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:

Apr 29 @ 8:00 PM – May 21 @ 10:00 PM Theatre Off Jackson
WHO: Pork Filled Productions WHAT: Presents a World Premiere play, A HAND OF TALONS a Steampunk Noir play. Set in the same world as our THE CLOCKWORK PROFESSOR and THE TUMBLEWEED ZEPHYR WHEN: April 29 to May 21, 2016 Th/Fri/Sat/Mon at … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 11:00 AM – Sep 4 @ 5:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud. In Posing Beauty in African American Culture, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 8:00 PM – May 22 @ 10:00 PM Theatre Off Jackson
WHO: Pork Filled Productions WHAT: Presents a World Premiere play, A HAND OF TALONS a Steampunk Noir play. Set in the same world as our THE CLOCKWORK PROFESSOR and THE TUMBLEWEED ZEPHYR WHEN: April 29 to May 21, 2016 Th/Fri/Sat/Mon at … Continue reading
May 1 @ 11:00 AM – Sep 5 @ 5:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud. In Posing Beauty in African American Culture, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty … Continue reading
May 2 @ 11:00 AM – Sep 6 @ 5:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud. In Posing Beauty in African American Culture, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty … Continue reading
May 3 – May 4 all-day
Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG – one-day online giving event encouraging the community to donate to their favorite nonprofits at www.GiveBIG.seattlefoundation.org with the goal of raising $20 million for more than 1,500 participating organizations.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
May 3 @ 11:00 AM – Sep 7 @ 5:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud. In Posing Beauty in African American Culture, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty … Continue reading
May 3 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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May 3 @ 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
May 3 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Ray Larson, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections, will lead you on  a journey through the most interesting plant collections in the Washington Park Arboretum. This walk and talk will highlight the Pacific Connections Garden, where you will find … Continue reading
May 3 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Seattle Central College - Broadway Edison Building
If your gardening thumb is not the most perfect shade of green or not green at all, this class is for you! What do plants need? Learn about soil, composting, planting, growing from seeds. Herb and perennial gardening plus an … Continue reading
May 4 @ 12:00 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
May 4 @ 11:00 AM – Sep 8 @ 5:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud. In Posing Beauty in African American Culture, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty … Continue reading
May 4 @ 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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May 4 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Seattle Central College - Broadway Edison Building
Tai Chi is a health sustaining exercise and a tool for improved body awareness. Practiced by the elderly for balance and circulation and the young for relaxation and martial arts, it is a wonderful holistic activity for all ages. The … Continue reading
May 4 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Seattle Asian Art Museum
Please join us for a fun filled evening with Dr. Allan Armitage, Ph.D University of Georgia, who will speak to us about his gardening adventures throughout the world. Dr. “A” is a well know speaker, writer and gardener who has … Continue reading
May 4 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM The Elliot Bay Book Company
NYC-based legendary performance artist and eco/anti-consumerism activist Reverend Billy presents his new book and album The Earth Wants YOU: *Weds May 4th, 7pm: Seattle, WA: The Elliott Bay Book Company. 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA  98122. kmallman@elliottbaybook.com & (206) 624-6600. … Continue reading
May 4 @ 8:00 PM The Hillside Bar
Join us for our monthly Trivia Night at The Hillside Bar. First Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm. For just the measly cost of $3 per person you can show off that big brain of yours. Teams of 1-4 people. … Continue reading
May 5 @ 11:00 AM – Sep 9 @ 5:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud. In Posing Beauty in African American Culture, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty … Continue reading
May 5 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Seattle Academy Arts Center
Join us as we transform the Arts Center and STREAM Building into an Art Gallery. Showcasing work done throughout the year by all grades. Exhibit remains up May 5 – May 31.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
May 5 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fleet Feet Sports Seattle
Join us for this very social 3.5 mile jaunt through the neighborhood followed by food and drinks at Linda’s.  We keep the pace easy and the atmosphere fun. Sometimes we change location. Always check our website to confirm the run.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
May 5 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Building Name / Room Number / Site: Mainstage Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm Sundays at 4:00pm Event Description: New Century Theatre Company presents My Name Is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner Adapted from the novel by Chaim … Continue reading
May 5 @ 7:30 PM 12th Avenue Arts
New Century Theatre Company presents MY NAME IS ASHER LEV By Aaron Posner Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok Directed by Sheila Daniels Based on Chaim Potok’s best-selling novel, My Name Is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish … Continue reading
May 5 @ 8:00 PM – May 27 @ 10:00 PM Theatre Off Jackson
WHO: Pork Filled Productions WHAT: Presents a World Premiere play, A HAND OF TALONS a Steampunk Noir play. Set in the same world as our THE CLOCKWORK PROFESSOR and THE TUMBLEWEED ZEPHYR WHEN: April 29 to May 21, 2016 Th/Fri/Sat/Mon at … Continue reading
May 6 @ 11:00 AM – Sep 10 @ 5:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
You’re posing for the camera. How do you want to be seen? Distinguished. Thoughtful. Stylish. Outrageous. Celebratory. Proud. In Posing Beauty in African American Culture, a century of photographs by a wide range of image-makers—photojournalists, artists, men, and women—explore beauty … Continue reading
May 6 @ 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Ballard,Beacon Hill,Belltown,Capitol Hill,Citywide,Columbia City,First Hill,Fremont,Green Lake,Greenwood/Phinney Ridge,Interbay,Magnolia,Queen Anne Event Types: Arts,Community,Education,Hobbies,Special Events Audience: All Sponsoring Organization: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Contact: Friends of The Seattle Public Library Contact Email: booksale@friendsofspl.org Pre-Register: No Link: http://www.friendsofspl.org/book-sales/upcoming-sales/ For the 45th … Continue reading
May 6 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM The Summit
This monthly craft night is for you to get to know your neighbors and dust off that project you have been procrastinating! Bring whatever you want to create and your supplies, meet new friends, and craft in a spacious setting … Continue reading
May 6 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Building Name / Room Number / Site: Mainstage Thursdays at 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm Sundays at 4:00pm Event Description: New Century Theatre Company presents My Name Is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner Adapted from the novel by Chaim … Continue reading
May 6 @ 7:30 PM 12th Avenue Arts
New Century Theatre Company presents MY NAME IS ASHER LEV By Aaron Posner Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok Directed by Sheila Daniels Based on Chaim Potok’s best-selling novel, My Name Is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish … Continue reading
May 6 @ 8:00 PM – May 28 @ 10:00 PM Theatre Off Jackson
WHO: Pork Filled Productions WHAT: Presents a World Premiere play, A HAND OF TALONS a Steampunk Noir play. Set in the same world as our THE CLOCKWORK PROFESSOR and THE TUMBLEWEED ZEPHYR WHEN: April 29 to May 21, 2016 Th/Fri/Sat/Mon at … Continue reading

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