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Farmers Market, live music, theater and reading on the calendar for this weekend

June 1st, 2012 · Comments

Here are a few highlights of neighborhood events this weekend. Check out our Events calendar any time for more.

Friday is opening day of the Phinney Farmers Market at the Phinney Neighborhood Association. From 3-7 p.m. you can get your fresh fruit, veggies, bread, flowers, soup, and a whole lot more from dozens of vendors.

The Seattle Public Library is kicking off its Summer Reading Program for children, teens and adults today. Children can sign up online or in person at any branch to keep track of the books they read, collect stickers and online badges. After reading 10 books, children receive a free paperback book and a pass to the Burke Museum.

Teens and adults can also track their reading, rate and review books and earn badges. Teens can also participate in a book scavenger hunt, where 1,000 books are hidden throughout Seattle. Find the book, read it, then hide it somewhere new and post a clue. Find out more details about SPL’s Summer Reading Program here.

Saturday and Sunday the Seattle Canoe & Kayak Club hosts the 33rd annual Ted Houk Memorial Regatta on Green Lake. It’s the largest Olympic-style flat water race series in the Pacific Northwest. Racing starts at 8 a.m.

“We have some of the top junior paddlers in the nation. This regatta is about pride not only for our club, but for our city and country.” said former SCKC head coach and current club President Dave Fort. “This showcases a lot of local young talent who may go on to represent our country on a much larger stage.” The host club has seen previous members compete in the Olympic games and a few weeks ago, eight SCKC paddlers were named to the US National Junior Sprint Team. For them, this will be the last home event before they go on to train at the Olympic facility in Lake Placid, NY this summer.

The family road trip comedy “Leaving Iowa” continues at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., through June 16.

Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Jazz First Fridays with Ronin 3 and guests at 7:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, singer-songwriters Mitch Stein, David Guilbault, and Ellia Ryan Roo Forrest perform, starting at 7:30 p.m. Both are free; food and adult beverages available for sale.

Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents Bill Evans’ Banjo in America at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. It also is being webcast live on Empty Sea Television for a fee.

Half Price Books is having a Kids’ Book Warehouse Sale at its Greenwood warehouse, 9241 Greenwood Ave. N., starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. All books are just 25 cents.

Chocolat Vitale, 6257 3rd Ave. NW, is hosting the Guitar Orchestra of Seattle at 2 p.m. Saturday.

And if you’re headed over to Ballard, be advised that the intersection of 15th Avenuw NW and NW 85th Street will be closed on Saturday so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can repair pavement after an underground water main was repaired.

Northbound traffic on 15th Avenue NW will be reduced to one lane through that intersection from 7 a.m. on Saturday until 9 a.m. on Sunday. (Southbound traffic on 15th will not be affected.) NW 85th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the intersection.

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