Friday, December 30, 2011

Seattle Print Arts show at the Phinney Center Gallery

Esprit de Print will be open at the Phinney Center Gallery on January 4th. The opening reception will be held Friday, January 13th from 7:00-9:00 pm.
Come meet the artists!

Esprit de Print is a group show of original prints by one of Seattle Print Arts art salons. Each of the nine members has a unique artistic voice. They meet monthly to share information on printmaking techniques and discuss their work. This show hopes to demystify the art of printmaking as it celebrates the diversity of original works on paper.

Monday, December 19, 2011

We made a list and checked it twice...

And it turns out you are much more than nice!

The 18th annual Phinney Neighbors in Action Giving Tree was another awe-inspiring, shining light of hope during this dark time of year.

Skateboards, puzzles, basketballs, stuffed animals, warm clothes, and gift cards. Just a few examples of the 300-plus surprises you wrapped up and delivered for people in need served by our partnering agencies. More than the tangible gifts, the spirit of generosity and goodwill you shared were deeply touching to all of us.

Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Giving Tree!

Sincerely, on behalf of everyone at the PNA and
Broadview Emergency Shelter
Cate Apartments
Dorothy Day House
Greenwood Food Bank
Whitman Middle School

Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Fairy Tale Brew-story: Reuben’s Brews Takes Phinney by Storm (Again)

by Grace Kim Robbings
(Co-Founder of Reuben’s Brews and Reuben’s Mama)

We started as the ugly duckling. One of only two homebrewers invited to the Phinney Neighborhood Association Beer Taste in November 2010 (Beer Trek), we sheepishly prepared our meager set up next to the likes of Sierra Nevada, Ninkasi, and many other breweries we’ve known and loved for years. As the doors opened the very eager beer lovers made the rounds to select which beers would merit their ten precious beer tickets… and when they asked where we were located, we had to work on a response that sounded better than “our garage.” We were a completely unknown brewery called Reuben’s Brews, named after our son. Despite their trepidation some surrendered a ticket, and more importantly they liked what they tasted, our Roasted Rye PA. Word spread, the tipping point was reached, and we left as swans that evening, the recipients of the People’s Choice Award.

Flash forward one year, and we felt a little akin to Cinderella, left behind as her stepsisters (neither ugly nor evil in this case) were whisked away to enjoy the ball. A change in the policy meant that homebrewers were no longer invited to pour at the PNA Beer Taste, so we were enjoying the event from the other side, as eager beer lovers. It was, as always, a magnificent event where beer enthusiasts—from the aficionados to the recreational lovers—are invited to sample a wide variety of the region’s best beers. Luckily our fairy godmother, Anacortes Brewery, helped us get to the ball. After we won Best of Show at the Skagit County Fair, Anacortes invited Adam to brew his recipe on their equipment, and the result was an American Brown Rye, a cousin of sorts to the Roasted Rye PA that Reuben’s Brews poured the year before. The rye adds a unique twist and crisp finish when combined with specialty British malts. It just so happened that the batch was ready in time for this year’s PNA Beer Taste, and what an amazing bonus that our recipe, the Anacortes Brewery’s America Brown Rye, won the People’s Choice Award! That makes the second year in a row that our beer won, a proper fairy tale ending for a magical night!

What started as a labour of love on a small system in our garage has burgeoned into an award-winning brewery. We always enjoyed the fruits of our own labour, and we never had trouble finding willing drinkers among our friends and family. Once we started receiving recognition at competitions, we decided to turn our obsession into our profession. We love crafting brilliantly tasty artisan ales, and as long as people love drinking them, we are committed to making them available. Look forward to a new Reuben’s Brews taproom—not in our garage—opening in summer 2012.

Read more about our brews and our story at .

The PNA Hot Meal Program needs your help!

We are seeking donations of cooked hams, pies, and shelf-stable juice for our special holiday lunch next Wednesday, December 21. Call 783-2244 to sign up and make delivery arrangements.

We would also appreciate donations of ground beef to keep on hand for weeks when our delivery from Food Lifeline is low on protein.

Questions? Email

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Community Announcement from the Seattle Office of Emergency Management

Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System

Don’t be alarmed if your favorite TV or radio show gets interrupted next Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at 11 a.m. (2 p.m. EST) More than 20,000 television and radio broadcast stations across the country are participating in the first-ever, nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test will last approximately 30 seconds.

In the event of a national catastrophe, the EAS would activate, allowing the President of the United States to address millions of people at the same time. The system is similar to that most commonly used by state and local officials for Amber Alerts and weather alerts.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are conducting the test. They have provided a number of helpful resources for people to learn more about what to expect. The following link provides information on video in English, Spanish and ASL, along with FAQs and other information:

The test next week only affects TV and radio systems. Please feel free to contact our office if you have additional questions.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Japanese Cultural Event at the PNA

Join us on Wednesday evening for a look at the history and experiences of Japanese Americans in Hawaii and Washington State. We'll be hearing from Mary Matsuda Gruenewald, reading from her book Looking Like the Enemy, a memoir of growing up on Vashon Island and being sent with her family to internment camps. We'll also be watching the film Great Grandfather's Drum, featuring taiko drummers in Hawaii. Join us for a discussion with the filmmakers, Japanese snacks donated by Central Market, and buy the book or DVD if you'd like to learn more. This event will be held from 7-9 pm in the Community Hall of the Brick Building at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. FREE!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dia de los Muertos at the PNA

Dia de los Muertos Festival

FREE Dia de los Muertos Festival at the PNA on Friday, November 4th! The festival will include Mexican Folkloric dancing by Bailadores de Bronce, storytelling by Marco Cortes, Spanish activities with the Polly-Glots, Ameyaltonal Aztec dancers, an art gallery show, a raffle benefiting PCPE, sugar skulls, and more! For more information, see

Thursday, October 6, 2011

American Icons Lecture at the PNA

Register today for
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 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.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Great Turnout For First Alzheimer Café

The first Alzheimer Café in Seattle made its debut on Tuesday, August 9. 30 guests filled one of the rooms at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café after hours and enjoyed an afternoon of conversation, community and of course some of Mae’s delicious desserts.

Modeled after a large movement in Europe and only one other established café in the US, the Alzheimer Café is a café for people with memory loss and their care partners providing an outlet for interaction, an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. No judgment, no expectation…just support, good food and fun!

This Alzheimer Café is created and run by the Greenwood Senior Center, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The Alzheimer Café will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 3:30-5 pm and will be held at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café, 6412 Phinney Avenue N. No reservations are necessary and the only cost is your dessert and/or drink. There is neighborhood parking available including at the Phinney Neighborhood Center just north of the café at the corner of 67th and Phinney.

Thank you to Jeanne Barwick at Mae’s Phinney Ridge Café, Faerland Terrace, Rosewood Courte for their support of the Alzheimer Café.

For further information call Carin Mack at 206.297.0875.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Phinney Phruit Phestival this Friday at the Phinney Farmers Market!

August 19 is the Phinney Phruit Phestival, celebrating the amazing boundy of local summer fruits from both Western and Eastern Washington! Berries, cherries, peaches and other sweet, ripe treats are some of the many reasons we love LOCAL farms.

Shoppers can taste and compare different varieties, watch a cooking demo featuring fruit pizzas (kids love 'em!), and learn about fruit cultivation from a local orchardist. A canning and preserving demo will show you how to make the most of summer's abundance. Giveaways include lots of unique recipes and FREE canning supplies for market shoppers (while they last), courtesy of the Ball Canning Company.

Alethea the Face Painter will be on hand to provide phruity phase embellishments for kids of all ages (donations welcome).

Learn about City Fruit's urban fruit harvest to benefit local non-profits. Do you have fruit to donate? Want to volunteer as a picker?

Stop by the PNA booth or main reception desk and pick up a colorful, sturdy canvas shopping bag for $15 (they're going fast) or take home a happy yellow farmers market t-shirt for only $10.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dara Solliday at the Phinney Center Gallery

Weight, Water Regrade: Encaustic Mixed Media Work by Dara Solliday

Opening Reception: Friday, August 12th 7:00-9:00 pm in the Phinney Center Gallery

Dara weaves architectural images into multi-layered and multi-visioned paintings. She reclaims and recycles by using recycled canvases, nails from the ReStore, and appropriated objects recovered from industrial building projects in her work. Come meet the artist and see her work this Friday.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Get Ready for the PNPC Kids Sale

Cleaning closets on these cloudy days? It's not too early to start thinking ahead to the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op's Kids Sale.

The Fall 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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Northwest Fine Arts Competition - Submission Deadline July 31st

Calling all artists! The PNA is currently accepting applications for the Northwest Fine Arts Competition. Individual artists working in all 2-D and 3-D media are encouraged to apply. The artist selected as the Jurors' Pick will receive a $300 award and a six-week show in the Gallery.

Submitted works must have been completed in the last two years and have not been shown previously in the Phinney Center Gallery. Artists must reside or work in the Pacific Northwest region. For all the rules and submission info, please click here.

Entries are due July 31st and the show will be from October 5-28th. The show will be held in the Phinney Center Gallery, located in the historic Phinney Neighborhood Center. The gallery shows are advertised to 15,000 local community members and 3,000-4,000 viewers visit the Phinney Center each month.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get some exposure for your art and engage with the community. Send in your submission today!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Northwest Fine Arts Competition

2011 Northwest Fine Arts Competition

The selected artist will win a $300 award and a six-week solo show

in the Phinney Center Gallery

Jurors this year include Gary Faigin with Gage Academy of Art,

Jayme Yahr with Kirkland Arts Center and Sarah Dillon with Gallery 110

Entry Deadline July 31, 2011

For more information, see

or find entry form in the Phinney Center Gallery

Friday, June 24, 2011

Phinney Center Gallery artist selected as finalist

Tina Koyama, an artist showing work in the Phinney Center Gallery this month, has been selected as a finalist in the CityArts Summer Art Walk Awards. CityArts will host an event to select the winners on June 30th at Fred Wildlife Refuge. Come out and vote for Tina Koyama! For more information, see:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Family Fun at the Farmers Market

Hello to fans of the Phinney Farmers Market! It's raining today, but tomorrow the sun may shine again - keep your fingers crossed! Even if it's damp, chances are good there will be sweet berries and cherries and we know there will be plenty of other good food and treats to choose among.

Kids of all ages are invited to join neighborhood favorite, Gary Paine, for a sing-a-long set under the canopy from about 4-6 tomorrow afternoon. Make a request for "You are my Sunshine" and chase the rain clouds away!

When it's too wet out to enjoy bike riding and sidewalk chalk, click this link for a great coloring and activity book about farm fresh food from Washington State.

Hope to see you at the market tomorrow and every Friday!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Help Flip Flapjacks at the Greenwood Senior Center

Are you dreaming of syrup? We can make your dreams come true when you volunteer at the Greenwood Senior Center’s annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 25. We are looking for volunteers to help set up, serve and clean up, and feast on pancakes too!

Greenwood Senior Center Pancake Breakfast
525 N 85th St, Seattle 98103

Saturday, June 25
Shift 1: 6a – 9a (3 needed)
Shift 2: 8a – noon (3 needed)

Contact LeAnne at her email or 206.297.0875 to sign up or learn more!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Learn to Draw at the Phinney Farmers Market

Join us for this exciting, summer Greenwood Senior Center without Walls Class!

Fridays through July 29, 4-5pm. Sign up for one or all of the classes!
Phinney Farmers Market, Upper Parking Lot of the PNA, 6532 N. Phinney Ave., $10/$12 per class for member/public.

Meet at the Phinney Farmers Market entrance and draw whatever catches your eye! The class is led by Susan Schneider. Susan will work with each student individually as well as do some demonstration. This class is for absolute beginners and those who love drawing outdoors. Bring a sketchpad, pencils, pens, and erasers. A minimum of 3 students must be signed up for each class for the class to run. The center will notify you the Thursday before if the class is canceled.

Register for each class by calling the Greenwood Senior: (206) 297-0875 or emailing Emily at

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Art Classes at the PNA

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is co-sponsoring classes with Museo Art Academy this summer! Together, we are offering:

Drawing Camp
Kristine Helgager, Museo Art Academy
Mon-Thur, Jun 27-30, 9 am-12 pm
Ages 6-8

Painting Camp
Kristine Helgager, Museo Art Academy
Mon-Thur, Jun 27-30, 1-4 pm
Ages 9-12

Clay Camp
Kristine Helgager, Museo Art Academy
Mon-Thur, Jul 18-21 , 9 am-12 pm
Ages 6-8

Mixed Media Camp
Kristine Helgager, Museo Art Academy
Mon-Thur, Jul 18-21, 1-4 pm
Ages 9-12

For more information, see: or call 206.783.2244 to register

Monday, June 13, 2011

Community Dialog through Theater: "Brownie Points" at Greenwood’s Taproot Theater

“In this play five moms of varied racial backgrounds courageously tackle a discussion about their differences, their common bonds and their need for greater understanding. The resulting conversation is authentic, meaningful and surprisingly hilarious! It’s a conversation about overcoming our fear when speaking about race, about speaking honestly and listening actively. In fact; it’s a conversation about the need to have a conversation.”
from the Taproot Theater blog

The PNA wanted to take an opportunity to highlight an event in our community that we feel is very important: the Taproot Theater’s current show Brownie Points and its corresponding community conversations. The play Brownie Points is about five mothers with different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds who are on a camping trip together and spend a night talking about these differences, as well as the shared experience of motherhood. The play’s director Karen Lund has explained, “This story provides a safe place to ask ourselves some of our hardest social questions.”

The PNA has similarly aimed to create a comfortable space for community conversation about racial and social justice issues through our Cultural Engagement Film Series.

The Taproot Theater, in addition to its show, has concurrent opportunities for community members to participate in guided, collaborative discussions exploring themes in Brownie Points. Following the Thursday evening shows, there is an opportunity for audience members to stay and engage with each other in conversation.

Furthermore, there is a free event at the Taproot Theater in conjunction with the show on Monday June 13 from 7-9pm, at the Taproot Theater. It is titled “Neighbors and Strangers: Discussing Diversity and the Experience of Race in Seattle.” Admission is free, RSVP required to Sonja Lowe at 206-529-3666,

According to the 2010 Census data, Seattle is both the fifth whitest city in the United States and also the city with the most racially diverse zip code. Ours is a city living a historical legacy and current experience of racism, including once legally sanctioned racial segregation, as well as Sunset Laws on the north side of town. There is special work being done to combat today’s racism, for example through the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, the People’s Institute Northwest, YWCA, Solid Ground, and the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites. We feel that the opportunity for community conversation is an integral part of working for equitable communities, an equitable city, and a just society. To that end, it is important that these conversations happen throughout our city, and we are grateful to Taproot Theater for creating an additional opportunity for this discussion to take place in our neighborhood – as they so eloquently put it, amongst both neighbors and strangers – some of which may be both to us at the same time.

Friday, June 10, 2011

End of Bike Month, Beginning of Bike Summer!

PNA staff just enjoyed a month-long Commute Challenge to make as many commute trips by alternative modes as possible. Between 22 staff who participated, we recorded 206 round trips by walking, biking, riding transit, or carpooling during the month of May. We also learned the adults love stickers too. Way to go PNA staff!

Our challenge coincided with the popular Group Health Commute Challenge to encourage biking during bike month, and for the first time, the PNA fielded a team of 6 people, who biked half of their commute trips, for a total of 60 trips and 227.5 miles. We competed against Team Bard Seattle from 74th Street Productions, who kicked our butts in every category. On Bike-to-Work Day, on May 20th, we counted over 200 cyclists who came by our station in Heart of Phinney Park. Way to go Phinney-Greenwood!

The PNA Staff Commute Challenge and Bike Month activities were part of our larger campaign, the Green Planet Travel Agency, which encourages alternative transportation in our neighborhood and especially to PNA events. Besides the purely practical (the PNA has a large parking lot that sometimes overflows to the neighborhood street), we promote alternatives because we have a commitment to sustainability, and we think it betters the neighborhood and builds community.

This summer, the Green Planet Travel Agency recommends these events to try alternatives:

Farmer’s Markets
What’s better than a nice relaxing walk or bike ride on a Friday afternoon? One that stops at the Phinney Farmer’s Market along the way! Make sure to have a strategy for carrying your purchases home—walkers can bring sturdy, reusable bags or baskets, and bikers can try baskets, panniers, backpacks, or even a milk crate or produce box bungeed to a rear rack.

PNA Home & Garden Tour
The homes are close, and parking can be a challenge, so why not walk or bike the tour? You can carpool or bus to the Phinney Center to get started, and take off from there on foot.

Summer Beer Taste
As you may know, 10 “tastes” is a lot of beer, so make sure you have a plan for getting home safely after this event. Get together with some friends to carpool, because designated drivers get a reduced ticket price. Walking and transit are both great choices. Biking under the influence is not a safe alternative, so if you bike, make sure you are doing so safely. Plus, If you walk, bike, ride, or carpool, you’ll get a chance to show off (hint: what’s colorful and sticky?).

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

PNA Village Film Screening: Harold and Maude

Friday, June 10, Greenwood Senior Center. Free. Join us at 7pm for refreshments and social time with the film beginning at 7:30pm.

PNA Village is challenging us to create a new vision of being an elder in this society. For a positive and joyful image of aging, join us for the 1971 film classic, Harold and Maude.

Starring Ruth Gordon as the audacious 80 year old Maude, and Bud Cort, her young admirer, this film has developed a huge cult following.

Hal Ashby directs and Cat Stevens provides the film's music.

For further information, call (206) 297-0875.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Art Journals for Busy People, June 25th at the PNA

A journal can be many things: a record of daily events, a history of one’s life, even a place to work through complex thoughts and feelings. While many people like the concept of keeping a journal, staring down at a blank page can be intimidating. What should I write? Where do I start? Tina Koyama is leading a workshop at the PNA (Art Journals for Busy People) that will help answer these questions and provide a variety of creative methods and approaches to journaling.

Koyama’s workshop offers ideas for individuals who want to keep a journal but may not feel that they have the time. She teaches techniques that will enable participants to begin, and maintain, a journal in just 20-30 minutes a day. Koyama says an art journal can be, “anything you want it to be – a daily record of your life; a travel journal; a sketchbook that also contains your writing; your creative writing illustrated with drawings, collage or paintings; a modern-day scrapbook of mementoes and memories.”

Art Journals for Busy People will introduce several journaling techniques. Participants will have a chance to engage in some fast and fun writing exercises and experiment with different art media and collage. Participants can expect to leave this innovative workshop with:

  • Several pages started in their journals
  • Instructions for making a personalize journal cover (see photos below)
  • A handout of ideas for both art and writing
  • Inspiration from samples of Koyama’s personal journals
  • A bibliography of books for further research
  • Ideas for future journal work

Tina Koyama has been teaching a variety of arts classes in the Seattle area for approximately seven years. She has a Master’s Degree in creative writing and a certificate in fiber arts from the University of Washington Extension Program. For more information, please see her website at

This course will be held Saturday, June 25, 10 am - 4:30 pm. It will cost $55 for PNA members and $65 for the general public. Call 206.783.2244 to register, and come be inspired!

Sample journal cover

Sample journal cover

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sunshine and great buys at the Phinney Farmers Market this Friday!

Looking for some sunshine?

Word has it that sunny skies are scheduled to grace opening day of the Phinney Farmers Market. Come by the PNA booth this Friday and pick up a sturdy canvas shopping bag (3 great design choices for only $15 each) or take home a sunny farmers market t-shirt featuring art by PNA member, Sandy Nelson. Shirts come in women's and men's cuts and are on sale for only $10 each. Check out the summery style!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Sculpture in Heart of Phinney Park

There is a new sculpture in the Heart of Phinney Park. The work, titled outside-in, was created by Matthew Freeman from raw blackened cold drawn steel. For purchase or more information, please contact Pamela Jaynes at

Thursday, May 26, 2011

PNA Capital Campaign Cut From State Budget

Yesterday, the State Legislature passed the 2011-2013 Capital Budget. Unfortunately, it did not include PNA's grant request of $995,000 for the Blue Building Renovation project. Last July, the Washington State Historical Society Advisory Board recommended our request for full funding through the Heritage Capital Projects Fund. Funding for these projects has been appropriated without fail since 1997. Not this year, however.

Despite strong advocacy efforts, we were caught up in issues beyond our control. The Capital Budget only includes $1.2 million for Heritage Projects, enough to fund the first nine of 29 proposed projects.

Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators in support of PNA's project -- we had a lot of positive responses and support from our elected officials! While this news creates a challenge for the Capital Campaign, we are determined to continue moving forward and confident that our community will rise to this challenge.

If you'd like to contribute to the Capital Campaign, click here or contact Ann Bowden at

Parking Alert

Do you drive to the Phinney Neighborhood Center Blue Building on Fridays? Beginning next week (June 3) the Phinney Farmers Market will take place in the upper parking lot from 3-7 pm. Morning drop-off and short-term parking will be no problem, although some spaces will be blocked off to accommodate early-arriving trucks. Set-up for market vendors begins at 1 pm so ALL CARS must be out of the lot by this time. We really don't want to tow anyone's car, so please park in the lower lot or be sure to move your vehicle out of the upper lot well before 1 pm. Thanks for your cooperation!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Drawing Lessons

A dedicated volunteer for the PNA strongly recommends drawing classes taught by local artist Michael Shelby Edwards. Edwards is currently accepting new students for both private and group lessons and will be starting the next four-week cycle of group drawing lessons at Artists & Craftsman's in the U-District on Thursday, June 2nd, which is coming up very soon.

A detailed description of the group lessons (and everything else) can be found here:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Help PNA Win A Sunny Toilet

Attend the Green Festival this weekend for free! The PNA was selected as a finalist for the Community Green Grant, for our “Solar-Powered Composting Toilet” proposal. We want to build a stand-alone composting toilet on the hillside at the Phinney Center, which will have solar PV to run the fan and lights. We need your votes to win, so come to the Seattle Green Festival for FREE to vote for our submission. To obtain a free ticket to the Green Festival, please go to the will call booth and mention the Ford Community Green Grant and the PNA. Voting is only onsite, via tokens. Event participants will receive a token by visiting the Ford Drive Green Pavilion.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It’s raining, it’s pouring… hooray!

If there’s one thing we have in Seattle, it’s rain. And lots of it. According to the National Weather Service ( we have had 21.4 inches of rain so far in 2011 (higher than the annual average from January-May, which is 17.43 inches). While we might appreciate that rain keeps our city’s plants and trees green and beautiful, most of us simply let the rain run down our gutters and into the street without giving it a second thought. Did you know that there is a way to capture that rain and use it to flush toilets, even do laundry? Could doing so result in lower water bills? An improved environment? Well, the PNA is offering an exciting, informative class to answer these questions, and many more.

On June 8th from 7-9pm join Michael Broili at the PNA as he leads the Rainwater Harvesting, Catchment & Management course. This course will offer in-depth discussion about rainwater harvesting systems, design and management strategies. Mike will discuss rainwater harvesting systems for flushing toilets and doing your laundry. The class includes a tour of the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s rainwater catchment system, used for flushing toilets. This course costs only $20 for PNA members, and $25 for the public. So call the PNA at 206.783.2244 to register, and don’t let the full benefits of another rainy day slip through your fingers!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Movie Screening and Discussion: "In Sickness and in Wealth"

Movie Screening and Discussion:
“In Sickness and in Wealth” of Unnatural Causes, documentary film exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health

Sunday, June 5, 2011

3:00 – 5:00pm: film screening 3 – 4pm + facilitated discussion 4 – 5pm

At the Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle 98103
(In the Brick Building’s Community Hall)

Latest screening of the Cultural Engagement Film Series
Hosted by the Phinney Neighborhood Association

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) will host a screening of the first episode “In Sickness and in Wealth” of the documentary film Unnatural Causes on Sunday, June 5, from 3 pm – 5:00 pm, in Community Hall in the Brick Building at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave North, Seattle, 98103. 206-783-2244. Approximately one hour long, the film will be followed by a facilitated discussion. For more information about the Cultural Engagement Film Series, please visit the PNA’s Cultural Engagement webpage by clicking HERE. RSVP to Katie Parker at

Film Summary
Click HERE for more information.
The PBS documentary series Unnatural Causes investigates the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. The series uncovers startling new findings that suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses.

“In Sickness and in Wealth,” the hour-long opening episode, paints the big picture. Set in Louisville, Kentucky, it is a story about health, but it's not about doctors or drugs. It's about why some of us get sicker more often and die sooner in the first place. What are the connections between healthy bodies and healthy bank accounts and skin color? How do social policies and the way we organize work and society affect health? Solutions, the show suggests, lie not in more pills but in more equality. "In Sickness and In Wealth" sets out the series' main themes: that health and longevity are correlated with socio-economic status, that people of color face an additional health burden, and that our health and well-being are tied to policies that promote economic and social justice.

Cultural Engagement Film Series
The Cultural Engagement Film Series presents screenings and discussions with a focus on racial and social justice issues. The film series explores society’s social institutions and how systems and behavior perpetuate and reinforce discriminatory practices and inequities. Through screenings and facilitated discussions, the PNA intends to build a comfortable community space for education and thought – provoking conversations about important social topics.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Farmers Market Season Approaches

In less than a month we can reinstate the Friday ritual walk to the Phinney Neighborhood Center for fresh food and friendly exchanges with neighbors. June 3 is opening day (3-7 pm) and we've got some fun entertainment and special visitors planned. However interesting they may be, let's remember that the local farmers and producers are really the *STARS* of the show! The beginning of the season is very weather-dependent and we know it hasn't been great this spring. Let's all make a special effort to get out and support our faithful market vendors early in the summer, knowing we'll be rewarded as the weeks go by.... just think of those fragrant berries, shining tomatoes, and sweet corn!

In case you haven't already heard, the market is moving up the hill to our upper parking lot, much closer to Phinney Avenue. We're also welcoming dogs (and their well-behaved owners) back to the market for the 2011 season. Thanks, as always, to the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, our partners in bringing you this great community event all summer long. Check out this link for an interesting article about the affordability of farmers market produce and plan to have a pocket of cash on opening day!

Friday, May 13, 2011

PNA Kids! Summer Safari Open Registration

Calling all 5-12 year olds! Come and experience a summer full of fun, excitement, adventure and (of course) hands-on education. PNA Kids! Summer Safari offers children a bountiful array of daily activities that they can choose from including: field trips, swimming, arts & crafts, sceience, drama, dance, cooking, and outdoor recreation. Summer Safari is easily tailored to your family's schedule with options for early morning care, daily core activities, and late afternoon care. Register your child for one week, or for the entire action-packed summer.

Registration is now open for new enrollments at our Phinney Ridge Kids! location, based at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Spaces are filling up quickly! For more information, please visit our website or call us at 206-783-0851.

Summer Fun For 5-12 Year Olds!

Calling all 5-12 year olds! Come and experience a summer full of fun, hands-on education, excitement, and adventure. PNA Kids! Summer Safari offers children a bountiful array of daily activities that they can choose from including: field trips, swimming, arts & crafts, science, drama, dance, cooking, and outdoor recreation. Summer Safari is easily tailored to your family’s schedule with early morning, core, and late afternoon options available to fit your needs. Register your child for one week, or the entire summer.

Registration is now open for new enrollment and spaces are filling up quickly. For more information, please visit our website or call us at 206-783-0851.

PNA Kids! Summer Safari 2011 Weekly Themes:

June 22 & 23: Games Galore
June 27 - July 1: Kids in the Kitchen
July 5– 8: The Briny Deep
July 11 -15: Cabinet of Curiosities
July 18 - 22: Goin’ Green
July 25 - 29: Animalia
August 1 - 5: Take Flight!
August 8 - 12: Artistic Adventures
August 15 - 19: Go! Go! Go! In the H20
August 22 - 26: The Great Outdoors
August 29 - September 2: Variety Show

Thursday, May 12, 2011

PNA Kids Scholastic Book Fair

Saturday, May 14, 10 am-1 pm
PNC Blue Building lobby

Purchase Scholastic books for the children in your life to enjoy, while supporting Phinney Ridge Kids at the same time! All funds raised will be matched up to 40% by Scholastic Books, allowing us to buy additional books for classrooms. For more information call 206.781.0851.

Greenwood Garage Sale Day, Flea Market & Tool Sale

Registrations for your garage sale or flea market spot are available here and due on May 13. PNA provides all of the advertising, an online map with addresses, descriptions and photos (if you want) a paper map and guide. If you are not having a garage sale - get ready to shop your socks off at over 100 sales in the neighborhood. Guides and maps will be available May 19. For more information, call 206.783.2244 or email

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Secondhand and Tool Sale Volunteers Needed!

You and your muscles are invited to join the PNA in participating in the Greenwood Garage Sale Day festivities! The Greenwood Senior Center (GSC) will host its annual secondhand sale – “The Grandmother of Them All!” - and the Well Home Program will run its annual Tool Sale. We need you to help us lift and carry all these treasures! We had a last-minute cancellation from two groups, so we are looking for lots of help! These are both very important fundraisers to support two great PNA programs.

GSC Secondhand Sale
Thursday, May 19th (set up)
3:00 – 7:00 PM (10 people needed)

GSC Secondhand Sale
Friday, May 20th (clean up)
2:00 – 6:00 PM PM (10 people needed)

Well Home Program Tool Sale
Saturday, May 21st at the Phinney Neighborhood Center
Set Up 8:15 – 9:15 AM (2 – 3 people needed)
Tool Security Watch 9 am to 2 pm (2 people needed, partial shift okay)
Clean Up 1:45 – 2:45 PM (2 – 3 people needed)

As a bonus, volunteers helping to clean up at the GSC for at least one hour are welcome to take home any treasures you find! And all these volunteer hours can count towards your community service requirement!

To learn more or to sign up, contact LeAnne (about the secondhand sale) at or 206.297.0875 or Ali (about the tool sale) at

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Kick Off Bike Month Tonight!

When I walked in to the office this morning, I saw a site that warmed my heart: the bike rack was full. The recently installed rack outside the "front" door of the blue buidling had three bikes locked to it, two of them outfitted with extra seats for some kiddos. Don't worry, I just parked on the streetside rack, and we have plenty of room along the railings in front of both the Blue and Brick Buildings.

Yes, May is Bike Month, and I hope to be seeing more and more bikes on our racks as May progesses. To celebrate Bike Month, we're starting with a Kick-Off Potluck tonight (Wednesday, May 4) at 6pm in Community Hall in the Brick Building. All are welcome, whether you bike everyday, or you don't have a bike at all!

This month, we're also challenging neighbors to compete with us in the Group Health Commute Challenge, and we're inviting all of you to try bike commuting on Bike to Work Day on May 20, when you can stop by our commute station in Heart Of Phinney Park.

The PNA staff is also learning to walk the walk (and bike the bike, and ride the, er, bus). We're holding our very own Staff Commute Challenge that encourages walking, biking, riding transit and carpooling to work and meetings in the month of May. Join us!

Jill E.

Sustainability Coordinator

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hey Phinney-Greenwood: Take the Challenge!

As the weather (finally) warms up, here at the PNA we’re getting ready for Bike Month in May. For the first time, the PNA will be fielding a team for the Group Health Commute Challenge, a month-long challenge organized by the Cascade Bicycle Club. Each team member commits to biking to work at least four times during the month, and the more miles we bike, the higher we rank against other teams throughout Seattle. There are great prizes and events, plus the fun of joining over 10,000 other bike commuters in the region during the month.

We’re issuing a challenge to our neighbors, both businesses and residents: form a team and compete with us in the Commute Challenge this May! When you sign up, join the Phinney-Greenwood “League” through the online portal, and we’ll see who bikes the most miles, the most days, and who recruits the most new commuters.

If you do start bike commuting, make sure to stop by our commute station on May 20, Bike to Work Day. We'll be set up in Heart of Phinney Park at 67th & Greenwood from 6-9am.

Visit to find out more information and to sign up.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Urban Light Studios Serves Up 'Potluck' Art Exhibit During Art Walk

Every Artist Brings Something to the Table in this Group Show

More than 30 Seattle area artists will bring something to the table for “Potluck” a new mixed media exhibit at URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS opening Friday May 13 6 – 10 pm) and extending through Saturday May 14 (noon-6pm) during the BIG May Greenwood-Phinney Art Walk.

During this exhibit, URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS will also host a raffle to raise money for our neighbors and friends at the Greenwood Food Bank. To participate in the raffle, guests will be invited to donate $1 or a non-perishable food item. Art lovers can win raffle prizes from sponsors Vans Shoes, Boundary Bay Brewery (Bellingham), Snowboard Connection, Mighty-O-Donuts, Nectar Lounge, Scream Salon, Family Fortune Clothing, Electric Coffin, Paper Diamonds Clothing as well as featured art work from participating artists and much more.

Raffle drawings will take place on Friday, May 13 at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm in the MainSpa@ce at URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS.

Participating artists include co-curators Solace and Kevin Law as well as a diverse mix of paintings, photography and installations featuring iconic food related imagery from artists like 179, Quincy Quigg, Sensei 23, EGO, PGee13, Rob Ripley, Xavier Lopez, Kali Meadows, Carlos Aguilar, John Osgood, Joey Nix, Joe Vollan, Joseph “2h” McSween and more.

The Northwest Seattle Food Bank in Greenwood serves more than 3,000 individuals, families, children, seniors, and disabled individuals who live in the area and need a 3 day or 9 meal emergency supply of supplemental food. This organization strives to make lasting changes in the lives of families, children, and seniors in our Greenwood community.

URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS is located at 8537 Greenwood Ave N

URBAN LIGHT STUDIOS is a photo studio, gallery and event venue in the Greenwood neighborhood dedicated to exhibiting striking and innovative artwork from local and national artists. Housed in the iconic Greenwood Collective building, the gallery has been lovingly restored, preserving its 80-year old industrial character and heritage. Opening a new exhibit the second Friday of each month to coincide with Art Up Greenwood-Phinney monthly Art Walk, the gallery will offer the art community a unique experience, showing works by both well known and undiscovered artists that can't be seen elsewhere.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Urban Cycling Techniques, April 27th and 30th

Biking is a great way to get around Seattle. In fact, the Seattle Department of Transportation estimates that approximately 36% of Seattle's 520,000 citizens engage in recreational bicycling, and between 4,000 and 8,000 people bicycle commute in Seattle each day ( According to an article in Bicycling, Seattle is ranked 4th out of America’s Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities. Seattle currently has “about 45 miles of shared use paths, 120 miles of on-street, striped bike lanes and sharrows, and about 120 miles of signed bike routes.” (Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle is also working on a Bicycle Master Plan (scheduled to be completed in 2016) that aims to increase bike usage and access and decrease the number of bike accidents.

But, no matter how many bike lanes there may be, if you don’t have the information and skills you need, biking in the city can feel intimidating. Do I ride with the traffic or next to it? What if there isn’t a bike lane? How do I clearly let cars know when I intend to turn? If you’re like me and find this all a little daunting, then the Urban Cycling Techniques course at the PNA, in partnership with the Cascade Bicycle Club, may be what you’ve been looking for.

Through this course, recreational or transportational cyclists will gain the knowledge to make informed decisions while riding in traffic and the confidence to balance caution, assertiveness and the skills necessary for safer urban riding. The course is just in time to help you prepare for Bike Month (May 2011), when over 10,000 people participate in the Group Health Commute Challenge. This class will give you the skills you need to start commuting next month.

The evening lecture session (on Wednesday, April 27th, 6-9pm) will be followed by an on-your-bike practice session—bring a working bike and proper helmet to the Saturday (April 30th, 10am-3pm) session.

To register call 206.783.2244. This course costs $80 for PNA members and $85 for the public. So register today and gain the information and practice you need to be a safe and confidence urban cyclist, just in time for spring!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Movie Screening and Panel Discussion: "Ten More Good Years"

The unique challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) elders explored in documentary film Ten More Good Years

Cultural Engagement Film Series
Phinney Neighborhood Association

Sunday, May 1, 2011
3:00 to 5:30 pm, film screening followed by a panel discussion

Community Hall, Brick Building, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave North, Seattle, 98103

The Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) will host a screening of Ten More Good Years on Sunday, May 1, 3 pm – 5:30 pm, in Community Hall in the Brick Building at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave North, Seattle, 98103. 206-783-2244. Approximately one hour long, the film will be followed by a panel discussion.

There is limited seating for screenings and discussions, therefore, RSVPs are encouraged. Please contact Katie Parker at

Film Summary
The lives and challenges of LGBT elders is the focus of Ten More Good Years. Directed and produced by the president of LookOut Film, Inc., Michael Jacoby, the film introduces LGBT elders who share stories of their lives and LGBT history. Their stories reveal governmental and social injustices, making visible what being gay is now and what being gay and growing old in the United States will be. A generation of LGBT people who fought for their right to be out, proud, and equal are being forced back into the closet and silenced once again. The elders interviewed in the film share their concerns for their own future and for future generations of LGBT men and women. The goal of the discussion is to spark deeper conversations about how the community can understand and support LGBT elders.

Cultural Engagement Film Series
The Cultural Engagement Film Series presents screenings and discussions with a focus on racial and social justice issues. The film series explores society’s social institutions and how systems and behavior perpetuate and reinforce discriminatory practices and inequities. Through screenings and facilitated discussions, the PNA intends to build a comfortable community space for education and thought – provoking conversations about important social topics.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Origami Classes at the PNA

Why is modern origami so exhilarating? Learn how to make origami models and read origami diagrams. Each class will focus on one aspect. For beginning or intermediate folders. Robert has taught origami for six years. This year he has given talks on origami, taught, and published designs/papers in Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, the UK, and the United States.

Origami Introduction by Robert Orndorff
Thursdays, April 28-May 19, 6:30-8:30 pm
Room 6, PNA Blue Building
$20 PNA member, $25 General Public
Call 206.783.2244 right away to register!

2011 Local Giving Fair -- Looking for Planning Committee Volunteers!

The Greenwood Senior Center is very excited to begin gathering volunteers for the second annual Local Giving Fair. The Local Giving Fair is a project of the Greenwood Senior Center’s civic engagement program and provides a space for local non-profit organizations working on a range of social justice, environmental, and human rights issues to connect with community members wishing to learn more and make donations to support these projects.

Currently, we are looking for people interested in offering their skills as committee members. Volunteering as a committee member is a great way to get event planning experience for a special community event and to support organizations addressing social justice and human rights issues in our community, all the while working with a wonderful group of fellow volunteers.

The senior center will be holding a community meeting for people interested in learning more about the Local Giving Fair and what volunteering as a committee member entails on Wednesday, May 4th, from noon-1pm at the Green Bean Coffee House (8533 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle 98103). The Green Bean provides delicious lunch and other snacks that you can purchase. Otherwise, feel free to bring a bagged lunch if you’d like to eat. (If you are purchasing food, please give yourself adequate time so that the meeting can begin promptly at noon. Thanks!).

If you plan to attend, please let Emily at the Greenwood Senior Center know ( (206) 297-0875). If you are unable to make this meeting but are interested in being a part of the committee, or have any questions, please call or email Emily at the senior center.

Thank you!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bike Maintenance Class Next Week

Got a bike in the basement that hasn’t seen the road for a while? Or a new shiny one that you want to stay shiny? Are you ready to start learning about how your bike actually works?

The PNA has partnered with Cascade Bicycle Club to bring a Basic Bike Maintenance class to the neighborhood. On Wednesday, April 20, 7-9pm you can bring your bike to Community Hall for hands-on maintenance experience.

This class will help you get your bike ready for spring biking, and especially Bike Month in May!

To sign up, call the PNA at 206-783-2244. And don’t miss Urban Cycling Techniques on April 27 & 30!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Village Volunteers seeking recommendations

The PNA Village is a new program in development to help support community members who prefer to stay in their own homes as they age. One program component is referrals to reputable, local service providers (individuals, businesses, organizations) in various categories. All providers will be screened before being added to our referral list, so we do prefer those who are licensed, insured, bonded, etc. although exceptions may be made. Our volunteer Referrals & Partnerships Committee is currently seeking suggestions in three areas:

Technical Support Services

  • “In-home” computer support or training

  • “Drop-off” computer troubleshooting and repairs

  • Other forms of tech support

Pet-Related Services

• Dog walkers

• Businesses or individuals that will come to your home and feed your pet (and perhaps take in your mail and newspaper)

• Businesses or individuals that will clean up dog poop in your yard

• Vets

• Spay and neuter facilities

• Overnight and longer-stay facilities for dogs, cats, or other pets

• Pet stores

Handy-Person Services

  • Small carpentry jobs (i.e. installing drapery rods/blinds, shelving, fixing loose steps, repairing railings)

  • General clean-up and hauling

  • Minor wall repair, patching, and painting

  • Locksmith

  • Organizing

  • Rearranging furnishings

  • Furniture repair

  • This category does NOT include major construction or trades such as plumbing or electrical.

    Please email your suggestions directly to to be forwarded to committee members. We prefer that you not post your recommendations here because they have not yet been approved. THANKS!

Bring Comfort and Joy to Kids in Need!

Hooray for spring, a time for celebration! Are you looking ahead to a holiday, milestone, or other special occasion sometime soon? Whether you are shopping around for spring holiday treats for a little child, a birthday present, or a graduation gift, we ask you to remember the young people in our community whose families can't provide gifts on such special occasions.

Childhaven and Broadview Emergency Shelter are Seattle-based agencies that provide vital services for children and teens affected by domestic abuse, child abuse, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and other tough challenges. Each year, the PNA hosts a gift drive to supply special treats for these agencies to give to children to brighten a special day.

Help us bring comfort and joy to kids in need. Purchase a new item you think a child aged infant through 18 years would enjoy. Ideas include craft supplies, toys, books, puzzles, board games, video games, journals, sports, equipment, mp3 players, and gift cards to stores such as Fred Meyer, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Supercuts. More specific suggestions are on display at the Phinney Center.

Return unwrapped donations to the Phinney Center or Greenwood Senior Center by Thursday, April 14. The gift will be delivered to an appreciative young person on a special day in their lives.

Thank you for your generosity!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PNA Funding At Risk - Call Your Senator by April 7th

Good news! This week’s House Capital Budget fully funded the Heritage Capital Projects Fund, 29 projects from around the state including $995,000 for PNA’s Blue Building Renovation. While this is exciting news, we’re not done yet. With over $5 million raised to date, this grant is very significant in reaching our goal of $7 million to complete Phase II of the Community Begins Here Capital Campaign.

We need your help today to ensure this level of funding from the Senate. The Senate is finalizing the budget as we speak. It is URGENT that your Senators hear how important it is to you – their constituents – that their budget fully funds the HCPF.

NOW is the time to act. In the next 24 hours, please contact your Senators by email or phone to send these TWO simple messages:

1) Please fund the HCPF at the same level as the House – the full $10 million; and
2) Ask them to contact Senator Kilmer with the message that this is a high priority for their district (Sen. Kilmer is Vice-chair and lead on putting together the Capital budget).

Some tips we learned in Olympia this morning about how to MOST effectively contact our Senators during this time-sensitive period:

• Your email “Subject” line should indicate that you are a constituent from their district;
• Be sure to personalize in some way your email (e.g. mention the PNA’s project); and
• Best method is to email your Senator; the second best method is to call his/her legislative aid directly. If you leave a message, be sure to indicate that you are a constituent!

Click HERE to find your Senator and their contact information, and here’s the Senators’ emails in the three closest legislative districts to PNA.

Finally, we cannot stress more that…

THIS IS THE FINAL STRETCH! Together, we’ve accomplished more than many thought was possible. Your emails/calls WILL make a difference. Please make contact with your Senators in the next 24 hours. Let’s do this, team!

Lee Harper, PNA Executive Director

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Let’s Bike Phinney-Greenwood!

You asked for it—bike classes are coming to the PNA! In response to requests from the community, and to support our continuing efforts towards sustainability, the PNA has partnered with Cascade Bicycle Club to offer three bike classes in April. The classes will help participants get ready for spring biking and bike month in May.

To encourage biking in the neighborhood, the PNA, with the help of Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney, is organizing a campaign called Let’s Bike Phinney-Greenwood in April and May. In addition to the classes, the campaign will celebrate Bike Month with several neighborhood events. Find out more about the bike classes, and other spring classes on our website.
So why bike?

  • For Health. With warmer spring weather, biking makes great, enjoyable exercise. Three hours of biking per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%. Whether for recreation or transportation, biking can burn 400 calories per hour. Go up and down the ridge, and it may be significantly more than that!

  • To Save Money. Owning a car can cost $10,000 per year, including maintenance, insurance, depreciation, and fuel. Even if you don’t give up a car, relying more on biking for transportation insulates you from rising fuel costs.

  • For a Better Environment. Significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions are just one of many environmental benefits of biking. Driving less reduces other air pollutants, like carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and particulate matter, and it reduces water pollution from non-point sources—the largest pollution sources in Puget Sound. Biking requires significantly less pavement for lanes and parking than driving does, creating less storm-water run-off which reduces water pollution and sewer overflows.

  • For Better Communities. Biking has significant benefits for communities. Bicyclists are more likely to spend money at local businesses, and the money they save on transportation frees up disposable income. About 12 bikes can be parked in one car space, so biking contributes to dense, walkable neighborhoods. Like walking, biking allows for more interaction on the streets, building community—which is what the PNA is all about.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gary Faigin Lecture at the PNA

Keeping It Real: Representational Artists in Post-Modern America Lecture with Gary Faigin, Gage Artistic Director Monday, April 25, 7-8:30 pm Room 5, PNA Blue Building $8 PNA Member/$10 Public Call 206.783.2244 to register before it sells out! Artist and KUOW critic Gary Faigin shares the work of a group of American artists whose mastery of traditional techniques is harnessed to a contemporary sensibility. The Northwest is home to several of these New Realists whose paintings attempt to bridge the divide between old and new, putting an unexpected spin on such venerable subjects as landscape, portrait, still life and narrative art.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Greenwood Senior Center without Walls!

As a part of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s effort to create a livable community for all ages, the Greenwood Senior Center has begun to hold a variety of classes and discussion groups outside of the senior center in spaces throughout the Greenwood Phinney community. The goal is to build a neighborhood not only where people can remain in their homes as long as they would like, but also a place where older adults can continue to engage in and with their community in a number of ways. The “senior center without walls” programming is closely tied to the PNA Village, an aging in place model to support people living in their home and communities as they age (

Check out a few of our new and upcoming Greenwood Senior Center without Walls opportunities! Questions? Contact Emily at the Greenwood Senior Center: (206) 297-0875/

Chris Prenovitz MSW,,
Friday, 10:30 am-noon, April 1st and 8th, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building, Room 35. $45.
Reduce stress, strengthen the relaxation response and enhance health and wellbeing. Learn simple yoga poses, breathing practices, body-centered relaxation meditations and skillful ways that address “stressful patterns of thinking.” Cost includes handouts and CD for home practice. Wear loose, comfortable clothes and bring a yoga/exercise mat. Class is adaptable and can be done in a chair. Call the GSC to register at 206-297-0875.

Thursdays, Mar 24-Apr 14 *Possibly Ongoing, 6:30-8 pm. Green Bean Coffee House, 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. Free. There is still time to join!
New research suggests that happiness lies in social ties, work that brings meaning and a commitment to joie de vivre. Further, Seattle is working to become a Gross National Happiness City. What do these two things mean to Phinney Greenwood neighbors? This ongoing circle will help people work on both personal and community happiness goals in the atmosphere of a supportive community. Cecile Andrews, author of Slow is Beautiful, will lead the group. Call the GSC to register at (206) 297-0875.

Chris Prenovitz, MSW,
Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am, April 15- May, 20, Standing Stone Healing and Arts, 943 N. 89th St. Free/by donation.
Mindfulness is being present to what is happening with wise, non-judgmental attention. Learn practical and useful ways to relax the mind and body and integrate mindful practices into your life. Chris is a dharma leader with Seattle Insight Meditation and a stress management consultant. Call the GSC to register at 206-297-0875.

Wednesdays, Ongoing beginning March 30, 12:30 pm. Meet at the GSC and walk to A Muse. Free.
Walk down with a group from the Greenwood Senior Center to A Muse stamp and paper shop at 71st St. and Greenwood Ave. for a free make-and-take craft every Wednesday. If you are not walking from the GSC, meet up with the rest of the group at A Muse around 1 pm. A great way to get some exercise, meet new people and get crafty! No need to register.

Cassie Sackett
Wed 6-9 pm, April 6, Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building, Room 3. $15 PNA member/ $20 non-member.
Are you ready to get creative? Try this simple yet profound way of drawing using your fingertips. We will integrate meditation, intention setting and creativity as we explore this beneficial way of getting the creative juices flowing. Call the GSC to register at 206-297-0875.