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Live music, film, zoo birthday party and road closures in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

Plenty of fun — and construction — happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Here are a few highlights; check out our Events calendar for a complete list.
Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. There’s folkloric dancing, an altar dedication, storytelling, Spanish activities for children by Polly-Glots, a raffle, sugar skulls, and more. Wear costumes and bring photos or other mementos for the community altar. The event is free, but food will be sold by El Rodeo.
Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Jazz First Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Singers Songwriters Circle at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents Colorado-based Irish band Colcannon in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, and local chamber-folk artists St. Paul de Vence at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The 9th annual Blue November MicroFilmFest takes place at The Upper Crust Catering, 8420 Greenwood Ave. N., from 7-11 p.m. Friday and 2-11 p.m. Saturday. It’s a free film, music and arts festival.
Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating the fifth birthday of its indoor playspace Zoomazium. Special birthday activities this weekend include: birthday enrichment treats for some of the zoo’s 5-year-old residents; cupcakes for Zoomazium guests (while supplies last); live music by The Toucans and Sunshine Music Together; puppet shows and other birthday-themed activities.
On Sunday from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s Community Hall, it’s Plot for Tots, a fundraiser for Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. Suggested donation is $5 to help bring books to deserving children. Get your face painted and hear live music by Caspar Babypants.
Don’t forget to Fall Back one hour on Sunday with the change from Daylight Savings Time. This is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Nationally, more than 20% of homes do not have working smoke alarms and most deaths caused by fire happen in homes without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm can cut the risk of death by half in a residential fire. Dead or missing batteries are the most common cause for nonworking smoke alarms.
Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple method for protecting your home and family from fires. For more information or to request assistance changing smoke alarms and batteries contact the Seattle Fire Department at (206) 386-1337.

The intersection of Greenwood Avenue North and North 80th Street will be closed again all weekend so Seattle Department of Transportation crews can rebuild the northern half of that intersection. The closure is from 6 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The intersection closures extend from N 79th St to N 81st St on Greenwood Ave N, and from Dayton Ave N to 1st Ave NW on N 80th Street. Drivers should follow signed detours via N 65th St, 3rd Ave NW and N 85th St.
What to expect during the intersection closure:

  • Crews will work 24-hours to complete the roadway removal and reconstruction
  • Work will be noisy at times; concrete breaking will end by 10 p.m. and start after 8 a.m. on weekends to limit noise impacts to nearby neighbors
  • Pedestrian access to residences and businesses will be maintained at all times.

For more information:

  • Call the 24-hour project line: (206) 496-9993
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Visit: www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_85th.htm

Metro Route 5 buses will be rerouted this weekend because of the construction.

Route 5 will be rerouted off of Greenwood Av N between N 67th St and N 85th St, due to construction.
During this time, Route 5 heading towards downtown Seattle will travel instead via N 85th St, 8th Av NW, NW 65th St, Greenwood Av N, N 67th St and Phinney Av N to its regular route serving all posted bus stops and temporary stops along the reroute.
Heading toward Greenwood, Route 5 will travel instead via N 67th St, Greenwood Av N, N 65th St, 8th Av NW, NW 85th St and Greenwood Av N to its regular route serving all posted bus stops and temporary stops along the reroute.