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H2 Homes NW, a husband & wife real estate duo with Windermere Greenwood, has launched a Donation Drive & pop-up event in support of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).  DESC is slated to open 4 buildings throughout Seattle which are expected to fill quickly, and many will be added to a waiting list.  In the mean time, thousands in the houseless community are facing the cold winter temperatures as they continue life outside, and the Haglund’s are collecting what DESC has deemed “Survival Items” which help to better the changes of survival while a person waits for permanent housing.  

Now, until November 23rd, you can drop your donation off at the Windermere Greenwood office, located at 311 N 85th Street in Seattle from 9am-5pm.  Can’t make it during the week? No problem! On Saturday, November 20th from 11am to 3pm, stop by their Pop-up & Drop-off event at the NW corner of Woodland Park between the West Playground & the Bear Parking Lot. Bring your donated items and go home with a gifted personal pie (while supplies last) from Ala Mode Pies in Phinney.  Every donor will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win a full-sized holiday pies, just in time for Thanksgiving

Organizer Ashli Haglund commented “This is a great opportunity to extend a small gesture of kindness and generosity to a community who is often overlooked, misjudged and forgotten. We have the ability to change lives, and we’re asking for your help. A little goes a long way, and we hope to see you at Woodland Park on November 20th!”

DESC is an award-winning local non-profit organization who works around the clock to end homelessness in Seattle.  In 1979, they opened an emergency shelter in the ballroom of Pioneer Square’s Morrison Hotel.  They served 200 people that evening, and haven’t closed their door even one night since.  To address both an affordable housing shortage and a public health crisis, DESC has committed to opening a number of supportive housing apartment buildings throughout Seattle.  In addition, they provide medical and mental health services, addiction support and counseling, crisis response, employment support and training, and permanent housing. In 2018, they opened The Estelle, providing 91 apartments and transitioning people into a life away from homelessness.  In 2019, they opened Clement Place, with 100 permanent housing apartments.

Mask up and come discover board games new–and old–created right here in Seattle. Meet the teams behind popular games such as Hair of the Dog (by Cherry Picked Games), Pirate Party: Women of the High Seas (by Seaport Games), Rainbow Rabbits (by Rainbow Rabbits Cards), and more. Plus, get a sneak peek at yet-to-be-released games that are coming soon to Kickstarter. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your next favorite game night game!

Are you a game creator and curious about how to pitch your game to a publisher? Ravensburger Game Designer, Shannon Lyons, will be hosting a breakout session between 11:15 and noon on best practices for pitching your game to a publisher. You won’t want to miss it! 

Interested in showcasing your game at the event? Email becky@rainbowrabbits.com for more information. The organizers have only a few tables left.

When: November 20, 2021 from 10AM-4PM
Where: Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N
Be sure to follow the Facebook event for updates.

Huge thank you to event sponsors Snapdoodle Toys, Mox Boarding House, and Ravensburger.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids’ Gear Sale is happening this Saturday, November 13th from 9am-1pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall (in the lower brick building on Dayton). This popular event offers deals on gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, maternity wear and so much more.

Grab a tote and line up early for the very best selection. Enter the doors after 12pm and enjoy 50% off many items. If you love finding deals, this event is for you. Admission and parking is free and masks are required.

PNPC Gently-Used Kids’ Clothing & Gear Sale
Saturday, November 13th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center: 6532 Phinney Ave. N
Lower Brick Building/Community Hall
For expecting families or those with kids 0-10
FREE admission, Masks Required

The set for Babette’s Feast was built nearly two years ago. The Pacific Northwest debut of this new adaptation was worth the wait!

Taproot Theatre Company is thrilled to resume live, in-person performances this fall with the Pacific Northwest debut of a new adaptation of Babette’s Feast. Originally slated for spring of 2020, this story of the power of gathering and generosity is especially timely after the pandemic curtailed public events and many private gatherings as well.  Hopeful even in the uncertainty of the beginning of the pandemic, Taproot staff kept the set on the stage and the costumes hanging in the dressing room throughout the pandemic. All but two of the original actors are returning to stage the production.

Crossing thousands of miles in search of asylum, Babette finds safety in a tiny mountain village. But petty squabbles and personal slights render the pious villagers as frigid and unforgiving as their surroundings. On one snowy December night, in an act of radical generosity, Babette prepares a feast so lavish that it awakens and transforms the brittle hearts in the village.

This theatrical adaptation of Babette’s Feast, based on Isak Dinesen’s short story, is directed by Scott Nolte, Taproot’s co-founder and former Producing Artistic Director. Co-founder Pam Nolte plays Babette and is joined by a cast of Jenny Cross, James Faley, Jenny Vaughn Hall, Nolan Palmer, Kevin Pitman, April Poland, Matt Posner, and Teri Lee Thomas. The Noltes retired at the end of 2020, after 44 years with Taproot Theatre Company.

For patrons whose holiday plans are still uncertain, Taproot will put tickets for Babette’s Feast on sale in three waves. This will allow patrons to still get great seats while purchasing tickets closer to the performance date. Tickets go on sale on October 26 for performances through November 30, on November 16 for performances through December 11, and November 26 for performances through December 30. Sign up to receive information via email as tickets become available: https://taproottheatre.org/shows/2021/babettes-feast-2/

Great Scott! It’s the 34th year of the PNA Winter Beer Taste! Keep the tradition alive and choose 10 tastes from 24 breweries and cideries. To keep us safe, proof of vaccination is requires for entry, ticket sales will be limited, breweries will be spread out, windows will be open, and there will be an outdoor “hanging out” area. For a more chill experience, come to the VIP preview tasting starting at 6 pm. The VIP preview tasting includes sliders and slaw. This is a 21 + event.

And it’s not just about beer…this event supports PNA’s nonprofit programs for seniors, kids, people in need, and the entire community! A huge thanks to the brewers–they donate their hard-brewed beverages so that proceeds go towards our programs.


General Admission Tickets – 7 pm
PNA Member $30  (Learn about PNA Membership / Sign up)
Non-Member $35
Designated Driver $10

VIP Tickets – 6 pm early entry ($25 is tax-deductible)
PNA Member $55  (Learn about PNA Membership / Sign up)
Non-Member $60
Designated Driver $25

For many years, we had a whimsically enjoyable storefront at 8414 Greenwood Ave N. called the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. What many did not realize is that the store – while indeed a functioning retail spot that sold astronaut ice cream among other items – was really a front for a nonprofit creative writing workshop called the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

The Greenwood Pencil Box is an interactive retail and community event space created in partnership by The Bureau of Fearless Ideas and Sanctuary Art Center with the goal of supporting youth arts and leadership in the Seattle area.

And now the Pencil Box is calling all explorers this holiday season! Whether it’s a gift for your loved ones, your go-to hiking buddy, your artsy besty, or yourself. Creative Adventure awaits everyone’s wintery expedition through the landscape of their imagination. Take advantage of weekly deals from November 1st through December 18th, and wander over to Greenwood Pencil Box for some great gifts. They will also have extended holiday hours for extra time for discovery. Check out their itinerary below to join in on the fun:

Weekly Deals

  • Week of November 1st – Books 20% off 
  • Week of November 8th – Paper & Stationery 20% off 
  • Week of November 15th – Gifts 20% off
  • Week of November 22nd – Apparel 20% off 
  • Week of November 29th – Novelties & DIY 20% off
  • Week of December 6th – Kids & Games 20% off
  • Week of December 13th – Apparel 20% off

Swing on by and check them out! Their extended hours through the end of the year are Tuesday – Thursday from 12-6pm and Friday – Saturday from 12-7pm.

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring the dead with food, drink, and festivities right here in the Phinneywood neighborhood! Our celebration includes the dedication of a traditional altar for offerings to the deceased. Bring your offerings (pictures, mementos, small items) to the Phinney Center before or during the event to be included on the altar.

Arts & Crafts

11 am- 3 pm, lower lot

Get creative and craftsy with free arts and crafts activities – fun for all ages!

Food & Drink

11 am- 3 pm, lower lot

Sip the delicious Mexican hot chocolate and nibble on the traditional pan de muerto for sale. If you get hungry for lunch, we’ve got you covered! Luna Azul will be have their grill set up in the parking lot selling fresh tacos.

Community Altar

Blue Building, until 2 pm

Visit the altar before 2 pm on this day, during the week leading up to the festival, or throughout the month of November. Bring photos or offerings of your loved ones and add them to the altar to honor their memory, either the week before or at the event.

Live Performances

Tickets: $5 / babies under 1 year are free

Each live performance will be joined by special guest Raul Sanchez to dedicate the community altar.
Please note capacity is limited, guests are required to wear masks, and those 12 and over will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

11 AM: Chilean musician Marco Cortes
Tickets to Marco Cortes

1 PM: Traditional Mexican dancing with Bailadores de Bronce 
Tickets to Bailadores de Bronce

COVID-19 NOTICE: We know things are rapidly changing with COVID-19 and the safety of the community is our top priority. All in-person events are subject to change, cancellation, or attendance requirements in accordance with current CDC, State, and County guidelines. Please check back for the most up-to-date information here or on our main COVID-19 page.

Are you a fan of our annual holiday neighborhood event, the GloCone? Do you like climbing tall towers and putting things together? Are you planning on staying in the Phinneywood area for the foreseeable future? If so, we are looking for 2 new community leads for this annual event and you should apply!

The GloCone was created by dedicated and generous community members and debuted in 2014. Since then, these folks have upgraded the technology and visual impact of this attraction with the fabulous GloCone 2.0 

But alas, it is time for the original GloCone Wranglers to start thinking about sunny retirement villas and not have to worry about scaling an air raid tower, storing and hauling equipment out of their garages each year, or any of the myriad of responsibilities that come with any great effort.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association will be storing and taking responsibility for the GloCone following this year’s lighting on November 27th, but we are looking for two interested and dedicated people from the community to join the effort this year and beyond. The original wranglers (“OW’s”) will be on hand this year to teach and instruct, and will likely be around and involved for more, but also want to bring new blood into this event. Just to be clear, we are looking for two responsible people to join in helping create the event annually, but not to lead the event.

If you are interested in learning more or being considered, please reach out to Chris at chrism@phinneycenter.org.

As reported here in June, award-winning baker Ben Campbell and his business partner and wife Megan Campbell have announced their first brick and mortar location will open in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood in the Shared Roof project at 70th and Greenwood. Ben’s Bread is for their naturally-leavened sourdough breads and they specialize in baked items prepared in small batches from locally-grown and milled grains. Here are some exerpts from the Kickstarter:

We’re Ben and Megan Campbell, the husband-and-wife and business partners behind Ben’s Bread®, and soon-to-be Ben’s Bread Co.! We’re a small, family-run community supported bakery (CSB) in Seattle, WA. We currently operate as a monthly-ish pop-up and small-scale wholesale bakery and focus on naturally-leavened sourdough breads and other baked items, prepared in small batches from locally-grown and milled grains. After hosting our pop-ups for six years (gasp!) we’re finally ready to make Ben’s Bread our full-time gig, but we need your help getting us across the finish line.

Ben’s Bread view from the front door on 70th. The front counter will be stocked with pastries and grab and go items, the back shelves will feature loaves for sale, and to the left is our baker’s prep table and peekaboo views of their bread oven and kitchen.

It takes a lot of planning, people-power…and money. We will be bringing in everything – and we mean everything – that is needed to run our business: said floors, walls, counters, equipment, flour, pans, packaging, people! We’re very excited to hire great people and pay them a fantastic living wage with amazing benefits because does anyone deserve less? We just found out that our construction is scheduled to begin in late November – delayed again! – which means we’re eyeing a late-winter or early-spring opening. 

You can view their Kickstarter and pledge support at any level here.