Friday, June 19, 2009

PNA Facebook Group

The PNA's Facebook group has grown phenomenally this week. We went from 150 to 188 (last time I looked) members in the last week! That's the most growth the group has had in a week EVER!

Wouldn't it be way-cool (as we used to say in the olden days) to break the 200 member mark this weekend.

Perhaps you didn't know the PNA even HAD a FB group. As one of our new FB group members wrote on the "wall": "I had no idea that the PNA is SOOOO hip to even be here on FB!!!! :) LOVE it!"

So, hey, if you're already on FB, consider joining the PNA group like, right now, that way you can keep up with all the goings on around here and even share information with other PNA Facebookers!

If you're not a member of FB or the PNA.... well what can I say?

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Summer Arts for the Family

During those dog days of summer, families can escape to the Taproot theater to view child actors present plays as part of their summer camp experience. In addition to escaping the heat, children will be able to observe other kids just like themselves up on stage putting on a show. How inspiring! The summer line up at Taproot includes productions such as Disney’s High School Musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors and more. Performances take place on Friday afternoons July 6, July 17, July 31, August 7 August 28, at two locations: the Taproot Theater and Ballard Church 1460 NW 73rd. All performances start at 3:00 with doors opening 15 minutes prior. Donations will be taken at the door for the camp scholarship fund. For more information check out their website.

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Foreign Student Host Families Needed

Brian Crawford, the Washington Programs Coordinator with ANDEO - International Homestays, sent me this email which I want to share in its entirety with you. Perhaps some of us can help solve this situation.

I’m emailing because I’m hoping that you might know people in or around Seattle who would like to have the same fun you will be having this summer! We are in need of 8 more host families to host Spanish boys from June 29th – July 27th! This could be a fun experience for your family and theirs to host at the same time! If you have anyone that you could forward this email on to, that would be wonderful! I’ve included a little more information about the program below:

The boys are between 14-17 years old and they are mostly from the North and South of Spain! They enjoy everything from sports to musical instruments to skateboarding and skiing! They have been studying English for at least 4-5 years so they are able to easily communicate with you! They are traveling to the US to improve their language skills, but also to learn about American culture! Your student would be treated as another family member; doing chores, biking around the neighborhood, going to summer camp, participating in family vacations or meeting friends – all of which helps them to get a sense of what it’s like to live in the US.

We match families with students based on age, gender, nationality, and shared interests. So if your family goes hiking on the weekends we’d match you with a student who loves hiking too! The students put together an extensive dossier, which your family would be able to see before you decide if you would like to host him. We ask that host families provide 3 meals a day for your student. The teens are covered by health insurance and bring their own spending money and are prepared to pay their own way for things such as movies and museum entrances. The students can share a bedroom as long as they have their own bed and are sharing with someone who is similar age and the same gender.

If you would like more information, please feel free to give me a call at 206-455-0022! You can also find more information, or apply to host, at our website

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Friday, June 19: Chef Poppy Tooker from New Orleans comes to the Phinney Farmers Market!!

Nationally famous chef Poppy Tooker has been featured on numerous TV shows and documentaries, including Savoring the World and Simple Living, the History Channel’s Holiday Foods episode of “America Eats” and a “Throwdown” with Bobby Flay, where her famous seafood gumbo proved unbeatable on the popular Food Network show! Poppy will be cooking up a big pot of gumbo at Phinney, showing shoppers how to use our own seasonal farm ingredients to make a fantastic, richly-flavored stew (and yes, samples will be given out). This FREE event is not to be missed! Friday, June 19, at 4 pm, at the Phinney Farmers Market, 67th and Phinney Ave N. Copies of Poppy’s new cookbook will also be available for purchase.

The Phinney Farmers Market takes place every Friday through Oct 2 from 3 to 7 pm, in the lower lot at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 67th and Phinney Ave N. The market is operated by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance. For more info, see

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Class Schedule Available!

The schedule of summer classes being offered at the PNA is now available on line as a pdf file. Go here.

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PNA in the news!

For a lovely photo essay of our Home & Garden Tour last weekend visit

The website "Serious Eats" headlines a photo of the Phinney Farmers Market in a roundup story of local markets.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Around the World in 80 Days

The economic woes of late have many of us rethinking summer vacation plans. However, at the Taproot theater one can escape the summer heat for a two hour trip around the world. Taproot's most recent production, Around the World in 80 Days, takes theatergoers on an amazing trip through time to the marvels and morality of the Victorian age. Once again, Taproot producers lean on versatile and captivating actors to engage the audience. In this performance, five very talented actors transform into a cast of more than thirty through the use of simple props and dramatic skills.
Although the performance can be enjoyed by patrons of all ages, (I was seated next to a nine year old boy), some parents may want to note there is a brief scene in an opium den and use of alcohol. The zany excitement of the story left us cheering on the protagonist, and hoping he would achieve his goal of completing his around the world journey in eighty days.
Performances run through June 20.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Opening Day at Phinney Farmers Market

Thanks to phinneywood for a great piece on opening day last Friday!

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