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


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 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.

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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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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Ballard Preschool Coop open house on Feb. 4

January 19th, 2017 by Doree

Ballard Preschool Cooperative, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is hosting an open house for prospective families at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Meet teachers and current co-op parents, tour the classroom and learn more about the program.

Ballard Preschool Co-op offers play-based classes for children from birth through pre-K, as well as on-site sibling care, at 7503 18th Ave. NW. Please RSVP to the registrar at bpc.registrar@gmail.com with your name, child’s name, and child’s date of birth.

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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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Seattle7Writers annual Holiday Bookfest is Saturday

November 14th, 2016 by Doree

Reminder: Seattle7Writers’ 7th annual Holiday Bookfest is this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Twenty-five local authors will sign their books, provide home-made treats and give readings to raise money for the PNA and the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, which provides free tutoring and writing help for students.

Seattle7Writers’ house band The Rejections will play at the beginning of the event, followed by several author reading. Phinney Books will be selling authors’ books. Seattle7Writers also will be collecting donations of gently used books for their Pocket Library program. Donate three or more books and receive a free Seattle7Writers tote bag.

Participating authors: Terry Brooks, Jim Lynch, Tim Egan, Deb Caletti, Lynn Brunelle, Garth Stein, Susan Wiggs, Kevin O’Brien, Erica Bauermeister, Sean Beaudoin, Laurie Frankel, Robert Dugoni, Brent Hartinger, Carol Cassella, Boyd Morrison, Megan Chance, Donna Miscolta, Ed Skoog, Kathleen Alcala, Mike Lawson, Steven Arntson, Dori Hillestad Butler, Bharti Kirchner, Clare Meeker and David B. Williams.

Performance/Reading schedule:

  • 3-3:20 p.m.: The Rejections and Trailing Spouses
  • 3:30 p.m.: Lynn Brunelle
  • 3:45 p.m.: Kathleen Alcala
  • 4 p.m.: Sean Beaudoin
  • 4:15 p.m.: Jim Lynch
  • 4:30 p.m.: Megan Chance
  • 4:45 p.m. Steve Arntson

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