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Entries from March 2017

Several concerts and matzah making in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

March 24th, 2017 by Doree

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

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

MMSC Day School, 8420 Dayton Ave. N., is hosting a Model Matzah Bakery at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents MAC: Ryan McKasson, Elias Alexander and Colin Cotter at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

MAC is Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Elias Alexander (small pipes, harmonium, vocals), and Colin Cotter (guitar, vocals), and they play powerfully-energetic, traditional Scottish tunes and original songs – part of the natural progression of Celtic music as it has worked into the American consciousness.

McKasson, Alexander, and Cotter are three well-versed in the Celtic music tradition, and the music that they write and perform is steeped heavily in this timeless tradition while also calling upon influences ranging from rock to classical. Their performances reveal fiery personas tempered with artistry, finesse, and virtuosity as they draw from a deep well of innovative original music and lush arrangements of traditional songs and tunes.

Ryan McKasson is a Scottish fiddler (former National Scottish Fiddle Champion) and tune-writer from Seattle who tours with a number of well-known bands around the world.

Traffic wise this weekend:

  • Seattle Sounders play Club Necexa at 7 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Taste Washington at CenturyLink Field Event Center from 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. About 10,000 people are expected to attend each day.
  • Be prepared for significant traffic delays on I-90, I-5 and SR 520 this weekend. I-90 will be reduced to one lane westbound from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. The southbound I-5 express lanes will not open for the morning commute on Saturday or Sunday; the express lanes will open northbound at 1:30 p.m. each day, as crews clean up trash and fill potholes, perform electrical work and other maintenance tasks. And eastbound SR 520 will close between Montlake Boulevard and the Lake Washington Boulevard East onramp on Saturday and Sunday nights for the West Approach Bridge North project.

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Phinney author Danielle Dreger releases first young adult novel

March 23rd, 2017 by Doree

Phinney Ridge resident Danielle Dreger has released her first young adult novel, “Secret Heart,” an LGBTQ teen romantic comedy centered around a Florida Gay Straight Alliance and its “Unprom.”

Avery Jennings is a punk-rock guitarist with a secret weakness for rom-coms and Taylor Swift. Her band, Detonate the Gazelle is ready to move to Austin after graduation, but Avery is having second thoughts. She’s fallen hard for Madison Shea, student council president with a douchebag boyfriend, after their orbits collide at Oak Bluff High’s inaugural Gay-Straight Alliance meeting. Even though it goes against her rules about crushing on straight girls, Avery relentlessly pursues Madison.

Their chemistry is too magnetic to deny and soon they are making out in car washes and school bathrooms and holding hands under tables. Avery wants to take their relationship public but Madison is afraid of her conservative family’s reaction and that it’ll ruin her chances as Prom Queen.

Their secret relationship is put to the ultimate test when student council vetoes a proposal for a gay-friendly prom and the club decides to throw a free Unprom the same night as Prom with Detonate the Gazelle as the headliner.

A portion of all book sales will go to the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network; however, all book sales during March will be donated to GLSEN and the ACLU. Dreger, Teen Services Coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries, frequently speaks at Gay Straight Alliance clubs at area schools.

“Secret Heart” is available at Phinney Books, Secret Garden Books, University Book Store and Third Place Books, and from online retailers like Indie Bound and Amazon, as well as through the Seattle Public Library.

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Community open house on proposed zoning changes for affordable housing is April 27

March 23rd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a series of community open houses to explain proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing.

The NW Seattle community open house is from 6-8 pm. on Thursday, April 27, at Hale’s Ales Brewery, 4301 Leary Way NW, in The Palladium (enter from the back side closest to Fred Meyer).

City of Seattle staff will have maps and more information regarding proposed zoning changes for Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Aurora/Licton Springs, Ballard, Crown Hill, and NE 130th.

Representatives will be on hand from the following city departments and projects: Age Friendly Seattle (Human Services Department); Design Review (Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections); Ship Canal Water Quality (Seattle Public Utilities); Open Space Plan (Office of Planning & Community Development); Democracy Vouchers (Ethics & Elections Commission); Neighborhoods Streets and Greenways Projects (Seattle Department of Transportation); and Mandatory Housing Affordability (Office of Planning & Community Development/Office of Housing).

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Did anyone see thieves stealing a large amount of tools from a van on 74th Street last night?

March 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Bryan tells us someone broke into his Stumptown Coffee work van on North 74th Street between Greenwood and Dayton avenues between 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The thieves stole a large amount of tools and other work and personal items. He says the suspects would likely have had to park their vehicle near the van in order to load everything.

If anyone saw anything suspicious, please email him at bryans@stumptowncoffee.com.

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The Phinery home store opening at 65th and Phinney on April 29

March 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Phinney Ridge Interiors owner Becky Ducsik will open a home furnishings space on Phinney Avenue North at North 65th Street (the space formerly occupied by Frock) on April 29.

Ducsik tells me the store will sell one-of-a-kind furniture pieces (dressers, end tables, credenzas, etc.) and home decor items such as decorative pillows, mirrors, throw blankets, lighting and accessories, plus original artwork and photography.

The Phinery also will offer professional interior decorating and design services, color consultation, custom furniture refinishing, custom draperies and pillow covers, and painting services. Pricing for all services will be available on The Phinery’s website when the store opens.

She also plans to hold free seminars on topics such as interior lighting design to enhancing curb appeal, and paid workshops for certain home decor projects (for example, how to mount and frame kids artwork, create a growth chart, recover throw pillows, or create chalk paint furniture). Those paid workshops will include music and drinks, and will be offered on weeknights and weekend mornings. Online signups for classes will be available in May.

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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight will discuss business recovery and safety issues one year after natural gas explosion

March 21st, 2017 by Doree

Reminder: The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting tonight will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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More murals painted at future park site by Greenwood Library

March 20th, 2017 by Doree

Mural artists were back out at the new park site by the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue and North 81st Street this past week, making the empty buildings look nicer until they’re demolished sometime in April for park construction.

Thanks to artists Robert Bellm, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Desiree, Debbie Palmer, Tia Gibson, Tony Danger Dibble, Brandy Tomlin, Mallory Milke and Travis Meloche.

These murals will be saved and hung on the temporary fencing until the park opens in mid-2018.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday will review safety in the wake of last year’s natural gas explosion

March 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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News roundup: Murals, business district grant, Garage Sale Day registration, library sale, anti-bias hotline, LGBTQ senior resource fairs, Ecology summer program, Library hiring for teen program

March 17th, 2017 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Several artists who painted murals after the Greenwood gas explosion have painted the empty buildings where the new park will be next to the Greenwood Library on Greenwood Avenue between North 81st and 82nd streets.

They wanted to beautify the buildings until they’re demolished in April for park construction.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Group received a $35,000 grant from the city to help improve our neighborhood’s business district.

Naked City Brewery’s Bryan Miller (far right) and the PNA’s Executive Director Lee Harper thank the city for its business development grant.

It’s time to register for the annual Garage Sale Day on June 3. You can register your yard sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market online, by calling 206-783-2244, or in person at the PNA by May 20. Registered sales will be listed on the printed Garage Sale Day map and the online interactive map.

The Ballard High School Foundation is hosting the first annual Running of the Beavers 5K/10K to benefit the school on Saturday, April 1, at Golden Gardens.

The City of Seattle has a new hotline for people to report harassment. The Office for Civil Rights’ anti-bias hotline is 206-233-7100. Anyone who feels they are the target of discriminatory harassment, including threats, slurs, intimidation and cyberbullying, should call. The city also will be holding meetings with community groups across the city. “SOCR is coordinating its actions with the Seattle Police Department, which enforces criminal laws against hate crimes, also known as malicious harassment. Anyone who experiences physical violence, property damage or threats should call 911 to report directly to the police. People should call SOCR’s hotline if they experience discriminatory harassment in housing, employment, or public places that does not rise to the level of a crime. It is illegal in Seattle to harass someone based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected groups. SOCR can investigate allegations of discriminatory harassment, issue findings and mandate remedies.”

Friends of The Seattle Public Library is having its huge Spring Book Sale at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Saturday and Sunday, with more than 100,000 books, CDs and DVDs.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Programs, in partnership with Generations Aging with Pride, will offer a series of LGBTQ Senior Resource Fairs in April and May. Exhibitors include representatives from the City’s LGBTQ seniors’ social groups, many of the Senior Service Centers, city and social service agencies, and private care providers. The nearest resource fair to our neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave. NE.

Washington Department of Ecology plans to hire 66 teenagers for its Ecology Youth Corps summer program. Youth corps crews pick up litter and clean roads throughout the state. Teens chosen for the youth corps will work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., typically Monday through Thursday. They will be assigned to one of six crews, based in King, Skagit, Snohomish or Whatcom counties, and will work in one of two 16-day sessions: June 26 to July 20, or July 24 to Aug. 17. Participants will earn $11 an hour. Applicants must be ages 14-17 by their first day of employment. Applications are due by April 11 and are available through area school counselors and at Ecology’s website.

Beginning April 1, Seattle Public Library will accept applications for its Student Assistant Program for teens 16 and older.

The Student Assistant Program gives young people valuable work experience at the Library. Applicants must be enrolled in a school program, but may not yet have completed bachelor’s degrees. Students accepted into the program may participate for up to three years, or until they no longer qualify as students.

To apply, a student must complete an employment application, a cover letter, proof of school enrollment and a reference from an educator or employer (form included in the application). The application will be available online on Saturday, April 1.

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