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Weekend events: Home remodel fair, live music, school open houses

Here are a few highlights of events in our neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

The Phinney Neighborhood Associating is hosting its annual meeting and pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

North Seattle Fives Cooperative School is holding an open house for prospective students for the 2015-16 school year from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday. The school is located inside St. John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave. N. (use the back entry).

Students attend school four days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. For more information, see the website or call 206-789-1807.

Curriculum: North Seattle Fives is designed to meet the needs of children who are too young for kindergarten or who would benefit from another year before starting kindergarten. The classroom, located across the street from Woodland Park Zoo, is designed to provide a stimulating, hands-on environment for the children. Enrollment: Capped at 20 children, and is limited to children who will turn five years old by Dec. 31, 2015, but occasional exceptions occur.

Deadline for registration is February 14, 2015.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Dale Russ & Friends at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all prices are $2 more at the door).

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Dale Russ started playing fiddle at the beginning of the Irish music boom in the States in 1973. Since then he has performed and taught throughout the U.S., with brief forays into Canada and Ireland, and has performed yearly in Japan since 1996. Early years included musical affiliations with Mark Graham (No Comhaile), Sandy Silva, Kevin Burke, and, more recently, Paddy O’Brien, along with our local heroes and stalwarts Tom Creegan and Mike Saunders, with whom he performs in the trio Crumac. Russ recently released his first solo recording in 18 years.

The concert will feature Dale’s solo fiddle as well as sets with these musical guests: Tom Creegan; Mike Saunders; Alicia Guinn; and Leo Shannon.

New for 2015: advance sales for all SFS shows available via BrownPaperTickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/2149 or 1-800-838-3006.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Comedy Womb Open Mic at 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pint & Dale — Songs of the Seas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcomed) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle ReCreative is holding its grand re-opening celebration in its new location at 8408 Greenwood Ave. N., all day Saturday.

Christ the King Catholic School is holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, 415 N. 117th St.

The PNA’s huge annual Home Design & Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with the chance to meet local contractors, architects, designers and other home remodeling experts to get advice and dream of your next big project.

A group of local parents has created a new play-based co-op kindergarten as part of the Woodland Park Cooperative. They’re holding an open house from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday at Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St. (They will have a second open house on Feb. 14.)

Evan’s Family Variety Show from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Phinney Center.

Insatiable! Seattle’s 9th Annual Asian American Playwrights Festival from 5-9 p.m. Sunday at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N.