On the List Memorial Day Edition | Linda’s Prom, Eritrean Independence Day, final (?) Rain Fest, free burgers, Unity Fair

Memorial Day weekend across Capitol Hill will bring a Pike/Pine prom, community celebrations at Seattle Central and in Volunteer Park, a weekend of “fests” including the continuing SIFF and the final(?) Rain Fest, and the annual tradition that is free burgers at Li’l Woody’s.

Before you start the heavy recreating of Memorial Day weekend 2016 on Capitol Hill, take care of some civic duty:

Beyond that, it’s all fun and games. Wednesday night brings the return of Linda’s Prom — now in its 6th year!

Thursday is a day of music, games, and food along Broadway at the 2016 Seattle Central Unity Fair:

Come and celebrate the 11th Anniversary of Seattle Central’s biggest student lead event of the year, Unity Fair! Join us as we celebrate our diverse community through Live Music, Food, Dance, Games, Booths, a Crime Investigation game and all around good vibes!

Romaro Franceswa
Nyles Davis
Jafra Dabke Team
Supreme LaRock
Dave B

Rock Climbing, Giant Jenga, Jacob Ladder, Wrecking Ball, Watermelon Contest and more!!!

Explore the world’s cultures over the weekend as the hardcore Rain Fest returns for a “final” edition at Neumos. Saturday, a few thousand will gather in Volunteer Park to celebrate at the Seattle Eritrean Independence Day celebration.

And, yup, you can wash it all down Monday with free burgers at E Pine’s Li’l Woody’s.

God bless America. And god bless Capitol Hill.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Today is the election day voting deadline

From King County Elections

Today is the election day deadline for the Presidential Primary Election.

Voters have until 8 p.m. to return ballots to a drop-off location or accessible voting center.

King County Elections has received just over 300,000 ballots to date out of approximately 1.2 million sent for today’s special election. The projected turnout for ballot returns is 32 percent.

Voters who are mailing ballots today need to affix a first class stamp and ensure that the mail will be postmarked today. Ballots arriving with a postmark later than election day, by law, will not be opened or counted.

Initial election results will be available at 8:15 p.m.

For more information see kingcounty.gov/elections

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill’s Dark Age Tattoo inks its way to $5K+ for kids charity

Last weekend, Capitol Hill shop Dark Age Tattoo was doing its inking for a good cause.

The 12th and Pike tattoo parlor held its second annual flash sale fundraiser for Camp Starlight, a nonprofit providing “camp experience for children whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS.”

With a menu of $50 designs for first timers and those who had already turned their bodies into artful canvases, Dark Age reports it raised $5,200 for the camp organization this year — $2,000 more than 2015.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Garfield High School: Spring Musical — Addams Family the Musical


Addams Family the Musical


Garfield High School: Spring Musical

Book by Rick Elice, Marshall Brickman

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on Characters by Charles Addams

Directed by Stewart Hawk


In a new spin on an old family favorite, The Addams Family takes to the stage. This story revolves around Wednesday Addams growing up and testing the boundaries of her family’s dynamic, while experimenting in all her relationships. A scintillating mix of classic and new characters brings fresh themes of love and trust to the family, shown through hilarious numbers of song and dance. Appropriate for all ages, The Addams Family has been revamped, reintroduced, and redecorated into a stunning Broadway musical that you’d have to be a fool to miss out on.

Performance Dates:

May 25, 26, 27, and June 1, 2, 3, 4 at 7:00 pm

Ticket Information:

Tickets are $15 (cash) at the door

$10 for students and seniors

$5 for children under 10


Garfield High School

Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center

400 23rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122


Running Time:

140 Minutes approx.


Wednesday Addams- Chloe Farrell

Lucas Beineke- Aidan Ewing

Gomez Addams- Paul Lawrence

Morticia Addams- Carolyne Sandoval

Fester Addams- Eli Breidford

Grandma Addams- Amy Bogaard

Lurch- Quinten Lagmay

Alice Beineke- Nadia Gahagan-Ellis

Mal Beineke- Rowen Oswald

Metro willing to give you prizes to stop driving alone on Capitol Hill

"Riding the 43 at dusk" (Image: Patricia via Flickr)

“Riding the 43 at dusk” (Image: Patricia via Flickr)

unnamed (4)Metro is bringing a program to encourage people who live, work, and/or go to school on Capitol Hill to get out of cars — and keep track of it — for prizes, giveaways, and a strong sense of public transit righteousness. “By taking part in the program, residents can find more ways to give their car a break and explore healthier transportation options available in their neighborhood by taking the bus, walking, bicycling, carpooling and more,” Metro’s marketing exclaims.

You can sign up for Capitol Hill In Motion here.

For those who already don’t regularly use a car, Metro is also offering rewards for sharing your story — but, just saying, the prizes seem better for ditching a car.

The program is run by Alta Planning Colehour + Cohen for Metro and has been previously introduced in Juanita, South Park – White Center, Squire Park, West Seattle, and North Seattle/Shoreline. (Alta ran the first iterations of the program.) CHS is a community partner in the project to help spread the word.

The full announcement and information on signing up is below.

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Grant will help neighborhood ‘create a new future’ for First Hill Park

Last August, First Hill Park hosted a party for the neighborhood's dogs (Image: CHS)

Last August, First Hill Park hosted a party for the neighborhood’s dogs (Image: CHS)

With the neighborhood’s successful pavement parks being held up as examples for similar projects on Capitol Hill and beyond, First Hill is also looking at how to improve its 0.2-acre city park adjacent Stimson-Green Mansion.

unnamed (11)Opened in 1978, First Hill Park is at the start of a community-driven makeover that begins with a grant-driven planning process starting in the University St. green space next Tuesday night:

The goal of this project is to come together as a community so we may understand priorities, develop a vision, and create concept designs toward making First Hill Park a safe and active open space for all.

Join us at First Hill Park (Minor & University) at 6:00pm on Tuesday May 24th for the first in a series of public workshops to gather ideas, priorities, and aspirations for our neighborhood park.

Our design team at SiteWorkshop will be facilitating this workshop, which is an open house style meeting with a short presentation at 6:15pm. The meeting is free and open to the public. Your voice is critical to developing the best possible plan, so bring a neighbor and come by for as long as you can!

For more information contact FHIA Director Alex Hudson at alex@firsthill.org. We hope to see you there!

$25,000 in funding from the Department of Neighborhood will power the process to collect community feedback and shape a concept design for First Hill Park. A summer of park meetings is slated to follow next Tuesday night’s kick-off.

You can learn more at firsthill.org.

After years of pushback, Swedish Cherry Hill expansion plan set for approval

A process in its fourth year of shaping the development plans for the Central District’s Swedish Cherry Hill campus appears to have finally reached a conclusion. Monday afternoon, the full City Council is expected to approve the application for a new master plan and rezoning for the hospital and medical facilities at 500 17th Ave.

The approvals passed out of the Council’s planning committee two weeks ago in a “quasi-judicial” process following years of meetings and appeals against decisions in favor of the plan from Swedish and developer Sabey Corporation as neighborhood groups raised concerns about the size and scope of the planned expansion.

A 24-person citizens advisory committee was formed in late 2012, and, in the spring of 2015, announced their official disapproval of the MIMP with correcting recommendations. The MIMP was then tentatively approved by the city (after five days of hearings over the summer), after which seven separate appeals were filed by the likes of the Squire Park Community Council, the Cherry Hill Community Council and several CAC members. Issues driving the appellants include the proposed height increases, the impacts on neighborhood parking, and the expansion’s consistency with the city’s comprehensive growth plan. Finally this spring. Alternative 12 received the blessing of the City council committee.

Amendments to attempt to address lingering concerns and, according to Council member Lisa Herbold’s staff, “intended to a. make the mass of institutional structures more compatible with the neighborhood and b. create a more gradual transition from more intensive zones to less intensive zones” were approved by the committee:

(1) Western block Amendment: reduces the maximum allowable MIO height to 125’, resulting in approximately 98.400 s.f. reduction or about 6%.

(2) Eastern Block Height Amendment: Conditions a portion of this half-block down to zero feet.

If approved by the full Council, Monday’s votes will pave the way for Swedish to add an additional 1.5 million square feet to the 1.3 acre Cherry Hill Campus.

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Capitol Hill’s V2 arts space to host Punk Rock Flea Market 2016

With a fresh coat of paint, the V2 arts space temporarily filling the destined-for-development Value Village building on 11th Ave is also filling up its summer schedule.

PRFM-SAFEOne newly announced highlight: Seattle’s Punk Rock Flea Market is set to come to Capitol Hill in the space this summer, Saturday and Sunday, June 25th and 26th:

The back-from-the-ashes PRFM is going to be at the old Value Village store on Capitol Hill (now known as V2) on 11th Avenue between Pike and Pine streets. It’s a fantastic location, a beautiful space with lots of lights and many WORKING TOILETS, and probably some of the best foot traffic in the whole city.

The date is set for Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26. We are back to single weekend, but we are expanding the market to 2 days. The market will be open on Saturday from noon to 10:00 PM, and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM.

The 2016 market was being planned for the old Lusty Lady building but safety issues forced organizers to scramble in search of a new home. The change has worked out in Capitol Hill’s favor — but PRFM will need to raise additional funds:

We put ourselves in a bit of financial hole at the Lusty Lady. The money we spent on building supplies, on printing, on permits and insurance is gone forever. For the first time ever, vendor fees alone won’t quite cover expenses so we are going to have a small fundraiser for the PRFM. In a matter of days we’re going to have sweet PRFM T-shirts and patches for sale, designed by our friend and co-conspirator C.M. Ruiz. Please think about buying one and wearing your PRFM colors with pride.

Organizers are also not yet on the hunt for vendors to supply items and curiosities new and vintage for the Capitol Hill edition. The people signed up for the Lusty Lady version will get first dibs before any remaining spots are doled out under the “usual first-come first-served process.”

Created by the Capitol Hill Arts District, the 30,000-square-foot V2 space is being put to use for dance performance, offices, rental studios, and storage under the guidance of Tonya Lockyer, Velocity Dance Center’s artistic director and co-chair of the Capitol Hill Arts District.

In 2015, the Punk Rock Flea Market landed in the Central District in the old post office space in the MidTown Center. It will join a healthy schedule of shopping pop-ups around Capitol Hill including Badwill MarketThe Savvy Marketplace, and the Seattle Markers Market.

You can learn more about the Punk Rock Flea Market at punkrockfleamarketseattle.com.