Capitol Hill Community Post | New program at Seattle Central College aims to bring more people of color into teaching ranks

From Seattle Central

Seattle Central College and Seattle Public Schools have joined forces to offer a new degree designed to bring more people of color into the teaching profession.

The new Academy for Rising Educators (ARE) at Seattle Central College offers a six-quarter Associate of Arts degree with a focus on education and social justice. Graduates will have the option to directly transfer into teaching programs at Seattle University and City University.

Students who are recent graduates from Seattle high schools will be eligible for free tuition under the Seattle Promise scholarship. The program will also offer financial and counseling support for adult working students.

The first cohort of 35 students will have the opportunity to work full time at Seattle Public Schools as paraeducators (classroom assistants), while pursuing their degree. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | FOUND CAT: 8/2 on First Hill, Lynx Point Siamese

Please spread the word so we can find this pet’s family!

FOUND on August 2, 2019 in Seattle, WA 98104 Near 7th Ave & Madison St

Message from Finder: Very sweet female cat found in the Polyclinic parking lot. She definitely looks well taken care of and has a home nearby. We would love to get her back to her family!

Description: Caramel and brown fur, blue eyes, no microchip

Do you recognize this cat or have any information on her potential owner? Contact finder here:

Capitol Hill Community Post | Beloved Seattle restaurant to close

From Poppy

Today, James Beard Award–winning chef Jerry Traunfeld announced he will be closing Poppy after 11 years of service as a staple of the Seattle restaurant scene.

After 17 trailblazing years winning awards and making headlines as the executive chef of The Herbfarm in Woodinville, Jerry Traunfeld left in 2007 to open his own restaurant. Poppy opened in 2008 featuring a reinvention of the thali, a tray of 10 harmonious dishes served at once, infused with Traunfeld’s signature seasonal, herb-inspired culinary style. Over the next decade, Poppy went on to garner numerous awards and accolades, including James Beard semifinalist nominations for Best New Restaurant and Best Chef of the Year (nationally) and 1 of 50 Top New Restaurants in the World by Condé Nast Traveler.

Traunfeld and his husband Stephen, who just celebrated their 39th anniversary, have worked together at Poppy since opening day. As a couple, they have decided to make a lifestyle change. Stephen will be retiring, while Jerry plans to take a step back from the demands of being a restaurant owner but will continue to do some of the things he loves most: cooking, food writing, teaching and gardening. They are also planning a move to Palm Springs, California.

“Closing Poppy and leaving our beloved Seattle community was not an easy decision,” said Traunfeld. “Stevie and I came to this decision together. We always thought we would move to Palm Springs at some point, and we intuitively felt like this was the right time. A restaurant is a dynamic entity with a distinct lifespan, and we felt like this was the time to appreciate the run we’ve had with Poppy and end on a good note. Now is the time for us to say goodbye to our Poppy family and explore what’s next.”

Rebecca and Nathan Lockwood, who own Altura Restaurant across the street, will open a new restaurant in the Poppy space in the fall of 2019. “We are very excited for the opportunity to step into the space at Poppy,” said Nathan Lockwood. “Chef Traunfeld has been an inspiration to so many cooks over the years, and we hope to continue to honor that legacy for years to come.”

Jerry and Stephen would like to recognize the talented and dedicated employees who have helped create a strong community at Poppy and the many loyal customers who have become their friends over the years. In particular, they would like to thank Kate Johnson, Poppy’s dining room manager, who has been with the restaurant for all 11 years and made so many close connections with guests since the day it opened; and Sydney Clark, who started in Poppy’s kitchen as a line cook six years ago and progressed through all the stations until she became sous chef and then chef.

“I owe so much to my employees over the last 11 years,” said Traunfeld. “They have helped make Poppy a home away from home for us and have helped my concept for this restaurant thrive for over a decade.”

Poppy has served as the springboard for some of Seattle’s most talented culinary professionals, including:

  • Jason Stratton, Poppy’s first chef and now executive chef at Mamnoon
  • Dana Cree, Poppy’s first pastry chef, who went on to Alinea and Spago (Beverly Hills) and earned two James Beard nominations for Outstanding Pastry Chef
  • Kevin Burzell, who started as opening cook at Poppy and went on to found Kedai Makan
  • Matt Bumpas, former Poppy pastry chef, who went on to found Sweet Bumpas ice cream
  • Dionne Himmelfarb, former Poppy pastry chef, who is now executive pastry chef of Ethan Stowell Restaurants
  • Joe Ritchie, former Poppy chef, who went on to be executive chef of Goldfinch Tavern
  • Madeline Puckett, who worked front of house at Poppy and went on to found Wine Folly

“Thank you to our customers and our regulars who have been so supportive of Stevie and me since the beginning,” added Traunfeld.

Poppy’s last day of service will be Sunday, August 4. The last Thali Tuesday will be July 16, and happy hour will end on July 18. Jerry and Stephen will be moving to Palm Springs later in the year.

Accolades & Awards for Chef Jerry Traunfeld:

  • James Beard Foundation
    • 1996, 1997: Nominee, Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii, The Herbfarm
    • 2000: Winner, Best Chef: Northwest/Hawaii, The Herbfarm
    • 2001: Nominee, Single-Subject Book, The Herbfarm Cookbook
    • 2009: Semifinalist, Best New Restaurant, Poppy
    • 2010, 2011, 2016: Semifinalist, Outstanding Chef, Poppy
  • 2008: 1 of 50 Top New Restaurants in the World, Condé Nast Traveler Hot List
  • 2008: 1 of 50 Best New Restaurants in the US, Travel and Leisure
  • 2008: Hottest Table in Town, Seattle Magazine
  • 2009: 10 Best Restaurants of the Year, Seattle Met
  • 2011: Best Restaurants of the Year, Seattle Met
  • 2012: Best Northwest Cuisine, Seattle Magazine
  • 2015: Best Chef of the Year, Seattle Met

About Poppy
In a warm, modern dining room overlooking North Capitol Hill’s streetscape, Poppy serves James Beard Award–winning chef Jerry Traunfeld’s seasonal cuisine, highlighting herbs from its extensive urban herb garden and spices from around the globe. The always-changing menu offers small and large plates, creative cocktails and killer desserts, and features a daily thali, a tray of 10 small, harmonious dishes served at once. For more information go to

Capitol Hill Community Post | Our libraries need us, and we need them: Vote Yes on Prop 1

From Gabrielle Bates

Seattle’s libraries play a crucial role in our community. They provide important resources and safe spaces for residents of all ages, including some of our city’s most vulnerable populations. They offer access to job and housing resources, multi-language materials, adult learning programs, and of course, a ton of incredible books. Last year alone Seattle libraries had 17 million visits, nearly 400,000 borrowers, hosted over 11,000 free educational and cultural events, and facilitated over 1,100 homework help sessions for kids.

This August 6th, we need to vote YES on Proposition 1 to renew Seattle’s library levy so that our library system can continue to serve a healthy, vibrant and diverse Seattle. To be clear, this levy is not a new tax; it simply replaces an already expiring levy. Voting YES ensures that our libraries are able to continue offering the crucial resources, learning centers, and after-school programs they do.

During the recession, Seattle voters stepped up to restore hours and services to the libraries. Now, as our city continues to grow and change, we need our libraries’ services and spaces more than ever. As someone who lives near the Capitol Hill branch and visits regularly, I see firsthand the positive impact these spaces have. Whether I’m going to check out a book, print a document, or find a quiet place to work on my laptop without having to buy a $7 latte, I always see people of all ages and walks of life reading and working side by side.

If this levy fails to pass, the result would be to erase 25% of the Seattle Library budget. That means fewer hours and fewer resources. Our community, made as it is of children and adults who rely on the library for a huge range of resources, would suffer. As an UNESCO-ordained “City of Literature” that cares about fostering education and healthy, vibrant lives, this is, obviously, not what we want. We love our libraries. And on August 6th, we have the opportunity to prove it.

Let’s do our part to keep Seattle an equitable, livable city.

Vote YES on Prop 1.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Lid I-5 Open House: Wednesday July 17 5:30 – 7:30 the Summit on Pike 420 E Pike St

What would you do with 15 acres of new public land in Seattle? You’re invited to share your vision and hear project updates at the Lid I-5 Community Open House on Wednesday, July 17. Doors open at 5:30 PM and there will be a brief program starting at 6:00, which will include Seattle City Councilmembers Bagshaw and Pacheco. Light refreshments will be available.

Click here for more event info and free registration. The event is also on Facebook. The address is: 420 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

30 percent of Seattle’s growth has been confined to three percent of its land in the Center City, without similar growth in resources like parks, affordable housing, and community centers. The airspace about Interstate 5 is likely the last place we can expand public land, and at the same time, we can reduce the environmental impacts of freeway traffic. Seattle has lidded freeways before with Freeway Park and the Convention Center, and so have dozens of other cities like Dallas, Washington, D.C., New York, San Diego, and Boston.

The Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) is now studying the engineering and economics of lidding I-5 between Madison Street and Denny Way, prompted by the multiyear advocacy efforts of the Lid I-5 Steering Committee. Click here to visit OPCD’s project webpage. The July 17 open house will have an update from Lid I-5, OPCD and its consultant team, and remarks by two Seattle councilmembers.

If you can’t attend the event, the best way to stay updated is by joining the Lid I-5 mailing list and our social media. Learn more at

Capitol Hill Community Post | Urgent: Magician needed to host the LeapForward Community

From LeapForward

Can you help? Our non-profit community Leap Forward comes to Seattle next week (!!) for our bi-annual retreat from 17th-25th of July. We are 16 adults and we don’t have a house where we can stay yet.

Leap Forward works on creating immersive trust-based communities in service of (1) deeply refining one’s essence, and (2) radically stretching our capacities for listening, caring, and cooperating… Because really, isn’t that what’s needed to address the world’s complex problems these days? We all have so many great ideas and even better intentions to change the world for the better. And yet, how often do we fail to get ideas off the ground because we simply haven‘t been wired (yet) for true, authentic collaboration?

Will you please help us make this miracle happen by sharing this post and/or the flyer attached with your network, especially people who resonate with our community’s work?

Thanks for leaping in to play with us, to tap into your own radical cooperation, and for supporting us as to bring our community service to Seattle!

With love & joy,

seattle flyers v5 (1 per page – pdf)

About Leapforward

We are a 16-person community with diverse members from around the globe, on a mission to be the change we want to see in the world. Our members include Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Atheist, African American, Chinese, Hispanic, and Caucasian. We are scientists, business people, spiritualists, technologists, artists, impact investors, activists. We are people living paycheck-to-paycheck, millionaires, single, married, divorced, parents, grandparents, people in our twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties. United by our feelings of pain and grief arising from our sense of isolation and disconnection from ourselves, each other and our magnificent home – our planet – we create safe and supportive spaces for us to share our deepest fears and greatest wishes. Through our deep listening practice we help each other reveal our individual gifts and purpose, while experiencing a powerful sense of community and trust. Together, we are committed to live authentic, connected, creative, cooperative and meaningful lives. Inspired by a sense of wonder, respect and gratitude we are growing and sharing our love with conviction to contribute to a peaceful and just society and a thriving planet.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Microsoft Research Air Quality Study: Call for Participants in Capitol Hill

Microsoft Research is conducting a study to better understand peoples’ perceptions and experiences with the air around them.

We are looking for people who have been living in Capitol Hill for at least one year to participate. During this study, you will answer questions about your experiences living in Seattle and your neighborhood, as well as draw and annotate important features of the city on a map.

We expect this session to take about 90 minutes. You will receive a $50 gift card after completing the study.

To sign up, please complete a screening survey on or scan the QR code on the flyer. To learn more about the study, please contact us at

Capitol Hill Community Post | ISO old ads for Life On Mars mural

From Life on Mars

Been a bar for a long, long time–722 E Pike St appears to have been a bar since it was the Harvard Tavern starting in 1936. The current iteration, Life On Mars, is looking for photos of some of the bars of 722 past, we know those photos are out there and are looking for anyone willing to share and let us use the photos in a photo mural on site.

We’ve got some gems from people in the community and just a few gaps to fill from bars pre-2000s. Anyone out there who can help find these, please let us know at

We’d love any photos or ads at all from the long-standing Harvard Tavern (1936-1964?) and the College Tavern & Forum Tavern through the 70s. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | District 3 Council Candidates as Presidential Contenders

You haven’t been paying attention to your local City Council race. Because you have a life. But you watched the debates (in a bar) or the news (Daily Show), so you are vaguely familiar with the 2020 presidential candidates. So as a public service, this is who the local D3 candidates would be if they were presidential contenders (spoiler: they’re not great, but they’re better than Trump).

Logan BOWERS is Elizabeth Warren
Shut up about your plan already. Do people actually buy this? What makes you think you have the answers?

Zachary DeWOLF is Pete Buttigieg
Opportunist from an unlikely elected position. Where he was awful. Speaks very well about himself, though.

Pat MURAKAMI is Joe Biden
Just, no.

Amy NGUYEN is Kamala Harris
Lawyer with a compelling background. But is anyone concerned about what she actually did as a lawyer?

Egan ORION is [Electable White Guy]
This guy is the business candidate. The establishment candidate. Not much substance, but he looks electable.

Kshama SAWANT is Bernie Sanders
Their only goal seems to be: TAX THE RICH, LOUDLY! Ineffective legislators, disliked among their peers. Their stans are even less tolerable than they are.

Now that we cleared that up, you only have ONE political race to ignore until the morning of Election Day. You’re welcome.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Entre Hermanos and Uncle Ike’s Partner on The Big Lift

From Uncle Ike’s

Uncle Ike’s is thrilled to renew its partnership with local nonprofit Entre Hermanos, which provides free sexual health care and immigration aid to members of the Latinx LGBTQ+ community.
As part of that partnership, Ike’s partners with vendors every year during Pride month to donate a portion of proceeds to Entre Hermanos. From June 24-30, Ike’s will donate 5% of all proceeds to Entre Hermanos, and each participating vendor will match with their own 5%.
“Pearl Extracts is honored to partner with Uncle Ike’s in support for Entre Hermanos,” said Greg Shaw, their CEO. “We strongly believe that diversity enriches our community and we salute Entre Hermanos for the invaluable services they provide for the well-being of Seattle’s Latinx LGBTQ+ population.”
The “Big Lift” Pride fundraising drive raised $12,000 in 2017 and $37,000 in 2018. Based on the vendors participating this year, proceeds are expected to top $50,000, which would be the most a single cannabis retailer has ever donated to charity in Washington.
“We couldn’t do what we do without neighbors like Uncle Ike’s,” said Owen David, Entre Hermanos’ Development Manager. “Their generosity empowers us as we expand our ongoing medical case management and Spanish-language support groups, fight for immigrant rights, and organize around the 2020 Census.”
Continuing and expanding the “Big Lift” fundraiser is a high priority for Uncle Ike’s, as the work Entre Hermanos does is only getting more necessary. Many people in the Latinx LGBTQ+ community are hesitant to seek services like HIV testing and prevention counseling through traditional channels, especially in today’s political climate, so Entre Hermanos offers free and confidential HIV testing Monday through Friday. They also do extensive outreach and education work, via events like the South Park Queer Pride Picnic, and other community workshops and forums. For people in the Latino community living with HIV, Entre Hermanos provides case management services and support groups. They also offer an extensive array of classes, clinics, and legal services to help undocumented immigrants dealing with immigration proceedings, including a program to assist with asylum proceedings for LGBTQ+ people who may be fleeing hate and discrimination.
Most importantly, their policy is that, “Our clients can obtain services regardless of immigration status and regardless of ability to pay. Our service is offered in Spanish or English and is culturally friendly for our Latino clients.”
Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg stressed the importance of fundraising during Pride, and specifically fundraising for the Latinx LGBTQ+ community.
“We’ve never wanted to be one of those businesses who just put up a rainbow flag in the window and don’t actually do anything to support the LGBTQ+ community,” Eisenberg said. “Entre Hermanos is really doing the work, and we’re proud to help them do it.”
Uncle Ike’s and Entre Hermanos would like to thank all of this year’s participating vendors, listed below:
  • 1937 Farms
  • 4.20 Minis
  • American Hash Makers
  • Artizen
  • Aurum Farms
  • Avitas
  • BotanicaSeattle
  • Burnwell
  • C4 Cannaburst
  • Cascade Crest Cannabis
  • Constellation Cannabis
  • Craft Elixir
  • Crystal Clear
  • Dabstract
  • Double Delicious
  • Elevate
  • Evergreen Herbal
  • Experience Organics
  • Exotikz
  • Fairwinds Cannabis
  • Falcanna
  • Flav
  • Freddy’s Fuego
  • Funky Monkey
  • Gabriel
  • Goodship
  • GreenMed Labs
  • Grow Op
  • Happy Apple
  • Hellavated
  • Herbs Herbz
  • Heylo
  • Highdrate
  • Honu
  • Hot Sugar
  • House of Cultivar
  • Journeyman
  • Lazy Bee
  • Leafwerx
  • Legends
  • Lemonnade
  • Magic Kitchen
  • Melo
  • Mr. Moxey’s Mints
  • Mfused
  • Northwest Cannabis Solutions
  • NW Wonderland
  • Oleum Extracts
  • PAX
  • Pearl Extracts
  • Phat Panda
  • Private Reserve
  • Puffin Farm
  • Ra
  • Regulator
  • Royal Tree Gardens
  • Saints
  • Seattle’s Private Reserve
  • Sinners and Saints
  • Smokey Point Productions
  • Sourface
  • Spot
  • Sticky Frog
  • Stone Cold Sodas
  • Sweetwater Farms
  • Swifts
  • Techbud
  • THC Express
  • Topshelf WA
  • Trail Blazin’
  • Velvet Swing
  • Verdure
  • Washington Bud Company
  • WA Grower
  • Wave Edibles
  • Willie’s Reserve