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On the List | Creepy Capitol Hill history, Taco Day, Blessing of the Animals at Saint Mark’s

Start October off right by showing up for some good causes this Wednesday. A rally for reproductive justice at Westlake Park doubles as a commemoration of Rosie Jimenez. In 1977, the 27-year-old single mother and college student became the first person to die after the Hyde Amendment banned the use of Medicaid for abortions.

At Dino’s Tomato Pie, also on Wednesday, join a “dance party to combat homelessness” with all donations going to advocacy, education, and organizing through the Coalition on Homelessness. Find more things to do this Wednesday and throughout the week here below, or on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, Oct 3: “As close as it is to Broadway’s bustle, Cafe Solstice sits on a surprisingly quiet and green corner at 10th and Thomas,” CHS wrote back in 2014 when Café Solstice arrived (again) on Capitol Hill. Broadway and the neighborhood have changed since then, but Solstice still feels like a quiet corner. Expect more hustle and bustle this Thursday during the inaugural Night Market at Café Solstice. Vendors will bring handcrafted ceramics, drawings, and illustrations, zines, Dew Drop desserts and photography from West Smith. Café Solstice, 5.30 – 9.30 PM 


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FRIDAY, Oct 4: Sure, National Taco Day is a made-up holiday created purely for marketing purposes, but what kind of monster is cynical about tacos? As such, we’re suspending our disbelief for a second to inform you that for National Taco Day, Poquitos offers half-price taco plates (which includes three tacos, rice, and beans.) An excellent occasion to taste Poquitos new chipotle and maple-glazed yam tacos with toasted pecans. Perhaps top it off with a visit to other premier taco places on the hill, including Tacos Chukis or Carmelo’s Tacos — the tacos there are always delicious, and always priced like they’re half of. Poquitos, 5 – 11 PM 

SATURDAY, Oct 5: Whether it’s because of the food trucks with “handcrafted” dog treats or the ‘high tech dog houses,’

it’s safe to say that just by living in this city, dogs are pretty blessed. You can now make it official by bringing your canines — as well as cats, birds, bunnies, horses and all other animals — to Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral for a special animal blessing in honor of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. There will be live music from Seattle clarinetist/composer James Falzone, and per Saint Mark’s, “prayers for healing humanity’s relationship with the earth, and for all the creatures who share the earth with us.” Also: stuffed  animals can also be blessed, ditto for photographs of pets who would not “find attending the event a blessed experience.” Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 4.30 – 5.30 PM 

SUNDAY, Oct 6: This fall is rich with a seemingly endless stream of great film festivals, and the Social Justice Film Festival (running Oct 3 – Oct 12) is no exception. Most of its short and feature documentaries and movies screen in theaters a ways away from Capitol Hill, but his Sunday, the festival lands at Seattle University’s Wyckoff Auditorium. Its shorts program features six short movies, zooming in on a mother and child on the Arctic Coast, fruit harvesters in the US, sexual assault on college campuses and other topics. Stay around for the feature documentary Complicit, about the Chinese factory-migrant-worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting. Seattle University, Wyckoff Auditorium, 4 PM – 6 PM and 7 PM – 9 PM 

TUESDAY, Oct 8: Many of you probably have your own stories to add to the pantheon of “tragedies and creepy coincidences in Capitol Hill history.” Tom Heuser president of the Capitol Hill Historical Society will likely include some other types of tales in his presentation of that name. Ahead of Halloween, Heuser will present a series of “harrowing tales (…) involving death, betrayal, deception, and recalcitrance in addition to accounts of his own strange experiences in the pursuit of history and preservation” after a luncheon for the Rainier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rainier Chapter House, 1 PM – 2 PM 

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