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Neighborhood news roundup: ballet, symphony, catering, coffee, parks and library

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news:
Jack-Haskins-resized-220Two Phinneywood-area students are taking part in the 30th anniversary production of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Chloe Brown and Jack Haskins (right, photo courtesy PNB) attend PNB School, one of the top ballet training institutions in the United States.
PNB presents “Nutcracker”from Nov. 30 – Dec. 29 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center.
Hana Cohon - seattle symphony-resizedCenter School student and Phinney resident Hana Cohon (left, photo courtesy of SYSO) is the winner of the 2013 Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra (SYSO) Concerto Competition, and was featured in SYSO’s first concert of the season last Sunday at Benaroya Hall. She began playing the cello at the age of 7 and is also a student at the Seattle Conservatory of Music.
The Best Little Catering Co. in Seattle has opened its office in Greenwood. Owners Dannie Nemes and Kelley Murphy tell me it’s a small-scale catering business “specializing in upscale comfort food at affordable prices; tiny bites for teensy budgets! Holiday parties, bridal/baby showers, modest weddings, event planning and much more!” To contact them, call 206-909-8229 or email [email protected].
Tony’s Coffee Bar at the corner of NW 70th Street and 3rd Avenue NW is now open until 2 p.m. on the weekends.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has begun upgrading the Lower Woodland Park ball fields and replacing ball field lighting. The ball fields will remain closed through February 2014.
In case you weren’t aware, Seattle Public Library has a special program where library patrons can check out passes to several Seattle-area museums and attractions. Seattle Aquarium just joined the program, which has nine other participants: The Burke Museum, The Center for Wooden Boats, Experience Music Project (EMP), Henry Art Gallery, The Log House Museum, Nordic Heritage Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum and Wing Luke Museum.

The Museum Pass program allows patrons of The Seattle Public Library to use their Library card to check out free museum passes. Participants can reserve a pass to an individual museum once every 30 days, and may use one pass per week. The program reservation system requires the cardholder enter their Library card number, personal identification number (PIN), choose a specific date, and print the museum pass. To read more details and reserve a museum pass, visit www.spl.org/museumpass.

And SPL now offers access to the Microsoft IT Academy program, which offers online courses in technology skills, including basic computer skills, Microsoft Word and Excel, and other Microsoft programs such as SharePoint and SQL Server. Microsoft IT Academy courses are free to all residents of Washington state and are accessible through the Library’s website.