This week started out with Veterans Day, a day for honoring those who have served the United States Armed Services. According to the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs there are 99,316 veterans collecting benefits in King County. The Seattle University of Law will be hosting a reception Wednesday to honor those in the community who have served with Marcus Lee, Foreign Affairs Officer, United States Department of State as keynote speaker.
Considering last week was election week and this week beginning with Veterans day looking to the community may be just the way to finish out your week. This week has opportunities for all, with physical activities, art exhibits, and community forums.
Meanwhile, the CHS Calendar is back after some maintenance work. You can always find a community list of neighborhood happenings and events at capitolhillseattle.com/calendar/.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13: Join Be: Seattle and the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative at the latest Tenant Rights Bootcamp, a neighborhood by neighborhood series educating renters on their rights and strategies for creating better living conditions for those who rent. There will be food and refreshments at the event. 12th Avenue Arts, 6 PM – 7:30 PM Continue reading
Capitol Hill’s “streetscapes” are on the agenda Thursday night (Image: CHS)
November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, where the goal is to write a 50,000-word manuscript in 30 days. Capitol Hill happens to be blessed with several resources including courses and events offered at Hugo House and writer meetups, such as the Capitol Hill Writing Meetup.
To distract from your task, here is a selection of neighborhood events and happenings. Maybe some will inspire your next chapter. Also, a reminder for Sounders fans — light rail will be at full power this weekend thanks to Sound Transit construction work being completed ahead of schedule.
CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: The CHS Calendar is temporarily unavailable this week while we do some work behind the scenes to improve the service. Stay tuned!
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6: StolenYouth will be giving a presentation on the intersection of foster care, homelessness, and child sex trafficking within King County. Washington State DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter, CEO of YouthCare Melinda Giovengo, and Washington State Representative Tina Orwall will be there. Students are free and General admission is $10. Town Hall, 7 – 8:30 PM. Continue reading
Images from the design team presentation
Jim Ellis, the Washington civic leader and one of the Seattle citizens most responsible for the vision that created First Hill and lower Capitol Hill’s connection to downtown through Freeway Park and the convention center, died last week at the age of 98. A celebration of his life will take place, appropriately enough, at the skybridge connecting the park to the Washington State Convention Center in December.
With a $10 million boost from the $80 million community benefits package formed to cover the value of public right of way being dedicated to the convention center’s expansion, Seattle Parks is setting about a process to “to repair, restore and possibly enhance” the Jim Ellis Freeway Park.
The process began earlier this week at a Freeway Park Improvements Open House and Panel Discussion. Five experts on Lawrence Halprin, the landscape architect behind the design of Seattle’s Freeway Park, the first park in the United States that incorporated a lid over an interstate highway, were gathered at Town Hall to speak about why the park is important to the citizens of Seattle and what can be done to improve it.
The scope of the capital project could include infrastructure upgrades, lighting, wayfinding, and possibly a new restroom. The project team is led by landscape architecture and planning firm Walker Macy for Seattle Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Freeway Park Association.
When it first opened on July 4th, 1976, the park was a busy, open-lighted space. It served as a connector between downtown Seattle and the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and First Hill. And according to many of the panelists it made art out of the freeway. Continue reading
Hilloween is upon us where all kinds of things go bump in the night. Weather for the evening is supposed to be in the mid to low 40s so pick a warm costume! The good news is that it seems unlikely to rain. For inspiration, check out some of the costumes CHS spotted around Pike/Pine over the weekend, or you can dig through the CHS Hilloween archives.
CHS Hilloween past: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 30: Today is National Candy Corn Day. Candy corn was created in the late 1800s by George Renniger of Wunderle Candy Company. So, if there is a day to indulge in the strange triangular yellow, orange, and white sugar pills, today is that day.
THURSDAY, Oct. 31: Capitol Hill’s trick or treat hot zone will be busy again this year. You’ll find amazing decorations and spooky characters up and down the streets along E Aloha. Bring your little ghosts and goblins but make sure you have a good transportation plan — parking is limited and the streets will be crowded with trick or treaters: Continue reading
The week before Halloween has plenty of pre-chills and fun events in store for those who want to start their celebration of All Hallows Eve early. The Lit Crawl Festival or the annual Hilloween carnival and trick or treating on Broadway may appeal to some, but if you’re looking for something a little more lively then you check out Twerk or Treat, a Halloween dance party at Neumos this Friday night. If Halloween isn’t your thing, Data & Drinks: Building Resilient Privacy Solutions at the Riveter Thursday may be it.
For those who plan on traveling to Capitol Hill for weekend fun, remember that the Sound Transit light rail will not be running between SODO and Capitol Hill this weekend, October 26-27.
Find more community events or add your own on the CHS Calendar.
THURSDAY, Oct. 24: The Lit Crawl Festival – Spooky in Seattle – kicks off early Thursday evening and offers a host of literary options throughout Capitol Hill until 10 PM. where the tale comes to an end at the Lit Crawl after party at Hugo House. Find yourself listening to authors at venues scattered throughout Capitol Hill, from Intrigue Chocolate and Coffee to the well-known Hotel Sorrento reading on topics from women in the work force to readings inspired by the work of Gil Scot Heron. There will be some 48 readings and associated events – so, something for everyone who love the written word and those that craft it. Capitol Hill, Seattle, 5 PM – 10 PM Continue reading