On the List | Seattle Art Fair Tableaux Vivant installation in Volunteer Park, Blue Angels, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation

(Image: Wendy Red Star)

(Image: Wendy Red Star)

This weekend’s first ever Seattle Art Fair will include a Capitol Hill component. Artist Wendy Red Star is creating Tableaux Vivant: Nature’s Playground — “an imagined wilderness of assorted hunting decoys” including bears, birds, and deer — at Volunteer Park:

Visitors to the park and fair-goers alike are encouraged to pose within the landscape of this semi-fake and natural environment for selfies or photographs taken by the artist. Red Star is using social media as a way to document her piece and will provide a special hashtag to the public to use when they image share on their social media platforms.

The installation should be ready Friday afternoon and is planned to be in place through Sunday.

This weekend also bring SeaFair festivities to the area including the incredible and incredibly loud, totally amazing war machines, the Blue Angels:

  • Thursday: 9:45 a.m. – noon: 1:15 – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
  • Friday, July 31: 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Practice)
  • Saturday, Aug. 1: 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Full show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 2: 11:50 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. (Full show)

More things to do: Celebrate Medicare’s 50th birthday with a free cupcake at Group Health Capitol Hill, meet the neighbors at the first ever First Hill Fidos dog contest, stop through the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation at the Broadway Performance Hall, or take a stroll on the Harvard/Belmont Walking Tour.

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

First Hill Fidos to take a bow (wow) in neighborhood’s ‘first ever’ canine contest

unnamed (1)First Hill is busy this summer making space for street parks and gathering for a new series of events to celebrate the community. First up Thursday night, First Hill Fidos:

The First Hill Improvement Association is proud to be programming a series of summer events along University Street. Our first event is in First Hill Park (Minor & University) and is an opportunity to show off your best friend! Neighbors can enter their dogs in a talent show, costume contest, and cutest dog contest!

Mark your calendars!

Thursday. July 30th
Registration begins at 5:30pm – Show at 6:00pm
First Hill Park
(Minor & University) 

This event will also feature hot dogs from local business Dirty Dogs, music, prizes, and the chance to build community with your two and four-legged neighbors on First Hill.

The summer series along University Street is funded through a grant by the Department of Neighborhoods, and our mission is to build community and enhance the public realm along this neighborhood green street.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your dogs to enter in the contest or just come and behold the cuteness! Invite your friends and neighbors!

Email us at hello@universitystreet.org to pre-register or if you have questions.

The First Hill neighborhood has reportedly added 3,000 new residents in the last decade. Here’s your chance to meet some of them — and their dogs.

Meanwhile, Seattle Parks is looking for your feedback on its off-leash areas around the city:

We need your input on your recreational behavior and desires concerning Seattle’s off-leash areas in order to best meet our present and future demands and needs. The Seattle Animal Shelter estimates there are close to 150,000 dogs currently in the city of Seattle. Given the size of this user group, Parks will survey and analyze the recreational behaviors and characteristics of dog owners to help inform the Strategic Plan. This effort will be part of the larger recreation demand study currently underway.

You can take the off-leash survey here.

District 3 ballot returns outpacing other Seattle voters

DistrictsMap-3-383x550 (1)Nice work, District 3 voters. As of Tuesday night, the district representing Capitol Hill, the Central District, First Hill, and more of Central Seattle had the highest percentage of ballots returned with a relatively robust 12.6% mark.

You can track the totals with King County Elections here and find out more about how to return your ballot here. Ballots must be postmarked or dropped in an official county drop-box by 8 PM Capitol Hill Daylight Time on Tuesday, August 4th.

Meanwhile, South Seattle’s District 2 has seen the lowest return percentage at 8.9%.

Across all active and registered voters in Seattle, 10.2% of ballots have been returned.

WestSide Baby ‘Stuff the Bus’ tour ends with Capitol Hill stop

IMG_9339Friday, CHS found the WestSide Baby Stuff the Bus bus at 19th Ave’s Hello Robin making a stop on its 2015 tour to collect diapers — and smiles — around Seattle.

WestSide Baby, which now has an area presence at 18th and Cherry after a 2014 merger, collects second hand items for babies and children that providers such as social workers or other agencies can distribute to families in need.

Sunday, the 2015 tour comes to an end at Capitol Hill’s St. Joe’s:

What: Stuff the Bus diaper drive finale event – inviting the public to donate diapers at the school bus
When: July 26 2015 10 am to 2 pm 
Where: St Joseph’s Parish, 732 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Nonprofit WestSide Baby will be closing their fifteenth annual Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive on July 26th in Capitol Hill, inviting the public to come along to the brightly colored school bus, donate diapers to benefit local families and share a smile at a photo booth. Stuff the Bus is Seattle’s largest diaper drive, this year aiming to collect 500,000 diapers to distribute to families in need across King County.

WestSide Baby Executive Director Nancy Woodland said: “Every child deserves to smile and every parent should experience baby giggles.  However parents who are struggling to provide food, pay bills and purchase diapers miss the joy of their child’s smiles because they are so stressed and because uncomfortable children scream rather than giggle. Even though a dry diaper is critical to keeping an infant healthy and happy, diapers aren’t covered by food stamps, so for the 10,000 children under the age of 3 living in poverty in King County, parents must often choose between feeding and changing their baby. Stuff the Bus is an opportunity for the whole community to help and we encourage everyone to donate and share a smile.”

You can visit http://westsidebaby.org/stuff-the-bus-2015 for more information about Stuff the Bus or text DIAPERS to 80888 to make a $10.00 donation.

Meanwhile, another fun fundraiser takes place Sunday afternoon at Bobby Morris field at Cal Anderson where the annual Seattle Bat ‘n’ Rouge charity softball game will play out.


This week in CHS history | Old Broadway streetcar track, CHBP ‘freeloaders’

8444610052_4595220651_oHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history:


12th Ave communal development residents plan Rooftop Farm to showcase urban agriculture

original_ground-breakingThe neighbors of 12th Ave’s Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing where each resident is an equal member of the company that owns the project are watching their building rise on the street where ground was broken on their communal development last fall.

As construction reaches the fourth floor, the group is launching a crowdfunding campaign to create a rooftop garden for the project as a community exhibition of hyperlocal farming involving Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program:

Through outreach and partnership, it is our goal to use this farm to benefit our surrounding community as much as possible. We expect the programs we set up to evolve and expand as the farm becomes more established. In our first year the farm will be managed by volunteers and interns from Seattle Central Community College’s Sustainable Agriculture program. We plan to lead free monthly tours for the public, and education workshops for children. We also plan to have an outreach stand at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market in order to share our project with the larger community. We will sell a portion of our organic produce to neighboring restaurant, Lark, in order to cover the cost of operating year-round. We will also donate produce to neighboring food banks or meal programs. We will establish and nourish partnerships with other interested restaurants and organization in our community.

The Rooftop Farm will serve the building’s residents but they are hoping with community support to make the project into a larger vision. “As one of Seattle’s fastest-growing and most densely populated neighborhoods, Capitol Hill provides a unique opportunity for us to grow together through urban farming expansion, awareness and education,” they write. “The intent of our farm in the city is to educate local children, and the general public, about the benefits of hyper-local food production, to demonstrate what a successful year-round organic rooftop farm looks like, and to act as a catalyst for the creation of a Capitol Hill food network—one which will connect neighbors, local restaurants, and local organizations around local food production.”

The goal is $10,000. As of Friday morning, nearly $4,000 has been raised.

You can learn more and give on The Rooftop Farm Barnraiser page.

Blotter | Theft from Pike/Broadway street beer vendor leads to broken bottle fight

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Street beer robbery: SPD investigated an “armed robbery” early last Sunday morning involving a broken bottle brawl over the theft of a couple brews from a beer peddling street entrepreneur. It happened, naturally, at Broadway and Pike. According to the SPD report on the incident, a male who showed up at a local hospital with a cut to his wrist told police he was out partying on Capitol Hill around 1:45 AM when he saw the thief apparently stealing the beer from the street sales clerk. “You need to put that back,” the victim told police he said before the fight broke out. Here’s the account from the beer salesman:Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 1.58.55 PMThe victim told police he was “definitely” inebriated at the time of the incident. There were no arrests.
  • Broadway beer beating: Speaking of Broadway and Pike, police were looking for a suspect who apparently beat a man and knocked out two of his front teeth in a rage after being rejected in his attempt to purchase beer at the Shell station just after 2 AM on July 16th: Continue reading

Hack the CD hopes to help shape the ‘New Economy’ for Seattle’s Africatown

34de56e0-6153-4875-9785-c36ef0b7c342A “Cultural Innovation Conference” focused on Seattle’s Central District and Africatown returns to 17th Ave S’s Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute this weekend.

Hack the CD invites entrepreneurs and creators new and established to come together to collaborate on ideas, projects… and a party:

The 2015 Hack the CD Cultural Innovation Conference is a three day, all ages event held in Seattle’s Africatown – Central District, that convenes the brightest minds to participate in the New Economy through design, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Do you own your own business or thought about starting one? We’re calling all all artists, authors, chefs, developers, designers, hustlers, and tastemakers to an entrepreneurial jam session!

In one weekend, learn marketing and branding secrets from the pros, tips for new technology tools, and automation of your workflow to free up your time. Come with a new startup business idea or an existing venture.

  • 7pm – Friday, July 24th Network, Pitch Ideas, Form Teams, Begin Work

  • 10am – Saturday, July 25th Continue Work, Meet Coaches, Attend Workshops

  • 9am – Sunday, July 26th Finish Work, Present, After Party

Geekwire covered the first Hack the CD event held last fall.

For more information on attending, sharing experiences from your established Central District-area business, or volunteering, check out hackthecd.org.

‘Existential transgender wild western’ Sidewinders one of many ‘lasts’ before Hugo House redevelopment

There will be many last bows for Hugo House as we know it before a planned, literary nonprofit-friendly redevelopment of the property.

Sidewinders, the production from Fantastic.Z Theatre Company now playing Hugo, is lined up to be the last of its kind in the old space — and possibly the new:

In the Northwest premiere of this existential transgender wild western by award winning playwright Basil Kreimendahl, Dakota and Bailey find themselves stranded in a strange barren land.

Part of a planned six-story development, The new Hugo House facility will be “approximately 10,000 square feet” and will share the ground floor with a 1,500 square-foot “commercial space” being planned for a cafe at the corner of 11th and E Olive.

While the design of the new facility is still being worked out, the players involved in Sidewinders say a theater stage likely won’t be part of the new Hugo as the center focuses its mission and other performance spaces at 12th Ave Arts establish themselves in the area.

Literary events are scheduled through the fall at Hugo House and there has been no announcement yet for a planned community gathering to say goodbye to the old building and celebrate the new.

In the meantime, you can begin the drama of nostalgia now through August. Information on Sidewinders showtimes and more here on the CHS Calendar.

In the wake of the Woo! Girl, #LOVETHEHILL, #IAMCAPITOLHILL campaign for Capitol Hill

In some ways, they are the obvious reactions to an artistic slap in the face that was so sadly well placed, you could only shake your head in agreement. The Legendary and Woo! Girl posters were so cynical and sly that they can’t possibly be matched. But two social media-fueled campaigns are doing their part to also define the neighborhood and spread love for Capitol Hill with a multimedia mix that spills onto the streets of the like-it/unlike-it neighborhood.

CHS told you about the planning behind the #LOVETHEHILL campaign this winter as graphic designer and Hillebrity Gregory Smith and fellow Seattle Central Creative Arts Academy student Jess Ornelas teamed up for a project to liven up the old Atlas Clothing building on Broadway and create a documentary about the people who live and work on the Hill and their complicated relationship with the neighborhood’s changes:

Watch for a cameo by CHS publisher Justin Carder. Very exciting.

With backing from the likes of Caffé Vita, Ben Haggerty and Tricia Davis, and Linda Derschang, the campaign also includes a #LOVETHEHILL soundtrack:

You can learn more at lovethehill.org.

Meanwhile, the #IAMCAPITOLHILL campaign has created a series of interviews with leaders and creators in the LGBTQ community. Here is the episode featuring performer Aleksa Manila:

“Capitol Hill is still queer. These are our stories,” the Seattle Pridefest-backed campaign’s tagline goes.

You can learn more at iamcapitolhill.org.