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


Gumshoe scavenger hunt raises record $7,350 for 3 neighborhood nonprofits

August 23rd, 2017 by Doree

The Gumshoe 5K Walk scavenger hunt through the neighborhood raised $7,350.07 for three neighborhood nonprofits: Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. That’s about $1,000 more than last year, which was also a record.

A group participates in the “Procrastishoe” on Sunday afternoon, just before the Gumshoe officially ended.

Gumshoe organizer Mike Veitenhans says more than 850 people participated in the Gumshoe this year. The Gumshoe has raised more than $56,000 for local nonprofits since 2006.

Check out the Gumshoe website for the prize drawing winners and clue answers.

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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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Le Merde hosting pop-up art fundraiser Friday

September 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Le Merde, a “lifestyle shop” selling art and clothes at 7315 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a pop-up art fundraiser this Friday, to help the shop stay afloat after a dispute with the owner of the adjoining business, Ludlow, which is now closed. Le Merde is now responsible for rent on both spaces. (Ludlow’s owner has not responded to a message for information about the closure of his shop.)

Artists at Friday’s fundraiser pay $25 per art piece (no commission on top of that), with artists setting their own prices. Contact Le Merde through direct message on its Facebook page or stop by the shop. Art will be accepted until 2 p.m. Friday.

Debi Boyette opened Le Merde in July 2014, and moved from 65th & Phinney to its current location in January. Le Merde has “members” who pay $200 a month to bring in whatever they want to sell (vintage clothes, jewelry, home décor, etc.) Members then keep all their profits, and are asked to work in the shop three to six hours per week, to make sure all merchandise is properly stocked and displayed. Some members just use the space as a studio during closed hours, and don’t need to put in shop hours.

“Le Merde is a starting point for entrepreneurs, artists, stylists and visionaries who want to test their ideas without committing to, or being locked into, a lease and all the financial responsibilities that are attached to owning your own business,” Boyette said. “There is no long-term commitment at Le Merde, we just ask for a 30-60 day written notice prior to leaving.”

She is hoping to turn the former Ludlow half of the space into a gallery and working artist space, with workshops and community gatherings.

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus performs Haiti school fundraiser on June 25

June 13th, 2016 by Doree

Phinney Neighborhood Chorus is performing its annual concert to raise money for a school in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Phinney Lutheran Church, 7500 Phinney Ave. N.

The concert is free with all donations going to the George Marcellus School in Haiti. Last year’s concert raised $7,620 – enough to cover the school’s entire budget for one year.

The chorus has raised more than $60,000 for two Haiti schools in the last 12 years. The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

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Viewlands Elementary needs $25,000 to finish funding playground improvement project

May 5th, 2016 by Doree

Viewlands Elementary’s Parent Teacher Student Association is just $25,000 away from fully funding its playground improvement project, scheduled to begin this summer. The project is funded by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, a King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant, and many community donations.

The PTSA’s Spring Legacy Campaign hopes to raise the final $25,000 by June 10 to fund the remaining components of the project, including the embankment slide with rubber surfacing and a log and boulder seating area.

Click here for the donation form, where you can also order an engraved brick or paver for the new play area.

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GiveBIG to neighborhood nonprofits on Tuesday

May 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The sixth annual GiveBIG, a one-day online charitable giving event by the Seattle Foundation, is tomorrow (Tuesday), and numerous neighborhood nonprofits are asking for your donations.

The Seattle Foundation “stretches” all donations on Tuesday by about $1 million total. In our neighborhood, you can give to the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Seattle ReCreative, Woodland Park Zoo, Music Center of the Northwest, Cancer Lifeline, and more.

While the official GiveBIG day is Tuesday, you can go online now and schedule your donation for tomorrow. Go to the GiveBIG webpage and search for your preferred nonprofit.

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Flying Bike Coop Brewery hosting fundraiser for G&O Family Cyclery on Thursday

May 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., and Cascade Bicycle Club are hosting a fundraiser for G&O Family Cyclery, which was heavily damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion and has temporarily moved a block north, to 8554-1/2 Greenwood Ave.

The fundraiser is from 3-10 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. One dollar from every pint, schooner and growler sold will support G&O’s rebuilding efforts. G&O Family Cyclery is trying to find a new permanent location in the neighborhood.

“We want the new shop to be a place that reflects the love and support that we’ve felt since this happened. We never want to take that for granted,” G&O co-owner Davey Oil said in a prepared statement. “It’s a very touching thing for Flying Bike and Cascade to give over this spotlight to us. We really appreciate it and can’t wait to party with everyone at the fundraiser.”

You can still donate directly to G&O through their GoFundMe account.

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Fundraising for those affected by Greenwood natural gas explosion exceeds $234,000

March 24th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association reports that fundraising efforts for the businesses, employees and residents affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion have now exceeded $234,000.

That includes the Greenwood Relief Fund that the PNA set up the following day (which is being overseen by an advisory board), a GoFundMe account set up by a neighbor specifically for employees who lost their jobs permanently or temporarily, and a Fundly campaign that was set up by a neighbor just hours after the explosion (the PNA then stepped in as fiscal sponsor).

The PNA has a Greenwood Relief webpage that lists all ongoing and upcoming fundraisers, resources for those affected, and a link to donate to the Greenwood Relief Fund (overseen by the PNA, with 100 percent of proceeds to be distributed to those affected).

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World-class pianist Hiram Galvez performs benefit concert Thursday for Greenwood Relief Fund

March 22nd, 2016 by Doree

World-class Cuban pianist Hiram Galvez will perform a benefit concert for the Greenwood Relief Fund from 7:30-9:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 24, at the Greenwood Masonic Lodge, 7910 Greenwood Ave. N.

The event is co-hosted by the Greenwood Masonic Lodge, the new Luso Food and Wine at 8218 Greenwood Ave. N., and Nazarene Compassionate Alliance NW Chaplains.

All proceeds will go to help the businesses, employees and residents affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged 50 more.

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