PNA & Our Neighborhood in the Media




In Greenwood explosion’s wake, artists paint murals on damaged businesses

By Jessica Lee | The Seattle Times | May 4, 2016


"Organizers will auction the pieces at an event May 13, with proceeds going toward helping the dozens of businesses affected by the March 9 blast."
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Color blooms as Greenwood rebuilds after blast:

Restoration work continues as questions loom

By Levi Pulkkinen | The Seattle PI | April 12, 2016


"In the month since Greenwood’s central business strip exploded, the Seattle neighborhood has been slowly rebuilding...By week’s end, the area community group, the Phinney Neighborhood Association, expects to have delivered more than $200,000 in aid to area businesses and residents..." Read + view slideshow »


‘This is Greenwood’s book’: Kids help neighborhood raise funds after blast

By Nicole Brodeur | The Seattle Times | April 5, 2016


"When kids at an after-school writing and tutoring program started working on stories about their community, no one imagined the project would play a role in Greenwood history. Now the anthology has become a fundraiser as the neighborhood rebuilds after the explosion." Read »


After Explosion, Greenwood Comes Together

By Chris Maykut, Owner, Chaco Canyon Organic Cafés | The Seattle Times | March 18, 2016


"Seattle is changing. But the way the community came together after the Greenwood explosion shows that the city’s character remains intact..." Read »


Depression Is Not A Normal Part Of Aging

By Ruby De Luna, KUOW | February 19, 2016


Greenwood Senior Center's Living Alone support group take on the challenges of aging and loneliness.

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Tai chi for seniors focuses on slow, fluid movements

By Nicole Tsong, Seattle Times | October 26, 2015


Greenwood Senior Center is featured in this Pacific Magazine article.
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Seattle Neighborhood Plans for Earthquake Together

By Josh Green, KING 5 News | September 3, 2015


Some Seattle homeowners are taking steps to know their neighbors and come up with a plan together in case of an earthquake. This week, about 30 people came to the Phinney Neighborhood Center as the Phinney Hub and Phinney Neighborhood Association started organizing block leaders.

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Phinney Neighborhood Association: Sharing in Seattle

by K.C. Compton, Mother Earth News | October/November 2015


Neighbors in Seattle decided what kind of community they wanted, then set about creating it. Phinney Center is the hub of that community.
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King 5 Video

Seattle photographer is an Instagram star

By Saint Bryan, KING 5 Evening News | July 28, 2015


KING 5 Evening News and Brittany Wright of Wright Kitchen hung out at the Phinney Farmers Market to find inspiration for her beautiful Food Gradients. See the story unfold in our wonderful market.
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photo by Micheal Stern

Seattle Times Rant & Rave

By Seattle Times Readers | June 30, 2015

Readers rave about Greenwood Senior Center's pancake breakfast, rant about 7-year-old's stolen water bottle.

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Picking the right tool for the right job could mean everything in your garden

By Tim Joyce, Q13 FOX | May 15, 2015


You might have heard the gardening phrase ‘the right plant in the right place.’ But Master Gardener Tim Joyce says there’s another phrase you should memorize, ‘the right tool for the right job.’ And you can get it at the PNA Tool Library!

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It Takes a Village

By Stacey Jenkins, KCTS 9 IN CLOSE | April 30, 2015


For many aging seniors, staying in their homes and communities is their top priority. Fortunately, The Village to Village network is a successful model of communities coming together and helping seniors receive support while ‘aging in place’. The PNA Village in Seattle is one such example.

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Phinney-Wood Goes "Wild" For The Holidays

by Tonya Mosley, KOMO News' Seattle Refined | December 17, 2014

"The Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods teamed up this holiday season for a unique holiday display...The project was made possible by a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Business owners hope the attraction will bring people to the area to shop and eat. Why monkeys?"

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Seattle neighborhoods hope festive monkeys generate business

by Amy Moreno, | December 1, 2014


"The Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods hope an unusual holiday light display will draw visitors to the area. One-hundred-fifty LED monkeys are hanging inside and outside of businesses, and in the trees along Phinney and Greenwood Avenues."

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PNA Fixers Collective Video

Dementia-friendly Innovations Expand throughout King County

by Mari Becker, AgeWISE King County | October 2014


"There's something new happening in King County. You may have noticed it in our neighborhood coffee shops, with a sign about a new monthly Alzheimer's Café. Or at the Frye Art Museum, with an arts engagement series tailored for persons living with dementia. Or at the Woodland Park Zoo, with a weekly memory loss walking group. Or at Seattle's Greenwood Public Library, with the start of an early stage memory loss book discussion group."

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Community Solar Comes To Phinney Ridge

Summer 2014


Through a partnership with Seattle City Light, the Phinney Center's Blue Building and the Woodland Park Zoo gets a 74.8 74.8 kilowatt solar system installed, and City Light customers can invest and get a discount on their bill. Check out coverage:


My Ballard: Locals fund community solar at Woodland Park Zoo and PNA » Community solar project being installed at Phinney Center

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PNA Fixers Collective Video

Fix it yourself at Greenwood Hardware

KING TV's Evening Magazine | March 31, 2014


A great segment on the PNA Fixers Collective--an informal group of folks who meet up simply for the fun of taking stuff apart, putting it back together again, and maybe even fixing some things in the process. The group meets first Wednesday of every month, 6-8 pm, at Greenwood Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave N.

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Tool Library Vieo

PNA Tool Library on KING-TV's Evening Magazine

Evening Magazine | March 14, 2014


The PNA's Tool Lending Library, located in the Brick Building, shares thousands of tools with our neighbors to help them do that job right! PNA members may borrow tools for a modest suggested weekly tool maintenance fee. Reduced tool fees are available for low-income households.

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Bingo Karaoke on KING-TV's Evening Magazine

Evening Magazine | March 10, 2014


Bingo, karaoke and good times for folks age 21 and older, usually held the last Friday of the month. Reservations for each event open at 12:01 am the Monday after the previous Bingo. Bingo sells out quickly, so stay up late! More info here.

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Destigmatizing Dementia: 'We're Still Here' 

By Ruby de Luna, KUOW | Feb 21, 2014


Great story on KUOW featuring Greenwood Senior Center.


"Living with dementia can be isolating for both patients and their families. As social interactions get awkward, people begin to withdraw. Not only do their memories fade, but people themselves begin to fade from view. At least that's the common perception."

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21 and Way Over

by Allison Williams, Seattle Met Magazine | February 2014


A great article in the February issue of Seattle Met magazine featuring, yet again, BINGO KARAOKE!

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PNA Bingo Karaoke on KOMO News


'Not your grandma's bingo:' Old game finds new life in Seattle | December 28, 2013


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The New Dementia Story

by Marigrace Becker, | November 2013


"A man named Roger was diagnosed with dementia.

That’s the beginning to a story shared by five million Americans, the beginning to a story shared by possibly 15 million Americans by the year 2050, the beginning to a story shared by another person every 68 seconds. And how we tell that story matters, especially for Roger..." profiles two participants in Greenwood Senior Center's Early Stage Memory Loss programs.


The New Dementia Story Part 1: Roger »

The New Dementia Story Part 2: Charlie »


Tickets Now on Sale for PNA Beer Taste

Washington Beer Blog via Seattle PI | October 9, 2013


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Catch A Fire

Proud recipients of the Light A Fire Award: Cecily Kaplan (GSC Director) and
Carin Mack (Social Worker)

Light A Fire Award


PNA received a Seattle Met Light A Fire Award for honoring our elders. Several PNA staff attended the awards ceremony at Canlis. You can read the GSC excerpt below or click here to read the full article.


Honoring Our Elders: Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Senior Center
“Meredith” began experiencing memory loss while living in San Francisco. It started with words—the right one, no matter how simple, seemed just beyond her grasp. So the septuagenarian moved to Seattle to live with her son. They had heard Greenwood Senior Center specialized in such cases.They heard right. Though it offers the standard senior activities—like the requisite community bingo night—the center made the decision to specialize in early memory loss, starting with the Gathering Place, launched in the fall of 2010. Every Thursday afternoon, the elderly exercise their minds and bodies. Sometimes the instructors are actors who teach the art of improv. Forget a word? Improvise and articulate your same point with words you can remember. Next came the Alzheimer’s Cafe—only the second of its kind in the U.S.—where adults diagnosed with -Alzheimer’s or early stage memory loss can, along with loved ones and caretakers, socialize and etch new memories but not feel embarrassed when confusion spreads across their faces. In just three years the center has made a name for itself, attracting people like Meredith who, says center director Cecily Kaplan, “attends all of our events—everything—and she has told us, ‘I can’t imagine what I’d do without this place.’”



Memory Lane


Article in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine | Fall/Winter 2013-2014


Article features the Greenwood Senior Center's Alzheimer's Cafe and The Gathering Place.


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Greenwood/Phinney - A Perfect Place to Put Down Roots and Grow


Article in Seattle Magazine | March 2013


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