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March 2015

Seeking Jackpots for PNA Auction

Save the Date for May 2 – the Viva Las Vegas PNA Auction! Donations like services, parties, dinners, vacation condos, cabins and unique experiences make our biggest fundraising event a success. Auction donation forms are available on our website at For sponsor and volunteer info contact Emilia at or 206.783.2244.

Get Ready For Spring Cleaning
Garage Sale Day is May 30. This community-wide event features more than 100 yard sales, plus the flea market in the Phinney Center’s lower parking lot and the tool sale at the PNA Tool Library. Register your sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market online, by calling 206.783.2244, or stopping by the Phinney Center. Deadline is May 23. Registered sales will be listed on the official printed Garage Sale Day map and the online interactive map designed by SpatialDev. More »


BPC & PCPE Gently Used Kids Gear Sale happens April 25. If you have used clothing, toys, books, strollers, furniture, gear or maternity wear to donate, please contact Cindy Harmon at Proceeds benefit the preschools!

Free Books, Give or Take
Need a new book for you or your child? Don’t forget to check the free lending library at the bottom of the Blue Building stairs at the Phinney Center. Take a book, leave a book (or three).

Cheers to Reuben’s Brews
The PNA received $209.08 ($1 from each pint sold) from Reuben’s Thank You Thursday in February. Thanks to our friends at Reuben’s and to everyone who drank the 200+ beers to support the PNA. Missed it? visit Reuben's Brews Taproom at 1406 NW 53rd St. in Ballard.

Join the PNA Village Advisory Board
Want to help people age in their own homes? We're looking for a few talented and conscientious volunteer board members to lead and strengthen our programs for people. If you can contribute your time, thoughtfulness, and leadership one evening a month, and are interested in exploring this opportunity, contact Janice Dilworth at or 206.789.1217 to find out whether this volunteer opportunity is right for you. We're especially looking for folks with marketing and membership experience, with gerontology backgrounds, from the local communities, or who are on the younger side of the community.

Art Needed for “The BIG One”
Submit your artwork to be considered for “The BIG One” PhinneyWood Art Walk on May 8 and 9. Selected artists will be added to the pool from which participating businesses can pick artists to showcase. Note: submission does not guarantee inclusion in the art walk. For more information, email or download submission guidelines »

New and improved!
We are updating our class and event registration systems; you can now register online for PNA classes and ticketed events held at the Phinney Center. Stay tuned for online registration for classes and events held at the Greenwood Senior Center. As always, you can also register by calling the Phinney Center or GSC.

Preschool Openings


Ballard Preschool Co-op: Part-time structured cooperative programs for children from birth through pre-K. Visit or contact the Registrar at


Spanish Preschool Co-op (PCPE): The only Spanish immersion co-op in Seattle has openings in two classes. For more information or to schedule a visit, check out their website or call school Registrar Lulu Roque W at 206.445.3695.

Time to Plan for Summer Camps

PNPC Dragon Room Summer Program
Join the summer fun in the magical Dragon Room at the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op! Camps run June 15 - August 21; ages 2.5 - 7 years. Activities include Arts & Crafts, Science, Sports, Drama, Spanish and more! Check out a list of classes with details. Registration begins March 4th. Questions? Contact


Whittier Kids School Age Camp

WK's camp offers children the opportunity to come and experience a summer full of fun, hands-on education, excitement and adventure! Camp runs June 17-Sept 4th for entering Kindergarten (at least 5 years old) - 5th grade in the 2015-16 school year. Separate programming for kids K-2nd grade and 3-5th graders. Daily field trip opportunities including a weekly outing to the Ballard Pool. Learn more »


New! Whittier Kids Kinder-Camp

A summer camp just for 4-5 year olds who will be starting Kindergarten in Fall 2015. Preschool ratios, a smaller camp group and a specific focus on Kindergarten readiness. Field trips and water play at least once per week. Opportunities to engage with preschool and school age group for picnics, field trips and activities. Kinder-camp will follow the same themes as our school age camp with activities modified for the development of young kindergartners. Learn more »

Recycling Success
The annual holiday recycling drive at the Greenwood Senior Center collected thousands of small plastic caps, ten gallons of household batteries and half a shipping container of block Styrofoam. Still have items to recycle? Check out these resources.

Toast to the PNA Wine Taste
Thanks to our participating wineries, Presenting Sponsors Ballard Market and Ken’s Market, Co-sponsor Wine World & Spirits and Sponsor Ladywell’s Vitality Spa. Thank you to Terry Lundmark for designing our poster and Starbucks for donating coffee.


February 2015

Calling All PNA Artists!

The Phinney Center Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the 1st PNA Member and Volunteer Art Show by visual artists working in 2D or 3D media. Only applications submitted by members, volunteers and staff will be considered. Jurors from the local community will select the works to be included in the show in September 2015 in the Phinney Center Gallery. Applications are due March 13th! Questions? Contact Pamela Jaynes at

Learn more and submit your work »

Grace Toepfer

Grace Toepfer finishes up a sidewalk repair for PNA.


Feb. 14 is Neighbor Appreciation Day

Started in 1995 by our very own Judith Wood, longtime staff, PNA member and neighbor, Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day is a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live.
For fun ideas to celebrate and a list of planned activities around Seattle, visit

...and PNA won the neighbor lottery!
We are fortunate to have so many wonderful neighbors and supporters, individuals and businesses alike. For example...

The PNA community
gave generously this December—nearly $20,000 to support PNA programs. Thanks to you, 2015 is off to a great start!

Red Mill Burgers celebrated their 20th birthday and gave donations to community organizations, including the Greenwood Senior Center! At a holiday gathering of the Alzheimer’s Café, Red Mill Founders John, Babe and Mike presented a generous donation to fund memory loss programming.

Toepfer Construction has been a friend to the PNA and helped out on a number of projects. Recently they donated their expertise and labor to help prepare the roof for the new solar panels that we installed. Last week they donated the installation of the concrete to repair to the sidewalk on the east side of the brick building. Pictured above is Grace Toepfer finishing up the project.


Phinney Ridge Starbucks always makes sure we’re well-caffeinated, most recently by donating coffee to the PNA Annual Meeting and the Home Design & Remodel Fair.

King County Seed Lending Library Planted at PNA

Starting in February at the PNA Tool Library, you’ll not only be able to borrow the tools you need for your backyard gardening projects, but the seeds as well! The King County Seed Lending Library has taken up residence in the Tool Library’s back shop space, offering a very simple opportunity to preserve, diversify and share seeds with neighbors. When you’re ready to plant something new in your garden, you can borrow seeds from the library for free. At the end of the season, after letting your plants go to seed, you just return some of the seed harvest to the library to replenish this excellent community collection.

The Seed Library will be available during the PNA Tool Library’s normal operating hours: Wednesdays, 3-6:30 pm; Fridays, 5-7 pm; Saturdays, 9 am-2 pm.


Home Fair Sponsors Build Community
PNA’s annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is more than just a fair—it’s a fundraiser for the PNA’s Well Home Program and Tool Library. The businesses that sponsor the event are actually helping us keep those resources available to the community.
So, we’d like to say a huge thanks to presenting sponsor CRD Design Build, as well as George W. Johnson Realtors
Greenhome Solutions, Greenwood Hardware, HomeStreet Bank , Jackson Remodeling, NW EcoBuilding Guild, Northwest Homecrafters and Swenson Say Faget.

PNA Auction – Viva Las Vegas!
Mark your calendar for the PNA’s biggest and best fundraising party of the year on May 2. We’re looking for donations of services, items, parties, dinners, vacation condos, cabins and more! Get more information, donation forms and sponsor information online. To volunteer or for more information, contact Chardell at or 206.783.2244.


Recycle Broken Holiday Lights, Help Kids with Cancer

Bring your old or broken holiday string lights to the PNA Tool Library by Feb. 11 to donate to Lights for Life. How do holiday lights help kids with cancer, you ask? They contain copper, a valuable commodity, which Lights for Life collects and sells to a recycling company. They then donate the proceeds to families who have a child with cancer!


You can drop off your old lights during the Tool Library's open hours Wednesdays, 3-6:30 pm; Fridays, 5-7 pm; Saturdays, 9 am-2 pm. Please note: Lights will not be accepted outside of the Tool Library’s open hours or at PNA’s front desk.


Ballard Preschool Co-op Enrolling Infants for the 2015-16 School Year
Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings in the Infants class for the 2015-16 school year. Class meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am. A child must be born between 9/1/2014 and 8/31/2015 to be eligible for the class. Please contact the registrar ( for details about this class or to be put on the waiting list for other classes.

Drop-off Child Care Opportunity at Ballard Preschool Co-op
Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings in their drop-off child care program for children ages 6 months - 5 years on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (12:15 - 3:30 pm). Cost is only $6/hour. Please contact for more information.


January 2015

Accolades and Appreciations


Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out raised a record breaking $6,863 to support the PNA’s Hot Meal Program. Thanks to all our participating business and to everyone who ate out on Pig Out day.

Winter Festival was fun and successful, as usual! A huge thanks to the more than 200 volunteers, 115 local artists and 26 entertainers who made the event possible. Special thanks to sponsors A1 Piano, Red Mill Burgers, Starbucks, Woodland Park Zoo, McCallum Print Group, and in-kind donors Ken’s Market and LaMarzocco. Winter Festival is PNA’s biggest fundraising event, earning over $50,000 for PNA and GSC programs.


Thank you Giving Tree donors! The PNA office is brimming with gifts—410 to be exact—for kids, women and families in need this holiday season.


The inaugural holiday ‘Monkey Business’ and GloCone Lights sparked a lot of interest for the neighborhood, including coverage on King 5 News and a photo in Seattle Magazine! Their popularity was confirmed by the dozens of monkey requests that came into the PNA office after they debuted.

The monkeys were brought to you by the PNA Business Membership Group, Greenwood Arts Council, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the 53 businesses and community members who ‘fostered’ the 150 monkeys with donations.
Special thanks to the many volunteers who put in hundreds of hours creating the monkeys and organizing the project, particularly Mike Veitanhans and Ann Bowden. Thanks also to Phinney Ridge Painting and Kemly Electric for their help installing the monkeys. Next year, watch out for even more monkeys!


Lets Cook! Recipe Sharing Group

We’re all looking for a little inspiration when it comes to meal planning. This group has been created to do just that. Membership to join the group is $20 a year.


By joining, you commit to posting a recipe to the group a minimum of once a week. Share your culinary excellence with others and in return, you’ll have a “go to” place to find meal ideas for your family. Happy cooking...and eating! For more information or to join, please contact April Musick at


Preschool News


The Spanish Preschool Coop (PCPE)
Class openings:
PCPE has three different classes serving different age groups (1-2, 2.5 - 3.5, and 3.5 - 5). We are the only monolingual Spanish speaking preschool coop in Seattle, and our approach is collaborative, with the teacher working with parent-teachers to provide an explorative curriculum in a play-based, Spanish-speaking environment.  The goal is to encourage the whole child and his/her developmental process in the context of community and in celebration of our diverse culture. We enable our students to continue developing their Spanish competence while being part of a community who shares language and culture. Visit our website or Lulu Roque W, the school Registrar, at (206) 445-3695 for more information.

Job opening:
PCPE is Hiring a preschool teacher! Visit the employment page for more information.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-Op (PNPC)

Rare Opening in PNPC 3s Class:
The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op has an opening in their 3s Class. Class meets M, W, F 9:30-noon. For more information, please contact the PNPC Registrar at


PreK Open House:
Interested in enrolling your child in Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s Pre-K program for Fall 2015? Please join us for an open house Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 4:00 – 5:00pm in the Dragon Room (located in the PNA's lower brick building). Meet the teacher, visit the room and learn more about the Pre-K class at PNPC. Parents and children are welcome to attend. RSVP to the PNPC Registrar at


Ballard Preschool Co-Op (BPC)
Open House:
Please join us on Saturday, January 24, 2015, from 10 am - 12 pm to meet the teachers and learn more about our preschool program. Parents and children are welcome. Please contact for more information.

Class Openings:
Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings in the Infants class for the 2014-15 school year. Class meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 am. A child must be born before September 1, 2014, but may not have turned one year by that date to be eligible for the class. Please contact the registrar ( for details about this class or to be put on the waiting list for other classes.

Drop-off Child Care Opportunity:
Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings in their drop-off child care program for children ages 6 months - 5 years on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (12:15 - 3:30 pm). Cost is only $6/hour. Please contact for more information.


December 2014


PhinneyWood Monkeys on TV!

On Dec. 1, King 5 News ran a segment about the "unusual holiday display" of 150 holiday lighted monkeys lining Phinney/Greenwood and the lighted GloCone on the PNA air raid tower. The project, a brainchild of the PNA Business Group, has generated a positive response among business owners and neighbors.

Watch: Seattle Neighborhoods hope festive monkeys generate business


Winter Festival

The 34th annual PNA Winter Festival is December 6 & 7. The PNA’s largest fundraising event features 115 artists and crafts vendors, live ongoing entertainment on two stages, a quilt raffle, a bake sale and lunch items. Support the festival by doing your holiday shopping, baking for the bake sale, or volunteering. For more information visit


Giving Tree

Warm holiday hearts are needed to purchase gifts for kids and women in need. Join us in spreading holiday cheer by participating in our annual Giving Tree. Giving Tree displays are located at the Greenwood Senior Center, Phinney Center (including during the Winter Festival), Whittier Kids and Umpqua Bank. Choose a tag, sign it out to pledge your gift, and return the gift to your pick up location by the date on the tag (early December).


Christmas Eve Meal Donations

The PNA Hot Meal Program will serve a special Christmas Eve meal on Wednesday, December 24. Help us leave diners nourished and full of cheer! Any donation is welcome, but we are most in need of cooked and sliced hams, refrigerated or frozen (cooked) pies, and shelf-stable juice. Please let us know what you’re planning to donate by calling


Last Call for Home Fair Exhibitors

The Home Design & Remodel Fair is Sunday, January 25. Apply now for exhibit space for businesses, sponsors, and non-profit organizations at


Watch Out For Monkeys!

PhinneyWood has gone wild for the holi- days; 150 lighted monkeys are hanging in trees and store windows from 87th Street to the zoo. How many can you spot? The monkeys are brought to you by the PNA Business Membership, the Greenwood Arts
Council, the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods and many volunteers. Look for “monkey specials” at participating businesses. Visit for more information.


Shop Local This Holiday Season

Support your community by shopping local on Small Business Saturday, November 29 and the rest of the Holiday season too! Pick up a new neighborhood business directory at the Phinney Center office or at participating businesses, or download here.


Donate Old Holiday Lights

Drop off old or broken lights at the PNA Tool Library between now and February 11. Dona- tions will be recycled through the Lights for Life program to benefit children with cancer and their families. All those who donate will also receive a 10% coupon for LED holiday lights at Greenwood Hardware.


PNA Beer Taste – Hopping Success!

The 27th Annual PNA Winter Beer Taste was a tremendous success grossing over $28,000 for PNA programs and services. Thank you to 74th Street Ale House for 19 years of Beer Taste Sponsorship, to the 34 breweries that donated their products, and to all of the vol- unteers that contributed to this success!


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