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


Fundraising concert for Greenwood gas explosion at Stage Door Café Saturday

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Two local musicians will perform a benefit concert for those affected by the March 9 Greenwood gas explosion from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St.

Singer songwriters Kristin Chambers and Jennifer Savage Crane will perform. The show is free, with all donations going to the businesses affected by the blast. There also will be a $10 raffle for the chance to win tickets to a Taproot show and a gift certificate to the Stage Door Café.

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Tickets to ZooTunes’ 30th anniversary season go on sale to zoo members on Wednesday

April 23rd, 2013 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s popular ZooTunes series is back for its 30th season this summer. Zoo members can buy online beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Members will receive a pre-sale link by email, and can purchase up to eight tickets per show. Non-members can purchase tickets online beginning at 8 a.m. Friday. Tickets also will be available at the zoo’s West and South gates beginning Friday. One child 12 and under per paid ticket is admitted free.

Concerts are held outside on the North Meadow. Concert-goers should bring their own blankets or low-backed folding chairs. Food vendors are onsite, including a beer and wine garden, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Gates open at 5 p.m.; concerts begin at 6 p.m.


Brandi Carlile’s 2011 ZooTunes’ concert. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Here’s the lineup:

  • June 23: John Prine with Kendel Carson & Dustin Bentall ($32.50)
  • June 30: Old Crow Medicine Show ($32.50)
  • July 7: Huey Lewis and the News: SPORTS 30th Anniversary Tour ($39.50)
  • July 17: John Hiatt & The Combo with Holly Williams ($28)
  • July 24: An Evening with Randy Newman ($28)
  • July 26: LeAnn Rimes ($32.50)
  • July 30 & 31: Indigo Girls with Lindsay Fuller ($28)
  • Aug. 7: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with JJ Grey & Mofro ($26)
  • Aug. 11: Todd Snider’s Traveling Folk Show featuring: Shawn Mullins, Hayes Carll and Sarah Jarosz ($24)
  • Aug. 15: Loreena McKennitt ($32.50)
  • Aug. 22 & 23: Brandi Carlile ($39.50)

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Northwest Chamber Chorus performs “Americana” concert at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church

March 5th, 2012 by Doree

Northwest Chamber Chorus performs two “Americana” concerts in March. The first concert is on March 18 at Green Lake United Methodist Church; the second is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

This heartfelt program features arrangements of hymns, spirituals and folksongs from early America. Selections from this concert will be sung by the Chamber Chorus during their July 2012 tour to Slovakia and Hungary.

Arrangements of African American Spirituals include Ain’a That Good News! by William Dawson, Motherless Child by Craig Hella Johnson, Now Let Us Sing! by Gwyneth Walker, and My Lord, What a Morning by HT Burleigh. Arrangements of rousing hymns from The Sacred Harp and Southern Harmony traditions include Down in the River to Pray by Marc Hafso, The Road Home by Stephen Paulus,McKay by Carol Barnett, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal and Wondrous Love by Alice Parker.

Also in the program are folksongs Buffalo Gals arranged by Bob Chilcott and Shenandoah arranged by James Erb, traditional hymns Praise to the Lord by F. Melius Christiansen and The Word Was God arranged by Rosephanye Powell, and American classics Circus Band by Charles Ives, Hard Times Come No More by Stephen Foster, and the Shaker song Ye Followers of the Lamb arranged by Edwin Earle Ferguson.

Tickets: $22 General Admission, $17 Senior Citizens, $12 Students, and $12 Active singers online at www.northwestchamberchorus.org or 206-523-1196. Children ages 6-12 admitted free with accompanying adult.

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Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir performs ‘Peace’ Christmas concert on Dec. 17

December 7th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir will perform “Peace: A Soulful Christmas Celebration” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted for the Downtown Emergency Shelter. Cookies and eggnog will be served after the concert, and childcare will be available.

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Phinney Community Chorus raises nearly $10,000 for Haiti school

June 16th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Community Chorus raised $9,675 from about 175 people who attended last Sunday’s concert at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells us that the concert included songs from around the world — France, Italy, Georgia, Croatia, South Africa, Haiti and the United States.

All the money raised will go to pay teacher salaries at Lekol Pa Nou (“Our School”) in Pichon, Haiti, which the chorus has been supporting for several years. If anyone still wants to contribute, they can make a tax deductible donation through Education for Prosperity.

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Northwest Chamber Chorus performs “The Birds and the Bees” concerts

June 6th, 2011 by Doree

The Northwest Chamber Chorus will perform two concerts at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N. this weekend. Saturday’s concert is at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday’s concert is at 3 p.m.

The highly regarded 40-voice Northwest Chamber Chorus under Music Director Mark Kloepper, continues its 43rd Concert Season with two performances of its “The Birds and the Bees” concert. This fun program features songs that celebrate the return of sunshine and spring.

Songs about nature and the garden include Spring by Edvard Grieg, Waldesnacht by Johannes Brahms, A Rose Touched by the Sun’s Warm Rays by Jean Berger, God’s Bottles by Randall Thompson, and The Waking by Giselle Wyers.

Songs about spring love are Under the Willow Tree and The Coolin by Samuel Barber, Faire Phyllis by John Farmer, and The Little Green Lane by S.E. Lovatt.

Songs of birds and bugs feature Woodpecker by Stephen Chapman, Die Nachtigall by Mendelssohn, Of Crows and Clusters by Norman Dello Joio, The Blue Bird by Charles V. Stanford, The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons, El Grillo by Josquin des Pres.  Also in the program are Jabberwocky by Sam Pottle, Mata del Anima Sola  (Tree of the Lonely Soul) by Antonio Estévez.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $12 for any active singer from a school or community/church choir. Children ages 6-12 are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Tickets are available at www.northwestchamberchorus.org or by calling 206-523-1196.

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Fire Relief Fund benefit concert tomorrow, more opportunities to donate

December 14th, 2009 by Doree

The Greenwood Concert Band and the NW Clarinet Choir are having a benefit concert for the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 75th & Greenwood Ave. N.

The suggested donation is $10, but everyone is welcome.

Holiday favorites from Nutcracker to Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, and maybe some musical surprises like “Frozen Bill,” will warm your spirits. Share this time together as we thank our firefighters and help our community rise from the ashes.

And today’s Alternative Gift Market at the Greenwood Senior Center features the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund as one of its non-profit gift ideas. The Market has colorful booths set up with information on donating to a variety of humanitarian organizations around the country and world, instead of buying Aunt Sally another sweater she really doesn’t need. The Alternative Gift Market is open now until 8 o’clock tonight.

The silent auction to benefit the GFRF is this Friday at the Upper Crust Catering at the corner of Greenwood and 85th. Area businesses have donated great items, so you can do your last-minute Christmas shopping. The auction is from 7-9 p.m.; cost is $5 (kids are free). You’ll get a little wine and nibbles, plus raffles, prizes and live music by local singer/songwriter Ali Marcus. Auction items include gift certificates to a number of local businesses (including photography sessions, dinners, massage therapy), and items such as printers, books and clothing. For more information: greenwoodfireauction@gmail.com.

In related news, the artists that Taproot Theatre hired to paint a mural to spruce up the front of the wooden safety wall in front of the space that used to be the Eleanor Roosevelt Building, are working on the mural in a nearby vacant commercial space. Check out the Bherd Studios blog to see a picture of the work in progress, which features a phoenix rising from the ashes. The mural will feature representations of Greenwood life, such as the annual car show, a firefighter rescuing a cat from PAWS Cat City, and the monthly neighborhood artwalk.

The mural will be installed on the wooden wall and unveiled in a special ceremony. We’ll keep you posted.

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Alleyoop performs at Ridge Romp Saturday

November 27th, 2009 by Doree

Alleyoop performs at the PNA Ridge Romp Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the brick building. Doors open at 10 a.m. Cost is $3 per person (child or adult). The show lasts about 45 minutes.

Alleyoop’s concert is a big hit with children of all ages, but most especially for children ages 3 to 9 years old. His original musical games get the children involved. This is audience participation to the max. The children become the show! He plays guitars, ukuleles, and mountain dulcimer. He brings his pal, Billy Bear the Silly Bear, for a humorous interlude.

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The Not-Its! open Ridge Romp season Saturday

September 30th, 2009 by Doree

The new season of the children’s entertainment series Ridge Romp kicks off Saturday with The Not-Its!, a Seattle band that introduces kids to rock music.

With the success of their debut album, “We Are The Not-Its!” released June 2009, it’s clear they are on a mission to make kids dance, with up-tempo, power-pop hits families will love. Featuring the vocals of Sarah Shannon (of lauded ‘90s indie-pop band Velocity Girl), The Not-Its! combine crunchy guitars with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within ‘fantastic danceable pop gems about gettin’ fancy, birthday parties, bath time and intergalactic play dates.’”

The show starts at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10 a.m. ) in the Phinney Center’s Community Hall (in the lower level of the brick building). Cost is $3 per person (child or adult), babes-in-arms are free. A family season pass is $35 for four people for six shows, October through April. Each show is approximately 45 minutes. All proceeds go back into hiring performers. Check out the full season schedule here.

And if you want to volunteer to take money or help with set up or clean up, you and your family get free admission for about 30 minutes of work.

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