Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Farmers Market T-shirts are In

Order Your New PNA Farmers Market T-shirt or Shopping Bag on line!

Click here for details!

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March for Health Care Volunteers Wanted

Judith Wood, PNA's Director of Volunteer Programs asked me if you might be interested in helping out with this.

The PNA is a co-sponsor of the May 30 March for Health Care. We're hoping to recruit a few volunteers to act as "peacekeepers" during this event. A peacekeeper is a person that works in a team to keep the crowd marching together, to make sure to stay within the limits, not leaving people behind and making sure the crowd flows without too many gaps. Peacekeepers must attend a training on May 21 or May 26 from 6-8 pm or at 10 am the morning of the march. To volunteer, please contact for training details. For more info about the event visit their web site.

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PNA Upcoming Celebration in BNT

Did you see the article about us in the Ballard News Tribune? Well, it seems we're gonna have this party and...

Phinney Neighborhood Association to celebrate building purchase
By Robinson Newspapers Staff
May 21, 2009

The Phinney Neighborhood Association purchased the former John B. Allen Elementary School from the Seattle School District earlier this spring, becoming the official owner of the Phinney Neighborhood Center and they want to invite the community to celebrate that milestone with them on June 28.

The Phinney Neighborhood Center bills itself as an independent, non-profit community center run by and for the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood.

On Sunday, June 28, the center will host a community party complete with live music, aerialists, jugglers, chalk art, the Bubble Man and more. The party begins at 2 p.m. in the center’s parking lot at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

At 3 p.m., the festivities will move into the building where local dignitaries will “toast” the PNA and cake and cookies will be served. There will also be a photo display featuring the center and its programs and activities, as well as materials and information about plans for upgrading and improving the center buildings and site.

If it rains, activities will be moved inside.

more here

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Judith Wood, PNA's Director of Volunteer Programs, just sent me this:

"We had a great work party out in Heart of Phinney Park last Saturday. The weather cooperated and more than 30 volunteers turned out for a major garden make-over. After 10 years, it was time to shift some things around, replace plants lost to frost, trampling, or drunk drivers, and generally spruce things up a bit. We dug, we weeded, we planted and divided, and spread six yards of mulch. It was a great effort by neighbors, UW students, and members of both the PNA and Mars Hill Church, who generously underwrote the cost of mulch and new plants. Organizers George Suriya and Travis Boyd even hosted a fantastic barbecue lunch under the tower for all of us."

View a slide show of the work party here.

If you'd like to get in on the fun, contact to become a volunteer gardener at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

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Call to Artists: 2010 Gallery Exhibitions

The Phinney Center Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the 2010 gallery season by visual artists working in 2D or 3D media for individual or group shows.

Click here for details.

The deadline is Monday, June 15th

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Walking the Artwalk

My weather request fulfilled, I set out with my big black lab, to check out the Greenwood/Phinney Artwalk. Nearing Greenwood, I glimpsed the line out the door at Makeda coffee, and felt a volt of pleasure knowing this Artwalk was sure to be well attended. I picked up my map, shocked to see so MANY venues and headed south on Greenwood. The next stop showcased performing art as well as visual art, with mimes doing dance at SPACE A Design Collective. At Metropolis, the crowd gathered around an artist at work. Her original artwork makes an appearance on beautiful cards carried at the store. The high quality of art available to view at the many merchants along Greenwood testifies to the depth of the art community in our area. There were just too many individual artists to mention, all producing amazing work.

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How are Seattle & New York City Exactly Alike?

They are tied for last place on the "2009 Mercer Quality of Living Survey" of the world's top 50 cities offering the best quality of life.

Yeah, right… and Greenwood is exactly like TriBeCa? NOT!

That's right: Seattle is LAST! According to this ranking the Quality of Life here is worse, much worse, than it is in such cosmopolitan paradises as: Portland (48), Calgary (25), and Perth (21).

OK. I admit it has been a long, long time since I've been to Calgary but I ask you can a city whose idea of fun is running a pack of stampeding horses through town have a higher Quality of Life than we do? I mean, pirates are classier than horses, right? RIGHT?

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Friday, May 8, 2009

I didn't even know there was a Beer Week

As part of Seattle Beer Week (May 7 - 17) Northern Lights (NL) Brewers will be at the Park Pub which is hosting a post ArtWalk Party Saturday, May 9.

Great beer and cheap food in a happy hour that lasts from 5-8pm at the Park Pub (6114 Phinney Ave N). There'll be at least four Northern Lights beers on tap, including a cask of their delicious Winter Ale, and you can watch the Mariners on the projector.

Swag, give-aways and free NL pint glasses for the first 20 people who order a NL beer.

$1 From every NL beer poured that night will be donated to the Greenwood Senior Center.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Votes are In!

Thank you to all the artists who submitted their work and to everyone who took part in the voting. Be sure to stop by the Phinney Neighborhood Center between May 15 and 29 to view all nine entries on display. The winning design was created by Sandy Nelson.

T-shirts and canvas shopping bags will be available for sale online just as soon as we have finalized some details of the design and color selection. Items will be ready for pick-up at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in time for opening day of the Phinney Farmers Market on Friday, May 29!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ArtWalk this Friday in the 'hood

The shops along Phinney and Greenwood will be a feast for the eyes this weekend at the Greenwood ArtWalk.  Friday from 6-9pm is opening night so put your walking shoes on and view the variety our neighborhood has to offer. Be sure to head north of 85th to see the amazing showings at the Sip and Ship 8560 Greenwood Ave N.

Another amazing showing is at the Urban Light Studios 8537 Greenwood Ave N, across the street from the Sip and Ship. A little tricky to find, but worth your time. Their shows are well thought out and maximize the use of space and light.

Sip and Ship has secured two local artists: Jewelry maker, Julie Cechony creates necklaces, earrings and other baubles, and artist Chris Nelson creates one of kind art inspired by Ming Dynasty artist Bada Shanren.

Urban Light Studios presents “Night Asia ” Photography by Kevin Law: Bland concrete expanses give way to rainbows of glowing color, movements of people and machine exaggerated as comets of lights coming and going. From the twinkling red lights of Tokyo to the floating billboards of Shanghai, the scenes are simultaneously spectacular and bizarrely serene. Through the use of long exposures, the dimension of time is added to these images, allowing the frenetic pace and startling beauty of the modern Asian metropolis to be re-created in "Night Asia."

Another unusual treat at this show, we will be showcasing living orchid arrangements which juxtapose sweet delicate orchid plants with salvaged and organic contrasts.

When: May 8 - June 5
Opening Reception: May 8 & 9 during the Greenwood-Phinney Annual ArtWalk Fri. May 8, 6-9:30pm Sat. May 9, 12-5pm
Regular Gallery Hours: 12-6pm Wed.-Fri or by appointment Where: Urban Light Studios & The Greenwood Collective Underground 8537 Greenwood Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
More Information: (206) 913-2834,

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Monday, May 4, 2009

It's all over now, Moulin Rouge

The auction is over. It's a quiet day around the Big Blue Building as people sort out the remains of the party. Whew!

If you weren't there you can get a look in the blog this morning.

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