A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


The MemoryCare Plays: Three one-act dramas about living with memory loss at Taproot Theatre

March 31st, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center has partnered with Taproot Theatre and Full Life Care for a staged reading of award-winning plays about living with memory loss at 7:30 p.m. on May 8 and 9. Each performance will be followed by a conversation with The University of Washington’s renowned memory loss expert, Dr. Soo Borson.

The shows will be in Taproot’s new Isaac Studio Theatre, 212 N. 85th St.

Tickets for the May 8 performance are $50 for patrons, $100 for benefactors. Both include a preshow reception. Benefactors will receive a signed book by local author Esther Altshul Helfgott. The May 9 performances are $25 general, $15 seniors and students.

Proceeds from all ticket sales benefit ongoing arts programs for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers.

About the MemoryCare Plays: The MemoryCare Plays came about through the efforts of Dr. Margaret Noel and the MemoryCare organization, based in Asheville, North Carolina. The organization put out a call in 2012 for one-act plays that highlight the issues families face when a loved one suffers from dementia. The result was 91 submissions from the US, Canada, UK and Australia. The final scripts which comprise The MemoryCare Plays were selected by a juried committee based on the playwright’s insight and skill in communicating themes and ideas in a way that would deepen understanding for families, caregivers and the larger community.

The MemoryCare Plays received a bronze medal for best anthology at the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards which honor the year’s best independently published books. The 2014 “IPPY” Awards contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas. For more information go www.memorycareplays.org

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Free tax help at Greenwood and Broadview libraries, Greenwood Senior Center

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax preparation and electronic filing through April 15 at several sites around the city, including the Greenwood Library and Greenwood Senior Center. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a senior citizen in order to use the service. Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns (no business returns). Check the Seattle Public Library website for required documents, and other locations where tax help is available.

Free, walk-in assistance at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., begins Feb. 3 and is available from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesdays. Drop-ins are welcome at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning Feb. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Tax help by appointment at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins Feb. 5 and is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Call 206-297-0875 for an appointment.

2014 tax returns reflect changes as the result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And for those who did not have medical insurance coverage the entire year, or had purchased insurance through the Washington State Health Plan Exchange, there will be some new tax forms to deal with when filing their 2014 tax returns. AARP-Tax-Aide will have tax counselors who are trained to help tackle your ACA tax return questions.

Whether you are a working or retired individual, AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle your tax returns. In addition to 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 $10,000 in annual expenses, and various education, child and earned income credits.

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Buy a pint at Ballard Beer Company on Wednesday to support the Greenwood Senior Center

November 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Ballard Beer Company will donate $1 from every pint purchased on Wednesday to the Greenwood Senior Center. It’s part of their Pints for a Purpose program. Ballard Beer Company is at 2050 NW Market St. On Wednesday it’s open from 4-11 p.m.

The Greenwood Senior Center (GSC), a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA), offers programs and services that provide an opportunity for thousands of seniors each year to enhance physical fitness, mental stimulation and emotional well-being and supports active seniors in their efforts to preserve traditions, embrace change and maintain independence. In 2013, the Greenwood Senior Center served over 2,300 seniors, ages 55 – 95, more than 17,000 times, offering daily hot meals, social work services, classes, lectures, visits by health, financial, tax or legal professionals, and numerous club, craft, musical, arts, social and recreational events.

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Gumshoe scavenger hunt raises record amount for neighborhood nonprofits

August 11th, 2014 by Doree

The ninth annual Gumshoe 5K Walk, a fundraising scavenger hunt through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood that ended on Sunday, raised a record $5,620.95 to be split between three neighborhood nonprofits: Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Senior Center and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.


A Gumshoer uses a magnifying glass to decipher a clue. Photo courtesy of the Gumshoe.

Check out the Gumshoe website for a full list of all prize winners.

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Volunteers needed for Phinney Center’s Hot Meal Program

June 26th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association needs volunteers to help prepare, cook, serve and clean up dinner for its Hot Meal Program from 3-7 p.m. on Mondays at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Volunteers must be at least 10 years old (children ages 10 to 13 must be accompanied by an adult). The Hot Meal Program serves 150-200 free meals three times a week at two sites. For more information or to sign up, contact LeAnne at leannec@phinneycenter.org or 206-783-2244.

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‘Momentia! The New Dementia Story’ tonight at Taproot, presented by Greenwood Senior Center

March 11th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center continues its groundbreaking efforts for those living with memory loss with a special presentation tonight (Tuesday) at Taproot Theatre’s new Kendall Center, 208 N. 85th St.

“Momentia! The New Dementia Story” is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and moderated by Marigrace Becker, MSW, from the Greenwood Senior Center.

Hear ‘the new dementia story’ as told by persons living with memory loss and demonstrated by innovative programs transforming our community!

Interactive presentations include: “Faces of Memory Loss” project; Taproot Theatre dementia- friendly improv; Frye Art Museum here:now arts engagement program.

Want to experience even more? Stop by the Greenwood Alzheimer’s Café beforehand, 3:30-5 p.m., at Ampersand Café, 424 N 85th St.

$10 Suggested Donation to WPN (Washington Pioneer Network Conversation Cafe) includes appetizers. Drinks available to purchase. RSVP to Lindsey Ismailova at lindseyi@fulllifecare.org, 206-224-3764.

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Successful Home Sharing series at Greenwood Senior Center

February 17th, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., is holding a two-part series called Successful Home Sharing. Each meeting is from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 25. This free series will cover legal and technical aspects of sharing your home with someone, including costs, lease agreements, rules on noise, smoking, drinking, sex, and other considerations.

RSVP at 206-297-0875.

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Free tax help at Greenwood & Ballard senior centers, Broadview & Ballard libraries

January 31st, 2014 by Doree

The AARP Foundation is providing free tax help and electronic filing at several locations, including one in our neighborhood and another three nearby. You don’t have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use the free service.

AARP’s IRS tax-certified volunteer preparers can handle most common tax returns for employed or retired individuals, which include earned and retirement income, investment income (Schedule D), and various education, child and earned income credits.

AARP Tax-Aide sites are not able to prepare returns with rental income or depreciation, but do prepare Schedule C for individuals with small businesses that have less than $10,000 in annual expenses. Taxpayers utilizing the free service can receive their tax refunds rather quickly as all AARP Tax-Aide sites will be using electronic filing.

Foreign students who need help with their 1040NR-EZ and Form 8843 can visit sites at the Northgate Library and Northeast Library for assistance.

For more information and to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site near you, visit www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).

  • Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., beginning tomorrow (Feb. 1). Walk-ins only, no appointments. Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW, beginning Monday, Feb. 3. Walk-ins only. Mondays, 3:30-7 p.m. (closed Feb. 17) and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Northwest Senior Center, 5429 32nd Ave. NW, Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0403.
  • The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., begins its free help on Feb. 11. Thursdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; appointments only. 206-297-0875.

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Greenwood Senior Center costume jewelry sale today until 3 p.m.

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Senior Center is hosting its first costume jewelry sale today (Wednesday) until 3 p.m. at 525 N. 85th St.

The GSC Talk Time English Practice Group has been collecting costume jewelry for months, from vintage to modern. All proceeds benefit the GSC.

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