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Dabble, our neighborhood drop-in art studio at 306 N 83rd St (behind Coyle’s Bake Shop) is calling out to those of you who want to get back into drawing:

When did you stop drawing? We all drew as kids but somewhere along the way, many of us stopped. Was it when someone mocked your work? Was it when life got busy? Or did you just get frustrated? Whether you’re a practicing artist or “can only draw stick figures”, this class is for you. COME GIVE DRAWING ANOTHER CHANCE!

Ongoing Thursdays (unless otherwise noted on the website), 7-8pm, $20/person/class

Begins January 12. Sign up here.

Is volunteering among one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you looking to support folks in your community? Bring a friend and join us for pizza, beer, and refreshments while learning how you can help your elder neighbors! Village volunteers provide services like transportation, help with small projects in and around their homes, gardening, and social interaction. Volunteering is flexible and on your own schedule – no minimum expectations, just whatever you feel comfortable offering. Make a difference in how your neighbors choose to age in 2023.

The PNA Village utilizes community support to empower elders to age in the homes.

Your RSVP is appreciated but not required at [email protected] or 206-789-1217.  Please check out www.phinneycenter.org for weather related cancellations.

PNA Village Volunteer Recruitment: Pizza and Refreshments
Thursday, January 19, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Phinney Center Blue Building, Room 5 – 6532 Phinney Ave N.

A video still of the suspected shooter, in the crimson hoodie, and security guard Nigel Moss, right, moments before the shooting.

Isolde Raftery of KUOW has produced a jarring deep dive into the Janus Apartment shooting and drug den near Fred Meyers entitled “A man dies of an overdose. Then chaos ensues at his swank Seattle apartment building. Raftery traces the death of an apartment resident through subsequent issues regarding tenant laws, lack of available law enforcement, and how a small cadre of people were able to work the system to terrorize the Janus and surrounding neighborhood.

Lions charging… a surprise leopard… elephants playing hide-and-seek. This Wednesday January 4th join Phil Bennett, professional African safari guide and conservationist for stories from his 15 years guiding through the savanna. Event is from 6:30 – 8pm at Illumination Learning Studios at 7720 Greenwood Ave N, and wine and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected].

On Safari-in was created in the belief that your journey can be more than just a holiday, it can be the trip of a lifetime which inspires and informs. An authentic African safari cannot be found by simply booking a standard package tour or by staying at mass market style resorts.

​At On Safari-in, we are more than just travel agents who have visited a lot of African destinations and work to sell the places we have seen. Our expertise has been developed throughout a long career guiding and hosting safaris across Southern and East Africa. We literally lived safari and we are passionate about it.

Climb for a cause! Buy a day-use pass to climb at Half Moon Bouldering on the weekend, starting Friday, Dec 16, at 5pm and though Sunday, Dec 18, and help us raise funds for Lake City Partners Ending Homelessness.

Matt of Half Moon Bouldering and part of the generous Lake City Partners Team will be on site to share more about the organization’s efforts.

Raffles and mini-quests for our generous donors!

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Supply chain shortages, shipping delays… we’ve heard the warnings. But, what if this year, PhinneyWood neighbors bought as many gifts as possible from our local businesses? Avoid the stress and support our local community, it’s a win for all! The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Group debuted a local gift guide in 2020 to remind our neighborhood that the best gifts are within walking distance and to support our business district.

While it can be convenient to sit at home and pick up presents off the porch, you are missing out on a friendly hello and a personal recommendation from a fun crew member at Greenwood Hardware, a knowledgeable florist at Terra Bella Flowers or a truly unique handmade gift from a small local maker. These folks can help you pick out something unique and perfect for everyone on your list, and you can help them by supporting their business and our local economy.

Check out the 2022 Gift Guide here

Not finding a good match here, but still want to support local? Check out the PhinneyWood Gift Card, good at over 25 local shops!

This is a monthly contribution to the Blog by local realtor Doron Weisbarth

Another month brings continued evidence of the amazing resilience of the real estate market in our awesome PhinneyWood neighborhood. Prices continue to hold steady, and the average time it takes to sell a home is still very reasonable – about three weeks. You can see the full details of this, and other useful parameters, in the full online report at PhinneyWoodHomes.com.

Another month brings continued evidence of the amazing resilience of the real estate market in our awesome PhinneyWood neighborhood. Prices continue to hold steady, and the average time it takes to sell a home is still very reasonable – about three weeks.

Overall, market activity remain slow, even for this time of the year, which is the slowest time in the annual real estate cycle. Inventory is way down, as many sellers are weary of listing their homes right now, even though the data suggests otherwise, as noted above.

And with inflation that seems to have peaked (even the Fed chair announced that they will likely slow down prime rate hikes), mortgage interest rates have come down almost a full point in just the last few weeks and are trending downward. Lower interest rates will likely bring back many buyers who dropped out when the mortgage rates peaked.

So, I expect to see increased market activity, and perhaps some price increases in the first quarter of 2023, although probably not the kind of buying frenzy that we witnessed earlier this year. This is good news for sellers, and also for buyers, who will have more homes to choose from, but without all the craziness.

Considering selling your PhinneyWood home, or buying one in our neighborhood? Find out what insider tricks and strategies will help you maximize your results. For a no-obligation consultation, call Doron at 206-779-9808.  

Breaking White Silence Northwest supports the formation of free, facilitated groups of white people studying literature on whiteness, particularly the book What Does It Mean To Be White? by Robin DiAngelo. Each group functions as an incubator and springboard, providing brave space for white people to begin to understand their own positioning within white supremacy and to gain key resources to sustain meaningful anti-racist action.

Founded in 2016, Breaking White Silence Northwest is an all-volunteer project that aims to help white people gain white racial literacy, which we believe to be a keystone step–one of countless steps–in the lifelong process of building personal and collective capacity to take effective action toward racial justice. Our project plays a modest part in a vast network of activists, projects and organizations collectively working toward dismantling white supremacy.

Are you, or is someone you know, ready to (re)acquaint yourself with the water we swim in–and the current always at our backs–as a white person in this society?

This winter we are offering one virtual, facilitated study group for white people about white privilege, white supremacy and the role white people can play in dismantling racism, using the book What Does It Mean To Be White? [Revised Edition], by Robin DiAngelo. Please share widely, and join us if you can!

Six Tuesday evenings over Zoom, 7 – 8:45 pm

  • January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, 14, 21, 2023
  • Participants limited to 8
  • No fee
  • Books are available on-loan for the duration of the study group, if needed
  • Registration required: email facilitator Roger Roffman at [email protected]
  • Contact [email protected] or explore their website breakingwhitesilence.org to learn more.

Photo by Robert Wade.

Taproot Theatre Company is excited to announce its Christmas production, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley. The production, directed by Karen Lund, runs through December 30th.

In this all-new Jane Austen-inspired story, we return to the world of the Darcys and Bennets! Lydia’s come for Christmas, the halls are decked, and the aroma of everyone’s favorite orange biscuits fills the air. But downstairs the loyal staff scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities. Amid the chaos of Christmas, a little yuletide forgiveness might be the one gift everyone needs.

Tickets are now for sale and are available online at taproottheatre.org, by phone 206.781.9707 (Tue-Sat, noon-5:00 PM) or in person at 204 N 85th St.