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


Entries from April 2016

Benefit concert, Independent Bookstore Day and NW Green Home Tour in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

April 29th, 2016 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend.

The Northwest Green Home Tour has several of our neighborhood’s houses on it this weekend.

Two local musicians will perform a benefit concert for those affected by the March 9 Greenwood gas explosion from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St. Singer songwriters Kristin Chambers and Jennifer Savage Crane will perform. The show is free, with all donations going to the businesses affected by the blast. There also will be a $10 raffle for the chance to win tickets to a Taproot show and a gift certificate to the Stage Door Café.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents live music Friday and Saturday. On Friday, it’s Ace Diamond Bimbos, Baby and the Nobodies, Lipps Diamond, and burlesque. On Saturday it’s Goldbar, Dos Manos, Redwing Blackbirds, Geppetto’s Retribution and EVO.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Classical Guitar Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Friday and “Evil Brain From Outer Space” Professor Fred’s Schlock Cinema at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It’s the second annual Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday. Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and has a full day of activities planned, including special readings, activities and contests, and they’re part of the passport challenge: get your bookstore passport stamped at all 17 Seattle-area participating stores and win a 25 percent discount at each store for all of next year. Get at least three store stamps and be entered to win gift cards, first-edition books, and the grand prize of a $25 gift certificate for each of the 17 stores.

Remember that the Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Spokane Street for approximately two weeks while Bertha tunnels beneath it. (The closure started at midnight last night.) Traffic is expected to be dicey and transit will be rerouted.

Adding to traffic woes:

  • March of Dimes March for Babies will close down some streets in downtown and West Queen Anne around the Seattle Center on Saturday morning, causing transit to be rerouted. Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for details.
  • The annual Cannabis Freedom March starts at Volunteer Park at 11 a.m. Saturday and heads to Westlake Park at 1 p.m.
  • The Green Lake Food Walk – a family-friendly street festival showcasing local restaurants in the Green Lake business district – will close down NE 72nd Street between East Green Lake Drive North and Woodlawn Avenue North from 9 a.m. through 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • The 5th annual Taco Libre taco truck street festival will bring music, vendors and more than 25 food trucks to Fremont, Sunday, closing Canal Street from 1st Avenue North to Phinney Avenue North from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    The annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights starts at Judkins Park at 1 p.m. Sunday, then at 3 p.m. heads downtown to the Federal Courthouse.
  • The Mariners play Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.
  • And the Sounders play Columbus Crew at 1 p.m. Saturday.


Reminder: Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for two weeks starting at 10 p.m. tonight

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

Don’t forget that starting tonight (Thursday), the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for about two weeks as a precaution while Bertha tunnels underneath it. City and State transportation officials are urging folks to telecommute, go to work earlier or later than usual, take transit, ride their bikes or walk. Just be ready for extra-long commutes.

Transit will be rerouted, so check Metro’s Service Advisories page for more info. You also should sign up for Metro’s transit alerts to get text messages about reroutes.

On-ramps to State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will begin closing at 10 p.m. tonight, with the road fully closed to all traffic at 12:01 a.m. Friday between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.


Washington State Department of Transportation has a webpage with a list of resources, including links to traffic cameras, estimated travel times, trip planners, bike map, Metro detour maps, and more.

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Tickets still available for PNA’s ‘Set Sail for Phinney’ Auction May 7

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

SetSailForPhinney-logo-resizedTickets are still available for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the “Set Sail for Phinney” auction starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. It features silent and live auctions, buffet dinner, raffles and dessert dash.

Tickets are$60 for an individual, or $75 for patron level.

You can preview the catalog to see items such as Trivia Game Night with Jeopardy! Winners (and neighborhood residents) Ken Jennings and Tom Nissley (Editor’s note: We went to the trivia night last year and it was fantastic fun!), vacation at a Puerto Vallerta penthouse, Zoo Tunes season tickets, an Artic Tern kayak, paella dinner for 25, several progressive dinners – on boats and on land, a Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW Tour, and much more.


Provide your input on new play equipment at Licton Springs Park play area

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for public input on new play equipment at the popular Licton Springs Park play area, 9536 Ashworth Ave N., northeast of Greenwood. Meet with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s planner and senior landscape architect from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the park.

This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the improvement project and provide community input. The project will replace the play equipment, provide access improvements and improve other features at the park.

For more information about the project please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/licton_springs/

If you have additional questions about the project or would like to request accommodations or need an interpreter please contact Karimah Edwards atKarimah.edwards@seattle.gov or 206-233-0063.

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Design Review Board second recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9309 Aurora Ave. N. is May 16

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Early Design Guidance recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9309 Aurora Ave. N. at 8 p.m. May 16 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will replace the Klose-In Motel with a four-story self-storage facility called Green Lake Self Storage. The site will have parking for 16 vehicles.

Click here for a PDF of the design proposal.

You can comment on site planning and design aspects of the proposal through May 16 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project number 3019569.

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Greenwood gas explosion fundraising has exceeded $260,000

April 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association reports that fundraising efforts after the March 9 natural gas explosion in Greenwood have exceeded $260,000, and the PNA has disbursed more than $234,000 so far.

Read on for the complete update from the PNA.

Dear Friends of Greenwood,

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since the explosion that devastated the center of Greenwood.

Fundraising efforts have reached $260,601, thanks to countless individuals and over 100 businesses who donated or held benefits. We expect more contributions to come in through various fundraisers and charitable organizations, including proceeds from the Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ book Encyclopedia Greenwoodia and proceeds from the auction of the Greenwood plywood murals, which Urban Hands has organized. The auction will take place at Greenwood Square/Upper Crust Catering (8420 Greenwood Ave N), starting at 6 pm (appetizers, bar and social hour at 5 pm) on Friday, May 13 during the BIG One Art Walk.

Here at the PNA, we’ve been working hard with the Greenwood Relief Advisory Board, communicating with the 53 businesses, and all of the employees and residents affected, determining needs and distributing funds.

So far, $234,423 has been disbursed but funds are still needed, as the estimated damage is in the millions. Roughly half of the funds went directly to the displaced residents and the employees who lost work hours because of business closures. The remaining is currently being distributed to businesses based on the amount of damage they suffered. Of the 53 businesses affected, 30 have requested funds for uninsured loss, many have declined assistance because of sufficient insurance coverage and we are waiting to hear back from several businesses who have not responded.

Progress with repairs is moving slowly as businesses, building owners and insurance companies navigate this complicated situation.

We have heard countless expressions of gratitude (including flowers and a pizza!) from those receiving relief, and we are honored to steward the community’s generosity.

PNA continues to welcome donations to the fund, and we will keep it open through fall. You can still donate online or via mail/in-person at 6532 Phinney Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103. PNA will also continue to promote any fundraisers or benefits organized by businesses or groups.

Thank you for your support!

Lee Harper

Executive Director

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Bike found behind Luxe Lighting on Greenwood Avenue – is it yours?

April 27th, 2016 by Doree

The nice folks at Luxe Lighting at 8214 Greenwood Ave. N. found this bike behind the freight door in their parking lot a few days ago. They assume it was stolen and then dumped. If it’s yours, call them at 206-457-8535 with the serial number.


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Breakdown of water testing results from Seattle Public Schools

April 26th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Public Schools released a statement today regarding water quality and testing at all schools, in the wake of lead found in the water at several Tacoma schools.

“The Seattle Public Schools considers student health and safety as a top priority. Over the last several years we have adopted and implemented a set of rigorous standards which have set nationally recognized standards for safe drinking water quality in public schools. The program was established by the School Board, which adopted a Drinking Water Policy in 2004. It includes periodic testing of each drinking water source in each school, coupled with reporting of the results on the District website.”

Click this link for the Drinking Water Testing Report webpage, with links to water testing reports and schedules for every school in the district.

Greenwood Elementary School’s latest water testing report is from Jan. 6, 2016. “All sources meet the policy. The school will be flushed after any breaks longer than five days. Follow-up monitoring: Will be performed in school year 2018-2019.”

West Woodland Elementary School’s most recent testing report is from June 3, 2014.

“Status: All sources meet the policy, except: Bottled water will be provided at: Nurse office sink (#34) The school will be flushed after any breaks longer than five days. Follow-up monitoring: Will be performed in 2017.”

Broadview-Thomson K-8 had a broken link to its results. We’ll update as soon as SPS has that fixed.

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Fundraising concert for Greenwood gas explosion at Stage Door Café Saturday

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Two local musicians will perform a benefit concert for those affected by the March 9 Greenwood gas explosion from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St.

Singer songwriters Kristin Chambers and Jennifer Savage Crane will perform. The show is free, with all donations going to the businesses affected by the blast. There also will be a $10 raffle for the chance to win tickets to a Taproot show and a gift certificate to the Stage Door Café.

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