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

 

Norse Home celebrating 60th anniversary with open house Saturday

June 12th, 2017 by Doree

The Norse Home, at 5311 Phinney Ave. N., is celebrating its 60th anniversary this Saturday with an open house from 2-5 p.m. with music, cake, an art show, history presentation, photo booth and special ceremony.

The festivities at the retirement and assisted living home begin at 2 p.m. with traditional Norwegian tunes by Seattle band Skandia Kapell. The Norwegian Ladies Chorus performs at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Norwegian Male Chorus at 3:15 p.m.

At 5 p.m., guests can pay $25 for a salmon barbecue dinner. Call 206-781-7400 to purchase dinner tickets. For questions, call or email Jeremy@norsehome.org, or send a Facebook message.

The following day the Norse Home will host a Father’s Day brunch with Swedish pancakes and traditional breakfast items from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.

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PNA Village holding volunteer recruitment event on Oct. 15

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, which helps people stay in their homes as they age, is hosting a volunteer recruitment event from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Volunteers help Village members with household tasks, shopping, gardening, walking their dogs or driving them to appointments. Volunteers of all ages can choose tasks and a schedule that suits their needs.

At the Oct. 15 event, potential volunteers can hear from current Village volunteers and staff about what it’s like to help people age in their own homes and communities and to learn about the types of volunteer jobs available. There will be time for questions and discussion. The PNA Village fall potluck follows at 5 p.m., and potential volunteers are invited to stay for that.

As a long time Village volunteer said, “I so enjoy the people I am getting to know, members and volunteers. It has enriched my life. I plan to keep doing this until I join as a member receiving services and have the joy of volunteers visiting me!”

For more information or to RSVP for the Oct.15 event, email Village@phinneycenter.org or call 206-789-1217.

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

January 27th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village, an “aging in place” program to help seniors remain in their communities, needs volunteer drivers to take clients to appointments and on errands.

Volunteers should be available during weekdays, and have a reliable car and a good driving record.

See the PNA Village volunteer webpage for more information about volunteer opportunities.

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PNA Village needs volunteer drivers

October 14th, 2014 by Doree

The PNA Village needs volunteer drivers to transport Village members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

The PNA Village is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, and helps neighbors remain active and engaged while staying in their homes and neighborhoods as they age.

Contact Amanda at 206-789-1217 or amandaw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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Stay-at-home Strategies for Seniors workshop tonight at PNA

February 29th, 2012 by Doree

Microhouse architecture and design firm and two partners are offering another workshop in a series discussing how seniors can “age in place” by living in Backyard Cottages.

Seeking stay-at-home alternatives? Backyard cottages can provide creative housing options for seniors and their families. Join Microhouse, Ncompass Cottage Company, and Husky Senior Care to learn more about aging-in-place strategies including the design construction and use of backyard cottages. Bring your ideas and questions. After the presentation we will have plenty of time to discuss your project.

Tonight’s Stay-at-Home Strategies workshop is from 7-9 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 32 of the Brick Building. Cost is $20 for PNA members, $25 general. To register call 206-783-2244.

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PNA officially launches new PNA Village, services to begin April 1

February 3rd, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has officially launched its newest program, PNA Village, which is designed to help people remain in their homes and neighborhoods as they age. PNA Village services will begin on April 1, but membership sign-up is open now. The PNA also is seeking more volunteers for the program.

A volunteer kick-off event is set for 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, at the PNA’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the brick building. RSVP at 206-789-1217.

While it’s primarily designed for seniors, the PNA Village is open to everyone of any age who lives in the boundary area: between North 50th and 105th streets, and from Aurora Avenue North to 15th Avenue NW.

The concept of Villages is a growing national movement enabling communities to support and serve each other through a network of volunteers in combination with vetted businesses. Members of the Village are in close contact with the program coordinators, who establish a complete profile for each member to best serve them in times of need or crisis.

The PNA Village relies heavily on local volunteer support. Whether it’s driving a neighbor to the doctor, changing a light bulb, or planting a spring bulb – a wide variety of volunteer opportunities are currently available. If you’re interested in volunteering for this program you can e-mail village@phinneycenter.org or call 206.789.1217.

Over the coming years, the PNA Village will grow and expand to meet the needs of its membership. For a complete list of current services and more information on PNA Village membership, visit the PNA website at phinneycenter.org/village. You can also subscribe to the PNA Village mailing list by sending an e-mail to village@phinneycenter.org with “Subscribe” in the subject line.

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Seattle Parks offers walking and running training to those ’50 and better’

January 26th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Sound Steps program is offering training for people to get in shape for a 5K, 10K or half-marathon walk. It’s open to all ages, but is designed especially for people “50 and better.”

One of the kick-off events is from 1-3 p.m. next Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St.

Each participant will receive a training packet, discounts on walking shoes, and information about staying healthy while training. Training begins at 9 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 4 with free, volunteer-led group walks from Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S), Ballard Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave. NW), or Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6535 Ravenna Ave. NE).

To participate and to get more information, please call Mari Becker at 206-684-4664 or email her at sound.steps@seattle.gov.

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PNA Village informational session on Tuesday

December 2nd, 2011 by Doree

Another informational session on the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s new program, PNA Village, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 3.

PNA Village is an “aging in place” program, designed to help seniors stay in their homes longer, with community support services.

If you have questions, contact Joanna Wright at the Greenwood Senior Center at 206-297-0875 or email village@phinneycenter.org.

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Stay-at-home strategy workshops

November 28th, 2011 by Doree

Microhouse architecture and design firm and two partners are offering workshops for seniors on how to “age in place,” as the popular catchphrase goes. The first workshop is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building, room 32. The topic is Backyard Cottage for Seniors. Admission is free.

Seeking stay-at-home alternatives? Backyard cottages can provide creative housing options for seniors and their families. Join Microhouse, Ncompass Cottage Company, and Husky Senior Care to learn more about aging-in-place strategies including the design construction and use of backyard cottages. Bring your ideas and questions. After the presentation we will have plenty of time to discuss your project.

For more information or to RSVP, call 206-428-8599, or email info@microhousenw.com.

Their next workshop will be at the PNA Home Design Fair from 12:30-1 p.m. on Jan. 29 (admission to the fair is $6 for PNA members, $10 general); and the third, titled Stay-at-Home Strategies, is from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 29 at the PNA ($20 PNA members, $25 general).

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