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Celebrate our neighbors during Saturday’s city-wide Neighbor Day

February 9th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle’s annual Neighbor Day is this Saturday, and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is asking residents to celebrate by engaging in “random acts of kindness.”

Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make our neighborhoods a great place to live.

Do something nice for a neighbor: take them to coffee, clean up their yard, bake them some cookies, invite them for a walk.

Organize a neighborhood potluck, open house, or work party. It can be as big or simple as you want.

Join in a neighborhood service project to clean up a park, plant trees, or organize a neighborhood cleanup.

Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project.

Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, parks, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.

Use social media to share a “great neighbor” story with #NeighborDay.

You can find more ideas here.

In our neighborhood Fire Station 21, at 7304 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where you can tour the station and meet the firefighters.

Also, Ballard Pool, 1471 NW 67th St. next to Ballard High School, is hosting a Neighborhood Appreciation Swim from 12:30-2 p.m. with open swim, slide, and sample swimming lessons for ages 3-16. Entry is just $2.

Neighbor Day began as Neighbor Appreciation Day in 1995 when Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood suggested the City designate a special day to celebrate great neighbors. It is always observed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day.

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Reminder: Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop is tonight at PNA

February 2nd, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that representatives from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) about guidelines, requirements and the application process for the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The workshop will be at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building in Room 6. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online.

The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!

The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one. It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.
In addition, recurring community events can now be funded every other year instead of only once.

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3 events coming up at the Phinney Center this weekend and next week

January 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting three big events this weekend and next week.

The Great Seattle Seed Swap, sponsored by the King County Seed Lending Library, is having its first of four seed swaps at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday (which happens to be National Seed Swap Day). Pick up some interesting seeds for veggies, edible flowers and herbs, speak with experts from Seattle Tilth, P-Patch, Resilient Seeds and the Seattle Farm Co-op, and take part in short workshops.

Please bring seeds if you have them. They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets. They should be recent, 3 years old or less. No hybrids or GMO seeds.

If you will be bringing seeds to swap, please arrive at the beginning of the event to set out your seeds.

Make a display card for your seeds stating the variety, year saved, and brief notes about growing the plant.

It is not necessary to bring seeds to participate.

Seeds will be organized by type of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.

Attendees will be asked to limit the seeds they take so all may share in the supply.

You may donate your extra seeds to the seed lending library, which will have them available throughout the year.

On Sunday, the PNA opens its doors to more than 60 exhibitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Home Design and Remodel Fair. Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 general public, children 12 and under are free.

Get one-on-one help navigating the City of Seattle permit process or seismic home retrofit recommendations, hear from home-organizing experts, meet specialty contractors, learn how to finance your home improvements and find inspiration for new DIY tasks.

Our selection of exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies. Get informed at a wide selection of presentations.

Next Thursday, Feb. 2, representatives from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will host a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. about guidelines, requirements and the application process for the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The workshop will be in the Blue Building in Room 6. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online.

The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!

The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one. It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.
In addition, recurring community events can now be funded every other year instead of only once.

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Department of Neighborhoods hosting conversations on affordable housing

November 17th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a series of what it calls “conversations on affordable housing” throughout the city. The DON wants residents’ feedback on proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing in all neighborhoods.

The first conversation is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

See the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda website for maps that show draft neighborhood zoning changes. The neighborhood maps that will be highlighted at the Dec. 3 meeting are:

  • Aurora-Licton Springs
  • Ballard
  • Bitter Lake
  • Crown Hill
  • Greenwood/Phinney
  • NE 130th

Representatives from other city departments will be at the meeting to discuss residents’ thoughts and concerns about: Parks and Recreation – development plan; Department of Transportation – Metro Rapid Ride; Transportation and Construction and Inspections – parking reform; Office of Sustainability and the Environment; Ethics & Elections – democracy vouchers; Human Services Division – fair housing.

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Special webpage set up by city for neighbors and businesses affected by Greenwood explosion

March 11th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has set up a special webpage with resources and contact information for businesses, homeowners and renters affected by Wednesday’s natural gas explosion. That page will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

You can also call their Customer Service Bureau at 206-684-2489.

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Community meeting & potluck Sunday to start designing renovation of Evanston P-Patch

July 22nd, 2015 by Doree

Friends of the Evanston P-Patch recently received a $25,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant to renovate the community garden at 604 N. 101st St. (between Evanston and Fremont avenues).

Established in 1974, it is the second oldest community garden in Seattle, with about 75 P-Patch plots in 11,600-square-feet of space. Several of the plots benefit local food banks.

Neighbors are invited to a community meeting and potluck at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 26, at the P-Patch, to meet with Barker Landscape Architects as they gather input from the community. Top Pot Doughnuts will provide treats, and Barker will conduct an interactive design game.

A second public meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, to review design concepts. The third meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, to review final designs. All meetings are in the garden.

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Final meeting on public input for Viewlands Elementary playground improvements is March 2

February 18th, 2015 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting its final public meeting about its playground improvement project on March 2nd.

Viewlands was awarded a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to prepare construction documents for the first phase of improvements to the playground. Previous meetings sought input from students and community members about what they’d like to see in the improved playground.

This final public meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, March 2, to review the design documents that are currently 50 percent completed.

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Public Review of first phase of Viewlands playground improvement Nov. 2

October 28th, 2014 by Doree

The public is invited to review the first phase of playground improvements proposed for Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 3rd Ave. NW., from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, in the school gym. This is the first of two public meetings.

The playground improvements are being paid for by a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Meeting participants can tour the school grounds and learn where future recreational and play components will be located. Snacks and games will be provided.

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Parade of LED-wrapped metal monkeys will light up Phinney-Greenwood this holiday season

September 15th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Business Advisory Group and the Greenwood Arts Council have organized a fun new project for the November-December holiday season. They’ll light the air raid tower at North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North and hang 150 monkeys with lights from trees, awnings and poles all along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from North 59th to 87th streets.

Here’s a prototype being shaped in the workshop.

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And here it is all lit up.

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The project is made possible by a grant from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, which means the community has to match it with volunteer hours.

Here’s more info from organizers Ann Bowden and Mike Veitenhans:

The idea grew out of discussions about ways to promote the neighborhood businesses. The air raid tower is a unique feature in the neighborhood and became a natural focus for the project and a central location for a lighting event. In addition, the Woodland Park Zoo’s new WildLights offered an opportunity to capitalize on the thousands of people who travel to the neighborhood to see holiday lights. And so the project was born.

This fall, a 17-foot tall, 20-spoked, 6000 LED structure (shaped something like a cone) will be created to hang from the tower’s work platform. On Nov. 29, the structure will be lighted during a holiday lighting event.

In addition, 150 metal frame monkeys will also be created, wrapped in LED lighting strips and posted on trees, lamp posts, awnings and in windows at various locations along Phinney and Greenwood. Think what fun it will be trying to spot all of the monkeys who’ve “escaped” from the Zoo’s WildLights.

Because this is a DON grant, community members are needed to help match the funds with volunteer efforts – everything from helping to create the monkeys to hanging them to planning and executing the lighting event.

First up – Benders are needed soon. Volunteer “benders” will bend 1/8″ x 3/4″ flat bar into various monkey shapes. The work will be done in a workshop in South Lake Union. Volunteers will be trained, need to have strong hands, not be afraid of sweating and getting dirty, and able to work at least 2-hour shifts. Tack welding experience would be nice.

Additional volunteer job descriptions will be developed soon.

Anyone interested in being part of this should contact Mike Veitenhans or Ann Bowden by emailing biz@phinneycenter.org or mike.v@comcast.net.

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