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Live music, dance, theater and zoo contest in Greenwood-Phinney this weekend

What a beautiful start to Memorial Day weekend. If you’re not heading out of town, here’s a sampling of what to do in and around Phinney Ridge and Greenwood; check our Events calendar for more.
Friday Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Roots & Country Songwriters, hosted by Joy Mills and featuring Tom Parker, Mike McDermott and Strange Jerome, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N. On Saturday it’s What’s the Word Cabaret, with Michael Schein, Carolyn Wright, William Higareda (MC Varda), Theo Dzielak and Ronin Jazz, at 7:30 p.m. And on Sunday, it’s Northern Tunes Session with Rhythm Rollers at 6 p.m.
“Bach at Leipzig” continues in its second week at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.
Karaoke with Katybelle at 8 p.m. Friday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.; on Sunday it’s Happy Hour Bingo at 4 p.m. and Live Jazz at 8 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo is holding a contest to name its new pair of Asian small-clawed otters. The contest starts today and runs through June 15. Two contest winners will each get a $100 Umpqua Bank savings account, a ZooParent adoption, and a visit from an Umpqua Bank ice cream truck for 100 friends.
Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.
Qualified entries for the 7-year-old male and 3-year-old female must be in the Malay language as a tribute to the otters’ native southern and southeastern Asia range. Winning names will be chosen by a panel of zoo judges. Pick up a ballot at any Seattle-area Umpqua Bank, clip out a ballot from select issues of The Seattle Times, or submit your otter names online.
Metro Transit is on holiday schedule for Memorial Day, and its providing a special shuttle to Folklife Festival from the Northgate Transit Center.
And just so you know, Phinney Market Pub & Eatery has started serving a full breakfast every weekday, to try to fill the gap from the closing our Male’s Phinney Ridge Café. A new pastry chef will cook up scones, biscuits, coffee cake, breads, and sticky buns.