This year, for the first time, the Seattle Red Dress Party is being held on Capitol Hill. Seattle PrideFest is putting on the event in the Century Ballroom at 10th Ave and E Pine on March 31st.
“Especially with the massive development on Capitol Hill, I think queer people are feeling at times a little without a home,” Egan Orion, festival director for PrideFest told CHS. “Anything that we can do … to help them reassert their traditional home … that is part of our mission.”
Attendees of the Red Dress Party have worn red dresses, of course, but this year organizers have loosened the, um, dress code a bit. Orion said attendees are still encouraged to keep the tradition, especially cisgender men, but other fancy red attire (e.g. a suit) is allowed and welcomed. It is not meant to be a costume party Orion said, and red is the color of choice as it’s the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness. Continue reading
Next week, the Capitol Hill Community Council is expanding its neighborhood borders to help the Islamic Center of the Eastside in Bellevue, which is raising money to rebuild after a January arson attack.
“We wanted to really dedicate our time and basically give our space to other folks in our community that are hurting or being targeted,” said CHCC president Zachary DeWolf.
While the ICOE may not be located on Capitol Hill or in Seattle, DeWolf said a benefit hosted by CHCC on February 23 is a way to stand in solidarity with not only the ICOE but also the Muslim community in the neighborhood.
While attacks on the Muslim community have been seen nationwide, so has support for Muslims, said Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Seattle. Continue reading
Earlier this week, CHS told you about what’s next for Capitol Hill Housing — and how you can help support the nonprofit developer at its annual Omnivorous food and drink event Thursday night. Tickets are $85.
Thursday also brings the annual fundraiser for the Country Doctor Community Health Centers — you should Eat Out on Capitol Hill:
All day long you can Eat & Drink at a variety of establishments on and around Capitol Hill on Thursday, September 24, all while helping to support high quality, caring, culturally appropriate primary health care that addresses the needs of people regardless of their ability to pay!
Here is the 2015 roster of participating venues — let us know if there are last minute additions:
You can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. with a portion of your bill going to support Country Doctor.
As for the somewhat awkward name, we think Country Doctor should just drop the “on” and fully embrace the streamlined “Eat Out Capitol Hill” brand for the annual fundraiser. We’d certainly buy the t-shirt.
The pho was flying at Omnivorous 2011 (Image: Capitol Hill Housing)
You have a few more days to score tickets to an annual showcase of Capitol Hill’s best restaurants and bars to benefit one of Capitol Hill’s best causes. Omnivorous 2013 is Friday, September 27th at The Summit space at Summit and E Pike. Tickets are $80 for a night of food and drink from more than 20 bars, restaurants and cafes. Proceeds support nonprofit housing developer and one of the few champions on the Hill working to keep city living affordable, Capitol Hill Housing. Backing CHH is an even bigger deal this year as the developer works to open its 12th Ave Arts project which will create theater and nonprofit office space, retail and affordable housing.
More details on Omnivorous including Quinn’s “slow cooked leg of lamb” and Mamnoon’s “Mouhallabia ~ Milk pudding, Pistachio, Fig jam” as well as a complete roster of participants, below.
The annual Eat Out on Capitol Hill benefit for the Country Doctor clinics returns Tuesday, September 10th. A portion of your breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, late happy hour, breakfast before midnight and/or second dinner will benefit the providers of accessible healthcare services. We stopped by the 19th Ave E clinic this spring as Senator Maria Cantwell dropped in to champion affordable health care. You can also support the Country Doctor directly — more info on their site.
The 2013 participating venues are below — we’ll let you sort out when the promotion begins and ends at 24-hour Lost Lake.
- Ba Bar
- Bimbos Cantina
- Restaurant Zoe
- Caffe Vita
- Cha Cha Lounge
- Coastal Kitchen
- Cupcake Royale
- Hop Vine
- Lost Lake
- Mamnoon Restaurant
- Marjorie Restaurant
- Oddfellows Café
- Olympia Pizza III
- Piecora New York Pizza
- Poco Wine and Spirits
- Quinn’s Pub
- Ristorante Machiavelli
- via Tribunali
- Victrola Coffee
- Wandering Goose
While we’re talking the return of annual good causes, you might also want to mark your calendars for September 27th’s Omnivorous benefit for Capitol Hill Housing followed by the Seattle AIDS Walk on Saturday, September 28th benefiting Lifelong.