Your voice is important!
take the PNA Community Survey before July 15.
PNA exists to serve our community: YOU. While we do our best to keep our finger on the pulse of the neighborhood, every once in a while it’s good to just ask directly: How are we doing?
Your participation in a short survey will help us answer that question. We would love your honest feedback, and hope to hear from you. Whether you swing through the Art Gallery a few times a year or your child attends Whittier Kids every day, all of your opinions matter to PNA.
As a small thanks, everyone who provides their contact information will be entered into a drawing to win $20 in Market Bucks to use at the Phinney Farmers Market.
Take the survey »
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more and submit your work »
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 seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday.
...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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com for more information.