Capitol Hill Community Post | A New Lease (on Century)

(Image: Century Ballroom)

From the Century Ballroom

We are in some dark times in our country and abroad, but I am sharing some good news with you, because even in the midst of horror and devastation something good is always happening somewhere – and today it happens to be in our backyard.

Today, October 3rd, 2017 – I signed another ten year lease for Century Ballroom, West Hall and The Tin Table.

It wasn’t long ago that we all read that the Odd Fellows Building was up for sale, and it still is (and always will be). During all of that, I was part of the conversation with potential new buyers but wasn’t able to renew my lease. (All conversations included Century remaining in the building.)

I tried signing my lease on 8/8/17 exactly nine years after my last lease was signed with the current owners, which was on 8/8/08, but like all things, some negotiations had to happen.

So today, not a day that means something in particular to me – I sat with Alison and the owners at one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, using my “special pen” and signed my lease (while in the back of my mind I was singing “When I’m 64” by the Beatles).

The choice to sign for ten years, not five or eight, was because I believe in the importance of Century Ballroom in this world. I believe in dance and the community that it creates and the lifelong friendships I have gotten from it. When I think about all the healing moments that have happened in this space, I know it needs to be here.

I believe that this community could and should be ever changing, growing and here forever. Because people will always dance, will always need community; and will always want a beautiful place to come together.

Thank you for 20+ years. Here’s to our next ten together.

Cheers,

“My name is Hallie Kuperman, I run the Century Ballroom” & Alison Cockrill

Capitol Hill Community Post | Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open

From Good Weather

Good Weather started in 2016 as a quirky second story shop above Purr is expanding into the heart of the Chop House Row. They’re serving simple food, beer, and wine while continuing to build and fix bicycles for people in Seattle. With a love for beautiful, long-lasting frames and the desire to make a place where people can share a slow moment, they’re excited to add something different to the ground floor.

Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe is now open at 1424 11th Ave in the back of The Chophouse Row.  Hours are 11-9:30 (Sundays till 7), Not Open Tuesdays.

It’s a collaboration between original owners Jason Marqusee & Brandon Waterman and Danielle Hammer is running the food side of things.

Capitol Hill Community Post | This Weekend: 5th Annual Cap Hill Soccer Jam

There’s still time to register a team for the 5th annual Cap Hill Soccer Jam, a 4v4 round robin one-day soccer tournament taking place this Sunday, October 8th, at Seattle University Park from 10 AM – 3PM.

Registration is $100 for a team of eight. All proceeds support Street Soccer Seattle, a nonprofit organization using soccer to support homeless individuals throughout our city. The event promises a day full of games, raffles, bubble soccer and more.

Learn more and register your team: https://caphillsoccerjam.splashthat.com/chs

Street Soccer Seattle builds a powerful community around soccer that includes individuals affected by homelessness, coaches, mentors, volunteers, and community partners. Street Soccer Seattle uses the team environment to implement a curriculum of “street skills” alongside soccer skills, helping participants set and achieve goals that lead to jobs, education, and housing.

The team holds weekly practices and plays in local soccer leagues throughout the city and aims to break down barriers between housed and un-housed neighbors. Each year, Street Soccer Seattle prepares a team to the national Street Soccer USA Cup, a tournament comprised of teams of homeless and formerly homeless individuals from across the country.

Learn more about Street Soccer Seattle at streetsoccerseattle.org. Individuals interested in volunteering can email info (at) streetsoccerseattle.org

This year’s Cap Hill Soccer Jam is made possible thanks to the support of a number of generous sponsors, including: AthleticAwards.com, Café Presse, Clif Bar, Futchi, Rave Foundation, Seattle Bubble Soccer, Seattle Reign FC, Seattle Sounders FC and Senda Athletics.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Bike Lane Installations on Pike-Pine Corridors Begin September 22-25

From the Seattle Department of Transportation

SDOT advises travelers that crews have begun prep work to install new bike lanes on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave for the Pike-Pine Mobility Improvementsproject. This work is weather dependent and subject to change.

On Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave, travelers can expect:

  • Prep work from September 18 – 22
    • Prepping signal upgrades and parking changes
    • Marking locations of new protected bike lanes and posts
    • Installation notices posted along Pike and Pine streets
  • Installation from September 22 – 25
    • Removal of old pavement markings
    • Striping lanes and adding posts
    • Directing traffic with flaggers and police
    • Keeping access to driveways and alleys maintained
  • Late October
    • Install planter boxes

The new street design on Pike St and Pine St between 2nd Ave and 8th Ave will include:

  • New left-side protected bike lanes on most blocks
  • Paint lines and delineator posts with addition of planter boxes later
  • Removal of a travel lane on most blocks
  • Maintenance of transit lanes and all transit stops
  • Some left turns will be prohibited
  • Addition of two left-turn arrow signals at intersections
  • No changes to Westlake Park pavers

For more information please visit the Pike-Pine Mobility Improvements page.

Capitol Hill Community Post | Kaiser Permanente announces $400M plan to ‘renovate and redesign’ campus

From Kaiser Permanente

Reflective of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s value proposition to offer highly specialized, world class medical care in state of the art facilities, the organization today announced that it has earmarked $400 million to renovate and redesign its full Capitol Hill flagship campus by 2022, and invest in the near-term launch of new medical clinic sites throughout the region.

“We are so pleased to announce these bold investments to expand access to our nationally proven medical excellence to even more people in the state of Washington,” said Susan Mullaney, president, Kaiser Permanente Washington. “Despite already offering statewide specialty, primary and ambulatory care sites, Kaiser Permanente plans to open even more locations soon, including a brand new medical center in Burien this November.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Shofar And Tashlich In Volunteer Park

Join us in the park as we perform the essential Mitzvah of the day. Bring in the new year with the call of the Shofar.

There will be a short shofar blowing service, followed by the Tashlich Prayer ceremony. Tashlich is a beautiful ceremony in which we throw our misdeeds into the ocean and pray for a healthy and happy sweet new year.
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Thursday, September 21st, at 6:00 PM at the pond at Volunteer Park. The event is free of charge and open to all.

There will be a full Rosh Hashana service from 10 AM – 1:00 PM at the Seattle Hebrew Academy for more information please visit http://www.chabadcapitolhill.org/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/3428187

Seattle has a new new mayor


The good news: Three people wanted to be mayor of Seattle. Here is the announcement from the Seattle City Council on the “didn’t see that one coming” ascension of retiring council member Tim Burgess to the mayor’s office:

Burgess Nominated as Mayor of Seattle

SEATTLE – The Seattle City Council elected Councilmember Tim Burgess (Position 8, Citywide) as the 55th Mayor of Seattle today.  Burgess will take the oath of office today at 5:00 p.m., which will be administered by City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons.  Burgess will serve as Mayor until King County certifies election results on November 28, 2018. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Youth, Artists Rally for Equity from Vulcan, Paul Allen

From the Artist Coalition for Equitable Development

Youth, Artists Re-envision Paul Allen’s Plans for the Central District at Rally, Showcase Tuesday, Sept. 19th 

SEATTLE, WA (Sept. 19th, 2017)- On Tuesday afternoon from 4-7pm, the Artist Coalition for Equitable Development (ACED) is announcing its launch with “Degentrify & Inspire” – a youth-lead pop-up press conference, rally, and showcase outside of Vulcan headquarters at Chinatown/ID Station. The coalition of over 70 urban arts entities will be delivering five community commitments to Vulcan Real Estate, the Paul Allen-owned company set to redevelop significant portions of the historically-redlined Central District along the Yesler-Jackson corridor in upcoming years.  Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | SPD Releases Bias Crimes Report for First Half of 2017

From the Seattle Police Department, September 12, 2017

Today the Seattle Police Department released its semiannual report detailing bias crimes and incidents for the first half of 2017. During this time, a total of 178 criminal and non-criminal bias based incidents were reported, up from the 128 incidents reported at the same time last year. The increase in reports can be attributed in large part to victims feeling more comfortable reporting bias crimes due to enhanced trust, improved reporting mechanisms and ongoing community outreach by the Department.

“SPD continues to be a national leader in investigating and reporting bias crimes as well as outreach to communities experiencing these acts,” said Chief of Police, Kathleen O’Toole. “In the spirit of transparency and accountability we continue to release these reports letting the community know that the Department works hard every day to make sure our most vulnerable victims are heard and we pursue the justice they deserve.”

Highlights from the report:

  • Bias crimes often occur between complete strangers and take victims by surprise. Many of them are property crimes committed anonymously under the cover of darkness. The Seattle Police Department’s clearance rate for these incidents is 39%. Many of these arrests are made by patrol officers arriving on the scene soon after an incident has occurred. Detectives work hard to locate suspects not found at the time of the incident. 13 cases from this period remain open and may be cleared by arrest.
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Capitol Hill Community Post | A Home for LGBTQ Elders on Capitol Hill

From Chris Persons, CEO at Capitol Hill Housing

This week we are excited to introduce a new project that will bring Seattle its first (that we are aware of) affordable housing development designed to be affirming to LGBTQ seniors.

We are planning to redevelop the parking lot of the Helen V Apartments at 14th and Union. The Helen V, which CHH has owned for 16 years, serves as an affordable home for low-income seniors and individuals with permanent disabilities. This project will upgrade the Helen V, add an entirely new mixed-use building with affordable homes, and create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ elders in our neighborhood to age in place.

For the past few months, we’ve been meeting with dozens of LGBTQ-serving organizations to better understand how we can leverage design, social programs and health interventions in the building to support aging LGBTQ community members.
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