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Fire Relief Fund benefit concert tomorrow, more opportunities to donate

The Greenwood Concert Band and the NW Clarinet Choir are having a benefit concert for the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 75th & Greenwood Ave. N.
The suggested donation is $10, but everyone is welcome.

Holiday favorites from Nutcracker to Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, and maybe some musical surprises like “Frozen Bill,” will warm your spirits. Share this time together as we thank our firefighters and help our community rise from the ashes.

And today’s Alternative Gift Market at the Greenwood Senior Center features the Greenwood Fire Relief Fund as one of its non-profit gift ideas. The Market has colorful booths set up with information on donating to a variety of humanitarian organizations around the country and world, instead of buying Aunt Sally another sweater she really doesn’t need. The Alternative Gift Market is open now until 8 o’clock tonight.
The silent auction to benefit the GFRF is this Friday at the Upper Crust Catering at the corner of Greenwood and 85th. Area businesses have donated great items, so you can do your last-minute Christmas shopping. The auction is from 7-9 p.m.; cost is $5 (kids are free). You’ll get a little wine and nibbles, plus raffles, prizes and live music by local singer/songwriter Ali Marcus. Auction items include gift certificates to a number of local businesses (including photography sessions, dinners, massage therapy), and items such as printers, books and clothing. For more information: [email protected].
In related news, the artists that Taproot Theatre hired to paint a mural to spruce up the front of the wooden safety wall in front of the space that used to be the Eleanor Roosevelt Building, are working on the mural in a nearby vacant commercial space. Check out the Bherd Studios blog to see a picture of the work in progress, which features a phoenix rising from the ashes. The mural will feature representations of Greenwood life, such as the annual car show, a firefighter rescuing a cat from PAWS Cat City, and the monthly neighborhood artwalk.
The mural will be installed on the wooden wall and unveiled in a special ceremony. We’ll keep you posted.