Blog & Stories

  • Cheers to you and the favorite beers (and ciders)!

    Cheers to you and the favorite beers (and ciders)!

    The PNA Summer Beer Tastes was a success for year 13! Ticket sales were record-breaking, the weather was perfect, the brews were delicious (and many of them special for the event!), and the mood was jovial. We were tickled to see so many Hawaiian shirts and beachy outfits, adding to the festiveness of the afternoon. It was extra fun that brewers also got into it by bringing fun (and yummy!) tropical-flavored beers and decorating themselves and their stations. And the crowd favorites were......

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  • Congratulations, Contra!

    Congratulations, Contra!

    Emerald City Contra Dance celebrates 15 years at the Phinney Center. It happens every Friday night in the Brick Building's Community Hall. For the entire month of July, show them your PNA membership card and dance for FREE! Never heard of contra dancing? It's a community-oriented type of folk dancing that evolved in New England in the 1800’s....

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  • The egregious separation of immigrant families: What can we do?

    The egregious separation of immigrant families: What can we do?

    The policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border was outrageous and tragic. Now that policy has changed, and we are not sure what the impact will be or when families will be reunited. We have heard from many community members, and we will be passing along, through Facebook, information from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about the situation and actions we can take. On Friday, June 22, over 100 community members at the Phinney Farmers Market wrote messages to officials, both national and local, who can have an impact. We have information and supplies to write these postcards at the Phinney Center, or you can use the information in this post to send from home.  Stay tuned for other efforts. ...

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  • See you at the Market!

    See you at the Market!

    Environmentalist Bill McKibbon says that we have 10 times the number of conversations at farmers markets as we do in regular grocery stores!...One of the most important elements for health and happiness is interactions with other people. Most of us go to the market because we care about our health in terms of eating fresh, organic food.  And of course, of course, that’s important. But “social capital” is just as important, if not more so....

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  • In Our Own Words

    In Our Own Words

    The video begins simply. Quietly. A person walks in, sits on a chair and looks directly into the camera. Then, one by one, they all come to share wrenching, profound and even funny stories of memory loss. They explain what they’d like the world to know about memory loss and they offer hope to others with the condition, to their friends and families. See the inspiring and memorable film on May 16....

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  • Connectedness=Happiness

    Connectedness=Happiness

    by Cecile Andrews, PNA Member, author, and guest blogger... The other day, in my Understanding Happiness group, we talked about some of the things in our culture that make it hard to feel happy. We immediately thought of some things: the lack of  community, the competitiveness, the lack of time, worry about financial security (including health care), racism, alienation from the land, and fear of violence. We talked about things we could do. ...

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  • It’s Small Business Week!

    It’s Small Business Week!

    Did you know more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year? If you can, make an extra effort this week to stroll down Phinney-Greenwood and spend your dollars giving back those who make our neighborhood an incredible and vibrant place to live....

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  • Planting? Get Free Seeds!

    Planting? Get Free Seeds!

    Getting ready to to start your garden? Before you go out and buy seeds, consider scoring some heirloom varieties for free! Did you know that the Phinney Center's Tool Library houses a branch of the King County Seed Library? Come on down to the Tool Library any time during open hours, peruse the seeds, and take some home. ...

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  • Building Community–One Cup, One Book, One Note at a Time

    Building Community–One Cup, One Book, One Note at a Time

    by Cecile Andrews, community member, guest writer... Yes, a well known  coffee company popularized the phrase “third place." But there’s a  real third place in PhinneyWood. It’s called the Couth Buzzard--a new/used bookstore, a cafe, and a performance space. Roy Oldenburg, in his book "The Great Good Place", explores the importance of people having a place they can drop in and gather with other people. He talks about the fact that we all need a first place (our families) and a second place (work) and how important it is to have a third place — a place where you can be yourself, not anyone’s employee or mother, just yourself. ...

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  • Exploring Racial Literacy Together

    Exploring Racial Literacy Together

    As part of PNA’s Difficult Conversations series, the Breaking White Silence project hopes to create antibias consciousness-raising groups in our community. This past year, more than a dozen groups have met for transformative conversations through the discussion of the book "What Does It Mean to be White?" by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. Join us this quarter for a new group starting April 4....

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