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Entries from September 2016

Annual “Pig Out to Root Out Hunger” is Wednesday

September 30th, 2016 by Doree

2016-pig-out-image-resizedOur neighborhood’s annual “Pig Out to Root Out Hunger” is next Wednesday, Oct. 5, to raise money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program.

Twenty-two local restaurants, pubs and coffee shops will donate a portion of their sales that day, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, drinks and dessert. Look for the businesses marked with colorful whirligig signs.

Here’s a list of participating businesses:

  • 74th Street Ale House, 7401 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • A La Mode Pies, 5821 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Caffe Vita, 7402 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Fresh Flours, 6015 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Georgia’s Greek Restaurant, 323 NW 85th St.
  • Martino’s, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Pete’s Egg Nest, 7717 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Prost!, 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Razzis Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Teachers Lounge, 8505 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Thaiku, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Wing Dome, 7818 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 7419 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Yard Cafe, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Zeeks Pizza, 6000 Phinney Ave. N.

You can also make a donation directly to the Hot Meal Program by sending a check to the PNA at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.

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Final farmers market of the year, theater, and lots of concerts in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

September 30th, 2016 by Doree

It’s the final Phinney Farmers Market of the season from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Stock up on frozen pasta and honey for the winter, while buying fresh fruits and veggies for the weekend. Several made-to-order dinner options, including pizza, tamales, savory sandwiches and more.

It’s the second week of Taproot Theatre’s “Joyful Noise” at 204 N. 85th St.

Soccer Saturdays presented by the English Premier Soccer Academy from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, 8635 Fremont Ave. N.

“The Cup” open house from 2-5 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St.

Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating its fifth anniversary (it recently moved to Greenwood from White Center) with traditional music from Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela by Aereo Correo from 6:30-9 p.m. p.m. Saturday; and Portugese music by Caixa from 3-8 p.m. Sunday.

Couth Buzzard Books presents Jim Page & Orville Johnson in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Songwriter Showcase with Jake Pipinich, Chris Frick, Micaela Kinglight, and Roo & The Few at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and First Sundays Blues Open Jam from 6:30-9 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Youth Climate Action Network’s 2nd annual Youth Climate Action Summit is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park Zoo. Teens can attend this free workshop to discuss climate change. Lunch and snacks provided.
Intro to Digital Photography Class from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle School Boardmember Rick Burke is hosting a District II community meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents two shows at the Phinney Center this weekend: fiddle/banjo/guitar/songwriting master Bruce Molsky at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and legendary Scottish band Tannahill Weavers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Both concerts are in the PNA’s Brick Building, in Community Hall. Tickets for Bruce Molsky are $18 general, $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price. Tickets for Tannahill Weavers are $20 general, $18 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets for all concerts are $2 more day of the show.)

With guitar, fiddle, or banjo in hand, Bruce Molsky explores traditional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures, synthesizing them and refracting them through his own evolving sensibilities to the point where the sources of his inspiration transform themselves into a sound that is uniquely his. While most identified with traditional American old-time music, Molsky’s influences range from the Appalachian soul of Tommy Jarrell to Delta blues; from the haunting modal strains of Irish music to the rhythmically nimble music of Eastern Europe.

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies, demonstrating to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better…yet continue to do just that.


Carkeek Park’s Piper’s Orchard is part of City Fruit‘s second annual Orchard & Harvest Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The self-guided tour of Seattle’s public orchards costs $10-$25 (buy tickets online), or it’s free with a membership to City Fruit. Tour-goers can sample apple varieties, learn the history behind some of Seattle’s oldest fruit trees, and speak with orchard advisers, volunteers, and staff to learn about gardening tips, orchard care, and see how all of the orchards maintain their trees year round.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood, be aware:

  • Seattle Symphony is hosting Friday matinee concerts for students at Benaroya Hall. Expect a lot of school buses on surrounding streets until about 2:30 p.m.
  • The UW Huskies play the Stanford Cardinals at 6 p.m. Friday at Husky Stadium. Expect heavy congestion.
  • In Ballard, the Macefield Music Festival runs Friday through Sunday.
  • The Mariners play Oakland at Safeco Field at 7:10 p.m. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, and 12:10 p.m. Sunday.

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Suspect in jail for allegedly stabbing a man in Woodland Park Thursday night

September 30th, 2016 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

A 55-year-old man is recovering today at the hospital after he was stabbed by another man while in Woodland Park Thursday night. The suspect showed up hours later at the King County Jail (KCJ) to turn himself in and was arrested.

On September 29th, at about 9:30 pm, North Precinct officers responded to a disturbance inside Woodland Park. The initial 911 call stated that a man had been stabbed inside the park, but the caller had difficulty relaying the exact location to 911 operators. A number of officers responded to the park and began searching. Officers located the victim with a stab wound to his abdomen and Seattle Fire treated and later transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center.

Friends of the victim were able to describe the suspect to officers and pointed out a car in the parking lot as belonging to the suspect. Officers searched the park along with a K9 team, but did not locate the suspect. Witnesses told officers that the suspect had been assaulting a female inside a tent earlier and that the victim tried to intervene when he was stabbed. After the victim was stabbed, the suspect fled the area and the witness was able to call 911.

Evidence was collected at the scene and the suspect’s car was impounded pending a search warrant.
At approximately 1:40 am police were notified by King County Jail staff that the suspect was at the jail wanting to turn himself in. Officers responded to KCJ and took the 42-year-old suspect into custody and booked him into jail. Detectives will be handling the follow up investigation.

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Public hearing on Seattle Parks’ Community Center Strategic Plan is Oct. 13

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Park District’s Board of Park Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s proposed Community Center Strategic Plan at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St. While that’s far from our neighborhood, this strategic plan will impact community centers throughout the city, including Green Lake, Loyal Heights and Ballard.

The Community Center Strategic Plan will lay the foundation for both operational and facility decision-making for the community center system in the future. The 2014 Parks Legacy Plan established two general goals for community centers:

  • Ensure community centers are the focal points in our neighborhoods and serve as places where people can connect, foster relationships, build community, and enhance their health and well-being by offering programs, activities, and events to Seattle’s changing population.
  • Ensure community centers are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places for individual enrichment and community growth.

The Board of Park Commissioners will receive oral and written testimony, and will make a recommendation to the Parks and Recreation Superintendent based on the feedback they receive from the public. Those who want to give input on the plan but are not able to come to the public hearing can send written comments, which bear equal weight to oral testimony. Please email comments to rachel.acosta@seattle.gov.

Approved by voters in 2014, the Seattle Park District provides more than $47 million a year in long-term funding for Seattle Parks and Recreation including maintenance of parklands and facilities, operation of community centers and recreation programs, and development of new neighborhood parks on previously acquired sites. 2016 is the first full year of implementation and there is work going on in every corner of the city. This year includes funding to tackle the $267-million major maintenance backlog, and will fund the improvement and rehabilitation of community centers; preservation of urban forests; major maintenance at the Aquarium and Zoo; day-to-day maintenance of parks and facilities; more recreation opportunities for people from underserved communities, programs for young people, people with disabilities, and older adults; development of new parks; and acquisition of new park land.

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Hunger Action Month ends tomorrow, donate to Greenwood Food Resource Center

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

FamilyWorks is hoping to raise another $800 by the end of tomorrow for the new Greenwood Food Resource Center, housed at the Salvation Army, at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. FamilyWorks set a goal of raising $3,000 in September for Hunger Action Month. That money will be matched by FamilyWorks Board Members and local businesses.

Greenwood Food Resource Center opened in April to help fill the gap when Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank closed.

Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood has donated a T-shirt, growler and one growler draft fill in support of the fundraising campaign. Anyone who donates to GFRC through the end of September will be entered into a drawing to win.

You can donate online here.

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Tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

September 29th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs more tutors at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge). Invest in Youth provides free weekly tutoring services at five Seattle elementary schools from October through May.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

They currently have 12 tutors, but need an additional eight. For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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PNA Village holding volunteer recruitment event on Oct. 15

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, which helps people stay in their homes as they age, is hosting a volunteer recruitment event from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Volunteers help Village members with household tasks, shopping, gardening, walking their dogs or driving them to appointments. Volunteers of all ages can choose tasks and a schedule that suits their needs.

At the Oct. 15 event, potential volunteers can hear from current Village volunteers and staff about what it’s like to help people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the types of volunteer jobs available. There will be time for questions and discussion. The PNA Village fall potluck follows at 5 p.m., and potential volunteers are invited to stay for that.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

For more information or to RSVP for the Oct.15 event, email Village@phinneycenter.org or call 206-789-1217.

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Aurora Avenue Bridge sidewalk closures switching sides this week

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The long-term sidewalk closure on the Aurora Avenue Bridge/State Route 99 is switching sides this week.

The sidewalk next to the northbound lanes will reopen by 11 a.m. this Thursday, after nine months of repair and painting. The sidewalk on the southbound lanes side will then close through the end of October.

To facilitate the switch, on Thursday the right northbound lane will be closed from 8 -11 a.m., then the right southbound lane will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup is posted at either end of the bridge to assist users who are unable to use the pedestrian/cyclist detour.

With the exception of the handrail, most of the work to clean, repair and paint the Aurora Avenue Bridge’s stringers and floor beams is complete. Crews are now dismantling the work scaffolding and containment system that was installed under the bridge for the painting.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. A second project to clean, repair and repaint the remaining portions of the bridge could begin in late 2017.

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Councilmember O’Brien to host forum on Health and Public Safety in Ballard on Thursday

September 27th, 2016 by Doree

District 6 City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is hosting a community forum from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St., to discuss how the city can implement public health and safety solutions proposed by community members at the July 29 Safe and Healthy Communities Public Forum.

Councilmember O’Brien will provide an overview of the proposed solutions and their budget implications. Attendees will then convene in small work groups and provide feedback and input on the proposals and provide additional ideas.

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