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Phinney Ridge Community Council will be hosting  follow-up discussion on the City’s proposal to convert outer lane of Aurora  for a dedicated bike lane and for other uses from N 63rd/West Green Lake Way to W Green Lake Drive by the Bathhouse Theater .

During the pandemic  SDOT closed West Green Lake Way N  from the Pitch n Putt to N 63rd at the Aurora underpass.  Due to demand throughout Phinney/Greenwood, Green Lake and surrounding neighborhoods, it was recently reopened.  While the existing road had single directional bike lanes marked on both sides of the lanes in the direction of traffic, a new separate two-way “multi modal” lane was constructed and marked for bicycles.  ” Multi modal” use refers to walk, run and bike” as a critical use in the Seattle Transportation Levy that provides funds for these projects.

During this time a group, Reimagine Aurora, developed a concept to extend the recently installed protected bicycle lanes around the west side of Greenlake by dedicating the outer vehicle lane of Aurora and then along West Green Lake Drive past the Bath House Theater to Winona.  SDOT is now proposing to use: 1) the outside lane on Aurora and 2)West Green Lake Drive to accommodate “multi modal” uses, similar to the existing lakeside path.  SDOT held an on-line meeting a few weeks ago to announce the design and launch a survey.  While the survey closes prior to this meeting, SDOT has agreed to leave it open for additional comments. You can view the SDOT proposal here.

Tuesday December 7th, 7pm via zoom. 
Join Zoom Meeting Here

We are pleased to announce that our beloved winter tradition will return in person in both of our buildings and parking lots for year 41! Come see makers that you have grown to love over the years and meet new ones, too. This year, we are spreading out vendors and foregoing indoor food and entertainment to help keep everyone safe. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required for entry for all that are eligible.

100 hand-picked local makers will be throughout the buildings. Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience in two historic buildings full of specialty goods by local artists and makers, curated by a jury.  You’ll find an amazing array of items: home goods, jewelry and accessories, art, pottery, apparel, gifts for cooks, gifts for your favorite guy, gifts for mom, gifts for kids, gifts for yourself.

Location:

Phinney Center | 6532 Phinney Ave N. 98103 | Directions
Limited free onsite parking. Carpool, bus (#5), Uber/Lyft, etc. is a great idea. 

Entry:

$2 PNA members / $4 non-members (cash/check/card) – it’s for a great cause if we do say so ourselves. Children 12 and under are free. A suggested food item for the FamilyWorks Greenwood Food Bank (not required) will be gratefully accepted.

Accessibility:

There will be disabled parking spots in the Upper Blue Building lot and on Dayton Ave N (Brick Building’s accessible entrance)

Blue Building:

  • The elevator entrance for the Blue Building is on the parking lot level, to the right of the playground. Take it to floor 2 to check-in.

Brick Building:

  • Enter through the ground-level door, located at 6615 Dayton Ave N. (Please note the back door with the ramped entrance to the Brick Buiding in the lower parking lot is currently inaccessible.)
  • There will be disabled spots blocked off on Dayton Ave N.

FESTIVAL PASSPORT

Visit all corners of the festival— Blue Building, Brick Building, outdoor vendors too! Get your event passport stamped in at least 5 out of 6 locations and be entered to win one of the many goodie bags with items crafted by some of our amazing makers.


WREATH SALE

Get fresh holiday decorations at  The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op wreath sale. The wreaths are responsibly grown in Oregon and are a beautiful Pacific Northwest blend of freshly cut noble fir, blue berried juniper, cedar, and natural pinecones. They are $30 each and the proceeds support the preschool and scholarship fund.


CARD ART SALE

Help support Ballard Preschool Co-op with your purchase of fun, vibrant cards made with art created by BPC kids. All proceeds will benefit Ballard Preschool Co-op programs and scholarship funds.


QUILT RAFFLE

Enter to win a one-of-a-kind hand-made quilt crafted by Stash Busters. The quilt raffle is a Winter Festival holiday tradition and proceeds benefit PNA programs. Tickets are $1 or $5 for six and will be available in the Blue Building lobby and in the Phinney Center office before the event. A lucky winner will get to take this work of art home after the raffle at 4 pm on Sunday. You do not have to be present to win.


SHOP FOR COMMUNITY

Not only are you supporting local artisans, but you are also contributing to PNA’s nonprofit programs–such as a hot meal program, the Greenwood Senior Centermemory-loss programming,  kids’ programs, a tool lending library,  as well as numerous community projects, events, and classes.


PHOTOS!

Check out photos from previous years on Instagram.


IN THE NEWS

Check out the fabulous article about the Winter Festival that appeared in “The Mix” section of the Seattle Times on Sunday, November 11, 2018.


SPREAD THE CHEER – VOLUNTEER!

It takes over a hundred volunteers to make Winter Festival a fantastic experience for our visitors! From decorating to helping vendors unload to keeping an eye on the toilet paper levels, each “job” is vital.

Learn more and sign up!

Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

Saddle up the kiddos and bring the family for a short 30-minute outing of socially-distanced and masked cheer, free refreshments, and caroling with the OK Chorale. This will also be the debut of a new holiday tradition, the Phinneywood Winter Lights, which will flood our business district with lighted animals that you have all considered and voted on throughout the year.

Location: Heart of Phinney Park Air Raid Tower, Phinney Center – 6532 Phinney Ave N
Date: Saturday, November 27
Time: 5pm – 5:30pm

Join The Rascal Cook for their first public outing! They will be partnering with local artists and artisans for a delightful Small Business Saturday event that will benefit WELDSeattle, a local nonprofit that helps people returning home from jail or prison rebuild their lives after they have fulfilled their sentence.
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THE EATS: Thanksgiving burritos and sweet treats provided by The Rascal Cook: a Thanksgiving feast wrapped in a tortilla! Veggie option also available. Food items will be Pay-What-You-Can with a suggested $8 donation for burritos and $3 for dessert. All proceeds after cost will be donated to WELDSeattle.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

THE BREWS: Try the curated selection of coffees, teas, and local beers on offer at host Makeda & Mingus⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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THE BOOKS: Free book exchange! Bring a book, take a book. Leftovers will be distributed to tiny libraries in the neighborhood.⠀⠀⠀

The 36th annual Green Lake Elementary Holiday Tree Sale will continue for another year at the Phinney Center lower lot this year. The Tree Sale holds many special memories for our neighborhood families, and is a beloved community-building event. The sale runs 3 weeks and is entirely staffed by the school families, students and friends.  All proceeds from the sale support a wide range of school programs for GLES students.  

You are invited to this festive tree lot staffed with friendly volunteers. They will help you find your perfect tree, give it a fresh cut, and even load it onto your car. Offering touchless pay options and online ore-ordering as well!  Hours are:  

  • Monday-Friday, 4-8pm
  • Saturdays 9am-8pm
  • Sundays 10am-7pm  

Location:  Phinney Center Lower Parking Lot (the second parking lot entrance if you are going east, down the hill, on 67th St)

Illumination Learning Studio is partnering with Verity Credit Union and the Nutty Squirrel for this year’s Warm Outerwear Clothing Drive. Please bring *new* hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and socks to participating businesses which can be found on our map!

All donations benefit our neighbors served by FamilyWorks Seattle. You can find a map of participating businesses HERE, or refer to the list below:

  • Illumination Learning Studio (both locations)
  • Nutty Squirrel (both locations)
  • Verity Credit Union (several locations)
  • Phinney Neighborhood Association
  • Woodland Park UMC
  • Greenwood Pencil Box
  • HomeStreet Bank – Phinney
  • Greenwood True Value Hardware

Ever noticed the magnificent lighted display on the air raid tower outside of the RidgeWood Bottle & Tap? Why, that’s the neighborhood GloCone, created by a group of our community members in 2014 to brighten up our evenings and kick off the holidays. Since then, these folks have upgraded the technology with 3200 lighter, brighter, and completely programmable LEDs. On Saturday November 27th, GloCone 2.0 will officially light up for the winter!

Bring the family for an evening of socially-distanced and masked cheer, free refreshments and caroling with the OK Chorale. This will also be the debut of a new holiday tradition, the Phinneywood Winter Lights, which will flood our business district with lighted animals that you have all considered and voted on throughout the year.

Location: Heart of Phinney Park Air Raid Tower, Phinney Center – 6532 Phinney Ave N
Date: Saturday, November 27
Time: 5pm – 5:30pm

Please join Nightshade Botanicals this Saturday, November 20 for a special holiday plant pop-up to kick off the holiday season. There will be holiday cookies, gingerbread house kits made locally by The Cookie Jar in Everett, holiday wreaths, festive plants, hot cider, and more. The Holiday pop-up is from 1pm-6:00pm and is at the shop on the corner of Phinney Ave N and 63rd (400 N 63rd St). Come for the plants, a beverage, or just to have some festive fun! 

Volunteer in Greenwood!  Help bring LIVE theater back: Sign-up now to usher at Taproot Theatre Company and see a play for FREE.  Email volunteer@taproottheatre.org for more information. Babette’s Feast runs now thru December 30, and many more opportunities in 2022 as well, at Taproot Theatre Company.