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


Blockhead Trivia returns to Chuck’s Hop Shop on Tuesday

October 13th, 2014 by Doree

Blockhead Trivia is back at Chuck’s Hop Shop at 8th Avenue NW and NW 85th Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hosted by Ballardites Ken Masel and Allison Woods, the cost is $5 per person, with a six-player maximum per team. Chuck’s provides prizes for the top two teams.

Held the second Tuesday of every month, the all-ages trivia event benefits the Greenwood Food Bank.

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Free bike tune-up at Chuck’s Hop Shop on Friday

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

Bike Works and New Belgium Brewery are providing free bike tune-ups at four Seattle bars this month and next. In our neighborhood, Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St. in Greenwood will host a free tune-up from 5-7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 10.

Down in Fremont, Bike Works’ BikeMobile tuning truck will be at Nickerson Street Saloon, 318 Nickerson St., from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Free Bike Tune-Up consists of:

Free Safety Tune: (Check tightness of all fasteners on bike, adjust brakes and shifting, lube chain, and inflate tires.)

Free Individual Services:

  • Tube Installation
  • Brake Adjustment (*excluding hydraulic brake bleeds)
  • Derailleur Adjustment
  • Hub Adjustment
  • Bottom Bracket Adjustment
  • Headset Adjustment
  • Quick Wheel True
  • Chain Installation

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Help local schools, hungry kids, at 2 neighborhood fundraisers

March 5th, 2013 by Doree

Tonight is Phinney Market Pub & Eatery’s weekly Trivia Night, with the winning team receiving $100 for the school of their choice. Trivia starts at 8:30 p.m. at 5918 Phinney Ave. N.

And from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Chuck’s Hop Shop’s Good Cause Beer Tasting will benefit the Hunger Intervention Program at Viewlands Elementary, in North Greenwood/Crown Hill.

For a donation of your choice, you can sample some great beers from Pelican Brewery and support HIP while you are at it. We are raising money for our Healthy HIP Packs program, which sends home nutritious foods with 60 kids at risk of hunger each weekend. We have a goal to grow this program to feed 120 children every weekend and you can drink beer to help us do that. HIP Cookbooks, a true collector’s item, will also be available for sale.

No reservations required. Just bring yourself and a friend to Chuck’s Hop Shop at 656 NW 85th St. on March 6th from 6 – 8 pm. Kids are welcome at Chuck’s too! Caravan Crepes will be on hand and Chuck’s serves ice cream as well.

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Celiac disease fundraiser tonight at Chuck’s Hop Shop

November 14th, 2012 by Doree

Ballard teen Dominick Cura, who wrote a gluten-free cookbook for all those living with celiac disease, is hosting a fundraiser from 6-8 tonight to send 400-500 of his books to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center to include in its gluten-free care packages that it sends to children with celiac disease.

The fundraiser is at Chuck’s Hop Shop, at NW 85th Street and 8th Avenue NW, right on the Ballard/Greenwood line.

Dominick will be raffling off a ton of prizes:

$20 Drawing Prizes

  • 2 tickets to Taproot Theatre and a $20 certificate to Razzi’s Pizzeria
  • One month of nutrition coaching from Gluten Free Roots
  • $100 gift certificate to Volterra, a bottle of wine and seasoned salt
  • 4 vouchers for Banya 5 – Urban Spa
  • 2-4 bottles of wine from Domanico Cellars
  • Gift cards to Tokara Japanese Sweets
  • $80 gift certificate to Razzi’s
  • A ‘Fantasy Birthday Party’

$5 Drawing Prizes

  • Cookies from I Love My GFF Mobile Food
  • Lunch for Two from I Love My GFF Mobile Food
  • Gift Certificate for Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza
  • Gift cards to Tokara Japanese Sweets
  • A gluten-free cake from D:floured
  • Treats from Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Bakery
  • Gift certificate to Blackbird Bakery
  • Starbucks coffee beans
  • Treats from Wheatless in Seattle
  • Copies of Dominick’s book “Eternally Gluten Free”

Prizes will be drawn at 7:45 p.m., you need not be present to win.

Urban Nomad will be there, offering a variety of gluten-free pasta dishes, and Portland’s Harvester Brewing will offer four gluten-free beers.

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City Fruit volunteer social on Monday at Chuck’s Hop Shop

July 19th, 2012 by Doree

City Fruit is hosting a volunteer social from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at Chuck’s Hop Shop, on the corner of NW 85th Street and 8th Avenue NW. City Fruit uses volunteers to harvest fruit from neighborhood trees to share with food banks and others in need, including the Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Senior Center.

The organization is hoping to harvest 5,000 pounds of fruit this summer. If you can help out with harvesting, or have a tree with more fruit than you need and would like to share, please come to the social or email phinney@cityfruit.org.

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Beer, beer, and more beer in the neighborhood for Seattle Beer Week

May 15th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood and Phinney Ridge have their share of pubs and restaurants for beer lovers to quench their thirst. Since this is Seattle Beer Week, they’re all taking it up a notch with special events.

The Park Pub, 6114 Phinney Ave. N., hosts its fourth annual New Brewers Night from 5-9 p.m. today. The pub is hosting brewers from Ballard’s own Hilliard’s Beer and NW Peaks Brewery, Woodinville’s Twelve Bar Brews, and SODO’s Churchkey Can Co.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a slew of events, including Oregon Brewers Night from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, plus a free screening of the classic silent film “Sunrise: A Tale of Two Humans,” with a live synchronized soundtrack by DJ Jon Francois, starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Chuck’s Hop Shop, at 656 NW 85th St., is pairing Widmer Brother’s beer with Full Tilt Ice Cream from 5-8 p.m. today; $10 for a flight of four beers and four ice creams.

Check out Seattle Beer Week’s website for a list of all events.

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Chuck’s Hop Shop hosts ‘Good Cause Beer Tasting’ for Greenwood Park on Wednesday

February 28th, 2012 by Doree

Chuck’s Hop Shop, also known as Chuck’s 85th St. Market, is hosting a special beer tasting on Wednesday evening to raise money for a new multi-sports court in Greenwood Park.

The beer samples are free, but donations are welcome. The event is from 5-8 p.m. at 656 NW 85th St.

Meet great people, learn more about the project and try awesome beer from American Brewing Co. in Edmonds including Breakaway IPA, American Blonde, Brave American Brown and Caboose Oatmeal Stout.

Vision Greenwood Park (VGP) is a volunteer group of neighbors and representatives of local groups. In 2009, the group developed the “Greenwood Park Master Plan” with input from the community. The master plan called for the construction of a community garden and multi-sports court for basketball, hockey and soccer uses. Thanks to a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Neighborhood Matching Fund, local donations and tons of volunteer hours the community garden has been successfully built. Now we are off to finalize design of the sports court and get it built in 2012. Once again DON is helping to make this endeavor possible by awarding us a Matching Fund Grant, that coupled with a grant from by King County has gone a long way. Despite the two grants, VPG is finding it necessary to trim the design of the sports court to match our available budget. Every cent raised at events like the one being held at Chuck’s helps us maintain the important elements to make the sports court a fun useable space for the older kids in the neighborhood.

Come out and learn more about the project this Wednesday while getting to know a local business as well.

For more information on Vision Greenwood Park find us on Facebook or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VisionGreenwoodPark/. Learn more about Chuck’s at http://chucks85th.com/.

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