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Entries from January 2016

Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday

January 31st, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. All Phinney Ridge residents and business owners are welcome.

On the agenda:


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Greenwood burglaries on the rise, community meeting with SPD Feb. 4 at Couth Buzzard

January 29th, 2016 by Doree

Couth Buzzard Books, which has been burglarized twice in the last two months, has organized a community meeting with Seattle Police Department representatives at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Feb. 4, at the bookstore at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. SPD will talk about a recent surge in burglaries and how residents and businesses can try to reduce crime.

Couth Buzzard owner Theo Dzielak said he had not been burglarized in the five years he’s been in Greenwood until mid-November, when burglars broke the glass in his front door and stole $950. Then on Jan. 18, thieves pried open the back door with a car jack and stole about $25 in coins and some beer and wine.

“They go in very quickly and get what they can and leave very quickly,” he said. “I don’t think they’re professionals. They’re not going after places that have high levels of cash. They’re going after tiny mom and pop stores.”

Dzielak said he’s talked to numerous other businesses owners and discovered seven of them within a three- or four-block radius have been burglarized a total of 11 times in recent months.

One block away from Couth Buzzard, Chaco Canyon Organic Café owner Chris Maykut said his restaurant was burglarized last week. The thieves broke in through the back window and stole a 300-pound safe and a hand truck. Maykut said surveillance video from a nearby business showed one person standing in the alley for two hours acting as lookout.

His total loss is about $6,000, including the safe, cash, the tablet they use for a menu at the front counter, and a broken window.

“It’s kind of a blessing in disguise in some ways,” Maykut said. “Nobody got hurt. There’s no great tragedy except property loss and that’s not the end of the world. But we’ve installed some bars in the back window, we’re putting in new lighting, we’ll be putting in unbreakable windows in the back and a new alarm system.”

Chaco Canyon’s front door was heavily damaged about four months ago when someone took a screwdriver and hammer to it, but they didn’t get inside.

“They must have made a hell of a lot of noise and there’s a light right there so I don’t know how nobody saw them,” Maykut said.

According to SPD’s online Crime Dashboard, there were 59 non-residential burglaries in Greenwood in 2015. Ten of those were in December – the highest month total for the year. August had nine.

That’s up from 40 non-residential burglaries in 2014, and 39 in 2013. Those numbers do not include residential burglaries, or burglaries from secured parking areas, whether residential or non-residential.


Non-residential burglaries in Greenwood by month for 2015. From SPD’s Crime Dashboard.

Phinney Ridge had 15 non-residential burglaries from April through December 2015 (there’s no data for the first three months of the year). Six of those burglaries were in December.

Modern Japanese Cuisine at 6108 Phinney Ave. N. in Phinney Ridge told me they were robbed of money and an iPad on Dec. 20. Violet Sweet Shoppe at 65th and Phinney Avenue was burglarized on Dec. 13 by someone smashing the glass and stealing computers. (The store has since closed, not due to the burglary.)

Burglars also recently hit St. John School at 120 N. 79th St., just a few blocks from Couth Buzzard and Chaco Canyon. On Jan. 15, school officials sent a campus alert email to families and staff that someone broke into a boy’s restroom in one of the school’s portables and removed plumbing and fixtures from the sink. According to the email, the thieves also stole a brass dedication plaque off the portables, along with equipment and fixtures from outdoor faucets.

“It’s kind of amazing in our little tiny block radius that all this has happened,” Maykut said. “It’s surprising to me because it’s such a public area.”

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Pancake breakfast, difficult conversations series, school board member meetings, seed swap, concerts, dogs at a bookstore, remodel fair in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

January 29th, 2016 by Doree

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

Difficult Conversations Series: The Social Constructs of Race from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

It’s opening weekend for Taproot Theatre‘s “Silent Sky,” running through Feb. 27.

The PNA’s annual meeting and pancake breakfast is from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Seattle School Boardmember Rick Burke will meet with constituents of District II from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. District I Boardmember Scott Pinkham will meet with constituents from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Classical Guitar Cabaret — Robert Vierschilling, Stella Kosim, Jessica Papkoff and Ken Alia at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Burgundy Pearl & Taylor, Durdle, Caldwell Trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Great Seattle Seed Swap is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in the Blue Building.

Bring seeds if you can, or just come and get a few. Bring your own seed packets, or make them from paper at the swap. Best to have your seeds fully labeled with plant type, variety and date the seed was saved. You can even bring partial packets of commercial seed!

Free class on iPad Photography Basics from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Take your Dog to a Bookstore from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Books, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N. with four authors reading from their dog-lover books. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

Christ the King Catholic School Open House from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at 415 N. 117th St., followed by Bingo Night from 5-7 p.m.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Local Songwriter Showcase with Jaspar Lepak, Ian McFeron, Matt Price and Tai Shan at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, in the Brick Building. Tickets are $16 general; $14 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids are half price.


PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair: “Smaller Living, Larger Life” is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center, in the Blue Building. Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 general public.

Looking ahead to next week:

The PNA Village presents “Creating a Safe Space for the Aging LGBTQ Community” from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Phinney Center, in the Blue Building.

Aging brings new challenges, and people who are aging as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender sometimes face added challenges given the prejudices that still exist in our society.

Please join us for this panel presentation and discussion to learn more about those challenges and what we can do and say to be sensitive, helpful, and affirming to the LGBT members of our community.

Panel members include representatives from PFLAG, the Village, and the NW LGBT Care Providers Network.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to alexg@phinneycenter.org or206.789.1217

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Restaurant opening, new brunch menu, business community app, and lots of city news

January 28th, 2016 by Doree

Ada’s Restaurant & Bar is opening at 5910 Phinney Ave. N., where Santa Fe Café used to be. It will serve American food with a rotating menu and hopes to open in February. We’ll let you know when we find out more info. (Thanks to Jeff for the tip and photo!)

Ada's sign-resized

Glittersweet, which sells sparkly handbags online and out of Phinney Books, is closing down. (Glittersweet owner Laura Silverstein co-owns Phinney Books with her husband, Tom Nissley.) So all Glittersweet bags are now on sale and the discounts will get deeper until all inventory is gone.

Chaco Canyon Organic Café at 8404 Greenwood Ave. N. is launching a new weekend brunch menu. Brunch will be served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in addition to the café’s regular menu.

An online business community and mobile app has just launched in Greenwood and Phinney, along with Capitol Hill, Pioneer Square and Ballard. Townsquared had already launched in San Francisco, Oakland and New York. It is designed to help small businesses connect and share resources with each other, including marketing, crime and neighborhood updates.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual auction is coming up on May 7. The theme is “Set Sail for Phinney.” It’s the PNA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. If you or your business want to donate an item or gift certificate, you can fill out a donation form online.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has moved to Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave., 4th Floor. All phone numbers remain the same.

The city is opening up its budgeting process to youth through the Youth Voice, Youth Choice Assembly, a series of seven meetings throughout the city, including one from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Greenwood Library 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Youth are invited to help the city decide how to spend $700,000.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a new Participatory Budgeting (PB) Initiative from the City of Seattle. PB is a democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget that focuses on engaging people who have not historically been involved in government or budget processes.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice involves four steps. First, community members will come up with ideas for public projects they would like to see in their communities. Second, youth volunteers will turn those ideas into concrete proposals with support from the Department of Neighborhoods and City staff. Third, Seattle youth will vote for the projects they would like to see implemented in their communities. Fourth, the winning projects will be funded and implemented by the City of Seattle and other local agencies.

Seattle Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2016 Spring SPD Community Police Academy. The Academy meets Thursday evenings from 5:30-9:30 p.m. from March 17 through May 26. It’s free. Application deadline is Feb. 5.

The Community Police Academy is an eleven-week program designed to educate community members about the operations of the Seattle Police Department, while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the Seattle Police Department and the community members of Seattle through education and interaction.

Community participants will become familiar with various facets of the Seattle Police Department and gain insight into law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system and the daily work of police employees. With increased understanding, Seattle’s community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. It is hoped that increasing community awareness will respond to some of the myths and images of law enforcement and provide a realistic view of police procedures.

Seattle Neighborhood Group offers free crime prevention presentations throughout the city. Topics include how to prevent theft, what thieves look for, transportation safety, what to do if your car is stolen or vandalized, tips for calling 911, how to recognize and report suspicious activities, and identity theft and fraud.

Metro Transit has adjusted the volume level of internal stop announcement external route and destination announcements on all buses.

Metro is implementing external announcements at all bus stops served by two or more routes, and has phased out external announcements at bus stops served by just a single route. Consistent audio announcements are required by federal law and help to provide independence to riders with vision impairments or other disabilities.

Improved stop, route and destination announcements will meet or exceed Federal Transit Administration requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and better serve all riders who use the Metro system. The changes address an FTA audit that found Metro did not meet stop and route announcement requirements.

Since November, Metro has implemented comprehensive on-board stop announcements on 100 bus routes, with more to be phased in during the coming months.

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3rd annual NW Seattle Seed Swap is Saturday at PNA

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The 3rd annual Northwest Seattle Seed Swap is from 1:30-4 p.m. this Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. It’s sponsored by the King County Seed Lending Library.


Participants can share seeds from their edible garden and pick up seeds from others, browse an information table with lots of books and catalogs, and tables by various organizations.


  • 2:30 p.m. — Basics of Seed Saving and Storage, Bill Thorness, author of “Cool Season Gardener” and “Edible Heirlooms.”
  • 3 p.m. — Plant Are Parents Too: The Botany of Pollination and Seed Formation, Caitlin Moore, owner, Root & Radicle Seed Co.
  • 3:30 p.m. — Basic Garden Planning for Small Spaces, Katie Stemp, Founder, Seattle Farm School

Click here for more information on how to participate in a seed swap.

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PNA Home Design and Remodel Fair this Sunday

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday in the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Meet with more than 70 exhibitors, including general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies, and attend a series of presentations, including how to create a backyard cottage to maximizing storage and cook space in a small kitchen.

This year’s theme is “Smaller Living, Larger Life,” and focuses on ideas for living in a smaller footprint, simplifying, expanding outdoor living space or converting part of a home for a multi-generational household.

Here’s the presentation schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.: First permitted ADU from a shipping container — Mike Vacirca, Lastingnest Inc
  • 12:10 p.m.: Essential Kitchen Design: maximizing a small cook space — Rebecca West, Rebecca West Interiors
  • 12:50 p.m.: Create a backyard cottage — Sheri Newbold, live-work-play
  • 1:30 p.m.: Heating with a small footprint — Laura Elfline, Mighty Energy Solutions
  • 2:10 p.m.: House Boat: Five design strategies for “Smaller Living, Larger Life” — Theresa Freeman, SHKS Architects
  • 2:50 p.m.: A smaller kitchen doesn’t have to mean less storage — ShelfGenie
  • 3:30 p.m.: Tiny Houses: Are they right for you? — Alan Ness, Ten Directions Design

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1 restaurant and a record shop coming to NW 65th Street

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

Thanks to our friends over at West Woodland Neighborhood blog for letting us know about two new businesses opening along NW 65th Street in the nexus of Phinney-Ballard. Stock restaurant is going in to the space formerly occupied by The Ridgeback Cafe, and Jigsaw Records is going into the residential/music venue in The Josephine building.

You can find all the details here.

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, an “aging in place” program to help seniors remain in their communities, needs volunteer drivers to take clients to appointments and on errands.

Volunteers should be available during weekdays, and have a reliable car and a good driving record.

See the PNA Village volunteer webpage for more information about volunteer opportunities.

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Mayor’s live televised address on homelessness at 7:30 tonight

January 26th, 2016 by Doree

From the city:

Tonight, the Mayor will take a seldom used and extraordinary step of giving a live televised address to the people of Seattle on one of the most challenging issues facing the city: homelessness. The Administration has worked tirelessly to address this multi-dimensional issue, while at the same time, homelessness also invokes strong emotional reactions coupled with very divergent views about how best to tackle the problem. This evening, the Mayor will frame the challenges we face as a community, offer his thoughts on how we must proceed and provide a call-to-action for all of us.

The Mayor’s address will be live from Mary’s Place beginning at 7:30 p.m. It will be aired on Seattle Channel (Channel 21 on Comcast & Wave) and streamed at: http://www.seattlechannel.org/live

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