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


Entries from March 2017

Folk concerts, chamber music, the blues and theater in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

March 31st, 2017 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening in and around our neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Taproot Theatre’s production of “Evidence of Things Unseen” plays through April 20 at 204 N. 85th St.

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

Tea and Chamber Music with the Girsky Quartet at 4 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Pacific NW Folklore Society presents Colleen Raney at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Greenwood Elementary Stars Musical theater program performs “AnnieKIDS” (a 40-minute show) at 6 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Monday in the school cafeteria, 144 NW 80th St. $5 suggested donation per family and proceeds from the bake sale will support the theater program and Greenwood PTA.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Reid Jamieson Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets in advance are $16 general; $14 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

“Labels Are Stupid” — a Losing Our Religion podcast show at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

First Sundays Blues Open Jam at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Traffic wise, this weekend could be tricky:

  • State Route 520 will be closed in both directions from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, from Montlake Boulevard in Seattle to 92nd Avenue NE on the Eastside. Travelers should plan to take I-90 or alternate routes around Lake Washington, and expect heavy congestion.
  • Southbound I-5 express lanes won’t open until 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Northbound express lanes will open by 1:30 p.m. each day.
  • Seattle Sounders play Atlanta United FC at 7 p.m. Friday at CenturyLink Field. About 40,000 people are expected to attend.
  • Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience at 8 p.m. Friday at KeyArena. About 7,000 people are expected to attend.
  • March For Health rally in Westlake Park at 11 a.m. Saturday followed by a march to Seattle Center via 4th Avenue. About 1,000 people are expected to attend.
  • Bring Me the Horizon Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at WaMu Theater. About 7,000 people are expected to attend.
  • And the annual Tulip Festival kicks off in Mount Vernon, which means traffic will be heavy along I-5 (even more than usual because northbound I-5 is reduced to two lanes in south Skagit County for a bridge construction project).

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Fundraiser, preschool program expanding, urban canopy and several ways to give your input to the city

March 30th, 2017 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood and city news:

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, our neighborhood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center, is hosting its annual People Eating and Giving fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St. Tickets are available online. Special guests include renowned librarian and author Nancy Pearl, writer Lindy West, poet and novelist Karen Finneyfrock, and rock band Tacocat.

The Seattle Preschool Program is adding 20 new classrooms beginning in the fall, to help low-income 3- and 4-year-old students get ready for kindergarten. Seven of those classrooms are in North Seattle, including four in or near our neighborhood: Head Start program at Broadview-Thomsen K-8; Creative Kids at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center; Sound Child Care Solutions at Northgate Community Center; and B.F. Day Elementary in Fremont. Applications for next school year are now being accepted online or by calling 206-386-1050. Seattle Preschool Program is a pilot program currently serving about 600 students. The additional classrooms will bring that total to about 1,000 students.

A reminder that you can recycle your old unwanted clothes – even the ones that are stained and torn or socks without a mate – at several area outlets. The Threadcycle program is a joint project of King County Solid Waste Division and Seattle Public Utilities. It accepts any textiles that not wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials. Participating Threadcycle organizations include: Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound; Goodwill; Northwest Center; The Salvation Army; SightConnection; TexGreen; USAgain; and Value Village.

The Department of Ecology is seeking public comment through April 18 on a draft work plan for an environmental project at Gas Works Park. Seattle Parks and Recreation will be doing maintenance and renovations at the play area, comfort station, and entry areas this spring, and will also conduct additional studies of the contaminated groundwater, and install part of a system in the play area that will clean up contamination at the site. You can see full details and comment on the plan on Ecology’s website.

Metro Transit is asking for public input on simplifying fare payments to make them more consistent across agencies that use ORCA (One Regional Card for All), and ways to speed up boarding, improve driver safety, increase ridership, and reduce barriers to using transit for vulnerable populations. You can learn more here and take a survey by April 7 here.

The city’s Street Tree Management Plan is asking people to take a survey to help it decide how Seattle Department of Transportation will prioritize street tree work through 2024.

Seattle Audubon Society and the City of Seattle are hosting a free symposium from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6 at City Hall to discuss Seattle’s urban tree canopy levels. Seattle Audubon has developed a four-year Neighborhood Flyways campaign to restore local and migratory bird habitats by connecting the tree canopy across Seattle. Speakers from Seattle Audubon, the City, Seattle Public Utilities, the Nature Conservancy, Seattle Parks Foundation, and Urban Forest Carbon Registry will discuss urban forestry opportunities and challenges; Seattle’s density policies and tree ordinances; environmental justice and community engagement; and restoring urban and natural habitats for birds, wildlife, and human communities. You can find more details and pre-register here.

The National Recreation and Park Association is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to revitalize parks across the U.S. through its “Meet Me at the Park” program, which provides a $20,000 grant to a park project in each area. The three Seattle projects include one at Carkeek Park, just north of Greenwood.

  • Connecting kids to nature at Carkeek Park: This project will restore a vital environmental education connection trail between the salmon-bearing creek in Carkeek Park and the Viewlands Elementary School that sits adjacent to the park. The project will connect kids to nature by rebuilding and rerouting parts of the trail to provide safe, equitable access for the school and the surrounding community. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting carkeek to 35350.*
  • Urban Fresh Food Collective: The Urban Fresh Food Collective is a partnership between community-based organizations and Seattle Parks and Recreation to develop local foodshed leadership and workforce opportunities, enhance community health, and increase access to fresh, culturally relevant food. This project will support five community leaders in receiving stipends for their roles mentoring and instructing a team of youth in hands-on growing of food, and bringing it to market and table. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting urbanfresh to 35350.*
  • Rock the Park at Magnuson Park: Rock the Park is a program that enriches the lives of formerly homeless youth living at Solid Ground Housing at Magnuson Park. The program focuses on healthy living and offers youth a variety of activities including nutrition classes, nature walks, field trips, rock climbing, tennis lessons, sailing and more. You can vote for this project starting April 1 by texting magnuson to 35350.*

The Seattle Fire Department is giving away free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to Seattle homeowners who are seniors or have a disability. Detectors should be replaced if they are more than 10 years old. One detector should be installed on every level of your home and inside each bedroom. To request installation of detectors, call the Seattle Fire Department’s Public Affairs unit at 206-386-1337 or e-mail fireinfo@seattle.gov.

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Licton Springs Village looking for volunteers to help paint tiny houses, set up encampment this weekend

March 30th, 2017 by Doree

The Low Income Housing Institute is looking for volunteers this weekend to help paint and prepare the tiny houses and set up the kitchen and community tent for the low-barrier homeless encampment coming to 8620 Nesbit Ave. N., just across Aurora Avenue North from Greenwood. Each shift is three hours. If interested, email Josh Castle at jcastle@LIHI.org.

The site will initially have 20 tiny houses, most of them built by high school students and vocational training program participants, plus a house built and donated by University Congregational Church and Walsh Construction Company. The site will eventually have about 30 tiny houses.

LIHI expects to start receiving referrals from city outreach workers on April 5. Residents could be single, couples, veterans, seniors and people with pets. A Community Advisory Committee will include seven community stakeholders to be named early next week.

The site will have water, electricity, portable toilets and a shower facility.

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Street work along NW 80th Street in Ballard today through Monday

March 30th, 2017 by Doree

If you’re heading west on NW 80th Street into Ballard over the next few days, be aware that Seattle Public Utilities will close the intersections at 17th Avenue NW and 26th Avenue NW from 8 a.m. today through 6 a.m. on Monday.

Traffic will be detoured along 15th Avenue NW, 24th Avenue NW and 32nd Avenue NW.

The approved traffic plan requires vehicles traveling on arterial streets to detour on arterials streets.

This work is weather dependent and schedule is subject to change.

The contractor will be replacing concrete street panels as one of the final closeout items for the Ballard Natural Drainage Systems project. Learn more about the project at www.seattle.gov/cso/ballard

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Seattle Times: Puget Sound Energy to pay $1.5 million fine for Greenwood gas explosion

March 29th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Times reports that Puget Sound Energy has settled for a $1.5 million fine with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission after last year’s devastating Greenwood gas explosion. You can read the Times’ full story here.

The UTC’s department of Pipeline Safety released a report last September saying the explosion was caused by an improperly decommissioned gas line that had been damaged by transients who used a narrow space between Neptune Coffee and Mr. Gyros to store their belongings. The UTC originally proposed a fine of $3.2 million.

The explosion happened in the middle of the night, while firefighters were on scene investigating a report of a possible natural gas leak. Nine firefighters were injured, but none seriously. Three businesses were destroyed and 50 more damaged. Adjacent G&O Family Cyclery’s building was too damaged to reopen (they’ve since reopened a block away at 8558 Greenwood Ave. N.), as was Insurrection Apparel (which works with clients by appointment elsewhere) Better Hearing Center (which moved to Oaktree Village), and Kouzina Greek restaurant, which said in January that its Zoey Catering was closing because the building was too damaged and it couldn’t find a new location. The Angry Beaver across the street was heavily damaged and took months to reopen. Dozens of other businesses’ damage ranged from a single broken window to serious structural damage.

Business owners held a press conference in January taking PSE to task for fighting the UTC’s proposed fine and claimed the company was not doing enough to help affected business owners, many of whom were having trouble getting reimbursed by their insurance companies.

Puget Sound Energy is in the process of checking that every decommissioned gas line in the state has been properly capped.

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Free notary services at Phinney Center for immigration services

March 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is offering free notary services for certain immigrants:

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is now offering free notary services for immigrant families who are filling out paperwork to establish dual citizenship for children, or who need to create a Temporary Parental Consent Agreement in case parents are taken into custody by immigration enforcement.

This service is available Mon-Fri, from 9am-9pm. There is no appointment necessary, just walk in to the Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. We will never ask about immigration or citizenship status.

(Aside from this free notary service for immigration issues, notary services are always free for PNA members; non-members pay $3 per stamp.)

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Greenwood Community Council Board meets tonight, stop by and chat if you’re interested in joining the board

March 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. The Board is looking for new members, so if you’re interested in working on neighborhood issues, come to the meeting and find out more before elections next month.

Then tomorrow (Wednesday), stop by Couth Buzzard again at 7 p.m. for the first meeting of the GCC Engagement and Outreach committee to find ways to increase community and participation in neighborhood issues.

Click here to read more from current GCC President Rob Fellows on why he believes in being involved in the community.

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Midnight the cat missing from Greenwood for three nights – have you seen him?

March 27th, 2017 by Doree

Amanda says her black cat, Midnight, has been missing from her Greenwood home for three nights. She thinks he may visit another family in the neighborhood, but has never stayed away this long from his home on 4th Avenue NW between 95th and 97th streets.

Midnight is 7 years old, with short hair, and weighs about 13 pounds. He’s mostly black with a tiny bit of white on his chest. He is missing some fur, especially on his legs, due to an allergy that causes him to over-groom.

If you’ve seen him, call or text Trish at 206-535-0440, or email mandypoet@hotmail.com.

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Reminder: Free tax help at libraries, seniors centers and Solid Ground

March 27th, 2017 by Doree

Taxpayers can receive free tax preparation services at many Seattle Public Library locations, senior centers and other community sites. The service is a collaboration between SPL, United Way of King County and AARP, with no age, job or retirement requirements to receive free help.

Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (not available for business tax returns). Some sites offer drop-in assistance, others are appointment-based, others provide assistance for individuals filing online but who have a few questions (no appointment necessary).

See the Tax Help webpage for a list of all free tax sites and documents required.

Federal taxes this year are due by Tuesday, April 18 (the deadline has been extended because Monday, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington, D.C.)

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., offers tax help by appointment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Feb. 2. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.

The Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, offers appointments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, starting Feb. 1. Call 206-297-0403 for an appointment.

The following are the drop-in sites closest to our neighborhood, with help offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., from 2:30-7 p.m. Mondays and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 2 through April 17 (closed Feb. 20 for Presidents Day).
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, from Feb. 3 through April 15.
  • Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., from 2-7 p.m. Tuesdays, from Feb. 7 through April 18.
  • Solid Ground, 1501 N. 45th St. in Wallingford, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, now through April 18 (for households making less than $64,000 a year).

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