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Phinney Center to show all U.S. Women’s Olympic soccer games live on the big screen

July 24th, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association will show every U.S. Women’s Olympic soccer game live on its 14-by-8-foot movie screen in the Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

It’s free, but donations will be accepted, and you can bring your own food and drink. All ages are welcome. Doors open 30 minutes before game time.

The first game starts at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, when the USA takes on France.

The U.S. competes against Colombia starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Then they take on Korea DPR at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31.

Check the website for information on later games if the U.S. advances.

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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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Sign up now for Woodland Soccer Club fall program

May 23rd, 2012 by Doree

Registration for this fall’s session of the Woodland Soccer Club is now open. Woodland’s boundaries are between Lake Union and N/NW 85th Street, and 8th Avenue NW and I-5. Register before June 1 for lower rates and a better chance of getting on a team with friends or classmates.

Younger players (under 9) play with modified soccer rules. “Mod Soccer” allows play with fewer players on smaller fields. This gives the kids more touches on the ball and more involvement. Each team is made of players of the same age and sex. The teams play other teams from nearby clubs. Teams usually play 8 games starting the first weekend after Labor Day.

U7 (born Aug 05 – July 07) kids play on teams of 6 kids each. The games are 3 vs 3. Most U7 teams practice once a week. Games are on Saturdays at Wallingford Park.

Check out the website for more information or to register online.

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USA vs. France in the Women’s World Cup on the big screen at PNA Wednesday morning

July 12th, 2011 by Doree

Team USA takes on France in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup Wednesday morning, and you can watch it live on the big screen at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., game starts at 9 a.m. Suggested donation is $3 for adults, $2 for children, or $10 for the whole family. Refreshments will be available.

Later, watch Sweden vs. Japan in the other semifinal matchup. Doors for that match open at 11:15 a.m., games starts at 11:45 a.m.

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USA plays Brazil in Women’s World Cup on Sunday, see it on the big screen at Pig ‘n Whistle

July 9th, 2011 by Doree

Team USA will play Brazil in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup Sunday morning, and you can see it live on the big screen at the Pig ‘n Whistle Pub, 8412 Greenwood Ave. N. Doors open at 8 a.m., game starts at 8:30 a.m.

The Pig ‘n Whistle teamed up with the Phinney Neighborhood Center to show all Sunday games of the Women’s World Cup. All other games are being shown at the Phinney Center’s Community Hall in the brick building, on a giant screen.

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USA plays Sweden in Women’s World Cup, 11:45 a.m. today on the big screen at Phinney Center

July 6th, 2011 by Doree

The USA women’s soccer team plays Sweden in the Women’s World Cup in Germany today. You can watch it live on a huge screen at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. (in the brick building).

Doors open at 11:15 a.m.; game starts at 11:45 a.m. Refreshments will be sold, and you can get your team colors on by face painter Alethea. Suggested donation is $3 for adults, $2 for children, or $10 for the whole family.

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Phinney Center hosting women’s World Cup on big screen this summer

June 16th, 2011 by Doree

After last year’s successful run of showing men’s World Cup soccer on a huge screen at the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s Community Hall, they’ll be doing it again this summer for the women’s World Cup.

About 20 soccer matches will be shown live on a giant 14-by-8 feet movie screen from June 26 through July 17. The PNA’s Community Hall is in the Brick Building, on the corner of North 67th Street and Dayton Avenue North. Enter through the PNA’s lower parking lot.

The U.S. Women’s team – which is a two-time World Cup champion and currently ranked number one – will compete against 15 of the world’s best teams in Germany.

Home country favorites, Germany, have won two straight World Cups, while the U.S. team is coming off a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a record 8th Algarve Cup win. Brazil, led by five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, Marta, hopes to shed the runner-up label and win its first major global soccer title.

Families from all over Puget Sound can experience the excitement of a World Cup at this all-ages event. Entry to this event will be on a first come first serve basis. Suggested donations for the event are $3/game for adults; $2/game for children (under 18) or $10/game for families. Refreshments will be on hand.

The event is co-hosted by the Pig ‘n Whistle Pub, which will show all Sunday matches. Both venues are all ages.

(Image courtesy of the Phinney Neighborhood Association.)

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Youth sports registrations

April 20th, 2011 by Doree

Youth sports are getting underway for the spring and summer. Here are two with upcoming registrations.

Woodland Soccer Club will open registration for fall soccer on May 1. WSC fields recreational soccer teams for kids U6-U19. Club boundaries are south of 85th Street to the Ship Canal, and NW 8th Avenue to I-5.

For more information and to register, click here.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s play-based tennis league for youth with little to no experience takes place at 14 community centers across the city.

The USTA (United States Tennis Association) developed QuickStart tennis, after decades of refining an introductory program, to get youth playing tennis. Last year Seattle was at the forefront of this initiative and created one of the largest leagues in the country with almost 150 youth and 25 volunteers, using age appropriate rackets and balls and shorter courts.

The league will consist of two age brackets: 7-8 year olds playing on a 36’ court (standard court is 78’ long) and 9-10 year olds playing on a 60’ court. Parks provides all equipment and supplies. The league fee is $35 per person for the eight week program. Practices start June 28, and signups begin May 24. Practices and matches take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parks highly encourages parent participation, as this is a family game!

Parks is looking for volunteer managers, which helps keep league fees very low. Volunteers can be tennis aficionados, parents, fans, or anyone who loves helping kids succeed. No tennis experience is required! There will be a free QuickStart volunteer training session on May 7 at AV Performance, 13203 NE 16th St in Bellevue, and on June 11 at The Racquet Training Center, 6310 NE 74th St. (Building 30 at Magnuson Park) in Seattle. Both are sponsored by the USTA and Aces Tennis, with National US Professional Tennis Association/US Professional Tennis Registry-certified trainer Tracie Mitchem.

For more information, call Carl Bergquist at 206-684-0780, or e-mail him. Click here for more information about QuickStart tennis.

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Crowd cheers on USA vs. Slovenia at PNA

June 18th, 2010 by Dale

An enthusiastic crowd filled the Phinney Center’s Community Hall this morning to see the USA’s soccer team tie Slovenia 2-2 in the World Cup.

Fans quieted by Slovenia’s 2-0 lead at the half got back into the game as the American team rallied. Here fans react as the USA lines up a scoring opportunity:

Cheers and chants of “USA! USA! USA!” rang out in between groans at missed goal kicks and refereeing calls that went against the American team.

Crowds have been averaging 60-70 per game, but attendance is all over the map, according to PNA World Cup organizer Alex Eckardt, who is the marketing director at the PNA.  ”Yesterday at the morning game we had three and at the afternoon game, we had 80.” The USA vs. England game sold out at 150 and today’s game appeared to have close to the same number of people.

One of the younger fans, 2 1/2-year-old Ramona Fenton got her game face on with help from Alethea the face painter.

Her mom, Ramona Fenton, pictured to the right, said it was the first game they’ve been able to attend and was impressed by the number of people showing up so early in the morning. “I think it’s great,” she said.

You can see the full schedule on the PNA World Cup site and on our PhinneyWood events calendar.

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Goal! PNA packed for early morning World Cup game

June 11th, 2010 by Doree

The doors opened at 6:30 this morning for the  first game of the 2010 World Cup, and 100 people filled the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s Community Hall to watch it live on the big screen. “I think it’s fantastic. I wasn’t sure about the early morning games, but this is encouraging,” Alex Eckardt, marketing director at the PNA, said. “This is beautiful – 100 people at 7 o’clock in the morning.”


Alex Eckardt, marketing director at the PNA, organized the World Cup showings.

Even Gabriel Campanario, the Seattle Times sketcher was there in the front row, so look for Phinney’s soccer fans to show up in the Times soon. Campanario previously sketched Eckardt for a preview on the World Cup on June 9.

The PNA is showing 45 of the World Cup matches over the next month; 40 of them will be live. Check out the full schedule. The next game is in just a few hours as Uruguay takes on France at 11:30 a.m. Doors open at the PNA at 10:30 a.m. Admission is by suggested donation of $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for the whole family.

(Sorry for the less than crisp photos. Dale had to use his cell phone camera in a darkened room.)

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Watch the World Cup in the neighborhood

June 10th, 2010 by Dale

We stopped by the Phinney Neighborhood Center this evening to see the setup for the 45 World Cup games the PNA will show between Friday and July 11.

Watching the Seattle Sounders play (even though they lost 3-2) was quite impressive when seen on a screen measuring roughly 14 feet by 8 feet that fills the entire stage in the center’s Community Hall.

The first game is Friday morning, South Africa vs. Mexico. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the game starts at 7 a.m. After that, watch Uruguay vs. France at 11:30 a.m. Pan Africa Market, a fixture at the Phinney Farmers Market, is serving food during the game and Althea the face painter will be there to help you get your game face on.

Expect big crowds at the PNA and other local venues including Prost and the Kangaroo and Kiwi for Saturday’s USA vs. England game, which starts at 11:30 a.m. 

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Soccer fever comes to the big screen at Phinney Center

June 8th, 2010 by Doree

Friday marks an important day for soccer fans everywhere as the 2010 World Cup begins in South Africa. For the first time, the Phinney Neighborhood Center at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. is getting in on the action by showing 45 World Cup matches on a high-definition big screen.

Admission is by suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for children under 18, or $10 for the whole family. The screen will be set up in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

All but five of the matches will be shown live. For a full list of the matches from June 11 through July 11, click here.

Families from all over town (and beyond) can experience the unique excitement of a World Cup at this all-ages event. In addition to a variety of food vendors you will also find face painters, great door prizes, and free WiFi to round out the event.

The World Cup comes around every four years and this year’s edition will be held in South Africa. It’s the first time that the tournament will be hosted on the African continent. The PNA will honor this momentous occasion by providing information about local charities that support African countries.

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