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Entries from May 2017

Greenwood Library needs volunteer tutors and homework helpers for next school year

May 31st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library will offer homework help and skills-building tutoring from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning in the fall. This free program is open to anyone in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Besides homework help, students can get one-on-one reading support and play math skills games.

It is administered by the library but staffed by adult volunteers. Volunteers are asked to commit to a certain shift every week, from Sept. 11, 2017, through June 14, 2018. For more information or to apply, see the library’s Homework Helpers page.

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Farmers Market opens, Garage Sale Day and Rainbow Hop coming up this weekend

May 30th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Farmers Market opens for the season this Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. It runs from 3:30-7:30 p.m. every Friday rain or shine through Oct. 6. Fresh veggies, fruit, flowers, bread, wine, beer, cider, ice cream, popsicles, kimchi, baked goods, and several dinner options, including El Chito tamales, Mystery Bay Seafood, Patty Pan quesadillas, Tandoozy tandoori naan with toppings, TÔSTE and Veraci Pizza. This Friday, guitarist Tim Scallon will play from 5-7 p.m. Stop by the PNA booth to learn about the King County Seed Library and chat with Master Gardener Deb Quinones.

PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at nearly 100 sites throughout the neighborhood. There’s also a flea market, tool sale, plant swap, free shredding, electronics recycling and Goodwill donation site at the Phinney Center. All registered garage/yard sales are on the interactive map, which will be live a couple of days before.

Also on Saturday is the annual Pride Rainbow Hop, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at several businesses throughout the neighborhood.

Celebrate diversity the family fun way! Kick off the day with Dino Dance Party: Drag Queen Story Time with Sparkle Leigh at the Greenwood Library at 10:30 am, and wrap up with a free School of Rock concert at Naked City Brewing. In between, hop by a rainbow of activities and crafts down Phinney-Greenwood hosted by local businesses and organizations. Stop by six activities, then show your signed map at Naked City to get a t-shirt and a free pass to the Zoo. Download the activity map at phinneycenter.org/pride.

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2 neighborhood students starring in Garfield’s “In the Heights”

May 30th, 2017 by Doree

Two PhinneyWood-area students are appearing in Garfield High School’s presentation of “In the Heights,” by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame.

Set in Washington Heights, New York, the story follows a small community of immigrants who work and live to build a better life in America. The characters throughout represent multiple generations of hard-working citizens who demonstrate a love of music and rhythm in everything they do. The opening song sets the stage of how these characters work every day to make ends meet, including one family supporting their daughter who is away at Stanford University. Although In the Heights takes place in the late 20th century, it deals with weighty and often controversial subject matter that remain relevant today. The overall message of the show reflects hope, hard work, and loyalty among a small community.

Declan Murray plays the role of Sonny.

Julia Laverde is in the ensemble and understudy for Camila Rosario, the mother of the young woman studying at Stanford.

The show began last week and continues this Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at Quincy Jones Performance Hall, 400 23rd Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Parental guidance advised for children under 13.

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Champion Wine Cellars now open in Greenwood

May 30th, 2017 by Doree

Champion Wine Cellars opened today at 8503 Greenwood Ave. N. Champion’s former location downtown was sold to make way for a development, so the former owners, Stephanie and Emile Ninaud, retired and sold the business to Erin Lyman and Suthap Manivong.

They’re planning weekly tastings on Saturdays and special tastings during the week when winemakers are in town.

Champion Wine Cellars will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Phone is 206-284-8306 and email is LeTastevin@aol.com.

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Jazz Festival, theater and more in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

May 26th, 2017 by Doree

Looks like the weather will be perfect this long weekend, so make sure you get out and enjoy all our neighborhood has to offer. Here are a few event highlights from our Events calendar.

Couth Buzzard Books is hosting its second annual Jazz Festival Friday through Monday. Tickets are $8 for individual events, $15 for a single day or $30 for the whole four days.

It’s the second week for “Busman’s Honeymoon” at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Pre-Shavuot Event at MMSC, 8420 Dayton Ave. N., from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle School Boardmember Rick Burke is hosting a District II Community Meeting from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.


  • 46th annual Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center, with about 50,000 people expected each day.
  • Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers at 12 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Emerald Bike Ride on Sunday will start and end downtown and use the I-5 Express Lanes, eastbound 520 bridge and I-90 Express Lanes bridge. The I-5 Express Lanes will be closed until 10:30 a.m., Eastbound 520 will be closed from 6-10 a.m. and the I-90 Express Lanes will be closed from 3 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 12,000 people are expected to participate.

Looking ahead to Monday, Memorial Day, remember that all schools, banks, libraries and government offices will be closed. Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed, including community centers, environmental learning centers, indoor swimming pools, Green Lake Small Craft Center, Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center and the Amy Yee Tennis Center. However, nine spray parks will be open, along with the East Green Lake and Madrona swimming beaches, Mounger and Colman outdoor pools, all boat ramps, and Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle golf courses.

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News roundup: PNA job, free dental appointments for kids, Ballard High robotics team wins, Night Out registration, Seattle Works Day, Carkeek Park art installation

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for a Whittier Kids Program Supervisor for its program at Whittier Elementary in Ballard. You can see the full job description here.

The UW Center for Pediatric Dentistry still has appointments available for children to receive free preventive dental care through the Give Kids a Smile program in Magnuson Park. Children up to age 18 can receive a free exam, x-rays, teeth cleaning and fluoride application. No income verification is required and no immigration questions asked. Call 206-543-5800 and ask for Give Kids a Smile.

Congratulations to Ballard High School’s Vikings Robotics Team, which recently beat out 400 teams from around the world to capture the 2017 Robotics World Championship in Houston.

The competition, dubbed the “Varsity Sport of the Mind”, is for students grades nine through 12. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams raise funds, design a brand, work on team-building skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team, in circumstances designed to replicate real-world engineering.

The 27-member Ballard High School Viking Robotics team built their robot during six weeks in January and February. After performing well in competitions at Glacier Peak High School and Mount Vernon High School, they advanced to the PNW District Championship at Eastern Washington University in early April. When they earned their spot there, they had less than two weeks to prepare and travel to Houston.

Registration is now open for this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1, where neighbors block off streets and have barbecues and concerts and get to know each other better in an effort to fight crime. You can register your block party here and print out materials to notify neighbors.

Hoopaholics is hosting a Lil’ Dribblers basketball program this summer at the Ballard Boys and Girls Club. It’s for beginning basketball players aged 5-9.

Players will work on skill-specific fundamentals in a fun, learning environment. We welcome players that are new or brand new to the game of basketball. Lil’ Dribblers is part skills development, part informal league play to allow players to get experience in a game-like setting. We hope your player can join us this summer! For more information and to register, visit www.hoopaholics.com.

June 17 is Seattle Works Day, where more than 1,000 volunteers will work at 55 project sites around the city. You can still sign up for a project team here.

The Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation are accepting proposals for up to five temporary outdoor artworks in Carkeek Park from Aug. 5 through Oct. 15 for the annual “Heaven & Earth” art installation. The deadline for submissions is June 18; there is no fee to apply. Artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000. This year’s theme is “cultivation.”

When we cultivate, we invest our time, energy and resources into an existing environment or relationship (even with ourselves) to foster growth. This may mean working the earth or learning a new skill or reaching out to our neighbors to strengthen our communities. We invite artists to demonstrate what they hope for when they cultivate and/or what they realize as a result of cultivating.

There are five distinct sites at Carkeek Park selected for the Cultivate/d exhibition. Some are open field environments while others are discovered through woodsy paths and lend themselves to more intimate viewing. The park attracts diverse communities for family gatherings, educational opportunities, or social events and is set against a backdrop of the Puget Sound. We invite the artist to contemplate the concept of cultivation as it relates to nature, culture, or personal growth.

We encourage site specific work and will work with chosen artists to find a suitable site and/or you may make a case for a specific site and how it is suitable for your specific artwork.

Sites 7, 9, 11, 12, as well as areas along the Lower Meadow (near end of one-way loop road in field to the south) are available for the 2017 art placements. http://heavenandearth.carkeekpark.org/sites/

The Call is open to artists of all mediums, established or emerging. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal.

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Volunteers building more tiny houses tomorrow at Licton Springs Village on Aurora Avenue

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

A group of volunteers from labor unions will construct more tiny houses at Licton Springs Tiny House Village, a new homeless encampment at 8620 Aurora Ave. N. run by the Low Income Housing Institute. The volunteers will be working from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A coalition of local labor unions has funded a number of tiny houses that will be completed on Friday. The unions include: Teamsters 117, Teamsters 174, Teamsters 763, the Roofers Union, Laborers Local 242, Machinist 751, and the Seattle Policeman’s Guild. Each house costs $2,200 in materials, and at 8’ x 12’ they provide a safe, sturdy, and secure home for Seattle’s most vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness. The tiny houses have electricity, heat, light, furnishings, insulation, lockable doors, and windows.

This village provides shelter for up to 70 men and women under a low-barrier model that promotes resident leadership and involvement under the supervision of SHARE and full-time staff. Upon completion there will be a total of 29 tiny houses, as well as a Kingdome and Queendome (dorm style), a kitchen, donation area, and security and counseling offices. LIHI provides social workers and supportive services to help move residents into permanent housing, access employment resources, and become housing-ready. The City of Seattle provides partial operating funds for Licton Springs Village.

Donations of bath towels, laundry detergent, socks and underwear would be greatly appreciated.

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Comment period extended for environmental concerns for Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck project at Aurora and 92nd

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has extended the time period to comment on environmental issues related to Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck’s proposal to move from 10702 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave N.

The project would change an existing wrecking yard to 25,370 square feet of outdoor display of rental equipment and vehicle repair, add a one-story building for general manufacturing, 1,900 cubic yards of grading of contaminated soil, and alterations to an existing building. Three buildings would be demolished, plus a portion of another building.

The new site is predicted to generate about 500 vehicle trips per day, which has caused concern from some neighbors, especially because a new school campus will open this fall just a block away.

The original comment period ended April 26, but the application has been resubmitted and the new deadline is June 5. You can comment online here, or by emailing PRC@Seattle.gov; be sure and mention project #3026342.

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Jazz Festival at Couth Buzzard Books this weekend

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting its second annual Jazz Festival this Memorial Day weekend, sponsored by Earshot Jazz.

The music begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday with Orville Johnson, followed at 8:30 p.m. with Birch Pereira and The Gin Joints.

Saturday, the festival continues from 12 p.m. through the evening with a special Thelonius Monk Tribute directed by Kenny Mandell at 8:30 p.m. Sunday the music begins again at 1 p.m. through the evening. And on Monday, the festival runs from 1 p.m. until around 8 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for a single event, $15 for a day pass, or $30 for a pass for the entire four days.

You can find a complete list of musicians on its Facebook event page.

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