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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5 days left to register for Garage Sale Day

May 15th, 2017 by Doree

May 20 is the deadline to register your garage/yard sale for our neighborhood’s huge annual Garage Sale Day. Registration is $15 for PNA members, $20 for non-members. Or you can rent a flea market space in the lower parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., for $25/$30.

Garage Sale Day is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3.

Registering gets your sale and a brief description of items you’re selling on the printed and interaction online map of more than 100 neighborhood yard sales. Register here.

The PNA Tool Library also will be selling off some old tools, and there’s a plant exchange for plants, pots, gardening tools and picks.

Whatever you don’t sell that day, you can bring to the PNA and load it up into the Goodwill truck (along with electronics recycling), plus Seadrunar Recycling’s shredding truck will be there from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (up to four boxes of paper).

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PNA Village info session in Ballard on May 10

May 3rd, 2017 by Doree

The PNA Village is hosting another informational session in Ballard, where the program recently expanded to. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Sunset Hill Clubhouse, 3003 NW 66th St. (If you need a ride to the meeting, email info@sunsethillcommunity.org.)

PNA Village provides services to help older neighbors stay in their homes and communities. It now serves Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard, Broadview and Bitter Lake.

The meeting will have a short presentation and question and answer session. Learn how to become a member or volunteer.

For more information, see the PNA Village webpage or call 206-789-1217.

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Phinney Center looking for members for new steering committee on business district grant

April 6th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has received a $35,000 “Only in Seattle” grant to help strengthen the business district, and it’s looking for steering committee members.

Background
In response to business owners’ interest in strengthening the business district of the Greenwood and Phinney areas, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) applied for a grant through the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle Initiative (OIS). OIS empowers neighborhood business districts to organize around a common vision and attract investment.

Grant and Goal
PNA received a $35,000 grant from OIS to gather information about the current state and needs of our business district. The ultimate goal is to create a strategy for a more cohesive, balanced and thriving Phinney/Greenwood business district that is based on the needs of the entire community. This information-gathering project will help determine what steps we can take to help our business district thrive.

Activities
We plan to study the current state of our business district in terms of business inventory and balance, neighbors’ perception of the district, what stakeholders would like to see change or improve and how they’d like to see that change happen. We will then begin to use the information we collect to create a strategy for the district that the community can rally behind. Our proposed time frame for these activities is April-December 2017.

Next Steps
Our next step is to bring together a Steering Committee of about 9 stakeholders who represent the various demographics, geographic areas and interests of our community, including both businesses and residents. The Steering Committee will work with PNA staff to decide what we need to learn, what questions to ask and how best to gather information from the neighborhood. We expect the committee to meet about 10-12 times between May and December, for about 2 hours per meeting, at times to be selected by the group. If you are interested in participating in the Steering Committee please email alexg@phinneycenter.org by Monday, April 17th. Please note that there may be more interest than space on the committee, and as we work to make sure all interests are represented we may not be able to give a seat to everyone who indicates interest.

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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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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday will review safety in the wake of last year’s natural gas explosion

March 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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PNA Village information session in Ballard on March 18

March 8th, 2017 by Doree

The PNA Village program has recently expanded into Ballard, and is hosting an informational session at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW.

PNA Village provides services to help older neighbors stay in their homes and communities. It now serves Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard, Broadview and Bitter Lake.

March 18’s program will feature a short presentation and Q&A on how to become a member or volunteer.

For more information, see the PNA Village webpage or call 206-789-1217.

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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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