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Community news roundup

Here’s a roundup of recent news from the neighborhood.
Wing Dome patrons (including those at the Phinney-Greenwood location) ate more than 300,000 hot wings during the restaurant chain’s Give Your Two Cents campaign during the holiday season, raising almost $6,200 for Northwest Harvest.
Taproot Theatre co-founders Pam and Scott Nolte will be honored Thursday morning as Seattle Pacific University’s 2011 Alumni of the Year, during Homecoming festivities. As part of the honor, Scott Nolte, Taproot’s Producing Artistic Director, will direct SPU’s spring production of “Our Town.”

Pam and Scott Nolte in front of the mural next to Taproot Theatre. Photo by Daytona Strong.
The Phinney Market, 5918 Phinney Ave. N., continues to mark down items as it prepares to close at the end of the month.

Wine is 15% off! All of our grocery and non-service items are 25% off; this includes beer, produce, dairy, bread, and specialty foods. Clearance items are up to 75 % off, and then an additional 25% off on top of that! Come take advantage of our great prices and help us clear our inventory.
Also, we will be serving our last breakfast this weekend. Saturday and Sunday, available until 2pm. Stop by for one last Breakfast Burrito or half stack.

KING 5 visited The Phinney Market last week for a story on how the economy is affecting small businesses. The story ran this morning.
The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting and pancake breakfast is from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday in the brick building. “Celebrate the successes of 2010, preview 2011, learn about the Phinney Center renovation, elect new PNA board members, and recognize outstanding volunteers!”
The Mini-B passive energy house that is temporarily installed at the Phinney Neighborhood Center will be open for tours for PNA members only from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday during the PNA’s annual meeting and pancake breakfast. It will be open again to anyone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 30, during the Home Design and Remodel Fair.
And here’s an updated public tours and open house list, where you can talk with a passive house expert. Public tours: 1 p.m. on Feb. 1; 4 p.m. Feb. 8; and 1 p.m. Feb. 22 (check in at the reception desk in the Blue Building). You can also stop in anytime from 1-4 p.m. during open houses on Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13, March 27, April 10, May 1 and May 15.

The first open house for the Mini-B was last weekend, and attracted more than 200 people.
Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle City Light are installing solar panels on the roof of the historic carousel in the zoo’s North Meadow. The carousel closed yesterday for the installation; it will reopen in early February.

The solar panels are expected to produce 9,000 kilowatt-hours annually, enough to offset the electricity required to power the carousel, which completes an average 100,000 rides per year. The project also serves as a model for renewable energy options for local homeowners; according to City Light, 9,000 kilowatt-hours is also the annual amount of electricity needed to power the average Seattle home.
The solar carousel project is made possible by a generous $70,000 grant from City Light’s green power program, which is funded by voluntary contributions from customers in support of renewable energy education. This is the third partnership for renewable energy between City Light and Woodland Park Zoo, including City Light’s support of solar panels in the Family Farm and the sustainable geothermal energy unit installed in the zoo’s award-winning penguin exhibit.

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.
Sustainable Greenwood Phinney is having a pot luck and swap from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Bring a dish to share (main, salad, side or dessert), and two or three quality items to swap (kitchenware, clothes, jewelry, tools, books, sporting goods, etc.)
The Greenwood Community Council general membership meeting is moving to the fourth Tuesday of the month, beginning in February. Meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
The Take It Back Network reminds you that you can recycle your burned out fluorescent light bulbs and tubes. In our neighborhood, you can take them to Bartell Drugs, 120 N. 85th St., and Greenwood True Value Hardware, 7201 Greenwood Ave. N.