Shop local, Shop the Hill 2018

Talk about shopping small and shopping local this holiday season has already started this year with Thanksgiving Thursday falling a little earlier in the calendar than normal.

Through the years, CHS has been part of a small but enduring Capitol Hill holiday shopping tradition of helping spread the word about neighborhood merchants and gift ideas. For free. Some years we’ve had some big help — yup, we might never have guessed we’d ever team up with a giant soda company, either. Some years, we’ve pulled it off on our own.

It’s Shop the Hill season.

CHS is once again teaming up with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Broadway Business Improvement Area to share local gift ideas and deals from Capitol Hill area merchants at

Shop the Hill

You can let us know about your favorite shops here via Facebook and we’ll add regular updates to share through the holidays.

To learn more visit or follow Shop the Hill on Facebook.

If you want to help spread the joy, here are donation drives, feed the hungry, and volunteer opportunities around Capitol Hill.

Thanks for reading. And thanks for being part of CHS. Happy Shop the Hill.

King County moves ahead with plan to pay for your ballot stamps

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In an effort to buttress sagging turnout — especially among populations most likely to be disenfranchised by voting barriers — the King County Council voted Monday to move forward with prepaid postage for 2018 elections in the county:

King County Elections Director Julie Wise cites two successful pilots conducted last year, the unwavering support of councilmembers and the overall community need for the approval of this request as proof that prepaid postage works and is supported by all as a means towards stronger voter participation.

“I am grateful to the Council for their unwavering support in giving me the tools I need to continue removing barriers for our voters,” said Director Wise. “Prepaid postage along with our ballot drop boxes makes it easy for everyone to exercise their civic right to vote.”

The postage decision joins the county’s ballot drop boxes added in 2016 to locations including Broadway in front of Seattle Central across from E Howell as part of a King County-wide effort to increase turnout. In 2011, Washington shifted to all-mail elections but the percentage of eligible voters participating in midterm elections fell below 40%.

The decision would make $381,000 available to fund the free postage for King County voters. Gov. Jay Inslee is considering an emergency request by Secretary of State Kim Wyman for $2 million to fund prepaid postage for mail-in ballots statewide this year.

Hilloween 2016: Broadway carnival, a new creepy crawl, and spooky light art in the conservatory

The CHS Calendar is filling with fun things to do around Capitol Hill’s Christmas — Halloween. Included in the fun-sized mix is the return of the annual Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Hilloween carnival, a new Capitol Hill zombie crawl, and a spooky new event from the producer behind this summer’s Lusio light art festival in Volunteer Park. We’ll continue to add more to the candy bucket through the month. If you have something Hilloween-y to share, add it to the calendar. Highlights… below! Continue reading

On the List | Rock Out With Your Cauc Out, Caucus Saturday, Cal Anderson egg hunt

Politics and candy. Welcome to Easter 2016 on Capitol Hill. The weekend brings the hotly anticipated Washington Caucus action and egg hunts along with a chance to do some good before you enjoy the fruits of democracy with a side of marshmallow Peeps.

12841205_467181853485349_4915605337058273486_oGet into the swing Thursday night at Fred Wildlife Refuge:

Rock Out With Your Cauc Out!
Fred Wildlife Refuge is proud to host a get together to mingle, rally, and get excited about the upcoming Washington State Caucus! We will have information on where, when, and how to attend your caucus, as well as a full bar for guests to purchase beverages.
FREE / 21+ / 7pm-Midnight

The real deal comes Saturday. Here, by the way, is how Seattle picks a president.

Here, also, is how we do Easter. Spring Egg Hunts are taking place this weekend including the 4th annual Cal Anderson egg hunt.

Saturday also brings a chance to do some good — you can donate to Bike Works at the Capitol Hill Bike Drive.

Meanwhile, Easter Sunday brings a special day at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market which will be open, as usual, from 10 AM to 3 PM for your Easter Brunch, etc. needs.

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar.
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On the List | Capitol Hill Station celebration, Irish Wake for Lost Seattle Places, APRIL Book Expo

Photo by Don Wilson Capitol Hill Station 2016

What could be more green than a new $1.9 billion light rail extension that will give thousands of people every day an alternative to driving? Saturday, celebrate the luck o’ Seattle with Sound Transit’s two parties separated by two miles of twin tunnels — and free rides all day between the festivities:

We’re kicking off U Link service with a free community celebration March 19 from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stations and train rides open at 10 a.m. Here’s a sample of what we have in store at each station:

  • Self-guided tours of University of Washington and Capitol Hill stations
  • A variety of live music, including instrumental, jazz, rock and hip-hop
  • Wave of the Future Pavilions featuring games, photo booths and more
  • Food for purchase from your favorite local food trucks
  • Farmer’s market at Capitol Hill Station
  • Free commemorative items (while supplies last).

At Capitol Hill Station, the 9 AM to 5 PM fun will include DJ Riz Rollins and street musician Pasquale Santos, giant Jenga, a temporary tattoo parlor, and a “Eurodance Party” parade (we don’t even know what that means!). You’ll be invited to take a “self guided” tour of the stations, enjoy some interpretive videos, and get your hands on special commemorative stars made from the wood of the big red construction wall.

UPDATE! This just in from Sound Transit. You might want to make sure to be at Capitol Hill Station by 10 AM for “confetti cannons” and a countdown with Mayor Ed Murray. Continue reading

On the List | A blustery March Capitol Hill art walk, return of the Seattle Web Fest

(Image: Seattle Web Fest)

(Image: Seattle Web Fest)

With a blustery weekend ahead, you might want to curl up with a good online web sitcom but you should really bundle up and venture outside for the arts. As a neighborhood with its very own web series, Capitol Hill remains the ideal host for the 2016 edition of the Seattle Web Fest:

We feature web-based fiction & non-fiction series from Seattle and around the world. We celebrate this independent television by curating a selection of amazing shows for theatrical presentation while hosting panels & workshops from industry professionals.12794919_1028699573835568_1304237278293116065_o

The annual and FREE event (first come, first served) features 50 shows from around the world and panels for aspiring web series creators. Saturday’s “Local Money” panel will include Wes Hurley, one of the creators behind the Capitol Hill series starring Waxie Moon. The event runs 10 AM to 8 PM at 12th Ave’s Northwest Film Forum. Check out the full 2016 schedule for start times — or for a few good shows to enjoy like Seattle-created Manic Pixie Dream Wife, “a comedy limited/mini series created by M. Elizabeth Eller that examines the pop-culture trope of the manic pixie dream girl” —
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On the List | Science Olympiad at Seattle Central, Magma Fest in the Central District

School kids from around Puget Sound are going to science the HECK out of things this weekend on Capitol Hill.

The Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Tournament returns again to Seattle Central for a Saturday of science challenges and fun:

Teams from over 20 middle and high schools have spent weeks and months applying math and science skills to design, build and operate projects. Competitions will be held in 50 different categories, including hydrology, bridge building, electric vehicles, wind power, forensics and anatomy.

Bring your budding Mars explorer along to cheer them on.

12711268_10153305600296631_2015953413477434970_oDo you want to rock? The weekend also brings the return of Hollow Earth Radio’s so alternative it hurts March of music — Magma Fest:

No artist is allowed to appear at Magma twice, so every year showcases a whole new array of up-and-coming and established performers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond! Every event is all-ages and donation-supported, and proceeds go towards continuing to ensure Hollow Earth’s existence as a community resource and, soon, a low-power FM radio station!

Meanwhile, this year’s “100% local” Seattle Fringe Festival finishes up its run.

Oh, by the way, First Thursday means it’s time for the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Now if only there were a direct, relatively easy to use though maybe a little slow public transit option to get there!

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

On the List | 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival, 43rd Legislative District Town Hall, Ernest Loves Agnes kids pizza party

The 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival returns to Capitol Hill’s Northwest Film Forum this weekend featuring 50 indie films “by and about Asian Americans” —

The 2016 Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF) will take place February 19th thru the 21st at the Northwest Film Forum located in the vibrant arts and nightlife neighborhood of Capitol Hill in Seattle!  The 50 films on the program include the best in recent independent cinema by and about Asian Americans.  Check out the film schedule, descriptions, view trailers and purchase tickets at

Saturday, you can fulfill your civic duty in an afternoon with your leaders in Olympia at the 43rd Legislative District Town Hall.

Sunday, kids can learn the art of pizza-making and help raise funds for local public schools with a Kids Pizza Party at Ernest Loves Agnes.

For more things to do on and around Capitol Hill or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

On the List | February Capitol Hill Art Walk, Neighbor Appreciation Day work parties, BadWill Valentine’s

City Council member Lorena González joined Michelle Frankfurter at the opening of Destino earlier this week (Image: CHS)

City Council member Lorena González joined Michelle Frankfurter at the opening of Destino earlier this week (Image: CHS)

The second Thursday of the month brings another Capitol Hill Art Walk to the galleries, cafes, bars, restaurants, and miscellaneous art spaces in the neighborhood. If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift, how about some art?

February’s walk also brings a new exhibition to the Hill with Destino at the newly opened Creative Blueprint on Boylston:

Documentary photographer Michelle Frankfurter traveled Mexico documenting the journeys of young people escaping poverty and violence in Central America, riding on tops of dangerous freight trains, and following Border Patrols along the US/Mexico border. Images from her book, Destino, are featured on CNN, the Washington Post,and The Guardian. Maybe you’ve read recent news on pre-dawn raids and deportations of Central American families. Hundreds of civil rights and others groups are asking the U.S. government to pause the raids and consider other courses of action before sending people, especially young women and children, back to desperate, dangerous conditions in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Destino runs through February 18th.

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On the List | Gay City Arts Showcase, Lunar New Year at Asian Art Museum, 23rd/Jackson meeting, Puppy Bowl Party

(Image: Puppy Bowl)

(Image: Puppy Bowl)

Looking for something to do on and around Capitol Hill this weekend? Here are a few ideas from the CHS Calendar. Something we missed? Add your area events to the list.

CHS Highlights

For more, check out the CHS Calendar. Continue reading