CHS Community Post | GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards Recognize Puget Sound Biz Leaders

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GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards Recognize Puget Sound Biz Leaders
Recipients Honored at 34th Annual Gala Dinner Last Week
SEATTLE – March 4 – The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) honored outstanding business leaders, nonprofits and individuals February 24 at its annual Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner.  The award recipients, each one demonstrating proven leadership in our community through philanthropy and volunteerism.  These are leaders who are “walking the talk for equality” every day.
“The energy in the room was palpable — over 500 guests came together to honor the success and philanthropy of such a diverse and broad representation of GSBA’s business and nonprofit communities,” says Louise Chernin, President and CEO of GSBA.  “The icing on the cake was having our Governor kick off the evening and Justice Mary Yu captivated us all as she shared the power and importance of being true to yourself, whether serving on the bench or behind the counter of a local business.”
GSBA honored the following recipients at the 34th annual Business & Humanitarian Awards dinner:
New Business of the Year
Urban Animal, Cherri Trusheim, DVM
Business Leader of the Year
Linda Derschang, The Derschang Group
Business of the Year
Holland America Line, Rick Meadows, President of Seabourn & Cunard Line, North America
Corporate Leader of the Year
The Space Needle, Karen Olson
Nonprofit of the Year
Ingersoll Gender Center, Marsha Botzer
Community Leader of the Year
Rev. David Strong, AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma
Special Recognition — Voice for Equality
Jen Self, PhD, MSW, Q Center, University of Washington
President’s Award
Kirsten Weiss, Safeco Insurance
This year’s awards dinner was held at the Marriott Seattle Waterfront, with 525 people in attendance.  Governor Jay Inslee delivered special remarks and Justice Mary I. Yu gave the evening’s keynote address, both to standing ovations.
The businesses, nonprofits and leaders recognized all have a proven track record of community engagement and giving back, and they have been especially supportive of the LGBT and allied community.  The leaders honored with GSBA Business & Humanitarian Awards were chosen by a committee comprised of former Awards recipients.
GSBA thanks Presenting Partner, Vulcan Inc. for their generous support.

CHS Community Post | Free-Floating Car Share Expands Citywide

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SEATTLE – In January Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council advanced legislation to expand Seattle’s successful free-floating car share program. Seattle’s existing free-floating car share operator, car2go, has now extended their service area to encompass the entire city. Coupled with this larger service area, the free-floating car share legislation also allows companies to have more vehicles in their fleets. To serve the more than 60,000 current Seattle area members, car2go will be able to have up to 750 vehicles in Seattle, and many of those new cars are available and on the street today.

“Car share is making a difference, as people who use cars infrequently now have an easy alternative to ownership,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “Seattle continues to promote more choices, with equity for all neighborhoods being a driving principle.”

Seattle’s free-floating car share program, managed by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), allows car share companies to pay for parking as a part of their annual permit fee. Because parking is paid for by the company and car share members can use a car only when they need it, car sharing can be a more convenient option than driving a personal vehicle. Early program data indicate that three to four percent of car share members have given up their personal vehicle. As a result, the program may lead to fewer overall vehicles on Seattle streets.

The January free-floating car share legislation also created the opportunity for new car share operators to enter the Seattle market. In 2015 SDOT anticipates that one additional car share company will likely come to the city, and that there will also be a greater variety of types of cars available.

“Thanks to this legislation, drivers will have more cars to choose from and more destinations available to them,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “Given car2go’s success, we look forward to more car sharing companies soon serving the Seattle marketplace.”

Car sharing is a valuable transportation option for many people throughout Seattle. The expansion of car share marks Seattle’s leadership in promoting transportation options that meet our goal of providing a connected transportation system.

 

CHS Community Post | Mayor launches Move Seattle transportation strategy

SEATTLE (March 2, 2015) – – Today Mayor Ed Murray launched Move Seattle, his 10-year vision for transportation in Seattle, providing a comprehensive strategy that will improve how people and goods move around the city.

The plan integrates Seattle’s many travel modes to better support everyone, whether walking, biking, riding transit, driving a car or delivering freight. With a strong emphasis on safety, maintenance, innovation and performance measurement, the plan aims to improve travel even as the city continues to grow rapidly.

“Move Seattle will help transform our transportation system over the next ten years,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “With new technologies and infrastructure investments, we have the opportunity to reshape the way we get around the Seattle.”

By creating a unified transportation strategy, the Move Seattle plan focuses on investments in critical corridors and projects that serve all modes. The plan outlines arterials throughout the city that will benefit from multi-modal overhauls.

As one example, the Ballard to Downtown project seeks to enhance bus transit service ahead of future Sound Transit light rail service to the neighborhood. It would also invest in intelligent traffic signals to ease the flow of cars and freight, while making bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements to the Ballard Bridge.

“Anything we can do to improve traffic and coordinate our planning is a win for everyone whether we walk, bike or ride transit,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, Chair of the Council’s Transportation committee. “Thanks to Mayor Murray for working to improve the integration of our Transportation system and to create safer streets.”

Responding to rapid population growth and documented demographic shifts, Move Seattle seeks to increase the number of people who bike, walk, ride public transit or share cars by making these choices more attractive. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will provide better pedestrian crossings, more protected bike lanes, and improvements to accommodate streetcars, light rail and buses, while continuing to support truck and car traffic.

Safety is a key theme for Move Seattle. The city recently launched the Vision Zero campaign with the goal of having no traffic fatalities and fewer serious collisions by 2030. To reach this goal, the city will employ street designs that emphasize safety, predictability and the potential for human error, coupled with targeted education and data-driven enforcement.

Smart maintenance is another goal of Move Seattle. The plan calls for seismic retrofit of Seattle’s remaining unreinforced bridges, repaving of city streets to prevent accidents and reduce wear and tear on vehicles, improved pavement markings, replacement of aging signs and additional lighting to enhance visibility.

“By investing in the existing transportation system now, we will help keep it safe and functional longer,” said Scott Kubly, Director of SDOT. “Rather than waiting until infrastructure reaches a critical state, we will prioritize early maintenance efforts that minimize the need for costly future replacements.”

Innovation throughout the transportation system and its components is another important area of emphasis forMove Seattle. SDOT will test new materials and designs, and will adopt innovations that prove to be the most successful for Seattle.

Complete with cost projections, the plan includes a 10-year project list and maintenance and operations priorities to keep Seattle’s transportation system functional and safe, whether for everyday use or during a major event like an earthquake.

The city has also developed strategic goals to ensure success, and has established performance metrics to track the accomplishment of its Move Seattle goals.

More information is available on the city’s website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/moveseattle.htm.

On the List | Magmafest, Northwest Regional Science Olympiad, Search for Meaning Book Festival, EastPAC, Langston Hughes party

Science Olympiad champs past (Image: CHS)

Science Olympiad champs past (Image: CHS)

February is done. It’s already time for March. The spanning weekend is full of things to do on and around Capitol Hill including the start of a month-long music fest, a spirituality and book festival, a community meeting on public safety, and a birthday celebration. Saturday, you can also stop by Seattle Central to check out the fun and competition at the Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Tournament.

Details on Magmafest, the Search for Meaning Book Festival, Thursday night’s EastPAC meeting, and the Langston Hughes Motown Birthday Bash are below. Continue reading

Community Post | Only 31% of Downtown Seattle Commuters Are Driving Alone to Work

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Nearly 70% of Downtown Seattle Commuters Now Choosing Not to Drive Alone

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.47.08 AMSEATTLE – The proportion of Downtown Seattle commuters driving alone to work has fallen to a new low.   According to a new Commute Seattle survey conducted by EMC Research[1], just 31 percent of Downtown’s estimated 228,000 daily commuters[2] drive alone to work, continuing a strong downward trend from 35 percent in 2010 and 34 percent in 2012.

Public transit[3] continues to be the top choice for Downtown commuters (45%), followed by driving alone (31%)[4], ridesharing[5] (9%), walking (7%), teleworking (4%) and bicycling (3%).  Continue reading

Transit notes | Safer streets downtown, 520 Seattle-side survey reminder (and, yay, boat openings to end)

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  • Vision Zero: City officials are hoping for safer downtown streets as speed limits are lowered as part of a broader road safety initiative dubbed Vision Zero:
    Seattle is consistently recognized as one of the safest cities in the country. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a 30 percent decline in traffic fatalities, even as our population grows. Despite this fact, traffic collisions are a leading cause of death for Seattle residents age 5-24. Older adults are also disproportionately affected, and as our population ages, this trend could grow. In 2013, there were 10,310 police-reported collisions in Seattle. 155 people were seriously injured and 23 were killed. This is unacceptable. We can do better. Vision Zero is our plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030.
    While the crossing of Pine at Broadway is the cover girl for the initiative, most of the near-term changes will be found off Capitol Hill. Continue reading

With a Valentine’s gift for Monsoon, this artist is covering the walls of Capitol Hill food+drink

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Randolph at work (Images: CHS)

Randolph at work (Images: CHS)

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DSC_0896By Janelle Retka – UW News Lab/Special for CHS

A Capitol Hill artist has quietly made her mark inside bars and restaurants across the neighborhood. And she is already finishing her next piece, ready to claim yet another Capitol Hill food and drink wall.

The novel technique and artistic exploration of Tina Randolph’s murals have placed her in high demand as bars and restaurants around Capitol Hill commission her work.

“It doesn’t matter if we have to build a mural 30-feet tall,” Michael Klebeck said. “We’ll do it to include Tina.” Continue reading

CHS Community Post | After Three Decades of Service, Artistic Director Dennis Coleman to Retire July, 2016

tn_Dennis_ColemanSEATTLE WA; February 11, 2015  – In late July of 2016, after more than three decades of dedicated and tireless service to the Seattle area LGBTQ and arts communities, Dennis Coleman, artistic director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) will retire. He will lead the final two SMC concerts this season (March & June), as well as all five concerts in the 2015-2016 season.  Dennis’ final Seattle-area concert will be the SMC Summer concert held in conjunction with Pride Week in June of 2016 (concert title and location TBA). Immediately following that performance Dennis will travel to Denver with the Choruses to conduct at the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA Choruses) Festival –an international association he helped found in 1983 that is dedicated to advancing LGBTQ choral organizations and changing our world through song.  It is at this Festival where Dennis will take his final bow in front of his Choruses and the nearly 200 gay and lesbian choruses that have been formed since the late 1970s. During the 2015-2016 season Flying House Productions will conduct a comprehensive national search for new artistic leadership to shepherd the choruses into a new era.

A large portion of the 700+ members of SMC and SWC first learned of his planned retirement at a packed Chorus Chat meeting at the Seattle First Baptist Church on Tuesday evening February 10th.  It was at that chat where Dennis spoke briefly of his plans after retirement, “I am never happier than when I’m conducting the choruses. This organization has given my life meaning, joy and fulfillment. But I feel it is time to move on and savor the days when I can wake up with nothing on my ‘to do’ list. I want some free time to explore other interests, travel, entertain friends, and age gracefully.” Later that evening, chorus members reflected.
“I have been privileged to sing under Dennis Coleman’s leadership for almost 20 years,” said Washington State Senator for the 43rd District and SMC Chorus Member Jamie Pedersen. He continued, “With his clear sense of purpose, outstanding musical talent, and love for the members, he has built the choruses into a community treasure.  I will always be grateful for Dennis’ engagement in the campaign to achieve marriage equality. He helped take our message to communities across the state.  He should feel very proud of his legacy of building a world that values and accepts its gay and lesbian citizens.”
Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen are founding members of SWC and longtime SMC volunteers. Together they wrote, “Dennis’ planned retirement brings tears to our eyes. We have known this wonderful man since 1995 and had the esteemed privilege of singing under his direction of SWC for the last twelve years. Dennis has always been there for us with his outstanding musicianship, creativity, leadership, spirituality, love and humor. We consider him a musical genius and always recognize that he is admired, and respected worldwide as an expert and consummate professional. We wish him a happy and healthy retirement, but also prepare for the huge gap we will now have in our lives.”
Board president and chorus member since 2009 Bob Davidson echoed, “Like many, I discovered the Seattle Men’s Chorus as a patron over 15 years ago. I was amazed at the artistry Dennis produced with a community chorus.  When I joined SMC Dennis and the Chorus became a huge part of my personal life. It will be hard to imagine a rehearsal without him, but I understand his decision to retire and am happy for him. I will cherish these upcoming concerts and know that his leadership over the past 33 years has laid a solid foundation for whoever will follow. I know our Choruses will thrive as we continue to spread our vision of a world accepting of all its citizens.”
SMC Chorus Member since 2006 Danny Cords commented, “Every incredible thing you have heard about Dennis is true. He is the kind of man that can take 300 singers from different backgrounds and skill levels and make a single, beautiful, sound. Dennis’ talent is only exceeded by his kind heart and he strives to make our state and this world a better place. It is extremely difficult to imagine the chorus without him and he will be missed.”
In July 2016 Dennis will have served 35 years with the Seattle Men’s Chorus; longer than any other artistic director from any Seattle-area arts organization of its size, or larger. Dennis joined the fledgling Chorus in 1981 and has been an integral part of its growth and success. In 2002 he helped form the Seattle Women’s Chorus; one of the largest and most successful women’s choruses of its kind in the nation. As the artistic director for both choruses he has worked with a long list of celebrities that include:  Maya Angelou, Frederica von Stade, Judith Martin (Miss Manners), Bobby McFerrin, Harvey Fierstein, Michael Feinstein, Marni Nixon, Diane Schuur, Armistead Maupin, Lucy Lawless, Kathy Najimy, Megan Mullally, Megan Hilty, Faith Prince, Kristin Chenowith, Ana Gastayer, Lily Tomlin and many others.
Dennis has led countless Chorus tours across Washington State and a landmark Rocky Mountain Tour to the “Red States” in 2010. He has travelled the globe and conducted SMC in Germany (2014) and Australia (2003). He has commissioned a great many pieces on behalf of SMC and SWC including For a Look or a Touch (2011), We Can Do It (written by Associate Artistic Director, Eric Lane Barnes, in 2014), and Tyler’s Suite (co-commissioned with San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and other LGBTQ choruses, to be performed in March 2015).
Dennis has received many local awards and honors including: the GSBA Voice for Social Justice Award (2012), Grand Marshall of the Seattle Pride Parade (2007) and the Mayor’s Arts Award (2010).
About Dennis Coleman
Dennis has led SWC and SWC to a position of artistic and administrative excellence with a combined singing membership that exceeds that of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Dennis is active as a clinician and guest conductor throughout the U.S. and Canada. He served for six years on the national Board of Directors for Chorus America and was on the founding Board of Directors of GALA Choruses. As a UCC church musician, Dennis has conducted the choir of First Congregational Church of Bellevue since 1981. Dennis Coleman has commissioned and premiered choral works from many leading composers including Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Robert Moran, Conrad Susa, David Diamond, Robert Seeley, British composer Paul Patterson and Canadian Stephen Hatfield. Of Rage and Remembrance, a 15-minute work for male chorus, mezzo soprano, speakers and orchestra by composer John Corigliano, was premiered by SWC in Seattle in 1991. A recording of this work and the companion Symphony 1, also called Of Rage and Remembrance, by the National Symphony under Leonard Slatkin was awarded the 1998 Grammy for Best Classical Album.
About Flying House Productions
Flying House Productions (FHP) is home to two of the largest community choruses in America: Seattle Men’s Chorus, founded in 1979, which is also the largest gay men’s chorus in the world with over 400 singing members; and Seattle Women’s Chorus, which made its premiere on stage in 2002 and has quickly grown to over 300 singers. Each Chorus currently has a small ensemble of 9 to 11 members each (Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes), which further the mission of the organization by performing throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the 700+ singing members, Flying House Productions has a base of over 50 volunteers and associate members who support both Choruses. A leading voice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, FHP offers 30 outreach events and 19 main stage concert performances annually. Concerts, often including nationally-known guest artists along with our region’s professional talents, receive critical acclaim for their combination of high musical quality, wit, and celebration of people of all sexual orientations and identities. Over 30,000 people attend Flying House Production performances each year at Benaroya Hall, McCaw Hall, Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center, and Saint Mark’s Cathedral, with thousands more seeing each Chorus in other local performances throughout Washington every year. FHP cannot be considered as simply a local arts organization. In addition to the high level of performances it produces, FHP is also a “voice for acceptance” in the community and across the nation.
About the Seattle Men’s Chorus/Seattle Women’s Chorus
Founded in 1979, the internationally renowned Seattle Men’s Chorus, along with Seattle Women’s Chorus (founded in 2002), are the largest community choruses in America; and the largest gay choruses in the world. Flying House Productions, home of Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, ranks third among the state’s music organizations with over 400 members of SMC and over 300 members of SWC.
Our Mission is to entertain, enlighten, unify and heal our audience and members, using the power of words and music to recognize the value of gay and straight people and their relationships.
Our Vision: A world that accepts and values its gay and lesbian citizens.

CHS to be honored at 2015 State of the Hill event

693The Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Hill event returns again later this month and we’re happy to report that CHS and publisher Justin Carder will be honored during the annual review of the chamber’s efforts and look ahead at “the work plan and goals for the coming year.”

Carder will be presented with the 2015 Spirit Award in recognition of his efforts as publisher of this site. The publisher and the writers, photographers, and community contributors of CHS have provided daily coverage of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and surrounding contributors for years after starting as a hobby blog way back in 2006. Today, CHS is 100% advertising supported and serves more than 150,000 readers every month.

Past award recipients include light rail station development community advocate Catherine Hillenbrand, Cal Anderson Park champion Kay Rood, and preservation-minded developer Michael Malone.

The State of the Hill even will be held February 19th at Melrose Market Studios. Details and the announcement from the chamber, are below. Continue reading

Capitol Hill 12s, ‘Tattered’ Seahawks flag, free 12th Man cake await you

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Capitol Hill turned out on Friday to sign the #tattered12 flag, which will be raised one last time above the Space Needle the day after the Super Bowl. (Image: CHS)

Sunday is a big day for sportsball. The Seattle Seahawks will battle in Super Bowl XLIX for the rare opportunity to be crowned back-to-back NFL champions. Sure, the sport is brutal, causes brain damage, and treats its players as human collateral. But the rise of the Seahawks and the communal power of the “12th Man” is also a fantastic shared cultural experience for a city with major insecurities. As you wait for the big game, your Friday on Capitol Hill will feature two opportunities to let your 12 flag fly.

  • From 10:30 to 11 AM, the folks at the Seattle Space Needle will make a Pine and Broadway stop with the “Tattered 12″ — the Seahawks flag that was ripped to shreds by fierce winds atop the Needle the day the team staged its incredible comeback in the NFC Championship game:B8jzAAJCQAAHmGn
  • unnamed (2)Meanwhile, at 5 PM on E Pike, Cupcake Royale will be handing out celebrity-sliced pieces of “the largest 12th Man cake”… ever:
    Cupcake Royale invites everyone to be a 12th Man and to celebrate with the city’s LARGEST 12th Man cake! Celebrity cake cutters will be on hand to serve you a FREE slice.

Looking for ideas on where to watch Sunday’s game? Here’s our Where to watch Super Bowl XLIX on Capitol Hill.

Our Town — with ‘celebrity guest’ Professor Willards — takes the stage at 12th Ave Arts

1471280_10152667908066270_4908311122070856656_nLast week, CHS took you behind the scenes as the stages at 12th Ave Arts — the affordable housing + office + restaurants + theater + SPD parking development from Capitol Hill Housing — started to go into motion for the first time with Washington Ensemble Theatre’s debut of Sprawl.

This week, a second resident company will take the stage at 12th Ave Arts for the first time as Strawberry Theatre Workshop presents the classic Our Town:

Thornton Wilder—who begins Our Town with the direction, “No curtain. No scenery.”—might have been thrilled to stage his Pulitzer Prize winning play in a space where theatre had never been created before. His play pioneered a form of expressionism that demanded an audience collaborate in the creation of the story without the aid of production elements of any kind.

When Strawberry Theatre Workshop Artistic Director Greg Carter walked into the unfinished performance space at 12th Ave Arts on Capitol Hill, he decided that Wilder was uniquely suitable to welcome the neighborhood into a new venue.  “The idea of this production is that 12th Ave Arts is not a theatre until we make it one.”

Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Performance Dates: Jan 22-Feb 21
Performance Times: Thu-Fri-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm
No Performance Sun Feb-1 (Super Bowl Sunday) or Sun Feb-22
Venue: 12th Ave Arts
Address: 1620 12th Ave, Seattle 98122
Ticket Prices: $36 General, $27 Seniors, $18 Students
Phone Sales: 1-800-838-3006
Online Sales: www.brownpapertickets.com

Strawshop says it is lining up celebrity guests to walk-on in the role of Professor Willard in Act 1 of each performance: “The walk-on opportunity is a gesture to the community in this celebration of civic life, and to thank the neighborhood for its support of 12th Ave Arts.” You can learn more at facebook.com/strawshop.

‘Fight for Your Rights’ say organizers of 33rd annual MLK Day festival and march

2014's march had a decided focus on economic justice the push for a $15 minimum wage gained steam (Image: CHS)

2014’s march had a decided focus on economic justice the push for a $15 minimum wage gained steam (Image: CHS)

Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day will bring a 33rd annual march and festival to the Central District to mark the great works of the civil rights leader.

This year’s theme? Fight for Your Rights in 2015! A list of the day’s workshops can be found here (PDF).

Information on the day of workshops and rallies and the noontime march from Garfield High School to the Federal Courhouse at 7th and Stewart is below. Last year’s march included thousands of participants. Continue reading

Cheap/free/local/outside your apartment New Year’s 2015 parties on Capitol Hill

Ringing in 2014 in Volunteer Park (Images: CHS)

Time is cruel. You’re way too late if you want to reserve a hot table at the hottest venue to ring in 2015. But if you’re like CHS and are taking a more casual approach to the New Year, here’s a roster parties and events you might just be able to wander into. As is tradition, we list our take on Capitol Hill NYE celebrations in order of price, from $0 up. Many Hill bars will be free as usual — we’re happy to give some special attention to the free and cheap folks planning a bash to say goodbye to 2014. Note: Some of the prices listed are pre-sale so cost at door could vary. Let us know what we missed in comments or send mail to CHS@capitolhillseattle.com. We’ll continue to add listings through the 31st.

Happy 2015!

  • The freest of all! Yes, you can see the Space Needle fireworks from Capitol Hill.
  • $0 — Linda’s: “Party with us this New Year’s Eve with DJ Cuddlingus and DJ Money Ball$ spinnin all the best jams! Plus a free champagne toast at midnight, hangover brunch at 10am the next morning AND NO COVER!”
  • $0 — Lark/Bitter/Raw: “Lark is fully booked for New Year‘s Eve, but swing by Bitter/Raw for a glass of bubbly and a few bites to eat at the beginning or end of your evening out.”
  • $0 — Witness:Okay, Congregation! Now that we have survived Christmas, let’s talk New Year’s Eve. Witness is serving dinner with yummy food specials until 10 pm. Then, at 10pm we are turning up the volume and having a dance party. No reservation needed for dinner! Just come celebrate. Continue reading

CHS Community Post | Capitol Hill Community Council gathers neighborhood feedback, unveils new logo

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More than 80 people gathered at the Cal Anderson Shelter House on Thursday, December 18th to celebrate the inaugural Capitol Hill Community Council Winter Open House.

The event – sponsored in part from a grant awarded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods – also provided the Capitol Hill Community Council with meaningful neighborhood input and advice that will guide their work in 2015. Posters were placed around the room during the duration of the event with header titles such as: “Affordability”, “Neighborhood Safety”, “Historic Preservation,” “Homelessness,” and many others. Attendees were each given six dot stickers upon their arrival and encouraged to vote for the issues that they viewed as the most important. Towards the end of the evening, the Capitol Hill Community Council members then put out another round of poster boards for the issues that received the most votes and encouraged neighbors to write down their ideas, hopes, and inspiration relating to each topic.

The event was free and open to the public. Guests enjoyed live Brazilian jazz music by local band, Maracujá; food and drinks from local favorites like Caffé Vita, Hot Mama’s, and Cupcake Royale; and, short remarks from elected officials in attendance including: State Senator Jamie Pedersen, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, and City Council Members Sally Clark and Kshama Sawant.

Thanks to the work of community council Vice President Zachary Pullin and a friend from Gay City Health Project, the community council revealed their new look and logo!

The Capitol Hill Community Council plans to use the advice and suggestions from guests at the Open House to guide their neighborhood work in 2015. The opportunity provided for community connection, increased interest in our work and the improvement of the neighborhood, and allowed neighbors and more to get to know the new, re-energized cohort of community council members.

The Capitol Hill Community Council meets every third Thursday of the month. They will be discussing the results of the voting and will begin planning their work for the upcoming year at the next meeting on January 15th at 6:30 PM in the Cal Anderson Shelter House.

You can learn more at capitolhillcommunitycouncil.org.

This week in CHS history: Neighbours arson, Sam’s debuts

8445980778_e5260c67aa_oHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history: