Thursday, September 29, 2011

PNA Tool Library & Museum Open House

Saturday, October 29 from 3-5:30 pm

Check out the recently refurbished PNA Tool Library
Visit with former tool “librarians” Tom Kayser and Roger Faris
Tour our great inventory of affordable tools available for borrowing
Ponder the mysteries of antique tools on display
Get a look at our historic boiler, which still heats the Brick Building
Enjoy refreshments provided by Keystone Windows & Doors

Kids in costume are welcome to trick-or-treat!

Click here to RSVP!

The Tool Library & Museum is located in the SE corner of the Brick Building at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, on Dayton Ave. N at N 66th St.

PNA Hot Meal Program Wish List

The PNA serves 3 meals each week to between 150 and 250 individuals per meal. Our food comes mainly through Food Lifeline, but there are some items we often need in addition to their donations. We are also often in need of tableware or kitchen items to supplement our supplies. Can you help?

Jam or Jelly – any size or flavor
Ground Coffee - for drip coffee maker
Canned Vegetables – any size or variety for soup
Paper Napkins

Serving Tongs
Salt & Pepper Shakers – prefer glass for easy refilling
Soup Bowls – plastic, glass or ceramic
Coffee Mugs – plastic, glass or ceramic
Large, new food safe cutting boards (no wood, please)

To inquire about donating other food or supplies, please contact

Donations may be dropped off at either Hot Meal Program site during on our regular operating days up to 3 hours before the meal is served (when staff and volunteers are present). Donations may also be left at the main office of the Phinney Neighborhood Center Monday-Friday from 9 am – 9 pm or Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Light up the GSC Bingo Board on 9/30!

Before you make other plans, get Bingo Karaoke on your calendar! The Greenwood Senior Center needs your help keeping our sold out crowd fed. You might sell delicious treats, make some tantalizing popcorn, or deliver hot and crispy tater tots to our Bingo-ers. Must be 21+.

Bingo Karaoke @the GSC
Fridya, September 30th
6:30 to 11 pm
Busy this month? Consider volunteering for the October festivities on 10/28.
Contact LeAnne at 206-297-0875 or to learn more or to sign up!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Personal Safety Nets

Personal Safety Nets – Because There Should Always Be a Plan!
Thurs, Oct 13 & Nov 3, 7:30 – 9 pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center
To register call 206.783.2244

Interdependence and community are stronger than isolated independence. This free workshop teaches you, and the groups you're connected with, how to find the tools, knowledge & resources which will prepare and organize you for life's upcoming challenges and changes.

Whether you're dealing with a child leaving home, military deployment, operating a family business, child birth, a medical emergency, a dysfunctional workplace, or hundreds of other challenges, the end result is a more safe, secure, and satisfying life. With your plans, resources and people identified and informed, your whole life is more secure and connected, replacing fear and isolation with security and community

This interactive class helps you assess and build your personal & community safety nets. Gain valuable insights. Get better at asking for help, and increase your ability to deal with life’s twists and turns.

For more information about Personal Safety Nets, go to

Monday, September 26, 2011

Thank you to Blue Valley Meats for donating sausages for Sunday's Ridge Rumpus -- our carnival event that celebrates 30 years of the Phinney Neighborhood Center and the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op.

Blue Valley Meats features local, sustainable meats, 100% grass-fed beef, natural pork, free-ranged chickens, raw organic grass-fed milk, turkeys, and more and delivers to 17 Seattle neighborhood delivery locations, including Phinney Ridge. Order online today!

"The family at Blue Valley Meats congratulates the Phinney Neighborhood Center for 30 years of service! "

Friday, September 23, 2011

Thank you!

Wow! We are once again struck by the level of generosity in our community. Many thanks to everyone who recently donated school supplies and new clothes to students at Whitman Middle School and Treehouse at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Elementary at the Greenwood Senior Center. All three agencies received an abundance of supplies which will go a long way to helping students get off to a great start this school year. Here is a thank you note from Treehouse. Thank you for sharing your resources with these children!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Watercolor Classes and art lecture at the PNA

Watercolor for Beginners
Charlene Collins Freeman
Tues, Oct 4-25, 6-8pm
Room 3, PNA Blue Building
$75 PNA member, $85 Public for all four weeks of classes Learn the magic of watercolor! See like an artist, develop basic skills, enjoy the process! You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll progress. Charlene's work has been in many local and international exhibits, awarded Best of Show in national competitions and is a signature member of the Northwest Watercolor Society. Students bring their own art supplies (list provided after registration). For more information about the instructor, see:

American Icons

Jayme Yahr, Kirkland Arts Center
Mon, Oct 17, 7-8pm
Room 5, PNA Blue Building
$5 PNA member, $10 Public
Jayme Yahr, Exhibitions Director at the Kirkland Arts Center, and a Ph.D Candidate at the University of Washington, will explore America's best known works of art. From Louis Comfort Tiffany's famous lamps to Andy Warhol's mass-reproduced prints, this lecture will examine the dominant ideas and social norms of each artistic period in history, as well as why artists and their artwork become famous.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Celebrate 30 Years with Fun and Laughter

Where were you 30 years ago? In October 1981, the Phinney Neighborhood Center and the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op opened their doors in a recently closed elementary school. Today, 30 years later, both the Center and the preschool are integral to the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood. Many of us couldn’t imagine the neighborhood without them.

On Oct. 1 and 2, we’re celebrating that fact . It'l be weekend of celebration for both the Center and the preschool with activities for both young and old:

Ridge Romp – Saturday, Oct 1, at 10:30 am

This popular children’s entertainment series was started by preschool parents several years ago. This celebration show features Johnny Bregar who creates “music for kids that parents will love.” Tickets to the show are $3/person. Doors open at 10 am and organizers recommend that you arrive early; shows often sell out.

Phinney Center Stage – Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 pm

The fun continues with Phinney Center Stage, an evening of improv comedy featuring the touring company from Taproot Theatre.

Doors will open at 7 pm for a social hour with an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Community members and current and past PNA members are all invited to attend but Board members, preschool families and PNA volunteers are particularly encouraged. The event will include designated “hospitality rooms” in the Center for both Board and preschool to “increase the odds” of seeing former classmates and Boardmates.

At 8 pm, the party moves to a tent in the Phinney Center upper parking lot where, by using suggestions from the audience, the quick witted actors of Taproot Theatre’s Improvisational Comedy Team will create, on the spot, scene after comedic scene filled with fun and laughs. Intermission includes an array of desserts and then it’s back to the improv.

Tickets for this night of fun and laughter are $30/person and include dessert and drinks. Purchase tickets online at or in person at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

But the celebration doesn’t end there.

Ridge Rumpus, Sunday, Oct. 2, from 12 – 4 pm, upper parking lot

Kids should have a blast at this neighborhood carnival featuring bouncy toys, rides, games, carnival food AND aerialists from Versatile Arts. Admission is $10/child or $25/family (adults are free) for unlimited access to games and rides.

Want to be part of the action? We’re still looking for volunteers to help put on these events. Have you always wanted to be part of a carnival? Can you paint faces or juggle? Want to help serve desserts or work the bar on Saturday; grill hot dogs or make sno-cones on Sunday? Maybe you’d like to take tickets? And there’s always room for more volunteers to help with set up and clean up. Interested? Contact Ali Saperstein at

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Based on polling of shoppers and market vendors, the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance has decided to add two weeks to the Phinney Farmers Market season. With a slow start to the growing season (remember "Junuary"?), we hope this will help you fill your kitchens with great late-ripening produce and other tasty goods, while assisting the farmers with an additional opportunity to earn some income.

On October 14 and 21 the market will close one hour early, so be sure to do your shopping between 3 and 6 pm while it is still light out. We decided that it was worth it to continue operations, even with reduced hours, but the vendors will need all the twilight to pack up and get ready to drive home. We hope you can make it before 6 pm!

Regular hours of 3-7 pm continue through Friday, October 7, which was originally scheduled to be our final day. We still plan to hold our PNA Harvest Potluck on October 7 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

We are seeking an artist and graphic artist who would be interested in helping us design the poster for our annual Dia de los Muertos festival. We would love provide credit for all work on our website, in the event program and in The Review, our printed publication. If interested, please contact Pamela Jaynes at as soon as possible. Sketches for the poster will be considered on 9/16/11

PNPC Kid's Sale

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op's Kids Sale is happening Saturday September 17th, 9:00am-1:00pm. Incredible deals on gently used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear, maternity wear and more!

Clothes are hung by size and gender for easy shopping! Grab a tote and line up early at the Community Hall in the brick building for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

Want to offload things your family has outgrown? PNPC is also accepting tax deductible donations of gently used baby/kid clothing and gear. All proceeds help support the preschool co-op, and donations need to be made by September 11th. Please email for more information.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kids’ Day at the Market - This Friday, September 9
Top off the week with a fun-filled visit to the farmers market. Kids of all ages are invited to decorate a squash, add wheels, and race another zippy zuke down the “Zucchini 500” ramp. Althea the Face Painter will be back, offering fabulous decorations for modest donations. The Truck Farm will also return afer 5 pm, showing off their amazing mini-farm growing in the back of a pick-up truck. Join neighborhood favorite Gary Paine for a sing-along at 3:30, then stick around to share songs in French and Spanish with the Polly-Glots from 5-6:30. You don’t want to miss it!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Photography at the Phinney Center Gallery

This month, the Phinney Center Gallery will showcase the work of two local photographers, Stan Raucher and Todd Smith. See more information about their work at and come meet the artists at the opening reception this Friday from 7:00-9:00 pm.