CHS Community Post | Empower Yourself! Free Self-Defense workshop for Women and Girls age 12 and up

FTFThe Fight the Fear Campaign is offering a free self-defense workshop for women and girls age 12 and up.  Join us for an empowering workshop covering awareness, assertive communication, de-escalation, and fighting skills. Saturday, Nov. 1st, from 3-5pm at Seattle Kajukenbo, 1408 22nd Ave.  Get more info and  pre-register by email to  Check us out at


CHS Community Post | Counterfeit 20s circulating

20We were just advised from our bank of a counterfeit $20 that appeared in our night drop. This $20 appears lighter in weight than a normal $20 bill. It’s also a bit crinkly. Most of the details are consistent with a “REAL” $20; however, the little number 20 in the right hand corner is just plain dark green; whereas in a real $20 it will change colors based on the angle of the bill. You can also see in this picture that this bill “failed” the counterfeit pen test; however, I have learned that advanced counterfeiters can make bills that appear to pass the counterfeit pen test.

Just wanted to let folks know to be on the lookout.

CHS Community Post | Seattle Pride Announces First Official ‘Pride Guide’ Publication for 2015

For the first time in the forty-one year history Seattle Pride produces definitive guide to Pride festivities

 Seattle, Wash., October 14, 2014 – Today, Seattle Pride announces the production of the first official “Pride Guide,” Seattle’s definitive and trusted resource guide for all Pride festivities. This is the first publication of its kind in Seattle Pride’s longstanding forty-one year history.  As a result of a dynamic partnership with Encore Media Group, City Arts and Northwest Polite Society, Seattle Pride plans to expand the reach of the Seattle Pride message.

The Official Pride Guide will be a glossy magazine that is targeted to local and visiting individuals of the LGBT community as well as readers of City Arts Magazine. With content provided by Seattle Pride and printing, production, and advertising done by Encore Media Group, the 2015 Pride Guide is sure to inform and excite Seattle Pride fans and newcomers alike.

“One of the major focuses of the Seattle Pride Guide is to drive editorial content with contributions from nonprofits and influential individuals with stories that both engage our audience and offer insight and structure for ongoing community involvement,” said Seattle Pride President Eric Bennett.

More than just a glossy magazine, the Seattle Pride Guide’s offerings will go beyond simple event listings and will delve deeper into what unites us all in the greater LGBT community.

“Seattle Pride looks forward to working with Encore Media Group to create a guide that will reflect everyone in our diverse community,” Bennett added. “This guide is a way for us to tell the stories of our community and amplify voices that need to be heard.”

“Want to get involved with Pride but aren’t sure how? Want to know about the latest trends in Seattle and how you might be able to contribute? Want to support the businesses and organizations that support you? Pick up the Seattle Pride Guide,” said Sarah Toce, Seattle Pride Director of Communications.

You can expect the Official Seattle Pride Guide to run from June 1 to June 29.

Seattle Pride is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, whose purpose is to create unity, honor diversity, and achieve equal human rights throughout our region and the world. Seattle Pride is focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Pride Idol, Pride Brunch and the Seattle Pride Picnic.

Seattle Pride website:

Seattle Pride Facebook:

Contact at Seattle Pride: Sarah Toce, Director of Communications,




About Encore Media Group

Encore Media Group is a locally-based publishing services and custom publications. Our portfolio includes City Arts magazine and Encore Arts Programs, which serve over twenty-three arts groups in the Seattle and SF/Bay area including Seattle Men’s/Women’s Chorus, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Symphony.

 Encore Media group also provides custom publishing services for clients such as the Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle Art Dealers Association, Bellevue Downtown Association, and Seattle Reign.


About City Arts

City Arts is a magazine dedicated to creative life in the Seattle area. Online and in print, we visit with artists on stage and in their studios to give our readers a birds-eye view of our region’s creative character

Unlike any other publication nationwide, City Arts combines the sophistication of a glossy magazine with the accessibility of a free alternative weekly. Through our focus on creative life, we are strengthening local culture and growing arts audiences.


About Northwest Polite Society

Northwest Polite Society is an experiential and guerilla marketing agency that specializes in creating locally relevant and credible community connections.  Founded in 2012 by Chuck Zimmerman and Tina Meadows, Northwest Polite Society offers marketing, website design, public relations, social media, graphic design, promotional services and event production. Located on Capitol Hill, Seattle, Northwest Polite Society continues the tradition of strong cultural presence in the Northwest.

For more information:


CHS Community Post | Blue Chthulu Smacks Hack Tracts

HD-coverCapitol Hill novelist Ron Dakron has published a fifth novel – Hello Devilfish!, a Manglish-spiced, first-person (or first-fish) account of a giant blue Japanese movie monster (kaiju) stingray’s attack on contemporary Tokyo and his tragic morph into human form.

Ron has written on Capitol Hill in various locales – most now razed for new condos. He now lives in a fab old edifice on Capitol Hill that shouldn’t be demolished anytime soon. “I hope not,” Ron adds, “the local crows depend on the Lorna Doones I toss them.”

CHS Community Post | Seattle Restaurant Week is back in Capitol Hill

Credit-Lindsey-WassonSeattle Restaurant Week (SRW) is back for a 10 day dining celebration, Oct.19-23 and Oct. 26-30 (Sunday-Thursday), offering three-course dinners for $30 and two-course lunches for $15. As the broadest reaching dining promotion in the area, covering King County, many of the restaurants are in Capitol Hill, including:


    • Anchovies & Olives


    • Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar


    • Corretto


    • Crush


    • Kaisho


    • La Spiga


    • Lark


    • Le Zinc


    • Liam’s


    • Manhatten


    • Marjorie


    • Monsoon


    • Poppy


    • Restaurant Zoe




    • Skillet Diner


    • Tango Restaurant


    • The Tin Table



Chefs will feature seasonal favorites such as pumpkin, apples, squash and foraged mushrooms. There are options for everyone, vegan to gluten free, and every occasion such as date night, family night out with the kids, or dining in large groups.

For more information go to

CHS Community Post | Jubilee Women’s Center and Sisters of Providence Announce Change in Ownership for Sojourner Place


SEATTLE —  Jubilee Women’s Center and the Sisters of Providence today announced that Jubilee, which provides community housing and support services for 33 single homeless and low-income women, will assume ownership of Sojourner Place, a 10-bed residence and transitional living program founded by the Sisters of Providence for single women and pregnant women who are homeless.




The Sisters of Providence will officially gift the Sojourner Place University District premises and program to Jubilee Women’s Center on October 25, 2014. Sojourner Place will retain its name, but will become part of Jubilee Women’s Center, which operates two residences in north Capitol Hill that last year housed and supported a total of 53 women, and served nearly 1300 others with referral services, educational programs, a computer lab and a free clothing boutique.




“We are pleased to welcome Sojourner Place to the Jubilee Women’s Center community as part of a long-term strategy to help more low-income women access housing and support services,” said Cheryl Sesnon, executive director of Jubilee Women’s Center. “The partnership unites two organizations already aligned in mission, values and programs, offering a combination of holistic support services and community-oriented residences that fills a critical need in Seattle.”




“The partnership also creates synergies that allow us to reduce operational costs so we can direct more resources to expanding and deepening services to the growing number of women experiencing homelessness and poverty in the Seattle area,” said Sesnon.




In 2013 the Sisters of Providence and the Providence Pariseau board of directors—the sponsors of Sojourner Place—began their search for a partner who could continue the Sojourner Place ministry and approached Jubilee Women’s Center. Over several months they constructed an agreement that would preserve Sojourner’s housing and support services for low-income women and allow the Sisters of Providence to transition their ministry to an organization  positioned for growth.




“The Sisters of Providence are excited to find an excellent partner in Jubilee Women’s Center,” said Judith Desmarais, SP, Provincial Superior, Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province. “We feel strongly that the Jubilee Women’s Center’s board of directors and its executive director Cheryl Sesnon will provide the thoughtful leadership to make this collaboration a success—ensuring that this beloved ministry of the Sisters of Providence will continue to benefit homeless women in the Seattle area for years to come.”




Some Providence Pariseau board members, who oversaw Sojourner Place, and at least one Sister of Providence will become part of Jubilee Women’s Center board of directors, and others will provide volunteer services.




Sesnon will make the first general public announcement about Sojourner Place at Jubilee Women’s Center’s 17th Annual Benefit Breakfast on October 2 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.



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About Jubilee Women’s Center
Since 1983, Jubilee Women’s Center has provided safe, affordable and supportive community housing in Seattle. The mission of Jubilee is to support women experiencing poverty to build stable and ful­filling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time. Led by the guiding principle that all women deserve respect and dignity, Jubilee’s programs and services help women transition from trauma and economic crisis to independent living. Last year 53 women received housing and one-on-one support to help them rebuild their lives. In addition, Jubilee served nearly 1,300 low-income women with technology training, life skills and job readiness classes, individualized community referrals, an open computer lab, and a free clothing boutique. For more information about Jubilee Women’s Center, please visit




About Sisters of Providence
Sisters of Providence are Catholic women religious who respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable through education, parish ministry, health care, community service and support, housing, prison ministry, pastoral care, spiritual direction and retreats, and foreign missions. Mother Joseph Province encompasses Alaska, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, El Salvador and the Philippines.  For more information, please visit the Sisters of Providence website,




About Sojourner Place
Sojourner Place was founded in 1987 as a ministry of the Sisters of Providence to provide transitional housing and programs to Seattle-area women in poverty, including homeless pregnant women. The 10-bed residence, located in the University District, is named for Sojourner Truth, a prominent and powerful speaker in women’s rights and the movement to abolish slavery in the mid-1800s. Sojourner Place served 44 women and nine children in 2012 and 26 women and six children in 2013. In addition to housing and food, these women were offered comprehensive assistance and access to resources, including care management, advocacy and referral services, life skills/parenting classes like money management, counseling, and reunification efforts for mothers with children in foster care. Sojourner Place also provides continuing support to its alumnae.

CHS Community Post | Three Capitol Hill residents helping to raise funds for Café Nordo’s new home

nordoCafé Nordo has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $35,000 for a complete kitchen build out of its new home in Pioneer Square.

The Kickstarter effort is a critical part of its capital campaign to raise $250,000 to fund renovation of the 1890s-era Globe Building at the corner of Nord Alley and South Main Street, across from Occidental Park in historic Pioneer Square. The longtime home to the iconic Elliott Bay Book Company is being transformed into Nordo’s Culinarium, a spectacular new venue where food meets performance, literary and visual arts.

Café Nordo’s Erin Brindley (artistic director), (Maximillan Davis (associate artistic director) and Opal Peachey (member concierge) all call Capitol Hill home.

The troupe will occupy one floor for performers and audiences, and the lower level previously occupied by the Elliott Bay Café will be built out with state-of-the-art professional kitchen technology to handle food service. Whether an intimate culinary experience with one of Seattle’s many star chefs to visual artists to large-scale theatrical productions, the unique space will accommodate and enhance the many worlds audiences dine in at Café Nordo.

For more information on Café Nordo’s Kickstarter campaign, visit

CHS Community Post | Central Area David and Goliath Fight in Progress: Why should anyone living on Capitol Hill care?

Neighbors alongside Swedish Medical Center: Cherry Hill are not sleeping well. They are spending many evenings a month meeting in small groups, and hours of their time trying to motivate neighbors, who are unaware of the waking giant in their midst. The giant is a medical center, a “Major Institution”, which has applied for a “Major Institution Master Plan”, or MIMP, in order to increase the size of their campus by nearly 100%. MIMPS are meant to allow Major Institutions to grow larger than for-profit businesses are allowed to, in residential neighborhoods. The idea is that Major Institutions, like schools and hospitals, benefit the surrounding neighborhood and the city, at large, so the zoning of certain areas is waived to allow the beneficial institution to expand. This is the idea. The reality, in this case, is different because a for-profit corporation is pushing this development.

We need to go back a couple of decades to see how this ‘Major Institution’, became a front for a corporation. A couple of decades ago, The Sisters of Providence Hospital, at the time, sold nearly half of their campus to the for-profit developer, Sabey Corporation. The sale was necessary because Providence couldn’t fill their hospital beds with patients. There was no need to expand at that time, quite the opposite. The egregious thing about this expansion is that the hospital, as a care-giving, doctor-visiting-patient-in-room sort of thing is not what is growing. What is being proposed are doctor’s-office towers, research facilities, and laboratories. In other words, support facilities. Swedish: Cherry Hill would not be the only facility benefiting from these support businesses. These would be rent-paying, medical-retail businesses, filling the office towers as for-profit tenants in a for-profit scenario on the property that was once a care-giving-doctor-visiting-patient hospital. Sabey Corporation is taking advantage of the MIMP process and trying like hell to build enormous office towers in the middle of Seattle’s oldest, residential neighborhood. We are trying to stop them.

We are trying to stop them because, if their plans are realized, the whole of our neighborhood, just south of Capitol Hill will be destroyed. It will happen slowly until these 110-year-old Victorian homes will be a distant memory; along with tales of how one used to be able to drive from Ezell’s to the freeway in ten minutes. The current Draft Environmental Impact Statement for this MIMP clearly states that intersections, that are, currently, passable by traffic, will become impassable. Traffic in and out of our neighborhood will be at a standstill. Pollution will rise, pedestrian traffic will suffer, beautiful homes will be sold and razed for a larger ‘Medical Center’ footprint, crime will go up, more home-owners will sell. It’s formulaic.

There has been a lot written and a lot of talk, lately about developers having their way with Seattle. This is one more reality episode of “Developers Gone Wild”, and they are drunk with power. We are over here in The Hood, fighting for our homes, for our streets, for our air-quality, and for our sanity. We are extending an invitation to our neighbors on The Hill to take an interest in our struggle to keep corporations out of the MIMP process, to hold Swedish: Cherry Hill to livable heights, bulk and scale of development as befits this venerable neighborhood. Come to a meeting of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee as they try to sort this thing out with Swedish and Sabey. If you have a free evening this Tuesday, September 30th, come on down and check out the action. It’s getting good. You won’t be disappointed.

-Abil Bradshaw

CHS Community Post | Health and Happiness Class


Saturday, October 4, 9AM to noon.  $50/ student

Learn the latest research and practices to improve your health and increase your happiness, including a basic meditation technique. Topics covered include meditation, movement, food, sleep, gratitude, mindfulness and brain research.

Mary Davis is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Chopra Center Certified meditation instructor, Health and Happiness consultant who teaches classes, leads groups and offers individual consultations.

Boyer East and 18th East Seattle, WA 98112

Capitol Pill | Fall fatigue can be your friend

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. This is her first post for CHS.

I was walking to the shop this morning –- living back on the Hill after a 20 year hiatus in the south end and getting to know the trees on Pine Street all over again –- and noticing how the leaves are drying, how the light has already changed, and how people are starting to shrink back into their jackets and scarves after a long, hot summer of skin and sun. I love being able to see the seasons shifting, and being reminded about the ways in which the elemental changes in nature are reflected in our own bodies.

Right about now, at the end of late summer and beginning of fall, almost everyone experiences a drop in energy. This is the season when the outward, fiery, expansive energy of spring and summer is changing back to the inward, calmer, slower energy of autumn and winter. Continue reading