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


Free tax preparation at Phinney Center through April 18

February 4th, 2015 by Doree

United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services at 25 locations throughout King County, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., through April 18. The free service is for households making less than $60,000. While there, taxpayers also can get information on one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

Tax preparation is provided from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is needed. (If you are filing with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.)

You must bring:

  • Social Security card/ITIN letters for everyone on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 form, 1099 form, SSA-1099 form, etc.

It’s recommended you also bring your bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of refunds, and a copy of last year’s tax return.

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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.

2015 wine taste poster-resized

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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Theme of Sunday’s PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is ‘Get Connected’

January 20th, 2015 by Doree

The annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair is this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The theme is “get connected.” Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 for non-members.

This is your chance to meet local professionals such as architects, contractors, interior designers, plumbers, etc., and get advice on permits, solar power and how to make technological improvements to make your home more efficient.
Throughout the day there will be presentations on sustainability and green building, and perennial favorites such as “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

Check the home fair website for a complete presentation schedule.



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PNA Business Group invites neighborhood business owners to business social on Wednesday

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

The PNA Business Group is inviting neighborhood business owners to a business social from 12-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Yard Café, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations, Jim Bennett, will share tips and tools to help business owners prepare their marketing budget for 2015.

There will be a brief presentation followed by Q&A where Jim will cover:

  • How to determine your budget.
  • How to make the most of your community involvement.
  • Common, yet often overlooked costs.
  • Best ways to advertise and take advantage of promotions.
  • Ways to make the most of discounts.

You are to pay for your own food/drink. Entry is free for PNA Business Members. If you are not already a Business Member but would like to become one to attend our events for free, please join here. Please RSVP by Monday, January 19 to amyb@phinneycenter.org.

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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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Blood Drive at the Phinney Center today

January 17th, 2014 by Doree

Puget Sound Blood Center is holding a blood drive from 1-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. today (Friday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Walk-ins are welcome.

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‘Big Wet Dog’ in Heart of Phinney Park

January 16th, 2014 by Doree

The latest sculpture to take up residence in the Heart of Phinney Park at North 67th Street and Greenwood Avenue North is “Big Wet Dog” by local artist Matt Babcock.


It is made from powder coated steel. Babcock’s goal as a sculptor is to do a lot with a little, creating complex, changing impressions using simple forms and materials. He takes inspiration from the structure and behavior of his subjects. He makes public art because he believes that public spaces reflect the ways communities and individuals think of themselves in relation to others and to the larger world. To see more of Matt Babcock’s art, visit www.mattbabcock.com.

This sculpture is for sale, if interested contact arts@phinneycenter.org

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PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Jan. 26

January 7th, 2014 by Doree

homefair2014_poster-resizedThe annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Sunday, Jan. 26, will bring together about 85 professionals to help homeowners with any remodeling project. Contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups and permitting agencies will fill the Phinney Center’s three floors.

The fair is a good place to get ideas for projects big and small, ask questions about permitting requirements, and find a good designer or contractor.

The fair also hosts a full day of short presentations and panel discussions, from the basics of backyard cottages to “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

The PNA Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Phinney Center’s Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets at the door are $4 for PNA members, $6 general; children 12 and under are free.

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More than 100 artist and craft vendors at this weekend’s PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

The 33rd annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. There will be constant live entertainment by hundreds of musicians and dancers, 115 artists and craft vendors, lunch food and treats for sale. Check out the full entertainment schedule here.


Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general, children 12 and under are free. Please also bring a can of food to donate to the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank.

While you’re there, consider picking up a tag from the Giving Tree to help local children and families in need. The PNA is sponsoring two more Giving Trees, at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.) and Umpqua Bank (7120 Greenwood Ave. N).

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Winter Festival.)

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