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Phinney Neighborhood Center celebrates 30 years

September 15th, 2011 · Comments

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., started out in 1981 as a small community organization and preschool co-op in a rented former school building. Today, the PNA owns its own building, and runs dozens of programs, from preschools and after-school care programs to a tool lending library, art gallery and farmers market. It also rents out its rooms to many other organizations for classes, meetings and events.

The PNA is honoring its 30th anniversary this year with a two-day celebration with activities for children and adults.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the children’s entertainment series Ridge Romp presents local musician Johnny Bregar at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $3 per person at the door. Doors open at 10 a.m. Shows often sell out, so get there early.

That night, at 7 p.m. on the Phinney Center Stage, members of Taproot Theatre’s touring company present an evening of improv comedy.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for a social hour, and they’ll even have designated “hospitality rooms” for both current and past members of the PNA Board and preschool co-op families to increase the odds of seeing former classmates and Board members.

At 8 p.m. people will move to a tent in the PNA’s upper parking lot, where Taproot’s improv team will take suggestions from the audience to create comedy. Desserts will be provided during intermission.

Tickets are $30 per person, and include dessert and drinks. Purchase tickets online at www.phinneycenter.org or in person at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, from 12-4 p.m., children are invited back to the PNA for Ridge Rumpus in the upper parking lot. This neighborhood carnival features bouncy toys, rides, games, carnival food and aerialists from neighborhood group Versatile Arts. Admission is $10 per child or $25 per family (adults are free) for unlimited access to games and rides.

For more information, check the website or call 206-783-2244.

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