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


‘Curtsy’ takes center stage at Heart of Phinney Park

June 11th, 2012 by Doree

The stainless steel and rusted steel “Curtsy” is the newest sculpture in the Heart of Phinney Park in front of Francine Seders Gallery.

The sculpture was created by Matt Babcock. Babcock also created the most recent sculpture at the park, called “Samaras,” which was there from November through May. Art at Heart of Phinney Park changes every six months.

If you’re interested in purchasing “Curtsy,” contact Pamela Jaynes, Arts Coordinator at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, at 206-783-2244.

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PEPS orientation Wednesday at the PNA

June 9th, 2012 by Doree

Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) is hosting an orientation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, for parents of newborns. Registration also is open for PEPS’ summer programs Baby Peppers and Second Time Around.

Baby Peppers is open to all families with babies 5-12 months old when the group starts. Some families have participated in a PEPS Newborn group but many are new to PEPS. Groups meet once a week for 8 weeks every Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. starting July 12.

Second Time Around groups are for families who have two or more children, an older child and a newborn baby (aged 0 – 4 months when the group begins). One parent attends the group with only the baby. Groups meet once a week for 8 weeks every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. starting July 11.

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Phinney Center to show European Championship soccer matches on the big screen

June 7th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association will show select soccer matches from the European Championships from June 11 to July 1 on the big screen.

The 14-by-8-foot movie screen will be inthe Brick Building’s Community Hall. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help offset costs. You can even bring in your own food and drink, and the PNA provides free WiFi if you need to get some work done at the same time.

Click here for the complete event schedule and more information. (Each match is also listed in our Events calendar.)

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Phinney Center briefly on lockdown as police search for suspect in U-District shooting

May 30th, 2012 by Doree

The whole city is on alert after two separate shootings left three people dead today. A shooting downtown near Town Hall killed one woman, and a separate shooting at a cafe on Roosevelt in the U-District killed three people and wounded two others, and led to a number of buildings, including schools in that area, being locked down.

The Phinney Neighborhood Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. was also on lockdown for about 20 minutes early this afternoon after receiving a tip that the gunman might be in the area. PNA staff initiated a lockdown and searched the building. Seattle Police later told them they could end the lockdown.

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Phinney Center’s annual auction all about reliving prom night – or not

April 5th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual auction this year wants you to relive memories from your high school prom. “Prom — The Way We Weren’t” is from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Tickets are $55 per person, or $75 for patrons. Auction items include goods and services from many neighborhood businesses, plus trips to Mexico and the Methow Valley, ZooTunes season tickets, Alaska Airline tickets, boat trips, and gift certificates to local restaurants.

You can preview auction items on the PNA website to start planning your bidding strategy (hovering during the countdown, or divide-and-conquer with your spouse for multiple items). The website will be updated weekly with new donations.

There’s still time to donate. Email chardell@phinneycenter.org or call 206-783-2244 for forms and donations.

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PNA hosting donation drive for children at Broadview Emergency Shelter

March 21st, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is collecting gifts for children at Broadview Emergency Shelter.The shelter provides a safe, nurturing home for women and children affected by domestic violence.

Please drop off a new, unwrapped gift for children from infant to age 18. Click here for a list of the most-needed items. Donation drive runs through April 13.

The gifts will be used to celebrate special occasions for these families year-round. Return gifts to the Phinney Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., or the Greenwood Senior Center at 525 N. 85th St. by Friday, April 13.

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Phinney Center asks for input on its direction for next 3 years

March 15th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has designed a survey to get input on its strategic planning process for the next three years. You don’t have to be a member of the PNA to take the survey. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

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Montessori Garden preschool application deadline is Wednesday

February 24th, 2012 by Doree

Montessori Garden, 6615 Dayton Ave. N. (in the Phinney Center’s Brick Building) is accepting applications for next year’s preschool through next Wednesday, Feb. 29. Call 206-524-8307, or email info@montessorigarden.net to schedule an adult-only classroom visit.

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Search for the perfect wine at Phinney Center Wine Taste on Feb. 25

February 9th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting its annual Wine Taste from 7:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Cost is $25 for PNA members, $30 for non-members. Designated driver tickets are $10.

That gets you a bunch of hors d’oeuvres, 10 tastes of wine, and jazz music by Live Wire.

You can even purchase some of the wines that night from a special wine store.

You can purchase tickets online, or at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Wild Puppets presents ‘Winter Tails” at Phinney Center Saturday morning

January 24th, 2012 by Doree

Storyteller Susy Irwin of Have Story Will Travel is bringing her band of “Wild Puppets!” to the Phinney Center at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for stories and songs.

This family program has something for everyone: Adventure, with tall and true bear stories; Humor, with original pourquoi {why} stories written about the how and why of Puget Sound and its inhabitants; and Action in an interactive program of stories, songs, and maybe even a little dancing. Program recommended for ages 3+ however we won’t be checking I. D.’s.

Have Story Will Travel, is dedicated to broadening our awareness of various cultures, wildlife and environments through the sharing of stories.

Admission is $4 at the door, at Community Hall inside the PNA’s Brick Building, 6615 Dayton Ave. N.

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Phinney Center’s 30th anniversary celebration Saturday night

September 27th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday with a night of improv by Greenwood’s Taproot Theatre Touring Company. Tickets are $30 per person, and include wine and desserts.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for a social hour; the improv performance begins at 8 pm. The PNA is at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Watch as Taproot creates an evening of truly original impromptu comedy. By using suggestions from the audience, the quick witted actors create, on the spot, scene after comedic scene filled with fun and laughs.

When one audience suggested Woody Allen characters, Steven Spielberg’s dinosaurs and Verdi’s opera, the Improv Team gave an average trip to McDonald’s a hilarious new twist. Imagine what they could do with 30 years of neighborhood history. Get the picture? Guaranteed fun for one and all!

The anniversary celebrations also include a children’s concert by Ballard favorite Johnny Bregar. Tickets to Ridge Romp are $3 per person. Doors open at 10 a.m.; concert starts at 10:30 a.m. Shows often sell out, so get there early.

And there’s even more kids’ fun on Sunday with the Ridge Rumpus carnival, with bouncy toys, rides, games and carnival food. Ridge Rumpus is from 12-4 p.m. in the upper parking lot. Admission is $10 per child or $25 for the whole family of kids (adults are free) for unlimited access to games and rides.

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Saturday afternoon is ‘Beervana’ at the Phinney Center

July 13th, 2011 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Center’s annual summer beer taste is back. Saturday from 4-7 pm. in the lower parking lot of the PNA at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., you can partake in “Beervana.”

Admission is $25 for PNA members, $30 for the general public, and $10 for designated drivers. You can buy tickets online, or in person at the PNA. Admission includes 10 tastes from local microbreweries, pub style snacks and “dogs” by Barking Dog Alehouse, and homemade pretzels from The Park Pub.

Participating breweries include:

  • Confirmed Breweries And Beers To Date
  • Diamond Knot Brewery
  • Elysian Brewing Co
  • Fish Brewing Co
  • Fremont Brewing Co
  • Georgetown Brewing Co
  • Golden Hills Brewing Co
  • Hale’s Ales Brewery
  • Harmon Brewing Co
  • Lantern Brewing
  • Leavenworth
  • Maritime Pacific Brewing Co
  • Naked City Brewing Company
  • North Sound Brewing Co
  • NW Peaks Brewery
  • Odin Brewing Company
  • Pike Brewing Co
  • Port Townsend Brewing
  • Silver City Brewery
  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewery
  • Spire Mountain
  • The Ram at Northgate
  • Two Beers Brewing Co

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