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Holiday sales, toy donations and birthday wishes

December 11th, 2012 by Doree

Ballard, Greenwood and Phinney artisans and home-based businesses are gathering at a Greenwood home on Saturday to raise money for Whittier Elementary School in Ballard.

The Holiday Bazaar is from 12-3 p.m. Saturday at 313 NW 81st St., a half-block west of Greenwood Elementary School. The sale is open to the public.

Customers pay a $2 entry fee, and vendors will donate a portion of their proceeds to the PTA. They’ll also have a bake sale.

Businesses include Plover Organic (linens, pillows, tablecloths and other textiles), Driscoll Design (hand-glittered journals), Glittersweet (purses and bags), Turquoise Creative (greeting cards and fine art), Lara Cowles (totes), Crescent Moon Designs (jewelry), KHS Pottery, and kindie rock band The Not-Its! (CD’s, T-shirts).

Most vendors accept credit cards, but not all, so please bring cash, especially for the entry fee, baked goods and items from smaller vendors.

Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots until Dec 18. For every toy donation, you’ll get a free scoop of ice cream.

Woodland Park Zoo is selling its “seasonal blend” of Holidoo compost, made from animal waste of nearly two dozen herbivore species at the zoo. Holidoo is available at the ZooStore in 4-gallon containers ($20), 2-gallon buckets ($12.95) or pints ($4.95).

Phinneywood resident Gabe Airth is celebrating his 12th birthday tomorrow on 12/12/12 and is hoping his friends will help him raise $1,212.12 for Seattle Public Theater, where he participates in the youth program. You can donate online (be sure and mention Gabe’s name in the comments area).

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Happy Thanksgiving, PhinneyWood!

November 24th, 2011 by Dale

Here’s wishing you a Happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving that’s big on what matters most to you, whether it’s family and friends, or food and fellowship.

If you’re planning on making a last-minute dinner ingredient dash, or simply plan to pop out to the coffee shop to get away from the family, er, stretch your legs, remember that many businesses are closed, or have limited hours. If you know of a business that’s open, or closing early today, post a comment (and if you’re looking for a further diversion, vote on our PhinneyWood Facebook page on what your plans are for the day).

And speaking of local businesses, Saturday is "Small Business Saturday" – a day dedicated to supporting small businesses. But as far as we’re concerned, any day is an excellent day to support the many fine local businesses that help make our Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods a great place to live and work.

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In memory of those who served

May 30th, 2011 by Dale

While today is seen by many as simply a day off, it’s also a day set aside to remember those who’ve fallen in military service to our country.

The largest observance in our area is at Evergreen Washelli, 11111 Aurora Ave. N., where they’ll be holding their 85th annual Memorial Day service today starting at 1:30 p.m. A guided tour of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, one time envisioned as “The Arlington of the West,” will follow.

Here is a clip Evergreen Washelli made of their 2010 Memorial Day Service. It starts off a bit slow, but stick with it – it includes some stirring photography in the back half.

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Get thee to the post office – now!

December 16th, 2010 by Doree

This post is from Mike Ullmann of our sister site, Maple Leaf Life.

The busiest day of the year for the U.S. Post Office? That would be next Monday, Dec. 20.

The last day to put your first-class cards in the mail for Christmas delivery? That would also be next Monday, Dec. 20.

More than 800 million cards, letters and packages are expected to be mailed on that day alone, compared to 559 million on a typical day. Wednesday, Dec. 22, will be the busiest delivery day.

The Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 3 billion cards and letters over the holidays.

If you’re running behind, Dec. 21 is the deadline for Priority Mail delivery by Christmas, and Dec. 22 is the deadline for Express Mail. For more information, visit the post office online.

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Happy Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

November 25th, 2010 by Dale

Happy Thanksgiving, PhinneyWood friends and neighbors! As the temperature rises…

and snow begins to melt on this wintry Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for living in this community and for our relationship with all of you. We wish you a safe and happy holiday.

What are you thankful for?

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Happy Easter!

April 12th, 2009 by Dale

From us here at PhinneyWood, may you enjoy the day in whatever fashion you choose to celebrate it.

Every holiday, and we mean every holiday (here’s a Fourth of July image), the homeowners at the corner of 65th and Palatine decorate their tree with a matching theme. Here’s their Easter version, which this picture does only a so-so job of capturing.

And in keeping with the spirit of the holiday, Greenwood Christian Church, 8018 Greenwood Ave. N, gets a mention in today’s Seattle Times, for their plans to start a food co-op. At first, they plan to share produce, but they hope to eventually have enough to can the extras and donate it.

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Santoro’s Books holiday party Saturday night

December 11th, 2008 by Doree

Santoro’s Books at 7405 Greenwood Ave. N. is throwing its fourth annual “Eat, Drink and Be Literary” holiday party from 5-8 p.m. Saturday night with food, wine, and, of course, lots of books. You’ll even get $5 off any purchase over $25.

They’re also extending their hours through the holidays and can special order nearly any book in plenty of time for gift giving. See their website for details.

If you know of other stores in the neighborhood having holiday parties or extending their hours, add a Comment below.

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‘Pathway of Lights’ at Green Lake Dec. 13

December 10th, 2008 by Doree

It’s not in Greenwood or Phinney Ridge, but the Green Lake “Pathway of Lights” event draws people from all over the region. Sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Green Lake Community Center Advisory Council, thousands of luminaria will ring the lake from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Enjoy holiday music by local singers and groups at the Green Lake Community Center, the Green Lake Small Craft Center, the Aqua Theater, and the Bathhouse Theater (Seattle Public Theatre). Please bring two cans of food for donation to Northwest Harvest, and drop them off at the performance tents.

The event is seeking musicians and volunteers to set up and clean up. Set up is from 3-5 p.m, with lighting at 5 p.m. Clean up is from 8:30-9:30 p.m. The lights will go up rain or shine, so if it’s drizzly, what better way to chase away those rainy night blues?

For more information and to volunteer, call Barb Drake at 206-684-0780, or e-mail her at barb.drake@seattle.gov.

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Greenwood-Phinney Lighting of the Trees Party

December 9th, 2008 by Doree

The annual Greenwood-Phinney Lighting of the Trees Party happens at the North Seattle Boys & Girls Club next Tuesday, Dec. 16 from 5-9 p.m. The whole community is invited for dinner and live entertainment (jazz, funk, spoken word, etc.).

Seattle-based soul/funk band “Kissing Potion” kicks things off at 5:30 p.m.  Donations gratefully accepted to benefit the Club, and everyone’s asked to bring a non-perishable donation for Greenwood Food Bank.


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