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News roundup: New pot shop, story time back, kids program expanding, preschool spots open, late-night bus service and community council board spots open

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood and city news:

The Partakery, a recreational marijuana shop, is now open at 417 NW 65th St. The store also sells pre-rolls, edibles, accessories and vape oils. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is bringing back its Tuesday story times, beginning April 26 at 11 a.m. The book store also has Friday story times.

Illumination Learning Studio is expanding again. The Phinney Ridge (7720 Greenwood Ave. N.) cultural and performing arts program opened a second location at 8th Avenue NW and Market Street last year. Now it’s opening a Ballard Locks location at 2821-B NW Market St. (serving Adams, Salmon Bay and Loyal Heights elementaries, and will accept overflow from West Woodlands), and a Piper’s Creek location at 124 N. 103rd St. (serving Daniel Bagley, North Beach, Viewlands and the future Cascadia school opening in 2017). ILS provides before and after-school care with van pickup.

KIRO 7 recently had a story about scammers pretending to be Puget Sound Energy workers who may have been casing neighborhood homes to rob.

Metro is asking for public input on late-night bus service (between 12-5 a.m.) to identify ways to improve service. You can take the online survey here.

Phinney Ridge Community Council is still accepting nominations for its board, through May 3. If you’re interested, or want to nominate someone else, email phinneyridge.ccouncil@gmail.com.

The Phinney Preschool Co-op has room in its pre-K program for the fall. Children need to turn 4 by Aug. 31. More information is here.

The Ballard Library is closing May 9 for up to two months for renovation. Preschool story times, the evening book group and the It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series will move to the Greenwood Library during that time.

North Seattle College is hosting a free “Tuition Forum with Lawmakers” from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the campus Grove (first floor of the Health Sciences and Student Resources Building, 9600 College Way N.) The student-led event will feature: James Schuelke, deputy director of the Washington, D.C. nonprofit Civic Nation; Sen. David Frockt, 46th District; Rep. Gerry Pollet, 46th District; Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, 43rd District; Rep. Noel Frame, 36th District; Dr. Warren Brown, President of North Seattle College.

Northwest Boychoir and Vocalpoint! Seattle Girls Prep Training Program are holding auditions for new members on June 11 at University Heights Center in the U-District. Boys aged 6-9 are eligible to audition; no previous music or vocal training is necessary. Girls entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall with strong music talent are eligible. Call the Northwest Choirs office at 206-524-3234 to schedule an audition.

Seattle reLeaf, the City of Seattle’s urban forestry outreach and engagement program, is looking for Tree Ambassadors to lead neighborhood tree walks and work parties to improve the health of neighborhood trees. In particular, Seattle reLeaf needs volunteers to adopt the 50th & Phinney triangle near the Woodland Park Zoo.

Phinney Market Pub & Eatery is teaming up with educational toy company Fort Boards for International Screen-Free Week May 2-8. They’ll give a $25 gift card to any children at the restaurant who will put away their phone or hand-held gaming device during their meal.

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