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3 events coming up at the Phinney Center this weekend and next week

January 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting three big events this weekend and next week.

The Great Seattle Seed Swap, sponsored by the King County Seed Lending Library, is having its first of four seed swaps at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday (which happens to be National Seed Swap Day). Pick up some interesting seeds for veggies, edible flowers and herbs, speak with experts from Seattle Tilth, P-Patch, Resilient Seeds and the Seattle Farm Co-op, and take part in short workshops.

Please bring seeds if you have them. They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets. They should be recent, 3 years old or less. No hybrids or GMO seeds.

If you will be bringing seeds to swap, please arrive at the beginning of the event to set out your seeds.

Make a display card for your seeds stating the variety, year saved, and brief notes about growing the plant.

It is not necessary to bring seeds to participate.

Seeds will be organized by type of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.

Attendees will be asked to limit the seeds they take so all may share in the supply.

You may donate your extra seeds to the seed lending library, which will have them available throughout the year.

On Sunday, the PNA opens its doors to more than 60 exhibitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Home Design and Remodel Fair. Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 general public, children 12 and under are free.

Get one-on-one help navigating the City of Seattle permit process or seismic home retrofit recommendations, hear from home-organizing experts, meet specialty contractors, learn how to finance your home improvements and find inspiration for new DIY tasks.

Our selection of exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies. Get informed at a wide selection of presentations.

Next Thursday, Feb. 2, representatives from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will host a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. about guidelines, requirements and the application process for the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The workshop will be in the Blue Building in Room 6. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online.

The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!

The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one. It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.
In addition, recurring community events can now be funded every other year instead of only once.

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PNA Village volunteer recruitment happy hour on Jan. 14

December 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village is hosting a volunteer recruitment happy hour at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building, Room 1.

Join us for an informational happy hour and learn how you can help the PNA Village reimagine aging by volunteering for your neighborhood elders. The goal of the PNA Village is to create a strong and active intergenerational community that reimagines aging by offering elders opportunities, combined with support, to fully engage in this next phase of life. Village Volunteers provide services like transportation, help with small projects in and around the home, and social interaction. Volunteering is flexible and easy, volunteer whenever and however you chose and make a difference in how your neighbors chose to age! Bring a friend and join us for drinks and snacks. We’ll visit with each other, hear stories from current volunteers, and celebrate a new vision of aging in place. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Village at village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

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PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is this weekend

November 30th, 2016 by Doree

The huge annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in both the Blue and Brick buildings. Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general. Please also bring non-perishable food for the food bank.

More than 100 hand-picked artists and crafts vendors will feature thousands of items for your holiday shopping. From hand-crafted clothing to furniture, jewelry, housewares, candles, spices, toys, art and more. Enjoy continuous live entertainment in both buildings, plus lunch items and baked goods.

Click here to see the full vendor list and entertainment schedule.

And click here to see photos of many of last year’s vendors, craft items and entertainers.

(Note: PhinneyWood is a Winter Festival sponsor.)

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PNA GloCone lit up for the holidays

November 28th, 2016 by Doree

About 150 people braved the rain and cold Saturday night for the annual lighting of the GloCone suspended from the Phinney Center’s air raid tower, at the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street.


Attendees listened to holiday music and enjoyed treats while the GloCone and holiday LED monkeys were lit up. The monkeys are part of our neighborhood’s fairly new holiday light tradition, as an alternative to traditional holiday lights. Look for hundreds of the monkeys in business and residence windows throughout the neighborhood.


And see the PNA Business Group’s MonkeyWood website for more holiday activities.

Thanks to Mike V for the photos!

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Holiday GloCone installed on Phinney Center air raid tower, ready to be lit up Saturday

November 22nd, 2016 by Doree

A group of Phinney Ridge neighbors assembled and installed the GloCone on the Phinney Center’s air raid tower last weekend.


The GloCone will be lit up with holiday lights at 5 p.m. Saturday during a community celebration with caroling and treats. The air raid tower is on the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street.

Some of the holiday monkeys are now up in windows of businesses and residences throughout the neighborhood.


Businesses sponsor a monkey (or two or three or more) each year as a fun alternative to the usual holiday lights. About 200 monkeys will be placed at businesses. Another 100 monkeys were auctioned off to individuals to help raise funds for the Greenwood Relief Fund after the March 9 gas explosion and the Greenwood Senior Center.

For more information on PNA Business Group holiday events, see the MonkeyWood.org website.

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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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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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Magic show refugee fundraiser this afternoon at PNA

December 22nd, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that magician Evan Reynolds is hosting a family-friendly Refugee Fundraiser Show at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday) at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. His special guest is Luz from Duo Finelli, who just returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece as part of Clowns Without Borders.


Anyone who donates to the International Rescue Committee can attend (there’s no minimum donation amount; just tell them at the door that you donated or show your donation receipt). All proceeds go to the IRC (performers are donating their time and the PNA has donated the space).

Reserve your free tickets here.

You can find updated information on the event’s Facebook page.

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PNA Home Fair exhibitor applications now available

November 18th, 2015 by Doree

Exhibitor applications are now available for the PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Jan. 31.

Unlike bigger home shows, the PNA Home Fair features local businesses in a neighborhood setting that brings our exhibitors back year after year. Our attendees want to hire local businesses and value the one-on-one conversations possible at an event with 80-90 exhibitors. Our exhibitors and presenters include general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups, and permitting agencies. Exhibitors will leave the fair with new contacts and homeowners will have the information they need to move forward on their home improvement projects.

This year’s theme is Smaller Living, Larger Life –incorporating a wide range of ideas including living in a smaller footprint, decluttering and simplifying, expanding outdoor living space, or shifting part of the home into income generating or multi-generational space for family.

Apply online by December 1st at: http://phinneycenter.org/forms/homefair/

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