On the List | Independence Day Picnic + fireworks, Ada’s Night Out, Tanabata Festival

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(Image: Plum via Facebook)

(Image: Plum via Facebook)

What are you doing for the 4th? How about joining the High 5 Pie-eating contest, or listening free music, or having a free hot dog and root beer float? Head to Cal Anderson Park on Friday 12pm – 5pm for the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic This fun community event includes kid activities, a pet-human lookalike contest, and more. See our write up for more details. The 4th also brings Plum Cafe’s annual vegan 4th of July BBQ, 2 to 5 PM at 324 15th Ave E.

Later on Friday, catch the fireworks show over Lake Union from one of many prime viewing spots on the west side of Capitol Hill. Here are our suggestions for best spots for viewing. We did the research so you don’t have to. You’re welcome! Add your best picture to our CHS Flickr group.

adas night outBoth Worlds Two, a new animation film by Stefan Gruber premieres at Ada’s Technical Books on Thursday in the first edition of the store’s new evening series Ada’s Night Out. Included in the $12 admission ticket are “a spread of hors d’oeuvres made from fresh, seasonal produce purchased from local growers, as well as exclusive access to all the features of Ada’s, including our books, coffee, beer and wine. At 9pm we start the screening of Both Worlds Two, followed by Stefan talking about his work and answering questions.

Tanabata_smSunday, the Seattle Japanese Garden in the Arboretum  welcomes you to the Tanabata Festival:

“Tanabata at the Garden is a beautiful day filled with origami-making, and wish writing. As in Japan, Tanabata at the Seattle Japanese Garden is a celebration of the legend of two separated lovers, represented by two stars which only meet once a year in July. Bring your friends and family and hang your origami on the bamboo by our gates, we’d love to see you here in your kimono!”

Something to add? Let us know on the CHS Calendar — more listings below:

Jan 22 – Feb 7 all-day Northwest Film Forum
It’s a kid’s film festival: over the past decade, Children’s Film Festival Seattle has become the largest and most respected film festival on the West Coast dedicated to children and their families. We can’t wait to see you for the … Continue reading
Jan 26 @ 7:00 PM Sam's Tavern
More fun than a barrel full of monkeys… Pub Trivia. Get drinks as prizes for answering questions correctly.  Great food, great drinks, and some questions to answer to get more beer and food. It’s free to play, $50 for the … Continue reading
Jan 26 @ 7:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
SPRAWL {World Premiere} By Josh Conkel Directed by Ali El-gasseir The first production that will EVER take place in our new home at 12th Ave Arts is the world premiere of Josh Conkel’s darkly hilarious new black comedy, Sprawl. Cornish … Continue reading
Jan 27 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Jan 27 @ 6:00 PM NW Polite Society
What: An evening of drinks and art Where: NW Polite Society – 1100 E Pike Seattle, WA 98122 (4th floor of Annex Theater on the corner of Pike & 11th) When: Tuesday, January 27th at 6 p.m Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jan 27 @ 6:00 PM Aegis Living on Madison
Learn when to be concerned and next steps to take for help Speaker Kathy Stewart has been a registered nurse for more than thirty years, providing intimate guidance for ageing adults with memory decline. As a General Manager at Aegis … Continue reading
Jan 27 @ 7:00 PM Canterbury Ale House
More fun than a barrel full of monkeys… Pub Trivia. Get drinks as prizes for answering questions correctly. Great food, great drinks, and some questions to answer to get more beer and food. It’s free to play, prizes to top … Continue reading
Jan 28 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Montlake Fuel
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Jan 28 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Jan 28 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Montlake Library
It is story time at the Montlake Branch! Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children’s librarian. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jan 28 @ 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Washington Park Arboretum
**NEW! The Wednesday Afternoon class is designed for the older preschoolers in the Fiddleheads program. It is geared toward 4 and 5 year olds, and will have a faster pace, and a slightly different teaching style.* Join us for a … Continue reading
Jan 28 @ 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room
On Wednesday, January 28, Peter Steinbrueck will present the results and achievements of the Urban Village strategy, which was implemented with the Comprehensive Plan of 1994. Part of the Seattle Sustainable Neighborhoods Project (SSNAP), Steinbrueck will share on what he … Continue reading
Jan 28 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Meditate Seattle Studio
A 3 hour “crash course” in what you really need to know to begin a regular meditation practice. We recommend the four-session Primordial Sound meditation class whenever possible because it is the most thorough way to begin an effective practice. But … Continue reading
Jan 29 @ 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Meditate Seattle Studio
Free 1/2 hour meditation group every Thursday, no experience required. Walk up the driveway on 18th E to arrive at the meditation studio. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jan 29 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Jan 29 @ 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Meditate Seattle Studio
Free 1/2 hour silent meditation group every week except holidays. If you need instruction in meditation, visit Youtube and search for Meditate Seattle. You will find an introductory video. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jan 29 @ 7:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Our Town Thornton Wilder—who begins Our Town with the direction, “No curtain. No scenery.”—might have been thrilled to stage his Pulitzer Prize winning play in a space where theatre had never been created before. His play pioneered a form of … Continue reading
Jan 29 @ 7:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
SPRAWL {World Premiere} By Josh Conkel Directed by Ali El-gasseir The first production that will EVER take place in our new home at 12th Ave Arts is the world premiere of Josh Conkel’s darkly hilarious new black comedy, Sprawl. Cornish … Continue reading
Jan 30 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Jan 30 @ 7:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Our Town Thornton Wilder—who begins Our Town with the direction, “No curtain. No scenery.”—might have been thrilled to stage his Pulitzer Prize winning play in a space where theatre had never been created before. His play pioneered a form of … Continue reading
Jan 30 @ 7:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
SPRAWL {World Premiere} By Josh Conkel Directed by Ali El-gasseir The first production that will EVER take place in our new home at 12th Ave Arts is the world premiere of Josh Conkel’s darkly hilarious new black comedy, Sprawl. Cornish … Continue reading
Jan 31 @ 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Keystone Congregational Church
A forum on Climate Change legislation in Olympia will be held on Saturday morning, January 31 at Keystone Congregational Church,  5019 Keystone Place N in the Wallingford neighborhood. The forum will provide you with information regarding the bills supported by … Continue reading
Jan 31 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Jan 31 @ 2:00 PM Seattle Central Public Library
“Join us in the Microsoft Auditorium at the Seattle Central Public Library (1000 4th Avenue) on Saturday, January 31st, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a talk and film screening with historian and documentarian Laurence Cotton, a consulting producer of … Continue reading
Jan 31 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Fremont Studios
Gay Bingo returns on Saturday, January 31 with all of the glitz, glamour and gaiety of the Rocky Horror Picture Show! Packed with dynamic drag performances, quirky cocktails and a hot mess of spinning, twirling balls—this event supports the food, … Continue reading
Jan 31 @ 7:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Our Town Thornton Wilder—who begins Our Town with the direction, “No curtain. No scenery.”—might have been thrilled to stage his Pulitzer Prize winning play in a space where theatre had never been created before. His play pioneered a form of … Continue reading
Jan 31 @ 7:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
SPRAWL {World Premiere} By Josh Conkel Directed by Ali El-gasseir The first production that will EVER take place in our new home at 12th Ave Arts is the world premiere of Josh Conkel’s darkly hilarious new black comedy, Sprawl. Cornish … Continue reading
Feb 1 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market
The Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market supports Washington’s small family farmers by creating a vibrant neighborhood farmers market.  Located outside the Seattle Central Community College, the Market runs year-round every Sunday from 11am-3pm, and has been in operation since 2005.  One can find fresh Washington grown produce, fruit and … Continue reading
Feb 1 @ 11:00 AM – Feb 1 @ 5:00 PM Madrona Wine Merchants
It’s Sunday Sipper time at Madrona Wine Merchants — come see what two lovelies that Mark is sampling this Sunday. There is always a surprise in the store. Check out our website: http://www.madronawinemerchants.com to see what we are pouring. Madrona … Continue reading
Feb 1 @ 2:00 PM 12th Ave Arts
Our Town Thornton Wilder—who begins Our Town with the direction, “No curtain. No scenery.”—might have been thrilled to stage his Pulitzer Prize winning play in a space where theatre had never been created before. His play pioneered a form of … Continue reading
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