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


PNA Village holding volunteer recruitment event on Oct. 15

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, which helps people stay in their homes as they age, is hosting a volunteer recruitment event from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Volunteers help Village members with household tasks, shopping, gardening, walking their dogs or driving them to appointments. Volunteers of all ages can choose tasks and a schedule that suits their needs.

At the Oct. 15 event, potential volunteers can hear from current Village volunteers and staff about what it’s like to help people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the types of volunteer jobs available. There will be time for questions and discussion. The PNA Village fall potluck follows at 5 p.m., and potential volunteers are invited to stay for that.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

For more information or to RSVP for the Oct.15 event, email Village@phinneycenter.org or call 206-789-1217.

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Seattle Folklore Society Festival is all day Saturday at Phinney Center, and it’s free

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Folklore Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an all-day free festival this Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. All events at “50 Years of Folk” are free with no tickets needed; admittance is subject to room capacity on a first-come basis.

Lasting 11 hours in 11 different rooms in both the PNA’s Blue Building and Brick Building, the festival will celebrate fiddling, ukulele strumming, Contra dancing, clogging, square dancing, storytelling, and music from a wide range of influences, plus puppet-making with Seattle ReCreative.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. are participatory activities and listening; dinner break is from 5-7 p.m. (bring your own or support a nearby restaurant); then from 7-10 p.m. is the showcase concert featuring Scandinavian music by Skolkis, historic dance tunes and fiddling by Phil and Vivian Williams, old-time music, harmony singing, and flatfoot dancing from Squirrel Butter, and stories, songs and tunes from virtuoso auto-harp player Bryan Bowers.

Click here for the full schedule, including:

  • “Fiddling From Scratch” for kids & adults (loaner fiddles available)
  • Carter Family Songs – Sharman Smith, Cathy Britell, Laura Gregg, Robert Giidley
  • Mini-Concert – Phil & Vivian Williams: Pioneer Dance Music of the Far West
  • Contra-dance musician workshop – Matching tunes to dances: Countercurrent
  • Appalachian Clogging workshop (Eclectic Cloggers)
  • Square Dance Caller workshop (dancers welcome)

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New PEPS Baby Peppers group starting at PNA next week

September 14th, 2016 by Doree

(PEPS) Program for Early Parent Support has a new Baby Peppers group starting next week at the Phinney Center. The class will meet from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. It’s for one parent and their baby, age 5-12 months when the group starts.

PEPS groups are led by a trained facilitator, who helps parents connect with each other, and develop a healthy bond with their baby. Financial assistance is available.

See the PEPS website for more information and to register.

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‘Better Together’ – 5th annual Power of Community Breakfast is Oct. 6

September 13th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s fifth annual Power of Community Breakfast, themed “Better Together,” is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

The breakfast will highlight programs and services that support resilience and social connections for older adults in our community. Keynote speaker is Nancy Hooyman, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.

Doors open at 7:15 a.m.; the program starts at 7:30 a.m. Admission is free, however a minimum donation of $50 is suggested.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 28.

If you wish to be a breakfast sponsor or participate as a table captain, contact Development Director Jeff Cornejo at jeffc@phinneycenter.org or 206-783-2244.

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Ballard Preschool Co-op ‘s Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale is Sept. 24

September 7th, 2016 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Co-op‘s Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale is Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building. You can find deals on gently used clothes (from newborn through size 8), shoes, toys and gear, including pack and plays, cribs, car seats, strollers and maternity wear.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a line typically forming before 9 a.m. Bring your own shopping bags. Strollers must be parked at the door.

A portion of the proceeds supports the Ballard Preschool Co-op, which is located at 7503 18th Ave NW, and is a program of the PNA.

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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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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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