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


Seattle7Writers’ 7th annual Holiday Bookfest at Phinney Center on Nov. 19

October 12th, 2016 by Doree

Get this on your calendars now: Seattle7Writers’ is celebrating its 7th annual Holiday Bookfest at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Twenty-five local authors will sign their books, provide home-made treats and give readings to raise money for the PNA and the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, which provides free tutoring and writing help for students.

Seattle7Writers supports a variety of local literacy efforts with the motto “Read Local.”

The event will begin with a short set by The Rejections, Seattle7Writers’ house band. Phinney Books will be selling authors’ books. Seattle7Writers also will be collecting donations of gently used books for their Pocket Library program. Donate three or more books and receive a free Seattle7Writers tote bag.

Participating authors:
Terry Brooks
Jim Lynch
Tim Egan
Deb Caletti
Lynn Brunelle
Garth Stein
Susan Wiggs
Kevin O’Brien
Erica Bauermeister
Sean Beaudoin
Laurie Frankel
Robert Dugoni
Brent Hartinger
Carol Cassella
Boyd Morrison
Megan Chance
Donna Miscolta
Ed Skoog
Kathleen Alcala
Mike Lawson
Steven Arntson
Dori Hillestad Butler
Bharti Kirchner
Clare Meeker
David B. Williams

Performance/Reading schedule:

  • 3-3:20 p.m.: The Rejections and Trailing Spouses
  • 3:30 p.m.: Lynn Brunelle
  • 3:45 p.m.: Kathleen Alcala
  • 4 p.m.: Sean Beaudoin
  • 4:15 p.m.: Jim Lynch
  • 4:30 p.m.: Megan Chance
  • 4:45 p.m. Steve Arntson

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PNA Winter Beer Taste is Nov. 12

October 10th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Winter Beer Taste, “Put a Beer on it,” is at 7 p.m., Nov. 12, with more than 30 breweries and cideries, plus pub style snacks and a silent auction of beer paraphernalia.


Tickets are $25 for PNA members or $35 non-members, which gets you 10 tastes of winter ales or ciders. Designated drivers pay $10 and get all the non-alcoholic beverages they want. For an additional $25 tax-deductible donation, special Preview taste tickets get you in the door at 6:15 p.m. plus a complimentary glass, sliders and slaw and the chance to beat the crowds.

See the Beer Taste website for a list of participating breweries.

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Annual “Pig Out to Root Out Hunger” is Wednesday

September 30th, 2016 by Doree

2016-pig-out-image-resizedOur neighborhood’s annual “Pig Out to Root Out Hunger” is next Wednesday, Oct. 5, to raise money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program.

Twenty-two local restaurants, pubs and coffee shops will donate a portion of their sales that day, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, drinks and dessert. Look for the businesses marked with colorful whirligig signs.

Here’s a list of participating businesses:

  • 74th Street Ale House, 7401 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • A La Mode Pies, 5821 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Bluebird Microcreamery, 7400 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Caffe Vita, 7402 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Fresh Flours, 6015 Phinney Ave. N.
  • Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Georgia’s Greek Restaurant, 323 NW 85th St.
  • Martino’s, 7410 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Olive and Grape, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Pete’s Egg Nest, 7717 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Prost!, 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Razzis Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Ridge Pizza, 7217 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Teachers Lounge, 8505 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Thaiku, 6705 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Wing Dome, 7818 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Yanni’s Greek Restaurant, 7419 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • The Yard Cafe, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Zeeks Pizza, 6000 Phinney Ave. N.

You can also make a donation directly to the Hot Meal Program by sending a check to the PNA at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.

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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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