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The PNA Village program has partnered with Silvernest to bring Homesharing to Seattle. A presentation on Homesharing will be from 9:30-11 am. Saturday, June 23, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building in Community Hall.

Homesharing is…

When a home provider offers a room, ADU, or DADU to a home seeker in exchange for some form of financial exchange, assistance with household tasks, or simply companionship. Homesharing reduces housing expenses, creates affordable options for home seekers, increases security of both the home seeker and provider, and helps preserve the sense of community in the neighborhood.

Come hear about how to participate as a home owner or home seeker, and receive hands on assistance signing up. Attendees interested in signing up at the event are encouraged to bring a laptop/tablet. This event is open to everyone and the Silvernest program will be available city-wide.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by email to village@phinneycenter.org or call 206-789-1217.

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This summer Woodland Park Zoo is kicking off a new program to promote inclusion of all populations in zoo programs. Its first “Zoo for All” event is Thursday, July 5, and will honor those with special needs and inclusion communities.

Among the features of Zoo for All are additional accessible parking spaces, a new zoo map to help identify quieter and less heavily trafficked locations, and a reconfiguration of Zoomazium’s nature play space to make it suitable for children with autism and other sensory disorders. In addition, families will be encouraged to join in a community bring-your-own lunch celebration on the zoo’s North Meadow. Because Zoo for All falls during the zoo’s new Evening Zoo event, the zoo will be open past normal closing hours until 8:30 p.m.

Zoo for All coincides with the potential opening of the long-awaited Seattle Sensory Garden, an addition to the zoo’s Rose Garden designed for those with and without disabilities to enjoy. The new garden includes a variety of elements for guests to touch and explore at their leisure, including deep-toned wind chimes, temple bells, and guiros—rectangular wooden posts with slots that create noise when touched. There is also an accessible paved pathway, special sensory-friendly carpeting, and raised beds to make for easier interaction with the variety of trees, shrubs and bulbs planted throughout the garden.

Free passes to the zoo have been provided for select partners to remove economic barriers for attendance, and Special Olympics athletes and coaches are eligible for half-price zoo admission. In addition, the zoo has a limited number of free zoo passes for individuals and families with economic barriers. To request a pass, contact Rubai Aurora at rubai.aurora@zoo.org or 206.548.2432.

The next “Zoo for All” on Aug. 1 will honor veterans and active military.

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The City of Seattle has streamlined the application process for Play Streets and Block Parties this summer, to encourage neighbors to get together outside. Some play streets include barbecues and food tables, kids on bikes and scooters, and outdoor games.

Permits go through the Department of Transportation. Applications must be submitted at least 14 days before your event.

From the website you can print a street closure sign and block off your street with garbage and recycling bins or whatever will make it clear that car traffic is forbidden at that time. Play streets and block parties can close one block of a non-arterial street. If you’re not sure if your street is an arterial or not, check out this map.

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Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for community input to improvements to the Green Lake Small Craft Center at the southwest end of the lake.

On Tuesday, June 26, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., you can meet the design team — Schacht | Aslani Architects – and learn more about potential ideas.

Schacht Aslani Architects completed a study of the existing building and programming needs in 2017. They will present this background work as the basis for moving forward. The project is currently funded through the first phase of design with a $100,000 grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. The Rowing Advisory Council is actively seeking additional funding for the subsequent design phases and construction from the Seattle Park District Major Projects Challenge Fund, State grants and private fundraising. The goal of this project is to make improvements to the facility to better serve the public.

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The City of Seattle is hosting a Disaster Skills Workshop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. this Thursday at West Woodland Elementary, 5601 4th Ave. NW.

When a large disaster happens, first responders and other city services may be overwhelmed. Transportation may be disrupted and communication may be difficult. It is vital that city residents are prepared to be self-sufficient during these times. Having knowledge of some key disaster skills is a crucial part of that preparedness effort.
This workshop provides training on key skills needed after a disaster and more in depth instruction on key preparedness actions.

This Workshop covers the following topics:
– Fire Extinguisher Use
– Utility Control
– Water Storage and Emergency Sanitation

Register here.

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A reminder that United Way of King County has partnered with several agencies to bring free summer meals to every child 18 and under who needs it at more than 200 sites throughout King County. The program aims to fill the summer gap for children who quality for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

Summer meal programs are open to all those 18 and under without any paperwork or registration — just show up. Many programs also offer arts and crafts, games, and hands-on educational activities to keep growing kids minds and bodies.

Plug in your zip code on the website to find sites nearest to you. Here are the sites in and closest to our neighborhood:

  • Greenwood Park, 602 N. 87th St.: Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; snack 3-4 p.m. Monday throughFriday from June 28 through Aug. 25.
  • Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW: Breakfast 8:30-8:50 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday Aug. 21-25 only.
  • Broadview-Thomson Elementary School, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N.: Breakfast 8:30-8:50 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday Aug. 21-25 only.
  • Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.: Lunch 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from June 27 through Sept. 1.
  • Wallingford Boys & Girls Club, 1310 N. 45th St.: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 27 through Aug. 25.
  • Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.: Lunch 12-1 p.m.; snack 3:30-4 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 28 through Aug. 25.
  • Licton Springs Elementary School, 4400 Interlake Ave. N.: Breakfast 8:30-8:50 a.m.; lunch 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday Aug. 21-25 only.
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If you missed the June 2 presentation of the three potential designs for the new addition to Greenwood Park, you can still participate by completing this survey.

The addition will be constructed at 8805 Fremont Ave. N. Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed sometime next spring.

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

“Lady Windermere’s Fan” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., through June 23.

Phinney Farmers Market is from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with fresh veggies, fruits, bread, chocolate, honey, meat, eggs, beer, flowers and more, plus several dining options.

Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday at dozens of venues throughout Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. See the Artwalk website for details on every venue and artist.

2nd Saturday Cinema: “The Incredibles” at 12 p.m. Saturday at Naked City Brewing. Free; seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for classic cartoons. All ages welcome.

PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is Saturday at about 100 sites throughout the neighborhood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus a Flea Market, Tool Sale and Plant Swap at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the parking lots and the Tool Library. Print a map or see the online interactive map of all sites here. At the Phinney Center, donate to Goodwill, recycle electronics, and shred paper. Swap plants and pots or pick up new plants for free.

Family Fiesta from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the PNA in Community Hall in the Brick Building. Cost is $35 for adults, $5 for children. Celebrate Latino cultures at this family-fun event and fundraiser for the Phinney Spanish-language Cooperative Preschool. Includes dinner, beer, sangria, performances, dancing, and fun activities for the kids. Proceeds go towards scholarships.

Neighborhood Cleanup and Conversation from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N. Join neighbors to pick up trash around Greenwood Park, followed by refreshments and a conversation about homelessness.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

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The developers for the planned apartment building at 320 N. 85th St. have applied for City Council Land Use Action to rezone the parcel from Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40-foot height limit to a 65 foot height limit.

The plan is for a six-story, 203-unit apartment building with retail and parking for 126 vehicles. The existing building, currently housing All That Dance, will be demolished.

You can comment on the planned rezone until June 20 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure and reference project # 3026708-LU.

The project had its first Design Review in February. You can see that initial design proposal here.

The project also must undergo environmental determination.

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