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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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Taproot Theatre and Greenwood Senior Center present ‘The MemoryCare Plays’ this weekend

May 5th, 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. this Friday and Saturday. Each performance of  “The MemoryCare Plays” 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 Friday 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 Saturday 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.

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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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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