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Neighborhood news roundup: preschool opening, WildLights tickets on sale, City Fruit fundraiser, weigh in on city priorities

99 Monkeys Toys closed its Phinney Ridge doors in mid-September, but is still selling repackaged, high-quality used toys through its website.
Tickets for Woodland Park Zoo’s annual WildLights are now on sale. WildLights runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly from Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 3, with 600,000 LED lights in animal-themed displays. Santa’s reindeer will visit, the carousel will be open (additional fee), Zoomazium will be transformed into Snowmazium for storytelling and faux snowball fights, plus there’s a new beer and wine garden, peacock scavenger hunt and Santa visits Friday through Sunday before Christmas, and on Dec. 21 and 23.
The popular Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Coop has an immediate opening in its Pre-K program. Tuition is $240 per month. Pre-K meets from 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

PNPC is a play based learning cooperative designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical & mental development of young children. Children learn early science curriculum, pre-math skills, gain impulse control and much more. Parent education classes are available monthly and cover a range of parenting topics.
A parent or caregiver works in the classroom one day each week (ideally on Wednesday). Please email pnpc_inf[email protected] with any questions or to inquire about registration.

The Cookie Counter, which hopes to open soon at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., is doing a last-minute pitch for its Kickstarter campaign, which ends at 10 p.m. Friday. The family-friendly vegan cafe is already open for a few special days and hours at their walk-up window, including Milk ‘n Cookies Happy Hour Monday through Friday for the after-school crowd.
A local research company is giving $5 Amazon gift cards to everyone who takes a 10-minute survey on how to improve childbirth options in the Seattle area.
A new website called Townsquared has launched in Seattle to connect small neighborhood businesses so they can share resources, brainstorm together, and alert each other about crime and safety issues.
City Fruit, which harvests leftover street tree and yard fruit to give to more than 50 food banks and hunger programs, is hosting its 5th Annual Cider Taste Fundraiser from 6:30-9 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 12, at Pike Place Atrium. City Fruit harvested more than 9,000 pounds of fruit from several North Seattle neighborhoods this year, including Phinney Ridge.
Everyone who cares about the walkability of our city is encouraged to take the Pedestrian Master Plan Update Survey from now through the end of November.

In 2009, Seattle’s 20-year Pedestrian Master Plan set out to make Seattle the most walkable city in the nation. The Plan goals of safety, equity, vibrancy, and health drive decisions about where to provide new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, signs, and many other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods.
As part of our update to the Pedestrian Master Plan, we need your input on the types of pedestrian improvements you think are most important, and where you think we should build them. We will use your feedback help identify the highest priority areas to focus improvements.

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has prepared a Draft Plan of how the city should grow over the next 20 years. You can check out Seattle 2035‘s key proposals and provide feedback from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St., or from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N., in the old cafeteria. You can also submit comments by email to [email protected] by Nov. 20.