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Greenwood neighbor puts up holiday decorations in honor of late neighbor

December 21st, 2016 by Doree

Lisa, who lives in the 300 block of NW 81st Street, sent us photos of her home’s Christmas decorations, put up in honor of her neighbor, Hallie Stegelvik, who passed away in November. Lisa says Hallie always loved her holiday decorations.

“This Christmas I went all out in memory of her,” Lisa said by email.

She’s also encouraging donations to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Hallie’s honor.

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PhinneyWood Phestivus brings neighborhood fun Friday night

December 8th, 2016 by Doree

“Seinfeld” may have invented the tradition of “Festivus,” but our neighborhood is making the holiday its own with LED monkeys, trolley rides and an ugly Christmas sweater pub crawl. Combined with the monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk, this Friday night’s PhinneyWood Phestivus should prove the former business chamber’s motto that we are “just a little off center.”

The Artwalk officially runs from 6-9 p.m., but Phestivus fun keeps going until midnight.

Hop on a free Emerald City Trolley at designated stops along Phinney and Greenwood avenues between 59th and 87th streets. Proudly show off your fashion sense for the Ugly Sweater Monkey Crawl and get discounts at participating pubs and restaurants.

Check out the 200 LED-lit colored metal-frame monkeys at businesses and residences all along Phinney Greenwood avenues, plus the GloCone on the Phinney Center’s air raid tower at the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street. The monkeys started a few years ago as a tie in to Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights and have since taken on a life of their own.

Monkeys climb up the GloCone hanging from the Phinney Center’s air raid tower.

Free parking for PhinneyWood Phesitivus is available at the Zoo’s north parking lot at North 59th Street and Phinney Avenue North, and at the Phinney Center at Phinney Avenue and North 67th Street.

The trolley will be making a loop between the zoo’s North Parking Lot at North 59th Street up to North 87th Street. You can hop on and off at any Metro bus stop, and at any of four “layover” spots: the zoo’s North Parking Lot, Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair at Greenwood Avenue and 75th, Verity Credit Union at Morrow Lane and Greenwood Avenue, and Greenwood Hardware at 72nd and Greenwood. Trolley stops will be designated by A-Boards. The trolley schedule is here.

PhinneyWood Phestivus is sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group, PhinneyWood Arts Council and Woodland Park Zoo. The trolley is sponsored by Verity Credit Union and Umpqua Bank.

Dozens of neighborhood art galleries and other businesses are hosting artists and musicians for the Artwalk. Makeda & Mingus at 153 N. 78th St. is hosting its third annual Holiday Craft Fair with Kubo Cards, henna art, Gemstone Jewelry and Chauncey Bites (doggie treats), and indie rock by Nomi.

Bluebird Ice Cream, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N., has a lot of special treats planned. They’ll be giving out samples of their new hot fudge and caramel sauces, tapping a keg of their award-winning “Yukon Cornelius” Winter Warmer, and will have special holiday ice cream flavors including Egg Nog, Peppermint Mocha, Mandarin Orange Chocolate and Gingerbread Cookie Batter. Get a free scoop with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots. Santa Claus will be there for photos until 7:30 p.m. and will encourage donations for his program to help the homeless.

Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., will have free hot cider, a craft project and Christmas music.

For a complete list of participating Artwalk venues and artists, see the Art Up website. And see MonkeyWood for more holiday happenings.

During the festivities, The Cookie Counter is having a special fundraiser to try to raise enough money to reopen their doors after a series of devastating setbacks. Stop by the vegan bakery at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N. and buy some cookies (regular and gluten free) and hot beverages at “pay what you can prices,” plus a silent auction of merchandise donated by local businesses. They’ve also got a Go Fund Me campaign.

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Holiday happenings in the neighborhood this month

December 2nd, 2016 by Doree

Lots of holiday happenings around the neighborhood this month. Here’s a roundup. Let us know what we missed in Comments below or email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll add to this post.

The annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in both the Blue and Brick buildings, with 115 hand-picked artists and crafts vendors, continuous live entertainment in both buildings, plus lunch items and baked goods. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general. Please also bring non-perishable food for the food bank.

Woodland Park Zoo presents its annual WildLights 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1 with more than 600,000 lights, carolers, reindeer, Santa and more.

Green Lake Pathway of Lights, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Enjoy music and refreshments at several sites while admiring thousands of luminaria around the lake. Free but donations of non-perishables will be collected for FamilyWorks Food Bank.

North Pole on the Ridge Food & Toy Drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Illumination Learning Studio. Selfies with Santa, holiday crafts, card and ornament making, face painting, gelato, cocoa, cider and treats. Free but donations of non-perishable holiday foods and new, unwrapped and non-violent toys are appreciated.

Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N. Fire pit, hot cider and songsheets for a singalong. Free, but a hat will be passed for donations to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

PhinneyWood Phestivus turns our monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk into a full night of holiday festivities with a free trolley running up and down the main drag so neighbors can check out the 200 LED metal-framed monkeys in windows of businesses and residences and see more Artwalk venues. Phestivus runs from 6 p.m. to midnight next Friday, Dec. 9. Hop on the free Emerald City Trolley at designated stops (marked by A-Boards) along Phinney and Greenwood avenues between 59th and 87th streets. More than 30 venues are participating in the Artwalk. As a bonus, wear your best Ugly Christmas Sweater and score discounts at participating pubs and restaurants as part of the “monkey crawl.” Free parking for PhinneyWood Phesitivus is available at the Zoo’s north parking lot at 59th and Phinney and at the Phinney Center at 67th and Phinney. You can find out more about the monkeys and neighborhood holiday activities on MonkeyWood.

Join neighbors for a Christmas meal at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 12 p.m. Dec. 25. RSVP by Dec. 16 to 206-297-0875. Free but donations are welcome.

Christmas tree lots:

  • The Christmas tree sale to benefit Noel House Shelter Programs for Homeless Women is back at St. John Catholic Church at 80th and Greenwood on the school playground from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday (Dec. 3) and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 4).
  • Ballard Boy Scout Troop & Crew 100 is selling trees at their lot next to St. Alphonsus’ parking lot on 15th Avenue NW by Ballard Market. Fresh trees are delivered twice a week. Scouts will man the lot rain or shine from 1-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.

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PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is this weekend

November 30th, 2016 by Doree

The huge annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in both the Blue and Brick buildings. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general. Please also bring non-perishable food for the food bank.

More than 100 hand-picked artists and crafts vendors will feature thousands of items for your holiday shopping. From hand-crafted clothing to furniture, jewelry, housewares, candles, spices, toys, art and more. Enjoy continuous live entertainment in both buildings, plus lunch items and baked goods.

Click here to see the full vendor list and entertainment schedule.

And click here to see photos of many of last year’s vendors, craft items and entertainers.

(Note: PhinneyWood is a Winter Festival sponsor.)

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PNA GloCone lit up for the holidays

November 28th, 2016 by Doree

About 150 people braved the rain and cold Saturday night for the annual lighting of the GloCone suspended from the Phinney Center’s air raid tower, at the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street.

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Attendees listened to holiday music and enjoyed treats while the GloCone and holiday LED monkeys were lit up. The monkeys are part of our neighborhood’s fairly new holiday light tradition, as an alternative to traditional holiday lights. Look for hundreds of the monkeys in business and residence windows throughout the neighborhood.

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And see the PNA Business Group’s MonkeyWood website for more holiday activities.

Thanks to Mike V for the photos!

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Holiday GloCone installed on Phinney Center air raid tower, ready to be lit up Saturday

November 22nd, 2016 by Doree

A group of Phinney Ridge neighbors assembled and installed the GloCone on the Phinney Center’s air raid tower last weekend.

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The GloCone will be lit up with holiday lights at 5 p.m. Saturday during a community celebration with caroling and treats. The air raid tower is on the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street.

Some of the holiday monkeys are now up in windows of businesses and residences throughout the neighborhood.

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Businesses sponsor a monkey (or two or three or more) each year as a fun alternative to the usual holiday lights. About 200 monkeys will be placed at businesses. Another 100 monkeys were auctioned off to individuals to help raise funds for the Greenwood Relief Fund after the March 9 gas explosion and the Greenwood Senior Center.

For more information on PNA Business Group holiday events, see the MonkeyWood.org website.

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Woodland Park Zoo WildLights is Nov. 25 through Jan. 1

November 18th, 2016 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s 5th annual WildLights holiday event begins the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25, and runs through Jan. 1, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. daily, except Dec. 24-25.

More than 600,000 lights transform indoor and outdoor exhibits. Plus there’s real reindeer, fake snowball fights inside “Snowmazium” (Zoomazium), photos with Santa for an additional fee, traditional carolers, a peacock scavenger hunt, and the Historical Carousel with be open for rides for an additional fee.

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The southwest corner of the Rain Forest Food Pavilion will be the Winter Warm Up area and is open every night to guests of all ages. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, including mini donuts, apple fritters, chowder, chili, pizza, hot cider, hot cocoa, coffee, espresso, hot tea, soda and water; plus beer, spiked hot cider, wine and mulled wine for adults 21 and older.

New this year is a special Pokémon Go Night on Nov. 30, where Snowmazium becomes a Pokemon Gym, the Rain Forest Food Pavilion becomes Trainer Headquarters, and lots of Pokemon lures will be dropped around zoo grounds.

And on Dec. 12 it’s Seahawks Night, where you can meet and get a photo with team mascot Blitz and go on a Seahawks Scavenger Hunt.

Santa will be there every Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Christmas, plus Dec. 19 and 23.

Tickets are available in advance online or at zoo gates during regular zoo hours. Night-of-event tickets will be sold at the zoo’s West Entrance, if not sold out. WildLights is rain or shine, no ticket refunds. Adults (age 13+), $9.95; children 3-12, $7.95; toddlers 2 and under are free. Zoo members get $2 off adult tickets purchased through Dec. 9.

Enter through the zoo’s West Entrance on Phinney Avenue North between North 55th and 56th streets. Free parking is available in the Penguin, Otter and Bear parking lots. The Hippo and Flamingo lots will open as needed.

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Presidents Day closures

February 15th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that today is Presidents Day, a federal holiday. That means all schools, banks, post offices, libraries and government offices are closed. Most Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities also are closed, including all community centers, environmental learning centers, indoor swimming pools, the Green Lake Small Craft Center and the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center. However, all boat ramps, golf courses (Interbay, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park and West Seattle), and Amy Yee Tennis Center remain open.

All street parking in the city is free.

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Merry Christmas from PhinneyWood

December 25th, 2015 by Doree

Merry Christmas to all of our Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighbors!

Today we are thankful for being your neighborhood news source for the last 7-1/2 years.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

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