Blog & Stories

  • Community in the Midst of Crisis: The PNA’s Response

    Community in the Midst of Crisis: The PNA’s Response

    The PNA has been closed since March 16, but our work hasn't stopped. Even though staff is working from home, we've been doing all we can to keep vital services going and connecting with those who need it the most....

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  • Kids serve up community soup

    Kids serve up community soup

    The North Seattle 5’s, a co-op preschool housed in St. John’s Lutheran Church, recently asked the PNA if they could host a food drive for the Hot Meal Program. The school was very enthusiastic about the food drive and interested in helping the kids understand how the food connected back to the diners served on a weekly basis. The Hot Meal Program decided to have the kids make a giant pot of “community soup” for the evening’s dinner at the kitchen, also at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The kids arrived eager to chop vegetables, add spices and create! After chopping veggies, each preschooler put their individual ingredients into one giant pot and all stirred together with a wooden ladle that has been part of the kitchen for over 20 years....

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  • Through the Seasons: Winter at a Glance

    Through the Seasons: Winter at a Glance

    Wondering what to do in your garden in winter? For many homeowners and aspiring gardeners, laying out a game plan for regular care and upkeep can feel like a daunting task. Knowing just when to plant, prune, fertilize, etc. also has a huge effect on the overall health, success, and yield of your garden. So where to begin? Check out this step-by-step home and garden maintenance guide for winter, developed by PNA's gardener and groundskeeper, Eddie Strange. ...

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  • How Seattle Inspires Holiday Bookfest Authors

    How Seattle Inspires Holiday Bookfest Authors

    “She rushes down the dark street, past the glittering bookstores and coffee shops, past the Space Needle with its weird alien suggestions, past the stutter and stammer of rush hour…” In that line from Anna Quinn’s novel The Night Child, Nora’s view of Seattle reveals her mental state. The colorful imagery also shows how the Pacific Northwest influences area authors. Some of the celebrated Northwest authors who will appear and sign books at the 10th annual Holiday Bookfest on Nov. 23 offer insights into that inspiration....

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  • Free meals are just a part of the picture

    Free meals are just a part of the picture

    One Tuesday evening, the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) Hot Meal Program prepared fresh blueberries from St. John United Lutheran’s community garden, bbq chicken, and baked potatoes. Seven volunteers and the PNA Program Coordinator served this dinner to 60 low-income neighbors, but food was the least of what was offered. The Hot Meal Program provides far more than a fresh-cooked meal—it nourishes the community with health and wellness support and works to foster a sense of connection between all members of the neighborhood... ...

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  • Beerstock rocked!

    Beerstock rocked!

    On Saturday, July 13, 32 indie craft breweries served up 72 beers and ciders at the 14th Annual PNA Summer Beer Taste: Beerstock.  More than 600 folks – including attendees, brewers, donors, and volunteers – helped us raise $17,155 for PNA's programs for seniors, kids, people in need, and our entire community! Find out the crowd favorites......

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  • A fond farewell

    A fond farewell

    With extraordinary gratitude and quite a bit of sadness, and after almost ten years as the Executive Director of this fantastic organization, I have decided to step down in early October... On a sunny and warm day in my 20s, I participated in my first PNA event: Garage Sale Day. As I happily wandered among sale booths and kids’ lemonade stands, I was overwhelmed with the kindness, the smiles, and the community I saw. It is seared in my memory as one of my favorite days ever and it still is my favorite PNA “holiday” each year! (For years, the couch we found graced our front porch.) I thought “working at PNA would be a dream job!” as its mission to build community resonated so deeply with me. ...

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  • More green in Greenwood: Alice Ball Park opens June 14

    More green in Greenwood: Alice Ball Park opens June 14

    The new Alice Ball Park—originally known by the community as “Library Park”—is nearing completion and slated to open June 14 in conjunction with the PhinneyWood Art Walk that evening. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony with City officials and community leaders, music, entertainment, and food is planned. Located just north of the Greenwood Library, the park will be a much-needed addition of green space along Greenwood Avenue. The park will be a multi-use space for visiting, playing, reading, and attending community events....

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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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