CPR/Stroke Classes for Seniors

Lear Hands-Only CPR flier

Of the many people who experience major medical emergencies each year, a number of the victims do not receive the help they need because their emergencies are not obvious—to themselves or passersby.

EMS has designed a free, non-certifiable course especially for seniors* to help them recognize the signs of stroke, learn hands-only CPR, and learn what to say to 911 dispatchers when someone is experiencing a medical emergency.

There will be a free, one-hour training at Balllard Community Center on Oct. 23 from 10:30-11:30 am.

Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
October 23, 2017
10:30 – 11:30 AM

Please consider taking the time to attend this class. You could be the difference in someone’s life.

* Notes: This class is intended for those 60 and older, but you will not be turned away if you attend.  This is a FREE class. No preregistration required. Just show up and sign in when you arrive. If you cannot attend one of the classes offered in October, there will be others offered in locations around Seattle through winter and spring of 2018.

(Original posting appeared on Nextdoor.com by Recreation Specialist Carol Baxter-Clubine with the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation:  carol.baxter@seattle.gov).

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Pig Out with PNA Village

Pig Out to Root Out Hunger

Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 27) is the PNA’s “Pig Out to Root Out Hunger”!

PNA Village staff will be at the 74th Street Alehouse (7401 Greenwood Ave N) for lunch at 11:15 AM tomorrow, and we’d love for Village members and volunteers to join us!

Please let us know if you’ll be there so we can save you a spot—you may call us at 206.789.1217 or  email village@phinneycenter.org .

Hope to see you Wednesday!


What is Pig Out to Root Out Hunger? Pig Out is a neighborhood fundraising event for the PNA’s Hot Meal Program. Restaurants, pubs, and cafes in Phinney/Greenwood donate 15% of proceeds from September 27 to help fund three free meals every week—two dinners and a lunch—at the Greenwood Senior Center and St. John United Lutheran Church. The program serves over 16,000 meals a year to mostly low-income, disabled, and elderly neighborhood residents. Last year participating restaurants raised over $6,000 for the Hot Meal Program.

Breakfast, lunch, coffee break, happy hour, dinner and dessert! There’s a place for ’em all… you can pig out all day!

2017 Pig Out business participants:

74th Street Ale House | 7401 Greenwood Ave N
A La Mode Pies | 5821 Phinney Ave N
Bluebird Ice Cream | 7400 Greenwood Ave N
Caffe Vita | 7402 Greenwood Ave N
The Cookie Counter | 7415 Greenwood Ave N
El Chupacabra | 6711 Greenwood Ave N
FlintCreek Cattle Co. | 8421 Greenwood Ave N
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery | 8570 Greenwood Ave N
Fresh Flours | 6015 Phinney Ave N
Gainsbourg | 8550 Greenwood Ave N
Georgia’s Greek Restaurant | 323 NW 85th St
The Goat on Greenwood | 6722 Greenwood Ave N
Herkimer Coffee | 7320 Greenwood Ave N
Hecho | 7314 Greenwood Ave N
Naked City Brewery & Taphouse | 8564 Greenwood Ave N

The Olive and Grape | 8516 Greenwood Ave N
Opus Co. | 7410 Greenwood Ave N
Pete’s Eggnest | 7717 Greenwood Ave N
Prost! | 7311 Greenwood Ave N
Razzis Pizzeria | 8523 Greenwood Ave N
Red Mill Burgers | 312 N 67th St
Ridge Pizza | 7217 Greenwood Ave N
Teachers Lounge | 8505 Greenwood Ave N
Teasome | 6412 Phinney Ave N
Thaiku | 6705 Greenwood Ave N
Wing Dome | 7818 Greenwood Ave N
Yanni’s Greek Restaurant | 7419 Greenwood Ave N
The Yard Cafe | 8313 Greenwood Ave N

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Summer Potluck & BBQ

Join us this Sunday!

PNA Village Summer Potluck & BBQ
Sunday, August 13
1 – 3 PM
Ida Culver House Ravenna
(2315 NE 65th Street)

This is a favorite Village summer event, sponsored by our partner ERA Living. Please bring a friend and introduce them to the Village…this is a family friendly event and kids and grand kids are welcome!

Please consider bringing a dish to share, according to the first letter of your last name:

A – F:  Salad or side dish

G – O:  Salad or side Dish (you were originally assigned meat to grill but we’ve had a gracious donation from Safeway!)

P – Z:  Dessert

If you would prefer, you may donate money that will be used to purchase food. $10 is suggested. ERA Living will provide coffee, lemonade, and ice cream.

We will also have a new member orientation before the potluck, at noon. If you are a new member, or if you are bringing a friend who might like to learn more, please consider attending!

Also, due to the smoke in our air over the last week, we have made arrangements with Ida Culver to have some tables and chairs inside. However, the forecast shows that she smoke should clear in a few days so hopefully it won’t be an issue.

Full Members, please let the Village know as soon as possible if you need a ride to the orientation and/or potluck. Call us at (206) 789-1217 or email village@phinneycenter.org

Your RSVP is appreciated but not required. We hope to see you on Sunday!

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Safe and Sound in the Hospital

Did you know that medical errors in the hospital are the third leading cause of death in our country?¹ A successful hospital experience includes knowing what actions patients and their families should take.

Please join us for:

Safe & Sound in the Hospital: A Short Course on Patient Safety
Tuesday, July 25
10 am – noon
Greenwood Senior Center

RSVP to village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

Participants will learn about some of the opportunities and challenges that hospitals face and what patients and their families can do to help. Bring a notebook to write down specific tips and tools that you can use when you or a loved one is in the hospital.

This content was compiled by and presented with permission of CampaignZERO, a non-profit organization dedicated to zeroing out preventable medical errors. (For more information visit campaignzero.org. )

¹ Journal of Patient Safety, Sept 2013 – Vol 9 – Issue 3 p 122-128.

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Village Game Group this Thursday

Do you have fond memories of playing board games with your family when you were a child, or as a parent? Or maybe you played word tile games with friends from school, or know folks who love playing games with number tiles or dominoes?

If any or all of the above apply to you, now is the time to check out the new PNA Village Game Group! No intense competition expected—just a fun time playing games together. We may have some of your old favorite games as well as ones that are new to you. You’re also welcome to bring your own favorite game!

Please join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 1:15 – 2:45 PM in the meeting room of the Broadview Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

SPL Broadview Branch
12755 Greenwood Ave N.

There is a parking lot available at the library. The location is also served by Metro bus routes 5, 345, 355.

(Event is not sponsored by The Seattle Public Library.)

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Your Village at the Phinney Farmers Market

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We’ll have an informational table at the Phinney Farmers Market tomorrow (Phinney Center Parking lot – 6532 Phinney Ave N), so please drop by to say hello!

Also, if you would like to help out with our table we have 2 shifts available: 3:30 – 5:30 PM and 5:30 – 7:30 PM. (If you can’t commit to a whole shift, no problem…we’d love to have you there just part of the time.) This is an awesome chance to talk to people who might not know about our wonderful village.

We will be there on the 3rd Friday of every month, so if you’re not available tomorrow but would like to help on another day, please let Rebecca know: call 206.789.1217 or email  rebeccaf@phinneycenter.org.

Hope to see you this Friday!

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Celebrating 15 Years of the Village Movement with Dr. Atul Gawande

PNA Village is proud to announce that renowned surgeon, public health researcher and writer Dr. Atul Gawande will be the guest speaker at the 15th Celebration of the founding of Beacon Hill Village and the subsequent Village Movement they inspired on Monday, February 13, 2017.

20696006His conversation, entitled “Being Mortal’s Villages: The Value of Community and Choice as we Grow Older,” will be moderated by Robin Young, host of NPR’s Here & Now, and feature a discussion on aging, living life with purpose, and how we can transform the possibilities for the later chapters in everyone’s lives. The live event will begin at 2pm PST and be simulcast from Boston to more than 150 of the 350-plus villages open and in development across the country, including the PNA Village.

All are welcome to join the PNA Village for a viewing party and subsequent conversation facilitated by Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community, and the Common Good.

The Village Movement is a burgeoning, world-wide movement that champions an alternative approach for adults as they grow older. Villages are unique in that they are created by and for older adults, empowering their members to make wise, safe, and vibrant choices about how they wish to live.

WHEN:  Monday, February 13, 2017; 1:30 – 4:00 PM
WHERE:  Phinney Neighborhood Center, Brick Building, Community Hall
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (parking and elevator)

Phinney Books1 will be at the event with copies of Being Mortal for purchase. Cash or credit cards accepted.

Please bring a snack or dessert to share and RSVP at 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org

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What YOU Can Do For Our Newsletter

PNA Village Connections newslettersAre you interested in writing, editing, desktop publishing, or even seeing your writing featured on our blog? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

You can help your PNA Village Connections newsletter in any of the following ways:

  • Join us! The newsletter committee meets just four times per year for a planning session. You choose what you’d like to write and/or what tasks you can do. (You’ll need access to a reliable computer and the Internet, as this is the committee’s primary mode of communication.)
  • Suggest ideas or information you’d like to see covered in our newsletter and/or blog.
  • Write! We’re always looking for new topics to cover.
  • Take photos! Take photos of Village events and activities.
  • Help us mail the newsletter. We always can use help folding and preparing the newsletter for mailing.
  • Provide technical help. Two of our prime needs right now are for a person comfortable doing page layout for the printed version of the newsletter (using InDesign, Publisher or Word) as well as a person comfortable preparing the newsletter for email distribution using Vertical Response.

If any of these things sound interesting to you, please contact the Village office at 206-789-1217.

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A Place to Share and be Heard

PNA Village writing group

By Alyssa McFarland

If you write—stories, memoirs, poems, haiku, what-have-you—and would like an audience to hear you read your writing out loud, there’s a group for that: the PNA Village Writing Group.

Carol Beach started the group in early 2015. She recalls, “After joining the PNA Village I felt a need to reach deeper into myself and pull out some life stories making them into poems, memoirs, and short stories. So I started the Village Writing Group and found that others felt the same way—a place to share and be heard.

“I think that we all need a space that allows us to explore what we think and feel…”

Typically, members go around the table taking turns reading something they’ve written. There’s no requirement that the work be new…some have read work that is decades old! You can ask for feedback if you would like it, but it’s not a critique group: it’s writers supporting other writers.

Wilma Bishop has shared some memoirs with the group, like the story of her first ride in a hot air balloon. She had previously been part of a memoir writing group that dissolved, and is hoping the PNA Village Writing Group will be just as rewarding.

Terry Cook has been sharing a serial story about a teenager in the 1950s working as a cowgirl. She joined the group to motivate herself to write. She finds it to be a “supportive environment to try out different stories.”

“I think that we all need a space that allows us to explore what we think and feel,” says Cook. “Writing is one way to do that, but being able to share that with others in an open forum validates our musings.”

The PNA Village Writing Group meets at Home Street Bank’s community room on the 4th Friday of each month, from 11am to noon. The group welcomes new members.

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Fall Village Potluck on November 5

Aspens | ©2016 HouseofHank.mePlease join us for our rescheduled Village potluck!


Fall Village Potluck
Saturday, November 5
4 – 6 PM
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street


This will be a fun and casual event for members and volunteers with lots of fun and socializing…please consider bringing a friend that you might like to introduce to your wonderful Village. And as ever, bring your family, kids, and grand kids!

Please bring dishes to share* according to the first letter of your last name:
A – F: Main Dish
G – O:  Dessert
P – Z:  Side or Salad

*Please bring serving utensils for your dishes.

If you would prefer, you may donate money that will be used to purchase food.  A $10 donation is suggested.

Please contact the Village office and let us know if you plan to attend. We really hope to see you there!  As always, if you wake up on the morning of the potluck and decide you want to join us, please do just come!

PNA Village office: 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org

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