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


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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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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