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Reading Partners Seattle needs volunteer literacy tutors at Broadview-Thomson K-8, at 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., in Broadview, just north of Greenwood.

Volunteers use Reading Partners’ easy-to-follow curriculum. The commitment is as little as one hour per week. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

You can volunteer online.


Here’s what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat at businesses all along Phinney-Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Bring a canned food donation for the food bank if you can (they’ll happily accept money too). Donation stations located at: Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N.; Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N.; HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave. N.; Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.; The Yard Café, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.; Top Ten Toys, 120 N. 85th St.; and Verity Credit Union, 8533 Greenwood Ave. N.) Special activities at Rock of Ages Lutheran Brethren Church, 316 N. 70th St. (decorated car trucks, free cider and hot cocoa, plus bathrooms for parents and kids); Umpqua Bank (Hunger Goblin’ photo booth); Greenwood Library (Bats and Crafts); The Stage Door, 208 N. 85th St. (Great Pumpkin ring toss activity)

Winter Herbal Remedies Workshop at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. “Get ready for the winter months and the ailments that can sometimes accompany the cold weather with a Native American approach to herbs and staying healthy. At this workshop led by Susan Balbas, Cherokee and Yaqui Nations, you’ll learn about some of the many native plants of our area we can use to keep our bodies in great shape, and increase your ability to fight off colds and flus. You’ll leave with recipes, sample medicines and lots of new plant knowledge.” All supplies included. Free; online registration is required.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Randal Bays & John Coyne at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Halloween festivals around the area:

  • Fall Fest from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW. For ages 2-10. $5. Games, apple press, make your own scarecrow (bring old clothes).
  • Community Halloween Potluck from 12-2:30 p.m. Saturday at Green Lake Community Center/Evans Pool. Bring a dish to share; live music provided.
  • Trunk or Treat from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Christian Church, 8018 Fremont Ave. N.
  • Bounce & Swim from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Green Lake Community Center/Evans Pool. Free; for ages 5-15. Two haunted bouncy houses in the dimly lit gym, pirate-themed pool party with floating pumpkins. Snacks provided. Canned food donations for food bank encouraged.
  • Pumpkin Bash at Woodland Park Zoo all weekend with special Halloween treats for the animals, pumpkin displays and trick-or-treating around the zoo.

Seattle University’s 4th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey is now available through Nov. 30 to get citizens’ feedback on public safety and security concerns. Seattle Police Department uses that feedback for neighborhood safety planning.

The survey is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.


Bloodworks NW will be in the Windermere Greenwood parking lot, 311 N. 85th St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Halloween (Wednesday, Oct. 31).

You can make an appointment by calling 206-527-5250, or just walk in. Photo I.D. required to donate. (Closed from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.)


The City of Seattle last year defined 29 technologies that meet its definition of surveillance. The city is holding a series of five meetings to get public comments on the first six of those technologies. Each meeting will feature a short presentation on each technology, then attendees will break into small groups for discussion.

The closest meetings to our neighborhood are both at the Green Lake Library, 7364 East Green Lake Dr. N. The first meeting is from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, with a presentation by the Seattle Police Department. The final meeting is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, with presentations by Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Fire Department.

This first group of technologies includes automated license plate readers, parking enforcement systems, hazardous materials cameras, emergency scene cameras, license plate readers and traffic cameras.

You also can comment online at seattle.gov/privacy or by mail to Surveillance & Privacy Program, Seattle IT, PO Box 94709, Seattle, WA 98124. The public comment period runs now through Nov. 5.

The recent update to the Surveillance Ordinance is grounded in current issues of government surveillance against historically and unfairly targeted communities, including undocumented immigrants. Departments hope to address potential community concerns about these technologies by providing details on the policies that govern their use.

To promote informed engagement, the City of Seattle has produced one-page overviews of each technology to supplement the Surveillance Impact Reports available for review. In the interest of equity, these, the flyers announcing the public meetings, and other materials have been translated into seven of the City’s common non-English languages, which are also available at seattle.gov/privacy.

This is the first round of public comment and covers technologies used for parking, traffic, and emergency response. No new surveillance technologies have been submitted for review since the Ordinance went into effect on September 1, 2017. For information on the technologies or Surveillance Ordinance visit seattle.gov/privacy.

Comments will be included in revised Surveillance Impact Reports and submitted to the newly created Surveillance Working Group, made up of external partners, for a civil liberties and equity assessment. The final Surveillance Impact Report will be presented to City Council and available to the public.


Ballots have started arriving in mailboxes for the Tuesday, Nov. 6, election.

You can mail your ballot for free (King County is paying the postage now), or you can drop it in an official Ballot Drop Box, which is open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. Nov. 6.

Here are the nearest Ballot Drop Boxes to our neighborhood:

  • Ballard Library, corner of NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue NW
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Green Lake Community Center, 7201 East Green Lake Drive N.

Click here for a full list of all King County Ballot Drop Box locations.


Just a reminder that the annual Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat at neighborhood businesses will be from 12-3 p.m. this Saturday (Oct. 27). Many businesses along Phinney/Greenwood avenues and 85th Street will pass out candy to costumed kids.

Hunger Goblin’ artwork by Sandy Nelson Design.

While the event is free, you can bring a non-perishable food item or donate $2 for a Hunger Goblin’ sticker, with proceeds going to the FamilyWorks Greenwood Food Bank to help families in our community. Just look for donation stations in the trick or treating area.

Stop by the photo booth at Umpqua Bank at 7120 Greenwood Ave N. (share your pics with the hashtag #hungergoblin).

And the Greenwood Library will have a special “Bats and Crafts at the Library” from 12-3 p.m. that day.


Here’s what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Madison Grove Farm Petting Zoo at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. (It’s also an all-day party to celebrate Naked City’s 10th anniversary.

Dylan Thuras, author of “The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid,” talks about his book from 3-4 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building, as part of Town Hall’s Inside/Out series. Admission is $5 for adults, free for youth 16 and under. “Atlas Obscura” is an illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s most breathtaking landmarks, with the goal of inspiring a love of exploration in kids.

The Fretless in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Film screening of “Lives Well Lived” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Greenwood Senior Center. “Forty people aged 75 to 100, with a collective life experience of 3000 years, share their secrets, wit, and wisdom on how to live a meaningful life.” Free.

Seattle Folklore Society presents the Kathy Kallick Band at 7 p.m. Sunday at the PNA in Community Hall.

There are lots of Halloween events happening around town. Near to our neighborhood:

  • Halloween Carnival from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at Loyal Heights Community Center, 2101 NW 77th St. Unlimited bracelets are $10. Bounce houses, carnival games, crafts, cookie decorating, cake walk. Hot dogs and water for sale for $1 each.
  • Big Pumpkin Bash from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Bitter Lake Community Center Annex, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N. Carnival games (tickets are 25 cents each), face painting, cake walk. Bring a can of food to donate to the local food bank.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Both directions of State Route 99 will be closed from the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel to South Spokane Street from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday for the Viaduct’s final inspection. (The Viaduct is scheduled to permanently close on Jan. 11, 2019, when it will be replaced by the tunnel.)

Seattle Met reports that Windy City Pie will be moving into the former Phinney Market Pub space in early 2019.

The Chicago style pizza is currently housed within Batch 206 distillery in Interbay. The new location at 5918 Phinney Ave. N. will be family-friendly.

You can read Seattle Met’s full story here.