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Last week we asked you…

What shows and movies have you been binging on this year?

As expected, we received a lot of responses mentioning Schitt’s Creek, which I proudly endorse. I was surprised to only see Watchmen mentioned once after the shows recent Emmy haul, though many of you may have already watched it…or have no desire to pay for another service to do so.  Here were some of our favorites:

“Suits (both American and Korean), Gravity Falls, and so much anime – Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Voltron, Power Rangers.” – Julia R.

“The Wire, The Boys, Chernobyl, The Man In the High Castle, The Expanse. Schitt’s Creek, Brooklyn 99, and the good seasons of Community. Watchmen. Steven Universe. Archer. Jessica Jones. Parks & Rec. Psych.” – Dan B.

“The Umbrella Academy!” – Alex G.

“After hearing from multiple people that the Great British Baking Show was their favorite series and continually not believing them (I mean, I love cooking, but really?), we finally checked it out. Ended up binging the entire series and every season. It’s delightfully wholesome and the support and care the participants give to each other is a refreshing counter to the uncivilized nation that we’ve become.”– Samantha M. 

Love the responses! Keep them coming and be on the lookout for a new question next week!

Anything you would like to see answered, shoot us an email at tips@phinneywood!

For many years, we had a whimsically enjoyable storefront near 85th St. called the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. What many did not realize is that the store – while indeed a functioning retail spot that sold astronaut ice cream among other items – was really a front for a nonprofit creative writing workshop called the Bureau of Fearless Ideas.

The Greenwood Pencil Box is an interactive retail and community event space created in partnership by The Bureau of Fearless Ideas and Sanctuary Art Center with the goal of supporting youth arts and leadership in the Seattle area.

Our intrepid reporter and neighborhood gadabout, Bill Thorness took advantage of the nice weather to drop by recently.

In the photo above, Caroline from Sanctuary Art Center holds up her favorite t-shirt designs at the new Greenwood Pencil Box store. It opened on Oct. 1 at 8414 Greenwood Avenue North. Behind the store is the Fearless Ideas youth tutoring center.

In the photo below, Fearless Ideas Creative Director Ian Bell shows of an “I ♥ Greenwood” hoodie.

Ian explains that the “Atomic Teleporter” that connects the store to the tutoring center has been turned into the world’s largest pencil (see the pink eraser on the back wall). He insists that the pencil continues right through the building’s roof and is actually taller than the Space Needle, which will surely make it one of Seattle’s newest tourist attractions.

Take a selfie with the bottom part of a giant pencil during the Greenwood Pencil Box’s regular hours, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 12 to 5 p.m. Maybe you’ll even see a cool t-shirt to buy, and you can help support two great neighborhood non-profits working with youth.

Dine out to support businesses and neighbors in need!

For the past nine years, our neighborhood has had the tradition of “Pig Out to Root Out Hunger” an event that served as a fundraiser for the PNA’s Hot Meal Program which serves more than 20,000 free meals a year to those in need.

With many of our local restaurants, bars, and cafes struggling to pivot to the new reality, we are going to focus this year’s event on supporting them. This year, we are calling for a week of action and support for our business district’s eateries and are calling the event The Great PhinneyWood Feast, brought to you by Gravity Payments.

So hang up the apron, enjoy your clean kitchen, and have a socially-distant dine-in dinner or a convenient to-go meal the week of October 19 – October 25. Partake in all the diverse and unique bounty our neighborhood has to offer–from someplace new or from your favorite nearby eatery. And please consider supporting our neighbors in need this week as well. (See below for more information about the program.)

Here are the eateries that are officially participating. Of course, we ask you to please patronize and love upon your favorite restaurants, cafes, and bars whether they are on this list of not.

74th Street Ale House | 7401 Greenwood Ave N
A La Mode Pies | 5821 Phinney Ave N
Bluebird Ice Cream | 7400 Greenwood Ave N
Celine Patisserie | 6801 Greenwood Ave N
Draft Punk | 7702 Greenwood Ave N
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery | 8570 Greenwood Ave N
Fresh Flours | 6015 Phinney Ave N
Herkimer Coffee | 7320 Greenwood Ave N
Laem Buri | 8530 Greenwood Ave N
Mainstay Provisions | 612 NW 65th Street
Modern Japanese Cuisine | 6108 Phinney Ave N
Nutty Squirrel Gelato | 7212 Greenwood Ave N
Oliver’s Twist | 6822 Greenwood Ave N
Opus Co. | 7410 Greenwood Ave N​
Pete’s Egg Nest | 7717 Greenwood Ave N
Prost! | 7311 Greenwood Ave N
Razzis Pizzeria | 8523 Greenwood Ave N
RidgeWood Bottle & Tap| 316 N 67th Street
Taco Del Mar | 8004 Greenwood Ave N
Teachers Lounge | 8505 Greenwood Ave N
Thaiku | 6705 Greenwood Ave N
Valhalla Sandwiches | 8202 Greenwood Ave N
Windy City Pie | 5918 Phinney Ave N
Wing Dome | 7818 Greenwood Ave N
Yanni’s Greek Restaraunt | 7419 Greenwood Ave N
The Dray| 708 NW 65th Street
The Yard | 8313 Greenwood Ave N
Zeeks Pizza | 6000 Phinney Ave N

Pig Out typically raises almost $10,000 needed dollars for the Hot Meal Program through generous contributions from our restaurants, but this year we are rising up to support our eateries in their time of need, and no contribution from them is required. Gravity Payments is generously sponsoring the event this year, with their contribution enabling us to provide approximately 375 meals or 40 outdoor blankets for our neighbors in need.

We are asking you, the community, to help us shore up the rest of the shortfall this year for the Hot Meal Program with a donation and to show your overwhelming support for our neighborhood cafes, restaurants and pubs!

The PNA is seeking a mission-driven, strategic, and relationship-focused Community Engagement and Development Director. The candidate should have knowledge of the local funding landscape and possess the strategic thinking necessary to build and carry out robust short and longer-term fundraising and membership strategies. Specific areas of supervision, oversight, and leadership include: donor and member cultivation and stewardship; annual fund and major gift solicitation; sponsorships; special events; communications and marketing; grant writing; relationship building; and planning for major capital gifts as needed.

The Community Engagement and Development Director is a member of the PNA’s leadership team and is involved in implementing strategic goals, shaping organization direction and policy development. The position reports to the Executive Director and will supervise a team of seven (Communications Director, two Membership Coordinators, Volunteer Manager, Events Manager, Development Associate, and Salesforce Administrator), joining a deeply committed and spirited staff and board that are dedicated to building a strong community.

You can read more about the position and how to apply here.

Ballots are coming soon for a momentous national election in November [Please VOTE]. Remember that the president is not the only important race on the ballot. One of the two State Representative positions in the 36th District is an open seat with a competitive race between Sarah Reyneveld and Liz Berry. The GCC Candidate Forum will be a great opportunity to ask them your questions and hear directly from the candidates.

Do you have questions for the candidates? If so, please email it to the Greenwood Community Council at info@greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org, along with your name if you want your question attributed to you. All questions will come from the audience from questions you send in advance. The GCC might edit for length and clarity and will prioritize those relevant to the state legislature and to avoid repetition.

Here’s an easy one for you all. Since we’ve all generally been going out quite a bit less, many of us have been catching up on a lot of TV and getting good use out of our DVRs and Netflix (and other streaming services) accounts.  With rainy season right around the corner, we could use some more recommendations.

What shows and movies have you been binging on this year?

Personally, we have a list of shows we never got around to, so we’re deep into Downton Abbey. Hearing good things about Utopia though.

Send your responses to tips@phinneywood.com and we will share our favorites soon along with your first name and last initial.

Anything you would like to see answered, shoot us an email at tips@phinneywood.com!

Half Moon Bouldering, a local, family-owned company, is building a 11,000 square foot indoor climbing gym at Piper Village in Greenwood, Seattle, targeting a December 2020 opening.

The facility will feature:

  • 5,000 square feet of 13 ft high bouldering walls,  
  • Specialty training equipment
  • Youth climbing and learning area
  • Yoga studio
  • Workout area
  • Community area to socialize
  • Specialty retail shop

Half Moon Bouldering will be the first climbing gym in Seattle, north of Fremont. The owners, Daniel and Gloria Man, avid climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, summarize their endeavor: “As North Seattle residents and new parents, we realized we were climbing indoor less and less. We simply didn’t have the time for the long commute to any of Seattle’s climbing gyms. When we did go, we typically found them packed. Our experience was becoming the norm among Seattle climbers. Seattle prides itself with the first indoor climbing gym in the USA, yet it is lacking the venues to accommodate the sport’s growing popularity. We had to do something about that.”

Located in the heart of Greenwood, Half Moon Bouldering will tap into the energy of this growing community. “We envision ourselves as social hangout, a place to exercise and socialize with friends and family,” says co-owner Gloria Man. “We welcome climbers of all abilities and ages. Accessibility is one reason we chose to build a bouldering-only facility. No intimidating specialty equipment like ropes, harnesses, or carabiners. It’s you, the route on the wall, and your creative moves that get you to the top.”

Half Moon Bouldering’s climbing walls are designed and manufactured by Vertical Solutions, a Utah based company, known for its high-end design and quality of execution. The walls feature the natural grain of birch set off by walnut inlays to accent the design flow. “From arches and overhangs to straight lines and slabs, the walls are a memorable visual, tactile and kinetic experience,” says co-owner Daniel Man.

Half Moon Bouldering’s vision of inclusiveness is reflected in the gym’s design. Seasoned climbers will find dramatic angles and specialty training equipment to accommodate the most rigorous training regimen. A dedicated learning/play area will feature a climbing castle for the youngest climbers. Half Moon Bouldering plans to develop educational and outdoor stewardship programs in collaboration with local schools and nonprofits.

The gym plans to open its doors to the general public at the end of the year. There will be a pre-sales launch in November via a crowdfunding campaign that will give backers exclusive access to the gym prior to its Grand Opening. The public is invited to follow the gym on the Half Moon Bouldering website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram channels.

Nadiri (NAW-dee-ree), the mom of popular gorilla Yola, is eating for two. Woodland Park Zoo is excited to announce that Nadiri has completed the first trimester of pregnancy and is expecting her second baby in late February or early March 2021.
The gestation period for gorillas is eight to nine months, similar to humans.
The new baby sister or brother for Yola, who turns 5 in November, will be the first offspring between 24-year-old Nadiri and 20-year-old Kwame (KWA-may).
At birth, Yola endeared herself to animal fans around the globe because her mom didn’t immediately bond with her. Nadiri was partially handraised as an infant and didn’t have experience being a mom. Therefore, she didn’t show strong maternal skills. Yola spent the first several months of her life under round-the-clock care by gorilla keepers and veterinary staff while having daily interactions with Nadiri. The new mom’s maternal instincts eventually kicked in and Yola was reunited with her mom and the other members of her family.
The gorilla care team will prepare for every possible scenario for the birth. “We believe things will be different when Nadiri gives birth to her second infant,” said Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “Nadiri has gained valuable experience raising Yola. She has become more confident and has turned out to be an excellent mom to her firstborn.”

Gorillas in the wild typically live in groups of five to 10, composed of a dominant silverback (adult male), several adult females, adolescents, juveniles and babies. Sometimes groups can consist of two to more than 50 family members.

How to Help Gorillas. Every visit to Woodland Park Zoo supports conservation of animals in the wild Join the zoo by recycling old cell phones and other used handheld electronics through ECO-CELL to help preserve gorilla habitat. Reclaiming the minerals in electronics and diverting them from landfills help reduce demand for mining in gorilla habitat. Drop off used handheld electronics including cell phones, smartphones, iPods, iPads, tablets, adapters, chargers, MP3 players, handheld gaming systems and their accessories at drop boxes located at both zoo entrances or the gorilla overlook. Funds generated from ECO-CELL support the Mondika Gorilla Project and Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

Do you need help with child care costs?

You may qualify for financial assistance to pay for child care if you live or work in King County, fall within income guidelines and your income, work schedule, or access to child care has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 or you are an essential worker

Program eligibility
  • Must be under 400% FPL 
  • Must live or work in King County
  • Must be an essential worker or have been impacted by COVID-19
  • For children aged 0-12 at licensed child care sites
To apply

Second, the King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program has created a new $41 million program to assist households economically impacted by the coronavirus.

Our region faces a looming eviction crisis of unprecedented scale. Tens of thousands of King County residents are at increased risk of eviction because of the ongoing pandemic and its effects which include illness, loss of income and unemployment.

King County is responding by rapidly deploying a new rent assistance and eviction prevention program in partnership with community organizations to help those who have been unable to meet rent obligations and are at risk for eviction.

King County is accepting interest forms from tenantssmall landlordslarge property landlords and managersmanufactured home park owners and managers, and local nonprofits who wish to participate in a new Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program.