Hilloween 2016: Broadway carnival, a new creepy crawl, and spooky light art in the conservatory

The CHS Calendar is filling with fun things to do around Capitol Hill’s Christmas — Halloween. Included in the fun-sized mix is the return of the annual Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Hilloween carnival, a new Capitol Hill zombie crawl, and a spooky new event from the producer behind this summer’s Lusio light art festival in Volunteer Park. We’ll continue to add more to the candy bucket through the month. If you have something Hilloween-y to share, add it to the calendar. Highlights… below! Continue reading

On the List | Rock Out With Your Cauc Out, Caucus Saturday, Cal Anderson egg hunt

Politics and candy. Welcome to Easter 2016 on Capitol Hill. The weekend brings the hotly anticipated Washington Caucus action and egg hunts along with a chance to do some good before you enjoy the fruits of democracy with a side of marshmallow Peeps.

12841205_467181853485349_4915605337058273486_oGet into the swing Thursday night at Fred Wildlife Refuge:

Rock Out With Your Cauc Out!
Fred Wildlife Refuge is proud to host a get together to mingle, rally, and get excited about the upcoming Washington State Caucus! We will have information on where, when, and how to attend your caucus, as well as a full bar for guests to purchase beverages.
FREE / 21+ / 7pm-Midnight

The real deal comes Saturday. Here, by the way, is how Seattle picks a president.

Here, also, is how we do Easter. Spring Egg Hunts are taking place this weekend including the 4th annual Cal Anderson egg hunt.

Saturday also brings a chance to do some good — you can donate to Bike Works at the Capitol Hill Bike Drive.

Meanwhile, Easter Sunday brings a special day at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market which will be open, as usual, from 10 AM to 3 PM for your Easter Brunch, etc. needs.

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar.
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On the List | Capitol Hill Station celebration, Irish Wake for Lost Seattle Places, APRIL Book Expo

Photo by Don Wilson Capitol Hill Station 2016

What could be more green than a new $1.9 billion light rail extension that will give thousands of people every day an alternative to driving? Saturday, celebrate the luck o’ Seattle with Sound Transit’s two parties separated by two miles of twin tunnels — and free rides all day between the festivities:

We’re kicking off U Link service with a free community celebration March 19 from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stations and train rides open at 10 a.m. Here’s a sample of what we have in store at each station:

  • Self-guided tours of University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations
  • A variety of live music, including instrumental, jazz, rock and hip-hop
  • Wave of the Future Pavilions featuring games, photo booths and more
  • Food for purchase from your favorite local food trucks
  • Farmer’s market at Capitol Hill Station
  • Free commemorative items (while supplies last).

At Capitol Hill Station, the 9 AM to 5 PM fun will include DJ Riz Rollins and street musician Pasquale Santos, giant Jenga, a temporary tattoo parlor, and a “Eurodance Party” parade (we don’t even know what that means!). You’ll be invited to take a “self guided” tour of the stations, enjoy some interpretive videos, and get your hands on special commemorative stars made from the wood of the big red construction wall.

UPDATE! This just in from Sound Transit. You might want to make sure to be at Capitol Hill Station by 10 AM for “confetti cannons” and a countdown with Mayor Ed Murray. Continue reading

On the List | A blustery March Capitol Hill art walk, return of the Seattle Web Fest

(Image: Seattle Web Fest)

(Image: Seattle Web Fest)

With a blustery weekend ahead, you might want to curl up with a good online web sitcom but you should really bundle up and venture outside for the arts. As a neighborhood with its very own web series, Capitol Hill remains the ideal host for the 2016 edition of the Seattle Web Fest:

We feature web-based fiction & non-fiction series from Seattle and around the world. We celebrate this independent television by curating a selection of amazing shows for theatrical presentation while hosting panels & workshops from industry professionals.12794919_1028699573835568_1304237278293116065_o

The annual and FREE event (first come, first served) features 50 shows from around the world and panels for aspiring web series creators. Saturday’s “Local Money” panel will include Wes Hurley, one of the creators behind the Capitol Hill series starring Waxie Moon. The event runs 10 AM to 8 PM at 12th Ave’s Northwest Film Forum. Check out the full 2016 schedule for start times — or for a few good shows to enjoy like Seattle-created Manic Pixie Dream Wife, “a comedy limited/mini series created by M. Elizabeth Eller that examines the pop-culture trope of the manic pixie dream girl” —
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On the List | Science Olympiad at Seattle Central, Magma Fest in the Central District


School kids from around Puget Sound are going to science the HECK out of things this weekend on Capitol Hill.

The Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Tournament returns again to Seattle Central for a Saturday of science challenges and fun:

Teams from over 20 middle and high schools have spent weeks and months applying math and science skills to design, build and operate projects. Competitions will be held in 50 different categories, including hydrology, bridge building, electric vehicles, wind power, forensics and anatomy.

Bring your budding Mars explorer along to cheer them on.

12711268_10153305600296631_2015953413477434970_oDo you want to rock? The weekend also brings the return of Hollow Earth Radio’s so alternative it hurts March of music — Magma Fest:

No artist is allowed to appear at Magma twice, so every year showcases a whole new array of up-and-coming and established performers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond! Every event is all-ages and donation-supported, and proceeds go towards continuing to ensure Hollow Earth’s existence as a community resource and, soon, a low-power FM radio station!

Meanwhile, this year’s “100% local” Seattle Fringe Festival finishes up its run.

Oh, by the way, First Thursday means it’s time for the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Now if only there were a direct, relatively easy to use though maybe a little slow public transit option to get there!

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

On the List | 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival, 43rd Legislative District Town Hall, Ernest Loves Agnes kids pizza party

The 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival returns to Capitol Hill’s Northwest Film Forum this weekend featuring 50 indie films “by and about Asian Americans” —

The 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) will take place February 19th thru the 21st at the Northwest Film Forum located in the vibrant arts and nightlife neighborhood of Capitol Hill in Seattle!  The 50 films on the program include the best in recent independent cinema by and about Asian Americans.  Check out the film schedule, descriptions, view trailers and purchase tickets at www.seattleaaff.org

Saturday, you can fulfill your civic duty in an afternoon with your leaders in Olympia at the 43rd Legislative District Town Hall.

Sunday, kids can learn the art of pizza-making and help raise funds for local public schools with a Kids Pizza Party at Ernest Loves Agnes.

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

On the List | February Capitol Hill Art Walk, Neighbor Appreciation Day work parties, BadWill Valentine’s

City Council member Lorena González joined Michelle Frankfurter at the opening of Destino earlier this week (Image: CHS)

City Council member Lorena González joined Michelle Frankfurter at the opening of Destino earlier this week (Image: CHS)

The second Thursday of the month brings another Capitol Hill Art Walk to the galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants, and miscellaneous art spaces in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift, how about some art?

February’s walk also brings a new exhibition to the Hill with Destino at the newly opened Creative Blueprint on Boylston:

Documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter traveled Mexico documenting the journeys of young people escaping poverty and violence in Central America, riding on tops of dangerous freight trains, and following Border Patrols along the US/Mexico border. Images from her book, Destino, are featured on CNN, the Washington Post,and The Guardian. Maybe you’ve read recent news on pre-dawn raids and deportations of Central American families. Hundreds of civil rights and others groups are asking the U.S. government to pause the raids and consider other courses of action before sending people, especially young women and children, back to desperate, dangerous conditions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Destino runs through February 18th.

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On the List | Gay City Arts Showcase, Lunar New Year at Asian Art Museum, 23rd/Jackson meeting, Puppy Bowl Party

(Image: Puppy Bowl)

(Image: Puppy Bowl)

Looking for something to do on and around Capitol Hill this weekend? Here are a few ideas from the CHS Calendar. Something we missed? Add your area events to the list.

CHS Highlights

For more, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

On the List | Group meeting on Capitol Hill to pack lunches, care packs for homeless

12316134_851314024985031_6174855475932586591_nA community group is meeting to put together lunch sacks and care packs to distribute on the streets of Capitol Hill and beyond this weekend. HashtagLunchbag Seattle meets Sunday at Pike/Pine club the Rhino Room:

HashtagLunchBag Seattle – New Year’s Event
Happy 2016 everyone!!! Looking to start your year off by giving back to the community? Then come out and support this great cause by helping end hunger to the homeless community of Seattle! We’ve had an outstanding turn out the past two events and are looking to continue to grow and do great things for the homeless community as we recognize this is a growing issue.

Due to the fact we are in the heart of our rainy season we are focusing on providing ponchos in each lunch bag we make. Any donation that you can make to help us provide these ponchos is greatly appreciated!

Every volunteer is asked to contribute $10 to participate. 100% of these funds go towards making the lunch bags. It is important you prepay as this will allow us to gauge how much food we buy. The more people, the more lunch bags we get to donate, it’s simple. :)

Please go to our EventBrite page to purchase tickets.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hashtaglunchbag-new-years-event-tickets-20900979392

We are back at The Rhino Room on Capitol Hill. Please arrive 11AM sharp, and check in with Osiris to make sure we received your $10 donation. Assembly should be finished at the latest by 1pm, depending on how many lunch bags we’re able to prepare. Afterwards, we will break up into small groups and distribute the lunch bags throughout the city. These neighborhoods include Capitol Hill, Belltown, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, International District, etc.

More about the event is here.

You can also assist local groups and organizations helping the homeless around Capitol Hill and Central Seattle — especially organizations like Community Lunch on Capitol Hill that provide ongoing assistance and services in the neighborhood. Let us know if there are more volunteer or donation opportunities we can add.

For more events on Capitol Hill and beyond, or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

On the List | Sherlock Seattle Convention, Children’s Film Fest, Tiny House Village housewarming

You can do good and meet the neighbors this week at events on and around Capitol Hill.

Saturday, bring goods to donate, meet the new residents at the joint Low Income Housing Institute and Nickelsville project, and tour the Union Street Tiny House Village:

Union Street Tiny House Village Housewarming Party
Come celebrate the opening of the new Tiny House Village in the Central Area!

Saturday, January 23rd

2:00pm – 4:00pm Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 2116 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

CHS wrote here about the 30-resident, “tiny house” encampment at 22nd and Union.

Speaking of meeting neighbors, don’t forget the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine social Thursday night. CHS will be there :)

The 11th annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle begins at 12th Ave’s Northwest Film Forum. This year’s festival will bring together more than 165 international children’s films from 40 countries for a week of screenings on 12th Ave before hitting the road for screenings in other cities. Friday night’s PJ party and Saturday’s pancake breakfast are highlights.

The 2016 Sherlock Seattle Mini-Convention will bring fans of the detective to the Broadway Performance Hall:

This event celebrates all the myriad forms of Sherlock Holmes and will feature the Diogenes Club as a social and gaming space, our ever popular Artists Alley/Dealers Row, Special Guests and Events, Roundtable Discussions, Screenings, Video Shows and more!

Meanwhile, Saturday night brings another way to say goodbye as the kids from School of Rock perform Bowie at Chop Suey.

For more events on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading