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As we emerge from the pandemic and resume life outside of our homes, this Seattle company wants you to become the strongest version of yourself. Seattle Strength & Performance (SSP) brings a “unique strength-and-joy focused approach to fitness, prioritizing muscle-building as a path to fun and doing things you enjoy, health and happiness over aesthetic improvements.” SSP members enjoy personal, group or race-specific training and also offers youth programs for kids as young as 10.

Today, SSP announced the grand opening of their new Phinney Ridge location on May 11th, expanding from its original Queen Anne location to bring personalized coaching to the neighborhood. There will be a festive open house tonight (Tuesday, May 3rd) from 4:30-7pm. SSP is located in the former Two Birds Tattoo parlor (7408 Greenwood Ave N), between The Chicken Supply and Cornuto.

Owner Chris Travis preaches the importance of strength training for everyone – whether you’re a young athlete or a still-active 80-year-old. After years in the tech world, Chris followed his passion for fitness to grow the brand that brought him life-changing mental and physical results.

“Our goal is to bring what we do to more Seattleites and really be an integral part of people’s lives. One of our core values is that people are capable of more than they think, and we see this every day from our members who not only get stronger physically but also build confidence and have fun in the process as part of our community. We’ve been so fortunate during the pandemic to have been able to build such a loyal and strong community in Queen Anne, and we can’t wait to extend it to Phinney.”

SSP’s approach to fitness is personal training “tailored to your body, goals and lifestyle through small, hands-on group classes that never leave you feeling alone or untrained.” Their trainers focus on form-first to maximize your movement and time, guiding you to become the strongest version of yourself. Starting with a customized 12-week program, SSP creates adaptations in your body to improve strength, function and mobility – creating a solid base to help you reach your goals.

The City of Seattle will be closing Woodland Park early next week in order to transition the last dozen or so people who are currently living there. The remaining people have been longtime residents at the park and outreach workers are helping find their preferred housing option in the next week. Although not everyone else has moved yet, the work of moving is in process. Much care and coordination is happening to ensure that this transition goes as smooth as possible, as it is a stressful process. 

Per Mayor Bruce Harrel’s office:

After taking office, Mayor Harrell named Woodland Park a major priority for his new administration as the last remaining park-based encampment of significant size. Mayor Harrell set dual goals of helping those living unsheltered get on a path towards more permanent housing options and restoring the public park for use by all residents. We all want safe and clean public parks, and we can agree that homelessness is a humanitarian crisis where people should never have to live outside. 

In January, the Mayor’s Office and Councilmember Strauss convened a coordinated effort – for the first time bringing in King County Regional Homelessness Authority with REACH, the City’s Unified Care Team, HOPE Team, Parks and Recreation Department (SPR), and community leaders like the Phinney Neighborhood Association. This collaboration allowed for a person-centered outreach effort in Upper Woodland Park to ensure that we offer appropriate shelter and services, address ongoing public health and safety concerns, and restore community access to the park. 

Through weekly coordination meetings, a strategic and phased engagement plan was implemented in consideration of the encampment’s physical size, the large number of people experiencing homelessness needing connections to shelter and services, and limited shelter availability citywide. 

The first phase started in January and focused on deploying harm reduction while assessing the needs of those residing in the park. The HOPE Team and REACH began visiting the site near daily to build relationships and learn more about the people living in the encampment. Seattle Parks and Recreation began trash removal three times a week and increased access to temporary bathrooms and hygiene support. 

In February, the second phase began which included developing a by-name-list of everyone residing in the park. The by-name-list includes detailed information on desired shelter resources to assist with case planning and service matching with a focus on making lasting connections to shelter. 

Outreach efforts are currently in the third and final phase, when most shelter and housing placements occur. HOPE Team System Navigators, REACH, and other provider partners are actively making connections to services and shelter which include 24/7 enhanced shelter options with onsite services, including non-congregate options such as tiny houses. These efforts will continue over the coming weeks in an attempt to resolve this encampment through outreach strategies alone. 

As of April 28, this engagement has resulted in at least 30 referrals to shelter or housing for the 61 people identified as living in the encampment long term in February. These connections to shelter and housing include: 

  • 17 to Tiny House Villages 
  • 9 to Enhanced Shelter 
  • 1 individual relocated with a housing solution 
  • 2 households relocated with an Emergency Housing Voucher 
  • 1 individual is currently approved for Permanent Supportive Housing 
  • 5 people not on the by-name-list have been referred to shelter from the park 
    • 1 to Enhanced Shelter 
    • 4 to Tiny House Villages 
  • 10 people from the by-name-list have voluntarily relocated from the park 

Planning efforts at Woodland Park are now transitioning to focus on returning the park to its intended use. Our goal is to ensure that everyone receives an offer of shelter, and that the vast majority are connected to the best-fitting shelter and support, after which sections of the park will be temporarily closed to allow SPR to begin restoration work in the park after the removal of the encampment. This will include repairs to picnic shelters, public restrooms, and vegetation. 

Photo by Lextrounce

The Phinney Ridge Community Council (PRCC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that tracks issues such as public safety, transportation, transit, land use, zoning, city budget priorities, capital improvements, parks, open space use and other civic issues. Here is their agenda for tomorrow’s meeting:

RE-DISTRICTING COMMISSION: It has been 10 years since City Council Districts were formed, and a new evaluation will be made for borders based on the 2020 census. We are in District 6 of the City Council and represented by Dan Strauss. Here is a link to take a look at changes to the Districts boundaries. Pay particular attention to our boundary to the south at Wallingford and to the north by Crown Hill.

6817 GREENWOOD LIVING BUILDING   Separately, being presented is an update to the condos between the Woodland Park Church and the Fini Condos along Greenwood Ave. Living Building is a national program to encourage developers to make their building more environmentally efficient – in this case a 62-foot structure which will be the tallest building on Phinney. The developer has presented before and we will see an update to their proposal.  Here is the link to the project.

SEATTLE POLICE NORTH PRECINCT ADVISORY COUNCIL. Review the meeting notes from the where the new City Attorney’s Office described changing priorities for prosecuting public safety issues.

Phinney Ridge Community Council May Meeting
Tuesday May 3 at 7pm via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 885 4069 9410       
Passcode: 469562

Page Ahead, a statewide children’s literacy nonprofit headquartered in Crown Hill, needs your help to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm to help improve their community—and all you have to do is vote! Starting April 27, U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote for Page Ahead here.

Page Ahead has until May 6 at midnight to rally votes, and anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On June 7, the top 100 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.

Your vote is needed now (and tomorrow, and the day after that . . .) to make sure that Page Ahead’s amazing preschool program, Story Leaders, wins one of those grants.

Babies in families who receive government assistance are exposed to an average of 616 words per hour compared to an average of 2,153 words in better-off families. By the time children from low-income families enter preschool, they are already behind their peers. That’s where Page Ahead’s Story Leaders program comes in.

Based on research that shows shared reading can rapidly develop vocabulary and language skills, Story Leaders trains preschool teachers in shared reading techniques and provides students eight free books during the school year to take home, building home libraries and preliteracy skills and reinforcing the home–school connection.

In the Highline district south of Seattle, the most recent data shows that only 33 percent of low-income kindergartners meet kindergarten readiness standards. Bringing Story Leaders to Highline preschoolers in government-supported preschools will give those little learners a powerful head start on literacy!

About Page Ahead

Guided by the fact that literacy is essential to lifelong success, Page Ahead provides new books and develops reading activities that empower at-risk children. Founded in 1990, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program has given more than 3.8 million new books to more than 950,000 children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood programs across Washington. Through our programs, we work to erase the early reading gap for children in communities of concentrated low income before it becomes an “achievement” gap. Page Ahead has grown from a King County book giveaway project to the leading provider of children’s books and literacy services in the state, currently serving more than 20,000 students in sixteen counties, and our work has attracted attention nationwide: Page Ahead is a top-ranked early childhood education program on Charity Navigator, and we were recognized with a State Literacy Award by the Library of Congress in 202

Greenwood’s Calico Salon is hosting an art drive for the month of May for nonprofit CHOOSE 180. The donations are for their art therapy program. Calico is also accepting monetary donations to the organizations via Venmo, and committed to donating a small portion of product sales to them quarterly

CHOOSE 180 transforms systems of injustice and supports the young people who are too often impacted by these systems. We envision a future where youthful behavior is decriminalized and young people are offered restorative practices in lieu of traditional prosecution. In place of the school-to-prison pipeline, a community will exist to help young people realize their potential and provide them with the tools necessary to achieve their goals.”

You can drop off any of the items listed below at either Calico Salon (7421 Greenwood Ave N, open Tues-Fri 9am-7pm, and Saturdays from 11am-5pm) or Dabble art studio (behind Coyle’s Bakeshop, 306 N 83rd St., 10am – 8pm Wed-Sat).

  • Mixed media paper of any size
  • Large rolls of paper
  • Markers
  • Finger paint
  • Oil or chalk pastels
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ribbon & string
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue guns and sticks
  • Old magazines
  • Feathers, sticks and small rocks (anything small from nature)
  • Watercolors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Colored pencils
  • Poetry books
  • Paint palettes
  • Air-dry clay

Photo by laura adai on Unsplash

Center for Spiritual Living, our local spiritual community at 6318 Linden Ave N, invites you to join in a holistic, fully supported 40-day prosperity program. CSL will be utilizing the daily journal “40 Days to Prosperity” by Kathianne Lewis as the basis of the program.

Each day you will receive a recording with the lesson that will introduce you to small, bite-sized bits of spiritual wisdom from the great New Thought mystic, Emma Curtis Hopkins, followed by commentaries from Kathianne Lewis and a daily text reminder of your affirmation. There will be three live group meetings where you can reflect, discuss, and deepen your understanding of the process, led by Practitioners Emma Moreno and Rubi Romero. 

Click here to learn more about registration.

3 Group Meetings: Sundays, May 15, Jun 5, Jun 19, 1:30-3:00pm PT on Zoom
40 Days Recordings and Affirmation Texts begin Monday, May 16, 7:30am PT
Led by: Emma Moreno, RScP and Rubi Romero, RScP
Category: Finance & Abundance
Tuition: Love Offering (suggested $40-$90)

Photo is of a trained free climber. Please do not climb the the air raid tower!

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is Back in Action and calling all superheroes to attend their first in-person annual fundraiser since 2019. Always one of the most enjoyable events in the community in the past, this year’s fundraiser and auction promises to be a reimagined and rollicking evening for all. As of Monday, April 25, there are only a couple dozen tickets left before the event is sold out.


On Saturday, April 30 starting at 5:30 pm at the Phinney Center, don your cape and round up your sidekicks for fun. The evening includes dinner & drinks, a silent auction, games & raffles, and a costume contest: superhero-inspired attire encouraged.

Expect to find fun goody baskets, incredible tasting events, thrilling experiences around Washington, and other awesome packages. But don’t worry, we’ll still rock that live auction energy: the fantastic emcee Mari Neubauer, who is also co-owner of The Bar Method Phinney Ridge, will steer the night and deliver updates on hot items to watch. You will have an opportunity to raise your paddle and support the PNA’s community-driven work.

Sip fun flavors as you scan the horizon for auction items that need your bids. Or, enjoy local beer and wine, if that’s your fancy. Stop by our food stations to pick up tasty dinners and fuel more heroic feats. Delicious desserts await you at Back in Action! Muster your superhero table team and bidding cards for the chance to win scrumptious sweets. The highest bidding team picks dessert first, so don’t let low bids be your kryptonite.

Proof of COVID vaccines are required to attend this event, masks are optional, and SUPERHERO masks are highly encouraged.

Ballard Preschool Co-op‘s Gently Used Kids’ Gear Sale will be held April 23rd from 9am – 1pm (last entry at noon) in the Community Hall on the lower level of the Brick Building at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Great deals on high-quality gently used clothing, toys, shoes, strollers, gear, maternity wear, and more! Arrive early for the best selection and bring plenty of shopping bags. Proof of vaccine & masks required for entry.

What: PNA’s Ballard Preschool Co-op’s Gently Used Kids’ Gear Sale

When: Saturday, April 23rd, from 9AM-1PM  (last entry at noon)

Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Community Hall, Lower Brick Building 

About Ballard Preschool Co-op

Ballard Preschool Co-op is a vibrant, community-based cooperative preschool that fosters the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through play-based, structured learning. Our nurturing and connected community supports not just our students, but their parents and caregivers as well as they learn and grow side by side.  Ballard Preschool Co-op is located at 7503 18th Ave NW, Seattle WA 98107.

Ready to clear out some clutter? Or maybe you are searching for that one-of-a-kind treasure? Either way, the legendary PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is your time.

Garage Sale Day is an annual neighborhood-wide event for neighbors to sell their stuff and/or spend a day yard-sale hopping and shopping. PhinneyWood residents can host a sale in their yard/garage. Anyone may reserve an outdoor “booth” at the Flea Market in the Phinney Center lower parking lot. The PNA publishes an online mobile map for shoppers to find and visit the sales in the neighborhood.

Anyone in PhinneyWood is welcome to list their garage sale on the map. (boundaries are from the Zoo to 105th and 8th Ave NW to Aurora.) The most successful sales tend to be between 8th Ave NW & Linden Ave N and 85th St & 65th St.

Register your sale at your house or snag a spot in the flea market

Recycle & shred at the Phinney Center

From 9 am to 1 pm (or until capacity is reached) you can bring the following items for recycling and disposal in our parking lot. Once any one of the trucks is full, it will not be able to take any more recyclables.

  • Household batteries (no leaking or broken, tape ends)
  • Fluorescent tubes and bulbs (no broken bulbs, limit 4)
  • Small Electronics (TVs, computers, etc.)
  • Small Appliances(non-Freon microwaves, toasters, etc.)
  • Paper for shredding (limit 4 boxes)
  • Styrofoam (Clean & Dry – remove labels and tape)
  • Clothing (shoes, pants, shirts, purses, belts)
  • Curtains and drapes
  • Small propane canisters (camp stove size)