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


Entries from February 2016

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day at Greenwood Library on Wednesday

February 29th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and his gift for helping millions of children learn to love reading, from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday with stories, crafts, treats and a photo booth. All activities are free and all ages are welcome.

Wednesday is also Read Across America Day. You can go to Seussvill.com to download the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day activity booklet and find reading lists and classroom activities.

Mike V sent us photos of several signs at Green Lake that celebrate Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day.

Dr Seuss sign-resized

Read Across America sign-resized

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Focus Session on Safe Routes to Schools for Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School, and Licton Springs K-8 on Sunday

February 29th, 2016 by Doree

Licton-Haller Greenways is hosting a follow up to an online survey conducted in January and February about safe routes to the three new schools being built on the old Wilson-Pacific site at 1330 N. 90th St., just across Aurora Avenue from Greenwood. The meeting is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Blue Building, on the second floor. It is wheelchair accessible via the elevator.

This focus group will look at maps to explore issues and brainstorm potential solutions. Anyone whose child will attend any of the schools, as well as nearby businesses and residents, are encouraged to attend.

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Surveillance video shows woman stealing child’s shoes off front porch early Saturday morning

February 29th, 2016 by Doree

Amy says her family’s surveillance camera caught a woman stealing her 11-year-old son’s shoes off their front porch at North 75th Street and Fremont Avenue early on Saturday morning.

This woman had two big bags and she stuffed the shoes into the bag. This was at 5:27am. There was another person and a dog with her. I believe these people are “walking their dog” early in the morning while they cruise the neighborhood and steal.


Does anyone recognize this woman?


Help Seattle Clean Street Collective clean up trash from Aurora Avenue

February 26th, 2016 by Doree

Some neighbors are taking matters into their own hands to clean up trash on sidewalks and streets. The Seattle Clean Street Collective is a volunteer group that will launch its pilot trash pickup program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, at the Aurora Commons, 8914 Aurora Ave. N. The group will clean up for about two hours along Aurora Avenue from North 90th Street to about North 105th Street.

They’ll provide coffee and doughnuts, as well as necessary equipment (trash grabbers, gloves, trash bags, etc.). However, if you have an extra pair of gloves and trash grabbers, you’re encouraged to bring them.

If you’re interested in participating, email The Seattle Clean Street Collective at scsquared02@gmail.com to be added to their contact list. And you can follow them on Facebook.

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Concerts, book exchange, wine taste, Spanish preschool open house, magic and comedy in the neighborhood this weekend

February 26th, 2016 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening in our neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Difficult Conversations Series: Seeing the Water — Whiteness in Daily Life from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at the PNA in the Blue Building. $5-10 suggested donation. A workshop by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, the leading scholar on privilege and whiteness. Register to attend online.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Wilder Kind with Alex Sturban in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Bill Davie and Kelly Murphy in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

PNA Book Exchange from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Four genres: mysteries, science fiction, fantasy children’s books. Trade your gently used books for something new or buy paperbacks for $1 and hardbacks for $2.

Open House for Spanish Cooperative Preschool from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

PNA Wine Taste from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Holistic Moms Network Monthly Meeting from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday at Hooyman Family Chiropractic, 143 NW 85th St.

Evan the Magician’s Family Variety Show at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. He’ll be joined by Master Payne (just back from performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood), juggler and comedian Mario Lorenz, and Godfrey, a favorite of the local Moisture Festival. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults in advance (plus a small service fee through TicketLeap) or $7 and $12 at the door.


SoupMan actor made famous by ‘Seinfeld’ dishing up laughs and soup at Greenwood Fred Meyer Friday afternoon

February 25th, 2016 by Doree

The “Seinfeld” punchline of “No soup for you!” won’t be true at the Greenwood Fred Meyer on Friday afternoon, when actor Larry Thomas, a.k.a. the “Soup Nazi,” ladles up some deliciousness in his official role as spokesman for The Original SoupMan from 2-5 p.m. 12-3 p.m. (Note the time change.)

The Original Soupman has a line of six soups for sale in grocery stores across the country: Lentil (gluten free), Jambalaya, Lobster Bisque, Crab & Corn Chowder, Chicken Gumbo and Chicken Noodle.


Neighborhood news roundup: businesses opening, moving or expanding hours, ZooTunes lineup, city grants

February 25th, 2016 by Doree

JRA Bike Shop just moved from NW 84th Street and 8th Avenue NW to 1120 NW 85th St.

Have a Heart recreational marijuana shop has opened in the infamous “Checkers” location on the corner of NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW. In October we told you that the owners had applied for a medical marijuana dispensary, business permit under the name The Healing Corner. But that shop never appeared to open and they never responded to an email request for more information. Over the last several years, that building was a dance club and then a meeting space for a clean-and-sober club, and spent many years in between unused. The checkerboard pattern has remained throughout but is now green and white. Have a Heart’s hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; and 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Phone is 206-829-8931.

The recently-opened Stock Farm to Table Cafe at 500 NW 65th St. is already expanding its hours beyond breakfast and lunch and adding dinner Wednesday through Friday nights. New hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

ZooTunes has announced its first three summer concerts, with UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey with The Wailers on July 21; The B-52s with special guest The English Beat on July 24; and “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 26-27. Tickets go on sale Friday.

Seattle Tilth is accepting applications for spring Master Composter/Soil Builder volunteer training in Wallingford. Applications are due March 6.

Initiative 123, which aims to build an elevated park and garden bridge along the waterfront instead of tearing down all of the Viaduct (and is led by Phinney-Greenwood activist Kate Martin), is holding a presentation and Q&A from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project Program is now accepting applications for the first round of funding from the Levy to Move Seattle. The levy gives the program $24 million to support community prioritized transportation improvements. Applications must be completed by April 17.

Projects qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Large, but not too large (generally between $100,000 and $1 million to design and construct)
  • Related to transportation
  • Located within SDOT right-of-way (city streets and sidewalks)
  • Have the support of their local neighborhood District Council

Past projects have included new sidewalks, curb bulbs and crossing improvements, festival streets and plazas, sidewalk repair, and pedestrian lighting. It’s up to the community applying for the program to identify a problem they would like to solve, and present a proposed approach.


Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development, backyard cottages, zoo’s new exhibit

February 25th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda:

  • Continuing discussion of the proposed multifamily development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., which will have 55 residential units, two live-work units and commercial space at ground level, with no parking.
  • The city’s proposal to relax the rules for Backyard Cottages
  • Woodland Park Zoo’s ideas to renovate the Tropical Asia exhibit that formerly housed the elephants

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Woodland Park Zoo needs advice on major exhibit to replace former elephant habitat

February 24th, 2016 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo is asking for advice to plan its next major exhibit, the renovation of Tropical Asia, a 3.4-acre area that formerly housed elephants.

We have designed three exhibit concepts with selected species and experiences that have the potential to connect visitors with the natural history and wildlife diversity of tropical Asia, and the conservation issues impacting its animals, habitats and people.

We would like to know what you, our neighbors and biggest supporters, like about each of these concepts. Your feedback will allow us to gauge interest levels and first reactions to these early ideas and help us refine exhibit planning in the coming years.

There are two ways for you to participate:

Please take our online survey at www.zoo.org/feedback. It will take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available through Friday, April 8.

Come talk with us in person! The zoo is hosting a community open house on Tuesday, March 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Woodland Park Zoo’s Education Center, located at N. 50th St. & Fremont Ave. N. Parking is free. Staff will be available to answer questions about the three concepts.

The zoo will compile the data from the survey and comments from various community conversations, and propose a final design for the area. Among the considerations, in addition to the input from the community, will be the availability of animals, the zoo’s ability to care for them in this climate, their connection to their wild counterparts and conservation education to our guests and community.