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


‘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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PNA auction raises more than $100,000 for community programs

May 9th, 2013 by Doree

Last Saturday night was “Derby Day” at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, as its annual auction raised more than $105,000 for its programs, including $22,000 for the PNA Hot Meal Program and Greenwood Senior Center during the Raise the Paddle portion of the live auction.

Bow ties and big hats were everywhere.


Amelia Serafin (dressed as a jockey) and her mother, Laurie (wearing a gorgeous hat with a long peacock feather that required a decent amount of clearance from passersby), sold raffle tickets for the Case ‘O Cash ($1,000).


The Case ‘O Cash was won by Jack Herndon (dressed as a horse), who immediately donated it back to the PNA. (Below is Jack and Bill Fenimore, the PNA’s Director of Facilities.)


Once again, the Defenders of Greenwood donated dinner for four at Station 21, which sparked a frenzy of bidding.


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PNA survey on neighborhood Trick or Treat event

February 12th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Group, which replaced the Greenwood-Phinney Chamber of Commerce, is considering changing the neighborhood’s annual – and very popular – Safe Trick or Treat event, set for 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

They’re considering whether to ask trick-or-treaters to purchase event bags for $2 in order to participate, with all proceeds from sales of the bags going to the Greenwood Food Bank. The idea behind the change is to tie the business give-away event to giving back to the community.

But they’d like to hear the community’s thoughts first (business owners and residents). Complete this short survey by Tuesday, Feb. 19. We’ll post the results the following week.

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PNA Winter Festival brings together 115 artists and craft vendors

November 20th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair on Dec. 1-2 features 115 artists and crafts vendors, plus hundreds of musicians and dancers, a bake sale and a quilt raffle. More than 4,000 people are expected to shop for holiday gifts at the Winter Festival.

From the 2010 Winter Festival.

Arts and crafts run the gamut from garden art to hand-made clothing, housewares and children’s toys, while the entertainment ranges from souse to marimba, Appalachian cloggers, blue grass and Middle Eastern belly dancers.

Raffle tickets for the quilt are $1 and can be purchased now at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., or at the Winter Festival. The drawing will be at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2; the winner does not need to be present to win.

The Winter Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2. Admission is $2 for PNA members and $4 for non-members. Children 12 and under are free.

(Disclosure: PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the PNA Winter Festival.)

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Construction begins on elevator inside Phinney Center

July 25th, 2012 by Doree

Construction crews have begun work on installing the new elevator inside the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Blue Building, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The elevator is part of the PNA’s Capital Campaign, which paid to purchase the buildings from the Seattle School District, will bring the campus up to ADA and seismic standards, add a community plaza, and fixed many things, such as the roof, sewer and insulation.

The elevator will service all three floors. On the main (second) floor, it will be in the current front-door foyer, about where the soda machine was (below).

And here’s where it will be on the third floor, near the Phinney Center Gallery.

Thanks to the PNA for the photos.


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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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