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Live music, turkeys and more in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

We’ve got live music, and community celebrations in the neighborhood this weekend. Here are a few highlights. Check out our Events calendar any time for more.
Umpqua Bank opened its doors at 72nd and Greenwood a few weeks ago, but they’re celebrating today with free food and drink from some of their favorite local restaurants: biscuits and gravy from Mae’s, pulled pork sliders from Nickerson St. Saloon, truffle popcorn from Oliver’s Twist and desserts from TM Dessert Works. They’re open until 6 p.m. at 7120 Greenwood Ave. N. (Photo below: That’s Store Manager Jo Figurelli in the back.)

Bluebird Microcreamery, which recently opened in Phinney Ridge on the corner of 74th and Greenwood, is opening another location today in Fremont, at 3515 Fremont Ave. N.
A group of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood business owners are getting together to talk about a holiday marketing strategy. They’re meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at In the Red Wine Bar, 6510 Phinney Ave. N.
Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. presents Cajun music and dance by Troupea Acadian at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Couth Relief – Musicians Benefit for Ruby Smith at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. N., presents Mary Flower at 8 p.m. Friday; Northern Departure at 8 p.m. Saturday; and Antje Duvekot at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The 2nd Annual Local Giving Fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St. Talk to representatives from local non-profits about the work they do, then donate to your favorite cause, either for yourself or as a gift in someone’s name. Plus there’s live music and yummy treats.
The Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating Thanksgiving with a Turkey Toss for some of the animals. Komodo dragons, snow leopards, lions, arctic foxes, ocelots, jaguar, grizzlies, wolves, lemurs, pigs, Golden lion tamarin monkeys, tigers and a turkey vulture will chow down on raw, store-prepared turkeys on Saturday.

(Photo by Ryan Hawk, WPZ.)
Next Tuesday, Woodland Park Zoo continues the University of Washington vs. Washington State University rivalry by letting elephant Chai pick who she thinks will win the Apple Cup. Chai will receive two large boxes of apples – one with a UW logo, the other WSU. The first apple she takes is the projected winner. (Last year she picked the Huskies.)
And if you wear UW or WSU school gear from Nov. 21-17, you’ll get half-off zoo admission. (Or show your student ID.)
The Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is on Sunday at Green Lake Park, with a mashed potato eating contest and an expected 1,500 runners for a 5K run/walk. Bring a canned food donation if you can.

Seattle Family Dance is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., presents a free clarinet choir concert at 4 p.m. Sunday.
And after the weekend, be award that the Ballard Bridge will have one northbound lane closed for painting starting on Monday. The work will last from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for about six weeks.

The sidewalk on the east side of the Ballard Bridge was closed starting Monday, November 14 for the painting project, and will be reopened on weekday evenings and weekends as much as possible—there will be times when this is not possible. The east sidewalk closures are also expected to last up to six weeks.
When the sidewalk on the east side of the bridge is closed, pedestrians may use the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge. Northbound bicyclists are detoured to the Fremont Bridge or the Ballard Locks because the bridge sidewalks are not wide enough for two-way bicycle traffic. Southbound bicyclists may continue to use the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge.
At some point during the project there will be full bridge closures on weekends. These closures will be limited to 3 to 6 a.m. Saturdays and 12:00 midnight to 6 a.m. Sundays. Metro transit service will not be provided during these hours. There will be a maximum of four such weekend closures. They are not yet scheduled.