PNA Village : Events & Activities
PNA Village social events are for current Village members and Village volunteers, but non-members are always welcome to join an event or activity to learn more about the Village. If you’d like more information about any of the activities, please contact the Village at 206.789.1217 or [email protected]
Village Solstice Celebration
Wednesday, December 21, 1–3 PM, Phinney Center Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N
Let’s gather to share the year’s longest night and the warmth and light of community! We’ll start at 1 PM inside the Blue Building for snacks and conversation. At 1:40 PM we’ll head out to the covered walkway with candles in hand to greet the Solstice at 1:47 PM. We’ll light our candles and join in song for 10–15 minutes, then head back inside for more snacks and conversation, wrapping up by 3 PM.
Potluck plates of cookies or brownies appreciated! If you’re not able to bring anything, please just bring yourself.
Entrance to the Blue Building parking lot is on 67th Ave N, and there is an ADA–accessible elevator available from the lot, to the east of the staircase.
If you could use a ride to this event, please contact the Village office at [email protected] or 206.789.1217.
Ongoing in 2022: Refer a Friend to the Village!
We invite you to participate in the PNA Village refer-a-friend campaign! If someone you refer to us becomes a PNA Village member or volunteer, you’ll receive a $5 gift card to a local coffee shop. You’ll also be entered in a raffle to win free full village membership for a year; use it yourself or give it as a gift! We have a letter and pamphlet you can use to share information about the PNA Village. Please contact us at 206.789.1217 or [email protected] to obtain these.
Ongoing Conversation Groups & Activities (In Person)
Jewelry Making Group
4th Monday of each month, 1–3 PM, Greenwood Senior Center, West Room
Come dabble in baubles. Join us for an introduction to earring making. We will show you how to construct simple, beautiful earrings, from choosing the beads to wrapping the wire. Later sessions will build on basics. No prior experience needed and no supplies to bring! There may be fees later on, depending on group interest and projects. There’s no need to attend every month, we’ll catch you up! Limit 8-10 participants, based on available tools and supplies. If you have your own tools, please bring them! Questions: call Holly Stein 206-790-0266 or Cathy Warms 206-949-5964. RSVP is required: [email protected], or (206) 789-1217
Village Happy Hour
Wednesdays, 4 PM, The Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St
Join other Village members and volunteers for happy hour! Along with great food and drink options, the Barking Dog offers great outdoor seating with heater lamps and protection from the wind and rain. Happy Hour is facilitated by members Terry Cook and Bruce Baker. Please contact Bruce if you have questions at [email protected].
Monthly Book Group
2nd Wednesday of each month, 11 AM–12 PM, Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave N
Have you read a good book lately? Looking for new recommendations? This is not your average book club where everyone reads the same book. Join in to talk about what you’re reading and to hear what others are reading. Not currently reading anything? No problem! It’s a fun group with great conversation! We are now meeting in person at Couth Buzzard.
2nd Thursdays, 1–4 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
Spearheaded by member and volunteer Diana Aubin DeParadis, Play Group is a space for you to let your inner performer, your buried (or not so buried) dramaticist, your orator, and your arts patronage spirit shine. Join other Village members to enjoy a live reading of a short play. From 1-2 PM a few players will enjoy a brief and low-pressure rehearsal time where they will familiarize themselves with the script. At 2:00, audiences will join to enjoy a rough but eventful reading. Light costumes only (a hat!), and no stage directions or lighting needed. This is for the pure joy of words brought to life by real people. Potluck snacks and treats! Coffee and tea provided by the GSC. Email Diana at [email protected] or call the Village office at 206-789-1217 to RSVP as a player or audience member.
PNA Village Walking Group
2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, 1 PM
Newcomers are always welcome! This small group begins their walks promptly at 1:05 PM. The group changes walking location each time, so be sure to check in and see where they’ll be next! Questions? Please contact group member Vicki at [email protected].
Ballard Walking & Stopping Group
1st and 3rd Fridays of each month, 10 AM
Join us for regular walks and stops around Ballard! Visit some small parks, explore Sunset Hill, stop along the way for refreshments, or visit the Ballard Locks and botanical gardens, followed by fish and chips for lunch. Village member Stewart Hendrickson will lead walks; just call or text him at 206-209-7704 to join. The group will meet at the SW corner of 17th Ave. NW and NW 59th St., where Stewart will be ready and waiting with two Nordic walking poles.
Creative Writing Group
Resuming Friday, October 14
2nd and 4th Fridays, 11 AM–12 PM, HomeStreet Bank Community Room, 7307 Greenwood Ave N
Members of the group write everything from memoirs, short and long stories, poetry, songs, to PR copy. Join us with old projects and new, in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Don’t have anything to share? No worries! Join in and listen to what other folks have written!
Ongoing Conversation Groups & Activities (Online or Phone)
New! Performing Arts Interest Email Group
Are you a patron of the arts? Would you like to connect with other Village members who are interested in attending theatre, music, or dance performances? Join our Performing Arts Interest Group, an email list for Village members and volunteers which allows you to email with other interested members about upcoming arts events. To join, simply email [email protected] and we will add you to the list.
Village Coffee Hour
Mondays, 10–11 AM, Zoom
Join Online: Click Here
Join by Phone: (253) 215-8782; Meeting ID: 850 4070 4929; Password: 921226
Pour yourself some coffee or tea and join facilitators Lynda Emel and Christie Cave for engaging weekly conversation topics. New participants are warmly welcomed!
Conversation and News of the Day
Tuesdays 10 AM & Thursdays 10 AM, Zoom
Read all about it! Talk all about it! Join us in congenial conversation about current news events. Bring a news clipping if you wish. The facilitator is Cecile Andrews, author of “Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community, and the Common Good.” For more info or to attend the next group, please email [email protected].
Backup Plan for Solo Agers Pilot Group
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 5–7 PM, Zoom
A growing portion of the age 50+ population is composed of “solos.” These are individuals who cannot or choose not to rely on family to help them navigate life events and make health decisions as they age. If you think the term “solo” applies to you and would be interested in being part of an ongoing solos pilot peer group, the Greenwood Senior Center’s new “Backup Plan for Solo Agers” group is for you!
This group is designed to help solos plan for and manage health and well-being decisions and events—both large and small—during the second half of life. You’ll work with other solos to create a personal backup plan to make sure you have help and support when you need it. Semi-monthly peer group meetings will keep you on track and provide an opportunity to learn about resources, build skills, and form social connections. This will ultimately be a self-managing group, but a facilitator will get the group started and check in occasionally to help the group be successful.
This pilot group is part of the Greenwood Senior Center’s Social Connection Project, which is funded by the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. To sign up for the group and obtain the Zoom link and/or learn more about the Social Connection Project, please contact Teresa Tam, Social Connection Project Coordinator, at [email protected] or 206-531-0061.
Wednesdays, 10 AM, Zoom
There is excellent research on the subject of happiness. In this group, we’ll explore how to act on this research and create happier lives. The focus will be on congenial conversation and the importance of relationships and community. Contact Cecile Andrews for more information: [email protected]
See what else is going on at the Phinney Center or Greenwood Senior Center.
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