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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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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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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Better Together


Better Together: Power of Community Breakfast

Thursday, October 6
7:30-8:30 am (doors open at 7:15)
Greenwood Senior Center

Highlighting programs and services that support resilience and social connections for older adults in the community

Featuring keynote by Nancy Hooyman, Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Washington, School of Social Work
There is no cost to attend, however a minimum donation of $50 is suggested.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 28.


(You may also call 206.783.2244 to RSVP)

Can’t attend? You can still donate to the event and support our senior programs!


 Thank you to our sponsors:


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Patient No More

Please join us for a wonderful, free, health advocacy information session on Tuesday, September 27:

Patient No More! How Being a Participant in your own Care and Having a Health Advocate Can Save your Life

Greenwood Senior Center, East Room
Tuesday, September 27
10 AM—noon

WASHAAJoin Robin Shapiro, of WASHAA (the Washington State Health Advocacy Association), for a free session to learn more about how to improve your health care experience with skills and insights into becoming more active in your own health. Everyone has the ability to seek better choice and control in health care decision-making. This session will review some of the most important ways people can become full Participants by applying common health advocacy skills. Be ready for an interactive, hands-on session, with must-know tips for anyone who has ever assisted family, friends or themselves in navigating the health care system.

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

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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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Depression Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging

The Living Alone group meets twice a month at the Greenwood Senior Center. [KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott]

The Living Alone group meets twice a month at the Greenwood Senior Center.
[KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott]

By Ruby de Luna
KUOW—Feb 18, 2016

At the Greenwood Senior Center in Seattle, about two dozen older adults are gathered around a large table.

There’s homemade bread being passed around, and some handouts related to today’s discussion. The people in this group are mostly over age 65. Some are widowed, some are divorced, and some have never married. All live alone.

…according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is a common problem among older adults, but it’s not a normal part of aging.

Carin Mack, a geriatric social worker, starts the conversation. The topic: loneliness and isolation.

The Living Alone group, as it’s called, meets twice a month. The topic today is loneliness and isolation. Julia Robinson knows about this first hand.

“Anytime you have a medical procedure the issue of living alone crops up,” Robinson says. “You’re supposed to have someone stay with you the first night and all that nonsense. What I found is the phone works well if you keep it charged.”

It’s not just the practical challenges of living solo that the group wanted to talk about. There are emotional ones, too, like how to deal with loneliness.

Click here to read the rest of this article on KUOW’s website* (and listen to the broadcast).

*Editor’s note: Clicking on the link above will take you to the full article on the KUOW website. If you do not wish to leave the PNA Village webpage, please do not click the link.
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New PNA Village faces

By now, most of you have probably met PNA Village Director Riana Nolet and Volunteer Coordinator Alexandra (Alex) Gramps at the Senior Center or at one of our Village activities. If not, please join us at the next PNA Village event or stop by the Greenwood Senior Center and introduce yourself!

Alex Gramps

Alex Gramps, PNA Village Volunteer Coordinator

Hi, I am Alex (short for Alexandra) Gramps. I started volunteering for the Greenwood Senior Center in 2011 and fell in love with the center immediately. I have done a wide variety of volunteer and paid jobs at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, from data entry to serving hot dogs, and I’m delighted to be here now at the Village! I will be in the office 8 am-12 pm Monday-Friday. You can also find me working at the reception desk at the Phinney Center 1 pm-5 pm Monday-Friday. Please stop in and say hello!

I have a Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature from Smith College and a Master’s in Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. I was born in Seattle and currently live just a few blocks from the Phinney Center. Outside of work, I love to travel and dance. I have lived in 3 countries, traveled in 4 continents, and speak Italian. My favorite dance style is contra, and you can usually find me at the Friday night contra dances at the Phinney Center.



Riana Nolet, PNA Village Director

Hello Village Community! I’m thrilled to join the PNA Village and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m joining PNA Village with a background in nonprofit program management and a passion for community building. As a Seattle native and Greenwood resident, I’ve long been familiar with the work of the PNA and have always seen it as a pillar of strength for the surrounding community. After becoming more familiar with the inner workings of the PNA and the Village Program (mission, philosophy, and staff), it became clear that this was the ideal place for me to continue my career. Lucky for me, the feeling was mutual and I was hired in July as the PNA Village Director!

In addition to my work with the PNA Village, I work with the Hands for a Bridge Program based at Roosevelt High School (a social justice focused youth leadership program) which allows me to work with youth and educators in the community and to travel annually to South Africa. Although deeply committed to my work, I’m as equally committed to my playtime and enjoy going to see live music, dancing, yoga, eating delicious things, finding the best happy hours, and really anything involving friends, community, and fun. I’m eager to meet Village members and volunteers so if you are in the area, please stop in to say hello!

PNA Village
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th St, Seattle WA 98103 | 206.789.1217

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Two Fun Events This Weekend!


Please join us for one or both events this Sunday:

Village New Member Orientation
Sunday, January 17th
GSC West Room

A chance for Village members to get acquainted, or reacquainted, with the Village’s offerings and meet the Village staff and other members. After the orientation, join us upstairs for our quarterly potluck!

Your RSVP is appreciated at village@phinneycenter.org

Village Quarterly Potluck: High Tea
Sunday, January 17th
GSC Greenwood Room

Great company, tea, and tiny sandwiches! Bring your favorite teatime treat (sweet or savory) and get to know your fellow Village members and volunteers. Our own Guy Smith will treat us to Renaissance music on period instruments. Coffee and tea will be provided.

If you know what you’d like to bring, please let us know! Your RSVP is appreciated at village@phinneycenter.org

If you are a Full Village Member and need a ride, please contact the Village at (206) 789-1217 to request your ride as soon as possible.

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