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:

Feb 12 @ 5:00 PM – Mar 9 @ 5:00 PM Ghost Gallery
” ‘Echoes’ is a collection of paintings that have been inspired by my decision to pursue a life lived in sobriety. It also chronicles my exploration with painting as an expressive medium. Creative thinking and painting has become a renewed … Continue reading
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
3rd Annual Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7 p.m. SEATTLE (February 11, 2015) – The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will celebrate Langston Hughes’s birthday (b. February 1, 1902) with the 3rd annual Langston … Continue reading
Feb 27 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Within Sodo
Enjoy Cajun-inspired hors d’oeuvres, local wine and beer. Try your hand at blackjack, win wine in a ring toss, pop balloons for prizes, bid on silent auction items donated by local businesses, or enter to win raffle prizes–all to support … Continue reading
Feb 28 @ 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Seattle Central
Young scientists to test their skills at Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Seattle Central to host competition that draws students from around the region. This weekend, hundreds of middle and high school students will once again fill the hallways of Seattle … Continue reading
Feb 28 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Seattle University
At Seattle University’s Search for Meaning Book Festival get a front row seat at readings from best-selling authors and well-known local, national and international writers of fiction, nonfiction, scholarly, self-help and more. Authors will be on hand to sign copies … Continue reading
Feb 28 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Meditate Seattle Studio
A 3 hour experience with the ancient sidereal astrology of the Vedic Tradition of India. Understand the essential differences from Western (tropical) astrology, see how the Karmas of your life are reflected in your birth chart, and learn the basic … Continue reading
Feb 28 @ 7:00 PM Century Ballroom
Performances, Memories, Dancing, Friends… Join us in celebrating 18 years of Century Ballroom! Feb 28, 2015 What does it mean to YOU to turn 18? Pick a theme: graduation, prom, the draft, how you looked when you were 18… and … Continue reading
Mar 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
Mar 1 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Seattle Japanese Garden
Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 as the Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates First Viewing, a re-opening event welcoming the general public inside the gates for the first time in 2015. First Viewing begins with the dramatic flair … Continue reading
Mar 1 @ 11:00 AM – Mar 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
Mar 1 @ 3:00 PM Chungee's Drink & Eat
Lion Dance with drums and dancing & fireworks to ring in The Year of the Ram! Gong Hey Fat Choy…Happy New Year! Come Join us!!! Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Mar 1 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Summit Building
A free children’s play group at the Summit Building on Capitol/First Hill, for kids ten (10) and under. Every Sunday 3:00pm 5:00pm Summit Building – 420 E Pike, Seattle Need a place (beside your couch) to let your kids bounce, … Continue reading
Mar 1 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hollow Earth Radio
Get your creative juices flowing like lava and join Pistil Books for the making of a wall-sized community collage during the Magmafest Warm Up event at Hollow Earth. The collage will be on the wall at throughout the month. Cut-up … Continue reading
Mar 1 @ 7:00 PM Annex Theater
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Mar 1 @ 7:30 PM Town Hall
Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra is known for its wide-ranging repertoire and passionate performances. Led by Alan Shen, this extraordinary volunteer orchestra performs an all-Tchaikovsky program for their winter concert, including “Polonaise” from “Eugene Onegin,” “Violin Concerto”, featuring Annie Pham, and … Continue reading
Mar 2 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Montlake Community Center
The Advisory Council is a group of citizens dedicated to the enrichment of our community. Its support enables us to offer a variety of programs and services for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Mar 2 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM Poco Wine and Spirits
Answer trivia questions for cold, hard cash at the smartest way to get drunk on a Monday. Great food, better drinks, and a brain melting trivia. $2 per person Max 6 people per team Winning team wins ALL THE CASH … Continue reading
Mar 2 @ 9:00 PM Montana
we are nuts about ru paul’s drag race!! naturally we will be throwing a lil’ ru party monday march 2nd for the season 7 premiere to watch the show on our HUGE projection screen and we want you, all tea … Continue reading
Mar 3 @ 7:00 PM All Pilgrims
There has been a surge in hate crimes on Capitol Hill. This is outrageous! Our community has long been a bastion of the LGBTQ struggle – not a place where we can’t even feel safe walking home at night. We … Continue reading
Mar 3 @ 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
Mar 3 @ 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
Mar 4 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Montlake Fuel
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Mar 4 @ 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
Mar 4 @ 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
Mar 4 @ 8:00 PM The Hillside Bar
Join us for our monthly Trivia Night at The Hillside Bar. Wednesday, March 4th 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. Winning team … Continue reading
Mar 5 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Giddens School
Join Tracy Flynn from Welcoming Schools leading an interactive workshop about Family Diversity. “Family is the most basic element of self-identification for young children; it shapes and informs their sense of self and who they are in the world. It … Continue reading
Mar 5 @ 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
Mar 5 @ 8:00 PM – Apr 4 @ 8:00 PM 12th Avenue Arts
NCTC presents the West Coast premiere of Annie Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The Flick. NCTC Company Member MJ Sieber directs this humorous, timely story about Millennials Avery, Rose, and Sam, who work at a rundown movie theater that still shows … Continue reading
Mar 6 @ 8:00 PM 12th Ave Studio
BELIEVE ME OR NOT Presented by AJnC Dance March 6-8 and 13-14, 8:00pm Studio Theatre at 12th Ave Arts Believe Me Or Not is a new dance-theater escapade by AJnC Dance. The performers navigate a day-dream of strange wonders and oddities … Continue reading
Mar 6 @ 8:30 PM Velocity Dance
March 8th show: 7:30 PM Velocity + The Dance Cartel are thrilled to present the West Coast premiere of ONTHEFLOOR: WESTWARD HO! featuring special guest appearances by REGGIE WATTS, AMY O’NEAL, and HYPERNOVA March 6-8, 2015 at Velocity. Driven by … Continue reading
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