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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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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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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Village Writing Group

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Please join us for an invigorating writing group starting February, 2015! 

Write about your life or others in memoir form, poetry, short stories, or books. Test out those tantalizing phrases with us in a comfortable, non-judgmental setting. We will meet monthly at the Couth Buzzard, Greenwood Ave, on an agreed-upon day.

If interested, email PNA Village Member Carol Beach at cbeach5122@gmail.com .

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“Generation Nice” at Herkimer Coffee

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“The Millenials” (Bon Duke © 2014 The New York Times Company)

By Dick Gillett

A few weeks ago, as I reported to my regular coffee hangout at Herkimer Coffee, on Greenwood and 74th, Josh, the barista greeted me as I put in my usual order for a macchiato.

“How are you, Dick?” he asked.

“Terrible,” I responded. I’d just finished reading the morning papers, their headlines proclaiming depressing news the world over.

“That was your mistake,” he responded cheerily.

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Since my wife and I arrived in Seattle in 2007, I’ve been going to Herkimer’s for my morning macchiato at least three times a week, and a good part of the reason I go is the baristas who work there. To a person they are cheerful, upbeat and just plain nice. Most are “millennials”, born between about 1980 and 2000, although a few are “Gen Xers”, born from the early 1960s to about 1980.

At about the same time Josh joked with me about the news, a prominent story titled “Generation Nice” in the New York Times made me think of this barista crew at Herkimer’s. In the few minutes conversation affords while your coffee is made I’ve learned a surprising amount about them over time. As a member of the so-called “Greatest Generation” (putting me in my 80s), I’m interested in building bridges between generations. We of Planet Earth are going to have to make it together or not at all.

So here’s a glimpse of their thoughts and aspirations, mundane and otherwise.

One early conversation I had with Josh, for example, touched on the 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard we both knew.

Then there is Chad, a UW grad with a master’s degree in sculpture, who wears T-Shirts that frequently prompt you to ask about them. Recently one bore just the word “Claptrap”, so I asked him what it meant.

“It’s the name of a “fictional, 1920s-era robotic band.”

O ka-a-a-y.

Then we have Cassidy, a serious musician whose indie rock band Pickwick appeared on stage this summer at Benaroya Hall with another group, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and the Seattle Symphony! And Jay, who is studying at Seattle U. for a masters degree in music administration.

Also in the arts is Janelle, an anthropology major who became seriously interested in Arab music and dance. This in turn has informed her of the great importance of valuing Arab culture and history, and she’s been twice to Egypt. She also dances and teaches dance.

Marisa was a Spanish major at UW (we have practiced Spanish occasionally). Her plans are to complete the prerequisites for a degree in occupational therapy. And Elaine, the manager, has worked for Herkimer’s for six years and likes the coffee business as a profession. She also has her bachelor’s degree.

Finally, Erin is a writer on food issues. She’s soon leaving Herkimer’s to work as assistant web editor at Yes! Magazine. She recently reviewed a conference convened in South America for subsistence farmers at high altitudes, whose crops are becoming at risk due to global climate change.

At my age I may not be alone in thinking the world is going to hell in a hand basket; that we of the generations preceding have left an awful, awful mess. I sense that these Herkimer millennials and Gen Xers know that. Yet they are smart and cheerful, and appear to have a sense of where they are going.

Maybe we are going to make it!

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Author Dick Gillett is a Member of PNA Village and a retired Episcopal priest. His previous article, “Martín’s Journey to the White House”, was published August 26, 2014.

“The Millennials Are Generation Nice” by Sam Tanenhaus, published August 15, 2014 by The New York Times.

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PNA Village Piano Benefit Concert

Monica Chiyoung Yoon

Please join for an intimate musical evening

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A Benefit for the Village

Monica Chiyoung Yoon, Pianist

Sponsored by PNA Village members Donald & Gloria Swisher

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
6-8 pm
Phinney Center Brick Building, Community Hall

Program will begin promptly at 6:15 pm. Delicious hors d’ouevres provided by FareStart.

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A special thank you to Don and Gloria Swisher for underwriting this event, and to A-1 Piano for donating a grand piano for the event. Proceeds benefit the PNA Village program.

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PNA Village Piano Benefit Concert
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
6-8 pm
PNA Brick Building, Community Hall
6615 Dayton Avenue N. Seattle, WA

Click for tickets: Get Tickets »
I cannot attend but would like to make a donation:  Donation »

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Mud Bay & PNA Village

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Have you heard the news? Mud Bay has generously partnered with PNA Village to help our members and their animal companions.

  • Do you need someone to walk your older dog once a week on an ongoing basis?
  • Need a friendly cat visitor while recovering from an illness?
  • Interested in preparing an emergency kit for your cat or dog?

Mud Bay staff have been trained as PNA Village volunteers and are eager to help provide assistance with these and other tasks!

logo-mudbayMud Bay stores and employees are a wealth of information for all your pet care questions. From tips on how to choose a healthy dog food to how to brush your cat’s teeth, they’ve got great handouts available in stores and online. Helpful “Creating an Emergency Kit” checklists for dogs and cats (available in-store) are valuable additions to your own emergency preparedness kits.

Our friendly Greenwood Mud Bay is located just across from Fred Meyer at 8532 1st Avenue NW (206.789.7977) and available online at: http://mudbay.com/stores/Seattle/Greenwood

There’s also a Mud Bay in Ballard, located at 5314 15th Avenue NW (206.783.1328) and available online at: http://mudbay.com/stores/Seattle/Ballard

Contact the Village today at village@phinneycenter.org or call 206.789.1217 to get connected with these great volunteers!

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Fresh Pick: Our Summer Newsletter

PNA Village CONNECTIONS newsletter Summer 2014

It’s here! Our summer “Connections” edition is hot off the presses and ready for your enjoyment in whichever format you prefer−mail, email, or online−or all three! Check it out here first:

http://www.phinneycenter.org/village/newsletters/PNA_Village_2014_07.pdf
(Adobe Reader required to view PDF file)

We hope you’re enjoying these summer days…and thanks for reading!

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More June Events!

Kshama Sawant event

There are some great events blooming across Seattle in the next couple of weeks, from the continuation of our beloved Phinney Farmer’s Market and the PNA Summer Blood Drive on the 20th, discussions about raising the minimum wage sponsored by the One World Group/St. Andrew’s Episcopal on the 24th, and the ever-popular Greenwood Car Show on the 28th!

See details for each event below:

PNA Summer Blood DrivePNA Summer Blood Drive
Friday, June 20
1-7pm
Blood Drive in Rooms 1 & 2, street level of our PNA Blue Building

Did you know that PNA partners with the Puget Sound Blood Center several times a year to bring a blood drive to the neighborhood?  Your donation can save up to 3 lives! For more information on how to donate or to make an appointment please visit: https://schedule.psbc.org/DonorPortal/Default.aspx

Phinney Farmer's MarketPhinney Farmers Market
Fridays
until October 3 (closed July 4)
3-7pm
Upper parking lot at the PNA

Kids and dogs welcomed! For a list of what’s ripe and ready each week, see: http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/ripe-n-ready/ripe-n-ready

One World Group of St. Andrew’s Church
Tuesday, June 24
7 pm

111 NE 80th Street, Seattle

Free and open to the public. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant will discuss Seattle’s new $15 per hour minimum wage and other civic topics. For more information please contact Will Lewis: lewis.willb@gmail.com

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Greenwood Car Show
Saturday, June 28
8 am to 4 pm
Greenwood Avenue North between North 67th and North 90th Streets in Seattle

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June’s Classic Music

Deutzia spp.| ©2014 HouseofHank.meAll are welcome at our Village classical music get-together on Wednesday, June 25 at 7pm − Please feel free to bring a friend, bring a CD, or just bring yourself and your musical interest!

RSVP to Dick Gillett at 206.789.1354 or email dgillseattle@yahoo.com. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, June 25
7—9 pm
The Gillett residence (just a few blocks from the PNA towards Green Lake—call 206.789.1354 or email Dick at dgillseattle@yahoo.com for the street address)

We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!

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