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

 

Phinney Center hosting discussion on ‘How to Be an Ally to Immigrants and Refugees’ this Sunday

May 18th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting a free panel discussion titled “How to Be an Ally to Immigrants and Refugees” at 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 21, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7.

Many of us feel an urgency to do “something” to support our neighbors, friends, and family who are immigrants or refugees. But we don’t know what to do. Come learn from a panel including immigration lawyer Stefania Ramos, immigrants and refugees, and advocates from organizations including Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA).

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Free notary services at Phinney Center for immigration services

March 28th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is offering free notary services for certain immigrants:

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is now offering free notary services for immigrant families who are filling out paperwork to establish dual citizenship for children, or who need to create a Temporary Parental Consent Agreement in case parents are taken into custody by immigration enforcement.

This service is available Mon-Fri, from 9am-9pm. There is no appointment necessary, just walk in to the Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. We will never ask about immigration or citizenship status.

(Aside from this free notary service for immigration issues, notary services are always free for PNA members; non-members pay $3 per stamp.)

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PNA hosts ‘Know Your Rights’ training for immigrants this Saturday

March 7th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting a free “Know Your Rights” training for immigrants and their families by Colectiva Legal del Pueblo at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The presentation will be in Spanish; there will be time for questions. Food and drink will be provided, with childcare provided by the PNA’s Spanish-language preschool co-op.

Any questions can be sent to Emilia Jones at emiliaj@phinneycenter.org.

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Pop-up library at Phinney Center Tuesday to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday

March 1st, 2017 by Doree

While the Greenwood Library is closed for renovation, librarians will host a pop-up library to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7.

Come for the crafts, games, stories and snacks, plus books will be available to checkout.

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Phinney Center helps bring award-winning Sandglass Theatre to Seattle for TimeSlips workshops on late-stage dementia

February 23rd, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is helping to bring Sandglass Theatre to Seattle for workshops and a March 5 performance of its award-winning “D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks.”

Developed using a collective story-making method called TimeSlips, Sandglass Theater’s D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their words, their images and their creative imaginations yield work that is poetic, humorous and quite mysterious. From these gathered stories, Sandglass Theater forms scenes of the inner lives of the characters and creates a piece that reflects the stigma, acceptance, despair and joy that is equally present and possible in both the person with dementia and in their caregivers, family members and broader community.

The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care community). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, D-Generation takes us into a world that is all too much a part of our lives.

TimeSlips was developed by Dr. Anne Basting, who received the 2016 MacArthur Genius Grant for her work. TimeSlips opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine.

The hour-long performance will be followed by a facilitated discussion and sharing of community resources and support.

**Not recommended for people living with memory loss or young children. Before deciding to attend caregivers should consider that the performance takes place in a care facility, and the puppets exhibit late-stage dementia. Caregivers should be encouraged to attend the workshop specifically designed for them.

Click here to buy tickets for the performance at University Prep Theater, or to register for the free workshops, which are designed for specific audiences.

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Call for artists for PNA’s Northwest Fine Arts Competition

February 14th, 2017 by Doree

Pacific Northwest artists are invited to apply for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s 2017 Northwest Fine Arts Competition. The application deadline is March 10.

Jurors will select art to be displayed in the Phinney Center Gallery from May 10 to June 9 with an opening reception on May 12, coinciding with the neighborhood’s huge annual art walk.

Approximately 20-30 artists’ work will be selected, but the artist selected as Jurors’ Choice will have all of their submitted works displayed in the show and will have their work featured on show promotional materials.

This year’s jurors are Lynn Schirmer, Chris Sheridan and Kate Protage.

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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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PNA Village hosts simulcast of ‘Celebrating 15 Years of the Village Movement with Dr. Atul Gawande’ Feb. 13

February 6th, 2017 by Doree

On Feb. 13, the Phinney Center will simulcast the 15th annual celebration of the founding of Beacon Hill Village in Boston, which inspired an “aging in place” movement, which now boasts more than 350 villages around the country, including the PNA Village.

The simulcast is from 1:30-4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Renowned surgeon and public health researcher Dr. Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker.

His conversation, entitled “Being Mortal’s Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as we Grow Older,” will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’s Here & Now, and feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters in everyone’s lives.

All are welcome to join the PNA Village for a viewing party and subsequent conversation facilitated by Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community, and the Common Good.

The Village Movement is a burgeoning, world-wide movement that champions an alternative approach for adults as they grow older. Villages are unique in that they are created by and for older adults, empowering their members to make wise, safe, and vibrant choices about how they wish to live.

Please bring a snack or dessert to share and RSVP at 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org.

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PNA sends letter to neighbors, affirming that ‘communities are strongest when they are open, inclusive and compassionate’

February 3rd, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association sent the following letter to members yesterday, and asked us to share it with the community.

Dear PNA Community,

The past week has been a time of uncertainty and concern for many of our neighbors; it’s never been more important to come together and build relationships in our community. I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s commitment to welcoming and engaging all members of our community. Everyone. Period.

We know that communities are strongest when they are open, inclusive, and compassionate, and we are committed to the PNA’s mission to “build, engage and support our diverse community through programs, services and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement.”

As we work to figure out how to move forward we’ll be reaching out to other organizations and groups, looking at ways to partner to make our community a more welcoming place. In the meantime, here are several ways to show your support for, and help strengthen, our community:

Request a yard sign
The PNA has 50 yard signs available for businesses and residents which say “no matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor” in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Request a sign here (suggested donation of $10).

Celebrate Neighbor Day on February 11
Started over 20 years ago by longtime PNA member and Phinney Ridge resident Judith Wood, Seattle’s Neighbor Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, make new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.

Volunteer
Help feed neighbors in need at the Hot Meal Program, help seniors age in their own homes at the PNA Village, and more.

What we all do each day makes a difference. Thank you for all that you do.

Lee Harper
Executive Director

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