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Neighborhood news roundup: volunteering, ‘hood pride and name that python

Here’s a smattering of neighborhood news.
The Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., needs volunteers for its annual secondhand sale on Friday, May 20, the day before the gigantic Greenwood Garage Sale Day.
Volunteers are needed for set-up from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, and from 2-6 p.m. Friday, May 20, to help with clean-up.

As a bonus, volunteers helping to clean up for at least one hour are welcome to take home any treasures you find! And all these volunteer hours can count towards your community service!
To learn more or to sign up, contact LeAnne at [email protected] or 206.297.0875.

If you want to show your neighborhood pride, a Ballard business has created hand-printed children’s T-shirts for a bunch of Seattle’s neighborhoods, including ours. Little Orange Room’s “G is for Greenwood” features the Greenwood Car Show, and “P is for Phinney” has zoo scenes. The $22 shirts are available from infant onesies through kids size 10.
Hazel Salon & Organics, 5817 Phinney Ave. N., is holding a fundraiser for Women for Women programs in Afghanistan to celebrate the salon’s upcoming second anniversary on June 15. Buy a $5 raffle ticket for a chance to win salon services and products worth $250, including highlights or color, a haircut, a Brighten and Tighten facial, Organic Apoteke Rejuvenating Kit, and a liter size set of Loma shampoo and conditioner.
The drawing will be on June 15.
The Women for Women programs include direct financial aid, rights awareness classes, job-skills training and emotional support for women around the world.
Woodland Park Zoo is asking for ideas for a name for its new reticulated python.

Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.
The 8-year-old, 100-pound male python just went on exhibit at the zoo. Through noon Friday you can submit a name to the zoo’s Facebook page.
Zookeepers will select their five favorite names from the submissions and fans will then vote on May 17 on the zoo’s Facebook page for their top pick.

The reticulated python is the longest snake in the world, with some rare specimens exceeding 30 feet in length and weighing 300 pounds, though its average size is 10 to 20 feet in length. As a constrictor, the python is not venomous but kills its prey by wrapping around it and suffocating it. The species’ range extends from Myanmar and India, across Southeast Asia and on many of the islands of the Philippines and Indonesia. They are at home on the ground, in caves or in trees and they have adapted to living in towns and cities where they hunt chickens, ducks, rats, and domestic cats, dogs and pigs.