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Entries from October 2015

Reminder: Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat is this afternoon

October 31st, 2015 by Doree

HungerGoblin14-resizedJust a reminder that our neighborhood’s annual Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at participating businesses is set for 12-3 p.m. today (Saturday). Look for the Hunger Goblin posters in the windows, or just follow the crowds.

While a fun event for children, it’s also a fundraiser for the Greenwood Food Bank. Anyone in costume can trick or treat, but children are encouraged to donate either a can of food or $2 at various donation stations along Phinney and Greenwood avenues during the event, or at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., the week before. Those who donate will receive a special Hunger Goblin sticker to wear.

And remember that lots of children will be out trick or treating tonight in the dark. Please drive slowly and watch for people wearing dark clothing. If you’re trick or treating, please bring a flashlight or other lit up object so cars so can see you.

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Halloween happenings, comedy and blues in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend

October 30th, 2015 by Doree

Check out our Events calendar any time for what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Halloween on Holman, trick-or-treating from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square, plus face painting, chair massages, photos, a DJ and adults can enter raffle to win more than $1,000 in prizes and gift-cards from participating merchants. Bring donations of non-perishable food for the Ballard and Greenwood Food Banks (drop off at QFC).

Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at businesses along Phinney-Greenwood avenues and 85th Street from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Pay $2 or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Greenwood Food Bank to get a special Hunger Goblin sticker (not required, but encouraged, for trick or treating). Stickers available now at Phinney Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations during the event.

Works Progress, Domino’s Beauty Salon & Dreamstrands Comicsat 115 N. 85th St. are hosting a children’s party in the lobby from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, with treats, comic book characters, fun crafts and face painting.

Naked City Brewing is hosting its 5th annual Double Feature Costume Party in the “Screaming Room” with DJ Nicfit and Noisegasm performing live soundtracks to “Vampyr” and “Nosferatu” beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Top three winners of the costume contest will be announced at 11 p.m.

Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., is hosting “Jazz Night: SPOOKTACULAR” from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Music Center’s Swing Machine Big Band and Off-Center Rock Band. Wear a Halloween costume and your dancing shoes (optional), and enjoy music, soft drink, and treats. Free.

Pint & Dale performs “Spooky Songs and Stories of the Seven Seas” from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

From 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, the Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts its annual, family-friendly Día de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Festival with music, Mexican folk dancing, food, traditional altar dedication (bring personal photos and notes of lost loved ones), decorating sugar skulls and picture frames, and making paper flowers. It begins with a procession led by Aztec dancers in the Community Plaza by the upper parking lot.

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

First Sundays Blues Open Jam Session from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books.

And Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, so remember to turn your clocks back one hour and enjoy that extra hour of rest.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss housing developments, parking

October 30th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The main new business on the agenda is a discussion of two housing/retail development proposals, plus  neighborhood parking concerns.

Phinney Flats, at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., will replace the brick building currently housing Ed’s Kort Haus and Stumbling Goat restaurant with a four-story, multi-use building with 60 units of housing and no parking. (One of Phinney Flats’ developers says they plan to bring both restaurants back to the new building.) The project’s first Early Design Guidance meeting was last week.

A three-story building with eight small efficiency dwelling units and two one-bedroom apartments, plus 670 square feet of commercial space at ground level will replace the building currently housing Toepfer Construction at 6528 Phinney Ave. N. No parking is proposed. The Department of Planning and Development approved a Streamlined Design Review Application for that project.

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Early Design Guidance meeting Nov. 16 for 2 Greenwood apartment projects

October 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Department of Planning and Development is holding an Early Design Guidance meeting on Nov. 16 for two side-by-side apartment projects that would bring a total of 63 small efficiency dwelling units to the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 90th Street. (Small efficiency dwelling units are small studio apartments with their own kitchens and bathrooms.)

Project 3018316 at 9002 Greenwood Ave. N. would demolish the currently empty alterations building and construct a four-story building with 37 small efficiency dwelling units, and include parking for 18 vehicles. This is a change from the original proposal last year which would have had 48 units. The new design proposal is not yet available online.

Project 3019797 directly to the east at 308 N. 90th St., would demolish a single-family home and build a four-story building with 26 small efficiency dwelling units, plus parking for 13 vehicles.

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9002 Greenwood Ave. N. is on the left; 308 N. 90th St. is up the hill to the right, mostly covered by trees and brush.

The Early Design Guidance meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. You can also comment on site planning and design issues through Nov. 16 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure to include the project number.

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Halloween events happening in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

October 29th, 2015 by Doree

In case your child hasn’t mentioned it yet, Halloween is just two days away! Here are a few fun/spooky things happening in our neighborhood.

Halloween on Holman, from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square. Kids in costume can trick-or-treat at businesses on both sides of Holman Road. Those businesses are also providing face painting, chair massages, photos, and a live DJ. Adults can win more than $1,000 in prizes and gift-cards from participating merchants. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food for the Ballard and Greenwood Food Banks (drop off at QFC).

Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at businesses along Phinney-Greenwood avenues and 85th Street from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Pay $2 or bring a non-perishable food donation for the Greenwood Food Bank to get a special Hunger Goblin sticker (not required, but encouraged, for trick or treating). Stickers available now at Phinney Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations during the event. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., will give kids in costume a free book. American Dance Institute at 8001 Greenwood Ave. N. transforms its studio with 10 bales of hay, corn stalks, moss laden dead tree branches, five 30-gallon bags of Big Leaf Maple leaves, and hundreds of decorations, including flying bats, huge spiders and ghosts.

Once children enter the studio, they follow a designated foot path that takes them through a grave stones obstacle course, to games of balance and imagination and Halloween themed displays and costumed volunteers. Stationed along the course are live ballet, break, tap dancers and more who stand mannequinlike and come alive as the children pass by. Appropriate music plays in the background.

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Mannequin dancer at American Dance Institute.

The Cookie Counter, coming soon to 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., will give free mini cookies to trick or treaters, and is also hosting a fundraising Meet & Greet from 1-5 p.m. Saturday to support Old Dog Haven. Tickets are $5 and include a free hot dog from Cycle Dogs, a free ice cream sandwich, and a raffle entry for a private party at The Cookie Counter.

Works Progress, Domino’s Beauty Salon & Dreamstrands Comicsat 115 N. 85th St. are hosting a children’s party in the lobby from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, with treats, comic book characters, fun crafts and face painting.

Naked City Brewing is hosting its 5th annual Double Feature Costume Party in the “Screaming Room” with DJ Nicfit and Noisegasm performing live soundtracks to “Vampyr” and “Nosferatu” beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Top three winners of the costume contest will be announced at 11 p.m.

Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., is hosting “Jazz Night: SPOOKTACULAR” from 7:30-9 p.m. Saturday, featuring the Music Center’s Swing Machine Big Band and Off-Center Rock Band. Wear a Halloween costume and your dancing shoes (optional), and enjoy music, soft drink, and treats. Free.

Pint & Dale performs “Spooky Songs and Stories of the Seven Seas” from 7:30-9:45 p.m. Saturday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

From 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, the Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts its annual, family-friendly Día de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead Festival with music, Mexican folk dancing, food, traditional altar dedication (bring personal photos and notes of lost loved ones), decorating sugar skulls and picture frames, and making paper flowers. It begins with a procession led by Aztec dancers in the Community Plaza by the upper parking lot.

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Climbing gear stolen during Greenwood car break-in

October 29th, 2015 by Doree

Sue tells us her family’s car was broken into on North 87th Street between Fremont and Linden avenues last night. The thief took a bag of climbing gear, including her children’s gear.

My daughter’s harness is purple and signed across the back by Conrad Anker. My son’s is a small child harness (the kind that goes over the shoulders). There are two small shoes with “Chey” written in red ink on the top. The chalk bag is brown and well loved (20 years old and probably climbed enough vertical feet to reach the moon). My husband’s harness was only a couple of years old and in good condition. The rest are well worn, including other adult shoes and my daughter’s blue shoes. We’ve had stuff show up in our yard that was stolen from somewhere else, and always are eager to find the proper owner. Here’s hoping whoever took this just dumped it somewhere and we can recover it!

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Taproot Theatre announces 40th anniversary season

October 29th, 2015 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., has announced the lineup for its upcoming 40th anniversary season, starting in January. Season subscriptions for three or five plays are now available; single tickets go on sale in January.

Silent Sky | January 27 – February 27
At the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt has dreams as big as the starlit sky, but women can’t touch the telescope at Harvard Observatory. With irrepressible brilliance, Henrietta pushes earthly boundaries to discover a universe larger than even she imagined, changing the way science views space forever. A true story of discovery, Silent Sky invites you to revel in the magic of the universe on this historic journey of love, family, science and determination.

Cotton Patch Gospel | March 23 – April 23
It’s a rare play that can boast favorable reviews from both Rolling Stone and Christianity Today. That’s why we’ve revamped this bluegrass musical, based on the story of Jesus’ birth, and put it back on Taproot’s stage. Experience the soul-stirring power of excellent storytelling and inspiring music. You will laugh, you will cry, you will want to stand up and dance when the music plays and the action begins in Cotton Patch Gospel.

The Realization of Emily Linder | May 11 – June 11
Retired college professor Emily Linder knows the time of her death and she’s pulling out all the stops. Summoning her daughters to share her news, she has a list for them to accomplish within the week. As they scurry to fulfill her every whim, a new caregiver calls Emily’s bluff and teaches her a lesson or two. Pull up a chair, find the remote and get ready to laugh at this quirky comedy about an eccentric family’s preoccupations, recognitions and realizations.

Big Fish | July 6 – August 13
Edward Bloom has never been much of a dad, but as fantasy wages war with reality his tall tales of mermaids and giants may make his son a better man. Let yourself be reeled in by this adventurous and romantic musical as a son fishes for the answer to the looming question: Is Edward Bloom a lunatic, a liar or a living legend?

Joyful Noise | September 21 – October 22
George Fredrick Handel is in crisis. His patron is dead, his operas are unpopular and he’s suffered public humiliation of his own making. From this ruin a joyous masterpiece is born. Witty, scandalous and based on the true story of the creation of Handel’s Messiah, this is a tale to inspire.

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Lucky Dog Clothing, selling vintage clothes and retro video games, opens in Greenwood

October 28th, 2015 by Doree

Cousins Gus Hohlbein and Jordan Stevens have opened Lucky Dog Clothing in the front two rooms of a home at 8201 Greenwood Ave. N.

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The two started selling used clothing on eBay while students at Western Washington University in Bellingham. After graduating last spring, they decided to rent part of their aunt and uncle’s house for the retail shop. Jordan’s dog, Frank, is the store’s mascot.

Lucky Dog buys, sells and trades premium men’s clothing, shoes and hats, as well as retro video games.

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Gray and white cat seen around Greenwood Park – is it yours?

October 28th, 2015 by Doree

Ed tells us he’s seen a gray and white cat with no collar or tags hanging around near Greenwood Park, at North 88th Street and Fremont Avenue. He’s wondering if the cat is lost or just likes to roam.

I just spent 30+ minutes tonight (Tuesday) around 9.30pm, giving him a bit of chicken, water, and a good petting that he nuzzled out of me before he took off after something (mouse/rat?) and never returned. There was no collar nor tags and I haven’t seen it around before, but he was more or less healthy. [at least it looked like a “he” at quick glance] I apologize for the blurry photos. He wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to snap a good one. He’s a medium grey color with black speckles / stripes, a black tipped tail, and white under belly & paws. Yellow eyes, and was rather vocal once I got my phone-camera just before he ran off into the night. He seemed a bit skittish to any sudden movements or noises, but was more or less willing to approach me and not the other way around, which leads me to believe he comes from someone’s home and not a stray.

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