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


Seattle Public Library hosts ‘Seattle Writes’ workshops at numerous branches, including Greenwood and Broadview

September 7th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Library is hosting 25 writing workshops for its Seattle Writes fall program series, now through December, at branches all over the city, including Greenwood and Broadview.

Workshops are free and open to anyone. Registration is not required, but seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Doors to the meeting room will open 30 minutes before each class. Attendees should bring a pen, pencil and paper, or fully charged laptop.

From 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., novelist Peg Cheng will teach that “fear is a natural part of the creative process and how you can use fear to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.”

From 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., author and educator Martha Brockenbrough will lead “First 500 Words – Make the beginning of your book as strong as possible in this free class for fiction and nonfiction writers.”

See the full Seattle Writes workshop schedule here.

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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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Former Greenwood resident Dave Fox returning from Vietnam to teach travel writing class at Phinney Center

May 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Dave Fox, a travel writer who used to live in Greenwood but now lives in Vietnam, will be in town soon and will teach a travel writing workshop, “From Personal Travel Journals to Publishable Travel Tales,” from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Cost is $35, or $30 each if you bring a friend. You can sign up online. While in town he’s also offering one-hour one-on-one coaching sessions for $50.

Fox spent 16 years leading European tours for Rick Steves. He has published two books: “Globejotting: How to Write Extraordinary Travel Journals” and “Getting Lost: Mishaps of an Accidental Nomad.”

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Bureau of Fearless Ideas ‘People Eating and Giving’ fundraiser April 1

February 22nd, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center formerly known as 826 Seattle, is hosting its annual People Eating and Giving fundraiser from 5:30-10 p.m. on Friday, April 1, at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St.

Special guest is Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, who will sing and answer audience questions. Tickets range from $150 to $300 for VIP.

All proceeds support Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ free programs for children from first grade through high school.

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What do YOU call a resident of Greenwood?

January 13th, 2016 by Doree

Our friends at the neighborhood nonprofit writing and tutoring center The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle) are putting together their latest anthology from student and professional writers. “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia” will be published in March, with public readings throughout the spring.

But before they publish it, they asked me a very pressing question: What do you call the residents of Greenwood? Is it Greenwoodians? Greenwooders? Greenwoodites? Or something else?

Oddly, here at PhinneyWood that question has never come up. Residents have many different names for the neighborhood and its different parts — Grinney, Lower Phinney, Phinney Valley, Ballard Alps, Greenhood, Phinney Lake, Green View, and Green Ridge, to name a few — but we’ve never been asked to determine a specific name for the residents therein.

So, dear readers, we’d like you to weigh in. Tell us your preferred name for Greenwood residents, and more importantly, why that term is better than any other. (If you’d rather not comment publicly, you can email us at tips@phinneywood.com and we’ll keep your name private.)

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826 Seattle expanding programs, changing name to The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas

November 12th, 2014 by Doree

The nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is breaking off from the national 826 organization founded by author Dave Eggers and fearlessly charting a new course with a new name.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas will greatly expand its mission and programs, but headquarters remains behind the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N.

826 Seattle has worked with more than 20,000 children during the last 10 years. The plan for the new Bureau is to open new locations through the city and hopefully beyond, beginning with White Center, to reach thousands more children between the ages of 6 and 18. All programs are free; the organization is supported solely by donations.

“Seattle is an amazing place. We are proud of the work we do here, helping all kinds of kids develop into confident future leaders through the power of expressing and sharing their own ideas and stories. People who can share their own stories and listen to others are not only more effective in their academic and work lives but are also kinder and more understanding people. Our work is to create the next generation of skilled, empathetic leaders,” said Teri Hein, Executive Director of Fearless Ideas and founder of 826 Seattle. “We have huge goals and if the past ten years are any indication, every reason to believe we can reach them. We want to grow deeper roots into our neighborhood of Greenwood, expand into new neighborhoods, create more opportunities to broadcast our students’ work throughout the region and, together with our whole extended team, serve the greater Seattle area while we are making Seattle greater.”

“I know of no organization, academic or otherwise, that is as effective at showing kids that writing brilliant sentences can be nearly as adventurous as walking on the moon,” said iconic Northwest author and long-time board member Tom Robbins.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is a corps of youth and adults, staff and volunteers, families and local citizens who believe that the power of words, well-written and well-spoken, can open doors to important opportunities. Our tutoring, writing, and publishing programs prepare young people, ages 6 to 18, for a successful future by developing strong writing skills, championing diverse communication styles, and motivating young people to share their stories. Programs at each Fearless Ideas center reach into the surrounding neighborhood to involve adults and businesses in helping youth become engaged citizens and confident leaders. All programs are free and open to families from any socio-economic background.

Click here for a PDF of their four-page FAQs about the change. And The Stranger has a great story detailing the change.

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826 Seattle publishes third edition of ‘What to Read in the Rain’

November 29th, 2012 by Doree

Greenwood’s nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle has published the third edition of its popular “What to Read in the Rain.”

The 2013 edition will officially launch on Saturday, Dec. 8, with a free party from 1-3 p.m. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N at 1 p.m.

What to Read in the Rain can be found at bedsides in hotels across the city, where rain-delayed travelers can read poetry and fiction written by students from 826 Seattle and beloved professional authors. Highlights include Yonase Geleta’s “How to Sleep with a Triceratops in Your Room”, Chelsea Cain’s “For Your Safety” (which provides tips for surviving the dangers of Pacific Northwest travel), and Tom Robbins’ “Advice To Aspiring Writers.” It is also available from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.

826 Seattle, housed within the whimsical Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company, is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth ages six to 18. With over 400 active volunteers, 826 Seattle is committed to helping young people acquire the skills they need to write well throughout their lives. 826 Seattle helps more than 2,000 students every year and has served over 13,000 students since it opened in 2005.

The What to Read in the Rain celebration will feature Northwest-inspired snacks and readings from Chelsea Cain, Peter Mountford, Jared Leising and 826 Seattle students. It runs 1-3 pm and is a free event.

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826 Seattle receives NEA art grant

April 30th, 2012 by Doree

Writing and tutoring center 826 Seattle is one of 788 non-profits around the country to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant.

826 Seattle will use the $36,000 grant to support its “Creating a Community of Young Authors” project. The NEA is giving a total of $24.81 million in art grants.

From the press release:

Research clearly shows that writing skills are imperative to success in our knowledge-based economy and that the world needs critical and creative thinkers to tackle the complex challenges we face as a planet. While schools focus their limited resources on math, science and reading, the task of engaging children to think creatively falls increasingly on the shoulders of organizations like 826 Seattle.”

“We believe that 826 Seattle’s Community of Young Authors project is an essential investment in the lives of our young people, and our community,” said 826 Seattle founder Teri Hein. “We’re proud of our efforts and of the young people, volunteers, supporters, board and staff who made it possible.”

826 Seattle is located inside its fundraising arm, Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. It provides free tutoring for children ages 6 to 18.

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Couth Buzzard hosts writing group, family game night

January 20th, 2010 by Doree

The new Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. is adding meetings and entertainment in its new space.

Starting Monday, Feb. 1, they’ll be hosting a new writing group at 6 p.m.

Leader, Marilyn Stauter calls her approach “Guided Spontaneity.” For more information contact Marilyn Stauter at stauter5687@msn.com, or 206-633-5687.

And every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. is now Family Game Evening, with cards and board games.

Chess, Go, Bridge, Scrabble, Dominos and more. The Cafe will also be open for drinks and food. 206-436-2960.

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