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Phinney Books expanding to Madison Park, record Gumshoe proceeds, auditions for Moscow Ballet production, People’s Academy for Community Engagement fall course, Greenwood Community Council video on small-business displacement

Phinney Books is expanding to Madison Park. Owner Tom Nissley has taken over a small space in Madison Park and will open Madison Books hopefully in November.
This year’s Gumshoe 5k Walk raised a record $8,933 that will be divided amongst the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA, and Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank. Check out DoTheGumshoe.org for the list of prize drawing winners, answers to clues, and dates for next year’s event.
American Dance Institute is hosting the Moscow Ballet and its production of The Great Russian Nutcracker on Nov. 8-9 at the Paramount Theater downtown. Dance students ages 6-18 are invited to audition for an ancillary role, including little snowflakes, mice, party children, snow sprites, snow maidens, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabian and Chinese dancers. Students must be currently enrolled at any dance school and have a minimum of one year of ballet training. Auditions will be held at ADI’s Shoreline studio on Monday, Sept. 10. Moscow Ballet hopes to cast between 65-100 local dancers for this year’s production. (Rehearsals will be at the Greenwood studio.) Audition information is here.
Woodland Park Zoo is currently offering half-off admission for children ages 3-12 through Labor Day. Print or display on your phone the special back-to-school coupon online at www.zoo.org/backtoschool and show it at the gate.
Phinney Neighborhood Association is looking for a new Whittier Kids After School Teacher for a 23.75 hours per week position. See the full job description here.
The State Department of Licensing is upgrading its licensing system for vehicles and vessels and it is currently offline through Labor Day. It will be back online Sept. 4. (Other King County licensing services, including taxi/for-hire/TNC licensing, pet licensing, and marriage licensing, are not affected.)
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications for its fall civic leadership development program, People’s Academy for Community Engagement. Fall Quarter will be held on Saturdays from Oct. 13 through Nov. 10.

During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and the city’s governmental structure and processes.
The classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Building Relationships with Local Media, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more. Tuition is $100, and there is tuition assistance available.
To apply, visit seattle.gov/PACE. The application deadline for the upcoming Fall Quarter is Monday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m.

The Greenwood Community Council has produced a video about the potential for displacement of small businesses in Greenwood. The council is seeking volunteers interested in writing a realistic plan of action to help.