On the List | Magmafest, Northwest Regional Science Olympiad, Search for Meaning Book Festival, EastPAC, Langston Hughes party

Science Olympiad champs past (Image: CHS)

Science Olympiad champs past (Image: CHS)

February is done. It’s already time for March. The spanning weekend is full of things to do on and around Capitol Hill including the start of a month-long music fest, a spirituality and book festival, a community meeting on public safety, and a birthday celebration. Saturday, you can also stop by Seattle Central to check out the fun and competition at the Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Tournament.

Details on Magmafest, the Search for Meaning Book Festival, Thursday night’s EastPAC meeting, and the Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash are below. Continue reading

Community Post | Only 31% of Downtown Seattle Commuters Are Driving Alone to Work

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.46.56 AMDowntown Seattle Commuters Increasingly Walking, Biking, and Riding Transit

Nearly 70% of Downtown Seattle Commuters Now Choosing Not to Drive Alone

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.47.08 AMSEATTLE – The proportion of Downtown Seattle commuters driving alone to work has fallen to a new low.   According to a new Commute Seattle survey conducted by EMC Research[1], just 31 percent of Downtown’s estimated 228,000 daily commuters[2] drive alone to work, continuing a strong downward trend from 35 percent in 2010 and 34 percent in 2012.

Public transit[3] continues to be the top choice for Downtown commuters (45%), followed by driving alone (31%)[4], ridesharing[5] (9%), walking (7%), teleworking (4%) and bicycling (3%).  Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Thefts from Little Libraries along 16th East

On Thursday afternoon, a woman in her 50-60’s, who wore glasses and was stooped and drove a small red car, was unloading our neighborhood Little Library books into several large bags. When I went over to see her she said she was going to replace them with other books in her car. She didn’t.
Later, on a walk down 16th East, I saw that another Little Library was bare shelved as well.
Just be aware that this is happening….

Capitol Pill | Italian Seasoning

(Image: Kitzen Katzen  via Flickr)

(Image: Kitzen Katzen via Flickr)

We’ve asked Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary on E Pine, to contribute to CHS about health and Hill living 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.

Basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, savory, thyme, parsley, sage, fennel seed, garlic, onion, maybe a little bit of black pepper and/or red chili flakes…

Even the shittiest brands of Italian Seasoning –- the one spice blend you are guaranteed to find at even the most bleak of grocery stores, contains some combination of these herbs and spices. You can make your own, of course, but the point of this month’s article is not to discuss the gourmet variations of this classic blend, nor to provide culinary inspiration.

The reason I bring up Italian Seasoning is that it’s good medicine, and you can find it almost anywhere. Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

(Image: Prima Seadiva via Flickr)

(Image: Prima Seadiva via Flickr)

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 24,000 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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Hill Wonk | Among neighbors, our city transforms

Thursday, 2/19 CHCC Agenda This Thursday, February 19, at our monthly general council meeting, we'll share an incredible and exciting announcement (it involves a critical neighborhood partnership between the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and Capitol Hill Housing!) Come to our meeting and hear all of the wonderful details.  Additionally, our agenda includes a vote for our open at-large position (her name is Natalie!); special guests Council member Sawant speaking about an LGBTQ Hate Crimes forum and local neighborhood activist Andrew about progress working to preserve two auto-row buildings; updates from the Champion, Streetcar, 520; and, more! Please see below for our agenda.  We look forward to seeing you this Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cal Anderson Park Shelter House! Agenda Capitol Hill Community Council General Meeting - February 19, 2015 (the meeting may end early for folks to attend our partners at the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce “State of the Hill” event) 6:30     Welcome: people can add suggestions (updates, announcements, etc) to the “Parking Lot” 6:35     Alex Brennan, Capitol Hill Housing, CHCC Partnership Presentation 6:45     At-Large Candidate [ACTION ITEM: Vote] 6:50     Andrew Haas, Historic Preservation Updates [ACTION ITEM: possible resolution/vote] 6:55    Seattle City Council member Sawant, LGBTQ Hate Crimes Forum Introduction [ACTION ITEM: vote on sponsorship and involvement] 7:05    Tim & Brie, Capitol Hill Champion (Capitol Hill TOD) update 7:10     Community Council member Mike Archambault, 520 Update 7:15     Outstanding Council Updates: Streetcar, RSJI, Vision Zero, etc 7:25     Continuing Subcommittee Conversation and Brainstorm [ACTION ITEM: plan for next steps] 7:45     Announcements [ACTION ITEM: Discuss any “Parking Lot” suggestions]

2/19 CHCC Agenda

 Zachary Pullin, Vice President of the Capitol Hill Community Council, contributes to CHS about community civics and politics on a monthly basis. 

Joe stood confidently next to my family’s car, my young father sat intoxicated in the driver’s seat. Boisterous arguing pierced the flimsy windows that punctuated the walls of my room.

I ran outside to the Pontiac idling under that boundless Montana twilight to help Joe plead with my father to hand over the keys and come inside. Ultimately, my father refused. Joe, having called the sheriff, watched with satisfaction as flickering blue-and-red police lights arrived before my father could escape on the well-worn gravel road in front of our home. In the morning, my father called for a ride home from jail.

My father frequently refers to that night as the night that forever changed his life. He decided to quit drinking to serve as a positive role model for my sister and me, then only three and five years old, respectively.

Reflecting on this memory invites me to more deeply appreciate the fact that my father is still alive when, in all reality, his fate might have been different. Even more though, this memory invites me to more deeply appreciate a neighbor. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Pete Holmes at February 26th EastPAC Meeting

EastPAC-Logo-1Pete Holmes will be our guest at the February 26th EastPAC Neighborhood Safety Meeting!

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office handles a variety of civil matters, from the legalization of marijuana; SPD’s consent decree; land use including the central waterfront and environmental protection; government affairs and city employment.

Additionally, Criminal Division attorneys prosecute misdemeanor criminal matters including prostitution (with a recent focus on patronizers (“johns’), trespass, shoplifting, domestic violence and dui (driving under the influence).

Also, the City Attorney’s office, Municipal Court and public defenders partner to implement problem solving initiatives such as Seattle Community Court, Veterans’ Court, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Courts.

Current hot topics for the East Precinct are regulation of the marijuana laws, chronic nuisance properties, trespass, and nightclubs. City Attorney Holmes will be present to answer your questions and take action, if possible, to address and resolve your concerns!

EastPAC Neighborhood Safety Meeting
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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)

CHS Community Post | Finally! A Book Launch with Sex Appeal… and Flex Appeal

9781551525099This Saturday, October 19th at 7pm, Seattle author and collector David L. Chapman will launch Universal Hunks: A Pictorial History of Muscular Men around the World, 1895-1975 at the Elliott Bay Book Company. At this book launch party, Chapman will share examples of his visual ephemera, and discuss the eroticized, politicized, and commercialized male image through history, exploring its fascinating cultural context by country and continent.

This free event will also feature three of Washington state’s very own hunkiest hunks, professional bodybuilders Benny Mobley and Michael Landon, and amateur Peter Cheah, who will give a choreographed posing demonstration.

Check out this excerpt from a Q&A with David L. Chapman and his publisher, Arsenal Pulp Press:

Q: What initially sparked your interest in bodybuilding culture—and how long have you been collecting bodybuilding artifacts?

A: Almost forty years ago, I found an old, rare cigar box label from 1894 that had a glorious lithographed, embossed portrait of bodybuilder Eugen Sandow. I was immediately intrigued by the image, and I began to search for facts about the subject. There was little reliable information available, so I began to widen my search. I was rather surprised to learn that there had been many professional strongmen in the 19th century, and some of them were pretty colorful characters. Bodybuilders originally appeared in sideshows, and Vaudeville had room for lots of really weird and wonderful performers. So I guess you can say that I was lured into the study of sport and athletics through the stage door. And I made sure to include the cigar box label in the introduction of Universal Hunks.

Q: Something that might surprise readers of Universal Hunks are the similarities between the style and poses of men in different geographical regions, and from as early as 1895. This parallel seems to suggest that colonial exports/imports worked to ensure a shared “universal” body ideal. Would you agree?

A: Purposeful exercise to build muscles began in Europe, and the models that those early hunks looked to were the statues of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The great powers of the Imperial Age exported the European concept of male beauty all over the world when they established their empires. Later, athletes discovered that they could break away from the classical models, and they began to pose less to display an antique beauty and more to show off specific muscles like biceps, lats or pecs.

Q: Let’s cut to a serious question: Who’s your favorite retro Hunk? If you could have Your Own Personal Hunk, who would he be?

A: Would you ask the mother of a large family who her favorite child is? I suppose that if you tied me to a table with a buzz saw blade headed toward my tender bits, I would probably blurt out a single name: Eugen Sandow. He was in at the start of the physical-culture craze of the 1890s, and he is the epitome of virility; more than any of the others, he knew how to use his muscles in a variety of creative ways.

Don’t miss the excerpt from Universal Hunks over at The Atlantic. 


CHS Community Post | After Three Decades of Service, Artistic Director Dennis Coleman to Retire July, 2016

tn_Dennis_ColemanSEATTLE WA; February 11, 2015  – In late July of 2016, after more than three decades of dedicated and tireless service to the Seattle area LGBTQ and arts communities, Dennis Coleman, artistic director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) will retire. He will lead the final two SMC concerts this season (March & June), as well as all five concerts in the 2015-2016 season.  Dennis’ final Seattle-area concert will be the SMC Summer concert held in conjunction with Pride Week in June of 2016 (concert title and location TBA). Immediately following that performance Dennis will travel to Denver with the Choruses to conduct at the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) Festival –an international association he helped found in 1983 that is dedicated to advancing LGBTQ choral organizations and changing our world through song.  It is at this Festival where Dennis will take his final bow in front of his Choruses and the nearly 200 gay and lesbian choruses that have been formed since the late 1970s. During the 2015-2016 season Flying House Productions will conduct a comprehensive national search for new artistic leadership to shepherd the choruses into a new era.

A large portion of the 700+ members of SMC and SWC first learned of his planned retirement at a packed Chorus Chat meeting at the Seattle First Baptist Church on Tuesday evening February 10th.  It was at that chat where Dennis spoke briefly of his plans after retirement, “I am never happier than when I’m conducting the choruses. This organization has given my life meaning, joy and fulfillment. But I feel it is time to move on and savor the days when I can wake up with nothing on my ‘to do’ list. I want some free time to explore other interests, travel, entertain friends, and age gracefully.” Later that evening, chorus members reflected.
“I have been privileged to sing under Dennis Coleman’s leadership for almost 20 years,” said Washington State Senator for the 43rd District and SMC Chorus Member Jamie Pedersen. He continued, “With his clear sense of purpose, outstanding musical talent, and love for the members, he has built the choruses into a community treasure.  I will always be grateful for Dennis’ engagement in the campaign to achieve marriage equality. He helped take our message to communities across the state.  He should feel very proud of his legacy of building a world that values and accepts its gay and lesbian citizens.”
Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen are founding members of SWC and longtime SMC volunteers. Together they wrote, “Dennis’ planned retirement brings tears to our eyes. We have known this wonderful man since 1995 and had the esteemed privilege of singing under his direction of SWC for the last twelve years. Dennis has always been there for us with his outstanding musicianship, creativity, leadership, spirituality, love and humor. We consider him a musical genius and always recognize that he is admired, and respected worldwide as an expert and consummate professional. We wish him a happy and healthy retirement, but also prepare for the huge gap we will now have in our lives.”
Board president and chorus member since 2009 Bob Davidson echoed, “Like many, I discovered the Seattle Men’s Chorus as a patron over 15 years ago. I was amazed at the artistry Dennis produced with a community chorus.  When I joined SMC Dennis and the Chorus became a huge part of my personal life. It will be hard to imagine a rehearsal without him, but I understand his decision to retire and am happy for him. I will cherish these upcoming concerts and know that his leadership over the past 33 years has laid a solid foundation for whoever will follow. I know our Choruses will thrive as we continue to spread our vision of a world accepting of all its citizens.”
SMC Chorus Member since 2006 Danny Cords commented, “Every incredible thing you have heard about Dennis is true. He is the kind of man that can take 300 singers from different backgrounds and skill levels and make a single, beautiful, sound. Dennis’ talent is only exceeded by his kind heart and he strives to make our state and this world a better place. It is extremely difficult to imagine the chorus without him and he will be missed.”
In July 2016 Dennis will have served 35 years with the Seattle Men’s Chorus; longer than any other artistic director from any Seattle-area arts organization of its size, or larger. Dennis joined the fledgling Chorus in 1981 and has been an integral part of its growth and success. In 2002 he helped form the Seattle Women’s Chorus; one of the largest and most successful women’s choruses of its kind in the nation. As the artistic director for both choruses he has worked with a long list of celebrities that include:  Maya Angelou, Frederica von Stade, Judith Martin (Miss Manners), Bobby McFerrin, Harvey Fierstein, Michael Feinstein, Marni Nixon, Diane Schuur, Armistead Maupin, Lucy Lawless, Kathy Najimy, Megan Mullally, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Kristin Chenowith, Ana Gastayer, Lily Tomlin and many others.
Dennis has led countless Chorus tours across Washington State and a landmark Rocky Mountain Tour to the “Red States” in 2010. He has travelled the globe and conducted SMC in Germany (2014) and Australia (2003). He has commissioned a great many pieces on behalf of SMC and SWC including For a Look or a Touch (2011), We Can Do It (written by Associate Artistic Director, Eric Lane Barnes, in 2014), and Tyler’s Suite (co-commissioned with San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and other LGBTQ choruses, to be performed in March 2015).
Dennis has received many local awards and honors including: the GSBA Voice for Social Justice Award (2012), Grand Marshall of the Seattle Pride Parade (2007) and the Mayor’s Arts Award (2010).
About Dennis Coleman
Dennis has led SWC and SWC to a position of artistic and administrative excellence with a combined singing membership that exceeds that of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Dennis is active as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Canada. He served for six years on the national Board of Directors for Chorus America and was on the founding Board of Directors of GALA Choruses. As a UCC church musician, Dennis has conducted the choir of First Congregational Church of Bellevue since 1981. Dennis Coleman has commissioned and premiered choral works from many leading composers including Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Robert Moran, Conrad Susa, David Diamond, Robert Seeley, British composer Paul Patterson and Canadian Stephen Hatfield. Of Rage and Remembrance, a 15-minute work for male chorus, mezzo soprano, speakers and orchestra by composer John Corigliano, was premiered by SWC in Seattle in 1991. A recording of this work and the companion Symphony 1, also called Of Rage and Remembrance, by the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin was awarded the 1998 Grammy for Best Classical Album.
About Flying House Productions
Flying House Productions (FHP) is home to two of the largest community choruses in America: Seattle Men’s Chorus, founded in 1979, which is also the largest gay men’s chorus in the world with over 400 singing members; and Seattle Women’s Chorus, which made its premiere on stage in 2002 and has quickly grown to over 300 singers. Each Chorus currently has a small ensemble of 9 to 11 members each (Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes), which further the mission of the organization by performing throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the 700+ singing members, Flying House Productions has a base of over 50 volunteers and associate members who support both Choruses. A leading voice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, FHP offers 30 outreach events and 19 main stage concert performances annually. Concerts, often including nationally-known guest artists along with our region’s professional talents, receive critical acclaim for their combination of high musical quality, wit, and celebration of people of all sexual orientations and identities. Over 30,000 people attend Flying House Production performances each year at Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral, with thousands more seeing each Chorus in other local performances throughout Washington every year. FHP cannot be considered as simply a local arts organization. In addition to the high level of performances it produces, FHP is also a “voice for acceptance” in the community and across the nation.
About the Seattle Men’s Chorus/Seattle Women’s Chorus
Founded in 1979, the internationally renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus, along with Seattle Women’s Chorus (founded in 2002), are the largest community choruses in America; and the largest gay choruses in the world. Flying House Productions, home of Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, ranks third among the state’s music organizations with over 400 members of SMC and over 300 members of SWC.
Our Mission is to entertain, enlighten, unify and heal our audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of gay and straight people and their relationships.
Our Vision: A world that accepts and values its gay and lesbian citizens.

CHS Community Post | A Plea Ignored

Unknown-5A new mayor, a new police chief and, on their watch, the residents of Capitol Hill who make this neighborhood such a vibrant part of Seattle have to deal with its rapid spiral into a place riddled by increasing crime; plagued by aggressive, drug-addled vagrants; and over-run by Seattle’s out-of-control homeless problem. Here, Mr Mayor, is a flyer you should see. It’s what we’re reduced to thanks to your administration’s complete disregard for the safety of its citizens.

Faces of Capitol Hill | Luke

DSC_5126-EditI’ve known Luke for about five years now and have come to appreciate his quiet demeanor. He often stands out from the hustle and bustle of Broadway because of his shy nature. Luke doesn’t keep a lot of friends but considers Rick, the person he’s with tonight, his closest ally. Smiling and in a soft tone he reveals “I feel safer and happier being around him. He’s my best friend.” Rick acknowledges the compliment with a big smile and friendly nod.

“I was born in Arizona in 1978 and grew up there with my family. I lived in Germany for about 3 years but consider Seattle my home now. I’ve lived here for about 15 years and most of them homeless on Capitol Hill. Sometimes I wish I could get off the streets because it can get rough, but I do enjoy the freedom. I have family in Tucson, a brother and sister that I talk to sometimes but I don’t miss them too much. I guess they miss me, though. My street friends and Rick especially – they are my family now and we look out for each other. At least we try, you know? We fight, we argue but we always come back for each other in the end because nobody else will.”

Luke is up front about his drug use and the impact it’s had on his life.

“My drug of choice is heroin but it used to be meth. I really wish I hadn’t done either. I wanted to be a doctor but lost my self esteem when I started using. It’s horrible being addicted especially being dope sick (withdrawals). Your eyes water, bones ache, stomach hurts, muscles tighten and spasm…runny nose, diarrhea. It doesn’t even get me high anymore, actually, it just takes the pain away and helps me feel normal.”

I asked him what he thought about Capitol Hill.

“I like it but most people think the homeless are addicts and that isn’t true. I am, but I don’t like being judged on that alone. A lot of people out here are homeless for reasons beyond their control – other than drugs. I wish I had never done drugs to be honest. I’ve been in and out of treatment and jail several times but it didn’t work and here I am again. It doesn’t make me bad person, though.”

His advice for others was simple:

“Don’t do drugs, especially meth because it will lead you to heroin. You’ll wind up an addict and on the streets like me. It’s a shit-hole out here and here is where you will die – alone.”

Somber words he hopes others will hear.

With that, the two gather up their belongings and ready themselves for another night on the streets of Hill. “I’m happy to do this interview,” Luke says as he shakes my hand. “To think about my life and whether it’s time for change was a good thing I haven’t done in a long while. Thank you.” Kind words indeed, and ones that could well serve me in the future. Thank you, Luke.

Capitol Hill EcoDistrict | Metrics for Capitol Hill –- Version 1.0 of the EcoDistrict Index released

We’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.

IBM estimates that 2.5 quintillion, that’s 2.5 billion billion (2.5 x 1018) bytes of data are created every day. The bulk is from social media, machine data (e.g., coming from automated sensors like the ones on the Capitol Hill Community Solar project), and transactional data from when we buy stuff. Companies like IBM are racing to improve their ability to sift, interpret and sell this data as a commodity. In 2015 the market for data analysis services will reach $16.8B and is expected to grow exponentially into the foreseeable future.

The promise of big data, according to Steve Lohr at the New York Times, “is smarter, data-driven decision-making in every field.” The private sector is cashing in. Community activists are catching on and seeking ways to access and analyze data for the public good. Maurice Mitchell, a community organizer in Manhattan, claims that “prescriptions for our most pressing social issues emerge from the patterns found in the bonanza of collected data points.” He points to how analyzing data from the NYPD’s stops and arrests helped to uncover the racially disproportionate application of stop-and-frisk.

City Council set to formally recognize the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict
The Seattle City Council will vote Monday on Resolution 31562 formally recognizing the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict. The district plan moved forward in 2013 as Capitol Hill Housing partnered on programs to encourage green building and retrofitting and reach out to local businesses to encourage waste reduction and water savings. “City departments are encouraged to explore tools and incentives that may advance the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and remove identified regulatory barriers that thwart EcoDistrict initiatives in the context of the City’s broader sustainability and neighborhood development goals,” a portion of the resolution states.

On Capitol Hill, we will use publicly available data to help track progress in meeting the goals of the EcoDistrict. Last month we launched the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Index, a set of performance metrics backed by data from a variety of sources, from local street counts to the U.S. Census. Performance targets are set for the year 2030. We aligned the timeframe with our partners at the Seattle 2030 District, in part because we share a commitment to reducing the water and climate impacts of buildings, but also because 15 years seems long enough to make real progress and short enough to express urgency in addressing serious challenges related to climate change and neighborhood health.

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Capitol Pill | Re-Solve

We’ve asked Karyn Schwartz, owner of the Sugarpill apothecary on E Pine, to contribute to CHS about health and Hill living 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.

I tend not to celebrate holidays when you are supposed to celebrate them. I am particularly not fond of New Years, which has always seemed to me like such a random day to stay up later than I want, drink shitty champagne and make promises that I don’t even know if I can keep.

Resolutions are hard enough; making them on the same date as a billion other people, in a state of post-holiday exhaustion seems a little crazy. I am always so grateful for the grace period between January 1st and my Capricorn-cusp birthday to actually think about what I want for my own New Year, and to consider what the habits are — either in actual practice or in thoughts or belief — that I am ready to contend with. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Local crowd funding project aims to bring Capitol Hill its first 64 tap tasting room

Local Seattleite Loren Klabunde left his healthcare career in search of his true passion: beer. The result of Klabunde’s quest for beer became an exhausting expedition as he found many of the local craft breweries are geographically spread out. After navigating through Seattle’s infamous traffic it dawned on him: Why not host all the best local craft brews in one central location? Thus marked the beginning of Growl64, Klabunde’s Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for the perfect solution. https://www.indiegogo.com/project/preview/b5b43f23

“I have been a craft beer drinker since 1990 and bought my first growler from Snoqualmie Brewery back in 2002. During the last boom in the 1990’s, I could be found drimking Mac & Jacks, Portland Brewing Company and Alasking Brewing amongst others. It has been great to see this amazing resurgence in the number of breweries and all of the new beer. The thing is, I know I have missed out on a lot of new beers and it’s because I have to drive all over Puget Sound to visit many of my favorite local breweries,” recounted Klabunde. “When you have a 3-year-old daughter, brewery tours don’t always make the priority list and I end up with whatever the grocery store has available.”

With Growl64, Klabunde aims to provide Capitol Hill with the perfect and convenient solution for all the craft beer drinkers needs. Featured at the to-be location will be 64 taps full of local craft beer sourced within 100 miles. Growl64 will also be an efficient and sustainable operation with minimal waste from bottles, electricity, or other operational byproducts by focusing on reusable growlers.

“Culture change is risky but believe it’s an achievable goal due to the incredible interest in craft beer. Similar to farm-to-table, craft brewing encompasses ‘buy local’ at its core. By becoming part of their communities, breweries should experience longevity, similar to small European community breweries,” Said Klabunde.

Hosted on the popular crowd-funding site Indiegogo, Klabunde aims to raise $100, 000 to build Growl64. Fundraisers will have the option for exciting donation packages including:

$10.00: Receive a Growl64 branded brewzy, a beer cozie for a pint glass.
$50.00: Receive a Growl64 branded brewzy and 3 free growler fill certificates.
$100.00: Receive Growl64 branded growler, brewzy and 5 free growler fill certificates.
$500.00: Receive a GrowlTap, a Growl64 branded growler, Growl64 branded growler cooler, a brewzy and 10 free growler fill certificates.
$1,000.00: “A beer for a year!” Receive a growler fill every week for 52 weeks, 2 Growl64 branded growlers, a GrowlTap, Growl64 branded cooler bag and a brewzie.
$5,000.00: Have a private event for 15 people prior to grand opening. All attendees will be provided with a Growl64 branded growler, a fill to go and 5 free growler fill certificates, catered food, and hosted by owner Loren Klabunde.

Interested in learning more about Growl64? Stop by Freds Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont Ave E Seattle, WA 98102) this Saturday, January 25 from 3-5pm for an afternoon of family-friendly fun, tasty treats, and the live debut of musical guest King Junior. RSVP here: http://www.evite.com/event/02D8UPWU7VFVYQ32MEPETDXD3H7YZ4?utm_campaign=view_invitation_button&gid=02D8VU7IZFP3XI3VUEPEUDXMDRGR5Y&utm_medium=email&utm_source=GUEST_INVITE_EVENTstarter-packgrowler1