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12th annual Gumshoe detective walk through the neighborhood runs Aug. 4-13

The 12th annual Gumshoe detective walk through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood happens Aug. 4-13. Buy an entry form and follow the clues to discover interesting yard art, signs, and generally quirky things throughout the neighborhood.

This year, profits will be split equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. The Gumshoe has raised more than $49,000 in 11 years for neighborhood non-profits.

Click here to see last year’s clues and answers, so you get an idea of what you’re in for. It’s especially fun with a partner or group to help figure out tricky clues.

Starting Aug. 4, you can buy an entry form for $20 (or $15 each for two or more) at Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N. (debit or credit card, cash or check payable to “PNA”); Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (credit card, cash or check); or Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. (cash or check only).

Return your entry form to Ken’s, the PNA or Couth Buzzard, and be entered to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses (see the list on the website).

New this year, Illumination Learning Studio at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. will let Gumshoers fill up water bottles and use the bathroom if they’re passing by during business hours. And show your entry form at Pete’s Egg Nest for a free drink or Gorgeous George’s for a free hummus appetizer with purchase of a meal — they’re both at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 78th Street.

The annual “Procrastishoe” begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, at Ken’s Market for anyone who wants to do it last-minute as part of a group. Gumshoe Guy Mike Veitenhans will follow behind, muttering clues if the group gets stuck.

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