A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Spaces remaining at Ballard Preschool Co-op

August 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op, a Phinney Neighborhood Association program at 7503 18th Ave. NW, has a few spaces remaining in its 3-5’s program for the upcoming school year. Class meets from 12:15-3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is open to children born between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Children born on or between Sept. 1, 2011, and Aug. 31, 2012, attend one additional day for Pre-K.

Contact the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com for details.

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PNA’s ‘Beer Taste Olympics’ is July 23

July 14th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Summer Beer Taste Olympics is from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.


Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general public, and $10 for designated drivers. Includes 10 tastes, mini brats from Barking Dog Alehouse and pub style snacks. Must be 21 and over to attend.

More than 30 Northwest breweries and cideries will be there, and some will have special brews made just for this event. Click here for the complete list of breweries and cider makers attending.

Only service dogs are allowed.

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Ballard Preschool Co-op open house on Tuesday

July 11th, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op (a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association) is hosting an open house at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at 7503 18th Ave. NW. The open house will be geared specifically for parents interested in the infant class. Parents and children are welcome.

BPC has openings in its infant class beginning in the fall. Class meets from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Children must have been born on or between Sept. 1, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016.

Please RSVP at bpc.registrar@gmail.com.

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Phinney Farmers Market opens for the season this Friday

June 1st, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Farmers Market opens for the season this Friday, from 3:30-7:30 p.m., at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the upper parking lot. (Note that the hours have shifted 30 minutes later.)

Dozens of vendors will be selling fresh veggies, fruit, meat, bread, flowers, wine, beer, cider, and ready-to-eat foods for dinner.

You can check the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance website for a list of what’s in season each week, and a list of vendors.

The Phinney Farmers Market will be open every Friday through Sept. 30.

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YMCA summer camps and after-school programs at the Phinney Center

May 19th, 2016 by Doree

University Family YMCA will offer after-school enrichment programs at an earlier time beginning next fall, to
correspond to Seattle Public Schools’ earlier bell times for most elementary schools. (Most elementary schools will
start at 7:55 a.m. and end at 2:05 p.m.

The Y will provide transportation from Daniel Bagley, West Woodland, Greenwood and Whittier elementaries, and
Salmon Bay K-8. Registration for 2016-17 after-school programs begins on June 6, but you can put your name down now on the “interest list” by emailing universityprograms@seattleymca.org.

The Y is also offering preschool and school age summer camps at the PNA. Register by emailing universitysummer@seattleymca.org.

Camps for grades 1-6:

  • June 27-July 1: Slimy Science
  • July 5-8: Gamesapalooza
  • July 11-15: LEGO Camp: Extreme Star Wars with LEAP4Kidz
  • July 18-22: Artist’s Showcase
  • July 25-29: Grossology
  • Aug. 1-5 (FULL): Magic Camp with Bruce Myers
  • Aug. 8-12 LEGO Camp: Superheros with LEAP4Kidz
  • Aug. 15-19: Yoga Camp with Mindful Movements
  • Aug. 22-26 LEGO Camp: Movie Making, Brick Films with LEAP4Kids
  • Aug. 29- Sept. 2: Drama Camp

Preschool Camps (ages 3-5):

  • June 27- June 1: Little Picasso
  • July 5-8: Music Makers
  • July 11-15: Mighty Jungle
  • July 18-22: Discovering Dinos
  • July 25-29: Itty Bitty Sports
  • Aug. 1-5: Let’s Get Cooking!
  • Aug. 8-12 LEGO: Beginning Building with LEAP4Kiz
  • Aug. 15-19: 3,2,1…Blastoff!
  • Aug. 22-26: Ocean Commotion
  • Aug. 29- Sept. 2: Butterflies, Bees, and Ladybugs

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More than 100 registered yard sales at Saturday’s Garage Sale Day

May 19th, 2016 by Doree

Saturday is the huge PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, where about a hundred houses in our neighborhood will be hosting garage/yard sales. It’s sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, which has put together a map of all registered sales (the map is not online yet, but will be up before Saturday morning).

Plus there’s a special flea market and tool sale at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.; you can recycle electronics with InterConnection; you can shred up to four boxes of paper with Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; AND you can swap plants, pots and tools, or pick up some new plants for free. Plus Master Gardeners and Composters will be on hand to answer your questions.

At the end of the day, bring anything leftover to the PNA to donate to Goodwill or Salaam Cultural Museum, a Fremont-based nonprofit organization providing aid and supplies to Syrian refugees.

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Phinney Farmers Market opens June 3 with later hours

May 18th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Farmers Market opens in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., on Friday, June 3. Hours have shifted 30 minutes later, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. This will allow more time for people to leave work and get to the market for ready-made dinners and to pick up their groceries for the weekend.

The Phinney Farmers Market will happen every Friday through Sept. 30.

New vendors at the Phinney Farmers Market this year:

  • Burton Hill Farm (raw goat milk dairy on Vashon Island), selling raw goat milk, farmstead cheese, goat milk soap, lavender calendula salve, and rose lotion.
  • Toste — sweet and savory French toast sandwiches using locally sourced ingredients, organic and free of any preservatives, artificial colors or GMOs.
  • El Chito – Handmade tamales made with local, in-season ingredients (chicken, pork, veggie, vegan), and special breakfast tamales, plus Hibiscus flower ice tea.
  • Old Ballard Liquor Co. — Artisan nano-distillery paying homage to Ballard’s history as a Scandinavian fishing and blue collar neighborhood with old-fashioned liquors and liqueurs like Aquavit.
  • Cascade Farm from Kelso, selling grass-fed lamb and beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken.

SNAP (EBT), WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, and Fresh Bucks are accepted at all locations run by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (University District, West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Columbia City, Lake City, Magnolia and Phinney). Fresh Bucks provides a $10 match for all SNAP/EBT users.

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U.S. Small Business Administration offering low-interest federal disaster loans to businesses affected by March 9 natural gas explosion

May 5th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has received word that the U.S. Small Business Administration has officially agreed to offer low-interest federal disaster loans to businesses affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged another 50.

Here’s the email the PNA sent to affected businesses:

Yesterday we heard from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) that they are offering disaster assistance to small businesses economically impacted by the Greenwood Gas Explosion.

The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following a request received on April 29, from Gov. Jay Inslee.

“Small, nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred,” said SBA’s Seattle District Director Nancy Porzio.

“These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing,” Porzio added.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for small businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years, and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Get help: The Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering free, personalized consulting to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses owners may contact the SBDC from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by telephone at (509) 358-7765.


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Greenwood gas explosion fundraising has exceeded $260,000

April 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association reports that fundraising efforts after the March 9 natural gas explosion in Greenwood have exceeded $260,000, and the PNA has disbursed more than $234,000 so far.

Read on for the complete update from the PNA.

Dear Friends of Greenwood,

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two months since the explosion that devastated the center of Greenwood.

Fundraising efforts have reached $260,601, thanks to countless individuals and over 100 businesses who donated or held benefits. We expect more contributions to come in through various fundraisers and charitable organizations, including proceeds from the Bureau of Fearless Ideas’ book Encyclopedia Greenwoodia and proceeds from the auction of the Greenwood plywood murals, which Urban Hands has organized. The auction will take place at Greenwood Square/Upper Crust Catering (8420 Greenwood Ave N), starting at 6 pm (appetizers, bar and social hour at 5 pm) on Friday, May 13 during the BIG One Art Walk.

Here at the PNA, we’ve been working hard with the Greenwood Relief Advisory Board, communicating with the 53 businesses, and all of the employees and residents affected, determining needs and distributing funds.

So far, $234,423 has been disbursed but funds are still needed, as the estimated damage is in the millions. Roughly half of the funds went directly to the displaced residents and the employees who lost work hours because of business closures. The remaining is currently being distributed to businesses based on the amount of damage they suffered. Of the 53 businesses affected, 30 have requested funds for uninsured loss, many have declined assistance because of sufficient insurance coverage and we are waiting to hear back from several businesses who have not responded.

Progress with repairs is moving slowly as businesses, building owners and insurance companies navigate this complicated situation.

We have heard countless expressions of gratitude (including flowers and a pizza!) from those receiving relief, and we are honored to steward the community’s generosity.

PNA continues to welcome donations to the fund, and we will keep it open through fall. You can still donate online or via mail/in-person at 6532 Phinney Ave N., Seattle, WA 98103. PNA will also continue to promote any fundraisers or benefits organized by businesses or groups.

Thank you for your support!

Lee Harper

Executive Director

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