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Neighborhood news: Spanish bootcamp, zoo calendar, Naked City’s expanding kitchen, and arts funding

Just a little roundup of various news in the neighborhood.

Woodland Park Zoo is holding a contest to choose the cover photo for next year’s zoo calendar. Go to the contest website and view the 10 choices, then vote on your favorite. Voting started yesterday and goes through 5 p.m. Friday. The winning photo will be announced on Monday. One vote per person.

Fuerte Fitness in Wallingford and Zoom Language Center in Ballard are holding a Spanish Family Boot Camp at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodland Park. Families can exercise together and learn Spanish at the same time. The one-hour class is free, but you need to register online.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse is expanding its kitchen and, hence, its menu. The restaurant and bar at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. is installing a grill with a hood, stove, salamander broiler, fryer and more ovens.

The city is offering funds for neighborhood cultural and arts events. The application deadline is Oct. 26
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ Neighborhood & Community Arts program is looking for neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that want to produce festivals and events that enhance the visibility of neighborhoods, promote cultural participation, celebrate diversity and build community through arts and culture.

Neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups may seek support for a recurring festival or event that has been in existence for at least one year, has a significant arts and cultural component, is open to the public and takes place in Seattle. Applicants are not required to have 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status.

Funded organizations each receive $1,200 to support direct project expenses, including artist fees, marketing and promotional fees, venue and equipment rentals or other production-related expenses. Funds may not be used for fundraising or organizational administrative expenses. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 26. Link to the online application at www.seattle.gov/arts.

In 2011, the funding program provided $1,200 each to 40 organizations to support annual public festivals and events, including the Wedgwood Art Festival, Moisture Festival, Bastille Day Festival and Iranian Festival.

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