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Celebrate art in the neighborhood! Almost 16 months late, the 25th BIG One, PhinneyWood’s annual art walk will finally take place on Friday, Sept. 10, from 5-9 pm and Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 5 pm.

Originally planned for May 2020, what would have been the 25th annual art walk was postponed in compliance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Recently, a few venues have started hosting monthly art walks and in June, based on a survey of past art walk venues, the PhinneyWood Arts Council decided to host The BIG One in September.

In the past, The BIG One has featured a wide variety of art in 70-80 businesses in the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood. Over the years, this hugely popular event has turned into a neighborhood party, particularly on Friday night.

This year’s event may look a little different, however, as some businesses are not yet comfortable hosting the event so the number of venues will undoubtedly be lower and all art walk venues are being urged to plan their participation in a way that is comfortable for them. In addition, the event begins at 5 pm Friday, rather than 6, in hopes of spreading out art walkers a bit.

In the spirit of the art walk theme of “Art Up, Chow Down,” restaurants and pubs are encouraged to participate as well by offering menu specials.

Art Walk maps and information on participating venues will be available online at ArtUpPhinneyWood.com, on the Phinney Center’s website, and at participating businesses the week of the event.

The art walk is organized by the PhinneyWood Arts Council, an all-volunteer organization, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Special thanks to Robynne Raye, co-founder of Modern Dog Design, who has designed all 26 of the annual art walk posters, including one for 2020 that did not get printed. Robynne is an award-winning graphic design artist and counts posters, packaging, and identity projects as some of her favorite work. Visit her at robynneraye.com.

For additional information, check artupphinneywood.com or the art walk’s Facebook page.

Friday, September 10, 5-9 pm 
Saturday, September 11, 12-5 pm

Story and Photos by Gabe Murphy, special to the Blog

I walk the streets of our neighborhood frequently, reveling in the colorful trees, flowers, and people I encounter. I generally don’t take pictures on these walks, but when I do it’s often of a word; a word written in large white letters in the median strip in front of Karen Vogel’s house.

The words captured in my photo album include: anaphora (June 2018); oniero (Jan 2019); moggie (May 2019); sastrugi (June 2019); pelorus (July 2019); currawong (July 2019). Nearly all of them were, at first, unfamiliar to me. These words were unfamiliar to Karen too; that’s why she writes them down, first in a spreadsheet on her computer and then with white marble chips out front.

Karen’s fascination with words began in childhood – her mom, an English teacher, and her father, an electrical engineer, encouraged it. Since September of 2000, Karen has enabled others to learn about and remember a subset of the unfamiliar words she encounters. The first word to appear in front of her house, ’lamella’, refers to the thin membrane layer of mushroom. The most recent word, on display at 7027 2nd Ave NW, is digitigrade. (I puzzled over digitigrade for some time – turns out the ‘TI’ had been accidentally transformed into an ‘H’ while Karen and a neighbor were having fun in the front yard) Many of the words trigger particular memories for Karen and others – stories, for example, of connections within or between families.

My family vividly remembers the night that I suggested to my very grumpy daughter that we search the neighborhood for gold. She was, thankfully, intrigued by the idea, so after dinner we grabbed a flashlight, a stick for displacing brush, and a small satchel to transport any treasure we might find. The satchel was empty when we returned home, but we’d encountered Karen’s new ‘word of the week’ and were eager to look up ormolu, the unfamiliar, odd-sounding word. We won’t forget that evening, or ormolu’s definition, any time soon because ormolu refers to ‘a mosaic gold. an alloy of copper and zinc used to imitate gold’. We’d found a form of gold after all!

Karen encourages folks to visit and submit their own words for consideration. She focuses on uncommonly used English words composed of eight or fewer letters; a decent fraction of the words she finds interesting enough to write out are related to geography or body parts, some are just fun to pronounce. Feel free to slip a piece of paper with your idea into the slot on her front door!

Tim’s Tavern, one of Greeenwood and North Seattle’s few live music venues, announced its permanent closure via Facebook:

Dear Friends and Music Fans,We have thought long and hard about the situation at hand, and have come to the conclusion that it is no longer safe to operate in our current form. Having shows in a small room masked and vaccinated or not just doesn’t seem to be a smart thing to do in the present climate.

With bands cancelling almost daily due to covid exposures and a member of our staff contracting the virus, it’s simply not worth it to continue hosting live shows at Tim’s Tavern.

On top of all of this our landlord has decided to move in a different direction with our current space and will not be renewing our lease which ends in the next couple months.

All that being said, it is with very heavy hearts that we are announcing our closure. We will be closing the venue and cancelling all shows moving forward. We apologize for the huge bummer and want you to know that this decision was probably one of the hardest things we have ever had to do.

While it’s true that this era of Tim’s Tavern is ending, we are not giving up the fight. Rest assured we are currently searching for a new outdoor, safer and more covid friendly space and WE WILL BE BACK stronger than ever. The shows must go on. Please send good vibes our way, and if you have any questions or concerns (or know of a good outdoor spot that’s available) don’t hesitate to reach out.

Rock on Seattle.— TIMS

Mark your calendars and prioritize your mental health at FundaMental Fest, an outdoor festival & fundraiser celebrating wellness for the entire community. September is mental health & suicide prevention month. In observance, this cause-driven event is designed to stop the stigma, raise awareness, raise funds, and share resources for stress, anxiety, depression, suicide prevention, and all types of mental illnesses.

FundaMental Fest will feature live music, arts, self-care, relaxation rituals, intro classes, stress-relieving and healing practices, raffle prizes, and tasty treats from a curated cast of local makers, artists, healers, spiritual leaders, practitioners, and wellness professionals. Bring your friends and family for this complimentary, not to be missed day of wellness!

This is a free, all-inclusive, all-ages event with a suggested donation, and all proceeds benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The program (TBA) for the day will include:

  • Intro to Yoga
  • Legal planning for mental Health crisis
  • Spirituality Speaker
  • Simple Somatics Brain Dance
  • Sound Bath Ritual
  • Mental Health Speaker
  • Good Mood Food Demo
  • Nature & Healing Talk
  • Drum Circle

Why attend? Mental illness is on the rise, affecting millions, regardless of age, ethnicity, or social standing. In the US, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 1 in 6 youth experience a mental health disorder. Suicide is the second leading cause of death between the ages of 10 yrs – 34 yrs of age. This event is about open conversations, ending the stigma, and supporting each other. Mental health is rooted in community.

There will also be an array of presenters and booths from these businesses:

  • Event creator rue Santé
  • Music Center Northwest
  • Seattle Sound Temple
  • Center for Spiritual Living
  • Inner Renewal & the Healthy Path
  • Earthbound Family Kitchen
  • Mimi’s Zero Waste
  • Gärden
  • Phinney Estate Law
  • Sanctuary Art Center
  • Light Owl Healing
  • Nightshade Botanicals
  • Harmonics 253
  • Inside Health Institute
  • Positive Knots Jewelry
  • Sea Moss Boss

When: Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 10am – 3pm
PNA Center, lower level parking lot, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

If you follow Opus Co.’s detailed and vibrant social media, you already know the news: after more than 4 years as one of our few gastronome destinations, chef Mark Schroeder has decided to retire the concept and make way for a new eatery.

Taking over for the original Martino‘s in 2017, Opus Co. quickly became a citywide destination restaurant that focused on seasonal produce, wood-fired cooking, and “nose to tail butchery.” With their tiny space – both front and back of the house – Chef Schroeder was able to continually enchant and invigorate our palates, and pre-pandemic reservations were hard to come by. Opus Co. is also known for its generosity to the community, running frequent fundraisers and drives to make the neighborhood the best it could be. The final evening of service will be Thursday, September 2nd.

Longtime collaborator and Opus Co. chef Paolo Campbell will be taking over the space in mid-September to create a dream he has had since culinary school: a Filipino Fried Chicken restaurant. The Chicken Supply will feature dairy-free and gluten-free (dredged in potato, rice, and coconut flours) fried chicken alongside Filipino-influenced sides like coconut collard greens, Mongoo beans and rice, marinated vegetables, and housemade pickles.

“My favorite food in the world is fried chicken,” relayed Campbell recently, “I could fry chicken and eat chicken every day.”

Having worked with Schroeder in “fast casual fine dining” for so long – the two were together at Revel and Trove before they started out together at Opus Co. – has had an effect on Campbell. No longer wanting to work under the intense pressure of creating new and different dishes on a nightly basis, he is looking forward to creating a set and delicious menu to continually refine and improve. “I don’t need to prove anything at this point in my career, I don’t need to flex.”

It will be hard to lose the close family that Opus Co. created, and especially losing Schroeder who he considers his “big brother and mentor”, but at least it will not be sudden. Campbell and Schroeder have long been discussing this transfer, and Schroeder will also stay on as Sous Chef through the beginning of 2022. After that, Schroeder is planning on taking a long road trip with his family and then ending up in Illinois to reunite with relatives.

In the meantime, put Opus Co.’s garage sale on September 19th onto your calendar, and wander on by to say your farewell to the space. Expect The Chicken Supply to have a soft opening in mid-October.

Calling all 3rd, 4th or 5th grade girls. Now more than ever, girls need the social and emotional skill-building lessons of Girls on the Run. Social isolation and stressors related to the COVID-19 pandemic may be affecting your girl more than you know. While there may be some uncertainty around what to expect for our school system this coming fall, Girls on the Run is prepared to adjust to meet the needs of our community. 

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is excited to partner with Girls on the Run for the Fall Season! We will be hosting two teams on the Phinney Center campus, Sep 20-Nov 12, 2021 (one team on M/W 4-5:30pm and the other on T/Th 4-5:30PM). The season will culminate with a site-based end-of-season 5K celebration.

Teams fill quickly so do not delay—click here to register your girl today. Learn more about girl registration, the lottery period and cost/scholarships HERE. Through Girls on the Run, 3rd-5th grade girls meet as a small team to explore valuable lessons such as standing up for themselves and others, being a standbyer instead of a bystander, and practicing empathy, inclusion and acceptance

Over the 8-week program, your girl will meet with peers and coaches twice per week for research-based lessons that incorporate physical activity in a fun, engaging way. She will connect with girls, build healthy habits and stay physically active!  To ensure the safety of girls and our trained volunteer coaches, our trusted curriculum has been modified to include physical distancing precautions and the ability to seamlessly transition to virtual programming, should the need arise due to COVID-19 risk or inclement weather. Please note: if a team must move to a virtual platform, the team will continue and no cancellations or refunds will occur.

Half Moon Bouldering, our family-owned and community focused bouldering gym near Fred Meyer. is now enrolling kids 6 and up for their Fall Pebble Apprentices series. Experienced staff will teach students how to develop their climbing skills, develop athletic potential, hone social and analytical skills, and much more. There will be a 4 to 1 student to instructor ratio to help ensure robust instruction.

“Our creative and inclusive setting will give young climbers age-appropriate challenges that will delight them, boost their confidence, and help them grow as athletes and individuals,” writes owner Gloria Man. While the typical month’s curriculum will be designed for beginner climbers, all skills are welcome and will be fostered and encouraged.

You can sign up for one month at a time, and a 1 month membership included for non-members. When visiting the gym outside of class time, all minors under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult.

Rental shoes and chalk provided during classes; students without their own climbing shoes will have to rent during personal visits.

Registration opens 2 weeks before the start of each series, and is now open for September series:

Ages 6-8, Details & Registration
Ages 9-11, Details & Registration
Ages 12+, Details & Registration

Help keep the PNA Tool Library open! The PNA is seeking volunteers with strong customer service and computer skills. Volunteers check membership status, check tools out and in, and collect donations. Some experience will tools helpful, but not required. Must be at least 16 years old, and pass a background check. Shifts are 2.5 to 3 hours on Saturdays and a weekday TBD, and volunteers typically work 1-2 shifts per month.  You can learn more and sign up here.

The Tool Library is a community-based program that will continue to provide a valuable service for all with the help of your donations and volunteer hours. Items can be checked out for one week at a time for a nominal fee ($1 to $50 per tool per week), with the potential for renewal, depending on demand. The inventory is mostly available for viewing online, and we are working to ensure it is up-to-date.

The Tool Library is also the home of the NW Seattle Branch of the King County Seed Lending Library, which can be accessed during the Tool Library’s open hours.

Drawing is of a different DESC project, to give an example of what this project may look like

Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) will be bringing an affordable housing project to 49th and Aurora replacing the motorcycle shop and vacant/burned house.  DESC will own the property, develop it for about 95 units and provide services for its residents.  It will be funded thru an assortment of grant sources from the City, County, State and Federal government,  

There will be a meeting next Thursday to meet the Director, Daniel Malone and hear about the proposed project.  “Being a good neighbor is important to us. To learn more about neighborhood interests and to provide neighbors with more details, we will host a virtual informational meeting about this new housing development. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more to join us on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, 6:30 p.m., at this Zoom link.”

This project will serve disabled chronically homeless men, women and their pets whose average age is 50.  Support services will be provided on site 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.  While each apartment includes kitchens, group meals and other activities are also provided to tenants.  Individuals are referred and rent an apartment complying with Seattle’s Landlord Tenant laws.  

The City of Seattle has committed to build over 2,000 units of affordable housing units in the near future.  For more information on this project, visit this link.