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Just a reminder that the 13th annual Gumshoe detective walk through our neighborhood begins today, Aug. 3., and runs through Aug. 19.

The Gumshoe takes participants on about a 5 kilometer walk through the neighborhood while keeping an eye out for clues such as interesting yard art and signs.

Entry forms are $20 each ($15 each if you buy two or more) and are now available at Ken’s Market, Couth Buzzard Books and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Gumshoe proceeds will be split evenly between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. The Gumshoe has raised more than $56,000 for neighborhood nonprofits since 2006.

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Portions of the Interstate 90 floating bridge will be closed during the Blue Angels air shows and a practice run starting Thursday, and the state Department of Transportation (DOT) is urging drivers to plan ahead.

Credit: U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Drivers traveling between Seattle and Mercer Island will face closures on the floating bridge from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday while the Blue Angels practice. That same section of I-90 will be closed from 12:55 to 2:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday for the shows.

Several I-90 and I-5 ramps will also be affected. Visit the Seattle Times for a breakdown of locations, dates and times of closures or go directly to WSDOT.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a community meeting from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Greenwood Park’s Sport Court at 8805 Fremont Ave. N. to show its final design for the park’s addition.

Parks and Rec purchased the one-tenth of an acre site, which is surrounded by current park property, in 2013. The public is invited to view the preferred schematic and give final input.

Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be finished in spring 2019.

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PARK(ing) Day is an annual global placemaking event in which community members lead the temporary transformation of parking spaces into people spaces. Taking place every third Friday of September, Seattle’s participation in PARK(ing) Day gives residents an opportunity to reimagine how streets can be used.

Seattle Department of Transportation

Originating as a grassroots movement, the initiative has served as a way to repurpose public space and allows for communities to add park space where it is currently limited. In Seattle, we want to encourage communities to use streets as sites for public expression and creative experimentation, as well as for enjoyment of health and wellness.
To find out more information and to apply, please visit the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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Seattle will join cities across the country on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for the annual national Night Out, which brings neighbors together with the aim of reducing crime.

You can sign up to close off your street so neighbors can have a block party, barbecue, kids can ride bikes in the street, bands can play, and people can get to know each other and talk about crime prevention on your street.

Last year, Seattle registered more than 1,300 Night Out events.

See the Night Out website for signs you can print out to close off your block. Recycling bins and garbage cans are handy tools to block off the street.

As always, this means that many non-arterial streets will be closed to traffic (although they have to be able to quickly provide access for emergency vehicles). So if you’re driving around dinner time and into the evening, be aware that you may have to take a round-about way.

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The 13th annual Gumshoe detective walk through quirky areas of our neighborhood runs from Aug. 3-19.

Gumshoers find a clue from the 2015 event.

This year’s Gumshoe proceeds will be split evenly between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. The Gumshoe has raised more than $56,000 for neighborhood nonprofits since 2006.

Entry forms are $20 each ($15 each if you buy two or more) and will be available beginning Aug. 3 at Ken’s Market, Couth Buzzard Books and the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

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Woodland Park Zoo is honoring veterans and active military members with “Honoring Those Who Serve,” an all-day celebration of veterans and active military and their families on Wednesday, Aug. 1. The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes later than usual that day, at 8:30 p.m., as part of its new Evening Zoo program.

There will be special activities for military guests, including a resource fair, guest speakers, workshops, and a pop-up storytelling booth. Plus the Evening Zoo events, such as ambassador animal presentations, animal keeper talks, music, games, a beer and wine garden for guests 21 and over, and Zoomazium nature play space for kids.

“Honoring Those Who Serve” is free for active, reserve, retired and veteran U.S. military personnel plus one family member, with valid service identification. General admission fees: Adult (13-64) $20.95; child (3-12) $12.95; toddler (0-2) free (or free with zoo membership).

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We know it’s the middle of summer and hot out, but the Phinney Neighborhood Association is already planning its huge annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair Dec. 1-2.

A jury curates all of the vendors at the fair, and vendor applications are due by Aug. 17.

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Just a reminder that the 69th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade will bring 100+ floats, bands, drill teams and more to downtown Greenwood on Wednesday, July 25.

This official Seafair event travels down Greenwood Avenue from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, then heads west to 6th Avenue NW. It begins at 6 p.m. and usually ends around 8 p.m. That area and some surrounding streets will be closed to traffic and parking throughout the neighborhood will be unusually tight, so plan accordingly.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band.

This year’s theme is “In Our Own Backyard” and honors three active community volunteers as the Grand Marshals: Linda Hedlund, Michael Cook, and the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s long-time staff member Ruthie MacDonald.

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