With Trailhead Direct, hiking season begins again at Broadway and Denny

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Feeling all the good feels today. Being a hike leader has taught me so much beyond just hiking and navigating forests. It’s taught me to listen, to stay patient, and better yet the power of true connection. We are all facing our own journeys, but competition, defeat, or fear doesn’t have to be a mainstay in our reality. We can lift one another up, we can help each other take the next leap. 🤪🐥Thanks to the UW Hiking Club for giving me this wonderful opportunity to Inspire young minds to reach their own mountain tops. 🙏🏼💕🏔&Thank you to the kids today who decided to get outside with us. 🤙🏼 #uwhikingclub #cascademountains #gooutside #trailheaddirect #fall 🍂🍁 photocred: @sholeh.sharif 💕

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It is the start of a new hiking season on Capitol Hill. Trailhead Direct bus service, paid for by the county, private sponsors, and the City of Seattle to help deliver outdoor enthusiasts to the region’s closest, most popular, and most parking constrained hiking destinations, begins Saturday.

“We’re bringing back Trailhead Direct with more routes to more trails in more communities,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in the announcement of the second full season for the program. “Our popular transit-to-trails service has succeeded in many different ways. We have made our spectacular mountain forests accessible to more people, reduced dangerous overcrowding at popular trailheads, and made it easy to hike without having to drive or park.”

The 2019 season of Trailhead Direct has added more pick-up sites including the Tukwila International Boulevard Station with service to more trailheads, including Little Si near North Bend and the Sky Country Trailhead in Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Rocket Taco launches brunch

From Rocket Taco

Who can resist a Churro Waffle?

Rocket Taco has officially launched brunch at its 19th Avenue location. Every Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3:00pm Rocket Taco guests can now order breakfast items, and new boozy drinks from the bar. Some of the new menu items include:

  • Breakfast Tacos with fillings such as egg and bacon, poblanos and cream, and chorizo potato.
  • Huevos Rancheros
  • Chilaquiles
  • Breakfast bowl with cheesy chipotle grits, sautéed kale, and your choice of protein, topped with pico de gallo, and
    a free-range egg.
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Mollete with Macrina Volkhorn loaf with seasoned smashed avocado, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and a side of mixed greens.
  • Churro Waffles
  • And more.

People looking for Brunch offerings along 19th Ave now have some new flavors to choose from making the area pretty well rounded for diners looking for a lot of variety along the block.

Brunch Menu (PDF)

www.rocket-taco.com @rocket.taco.seattle

Weigh in on proposed changes to Seattle’s sidewalk cafe and streatery rules

Lost Lake’s Streatery (Image: SDOT)

The Seattle Department of Transportation is iffy on the whole “bike lane” thing but it is ready to go big on one urbanist element of its cityscape plans — sidewalk cafes:

It’s a space for you to enjoy a drink or food outside. Not only are they fun for everyone around Seattle to enjoy, but they provide economic support to businesses and activate our streets. Businesses who are interested in having a sidewalk café will need a permit with us. We’ve managed the sidewalk café program for nearly ten years.

After around a decade of new sidewalk eating and drinking areas at around 400 cafes, bars, and restaurants under the program, the City Council is readying legislation to update — and hopefully improve — the program under what SDOT says are three key aspects: Continue reading

Reminder: Capitol Hill Homelessness Forum Thursday night

Representatives from the City of Seattle and organizations focused on homelessness will be part of a panel Thursday night at the Broadway Performance Hall:

Capitol Hill Homelessness Forum

The Capitol Hill Homelessness Forum is being organized by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce to explore “what is being done” and “how you can help” when it comes to homelessness, shelter, and services. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Chabad of Capitol Hill To Host Community Passover Seder

From Chabad of Capitol Hill

Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the Capitol Hill Community, Chabad Capitol Hill is inviting all residents to participate in the community Seder to be held on Friday night, April 19 at 7:30 PM.

The Seder take participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age old festival in our modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a gourmet Passover dinner, hand-made Shmurah Matzah from Israel and four cups of fine kosher wine. Experience the Haggadah with song, stories, and spiritual Insights.

“Passover is not simply a celebration of the historic liberation of an ancient people,” said Rabbi Levi Levitin Director of Chabad of Capitol Hill “Passover is about our own personal liberation – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Passover inspires us to break free from the shackles restraining us from reaching new heights – in our lives, relationships and connection with G-d.”

All are welcome to join the community Seder, regardless of Jewish affiliation or background. Reservations can be made online at www.chabadcapitolhill.org

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Public Schools State of the District Speech 2019, full text

From Seattle Public Schools

As prepared for delivery by Superintendent Denise Juneau ‏in her State of the District address at Seattle Central’s Broadway Performance Hall Tuesday, April 16th 2019.

Equity and Excellence

(Slide 3) Good evening.

Welcome to the State of Seattle School District – we are calling it “Equity and Excellence” – because that is our path forward. I’m Denise Juneau, proud Superintendent and number one fan of our 53,000 students.

Thank you, Angelina and Myhahn for the great introduction.  I guess my reputation of enjoying a good joke has spread across the city.

Also, thank you to Leschi’s student Race and Equity team and Rising Sons representatives for centering tonight’s conversation on the importance of student voice. Continue reading

‘Café-style conversation’ Tuesday on ‘Seattle’s increasingly modest plans for new bike projects’

Seattle Department of Transportation representatives will be at 14th Ave’s Washington Hall next Tuesday, April 23rd, as part of a series of “café-style conversations” to collect feedback about the city’s latest short-term bike plan. From SDOT:

Join us for cafe-style conversations with transportation planners and Department of Neighborhoods staff to discuss a draft six-year plan to build facilities encouraging and accommodating more people riding a bicycle. Read our recent blog post to learn about the projects being recommended. A variety of travel options are needed as Seattle grows to benefit livability, affordability, public health, economic competitiveness, and natural environment. Bring your thoughts and questions about how bicycling can be a part of the solution.

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The new plan for filling Seattle’s City Council vacancy

(Image: City of Seattle)

With reporting by Seattle City Council Insight

Monday night, the Seattle City Council will hold a public forum with the candidates to represent District 4 and Northeast Seattle after the exit of Rob Johnson last month.

Due to “a scheduling conflict due to a religious observance,” the public forum originally scheduled for last Thursday was rescheduled for Monday, April 15th, at 5:30 PM in the Bertha Knight Landes room at City Hall. Continue reading