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Promenade Mural Cleaning Update

The graffiti removal cleaning party met as planned at 63rd under the Aurora Overpass at 64rd and Woodlawn Park, Thursday July 22. Community volunteers came for over two hours, nearly running out of graffiti remover. Additionally they had the support of the Seattle Human Services Department HOPE Team who earlier got the site cleared and bio-cleaned.

Kim Roney said thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. “It was wonderful to see all the effort come together. We had 12 or so people come in the time we were there and they were ready to help! We made some great progress and it was great to hear the encouragement from the passing motorists.”

The group will be planning next steps. Use the link below if you’d like to be involved and learn more.

More information about the mural here

 

Dacha Theatre, a Seattle based theatre company specializing in devised, immersive, and playful work is touring Star Play to the 6th Ave NW Pocket Park this Sunday July 25th at 2PM. 

Star Play is an outdoor family play with music about the wonders of stars and the night sky! A wondrous, galaxy-sized adventure for all ages, Star Play is a storybook romp through the night sky that follows Pleione, the seventh brightest Pleiades sister, as she charts a course through the Milky Way to save the red giant Betelgeuse from going supernova. A Dacha original, this clear-eyed and starry-skied play with music embraces the singular magic of space and the power of storytelling — all while connecting the dots on some of your favorite constellations (old and new)!

Dacha has produced summer spectaculars through Seattle parks for five years, including Metamorphoses on the shores of Lake Washington in the summer of 2019. Their shows are always ticketed on a sliding scale with a pay-what-you-can option, and are full of movement, laughter, and music – the perfect summer excursion! 

You can find out more about the tours on their website here

Calling artists and makers for Winter Festival!

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is excited to share that the 41st annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair will happen in person on December 4 and 5, 2021!

After the virtual fair last year, the PNA can’t wait to welcome back the fabulous local artists and makers, as well as devoted shoppers back into the Phinney Center for the holiday experience we all love.

Right now, they’re calling on all PNW artists, makers, and crafters to apply to be a part of the festivities and sell their work: art, pottery, ceramics, glass, jewelry, clothing, accessories, stationery, bath and body goods, gourmet edibles and drinkables, toys, and anything else handmade!

Applications are due Sunday, August 15 at midnight. All artists will be notified if they are accepted or not by Friday, September 10.

Go to the application page

Invitation from the Mural Committee: Join us Thursday, July 22 during 12 – 4 for a graffiti removal cleaning party at the Promenade Mural.  We don’t need people to commit to the whole time, just to stop by and help at some point during that time. People who come to help need to wear closed toe shoes and bring eye protection and masks are recommended as we are using chemicals to remove the graffiti.  Even if people can just come out for 15 minutes it would be great to have the help.

Location: 63rd under the Aurora Overpass on 64rd at Woodlawn Park.

More information about the mural here

Bike Repair, July 18

Seattle Foursquare Church is having its first Basic Bicycle Repair Event. On Sunday, July 18, from 12:30-2:00 pm, they will be performing basic repair and maintenance on bikes that need a little TLC. 400 N. 105th St., 98133.

The community showed an outpouring of support for the family of Mahamed mohamud, the 15-year-old boy whose body was pulled from Green Lake Wednesday. A gofundme started by family of Mahamed’s parents has raised over $39,000 of their ask of $18,000 to cover funeral costs.

Mahamed was an energetic, intellegent, and kindhearted 15-year-old boy. He spent his last day with us doing volunteer work, taking his sisters to get ice cream, and visiting his local library.

Almost 600 people have donated at the time of this writing. The gofundme organizer, Ikraam Osman, updated the page, noting, “I’ve notified his parents and they’ve been overwhelmed with all the support.”

Aide-mémoire, founded by designer Aran Galligan, is an inclusive, queer woman-owned, small business that has been a longtime PNA and Phinneywood community supporter. They focus on handmade, eco-friendly, and conflict-free everyday fine jewelry, wedding bands, and engagement rings. Their mission is to create future heirlooms in an environmentally and socially responsible way, which they hope will become a part of your family’s story.

Aide-mémoire will officially be opening the doors to their first brick-and-mortar shop in the Phinney neighborhood this Saturday, July 10th. Offering a unique, inclusive, and warm shopping experience for the community in choosing their future heirlooms and gifts for loved ones has been a longtime dream for Aran – summed up perfectly via Instagram:

The community is invited to join Aide-mémoire at their opening on July 10th from 12-6pm. The celebration will start at noon with Aran giving a land acknowledgement followed by a blessing sung by Blake Shelafoe of the Duwamish Tribe. Aran writes “we are so grateful that they have offered to come bless the opening of the store, and hope that you will be able to join us to hear Blake’s beautiful song.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“The rest of the day we will be open and excited to welcome you into our warm and inviting space that not only includes ready-made jewelry from our shop, but an array of beautifully crafted handmade items from makers around the world. We are SO excited to have you join us!”

Get to know Aran and discover the meaning behind the shop name.

Date: Saturday, July 10, 2021
Location: 7003 3rd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Time: 12pm – 6pm

You may have heard that the PNA Business Group successfully gained a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City to create a new Holiday Lighting tradition for the neighborhood, replacing the LED monkeys that had brightened the business district until they were retired in 2020.

The PNA is seeking to have 200 new LED lights – 50 each of 4 different animals – ready to go up in early December along our business corridor. The Holiday Lighting Committee, with representatives from the PNA, the Zoo, local businesses, and the community, was convened in January to chart the course for this project. The Mission is to create a new, quirky, secular, business district-focused lighting tradition in partnership with the Woodland Park Zoo that represents PhinneyWood.

To help hone down the massive list of possibilities, the Steering Committee decided that the focus should be Pacific Northwest, Cool, and Easily Identifiable with regards to the final choices. The Zoo submitted a list of animals that they house and could help create a new mythos for this tradition: pond turtle, lynx, river otter, owl, and wolf.*

We are asking residents of the Phinneywood community to help narrow down the choices to a final 4 that we will develop. Because we want to make sure your favorite PNW animal that did not make the list has a shot, you can also enter any PNW animal as a “write-in” option as well. Are you passionate about that animal making it to the finals? Make sure you tell your neighbors and friends/family who live in the community to vote and why they should support your choice!

To participate, take the survey here.

The survey will be open until July 31, after which we will tabulate the votes and let everyone know what is next.

*7/8/21 update: Thanks to community feedback, we removed raccoon from the list of options due to negative historical racial caricature.

Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash

Don’t throw that gadget away! The PNA Fixers Collective is an informal group of folks who meet simply for the fun of taking stuff apart, putting it back together again, and maybe even fixing some things in the process.

The idea is to take a moment before throwing something away to figure out if you can save it and prevent buying a new one. It’s also an excellent way to learn how things work and enjoy some good company. Here’s a little insight into the event from KIRO Radio: Fixers collectives try to change a ‘throw away society’ habit.

Join us on the first Wednesday of every month, 5-7 pm, at Greenwood Hardware. You can bring something broken along with you or just bring yourself. Tonight’s will be in the parking lot, with masks required for non-vaccinated folks.

“Went last night with a broken air filter, rice cooker, and microwave. We got all three fixed and my daughter got to be a part of it. She wants to go back. I just don’t want her to break anything just to go.” -Happy participant from the past