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Spaced-themed book launch party for Kevin Emerson’s ‘Last Day on Mars’ is March 4 at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

February 13th, 2017 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is hosting a space-themed party to celebrate the publication of Kevin Emerson’s new novel “Last Day on Mars.” The “Saturday on Mars!” party is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at BFI/Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

Emerson, a former science teacher, will read from his new book, and several BFI students will read their own original space-travel stories written during a workshop with Emerson. Plus there will be science experiments and prizes, books for sale, and Emerson will sign books. He is the author of 16 novels for children and young adults, which have been published in 10 countries.

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Reminder: Greenwood Library closing Monday for remodeling

February 11th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily on Monday until sometime in April for renovation, including new carpet and improvements to public spaces and easier access to technology. The 15,000 square foot library was completely rebuilt in 2005 and is heavily used by patrons.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch.

Unless you’ve already chosen a specific library branch to pick up holds during the renovation, the library has automatically redirected holds to the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125; and to the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW for all other patrons.

The Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is normally closed on Fridays but will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 to accommodate Greenwood Library patrons. Some regular Greenwood Library programs will be provided at alternate locations. Check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.

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Artwalk, theater, love poems, concerts, Spanish preschool open house, magic show in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

February 10th, 2017 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. See our Events calendar for more.

Greenwood Senior Center’s Around the World Luncheon Series Goes to Germany from 12-1:30 p.m. Friday at 525 N. 85th St.

The Cup community open house from 2-5 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St.

Monthly Art Up Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk at dozens of venues throughout the neighborhood from 6-9 p.m. Friday. See the Art Up website for a full list of participating artists, venues and food and beverage specials.

Taproot Theatre’s production of “Room Service” runs through March 4 on the mainstage at 204 N. 85th St.

When Love Speaks” by Thalia’s Umbrella runs through Feb. 25 at Taproot’s Isaac Studio, 204 N. 85th St. “Four people meet at a resort at the edge of the world. They fall in and out of love, woo and argue . . . all while speaking some of the best (and some of the worst!) love poetry ever written.”

Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts a Pacific NW Folklore Society concert with Molly Bauckham at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Lavender Country Valentines Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

PCPE, Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español, a Spanish-speaking cooperative preschool at the Phinney Center, is hosting an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Room of the Blue Building. Bi-lingual families with children ages 1 to 5 who speak Spanish either full or part-time at home are welcome. Those who attend the open house will receive priority status on the school’s wait list.

Woodland Park Zoo animals will celebrate Valentine’s Day with special treats, such as heart-shaped ice pops or steaks from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. It’s included with zoo admission.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Jim Malcolm at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

Jim Malcolm is one of Scotland’s finest folksingers. He first received widespread acclaim in the US as the lead singer for the power folk group Old Blind Dogs. As a solo performer, audiences have even more opportunity to appreciate his wry humor, rich strong vocals, and fine guitar and harmonica. Malcolm writes beautiful songs that have a traditional feel, as well as his own interpretations of traditional songs and musical settings for the poetry of Robert Burns.

Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts “SHRIEK! A Women of Horror film class” from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

Magic Show by AlakaSam! at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend:

  • Love ’em or Leave ’em Valentine’s Day Dash on Sunday around Green Lake.
  • Seattle RV Show is at CenturyLink Field Event Center through Sunday.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation crews will reduce westbound I-90 traffic this weekend in order to upgrade tunnel safety systems. Traffic we be reduced to one lane near Bellevue Way SE and funneled into the express lanes from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. WSDOT said to expect lengthy delays along Interstate 405, State Route 520 and Interstate 5.

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Celebrate our neighbors during Saturday’s city-wide Neighbor Day

February 9th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle’s annual Neighbor Day is this Saturday, and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is asking residents to celebrate by engaging in “random acts of kindness.”

Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhoods a great place to live.

Do something nice for a neighbor: take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.

Organize a neighborhood potluck, open house, or work party. It can be as big or simple as you want.

Join in a neighborhood service project to clean up a park, plant trees, or organize a neighborhood cleanup.

Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project.

Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.

Use social media to share a “great neighbor” story with #NeighborDay.

You can find more ideas here.

In our neighborhood Fire Station 21, at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where you can tour the station and meet the firefighters.

Also, Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St. next to Ballard High School, is hosting a Neighborhood Appreciation Swim from 12:30-2 p.m. with open swim, slide, and sample swimming lessons for ages 3-16. Entry is just $2.

Neighbor Day began as Neighbor Appreciation Day in 1995 when Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood suggested the City designate a special day to celebrate great neighbors. It is always observed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

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Ballard Preschool Co-op looking for sellers for its Gently Used Kids Gear Sale on April 22

February 9th, 2017 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kids Gear Sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. They’re still looking for sellers, and you don’t have to be a Preschool Co-op member to sell.

Sellers set the prices and keep 75 percent of the proceeds from their sold items. Items need to be in good condition, and may be anything child or pregnancy related – clothes, strollers and other gear, books, DVDs, decor, etc.

For more info or to sign up to sell items, email bpcgentlyusedsale@gmail.com.

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Mental Health Symposium at Greenwood Senior Center Feb. 22

February 9th, 2017 by Doree

The next in the Phinney Center’s “Difficult Conversations Series” is a Mental Health Symposium from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are affected by affected by mental health conditions every year, yet as a society we often do not understand or deal well with the impacts of these illnesses. Join representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, In Our Own Voice and Compass Housing, as well as a family caregiver and advocate, to discuss myths and facts about this health epidemic, issues surrounding resources and public policy, and how we can help.

RSVP for this free symposium by calling Ariel at 206-297-0875 or emailing arielb@phinneycenter.org.

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Reminder: Garbage, yard waste and recycling pickup is delayed by one day this week

February 8th, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that Seattle Public Utilities is one day behind on its regular pickup schedule because of Monday’s snow.

So if your waste was scheduled for pickup today, it will be picked up on Thursday. Thursday customers will have their waste picked up on Friday. And Friday customers should put their waste out by 7 a.m. Saturday for pickup.

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KIRO: Man seriously injured by falling tree at Woodland Park yesterday

February 7th, 2017 by Doree

KIRO 7 reports a man was seriously injured on Monday when he was hit by a falling tree at Woodland Park’s off-leash dog park. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

You can see KIRO’s full report here.

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Reminder: Tonight is second community meeting about low-barrier homeless encampment coming to east side of Aurora and 85th

February 7th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Tuesday) is the second community meeting about a city-sanctioned homeless encampment coming to 8620 Nesbit Ave. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., College Center, Room 1161.

The homeless encampment will be “low-barrier” with 50 tiny homes serving between 60-70 people. It is scheduled to open in March.

Low barrier sites are designed to meet people as they are and have fewer restrictions than traditional shelters. Residents may bring their partners, pets and possessions. Residents with substance use disorders are not barred. Because we are relaxing restrictions in this location we will also increase staffing to increase access to critical services and provide security.

While the encampments are being planned, please contact George Scarola, Director of Homelessness. Email: george.scarola@seattle.gov. Or call 206-727-8514. Once an encampment is opened, the community may contact the operator directly. Each encampment will establish a Community Advisory Committee, whose members will include representatives from stakeholder group in the area. The meetings will be monthly and open to the public.

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