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The Phinney Ridge Community Council is pleased to welcome District 6 Council Member Dan Strauss to their upcoming virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 6th at 7PM. Dan represents our District 6 on all issues pertaining to our area and on city-wide issues. He will provide updates pertaining to this neighborhood and there will be time for questions from the audience.

In preparation for asking questions, you are encouraged to visit his website and to review his bi-weekly newsletters.

Zoom Meeting Information
Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 876 8309 0831
Passcode: 723637
Dial in: +1 253-215-8782

Please join a few minutes early so we’re all settled before the meeting begins. When you join the meeting by clicking on the join meeting link below, you will first be entered into a waiting room. A greeter will soon let you into the meeting. Everyone except the speakers will be muted and unable to unmute themselves. If you have a question, use the Chat function at the bottom of your screen to type it to the Questions host, who will read it aloud during the Q&A period.

Seattle Restaurant Week – a bit of a misnomer this year – begins April 1 and runs through April 30. This year’s month-long promotion isn’t the same as years past: Seattle Restaurant Week typically charges fees to restaurants, but due to the extremely negative impact of the pandemic on eateries, participation is free.

Participating eating establishments will offer special prix fixe menus all month long and offer takeout, ready-to-heat, delivery, meal boxes, and indoor and outdoor dining as permissible by public health guidelines. Diners can grab a meal in whatever format works best for them.

We have two excellent Phinney Ridge businesses participating this year: Ada’s and Modern.

Ada’s Restaurant and Bar has been a staple of the Phinney Ridge neighborhood for years. Nick Sfondouris started Ada’s Restaurant & Bar to honor his beloved wife. They were a part of the Phinney Ridge community for over 40 years, and have spent their time in Phinney doing their best to create a better community. Nick still comes by the restaurant from time to time, and if you’re lucky, there’s a very good chance you’ll run into him, and hear one of his many animated stories about the rich history of the area. Here is more information on their SRW Offering.

Modern Japanese Cuisine is a longtime neighborhood cafe specializing in handcrafted pastries and sushi. They have an extensive selection of Japanese cuisine, both traditional and new, including specialty rolls and sweet treats like green tea roll cake. Here is more information on their SRW Offering.

Seattle Rice Society will host a rally at Hing Hay Park this Saturday April 3rd from 3 to 5 pm to unite the Seattle community against Anti-AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders) hate crimes. The rally will feature guest speakers from the Seattle-area who will share their distinct voices as members or allies of the AANHPI community. All are welcome.

Speakers and performers include:

  • Troy Osaki, Poet, Organizer, Attorney, Speaker
  • Tracey Wong, Director of Malicious Vixens, Dance
  • Lloyd Bagtas, Creative Director, Speaker
  • Eric Liu, Co-Founder & CEO of Citizen University and Author, Speaker
  • Daneca Tran, Poet/Culinary Artist/Community Worker, Spoken Word
  • Nathan Chan & Eric Han, Seattle Symphony, Cellos
  • Kiko Eisner-Waters, Founder & Director of CURA Collective, Speaker
  • Tomo Nakayama, Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Singing
  • Dow Constantine, King County Executive, Speaker
  • Marissa Childers via Nara Kim, Coffee Professional/Freelance Designer, Spoken Word

Ayako & Family will be providing 100 free Japanese curries around 4:30 PM. The event will occur rain or shine. We’re still in a pandemic, so please wear a mask and practice safe distancing.

For more information, visit @SeattleRiceSociety on Instagram or send a message to SeattleRiceSociety@gmail.com.

Seattle Rice Society was founded by Grace Chung and Agatha Campana Tutia as a direct response to the recent spike in anti-AANHPI sentiment. Both Grace and Aggie hope to celebrate AANHPI cultures through multiple avenues, including but not limited to art, food, poetry, and music. With the support of generous partners, sponsors, and individuals, the Seattle Rice Society will attempt thoughtful education geared toward deconstructing the model minority myth, and instead, celebrate the pan-AANHPI experience.

Kym’s Kiddy Corner, which had operated in the Northgate neighborhood since 1985, has moved to Greenwood and is opening on April 1st at 11am. Housed in the former Francine Seders Gallery at 6701 Greenwood Ave N, Kym’s is a new and used kid’s store with an impassioned ownership and long-standing personal relationship with their community.

The store was created 36 years ago by 18-year old Kym Chapman and spent the last 34 years on 15th Ave NE in North Seattle. Melissa Welch, who knew Kym since she was 2 years old, started helping out at her store when she was 11 by dressing up like the Easter Bunny for the annual holiday. Melissa ended up working there for 10 years before leaving for other adventures.

But Kym’s always called to Melissa. “I love the store. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true – there’s never a day I don’t love what I do.” When the opportunity came up in 2014 to purchase the store from Kym, Melissa didn’t hesitate. “Kym’s original customers and their kids were all grown up, so she was ready to move on to new adventures.”

Owner Melissa Welch and Mira Penn at the former location

Melissa says that the number one comment they get from customers is: “I wish I had found you sooner.” In this new location they will still have a huge selection of new and used kid’s clothing, shoes, furniture, baby gear, safety products, toys, and more. They do not do consignment, but do we buy, sell, and trade for cash the same day on the spot. It is suggested you call or text them before you come in with goods to sell.

Melissa and co-worker Mira Penn wanted to underscore that Kym’s is not just used goods, but more like “half used, half new.” Along with Snapdoodle Toys, it will be one of the few places in the neighborhood that you can drop by and find new toys and clothes for gift-giving. They plan on being open from 11am – 6pm Monday-Saturday, with hours possibly expanding in the Summer.

In addition to the Grand Opening tomorrow, Kym’s will have the Easter Bunny out this Saturday as well as a pop-up from Zylberschtein’s Delicatessen & Bakery. Saddle up the kids and come on by!

Phinneywood Destination Art: Skelly

Guest Reporter: Jamie Clausen

Neighbors walking along N 70th Street between Fremont and Dayton would have difficulty not spotting Skelly, the 12-foot skeleton in the front yard of 548 N 70th Street.  This piece of ever-changing public art is both the latest in sculptor Brian Wallace’s work and very much a family affair. 

The family purchased Skelly, the floor model of a very popular, if slightly impractical, Halloween decoration sold at Home Depot in 2020.  Brian thought it would be something to bring some extra fun to the holiday, with so much else curtailed by the pandemic.  He did not fully consider the long-term storage issues involved in the purchase.  From that lucky lack of foresight came Skelly’s life as an art piece and neighborhood icon. 

With his trusty art assistants, James, age 6, and Stella, age 8, Brian decided to see if he could delay taking Skelly down and putting him in storage by repurposing him for Thanksgiving.  The result got such a positive public reaction that he hasn’t come down since.

Thus far, Skelly has been decorated for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and now Easter. 

Looking to get rid of stuff or maybe you want to collect some treasures? Either way, head out on May 22 for the longstanding tradition of our neighborhood’s Garage Sale Day. Whether you have accumulated stuff and haven’t wanted to wait in the long lines at Goodwill, or you love to shop the bargains and treasures; mark your calendar for the neighborhood’s favorite annual event (wearing masks, sanitizing frequently, and safely distancing 6 feet apart, of course.)  There will also be a Tool Sale happening at the Tool Libray (6615 Dayton Ave N) so you can get started on your spring projects.

Interested in registering your sale? Click Garage Sale Day Registration FAQ 2021 for a handy FAQ.

Cost is $20 for PNA members, or $25 for non-members. Register your sale 

Thanks to our partners at Waste Management we’ll have a variety of recycling trucks in the Phinney Center lower parking lot. Safely dispose of your complicated waste and sensitive papers.

by local realtor Doron Weisbarth of Weisbarth & Associates

While we’ve seen fewer new listings come on the market in our neighborhood this February, as compared to last year, the overall number of homes that sold this month was actually higher. This despite the few snowy days that slowed down the market activity. Clearly, our real estate market is hotter than hot! And demand is so strong that even homes that had been sitting untouched for a while are now finding new, loving owners. Which,of course, is also reflected in the double-digit appreciation that we’re seeing in our neighborhood. Check out the entire March report here.

As we shift into the spring sale, we’re likely to see more homes that become available – a great relief for buyers. But with the huge demand still present, it’s hard to see how the competition and appreciation will come to any kind of normalcy (whatever that even means…) any time soon. Even the rise in interest rates does not seem to have slowed buyers’ appetite.

If you’re considering buying or selling a home and would like a consultation with no obligations and no commitments required,give me a call directly at 206-779-9808.

Breaking White Silence Northwest is sponsoring three study groups this Spring using Robin DiAngelo’s What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. The primary purpose of Breaking White Silence is to educate white people on the structures and patterns of racism.

This study group is free and led by experienced facilitators. Although BWSNW encourages everyone to buy their own copy of DiAngelo’s work, they do have copies available to lend for the duration of the study group (this book is available locally at Phinney Books). Please sign up soon if interested, as there are only a few spots left in each group.

Suzanne Engelberg will facilitate a Zoom-based study group with  a maximum of seven participants. The study group will be Sundays from 1-3 PM for six consecutive Sundays, starting April 11  and ending May 16. To register, email Suzanne at suzaeng@gmail.com

Chava Monastersky and Cecily Kaplan will facilitate a Zoom-based study group with a maximum of six participants. The study group will be Sundays from 4-6 PM starting April 11 and ending  May 9.  To register, email Cecily Kaplan at cksings2@gmail.com.

Paul Finley and Jen Davison will facilitate a Zoom-based study group with a maximum of eight participants. The study group will be Mondays from 7pm to 8:45 PM on April 19, May 3, May 17, May 31, June 14, June 21. To register, email Paul Finley at p.n.finley83@gmail.com

If you have any questions, please email info@breakingwhitesilencenw.org.

As we bear witness to the horrors of racism across our nation in the form of unprompted attacks on our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) neighbors, it is our responsibility as a community to stand up and help in any way we can. Community member Michael Welke received an unprompted letter recently asking him to do just this, and he has organized a solidarity walk this Saturday evening at Green Lake starting at 6pm. The letter is pictured above.

Per Michael’s Facebook event, “We stand together with our AAPI community and are committed to be a voice against racism and as an advocate for a more just and humane world. We deserve and demand a better America – an America that is safe for all of its citizens. Mask Up! Bring your signs, candles, glow sticks, flashlight, etc whatever you choose to help shine the light as we walk together in solidarity.”

Solidarity Walk – United We Stand & Walk with our Asian American and Pacific Islander Neighbors and Community
March 27, 6PM @ Greenlake – Gather at the south end near the bleachers, we will walk one loop.

For more information on what you can proactively do to combat hate, please visit Stop AAPI Hate.