Monday, July 28, 2008

Do the entering in the VIDEO CONTESTS!

I know there are a lot of aspiring filmmakers in this neighborhood! You can't lie. You can't hide. SHOW US YOUR TALENTS!

Anyway, Mystery Week (a series of fun fundraising events and activities that benefit the Greenwood Senior Center) and the Gumshoe Walk is coming very soon (August 8th-17th). What is it exactly? Well you should mosey on to:

and you'll find out all the amazing and mysterious activities that will be happening that week.

Anyway, for Mystery Week/Gumshoe, there's a video contest: simply answer the question "What's So Mysterious About Phinney/Greenwood" in a 4o to 45 second video and you can win a wonderful $149.95 cash prize, sponsored by the fabulous folks at Red Mill (who were to cheap to add in 5 cents, bleh. hahahah).

(I could sure use a double bacon deluxe right now)

Anyway, to get a clearer sense of what this questions means, i suggest you take a gander at this hilarious promo video (thanks Mike Veitenhans!) we posted on youtube:

so, all you wonderful Phinney Ridge Filmmakers, please submit your video answers for this contest! For more info, please let us know!

Monday, July 14, 2008

More Kudos for PNA's Well Home Program

Organizing your own toolbank is as easy as holding a meeting, making a list of tools and trading phone numbers. Starting from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle’s nationally acclaimed Well Home Program grew to serve the whole city, offering tools and training to low-income people throughout the city. Thus, what begins as a pet project might evolve into the next best thing for your town.

So says today's blog entry in the Sustainability Library from the Northfield (Minnesota) Center for Sustainable Living.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Torn From Today's Headlines!

... and yesterday's... and last week's.

Seattle Times - Monday, July 7, 2008
At Green Lake, latest word in poetry is ... umbrellas
For those who missed the Green Lake Poetess after her yearlong hiatus, she was back Sunday with a bold new display.... Allin, a resident artist at Studio-Current on Capitol Hill, said she wants her work to combine poetry with visual and performance art to broaden its appeal... Besides her Studio-Current gig, Allin runs a monthly poetry reading at Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center. Day to day, she works in a Ballard boatyard to pay the bills.

See below for a description of Mimi's last event at the PNA. Untitled [Intersection] was conceived as a live art series, designed to strengthen the Seattle arts community by cross-fertilizing, fostering dialog between genres and bringing fresh talent to the fore. On the 4th Friday of every month, between 7-9 pm, Untitled [Intersection] showcases experimental performance art and exceptional poetry.

Seattle P-I - Sunday, July 6, 2008
State and local governments side with builders on runoff pollution
.... Those methods ["low impact" techniques] slurp up rainwater that, in traditional developments, carries away pesticides, fertilizer, oil, dog poop and the other residues of our daily lives, dumping them in a nearby stream or bay. We know how to stop this so-called stormwater pollution: development that mimics natural conditions, with big swaths of greenery to soak up rainwater. This building method minimizes hard surfaces such as rooftops and asphalt, replacing them if possible with plant-covered roofs, porous pavement and other techniques that soak up the rain.

Of course you know the PNA's Well Home Program features many classes in sustainable building and living.

And finally, this one isn't specifically local but did you think all that run off went some place else?

The Christian Science Monitor - June 27, 2008 edition
A holistic approach to saving the sea
Scientists recognize that species cannot be managed in isolation; management must be based ecosystem-wide – including earth and sky.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

PNA's Tool Library Rules the World!

Well, perhaps a small part of the world. Specifically, a web site by the name of WorldChanging Seattle. In a discussion about "owning the experience rather than the stuff itself" our venerable tool library gets kudos for helping to keep down the proliferation of products:

"...If we take the product-service model to a smaller scale, we get down to my issue with the hammer. The Phinney Neighborhood Center's tool lending library is one example of group ownership working to everyone's advantage. This program, still in a growth phase with limited hours, nevertheless shows the possibilities. For reasonable weekly use fees that generally range from $2 to $30 (a few expensive appliances run $80-$115), you can borrow the tool you need for your job, and then return it (with no need to clear another storage space in your home!). Available tools include basics like extension cords and wrenches, yard tools like lawn mowers and pruning shears, and even advanced equipment like a pressure washer, cement mixer or table saw."

You can read the entire article here.

BTW: The PNA’s Tool Lending Library encourages you to consider the donation of new, used and antique tools and home construction, repair and maintenance books and magazines. Bring your materials by the library or call (206) 546-3119. The tool lending library is open Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Here's a little tidbit sent to me by Mimi Allin about the inagural event in the UNTITLED [INTERSECTION], 2008 series.

here are some photos
from our first event in Ed Medeiros park it was absolutely wonderful!!
&i don't just mean the weather

the crowd changed so much
we had a much broader palate
with farmers & small children
on the outskirts
some wanderers of course

along with those who had come to see jeremy & paige i've got to find a way to fund this program i really want to pay the performers &this is the lowest cost method i've ever tried for producing a show i spend less time setting the space up & less money on food so whatever money could be found would be able to go directly to the artists anyway i invite you all to attend one of these short sweet stellar outdoor events the next one is friday 25 july it only last an hour from 7-8pm thanks, mimi

More about the event is here.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Where to eat during your lunch break

Ok, i usually take my lunch break around 1 or 2pm. I'm just crazy like, it's to kinda avoid the rushhour folks, though at Red Mill, a lot of people seem to share my idea of eating lunch at 2pm.

Anyway, here's a list of local places that i go to if i eat out for lunch:

Red Mill Burgers--double bacon deluxe w/ an oreo shake...*drool* Surprising, i love their fries. I know their onion rings are supreme (according to GQ, that is), but i love their fries. I'm planning to go there later on this week.

El Chupacabra--tasty tasty Mexican food, reasonably priced. I had the torta. and the guac dip. NICE

Fresh Flours--I LOVE their selection of baked goods. I especially love their fruit galettes (esp. w/ raspberries). However, their hot chocolate is ehhh, and that's why you should go to...

Chocolati Cafe--best hot chocolate, hands down, especially

Mr. Gyros--cheap and delicious gyros. the greek fries (feta cheese and spices?) is nice and the customer service is warm, casual, and down-home.

Mae's Cafe--i forgot what it was called, but they have this chile/hashbrowns/omelette topped with cheese and ground beef. *drool* best place to go for heavy breakfasts

Ken's Market--I like their deli sandwiches.

Phinney Ridge was mentioned in this week's issue of Seattle Weekly in the Food & Drink section. Specifically, they were reviewing Ed's Kort Haus, which is roughly a block away from the Phinney Center. I never ate there, but i'm curious now, considering Ed serves "exotic meat" burgers...we'll see, check out the link below:

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post-commentary re: gala of my C.A.P. documentary

Yesterday was the "premier gala" for my CAP project--a short documentary about teens and their concept of community. We set up shop at Room 7 and I was say a super special thank you to Emily, my supervisor, for putting in an INSANE amount of work to make sure that this gala was successful. Especially the food and the potluck "spread"...well, it wasn't exactly a potluck, but we had an assortment of nice treats. I was personally proud of my "Dirt Bed Pie", which is essentially a ginormous Dirt Cup*'s extreme decadance is only worth one or two servings. After awhile, you kinda get sick.

So, i started the day to do some last minute voiceover recording and editing (*gasp*) because i had to re-do the ending. At 11am i finished my film (took me 3.5 days to edit) instead of a 7 minute quasi-music video, it became a 24 minute standardized-investigative-journalism-documentary. Very standard, actually.

and then it was off to PANIC about the gala event. I had to set up the sound system, the laptop and LCD projector and make sure all the food and volunteers and furnishings get in room 7! We needed a longer audio cord, we needed drinks, we needed coffee...need need NEED. Thankfully, my supervisor, Emily, was there to the rescue and I cannot find the words to express my deepest gratitude for her dedication, wisdom, support and wherewithal to make sure the gala would be solid.

i was surprised i was able to maintain my composure and calmness throughout the rest of the activity. I was kinda disappointed at my opening remarks during the gala though...I was hoping to be more eloquent and loquacious, but i ended up being terse and kinda nonchalant in a non-ironic way, and then we were off to watch the film

i was actually SURPRISED that people were laughing at some parts of the film.

Thank you, also, to all the staff and volunteers who also contributed in the preparation for this event and the guests who attended. In addition, thank you to all the teens and partner organizations who made my film possible.

All in all, i'm pretty proud of my film. Sure, i have some self-deprecating criticisms about the film aesthetics, but i think it was great overall. People loved it. I'm also glad to see my fellow AmeriCorps friend Kim from CWB show up that day. I thank you for your support as well.

And without further adieu, my self-deprecating criticisms

* jerky/jarring cuts in the editing; timing wasn't as sharp as i'd like it to be

* not enough "varied" interviews--I would've liked to see more Asian American teens in the final cut...we had two, but it was pretty poor footage that I couldn't use it in any form or fashion. Or, not just ethnicity/gender, but more varied locations, like people from West Seattle or from Renton or Kent or Shoreline.

* no car chase scenes =(

But, it was still good and i think we had a wonderful group discussion afterwards. Me and Ed seem to be on the same wavelength about the purpose and themes of my documentary--the value of communicating to the youth, trying open up dialogue. The possibilities of mentorship and less-intensive volunteerism to draw in teenagers to our communities...there's more, but i'd like all of you to watch the doc FIRST before I spoil anything more!

Want a FREE DVD copy of "What Does Community Mean to Us?" Please call or email us here at the Phinney Neighborhood Center: 206-783-2244 or

* dirt cup: a kids dessert, a "layer cake" consisting of layers of chocolate pudding, oreo crumbs, garnsihed with gummy worms, cool whip, marshmallows, crushed almonds, for that "dirty" look, heheheheh...

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