Blog & Stories

  • Get inside and dance

    Get inside and dance

    Beat the winter doldrums; feed your mind and body | “It’s my happy time!” declares Susie Crosier as she’s leaving her modern dance class to go right into the hip hop session at Greenwood’s American Dance Institute on a Sunday afternoon. As the days get grayer, damper, and shorter, “happy time” becomes more elusive for many. Many of us Seattlelites find our zen and our thrills in the outdoors—hiking, kayaking, rock climbing—but those opportunities become fewer as winter sets in. Liz and Dave Luba regularly take advantage of all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, but started taking tango with Tony Fan and Ilana Rubin eight years ago because they felt they were missing a creative art form in their life. “It’s a nice complement,” says Liz, “and we’ve met an interesting cross-section of people we never would have met.” Indeed, looking around the full classroom, the age-range, diversity, and welcoming feeling are obvious....

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  • Advocate for our community’s seniors

    Advocate for our community’s seniors

    Wow! The PNA does NOT own the Greenwood Senior Center building! PNA has been working with the City of Seattle since 2010 to transfer the Greenwood Senior Center to the PNA. The City has expressed their commitment to this transfer, but it still hasn’t happened. It's important we own the building, so we can make much needed improvements, especially for accessibility. The City Council passed a budget resolution a few weeks ago, asking the Mayor to complete the transfer by the end of March. We wanted to help, and kicked off advocacy efforts at Winter Festival last weekend. Over 1,000 people signed a giant card to the City Council and the Mayor, and we took a field trip to City Hall to deliver it. We also kicked off a postcard and email writing campaign this week, encouraging community members to write to the Mayor and City Council to tell them how important this property transfer is. You can also help! Take 5 minutes to send an email to the Mayor and City Council, thanking the City Council and urging the Mayor to approve and complete the transfer. ...

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  • Cheers to beer!

    Cheers to beer!

    The 31st Anniversary PNA Winter Beer Taste- the Big Lebrewski- was a tremendous success! 764 of you helped us raise $32,255 for PNA's programs and services for seniors, kids, and community! Find out the winning brews.......

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  • A chance to learn English together

    A chance to learn English together

    They are from Russia, Israel, Iran and Bulgaria. Somehow, through fortunate circumstance, they now find themselves together, sitting around a table at the Greenwood Senior Center practicing English in the Talk Time program. A quick survey of their lives yields an astonishing variety of experiences. Heidi and her husband, Hashem, remember their home in Shiraz, Iran. “It was a beautiful house, with a big garden I plant with vegetables,” she says.... Hashem nods, recounting the abundance: “Radishes, basil, mint, celery and parsley.” He worked as a welding inspector of pipelines before coming to the United States... Another couple from Iran, Famina and Farhad, lived in Tehran, a teeming city of millions. “I had my own pharmacy,” she recalls....

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  • On Oct 21, “Lives Well Lived” movie shares secrets, wit, and wisdom

    On Oct 21, “Lives Well Lived” movie shares secrets, wit, and wisdom

    We're excited to present a special screening of "Lives Well Lived," a new film by Sky Bergman, on Sunday, October 21, 2 pm, at the Greenwood Senior Center. "Lives Well Lived" celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you....

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  • Let’s talk! Join us for a focus group.

    Let’s talk! Join us for a focus group.

    As you have undoubtedly heard, we just a underwent a community survey process for our next strategic plan. Thank you so much if you participated! Now, we'd like to invite you to a community focus group. There will be snacks and drinks and we'll chat about what you want to see at the PNA. There are three sessions to choose from....

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  • Doctor’s orders: Support seniors on Oct. 4; RSVP now

    Doctor’s orders: Support seniors on Oct. 4; RSVP now

    The Power of Community Breakfast is right around the corner and all we’re missing is YOU! Support critical senior programs at the Greenwood Senior Center and PNA Village, such as memory-loss programming, support groups, enrichment and educational activities, social services, aging-in-place, and more. These programs inspire stories like Robin’s who discovered the Greenwood Senior Center when her husband was battling Alzheimer’s....

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  • Would you like a community woodshop?

    Would you like a community woodshop?

    PNA is considering the idea of opening a community woodshop program on the Phinney Center campus. We're picturing a small shop stocked with professional, safe woodworking tools that neighborhood members would not typically have at home. During woodshop hours, shop volunteers would be available to teach safe tool usage, operate equipment, and advise you on the best ways to accomplish your project. We've been talking with a group of neighborhood members with a passion for woodworking, and are excited about the project, but we'd like to hear from the rest of our community before committing the resources to start the project....

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  • Your voice is important! Please take our community survey.

    Your voice is important! Please take our community survey.

    Community Begins Here. At the heart of everything we do at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) are the people of PhinneyWood, this diverse collection of individuals and families who come here to nurture, work, learn, play, and be together. Your voice is important! We're conducting a short community survey, and we'd love your input! No matter how (or if) you use the PNA, you are a member of our community and your valuable observations help us chart our course. If you respond by Sept. 30, you'll be entered into a drawing for $100 at your choice of Ken's Market or Greenwood Hardware. ...

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  • Member and Volunteer Art Show People’s Choice winner

    Member and Volunteer Art Show People’s Choice winner

    Congratulations to S.R. Lane, whose photograph, "Old Salty," won the people's choice vote in the recent Member and Volunteer Art Show at the Phinney Center Gallery!...

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