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Weekend events roundup

So much happening around the neighborhood this weekend. Here’s a snapshot:

Dia de los Muertos celebration at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday.

The celebration starts with a parade from 6:30-7 p.m., an altar prayer service at 7 p.m., flamenco performance at 7:30 p.m., costume contest at 8:15 p.m., author reading from “The Mast of Oya” at 8:45 p.m., movies and Mexican bingo and face painting from 7-9 p.m.

The Día de los Muertos holiday is celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Day of the Dead is a time of celebration, partying and eating to honor the returning souls. The celebration traditionally occurs on November 2 in connection with All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars; honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed; and visiting graves with these as gifts.

Threshold Theatre presents “Spark in the Dark: Lighting Up The Evening with Your Stories” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Neptune Coffee at 8415 Greenwood Ave. N. presents Anime trivia at 8 p.m. Friday.

Empty Sea Studios at 6300 Phinney Ave. N. presents The Golden Tree Story and Thousands at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door.

Wayward Coffeehouse at 8570 Greenwood Ave. N. presents “Masters of the Universe” at 9 p.m. Friday for its First Friday Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Night.

Sit+Sip Holiday Home Accessories Swap at the Phinney Center at 10 a.m. Saturday. Pay $10 admission in advance ($15 at the door) and bring your home accessories (three items minimum) in good condition to swap for free. The swap rotates in 5 minute rounds; 30 people per round. All non-swapped items will be donated to Children’s Hospital Thrift Stores.

Help clean up Lower Woodland Park as part of Green Seattle Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Register online for a work party.

The Olive and Grape at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N. is having its grand opening celebration from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. They’ll pass out food samples, have Turkish olive oil tastings, free baklava, live Turkish music, and a raffle.

Try your luck at the Greenwood Senior Center’s Casino Royale at 7 p.m. Saturday. $25 gets you food and a stack of chips to start gambling. The Senior Center is at 525 N. 85th St.

Professional storyteller and musician Avery Hill is at Couth Buzzard Books at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

The North End Jazz Quartet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Wayward Coffeehouse, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.

Makeda Coffee hosts author/artist Milan Heger reading from “The Art of Freedom” at 3 p.m. Sunday at 153 N. 78th St.

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