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Here are a few things happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

Couth Buzzard, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is busy this weekend as usual, hosting Jim Page and Orville Johnson in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Winter’s Return — A Celebration in Music with Pint & Dale & Tania Opland & Mike Freeman at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., continues its holiday productions of “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” on the Jewell Mainstage and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in the Isaac Studio.

The Greenwood Senior Center presents an Early Stage Memory Loss Programs Benefit Concert from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at 525 N. 85th St.

Caroling Under Gary’s Canopy at 5 p.m. Saturday at Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair, 7414 Greenwood Ave. N. It’s free but they’ll pass the hat for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • Pacific Northwest Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at McCaw Hall through Dec. 28, so beware of traffic and parking around the Seattle Center.
  • Seahawks host the L.A. Rams at 1:05 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
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Le Merde clothing and art boutique at 7315 Greenwood Ave. N. is closing at the end of December.

Owner Debi Boyette is looking for a new space in the neighborhood, so we’ll keep you posted on any reopening plans.

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In April we told you that the building at 119 N. 85th St., which used to house Squirrel’s second-hand shop, would be demolished and replace by a four-story apartment building with 24 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and retail at ground level.

The project underwent Administrative Review, meaning there was no public meeting for design review. The project still must undergo environmental review, and the public can weigh in on that until Dec. 27. You can comment online here or email PRC@Seattle.gov (make sure you reference project #3024817).

The current Land Use Application says the project will have 23 SEDUs and one apartment, plus one retail space on the ground floor. No parking will be provided.

Click here to see the Design Proposal, public comment letters, Early Design Guidance Report, etc.

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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications for the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), a civic leadership development program. Deadline to apply is Feb. 5 for winter quarter, which runs Feb. 24 through March 24.

The five-week program will bring together 25-30 emerging leaders ages 18 years and older to learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE focuses on community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes. Class topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more.

Classes are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Tuition is $100; tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit seattle.gov/PACE.

PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall.

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Greenwood Elementary School fifth-grader Josie Droz started her own toy drive at school to collect donations for Fire Station 21’s Toys for Tots drive.

Josie Droz with the toys she collected from fellow Greenwood Elementary students. Photo courtesy of Ken Droz.

Her dad, Ken, says she came up with the idea one night, wrote up a presentation for her class, and everyone was very supportive. She even sewed her own Santa bag to collect presents by going from classroom to classroom at the end of each day for a week.

Today, she delivered a carload of toys to the station.

Photo courtesy of Ken Droz.

You may remember Josie from her efforts over the last few years to collect money to build wells in Africa. Her first well was dedicated in Ghana last year, and her dad says she’s about halfway to fundraising for her second well.

Way to go, Josie!

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Here’s a look at the preferred design for the new Aegis Senior Communities development planned for the triangle of land between Holman Road NW, NW 100th Street and 3rd and 4th avenues NW, where Childish Things, Mr. and Mrs. Wok, Greenwood Goodwill Donation Station, Clint’s Car and Truck Repair and Beehive Espresso bikini barista currently stand.

Design rendering by Ankrom Moisan Architects.

The five-story building will have 96 assisted living units, 1,003 square feet of retail at ground level and parking for 49 vehicles below grade. The first Early Design Guidance Review meeting was Dec. 4.

Here’s the landscaping plan, which includes an open courtyard with gazebo, water feature, memory care garden, lawn and seating.

Landscape rendering by Ankrom Moisan Architects.

You can see the full design proposal here.

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Seattle Public Library branches have plenty of activities to keep kids busy over winter break (and a few for adults). Here’s what’s happening at libraries in and near Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Check the library’s website for a list of activities at all branches.

  • American Sign Language Holiday Story Time (with voice interpretation) for ages 0-12 from 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW.
  • Kids Café Afterschool Meals for children ages 1-18 at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.: 3-4 p.m. Dec. 18, 19, 21 and 22; and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Co-sponsored by Food Lifeline and United Way of King County, with support from Boeing and USDA.
  • Drop-in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) activities for ages 5-18 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Intro to Adobe Photoshop for teens ages 12-18 and adults from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Registration is required (call 206-684-4086 or stop by the branch).
  • Seattle Writes: Writing Circle for teens and adults. Get inspiration and feedback on your writing from established writers connected with Seattle’s Hugo House, from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Fremont Library, 731 N. 35th St.
  • Drop-in Board Games (including Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrabble and more) for all ages, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW.
  • Watch the movie “Sing” (PG) from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW. “A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world’s animals in order to save his elegant theater and bring it back to its former glory.”
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A roundup of various news from the neighborhood.

Munch Café has closed at 8576 Greenwood Ave. N., and been replaced by Sushi Naomi.

Advance Auto Parts has closed its 8218 Greenwood Ave. N. location.

Adorn design studio at 7003 3rd Ave. NW, has added a showroom and retail store at 7000 Greenwood Ave. N.

Sheri Hauser, who used to own Tasty art gallery in Phinney Ridge, has opened a Tasty Pop-up holiday store on Capitol Hill, inside the Broadway Market on the second floor. (There’s a parking garage off Harrison Street with free one-hour parking via QFC.) The 1,500 square foot space is filled with art treasures from 65 local artists. It’s open from 12-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 23. Hauser is donating 20 percent of the proceeds to a local nonprofit, Washington Women in Need.

Phinney Neighborhood Association is hiring for a Ballard Preschool Co-op Teacher for its Parent/Infant and Parent/Toddler classes in Loyal Heights. The Parent/Infant class meets from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays with a maximum enrollment of 14 infants and 14 parents; the Parent/Toddlers class is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays for up to 16 children and 16 parents. The position is September – June each year. See the full job description here.

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It’s a festive holiday weekend in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Here are some highlights of what’s happening in the neighborhood; check our Events calendar for more.

Pacific NW Folklore Society presents Jaspar Lepak at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Saturday, Couth Buzzard hosts Orville Johnson & Grant Dermody for an acoustic blues concert.

Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St., presents its Northwest Adult Student Musicale at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and its Jazz Combos and Rocks Bands Recital at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Spanish Night with Deseo Carmin, performing her fusion of Latin, jazz, funk and rock, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Luso Food & Wine, 8218 Greenwood Ave. N.

Taproot Theatre’s holiday productions are “A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration” on the Jewell Mainstage and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in the Isaac Studio.

Woodland Park Zoo’s WildLights continues through Jan. 1.

Friday is both the monthly Art Up PhinneyWood Artwalk and PhinneyWood Phestivus, with Emerald City Trolley providing free rides from a dozen stops along Phinney/Greenwood avenues between the zoo and North 87th Street. Hop on and off the trolley any time between 6-10 p.m. and check out all the Artwalk venues as well as Santa Claus Lane (Morrow Lane in Piper Village, directly east of the Greenwood Fred Meyer). Some restaurants and businesses are providing Ugly Christmas Sweater discounts, you can get your pet’s photo taken with Santa in front of Mud Bay while listening to School of Rock bands, and lots more. Click here for a map of all trolley stops, list of businesses giving discounts, artwalk venues, entertainment and more.

If you’re heading downtown this weekend, be advised that the Jingle Bell Run starts at 8 a.m. Sunday at Westlake Park, so some surrounding streets and the southbound I-5 Express Lanes will be closed for several hours. The express lanes will reopen by 10:45 a.m.

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