Hill Wonk | Listening at the Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Open House

Like so many in our neighborhood and across the country, I sat at home watching the live feed of St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch deliver the reasoning behind the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the murder of  unarmed teenager, Michael Brown.

The news compelled people to do something, to speak out, and to implore us all to listen. In these moments, we are challenged to truly understand that a more complex reality exists. We are challenged to listen rather than default to putting our own lens and experience before others.

The Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Open House is Thursday starting at 6:30 PM in the Cal Anderson Shelterhouse -- CHS wrote here about the party and chance to talk with city officials about Capitol Hill issues

The Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Open House is Thursday starting at 6:30 PM in the Cal Anderson Shelterhouse — CHS wrote here about the party and chance to talk with city officials about Capitol Hill issues

When we allow our hurt to deafen our ears to the hurt of others, we are invited to maintain perspective and recognize our hurt relative to that of others. Fundamentally, we desire validation, and when we hurt we want someone to notice, and to listen. Listening is a critical point of orientation in a world of possibility because listening that results in hearing is possible when we aren’t most in love with our voice over any other.

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CHS Community Post | Jubilee Holiday Wish List: Can You Help?

IMG_2036Jubilee Women’s Center provides safe and affordable housing and supportive care for women in transition out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. This time of year offers an opportunity for the Jubilee staff and greater Capitol Hill community to bring the warmth and spirit of the holidays to the women of Jubilee.

Much gratitude to the local businesses, faith communities, school groups and individuals who support the Jubilee residents each year with Christmas gifts, trees, meals and most important, the knowledge that they are surrounded by people who believe in them and support them.

Jubilee still has some resident wishlists to fulfill, as well as a need for bus passes and gift cards for grocery and drug stores. If you can help with a donation of any of these items, please contact Angie at givingtree@jwcenter.org or 206-442-2951 by December 17. Happy holidays!

CHS Community Post | Jubilee Women’s Center Honored to be Among the “STars”

IMG_1871Jubilee Women’s Center, which provides community housing and support services for single homeless and low-income women, has taken its place among the local nonprofit stars as part of the STars on Broadway project, a joint effort of Sound Transit and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Now in its fifth and final year, the STars on Broadway project “celebrates nonprofits on Capitol Hill that make life brighter for everyone,” according to Sound Transit. Each featured nonprofit is recognized with a 4×4 foot star designed by a local artist and hung on the red construction wall surrounding the future sight of Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill light rail station at the corner of East John and Broadway. A lighting ceremony December 5 marked the debut of the 2014 honorees, along with all of the previous years’ recipients. The stars will remain lit throughout the winter.

Here are the 2014 nonprofit STars on Broadway and their artists:
Jubilee Women’s Center
Rebuilding lives, one extraordinary woman at a time
Artist: Keely Dolan

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Promulgating universal joy and expiation of stigmatic guilt
Artist: Clyde Peterson

Artist Trust
Supporting WA State artists creating in all disciplines
Artist: Evan Blackwell

Hugo House
A place for writers – to read words, hear words and make your own words better
Artist: Vis-a-Vis Society

Seattle Area Support Groups
Promoting well-being through peer support
Artist: Ken Turner

Learn more about Jubilee Women’s Center at jwcenter.org or the Sound Transit Capitol Hill wall project at STartwallproject.blogspot.com.IMG_1897

CHS Community Post | EcoDistrict solar project is part of an energy (counter) revolution

screenshotWe’ve asked Joel Sisolak, project director for the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, to contribute to CHS about the district and the environment on a semi-regular basis. If you’re an expert and want to share with the community in a recurring CHS column, we’d like to hear from you. This is his first post for CHS.

Last week, construction wrapped up on the 25-kilowatt community solar project at the Holiday Apartments (10th and E John) and the system went “live” just before Thanksgiving. While many of us enjoyed turkey dinners, electrons from the sun began spinning the Holiday’s electric meter backwards as clean power flowed out onto the grid.

Why should we care about a little solar project? 90% of the electricity we use in Seattle is from hydroelectric dams, including City-owned dams on the Skagit, Pend Orielle and Cedar Rivers.  As energy sources go, hydro is already low carbon and renewable. You might say, “90%, that’s great!  A solid ‘A-minus!’”

But where does the other 10% come from? Some of it is wind power, but about half is nuclear and coal fired energy purchased from Bonneville Power Administration by City Light. Nuclear and coal power bought and sold by the “nation’s greenest utility?!” Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Volunteers (especially Spanish speakers) needed for Community Center Holiday Party on Dec. 13th

miller_xmasMiller Community Center and the Country Doctor Community Clinic (both on 19th, north of Thomas) host an annual giant holiday party for the clinic’s patients and other (mostly disadvantaged) families in Seattle. Kids from 0 to 10 years old enjoy games and receive presents, and everyone gets a holiday meal.

This is a large event that provides lunch, entertainment, and more than 1000 gifts to local children. The party is Saturday, December 13th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

We can certainly use all people who are willing to volunteer; however, we see a LARGE population of Spanish speaking families – we could definitely use folks who speak/understand Spanish/English

All the details:
December 13, 2014
10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E, Seattle WA 98112
206.684.4753

Contact Lori Van Norman 206.684.5978 lori.vannorman@seattle.gov

Miller Community Center, is looking for volunteers to help with activities during our annual holiday party on December 13 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. We are asking for help since it is a large event with over 3000 attendees. Attendees are provided lunch, activities, and presents. This is in partnership with Country Doctor.

We need help from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with face painting, crafts, serving food, distributing toys and monitoring parking lots.

We also need help with clean up from 1:45-4 p.m.

For more information please contact Lori Van Norman at 206.684.5078 or lori.vannorman@seattle.gov

To get the flavor, here are lots of pictures from the party in 2010, which served 1,660 kids:

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CHS Community Post | Gilda’s Club Collecting for Toys for Tots!

Clubhouse-editedPlease bring toy donations to Gilda’s Club Seattle, located at 1400 Broadway, now until December 12th. Also, please join Gilda’s Club and KIRO 7 on December 12th from 12-1pm as KIRO 7 does a live filming of the Toys for Tots pickup. Refreshments will be served, a few holiday carols might be sung, and we will be spreading the spirit of giving to families in our community.ToysForTots

Shop the Hill Store Spotlight: SugarPill

Shop the Hill is an annual community collaboration featuring CHS, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and local merchants.

Shop the Hill/Shop Local on Capitol Hill.
TODAY, Friday, November 28th – Sunday November 30th!

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What year did you open on Capitol Hill: 2011IMG_4562

Tell us about your business: A modern neighborhood herbal apothecary, featuring medicinal as well as specialty culinary items, cocktail essentials, rare chocolates and decadent offerings for your body, your home and your favorite people.

What is the best thing about having a business on Capitol Hill? Being surrounded by the most interesting and creative folks in town and from all over the world.

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Why is it important for people to shop local, especially around the holidays? The only way that the unique and interesting things in your neighborhood survive is if you support them. Small independent stores will never be able to compete with the amazonian scale companies that offer you everything at a “discount”, but we will give you the human connection and the personal service that remind you that you are a part of a community.  If we lose our neighborhoods to big box stores, chains and on-line commerce, we will lose our whole sense of belonging, to this place and to each other.

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Shop the Hill Store Spotlight: Pretty Parlor

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Shop the Hill is an annual community collaboration featuring CHS, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and local merchants.

Shop the Hill/Shop Local on Capitol Hill.
TODAY, Friday, November 28th – Sunday November 30th!

Pretty Parlor
What year did you open on Capitol Hill? 2001

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Tell us about your business: We carry vintage, new and local designers in our darling boutique for both ladies and gentlemen. Fabulous special occasion wear, accessories and just downright cute clothes!

What is the best thing about having a business on Capitol Hill? We love being located on the hill, surrounded by other amazing local businesses. Getting the chance to dress up our neighbors and make them look fabulous is our favorite thing!

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Why is it important for people to shop local, especially around the holidays? It’s sooooo important to support independent retailers, especially during the holiday season. Fellow businesses are closing right and left. If you don’t want to see this happen we need you to shop with us!

www.prettyparlor.com
twitter.com/prettyparlor
Instagram.com/prettyparlors
facebook.com/prettyparlor

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