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


Entries from June 2017

Farmers Market, music, and Fourth of July-themed treats for zoo animals in the neighborhood this weekend

June 30th, 2017 by Doree

Seems like a fairly quiet weekend in the neighborhood. But keep checking our Events calendar for more events added daily.

Phinney Farmers Market is open from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, veggies, cider, beer, wine, flowers, pasta, veggie starts, and several dining options.

Tambor E Cordas performs at Luso Food and Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7 p.m. Friday.

Red, White & Zoo Saturday and Sunday at Woodland Park Zoo. Fourth of July-themed treats for many of the animals.

The Drunken Maidens in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and First Sunday Blues Open Jam Session at 7 p.m. Sunday, at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Mexico National Football Team vs. Paraguay at 5 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Queen + Adam Lambert concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at KeyArena.
  • Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at Lake Union Park Saturday through Tuesday.
  • Impeachment March at 11 a.m. Sunday from Seattle Center to the Federal Building at 2nd Avenue and Marion Street via 2nd Avenue.

Looking ahead to next week:

  • North Transfer Station will be closed on Tuesday to cut down on traffic because of the all-day Fourth of July event at nearby Gasworks Park event. The South Transfer Station will be open.

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News roundup: PNA jobs, reduced ORCA Youth cards, North Precinct picnic, Night Out registration, Seattle Youth Commission applications and North Helpline takes over Bitter Lake food bank

June 29th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has several job openings: Tool Library Coordinator; Hot Meal Program Substitute; Whittier Kids Preschool Lead Teacher; and Substitute Administrative Assistant.

Metro is offering reduced ORCA Youth cards this summer where youth can ride for just 50 cents through Sept. 4, plus get reduced fares of 50 cents on the Seattle Streetcar and $1 on Link light rail, Sound Transit buses and Sounder trains.

Seattle Police Department’s North Precinct Picnic is from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 8, at 10049 College Way N. There will be live music, hot dogs, ice cream, a bouncy house, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the department’s units, including K-9, Mounted Patrol, Bomb Squad and SWAT.

The annual Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 1. You can register your block party here.

The Seattle Youth Commission is accepting applications through July 17 for teens ages 13-19 who want to work with city staff and community leaders on issues affecting youth. Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September, and meet the first and third Wednesday of each month.

North Helpline is taking over the Volunteers of America Western Washington food bank in Bitter Lake as of July 1. North Helpline Bitter Lake will distribute food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month, and plans to increase that to every Saturday by the end of the year.

VOAWW approached North Helpline about taking over the site when they identified the need to focus on their county-wide warehouse and extensive food bank services in Snohomish County. Phil Smith, CEO of VOAWW noted, “Our mission is to do what’s best for the community. We felt that North Helpline, with their existing array of services in North Seattle, were a better match to meet these needs.”

North Helpline Bitter Lake is at 13000 Linden Ave. N., on the first floor of the Senior Housing Assistance Group New Haven apartment complex.

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World Affairs Council of Seattle looking for host families for international visitors this summer

June 29th, 2017 by Doree

The World Affairs Council of Seattle is looking for host families for international high school students in its youth leadership development programs this summer.

The Council needs host families for students from Mexico July 18-30 and from Iraq Aug. 13-27.

Participants are juniors or seniors in high school and speak English. They will participate in Council programs during weekdays, with evenings and weekends open to explore Seattle and spend time with host families. They will be provided with bus passes, cell phones and lunch on weekdays.

Host families are asked to provide a private room and most meals. Host families can host two guests in one room, but they must have separate beds.

Host families can apply here.

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Greenwood Library will reopen next Wednesday with new glass exterior wall

June 29th, 2017 by Doree

The installation of the new exterior glass wall at the Greenwood Library is coming along nicely, so the library will reopen at 10 a.m. next Wednesday, July 5. The library closed last Monday, June 26, for the installation.

The library’s interior was extensively remodeled from February through April, with a new laptop bar in the teen area, combined service desks, increased seating options, added electrical outlets to tables, an upgraded meeting room, repositioned public computers to reduce glare, and new carpet. The boulder that had extended from the exterior to the interior was removed because of moisture issues, but will be placed in the new park across the street. A temporary plywood wall was installed until the glass wall could be installed this past week.

Holds that were temporarily suspended during the closure will be automatically restarted on July 5, but if you chose to pick up holds at another branch during the closure and need help changing back to Greenwood, see a library staff member for help.

The library, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will host a renovation party with entertainment and refreshments from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

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Volunteers needed to test this year’s Gumshoe detective walk

June 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Gumshoe 5K Walk is a fun walk through the neighborhood every August as you solve clues to find the next location. All proceeds go to neighborhood nonprofits, and the Gumshoe Answer Man, Mike Veitenhans, spends countless hours each year coming up with new clues.

He’s looking for new pairs of volunteers to test drive this year’s Gumshoe clues to make sure they all make sense.

I need two pairs of volunteers, experienced or not, but preferably not related to each other, to test walk this year’s Gumshoe the week of July 9. During a test walk, which takes two to three hours, I ask the volunteers to solve the clues out loud, which gives me, trailing behind, feedback for tweaking the clues. In return for the help, each test walker receives a free entry form to do the Gumshoe in August. Folks who are interested, need to contact me at AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org by this Saturday, July 1.

This year’s Gumshoe will run from Aug. 4-17. Entry forms are $20 each (or $15 each if you buy two or more), and will be available starting Aug. 4. at Ken’s Market, Phinney Neighborhood Center, and Couth Buzzard Books.

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Celine Patisserie opens at Greenwood and 68th, serving traditional Viennese pastries

June 27th, 2017 by Doree

Celine Patisserie just opened at 6801 Greenwood Ave. N., in the spot formerly occupied by Picnic.

Alexei and Daniela Bucos opened Celine as a traditional viennoiserie (a type of pastry), preparing everything on site, and offering everything from ham and cheese croissants to smoked salmon sandwiches, monkey bread, tiramisu, macarons, mousse cake, raw and vegan cakes, and Italian coffee.

The couple is originally from Moldova, but also lived in Italy for many years.

Celine is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. It is currently closed on Sunday but that could change.

The bakery doesn’t have a website or Facebook page yet, but Alexei tells me those should be up and running in the next day or two.

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Homework Help volunteers needed at Greenwood and Broadview libraries next school year

June 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library needs Homework Help volunteers at 11 libraries – including Greenwood and Broadview – for next school year.

Homework Help volunteers support students by helping them understand homework assignments, develop literacy and mathematics skills, and prepare for college and careers. Volunteers mentor students in all academic subjects and may also specialize in college-prep subjects, like English and science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

Most of the students are first-generation Americans who speak a language other than English at home. Volunteers interact with students of all ages in small groups and individually.

Volunteers will provide Homework Help once a week when public schools are in session, and a commitment throughout the school year is requested. Visit www.spl.org/homeworkvolunteer for more information. Volunteer applications are due by Monday, July 31.

Homework Help volunteers are needed from Sept. 11, 2017, through June 14, 2018.

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Free lunches for kids and teens at Broadview and Green Lake libraries this summer

June 26th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and Food Lifeline are bringing free, healthy lunches and snacks to six libraries – including Broadview and Green Lake – for kids 18 and under this summer. The program runs from today (Monday) through Friday, Sept. 1, but is closed on July 4.

The Kids Cafe Summer Meal Program will serve food from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.; and from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 31 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

All kids are welcome — no proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required. Kids Cafe meals are specifically selected to appeal to kids’ notoriously picky palates and to meet their special nutritional guidelines.

Free food is also served at several Seattle Parks and Recreation sites, as we told you about earlier.

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Four more days to vote on park and street improvements in and near our neighborhood

June 26th, 2017 by Doree

The City of Seattle is letting residents vote on how to spend $285,000 on street and park improvements in each of the seven City Council Districts.

The “Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets” participatory budgeting initiative lets residents cast a ballot for their top three choices in the district where they live, work, go to school, etc.

Each council district has its own ballot with 8-10 projects to choose from. Those projects were selected from nearly 900 ideas submitted by community.

Community members ages 11 and up can vote online or at in-person polling stations between June 3-30. Paper ballots are also available at all community centers and libraries. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City and implemented in 2018.

Ballots will be tallied after June 30, and winning projects will be announced by July 18. You can find information and voting instructions at www.seattle.gov/yvyc.

Our neighborhood’s District 6 project is for street crossing Improvements on NW 50th Street and Dayton Ave NW (adding flashing beacons and curb ramps to make crossing safer near schools and Woodland Park). See the complete list of District 6 projects here.

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