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


Entries from June 2015

Verity Credit Union opening Greenwood branch in August

June 30th, 2015 by Doree

Verity Credit Union is opening at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. sometime in August.

Momentum, a national plan-design-build firm, and SUM Design Studio are constructing the 1,700-square-foot space in a new building at the intersection of Morrow Lane and Greenwood Avenue North.


Verity has launched a new initiative to feature local artists’ work, physically or digitally, in their branches. Verity-Greenwood will be one of the first new branches to feature local artwork.

Verity, which first opened in the Seattle area in 1933, offers credit union membership to anyone who lives, works or attends school in Washington.

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17-year-old Phinney resident Rory Carlson wins Green Lake 1-mile open water swim

June 30th, 2015 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Rory Carlson, 17, won the 11th annual Green Lake one-mile open water swim on Sunday.

Rory Carlson-Green Lake open water swim winner2015-resized

Photo courtesy of the Carlson family.

The annual event is run by Seattle Parks and Recreation.

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Women’s World Cup games on the big screen at PNA this week

June 30th, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that you can watch Women’s World Cup games this week on the big screen at the Phinney Neighborhood Association in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

  • Today’s semi-final of USA vs. Germany begins at 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday’s other semi-final, Japan vs. England, begins at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday’s third-place match is at 1 p.m.
  • And Sunday’s final is at 4 p.m.

The movie screen is 14-by-8 feet. Admission is free, but donations to the PNA are gladly accepted. Suggested donations are $3 for adults; $2 for children under 18, and $10 for families of four or more. Entry is first come, first seated. The PNA is at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., but the Brick Building is at North 67th Street and Dayton Avenue North (enter through lower parking lot).


SPD busts ringleader of prolific burglary ring, has photos of hundreds of stolen items to return to owners

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

Last week Seattle Police arrested the suspected ringleader of a prolific North Seattle burglary ring and his girlfriend at a motel near University Village. SPD believes the crew broke into homes during the day and businesses at night, as well as storage units.

You can read more on the SPD Blotter.

Detectives have already arrested two other suspects in the case, but are still seeking three others.

Police found hundreds of suspected stolen items in the suspects’ truck and storage unit. They’ve posted pictures online of the stolen items. If you believe any of the items are yours, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership, such as a purchase receipt, case number related to the item, or a photo clearly showing you with the item. You can provide that information to detectives at SPD5002@seattle.gov.

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Seattle Fire Department: Fireworks are illegal in Seattle

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Seattle Fire Department is reminding people that consumer fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle.

From SFD’s Fireline:

Do not use consumer fireworks. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Seattle without a permit from the Seattle Fire Department. Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year. Celebrate Independence Day by attending a public fireworks display.

Did you know?

  • In 2013, an estimated 11,400 people went to the emergency room for fireworks-related injuries.
  • Two out of five people injured by fireworks were under the age of 15.
  • Sparklers burn at more than 1200 degrees.
  • Sparklers alone accounted for 41% of the emergency room fireworks injuries.
  • Sparklers accounted for 79% of the injuries to children under five.

Keep you and your family safe from the risk of fireworks. Watch a public display and leave the dangerous fireworks to the experts.

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More scenes from the Greenwood Car Show

June 29th, 2015 by Doree

Mike V sent us some great photos from Saturday’s Greenwood Car Show, which brought tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood. Thanks, Mike!




Steve Walker, created of the PhinneyWood holiday monkeys, and his Grand Prix Truck, which he built.




Dog found near Herkimer’s this morning

June 28th, 2015 by Doree

Update: Dog and owner have been reunited.

Earlier: Kelly says this dog has been hanging around Herkimer’s coffee shop at North 73rd Street and Greenwood Avenue North today. If you know who it belongs to, please call 206-484-2858.


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Tens of thousands of people gawking at cool cars at Greenwood Car Show today

June 27th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood Avenue is a sea of people from North 67th to 90th streets today, as they take in the annual Greenwood Car Show, with more than 500 classic and cool cars.


Organizers expect about 40,000 people today. The show ends at 4 p.m., with the road reopening about 6 p.m. East-west traffic can get through at 80th and 85th streets.

Here are just a few highlights of cars we loved.





Hydroplanes were on display in the Safeway parking lot at 87th Street.


The Kids’ Zone is on Morrow Lane (86th Street) with free activities: bounce house for little ones, inflatable slide, temporary tattoos, spin-the-wheel to win prizes, bubbles and chalk art.



Car show, pancake breakfast, farmers market, live music, poker for charity, family variety show and a lot more in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

June 26th, 2015 by Doree

It’s going to be an unbelievably gorgeous weekend with a ton of fun things to do in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Here is a sample; please check our Events calendar any time for more.

Greenwood Meaningful Movies: “Fresh” from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Plant Care Clinic from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Free “Exploring Your Creativity” art class for women veterans Friday evenings and Saturday mornings at WorksProgress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, beginning this weekend, sponsored by Outreach and Resource Services for Women Veterans and led by Ballard painter Karol Priebe. Classes are from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 26, July 10 and 17; or from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, July 11 and 18. Register by email (info@oars4vets.org) or call 206-554-9600.

Both are a series of 3 classes, either on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings, and the Friday class includes art for kids, so moms can bring their children and everyone can have fun! Most important, women will meet other women veterans from all eras and find the comradery they knew only while serving in the military.

Poker Night for Charity: Hosted by Urban Hands from 7-10 p.m. Friday at Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Nancy K. Dillon, Matt Price & Scot Katz in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

The huge annual Greenwood Car Show will take over nearly all of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood on Saturday with more than 500 classic and cool cars along a mile-and-a-half long stretch of Greenwood Avenue, from North 67th to 90th streets. That street will be closed to other traffic from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Metro buses will be rerouted. The Greenwood Senior Center will have a pancake breakfast at 525 N. 85th St from 7-11 a.m. (All proceeds supports the GSC’s programs.)

7th Annual Parking Lot Sale For Charity from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Armadillo Consignment, 12421 Greenwood Ave. N.

5th Annual Sakya Monastery Book and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 108 N.W. 83rd St.

Sustainable Ballard‘s 7th Annual Edible Garden Tour begins at West Woodland Elementary, 5601 4th Ave. NW., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Mythic Intrigue from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

District 5 City Council candidate David Toledo will host another “Cartooning with the Candidate” event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

The event will feature a town-hall setting where I will answer questions on the District 5 City Council race while simultaneously producing original cartoonist artwork. Children are welcome and will receive free coloring books and art supplies to keep them engaged during the event. Parents will enjoy free snacks and beverages as they get to know more about my ideas for affordable housing, transportation, job growth, educational equity, and cleaning up Green Lake.