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Neighborhood news: volunteers needed for holiday events and senior transportation, public art, business news, city surveys

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood news:
United Way of King County is looking for volunteers for its Free Tax Preparation Campaign, which also connects those in poverty with other services. Check out the website for more information on volunteering and to find free tax prep locations.
Sound Generations, which helps seniors stay independent and connected in their communities, needs volunteers for its transportation program to help seniors get to medical appointments. Volunteers can choose what days and times work best for them. For more information contact Kailan at 206-748-7588 or [email protected]
The new Janus apartment building at 101 NW 85th St. has installed a 30-foot-tall kinetic sculpture at its northeast corner.
Ballard-Greenwood artist Miguel Edwards’ “Perseus II” will look familiar to Carkeek Park regulars who remember his smaller “Perseus I” that was temporarily installed near Carkeek Park’s playground in 2010 as part of a Center on Contemporary Arts exhibit. Solar panels built into the sculpture will supply electricity to move the pendulum and power the lights in the glass spheres and fins.
Metropolis Gift Shop at 7319 Greenwood Ave. N. remains closed after a pipe burst on Oct. 13, flooding part of the store. Owner Sue Pasha tells us repairs are taking longer than expected. She hopes to reopen early next week.
The Olive & Grape Mediterranean restaurant at 8516 Greenwood Ave. N. is celebrating its 6th anniversary on Dec. 4. with live music and Aegean-style dining (reservations required).
Ballard’s popular Turkey Trot 5K is coming up on Thanksgiving Day, and benefits the Ballard Food Bank. The 10th annual run begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24, at Sunset Hill (32nd Avenue NW and NW 85th St.) to Golden Gardens Park. You can register online.
The Roots Channel, based out of Empty Sea Studios at 6300 Phinney Ave. N., brings acoustic and traditional musicians to your home through Internet streaming. The Roots Channel has introduced three new music series:

  • Concerts from Blue Rock Live: “We’re thrilled to announce this full-length concert series from Texas’ Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio. Beautifully shot in multi-camera HD and stunning sound, this series features multiple sets from artists including Peter Mulvey, Jonathan Byrd, Amy Speace and many more of roots music’s best. To kick off the series, we’re featuring two free episodes to whet your appetite: Texan singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez and alt-cellist Ben Sollee.
  • OneMic: The Minimalist Recording Series: Each session features a band playing two songs in single, contiguous takes around a single microphone – filmed in one continuous camera shot.
  • Tiki Parlour Recordings: “Old-time musician, documentarian, and teacher David Bragger created this one-of-a-kind series featuring full-length sessions with a rotating cast of old-time musicians! Each film focuses on an artist performing their music without a set list, rehearsals or commercial agenda. It is old-time music in its purest form.”

The Phinney Neighborhood Association needs volunteers for three events coming up:

  • Stage and deliver metal, lighted holiday monkeys to various businesses around the neighborhood. Sign up here.
  • Trolley Ambassadors during the newly named PhinneyWood Phestivus on Dec. 9 (part of that night’s Artwalk, with free trolley rides up and down Phinney/Greenwood avenues between Woodland Park Zoo and North 87th Street). Sign up here.
  • Winter Festival on Dec. 3-4. Sign up here.

The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas is inviting all neighborhood writers to drop in on its workshops that help students write long-form fiction during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The idea is for students to meet the wider Seattle writing community. The next workshop is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. The BFI is at 8418 Greenwood Ave. N., inside the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.
The City of Seattle is asking residents for input on how to make the city more accessible to pedestrians by adding or improving curb ramps. Take the survey here.
And a reminder that Seattle University’s Public Safety Survey is still open through Nov. 30. The survey solicits feedback on safety and security concerns in every neighborhood. Results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department.