A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Annual SketchFest brings comedy to Greenwood’s Pocket Theater

September 13th, 2017 by Doree

The annual SketchFest comedy festival is underway, with several shows of local performers coming up this week and next at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., and the headline shows with comedy acts from around the world at the Annex Theater, 1100 E. Pike St., Sept. 22-23.

The Pocket Theater shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. this Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $10 online or $14 in advance.

See the lineup for each show online, plus performer bios. Some acts are solos or duos, while others are larger groups of sketch artists.

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‘Relativity’ opens at Taproot Theatre Sept. 20

September 13th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre ends its season with the period drama “Relativity,” running Sept. 20 through Oct. 21. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up.

In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a daughter. After 1904 she was never seen or spoken of again. Fast forward to 1948 – as an insistent reporter searches for answers to Einstein’s secrets, she discovers that not everything adds up.

The show’s cast includes Dennis Bateman as Albert Einstein, Candace Vance as Margaret Harding and Pam Nolte as Miss Dukas.

Candace Vance, Pam Nolte and Dennis Bateman in “Relativity” at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Discounted previews are Sept. 20-21, with opening night Sept. 22. Midweek matinees are at 2 p.m. Sept 26 (with post-play discussion, 2 p.m. on Oct 4, and 10 a.m. on Oct. 18 (with guided post-play discussion). There’s a Pay What You Can performance on Sept. 27.

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month at the Seattle Public Library

September 12th, 2017 by Doree

September is national Library Card Sign-Up Month, so the Seattle Public Library is encouraging everyone – especially students – to sign up for their own card.

Library card holders can check out books and movies or download e-books or magazines, plus check out museum passes, watch a movie online or at the library, print from their own devices using the library’s free Wi-Fi, learn programming or Web design through Safari Books Online, attend free classes, reserve a computer for up to 90 minutes a day, check out a Wi-Fi hotspot, get personalized book recommendations with Your Next 5 Books, stream and download music from 100 local bands and musicians with PlayBack, get help with homework and classes as a K-12 student or an adult, and more.

Anyone who lives, works, owns property or goes to school in the library’s service area can get a free library card. Cardholders from several library systems in Washington may also qualify for a Seattle library card.

You can apply online if you are 13 or older, or visit a library branch to sign up. Bring a valid I.D. and proof of your current address, like a utility bill. Young adults and children ages 17 and under do not need to provide proof of their resident address.

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Jewish community Panim Hadashot – New Faces moves into Greenwood

September 12th, 2017 by Doree

The Jewish organization Panim Hadashot-New Faces has moved into Greenwood. The group’s offices are at Works Progres Coworking, at 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, which is also where it holds its monthly Shabbat services during the fall, winter and spring. In the summer months, it holds Shabbat services in Carkeek Park.

Panim Hadashot-פנים חדשות (Pah-neem Chah-dah-shote) means “new faces” in Hebrew. It is an ancient Jewish term associated with hospitality and the Sabbath. Panim Hadashot-New Faces fosters Sabbath joy (Oneg Shabbat) by encouraging home hospitality, reviving the tradition of table singing through our music, exploring timely Jewish teachings, and bringing ‘new faces’, people from diverse backgrounds, together in celebration.

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FamilyWorks promoting Hunger Action Month as a way to support Greenwood Food Resource Center

September 11th, 2017 by Doree

FamilyWorks, the Wallingford-based nonprofit which runs the Greenwood Food Resource Center at the Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating the food bank’s one-year anniversary. The food bank has served more than 450 households in our neighborhood, yet the need appears to be growing.

As part of Hunger Action Month, FamilyWorks is hoping to raise money to support more families and add days of service. The Greenwood Food Resource Center is currently only open on Wednesdays.

If you’d like to help, you can sign up for a monthly donation (a $25 donation feeds one family for a week); coordinate a food drive with your friends, family, or co-workers; or participate in FamilyWorks’ virtual food drive.

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Business news, business district survey, St. John teacher honored, civic leadership program application

September 11th, 2017 by Doree

Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., has expanded its hours and is now open for lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. seven days a week, and is partnering with Caviar for food delivery within five miles. It’s also got a new permanent art exhibit of iconic film-noir themed movie posters by artist Tasha Reidman.

The Olive and Grape restaurant is celebrating its 7th anniversary at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.

The North Star Diner, 8580 Greenwood Ave. N., has opened a back patio, which is accessible through the restaurant.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is working with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development on a multi-year project to support our local business district. Take the online survey to provide your opinion on what the business district does well and what it more it needs.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ annual Dance Your Cash Off fundraiser is set for Oct. 21 at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. Start getting your team together and register here.

St. John Catholic School kindergarten teacher Dana Barry was honored recently as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” during a surprise school assembly. Symetra partnered with the Seahawks to provide Barry with a $2,000 donation for classroom books and supplies and tickets to a Seahawks home game. She will be acknowledged during an on-field presentation during this Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

“Dana Barry is the kindest, most patient teacher — one who takes the time to know each individual student and ensure that each child is heard, understood, and validated. She knows what motivates them, what encourages them, and how to keep them confident in themselves and their work,” school parent Melissa Herron said in a press release. Herron nominated Barry for the award.

Photo courtesy of Symetra.

People’s Academy for Community Engagement, a civic leadership program through Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is accepting applications for fall quarter until Sept. 18. Classes begin Saturday, Oct. 7, and run through Nov. 4.

During the five-week program, 25-30 emerging community leaders (18 years and up) will get an introduction to the structure and fundamentals of city government, with a strong focus on how communities and local government can work together. Participants of PACE get the chance to build relationships with key City staff, City Councilmembers, and expert community facilitators.

Fall classes will occur on five consecutive Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Yesler Community Center. Topics include: Accessing City Government, City Budget 101, Land Use in Seattle, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Skillful Engagement in Conflict, and more.

Tuition for the five-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available to those who qualify. To apply, visit seattle.gov/PACE. The application deadline is Monday, September 18 by 5:00 p.m.

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Farmers Market, Artwalk, Library Park opening, PNA Book Exchange, concerts, Granite Curling Club open house in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

September 8th, 2017 by Doree

Highlights of what’s happening in and near Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Phinney Farmers Market from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, veggies, flowers, beer, wine, cider, ice cream, popsicles, honey, bread, meat, eggs, plus several dining options.

PhinneyWood Art Up Chow Down Artwalk at dozens of venues along and near Phinney and Greenwood avenues, from 6-9 p.m. Friday. See the Artwalk website for a list of all participating venues and artists.

During tonight’s Artwalk, the new park directly north of the Greenwood Library at 81st and Greenwood, will be open for some art making in the park. The park – not yet named – is currently grass with a few log benches. Construction of the major elements will begin next spring with completion hopefully by the end of summer. In the meantime, the lawn will be open for all to enjoy. Friends of Greenwood Library Park are also hosting a picnic in the park starting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a Pacific NW Folklore Society concert with Stanley & Kip Greenthal at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Val D’Alessio, Geli Wuerzner and Allison Preisinger in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

PNA Book Exchange from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Blue Building. Trade your gently-used books, meet other readers and eat treats. Five genres: mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, kids’ books and cookbooks. “Bring in gently used books you don’t want anymore (only the genres listed above, please). We’ll give you one ticket for each paperback and two tickets for each hardback. Use your tickets to “buy” more books: paperbacks cost one ticket, hardbacks cost two. Don’t have books to exchange or want to buy more than you brought in? Purchase paperbacks for $1 and hardbacks for $2.”

Granite Curling Club, 1440 N. 128th St., is hosting an open house for anyone who wants to try the sport of curling, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • 14th annual Sustainable Ballard festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ballard Commons Park.
  • Chinatown-ID Night Market from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday. South King Street will be closed between 5th and 7th avenues South, and Maynard and 6th avenues South will be closed between South Jackson South Weller streets from 6 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. About 10,000 people are expected to attend.
  • Women of Wonder 5K & 10K and festival from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday on trails around Green Lake.
  • Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy at 6 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Seattle Mariners play L.A. Angels at 7:10 pm. Friday, 6:10 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Safeco Field.

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Seattle Public Library hosts ‘Seattle Writes’ workshops at numerous branches, including Greenwood and Broadview

September 7th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is hosting 25 writing workshops for its Seattle Writes fall program series, now through December, at branches all over the city, including Greenwood and Broadview.

Workshops are free and open to anyone. Registration is not required, but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes before each class. Attendees should bring a pen, pencil and paper, or fully charged laptop.

From 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., novelist Peg Cheng will teach that “fear is a natural part of the creative process and how you can use fear to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.”

From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., author and educator Martha Brockenbrough will lead “First 500 Words – Make the beginning of your book as strong as possible in this free class for fiction and nonfiction writers.”

See the full Seattle Writes workshop schedule here.

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Comment by Sept. 20 on environmental concerns for 7-story apartment building coming to 8612 Palatine Ave. N.

September 7th, 2017 by Doree

The public has until Sept. 20 to comment on any environmental concerns about the 7-story apartment building that will be built t 8612 Palatine Ave. N., which is currently an empty lot across the street from the Sedges apartments.

The building will have 141 units above retail space, with parking for 91 vehicles. The first Early Design Guidance meeting was on April 4.

You can comment online here.

Click here for the initial design proposal from April.

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