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August 2019 Newsletter
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Phinney Center (PC) 6532 Phinney Ave N | 206.783.2244 | Directions
Greenwood Senior Center (GSC) 525 N 85th St | 206.297.0875 | Directions
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Featured Events

Upcoming Events

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Through 8/29 – Whittier Kids Summer Camps
9 am-3 pm (am/pm care avail). $200/wk. (+$40/$50 per week for am/pm care)
Join us for a summer full of engaging weekly themes, activities and field trips !Give your child a chance to learn new skills, explore new friendships and grow in a safe, fun environment. Everyone from incoming Kindergartners – 5th graders are welcome; our camps are open to all kids! See the camp descriptions and register or call 206.782.2508

W 7/31 – Movie and Discussion: Living with Memory Loss: In Our Own Words
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Join us for a documentary created by the Greenwood Senior Center, featuring participants of The Gathering Place, an early-stage memory loss program. They share inspiring insight and offer holistic narratives about living with memory loss. Following the movie, Carin Mack will lead a discussion exploring the themes of stigma, friendship and understanding. Register: 206.297.0875.

F 8/2 - S 8/18 – 14th Annual Gumshoe 5K Dectective Walk
Anytime! (Daylight hours suggested) Neighborhood. $20/entry, $15/entry if two+ are purchased at once.
Solve 30 clues that guide you through a 3.1 mile neighborhood walk and enter to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to a neighborbood business. All you need to know is at

F 8/2 – First Friday Film: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
1 pm. GSC. Free. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 8/2 – PNA Merchandise at the Farmers Market!
3:30-7:30 pm. PC Upper Lot.
Visit the PNA booth to get your very own T-shirt, hoodie, magnet, or tote bag. Join or renew your membership at the booth and get $15 off your merchandise items. Already a member? You can extend your membership by an extra year to get this great deal!

F 8/2 – Zucchini 500! at the Farmers Market
4-6 pm. PC Upper Lot. Free.
Come one, come all to race your favorite summer squash! Decorate these zukes and run them down the track to see how quick your car can go.

W 8/7 – Beyond Genealogy: Imagining Your Ancestors’ Lives
11 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
Explore how you can use research, timelines, and history to create stories of what your own ancestors may have experienced. Feel free to bring family tree information. Register: 206.297.0875.

W 8/7 – Michangelo and the Art of the Sistine Chapel
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.

F 8/9 – Summertime Celebration Luncheon
12 pm. GSC. $5. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 8/9 – Late Summer Blood Drive
1 pm-7 pm (closed 3-4). PC Blue Building.
Save up to three lives! Schedule at or just drop in.

F 8/9 – Farmers Market Happy Hour
4-7 pm. Free entry / Drinks $5. 21+
Sip to support your local farmers with all proceeds benefiting the Good Farmer Fund and the longevity of the Phinney Farmers Market. Each $5 drink ticket doubles as a raffle entry for two lucky winners to receive $50 in farm bucks.

Tu 8/13 – Current Global Events Group: Our War in/on Yemen
12:45-2 pm. GSC. Free.
How does US policy help in the mass murder of civilians in SW Asia? Prior research encouraged; one article will be available at the GSC front desk. Additional articles, maps, and other citations invited. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Th 8/15 – PNA Village Volunteer Training
10-12 pm. GSC. Free.
Village volunteering is flexible, easy, and matched to your interests. Help your neighbors remain in their homes and stay active in their community as they age by providing rides or helping around the home. RSVP: [email protected] or 206-789-1217.

Th 8/15 – Square Dance with Parks and Recreation
6:30-7 pm warm up, 7-9 pm dance. GSC. $10 at the door.
No partners or experience required. Learning session from 6:30-7 pm. LGBTQ friendly. Questions: 206.297.0875.

Su 8/18 – Procrastishoe
3 pm. Meet at Phinney Center. $20/entry, $15/entry if 2+ are purchased at once
Join other last-minute Gumshoes with the Gumshoe Answer Man following behind giving hints when you get stuck.

Th 8/22 – Recompose Talk
10-11 am. GSC. Free.
Washington State recently became the first in the nation to allow composting as an alternative to cremation and traditional burial. Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of benefit corporation Recompose, will talk about the benefits of the system she calls “recomposition”—which gently converts human remains into soil, so that we can nourish new life after we die. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 8/23 – Junior Sous Cooking Demo
4-6 pm. Phinney Farmers Market. Free.
Want to get your littles into the kitchen? Stop by the Junior Sous Cooking Demonstration and see how fun and easy it can be for your kids to enjoy their time in the kitchen.

Tu–Th 8/27-8/29 – 3rd Annual Free Business Consulting
Various time slots. Free for any current PNA Business Member.

Th 8/29 – Author Talk: Nathan Vass (The Lines that Make Us)
12:30-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Join local author Nathan Vass for the first in our upcoming series of book talks. His well-received book, The Lines that Make Us: Stories from Nathan’s Bus is a collection of stories and photos about his experiences as a bus driver (you may have met him on the 5). RSVP: 206.297.0875

F 8/30 – Seattle Cucina Cooking School Demo
4-7 pm. Phinney Farmers Market. Free.


For adults for whom summer always equated “camp,” or for those who always wanted to go, the GSC is doing our own version for a week of entertaining afternoons. Come for one or every event!

M 8/19 – A Garden in a Pot
1-3 pm. GSC. $2/PNA Members, $3/Public. Register: 206.297.0875.

Tu 8/20 – Make Refreshing Summer Treats
1-2 pm. GSC. $5/PNA Members, $6/Public. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

W 8/21 – Campfire Sing-Along
1-2 pm. GSC. Free. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Th 8/22 – Tie Dye
1:30-3:30 pm. GSC. $3 PNA Members, $5 Public. Register: 206.297.0875.

F 8/23 – Talent Show
1-3 pm. GSC. Free. If you would like to participate, please register by Aug 20: 206.297.0875, [email protected]
Ongoing Events & Groups

All are welcome! See book lists for upcoming months»

Tues, 8/6 – GSC Book Discussion Group
12:30-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.

My Family & Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Tues, 8/13 – 2nd Tuesday Book Club
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.

Our Towns: A 100,000 mile Journey Into the Heart of America by James & Deborah Fallows

No Second Wednesday Book Group in August.


Conversation & News of the Day
10 am. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood. Free.

Spanish Conversation I & II - NO SPANISH IN AUGUST
Advanced 6-7 pm, Intermediate 7-8 pm. PC Blue Building.
$25 per month. First night free!


Voluntary Simplicity
10:30 am-12 pm. HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave N. Free.

Understanding Happiness
10-11:30 am. HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave N. Free.

Phinney Friends Crochet & Knit Group

10 am-12 pm. PC Blue Building, Room 6. Free.

Conversation & News of the Day
Two groups: 9:30 am & 10:30 am. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood. Free.

Phinney Farmers Market
3:30-7:30 pm. PC Upper Lot.
Live music 5-7 pm.

Emerald City Contra Dance
7:30-10 pm. PC Brick Building, Community Hall.
Beginners workshop, 7 pm. $5-9.


8/7 –1st Wednesdays
Fixers Collective: BYO broken thing
6-8 pm. Greenwood Hardware. Free. Kids welcome!

8/9 – 2nd Fridays
Art Up Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk
6-9 pm, Phinney-Greenwood Aves. Free.

8/11 – 2nd Sundays
Seattle Song Circle
7-10 pm. GSC West Room. Free.

8/23 – 4th Fridays

Sprouts & Seniors Playgroup - NEW!
10-11 am. GSC. Free.
RSVP: 206.297.0875



Save the Dates

W 9/4 – Tea, Treats & PNA Orientation at the Greenwood Senior Center

Sa 9/7 – PNA Book Exchange

F 9/13 – Early Fall Blood Drive

F 9/13 – Potluck & PNA Orientation at the Phinney Center

Th 9/19 – College Application/Admissions Seminar

F 9/13 – Phinney Center Gallery Opening Reception: "Art That Heals"

W 9/25 – Pig Out to Root Out Hunger: dine out for PNA's Hot Meal Program

F 9/27 – Bingo Blitz & Carry-Oke: tickets on sale now!

Sa 9/28 – Ballard Preschool Co-op's Gently Used Kids' Gear Sale

Th 10/4 – Power of Community Breakfast to support senior programs



F 8/2 – Collage for Wellbeing: Sanctuary
9 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
Tap into your intuitive side, then create a mixed-media collage that reveals your inner wisdom. You will have the opportunity to journal about and share your creation with others. No artistic experience needed! RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 8/9 – Infant/Child/Adult CPR
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Room 6.
$15 PNA Member/$20 Public.
This class focuses on injury prevention and safety and is meant for new parents or as a brush up on the basics. Certificates issued at end of class.

Sa 8/10 – CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
9 am-12:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Room 6. $35 PNA Member/$45 Public.
Meets L/I WISHA-WAC safety standards. Certificates issued at end of class.

F 9/20 – Infant/Child/Adult CPR
Sa 9/21 – CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
Sa 9/21 – Babysitter Training
Th 9/26 – Designing Backyard Cottages
Tu 9/24 – Earthquake Home Retrofitting


Phinney Center Gallery

PNA Member, Volunteer & Staff Show
July 11-August 16
Celebrate the creativity in the PNA family! View 27 works, anonymously selected by a jury, and maybe even add to your collection!
See the artist list & meet the jury.

Call for art!

All members of the community are invited to submit their art to the Phinney Center Gallery's September show, titled “The Healing Power of Art.” Jurors will anonymously select art to be displayed in the gallery from Sept. 11 to Oct. 18, with the opening reception slated for Friday, Sept. 13. The submission process will be open through Aug. 11 at

Tara Wefers, Personal Archeologies, Untitled #1
Volunteer Opportunities
Zucchini 500! Help kiddos make and race zucchini cars.Fri, 8/2, 3:30-6:30 pm at the Farmers Market. Sign up.

Farmers Market Happy Hour, Fri, 8/9, shifts from 2-8 pm. Sign up.

Your flying and accurate fingers wanted to help us get gobs of info into the cloud. Must be very comfortable with computers, including navigating between multiple tabs at once. Variable needs from 2 hrs/mo to 3 hrs/wk. 6-month commitment requested. Email [email protected].

Contact LeAnne at [email protected] or 206.783.2244.

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News & Announcements

Help us find our next executive director

As you likely know by now, our fabulous executive director, Lee Harper, has decided to seek new adventures after nearly 10 years at PNA. We will sorely miss her, but alas, we need to fill her big shoes! Read more about her departure and how you can help, and get the job description to share with your networks.


Winter Festival vendor applications due August 15

Are you an artist, maker, or craftsperson, or know someone who is? Applications for vendors for the Dec. 7 & 8 Winter Festival & Crafts Fair are due Aug. 15! Get details and apply.


Current magazines needed for the senior center's library!

Have some magazines you've already devoured? Donate them to the Greenwood Senior Center's lending library! We keep our magazine collection current through the last two months. And right now, we are very low on new issues of periodicals, So if you have some you are no longer reading, we'd love to take them off your hands. We take magazines of all kinds. You can drop them off at the GSC or Phinney Center front desks. Thank you!



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