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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
Book Echange - March 2 St Patrick's Day Benefit Concert for Memory Loss Programs- mArch 16
Holi Festival of Colors - March 23 Gently Used Kids Gear Sale - March 30

Upcoming Events

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Thursdays, through 4/11 – 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.

Sa 3/2 – Book Exchange
11 am-2 pm. PC Blue Building, upstairs. Free.
Trade your gently used books for something new! Meet other readers, get recommendations, and enjoy tasty treats. Five genres at one swap: Mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, kids’ books, and cookbooks. Don't have books to trade? Buy paperbacks for $1 or hardbacks for $2.


F 3/8 – March Mammal Madness 2019 Presentation
1-3 pm. GSC. Free.
Inspired by college basketball’s March Madness, biologist Dr. Katie Hinde started an annual tournament of “simulated combat” competition among mammals. In this month-long, internet-based event, scientific literature is combined with sportscaster narrative to call battle outcomes between two species in a variety of different environments. In this presentation, learn how to follow the “battles” and track your points. We will also take a brief look at the “stats” of the animals that are competing this year’s event. Get more information. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 3/8 – Phinney Center Gallery opening reception:
Bridging the gap: Art that brings us together

7-9 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
View pieces from 16 local artists that illustrate how art can close the gap between people and help us be more compassionate, informed and observant. Meet the artists and enjoy wine and snacks, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece. The opening takes place during the Art Up PhinneyWood monthly Art Walk. The show will be on display during all PNA hours March 7- April 12.

F 3/1 5– Brexit: The Dilemma and the Chaos
11 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
Current Global Events Forum kick-off with a conversation about the far-reaching consequences of the UK referendum decision to depart the European Union without a parliamentary or popular consensus on how to do so.

F 3/15 – St Patrick's Day Luncheon
12-1:30 pm. GSC. $5.
Spread the cheer around a celebration of all things lucky. Wear green and come prepared to eat great food and enjoy some jolly good entertainment. 

Sa 3/16 – ESML Programs St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Concert
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 spring favorites. All proceeds will benefit our early stage memory loss programs. Ben Ross, tenor, featured artist. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sa 3/16 – Fix-It Café
11-3 pm. Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave N. Free.
Don’t throw that gadget away! The motto of the PNA Fixers Collective is “you can’t break what’s already broken” and they’re hosting an afternoon of repair fun! Bring in your broken appliances, devices, lamps, and tools for some guidance in putting them back together again, and maybe even fixing them in the process. The idea is to take a moment before throwing something away to try to save it and prevent buying a new one. It’s also an excellent way to learn how things work and enjoy some good company! Kids welcome.

Tu 3/19– Classic movies with Scarecrow Video: Casablanca
2:30 pm. GSC. Free.
A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

W 3/20 – Business Member Yoga & Breakfast Event
7:45 am-9:15 am. The Grinning Yogi, 8554-1/2 Greenwood Ave N.
Free to PNA Business Members, $10/Public
Come get your downward dog on with a gentle morning yoga and breakfast with fellow business owners and managers! For yogis of all levels as well as beginners, The Grinning Yogi is a community-oriented, body-positive studio nestled in the heart of Greenwood. Afterwards, enjoy tasty pastries from Celine Patisserie and juice/coffee from the Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe.

W 3/20 – Fun On Three: Trike Talk and Demonstration
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Recumbent trikes are fun! This fastest growing form of cycling has become the ideal outdoor exercise for many seniors. Learn about the basic types, how much they cost, where you can ride them, how to transport them, and most of all, how to have fun on three wheels! Trikes will be available for riding. Presented by Seattle Trike. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 3/22– Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of the PNW
1-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.
Mushrooms grow in abundance in Washington, nearly year around. Some are poisonous, many of no culinary value, some are medicinal and a select group is some of the best food. In this richly illustrated presentation, Daniel Winkler will help you to get to know, identify and find these wonderful mushrooms while steering you clear of dangerous look-a-likes. Registration required. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sa 3/23 – PNA Village Volunteer Training
10 am -12 pm. GSC. Free.
Would you like to help your neighbors remain in their homes and stay active in their community as they age? Village volunteers give rides, help around the home, and provide social interaction. To attend, contact us at 206.789.1217 or [email protected].

Sa 3/23 – Holi Festival of Colors
1 pm-3 pm PC, Lower Lot $10/ advance, $12 on-site (subject to availability), kids 5 & under free. A pay-what-you-can option is available.
Delight in this traditional Indian festival with entertainment, food, and a fun color fight! Celebrate spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil in this raucous festival, where people chase each other throwing handfuls of colored powder. Folks from all religions, cultures, backgrounds, and ages are welcome. Indian food and chai will be available for purchase; bring cash. Advance registration is recommended. Get details & tickets.

W 3/27– When I Need Your Help I’ll Let You Know Book Talk
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Join Barbara Adler West and her father, Steve Adler, for a discussion of their co-written book, When I Need Your Help I’ll Let You Know and Other Senior Myths That Can Lead to Disaster. The book tackles “senior myths” that keep people from moving and making proactive and practical choices about the future while presenting corresponding “realities.” RSVP: 206.297.0875.

W 3/27 – College Application/Admissions Seminar
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm. 7. Free.
Do you know a teen preparing for college? 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. He guides students and their families through the application and admissions process to identify the best colleges while maintaining a focus on graduating with as little debt as possible. Join Dr. Hofer at this free talk for college-bound high school students and their parents/guardians.

Sa 3/30 – Ballard Preschool Co-op's Gently Used Kids’ Gear Sale
9 am-1 pm. PC Brick Building, Free.
BPC's popular sale promises fantastic deals on high-quality gently used clothing, toys, shoes, strollers, gear, maternity wear, and more! Arrive early for the best selection and bring plenty of shopping bags! Strollers must be parked at the door. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds directly supports BPC. Visit or contact [email protected] for more information.

Ongoing Events & Groups

All are welcome! See book lists for upcoming months»

Tues, 3/5 – GSC Book Discussion Group
12:30-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Tues, 3/12 – 2nd Tuesday Book Club
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Wed, 3/13 – PNA Book Club (2nd Wed)
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward


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.


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


3/6 – 1st Wednesdays
Fixers Collective: BYO broken thing
6-8 pm. Greenwood Hardware. Free. Kids welcome!

3/8 – 2nd Fridays
Art Up Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk
6-9 pm. Neighborhood. Free.

3/10 – 2nd Sundays
Seattle Song Circle
7-10 pm. GSC West Room. Free.


Friends at Reuben's Brews

Save the Dates

Th 4/4 – Reuben’s Brews Thank You Thursday Benefitting the PNA

Th 4/11 – Potluck & PNA Orientation

Sa 4/20 – PNPC Gently Used Kids’ Gear Sale

Th 4/25 – Business Lunch & Learn

Sa 5/4 – PNA Auction: Give My Regards to Phinney



Th 3/7 – Backyard Cottages For Fun and Profit
7-9 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm 6. $15/PNA Member, $25/Public.
Backyard cottages can be used for many things, such as housing a family member or as a short term rental. Join Bruce Parker from Microhouse and Stefan Hansmire from Stefan Hansmire Builds to learn what is possible and how to establish a realistic budget for your cottage.

Th 3/21 – Ask the Organizer
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm 6. Free.
Join Mindful Organizing & Productivity Coach Ellia Harris to learn the basic principles of de-cluttering and organizing, and simple ways to improve your home organization and work productivity. Appropriate for all ages and situations: professionals, parents, seniors, and students.

Th 3/21-4/25 – Powerful Tools for Caregivers
9:30 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
This six-week evidence-based course is for family caregivers.

The curriculum, led by Carin Mack, MSW & Denise Malm, MSW, provides tools and strategies to better handle the challenges of caregiving. Registration required. Class limit of 13 participants. The Caregiver Helpbook will be available for purchase.

Register: 206.297.0875

W 3/20–4/10 – Financial Fitness Boot Camp
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Get your finances on the right track in this 4-part class from Solid Ground. Sessions cover budgeting (reduce expenses and increase income), credit and credit repair, banking (how to avoid fees, use apps, and online reconciliation), and goal setting using the S.M.A.R.T method. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Fr 3/22 – Infant/Child/Adult CPR
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm 6. $15/PNA Member, $20/Public.
Certificates issued at end of class. Register

Sa 3/23 – CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
9 am-12:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm. 6. $35/PNA Member, $45/Public.
Meets L/I WISHA-WAC safety standards. Certificates issued at end of class. Register

W 3/27-5/29 – Aging Mastery Program
6:30-8 pm. GSC. Free
This program, created by the National Council on Aging and presented by City of Seattle Human Services, incorporates evidence-based materials, expert speakers, group discussion, peer support, and real rewards to give participants the skills and tools they need to achieve measurable improvements in managing their health, remaining economically secure, and increasing societal participation. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 3/29-5/3 – Moving to Connect
11 am-12 pm. GSC. Price per drop-in class: $6/PNA Member, $8/ Public
Based on the core values of appreciating one’s own body and moving with other people, this series is inspired by elements of modern dance technique and improvisation. Open to all skill levels and mobility, Moving to Connect promotes self-confidence, physical awareness, social interaction, expressiveness, and encourages finding joy in movement. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Sa 3/30 – Indoor Air Quality: How you can make the air you breathe cleaner
1-2 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm 6.
$10/PNA Member, $15/Public.
Indoor air quality can be 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air! Learn about common pollutants in homes and find solutions to create a healthier home environment. You can also sign up for a free Healthy Home Checkup: Brought to you by the Tool Library and the American Lung Association, Master Home Environmentalist Program.

More upcoming classes

Tu 4/9 – Earthquake Home Retrofitting
F 4/12 – Infant/Child/Adult CPR
Sa 4/13 – CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification


Phinney Center Gallery

Upcoming Show: March 6-April 12
Bridging the Gap: Art that Beings Us Together
View pieces from 16 local artists that illustrate how art can close the gap – economic, cultural, social, political, geographical or otherwise – between people and help us be more compassionate, informed, and observant.

Opening reception: Friday, March 8, 7-9 pm during the PhinneyWood Art Walk 


See the artist list & meet the jury.

art: Mountain Bridge by Sandy Nelson
Mountain Bridge by Sandy Nelson

Call for art!

All community members are invited to apply to the Phinney Center Gallery's Northwest Fine Arts Competition. Jurors will select work from PNW residents to be displayed from May 9-June 15, with the opening reception on Friday, May 10, during the BIG One PhinneyWood Art Walk. The submission process will be open March 11- 29 at Get more info.

Volunteer Opportunities
Lunch helper: Prepare and serve lunch at the Greenwood Senior Center. Tues or substitute, 10 am to 1 pm. Email LeAnne: [email protected].

All things Art! Hang art for our spring show: Wed, 3/6 and 5/8, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Staff the show openings, 6 to 9 pm. Make music for our show openings, 1-3 hours. Fri, 3/8 or 5/10, between 6 and 9 pm. Art committee members needed to help with future shows! Meetings 6x per year. Email LeAnne: [email protected].

Holi Festival of Colors: Sat, 3/23, shifts from 10 am to 5 pm. Set up, event support & clean up. Learn more & sign up.

Contact LeAnne at [email protected] or 206.783.2244.

More volunteer opportunities »


News & Announcements

Give my regards to Phinney logo

Give My Regards To Phinney!

Brush up on your favorite musical numbers for the PNA’s Broadway themed auction, happening on Saturday, May 4! Get Tickets.


We're also seeking out great items for the silent and live auctions. Do you (or someone you know!) have cool stuff, a beautiful getaway location, awesome tickets, or unique experiences you'd like to donate? Click here to donate!


Questions? Email [email protected].

Air raid tower

Phinney Center on KUOW

Ever wonder about the history of the air raid tower? So did a KUOW listener, who asked--and they answered! Check out this audio story produced by Katherine Banwell, featuring PNA's founding Executive Director Ed Medeiros. Listen now.

Summer Camp Sign Ups

Whittier Kids weekly summer camps offer engaging weekly themes, activities, and field trips! Registration opens to the public on March 11 here.

At Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español (PCPE)'s outdoor Spanish-language Summer camp, children ages 2 to 5 years old will explore Woodland Park and Golden Gardens, participate in play-based activities, and reinforce their Spanish. More information.  


Phinney Spanish-language Cooperative Preschool Openings

PCPE, our Spanish-language cooperative preschool, still has a limited number of openings and scholarships available for 2018-19.  PCPE provides a play-based learning environment, as well as a strong community of bi-lingual families from many diverse Latino cultures.  Families with children between the ages of 1 to 5 and who speak Spanish at least part time at home are encouraged to apply. Get more info or contact [email protected].
NEW PCPE Spanish-language Baby Class
Starting in September, PCPE will be offering a Baby Class for children from 0 to 12 months (as of August 31, 2019) and their parents / caregivers who speak Spanish. Babies and their families enrich their emotional and social development while they sing and play with a community of Spanish speakers. The class will take place in the Phinney Center on Wednesdays, 10- 11:30 am and cost $50/month. Get more information or to register or contact [email protected].


Plan your garage sale for June 8!

PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day is set, and registration is open. Get your sale on the official interactive and printed map for the hundreds of shoppers that love this day! Don't have a yard? No problem! Rent a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market. Get details & register your Sale.


Support businesses that support our community!

Proud to be a community member
Support the businesses that support our community! This month, if you need tax help, tacos, or toys, visit the PNA Business Member Directory at

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