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  • We asked…we listened: PNA looks to the future with help from community survey

    We asked…we listened: PNA looks to the future with help from community survey

    In the fall, we asked the community to contribute to our strategic planning process, and we were blown away by the response. Over 900 people took the time to share their thoughts through our online survey and in-person focus groups. Thank you to everyone who participated! We incorporated your input as we developed the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Strategic Priorities for the next three years (2019–2021). These priorities reflect the current values that we commit to placing at the forefront of our decision making. ...

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  • Remembering what matters: A story of kindness in Greenwood

    Remembering what matters: A story of kindness in Greenwood

    It’s dark out, and you’re standing at the curb. Rain spatters off cars as headlights cast shining light in swathes along the road, and the bare trees crackle overhead. It’s that all too familiar scene of waiting for a bus, of standing in the night for someone to come get you. When they do, we know all too well what a difference it makes when the door opens and we’re greeted with a smile. A wave...“Come on in.” Nathan Vass drives a bus for Seattle Metro for the sheer joy of it, and has become something of a local celebrity for his attitude ... At the Greenwood Senior Center, Erika Merz leads The Gathering Place, an enrichment program for people with early stage memory loss (ESML). To borrow Nathan’s words, she is “a radiant ball of kind, considerate, controlled positive energy.” ... She recently directed a film about memory loss, titled "Living with Memory Loss, In Our Own Words." It features members of The Gathering Place speaking to their experiences and trials. However, more than anything it speaks to hope. To the benefits of patience, kindness, and an open mind. The process of creating the film, however, caused her a bit of a headache. Or it did, until Nathan came along....

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  • The Yakima Herald: Nonprofit that helps Yakima, Selah seniors in their homes launches services

    The Yakima Herald: Nonprofit that helps Yakima, Selah seniors in their homes launches services

    By Tammy Ayer. "Rides to the grocery store and medical appointments are an important perk of membership in the Phinney Neighborhood Association Village. So is help around the house. But perhaps the most valuable aspect of membership in the nonprofit, which serves an area of Northwest Seattle, is the social factor — the personal connection with others that often diminishes as people grow older. Isolation is an even bigger danger for those who are homebound. The Phinney organization, which helps members stay in their homes by providing a variety of services, has a Friendly Visitors group of volunteers who call members or check in on them in person for conversation and other social interaction. “There’s one woman who’s 102. She can’t see but wants someone to read the Bible to her,” said Ed Medeiros, a founder of the Phinney Neighborhood organization. Ed and Susan Medeiros were in Yakima on Monday to help launch the Yakima & Selah Neighbors’ Network during an event at the Yakima Valley Museum."...

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  • April 2019 Newsletter

    April 2019 Newsletter

    The newsletter is here! Find out what events and classes are happening at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center, and what's going on with PNA programs- and how you can get involved....

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  • Seattle Refined: Photos – Holi, a festival of colors, explodes in Seattle

    Seattle Refined: Photos – Holi, a festival of colors, explodes in Seattle

    Published 3/ 23. Photos by Ryan McBoyle/Seattle Refined. "Spearheaded by Avanie Trovato, and hosted by the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA), hundreds gathered to celebrate Holi, "the festival of color" or "the festival of love". Considered one of the most revered festivals in India, Holi celebrates spring, connection, and triumph of good over evil through a raucous colored powder battle..."...

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  • Brightening spring in PhinneyWood with Holi

    Brightening spring in PhinneyWood with Holi

    Last March, on a gorgeous, warm day, the sky over Phinney was, yes, blue. But it was also yellow, green, orange, and pink. That afternoon, 600 people came to the Phinney Center to celebrate Holi, the Hindu spring festival of color and love, throwing powdered color into the air and at each other. They feasted on Indian food and chai, and listened to Shruti Balakrishnan’s Bollywood singing. This year’s Holi festival will be held March 23, 1-3 pm It's great fun for kids and grownups alike. The Roll Pod food truck will be selling delicious Indian food, the Chai Lady will be there again, and Shruti will be sharing her vocal talents...How did the PNA come to host a traditional Hindu celebration? ...

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  • Call for Art! Northwest Fine Arts Competition

    Call for Art! Northwest Fine Arts Competition

    Do you create art in the Pacific Northwest? We want to see it! The submission process for the Northwest Fine Arts Competition is open now through March 29. A jury will choose 2D work, from 20-30 artists to be displayed in the Phinney Center Gallery May 9-June 14, with  the opening reception on May 10 during the PhinneyWood BIG One Art Walk....

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  • March 2019 Newsletter

    March 2019 Newsletter

    The newsletter is here! Find out what events and classes are happening at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center, and what's going on with PNA programs- and how you can get involved....

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  • The spring Review is out

    The spring Review is out

    If you're a Phinney-Greenwood resident or a PNA member, keep an eye on the mail for your copy of the spring Review. If you're not - or you want a sneak peek - you can read it online or pick it up at the Phinney Center or the  Greenwood Senior Center. You can also grab a copy at the following libraries: Greenwood, Ballard, Green Lake, and Broadview. Find out what fun and educational stuff is going on in the next few months at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center. Plus, meet a bus driver who does much more than just drive, get the background on PNA's Holi Festival of Colors event, ring in spring with some relaxing activities, and plan your kids' summer fun. Click "read more" to read it online now. ...

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  • KUOW: What’s that big yellow box perched on Phinney Ridge?

    KUOW: What’s that big yellow box perched on Phinney Ridge?

    By Katherine Banwell. It's canary yellow, the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, and weighs nearly three tons. Located on a tower near Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, it's one of the biggest air raid sirens ever built. It's silent now, but from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, the siren went off every Wednesday at noon. It was loud enough to be heard a mile and half away. The students at the John B. Allen elementary school right next door — today the Phinney Neighborhood Association — would scramble under their desks, cover their heads and practice their ‘duck and cover’ techniques....

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