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 27 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Freeway Park
Free Fitness Classes in Freeway Park taught by the Washington Athletic Club: 12-1pm in Upper Plaza on the grassy lawn adjacent to Washington State Convention CenterShare:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
– Monday, July 25th – Capitol Hill Focus Group – 6:00-7:00 pm @ Seattle University, Casey 500 – Tuesday, July 26th – Eastlake East Focus Group – 6:00-7:00 pm @ Seattle University, Casey 500 – Wednesday, July 27th – Miller … Continue reading
Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Seattle Central Fine Arts Building
Build strength, flexibility, and stamina through a fun, fast-paced bellydance-based workout. You’ll learn basic moves and combine them into cardio combos in this low-impact fitness class. Appropriate for all levels of dancers. Please bring a yoga mat, water, and 2-lb … Continue reading
Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
1401 E Madison St Land Use Application to construct a 150,000 sq ft, 6-story apartment building with 137 units and 81 parking spaces. View Design Proposal  (12 MB)     Review Meeting July 27, 2016 6:30pm Seattle University 824 12th Ave … Continue reading
Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Seattle Central College - Broadway Edison Bldg
Improve your pronunciation while studying some of the great French poets from the late 19th century to today. Starting with Baudelaire and Rimbaud and continuing through Apollinaire, Reverdy, Valéry, Bonnefoy and others, we will learn about traditional French meter and … Continue reading
Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Volunteer Park Bandstand
The Seattle Chamber Music Society is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The SCMS Summer Festival runs the entire month of July in the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall and features a FREE concert at Volunteer Park in the … Continue reading
Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Ada's Technical Bookstore
 Climate Scientists Use Big Data To Respond To Acidification Die Off The Washington state legislature asked UW scientists for help when infant oysters began dying in record numbers reportedly from increased acidity in Pacific Northwest waters. Parker MacCready Ph.D., is … Continue reading
Jul 27 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Seattle Community College Fine Arts
Refine your belly dance technique and learn a choreography in this unique six-week session. One quarter of previous belly dance experience is recommended. Students will have the optional opportunity to perform at a belly dance show on August 13.  >> Register … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Freeway Park
Paint a kite to be included in Freeway Park’s 4th annual art-kite installation!Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jul 28 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The SweatBox Yoga
Practice a one-hour class at The SweatBox during your lunch hour. Every Tuesday and Thursday noon class through Labor Day is only $10 for a drop in.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jul 28 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Seattle Central College - Broadway Edison Bldg
Are you planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country in the near future? If so, join us for this introductory class, which covers pronunciation, conversation and helpful expressions to use while traveling. We’ll also listen to Latin American music and … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cafe Solstice
Building community is the Capitol Hill Community Council’s main objective. With the purpose of preserving and improving the neighborhood, and encouraging a sense of community. This is done by advocating for the community and keeping everyone informed while still being … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 5:00 PM
– Monday, July 25th – Capitol Hill Focus Group – 6:00-7:00 pm @ Seattle University, Casey 500 – Tuesday, July 26th – Eastlake East Focus Group – 6:00-7:00 pm @ Seattle University, Casey 500 – Wednesday, July 27th – Miller … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 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
Jul 28 @ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Event Types: Community Neighborhoods: Alki/Admiral,Arbor Heights,Ballard,Beacon Hill,Belltown,Broadview/Bitter Lake,Capitol Hill,Cascade/Eastlake/South Lake Union,Cedar Park/Meadowbrook,Central Area/Squire Park,Citywide,Columbia City,Delridge/North Delridge,Downtown Commercial Core,Duwamish/SODO,East of Seattle,Fauntleroy/Morgan Junction/Seaview,First Hill,Fremont,Georgetown,Green Lake,Greenwood/Phinney Ridge,Haller Lake,High Point,Highland Park,Interbay,Judkins Park,Lake City/Olympic Hills/Victory Heights,Laurelhurst/Sand Point,Licton Springs,Madison Park,Madrona/Leschi,Magnolia,Miller Park,Montlake/Portage Bay,Mt. Baker/North Rainier,North Beach/Blue Ridge,North … Continue reading
Jul 28 @ 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 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Optimism Brewing Co.
  Former UW decathlete, Jeremy Taiwo, is headed to the Olympics, let’s show him Seattle’s support! Born in Renton, Jeremy is proudly representing Washington in Rio. Jeremy needs our help, he has a gofundme page to raise money to pay … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM Hing Hay Park
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Jul 29 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Annex Theatre
Directed by Pilar O’Connell *Every Thursday is PWYC *There will be a PWYC Industry Night on Monday, August 8 Nadia is a recovering alcoholic who is being haunted by her dead lover. Sheila is an aging social worker whose greatest … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 8:15 PM – 11:00 PM Asian Art Museum
8:15 pm Live music with The Jelly Rollers. 9 pm Film: True Grit (2010) in this version redefines girl power in the western film genre, with outstanding cinematography in a dusty and muted palette. Set in 1878 Arkansas, with a … Continue reading
Jul 29 @ 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM WAshington Park Arboretum
Twilight Tram Tours present you with a new exclusive tour experience, learning about the history and night-life of the Washington Park Arboretum in summer. Twilight is that quiet time between afternoon and evening where people-activity in the Arboretum quiets down … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Seattle Central College - Mitchell Activity Center
Considered to be the most comprehensive of all the yogas, Kundalini Yoga incorporates the use of breath, movement, meditation and deep relaxation to awaken the mind, body, and being. During this inspiring class, you will learn how to find inner … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Volunteer Park
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Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Volunteer Park
Join Volunteer Park Trust to explore Volunteer Park’s history and its design by the famous Olmsted Brothers, with its many astounding architectural elements, including: The Art Deco Seattle Asian Art Museum Conservatory Water Tower Reservoir Historic Lakeview Cemetery and other … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Starts 5-7-16, $20/5 or $50/15 weeks Renovate or begin your tango using the powerful underlying PRINCIPLES of connection to partner, connection to music and instant choreography – principles taught in these classes. You WILL progress from this proven, condensed 15-week … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM The Cathedral Shop at Saint Marks
Please join us at Saint Mark’s Cathedral Gift Shop at 1245 10th Ave East, Seattle , Wa. for a book signing from 2:00PM-4:00PM. Pamela Bradburn will be autographing her book, The Visitation and Other Biblical Poetry. Light refreshments will be … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Annex Theatre
Directed by Pilar O’Connell *Every Thursday is PWYC *There will be a PWYC Industry Night on Monday, August 8 Nadia is a recovering alcoholic who is being haunted by her dead lover. Sheila is an aging social worker whose greatest … Continue reading
Jul 30 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Volunteer Park
An immersive evening of light and sound. Multiple Light Installations. Live Visuals. Ambient Showcase. Fully orchastrated from beginning to end. As the sun sets on July 30, Volunteer Park will slowly come to life and “awaken” with light and sound. … Continue reading
Jul 31 @ 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 @ 7:00 PM – Aug 1 @ 1:00 AM 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
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