Backyard Barter comes to Capitol Hill for crafty swaps and creative trades

Wednesday, 19th Ave’s Miller Community Center will host the August session of Seattle’s Backyard Barter:

We are pleased to announce our first Capitol Hill barter venue : Miller Community Center. This is a Wednesday evening barter, and if weather permits we will be holding the barter in the courtyard. Come join us!

It’s relatively late notice but you should consider dropping by Wednesday night if you’re interested in alternative economies — or homemade ice cream. The barter events give home and hobby crafters an opportunity to trade their creations for the works of others. We visited this Capitol Hill barter session in 2012. We saw mead traded for bagels and Lucky Charms ice cream swapped for a small press book. Good deal. What do you make?

The August Backyard Barter begins at 6 PM. If the weather continues to be gorgeous, organizers plan to hold the swap in the Miller Community Center courtyard at 330 19th Ave E.

CHS Community Post | Trees for Neighborhoods Application Opens August 4th!

T4N-LogoFree Trees for Your Home!

Trees for Neighborhoods helps Seattle residents plant trees around their home. Through the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program, Seattle residents have planted over 4,000 trees since 2009. That’s 4,000 more trees that help clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods safer and healthier. Join the movement this year—plant a tree and help grow Seattle’s urban forest!

The 2014 application season kicks off on Monday, August 4th. Seattle residents are eligible to apply for up to four free trees to plant in their yards and within their planting strips. Residents who participate also receive free watering bags, training on proper tree planting and care, and workshop opportunities. This year, the program is offering 12 tree species ranging from large native conifers to small deciduous trees appropriate for planting under power lines and along the street. Some favorites this year include Douglas fir, black tupelo, and incense cedar. Check out the complete list and see photos at our website here:

Ready to plant a tree? Visit for a list of this year’s tree species and a link to the online application, which will open Monday, August 4th. Trees go very quickly, so mark your calendar and apply early! All questions about the program should be directed to or (206) 684-3979.T4N-Participant

CHS Community Post | Rival Fitness Helps Raise Money & Awareness for Local Non-Profits


Open since January 2013, Rival Fitness continues seeking ways to support the local community. Starting earlier this summer, Rival Fitness, a locally-owned & operated gym located at Pine & Belmont, began hosting outdoor bootcamp-style fitness classes in Cal Anderson Park. For a $10 donation, at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning, Capitol Hill residents can join the group to wake-up, workout & support a deserving local non-profit.



During the month of June, proceeds benefitted Gay City Health Project in support of Gay Pride month. July’s beneficiary was Georgia Peaches Puppy Rescue. A special FIT Camp on July 20th, lead by Tricia Murphy Madden, included four-legged friends & their owners, as well as treats from local store Rex & Mud Bay. August’s beneficiary is Gilda’s Club Seattle. As Gilda’s prepares for their First Annual Red Door 5K Run/Walk on September 13, Rival is helping promote the event & encouraging participants to join FIT Camp for training leading up to the event.



Everyone is welcome to FIT Camp – membership is not required. All fitness levels can participate & enjoy high-intensity training to work on speed, agility, and strength.  FIT Camp workouts are a great way to cross train for summer runs or obstacle course races. For more information, visit


 In addition to generating support for local non-profits, Rival continues to forge relationships with Capitol Hill apartment & condo communities by offering on-site fitness classes, health-related information sessions & special “field day” events.

CHS Community Post | EastPAC, THIS Thurs. 7/24, 6:30 PM – Seattle University, Chardin Hall

EastPAC-LogoAs the EastPAC Board continues to explore best practices to ‘resolve public safety’, we are engaging all East Precinct citizens in identifying how we can best serve our community.
Key to our advocacy and other efforts are collaborative partnerships. Please make every effort to attend our (this Thursday) July EastPAC meeting- and bring your neighbors! There is strength in numbers and we can powerfully impact our life quality and resolve’ public safety issues if we all work together!
We will continue this discussion at this Thursday’s meeting.
* What has been done that has made your neighborhood safer?
* What needs to be done?
* Where are the hot spots?

Please note that I have been diligently working to get our new Chief O’Toole to attend, and haven’t been able to get a firm date yet, but please stay tuned! As always, the Precinct Command Staff will be present to also update you on recent activity in the area, as well as other issues.

EastPAC Community Meeting
Thursday, July 24th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Seattle University, Chardin Hall, room 142
1020 East Jefferson (enter at 11th and Jefferson, park free in front of building)

Our mission: The East Precinct Advisory Council (EastPAC) provides a forum to resolve public safety priorities; evaluates, advocates and facilitates strategies that reduce crime and improve the quality of life for the East Precinct Community; and actively partners with law enforcement and other entities to address barriers to these outcomes.

CHS Community Post | Loft 63 – A New Contemporary Furniture & Home Decor Store On Capitol Hill – Now Open!

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Loft 63, Capitol Hill’s new Contemporary Modern Furniture & Home Decor Store is now open!  Loft 63 focuses on smaller contemporary furniture pieces that are a perfect fit for urban loft condo’s and studio apartments.  Many of our home decor items are handmade, some locally produced right here in the Northwest!  If the item is handmade, we note on the price tag the state where the item is produced.

Located at 1205 E Pike Street (between Wall of Sound and Bluebird Ice Cream on Pike Street), the store features over 1,100 square feet of showroom space with four rooms of contemporary furniture and home decor!   On the floor we have a smaller scale functional sofa bed, many fun dining chairs, petite dining tables that are a good fit for urban spaces, a retro contemporary rocker, locally produced candles and coffee mugs, local artwork, and much more! Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool Enters its 62nd Year

CHCPWith all the recent news about “universal preschool” and the fall ballot resolution on whether to offer this to all Seattle children, Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool is proudly entering its 62nd year offering high-quality and low-cost preschool to area children.

Universal Preschool is a hot topic in the city and the nation – and Seattle is at the forefront of the initiative. In June 2014, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution sending the Seattle Preschool Program to the November 2014 ballot. The evidence is overwhelming that children who attend a high-quality preschool have higher high-school and college graduation rates, and are overall better prepared to learn and thrive.

Capitol Hill Co-op still has a few slots available for Fall classes across all four student levels – ranging from the Tots class for children at least 1 year old by August 31, up to the Fours class for children at least 4 years old by August 31. Classes meet 2, 3 or 4 times a week based on the particular class and tuition assistance may be available for eligible families. (See specific class schedules here)

The Capitol Hill Co-op preschool has been a fixture of the local community since its origination in 1952 and already offers low-cost, high-quality preschool to area children – and has been doing so for over 60 years! Cooperative preschools share a unique philosophy: when parents and students learn and grow together, children thrive. The school is one of seven parent-run cooperative preschools affiliated with the Seattle Central College. When parents join the Co-op, they also are automatically enrolled as students at Seattle Central College, enabling them to all the benefits of such. The monthly parent meetings count towards the college course “Parent Child Study Laboratory” and provide ongoing training and exchange of ideas with instructors and other parents.

Preschoolers at the Co-op learn to expect school and education to be fun. Students develop self-esteem, independence, and skills through play and activities overseen by professional educators (and supported by a rotating parents’ schedule). Parents get to participate in their child’s education, learn from other parents and professionals, network, and gain an instant set of new babysitting options!

While based in Capitol Hill (1200 10th Ave E in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church), the preschool is open to all interested families in the Seattle area and has quite the reputation for drawing in students and parents who commute for the exceptional experience.

To learn more or to register, please visit the Capitol Hill Co-op’s website. To learn more about Seattle’s Universal Preschool ballot question, please visit the Seattle Preschool Program’s website.

CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Art Walk Highlights | July 10 |

2014_07-LtdWe’ve got such an embarrassment of art riches here on the Hill, it’s hard to know where to begin to see it all in one night. Here we pull out some of the highlights to inspire you. You can pick up printed maps at any of the art venues or just use the handy mobile website: with an interactive map.


Ltd. Gallery

307 E Pike St

Long-time art walk favorite Ltd. Gallery continues to explore the heights and depths of pop culture. Their current exhibit celebrates the childhood memories of Seattle’s top screen printers. Atari, Mr. Rogers, flower children, Kermit, the A-team are just a few iconic references made by Barry Blankenship, Trevor Basset, Aaron Bloom, Frida Clements, Mike Klay, and Derek Vander Griend.  Official Facebook Event Page


Ghost Gallery

504 E Denny Way

Ghost Gallery is going all watercolor this month with their Chromatic exhibition. Using watercolor as the primary medium for this exhibit, Seattle artists Braden Duncan, Chandler Woodfin, Levi Hastings, Rich M Stevens and Siolo Thompson explore the many ways that watercolor can be expressed onto canvas, paper and glass. Catering and cocktails by Wonder Lust Catering, the creative culinary effort of Chef Mike Stamey. 5–8:30.
Elliott Bay Book Company

1521 10th Ave

Elliott Bay current exhibition is PORTAL, a series of 10 aluminum photographic prints by Bridget Baker. PORTAL takes viewers into an escape of the present into situations of the past and future through secret portals.


 Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave

We’re shouting out Northwest Film Forum again this month, because they’re new to the art walk and truly show just how wide-ranging our art walk is. They’ll be showing ANIMO! a video program of experimental animation on a continuous loop so pop in anytime from 6:00 to 8:00PM. Works by Joe Waine (New York), Paul Siple (Seattle), Natalie Eakin (San Francisco), Tess Martin (Seattle/The Netherlands) and Cara Rose Fabio (San Francisco) will be featured. Happy hour prices in the bar.


City Arts Summer Art Walk Awards! 

Sole Repair

1001 E Pike

City Arts Magazine is hosting their quarterly Art Walk Awards at Sole Repair this month. Guest judges have chosen nine finalists from current exhibits around the city- come vote for your favorite and cheer on the winners! There will be drinks, dancing and art from 7:00 to 11:00PM. FREE with RSVP! Must be 21+ to attend.2014_07-NWFF2014_07-EBB

CHS Community Post | Power line down, blocking 13th ave e between Mercer & Aloha

limb-downA massive tree limb crashed down without warning around noon today, damaging slightly the attic space and roof of a group house.  A live power-line blocks the street. Firefighters responded within minutes. Seattle City Light showed up about 30 minutes after the tree-fall. Power remains on at the moment (12:40).