Members Matter – PNA Membership Campaign
The 35th Annual Membership Campaign is underway and continues through the end of October. Help us spread the word! Pick up your PNA Member yard sign and invite your neighbors to join. Visit phinneycenter.org/members to learn more, join, renew, or give a gift membership.
Members make it happen for the PNA. Thank you for your support. The PNA would not be here without members!
We’re excited to announce that construction will begin on the Brick Building Accessibility project on October 12th! Soon the building will have an elevator, an improved ramped entryway and ADA restrooms. Please support these efforts by making a donation to the Campaign for Accessibility.
Read the latest updates here.
Adopt a Monkey
Phinneywood’s holiday monkeys are returning soon and you can be a part of it. Community members are invited to support the project by “sponsoring” one or more of the monkeys for the holiday season, for a donation of $25 per monkey.
Community sponsorship will help pay for monkeys in public locations such as the library and the fire station. Monkeys will be organized in ‘troops” and you’ll be notified which troop your monkey belongs to. The first 75 sponsors will also receive a pair of tickets to the Zoo’s WildLights preview night on Nov. 24. A Holiday Lighting event to kick off the season is will be Nov. 28 at the air raid tower at 67th and Phinney.
Read more »
To sponsor a monkey sign up here.
Chinook Book Sale until Oct 20
Chinook Coupon books and iPhone app are available for purchase at the front desk of the Phinney Center. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Ballard Preschool Co-op. The books, apps and combo packs will all be available until Oct. 20 or until they sell out. The book is $20, the app (iPhone only) is $15, and the book/app combo is $30. Email Jessie Hammer, Ballard Preschool Co-op Fundraiser, with any questions.
PNA’s Whittier Kids is Hiring
Looking for a great team in a fun environment? Join PNA as a Whittier Kids School-Age Lead Teacher.
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PNA in the News!
Check out the great article Phinney Neighborhood Association: Sharing in Seattle in the national magazine, Mother Earth News.
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Members Matter – Make it Happen!
In 1980, the Phinney Neighborhood Association was founded by neighbors who wanted a community organization. Since then, PNA members have proposed and created the Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op, Ballard Preschool Co-op, Beer Taste, Wine Taste, Gumshoe, Ridge Romp, Rainbow Hop, PNA Village and more. We welcome members’ ideas and energy and need your help to get the word out about the PNA!
Join us for our 35th annual PNA Membership Campaign kick-off on September 12 from 9-11 am in the Phinney Center Blue Building. Come for coffee, donuts and bagels and pick-up your “Proud to be a PNA Member” yard sign. Volunteer to distribute signs to other members, invite your neighbors to join the PNA or give a gift membership. You can also pick up your “Proud to be a PNA Member” yard sign at the Farmers Market or the Blue Building office. Display your PNA yard sign through October and bring it back at the Member Potluck on October 23.
Email email@example.com or call 206.783.2244 to volunteer for sign delivery.
Thanks to Gumshoe Answer-Man Mike Veitenhans, Judy Mirante, and Janice Richardson for their hard work on the Gumshoe 5K Walk, which raised $4,800 for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary PTA.
To the Fourth Annual Power of Community Breakfast - “Caring For Our Caregivers.” This fundraising breakfast will honor City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen’s work on behalf of seniors and feature Paul Sivesend, owner of Sequoia In-Home Care, and Linda Waterfall, singer-songwriter and caregiver.
Donations will support vital services and social, physical and educational activities for senior citizens and our neighbors in the community. Can't make it? You can still give to the event. Register or donate now »
Thank you to event sponsors Piper Village, Swedish Ballard, the Hearthstone, Verity Credit Union, Norse Home, Aging Wisdom, SHKS Architects, Winward Communications Group and Queen Anne Healthcare.
Hole in One for the PNA
Over 150 people turned out at the Town & Country annual golf tournament for charity on August 13. Local Town & Country affiliate Ballard Market selected the PNA’s Campaign for Accessibility to be the recipient of all event proceeds; a nice “lift” towards elevating our community. The Campaign for Accessibility is the PNA’s two year Capital Campaign designed to take our 1917 Brick Building from inaccessible to accessible. Learn more about the Campaign and how you can support it.
Chinook Book Sale
Starting Monday, September 7th, Chinook Coupon books and Apps will be available for purchase at the front desk of the Phinney Center. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Ballard Preschool Coop. Chinook Book print and mobile editions contain fantastic coupons for businesses and great resources for sustainable living including: farmers markets, recycling, local biking & transit, clean energy and green home. They help you save money at local businesses that do good things for the environment and the community. You can visit Chinook.com to see what coupons are available in your area. The books, apps and combo packs will all be available for purchase from Sept. 7th-Oct. 20th or until they sell out, so get yours quick and start saving! Book - $20 App (iPhone only) - $15 Combo (book & app) - $30
Ballard Preschool Co-op
Part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K. We have openings in the Parent/Infant class, 3-5s class, and pre-K class for the 2015-2016 school year. Click here for schedule and details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español (PCPE)
Openings for Grandes class (ages 3-5), where children spend time outdoors and become little explorers and lovers of nature, and Chicos indoor classes (ages 1-2). To join the fun, visit pcpeseattle.org or email email@example.com.
Back to (after) school
Sign up for Kids University - The Y at Phinney Center, co-sponsored by PNA. The hands-on Kids U format encourages children to experiment with a broad spectrum of afterschool enrichment that allow them to develop their own skills, talents, and interests. Classes run M-F until 6 pm and rotate on a Trimester basis. Sign up for just a few or take advantage of a yearly enrichment pass! More info & registration (pdf) »
Welome your neighbors on Aug 4
Pick up welcome neighbor packets at the Phinney Center and give them to new neighbors at your block party on Aug 4, the annual Seattle Night Out Against Crime. Questions? Call 206.783.2244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all artists by Aug 7
Apply now for the Northwest Fine Arts Competition at the PNA. The artist selected as juror’s pick will receive a $200 award and a solo show in the gallery in 2016. All other selected works will be included in the gallery show in October 2015.
Learn more and apply online »
Apply for Winter Festival by Aug 28
PNA's annual Winter Festival and Crafts Fair features more than 115 crafts vendors and has gained an impressive reputation as THE place to shop for holiday gifts and regularly attracts 4,000 - 5,000 customers over the course of the weekend. This year’s Winter Festival & Craft Fair is December 5-6.
Details and application »
Join a PNA Village Committee
The Village Social Committee, Volunteer Committee, Business Vetting Committee, Finance Committee, Membership and Marketing Committee and the Newsletter Committee all have openings! Contact email@example.com or 206.789.1217.
Thank you 512 PNA survey responders!
We are tickled by the number of folks who took the time to share their opinions, and we look forward to productive strategic planning sessions. Congrats to Market Bucks winners Megan L. and Susan H.!
9th Annual PNA Summer Beer Taste winners
1st Place: Aslan's Raspberry Disco Lemonade
2nd Place tie: Flying Bike Cooperative's Storm Cycle CDA and Naked City's Orange Blossom Special IPA
3rd Place: Naked City's Coconut Key Lime Pale
Draughts Not Drought was an outstanding success raising more than $14,000 for PNA programs, plus providing an afternoon of excellent beer tasting! Thanks again to sponsors Barking Dog Alehouse, Prost! Tavern, The Yard Cafe and The Park Public House.
Time for fall preschool enrollment
Ballard Preschool Co-op has openings in the Parent/Infant class, 3-5’s class, and pre-K class. Learn more »
Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español (PCPE), Seattle’s only Spanish speaking preschool co-op, has openings for Chicos (ages 1-2) and Grandes (ages 3-5) classes. Learn more »
Back to (after) school
Kids University - The Y at Phinney Center, co-sponsored by PNA
The hands-on Kids U format encourages children to experiment with a broad spectrum of afterschool enrichment that allow them to develop their own skills, talents, and interests. Classes run M-F until 6 pm and rotate on a Trimester basis. Sign up for just a few or take advantage of a yearly enrichment pass! More info & registration (pdf) »
The Phinney Ridge Kumon Center offers math and reading programs for children ages 4-18. From September 1 to October 8 there is free registration, a $50.00 savings. Learn more at kumonofseattle-phinneyridge.com or 206-365-1600.
Welcome new PNA Business Members!
Nutty Squirrel Gelato (opening August 8)
Phinney Ridge Community Acupuncture
Work at PNA
We have openings for an Assistan Director of Programming at Whittier Kids, teachers at Whittier and at PCPE, as well as an Americorps position at PNA Village. Please help spread the word. PNA's an awesome place to work, if we do say so ourselves.
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The 2014 Annual report is here
Check out our progress! View the PDF , stop by or call us at 206.783.2244 to request a printed or emailed copy. Special thanks to to Sandy Nelson Design for designing the report!
New PNA Business Member benefits
PNA has just partnered with Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Grow Seattle program. PNA Business Members get access to free benefits and direct assistance to help them grow and compete. For more information, or to access services, contact Amy Besunder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.783.2244.
A big thank you to Jeopardy winners Ken Jennings and Tom Nissley for donating their time, expertise, and wit and leading a trivia game night at the PNA. Twenty teams were challenged with six rounds of questions, including some questions Ken and Tom lost on the show. Tickets for this fun evening were sold at the PNA Viva Las Vegas Auction.
New HomeStreet Bank honors PNA
HomeStreet Bank had a lively grand opening on June 24, with the Sounders band kicking it off, followed by this fabulous show of support for the PNA. Way to go HomeStreet! Check out their new location at 7307 Greenwood Avenue
PNA Village: The best investment I’ve ever made
“Where else could I get so much for less than $1 a day?” asks PNA Village Member Marguerite Langlois.
“In one weekend, volunteers cleaned my furnace filters, picked up things that had fallen in my closet, polished a chandelier, hung my favorite Christmas lights and a new art piece, fixed a sticking drawer, and moved my computer printer to a more convenient place.
It feels good to know that I don’t have to do things where I might lose my balance or hurt a shoulder or hip if I tried to do them alone. I find myself in the middle of a village—a group of people caring, sharing, and expanding my life. I intend to be a lifelong member!”
To learn more, volunteer or join the PNA Village, call 206.789.1217 or visit phinneycenter.org/village.
Time for fall preschool enrollment
Ballard Preschool Co-op
Now enrolling for the 2015-16 school year! We offer a part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K. Email email@example.com for information or visit phinneycenter.org/bpc.
Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español (PCPE)
Hey Spanish speakers! Looking for a dynamic, fun preschool for your children to attend? Established in 2010, PCPE is the PNA’s Spanish language preschool cooperative, and there are a few spaces available in the Chicos (1 year old by Aug 31) and Grandes (3 or 4 years old by Aug 31) classes for the 2015-16 school year. Check out our website at pcpeseattle.org to learn more about our philosophy, classes, and community, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC)
PNPC is now enrolling for our fall 2015 Parent Infant Class! PNPC is dedicated to providing a structured cooperative program designed to encourage social, emotional, physical and mental development. Children receive the benefit of cooperative classroom education, led by a staff of experienced early education teachers, and parents benefit from the instruction and guidance of our parent educators. Visit phinneycenter.org/pnpc or email email@example.com for more information.
Sign up for summer camps
PNPC Dragon Room Summer Program
June 15 - Aug 21, ages 2.5 - 7 years
Join the summer fun in the magical Dragon Room! Activities include arts & crafts, science, sports, drama, Spanish and more! Classes and details »
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
July fun with Ballard Preschool Co-op
Month of July, ages 3-7
BPC is offering a variety of exciting camps, with themes like “Superheroes, Fairies and Magical Creatures” and “Totally Fun Yoga.” Most camps are one week in duration and held at our preschool in Loyal Heights. Camps are open to all families. Info & registration »
Whittier Kids new Kinder-Camp
June 29 - Aug 28, ages 4-5
A camp just for kids starting kindergarten in the fall, with preschool rations and a focus on kindergarten readiness. Field trips and water play at least once per week. Kinder-camp will follow the same themes as our school age camp with activities modified for the development of young kindergartners. Info and registration »
YMCA Camps at the Phinney Center
Discovery Camp: June 22 -Aug 28, grades 1-5
Hands-on, structured enrichment activities in art, science, storytelling and outdoor play. Each week’s theme offers new games, field trips and fun. Info and registration »
Preschool Specialty Camp: Aug 3-28, ages 3-6
From Picasso to sports to imagination adventures, these fun and interactive preschool camps have something for every curious kiddo! Info and registration »
Farmers Market season is here
It’s time to switch up your Friday afternoon routine—stop by the Farmer’s Market for your week’s produce, breads, flowers, handmade goodies, ice cream, treats… even dinner! Feel great about supporting our local farmers, producers and artisans while enjoying high quality, organic ingredients.
Viva Las Vegas Auction a swinging success!
Thanks to our sponsors, donors, bidders and volunteers we hit the jackpot raising more the $105,000!
The show stopper was all the bids cards that flew up during the Fund-a-Dream portion of the evening, raising $37,000 for the Brick Building’s Campaign for Accessibility.
Thanks to auction sponsors A-1 Piano, Woodland Park Zoo, Top Ten Toys, Ron and Robyn Lewis, Pacific Continental Bank, Allegra Print & Imaging, Montessori Garden and Hanley Design.
Thank you, PNA Champions!
The Seattle Foundation’s 24-hour online fundraising event, GiveBig—Day of Champions—raised $16.3 million for area nonprofits, surpassing last year’s total by 12%. PNA supporters donated over $7,000 through this effort, 11% more than in 2014!
Support BPC with pizza on June 24
Support BPC by eating pizza on June 24
Dine at Patxi’s Pizza or place a to-go, delivery or catering order on Wednesday, June 24 and Patxi’s will donate 10% of the entire day’s sales to the Ballard Preschool Co-op.
PNA on TV… twice!
The PNA Village was featured on the KCTS 9 program In Close at the end of April. Check out the story at kcts9.org/programs/in-close/life-culture/it-takes-village.
The PNA Tool Library got some screen time when Q13 interviewed PNA’s Todd Shwayder for a segment “Picking the right tool for the right job could mean everything in your garden” that aired on May 15. Watch online at ow.ly/N6UtC.
Help keep us clean and dry
The Hot Meal Program could really use some new or gently used terry cloth dish towels, pot holders and dish cloths. If you’ve got extras, please drop them by the Phinney Center.
New sculpture in the Heart of Phinney Park
Come check out the new sculpture by local artist Lance Carleton. The title of this painted steel and stainless steel sculpture is As They Ran Past Each Other. To purchase this work or get more information about the artist, contact Pamela Jaynes or visit the artist website at itsallartt.com.
PNA Village information sessions
The PNA Village is a local resource to help community members remain in their homes and neighborhoods, while staying active and engaged as they age. To learn more about the PNA Village and how it might work for you, join us at an informational session:
- Wednesday, May 12, 1-2:30 pm at Greenwood Senior Center
- Wednesday, May 20, 10-11:30 am at Broadview Library
Get your sale on the map
On May 30 folks will peruse 100+ yard sales in PhinneyWood, aided by an official printed map or an online interactive map. Register your sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market by May 23 online, by calling 206.783.2244 or stopping by the Phinney Center.
Dust off and donate your tools
Donate to the annual Tool Sale at Garage Sale Day on May 30. We are accepting donations of all kinds, from screwdrivers to power tools. Drop items by the PNA Tool Library during open hours or contact Todd at 206.783.2244 ext. 48, email@example.com to arrange a drop-off time.
Viva Las Vegas Auction May 2
Make your reservations now for the PNA’s fundraising auction and biggest neighborhood party on May 2! Tickets are $60 per person or $75 for patrons. Reserve your tickets, preview the catalog, volunteer or donate online. Hot items include getaways to Mexico and Lake Chelan, season tickets to ZooTunes, a private party and Georgetown Brewery tour with Manny, a boat to boat progressive dinner, a bicycle tour of Guemes Island and much more. The auction website is updated weekly with new donations. Questions? Call 206.783.2244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New this year - Date Night Child Care
On site child will be available from 5-9 pm, provided by provided by veteran date night sitters. Prices start at $30 for PNA members with one child. For information and to make reservations email email@example.com.
Thank you to our sponsors!
A-1 Piano, Woodland Park Zoo, Top Ten Toys, Ron & Robyn Lewis, Montessori Garden School, Hanley Design, and Allegra Print & Imaging!
PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is May 30!
Clean out your closets and get ready to have a sale, recycle your stuff (including electronics), and shop for new treasures. Register your yard sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market by May 23 online, by calling 206.783.2244, or stopping by the Phinney Center. Registered sales will be listed on the official printed Garage Sale Day map and the online interactive map. Thanks to sponsors Jamie Flaxxman Real Estate and Alex Eckhardt Real Estate and interactive map developer SpatialDev.
Need inspiration for planning meals? Join our private Facebook group and gain access to lots of meal/snack ideas! As a member, you commit to posting a recipe and/or link to a recipe for any meal or snack at least once a week. Happy cooking–and eating! Cost is $20 to join for one year. For more info or to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballard Preschool Co-op enrolling for 2015-16 school year
The Ballard Preschool Co-op offers a part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K, as well as a resource and nucleus of support for participating families. Please contact the registrar at email@example.com for information and/or visit phinneycenter.org/bpc.
Enrolling now: July 2015 camps for kids aged 2.5-7 years in Ballard area
Ballard Preschool Co-op is hosting a variety of exciting summer camps in July 2015 for children aged 2.5-7 years. Programs are open to all families. Camps will be held at our preschool in Loyal Heights and are one week in duration, unless otherwise noted. Get detailed descriptions and registrations. We hope to see your child this summer!
Learn how to prevent falls - free course!
A Matter of Balance is a nationally-recognized program designed to help participants identify fall risk factors, manage concerns about falls and learn how to prevent falls. Each two hour class covers a different topic surrounding falls and is comprised of group discussion activities, information and resource sharing, and facilitator-led exercises. Registration is open for the spring session:
Thursdays, May 7- June 25
10:30 am-12:30 pm
at the Greenwood Senior Center
*PNA Village member priority registration ends April 15.
Registrants must be able to commit to attending at least 80% of the classes. There are only 15 spaces per session so don’t wait to sign up! Contact PNA village to register or with questions: 206.789.1217 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PNA Village celebrates three years!
The PNA Village is celebrating its third anniversary on Sunday, April 26 with a party for those who make us tick - our members, volunteers, vendors, donors and sponsors of this aging-in-community program. The party is sponsored by Columbia Lutheran Home, Crescent Builds and Sequoia In-Home Care Services, with in-kind support from Ida Culver House Ravenna.
The success over the past year is due to support from 97 memberships representing 117 members, 109 volunteers and 82 preferred vendors.
A special thank you to our volunteers, without whom the PNA Village would not exist. Want to get involved? We’re currently seeking advisory board members and always have volunteer opportunities open. Learn more.
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 phinneycenter.org/auction. For sponsor and volunteer info contact Emilia at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Ballard Preschool Co-op: Part-time structured cooperative programs for children from birth through pre-K. Visit
phinneycenter.org/bpc or contact the Registrar at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 »
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.