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:

Dec 22 2017 @ 11:00 AM – Jan 31 2018 @ 12:00 PM Red Chair Salon
Bring items to Red Chair Salon  through January. We’re located at 324 15th Ave East Seattle 98112 (206) 922-2427 Redchairrocks.com Donation Items: New & Like New (Clean/Gently Used) * Warm Blankets (Twin Size) * Winter Items! Coats, Hats, Scarves, & … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Seattle City College Gym Dance Studio
Low-key, high-energy social partner dancing. You can come by yourself or with just-friends, we dance with each other. From 7:20-8pm  is a free lesson for total beginners in turning partner dance, ideal if you don’t even know if you want … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Three years after the Watergate scandal ended his presidency, Richard Nixon agreed to break his silence in a series of interviews with up-and-coming British broadcaster David Frost. Behind-the-scenes it was a battle of egos for the upper hand in controlling … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Cal Anderson Park
UPDATE: On January 20th and 21st, 2018, come together with your friends, neighbors, children and allies to recommit to another year of resistance and support. Together we will pledge our allegiance to the collective liberation of ALL of our communities. Last … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Quantum Martial Arts
This class is open to kids 6-12. Beginners may start at any time. Taught by our most experienced kid teacher, Mr. Schomberg, mini martial artists develop confidence, strength and leadership skills in our community based school. $80 per month includes … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Seattle Central College - Fine Arts Building
10 Saturdays | 1/13/18 – 3/17/18 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Infuse your portraits with a new level of creativity! Join us as we experiment with a variety of media and techniques such as: Gouache Acrylics Collage Mixed media … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 12:00 PM – Jan 21 @ 12:00 AM Optimism Brewery
Optimism Brewing Company, Capitol Hill’s locally- and family-owned brewery, will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary Celebration on January 20th, 2018. To help mark the occasion, Optimism will host live bands, a large charity and hourly raffles, debut limited-edition beers on … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
You do everything together. Why not a share an experience? Create a book together, using a favorite (short) quote from each person. This Learn Letterpress class will cover how to hand set type and the basics of using photopolymer plates … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Madrona Wine Merchants
This Saturday we are tasting our way through some Italian Varietals that have a bit more going on than first meets the eye.  Open your I’s and come join us. 2015 Vinicola Nera, La Novella Sondrio  $15 80% Nebbiolo , … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Volunteer Park Conservatory
The Friends of the Conservatory would like to invite you to the next series of unique fundraisers featuring local light art and music, set inside the beautiful Volunteer Park Conservatory… LUSIO LIGHTS —————————– “Lusio Lights” is a series of after-hours … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Centilia Cultural Center
We invite you to join friends and members of the Kadima Reconstructionist Community on Saturday evening, Jan. 20, to celebrate and honor an individual and/or an organization in the Pacific Northwest who are leading forces in tikkun olam – repairing … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Centilia Cultural Center
We invite you to join friends and members of the Kadima Reconstructionist Community on Saturday evening, Jan. 20, to celebrate and honor an individual and/or an organization in the Pacific Northwest who are leading forces in tikkun olam – repairing … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Three years after the Watergate scandal ended his presidency, Richard Nixon agreed to break his silence in a series of interviews with up-and-coming British broadcaster David Frost. Behind-the-scenes it was a battle of egos for the upper hand in controlling … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Seattle First Baptist Church
Mary Hould stars in the story of one woman, her incontinent dog and her dating (mis)adventures in Seattle. An evening of music in a cabaret setting Easy parkingShare:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jan 21 all-day Varies
After you march on J20, join us in J21, to learn new ways to protest and change this country- – On January 21st, We are thrilled to announce the first round of neighborhood hubs for Womxn Act on Seattle. These … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM 12th Avenue Arts' Pike-Pine room
Central Hills Triangle Collaborative – Join the Tours and Charrette Funded by a $48,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund, the Collaborative is a major Lid I–5 design initiative that will bring together the First Hill, Downtown, Denny Triangle, and Capitol Hill communities throughout 2018. We’ll … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Capitol Hill 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
Jan 21 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 22 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The SweatBox Yoga
Now you can drop into a class at The SweatBox every weekday at noon. Monday-Vinyasa; Tuesday-Hot Hybrid; Wednesday- Yin; Thursday- Hot Hybrid; Friday- Vinyasa! Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jan 22 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 22 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM The Barrel Thief
Explore Italy through its diverse and delicious wines! Join us as we taste wines from the most famous regions of Italy, as well as a few lesser-known wines. As we sip and savor, Sommelier David LeClaire and Christopher Gronbeck, owner … Continue reading
Jan 22 @ 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM Bill's Off Broadway
We are hearing a lot of good things about the adaption of Caleb Carr’s novel, The Alienist on TNT and want to invite all our friends to come watch with us. The book, The Alienist, spent 6 months on the … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM The Summit Building
Selling on Amazon isn’t difficult. But there is a steep learning curve to do it efficiently and most importantly, profitably. This is a meetup where we share best practices of listing on Amazon, improving your products’ search relevancy, and leveraging … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fleet Feet Sports Seattle
Join us for our six-ish mile all paces run. For Tuesday run, we have a winter route at 5.7 mi and a summer route at 6.3 mi.  The summer route explores the trails of Interlaken and the Arboretum.  The winter … Continue reading
Jan 23 @ 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM Quantum Martial Arts
General class is open to all students and starts with 45 minutes of stretching and calisthenics, followed by 45 minutes of drill. In this class the students are drilled on techniques specific to their belt level. Exercises include combination, target, … Continue reading
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