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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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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Have You Seen Our New Events and Activities Page?

By Marguerite Langlois

Now you can see all the Village events and activities together on one page on our Village website. Use it to plan ahead, to not miss any of your favorite activities, and to try new ones! We’re also including key Greenwood Senior Center events; there are many interesting, informative, and fun things happening at GSC. (GSC events are open to all and many are free; Village membership includes member prices for paid GSC events.) Go to http://www.phinneycenter.org/village/events.html. You can also find the page in the left column list from any page on the Village website: http://www.phinneycenter.org/village. New this fall: look for special events cosponsored by both the Village and GSC.

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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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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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Get Tickets »

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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PNA Village at Bingo Karaoke!

bingoYou’re invited! PNA Village has a limited number of seats at this month’s event and we’d love to have you join us!

Friday, September 26, 2014
7-10 pm
Greenwood Senior Center (525 N 85th St Seattle WA 98103)

This is a very popular event, so if you would like to participate, please contact pnavillageblog@gmail.com ASAP to reserve your seat. First come first served!

Details:

  • The cost is $12 PNA Members / $18 General Public
  • Friday, September 26, 7-10 pm at the GSC
  • Doors open at 6:45 pm; the first game begins at 7:30 pm
  • Bingo Karaoke is a 21 and over event – please have ID available
  • Tickets will NOT be sold at the door and are NOT refundable
  • GSC’s Bingo Karaoke is held the last Friday of the month – January through October
  • For any questions about the event itself, please call the GSC at (206) 297-0875

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GSC Bingo Karaoke on KOMO News

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‘Not your grandma’s bingo:’ Old game finds new life in Seattle. Click here for the video clip and full story.

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Classical Music Fans United!

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Great news: We’re having our first PNA Village classical music lovers’ get-together this Friday, May 30th at 7pm. All are welcome—bring a friend, bring a CD, or just bring yourself and your musical interest. Please RSVP to Dick Gillett at the number or email below so that we know to expect you. Light refreshments will be provided.

Friday, May 30
7—9 pm
The Gillett residence (just a few blocks from the PNA towards Green Lake—please RSVP to 206.789.1354 or email Dick at dgillseattle@yahoo.com for address)

We look forward to seeing you this Friday!

https://pnavillage.org/2014/05/07/classical-music-fans-unite/

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PNA Village Knits

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Hello knitters, crocheters and other yarn enthusiasts! How would you like to meet up with other fellow fiber lovers and PNA Village members to chat and practice your craft? We’re considering doing a weekday afternoon meetup at Fiber Gallery, but would like to gauge member interest first.

Please contact alyssamcfarland@gmail.com (Alyssa) or liz_b_tree@msn.com (Liz) if you are interested!

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