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Free tax assistance and preparation at local libraries, senior centers

January 14th, 2016 by Doree

Tax-Aide, a national free tax assistance and preparation service, is again providing free tax preparation and electronic filing at 12 North Seattle and Shoreline sites starting Feb. 1. The service is free, and there are no age restrictions or membership in AARP required. Volunteers are IRS tax-certified.

In addition to regular earned and retirement income reporting, we can help you with your investment income (interests, dividends, and capital gains for Schedule D), Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $25,000 in annual expenses, and various healthcare (Affordable Care Act), education, child and earned income credits. If you are a foreign student, come to our sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library. We have preparers who can help you with your 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843. If you have a more complicated return, we might not be able to prepare your return, but we can at least point you in the right direction.

All of our sites will be using electronic filing, which helps expedite tax refunds. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. In addition to your tax documents, remember to bring picture ID, together with your social security cards if you want us to prepare your tax return.

Tax preparation sites in and near our neighborhood include:

  • Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-4086. Tuesdays 2-7 p.m. Walk-ins only. First day is Tuesday, Feb. 2.
  • Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., 206-297-0875. Thursdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. First day is Thursday, Feb. 4.
  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., 206-684-7520. Fridays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Friday, Feb. 5.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, 206-684-4089. Mondays 2:30-7 p.m. ; Thursdays 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk-ins only, no appointments. First day is Monday, Feb. 1. (The library is scheduled to close for remodeling on April 1. After construction begins, the service will move for the remainder of the season to Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St., one block west of the library).
  • Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, 206-297-0403. Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments only. Make appointments in person or by phone. First day is Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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Greenwood Senior Center wants you to release your inner zombie

September 15th, 2015 by Doree

Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is hosting a workshop to learn the moves to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance, from 2-3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 30, and Oct. 7. Then dancers can perform at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the senior center’s Thrills and Chills party.

It’s a shortened version of the popular dance (three minutes long), and is designed for people of all ages and physical abilities to have fun together.

Pre-registration is required. Call 206-297-0875.

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Haven’t done The Gumshoe yet? Try ‘Procrastishoe’ Sunday afternoon

August 7th, 2015 by Doree

If you purchased your entry form for the 10th annual Gumshoe 5K Walk but haven’t had time to do the detective walk through the neighborhood yet, never fear, there’s a special group walk just for you. And they call it “Procrastishoe.”

A group of Gumshoers on the detective walk this week.

A group of Gumshoers on the detective walk this week.

It’s not too late to finish the 10th annual Gumshoe 5K FUNdraising walk and enter the prize drawing for one of ten $100 gift cards from local businesses. The event continues through this weekend.

If you are a master at dragging your feet or a slowpoke who lets things slide until the last minute, join fellow procrastinators at Ken’s Market at 3 PM Sunday, August 9, to do the Gumhoe in a group. No entry form? Buy one at Ken’s. The Answer Man will follow the troop providing helpful hints and smart ass comments. You’ll finish in time to submit your entry form for the prize drawing that takes place that evening AND you’ll meet new people, explore unfamiliar (perhaps) parts of the neighborhood and get some exercise for both brain and body.

The Gumshoe is a FUNdraising detective walk held every summer in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods — an annual event that has raised over $38,000 for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank since it took its first steps (pun intended) in 2005!

Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks (on Phinney) and Couth Buzzard Books. Solve the clues to discover the route and have fun. To learn more, check out the Gumshoe website at http://dothegumshoe.org.

The Answer Man is punctual, so don’t be late!

Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.

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10th annual Gumshoe 5K Walk begins Friday, raises funds for 3 Greenwood nonprofits

July 30th, 2015 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s annual scavenger hunt, the Gumshoe 5K Walk, begins its 10th year this Friday and runs through Aug. 9. The Gumshoe takes participants on a fun detective walk around the neighborhood by following clues to find interesting places, signs, yard art, etc., and the chance to win $1,000 in prizes. Ten local businesses have each donated $100 gift cards, from Phinney Market Pub & Eatery to Top Ten Toys.

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Past Gumshoe participants followed clues to this interesting yard art.

Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks on Phinney, and Couth Buzzard Books. The Gumshoe is a fundraiser for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank, raising more than $38,000 since 2005.

New this year is the “Procrastishoe,” a group walk for people (like us) who buy forms and wait until the last possible second, but think they can’t complete it in time to qualify for prizes. So, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, meet up with other procrastinators at Ken’s Market to solve the walk en masse, with the Gumshoe Answer Man (Mike Veitenhans) following along behind to provide hints.

(Past years’ Eatsy Street and GumShop “games within the game” have been eliminated to streamline the event.)

Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.

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Greenwood Senior Center workshop combining biomechanics with Tai Chi for better balance

July 22nd, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is putting on a new workshop that combines the science of biomechanics with Tai Chi to help boomers and seniors improve their balance. The workshop is from 1-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the senior center, 525 N. 85th St. Cost is $30 PNA/GSC members, $45 general (sliding scale options available).

Targeted at the active boomer and senior, this workshop addresses a concern that is universal: getting—and keeping—one’s balance. Sensory health, flexibility and strength are all factors in this most basic of movement skills and, through clear and practical application of accessible concepts of biomechanics, participants will gain more control over each of these elements. The result is a greater sense of security in posture, stride and exercise. For further understanding and future practice the presenters unite the proven exercise of Tai Chi with modern biomechanics skills to address the concern of improving—rather than simply keeping—excellent balance through the aging process.

This event is ideal for boomers, seniors, those with balance-related disorders as well as people with Early Stage Memory Loss, Parkinson’s and their Caregivers.

This is an active workshop plus lecture. Participants should be prepared to move as well as take notes. To reserve a space, contact Karin Collins at Karin@karincollins.com or 206-898-5048.

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Phinney Center hosting beer taste, Spanish dinner and Greenwood Seafair Parade

July 14th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has a lot of events on its plate this summer. Here are three upcoming ones.

Saludos A España – Paella Dinner and Flamenco is at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, July 17, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 for PNA Members, $20 non-members. All proceeds benefit the senior center’s programs. Details and tickets are available online.

Summer Beer Taste: Beer Oasis – Draughts not Drought! is from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, July 18, in the PNA’s lower parking lot at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is $25 for PNA members, $30 non-members, and $10 designated drivers. For that you’ll get 10 tastes from 25 local microbreweries, pub style snacks, and mini brats from the Barking Dog Alehouse. Tickets are available online. Live music by L’Orchestre d’Incroyable. Only service dogs allowed. Must be 21 and over. but onsite childcare is available. Email samispencer@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. (We just received word that the onsite childcare has been canceled.)

The 65th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, the longest-running neighborhood Seafair parade, is from 6-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. The parade begins on Greenwood Avenue North at North 95th Street, and goes south, turning west on North 85th Street and ending at 6th Avenue NW. This year’s theme is “Don’t Rain on My Parade” with Grand Marshal M.J. McDermott, an Emmy-Award-winning writer, actor, broadcaster and meteorologist.

(Note: PhinneyWood is a parade sponsor.)

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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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Benefit concert on Saturday for Senior Center’s Early Stage Memory Loss programs

June 4th, 2015 by Doree

The OK Chorale and Greenwood Senior Center’s All Present (a song circle for those living with memory loss) will sing a collection of favorite songs from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the GSC, 525 N. 85th St. Suggested donation is $10, with proceeds benefiting the center’s early stage memory loss programs.

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Greenwood Senior Center discusses how we want to die

May 13th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting a special screening of “Speaking of Dying” from 3-5 p.m. this Friday.

This film inspires and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, and medical providers about your own choices. It will help you believe that you can have a peaceful ending that will be a gift to yourself and your loved ones.

Senior Center social worker Carin Mack will lead a follow-up discussion from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. RSVP at 206-297-0875. The Greenwood Senior Center is 525 N. 85th St.

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