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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84th Birthday, redux

84th Birthday Redux| ©2016 HouseofHank.me

By Marilyn Zuckerman

for those who still love peace and seek it

After all these years
of hoping that things will get better—
so this poem is for every child gunned down,
blown up as they walk down in the streets of their villages,
in Mexico
in Sudan
in the Congo and cities in America—
for every child who goes to bed hungry
for the homeless abroad and in the U.S.A.
for the victims of border wars and those kidnapped by drug
lords or pirates,
renditioned by the state itself
for those sent overseas and those who come back damaged
for the elderly, who now must work until they die
for all the species of birds, animals and plants that will become
extinct in a new, Great Dying
for cities slowly drowned by the rising seas, from glacier melt
and bad levees
for the millions of refugees on the road and in camps that barely
keep alive
for those living in failed states, trying to lead lives of quiet
decency
for the dying of the earth and the terror of nuclear disaster
for those who still love peace and seek it
For those who tell the truth and are murdered for it.

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This poem was written 8 years ago. Tragically things have not gotten better. Events in Syria and Yemen have deteriorated as in many other places. Many people are worse off than before. The question is: what are we going to do about it?

From my book, In The Ninth Decade, from Red Dragonfly Press. Also published in the anthology, Perfect Dragonfly, from Red Dragonfly Press.

http://marilynzuckermanpoet.com

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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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Volunteer Recruitment Event: October 15 at GSC

By Marguerite Langlois

A friendly phone call to see how you’re doing. A reliable driver happy to take you to the doctor, or for groceries, or to a movie. A smiling helper arriving at your door to work with you on a few tasks where you need an extra hand. Someone specifically trained to provide support for you at doctor visits. And many more volunteers doing all kinds of things –our Village volunteers are, as we often say, the heart of our Village program.

Can you help us recruit more volunteers as our Village continues to grow? On Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Greenwood Senior Center, we are having a volunteer recruitment event from 3:30– 4:45 for people who are interested in volunteering and want to know more. People who may be interested in volunteering will get a chance to hear our volunteers and our volunteer program coordinators talk about what it’s like to provide support that helps people age in their own homes and communities, and the many types of volunteering available. There will be time for questions and discussion. If people want to, they can fill out preliminary paperwork and sign up for training. Those who attend are also invited, as our guests, to our Village fall potluck at 5:00.

So “tell all your friends and relations” – anyone you think might be interested in volunteering with the Village. (You too, if you’re interested!) Invite them to the information session to hear all about it, and to the potluck as our guests, to meet more members and volunteers. Give them the Village email address: village@phinneycenter.org and our phone number, 206-789-1217, to find out more and to register for the event. Tell them this is their chance to help change the face of aging in our community, one member, one volunteer, one connection at a time.

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Saturday October 15
3:30-4:45 pm: PNA Village volunteer recruitment event
5-7 pm: fall potluck
Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th Street

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Casual Uncluttering at GSC

Professional Organizer Lauren Williams will do a traveling demonstration of a typical organizing session, while humorously discussing what to do with those confusing items everyone has laying around.

Learn organizing techniques and tips on preparing for disasters, choosing contractors and where to donate!

Casual Uncluttering
Tuesday, August 9
10:30 – 12:00 pm
Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th Street

Free event. Please register by calling: 206-297-0875.

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PNA Village Summer Potluck and BBQ

This summer’s event will be held Sunday, August 7 from 1 – 3 pm at Ida Culver House Ravenna, 2315 NE 65th Street, Seattle.

This will be a fun and casual event for members and volunteers with lots of socializing and games. Please bring your family, kids, and grand kids. Would you like to introduce a friend to the Village? Bring them! The more the merrier!

In the spirit of community, the meal will be a potluck. Please bring dishes to share* according to the first letter of your last name:

A – F: Salad or side dish
G – O: Meat or veggie meat + buns for grill
P – Z: Dessert

*Please bring serving utensils for your dishes.

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 juice.

If you are a Full Village member and would like to request a ride, please contact the PNA Village by today, Friday July 29.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend by Tuesday, August 2, so we are sure to have enough food and drinks for everyone! Contact the PNA Village office: 206-789-1217 or village@phinneycenter.org

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Cheese, Goats, and Kids at the Phinney Farmer’s Market

By Richard Gillett

Cheese, Goats and Kids!

This goat farm is a family enterprise: Collin Medeiros, his wife Rebecca, and four children staffed the booth on opening day!

Attendance at the June 3 opening of the Phinney Farmer’s Market broke records in both revenue for the farmers ($23,729) and attendance (1975 people)!  Among the new vendors this year is Burton Hill Farms, a Grade A certified goat dairy farm on Vashon Island. The farm has 50 goats; 14 are currently milking.

Goat cheese is a specialty at Burton Hill, with naturally aged Feta Cheese and also a special blue cheese. But there’s also goat milk for lactose intolerant people, goat soap, and other products. Last Friday (June 10) was popular at the booth—I bought the last 4 oz. block of Feta fairly early on in the session (Market hours: 3:30-7:30).

Collin Medeiros told me that his 13 year old son George would be milking goats that evening. His five-year old, Peter, has a favorite goat—Mississippi.

So it seems that kids go together with kids!

Phinney Market

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Housing Affordability and Liveability Focus Groups

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Housing Affordability and Liveability Focus Groups
Monday, June 13, 6:30 to 7:45 PM
Sunday, July 31, 1-3 PM
Greenwood Public Library
8016 Greenwood Ave N

PNA Village Member Mary Holscher invites you to come to one or both of these community conversations about the Housing Affordability and Liveability Agenda (HALA) that she has scheduled at the Greenwood Public Library. Mary is a member of one of the newly-formed Focus Groups for HALA, along with four other people from the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Urban Village. They are part of a Focus Group of about 40 people who live in or close by “Lower Density Urban Villages,” which also includes Madison-Miller, Morgan Junction, Ravenna, South Park, Upper Queen Anne, Wallingford, Westwood-Highland Park (outside area: Magnolia, Sand Point).

The Focus Group meets monthly at City Hall and is open to the public. Mary’s intention is to bring concerns and questions from people who live in our neighborhood to Focus Group discussions and also bring what she is learning about HALA to our neighborhood. She hopes to become a more informed and helpful HALA Focus Group member through talking with you. She looks forward to learning from you and sharing with you what she is learning!

Detailed information about HALA is at www.seattle.gov/hala.

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Save the Date! Summer BBQ & Potluck

Summer potluck 2015

Mark your calendars now for this favorite summer event at Ida Culver House Ravenna, sponsored by our program partner ERA living.

New Village members will have orientation before joining the potluck so you can help welcome them to our community!

PNA Village Summer BBQ & Potluck
Sunday, Aug. 7
1-3 pm
Ida Culver House Ravenna

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