Central Lutheran celebrates 125 years of evolving faith on Capitol Hill

IMG_5463Changing with the needs of the community can keep you alive for 125 years. That’s what the leadership of 11th Ave’s Central Lutheran Church believes as the congregation prepares to celebrate the esteemed anniversary November 1st.

“The building continues to change,” Pastor Cindy Salo said of the aged brick chapel and administration buildings along 11th. “But the building hasn’t changed as much as we have. The church has had to become something different to survive in 2015.”

2015 has been an important year for big milestones for Central Seattle houses of worship. 19th and Madison’s Mt. Zion also marked 125 years of community.

Since its establishment in 1890, Central Lutheran, today sitting on the east side of Cal Anderson Park, has managed to continue its service to the neighborhood and its worshippers with openness and a dedication to equality and fairness for all people.

The church was first founded at 7th Ave and Union in a remodeled tin shop as a dedicated English-speaking Lutheran church, contrasting the various Lutheran institutions that catered to immigrants and their languages. The Capitol Hill location’s land was purchased in 1901 for $2,300, according to the Central Lutheran archives. Continue reading

Not so sharp assailant busted in Broadway traffic after Cal Anderson machete assault

The punchline: He is from Texas. The scary part: He was carrying a two-foot machete. And using the women’s bathroom at Cal Anderson Park. SPD arrested a 56-year-old man Thursday afternoon for investigation of assault after the “trained [expletive] killer” caused a major scene inside the Capitol Hill park.

Here are the would be funny except yikes details from SPD:

Machete-Wielding Man Flees Women’s Bathroom, Gets Stuck In Traffic
Police arrested a machete and throwing-knife-wielding man Thursday on Capitol Hill after he threatened a crowd of people who confronted him over his use of a women’s restroom in a park.

Officers responded to Cal Anderson Park just before 5 PM and and spoke with six people, who said they had confronted the suspect after spotting him inside the restroom.

During the confrontation, the suspect pulled out a two-foot machete, swung it around and shouted death threats at the half-dozen victims. The man then armed himself with a throwing knife and acted as if he was going to hurl it at his victims.

The suspect tried to make a getaway, dashing to a vehicle parked next to Cal Anderson. He drove off westbound on Pine Street, only to get stuck in traffic on Broadway.

When officers pulled up behind the suspect, he tried to weave his way down side streets to escape, but eventually stopped in a parking lot where police took him into custody.

Officers recovered the machete and throwing knife from the man’s car and asked him why he was armed with the blades. He informed them it was because he is a “trained [expletive] killer,” and explained he was using the women’s restroom because the men’s restroom in the park was full and he had an “explosive” bowel issue.

Police identified the 56-year-old man with the help of his Texas ID and booked him into the King County Jail for Investigation of Assault.

Teen suspects tracked down hours after Cal Anderson knifepoint robbery

Increased Cal Anderson foot patrols didn’t stop a knifepoint robbery but alert officers who had been on the beat inside the park earlier recognized the suspect descriptions from the crime and tracked down a group of teens believed to have been responsible for the Friday night attack.

Two teenage suspects were arrested.

According to the SPD report on the incident, the victim and two friends were walking through Cal Anderson around 8:30 PM when they were approached by a group who asked to use the victim’s phone. When the victim refused, he was struck in the head by an unknown object. According to police, one suspect continued to attack the victim while the others held the victim’s friends at knifepoint near the park’s fountain. The attacker grabbed the victim’s phone and then fled the park with his accomplices.

The immediate search for the suspects was not successful. Seattle Fire was called to the scene to treat the male victim for a large laceration to his forehead.

SPD reports that two officers recognized the description of the group from their beat patrol earlier in the evening:

East precinct officers Anthony Ducre and Brian Sunderland had been walking through the park earlier and recognized the descriptions of the suspects given by the victims.  They searched the area and found two of the suspects six hours later just blocks from the scene of the robbery.  Officers searched the teens and discovered one of them still had the victim’s phone in his pocket.

According to the report, the victim was able to come to the scene of the arrest to identify his assailants after being discharged after treatment at Harborview.

The teenage suspects were booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of robbery.

Officer chases down Cal Anderson robbery suspect — UPDATE

Seattle Police swarmed the area around Cal Anderson just after midnight Saturday morning as an East Precinct officer fought an attempted robbery suspect.

A massive response of police cars and officers from the nearby 12th/Pine East Precinct converged near the 11th Ave church where the officer caught up with the 22-year-old suspect and called for back-up as he attempted to take the man into custody.

According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the officer reported that the suspect was knocked out in the struggle.

A female victim in the park reported that a female with the male had attempted to steal her purse in the midnight attack. As police arrived, the suspects fled on foot and ran from the area.

Seattle Fire was also called to the park to treat multiple people for exposure to pepper spray. SPD interviewed a female who was in the park who said she used the spray to chase of the attacker.

The SPD officer who captured the suspect was also treated by Seattle Fire.

The suspect was taken into custody and is being investigated for assault.

UPDATE 9/14/2015: SPD has posted a report on the arrest that fills in some of the blanks about the chase and what lead to up to the incident:

Officers arrested a man for robbery Friday night after he attacked two people in a Capitol Hill Park and injured an officer.

Witnesses began calling 911 at midnight Friday reporting a robbery at Cal Anderson Park near the tennis courts.

Officers Anthony Ducre and Brian Sunderland were the first to arrive and saw the suspect attacking a man as they approached. They immediately got out of their patrol car and chased the 24-year-old suspect across the park, cornering him in a nearby parking lot.

The suspect tried to escape by climbing a fence, but was stopped by the officers.  The suspect hit both officers in the head before being taken into custody.

Witnesses said everything began when the suspect tried to steal a woman’s purse near the tennis courts.  A second man attempted to intervene, when he too was attacked by the suspect.

Seattle Fire Department medics treated the male victim for a facial injury at the scene before he was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation. One of the officers was also taken to the hospital for evaluation of a head injury.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of assault and $160,000 in warrants.

According to court records, the 23-year-old suspect is already facing charges for violation of a court order for domestic violence.

Glitter, glamour and drag at Sparkle in the Park in Cal Anderson

An afternoon of glitter, glamour and drag. Family-friendly. Bring your own lawn chair.

In addition to this weekend’s neighborhood festivals — Saturday brings the Central Area Block Party to E Cherry while the 15th Ave East Merchants Association Sidewalk Fest goes down around Hilltop on Sunday — the Seattle Parks LGBTQ program (yes, we have one of those) brings a new event to Cal Anderson: Sparkle in the Park: A Queer Youth Show. Bring your lawn chair.

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Your Capitol Hill summer is not over yet: bonus movie in Cal Anderson Park

(Image: Three Dollar Bill Cinema)

One of the largest crowds ever kicked off Three Dollar’s 2015 summer movie series (Image: Three Dollar Bill Cinema)

A drizzly end to August stole a small piece of your Capitol Hill summer. Three Dollar Bill Cinema plans to restore it with a bonus rescheduling of one last outdoor movie in Cal Anderson Park: 11874991_10153309447849425_5640551179295126267_o

The summer outdoor movie season is not over yet! On Friday, Sept. 4 beginning at8:00pm, movie fans will gather once more for a Seattle tradition: Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema at Cal Anderson Park. The ongoing series, sponsored by Sound Transit, called “Bedtime Stories,” kicked off with THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and has included EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and THE NEVERENDING STORY.The series will conclude on Friday with the last in this year’s lineup, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING, originally scheduled for August 14, but rescheduled in response to bad weather.

Topping off the evening’s lineup will be a special surprise pre-movie screening. You’ll have to show up to find out what’s in store!The night is hosted by the glamorous Mama Tits, with music by DJGeneralMeow (Kendall’s DJ & Event).

WHAT:  Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema’s presentation of ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING.
WHEN: Friday, September 4 beginning at 8:00pm (movie at 8:30pm)

WHERE: Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill – 1635 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

No word on what the “special surprise pre-movie screening” will be — like they say, you’ll need to show up to find out.

CHS Pics | Why are you topless in Cal Anderson?

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

(Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

With reporting by Alex Garland
Last Sunday, Seattle’s major media salivated over coverage of Go Topless Day events in other cities around the country — and the world — but skipped over a small gathering right here on Capitol Hill.

Getting partially nude in the middle of Cal Anderson to show “women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public” (and with the blessings of “spiritual leader” Rael), a few women and their male supporters exercised their freedom in the summer sun Sunday.

“If I should cover up, make everyone cover up. Gender equality is very important,” Kaleena Anderson told CHS. She made the trip from Bremerton for the event. While breastfeeding at a salon, Anderson said she had someone cover her and her baby physically with a salon drape. “It’s your issue not mine,” she said.

“There’s worse things in the world to focus on than who’s showing their nips,” Kayla Goullaud told CHS.

The organizer of Sunday’s event who identified himself as Joe M — in the Hard Rock t-shirt, above, told CHS the group decided to move the event to “a more friendly location” and chose Cal Anderson after being hassled by police last year in Westlake Park.



Cal Anderson hosts ‘Go Topless Day in Seattle’

Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 4.34.32 PMAn event seeking to demonstrate “that women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public” is planned for Cal Anderson Sunday as part of a national Go Topless Day:

We are a U.S.-based organization founded in 2007 by spiritual leader Rael and we claim that women have the same constitutional right that men have to go bare-chested in public.

“As long as men are allowed to be topless in public, women should have the same constitutional right. Or else, men should have to wear something to hide their chests” Rael, founder of GoTopless.org and spiritual leader of the Raelian Movement (rael.org)


The Seattle event is planned to run from noon to 3 PM near the fountain in Cal Anderson Park. Skies are predicted to be mostly sunny with highs in the 80s so make sure to put on the sunscreen if not your top.

The Seattle Municipal Code doesn’t mention the word “nudity” or variants and nothing apparently in the code prohibits it but watch out if Washington State Patrol troopers or the feds show up.

You can learn more at gotopless.org.

If that’s not your speed, how about The Second Ever 22nd Ave Play Street Great Zucchini Races!11873406_10154126712758696_5806860549404925114_n

Cancer fighters will Relay For Life at Cal Anderson Park Saturday

Relay For Life Capitol Hill 2014 with the Nintendo-sponsored inflatable colon (Image: Relay For Life)

Relay For Life Capitol Hill 2014 with the Nintendo-sponsored inflatable colon (Image: Relay For Life Facebook page)

cv_69_4119447635190819508For 30 years, the American Cancer Society has been holding Relay For Life events nationwide to celebrate cancer survivors and raise money towards finding a cure. At least 300 people, including 20 cancer survivors, are expected to gather Saturday at Cal Anderson Park for another Capitol Hill version of the event.

Teams participate by raising funds and then walking or running around a designated path for 12-24 hours. The Cal Anderson Park relay will go from 10 AM – 10 PM. You can sign up a team here, but you’ll have to come up with a name to rival Pimpalicious Cancer Fighters.

So far, participants have raised over $30,000. The event will include a candlelight ceremony, as well as food trucks and a station for hair donation.

“The Relay For Life movement unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all,” said Curtis Thomas, Relay For Life community manager. “This is our community’s opportunity to fight back against cancer, and create awareness of prevention and early detection in the Capitol Hill community.

To sign up and get more information, visit caphillrelay.com

Gunfire may be up but robbery is down on Capitol Hill, according to SPD stats

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While the gunplay on the streets of the East Precinct has apparently become a large enough issue to justify ATF surveillance cams in the Central District, Seattle Police appear to have another summer crime initiative more firmly in hand.

Reports of robberies and pickpockets on Capitol Hill are down 34% through July compared to the same period last year.

SPD’s federal boost, by the way, is probably also at play here. In April, newly returned to the East Precinct commander Capt. Paul McDonagh and city officials briefed a group of Pike/Pine business representatives on plans for renewed emphasis patrols in the area as concerns of a return of summer street violence was flaring up. A representative from the mayor’s office told the group about a new “drug market initiative” effort set for a downtown emphasis area and said the area around Cal Anderson was planned as one of the next area’s for SPD to tackle after it makes progress at 3rd and Pine. Five years ago, we were reporting on the so-called “open air DMI” emphasis at 23rd and Union in the Central District. The Seattle Times reported on the start of the emphasis push in downtown in late April. Continue reading