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


Phinney Center Summer Beer Taste is Saturday

July 16th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Summer Beer Taste is back this Saturday afternoon, with more than 20 local microbreweries.

Admission $30 for the general public, $25 for PNA members, and $10 for designated drivers. That gets you 10 tastes, pub style snacks and hot dogs from Barking Dog Alehouse. The beer taste is from 4-7 p.m.

You can buy tickets and check out the full line-up of participating breweries and which beers they’ll be pouring online.

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Ruby Room selling gowns at PNA during Friday Artwalk

July 10th, 2012 by Doree

The Ruby Room, a non-profit which provides prom and homecoming gowns to deserving teens, is having its “Dresses for Divas” sale this Friday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center as part of the monthly Artwalk. The minimum suggested donation for each dress is just $10.

Shoppers at a past Dresses for Divas sale.

The dresses are either too mature for school-age girls or too casual for a formal dance, so The Ruby Room is selling them to raise funds to support its free services to teens.

Dresses for Divas will have a large selection of new or gently-used gowns and party dresses in all sizes and styles. Some have designer labels, and some are vintage. If you’re a fashion designer or fashion design student, you can choose from a selection of free gowns to “re-fashion.”

Dresses for Divas runs from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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3 dozen neighborhood business owners attend PNA Business Membership launch meeting

June 19th, 2012 by Doree

We couldn’t attend last night’s inaugural meeting of the PNA Business Member group, so this narrative is provided by Ann Bowden, Development Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.

Lee Harper, Executive Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, welcomes Greenwood and Phinney Ridge business owners to the new PNA Business Member group’s first meeting on Monday night.

More than three dozen neighborhood businesses – some long established and some brand new – attended the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Business Member Launch Meeting last night at the Phinney Neighborhood Center to learn the details of the PNA’s new enhanced business membership benefits and plans for strengthening the business community.

For the past several months PNA staff and neighborhood business leaders have been meeting to discuss ways to support, connect and promote the Phinney-Greenwood (PhinneyWood) business community. For much of the last two years, the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce has been struggling, in part because of limited time and resources of its members. A Chamber task force formed earlier this year and recommended that the Chamber suspend operations and that the PNA strengthen its business membership, providing the support and infrastructure needed to maintain a healthy business community.

Community events formerly supported by the Chamber, including the Greenwood Seafair Parade, the art walks and the Halloween Trick or Treat event, will now be housed at the PNA, provided they have the support, involvement and backing of the business community. At the meeting, business owners were urged to get involved and help make projects and activities – new and old – happen. “This is not a top-down organization,” noted Lee Harper, PNA Executive Director.

“This (the business membership group) will be what you –what all of us – make of it,” added Mike Veitenhans, who has served as Chamber president since January.

With the dissolution of the Chamber, the task force has now become an advisory group of the PNA Business Membership. At the meeting, businesses were urged to consider joining. The group will meet monthly and is open to all neighborhood businesses. The next meeting of the advisory group is Monday, July 9, at 5 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Regular meetings times will be determined at that meeting.

New PNA business member benefits are designed to help businesses connect with each other and promote themselves and the neighborhood. New benefits include a profile on www.dophinneywood.com, a new community consumer website that highlights neighborhood businesses and activities: access to new online networking “micro-communities” that group businesses by location and/or business category; discounted advertising rates; and other promotional opportunities.

For more information about the PNA’s Business Membership, go to www.phinneycenter.org/business or emailbiz@phinneycenter.org.

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‘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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