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News roundup: book exchange, corsets, business directories, neighborhood fund workshop, broadband speed test and more

The PNA’s Book Exchange is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Neighbors can bring in their gently-used mystery, science fiction, fantasy and kid’s books to trade, or buy paperbacks for $1 and hardbacks for $2.

KING 5 recently had a story about the Greenwood/Aurora-based Period Corsets, which provides custom-made corsets to movie stars, famous singers like Fergie and Madonna, and regular folks.

The West Woodland Neighborhood, which encompasses the southwest part of Phinney Ridge and the southeast corner of Ballard, has a new neighborhood business directory. Phinney Ridge and Greenwood have their own updated neighborhood business directory.

The Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Matching Fund is holding a series of workshops for community groups interested in applying for the Large Projects Fund (up to $100,000) this May. Groups submitting an application are required to attend one of the workshops. The workshop closest to our neighborhood is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N. To attend a workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/r/Largeprojects2016 or call 206-733-9916. The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 2.

Seattle Animal Shelter is offering free spay/neuter services Feb. 22-26 to commemorate World Spay Day 2016. Space is limited; to schedule an appointment, call 206-386-4260.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Green Lake invite the community to learn about this spring’s Green Lake alum treatment at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at The Hearthstone, 6720 E. Green Lake Way N. Parks and Recreation and Herrera Environmental Consultants will present information about the implementation of the alum treatment and answer community questions. The treatment is intended to reduce phosphorus levels in the lake, limiting cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms.

The City has a Broadband Speed Test tool that can measure upload and download speeds available to residential users at that time. You can check your speeds from any device at any time of day. When enough data is collected from a given census block, the results are displayed on a map. The data are also published to the City’s open data portal, data.seattle.gov.

King County Archives has a new online search tool for its more than 200,000 records. It’s also working on making some its photo collection available through the site; right now they have more than 1,000 scanned historical photographs available for download, with more on the way.

The annual Summer Streets will not happen this year due to an increase in operating costs and fees and “change in leadership,” according to the city. They’re hoping to bring it back in 2017.