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Busy weekend around Greenwood-Phinney

It’s a busy weekend around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, as well as nearby neighborhoods with several graduation ceremonies and a neighborhood parade in Ravenna. Here are some highlights. For more, check out our events calendar.
The monthly Art Up Artwalk in Greenwood-Phinney happens from 6-9 p.m. Friday. Three-dozen businesses will feature local artists and some will have specials during Artwalk hours, such as Top Ten Toys, 104 N. 85th St., which will have an arts and crafts table open to the public from 6-9 p.m. (and you’ll get 20% off arts and crafts supplies). Check out the full list for details.
It’s open mic night from 6:15-10:15 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 N. 70th St. Piano available; family friendly.
Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café at 8310 Greenwood Ave. is hosting a Pacific Northwest Folklore Concert with Cafe Oy Vey at 7:30 p.m. Friday; a Hejira CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; and family musician Professor Banjo at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The three lawmakers in the 36th Legislative District – which includes portions of Greenwood-Phinney — are hosting a town hall forum at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson and Rep. Reuven Carlyle will talk about the recently concluded 2011 Legislative Session, which included dramatic budget cuts, and what lies ahead for the state.
Tour the Mini-B passive energy house at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. The Mini-B designer will be there to tell you all about it.
You can adopt a kitten or cat from the Seattle Animal Shelter from 12-3 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
All Bartell Drugs locations, including 120 N. 85th St. in Greenwood, are collecting non-perishable food donations through Sunday for the annual “Stock the Pantry” food drive for families in need. Some kid-friendly food item suggestions include tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit in individual serving sizes.
All Dick’s Drive-in restaurants, including the one at  9208 Holman Rd. NW, are giving away one free cheeseburger to any high school or college graduate who shows up at the restaurant in their cap and gown. The offer is good through June 21.
Traffic will be a mess downtown and in the U-District this weekend, thanks to graduation ceremonies and a bunch of other events:

  • Three Issaquah high schools are holding graduation ceremonies at Safeco Field today, starting at 2 p.m.
  • The Fremont 5K and Briefcase Relay is tonight in downtown Fremont with many streets closed.
  • You’ll want to steer clear of the U-District on Saturday, since tens of thousands of people will be there for the University of Washington’s graduation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. You can watch the ceremony live on UWTV channel 27. UWTV plans to create a one-hour highlight program of the ceremony to air throughout the summer.
  • A couple hundred people are expected at the Roosevelt Neighborhood Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. Seattle Police will escort participants starting at NE 68th Street and 15th Avenue NE through the neighborhood to Roosevelt High School.
  • And the Ballard Rotary 5K Run/Walk is Sunday morning at Golden Gardens Park. About 500 runners and walkers are expected to participate.