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News roundup: Bookstore news, city funds for hunger programs, Nutcracker performers

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news.

Eight neighborhood children will perform in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “The Nutcracker.” Kokoro Anan — Baby Mouse; Bixby Atkins — Little Boy; Sadie Beers — Infantry; Maya Bransier — Infantry; Claire Crawford — Small Servant; Claire Curran — Cavalry; Annika Greenig — Mother Mouse; and Angelika Volante — Toy Theater Girl.

Seattle’s Human Services Department will give the Greenwood Senior Center $113,000 next year to continue to provide nutritious food to neighborhood seniors. The city also is providing the Phinney Neighborhood Association with $40,428 for its Hot Meal Program.

The Seattle City Council is awarding $68,000 to City Fruit to glean extra fruit off neighborhood trees for food banks and hunger programs. City Fruit is very active in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., is in the final days of its $2,500 fundraising campaign to purchase high quality microphones, an audio interface, and video equipment so that they can share all their regular musical and performance events with the community online.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is starting a new monthly book subscription service called Phinney by Post. Subscribers will receive a surprise paperback book every month.

Why are we starting Phinney by Post? To try something new and fun, for one thing, and as a way for faraway friends of the store to keep in touch (although you can choose to pick up your monthly book at the store if you prefer). But also because, as much as we love discovering the newly published books each season, we also love unearthing older books that not everyone knows about (the kind we feature in Old Book of the Week). And that’s what Phinney by Post will specialize in, although we might throw a more recent book in every once in a while too.