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


Entries from October 2016

Watch out for ghosts and goblins tonight!

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

Please be extra careful walking, biking or driving around the neighborhood tonight as thousands of children (and their parents) will be out trick or treating. There is no designated time, but in years past it seems to start around 6 (sometimes earlier for very little ones) and last until 8:30 or 9.

7th Avenue NW will be closed from NW 70th to NW 73rd streets for an official Seattle Department of Transportation “Play Street.” Anyone else closing off their street?


Crown Hill ‘Find It Fix It Walk’ rescheduled for Nov. 19

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

Mayor Murray will participate in another Find It, Fix it Community Walk from 10:30-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in neighboring Crown Hill/Whittier Heights. (This walk was rescheduled from Oct. 15 because of weather.)

The walk begins at Baker Park on 14th Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street. Refreshments begin at 10:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Neighbors and business owners will take the mayor and other city officials on a two-hour walk through the neighborhood, talking about streets, sidewalks, crime and other neighborhood issues.

In addition, Crown Hill/Whittier Heights community members are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Friday, October 21 through Monday, November 7.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app.

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Next ‘Think & Drink’ at Naked City explores political cartooning

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

The next Humanities Washington-sponsored “Think & Drink” at Naked City Brewery is the night before the election. “Drawing Ire: Political Cartooning in Uncertain times” explores how the centuries-old tradition of political cartooning speaks to our modern, divided society.

We are drowning in memes, gifs, and YouTube clips that give us near-instant commentary and humor on political events and issues. What do political cartoons offer that other forms of expression do not, especially in this time of major political and racial divisions?

In the run-up to the 2016 election, join Humanities Washington for an exploration of how the most charged topics of the day—from racial divisions to political polarization—are being reflected through the lens of political cartooning. What should and shouldn’t be off-limits?

The event will feature Milt Priggee and A.F. Branco, both nationally syndicated cartoonists, political opposites, and friends. Both artists will also be live drawing during the event.

Think & Drink starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Reminder: First design proposal meeting for new park at 81st & Greenwood is Wednesday

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the first community meeting on design proposals for the new park coming to Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street is from 6-7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7.

The two buildings on the east side of Greenwood at 81st will be demolished. The south part of the block (where the small strip mall of restaurants and convenience store was) will be developed in 2017 with funds from the Seattle Park District. The north parcel (where Bleachers Pub used to be) will be open lawn until more funding is received for development.


If you can’t make the meeting, you’ll be able to see the design option boards and comment sheets when they are posted at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, the Greenwood Library and on the project website after Nov. 2.

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Men’s winter shelter opening at Emmanuel Bible Church on Tuesday

October 28th, 2016 by Doree

Union Gospel Mission is partnering with Emmanuel Bible Church at 503 N. 50th St. to open a winter men’s shelter.

The shelter will be open nightly from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. for up to 20 men. It will operate from Nov. 1 through April 30.

The shelter is looking for donations of blankets and meals. Call 206-434-2257 to donate or for more information.


The Barking Dog Alehouse celebrates its grand reopening with new owners on Wednesday

October 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Barking Dog, 705 NW 70th St., changed hands a few months ago, and now it’s having a big grand reopening celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 2, starting at 5 p.m. and going until close, with food and drink specials all night.

The Dog’s new owners are Dan Anderson and Tom Matzelle. They’re inviting neighbors and frequent guests to come between 5-7 p.m. for hosted drinks and passed appetizers. Then from 7 p.m. until late, they’re inviting industry folks, family and the general public to enjoy specials from Stoup Brewing, Bulliet Bourbon, Fernet-Branca, and Kendall-Jackson Wine.

They’re asking folks to RSVP on their Facebook event page.

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Theater, cabaret, Repair Cafe, business district trick or treating in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

October 28th, 2016 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of what’s happening around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

This is closing weekend for “The God Game” at Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio Theatre and “Joyful Noise” on the Jewell Mainstage.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Edgar A. Poe — What’s The Word Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Spooky Songs and Stories of the Sea Halloween concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Repair Café with the PNA Tool Library from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Bring your broken electronics and small appliances and get help fixing them instead of throwing them away.

Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at neighborhood businesses all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. It’s free to participate, but you also can purchase a $2 Hunger Goblin sticker or donate a can of food for the food bank at more than a dozen locations along the route. Click here for a full list of special activities at some of the businesses.

Woodland Park Zoo presents Pumpkin Bash from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with special treats for the animals, trick or treating for kids, and indoor Zoomazium transformed into a Halloween-themed Boomazium. Included with zoo admission (one child 12 years and under in costume is admitted free with a paid adult).

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a “literary wake” for owner Tom Nissley’s “A Reader’s Book of Days,” which will no longer be printed in hardcover (but still published in paperback). Remaindered copies of the book are on sale for $3.66.

Traffic wise this weekend:

  • Metro will reroute many routes Saturday morning for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Seattle Center. See the Service Advisories page for more information.

Looking ahead to next week:

  • Trolloween, Fremont’s street party to celebrate the Fremont Troll’s birthday, starts at 7 p.m. Monday at the Troll under the Aurora Bridge. At 8 p.m., At 8 p.m., the Haunt of Fremont procession heads south on Troll Avenue North and west on North 36th Street. North 36th Street will be closed from 8-10 p.m.
  • Local Business for a Local Cause: Verity’s Greenwood Silent Auction is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., to benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program.


KIRO: Bystanders help man trapped in minivan after crash at 85th & Greenwood last night

October 28th, 2016 by Doree

KIRO 7 has a story about a single-car crash in front of Chase Bank at North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North Thursday night. The driver was stuck inside while his minivan began filling with smoke from the engine, so bystanders broke the window to let in fresh air until firefighters could free him.

You can see the full story here.


Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at neighborhood businesses is Saturday

October 28th, 2016 by Doree

Remember that our neighborhood’s annual trick-or-treating in the business district is set for 12-3 p.m. this Saturday at businesses all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues, plus some on 85th Street. Look for the Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat posters in the windows of participating businesses.

Anyone in costume can trick-or-treat, but you can also buy a $2 sticker or donate a can of food for the food bank at various donation stations along Greenwood-Phinney avenues, or at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., to get a special Hunger Goblin’ sticker.

Some businesses will have special events:

  • Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is giving away a free children’s book to any child in costume from 12-3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Hunger Goblin’ Photo Booth at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St. (upstairs) Halloween Party with snacks and crafts.
  • Illumunation Lerarning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. Suite 101, is having a candy exchange, dance party and free freshly popped popcorn for anyone who donates to their Hunger Goblin’ food bank collection box.
  • Frock Boutique, 6500 Phinney Ave. N., is hosting Dorothy and Toto from the “Wizard of Oz.”
  • Pokemon Themed Halloween Party at TITLE Boxing Club, 112 N. 85th St. “Come and be a Pokémon Trainer for a day. Catch Pokémon in the Club to earn your Halloween treats. Kids will put on a trainer hat and will use Pokeballs to catch adults dressed as Pokémon. Treats will be Pokémon cards and candy. Party starts at 2:30 pm, but the club will be handing out candy throughout Hunger Goblin’ hours.”
  • Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., is having a coloring contest for kids, and offering parents with kids buy-one-get-one-free drinks from 12-3 p.m.
  • Fred Meyer, 100 NW 85th St., is hosting pumpkin painting.
  • A-1 Piano, 7020 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting meet-and-greet and photos with Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”

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