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Entries from July 2016

New businesses, pedestrian and biking safety improvements, (PARK)ing Day, civic leadership program, Seattle Youth Commission

July 25th, 2016 by Doree

The Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St., has changed owners. Dan Anderson and Tom Matzelle took over a couple of weeks ago.

Selas 23 Salon & Spa recently opened at 8540 Greenwood Ave. N. And Luna Azul, which serves Latin cuisine, recently opened next to Gainsbourg at 8552 Greenwood Ave. N. (Thanks to Alyssa for the tips and photo.)


Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave. NW, to provide information about our neighborhood greenway and how five schools and five parks will connect to transportation and be safer for pedestrians and bikers. SDOT plans to add protected bike lanes on North 92nd Street across Interstate 5 from Wallingford Avenue North to 1st Avenue NE for students attending three new schools being built on the former Wilson-Pacific site at North 90th Street and Stone Avenue North, a Northgate Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge at College Way North, and a new traffic signal at the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North 92nd Street.

Don’t forget that all ballots for the primary election need to be postmarked or dropped into a Ballot Box by Tuesday, Aug. 2. The nearest Ballot Box (where you don’t need a stamp) is at the Ballard Library. If you’re looking for election info:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), a civic leadership development program for emerging leaders ages 18 and up. They learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. The fall session runs Sept. 27 through Dec. 6. Tuition for the 10-week program is $100, and tuition assistance is available. Apply online by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12. The Department of Neighborhoods is also looking for experienced facilitators to lead PACE sessions. Go to the website to download the Request for Qualifications.

The Park District Oversight Committee is holding a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. at Seattle Parks and Recreation Headquarters, 100 Dexter Ave. N, on Aug. 16 about Major Projects Challenge Fund proposals.

The purpose of the Major Projects Challenge Fund is to provide a funding match to fund a “major project” on Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) property. The Major Projects Challenge Fund will provide City funding to leverage community-generated funding for renovation of parks and park facilities where other City funding is unavailable.

A “major project” is a significant improvement or renovation to an existing SPR-owned site or facility. It should significantly expand the life and usability of the facility. The combination of Major Projects Challenge Fund money and community-generated money will allow for major projects to be accomplished throughout the city.

The Park District Oversight Committee will meet regarding the Major Projects Challenge Fund in July, August and September of 2016.

Those who would like to give input but are unable to attend the meeting may submit their feedback in writing. Please email comments and feedback toshanyanika.burton@seattle.gov by September 2, 2016.

The City of Seattle is accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission, where 15 Seattle residents ages 13-19 address issues of importance to youth. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Youth serving on the commission will be required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 24, bi-monthly SYC meetings, and additional committee commitments. The commission meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Commissioners will serve a two-year term beginning in September 2016 and ending June 2018.

In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy. Lily Clifton, who served on the SYC from 2008 to 2010 said, “Participating in the Seattle Youth Council was integral to my secondary education. It sparked a fire in me for community engagement and continues to impact my career aspirations.”

Seattle Department of Transportation is expanding its annual PARK(ing) Day by an extra day, and calling it PARK(ing) Day Plus+. The event on Sept. 16-17 provides an opportunity to turn parking spaces into interactive places to engage with neighbors or to test new ideas for improving neighborhood streets. Look through the PARK(ing) Day Plus+ guidelines and submit an application (along with a site plan and proof of neighbor outreach) to David.Burgesser@seattle.gov by Aug. 5. If you need funding for your project, the Department of Neighborhoods is offering Small Sparks grants of up to $1,000 for PARK(ing) Day Plus+ installations through the Neighborhood Matching Fund program. To learn more about these grant opportunities and how to apply, contact Ed Pottharst (Ed.Pottharst@seattle.gov) or Karen Selander (Karen.Selander@seattle.gov).

Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting workshops for community groups interested in applying to the Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides matching awards of up to $25,000 for community-building projects such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities. One workshop will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. RSVP online or call 206-233-0093.

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Reminder: Public meeting for Phinney Flats project is Monday at PNA

July 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Here’s a reminder that Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 3,900 square feet of commercial space, and no parking.

Click here to see public comments submitted for the project and permit status, then click on “Documents” for a PDF of the latest design proposal.

The public meeting is because DCI wants to “discuss policy and Code background and to gather comments on the project.” Developer Kelten Johnson told me he plans to be there to answer community members’ questions and correct what he says are factual errors by critics.

That public meeting will be followed a week later by a Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can comment on site planning and design issues through Aug. 1 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Mention Project #3020114. A separate environmental review will be triggered.

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Farmers Market, theater, art and beer in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

July 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events happening in and near Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

NW District Coordinator Thomas Whittemore is holding “office hours” at the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N. from 9-11 a.m. Friday for anyone who wants to stop by and chat about neighborhood issues.

Taproot Theatre continues its run of “Big Fish” through Aug. 13.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Classical Guitar Cabaret — Robert Vierschilling, Stella Kosim, Jessica Papkoff and Mark Taylor from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; The Whateverly Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

The Gay Uncle presents “The Good Life” from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; or $14 at the door.

The Phinney Farmers Market, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, veggies, bread, meat, eggs, flowers, cider and lots of dining options. Master Gardener Deb Quinones will answer gardening questions. Music from 4-6 p.m. by Whiskey Cove Players (old jazz, blues, Beatles); and by Phinney Ridge Orchestra and Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra from 6-7 p.m. If you’re walking there from Greenwood, the Phinney Farmers Market Walking Group leaves the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 3 p.m.

Phinney Center Gallery opening reception for The Northwest Collage Society’s Summer Show From 7-9 p.m. Friday, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The collage show runs through Aug. 26.

PNA Beer Taste Olympics from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend, be aware of impacts to traffic from:

  • Kenny Chesney Concert at 5 p.m. Friday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Seafair Triathlon and Expo: Expo starts at 12 p.m. Saturday at 12 p.m. in Seward Park; Seafair Triathlon and Kid’s Triathlon starts at 6:30 a.m. Sunday through 12 p.m. The cycle course goes along Lake Washington from Seward Park north to the I-90 bridge.
  • Alki Art Fair at Alki Beach Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Chinatown Seafair Parade from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday will bring 100+ floats, drill teams, marching bands to the neighborhood

July 21st, 2016 by Doree

The 66th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, and will bring thousands of people to Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street to see more than 100 entries, including floats, drill teams, unicyclists and classic cars. It is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band marches in the Greenwood Seafair Parade in 2011.

This year’s theme is “Greenwood: A Community United” with Fire Station 21 firefighters as the grand marshals, in honor of their heroism during the March 9 natural gas explosion that rocked the neighborhood.

The parade starts at North 95th Street and goes south along Greenwood Avenue North, then turns west on North 85th Street to 6th Avenue NW. (But Greenwood Avenue will be closed all the way up to North 105th Street for event staging.) Metro buses 5, 48 and 355 will be rerouted onto alternate nearby streets. See Metro’s Service Advisories page for detailed information.

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The Cookie Counter finally opens in Phinney Ridge

July 20th, 2016 by Doree

The Cookie Counter is now open at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., serving vegan ice cream scoops and sundaes, floats and shakes, plus cookies, brownies, and pie, with many gluten free options. The weekend menu includes cinnamon rolls, hand pies, muffins and scones. And they have a special “milk and cookie happy hour” from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


The Cookie Counter is open from 12-9 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 12-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details on their grand opening celebration on July 29.

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Preserve and Gather

July 19th, 2016 by Doree


Preserve and Gather (Neighborhood cafe)
358 NW 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 403-1149

Yelp: “I’ve gotten the ricotta and honey toast (my usual), jam and butter toast, and assorted pastries. Warning (though a good kind): If you get a slice of their cake (I got coconut cake once), the serving is enormous. Grab a friend if you get the cake, it’ll be a team effort. Roll up those sleeves!”

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Safe & Healthy Communities forum with Councilmember Mike O’Brien July 27

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is hosting a District 6 public forum on Safe & Healthy Communities from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5710 22nd Ave. NW.

Full agenda includes introduction by Councilmember Mike O’Brien. Following the event introduction, informative speakers series includes Alison Eisinger, Executive Director of Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Associaiton, and a representative from the Seattle Police Department. The largest portion of the event will occur after and will be small group sessions where participants can engage with one another and expert facilitators for productive conversations on the issues and responding to some of the speakers’ points. Groups will have the opportunity to provide report backs and Councilmember O’Brien will provide closing remarks.

Come join your neighbors and community leaders to collectively ensure we can make our communities safe and healthy.

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Spoke & Food fundraiser July 26 to raise money for Hunger Intervention Program

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

The 7th annual Spoke & Food fundraiser is from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at 19 restaurants throughout the city, including three in our neighborhood. Just bike to one of the locations and they will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Hunger Intervention Program.

In our neighborhood, participating locations are the Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St.; Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. The first 20 cycling patrons at each location will get a Spike & Food drawstring backpack with goodies inside.

The Hunger Intervention Program provides meals, basic cooking skills and nutrition education to needy families.

See the Spoke & Food website for a list of all participating locations.

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North Central Little League All Stars win state, compete in regionals this week

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

North Central/Ballard Little League All Stars recently won the state championship and are in California this week for the West Regional tournament. Many of the players live in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.


Photo courtesy of North Central Little League.

These boys have been playing little league baseball with North Central Little League and Ballard Little League since their T-ball and Coach Pitch days. Some of them played high school baseball this year, but chose to continue their season into the summer to play with friends they have made through the years.

The winner of this week’s tournament goes on to the Little League World Series in Bangor, Maine. The club has set up a fundraising site to help pay for travel expenses.

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