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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 wil be closed Monday, September 2 in honor of Labor Day.
Featured Events

Upcoming Events

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W 9/4 – Tea, Treats & PNA Orientation at the Greenwood Senior Center
1:30-2:30pm. GSC West Room. Free.


W 9/4– Local Author Talk - Karen Vogel: Sid’s Story: A Father-Daughter Journey
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.
Karen Vogel weaves together her father Sid Vogel’s memoir with her experiences as his caregiver in his last decade to create a moving and funny view of aging from the perspective of two generations. Register: 206.297.0875.

Th 9/5 – Trip: MOHAI, Seattle Streetcar and the Center for Wooden Boats
10 am-2 pm. GSC. Free, bring money for bus, street car & lunch.

F 9/6 – First Friday Film: The Last Suit (2018)
1 pm. GSC. Free.

Sa 9/7 – PNA Book Exchange & Tampon Drive
11 am-2 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.
Trade your gently used books—mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy novels, cooking, or childrens’ —for something new to you. Or buy used books for $1-2.

Kick off a month-long Seattle T2P2 Back-to-School tampon/pad drive by bringing a box of tampons or pads to the Book Exchange. Receive a raffle ticket for each box you donate. The prize is $100 gift card to Phinney Books, which will be awarded on September 8.

Tu 9/10 – Ballard Preschool Co-Op Classes Begin
7503 18th Ave. NW.
BPC is still enrolling for fall in the Infants and 3-5s classes. (Waitlists are available for Toddlers and Twos.) Come be a part of our warm preschool community. Learn more about tuition and class times or contact [email protected] to schedule a tour or enroll.

Tu 9/10– Current Global Events Group: Putin’s Russia
12:45-2 pm. GSC. Free.

W 9/11– Dispute Resolution Center of King County Talk
1-2 pm. GSC. Free

Th 9/12 – Business Member Bike & Breakfast
7:45 am-9:15 am. City Cycle, 117 NW 85th St.
Free for Business Members, $10/non-biz members or public

Th 9/12 – Taming the Medicine Cabinet
1-2:30 pm. GSC. $10 at the door.
More than a million people are harmed each year from medication errors. This session explores some of the common causes of medication errors and challenges that most people face, with practical tips to prevent them. Register: 206.297.0875.


F 9/13 – Early Fall Blood Drive
1-7 pm. (closed 3-4 pm). PC Blue Building.

F 9/13 – Neighbor Potluck and PNA Orientation
5-7 pm. PC Blue Building, Rm. 5. Dinner at 5, Orientation at 6. Free.

F 9/13 – Phinney Center Gallery Opening Reception: The Healing Power of Art
7-9 pm. PC Blue Building Gallery. Free.

Tu 9/17 – Classic movies with Scarecrow Video: Gaslight (1944)
2:30 pm. GSC. Free.

Sa 9/21 – City Council District 5 Debate
12-1:30 pm. GSC. Free. Space is limited. Registration required.
Join Seattle CityClub and PNA for a free and public debate for a Seattle City Council Debate with Debora Juarez and Ann Davison Sattler. The debate will be moderated by a journalist from KUOW-FM with additional questions by reporters from King-5 and KCTS-9/Crosscut. Register.

Sa 9/21 – City Council District 6 Debate
2-3:30 pm. GSC. Free. Space is limited. Registration required.
Join Seattle CityClub and PNA for a free and public debate for Seattle City Council with Heidi Wills and Dan Strauss. The debate will be moderated by a journalist from KUOW-FM with additional questions by reporters with The Seattle Times and King-5. Register.

W 9/18-11/6 – Slavery and Reconstruction (8 Wednesdays)
7-8:30 pm. GSC. $10 PNA Members/$15 Public for the 8 week session.
William Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and an educator at Lifetime Learning Center, leads this 8-week series exploring the latest and most comprehensive scholarship on Reconstruction and slavery--the true history you probably didn’t learn in school. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

W 9/25 – What’s to Come for Northgate Mall?
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.

W 9/25 – Pig Out to Root Out Hunger
All day in the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood at participating businesses.
Dine out during this annual neighborhood fundraising event for the PNA’s Hot Meal Program. Restaurants, pubs, and cafes in Phinney/Greenwood sign up to donate a percentage of their proceeds on Sept. 25. The program serves nearly 20,000 meals a year to unhoused, low-income, disabled, and elderly community members. Breakfast, lunch, coffee break, happy hour, dinner, and dessert! You can "pig out" all day, and a portion of your bill goes to those in need! Go to for a list of venues and their websites.

Th 9/26 – Rent Smart! Tenants Rights Workshop
1-2 pm. GSC. Free.


Sa 9/28 – Ballard Preschool Co-op's Gently Used Kids' Gear Sale
9 am-1 pm. PC Brick Building, Community Hall. Free entry.
Get great deals on quality gently used clothes (newborn-size 8), shoes, toys and gear (pack-and-plays, cribs, car seats, strollers and more). Sign up to sell in advance or plan to come shop. A portion of the proceeds supports the Ballard Preschool Co-op. To be a seller, contact [email protected]

Sa 9/28 – PNA Village Volunteer Training
10-12 pm. Greenwood Senior Center
The PNA Village is looking for handy volunteers to make minor home repairs for folks who are staying in their homes as they age. It’s flexible and easy—volunteers sign up to do what works for their schedule and skills! Make a difference in how your neighbors choose to age. To attend, contact us at 206.789.1217 or [email protected].

Th 10/3 – Power of Community Breakfast: Nurturing Curiosity
7:30-8:30 am. GSC. Free to attend; $75 (or more!) suggested donation requested at the event.
Celebrate and support the innovative programs and services of our Greenwood Senior Center and PNA Village that nurture the mental, social, and physical well-being of our community’s older adults. Enjoy tasty breakfast fare, network with neighbors and colleagues, and listen to our keynote speaker Lee Harper, PNA's outgoing Executive Director. Check-in and buffet open at 7:15 am. RSVP online or call 206.783.2244.

Thank you to all of our Power of Community Breakfast sponsors: Platinum: Piper Village, Red Mill Burgers, Silver: Cameron Catering, Era Living, Mud Puddle Fitness, Verity Credit Union, Windward Communications. Bronze: Aging Wisdom, Jan Gray and Kerry Fowler, Ron and Robyn Lewis, Norse Home, Northwest Elder Law Group. Village Vendor: Greenwood TrueValue Hardware, Harjo Construction
Jamie Flaxman Real Estate, Kemly Electric Inc, ShelfGenie of Seattle

Ongoing Events & Groups

All are welcome! See book lists for upcoming months»

Tues, 9/6 – GSC Book Discussion Group
12:30-2:30 pm. GSC. Free.

My Family & Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Tues, 9/10 – 2nd Tuesday Book Club
7-8 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.

Your Duck is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg

Wed, 9/11 – 2nd Wednesday PNA Book Club
7 pm. PC Blue Building. Free.

Educated by Tara Westover


Conversation & News of the Day
10 am. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood. Free.

Spanish Conversation I & II - NO SPANISH SEPT 2
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.

Phinney Farmers Market
3:30-7:30 pm. PC Upper Lot.
Live music 5-7 pm.

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


9/4 –1st Wednesdays
Fixers Collective: BYO broken thing
6-8 pm. Greenwood Hardware. Free. Kids welcome!

9/8 – 2nd Sundays
Seattle Song Circle
7-10 pm. GSC West Room. Free.

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

9/27 – 4th Fridays

Sprouts & Seniors Playgroup
10-11 am. GSC. Free.
RSVP: 206.297.0875



Save the Dates

10/12–Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op's Gently Used Kids’ Gear Sale & Usborne Book Fair
10/19–PNA Village Housing Forum
10/19–Cider Pressing Party
10/25–Bingo Scaryoke - Advance tickets on sale 8/13
10/26–Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat & Food Drive
11/2–Día De los Muertos Festival
11/16–32nd Annual Winter Beer Taste
11/22–Winter Blood Drive
11/23–Holiday Bookfest - Local Authors, Great Books



W 9/11– Salve Making Class
1-2:15 pm. GSC. $15 +$3 supply fee.
Ever wonder about the healing power of plants? In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to make all-natural salves. Register: 206.297.0875


Th 9/19 – College Application / Admissions Seminar
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. Free. No registration needed.


F 9/20 – Infant/Child/Adult CPR
7-8:30 pm. PC Blue Building. $15 PNA Member/$20 Public.


Sa 9/21 – CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
9 am-12:30 pm. PC Blue Building. $35 PNA Member/$45 Public.

Sa 9/21 – Babysitter Training
12:30-4:30 pm. PC Blue Building. $45 PNA Member/$55 Public.

Tu 9/24 – Earthquake Home Retrofitting
6-8 pm. PC Blue Building. $20/PNA Member, $25/Public
Join Leif Jackson of Sound Seismic for this popular class. Learn about the City's Project Impact and how to evaluate your home for needed structural improvements. Learn to use the correct tools, materials, and methods to accomplish an earthquake retrofit. Register.

Th 9/26 – Designing Backyard Cottages
7-9 pm. PC Blue Building.
$15/PNA Member, $25/Public.
Thinking of creating a backyard cottage? Wondering about the A/DADU land-use code changes that passed recently and would you like to find out more? 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.

10/4-11/22Spanish for Beginners (8-Week Course; Fridays)
10/25Infant/Child/Adult CPR
10/26CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
11/21Backyard Cottages: New Code Changes


Phinney Center Gallery
The Healing Power of Art
September 12-October 18

Art can have a tremendous healing impact on artist and audience alike. Come view more than 40 works reflecting the perspectives and experiences of a wide variety of artists on the healing power of art.

The show will include a special (non-juried) section featuring collages by the Greenwood Senior Center’s Early Stage Memory Loss group and work by participants from Path with Art.

Opening Reception:
On Friday, Sept. 13, 7-9 pm, enjoy music and refreshments and meet the artists.
Linda James, Inner Landscape1, Watercolor on paper
Volunteer Opportunities
Book Exchange. Sat, 9/7, clean up 2-3 pm &/or make treat in advance. Sign up

Bingo Karaoke (Football theme): Friday, 9/27. Set up from 4 to 6 pm (all ages welcome); event support from 6:30-11 pm (must be 21+). Sign up

Table Companion at the Hot Meal Program
. Build community at our meals by sharing a meal with diners and provide a caring and listening ear. Potentially share information about resources. 1-2 hours per visit, min 2 visits/mo. Ideally, 1 year commitment. Required 1 hour training. Email LeAnne

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

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News & Announcements


King County invests in senior centers, including our Greenwood Senior Center

We're thrilled to be able to move ahead on our visions for improvements and expanded programming at our Greenwood Senior Center, thanks to our inclusion in King County's senior hub project—a $20 million investment to create 14 'senior hubs'. (Read more about it.)

We were awarded $1.25 million over 4.5 years to implement our vision for transforming into a senior hub. The funding will leverage our strengths, expand the capacity of our existing programs, and allow for the creation of new program and service opportunities. We're so excited for what the future holds for our community's older adults!


Bring Porchfest to Phinney

Porchfest celebrates community through music on porches. The neighborhood-based music festival started in 2007 in Ithaca, NY and is now in over 130+ communities. Porchfest is the ultimate grassroots festival: Neighbors offer their porches as venues, musicians offer their music, good vibes flow,  and everyone enjoys free music and a friendly community. Learn more at

If you are interested in joining the Porchfest Planning Committee to bring the event to Phinney-Greenwood in 2020, we would love your help. We are looking for volunteers that enjoy music, organizing, website development, mapping, graphic design, and marketing.  If that’s you, please send an email to Krissie Dillin at [email protected]


Have stuff your kids have outgrown?

The fall preschool co-ops' Gently Used Gear Sales are coming up: Ballard Preschool Co-op's on Sept 28 and Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op's on Oct. 12.

Clean out your closets and donate to PNPC's sale by Oct 4 and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the preschool. Email [email protected] for details.

Have some great items and want to make a little money too? Everyone is welcome to sell at Ballard Preschool Co-op's sale, and a portion of proceeds benefit the school. Email [email protected] for info.


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