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


Neighborhood Matching Fund workshop for community groups at Greenwood Senior Center May 17

April 12th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting spring workshops for community groups interested in applying for the grants from Neighborhood Matching Fund for community-led projects such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art and community organizing. This year the fund will award $3.2 million dollars.

The May 17 workshop will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 206-733-9916 or go online.

NMF has two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the Community Partnership Fund. The Community Partnership Fund provides funding up to $100,000 with two more opportunities to apply in 2017. The next deadline for applications is Monday, June 26 at 5 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for community activities for Spring Clean, Night Out, Parking Day, and others.

More than 5,000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began in 1988. To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. If you have questions about the program, call 206-233-0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov.

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Mental Health Symposium at Greenwood Senior Center Feb. 22

February 9th, 2017 by Doree

The next in the Phinney Center’s “Difficult Conversations Series” is a Mental Health Symposium from 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are affected by affected by mental health conditions every year, yet as a society we often do not understand or deal well with the impacts of these illnesses. Join representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, In Our Own Voice and Compass Housing, as well as a family caregiver and advocate, to discuss myths and facts about this health epidemic, issues surrounding resources and public policy, and how we can help.

RSVP for this free symposium by calling Ariel at 206-297-0875 or emailing arielb@phinneycenter.org.

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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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Community Conversation on Homelessness at Greenwood Senior Center Wednesday

May 31st, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting a Community Conversation on Homelessness from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at 525 N. 85th St.

This year’s One Night Count, a “point-in-time” survey of the homeless, turned up 4,505 people living in the streets of Seattle. The mayor has recently declared a state of emergency over this issue. Who are the people these numbers refer to? How should we as a community respond to the needs that we see? Come prepared to have an open and honest conversation about the issues around this increasingly visible problem. Special guests: Rex Hohlbein, Executive Director of Homeless in Seattle/Facing Homelessness; Tim Harris, Executive Director of Real Change; and Sinan Demirel, long-time former Executive Director of ROOTS teen shelter.

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Greenwood Senior Center workshops on retirement and ‘soul collage’ this Wednesday

May 23rd, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., has two workshops this Wednesday.

Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action presents an interactive workshop, “Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone,” from 1-3 p.m. Attendees will talk about the common need for greater retirement security, and concrete steps to make it happen.

Soul Collage Workshop with Ruthie Neilson and Geri Frick is from 1-4 p.m. “Access your own inherent wisdom and guidance. You will tap into your intuitive side, then create a mixed-media collage that reveals your inner wisdom. You will have the opportunity to also journal about your creation. Collage is a powerful medium for self-expression that is accessible to all of us – no artistic experience needed.”

Both workshops are free. RSVP for either workshop at 206-297-0875.

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Bureau of Fearless Ideas celebrates our neighborhood with ‘Encyclopedia Greenwoodia’ book launch on Saturday

April 6th, 2016 by Doree

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth that’s housed within the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating itself and our neighborhood in a big way on Saturday with the book launch of “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia.”

The book features stories, poems and essays by 38 BFI students and 15 adult writers, with a foreword by former Mayor Mike McGinn, who lives just a few blocks from BFI. The book was sent to the printer before the March 9 natural gas explosion that leveled three businesses across the street and blew out BFI’s windows and caused structural damage inside, along with damaging another 50 businesses in a several-block radius. Originally a fundraiser for BFI, all profits of the book will now go to the Greenwood Relief Fund, to help those businesses, employees and apartment residents move on. And they’ve increased the print run, with help from 4Culture, which provided the original grant for the book.


Coincidentally, the first student piece in the book is a short love letter from a BFI student to Mr. Gyros restaurant, which was destroyed in the blast. The first line sets the tone: “Opening the door to Mr. Gyros, I felt it was a place as friendly as a fuzzy bunny.” Other stories feature Gordito’s, the Angry Beaver and G&O Family Cyclery, all three heavily damaged in the explosion.

The book, supported with a grant from 4Culture and printed in Seattle, also includes historic photos from archives at the Museum of History and Industry and the University of Washington, alongside essays relating to neighborhood history. A foldout map shows story locations and neighborhood highlights. There are fictional stories of Greenwood’s past and future, imagined residents and places, sensory reviews of businesses, profiles of notable Greenwoodians, and even mysteries set in the neighborhood.

The book launch and author reading party is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the nearby Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. (Because BFI was heavily damaged in the blast, the book launch was moved to the senior center and all programs are now taking place down the street at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.) Books will be available for purchase and also will be sold for $10 at many neighborhood locations, with more author readings coming later this spring.

The book is already getting a lot of press, including from The Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times.

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Sing Along Jams at Greenwood Senior Center on Monday

March 11th, 2016 by Doree

Sing Along Jams at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. This month’s event is on March 14. $5 donation suggested.

Everyone is welcome at this monthly sing-along with local singer/songwriter Alice Howe.

You can expect a warm, welcoming environment, binders full of lyrics to the songs you know and love, and accompaniment provided by your jam leader.

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Free tax assistance and preparation at local libraries, senior centers

January 14th, 2016 by Doree

Tax-Aide, a national free tax assistance and preparation service, is again providing free tax preparation and electronic filing at 12 North Seattle and Shoreline sites starting Feb. 1. The service is free, and there are no age restrictions or membership in AARP required. Volunteers are IRS tax-certified.

In addition to regular earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $25,000 in annual expenses, and various healthcare (Affordable Care Act), education, child and earned income credits. If you are a foreign student, come to our sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library. We have preparers who can help you with your 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843. If you have a more complicated return, we might not be able to prepare your return, but we can at least point you in the right direction.

All of our sites will be using electronic filing, which helps expedite tax refunds. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. In addition to your tax documents, remember to bring picture ID, together with your social security cards if you want us to prepare your tax return.

Tax preparation sites in and near our neighborhood include:

  • Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086. Tuesdays 2-7 p.m. Walk-ins only. First day is Tuesday, Feb. 2.
  • Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., 206-297-0875. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. First day is Thursday, Feb. 4.
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7520. Fridays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, 206-684-4089. Mondays 2:30-7 p.m. ; Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Monday, Feb. 1. (The library is scheduled to close for remodeling on April 1. After construction begins, the service will move for the remainder of the season to Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St., one block west of the library).
  • Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, 206-297-0403. Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. Make appointments in person or by phone. First day is Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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Greenwood Senior Center wants you to release your inner zombie

September 15th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting a workshop to learn the moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 30, and Oct. 7. Then dancers can perform at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the senior center’s Thrills and Chills party.

It’s a shortened version of the popular dance (three minutes long), and is designed for people of all ages and physical abilities to have fun together.

Pre-registration is required. Call 206-297-0875.

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