Finding one of Capitol Hill’s Little Free Libraries is a lovely little literary treat. What are they reading in Miller Park? What are they giving away?
Sometimes, the design of the free-book boxes also tells a story. A Seattle Little Free Library design competition benefiting non-profit Architects Without Borders will recognize the creativity and functionality of these neighborhood mini-repositories:
REGISTER BY: AUGUST 1, 2014
SUBMIT BY: AUGUST 27, 2014
SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL EXHIBIT:
SEPTEMBER 6-7 & 13-14, 2014
Let Your Library Loose this Summer!
Get ready to design, build and steward a Little Free Library prototype that promotes community and literacy in Seattle’s neighborhoods!
Little Free Libraries are small-scale book shelters that function as “take-a-book, leave-a-book” gathering places. They provide a location where the free exchange of books, ideas, stories, and interests contribute to a shared experience valued by neighbors and visitors. All entry fees benefit Architects Without Borders – Seattle, a local non-profit that provides ecologically sensitive and culturally appropriate design assistance to communities in need.
(Image: Judy Solomon)
Libraries on the Loose Jury:
Marcellus Turner - Seattle Public Libraries City Librarian
Audrey Barbakoff - Librarian at the Bainbridge Island Branch of the Kitsap Regional Library
Kimo Griggs - Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington
Lesley Bain - Principal of Framework Cultural Placemaking
Susan Jones - Principal of atelierjonesConsider what design can do to foster community and literacy in our local neighborhoods and let your library loose!
Individuals can register for $75, small businesses for $100. Kids under 18 can enter for free.
We’ll check in on the competition and any new Capitol Hill little library projects to watch for.
Severance stands by the new Lake View gravestone for Officer Thomas Roberts, who died in the line of duty in 1898 (Image: SPD)
Thursday morning, Seattle Police from across the decades including men and women currently part of the force will gather at Capitol Hill’s Lake View Cemetery to honor fallen officers.
Seattle Police officer Mike Severance has been working to locate the surviving families of SPD officers who died in the line of duty all the way back to 1881. During his research, Severance also tried to determine where the officers were laid to rest. Severance documented the final resting spots for all the fallen SPD officers – including two who had been buried in unmarked graves.
“Through the generosity of Lake View Cemetery, the Retired Seattle Police Officers Association and another benefactor, new tombstones have been installed for Officer Thomas Robert, EOW 04/10/1898 and Officer Arthur Ruckart, EOW 12/27/1914,” a statement from the group Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors says.
Thursday, officers, family, and supporters will gather in Lake View:
A memorial service will be held at Lake View Cemetery, 1554 15th Ave. East, at 10 a.m. this Thursday, July 24, to pay respects to the officers with new gravestones, and all fallen Seattle police officers.
The public is welcome to attend. More on Severance’s work and the officers being remembered, below, in an article provided by the Seattle Police Department.
Mike Severance’s quest started with a shotgun blast on April 23, 1985.
That’s the day Seattle Police Officer Dale Eggers was killed after a gunman shot him in the head in a bank robbery on Beacon Hill.
They’ll miss one of the men their message is aimed at by a few days — President Obama leaves town Tuesday night. Protesters are planning an “Anti-Genocide Noise Brigade” rally and march starting on Capitol Hill Thursday:
Join others who refuse to allow the atrocities against the Palestinian peoples continue without LOUD RESISTANCE. Bring pots n pans, musical instruments, yourself! every week. We will march in solidarity with the Palestinian peoples resisting occupation by Israeli colonizers
The un-permitted march starts at Seattle Central Thursday, July 24th at 7:30 PM, according to organizers. No route for the march has been posted.
Chief O’Toole addresses attendees
A lot of concerns have been expressed about the state of safety on the streets at night around Capitol Hill but Sunday afternoon in Cal Anderson Park, only a small crowd gathered for some martial arts training and to hear new SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole talk about public safety. Other recent self defense workshops with a focus on specific communities have proven popular in Seattle. With the small turnout in Cal Anderson, there might be a few interested in learning more who couldn’t attend. Check in with organizer Social Outreach Seattle to learn more about future opportunities.
You can go to the Eastside if you like. You just might not make it back. A week of work on I-90 is expected to tangle traffic around the area as commuters are forced to find alternate routes to avoid planned lane closures. Here’s the word from SDOT on the start of things Friday night and through the weekend:
Traffic on freeways and major arterials into the city will be complicated by construction on WSDOT’s Interstate 90 – only one westbound lane of I-90 will remain open between Bellevue and Mercer Island. There could be significant backups on alternate routes depending on how many drivers venture forth from the east side into downtown Seattle. For more information, see WSDOT’s website, http://tinyurl.com/l53s9cs.
Once the work week begins, CHS predict tie-ups in Capitol Hill chokepoints where coffee, wi-fi, and electrical outlets mix.
Matthew Bell, Max Kraushaar and Graham Downing — in cutout and meat-space form — took third for their book “In the Mood to Consume” (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)
July’s Capitol Hill art walk marked a new start Thursday night on its mission to promote the arts and artists in the neighborhood. We stopped by the quarterly City Arts Art Walk Awards held 10th and Pike’s Sole Repair honoring creators across Seattle as part of the Hill’s second-Thursday event. Here are a few scenes from the party and moments of crowd-sourced victory along with a set of local artists you should check out the next time you get a chance.
Want to vote on a Seattle tax district to pay for the city’s parks and community centers? Monday is the deadline for Washington State voters to register or update addresses for the August election. The summer primary will include the ballot measure allowing Seattle voters to decide on the creation of a new Seattle Park District. You’ll also have your first opportunity to weigh in on the Jess Spear vs. Frank Chopp race for Legislative District No. 43 Representative Position No. 2.
Citizens who want to vote in the August 5 primary election have until Monday, July 7 to register to vote or update voter registration information online or by mail. King County Elections will mail primary election ballots to all registered voters on July 16, so it’s important that citizens register to vote and keep their address and other information, including their signature, updated. Continue reading
Hundreds of people joined the annual Trans* Pride march through the streets of Capitol Hill Friday night to lend their feet, voices, and faces to recognizing and celebrating the transgender community in Seattle.
Trans*Pride Seattle is open to everyone who believes trans* and gender non-conforming people deserve to live lives free from violence, discrimination, stigmatization, poverty, hatred, rejection, medical abuse and neglect, and mental pathologization.
The event organized by the Gender Justice League was only the second ever Trans* Pride following the event’s successful 2013 debut.
The 2014 march after winding its way through Pike/Pine and by the fences set up for the many
bear gardens beer gardens of Capitol Hill Pride parties just starting to heat up, again ended at Cal Anderson for a rally, information tables and a chance to hang out.
The 2014 keynote speaker was writer Elena Rose. Other speakers included CeCe McDonald, an activist for trans women released from prison earlier this year after serving 19 months in prison for a murder many contend was self defense.
More pictures from 2014 are below. Continue reading
“Setting an example: showing our children that hard work pays off. Congrats to our grads!” — @seattlecentral via Twitter
“She turned her can’ts into cans and dreams into plans” – from the mortarboard of a Seattle Central graduate — @seattlecentral via Twitter
Seattle Central College celebrated its 48th commencement Saturday in a ceremony at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle.
“I would rather fail doing what matters to me, than succeed at someone else’s dream,” the 2014 Distinguished Alumni award winner Katie Hinde, Ph.D., told the graduates. The research scientist and assistant professor at Harvard University began her academic career at Seattle Central. Hinde’s research investigates how variations in mother’s milk and behavioral care influence infants into adulthood. You can read the text of her Seattle Central speech here.
More than 1,100 graduated from the community college, in line with totals in recent years. 2014 was a big year for change at the school, part of the three campus Seattle Colleges city system, as the schools dropped “community” from their brands. Earlier, Seattle Central struck a deal to expand its health program with a new facility in Beacon Hill’s Pacific Tower.
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Yes, the neighborhood is getting its very own Capitol Hill Goodwill. But there is already plenty of vintage love to go around. Some basic old “cheap stuff” love, too. Friday is E Union’s Lifelong Thrift Store annual customer appreciation sale:
Everything will be at least 50% off! It’s our thanks to you for doing good just by shopping. Your purchases support Lifelong’s work delivering services to people living with chronic serious illness. Thank You! http://www.llaa.org/lifelongthrift
Maybe you can find something to wear to Lifelong’s Gay Bingo fundraiser Saturday in Fremont.
Jubilee Women’s Center, an 18th Ave E provider of transitional housing for homeless women, is benefitting from a boost from Pike/Pine’s Lost Lake this Tuesday and through the month of February.
CHS is again pairing up with the 24-hour diner to put the spotlight on a neighborhood nonprofit. Lost Lake ponies up 10% of its sales on the second Tuesday of the month and provides a donation opportunity for the nonprofit through the following weeks.
If your Capitol Hill business plans on supporting Jubilee this month or wants to be part of upcoming ‘nonprofit love’ efforts, let us know so we can spread the word.
Jubilee describes its mission as providing “a safe and supportive place to live and an opportunity to learn while becoming self-reliant in housing and employment.” It serves an incredible diversity of women:
You can learn more and give online at jwcenter.org.