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Live music and holiday happenings in the neighborhood this weekend

November 16th, 2012 · Comments

Here’s a sampling of events happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Holiday Silent Auction, from 4-8 p.m. Friday, offers behind-the-scenes animal tours and other experiences. At the zoo’s Education Center, next to the South Entrance at North 50th Street and Fremont Avenue North. Entrance to the auction is free (but zoo entrance is not included). Parking is free after 4 p.m.

Val d’Alessio, Steve Church, Roo Forest and Kimbery Newland in concert starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café. On Saturday, the Buzzard hosts Tania Opland and Mike Freeman starting at 7:30 p.m.

Empty Sea Studios‘s show tonight of Kevin Brown and the Beloved Country is sold out, but tickets are still available for Saturday’s performance by spoken word artist Wesley K. Andrews, who will perform his full-length story cycle “The Riverboat Runs Aground” starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

The Blue November MicroFilmFest finishes its 10-year run this weekend, at the Upper Crust Catering, 8420 Greenwood Ave. N. $5 suggested donation.

Seattle School Board member Sherry Carr  is hosting a constituents meeting from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Bethany Community Church, 8023 Green Lake Dr., in the Chapel Building.

The Greenwood Senior Center presents the 3rd Annual Local Giving Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at 525 N. 85th St. Meet representatives from 20 local non-profits and make a donation in honor of loved ones for the holidays.

Carkeek Park’s volunteer Salmon Stewards will be at the park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to help visitors understand the life cycle of the salmon. (Salmon Stewards are there every weekend through Dec. 9.)

Woodland Park Zoo gets into the Thanksgiving spirit with its annual Turkey Toss from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Photo by Dale Unruh, Woodland Park Zoo.

More than two dozen local authors will sign their books at Saturday’s annual Holiday Book Signing from 3-6 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., with proceeds going to literacy programs of the PNA and TeamReads.

The Kathy Kallick Band (below) performs West Coast bluegrass in a Seattle Folklore Society concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, in the Brick Building. Reservations online or call 206-528-8523.

The Green Lake Gobble 5k and 10k Run/Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday near Green Lake’s Aqua Theatre. Organizers expect about 2,000 runners and walkers. Street closures begin at 8:30 a.m.

KlapaDooWopella performs from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at The Olive & Grape restaurant, 8516 Greenwood Ave. N.

Seattle Family Dance at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Phiney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., hosts live music with the Farradays starting at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Looking ahead to next week, Poetry Northwest celebrates the release of its new issue with a Fall Social from 8-11 p.m. Tuesday at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Admission is free. Enjoy jazz sets by the Shawn Mickleson Quartet, a raffle, and readings by Julie Larios, Megan Snyder-Camp, Laura McKee, and Kary Wayson.

Woodland Park Zoo will offer half-off admission next week to anyone wearing UW or WSU swag, in honor of the Apple Cup (or you can show your student ID from either university).



  1. justin2020 says:

    Um, Woodland Park Zoo, supposedly an institution that is supposed to foster respect and care for all things animal, is hosting a “turkey toss”? Amazing.

  2. justin2020 says:

    And, it is being presented by Chevron. Wow – how can they align themselves with a big oil company? How can they call themselves a conservation organization? They must be truly desperate for funding or just don’t care where the money comes from anymore. WPZ sure has changed since I worked there. So sad.

  3. Ruby says:

    I always appreciate your thoughtful comments about the WPZ Society, justin 2020.

    New documentary just out: http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/movies/bestiaire-is-on-trail-of-objectivity-in-an-unnatural-home.html?_r=0

  4. Ladybird says:

    I very much appreciated this article on
    neighborhood music/events happenings.
    I didn’t know about half of these.

    Thanks much~

  5. phinneyminnie says:

    Yes, thank you for the updates on neighborhood events. Very helpful!

  6. Whopper says:

    People getting upset about Komodo Dragons eating turkeys?

    Must be a slow week on Indignation Ridge…..

  7. Whopper says:

    “how can they align themselves with a big oil company”

    Why, do you never use any oil products? You just flap your arms and fly yourself around?

  8. justin2020 says:

    Whopper – if you don’t get why it is blatant hypocrisy for WPZ to take funding from, and advertise for, big oil, then I don’t even know where to begin with you. But then, perhaps you are correct as their priorities are obviously no longer conservation and education as it once was and the animals they care for are not as high on their list either. They are becoming an amusement park.

  9. Whopper says:

    I bet that 6 inch high Bank of America sign in that beautiful new entrance plaza at WPZ gets your dandruff up too!

    Keep up the indignation!

  10. Whopper says:

    “the animals they care for are not as high on their list either”

    I don’t know, I bet that Komodo Dragon was happy for some fresh turkey. Did you ask him…indignantly?

  11. Fred says:

    “They are becoming an amusement park.”

    Actually with all the changes to the exhibits – the new penguin exhibit and new tiger exhibit they are working on now – the zoo is moving towards larger, more natural spaces for the animals.

    But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinions Justin.

  12. justin2020 says:

    Fred – when you say the newer exhibits are larger, that is not always true. And, they may look more natural to visitors but to the animals that live in them they are usually no more functional than the old ones. In fact, the old penguin exhibit was better for the penguins as they were able to “fly” around the pool and actually get up enough speed to porpoise. In their new more “natural” exhibit they are not able to do that. So for them, not so much better. Those are the facts Fred.

  13. Fred says:


    Dude, the old exhibit space for penguins was created for sea lions…..in 1947. It was completely inappropriate space for penguins and way out of date.

    But we understand. You just hate zoos. You hate ‘big oil’. You hate corporations. This is just one more thing that makes you indignant every day.

    Every loooong day…being indignant.

  14. justin2020 says:

    Dude – yes I am indignant when it comes to caring for living creatures, you are correct. I do not hate zoos. I do think that most zoos cannot properly care for the animals they have. Largely due to size restrictions and climate. There are some decent zoos and even WPZ gets some things right still – but that is mostly thanks to some dedicated “keepers” working tirelessly to do the best they can for the animals in their care despite the mostly uphill battle they are fighting. And some spend their own time and money to take part in conservation activities. And by the way, I never said the old exhibit was appropriate for the penguins, but neither is the new one. However, as I pointed out, they are getting even less exercise and play opportunities now than they did before. I could go on and on as to how I believe our zoo could do better but this is not productive. Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who is actually still paying attention to this thread 🙂 Have a peaceful day.

  15. Ruby says:

    Keep on speaking up, justin2020. The ladies (that would be Fred and Whopper) are an unfortunate distraction but I very much appreciate your defense of the animals.