Saturday, January 28, 2012

PNA Home Fair & Well Home Classes offer Info & Inspiration

Sunday, January 29 is the PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair!
Join us from 10 am - 4 pm for a full day of ideas and inspiration, as well as all the info you need to get started (or finished) on your remodeling plans. In addition to 90+ exhibitors, DPD permit specialists, door prizes and refreshments, we also offer a great line-up of presentations throughout the day. Admission is $10 for general public, $6 for PNA members. Children 12 and under are free. The event is at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

Whether you attend the fair and want more in-depth information, or if you can't make the event but still have remodeling questions, we have nine Well Home Program classes scheduled in February and March. Check out the online schedule and call 206.783.2244 to register!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Annual Meeting Wrap-Up and News

It was so nice to see so many of our members at the Annual Meeting and Pancake Breakfast. If you were unable to make it, the following includes a recap of the main portion of presentations, PNA's latest addition, the Village.

Having been up-and-running for a few weeks already, the PNA Village is "aging-in-place" program allowing citizens to remain in their home longer while staying active and engaged as they age. Villages have been popping up throughout the United States over the past several years as unique ways to connect volunteers and vetted services with neighborhood members. The PNA Village will have three primary program areas: a network of helpers to assist on day-to-day tasks, an information and referral hot line established to link vendors and services with your specific needs, and community building activities. More thorough descriptions of these programs are available to you through the PNA website. If you are interested in joining, PNA is currently accepting membership applications. Visit the website: or call one of the knowledgeable staff members at 206.789.1217.

Because the PNA Village is serviced mainly by volunteers, there are many ways you can help! Volunteers provide much of the talent and energy behind the Village; within the next year, we are hoping to get upwards of 170 volunteers to help with the programs, organization, and coordination of these services. The PNA Village is intended to create a culture of interdependence and a spirit of mutual support between both members and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can access more information on the PNA website, or by calling the number linked above.

We will be holding a PNA Village Volunteer Kick-Off Event on Sunday, February 26 from 1:30-3:30pm at the PNC Brick Building. Come learn about the opportunities that you have as members and volunteers, eat some tasty snacks and listen to chosen speakers. Please RSVP at 206.789.1217.

Together we are weaving a web of caring and community. We hope you can join us.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bill Evans Concert, January 28th, 2012

Bill Evans brings his Banjo in America show to Phinney Community Hall, January 28th, 7:30-10:00 PM.

Tickets are $15 General; $2 discount for SFS, PNA, Seniors; $7 for kids.
Reserve online, or by calling 206/528-8523.

San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans is well known within the acoustic and bluegrass music community not only as an outstanding banjo player, but also as a teacher, writer and scholar. The Banjo in America concert brings together these interests in a unique presentation designed for the concert stage that’s for all audiences. Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo. In the process, Bill explains how the banjo has been at the intersection of African- and Anglo-American musical and cultural exchange for over 250 years. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, The Banjo in America informs while it entertains, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music. 

Over a performing career that now spans over thirty years, Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Maria Muldaur, Robin and Linda Williams, Kathy Kallick Band, the Lynn Morris Band and The Jim Hurst Band among others, and for the last two years, Bill drew capacity crowds all across the country with fiddler Megan Lynch.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Queer Youth Film Event at the Phinney Center, Wednesday February 1 at 7 pm

Join us February 1 as we focus on the experiences of Queer youth!

PNA Cultural Engagement Film Series features the film Put This on the Map

Wednesday, February 1, 7-9 pm
At the Phinney Neighborhood Association Community Hall - PNA Brick Building (Main entry from parking lot off N. 67th St., ADA entry at 6615 Dayton Ave N)
Free (donations welcome)

You are invited to a free screening of this award-winning local film featuring 26 queer youth sharing their thoughts and feelings about gender and sexuality. The Safe Schools Coalition, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and Teen Link will be on hand to share resources, along with the filmmakers. Whether you identify yourself as straight or queer or prefer no label at all, whether you are 14 years old, 84 years young or “ageless”, you are welcome at this event.

Munch fresh popcorn, enjoy a soda and get the chance to win a free night out at the Majestic Bay Theater!

Following the 34-minute movie there will be an opportunity for thoughtful discussion , facilitated by the Safe Schools Coalition. What does Queer mean to you? What is gender? How do we find our identity? Where do we fit in our communities? Come to listen, come to share.

Countdown to the PNA Home Fair!

One of the unique and wonderful elements of the PNA Home Design & Remodeling Fair is the participation of the City of Seattle's Department of Planning & Development (DPD). From 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday, January 29 a full complement of permitting specialists will be on hand to answer your questions! No need to go downtown, take a number, and wonder who can help with your project. In one room you can circulate among the DPD staffers and get advice and info to help you on your way.

In addition to DPD and our business exhibitors, we've also got several other agencies and nonprofits lined up for you. This year we have particularly strong resources in the area of energy savings, so come and check them out!

Community Power Works
A home energy upgrade program for Seattle single family homeowners.
Puget Sound Energy
Natural gas utility, contractor referrals, efficiency rebates and services.
Rebuilding Together Seattle
Free home repairs for low income homeowners.
Seattle Office of Emergency Management
Earthquake retrofitting for homeowners.
Solarize NW Seattle
Would you like community-supported solar energy to come to Phinney Ridge and nearby neighborhoods? We are a grassroots group looking to make it happen through the Solarize Washington program.
Dedicated to removing barriers to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Countdown to the Home Fair

We have over 90 fantastic exhibitors lined up for the 15th Annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair. Each year we add new businesses and non-profits to the mix, rounding out a list that includes many long-time participants. To whet your appetite for all of the great ideas and information available at the Home Fair, here is a list of interesting newcomers and an "honor roll" of 2012 exhibitors who have been involved for 10 years or more.

What's new:
A Perfect Palette - Offering faux finishes & named one of the best by Angie's List
Beech Tree Building Company - Custom cabinetry from sustainable materials
Environix - Indoor air quality inspection and mold remediation
Indow Windows - Thermal window inserts for double-pane performance
Luxury Bath of Seattle - Tub-to-shower conversions, walk-in tubs and more
PuroClean Damage Specialists - Handling fire, water, or other damage
Seattle Dog Guard - Electronic fences for every application
see3D - 3-D models help you envision your remodel
Tour of Architects - Four Puget Sound architectural tours in March, 2012

Honor Roll:
Conner Remodeling & Design
Earthquake Prepared
Green Depot
Green Lake Electric
Kemly Electric
Kirk Remodel
Northend Home Heating
Northwest Homecrafters
Seattle Tile
Second Use
Swansons Nursery
Ten Directions Design
The RE Store
Winter Sun Design

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Countdown to the PNA Home Fair!

Events at the PNA just wouldn't be the same without the participation of our wonderful sponsors. Their contributions help underwrite the cost of events, so we can keep them affordable and also so that event income can support year-round programming at the PNA.

Keystone Windows & Doors and HomeStreet Bank have been loyal sponsors of the Home Design & Remodel Fair for many years at the "presenter" level. George W. Johnson Real Estate, Greenwood True Value Hardware, KPLU Public Radio and Sound Seismic are also long-time supporters. New this year are Energy Technologies LLC and the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, who helped get this event off the ground 15 years ago.

Check out these local businesses and say "thank you" for helping the PNA thrive. Don't forget to mark your calendars for Sunday, January 29 from 10 am - 4 pm. You don't want to miss the PNA Home Fair!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Countdown to the PNA Home Fair!

The PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is coming up on Sunday, January 29. Over the next few weeks we'll be highlighting the many reasons why you should attend this great event. The first reason is..... prizes!

Each attendee has the opportunity to win door prizes donated by exhibitors and other event supporters. Here is a list to whet your appetite:

Book “Seattle Architecture: A Walking Guide to Downtown” AIA
Passes to “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher” Bellevue Art Museum
Free Indoor Air Quality Test: Sample your air for mold & allergens Environix
Wine & Chocolate Basket including a $50 PuroClean Gift Certificate PuroClean Damage Specialists
Painters for a Day (project to be mutually agreed upon) REED Painting
$100 ShelfGenie Gift Card ShelfGenie
$50 Gift Certificate Swansons Nursery
$50 Gift Certificate The RE Store
Passes to the Tour of Architects in March Tour of Architects

In addition, Greenhome Solutions is sponsoring a giveaway of Chinook Books to the first 75 people to visit their booth. 50 lucky folks will get the paper edition and another 25 will receive the smart phone version. Come early to get great deals on local, green businesses!

Mark your calendars now and plan to spend the day at the Home Fair on January 29.