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


Entries from May 2016

News roundup: Writing workshops for kids, Night Out funds, crime, coyotes, Cookie Counter needs a plumber, summer tennis league, summer meal program jobs

May 31st, 2016 by Doree

Registration is now open for summer workshops at The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center.

From secret codes and songwriting to dystopian fiction, Star Wars poetry, and college essay composition, we have weekday workshops to appeal to everyone ages 7 to 18. Find the full summer workshop schedule and sign-up forms right here.

The Cookie Counter, a vegan bakery and ice cream shop that’s trying to open at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., is looking for a new plumber to finish work on their shop after their former plumber took them for a ride. If anyone is a local plumber, or can recommend someone who can finish up the work that should only take a couple of days, please contact Chelsea at seattlecookiecounter@gmail.com In the meantime, they’re using a borrowed kitchen and will have regular pop-up hours at their front window starting later this week (3-9 p.m. most weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays; they’ll also be open during this Saturday’s Pride Rainbow Hop.) They’ll be serving cookies, ice cream and Anchorhead coffee, plus hand pies on Sundays. See their online Calendar.

This Saturday is National Trails Day. Seattle Parks and Recreation has partnered with mobile app Totago, which helps people get outdoors without a vehicle. Check out the details for a special hike through Carkeek Park.

Just a reminder that package theft is prevalent in our neighborhood. Anne tells us someone stole a package off her porch on NW 88th between 6th and 8th last Friday afternoon. If ordering from Amazon, it’s a good idea to use an Amazon locker, which are located at several spots in our neighborhood, including a new one at Ken’s Market.

Burglars broke into Bjarko Serra Architects at the corner of NW 70th Street and 3rd Avenue NW early last Thursday morning. Surveillance video from the business next door, Adorn/Renate Ruby, shows the two men at the window at 4:40 a.m., shortly before the break-in next door. The burglars broke through a back window and stole an old computer (all the other computers are chained to the walls).

Coyote sightings have been fairly frequent in our neighborhood lately, but Mandy tells us that last week her husband saw one walking down the middle of the street by the pocket park at NW 76th Street and 6th Avenue NW with what looked like a cat in its mouth. Pet owners may want to think twice about letting their cats outside.

The American Lung Association provides free in-home air quality assessments for Seattle residents. It’s especially helpful for families with children, people with allergies and asthma, older adults, and anybody concerned about the quality of their indoor environment. Contact the Master Home Environmentalist Program at 206-512-3280.

The City of Seattle is looking for contractors for outreach work to underrepresented communities.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking individuals to do part-time outreach work to underrepresented communities in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Known as Public Outreach and Engagement Liaisons (POELs), these contractors must be connected to their respective cultures, fluent in the languages, and bi-cultural and bi-lingual. The main tasks of a POEL are to provide:

  • Quality translations.
  • Fair and equitable facilitation (in native language) to culturally specific community groups.
  • Simultaneous interpretation.
  • Feedback and expertise on cultural concerns and barriers.
  • Planning and execution of community workshops and events that parallel larger City-hosted meetings.

POELs are compensated independent contractors. The positions are generally flexible with any type of schedule and include either daytime or evening hours as well as some weekends. The applicants much have extensive experience organizing and facilitating community meetings, and must be fluent and able to interpret and translate in at least one other language. The languages we are presently seeking include Vietnamese, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Spanish, Korean, and Somali. The applicants must live or work in the following neighborhoods:

  • North End: Especially Lake City and Northgate
  • University District
  • West Seattle

If interested, please send a resume or a short biography, plus two references to: DON_Liaison@seattle.gov or Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, POEL Program, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124.

For more information about the POEL program, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/outreach-and-engagement.

Seattle Parks has a QuickStart Tennis League for Beginning Youth at 14 community centers across the city for kids with little or no tennis experience. The league runs from June 27 to Aug. 17.

QuickStart tennis is an introductory program developed by the United States Tennis Association designed to get youth playing tennis, quickly. Visit their websitewww.10andundertennis.com to learn more about the concept. In six years, SPR has used the program to introduce more than 1,500 kids to the game of tennis in a fun learning environment with the help of more than 100 volunteers. Sitting at home is not as much fun as getting out and playing!

The QuickStart league will consist of two age brackets: seven-eight year olds playing on a 36’ court (standard court is 78’ long) and nine-10 year olds playing on a 60’ court. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The league fee is $40 per player for the eight-week program. Partial scholarships are available to youth who cannot afford the program.

Practices and matches will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays between 6 and 8 p.m., depending on age. Sign up in person by visiting a community center or online using a SPARC account. Parent participation is HIGHLY encouraged, as this is a family game!

For more information, or to sign up to be a volunteer, please contact Carl Bergquist at 206-684-4764 or carl.bergquist@seattle.gov.

United Way is hiring 100 Summer Corps members for the Fuel Your Future Summer Corps team to work at summer meal sites.

Our goal this year is to serve 750,000 meals to hungry kids, and we need 100 people to do that! We are looking for self-starters who are passionate about improving their community. People who have experience with kids, are outgoing and have strong verbal communication will be successful in this position. To be eligible for this program, you must be at least 18 years of age. Benefits include a monthly stipend, an Education Award of roughly $1,200, ORCA transportation to and from work, and school credit is available!

For details about our program, highlights of the day-to-day work, benefits and application, please visit our website at www.uwkc.org/ServeUpSummer.

The King County Department of Assessments has begun sending out annual property valuation notices to property owners. Notices will continue arriving through early September.

In many areas of the county, property values are up again this year. Higher valuations, however, do not necessarily translate into higher property taxes. Increasing prices for properties when sold, voter approved tax measures, and improvements to properties all may contribute to increased taxes. These will vary by neighborhood and by any given property.

This year, Assessor John Wilson is encouraging property owners to sign up for a new program to receive their annual property valuation notice via email instead of through the USPS. This new electronic valuation notice program will save money for the Department of Assessments, and is environmentally friendly. Check this out at www.kingcounty.gov/assessor and click on the “Go Paperless” window for details. Paperless notifications saves taxpayer dollars in staff time, materials and postage.

Property owners who believe their assessment may be incorrect, can appeal to the Board of Equalization (BOE). This must be done within 60 days of receipt of the 2016 valuation notice. Details are available at the Department of Assessments website www.kingcounty.gov/assessor or the BOE at http://www.kingcounty.gov/independent/board-of-appeals/about.aspx.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is providing Small Sparks Fund matching funds to support neighborhood Night Out activities. The 32nd annual Night Out is on Aug. 2.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement and relationship building. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out activities such as outreach materials, cultural entertainment, music, food, and kids’ activities, to name a few. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m., but you must register first in our web-based application system to apply.

For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round for such activities as block parties, neighborhood sports tournaments, community picnics, and emergency preparation training, just to name a few.

Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more or to register for Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.

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Pride Rainbow Hop at Phinney-Greenwood businesses this weekend

May 31st, 2016 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s fourth annual family-friendly Pride Rainbow Hop is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. this Saturday. A number of businesses on Greenwood Avenue between North 70th and 87th streets have signed up to host special activities highlighting the value of diversity.

Participating businesses will be marked with sandwich boards with rainbow windsocks. Pick up a map at any participating business. Kids who go to six Pride Rainbow Hop spots and get a stamp on their map will get a free T-shirt that will also be good for a surprise treat at the Zoo this weekend.

The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., with Drag Queen Story Time with Sparkle Leigh, who will read stories, lead dances and help kids make rainbow-themed bookmarks.

Popular local band the Not-Its! perform a free concert at 1 p.m. at Naked City, 8364 Greenwood Ave. N.

Pride Rainbow Hop is presented by the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group and sponsored by Phinney Estate Law, Nutty Squirrel Gelato, Greenwood Hardware, A-1 Piano, Illumination Learning Studio, Greenwood Library, Verity Credit Union and Naked City Brewery.

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Driver arrested on investigation of vehicular homicide after fatal collision on Market Street near Phinney Ridge early Sunday

May 31st, 2016 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

Seattle Police Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating a fatal collision that killed one man early Sunday morning in Ballard.

Shortly before 2:00 AM, officers responded to a report of a two car, head-on collision near NW 55th Street and NW Market Street. The first vehicle was occupied by a driver and passenger, while the second vehicle was occupied by a lone driver.

The passenger in the first vehicle, a 34-year-old man, sustained critical injuries during the crash and was transported to Harborview, where he later died from his injuries.

Police evaluated the 22-year-old male driver of the first vehicle, and found signs of impairment. He was arrested and taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He will booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide upon his release from the hospital.

The driver in the second vehicle was not seriously injured in the crash.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene and are investigating.

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Community Conversation on Homelessness at Greenwood Senior Center Wednesday

May 31st, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting a Community Conversation on Homelessness from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at 525 N. 85th St.

This year’s One Night Count, a “point-in-time” survey of the homeless, turned up 4,505 people living in the streets of Seattle. The mayor has recently declared a state of emergency over this issue. Who are the people these numbers refer to? How should we as a community respond to the needs that we see? Come prepared to have an open and honest conversation about the issues around this increasingly visible problem. Special guests: Rex Hohlbein, Executive Director of Homeless in Seattle/Facing Homelessness; Tim Harris, Executive Director of Real Change; and Sinan Demirel, long-time former Executive Director of ROOTS teen shelter.

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Brazilian music, Jazz Festival, theater and more in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

May 27th, 2016 by Doree

Weekend highlights from our Events calendar:

Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Vintage Brazilian Jazz with Choroloco, joined by Olivia Duffy and Rene Berblinger from Portland, from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $8 at the door or $25 with dinner and a glass of wine. Reservations are recommended; call 206-694-3524.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its run of “The Realization of Emily Linder” through June 11. This weekend, $20 tickets for level C seats are available (in person only) beginning two hours before performances (8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday).

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting its first Jazz Festival with Earshot Jazz this weekend. Check out their schedule online. Suggested admission donation is a minimum of $5 for a single show, $10 for an all-day pass, and $25 for all weekend.

Seattle School Boardmember Rick Burke is hosting a District II community meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents rock music by The Lark and the Owl, Rory Ok and The Worst Band Ever, and Pirex Saturday night.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood, remember that:

  • Northwest Folklife Festival is at the Seattle Center all weekend.
  • The Mariners play Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

And remember that many places will be closed on Monday, in honor of Memorial Day, including all library branches, banks and schools.

Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., is hosting its 90th annual Memorial Day Service on Monday. The concert begins at 1:30 p.m., followed by a special ceremony at 2 p.m.

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Phinney Ridge stabbing suspect ordered to undergo mental health evaluation

May 26th, 2016 by Doree

John Christopher Altshuler, who is charged with stabbing two neighbors on Mother’s Day, was ordered today to undergo a mental health evaluation by an expert from Western State Hospital.

The mental health evaluation is scheduled to take place at the King County Jail, where Altshuler remains on $250,000 bail. The Order for Pretrial Competency Evaluation requires that he be evaluated by a developmental disabilities professional.

A competency hearing has been scheduled for June 9.

Altshuler is charged with two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, Malicious Mischief in the Second Degree, and Violation of Anti-Harassment Order after stabbing his two neighbors when they confronted him over slashing tires between 3rd and 6th avenues on NW 74th Street. Both men were treated at Northwest Hospital and released a few hours later.

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Vintage Brazilian Jazz at Luso Food & Wine Friday night

May 26th, 2016 by Doree

Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Vintage Brazilian Jazz with Choroloco, joined by Olivia Duffy and Rene Berblinger from Portland, from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Olivia and Rene play a mix of traditional Brazilian choro music and original compositions.

Admission is $8 at the door or $25 with dinner and a glass of wine. Reservations are recommended; call 206-694-3524.

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Library news roundup: Special Collections tours, summer Book Bingo, Books for Bikes

May 26th, 2016 by Doree

The Central Library is offering special themed monthly tours of its Seattle Room and Special Collections. It’s free, but registration is required (click on “Sign Up” or “Registration is Required.”)

All tours are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 10, The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room.

  • “Seattle’s People and Cultures – Meet the diverse peoples that have made Seattle the unique and vibrant city it is today.” Thursday, May 12.
  • “Century 21: Seattle World’s Fair – Enter the world of the thrilling Century 21 Exhibition, including a look at the George Gulacsik Space Needle Photograph Collection.” Thursday, June 9.
  • “The Future Unrealized – Delve into visionary plans of Seattle’s past. Did you know that there was a plan to connect all of Seattle by rail as early as 1911? What if Seattle Center had never been built?” Saturday, July 16.
  • “House and Building History – Join us for a look at the resources to uncover your building’s past.” Thursday, Aug. 25.
  • “Taste the Town – Explore the history of food and drink in Seattle through menus, cookbooks, restaurants and more.” Thursday, Sept. 22.
  • “Odds, Ends and Curiosities – What’s the oldest, the smallest, the biggest, the weirdest, and the wackiest thing in Special Collections? Join us for a mash-up tour of the Seattle Room, when librarians choose their favorite—or not-so-favorite—items for you to explore!” Saturday, Oct. 15.

The Green Lake Library and Green Lake Masonic Lodge #149 have teamed up for another summer of “Books for Bikes.” Children in first through third grade can read 10 books, write them down on an entry slip (available at the library’s reference desk), and turn it in. Then they’re entered for a chance to win one of two bikes. Children can enter every time they read another 10 books, through June 25. The drawing is at 2 p.m. on June 26 (must be present to win).

The library’s second annual summer Book Bingo for adults is now up and running. Co-sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures, adults can pick up a Book Bingo card from any library or print it out online (currently only available in English but a Spanish version is coming soon). Examples of Book Bingo squares include: local author, translated from another language, banned, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, you finish reading in a day, and out of your comfort zone.

Fill in the card with titles of the books read during the summer. When you complete an entire row or all 25 squares, bring the bingo card to any library or mail it to: Seattle Arts & Lectures, 340 15th Ave. E., Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112. You also can enter by posting a photo of your completed card using #BookBingoNW2016 via Instagram (@seattleartsandlectures @seattlepubliclibrary) or Twitter (@SeaArtsLectures @SPLBuzz). Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Blackout cards will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a library of books by 2016-17 authors and two tickets to the entire Seattle Arts & Lectures 2016-17 season. (Blackout cards also will be automatically entered in the bingo drawing.)

Complete a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line to be entered into a drawing to win a $30 gift card from one of 10 independent bookstores (including Phinney Books).

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Some beaches, spray parks open this weekend

May 25th, 2016 by Doree

Several Seattle Parks and Recreation beaches and all of the spray parks open on Saturday, May 28. One outdoor pool is open now and wading pools will open next month.

You can see the complete list of wading pools and spray parks with opening dates and times here, and Seattle Parks’ online Summer Guide is here. (Wading pools are open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Call the hotline at 206-684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day to find out whether pools will be filled.)

Near to our neighborhood:

  • East Green Lake beach, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.: Opens this Saturday through Aug. 28. (Hours from May 28-June 24 are 2-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays)
  • West Green Lake beach, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr.: Open June 25 through Sept. 5.
  • Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool in Magnolia is open now through Sept. 11.
  • Green Lake wading pool, North 73rd and East Green Lake Dr. N.: Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 25 through Sept. 5.
  • Bitter Lake wading pool, 13035 Linden Ave. N.: Open from 12-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from June 29 through Aug. 19
  • Soundview wading pool, 1590 NW 90th St.: Open from 12-7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Monday from June 27 through Aug. 21.
  • Wallingford wading pool, 4219 Wallingford Ave. N.: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from June 29 through Aug. 19.
  • Ballard Commons water spray park, 5701 22nd Ave. NW: Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28 through Sept. 5.
  • Northacres Park water spray park, 12800 1st Ave. NE, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 28 through Sept. 5.

(Note that Sandel Park’s wading pool will not be open this summer.)

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