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Entries from July 2015

Beagle named Archie missing from Green Lake

July 31st, 2015 by Doree

Update: Archie has been found.

Earlier: Archie, a beagle mix, has been missing from his Green Lake/Tangletown home since this morning.

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Unless he managed to slip out of his collar, he should be wearing a tag with his name and our phone numbers on it. He’s a very sweet, generally chill dog who should be very approachable.

sarahannemoore@hotmail.com or 206-947-6567

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Gumshoe detective walk, theater, comedy and farmers market in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

July 31st, 2015 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

“Godspell” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., through Aug. 22 (it was just extended by one week).

The Phinney Farmers Market is from 3-7 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with fresh fruit, veggies, flowers, bread, pasta and several cooked-to-order dinner options.

Monkey Business Preschool is hosting an open house and family fun from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, 9728-B Greenwood Ave. N.

Free Boxing Power Hour at Title Boxing, 112 N. 85th St., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.

Better Balance for Boomers and Beyond workshop from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

(Stand-Up Style) Comedy Showcase from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

Our neighborhood’s annual scavenger hunt, the Gumshoe 5K Walk, begins its 10th year on Friday and runs through Aug. 9. The Gumshoe takes participants on a fun detective walk around the neighborhood by following clues to find interesting places, signs, yard art, etc., and the chance to win $1,000 in prizes. Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks on Phinney, and Couth Buzzard Books. The Gumshoe is a fundraiser for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank, raising more than $38,000 since 2005.

Remember that Seafair continues through this weekend and will impact traffic all over town. The I-90 bridge will be closed to traffic from 11:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Blue Angels performances.

Metro is operating a free shuttle between the Columbia City Link light rail station and Genesee Park to watch the hydroplane races, Friday through Sunday. Board the shuttle eastbound on South Angeline Street just west of 32nd Avenue South. Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Check Metro’s Service Advisories page to find out if your bus will be affected and what stops it will serve during Seafair.

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10th annual Gumshoe 5K Walk begins Friday, raises funds for 3 Greenwood nonprofits

July 30th, 2015 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s annual scavenger hunt, the Gumshoe 5K Walk, begins its 10th year this Friday and runs through Aug. 9. The Gumshoe takes participants on a fun detective walk around the neighborhood by following clues to find interesting places, signs, yard art, etc., and the chance to win $1,000 in prizes. Ten local businesses have each donated $100 gift cards, from Phinney Market Pub & Eatery to Top Ten Toys.

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Past Gumshoe participants followed clues to this interesting yard art.

Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks on Phinney, and Couth Buzzard Books. The Gumshoe is a fundraiser for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank, raising more than $38,000 since 2005.

New this year is the “Procrastishoe,” a group walk for people (like us) who buy forms and wait until the last possible second, but think they can’t complete it in time to qualify for prizes. So, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, meet up with other procrastinators at Ken’s Market to solve the walk en masse, with the Gumshoe Answer Man (Mike Veitenhans) following along behind to provide hints.

(Past years’ Eatsy Street and GumShop “games within the game” have been eliminated to streamline the event.)

Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.

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Firefighters extinguish house fire at 1st Ave NW and NW 83rd Street in Greenwood

July 30th, 2015 by Doree

Update Friday: Investigators estimate the damage to the home at $70,000. The official cause “accidental, mechanical damage of electrical wiring system during the installation of insulation.”

Update 4:15 p.m.: SFD Public Information Officer Kyle Moore just called me with more details. He said the call came in about 1 p.m. A man was home with his dog while some work was being done in his attic. The workers said to call 911 and everyone evacuated. The fire burned in the attic space, causing a lot of smoke and more flames when firefighters opened up the roof. The fire was extinguished by 1:51 p.m. The Red Cross was called in to provide housing for the man, a woman and a child. The house is not a total loss; fire investigators have not yet provided a damage estimate. Moore said the cause was accidental/electrical.

Earlier: Seattle firefighters have extinguished a fire in a house in the 100 block of NW 83rd St. According to a Seattle Fire Department tweet, the home’s occupant and a dog made it safely outside.

Photo by Seattle Fire Department.

Photo by Seattle Fire Department.

Another tweet with a picture showed firefighters being cooled down by huge misting fans because of the heat.

Photo by Seattle Fire Department.

Photo by Seattle Fire Department.

We have a message in to the Fire Department Public Information Officer and will update this post when we have more information.

Thanks to Jeremy for alerting us!

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PNA’s Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings for fall

July 29th, 2015 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program located in Loyal Heights, has openings for the 2015-16 school year for children ages 5 and younger.

We offer a part-time cooperative program with a play-based curriculum that supports children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Parents are also supported by our in-house parent educator. We currently have openings in our Parent/Infant and 3-5s classes for the 2015-16 School Year. The Parent/Infant class meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am. A child must be born before September 1, 2015, but may not have turned one year by that date to be eligible. The 3-5s class is held Tues/Wed/Thurs from 12:15-3:15 pm, plus Fridays from 12:15-3:15 pm for pre-K children. Please contact the Registrar atbpc.registrar@gmail.com for more information and/or visit our website at www.phinneycenter.org/bpc.

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Empty Amazon boxes found in alley

July 29th, 2015 by Doree

Sharon tells us she found two empty Amazon Prime boxes in the alley behind her home. She assumes someone stole the boxes from porches, took the contents, then threw the boxes away.

One box’s address is 720 N. 95th St., Apt. C; the other’s is 6230 4th Ave. NW.

UPDATE: The owner of the box for 6230 4th Ave NW has been located.

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News roundup: New auto parts store, acupuncture clinic opens, soccer registration open, self-published books at library

July 28th, 2015 by Doree

Advance Auto Parts is moving into the former liquor store building at Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and 93rd streets. (Thanks to John and Chris for the tips!)

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Dr. Melissa Romeo, PhD., LAc, has opened Phinney Ridge Community Acupuncture at 7100 Greenwood Ave. N., Suite A. The community acupuncture clinic offers a sliding scale for treatments of $20-$40, and patients get treated in the same room together, keeping overhead costs down. Phone is 206-495-3675.

Woodland Soccer Club registration for fall is still open. Play begins in September and goes for approximately three months. Teams practice once or twice a week with games on the weekend. WSC currently has openings for the following age divisions: Boys U-12, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-19; Girls U-11, U-12, U-14.

The University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), is looking for families of infants and children from birth to age 8 to join its registry. I-LABS studies social and cognitive development. Researchers explore why infants enjoy social interactions, how toddlers learn about the emotions and goals of other people, and when children develop empathy for others. You can learn more about volunteering and sign up for the registry online.

The Seattle Public Library has added self-published books to its E-book collection. All Washington state authors are invited to submit their works to the library using the new SELF-e self-publishing platform, and to attend a public reception in August to celebrate the circulation of local, self-published e-books.

The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Library Journal and BiblioBoard to offer the SELF-e public library e-book discovery service. SELF-e allows self-published authors to submit their e-book for circulation at The Seattle Public Library, libraries throughout Washington and possibly libraries nationwide.

To submit an e-book to The Seattle Public Library’s collection, visit www.spl.org/seattlewrites and scroll down to the SELF-e publishing link.

E-book submissions may include fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short story collections — in any theme or genre, so long as the e-book is submitted in EPUB or PDF format. E-books may be converted to EPUB or PDF formats by using MS Word or Adobe InDesign; both programs are available on public computers at all Library locations. All submissions must be in English at this time. There is no limit on how many books an author may submit.

Submissions must be the writer’s own work. An e-book may not be submitted without the author’s knowledge or consent. No monetary compensation is provided, however authors are not restricted from promoting or selling their e-books in other markets. Authors of all ages may submit e-books. All submissions will be reviewed by Library Journal to see that the requirements listed in the Terms of Agreement are met (e.g., not illegal, plagiarized, commercial, malicious, etc.).

The public reception will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Aug. 8 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. (206-386-4636). Attendees can check out the first self-published e-book submissions, learn more about the new SELF-e service, and hear BiblioBoard’s co-founder Mitchell Davis speak on self-publishing in public libraries.

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Residents advised to manage water use as city activates water shortage response plan

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

Because of historic low river levels and this summer’s heat wave, Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have activated water shortage response plans, with the first phase asking residents to be mindful of their water use.

Seattle’s water supply outlook is fair and, like Everett, supply is projected to be adequate until fall rains typically return. With today’s activation of its Water Shortage Contingency Plan, the city is taking the needed steps to further maximize its water supply for people and fish in the event this unusual weather continues.

Seattle operates a regional water supply system that serves Seattle as well as 25 other cities and water districts in King County.

If conditions worsen, each city may move to the “voluntary” phase of water shortage response and ask customers to reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.

Examples of good water management include:

• Watering early or late: Water before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., which reduces evaporation.
• Watering deeply, but infrequently: It’s better to have one or two deep waterings, rather than several shallow waterings.
• Fixing leaks: Fix obvious indoor and outdoor leaks such as at faucets, hose bibs and sprinkler spray heads. Check for less obvious leaks such as silent toilet leaks. Put several drops of food coloring in your toilet tank; after 10 minutes if you have color in the toilet bowl, you have a flapper leak.
• Washing vehicles wisely: Wash your vehicle(s) at locations that recycle their water.
• Using a broom, not a hose: Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks, driveways and patios.
• Washing full loads: Wait until your clothes washer and dishwasher are full before starting.

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Greenwood Tree Walk on August 15

July 27th, 2015 by Doree

City Tree Ambassadors will take neighbors on a morning tree walk around Greenwood, learning about tree placement, history and more, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15. Meet at the southeast corner of Sandel Park, 9053 1st Ave. NW.

RSVP for the walk online.

If you can’t make the walk, you can download the self-guided tour to do any time.

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