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November 2015

Campaign for Accessibility Update
Construction on the Brick Building elevator started Oct. 12 and walls are coming down! The building is still bustling with community activity though. A special filtration system keeps air clean and building entrances are available both on Dayton Street and via the parking lot.


Home Design & Remodel Fair
Apply now to be an exhibitor in the 2016 Home Design and Remodel Fair! The fair will be Sunday, January 31 from 11 am – 4 pm and the theme is Smaller Living, Larger Life. Deadline for applications is December 1st. Contact with any questions. Apply now »

GSC Seeks Costume Jewelry for Sale
Greenwood Senior Center would love your costume jewelry donations for our annual Jewelry Sale fundraising event in early December. Please drop off bagged and separated costume jewelry at the front desk, and stop by our Preview Sale on December 9 or Sale on December 10. Thank you to event sponsor Merrill Gardens!


PNPC Wreath Sale
The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op will once again be selling wreaths at the PNA Winter Festival Dec 5-6 to raise funds to support our school. The 24” wreaths are locally and responsibly grown, and are a beautiful Pacific Northwest blend of noble fir, blue berried juniper, cedar and natural pinecones and cost $20. You can also buy a wreath that will be donated directly to a family in need at a local shelter.

Día de Los Muertos Fundraising Raffle for Spanish Preschool Co-op

Enter to win fabulous prizes and support PCPE, Seattle’s only Spanish speaking preschool co-op. Drawings at the Día de Los Muertos Festival on Nov. 1. Raffle tickets will be on sale from co-op families, at the PNA office prior to the event, and at the festival. You do not need to be present to win.

The Return of the Monkeys
A troop of 200 lighted metal monkeys will light up the holiday season in PhinneyWood again this year, hanging in the windows of PNA business members.


Community members are invited to help support the project by sponsoring a community monkey that will hang in public spaces such as the fire station and the library. Sponsorship for each monkey is $25. The first 75 household sponsors also receive a pair of tickets to the WildLights preview night on Nov. 24.


The holiday season kicks off with the free GloCone Lighting at the air raid tower at 67th and Phinney on Nov. 28 at 5 pm. Enjoy caroling with the OK Chorale, cookies and hot chocolate.

Monkeys will be on display from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. The season includes a number of promotional events, including contests for kids and adults, a monkey trolley tour as part of the December Art Walk on Dec. 11 and Red Monkey Wednesdays featuring business specials. Details about all things monkey are available at


Giving Tree
Help make the holidays bright for local kids and families in need. Giving Tree tags will be available mid-Nov. through early Dec. at the Phinney Center, Greenwood Senior Center, Nutty Squirrel Gelato and Umpqua. Can't make it in? You can still support programming with an end-of-year gift by donating here.


Membership Campaign Wrap Up 
Thanks for supporting the PNA Membership Campaign - Members Matter! We signed up 147 new members and 486 renewals, for a total of 2,627 current PNA members! If your Proud to be a PNA Member yard sign has not been picked up, you can bring it back to the PNA and we will give it back to you for next year’s campaign.


Ballard Preschool Co-op Open House
Please join us on Saturday, November 7 for a Preschool Open House from 10 am-12 pm. There will be a short presentation about our program and ample time to explore our space, ask questions, and meet teachers and current co-op parents. Children are welcome. Space is limited so please RSVP by Friday, Nov. 6 to We look forward to meeting you! Learn about BPC at


Ballard Preschool Co-op Openings
We offer a part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K. We have openings in the Parent/Infant Class, the 3-5s class and the pre-k class. Please contact the registrar for more details at More info at


Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español (PCPE) Openings
¿Habla español? PCPE, Seattle’s ONLY Spanish immersion co-op preschool and has openings in it’s Grandes class for children ages 3-5 who speak Spanish at least 50% of the time at home. To register, or for more info, visit or email ¡Muchas gracias!


Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop (PNPC) Pre-K Opening

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop (PNPC) has an immediate opening in our pre-k program.

PNPC is a play based learning cooperative designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical & mental development of young children.  Children learn early science curriculum, pre-math skills, gain impulse control and much more.  Parent education classes are available monthly and cover a range of parenting topics.  

Details of the Pre-K program are:

  • Mon/Wed 11:45am - 2:45pm

  • Tue/Thu 9:30am - 12:30pm

  • Tuition is $240/month

  • A parent or caregiver works in the classroom one day each week (ideally on Wednesday). 

Our experience throughout five years of co-op at PNPC with our daughter was enriching and everlasting. Our year in the Pre-K class reinforced our decision to participate in co-op for her preschool years. It was in this final year that we were able to watch her make the transition from preschool to grade school with confidence. The play-based environment at PNPC creates a stimulating environment that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through creative play. Once our daughter entered Kindergarten, we truly realized the impact and positive effects of a play-based learning environment in early education. Teacher Sally successfully incorporates emergent Kindergarten academics such as math, science and literature into creative play. Through hands-on activities, field trips and small group work, the children are able to build tactical skills, while they continue to develop their social and emotional skills. This experience most certainly helped prepare her as an individual and as a collaborator for the transition to elementary school. We look forward to repeating the Pre-K class with our younger child and being a part of Teacher Sally's class again. - Loren & Christina”


Please email with any questions or to inquire about registration.  



October 2015


Preparing for The Big One

For the fourth year in a row, the Phinney Center will participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut “drop, cover and hold” earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.


This year the Center will have a full out drill along with the Phinney Hub, the Center’s Preschool Co-ops and resident Daycares. Drop, Cover & Hold will be practiced throughout the center followed by staff setting up the command center and volunteers setting up the Phinney Hub.

The drill emphasizes the urgent need for people, organizations, schools, communities and businesses to practice what to do to be safe and to be ready before an earthquake strikes. In addition, coastal communities will test their tsunami alert sirens at the same date and time using the real sound of the siren.

Last year, more than 1 million Washingtonians participated in the Great Washington ShakeOut. As of Sept. 15, more than 652,000 people have registered.


People and organizations can sign up to participate at For more information on preparedness, visit


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 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!


Breaking Ground

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.
Download job description »




September 2015


PNA in the News!

Check out the great article Phinney Neighborhood Association: Sharing in Seattle in the national magazine, Mother Earth News.
Read now »


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 or call 206.783.2244 to volunteer for sign delivery.


Detective Success
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.


You’re Invited…
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 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


Preschool openings
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

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 or email

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) »



August 2015


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

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 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 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.
See job postings »


July 2015

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 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


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 for information or visit

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 to learn more about our philosophy, classes, and community, or contact us at


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 or email 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


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 »



June 2015


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
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


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.


May 2015


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


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, to arrange a drop-off time.



April 2015


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


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


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.


Recipe roundtable
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


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 for information and/or visit


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


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.


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.





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