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Donate costume jewelry to Greenwood Senior Center for its Costume Jewelry Sale

October 16th, 2017 by Doree

Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting its 5th annual Costume Jewelry Drive from now through early December.

They’re collecting earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pins (please put donations in Ziploc bags so they don’t have to untangle it).

Donated jewelry will be sold on Dec. 7, with proceeds benefiting the senior center.

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Whittier Elementary looking for volunteers to help upgrade playground for school and community use

August 25th, 2017 by Doree

Whittier Elementary, at 1320 NW 75th St. in Ballard, is planning to upgrade its aging playground structure, and also add entry gates, picnic tables and more.

A steering committee is applying for a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant to fund the improvements, but they need volunteers to pledge a certain number of hours as a match. The committee is planning to apply for up to $100,000 in grant money, meaning they need $50,000 worth of volunteer hours.

The grant proposal is due by Sept. 25. If you’d like to volunteer in any capacity (planning committees or construction), please see the SignUp Genius.

You can email the steering committee at Whittierplayground@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

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Gumshoe 5K Walk fundraiser ending Sunday, join others for ‘Procrastishoe’ Sunday at 3 p.m.

August 16th, 2017 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s annual Gumshoe 5K Walk fundraiser is in its final days (it was extended by one week because of air quality and heat concerns), and will end this Sunday, Aug. 20.

This Gumshoe group was out on Tuesday, bright yellow/green entry forms in hand. Photo courtesy of the Gumshoe.

The traditional “Procrastishoe” is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, starting at Ken’s Market. Join a group of other procrastinators to do the walk and solve the clues before the 6 p.m. deadline. Gumshoe Answer Man Mike Veitenhans will trail behind the group, muttering clues if the group gets stuck.

You can still do it on your own by purchasing your $20 entry form at Ken’s Market, Couth Buzzard Books or the Phinney Center, then following the 30 clues for a fun and interesting journey through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Turn in your completed entry form and be entered to win a gift card from local businesses.

All profits go to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank.

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Gumshoe detective walk extended through Aug. 20 because of concerns about heat, air quality

August 7th, 2017 by Doree

The annual Gumshoe 5K Walk, which raises money for three neighborhood nonprofits, has been extended by a week due to the expected heat wave and poor air quality.

The Gumshoe started last Friday and was scheduled to go through Aug. 13, but organizer Mike Veitenhans has added an extra week to allow people more time to complete the fun fundraiser without worrying about the heat.

Because of the extension, the group “Procrastishoe” has moved from Sunday, Aug. 13, to Aug. 20. Meet at Ken’s Market at 3 p.m.

Buy an entry form for $20 (or $15 each for two or more) at Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N. (debit or credit card, cash or check payable to “PNA”); Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (credit card, cash or check); or Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. (cash or check only). Return your completed form to any of the three purchase locations and be entered to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses.

All profits will be split equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. The Gumshoe has raised more than $49,000 in 11 years for neighborhood non-profits.

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Reminder: Gumshoe detective walk begins Friday

August 3rd, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the annual Gumshoe detective walk through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood starts tomorrow (Friday) and runs through Sunday, Aug. 13. Buy an entry form and follow the clues to discover interesting things about the neighborhood, including fun yard art, unusual signs and cool stuff you wouldn’t necessarily notice.

Starting Friday, you can buy an entry form for $20 (or $15 each for two or more) at Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N. (debit or credit card, cash or check payable to “PNA”); Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (credit card, cash or check); or Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. (cash or check only).

Return your entry form to any of the three purchase locations and be entered to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses.

All profits will be split equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. The Gumshoe has raised more than $49,000 in 11 years for neighborhood non-profits.

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12th annual Gumshoe detective walk through the neighborhood runs Aug. 4-13

July 28th, 2017 by Doree

The 12th annual Gumshoe detective walk through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood happens Aug. 4-13. Buy an entry form and follow the clues to discover interesting yard art, signs, and generally quirky things throughout the neighborhood.

This year, profits will be split equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. The Gumshoe has raised more than $49,000 in 11 years for neighborhood non-profits.

Click here to see last year’s clues and answers, so you get an idea of what you’re in for. It’s especially fun with a partner or group to help figure out tricky clues.

Starting Aug. 4, you can buy an entry form for $20 (or $15 each for two or more) at Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N. (debit or credit card, cash or check payable to “PNA”); Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (credit card, cash or check); or Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. (cash or check only).

Return your entry form to Ken’s, the PNA or Couth Buzzard, and be entered to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses (see the list on the website).

New this year, Illumination Learning Studio at 7720 Greenwood Ave. N. will let Gumshoers fill up water bottles and use the bathroom if they’re passing by during business hours. And show your entry form at Pete’s Egg Nest for a free drink or Gorgeous George’s for a free hummus appetizer with purchase of a meal — they’re both at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 78th Street.

The annual “Procrastishoe” begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, at Ken’s Market for anyone who wants to do it last-minute as part of a group. Gumshoe Guy Mike Veitenhans will follow behind, muttering clues if the group gets stuck.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus raises nearly $22,000 for Haiti school

June 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus’s annual concert to benefit a school in Haiti raised far more money this year than previously.

Chorus member Mike Veitenhans tells me the chorus had hoped to raise $8,000. But shortly before Saturday night’s concert, a representative from the Mona Foundation, which funds the Georges Marcellus School in rural Haiti through donations, told the chorus that an anonymous donor had heard about the chorus’s fundraising efforts and promised to match whatever they raised, up to $10,000.

After informing the audience of that pledge match, audience members reached deep and donated $11,550. A few more donations rolled in after the concert, and with the anonymous donor match, the chorus raised a record $21,550.

The chorus has now raised more than $90,000 for Haitian school children in the last 15 years.

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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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‘Dance Your Cash Off’ to support the students at Bureau of Fearless Ideas

September 21st, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, our neighborhood’s free tutoring and writing center for kids, is hosting its annual “Dance Your Cash Off” fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at Hale’s Palladium in Fremont. This year’s theme is “Electric Karaoke Boogaloo.”

Dancers must raise at least $50 in donations to be eligible for dancing and prizes.

*Oh yes, there are PRIZES. Registered dancers earn “style points” for costumes, for moves, for great hair, or for great attitude, with top points-havers winning FABULOUS PRIZES. We are amassing a vast array of amazing giveaways including restaurant gift certificates, hotel stays, free services, and free stuff from all over Seattle, to be bestowed upon dancers throughout the evening. Plus, GRAND PRIZES include special packages for the highest fundraising team and individual, the team and individual dancer with the most style points, and best karaoke performance!

Our celebrity judges include acclaimed filmmaker Lynn Shelton, powerhouse performer Sarah Rudinoff, actor and impresario Rebecca Mmm Davis, comic El Sanchez, and artist and SubPop receptionist Derek Erdman!

Register yourself or your team online.

And just in case you missed it, BFI and its fundraising storefront, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., recently moved back into headquarters at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. after their building was seriously damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion. The store was closed during those six months and tutoring moved to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Both reopened for business two weeks ago.

Both the store and tutoring center are looking for more volunteers. Check out the info here.

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