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Entries from March 2015

The MemoryCare Plays: Three one-act dramas about living with memory loss at Taproot Theatre

March 31st, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center has partnered with Taproot Theatre and Full Life Care for a staged reading of award-winning plays about living with memory loss at 7:30 p.m. on May 8 and 9. Each performance will be followed by a conversation with The University of Washington’s renowned memory loss expert, Dr. Soo Borson.

The shows will be in Taproot’s new Isaac Studio Theatre, 212 N. 85th St.

Tickets for the May 8 performance are $50 for patrons, $100 for benefactors. Both include a preshow reception. Benefactors will receive a signed book by local author Esther Altshul Helfgott. The May 9 performances are $25 general, $15 seniors and students.

Proceeds from all ticket sales benefit ongoing arts programs for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers.

About the MemoryCare Plays: The MemoryCare Plays came about through the efforts of Dr. Margaret Noel and the MemoryCare organization, based in Asheville, North Carolina. The organization put out a call in 2012 for one-act plays that highlight the issues families face when a loved one suffers from dementia. The result was 91 submissions from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. The final scripts which comprise The MemoryCare Plays were selected by a juried committee based on the playwright’s insight and skill in communicating themes and ideas in a way that would deepen understanding for families, caregivers and the larger community.

The MemoryCare Plays received a bronze medal for best anthology at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards which honor the year’s best independently published books. The 2014 “IPPY” Awards contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas. For more information go www.memorycareplays.org

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Free dental care for children on May 20 at UW

March 30th, 2015 by Doree

This is not in our neighborhood, but it’s important for some folks to know about. The UW and three community partners are offering free dental care for children ages 1-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, at the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry, Magnuson Park, 6222 NE 74th St.

Children will receive an exam, cleaning, fluoride and sealants if necessary. Seattle Public Library will provide story time, and the Mariner Moose and Harry the Husky will be there.

An appointment is required. Call 206-543-5800.

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‘Saturday Morning Cartoons’ returning to Greenwood

March 30th, 2015 by Doree

Last November, B-Sides & Rarities presented family-friendly short plays based on old-fashioned Saturday morning cartoons at Greenwood’s The Pocket Theatre. They sold out every show, so they’re bringing it back for four shows in April and May.

The plays are written by Seattle playwrights and their children and feature professional actors. Shows will be at 10:30 a.m. on April 18 and 25, and May 2 and 9, at 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Every edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons offers a brand new set of opportunities for local playwrights to collaborate with their children. Saturday Morning Cartoons features:

  • Tigery and Heavens-to-Betsey Get Lost in the Salad Bar by Nora Jorgensen and Ruchi Harris with Gillian Jorgensen
  • POPULATION 51- EPISODE 9: The Very Bad Blanket by Rowan Ellis Neal and K. Brian Neel
  • The Lunar Sea of Golden Blooms by Hero and Tethys Notis with Darian Lindle
  • Scooby Doo Doo by Eli Pruzan with Juliet Waller Pruzan
  • Ghostbusters X : Venkman Vs. Zuul: The Final Battle by Stella Rawley with Wayne Rawley
  • The World’s Most Dangerous Car Part 2 by Olivia Sterne with Jennifer Dice

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, and available at The Pocket Theater website (or $14 for adults $7 for kids at the door). Seating is general admission and all children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

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Phinney Ridge mom writes children’s book, ‘Even Superheroes Have to Sleep’

March 30th, 2015 by Doree

Sara Crow, Phinney Ridge mom of three little boys, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish her new book, “Even Superheroes Have to Sleep.”


Sara wrote the book after struggling to get her boys out of their superhero costumes and in to bed one night. The rhyming story is designed for children ages 1-6 and stars characters such as a scientist, superhero, princess, doctor and pirate. The book is illustrated by Adam Record.

She’s hoping to raise enough money to self-publish the book by August. The Kickstarter campaign ends on May 3.

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Phinneywood x DressHead T-shirt – V-neck / All Black / Front Pocket

March 28th, 2015 by Gladys

This Phinneywood x DressHead T-shirt – V-neck / All Black / Front Pocket is one of the trendiest one available and is perfect for the spring and summer months. The belted waist and ruffled bottom will draw attention to your thin waistline. The belt actually ties in the back with a bow that draws the eyes away from the hips. The brown buttons add to the character of the shirt and match the brown trim on the hem and around the pockets. The puffy sleeves and accented with brown ribbon and bows that give this shirt a boost of personality. The large round neck line can be pushed down to let you reveal your shoulders. This Phinneywood x DressHead T-shirt would look great with a pair of leggings or a pair of shorts. A brown hand bag and shoes will definitely bring out the brown accents on the shirt. This Phinneywood x DressHead T-shirt – V-neck / All Black / Front Pocket is available in a small, medium, or large. To get an approximation on sizes a small will fit a 90cm bust, a medium fits a 94cm bust, and a large fits a 98cm bust.

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Theater, live music, poetry in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

March 27th, 2015 by Doree

It’s opening weekend at Taproot Theatre for two new productions, “The Best of Enemies” on the mainstage and “The Mark of Immediacy” in the Isaac Studio.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents gypsy folk/ acoustic music from Butterflies Of Death and Brad Rizer, Scott Ferrin and guests at 9 p.m. Friday ($5 cover); and rockabilly/ garage/ punk with F-Holes, Hard Money Saints, Die Nasty, Split Skins and Sioux City Pete at 8:30 p.m. Saturday ($7 cover)

Meet artist Melissa Crosetto from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Herbs House, 716 NW 65th St.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Lou and Peter Berryman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets in advance are $16, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).

Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than thirty-five years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully-accessible performance. They have produced sixteen albums and three songbooks of their original, hilarious, quirky, and oddly-profound songs, and have toured the US and Canada to rave reviews.

Free poetry reading by James Nolan and Lydia Swartz at Push/Pull inside Greenwood Collective at 8537 Greenwood Ave. N. 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Traffic could be quite a headache if you’re trying to get downtown this weekend. The Fremont Bridge will be closed to traffic for painting between midnight and 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Pedestrians and bicycles (but not vehicles) will be allowed 5-minute long crossing periods at 1:20 a.m. and 2:20 a.m. – otherwise all traffic must use alternate routes. Metro routes 26, 28, 31, 32 and 40 will be rerouted and travel instead via Nickerson Street and the Ballard Bridge in both directions, serving all posted stops along the reroute.

State Route 99/Aurora Avenue will have closures beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and ending by 5 a.m. Monday for construction and the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s semi-annual inspection.

  • SPU crews will close two northbound lanes and one southbound lane of SR 99 between Ward Street and Highland Drive from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for utility work.
  • SDOT and contractor crews will close both directions of SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for utility work and sign bridge installation.
  • From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, SDOT bridge inspection crews will close both directions of SR 99 between Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel to conduct a scheduled inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Ballard Boys & Girls Club open house next Thursday

March 27th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Boys & Girls Club is hosting an open house from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at 1767 NW 64th St., for new and current families, business owners and neighbors to enjoy light appetizers and beverages. Childcare will be provided.

As partners in our mission to guide youth toward their full potential, the strong community partnerships play a critical role. We’re inviting our partners to learn more our upcoming youth and athletic programs, summer camps, meet the new board and staff members and discuss opportunities to get involved. We have a variety of opportunities for our partners to get involved and can match you with an opportunity that fits your skills, interests and availability.

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2 PEPS groups in Phinney Ridge starting soon

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) is starting two sessions for new and second-time parents in Phinney Ridge in the next few weeks.

Second Time Around begins on April 8 at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for parents with a newborn 0-4 months and one or more older children. One parent attends with the baby, with a topic discussion related to a growing family with a focus on the newborn. This group meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

Baby Peppers starts April 15 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 12-1:30 p.m. This group is for one parent and a baby 5-12 months. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a topic discussion related to the adventure of parenting. Meetings also include break time for socializing and connecting with other parents, as well as time to focus on baby’s development. Toys are provided. Meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

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Neighborhood news roundup: city fund, conservation district, preschool enrollment, volunteer opportunities

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various news from around the neighborhood and the city.

Furnishments‘ retail store, 7218 Greenwood Ave. N., will officially close on May 31. (The home staging business will remain open.) Everything is now 40 percent off and will remain so for a few weeks, before changing to “garage sale” prices.

Preschool at the Harbor is now enrolling for fall for children ages 3-5. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at 9204 11th Ave NW.

Two projects near our neighborhood have been awarded money from the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund. The Broadview Community Playground Improvement Project received $25,000 to complete construction and permitting documents to renovate play areas adjacent to Broadview-Thomson K-8 School. (The community will match $13,300.) Green Lake Chamber of Commerce received $15,400 for a youth fishing event at Green Lake, which will include a free fishing pole and educational sessions on water safety and life jackets. (The community will match $8,760.)

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is holding a series of Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) public meetings to gather input about establishing a program. “NCDs can be best described as a hybrid between Seattle’s Landmark Review Districts and our Design Review Program where unique neighborhoods can help set architectural style, square footage requirements, or other design elements.” The last of the three meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The city is looking for volunteers for the Citywide Review Team to review project proposals submitted to the Neighborhood Matching Fund Large Project Fund.

Chuck’s Hop Shop, at 656 NW 85th St., will celebrate its 5th anniversary from 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 4, with a full tap list of customers’ favorite beers.

Seattle Audubon is looking for volunteers for its spring Finding Urban Nature program.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat. Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. Four lessons in the spring and four more in the fall give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. We serve 12 Seattle Public Schools located throughout Seattle.

  • Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall.
  • Volunteers lead a group of 4-6 students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers.
  • No previous teaching or science background is required – and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!
  • Apply as soon as possible to be a part of spring FUN starting in April!
  • Training sessions will be held on March 28th, and 30th. Reply NOW to get more information and to sign up for a training session!

Contact Seattle Audubon at 206-523-8243.

FamilyWorks resource center and food bank in Wallingford needs donated books for its April Reading Rocks program. Books can be in all reading levels, from infants to high schoolers, and new or gently used. They’re especially looking for children’s books in Spanish. You can drop off books at 1501 N. 45th St. from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays 9:30-5; or 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. You can also volunteer at the April 16 event. Contact Elizabeth at elizabethr@familyworksseattle.org.

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