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May 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
PNA Auction: Give My Regards to Phinney
NW Fine Arts Competition - May 10
Pride Rainbow Hop - June 1 Garage Sale Day - June 8

Upcoming Events

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W 5/1–Fixers Collective

6-8 pm. Greenwood Hardware. Free
BYO broken gadget or small appliance and see if the fixers can help prevent you from having to buy a new one, and maybe learn something in the process.

Th 5/2–Heron Watching at Commodore Park
Meet at park at 9 am. Commodore Park (3330 W Commodore Way.) Free.
Using telescopes, observe Great Blue Herons in several nests as they protect their territory, incubate eggs, feed hatchlings and fly in search of food. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

F 5/3–First Friday Film: Breathe
1-3 pm. GSC. Free.

Sa 5/4–PNA Auction: Give my Regards to Phinney
5-9:30 pm. PC Blue Building . $60-$75.
One night only! There's still time to get your tickets for PhinneyWood’s biggest party of the year. This year’s Broadway musical theme is sure to be a swinging show with an entertaining atmosphere and fun-to-guess costumes.

Win one-of-a-kind items and experiences at the silent and live auctions, from local artisan wares and theater tickets to gourmet dinners and vacation getaways. Play the odds in our raffles and games. Enjoy a magnificent buffet during the silent auction and irresistible desserts at the live auction. All while supporting programs for seniors, kids, people in need, and our entire community.



A standing ovation for our sponsors!


Woodland Park Zoo



Columbia Bank . Greenwood Hardware . Jan Gray & Kerry Fowler . HomeStreet Bank . Lunar Laundry . Norse Home . Ron & Robyn Lewis . Sandy Nelson Design . SHKS Architects . Swansons Nursery . Top Ten Toys . Umpqua Bank

Celine Patisserie
. Chateau Ste Michelle . Dry Soda . Maritime Pacific Brewing Company . Phinney Estate Law . Print Time . Starbucks . Treveri Cellars

W 5/8–Columbia River Temperature and Salmon Migration
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.

F 5/10–Mother’s Day Luncheon
12 pm. GSC. $5.
Mothers, people who have had a mother, people who appreciate mothers, and anyone else who just wants a good meal, are invited to come to this festive event. Call 206.297.0875, or sign up at the front desk, to let Jane know how much to cook.

F 5/10 & Sa 5/11–The BIG One: PhinneyWood's annual art walk
6-9 pm Friday; 12-5 pm Saturday. Phinney-Greenwood Aves. Free.
Art up and Chow Down at 70 venues on Greenwood and Phinney Avenues. Enjoy all types of art, live music, food and drink specials, and treats. Get the map and info.

F 5/10–Phinney Center Gallery Opening: Northwest Fine Arts Competition
7-9 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.

View 46 pieces by 27 local artists. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and delightful live music from Todd Kovell’s music students, vote for your favorite piece for People’s Choice, and maybe even even purchase your favorite piece. A must-stop on your BIG One Art Walk tour!

Sa 5/11–Community Gardening Day with the PNA Village
9 am-1 pm. Neighborhood yards.
Help garden for your neighborhood elders! No gardening skills are needed. Families are welcome! Meet at the GSC to split into teams, and then head to a garden to prune and pull weeds. For more information or to RSVP: 206-789-1217 or [email protected] by Wed, May 8.

W 5/15–Washington National Park Fund Talk
1-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.206.297.0875

W 5/22–Whale Talk
1-2 pm. GSC. Free. 206.297.0875

Th 5/23–No Place for Hate: Teaching Tolerance
1-3 pm. GSC. Free.
An opportunity to come together and learn skills and tools to promote equality, inclusiveness and equity in our community. Based on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project. Anti-bias resources and ways to engage in critical conversations will be shared. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Th 5/23–Business Member After-Hours
5-8 pm. PC Rm 7. Free for Business Members, $10/non-biz members or general public.

W 5/29–Tea, Treats and PNA Orientation
1:30-2:30 pm. GSC West Room. Free.
Meet some neighbors, learn what's going on at the PNA, and how you can get involved. Whether or not you're a PNA member, this is a great way to learn about what we do and how you can support and enjoy the many programs, events, and activities the PNA has to offer. RSVP online, call 206.783.2244, or email [email protected].

Th 5/30–Elle Flute Trio
11 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.

Music from composers Ravel, Debussy, & more. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Ongoing Events & Groups

All are welcome! See book lists for upcoming months»

Tues, 5/7 – GSC Book Discussion Group
12:30-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.
The Color of Water by James McBride

Tues, 5/14 – 2nd Tuesday Book Club
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Wed, 5/15 – PNA Book Club (2nd Wed)
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
There, There by Tommy Orange


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.


5/1–1st Wednesdays
Fixers Collective: BYO broken thing
6-8 pm. Greenwood Hardware. Free. Kids welcome!

5/10 & 5/11– (usually just 2nd Friday nights)
Art Up Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk
Fri 6-9 pm & Sat 12-5 pm. Neighborhood. Free.

5/12– 2nd Sundays
Seattle Song Circle
7-10 pm. GSC West Room. Free.



Save the Dates

Sa 6/1– Pride Rainbow Hop

F 6/7– Phinney Farmers Market Opening

Sa 6/8– PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day

Sa 6/8– PCPE's Family Fiesta

F 6/21– Blood Drive

Sa 6/29– Greenwood Car Show Pancake Breakfast

Sa 7/13– Summer Beer Taste: Beerstock



F 5/3–Bone Health Cooking Demonstration
1-2:30 pm. Free. GSC. RSVP: 206.297.0875

Tu 5/7–Navigating Online Travel
2:30-4 pm. GSC. Free. Register: 206.297.0875

F 5/10–Infant/Child/Adult CPR
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Room 6. $15 PNA Member/$20 Public.Register.

Sa 5/11–CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
9 am-12:30 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm 6. $35/PNA Member, $45/Public.Register.

F 5/17-5/31–Aging Your Way
1-3 pm. GSC. Free.
We tend to plan medically and financially and for special activities as we age. But what about how you really want to live? What about those ideas family and friends have about how you “should” age? Instructor Marguerite Langlois will help you make specific personal plans, include alternatives, and talk about what to say to others. Helpful at whatever age and stage you’ve reached. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

Th 5/23 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 class on the why, what, where, and how of building a DADU (detached accessory dwelling unit) taught by Sheri Newbold of live-work-play. Register.


Phinney Center Gallery

May 8-June 15
Northwest Fine Arts Competition
View pieces from 27 local artists, chosen by a jury, including jurors' choice winner Kelly Johnston.

Opening reception: Friday, May 10, 7-9 pm during the BIG One PhinneyWood Art Walk. 


See the artist list & meet the jury.

Bounce by Pat Kelly

Apply for the PNA Member & Volunteer Art Show!
Make art? Current PNA members and volunteers are invited to apply to the Member and Volunteer show! The show will be July 10–August 16, with the opening reception on Friday, July 12. The submission process will be open May 13-31 at

Volunteer Opportunities
Garden for local seniors on Sat, May 11, 9 am- 1pm. Yard work party with the PNA Village. Meet at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St.)  RSVP by Fri, May 10 by emailing [email protected] or calling 206.789.1217.

Bake homemade treats for our early stage memory loss class
. Make at home and package to freeze; label with item, your name, date made, and drop off at GSC: 525 N 85th St. Sign up.

Join vegetable gardening parties: Mondays through Sept, starting at 5:30 pm. Bring your own gloves and favorite tools. Plant, weed, water & harvest. Sign up.

Contact LeAnne at [email protected] or 206.783.2244.

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News & Announcements


Girls at Whittier Kids Camp

PNA summer camp options abound

Have you got your kids scheduled for summer yet? PNA has several options to choose from: fun weekly themed camps at Whittier Kids, PCPE's Spanish Outdoor Camp, PNPC's Dragon Room camps at the Phinney Center, and PNA partner YMCA's Discovery Camps. Get details.


Register your sale by May 20!

Have you been tidying up? Is your garage sale on your calendar for June 8's PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day? Don't forget to register to be listed on the official map. Don't have a yard/garage or live outside PhinneyWood? No problem! Get a space at the Phinney Center Flea Market. Sign up by May 20.

Are you our next Board Member?

PNA is seeking two candidates for its Board of Directors and we would love to hear from you! We are looking for community members who are passionate about the PNA’s mission to build community, have expertise in real estate development, are local business owners, or who have knowledge or experience with fundraising. We are actively working to build a more equitable and inclusive Board and organization because we value a diversity of opinions, backgrounds, and skills. Applicants representing the diversity of our community are encouraged to apply. To learn more, contact PNA Executive Director Lee Harper at 206.783.2244 or [email protected].

Support businesses that support our community!

Proud to be a community member
Support the businesses that support our community! This month, if you need a gift, a gardener, or a great guacamole, visit the PNA Business Member Directory at

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