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Quiet weekend coming up in Phinney-Greenwood

Seems like it will be a fairly quiet weekend in the neighborhood, besides all those people out shopping for Christmas presents. Here’s what we know about this weekend’s events. Check our Events calendar any time.
Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Café at 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting a Community Open Mic night at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and a Pint & Dale concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Food, beer and wine available.
The Reptileman comes to Ridge Romp at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $3 per person (babies in arms are free). Ridge Romp is in the Brick Building in Community Hall.

Leapin’ lizards! The Reptileman returns to the Ridge with his menacing menagerie of cold-blooded creatures. Be prepared to be amazed by slithering snakes, huge turtles and chomping crocs, while learning about these incredible animals in the process. An opportunity to pet some of the animals is available at the end of the show.
Tickets go on sale at 10 am and shows do sometimes sell out. Please come early to avoid disappointment. Geared towards children ages 2 – 6.

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, when the U.S. Small Business Administration encourages people to support their local independent businesses. Check out this video produced by the Think Local campaign, which features pictures and testimonials from several Greenwood and Phinney Ridge business owners, including Top Ten Toys, TerraBella Flowers, Hazel Salon, Makeda Coffee and JRA Bike Shop.
From the press release:

“Small businesses are the foundation of our economy – half of America’s workers either own or work for a small business,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “Small Business Saturday® is an opportunity to show our support for our friends and neighbors who throughout the year are growing our local economy, as well as supporting many local initiative and organizations.”
Small businesses have generated two out of every three net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ over half of all private sector employees.

And if you’re heading downtown this weekend, keep in mind that the Seattle Kids’ Marathon and Seattle Marathon 5K Race are on Saturday morning around the Seattle Center, and the Seattle Marathon is on Sunday. There will be lots of streets closures from downtown to Broadway, Leschi, Rainier and I-90, so try to avoid those areas. Some Metro bus routes, including the 28 and 358, will have minor reroutes, so check the schedules before you head out.