Free Zoo Tonight at 6:30: The zoo does an annual neighborhood appreciation thing, just show up at 6:30 at the West Plaza on Phinney Ave. N. between N. 55th & N. 56th Sts. Chat with your neighbors, enjoy ice cream, and hang out with the zoo’s new maned wolves. There’s no residency check, parking is free, so bring anyone you like.
Unfortunately, the new, fancy, 15 million dollar “Banyan Wilds” exhibit will not be open to you. Apparently the new animals there are still getting acclimated and they don’t want to stress them with night time visitors yet.
Zoo Plans: I learned about the zoo plans for the next few years last night. This is what they are:
- 2016: Zoomazium upgrade with a temporary butterfly house outside and an outdoor stage addition.
- 2017: Presentation upgrade to the raptor show and maybe other shows.
- 2018: Night exhibit house will be refurbished and reopened! I remember the anteaters sticking their tongues out through a seam on the side of the glass window and licking my fingers for the salt. Good times.
- 2019: Maybe they do something with the elephant exhibit, but they’re not sure yet, the exhibit space that’s there now is only good for giant animals like rhinos.
The interim zoo CEO, Bruce Bohmke, says the elephant exhibit shut down because Hansa died and then the momma elephant (Chai? Bamboo?) went through elephantopause and there weren’t more elephants they could bring in despite trying. They decided there was no way to have a breeding program so they ended the program. He claimed protests had no effect other than to complicate departure of the elephants.
Free Movie Tonight at 7:00: Meaningful Movies offers a documentary of Taiwan from an aerial perspective, “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above” introduces viewers to the island nation’s rich landscapes while also revealing the environmental effects of human development.
Also, we met at the farmer’s market to discuss moving the Meaningful Movies to Meridian Park in the picnic shelter / bandstand area after the farmer’s market. It looks promising- important people think it’s a good idea, but the key issue is getting the parks department sign off. More updates as that gets on track (or doesn’t). For now, you’re still going to be in a rented church basement.
Free Cars on Saturday from 8 to 4: Well, it’s not Oprah, so these will just be for looking at. The Greenwood Car Show comes back around on the calendar. It’s an excellent outing with a toddler. Check out all the grown up toddlers and their awesome cars. They’re the bestest!