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Gumshoe detective walk needs ‘test drivers’

June 24th, 2015 by Doree

The annual fundraising Gumshoe 5K Walk returns July 31-Aug. 9, taking participants on a scenic and fun walk through our neighborhood while looking for clues to complete the form for a chance to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. Since 2005, the Gumshoe has raised more than $38,000 for three Greenwood non-profits — Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.

The event has been streamlined this year – dropping the Eatsy Street and GumShop photo clue “games within the game” — and now has additional administrative support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, said Mike Veitenhans, who organizes the event and is known as the Gumshoe Answer Man that participants can call when they can’t figure out a clue.

Veitenhans is looking for two volunteers to “test drive” this year’s walk, which involves solving the draft clues while Veitenhans follows along and takes notes so he can tweak the clues into their final form. In return for their time and since they’ve done the walk, the volunteers will receive free Gumshoe entry forms and are eligible to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses being offered as prizes this year.

If you’d like to be a “test driver,” email AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org.

(Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)

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Phinney Neighborhood Chorus raises entire year’s budget for Haiti school in one night

June 22nd, 2015 by Doree

More than 200 people attended Saturday’s Phinney Neighborhood Chorus concert to raise funds for the George Marcellus School in Haiti, raising $7,620 – enough to cover the school’s entire budget for one year.

The chorus’s motto is “Sing local, act global.”

The school’s annual budget is $6,582. Of that, $4,902 is budgeted for teacher salaries, $180 for school supplies, and $1,500 for one meal per day for each child (sometimes their only meal of the day).

The chorus has raised more than $90,000 for two Haitian schools in 12 years.

Online donations are still accepted through the Mona Foundation.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus concert June 20 to benefit school in Haiti

June 9th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus presents its annual concert to benefit the George Marcellus School in Haiti at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N.

The chorus will sing a program of mostly a cappella modern and not-so-modern folk music from around the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Sweden, the Republic of Georgia and southern France. The chorus’s mission is to “sing local, act global.”

We sing for free, on behalf of the George Marcellus School in one of the poorest areas of rural Haiti. Donations are much appreciated. We hope to raise the entire $6,500 budget that the school needs for teacher salaries and providing each student one meal a day. 100% of funds raised will go to the school through the Mona Foundation, a Kirkland-based non-profit 501(c)3 that supports universal education.

Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for a fun evening of good singing in a good cause.

Donations can be made here.

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PNA Wine Taste coming up Feb. 28

January 26th, 2015 by Doree

The annual PNA Wine Taste is from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission gets you your choice of 10 tastes of wine, appetizers and live music by One Planet Jazz. The wine store also will be open for you to purchase bottles to take home.

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Tickets are $25 for PNA members, $30 general public, and $10 for designated drivers.

Confirmed wineries as of Jan. 26:

  • Airfield Estates
  • Animale
  • Avennia Wine
  • Cooper Wine Company
  • Crucible Wines
  • Domanico Cellars
  • Eight Bells Winery
  • Elevation Cellars
  • Falling Rain Wines
  • Nota Bene Cellars
  • Parejas Cellars
  • Two Mountain Winery

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Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is TODAY! Eat out to help the hungry

October 8th, 2014 by Doree

The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is today (Wednesday), raising money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Dine at any of the 33 neighborhood restaurants, pubs or coffee shops any time today, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the program. Grab a coffee and pastry for breakfast, have lunch with your co-workers, then take the family out for dinner.

Participating businesses will have a colorful whirligig sign outside. And you can check the full list here.

If you’re not able to eat out today but still want to support the Hot Meal Program, you can send a check to the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.

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Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is next Wednesday

October 2nd, 2014 by Doree

The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is coming up next Wednesday, Oct. 8. Dine at any of the 33 neighborhood restaurants, pubs or coffee shops any time that day, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Participating businesses will have a colorful whirligig sign outside. And you can check the full list here.

If you’re not able to eat out that day but still want to support the Hot Meal Program, you can send a check to the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.

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Phinney Center kicks off accessibility capital campaign next Wednesday

September 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is beginning a new capital campaign, this time aimed at accessibility in the Brick Building, which doesn’t have an elevator.

The campaign’s kickoff is from 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Brick Building’s Community Hall, with refreshments, a building tour, and more information about the renovations planned. Please RSVP to Amy Besunder, PNA development director, at amyb@phinneycenter.org so they can plan enough food and drink.

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Phinney Center’s Power of Community breakfast and Capital Campaign kick-off

September 10th, 2014 by Doree

Two important events are coming up for the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

First up is the third annual Power of Community Fundraising Breakfast to support the PNA’s senior programs, from 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. The keynote address, “Tilting at Windmills: Changing Aging in the 21st Century,” is by Kavan Peterson, co-founder of the pro-aging multi-blog network ChangingAging.org. You can register for the breakfast online. Attending the event is free, but participants are encouraged to donate at least $50. And if you aren’t able to attend the breakfast but would still like to contribute, click here.

Then, on Oct. 1, the PNA will host a kickoff party for the next phase of its Capital Campaign, which will upgrade the Brick Building. The building was built in 1917 and is not ADA accessible and does not have an elevator. Join the kickoff party from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Community Hall of the Brick Building. Take a tour of the building and learn more about the renovations. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Amy Besunder, Development Director, at amyb@phinneycenter.org.

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts annual 826 Luminosity benefit next Tuesday

August 21st, 2014 by Doree

Every Aug. 26, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts a benefit for 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center just down the street at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. Next Tuesday’s event begins at 8 p.m. with a special Naked Sessions acoustic concert by Eric Anderson from Cataldo. Tickets are $10 through Brown Paper Tickets.

All proceeds from concert tickets, plus the whole day’s proceeds from every pint sold of 826 Luminosity (a special ale from Head Brewer Don Web) will go directly to benefit 826 Seattle’s programs.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

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