Capitol Hill Community Council | A brief history of community on the Hill (and why you should get involved)

Zachary Pullin is the President of the Capitol Hill Community Council

There is no Capitol Hill Community Council this month but please consider attending Thursday night's Capitol Hill Housing community forum -- Gearshift

There is no Capitol Hill Community Council this month but please consider attending Thursday night’s Capitol Hill Housing community forum — Gearshift
Thu, May 26 at 5pm
The Summit — 420 E Pike
The evening will feature five projects with the potential to increase the resilience of the neighborhood. The five projects:
+ Building leadership and power for renters on Capitol Hill
+ Expansion of the Capitol Hill Business Improvement Area
+ Lidding of a stretch of Interstate-5 at Pike/Pine to create developable land and open space
+Local sharing of meter revenue with the creation of a new Parking Benefit District (also recommended by HALA)
+The creation of a new city program to incentivize developers to build or maintain work or performance space for local artists
On May 26th, five professional urban planners and passionate community organizers will introduce these ambitious projects in a series of rapid-fire presentations followed by an opportunity for each guest to participate in a facilitated discussion about one of the five projects. Presenters include Sierra Hansen of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Scott Bonjukian of the Pike Pine Urban Neighborhood Council, Alex Brennan from Capitol Hill Housing, Zachary Pullin of the Capitol Hill Community Council and Tonya Lockyer of Velocity Dance Center. Civic leaders (City Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Mike O’Brien are confirmed) will be there to listen and respond to your comments.
Free online tickets are no longer available but you can sign up to enter at the door Thursday night.

Growing up, my family taught me that service is a first priority, and I’ve worked hard to practice that value. Before I was born, my grandfather was the chairman of the tribal council – it’s long been instilled in me that serving the community is one of the truest, most authentic ways to interact with my community. But that doesn’t make sense or work for a lot of people.

It reminds me of when I was ten years old: I coordinated a mock trial day for my class with the help of my mom. What I remember being hardest to grasp at the time was “making a case” because it’s a different way of thinking. Sadly, I believe I’ve done a poor job at making the case for our Capitol Hill Community Council and the “why” because new people are still discovering us as though we’ve been serving quietly.

So, why should you care? Why should you get involved?

First, it’s important to reflect on our history.

The Capitol Hill Community Council – as a neighborhood group – has existed since as early as the 1940s. Back then, it was called the Capitol Hill Community Club and their main motivation for working together was to fight against integrating “their “neighborhood. In concert with redlining and housing covenants, this dedicated group of neighbors used fear, racial prejudice, and an aversion to change to keep black people out of the neighborhood.

In 1972, when queer folks had only recently began moving into the neighborhood, tension was high between long-time residents and queer people because we were seen as “faggots,” instead of as neighbors. Thankfully, a few friends established a gay community center to provide services to queer folks. Continue reading

On the List Memorial Day Edition | Linda’s Prom, Eritrean Independence Day, final (?) Rain Fest, free burgers, Unity Fair

Memorial Day weekend across Capitol Hill will bring a Pike/Pine prom, community celebrations at Seattle Central and in Volunteer Park, a weekend of “fests” including the continuing SIFF and the final(?) Rain Fest, and the annual tradition that is free burgers at Li’l Woody’s.

Before you start the heavy recreating of Memorial Day weekend 2016 on Capitol Hill, take care of some civic duty:

Beyond that, it’s all fun and games. Wednesday night brings the return of Linda’s Prom — now in its 6th year!

Thursday is a day of music, games, and food along Broadway at the 2016 Seattle Central Unity Fair:

Come and celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Seattle Central’s biggest student lead event of the year, Unity Fair! Join us as we celebrate our diverse community through Live Music, Food, Dance, Games, Booths, a Crime Investigation game and all around good vibes!

FEATURED PERFORMERS:
Romaro Franceswa
Nyles Davis
Jafra Dabke Team
Supreme LaRock
Dave B

GAMES:
Rock Climbing, Giant Jenga, Jacob Ladder, Wrecking Ball, Watermelon Contest and more!!!

Explore the world’s cultures over the weekend as the hardcore Rain Fest returns for a “final” edition at Neumos. Saturday, a few thousand will gather in Volunteer Park to celebrate at the Seattle Eritrean Independence Day celebration.

And, yup, you can wash it all down Monday with free burgers at E Pine’s Li’l Woody’s.

God bless America. And god bless Capitol Hill.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Today is the election day voting deadline

From King County Elections

Today is the election day deadline for the Presidential Primary Election.

Voters have until 8 p.m. to return ballots to a drop-off location or accessible voting center.

King County Elections has received just over 300,000 ballots to date out of approximately 1.2 million sent for today’s special election. The projected turnout for ballot returns is 32 percent.

Voters who are mailing ballots today need to affix a first class stamp and ensure that the mail will be postmarked today. Ballots arriving with a postmark later than election day, by law, will not be opened or counted.

Initial election results will be available at 8:15 p.m.

For more information see kingcounty.gov/elections

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Walk left, stand right

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 31,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Garfield High School: Spring Musical — Addams Family the Musical

addamsWhat:

Addams Family the Musical

Who:

Garfield High School: Spring Musical

Book by Rick Elice, Marshall Brickman

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on Characters by Charles Addams

Directed by Stewart Hawk

Story:

In a new spin on an old family favorite, The Addams Family takes to the stage. This story revolves around Wednesday Addams growing up and testing the boundaries of her family’s dynamic, while experimenting in all her relationships. A scintillating mix of classic and new characters brings fresh themes of love and trust to the family, shown through hilarious numbers of song and dance. Appropriate for all ages, The Addams Family has been revamped, reintroduced, and redecorated into a stunning Broadway musical that you’d have to be a fool to miss out on.

Performance Dates:

May 25, 26, 27, and June 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:00 pm

Ticket Information:

Tickets are $15 (cash) at the door

$10 for students and seniors

$5 for children under 10

Where:

Garfield High School

Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center

400 23rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

 

Running Time:

140 Minutes approx.

Characters:

Wednesday Addams- Chloe Farrell

Lucas Beineke- Aidan Ewing

Gomez Addams- Paul Lawrence

Morticia Addams- Carolyne Sandoval

Fester Addams- Eli Breidford

Grandma Addams- Amy Bogaard

Lurch- Quinten Lagmay

Alice Beineke- Nadia Gahagan-Ellis

Mal Beineke- Rowen Oswald

Capitol Hill Community Post | Free Self-Defense Classes Offered

WAIThe Washington Initiative (WAI) offers free self-defense and situational awareness classes to any and all groups, individuals and businesses on Cap. Hill. In the past, we have provided classes at Neighbours for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, as well as many other groups.

If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact us!

Email: wai.seattle@gmail.com
Phone: 206.291.7574
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wai.seattleMayDay2016TemperThinkConnectDo

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Poems, Your Topic, Your Price

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 31,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | The Seattle Chamber Music Society presents free summer concerts in Volunteer Park

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From The Seattle Chamber Music Society

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and join us for some of the best classical music ever written.  It’s another summer of Music Under the Stars, a series of free musical evenings presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society and Wells Fargo Bank.  Last summer, up to 1,000 people came out to Volunteer Park for each event, enjoying the warm weather and the great music.

Each event begins at 7:15pm with live classical music performed by an outstanding student ensemble.  Then at 8:00pm, the evening continues with a live audio broadcast of world-renowned musicians performing at Benaroya Hall, streamed directly to the park by KING-FM radio.

According to Artistic Director James Ehnes, “Music Under the Stars is a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to get together in the evening air, and enjoy great music in a very casual environment.  And because the radio broadcast is live, our park audience gets to hear for free the exact concert being performed that very moment for the audience at Benaroya Hall.”

The events take place at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater, E 14th @ Prospect Avenue (across from the Asian Art Museum). This year’s line-up includes….

  • Wed July 6th – the Leou Duo, finalists in the 2016 KING-FM Young Artist Award competition
  • Wed July 13th – the Möbius Quartet, finalists in the 2015 KING-FM Young Artist Award competition
  • Wed July 20th – the Sol Quartet, an award-winning ensemble from the Seattle Youth Symphony

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More details about the Music Under the Stars park events can be found at:
www.seattlechambermusic.org/community-engagement/in-the-park/

For a list of all Summer Festival events and ticket information for concerts at Benaroya Hall, visit www.seattlechambermusic.org or call (206) 283-8710.

Each year, Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) presents a Winter Festival in January and Summer Festival in July at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall. In addition to its high quality performances, SCMS offers community engagement programs for adults, youth and the community at large to encourage audience appreciation and understanding of chamber music. These programs bring audiences of all ages in close contact with musicians and their music through informal, accessible and enjoyable formats.

On the List | Capitol Hill Art Walk, streetcar celebration, Volunteer Park plant sale, Pierogi Fest, 43rd District debate

May’s Capitol Hill Art Walk headlines this week’s countdown of fun and interesting things to do on and around Capitol Hill. As a bonus, the neighborhood’s celebration of the First Hill Streetcar coincides with Thursday’s night of Capitol Hill arts:

Celebrate the First Hill Streetcar opening with fun interactive performances and visual arts installations at the new Streetcar stops from 6 – 9pm on May 12th! The E Pike and Broadway stop will feature live performances.  Just Sage shares theatrical comedic magic under the guise of one of his most popular characters, Winston Winthrop. Streetshowkeith performs  juggling, feats of dexterity, and prestitidigitation: a spectacle of crowd interaction. Poet William Curtis writes poems on a topic of your choice. Contortionist clown Vega Bonita specializes in ribbon dances, bendy balancing, and confetti kisses. Sponsored by Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and SDOT. Enjoy a one-night only visual arts installation at the new Denny and Broadway Streetcar stop by Kathleen Warren from Urban Artworks. Passers-by can add to paint-by-numbers panels, and attend a walking mural tour.

Thursday, also make sure to check out the Watercolor Bin Sale at 12th Ave’s Seattle Academy Arts Center.

There are two events to appreciate the art of the tattoo. During art walk, Hybrid_Space will host Ink & Drink: A Pop-Up Temporary Tattoo Event while Saturday brings ink for a good cause: Dark Age Tattoo’s Flash tattoo day for Camp Starlight:

On May 14th we will be doing a $50 flash tattoo day from 12-9. All proceeds will go directly to Camp Starlight. Camp Starlight is a nonprofit that provides a safe and fun cap environment for children who’s lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Last year we raised over $3,000 and with your help, we hope to top that number this year. The event will be first come first served, no design changes, arms & legs only. Come get tattooed and help support a good cause all at the same time!

Saturday also features the return of two popular events. First, the Volunteer Park Conservatory holds its Spring Plant Sale from 10 AM to 3 PM. Meanwhile, the 2016 Pierogi Fest goes down starting at 11:30 AM at 18th Ave’s Polish Cultural Center.

Sunday, get your first look at all the candidates vying to lead the 43rd District in Olympia in a debate at Northwest Film Forum sponsored by the King County Young Democrats.

But first things first. You can find a full roster of Thursday’s art walk venues and featured artists at capitolhillartwalk.com. CHS is a proud community sponsor! Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

Emergency Response Streetscape

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 31,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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