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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
Adults of all ages welcome at GSC activities!
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HOLIDAY CLOSURE: The Phinney Center and the Greenwood Senior Center will be closed Feb 17 in observance of Presidents' Day.
Featured Events

Upcoming Events

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Sa 2/1 – Spanish Language Preschool (PCPE) Open House

10 am-1 pm. PC Blue Building, lower level. Free.
Does your child speak Spanish in the home? PCPE provides a play-based learning environment, encouraging and supporting the whole child and his/her development process. We are a strong community of bilingual families, celebrating diverse Latino cultures. Attend the Open House to receive priority status on our waiting list. For more info visit or contact us at [email protected].

Th 2/6-2/9 – AARP Tax Help at GSC
9 am– 4 pm. GSC. Free.
Once you have compiled all the necessary paperwork to complete your return, call 206.297.0875 to schedule an appointment with the AARP volunteer tax preparers. While this service is free (such a bargain!), donations to the GSC are appreciated.

Th 2/6 – PNA Village Presentation and Q&A
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Have you heard about the Village Program but are still unsure if it’s right for you? Join us for a fun and interactive Q&A to answer your questions about this great, well-established and growing program for seniors to stay in their homes as they age. Questions: 206.297.0875.

Sa 2/8 – Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Red Room Open House
10 am-12 pm. PC Blue Building, Red Room (lower level). Free.
Interested in learning more about the PNPC and our Parent/Infant, Toddler, Two's, and Multi-Age classes? Teachers and current co-op families will be on hand to discuss the program and its play-based curriculum and explore our wonderful classrooms. Children are encouraged to attend. For questions and to RSVP: [email protected].

W 2/12– Movie and Discussion: The Farewell
12:45 pm-2:25 pm (movie), 2:30-3:30pm (discussion). GSC. Free.
The Farewell is funny and poignant story, inspired by true events in the filmmaker’s life, about one family’s dramatic attempt to say goodbye to their matriarch, without telling her she is dying. Following the movie, Carin Mack will lead a discussion exploring the themes of family, cross-cultural differences, and how we process end of life issues. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Th 2/13 – College Application / Admissions Seminar
7- 8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Do you know a teen preparing for college? In this seminar learn how Dr. Mark Hofer helps students find, get admitted to, and graduate from great colleges and universities that will best serve their academic, social, financial, and personal needs.

F 2/14 – I Love Seattle
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Let’s celebrate our city together. Bring your stories and artifacts! We’ll toast to buildings and businesses that have left us, discuss new things that are coming, and write Valentines to our favorite landmarks. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sa 2/22 – Fall Book Exchange & Books for Prisoners Drive
11 am-2 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Trade your gently used books—mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, cooking, or children's’—for books new to you. Or buy used books for $1-2. Plus, meet and donate to our new neighbor nonprofit, Books to Prisoners.

Su 2/23 – Black History Celebration

4-6 pm. PC Brick Building, Community Hall. Free.

Join us at this inaugural event featuring keynote speaker Alicia Crank of the YWCA, the award-winning Northside Step Team, JHP Legacy African Dance, refreshments and more. All are welcome; including kids. Sign up to volunteer.

Tu 2/25 – PNA Village Volunteer Training
10-12 pm. GSC. Free.
Would you like to help your neighbors remain in their homes and stay active in their community as they age? Help with rides, help in and around the home, and provide social interaction. To attend, contact us at 206.789.1217 or [email protected].

F 2/28 – PADS for Parkinson’s: Training Dogs in Disease Detection
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
PADs is the first program of its kind in North America to train dogs to detect Parkinson's Disease with an accuracy of 90% or greater. Learn about how the dogs are trained, how the organization is helping scientists with their research, why early detection is so important, and how you can help. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 2/28 – Carnival Bingo Karaoke
6:45-10 pm. GSC. $10/PNA Member, $17/Public + $5 gambling fee. 21+
It's Carnival—a time for merrymaking and celebration! Wear colorful costumes, masks, and carnival attire. Play rollicking games of bingo (for cash prizes!), wow the crowd with your karaoke skills, and buy your friends a round of drinks and snacks. Regular tickets on sale at 8 pm on 2/3. Advance tickets on sale now. Get Tickets.

Sa 2/29 – 30th Annual PNA Wine Taste
7:30-10 pm. PC Blue Building.
$25/Members, $30/Public. $10/ Designated Driver
Sip, Savor and shop! Compare and enjoy northwest wines with friends and neighbors. Includes ten tastes of wine and appetizers. Purchase your favorites and wines available only from the vineyards and wineries—an important fundraising part of this event that supports PNA programs! Thank you to our sponsor Ballard Market and to the wineries for donating their tasting wine. Get tickets and see wineries. Sign up to volunteer and get in free!

Ongoing Events & Groups

All are welcome! See book lists for upcoming months»

Tues, 2/4 – GSC Book Discussion Group
12:30-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.

Braiding Sweet Grass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Tues, 2/11 – 2nd Tuesday Book Club
7:30-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Gustin

Wed, 2/12 – PNA Book Club
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Conversation with Friends by Sally Rooney




The People’s Think Tank - NEW
10-11:30 am. Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Free.
How can we create a new culture that moves from every person for themselves to we’re all in this together? Facilitated by Cecile Andrews.

Spanish Conversation I & II

Advanced 6-7 pm, Intermediate 7-8 pm. PC Blue Building.
$25 per month. First night free! No Spanish 2/17


Conversation & News of the Day
10:30-12 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.

Conversation & News of the Day
(2 separate groups) 9:30-10:30 am & 10:30-11:30 am.  Couth Buzzard, 8310 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


2/5 – 1st Wednesdays
Fixers' Collective: BYO broken thing
5-7 pm.* Greenwood Hardware. Free. Kids welcome! *note new time

2/9 – 2nd Sundays
Seattle Song Circle
7-10 pm. GSC West Room. Free.

2/14 – 2nd Fridays
Art Up Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk
6-9 pm, Phinney-Greenwood Aves. Free.

2/28 – 4th Fridays
Sprouts & Seniors Playgroup
10-11 am. GSC. Free.
RSVP: 206.297.0875



Save the Dates


Tu 2/4 – Disaster Skills: Stop the Bleed
6 pm- 7:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Did you know a person can die from blood loss within 5 minutes? Learn how to save a life in an emergency. Learn more & register.

W 2/5 – Be Smart for Your Heart
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Learn about the types of heart disease and what numbers to watch, including cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Discover heart-healthy lifestyle approaches, including diet, identifying healthy foods from labels, physical activity and stress management. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Th 2/6 – Earthquake Preparedness
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Learn to develop a disaster plan, build a kit, organize with your neighbors and more. Get details & register.

F 2/21 – Bullet Journaling for Beginners
1-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.
Bullet Journaling has been described as a mindfulness exercise disguised as an organizational system. It is designed to be a flexible system that can work as a task manager, sketchbook, journal, idea catcher, and much more! Bring a notebook. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sa 2/22 – Community Cooking Class: Chili and Cornbread Lunch!
12-2 pm. GSC. $15/PNA Members, $18/Public.
Spend your afternoon cooking, learning, and sharing with friends and community with Seattle Cucina Cooking School. We will work together to cook up a large batch of winter chili and two sides: brown butter cornbread and a salad. Meat optional, vegan/vegetarian friendly. Must register: 206.297.0875.


Volunteer Opportunities

Book Exchange. Sat, Feb 22.Book lovers unite!  Help set up, sort books, assist attendees and put away all the books after the event. Double-credit service hours for clean up (for high school students)! Sign up.

Black History Celebration. Sun. Feb 23.Help us celebrate at our inaugural event. Set up, event support, and clean up needed. Sign up.

Wine Taste. Sat, 2/29. Help guests enjoy a fabulous night of great wine! Jobs include set-up, admissions, winery support, kitchen crew, and clean up. Volunteers get free admission! 21+ Sign up.

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

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Phinney Center Gallery

Calling all youth artists!

Do you know a budding artist aged 25 or younger? Or maybe you're one? Our next gallery show is for all young artists! All hangable media under 15 lbs is accepted - painting, photography, mixed media, printing, digital art... all creative work wanted!


Jurors from the local community will select art for the show to be displayed in the Gallery from Mar. 11-Apr. 17, with the opening reception on Friday, Mar. 13 during the PhinneyWood ArtWalk. Learn more and apply by Feb 2.


News & Announcements


Coffee & Chat with Dar'Nesha


Next month, come meet our new Executive Director, Dar’Nesha Weary, over a cup of coffee at the Phinney Center. She’s looking forward to getting to know you—our community members, hear about your experiences with the PNA, and explore ways to deepen our impact. Dates are: March 9, 7-8 pm; March 11, 7-8 pm; March 20, 7-8 pm; and March 24, 1-2 pm. All are welcome!
See dates in the calendar

Dar'Nesha Weary

Ballard Preschool Co-op enrollment & public classes


PNA's BPC preschool offers a part-time structured cooperative program for children from birth through pre-K, and a supportive community for parents and the whole family! Come to an upcoming public class and meet the teachers, participate in class, and see what co-op is all about!


Infants: Tuesday, Feb 4, 10 am
Two’s: Wednesday, Feb 12, 9:30 am
3-5’s: Wednesday, Feb 12, 12:15 pm
Toddlers: Thursday, Feb 13, 9:30 am

Please note: *BPC is a nut-free school so please do not bring snacks. For allergy reasons, they will dismiss guests before our students have snack time


BPC is located at 7503 18th Ave NW. Questions? Email  [email protected]


Learn about Ballard Preschool Co-op »

Two young girls playing with art


A baby in a ball pool


Warm clothing drive at the Phinney Center

In partnership with Discovery Church, PNA is hosting a warm clothing drive through the end of February. By dropping off new/pre-packaged socks, new/pre-packaged gloves, new/pre-packaged winter hats or new/lightly used coats, you would join in serving our unhoused neighbors this winter.
Do you have a 3rd-5th grade girl?

Girls on the Run is a girl empowerment program that teaches girls important life skills while creatively integrating running and walking. This program is 10-weeks long and is for 3rd-5th grade students that identify as female. The program culminates in a celebratory, non-competitive 5K (3.1 miles). 

Girls on the Run is for every girl – the curriculum includes adaptations for girls with sensory, intellectual and physical disabilities.

Girls on the Run also provides unlimited scholarships and running shoes and sports hijabs for any girl in need. Registration is open now. The last day to sign up, if spots are still available, is March 9.

girl at race finish line

two girls in Girls on the Run t-shirts

  • Season dates: March 2-May 18 at the Phinney Center
  • Days/times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30- 6 pm
  • End of season 5K event: Sunday, May 17 at Renton Memorial Stadium
  • Site liaison contact info: Georgette Semroc, [email protected]
  • Sign up HERE

Support businesses that support our community!

Proud to be a community member
Support the businesses that support our community! This month, if you need flowers, falafel, or a flamenco class, visit the PNA Business Member Directory at

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