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Entries from February 2017

Chabad of NW Seattle hosts Western-themed Purim party March 12 at Greenwood Masonic Lodge

February 28th, 2017 by Doree

Chabad of NW Seattle is hosting a Purim party at the Greenwood Masonic Lodge, 7910 Greenwood Ave. N., from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

This party will feature Western-themed entertainment and food, plus a Megillah reading.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children until March 5; then prices rise to $15 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets at the door at $20 for adults and $10 for children.

RSVP here.

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Missing your passport? It was found and turned in to SPD North Precinct

February 28th, 2017 by Doree

Ellie tells us her husband found a passport on the sidewalk near NW 73rd Street and 6th Avenue Northwest on Saturday morning. The passport is for a man listing California as his place of birth.

If it’s yours, they turned it in to Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct, at 10049 College Way N. Phone is 206-684-0850.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting on homelessness is Wednesday

February 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

This meeting will discuss:

  • Who are the homeless?
  • Why is homelessness growing?
  • What would one-term solutions look like
  • How can communities help?

Speakers include:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • A representative from Speak Out Seattle!

After their opening statements panelists will address questions from the moderator and from the audience. George Scarola’s introduction will include recent news announced by the Mayor last week about new initiatives to address homelessness in Seattle. Bring your questions!

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Theater, concerts, wine taste and an Oscar party in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

February 24th, 2017 by Doree

Here are highlights of what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its run of the comedy “Room Service” through March 11 on the mainstage; and Thalia’s Umbrella presents “When Love Speaks” in Taproot’s Isaac Studio Friday and Saturday.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jim Page in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Little Sara and the Night Owls in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

PNA Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. Saturday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Seattle Folklore Society presents David Francey at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets in advance are $20 general; $17 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

David Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, where he got his first taste of working life as a paperboy. Reading the newspapers he delivered, he began a life-long interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop for many of his songs. Francey was 12 when his family immigrated to Toronto. Music played a large part in family outings when the Franceys sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside, David singing harmony.

In concert, Francey is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humor and astute observations combine with an openhearted singing style, earning him a loyal following.

Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts an Oscar watching party with Don Webb featuring D.O.A. (Don’s Oscar Ale) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend, be aware of traffic and parking issues from:

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News roundup: free spay/neuter services, free rose pruning demo, LGBTQ job fair, tutoring fundraiser, identity theft warning, Audubon society volunteers needed

February 23rd, 2017 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various news from in and around the neighborhood.

Seattle Animal Shelter is offering free spay and neuter services, plus microchipping, from Feb. 27 through March 3. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260.

These surgeries usually cost between $144-$186 for dogs, $102-$108 for cats and $90 for rabbits. While there is no residency requirement to take advantage of this special offer, pets of Seattle residents must be currently licensed or a license can be purchased on the day of the appointment. For altered animals, a one-year license is $24 for cats and $35 for dogs; a license is not required for rabbits.

Seattle Rose Society experts will host a free rose pruning demonstration from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at Woodland Park Rose Garden at the zoo. Learn tips on the proper tools and techniques for pruning your roses.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host a free job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E.

Youth of all ages are welcome to attend and there will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (14-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend some time visiting the various booths, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.

Invest in Youth, which coordinates free tutoring programs at local elementary schools, including Daniel Bagley Elementary by Green Lake, is hosting a special fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. March 3 at 415 Westlake to raise money for its programs. You can buy tickets here.

Seattle Police are warning that tax-related identity theft is a big problem during tax season, as identity thieves try to use stolen Social Security numbers to get a tax refund or a job. Police suggest you contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show you were paid by an employer you don’t know, or more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number. SPD suggests you file your tax return as soon as possible; don’t routinely carry your Social Security card and always question when you’re asked to provide the number; research your tax preparer; and use a cross-shredder for old and unneeded financial statements.

Seattle Audubon Society is recruiting volunteers for its spring FUN (Finding Urban Nature) program at Greenwood Elementary School.

FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the nature in their own schoolyard habitat, and examines how each organism depends on others to survive. Volunteers lead small groups of four to six students through a series of outdoor investigations, which teach kids to use their senses and scientific practices to discover the importance of urban biodiversity firsthand.

Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks to lead 4-6 students through each lesson, with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers. No previous teaching or science background is necessary; volunteers will attend a training session before going into a school.

The program needs volunteers at Greenwood Elementary School for lessons in April and May.

Contact us at FUNvolunteer@seattleaudubon.org or call 206-523-8243 ext. 12 if interested.

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Phinney Center helps bring award-winning Sandglass Theatre to Seattle for TimeSlips workshops on late-stage dementia

February 23rd, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is helping to bring Sandglass Theatre to Seattle for workshops and a March 5 performance of its award-winning “D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks.”

Developed using a collective story-making method called TimeSlips, Sandglass Theater’s D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their words, their images and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous and quite mysterious. From these gathered stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters and creates a piece that reflects the stigma, acceptance, despair and joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers, family members and broader community.

The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care community). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.

TimeSlips was developed by Dr. Anne Basting, who received the 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant for her work. TimeSlips opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.

The hour-long performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion and sharing of community resources and support.

**Not recommended for people living with memory loss or young children. Before deciding to attend caregivers should consider that the performance takes place in a care facility, and the puppets exhibit late-stage dementia. Caregivers should be encouraged to attend the workshop specifically designed for them.

Click here to buy tickets for the performance at University Prep Theater, or to register for the free workshops, which are designed for specific audiences.

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All That Dance building to be demolished, replaced by 224-unit apartment building

February 23rd, 2017 by Doree

The building housing All That Dance, at 320 N. 85th St. in Greenwood, will be demolished and replaced by a 237,000 square foot, 224-unit apartment building, with 175 parking stalls.

According to Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, the project would require a rezone for additional height. The project will undergo full design review with early design guidance meetings open to the public.

The developer is Shea Properties out of California.

We’ve got a message in to All That Dance about their future plans and will update this post when we know more.

Thanks to Rebecca for the tip!

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Greenwood Community Council hosts forum on homelessness next Wednesday

February 21st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Hundreds of people are living on the streets in Seattle today, with more arriving all the time. There have been several local meetings on new encampment plans, but this one has a different focus: Who are the homeless, why is homelessness growing, what would one-term solutions look like, and how can communities help?

Our three speakers on the front lines responding:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • Arepresentative from Speak Out Seattle!

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Help Greenwood Community Council decide on areas of transportation advocacy and action at tonight’s transportation committee meeting

February 20th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets tonight (Monday) at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., to discuss what issues to advocate for and take action on this year. Everyone is welcome.

You can see feedback the committee has already received and add your own thoughts.

At tonight’s meeting the committee will look at the list of suggested items and drill down into specific actions it might take in the coming year.

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