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Join neighbors at the Phinney Center Saturday evening for the annual lighting of the GloCone on the air raid tower.

Kick off the holiday season from 5-6 p.m. with refreshments and caroling and the lighting of the GloCone and holiday monkeys.

The air raid tower is next the Phinney Center, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Heart of Phinney Park, near Starbucks.

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The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board is looking for new members.

The volunteer board helps the city implement its Pedestrian Master Plan to make walking safer and easier.

The board advises the Mayor and City Council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies, and makes recommendations to all city departments including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

We are currently looking for candidates to fill at least two positions. Board members are typically frequent users of our pedestrian network and represent a variety of ages, levels of mobility, diverse communities, and reside in neighborhoods throughout the city. Members must be Seattle residents. The board meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall on Fifth Avenue between James and Cherry streets.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. Women, young persons, seniors, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, immigrants, and refugees are encouraged to apply. Interested Seattleites should submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest via email by January 26, 2018 to: Howard Wu at howard.wu@seattle.gov.

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Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly Nov. 24 through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

The North Meadow and surrounding areas are filled with hundreds of thousands of animal-themed lights. See Santa and his reindeer, have a fake snowball fight in Zoomazium, and ride the historic carousel. Adults 21 and over can enjoy the special covered Winter Warm-Up Area with beer, wine, mulled wine and spiked hot cider (ID required).

Enter through the West Gate at 5500 Phinney Ave. N.

Tickets are $11.95 for ages 13 and up, $9.95 for ages 3-12, ages 2 and under are free. Buy your tickets online before Dec. 14 and tickets are $2 cheaper.

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Former Mayor Greg Nickels and author Steven Agen host Town Hall Seattle’s “A Celebration of the Sounders” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Seattle Sounders 2016 MLS ‘worst-to-first’ run was as thrilling as it was improbable. When they lifted the Cup last December, their achievement represented a major success for a community fostering soccer culture within the city for more than 40 years. Few are more familiar with the development of the Seattle soccer scene than former Seattle mayor Greg Nickels. Both a fan in their NASL days and a key player in bringing MLS to the Emerald City decades later, Nickels joins Steven Agen—lead author of Resurgence: How Sounders FC Roared Back to Win MLS Cup—for a discussion on Sounders’ impact on Seattle and the construction of CenturyLink Field. Together they reflect on the club’s 2016 title-winning campaign, reviewing reports from key figures within the Seattle sports journalism world including Art Thiel, Matt Pentz, Ari Liljenwall, Andrew Harvey, “Mr. Sounder” Zach Scott, and Nickels himself. Join us as Nickels and Agen examine the former Mayor’s individual efforts to bring a soccer-ready stadium to Seattle as well as what their recent title means to the city.

Door prizes include a signed copy of “Resurgence” by Sounders great Steve Zakuani and a ticket to the Nov. 30 Western Conference playoff match. Every admission gets you one door prize ticket; another ticket will be given if you buy a copy of “Resurgence.”

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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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