Moms Demand Action on state gun control initiative at Cal Anderson Park

Moms Demand Action campaigning in Bellingham for I-1491. (Image: Moms Demand Action)

Moms Demand Action campaigning in Bellingham for I-1491. (Image: Moms Demand Action)

One of the leading anti-gun violence groups in the nation will be holding a rally at Cal Anderson Park September 24th in support of a statewide gun control initiative appearing on the ballot in November.

Moms Demand Action will be supporting Initiative 1491 — a measure to create “extreme risk protection orders” which would allow families and law enforcement officials to petition courts to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if the they are deemed to be threat to themselves or others. Continue reading

Mayor Murray grilled about SPD’s North Precinct project at Capitol Hill event

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Mayor Ed Murray may have faced his toughest challenge yet to his controversial $149 million plan to build a new police precinct in north Seattle.

In a heated exchange caught on video with a Block the Bunker activist Tuesday night, Murray said it was a mistake that the city did not use its “racial equity toolkit” to evaluate the project.

“I inherited the proposal and I made mistake about not stopping that proposal,” Murray said of the decision to not analyze the racial implications of building the new precinct. He said the city would conduct the analysis going forward, but nevertheless made a passionate case for why the city needed upgraded police facilities. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Lez-broz down Drag Queens in Bat’n Rouge 2016

With the annual charity game’s home field closed for installation of its new cork-filled turf surface earlier this summer, Bat’n Rouge took the field at Bobby Morris a little later than usual with a late August game pitting rivals Lez-broz vs. Drag Queens in a match of good times and, occasionally, some pretty good play. SundayMayor Ed Murray was there to throw out the first pitch, lucky folks in the crowd walked away with raffle prizes from John Criscitello, and karaoke entertainer David Marshall sang the national anthem. After plenty of shenanigans and good-natured, money-for-a-good-cause cheating, the Lez-Bros came out on top to take the title at the 18th annual event. The charity game benefits the Seattle Area Support Groups and Community Center. CHS reported on the nonprofit’s mission and its move into a new home above 15th Ave E earlier this year. Continue reading

Deemed a flight risk, Peaches McFly taken into custody on Capitol Hill

Busted (Image: peachmcfly via Instagram)

Busted (Image: peachmcfly via Instagram)

Free-range Central Seattle cockatoo Peaches McFly has an Instagram account. Now Peaches also has an arrest record.

Monday night, SPD took the bird into custody after a series of sightings across Capitol Hill: Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2016

Here are a few scenes from this weekend’s Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day, the 9th edition of the annual summer event brought to you by CHS and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance. It was hot! Continue reading

Cal Anderson’s new cork-filled field ready for play

(Image: @FFSeattle via Twitter)

(Image: @FFSeattle via Twitter)

The fences were coming down and the feet were stepping onto the new cork-filled turf on Cal Anderson’s Bobby Morris field Wednesday.

Seattle Parks had predicted an August 12th completion date for the $1 million project to replace the playfield’s crumb rubber surface with a new experimental cork alternative. Installation began mid-June. Seattle Parks also looked at alternatives involving material like coconut husks, a mineral-like sand, and a synthetic material but ultimately went with the new cork product after visits from several manufacturers who came to Seattle to pitch their creations. Continue reading

Good news: Cal Anderson bathrooms getting overhaul — Best news: they’ll be all-gender

Early next summer people of all genders and all abilities will find a restroom made just for, well, everybody in Cal Anderson Park as part of a much needed overhaul of the notoriously filthy public facilities. While many will celebrate the clean-up, many more will celebrate the growing awareness around all-gender access.

Seattle’s Parks and Recreation Department finished a study in March about remodeling the restrooms for the transgender and gender nonconforming community, following a mayoral executive order based on a recommendation from the city’s LGBTQ Task Force.

“It’s a wide variety of people that use the restroom, and we want them all to feel safe and welcome,” said Cheryl Eastberg, project coordinator with the parks department. Continue reading

Sunday: Cal Anderson hosts 9th annual Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day

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In 2008, CHS pulled together the first Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day. Things were simpler then. And about as well organized. We haven’t changed the format much over the years but we have a lot more help. The 2016 CHGSD is Sunday, August 14th and thanks to the Cal Anderson Park Alliance, it should — once again — be a fun day for finding and getting rid of a few treasures. Cal Anderson returns as the host for the community sale where a few dozen garage sales will take place. You can also check out the map to find more sales across the Hill. We’re betting you might find a few more around the streets, too. Not everybody is a joiner. Please share pictures of the sweet deals and sweet dealers you meet and definitely get involved with making the day even more fun. We’ve had shopping cart DJs and other random surprises show up from CHGSD to CHGSD. Oh, and please note, early birds, most sales start at 9 AM.

This event is produced by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and is part of the group’s efforts to activate Cal Anderson Park year-round. Thanks to sponsors Capitol Hill Housing, AHF Pharmacy, and Kendall’s DJ & Event.

Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day

This year’s map is below. More information at capitolhillgaragesale.com. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Movie night in Cal Anderson

Cal Anderson’s outdoor movie season got off to an even weirder and wackier start than normal Friday night with a screening of Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same. The sci-fi Fierce Awakens-themed series from Three Dollar Bill Cinema continues this Friday with SpaceballsI see your Schwartz is as big as mine…

Meanwhile, Sunday will also fill the Cal Anderson grassy bowl with a popular community event. Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2016 is this weekend, August 14th: Continue reading

Reminder: Cal Anderson Park outdoor movies outer space edition

The best way to watch a space fantasy movie has to be under a night sky filled with stars, or at least beneath the glowing orbs of Cal Anderson Park’s lamp posts.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is holding its annual outdoor film run in the park each Friday night in August. This year’s mini-festival is dubbed The Fierce Awakens! All the screenings are free and start around 8:30 PM in the southeast corner of the park. A DJ will start warming up the crowd around 7 PM and concessions are available.

First up is Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, which screens this Friday. The film tells the story of lesbian space aliens that have on earth with a mission to rid themselves of romantic emotions through inevitable heartbreak. The rest of the month looks equally spacey and fun.

Friday, August 5
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (2011)

Friday, August 12
Spaceballs (1987)

Friday, August 19
Barbarella (1968)

Friday, August 26th
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

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CHS Pics | 206 Zulu Park Jam in Cal Anderson

Zen Seizure gets off the ground in his set at Sunday's Park Jam

Zen Seizure gets off the ground in his set at Sunday’s Park Jam (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Capitol Hill’s parks were busy this weekend. Saturday, the inaugural Lusio light art festival added its glow to Volunteer Park’s nighttime shadows. Sunday, Cal Anderson also hosted a first time ever event.

206 Zulu brought its Park Jams series to Capitol Hill for the first time and filled Cal Anderson Park’s meadow bowl with local DJs, musicians, and visual artists.

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For first time, 206 Zulu Park Jams make Capitol Hill stop

13320010_10208439208153407_1791696448705913684_n (1)With Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 passed, this weekend brings free music to Cal Anderson Park. Attendees will be able to enjoy the “the four elements” — DJing, breakdancing, emceeing, and graffiti art not filtered through the Pike/Pine scene.

Sunday evening, Cal Anderson will play host to local DJs, musicians, and visual artists as part of its turn to host a 206 Zulu Park Jam. The jam is organized by nonprofit volunteer organization 206 Zulu, the Seattle branch of a group started in the 70s to bring live music, particularly hip hop, to parks as a way to create a safe place for young people in the Bronx. Zulu has since extended its mission to providing family-friendly music and arts programming in cities throughout the United States. Continue reading