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Taproot Theatre is producing two holiday shows this year: “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

“A Civil War Christmas” is recommended for ages 12 and up, and runs Nov. 22 through Dec. 30 (no shows on Nov. 23 or Dec. 24-25) on the mainstage.

It’s a bitterly cold Christmas Eve on the banks of the Potomac River where the lives of abolitionists, assassins, soldiers, enslaved and free are woven together in an American tapestry. In their darkest hour, when peace seems impossible, the promise of Christmas breaks through despair in this musical celebration of compassion and hope by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel.

Tyler Trerise and Nick Watson in “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration.”
Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 27 in Taproot’s Isaac Studio. It is open to all ages.

This delightful family-friendly favorite is back to spread holiday cheer! Charlie Brown is depressed by the never-ending commercialism surrounding the holidays. Thankfully, Linus is there to help him find the true meaning of Christmas in this musical adaptation of the cartoon classic.

Special Sensory Friendly Performances are at 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9. These performances offer increased lighting; lower sound levels; a smaller audience; use of tablets, smart phones and other electronic devices can be used with headphones during the performance; and patrons can bring special seating devices as needed; fidget toys are welcome.

Molli Corcoran & Benjamin Wippel in Taproot Theatre’s 2015 production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

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Greenwood nonprofit Urban Hands has launched an Indiegogo page to raise funds for its fourth annual “Sleepless in Seattle Big Give” on Dec. 16, when hundreds of volunteers will fan out across Seattle to distribute sleeping bags, socks and handwritten cards to homeless men and women.

Urban Hands has distributed about 10,000 sleeping bags in the previous three years. They’re hoping to raise $30,000 this year. They plan to have about 300 volunteers pass out sleeping bags in Greenwood, Belltown, South Seattle and the U-District.

If you’d like to volunteer, see their website for more information.

Urban Hands was founded in 2014 to provide meals, job training and job placement to homeless individuals.

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was in Seattle a few months ago to eat and drink his way around the city. One of the spots he visited was the Shanghai Room, the North Star Diner’s bar, on Greenwood Avenue at North 87th Street.

The Seattle Times had a story on Tuesday detailing all the places he ate.

That “Parts Unknown” episode airs at 9 p.m. Sunday at CNN.

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Here are some highlights of what’s happening in and around Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Beppa Studio, 7700 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting its annual clothing and gift sale from 4-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with clothing, jewelry, accessories, gift items, pillows, bags, scarves, vintage kimono fabric, kimono remnant bags, vintage buttons and more.

Seattle7Writers Holiday Bookfest 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Thirty local authors will read from and sign their books, which will be for sale by Phinney Books. Plus there’s food and music.

Seattle School Boardmember Scott Pinkham meets with District I constituents from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.

It’s a busy weekend at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. Bill Davie and Kelly Murphy perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Author Susan Storer Clark reads from her new book, “The Monk Woman’s Daughter,” at 2 p.m. Saturday; and Little Sara and the Night Owls performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Peter Mulvey at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., presents the alternative music of Black Ferns as part of The Naked Sessions acoustic concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $10; doors open at 7 p.m. Seating is general admission; full table service is available.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Turkey Toss is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, with special holiday-themed treats for the animals.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • The Huskies play the Utah Utes at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Husky Stadium.
  • Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off 5K/10K run/walk on trails and streets around Green Lake from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
  • Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons for Monday Night Football at 5:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.
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The Seattle Times has a front-page story today focusing on neighbors who fight back against new developments that don’t include any parking.

Featured in the article is the Phinney Flats project, which will replace the building where Ed’s Kort Haus and Stumbling Goat Bistro/The Goat on Greenwood used to be, on Greenwood Avenue and North 68th Street.

Neighborhood group Livable Phinney successfully challenged the project based on Metro bus service being less frequent than city rules require for new developments not to have any parking.

You can read the full story here.

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Aegis Senior Communities will demolish the buildings currently housing Childish Things, Mr. and Mrs. Wok, Greenwood Goodwill Donation Station, Clint’s Car and Truck Repair and Beehive Espresso bikini barista stand on the large triangle of land between Holman Road NW and NW 100th Street, and 3rd and 4th avenues NW. In their place will be a 5- to 6-story building with 95 assisted living units, retail at ground level, and parking for 51 vehicles below grade.

The first Early Design Guidance Review meeting for the project will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday , Dec. 4., at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. The design proposal is not yet online.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can email comments on site planning and design issues through Dec. 1 to PRC@seattle.gov.

Childish Things Owner Wendy Powell tells me they won’t have to vacate their space until the end of next summer at the earliest, and she is looking for a new space in the neighborhood.

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The King County Council unanimously approved Metro Transit’s plan to switch adult fares to a single fare, regardless of peak or non-peak hours or travel through multiple zones.

Adults will now pay a standard fare of $2.75, even if they travel through two zones and no matter what time of day. The old fare structure charged an adult between $2.50 and $3.25, depending on zone and time.

The plan does not affect Metro riders who use Metro’s low-income fare program called ORCA Lift, or youth, senior and disabled fares.

“The Council also voted for additional funding to assist low income riders who are not covered by ORCA Lift and directed Metro to increase efforts to enroll eligible adults into ORCA Lift before new fares take effect,” according to a press release.

The new fare structure takes effect next July.

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Every year, the Phinney Neighborhood Association hosts a Thanksgiving Day Dinner potluck for anyone who wants to come. Several dozen people come and eat, talk, sing songs and generally have a lovely time.

This year’s potluck is from 4-6 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 23, in the Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. It’s free; just RSVP with the dish you are bringing (if you’re able to bring one) and if you can help set up or clean up: emiliaj@phinneycenter.org or 206-783-2244.

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Update 6 p.m.: Power has been restored to most of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Seattle City Light’s outage map shows a smattering of very small outages affecting just one, two or three customers.

Earlier: A large swath of Phinney Ridge is without power this evening, along with part of Ballard.

Seattle City Light’s outage map shows power is out to a large chunk of customers from Leary Way and NW 42nd Street north through much of Phinney Ridge and parts of Greenwood between Greenwood and Aurora avenues up to about North 84th St.

The map says about 3,420 customers are affected by the outage, which happened at 3:52 p.m. Power is estimated to be restored by 7 p.m.

City Light is still investigating the cause.

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