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January 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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The Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center will be closed January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


Featured Events

Upcoming Events

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Fri. 1/4
First Friday Film: My Afternoons with Margueritte
1-3 pm. GSC. Free.

Wed. 1/9
Rent Smart! Tenants' Rights Workshop
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
This workshop from Solid Ground is for both current & future renters. Learn how to find affordable housing and navigate screening criteria; know and assert your rights as tenants; protect yourself from eviction and housing loss; learn how to get deposits back and repairs made. Register: 206.297.0875.

Thurs. 1/10
Harnessing Your Creativity
10:30-11:30 am. GSC. Free.
What did you love to do when you were eight years old? Listen to Tim Lundquist’s story about how his Parkinson’s diagnosis made him reconnect with his artistic self. His storytelling, cartooning and performance skills, teaching, and essential message combine for an entertaining and interactive experience. Tim will help you take action steps to nurturing creativity and to build your own roadmap to a happier, more purposeful life. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Fri. 1/11
Clothes Swap
1-3 pm. GSC. Free.
Bring between 3-10 pieces of clothing or accessories in good condition by 12 pm for sorting before the event. We’ll have treats, but feel free to bring some more to share. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Fri. 1/11
Tea, Treats and PNA Orientation
6:30-7:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Whether you're a new member or have been a member for decades, this is a great opportunity to learn what's going on at the PNA and how you can get involved. Not a member? Come learn what we’re all about. Kids welcome, we suggest bringing an activity for your child. 30-minute presentation followed by Q&A. RSVP is helpful but not required.

Sat. 1/12
Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-Op’s Dragon Room Open House for Three’s and Pre-K
1-3 pm. PC Brick Building, Lower floor.
Get details and learn about the preschool.

Wed. 1/16
Ask the Organizer
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Join Organizing & Productivity Coach Ellia Harris to learn the basic principles of de-cluttering and organizing. Leave with tips for simple ways to improve your home organization, and lots of inspiration! This session is especially appropriate if you are recently retired, planning on moving, or your home has become the ‘repository’ for your family’s memorabilia or overflow. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Fri. 1/18
Animal Communicator Talk
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Animal Communication is speaking with animals telepathically, a system of sending and receiving impressions. Animal Communicator Debbie Vaughn will talk about her experiences, share stories from animals and answer your questions. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sat. 1/19
Ballard Preschool Co-op Open House for Fall 2019-2020
10 am. 7503 18th Ave NW. Free.
Learn more and RSVP for BPC's open house for infant to pre-k classes.

Wed. 1/23
Business Lunch and Learn: Taxes and Accounting
12–1:30 pm. The Park Public House, 6114 Phinney Ave N. Free for current PNA Business Members, $10 non-Business Members.
Lunchtime presentation with Jordie Neth from Rain City CPA. Get motivated to start early on your annual obligations with the IRS, gain valuable insights and have your burning questions answered. RSVP here.

Wed. 1/23
“Me Too” Discussion
1-3 pm. GSC. Free.
Using humor, compassion, and critical thinking skills, this discussion for women will explore current affairs and the “Me Too” movement through the lens of our experiences. Led by Denise Malm, Wallingford Senior Center social worker.

Wed. 1/23
Arthritis and Joint Protection Talk
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Jeremy Domina, MS, OTR/L, Hand Therapist with our neighbors at Integrated Rehabilitation Group, will discuss prevention treatment and self-care for arthritis in the hands. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Fri. 1/25
Blood Drive
1-7 pm. PC Blue Building, Room 2.
Save up to three lives! Schedule online or just drop in. (Note: Closed 3-4 pm)

Fri. 1/25
"July in January" Bingo Karaoke - SOLD OUT
7-10 pm. GSC. $10/PNA Members, $17/Public, + $5 gambling fee. 21+
February "Red Carpet" Bingo will be Fri, 2/22. Advance tickets go on sale Fri, 1/11 at 8 pm.

Sat. 1/26
Pancake Breakfast & Annual Meeting
Breakfast served 9-9:45 am, meeting starts 9:45 am. PC Brick Building. Free.
Join us to celebrate the success of 2018 and elect our 2019 PNA Board of Directors. To volunteer, contact Alex at 206.783.2244 or [email protected].

Sat. 1/26
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? Give rides, help around the home, and provide social interaction. Volunteering is flexible and rewarding! RSVP: 206-789-1217 or [email protected].

Wed. 1/30
Jazz Concert with the Jane Addams Middle School Jazz Band
2-3 pm. GSC. Free.
Join this award-winning 23-piece band for a wonderful afternoon of music. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Thurs. 1/31
How to Help a Grieving Friend
10:30 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
Join GSC Social Worker Carin Mack as she shares ground rules for providing support for friends and family who are experiencing loss. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Thurs. 1/31
Square Dance with Parks and Recreation
6:30-7 pm warm up, 7-9 pm dance. GSC. $10 at the door.
Come out for a fun and fabulous night of dancing! No partners or experience required. Learning session from 6:30-7 pm, with experienced partners to help you out. All you need to do is show up and have fun. Questions: 206.297.0875.

Ongoing Events & Groups

All are welcome! See book lists for upcoming months»

Tues, 1/8 – GSC Book Discussion Group
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
12:30-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.

Tues, 1/8 – 2nd Tuesday Book Club
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Sunshine State by Sarah Gerard

Wed, 1/9 – PNA Book Club (2nd Wed)
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor


Spanish Conversation I & II
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.

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


Community Conversation
9-10:30 am. Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave N. Drop-in anytime.

Seattle Folklore Society Concerts
7:30 pm. PC Brick Building, Community Hall.
Prices vary. See lineup & get tickets.


1/13 – 2nd Sundays
Seattle Song Circle
7-10 pm. GSC West Room. Free.

1/23 – (Usually 3rd Mondays, but rescheduled due to holiday)
Long Distance Caregiving Support Group
7-8:30 pm. GSC. Free. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

2/6 – 1st Wednesdays
Fixers Collective: BYO broken thing
6-8 pm. Greenwood Hardware. Free. Kids welcome!


Save the Dates

Sat. 2/2 – King Co. Seed Library Seed Swap

Sat. 2/2 – Open House for PCPE, PNA's Spanish Language Preschool Co-op

Sat. 2/9 – Neighbor Day

Sat. 2/9 – Open House for Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op's Red Room (Parent/Infant, Toddlers, Two’s, and Multi-Age classes)

Thurs. 2/14 – College Application / Admissions Seminar

Sat. 2/23 – PNA Wine Taste


Fri. 1/18
Infant/Child/Adult CPR
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Room 6. $15 PNA Member/$20 Public.
Certificates issued at end of class. Register.

Sat. 1/19
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.

Fri. 1/25
Collage For Wellbeing
9 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
Access your own inherent wisdom and guidance. 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! Register: 206.297.0875.

Thurs. 1/31
Designing Backyard Cottages
7-9 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm 6.
$15/PNA Member, $25/Public.
Thinking of creating a backyard cottage? Check out this expanded class on the why, what, where and how of building a DADU (detached accessory dwelling unit) taught by Sheri Newbold of live-work-play. Are your neighbors thinking of building a DADU as well? Does it make sense to collaborate with them to create an economy of scale? Bring them along! Register.


Volunteer Opportunities
Pancake Flippers & Table Movers. Help set up and serve up breakfast at our Annual Meeting Pancake Breakfast on Sat. Jan. 26. Shifts & sign up.

Pick Up Artist. Have a vehicle (ideally a truck, crossover or minivan)? Pick up food donations in South Park a couple times a month for our Hot Meal Program and deliver to a Phinney Ridge church. Alternate with another volunteer. Minimum 6 month commitment requested. Sign up.

Contact LeAnne at [email protected] or 206.783.2244.

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News & Announcements

Winter Festival breaks the record!
Thanks to the 6,400+ folks who came to Winter Festival to shop, volunteer, or sell fabulous goods. It was the biggest one ever (that won’t surprise any of you who were there on Saturday). The event raised an awesome $64,301 to support PNA programming!

Attendees also donated 2,091 pounds of food for the FamilyWorks Food Bank-- an amazing 628 pounds more than last year!

Big thanks to our sponsors and in-kind donors: Fred Meyer, Red Mill Burgers, Weisbarth & Associates, Woodland Park Zoo, Jamie Flaxman Real Estate, Figurehead Brewing, Ken’s Market, La Marzocco, Sandy Nelson Design, Starbucks, and Treveri Cellars.

We'd love your feedback, thoughts, and ideas about the event! Email Jessie at [email protected].

Save the date for 2019— December 7 and 8. Hope to see you there!
Call for Art - opens Jan 15
All members of the community are invited to apply to the Phinney Center Gallery’s March show “Bridging the Gap—Art that Brings us Together.” Get show and application details.

Help shape our programs!

Community Wood Shop.

Do you love to spend your time creating beautiful or practical pieces out of wood? Is your favorite TV show New Yankee Workshop? Do you want to get more involved with your community and help others with their creativity? If you said yes to one of those questions, we need you to help us plan the first volunteer-run PNA Wood Shop. Learn more here and email Krissie Dillin at [email protected] if you're interested.
(photo courtesy of West Seattle Tool Library)

Phinney Center Gallery.
Are you an artist? Do you love art of all kinds? We need community members with a knowledge and love of art to help plan and execute quarterly art shows. Interested? Learn more. We are also looking for artists to serve as jurors for our 2019 art shows. Contact Polly Freeman at [email protected].

Support businesses that support our community!

Proud to be a community member
Support the businesses that support our community! This new year, when you need a workout place, a wedding photographer, or a wax, visit the PNA Business Member Directory at

Read our business spotlights »

Job Openings


Our Whittier Kids Program is hiring! We're looking for a Preschool Teacher.
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