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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concert June 20 to benefit school in Haiti

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus presents its annual concert to benefit the George Marcellus School in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The chorus will sing a program of mostly a cappella modern and not-so-modern folk music from around the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Sweden, the Republic of Georgia and southern France. The chorus’s mission is to “sing local, act global.”

We sing for free, on behalf of the George Marcellus School in one of the poorest areas of rural Haiti. Donations are much appreciated. We hope to raise the entire $6,500 budget that the school needs for teacher salaries and providing each student one meal a day. 100% of funds raised will go to the school through the Mona Foundation, a Kirkland-based non-profit 501(c)3 that supports universal education.

Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for a fun evening of good singing in a good cause.

Donations can be made here.

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus annual Haiti benefit concert is Saturday

June 13th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Chorus will perform its annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. There is no charge, but donations are accepted for the George Marcellus School.

A reception will follow the performance.

More information on the George Marcellus School can be found at the Mona Foundation website.

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Couth Buzzard Books hosting benefit cabaret for co-owner’s daughter’s cancer treatment costs

October 20th, 2011 by Doree

By Next Door Media Intern Mwiza Kalisa

For the past 20 years, Couth Buzzard Books has been a center for the community. The bookstore at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., which sells new and used books, is a place where people not only go to browse books, but to socialize and listen to live music and poetry.

But now, Couth Buzzard needs the community’s help. This Saturday, Couth Buzzard Books & Espresso Buono Café is hosting a benefit cabaret for Ruby Smith, daughter of Couth Buzzard co-owner Theo Dzielak and Kate Smith. Ruby was recently diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma.

“Since [August] our lives have been very different; it’s very moment to moment,” Dzielak said.

Friends and family want to raise money for the 17-year-old’s treatment expenses. Dzielak says that the benefit cabaret grew out of “civil strength.” As a community organizer and performer, Dzilak has contacts in the arts community, most of whom offered to perform on Saturday. Dzielak used to organize house cabarets in the 1990s.

“When I opened this place I knew that had to be an important part of the vision, not just to sell books but to have community events,” he said.

Couth Buzzard gives the neighborhood an opportunity to showcase their talents. The bookstore has writing workshops, open mic nights and music events.

“It’s become a community gathering place for the neighborhood,” he added.

Kenny Mandell, a music teacher and performer, has known Dzielak since the store re-opened in 2009 after closing its original location at North 73rd Street and Greenwood Avenue a year-and-a-half earlier.

“I think why we became friends is because of a similar philosophy; engaging the local community through art,” Mandell said.

Mandell, who performs every first Friday of the month, has developed a jazz following at the bookstore. When he learned of Ruby’s illness he said that it had a profound effect on his life.

“I think it’s critical that people need to help each other, we’re all in this together,” he said. “If we don’t help each other out it’s a sad statement.”

There has been a tremendous amount of support from the community. Mandell sent out 100 e-mails to his own mailing list and is among the group of performers who have stepped forward.

“I think Theo’s vision goes way beyond selling books; it’s much more inclusive of the local community,” Mandell said. “I just hope to see people opening up their hearts and helping out in whatever way they can.”

Kate Smith says that the communities they’ve been working with for many years are indeed coming forth.

“It’s the community that’s going to save us. It sounds so simplistic but it’s true,” she said. “There’s no better proof of that than what has happened with our daughter, Ruby.”

Smith has heard from people in California, where Ruby was born, and from friends who are located as far as Scotland.

Ruby, a Senior at Nathan Hale High School, plays bass and loves to write. The 17-year-old has posted honest journal entries through CaringBridge, an organization that offers websites to people facing serious medical conditions.

Victoria Millard, the host on Saturday, has known Ruby since she was 2.

“Wherever Kate and Theo have lived they have created community around them,” she said.

Millard is the board president of Ear to the Ground, a clown and physical theater company.

“I think that’s what we’ve learned in our work, that laughter is medicine,” Millard said.

Millard and Smith worked together at Children’s Hospital as clowns for 11 years.

“If you can laugh even at the darkest things it’s a way to keep the spirits up and it does make a difference in health and outcome,” she said. “That’s what we’ve learned through our work in the hospital and that’s what I’m hoping to do to help now, not only for Ruby but for Kate.”

Millard says that Ruby’s family has created community in ways that are important to sustaining human life.

“Movies are great, listening to music is great, but there’s something about a small intimate experience of musicians who are playing just for you,” she said. “They’ve given artists a place to express themselves, to be able to do their work in a non-commercial way. They’ve reached the neighborhood through art and have brought people into their home, because they know that art makes people happy and it’s vitally important.”

The benefit cabaret is this Saturday, Oct. 22nd, starting at 7:30 p.m., at 8310 Greenwood Ave N.

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Spreading Greenwood love, one T-shirt at a time

November 17th, 2009 by Doree

Greenwood resident Jessica Pelkey is so sick of the negative vibe that the arsons have caused around the neighborhood that she’s created a special Greenwood Love T-shirt line on Cafe Press, and she’s donating 15 percent of the proceeds to rebuilding the Green Bean Coffeehouse.

T-shirts are printed with the phrase, “Spread Love, it’s the Greenwood way.” Short-sleeve T-shirts start at $19.99 ($18.99 for kids). She’s also got a hooded sweatshirt, a shirt especially for dogs, buttons and mugs.

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Greenwood Elementary seeking donations for fundraiser

January 30th, 2009 by Dale

Greenwood Elementary School is looking for donations for its annual fundraiser, set for March 14. The fundraiser provides money for school programs in art, music, language, drama and environmental education.

Auction Co-Chair Karen Comiskey says goods and services of all kinds are welcome, including gift certificates. Donation ideas include yard work, knitting lessons, restaurant gift certificates, store gift cards, arts and crafts, homemade jewelry, hotel stays, cabin getaways and boat cruises.

Tickets to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” are $30 until Feb. 15, then the price goes up to $35. The auction starts at 5 p.m. March 14 at the Ballard Elks Club at 6411 Seaview Ave. N.

Check out the auction website for more information or to download a donation form.

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Neptune Coffee benefit for 826 Seattle

August 13th, 2008 by Doree

 

Friday is “Futurama Trivia Night” at Neptune Coffee at 8415 Greenwood Ave. N. For a minimum $5 donation from 8-10 p.m., participants can answer questions such as “What is Bender’s full name?” (Bender Bending Rodriguez) and “What planet is Leela from? (earth).

All proceeds benefit 826 Seattle, the non-profit writing center for students directly across the street from Neptune, hiding behind the alias Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.

While you’re at Neptune, check out their newest art exhibit by artist Patrick Gundran. His artist’s letter, posted on the wall, says “Thank you for taking the time to view my art. I hope that by doing so, you won’t experience any lingering paranormal activity upon your person. That is not my intention, but a possible side effect that I have NO control over.” Hmmm…

 

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