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Norse Home 60th anniversary, cabaret, fairy garden workshop, theater, benefit concert and Fremont Fair in the neighborhood this weekend

June 16th, 2017 by Doree

Here are some highlights of what’s happening in and around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

“Busman’s Honeymoon” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. through June 24.

Upcycled Fairy Garden Workshop for families from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Seattle ReCreative, 8408 Greenwood Ave. N.

The Norse Home’s 60th anniversary celebration is from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at 5311 Phinney Ave. N., with Seattle band Skandia Kapell, the Norwegian Ladies Chorus, the Norwegian Male Chorus, cake, an art show, history presentation, photo booth and more.

Miscast: A Cabaret at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.

Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus benefit for a Haiti school is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. Admission is free but all donations go to the Georges Marcellus School through the Mona Foundation.

Northwest Firelight Chorale will perform “Africa: A Legacy of Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St. Tickets online are $22 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and under, children 4 and under are free.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Classical Guitar Cabaret with Robert Vierschilling, Ken Alia, Greg Miller and Jon Yerby at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Little Sara and the Night Owls at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Looking ahead to Monday, Lagunitas Brewing Company, at 1550 NW 49th St. in Ballard, is hosting a Jazz in the Beer Garden fundraiser for Greenwood’s Music Center of the Northwest starting at 5:30 p.m.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Vans Warped Tour at CenturyLink Field North Lot from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
  • Seattle Colleges Commencement at Safeco Field at 6 p.m. Friday.
  • Rock n’ Roll Expo at CenturyLink Field Events Center, from 12-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Fremont Solstice Fair, Celebration and Parade are this weekend. Parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at NW Leary Way and NW 36th Street, and travels east on NW 36th Street, south of Fremont Avenue North, east on North 34th Street and North Northlake Way to Gasworks Park. Then the Fremont Solstice Celebration happens at Gasworks from 1:30-9:30 p.m. The Fremont Fair takes place on North 34th and North 35th streets between 1st Avenue NW and Fremont Avenue North from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • City University Commencement at KeyArena at 1 p.m. Saturday.
  • Rock n’ Roll Half and Full Marathon starting near Husky Stadium at 6:30 a.m. Sunday and ending at CenturyLink Field.

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Tree causes power outage in Greenwood, including Fred Meyer and Safeway

June 15th, 2017 by Doree

Update: According to City Light’s outage map, power has been restored to all customers.

Earlier: Power is out to about 400 Seattle City Light customers in Greenwood, roughly between North/NW 85th Street up to 92nd Street, and between Phinney Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North.

Fred Meyer is one of the businesses affected. James was there at 5:30 p.m. and tells me workers were covering the food displays but the cash registers still worked.

According to City Light’s outage map, the outage was caused by a tree at about 4:45 p.m. Power is expected to be restored by 7:48 p.m.

Update 7:15 p.m.: A Fred Meyer employee just told me by phone the store has a backup generator that is powering the registers and about half the lights in the store. But there’s no power to the deli, dairy or frozen grocery areas.

Update 7:35 p.m.: A Safeway employee just told me by phone that the store is still open and cash registers are working, however, the store can’t sell hot or cold items.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council looking for survey feedback on neighborhood parking issues

June 15th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council has created a survey about neighborhood parking issues.

Anyone who lives in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is invited to provide their input, which will help the council discuss the issues with the city, which is considering new parking regulations.

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Emergency response volunteers reactivating Phinney Hub this Sunday

June 13th, 2017 by Doree

The emergency response Phinney Hub is reactivating with a special exercise at 1 p.m. Sunday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

We will open the “Hub Box,” set up a canopy or two, and engage in an objective-setting exercise to chart the course of the Hub organization over the coming months. In an emergency, the procedure at a Hub is to work out together what you can do with the people who are there, given the situation you find yourselves in. We will do that now, looking forward to the growth and strengthening of our volunteer community group. Please join us if you can!

Boy, do we need it!

The Cascadia Rising exercise in 2016 revealed a “grossly inadequate” earthquake response capability in Washington. State authorities are now advising that every household should have a full two weeks of supplies on hand! But of course almost no one does. (See the Seattle Times for a summary, or read the After-Action Report.)

A Hub will not solve all our problems, but working with our neighbors is always a good thing. The better we know each other, the more we can help each other prepare in advance. And if there should be a crisis, we will not be alone!

For specifics about preparing your household, your block, or your building to respond to disaster, please visit our website: PhinneyHub.org, or for more information email phinneyhub@gmail.com.

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Made Sewing Studio and Mori Sushi on 85th broken into early Saturday

June 13th, 2017 by Doree

Made Sewing Studio owner Carisa Brunner tells me her business and Mori Sushi, both at 101 N. 85th St., were broken into about 5 a.m. Saturday. Made’s door was broken into with a crowbar. Surveillance video shows the thief rifling through her desk and closets and stealing a television. The man then went downstairs and stole Mori’s cash register.

Police found the building’s front door open and the back door propped open. The thief also cut the cable television lines, apparently thinking they were for the surveillance cameras.

These two short videos show the thief wearing a makeshift mask. If anyone recognizes him or has any information, please call Seattle Police and reference case number 17-208097.

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Northwest Firelight Chorale and Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concerts this weekend

June 13th, 2017 by Doree

Northwest Firelight Chorale will perform “Africa: A Legacy of Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St. Tickets online are $22 for adults, $12 for ages 12 and under, children 4 and under are free.

From the enticing rhythms to the infectious melodies, from haunting spirituals and joyful gospel to jazz and hip-hop, join us for a thrilling evening of music from African peoples and from American musical traditions shaped by African-American composers in this soul-stirring concert.

Also Saturday, Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus performs its annual concert to raise money for a school in Haiti. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., with special guests Carol J. Levin on harp, Izumi Fairbanks on drums and Eric Likkel on clarinet. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged to the Georges Marcellus School through the Mona Foundation.

The chorus’s motto is “sing locally, act globally.” The 65+ member chorus has raised more than $60,000 since 2005 for Haitian schools. Chorus member Mike Veitenhans put together this short video showing some of the kids and teachers at the school.

Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus 2016 concert. Photo by Ken Astrein.

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Norse Home celebrating 60th anniversary with open house Saturday

June 12th, 2017 by Doree

The Norse Home, at 5311 Phinney Ave. N., is celebrating its 60th anniversary this Saturday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. with music, cake, an art show, history presentation, photo booth and special ceremony.

The festivities at the retirement and assisted living home begin at 2 p.m. with traditional Norwegian tunes by Seattle band Skandia Kapell. The Norwegian Ladies Chorus performs at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Norwegian Male Chorus at 3:15 p.m.

At 5 p.m., guests can pay $25 for a salmon barbecue dinner. Call 206-781-7400 to purchase dinner tickets. For questions, call or email Jeremy@norsehome.org, or send a Facebook message.

The following day the Norse Home will host a Father’s Day brunch with Swedish pancakes and traditional breakfast items from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.

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Farmers Market, Family Fiesta, Artwalk, concerts, theater, opera and more in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

June 9th, 2017 by Doree

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 dozens of vendors selling fruit, veggies, flowers, chocolates, bread, cider, beer, wine, kimchee, honey, pasta, ice cream, and several dinner options.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its production of “Busman’s Honeymoon.”

Family Fiesta hosted by PCPE, the Phinney Center’s Spanish language preschool co-op, from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center in the Brick Building. Admission is $5 for children, $30 for adults. Includes dinner, beer, sangria, live music, dancing, Peruvian Marinera performance by world-renowned dancer Sonia Porras, a marinera dance lesson, face painting, piñatas, craft and raffles.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a Pacific NW Folklore Society concert with Brittany & Johnny at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale – Songs of the Seven Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday.

Puget Sound Concert Opera: La Wally by Catalani at 2 p.m. Sunday at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St.

Art Up Phinneywood Artwalk is from 6-9 p.m. Friday at dozens of art galleries and other venues throughout the neighborhood. Champion Wine Cellars, which just opened at 8503 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting artist Coraianna Garrels and her wood-etched Bowie works and a collection of prints, plus they’ll have a wine tasting (and another wine tasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday). At Seattle ReCreative, 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., Ardor Creative Media will present a line-up of free short family-friendly films. Seattle artist Miguel Edwards will christen his 3-1/2-story tall kinetic sculpture, Perseus II, in front of the Janus apartments on NW 85th Street, across from Fred Meyer. See the Art Up website for a complete list of participating venues and artists.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • The University of Washington celebrates its 142nd commencement at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with 5,700 graduates and about 50,000 guests at Husky Stadium. Buses will be rerouted and traffic will be dense, so avoid that area if you can.
  • Capitol Hill Pride March and Rally from Seattle Central College plaza along Broadway starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • Volunteer Park Pride Festival from 12-7 p.m. Saturday.
  • Seattle March Against Sharia at City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Georgetown Carnival from 12-10 p.m. Saturday. Airport Way South will be closed between Corson Avenue South and 13th Avenue South.
  • Seattle Pacific University Commencement at KeyArena at 1 p.m. Saturday.
  • A few tickets are still available for PNA Trivia Game Night with our neighborhood’s two Jeopardy! champions, Ken Jennings and Tom Nissley. It starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the PNA; $120 for a team of four or $30 per individual. Bring your own team or join one at the event.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews will lose reduce traffic to one lane in each direction of I-90 between Seattle and Bellevue late Saturday night to perform work on the electronic messaging signs above the roadway. All lanes will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m. Sunday.
  • Seattle University Commencement at KeyArena at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • Seattle Pride March from Cal Anderson Park to Seattle Center via Pine Street and 4th Avenue starts at 12 p.m. Sunday.

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Greenwood is subject of June 20 Center for Architecture and Design’s ‘Neighborhoods Matter’ talk

June 8th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Architecture Foundation is hosting a special talk about Greenwood as part of its Design In Depth Series, which is exploring neighborhoods throughout the city.

The talk is open to the public and will feature Rob Fellows, President of the Greenwood Community Council, and Chris Maykut, owner of Chaco Canyon Organic Café, who will discuss the architecture and community efforts that keep our neighborhood vibrant.

The talk is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, downtown at architecture and design firm MG2, 1101 2nd Ave., #100. Tickets online are $15 general (plus service fee), $10 for Seattle Architecture Foundation members, and $5 for students.

The talk will be preceded by a free reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m, with light refreshments and beverages.

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