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


Call for artists for Phinney Center Gallery in 2015

August 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is accepting submissions for its 2015 gallery season for visual artists working in 2D or 3D media for individual or group shows. Submission deadline is Sept. 8 at 10 p.m. More information and the online application are here.

The Phinney Center Gallery is located in the historic Phinney Center in Seattle, Washington. Our gallery shows are advertised to 17,000 local community members and 3,000-4,000 viewers visit the Phinney Center each month. Our gallery has approximately 100 linear feet of wall space (depending on configuration of walls), as well as display capacity for three-dimensional work in locked glass cases and pedestals. The gallery will provide insurance. Priority consideration for gallery shows will go to artists working in the Puget Sound area who are not currently represented by a commercial gallery.

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Community solar project being installed at Phinney Center

August 18th, 2014 by Doree

Crews have been working to install the first North Seattle community solar project at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. The solar panels themselves will be installed today.


On the roof of the PNA’s Blue Building, with Green Lake in the background. Photo courtesy Puget Sound Solar.

Woodland Park Zoo also is getting two large photovoltaic solar arrays as part of the same project, which is sponsored by Seattle City Light. Together, the zoo and the PNA’s arrays will comprise about 74 kilowatts of solar.

Customers can buy one or more units for $150 each. Investors will receive annual City Light energy credits and Washington State incentive payments until 2020, when the solar systems will belong completely to the PNA and the zoo.

Update: Here are two pictures of the first panels being installed today. (Thanks to the PNA for the photos.)



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Registration open for PNA Garage Sale Day on May 17

April 25th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association‘s Garage Sale Day is on Saturday, May 17. The deadline to register yard sales to be included on the special map is May 10.

Clean out your closets for PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day on May 17th. Visit phinneycenter.org/garagesale or call (206) 783-2244 by May 10th to register your yard sale or reserve a space at the Phinney Center flea market. Registered sales will be listed on the official Garage Sale Day map, available May 16th. New this year, SpatialDev has designed an interactive online map of all sale location which will allow you to sort for categories, get directions and enhance your selling experience. PNA will provide a print map as well.

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Grab your glad rags and come to the Roaring 20s auction at the PNA

April 17th, 2014 by Doree

Get all dolled up in your swankiest 1920′s attire for the annual PNA auction from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

You can get a sneak peek at some of the hundreds of items to bid on, including vacations to Puerta Vallarta and Las Vegas, Zoo Tunes season tickets, gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants and shops, and the ever-popular dinner with the Defenders of Greenwood at Fire Station 21.

Cost is $55 per person (or $75 at the patron level). Reserve a table for 10 for $550/$750. You can buy your tickets online, in person at the PNA, or call 206-783-2244.


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Phinney Center seeks new Development Director

March 10th, 2014 by Doree

Ann Bowden is retiring as Development Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. She has been instrumental in the PNA’s successful Capital Campaign, which has raised millions to renovate the campus and its buildings and bring the Blue Building up to ADA standards with its new elevator. Congratulations on your retirement, Ann!

So, the PNA is seeking a new Development Director. Click here for a complete job description.

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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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Community raises more than $13,000 for Greenwood family that lost everything in house fire

December 17th, 2013 by Doree

The community has rallied around a Greenwood family of three that lost nearly everything in a house fire on Dec. 2. An online fund set up to help the family had an initial goal of raising $10,000. Today it stands at $12,334.

And Phinney Neighborhood Association Executive Director Lee Harper tells us that Winter Festival participants on Dec. 7-8 donated an additional $1,035 to help the family get back on their feet.

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PNA Village looking for volunteer drivers

December 11th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Village program is recruiting volunteer drivers to escort senior citizens to various destinations, such as doctor appointments and running errands.

The PNA Village, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is a community group dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.

We need volunteer drivers to transport members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

If you’d like to give some of your time and energy to help people remain happily in their own homes as they age, please volunteer to be a driver. Contact Liz at (206)789-1217 or lizw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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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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Santa pictures at Phinney Center on Thursday to raise money for homeless, food banks

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Santa will be at the Phinney Neighborhood Association on Thursday afternoon posing for free pictures and asking for donations to help the homeless and local food banks.

Pictures are from 4-6:30 p.m. at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 5. Bring your own camera/phone. It’s free, but please consider making a donation to help local food banks and homeless causes that The Seattle Santa and Mrs. Claus support.

Santa (actually a Greenwood resident named Dan) and Mrs. Claus will be handing out candy canes too. Check out details and pictures from past The Seattle Santa events here.

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