A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Volunteers needed to test this year’s Gumshoe detective walk

June 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Gumshoe 5K Walk is a fun walk through the neighborhood every August as you solve clues to find the next location. All proceeds go to neighborhood nonprofits, and the Gumshoe Answer Man, Mike Veitenhans, spends countless hours each year coming up with new clues.

He’s looking for new pairs of volunteers to test drive this year’s Gumshoe clues to make sure they all make sense.

I need two pairs of volunteers, experienced or not, but preferably not related to each other, to test walk this year’s Gumshoe the week of July 9. During a test walk, which takes two to three hours, I ask the volunteers to solve the clues out loud, which gives me, trailing behind, feedback for tweaking the clues. In return for the help, each test walker receives a free entry form to do the Gumshoe in August. Folks who are interested, need to contact me at AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org by this Saturday, July 1.

This year’s Gumshoe will run from Aug. 4-17. Entry forms are $20 each (or $15 each if you buy two or more), and will be available starting Aug. 4. at Ken’s Market, Phinney Neighborhood Center, and Couth Buzzard Books.

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6th annual Dick’s Drive-In Charity Walk-a-Thon is Sunday

October 4th, 2016 by Doree

Those dedicated Dick’s Drive-In walkers are back this year for the sixth annual walk to every Dick’s location to raise money for eight non-profits that help the homeless.

Sunday’s Dick’s Drive-In Round Up for Charity Walk-A-Thon starts at 10:15 a.m. at the Edmonds Dick’s, then heads to the Lake City Dick’s with an estimated arrival time of 1:30 p.m., Holman Road at 3:15 p.m., Wallingford at 5 p.m., Broadway at 6:30 p.m., and finally Queen Anne at 7:45.

Organizer Lars Phillips says local celebrities will lead separate legs of the event, including Seahawks third-round draft pick CJ Prosise.

Anyone who wants to walk can pay the $20 entry fee at Dick’s online store. Walkers can walk the entire route or just one or two legs or even form a relay team.

And Dick’s customers are encouraged to drop their change into the restaurant’s Change for Charity containers. Both Dick’s and local credit card processing company Gravity Payments have agreed to match up to $5,000 raised, meaning the walk could raise $15,000 for these local homeless organizations: Mary’s Place, Fare Start, Cocoon House, Roots, Operation Nightwatch, Compass Housing Alliance, First Place and St. Martin DePorres Shelter.

Last year 34 walkers participated and the event raised about $2,500. Organizers are hoping for at least 50 walkers this year and hope to raise a full $5,000 for the full match from Dick’s and Gravity Payments.

Check out the event’s Facebook page for more information and who is leading each leg.

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HomeStreet Bank’s Phinney Ridge branch collecting diapers for WestSide Baby

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge branch of HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting diapers through the end of this month to donate to WestSide Baby.

The 16th annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive’s goal is to collect more than 300,000 diapers for children in need. You can drop off diapers during the bank’s normal business hours.

WestSide Baby partners with more than 120 social service agencies to get diapers, clothing, and kids’ and maternity gear to tens of thousands of local families in need.

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Gumshoe scavenger hunt needs new nonprofit partner to help and share in proceeds

February 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The annual Gumshoe scavenger hunt needs one more partner nonprofit to help it get the word out and share in the proceeds. In the past, the Gumshoe has split the proceeds among three neighborhood nonprofits: Greenwood Elementary School PTA, Greenwood Senior Center, and the Greenwood Food Bank, in exchange for each nonprofit’s help. The food bank is not part of that triad this year.

The Senior Center’s parent organization, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, provides logistical support and event insurance, while Greenwood Elementary carries the Gumshoe banner in the Greenwood Seafair Parade each July. A new partner is needed to help distribute more than 200 posters and flyers throughout the neighborhood and in nearby neighborhoods. Each Gumshoe partner receives $1,500-$2,000 each year, depending on the event’s proceeds.

PhinneyWood readers can email their non-profit “nominations” to AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org.

The 11th annual Gumshoe is Aug. 5-14 this year.

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Magician Evan Reynolds hosting special refugee fundraiser show at PNA on Tuesday, Dec. 22

December 15th, 2015 by Doree

Evan Reynolds, who’s been putting on a free monthly magic show at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., this year, is hosting a family-friendly Refugee Fundraiser Show at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the PNA in Community Hall in the Brick Building.


Anyone who donates to the International Rescue Committee can attend (there’s no minimum donation amount; just tell them at the door that you donated or show your donation receipt). All proceeds go to the IRC (performers are donating their time and the PNA has donated the space).

Reserve your free tickets here.

Reynolds has promised a second show, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, if the first show sells out. You can find updated information on the event’s Facebook page.

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Cafe Bambino’s Santa photos raise $646.25 for charity

December 14th, 2015 by Doree

Cafe Bambino‘s annual Santa photos during Sunday’s WinterFest on NW 65th Street raised $646.25 for the Ballard Boys & Girls Club (this is an updated higher total from earlier this morning).

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People and pets had their picture taken with Santa on the coffee shop’s deck at 405 NW 65th St.

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This was Cafe Bambino’s eighth year hosting “A Shot with Santa,” where people use their own camera to take photos but can make a donation. This year’s total is double last year’s.

Thanks to West Woodland Neighbors for the photos!

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Give Big to local nonprofits today

May 5th, 2015 by Doree

Today is the Seattle Foundation’s fifth annual Give Big, a 24-hour event where donations to more than 1,700 Puget Sound area nonprofits are stretched through a pool of matching donations. Give Big ends tonight at 11:59 p.m.

Several of our neighborhood’s nonprofits are on that list, including: The Great Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), which provides free writing and tutoring to children; Taproot Theatre Company; Aurora Commons, a “neighborhood living room and resource center that compassionately and creatively serves men and women along the Aurora corridor who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, and sexual exploitation”; Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (which includes the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood); Cancer Lifeline; Christ the King Catholic School; Music Center of the Northwest; New Beginnings; Norse Home; Phinney Neighborhood Association; St. John Catholic School; and Woodland Park Zoo.

We’ve probably missed some from our neighborhood. Please put a note below in comments if you find another one.

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Christ the King school collecting canned food for food bank

January 24th, 2013 by Doree

Christ the King Catholic School’s Student Council is collecting canned food to benefit the Lake City Food Bank and North Helpline. So far they’ve collected 1,461 cans, and hope to have 2,013 cans by next Wednesday.


The goal of the canned food drive is to help students become aware of the growing need for food during difficult economic times as well as having CKS students do their part to contribute to their community. CKS students have a long history of volunteering and service to their community at large. In working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Christ the King Parish, they now have a working relationship for a very worthy cause.

Christ the King Catholic School, 415 North 117th St., also is hosting an open house for preschool through 8th grades at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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Greenwood Food Bank needs last-minute toys and gift cards after donor falls through

December 13th, 2012 by Doree

One of the Greenwood Food Bank‘s donors was not able to follow through on their commitment of toys and gift cards for food bank families.

VOA Greenwood will need gifts for children of our food bank families. Ideally, we’ll need them by our Holiday Party this Saturday, December 15th. Gift cards for places like Fred Meyer/Toys’r’us/Target etc (places that sell toys and/or clothes) or cash donations are welcome, though we will continue to take donations through the week. Please contact us at (206) 782-6731 or greenwoodfoodbank@voaww.org to help.

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