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Art walk, beer and vinegar tastings, live music this weekend

March 11th, 2011 · No Comments

A little bit of everything happening in the neighborhood this weekend, from beer and specialty vinegar tastings to a variety of live music, plus the monthly art walk. You can always find more information in our Events calendar.

The monthly Art Up art walk is Friday night. Dozens of businesses in Greenwood and Phinney are open late, offering art from various mediums, and some restaurants/pubs are offering specials all night long.

Henna art by Antoinette Hippe at Balderdash Books, 8536 Greenwood Ave. N.

Tasty at 7513 Greenwood Ave. N. is celebrating its first anniversary with cake and champagne from 6-10 p.m. It’s also opening night for Tasty’s comic book art show, “Heroes, Vixens and Villains.” Watch out for costumed characters.

See the artwalk’s website for more pictures and descriptions of art at all the participating businesses, a list of restaurants offering specials, and a map.

Chuck’s 85th St Market at 656 NW 85th St. is having a beer tasting of Harmon out of Tacoma, at 5 p.m. Friday.

It’s open mic night at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St., at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

Pacific NW Folklore Society presents Squirrel Butter at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café.

You can adopt a cat at the Fabulous Felines Cat Adoptathon starting at 12 p.m. Saturday at Mud Bay, 8532 1st Ave. N.

The Shop Agora at 6417-A Phinney Ave. N. welcomes four-star Italian chef Michele Reiterer, as he samples Italian vinegars – fig, tomato, black current, cherry and tomato – from 1-5 p.m. Saturday. The Shop Agora also will be selling some of Reiterer’s family-produced sparkling wines, which are very limited in the U.S.

Jim Page, Michael Gray and Grant Dermody perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N.

Grandview University Choir of Des Moines, Iowa, performs at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. John United Lutheran, 5515 Phinney Ave. N.

Paul Silveria (Professor Banjo) performs at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N.

Shapenote singing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St.

If you’re heading to Green Lake this weekend, Seattle Parks and Recreation wants you to know that it’s nesting season for ground birds, so please keep dogs on leashes except in designated off-leash areas.

Native ground birds around Seattle have begun to nest, and Seattle Parks and Recreation asks that park users show sensitivity to bird habitat by avoiding disturbing habitat and keeping dogs on short, retractable leashes, especially in developed or natural areas with shrub beds, meadows, wetlands, long grass, or thick areas of brush.

At Magnuson Park, for example, native birds such at Mallards, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpipers, Willow Flycatchers, Bewick’s Wrens, Pacific Wrens, Common Yellowthroats, Song Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, and Spotted Towhees all nest at the park, either on or very near the ground. Some species raise their nestlings and fledglings (baby birds) until their feathers grow enough for them to fly. For most native bird species, nesting season lasts into August.

Disturbances like allowing dogs to run through these areas will flush the birds out of their nests and may cause nest failure or death of the baby birds. Parks asks park users to let dogs off leash only in designated off-leash areas and to avoid areas where birds may be nesting. By ordinance, the shorelines are off limits to dogs with the exception of the off-leash area at Magnuson Park. Information about Seattle’s 11 off-leash areas is available online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/offleash.asp.

And if you’re heading downtown, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and the St. Patrick’s Day Dash is Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. Plenty of local road closures down there, so be prepared.

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