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Entries from April 2017

Eater Seattle: Oliver’s Twist for sale

April 28th, 2017 by Doree

“Eater Seattle” reports that Oliver’s Twist, both the 6822 Phinney Ave. N. location and its younger sister bar in Magnolia, are for sale.

The owners tell “Eater Seattle” they’re not in a hurry to sell, and are looking for the right buyer who will be a good fit for the neighborhood.

You can read the full report here.

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Art, theater, rummage sale, two businesses opening, and lots of concerts in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

April 28th, 2017 by Doree

It’s a very busy weekend in and around the neighborhood. Check our Events calendar for more happenings.

Seattle All-City Band fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Ballard High School.

It’s the final weekend of “Evidence of Things Unseen” at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jim Page & Kat Eggleston in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Fine Company in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Pacific NW Folklore Society’s Claudia Schmidt concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations for Schmidt’s concert are required by emailing pnwfolk@pnwfolklore.org or calling 206-367-0475 (leave a message); reservations will be held until 7:15 p.m. A $15 donation is requested.

If you listened to the Prairie Home Companion show in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s you certainly knew Claudia Schmidt, one of Garrison Keillor’s regular performers. She is ubiquitous, a folk, jazz and blues singer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist – she plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, and quirky instruments such as the pianola. Her work is “a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment… what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder.” Garrison Keillor said “when Claudia sings a song, it stays sung.”

The 3rd annual Art in Bloom hosts one site in our neighborhood at glass artist Karen Seymour’s studio at 5415 Greenwood Ave. N. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. At Seymour’s studio you’ll see outdoor art by five artists. The entire tour will showcase more than 20 artists at five North Seattle home studios that are not usually open to the public.

City Cyle’s soft opening begins Saturday at 117 NW 85th St., with their grand opening event next Saturday, May 6.

The Norse Home, 5311 Phinney Ave. N., is hosting its annual rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, with 19 bookstores in Seattle participating and offering special discounts and events. Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is hosting a full day of activities and discounts.

Seattle School Boardmember Scott Pinkham will meet with District I constituents from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Phinery home furnishings store officially opens for business at 6500 Phinney Ave. N. at 12 p.m. Saturday.

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

David Roth, our former Seattle neighbor, has written music that has traveled the world – and outer space!

Roth cemented his connection to the folk music community on the streets of Greenwich Village in the 1980s. Now in his 29th year of full-time music-making, Roth’s songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, NASA’s Goddard Space Center (his song “Rocket Science” went up on the space shuttle Atlantis in 2009), and the “Rise Up Singing” songbooks. As former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute, Roth has taught singing, songwriting, and performance at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina each summer, the Augusta Heritage workshops, Moab Folk Camp, and for many other songwriting groups. He has appeared at countless coffeehouses, conferences, concert halls, and festivals, and has 13 CDs to his credit.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Southbound I-5 express lanes are closed Saturday and Sunday. Northbound express lanes will open by 1:30 p.m. each day.
  • People’s Climate March from Occidental Park to Westlake Park via 4th Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • Cruise Ship Season begins Saturday with increased traffic at Bell Street Pier 66 and Smith Cove Pier 91.
  • Greenlake Food Walk festival will close NE 72nd Street between East Green Lake Drive North and Woodlawn Avenue NE between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday.
  • Match for Africa tennis charity match at KeyArena featuring Rodger Federer vs. John Isner in support of children’s education in Africa, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Seattle Sounders vs. New England at 7 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Top Pot Doughnut Dash around Green Lake starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • And on Monday, a May Day Veteran Anti-War Formation begins at 8:45 a.m. from the Garden of Remembrance at 2nd Avenue and University Street; and the Annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights begins with a rally at 11 a.m. at Judkins Park followed by a march to Seattle Center at 1 p.m.

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Advance Nails & Spa reopens after renovations after last year’s fire

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

Advance Nails & Spa at 7700 Greenwood Ave. N. reopened last week. The nail salon was seriously damaged in an electrical fire last June.

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Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for 147 N. 132nd St. apartments is May 15

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for the apartment building proposed for 147 N. 132nd St., near the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 132nd Street, is at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project would demolish the west wing of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church and replace it with a three-story, 63,000 square foot apartment building with 59 units and below grade parking for 23 vehicles.

You can still comment on design issues until May 15 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; reference project #3024798.

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UPDATE: MEETING CANCELED — Design Review Recommendation meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. apartments is May 15

April 27th, 2017 by Doree

Update: The meeting has been canceled. We’ll let you know when it’s been rescheduled.

Earlier: The Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for the housing project coming to 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The proposed project would demolish the existing structures and construct a four-story building with 32 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and 22 apartments, plus 1,906 square feet of retail at ground level. Parking will be provided for 29 vehicles.

You can still comment on site planning and design issues through May 15 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; be sure and reference project #3022986.

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Early Design Guidance meeting Monday for proposed 52-unit apartment building at corner of 87th and Palatine

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

Last month we told you about a 145-unit apartment building proposed for the currently empty lot on Palatine Avenue, south of North 87th Street.

Now, the house on the corner of Palatine and 87th will be demolished to make way for an adjacent six-story, 52-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial.

The project at 209 N. 87th St. will have its first Early Design Guidance meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. (This will be just after the Design Review Recommendation meeting for the Shared Roof project at 70th and Greenwood, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.)

The proposal calls for studios, Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (smaller studios), 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units.

You can see the design proposal here.

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Design Review Recommendation meeting for Shared Roof project at 70th & Greenwood is Monday

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Recommendation meeting for the Shared Roof development at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project, on the former site of the Oroweat Bakery, has been scaled back a bit since its initial proposal last year. The proposal now is for a five-story building with 35 residential units (including units with 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms), 5,583 square feet of ground floor retail, roof deck, and 26 below-grade parking spaces. The project includes a contract rezone from NC2-40 to NC2-65.

You can see an updated design proposal here.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can email comments about the design to PRC@seattle.gov by May 1.

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6 neighborhood restaurants part of Thursday’s Dining Out For Life

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

Dining Out For Life is this Thursday with dozens of restaurants in the Puget Sound region donating 50 percent of that day’s proceeds to Lifelong’s programs that support people facing serious illness and poverty.

Phinney Ridge’s Red Mill Burgers, Phinney/Ballard’s Stock Farm to Table Cafe and The Tin Hat Bar & Grill, and Greenwood’s The Olive and Grape, Naked City Brewery and Taphouse and Razzi’s Pizzeria are participating.

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3 Wishes Seattle women’s specialty boutique opening May 6 at 7413 Greenwood Ave. N.

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

3 Wishes Seattle, a women’s specialty boutique, is planning its grand opening celebration at 7413 Greenwood Ave. N. on Saturday, May 6. The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, with a special trunk show from 12-4 p.m. Visitors can enter to win a free pair of shoes, and customers get a free gift with purchase.

The boutique will offer European “comfort shoes” like Dansko and Naot, plus clothing and accessories made in the U.S., Europe and Asia that it calls “Sophisticated Northwest wear for work, travel and everyday.”

Follow the boutique’s Facebook page for updates.

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