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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 Home Design and Remodel Fair this Sunday

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday in the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Meet with more than 70 exhibitors, including general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies, and attend a series of presentations, including how to create a backyard cottage to maximizing storage and cook space in a small kitchen.

This year’s theme is “Smaller Living, Larger Life,” and focuses on ideas for living in a smaller footprint, simplifying, expanding outdoor living space or converting part of a home for a multi-generational household.

Here’s the presentation schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.: First permitted ADU from a shipping container — Mike Vacirca, Lastingnest Inc
  • 12:10 p.m.: Essential Kitchen Design: maximizing a small cook space — Rebecca West, Rebecca West Interiors
  • 12:50 p.m.: Create a backyard cottage — Sheri Newbold, live-work-play
  • 1:30 p.m.: Heating with a small footprint — Laura Elfline, Mighty Energy Solutions
  • 2:10 p.m.: House Boat: Five design strategies for “Smaller Living, Larger Life” — Theresa Freeman, SHKS Architects
  • 2:50 p.m.: A smaller kitchen doesn’t have to mean less storage — ShelfGenie
  • 3:30 p.m.: Tiny Houses: Are they right for you? — Alan Ness, Ten Directions Design

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Theme of Sunday’s PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is ‘Get Connected’

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The theme is “get connected.” Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 for non-members.

This is your chance to meet local professionals such as architects, contractors, interior designers, plumbers, etc., and get advice on permits, solar power and how to make technological improvements to make your home more efficient.
Throughout the day there will be presentations on sustainability and green building, and perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Check the home fair website for a complete presentation schedule.

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Time for businesses to apply for PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair

October 23rd, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is coming up on Jan. 25, 2015. Now is the time for businesses to apply to be a vendor.

From the PNA:

It is a great opportunity to make new contacts and help homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects. Our selection of over 80 exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups, and permitting agencies. Exhibitors leave the fair with new contacts, and homeowners gain excitement and inspiration to fulfill their projects.

Every year we offer a series of short presentations focusing on sustainability and green building topics along with perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Applications are due December 1, but there are limited spots, so apply online now! https://phinneycenter.org/forms/homefair/application/

Please send all questions to homefair@phinneycenter.org

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PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Jan. 26

January 7th, 2014 by Doree

homefair2014_poster-resizedThe annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Sunday, Jan. 26, will bring together about 85 professionals to help homeowners with any remodeling project. Contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups and permitting agencies will fill the Phinney Center’s three floors.

The fair is a good place to get ideas for projects big and small, ask questions about permitting requirements, and find a good designer or contractor.

The fair also hosts a full day of short presentations and panel discussions, from the basics of backyard cottages to “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

The PNA Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Phinney Center’s Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets at the door are $4 for PNA members, $6 general; children 12 and under are free.

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Blast from the past on 85th Street

May 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Alyssa sent us this photo of workers uncovering an old storefront for Palace Dry Cleaners, on the corner of NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW.

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If anybody remembers the old Palace Dry Cleaners, please tell us about it in a comment below.

Thanks for the photo, Alyssa!

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PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Jan. 27

January 16th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is coming up on Sunday, Jan. 27. About 75 exhibitors will be on hand, including experts from the city to help you with your permitting questions, and tradesman from plumbers to electricians to contractors, landscape designers and architects to help you design your dream remodel.

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Photo courtesy of the PNA.

You can also attend short panel discussions on sustainability and green building topics, how to work with an architect, and how to hire a contractor.

The Home Design & Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $6 for PNA members and $10 for the general public. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door only.

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Greenwood Fred Meyer closes tonight at 11 for major remodeling

February 25th, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Fred Meyer will close at 11 p.m. tonight (Saturday) for major remodeling that will increase the store by more than 55,000 square feet. Construction is scheduled to begin on March 1. It will reopen sometime in the late fall.

Fred Meyer’s temporary pharmacy will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow at 8540 1st Ave. NW, just across the street in the Piper Village complex.

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Public meeting on Fred Meyer expansion is Oct. 17

September 29th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development will host a public meeting regarding Fred Meyer’s expansion plans for its Greenwood store at 100 NW 85th St. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Fred Meyer’s plans for the Greenwood store have changed over the years from a proposed mixed use development with residential, to a plan to turn the Greenwood Market building into a garden center, to the current proposal to demolish Greenwood Market and expand the current Fred Meyer by 55,305 square feet, with parking for 449 vehicles.

The project requires a SEPA Environmental Review.

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