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:

Jul 24 – Jul 28 all-day Metrix Create Space
Adventure Survival is a table-top role playing game created for elementary school students. What will your character be? A talking hamster? A unicorn that shoots rainbows? A carebear? A robot shark? Come create a character, roll the dice and see … Continue reading
Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
EastPAC evaluates and advocates for public safety priorities and quality of life issues for stakeholders in Seattle’s East Precinct. EastPAC Community Meetings are held from 6:30 to 8:00 PM each fourth Thursday, except for November and December, when we meet … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Boardroom
4 Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm, July 11-August 1 Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM St. James Cathedral
2017 Summer Organ Recital Series: Renée Anne Louprette Friday, July 28 at 7:00pm Program: Bach – Pièce d’orgue, BWV 572 Marais (organ transcription by Louprette) – Alcyone, Suite des Airs À Joüer (1706) Isoir – Six Variations sur un Psaume … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 7:30 PM – Aug 19 @ 10:00 PM Annex Theatre
It’s time to revisit the finer points of higher learning, hard lessons, and hot lunch in NITE SKOOL! Get your ass to class for this genre-blending, boundary-crushing skool nite full of music, dance, comedy, and so much more as we … Continue reading
Jul 29 all-day
Join us at Hing Hay Park in the Chinatown-International District for free movies outside every Saturday from July 22 to August 26. There will be live entertainment at dusk and free popcorn. Films start at sundown.  7/22 – A Taste … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Seattle Central College - Mitchell Activity Center
7 Saturdays | 7/8/2017 – 8/19/2017 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Often the hardest part of starting an exercise regimen is just that: Starting! True fitness means more than a healthy body — it also means a healthy mind … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Boardroom
4 Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm, July 11-August 1 Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 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
Jul 29 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Madrona Wine Merchants
This Saturday we are going to the ends of Italy with two wineries – one in the very north in the shadow of the Alps and one from the island of Sardinia in the Tyrrhenian Sea.  They both use their … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM Optimism Brewing
Outdoor Project is excited to announce that our Block Party series will hitting Seattle this summer on July 29th from 2pm-10pm. The event will be hosted with Optimism Brewing and will benefit SheJumps. SheJumps mission is to increase the participation … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Volunteer Park Amphitheater
  Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at 5:00 pm. New this year is a “String Play-Along” to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 where community musicians and SCMS Festival Musicians come together for an on-stage performance collaboration at Volunteer Park’s amphitheater. Musicians … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Volunteer Park Bandshell
Saturday, July 29, 2017- 7pm Held at the amphitheater in Volunteer Park, this FREE event will feature family activities beginning at about 5:30pm. The music of the evening will begin at 7pm and will feature Alexander Borodin’s Quintet for Strings … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Boardroom
4 Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm, July 11-August 1 Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 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
Jul 31 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Boardroom
4 Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm, July 11-August 1 Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as … Continue reading
Jul 31 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong
Open to new and continuing students, this 10 week class is focused toward balance and improved coordination. In this class we will work fundamentals and a short form to bring better health and vitality, improve structure and strength, reduce blood … Continue reading
Jul 31 @ 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
Jul 31 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Seattle Central College - Fine Arts Building
8 Mondays | 6/26/2017 – 8/14/2017 | 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM In this fun and interactive class, you’ll receive easy-to-follow, systematic instruction on how to create vibrant and realistic art using colored pencils. It’s as easy to setup as … Continue reading
Jul 31 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Seattle Central College - Fine Arts Building
6 Tuesdays | 7/11/2017 – 8/15/2017 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Through creative visualization using virtual reality goggles, writing exercises, brainstorming sessions, self-inventories and the creation of a vision board, you’ll gain insight into what you wish to create … Continue reading
Aug 1 all-day
Community block parties around the Hill. http://www.seattle.gov/police/community-policing/night-out View the official map here but check around with neighbors for more.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Aug 1 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Boardroom
4 Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm, July 11-August 1 Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as … Continue reading
Aug 1 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM McMenamins Anderson School
  Garden Tour at McMenamins Anderson School Tuesday, August 1st, 10-11:30am A popular Oregon destination has made its way north! Stroll the newly planted gardens with McMenamins horticulturalist Riz Reyes and see the transformation unfold as each season passes, revealing … Continue reading
Aug 1 @ 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM The Growl Store
Every Tuesday is Taster Tuesday.  Tasters are only $0.75, the perfect excuse to try great local beer.  Bring your growler or get one here. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Aug 1 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Seattle Central College - Fine Arts Building
7 Tuesdays | 6/27/2017 – 8/15/2017 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Expand your world! Brazil is a beautiful fusion of cultures, and this class will be your guide into the thick of it. Discover the basic rhythms and soul … Continue reading
Aug 1 @ 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
Aug 1 @ 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
Aug 1 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Sam's Tavern
Form teams, or come alone and meet new friends. Pop culture, current events, a music round, picture round, and a matching round. along with bonus questions throughout the night. And who knows what else will be thrown at you. It’s … Continue reading
Aug 2 @ 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
Aug 2 @ 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Volunteer Park
FREE OUTDOOR YOGA IN VOLUNTEER PARK Wednesday mornings from 8:30AM to 9:45AM, starting July 12 and ending August 30 Yoga in the Park will let you get fit and get going!  Taught by Patty Helberg certified in Vini and Anusara … Continue reading
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