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Neighborhood news: solar home tour, local artist, smoked meats, zoo classes

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Phinneywood artist Jonathan Wakuda Fischer just finished painting a huge mural on the outside walls of radio station KEXP at 113 Dexter Ave. in downtown Seattle.

Here’s what the wall used to look like.


And here’s his street art-inspired mural of speakers and amplifiers.


The annual Seattle Solar Tour is this Saturday, with nearly 60 solar homes, including some in Phinney Ridge. Maps and information for the self-led tour are available at the Northwest SEED website.

Seattle Public Schools has released its draft revisions to attendance area boundaries, which would affect elementary and middle school students. You can see maps of proposed boundaries here. In our neighborhood, the proposal would mean Broadview-Thomson K-8 students would now feed into the new Wilson-Pacific Middle School on the other side of Aurora, and Greenwood Elementary and Daniel Bagley Elementary students would now feed into Hamilton in Wallingford. SPS will hold a series of five public meetings on the proposed revisions, including one from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Ballard High School, 1418 NW 65th St., in the Commons.

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) has added a Greenwood location to its Little Peppers group for parents with two children ages 3 and under. The new class will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Oct. 1 through Dec. 10 at All That Dance, 320 N. 85th St.

Martino’s Smoked Meats & Eatery opened last week at 7410 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo’s Fall Backyard Habitat classes start up again next week. You can take one or all of the five-part series, taught by experts from Seattle Audubon, Washington Native Plant Society, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, and Woodland Park Zoo about how to design your wildlife habitat, attract birds and other wildlife to your backyard, select and care for native plants, manage your backyard sustainably, and get your yard certified as a Backyard Habitat. Topics include attracting birds, butterflies and bees, site design and maintenance, fall plants, and weeds and pests.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications for its Neighborhood Matching Fund’s Small and Simple Projects Fund until Oct. 7. The fund provides matching funds for up to $25,000 for community groups working to build a stronger neighborhood through physical projects, as well as educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities.