend 60 more metal monkey frames for next holiday lighting project

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

December’s holiday lighting project in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood brought 150 metal monkeys to businesses and trees throughout the neighborhood, and a lot of good press and attention to local businesses. The demand from businesses and residents to sponsor a monkey was so great that organizers are expanding the troupe for next year.

They’re looking for volunteers to help bend 60 more metal monkey frames. The work will take place in three, four-hour sessions at Close Enough Engineering’s workshop at Lake Union on March 16, 18 and 20.


If you’d like to help, contact Mike Veitenhans at mikeveets@gmail.com.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday

February 26th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. You can see the full agenda here.

Guest speaker Kaitlin Parker of the National Wildlife Federation will talk about how to establish a backyard wildlife habitat and neighborhood corridors.

The council will discuss land use and development reports, the status of the proposed Pedestrian Overlay Zone and a Department of Planning and Development parking study.

They’ll also talk about council district issues, now that seven of the nine City Council positions will be elected by district. Ballard, Phinney Ridge and part of Greenwood are in the new District 6. The new District 5 will cover the north end of Greenwood up to Shoreline, as well as the east side of I-5.

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Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe now open in Greenwood

February 25th, 2015 by Doree

Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe opened its doors at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N. today. The cafe specializes in locally sourced, sustainable ingredients.

The cafe also has locations in West Seattle and the U-District.

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Green Honda CR-V stolen from Greenwood overnight

February 25th, 2015 by Doree

Keren tells us her green 1999 Green Honda CR-V was stolen overnight from North 81st Street between Fremont and Dayton avenues. She said it has a bunch of children’s stuff inside and a Thule bike rack on the back. She filed a police report.

Anyone see or hear anything?

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Candidate Forum for new City Council District 5 is March 11

February 24th, 2015 by Doree

Now that seven of the nine City Council positions will be elected by district, candidates must live within the district they’re seeking to represent. The new District 6 covers all of Ballard and Phinney Ridge and part of Greenwood. The new District 5 covers Greenwood north of 85th Street, extending from Puget Sound on the west to Lake Washington on the east, up to 145th Street.


On Wednesday, March 11, the community councils of Greenwood, Broadview, Haller Lake and Pinehurst are hosting a candidates forum from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Come ask questions of the candidates and let them know your priorities for the district.

No current city council members live in District 5, but six newcomers have entered the race (not all have websites up and running yet):


Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Gently Used Kid’s Clothing & Gear Sale is March 21

February 24th, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Gently Used Kid’s Clothing & Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The sale is for expecting families and those with kids from newborn up to 10 years old.

Items include gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more. All clothes are hung by size and gender. Many items will be discounted by 50 percent starting at 12 p.m.

Organizers are looking for tax-deductible donations of gently used baby and kid clothing and gear by March 13. All proceeds help support the preschool. Email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off.

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