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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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HOLIDAY CLOSURE: The Phinney Center and the Greenwood Senior Center will be closed Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 for holiday break. (PNA Christmas Meal will he held at Greenwood Senior Center on Dec. 25). The Hot Meal Program will be on schedule as usual.
Featured Events

Upcoming Events

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Th 12/5 – Ridwell Presentation
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Curbside recycling won’t take everything, but some things really don’t belong in the trash either. Ridwell is a local small business that makes regular pickups and partners with a variety of companies to reuse and recycle these items sustainably. Learn more about them and bring your questions! RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sa & Su 12/7 & 8 – 39th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
10 am-5 pm. PC Both Buildings. $2/PNA Members, $4/Non-Members, Children under 12 free. + A suggested food item for the FamilyWorks Greenwood Food Bank
Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience in our two historic buildings full of specialty goods by 120+ local artists and makers, curated by a jury. Take a break with continuous live entertainment and a tasty lunch, treats, and espresso. Or, sip an adult libation in our "mimosas & more" garden. You can also enter a raffle for a fabulous handmade quilt, and buy a wreath to benefit our preschool co-op.

More info »
Vendor line-up »
Entertainment schedule »

Spread the cheer- Volunteer! (We need 100+!) »

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THANK YOU, SPONSORS! Fred Meyer, Jamie Flaxman Real Estate, Ken's Market, Red Mill Burgers, Starbucks, Umpqua Bank, Weisbarth & Associates, and Woodland Park Zoo. Thanks also to Sandy Nelson for the fabulous poster design and Figurehead Brewing, La Marzocco, and Treveri Cellars

W 12/11 – PNA Village Volunteer Training
10-12 pm. GSC
Would you like to help your neighbors remain in their homes and stay active in their community as they age? PNA Village volunteers help with rides, help in and around the home, and provide social interaction. To attend, contact us at 206-789-1217 or [email protected].

W 12/11– Star Fleet: Ming Dynasty Star Rafts Visit the World
1-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.
Join Jeff Jordan for another installment in his popular Travel in Time series; this time to hear about the Chinese armadas of massive treasure ships that sailed well beyond Asia, long before European explorers. Register: 206.297.0875.

Th 12/12– Costume Jewelry Sale
1-7 pm. No early entry. GSC.
Find fascinating pieces from vintage to modern, and score some great new “bling” at very reasonable prices. All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Senior Center.

F 12/13 – PhinneyWood Phestivus
6-9 pm. Morrow Lane & between 85th and 87th on Greenwood Ave. Free.
PhinneyWood's holiday party for the whole family! Morrow Lane in Piper Village will become Santa Claus Lane, featuring pet photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a gingerbread house to decorate, snow flake making, live music, and more. Discover art and live music at the monthly Art Up Chow Down art walk throughout the neighborhood.

M 12/16– Seahawks Legends Luncheon
11:30 am – 1 pm. GSC.
Attention football fans: Seahawks Legends are coming to Greenwood this December! Suzanne Newman, CEO of Answers for Elders, teams up with former Seahawks as they visit senior communities throughout Greater Puget Sound. Look forward to a great celebration, complete with lunch, and a lot of fun and surprises. Must RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Tu 12/17– Classic movies with Scarecrow Video: Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
2:30 pm. GSC. Free.

W 12/18– Silver Fox Players Present: A Foxes Christmas
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
From the Edmonds and Mountlake Senior Centers, the “Foxes” have been delighting audiences for two years. In this fun performance, they will take you down memory lane to Christmases past. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 12/20– Holiday Sing Along
1-2 pm. GSC. Free. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sa 12/21– Benefit Concert for Memory Loss Programs
2-4 pm. GSC. $10 suggested donation.
The OK Chorale and the GSC’s own All Present Song Circle (an ESML-friendly community choir) will be singing a collection of holiday and winter favorites, guaranteed to put you in a festive mood!

Sa 12/21 – Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy
5-6 pm. Gary’s Auto Repair, 7418 Greenwood N. Free
Join this favorite annual neighborhood singalong, led by Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus, with a fire pit, hot cider, and Gary’s canopy to keep warm and dry. A hat will be passed for donations to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

12/23 – Holiday Blood Drive
12-6 pm (closed 2-3). PC Blue Building.
Give the gift of life this holiday season. Your donation can save up to three. Sign up online or just drop in.

W 12/25– PNA’s Annual Christmas Meal at the GSC
Doors open at 12 pm. Meal at 1 pm. GSC. Free, donations gladly accepted.
Share in the joy of Christmas Day with friends, family and community at the PNA’s Annual Christmas Meal. All are welcome. Must RSVP by Dec 13: 206.297.0875.

Ongoing Events & Groups

All are welcome! See book lists for upcoming months»

Tues, 12/3 – GSC Book Discussion Group
12:30-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Tues, 12/10 – 2nd Tuesday Book Club
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Chances Are by Richard Russo

Wed, 12/18 – PNA Book Club
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callabran




Spanish Conversation I & II
Advanced 6-7 pm, Intermediate 7-8 pm. PC Blue Building.
$25 per month. First night free! No Spanish 12/23 & 12/30


Conversation & News of the Day
10-11:30 am. HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave N. Free. Bring a news clipping if you wish.


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.

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

Community Study Group
10-11 am. Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood. Free.  

Seattle Folklore Society Concerts
7:30 pm. PC Brick Building, Community Hall. (Some Sunday shows)
Prices vary; discounts for PNA/SFS members, seniors, students
SEE SCHEDULE - No concerts in December


12/4 –1st Wednesdays
Fixers Collective: BYO broken thing
5-7 pm.* Greenwood Hardware. Free. Kids welcome! *note new time

12/8 – 2nd Sundays
Seattle Song Circle
7-10 pm. GSC West Room. Free.

12/13 – 2nd Fridays
Art Up Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk- Phestivus Edition
6-9 pm, Phinney-Greenwood Aves. Free.

Sprouts & Seniors Playgroup – 4th Fridays - no group 12/27
10-11 am. GSC. Free.
RSVP: 206.297.0875



Save the Dates


W 12/4– Introduction to Rockhounding
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Larry Ostler will draw from his 60 years of “rockhounding” in our area to talk about the best way to get started collecting rocks; what to look for, where you should go, and why it’s so much fun. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 12/13 – Infant/Child/Adult CPR
7-8:30pm. PC Blue Building, Room 6
$15 PNA Member/$20 Public. Register

Sa 12/14 – 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. Register

Th 1/9 – Breaking White Silence Study Group (weekly series)
Th 1/9 – DADU! Creating a Backyard Cottage

Th 1/16 – Be Counted in the 2020 Census
F 1/17 – Infant/Child/Adult CPR
F 1/17 – Spanish for Beginners, Level 2 (weekly series)
Sa 1/18 – CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
Sa 1/18 – Babysitter Training
Sa 1/18 – Spanish for Beginners, Level 1 (weekly series)

Th 1/30 – The Art of Visible Mending


Volunteer Opportunities

Winter Festival. Dec. 7-8, PC, lots of shifts. Use your muscles to help vendors unload, staff the bake sale (yum!) or make sure we have toilet paper in the bathrooms, among the many jobs available. Sign up.

Costume Jewelry Sale. GSC. Thurs, Dec. 12, shifts from 9 am to 8 pm. Sign up.

PhinneyWood Phestivus Costumed Character.
'Tis the season to dress up as Frosty the Snowman or other wintry character to visit with Phestivus attendees! Costume provided. Fri, Dec. 13, 5 pm to 9 pm. Sign up.

Food Donations for the Hot Meal Program Christmas Dinner. Donate hams, turkeys, pies and other deliciousness to help make our holiday meal special. Sign up.

Questions? Contact LeAnne at [email protected].org or 206.783.2244.

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Phinney Center Gallery

Call for young artists!

All artists under 25 are invited to submit their art to the Phinney Center Gallery's March show, titled Up and Coming Artists.

A jury of the artists’ peers will select art to be displayed from March 11 - April 17, with the opening reception slated for Friday, March 13. Submissions will be open Jan. 15 through Feb. 2 at

Elsie Nelson Brown sold her Linoleum Block Print "Looking" at the 2017 PNA Member Art Show.

News & Announcements


Welcome to our new Executive Director, Dar'Nesha Weary!


We're excited to announce PNA's new leader, Dar'Nesha Weary! Dar'Nesha starts Dec. 2. She also attended Lee's farewell party to get a head start meeting members of the community.


Read about what Dar'Nesha brings to the PNA.

Dar'Nesha, Lee Harper, and Board Member Chris Johnson at Lee's Farwell party.

Giving Trees: Share some holiday cheer


You can brighten the holiday season for neighbors in need by purchasing a gift or two. Every year, PNA coordinates a giving tree program at several locations around the neighborhood. Most gifts are due back around the week of Dec. 9.

Read more & get locations.

Donate unwanted costume jewelry for senior center

It's not yet spring cleaning time, but why not cull your jewelry now to benefit the Greenwood Senior Center? They have a fabulous sale every year and proceeds go towards the center. Please separate necklaces in baggies to prevent tangling and drop at the senior center or the Phinney Center by Dec 9. The sale is Dec. 12.

Planning an event? Check out Sunset Hill!


In addition to our rental spaces at the Phinney Center and the Greenwood Senior Center, the PNA also rents the Sunset Hill Community Clubhouse for events, concerts, weddings, classes, and more. View the Sunset Hill Upper Hall and Lower Hall and all of our rental spaces, at


Stranger Beers breaks the record!


The numbers are in! The 32nd Annual Winter Beer Taste: Stranger Beers was a sell-out success! 997 friends helped us raise a record-breaking $35,177 for PNA's programs and services for seniors, kids, and community!

Find out the people's choice winners and see pics from the event.


Spanish Language Preschool Co-Op Openings


PCPE, our Spanish-language cooperative preschool, still has a limited number of openings and scholarships for our Pre-K class (ages 4-5 years old) and Baby Class (0 to 12 months old) for the next school year. PCPE provides a play-based learning environment, as well as a strong community of bi-lingual families from many diverse Latino cultures. Families who speak Spanish at least part time at home are encouraged to apply.  For more info visit or contact us at: [email protected].


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Support the businesses that support our community! This month, if you need champagne, shoes, or a shovel, visit the PNA Business Member Directory at

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