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April 6th, 2016 by Sara

Hear fresh voices from the local poetry scene at “An Evening of Poetry” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the Fremont Branch, (731 N. 35th St).
The event will feature the poetry of Ann Spiers, Lillo Way and Kathleen Byrd. The local poets will read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Metered street parking is available near the branch, and there is a pay parking lot across the street.

For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian.


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Greenwood explosion- how can we help?

March 14th, 2016 by Sara

From Doree at our sister site
The Phinney Neighborhood Association has compiled a very long list of businesses inside and outside our neighborhood that are helping to raise funds for businesses, employees and residents affected by last Wednesday’s explosion in downtown Greenwood. That list is being continually updated, so please check it often. Here are a few fundraisers happening this week:

Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way, is hosting an all-ages fundraiser for G&O Family Cyclery, which is adjacent to the three demolished businesses and sustained heavy damage. Fifty percent of all beer sales from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday and funds from a raffle will benefit the bike shop. Raffle drawings will take place at 6:30 p.m. and 8 pm. Cycle Dogs (pedal-powered vegan hot dog cart) will be on site from 6-10 p.m. and will donate 100 percent of its revenue.

Magic Magpie Studio henna artist and Greenwood resident Antoinette is hosting “Henna For Greenwood” from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Makeda & Mingus, 153 N. 78th St. All proceeds will go to the Greenwood Relief Fund, with Makeda & Mingus matching every penny.

Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N., is donating 20 percent of all sales Wednesday. The restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is having a week-long silent auction of neighborhood storefront paintings by Mark O’Malley, whose art has been for sale at the bookstore this past year. His painting of Mr. Gyros and Neptune Coffee sold last year, but he’s offered to create another one. There will be plenty of other paintings of iconic neighborhood stores to bid on. The silent auction closes Friday night. Everything over $50 for each painting will be donated to the relief fund. And Phinney Books is donating all proceeds from Friday’s sales (beyond what it cost to buy the books).


Tanya, the Phinney resident who purchased the Mr. Gyros and Neptune painting last year and is now living temporarily in Japan, emailed us a photo of the painting, which hangs proudly on her wall.

Greenwood Fred Meyer is donating all the proceeds from their coin boxes at cash registers.

Verity Credit Union and Taproot Theatre are holding a raffle for two gift baskets, with tickets to Taproot and gift cards to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. Stop by the Verity branch at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. to purchase raffle tickets.

Hooyman Family Chiropractic, 143 NW 85th St., is donating 20 percent of all proceeds in March and April to the relief fund.

Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting donations and will match the first $500.

The PNA was selling its whimsical holiday monkeys as a fundraiser for the fund and has already sold out, raising $11,000 for the Greenwood Relief fund.

Greenwood Elementary School families selling the “Show Greenwood Some Love” shirts raised $4,100 in just a few hours during Friday night’s Artwalk. Another batch of T-shirts will be available this week.

There is a GoFundMe just for G & O Family Cyclery. So far it’s raised more than $33,000.

Another GoFundMe account was started hours after the explosion by a community member with all proceeds going to employees of affected businesses (the PNA became the fiscal sponsor):  So far it’s raised more than $45,000.

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the PNA’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

A few days ago the Green Lake Community Council donated $500 to the PNA’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

The Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), Greenwood’s tutoring and writing center, is about to publish “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia,” with stories by BFI students and professional writers. (The very first piece in the book, written by a BFI student, is about Mr. Gyros.) They’ve decided to increase the publication run and have pledged 100 percent of the profits to the Greenwood Relief Fund. The book will be available in mid-April.

Numerous neighborhood businesses are collection sites for the Greenwood Relief Fund. Check the PNA’s special webpage for a complete list.

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Corner of 2nd Ave NW and NW Canal St closes 3/14 through the fall

March 11th, 2016 by Sara

Next week King County’s contractor will begin installing a new underground structure at the intersection of NW 2nd Ave and Canal St. This structure will connect the new siphons to the existing County sewer system which runs under NW Canal St. The work will close the corner of 2nd Ave. NW and NW Canal St. beginning Monday, March 14. The corner will remain closed through the fall.

What this means for you: drivers on 2nd Ave. NW will be able to use the alley to detour around the closed intersection. NW Canal St. will be open to two-way traffic. Westbound vehicles on NW Canal St. can use the turn-around area near 2nd Ave. NW. 

Along with the detours, expect more noise and activity on 2nd Ave. NW. The contractor will start by installing shoring for excavation of the new connecting structure.



What to expect

  • Two-way traffic, limited parking on NW Canal St. between 2nd Ave. NW and 1st Ave. NW
  • Access to the alley behind NW Canal St. open via 2nd Ave. NW
  • Burke-Gilman Trail users should access the trail and Fremont Canal Park from 3rd Ave. NW or 1st Ave. NW
  • Increased noise and activity from pipe installation activities
  • Work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays


Stay safe!

Please avoid the project area and sidewalks on NW 36th St. next to the project area. Please do not engage individuals working at the site. Community members can ask questions or share concerns about the project 24 hours a day by calling the project information line:


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Fremont resident creates a community-driven film to show off Seattle

March 11th, 2016 by Sara

Seattle’s an amazing city, right? We all know that. But surprisingly, not all of the outside world does. A group of filmmakers, including Director of Photography & Fremont denizen Dan McComb, have set out to change that with “We Make Seattle,” a community funded short film highlighting why Seattle is the ideal home for creative workers and entrepreneurs. Watch a teaser here.

Bryan Zug and Scott Berkun were inspired by questions raised at a Startup Roundtable hosted by Mayor McGinn in 2012. “I overheard many entrepreneurs asking the Mayor to help promote the vibrancy of the city to the world and I thought: wait a second! Why are we asking the government to do this? We’re entrepreneurs! We’re makers! Shouldn’t we do this ourselves?” That night he asked his friend Bryan, who runs Bootstrapper Studios, to help, and “We Make Seattle” was born.

The pair teamed up with Dan and set out to make a video profile of Seattle that highlighted the energy and quality of life in the city, which has been rated the #1 tech city in America by The Atlantic yet still is not considered by outsiders to be a destination for creative enterprises.

They raised funds through Kickstarter and with the support of over 250 backers and several local companies, including Tableau Software, Zillow, Filter, and more. The project was truly a grassroots effort–Scott and Bryan love Seattle and saw a way they could help attract new businesses with their combined skills.

It’s also a community film because they are making all the footage available for reuse, and are encouraging institutions, businesses, and residents to share and embed the video wherever they like. The pair are also developing a website with additional regional job finding, business building, and relocation resources.

All are invited to premiere “We Make Seattle” beginning at 6:30pm on March 24 at UW Startup Hall.

1100 NE Campus Parkway
University of Washington


Hope you are well!

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Civic Cocktails with the Mayor

February 24th, 2016 by Sara

Seattle Channel, Seattle CityClub and Crosscut are hosting a Civic Cocktail March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will join us to discuss equity and growth, working with a new city council and the city’s homelessness crisis. Then, a panel including Seattle city council member Mike O’Brien and Daniel Malone, Executive Director of the Downtown Emergency Service Center, will further discuss homelessness in Seattle.

Date/Time: March 2, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Tom Douglas Palace Ballroom (2100 5th Ave).

Click here for more information.

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Help name the baby gorilla

February 24th, 2016 by Sara

Photo from Woodland Park Zoo

Photo from Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo needs help naming its new baby gorilla. The winner will receive a variety of great gifts from the zoo, including a chance to visit the gorilla up-close!

To enter, participants must choose a female name from the African languages of Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo, and submit an entry form via mail, online here, or by dropping it off at any ballot box located on zoo grounds between now and Monday, February 29.

One winner will be selected by a judging panel of zoo staff to take home the Grand Prize:

  • One 1-year annual Woodland Park Zoo membership for one family
  • One ZooParent gorilla adoption
  • One opportunity to join a gorilla staff member for a private meet and greet for up to five people at the public viewpoint of the gorilla exhibit once the baby is on view (arranged at a mutually agreeable time)
  • One framed photograph of the newly-named gorilla infant

For official rules and terms of participation or to submit an entry online, click here.  More about the little cutie from Woodland Park:

The baby gorilla was born on November 20, 2015 to mom Nadiri and dad Vip. “Nadiri is a first-time, inexperienced mom,” said Martin Ramirez, mammal curator at Woodland Park Zoo. “Knowing that, we planned for different outcomes while she was pregnant, including the need for human intervention.”

Nadiri gave birth naturally but did not show strong maternal skills initially; as a result, staff immediately stepped in for the safety and welfare of the baby and to allow the new mom to rest. Since her birth, the zoo’s gorilla and veterinary staff have been providing 24/7 care for the unnamed baby gorilla behind the scenes in the gorillas’ sleeping quarters in a den next to Nadiri.

Multiple times a day, the mom and baby gorilla spend time together in the same den. “During recent sessions, the two have lain just inches apart, played and eaten together. The close proximity is a good sign they’re comfortable together and getting to know each other,” said Ramirez.

The baby gorilla remains off view where she is growing and thriving. “She’s developing normally; introductions are progressing slowly but steady,” said Ramirez. Currently, there is no time frame for when the baby will be on exhibit.

In the meantime, zoo staff is excited to officially give the baby gorilla a name. “As an ambassador for her species, an authentic regional name helps share the story of her counterparts in the wild,” said Ramirez.

The baby gorilla’s father is 37-year-old Vip, who has sired six other offspring with three different females at the zoo. He currently lives at the zoo in another group with two females.



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Ballard teen missing: Have you seen Stone Fennell?

February 15th, 2016 by Sara

From our friends at

Stone Fennell, a 16-year-old Ballard resident, is missing. He was last seen in Crown Hill late on Friday night, wearing dark blue jeans and a black or dark grey jacket with a black baseball cap. He is 5’10” and 215 lbs.


Seattle Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy who was reported missing.

Stone Fennell disappeared from his home on Crown Hill. He was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say family is concerned. They say the disappearance is out of character.

Fennell is 5-foot-10, 215 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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Sadness attracts NYC musician Mal Blum to play Seattle

February 15th, 2016 by Sara

When band mates Danielle K.L. Gregoire and Ravella Riffenburg decided to write a wine-soaked email to Mal Blum, a New York musician whose music often helped get the two through bouts of depression, break ups, and other heavy sad stuff, and offer them (Mal uses the singular pronoun ‘they’) a spot playing their song Fine! at a strangely awesome show about sorrow at the Seattle Fringe Festival called A Necessary Sadness, Danielle and Ravella didn’t actually expect a reply. So when they didn’t get one for a month it wasn’t surprising. The surprise came when Mal, after a month, wrote the two an email apologizing for their lack of response and admitted to being intrigued by the concept of the show, and agreed to consider the offer to come play in Seattle.

A Necessary Sadness is a show that celebrates the vulnerability of sorrow by putting people on stage in front of a live audience. After doing four shows, Gregoire found that the shows ended up being more uplifting than sad.

“It was surprising how many people turned out to sit in a room and listen to sad stories, and left with smiles on their tear-stained faces and how many people wanted to come tell their stories.” Gregoire said after the ANS in December at the Pocket Theater. Gregoire decided to develop A Necessary Sadness after three years in Seattle’s hilarious, but grueling stand up comedy scene running the Comedy Womb left her depressed and exhausted. She wanted to explore the other side of the coin, the ‘what if you put people in a room and told them they didn’t have to laugh, but instead were allowed to cry’. The show features stories, sketch, and music exploring sadness and ends with a set by a stand up comedian to lift the audience back up, and finally a cover of Mal Blum’s Fine! The show was so successful that Gregoire decided to submit to the Seattle Fringe Festival lottery and got in. Gregoire confessed to Riffenburg that she dreamed of asking Mal Blum to come play the final show at the Fringe festival, and like a good friend, Riffenburg decided to write up an email asking Blum to come perform. Then one Saturday night after a particularly good bottle of wine, they sent that email. Now Riffenburg and Gregoire’s dream is coming true.

Mal Blum is coming to Seattle to play ANS, and also two completely independent shows organized by the duo, and their band Sea of Slugs even gets to open for their favorite musician. The independent shows will feature comedy by Elicia Sanchez, as well as new comedians and poetry by spoken word poets and are sponsored in part by the Northwest Network.

Turns out sometimes sadness has positive consequences:

Mal Blum at the Fremont Abbey (ALL AGES SHOW)

When: Saturday, March 5th doors at 2pm, show at 2:30pm
What: An absolutely phenomenal show that will likely lift your spirits and grow your heart, at the same time.
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

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Head to the Fremont Sunday Market for the Mobile Food Rodeo

February 11th, 2016 by Sara

The Mobile Food Rodeo is proud to launch their third monthly Round-Up of delicious food trucks in conjunction with the Fremont Market.

Stroll the Fremont Sunday Market, and shop the awesome array of antique, vintage and hand crafts on Sunday, February 14th from 10- 4pm.
Confirmed Trucks (as of  2/9/16)

Hungry Me (New to Round-Up)
Charlie’s Buns ‘N Stuff
– Street Donuts
Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe
Chopstix (New to Round-Up)
My Sweet lil Cakes (New to Round-Up)
Ezell’s Express
Neema’s Comfort
Roll OK Please
Lumpia World
The Biscuit Box
Tokyo Dog
Gobble Restaurant
Wood Shop BBQ
Falafel Salam
Mystery Bay Seafood Catering
Afghan Delicious
Motofish Coffee
– Hawaii’s Donuts (New to Round-Up)

There is free parking while it lasts around the Fremont Sunday Market all day, busses, Lyft, Uber and cheap paid lots starting at just $3.

Bus Routes can be found here:
Metro Parking
It’s always free and a great place to hang out and shop over 100 local crafts, antiques and farms/processors. We have outdoor patio heaters and seating to keep you warm all day long throughout the market!

Get fed, hang out and have fun at one of Seattle’s favorite street markets for over 25 years.

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Meet Swizy!

February 5th, 2016 by Sara


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Ballard High School “Soap for Hope” drive

January 25th, 2016 by Sara

Do you have an extra bar of soap at home, or maybe a spare toothbrush? The Soap For Hope drive at Ballard High School is collecting various hygiene items which will be distributed to people facing hardships in Ballard, Queen Anne and Magnolia communities. They need:
-bars of soap
-bottles of shampoo and conditioner
-lip balm
-rolls of toilet paper
*all items must be unopened
Wednesday Jan. 20th – Friday Jan. 29th
Drop items off at BHS Main Office and Library (1418 NW 65th St)
Questions? Email

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Good music – good beer – good cause

January 25th, 2016 by Sara

What: The Ninkasi HellesYes! Tour – a FREE funk show + Ninkasi beer specials, with a portion of of every Ninkasi pint sold benefiting School of Rock

Who: Performances by Vokab Kompany, The Quick & Easy Boys and DBST

When: Thursday, February 11 | Doors at 8 p.m.

Where: Nectar Lounge, 412 N. 36th St

Why: Good music, good beer and no cover all night. Get in free, then order a pint of one of their Ninkasi beers on tap because you’ll get $1 off every pint (while supplies last) AND $1 from every Ninkasi pint will be donated to School of Rock!

Read more about the event, Ninkasi and the bands here.


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Neighbor Appreciation Day Saturday, February 13

January 19th, 2016 by Sara

Celebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Residents, community groups, and businesses across Seattle will join together on Saturday, February 13 (and the week of) to celebrate.

A few ways to celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. If the event is open to the public, you can post it to our events calendar.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, community centers, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
  • Take your neighbor to a FREE Seattle University Redhawks basketball game. Visit this link and use Promo Code “NEIGHBORDAY” to receive tickets. For questions call 206-398-4678.
  • Share a “great neighbor” story or tell us how you are celebrating using #neighborday. Post it to our Facebook page.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Click here for more information or contact Wendy Watson at


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The Taco Cleanse…at Book Larder

January 13th, 2016 by Sara

January 17: 11am-Noon

Stephanie Bogdanich & Jessica Morris: Author Talk: The Taco Cleanse

Tired of the same old cleanse? Instead of feeling rejuvenated are you feeling depleted, anxious, and cranky? (Not to mention . . . hungry?) A group of vegan taco scientists in Austin, Texas, know just how you feel, and now reveal their one-of-a-kind cleansing journey that anybody can follow and stick to—the Taco Cleanse. While the typical cleanse works by depriving you of your favorite foods, the plant-based Taco Cleanse rewards your body with what it naturally craves: tortillas, refried beans, guacamole!  Begin with a breakfast taco, the most important taco of the day. Even if you do nothing else, your mood will brighten in just 24 hours. Keep eating tacos and within a week your outlook will be noticeably improved. After 30 days, cleansers report lasting benefits—and you will, too!

Book Larder is thrilled to welcome Austin-based authors Stephanie Bogdanich & Jessica Morris to their kitchen, where they’ll share a favorite recipe, and the secrets to a new year cleanse we can all get behind! They’ll answer your questions about creating delicious vegan tacos (and pretty tasty margaritas too), and of course they’ll sign copies of The Taco Cleanse, sure to change your life in 2016.

Can’t attend but still want a signed copy of the book? Order it here for shipping or instore pickup.


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Don’t miss Gay Bingo

January 4th, 2016 by Sara

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Lifelong’s Academy Awards Gay Bingo is on Saturday, February 6. With all of the glitz of the star-studded Academy Awards, this event is bound to bring out Seattle’s A-listers in all of their fabulous glory. We’re rolling out the red carpet for an evening of fashion (boas, diamonds and heels, oh my!), cocktails and games galore. Hosted by the dazzling Aleksa Manila, this Oscar-inspired Gay Bingo is certain to bring home the statuette. Buy tickets now here.


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Music and Movement at the Good Shepherd Center

January 4th, 2016 by Sara

Tempus Continuum’s Anne H. Goldberg presents a solo concert of piano and movement-based pieces as her debut solo concert in Seattle, an adaptation of a concert she recently performed at Spectrum New Music in New York City.  Featuring the music of Globokar, Aperghis, and Furrer, Anne will also perform the Seattle premiere of music by Kevin Baldwin and a world premiere of her own.

       Hailed by the Boston Globe as “ethereal and ruminative”, Anne H. Goldberg blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, and performer.  Co-founder the new music ensemble, Tempus Continuum Ensemble, Anne makes a career of premiering and performing both her own music and that of other 20th and 21st Century composers.  She is a recent recipient of the Jerome Foundation for her work that finds the cross sections of music, breath, and movement.  As part of her dissertation, Anne has been exploring the relationships that exist within the composer-performer, and how her work as a movement artist impact and intersect with her life as a musician.  Her artistry has been featured in venues such as Symphony Space, the National Opera Center, the Kitchen, the Cell, the Flea Theater, in Darmstadt, and others nationally and internationally.

More information here and here.

January 22, 2016 at 8:00PM at the Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Suggested Donation: $5-15

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