On the List | Group meeting on Capitol Hill to pack lunches, care packs for homeless

12316134_851314024985031_6174855475932586591_nA community group is meeting to put together lunch sacks and care packs to distribute on the streets of Capitol Hill and beyond this weekend. HashtagLunchbag Seattle meets Sunday at Pike/Pine club the Rhino Room:

HashtagLunchBag Seattle – New Year’s Event
Happy 2016 everyone!!! Looking to start your year off by giving back to the community? Then come out and support this great cause by helping end hunger to the homeless community of Seattle! We’ve had an outstanding turn out the past two events and are looking to continue to grow and do great things for the homeless community as we recognize this is a growing issue.

Due to the fact we are in the heart of our rainy season we are focusing on providing ponchos in each lunch bag we make. Any donation that you can make to help us provide these ponchos is greatly appreciated!

Every volunteer is asked to contribute $10 to participate. 100% of these funds go towards making the lunch bags. It is important you prepay as this will allow us to gauge how much food we buy. The more people, the more lunch bags we get to donate, it’s simple. :)

Please go to our EventBrite page to purchase tickets.

We are back at The Rhino Room on Capitol Hill. Please arrive 11AM sharp, and check in with Osiris to make sure we received your $10 donation. Assembly should be finished at the latest by 1pm, depending on how many lunch bags we’re able to prepare. Afterwards, we will break up into small groups and distribute the lunch bags throughout the city. These neighborhoods include Capitol Hill, Belltown, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, International District, etc.

More about the event is here.

You can also assist local groups and organizations helping the homeless around Capitol Hill and Central Seattle — especially organizations like Community Lunch on Capitol Hill that provide ongoing assistance and services in the neighborhood. Let us know if there are more volunteer or donation opportunities we can add.

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On the List | Sherlock Seattle Convention, Children’s Film Fest, Tiny House Village housewarming

You can do good and meet the neighbors this week at events on and around Capitol Hill.

Saturday, bring goods to donate, meet the new residents at the joint Low Income Housing Institute and Nickelsville project, and tour the Union Street Tiny House Village:

Union Street Tiny House Village Housewarming Party
Come celebrate the opening of the new Tiny House Village in the Central Area!

Saturday, January 23rd

2:00pm – 4:00pm Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd 2116 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

CHS wrote here about the 30-resident, “tiny house” encampment at 22nd and Union.

Speaking of meeting neighbors, don’t forget the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s beer and wine social Thursday night. CHS will be there :)

The 11th annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle begins at 12th Ave’s Northwest Film Forum. This year’s festival will bring together more than 165 international children’s films from 40 countries for a week of screenings on 12th Ave before hitting the road for screenings in other cities. Friday night’s PJ party and Saturday’s pancake breakfast are highlights.

The 2016 Sherlock Seattle Mini-Convention will bring fans of the detective to the Broadway Performance Hall:

This event celebrates all the myriad forms of Sherlock Holmes and will feature the Diogenes Club as a social and gaming space, our ever popular Artists Alley/Dealers Row, Special Guests and Events, Roundtable Discussions, Screenings, Video Shows and more!

Meanwhile, Saturday night brings another way to say goodbye as the kids from School of Rock perform Bowie at Chop Suey.

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

On the List | Lit Crawl, Capitol Hill Tool Library drive, Soup for Syria, Mad John Pumpkin Fest, Hallows in the Cathedral

Keeping the streets safe #BroadwayFarmersMkt

This weekend around Capitol Hill brings some fun and good times rallying around good causes — plus a healthy dose of Halloween fun. You can find all of the Hilloween 2015 events here on the CHS Calendar.

Don’t forget about Thursday night’s Lit Crawl Seattle:

Think of Lit Crawl Seattle as a free cool reading at your favorite bar, times about 30. The extra-large burrito of readings. For one beautiful and awesomely weird night, over 80 Pacific Northwest readers and artists will fill Capitol and First Hill bars with stories about oyster foraging and the Jesus movement, photography of Seattle outcasts and innocents, and odes to football and salt.

18566733460_83e2e548d4Earlier this year, the Sustainable Capitol Hill found a home for the Capitol Hill Tool Library in First Covenant’s E Pike Summit event space. Sunday, you can help get things started with a tool drive and project demos:

Join us on Sunday, October 25 from 1-3pm at 420 E Pike St. (entrance on Crawford) to support the Capitol Hill Tool Library. You’d love the Capitol Hill Tool Library because it will not only be an inspiring social hotspot workshop space for neighbours to build, fix, and cook things while learning from each other, but also a resource for the community to reduce consumption of resources by fixing broken items, as well as loaning out items that are seldom used. And it’s all FREE!

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On the List | October Capitol Hill Art Walk, 2015 Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Fest, Depressed Cake Shop

Your Capitol Hill weekend starts Thursday night with October’s edition of the Capitol Hill Art Walk.

Here are a few CHAW highlights — as usual, a full roster and super-useful map are at capitolhillartwalk.com.

  • 12th Ave Arts: Art Walk Happy Hour 5–6pm! All ages welcome. Start your art walk here with a social hour to pick up an art walk map and enjoy the upstairs gallery show QUEER AS A THREE DOLLAR BILL: 20 Years of LGBTQ visibility through cinema.
  • Cafe Pettirosso: A photographic journey by McCade Dolan of Cadeography & Willow of Creatrix headdresses. This collaboration showcases their combined, inspired ideas coming together to create a visual celebration of powerful self expression and radiant beauty.
  • Blue Cone Studios: New Studio Opening! View a new and an eclectic variety of art and jewelry while munching on snacks and listening to groovy tunes. With work by Carolyn Hitt, Colton Kenyon, Roberto Hernandez, Michelle McCarthy, Mary P Traverse and more. 5–10p. 1520 11th Ave, Door B Continue reading

On the List | A weekend of Capitol Hill classics with Seattle End AIDS Walk, db in the Park

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Two classics of the Volunteer Park event calendar return to Capitol Hill this weekend.

Saturday, around 2,000 will converge on the park for the 29th Seattle AIDS Walk:

The 29th annual End AIDS Walk will take place at Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The walk will feature Seattle band Cataldo, a beer and mimosa garden, HIV testing booth, C89.5 DJ and fabulous local drag queen Aleksa Manila at the finish line. Margaret Larson from KING-5’s New Day Northwest will emcee, and Mayor Ed Murray and Senator Jamie Pedersen will both speak.

More than 100 teams have registered, and close to 2,000 people are expected to participate in the Walk in support of Lifelong’s mission and this year’s theme: “Washington is walking together to End AIDS.”
As a result of Governor Inslee’s announcement of the End AIDS Washington Campaign on World AIDS Day, organizations are working together to reduce new HIV infections by 50% over the next five years. Lifelong has joined forces with Spokane AIDS Network and the Pierce County AIDS Foundation to promote the End AIDS Walks. Lifelong connects those living with HIV to medical care, safe housing and nutritious food, and The End AIDS Walk raises money to support these services.

MAP (1)The consolidated End AIDS Walk route circles Volunteer Park and travels along Broadway and 12th north of John. You can learn more and donate to the cause at endaidswalk.org.

dB in the Park: raver girls

Sunday, Volunteer Park hosts the annual db in the Park with DJs and dancing as part of Seattle’s renowned electronic music festival:

Sunday, September 27th at Volunteer Park as part of the 12th Annual Decibel Festival

dB in the Park

J.PHLIP (dj)
Dirtybird – San Francisco, US

Dirtybird – San Francisco, US

Starborne / Cascadia – Seattle, US

Studio 4/4 – Seattle, US


Doors at 12PM / all ages w/ 21+ bar / FREE

Volunteer Park
1247 15th Ave E., Seattle

There’s plenty more to do. Thursday night continues the Eat Out on Capitol Hill benefit for Country Doctor, the Local Sightings festival (and opening night costume party!) marks 20 years at the Northwest Film Forum, you can learn how to roll sushi, ask questions about your condo tax assessment, or shop in Cal Anderson Park.

Looking for more? You can find all these events and more on the CHS Calendar. Or you can add your own. Continue reading

On the List | 2014 Couch Fest, Drawing Jam, Holiday Hotspot weekend, Bad Santa pics, holiday wine, Julfest

couch-smallWith Capitol Hill movie theaters looking like increasingly endangered beasts, an alternative film festival returns to the area and across the city this weekend. The annual Couch Fest is part of a worldwide celebration of film and “awkwardly awesome,” organizers say.

“It takes a little getting used to, walking into a stranger’s home and sitting on their couch but once you relax a little and start talking to other attendees, you are going to have a great time and meet some really cool people,” Ryan Davis told CHS.

For $10, you can select from more than 40 international films on couches across the city Saturday — including three in the triangle between Madison and Union. There’s also a special brunch kick-off event that morning.

541558_557404794361664_2719429863627339426_nIn its sixth year, the festival is an opportunity to connect with neighbors and enjoy excellent film. “There is always this talk of a ‘Seattle freeze’ where strangers don’t talk to each other. Couch Fest breaks through the ice of Seattle,” said festival host’s Erin Knobler. You can learn more at couchfestfilms.com/seattle.

Meanwhile, the weekend also brings the 2014 edition of the Holiday Hotspot complete with ‘Alternative’ Santas, SASG pop-up tree lot and Cal Anderson lights.

More Capitol Hill weekend fun, below. Something to add? Let us know on the CHS Calendar.

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On the List | Arts walk party, Short Run Comix, Arts District launch, Out of the Closet cuts ribbon

Out of the Closet opens Saturday at 1016 E Pike (Image: OTC)

Out of the Closet opens Saturday at 1016 E Pike (Image: OTC)

It’s a weekend for the arts around the neighborhood with November’s art walk and the ceremony to launch the new Capitol Hill arts district as highlights.

moxiposterrr-584x1024As usual, a full line-up for the monthly second-Thursday art walk can be found at capitolhillartwalk.com. November’s walk includes a big party at 13th and Pine thrown by Salon Moxi:

On November 13th, we are hosting a collaborative full of local artists; from beautiful visual art, handcrafted jewelry, to a mobile fashion truck and a live musical performance!!!
Delicious food and refreshments catered by two local food trucks: Plum Burgers (Vegan) and Snout & Co (Soulful food from Cuba to South Carolina).
Join us for an all inclusive evening of entertainment!

On the other end of the Hill, the Visitors Welcome: A Short Run Art Show fills Joe Bar’s gallery.

sr_poster_final_3_81-357x550The Joe Bar show will be an excellent warm-up for the full-on Short Run Comix & Arts Festival Saturday at Washington Hall:

The breathtaking Washington Hall will be filled with a book fair highlighting nearly 200 writers and artists. The first 50 attendees through the door at 11:00 AM will receive a FREE swag bag valued at $40, so don’t be late!

1939808_10152897277027780_5351717788948901038_oSaturday, city officials and artists will gather at Hugo House for a celebration marking the launch of Seattle’s first arts district. CHS wrote here about the program that will promote the neighborhood’s creative venues. Saturday’s event will feature plenty of speeches — and the unveiling of a new collaborative work:

Doors open at 11 am
Speaking program at 11:30 am
Hear from Mayor Ed Murray; Councilmember Nick Licata; Office of Arts & Culture director, Randy Engstrom; Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Director, Michael Seiwerath and artist Amanda Manitach. A new group artwork curated by Amanda Manitach, demonstrating the vitality and vibrancy of Capitol Hill, will also be unveiled.

After the program, many Capitol Hill culture locations will host open houses in the early afternoon.

Finally, the art of thrift shopping will be on full display Saturday as the new E Pike Out of the Closet store debuts:

AIDS Healthcare Foundation cordially invites you to the grand opening of its newest Out of the Closet Thrift Stores, our first location in Seattle!

Here’s your chance to meet our team and learn more about AHF’s FREE HIV testing services, provided with community partner Gay City, in your neighborhood!

Join us for live entertainment and tour our new 5,000+ sq. ft. retail space and AHF Pharmacy, located in Seattle’s renowned Capitol Hill district.

CHS wrote here about the new thrift shop plus HIV/AIDS center.

Something to add? Let us know on the CHS Calendar — more listings below:

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On the List | Savvy Marketplace, Rick Steves, Green Seattle Day at St. Mark’s Greenbelt, music video shoot, candy buy-back

Ladies and gentlemen, start your holiday shopping. The Savvy Marketplace comes to Capitol Hill Sunday, November 9th from 11 AM to 6 PM at the Melrose Market Studios on Capitol Hill with 30 local vendors.

Event producers Terra Link and Jacob Rideout are very excited about the first edition of the event. “It’s our first market and we are hoping for great turnout this time so if that’s great then we would want it to be a monthly thing,” Link said. The market is “a place for artists, musicians so they continue doing what they love,” Link says.

Sunday’s market in the venue below Melrose Market will feature “handcrafted and unique” items priced mostly between $5 and $50 except for some high-end, fancy pants leather bags. Vendors will be showcasing various items of arts and crafts and home decor including jewelry, vintage clothing, and household items. Entry fee is $2 and children under ten get in free. The organizers say proceeds will go to benefit a local no-kill animal shelter.

Link hopes the pop-up market introduces various local vendors to the public. “Support your local community,” Link said. “Shop local, keep the money local and support people’s hobbies and businesses.”

You can learn more about the event and participating vendors at thesavvymarketplace.com.

Something to add for events on and around Capitol Hill? Let us know on the CHS Calendar — more listings below:

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On the List | Hilloween Friday, Bump!, Pronto Crawl, 15th Ave E trick or treating

The easy answer is to head off into the night on Capitol Hill and find some Halloween fun. You won’t have to look for long. Or you can check out some of the CHS-approved Hilloween 2014 events, below.

Get an early start on the proceedings Thursday with a plastic pumpkin full of Halloween action. At 5:30 PM, you can be part of the Pronto Costume Crawl:

– Meet at 15th & Thomas Group Health Station at 5:30 PM in your Halloween costume
– Depart at 6 PM on the dot for a ride around the haunted streets of Capitol Hill
– Ride down to Cal Anderson and dock by 6:30
– Meet up inside Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and enjoy a complimentary scoop of i-scream from our pals there & pose for the paparazzi for a group ride photo
– Ride (or walk) down to Ltd. Art Gallery inside Raygun Lounge for ghoulish goodies, spooky snacks and a devilish deeds.

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CHS Community Post | A note from Trinity Parish Episcopal Church in First Hill

altar2Trinity Parish Episcopal Church is now open to the public during the week. Take a few minutes out of your schedule to visit this beautiful, serene space, and take it easy. Pray, meditate, just sit down and be quiet, explore our magnificent windows . . . Docents are present to answer your questions, if you have them. Lots of information about Trinity’s history and Trinity’s very active present is on hand–much of it for you to take with you if you like. Our present open hours are Mon/Thurs 9am – 3pm, and Wed/Fri 12pm – 3pm. Call the office (206-624-5337) to make sure there’s not a glitch in the schedule for the day, or just stop by. Signs will be out to show we are open. Come in! Trinity Parish Episcopal Church is located at 8th and James. You can learn more at trinityseattle.org.