The Commons wants you!

Here’s a reminder that the blog has a new section, called The Commons. The Commons is here to make it easy for community members to submit content to the blog. Reviews, news, features, interviews, news tips and more are welcome. (Photos, for now, have to get here by email.) See the sidebar for a list of Commons articles.

All you have to do is go to the “Write For The BHB” link in the top menu (or just click this) and write your content in there.

Once approved (it’s moderated, but just to keep out spammers), your content goes live on the Commons where it can be read and discussed by community members. Some Commons articles will be promoted to the main BHB page (and moved out of the Commons section). Recent Commons posts are listed in the right-hand column of all pages on the Beacon Hill Blog.

Try it out and see how you can easily contribute to your neighborhood blog in The Commons! If you’re thinking of posting a neighborhood event on Facebook or the mailing list, think about posting it here too.

(Your editor is out of town for a bit so blog content has slowed down until I get back — but I’m keeping up with all the Commons posts that come in, so feel free to submit posts!)

Free summer meals, arts and fun this summer at El Centro de la Raza

Click through to see the full PDF.
Click through to see the full PDF.
Ruth Harbaugh of Americorps VISTA and the End Summer Hunger Corps sent us the following announcement of interest to Beacon Hill families:

Parents, are you looking for more fun, healthy things to do with your kids this summer? Bring them over to El Centro de la Raza for free lunch and fun activities every weekday!

We welcome all kids/youth 18 and under to join us for lunch and fun crafts, games, sports and activities every Monday-Friday from 11:30-1 p.m. in the playground.

Did you know over the summer families spend an increased $1000 in food while kids are home from school? Save money and feed your kiddos healthy, nutritious lunches at our free lunch program. The program will run every week though 8/14.

No proof of income, address, or citizenship is ever required, all children/youth 18 years and under are always welcome!

The El Centro de la Raza Playground is located at 2524 16th Ave S. Activities and lunches will be offered every Monday-Friday from 11:30 to 1 p.m. If you have questions about the program, call 1-888-436-6392, text MEALS to 96859 or visit parenthelp123.org.

Seattle Preschool Program providers announced; enrollment open

King County Executive Dow Constantine and a Seattle delegation visited Boston and New Jersey to learn about their universal preschool models in 2014. Photo by Dan Nolte, courtesy of the KC Executive’s office.
On Monday, Mayor Murray announced the first 14 providers of the Seattle Preschool Program, including several in the Beacon Hill area serving the attendance areas of Dearborn Park, Maple, Beacon International and Kimball elementary schools.

Enrollment for the program is opening now. All 4-year-olds in the city (regardless of income level) are eligible to apply, as are 3-year-olds from households at 300% and below of the Federal poverty line.

For more information, see the SPP website.

What can’t you do with a library card?

Photo of the Beacon Hill Library by Jason Simpson.

(This article was submitted through The Commons here on the BHB. Thanks, Melissa!)

Ever wished you could print/fax/copy/scan right here on Beacon Hill? Well, you can! The Beacon Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library has it all–cheaper and faster than any office supply place. Scan your documents for FREE to your USB thumb drive, print (color or B&W), copy, or fax from the checkout desk. Plus free wi-fi, computers & meeting space. Woot!

Speaking of wi-fi–you can take it with you! Check out a “wi fi hotspot” for 21 days. You can reserve one in advance. Bring internet access to your home, for free! Find out more here.

Have you checked out the Summer of Learning program? It features tons of free activities all over the city, for all ages. Bring your kid(s) to the Beacon Hill branch today, grab a booklet (and a free book to jump start the learning) and head out for fun!

Grownups can sign up for Summer Book Bingo. Print a card (or pick one up at the branch) to enter to win fabulous prizes. This isn’t for the faint of heart–filling your bingo card will be a stretch for even the heaviest reader.

If that’s not enough to keep you busy, check out free passes to many of Seattle’s most popular attractions–including the EMP, Seattle Art Museum, Wooden Boat Center and many more! You can reserve by date or by venue at http://www.spl.org/library-collection/museum-pass.

Kids eat free at Beacon Hill Playground this summer

Seattle summer food service program(This post was promoted from The Commons. Thanks, Melissa, for contributing to the BHB in The Commons!)

Seattle Parks will offer free lunches for kids aged 18 and under from noon-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, from now until August 14 at Beacon Hill Playground, 1902 13th Ave. S. Dates and locations are subject to change. Call 206-615-0303 for more information.

The free lunch program is a partnership between Seattle Parks and the Seattle Human Services Department’s Summer Food Services Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Find out more here.

Mah Jongg talk and games at Beacon Hill library 7/18

Photo by Rebecca Siegel via Creative Commons/Flickr.
Local meetup group Mah Jongg Fever is sponsoring Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game, an author talk by Gregg Swain, co-author of the book Mah Jongg: The Art of the Game: A Collector’s Guide to Mah Jongg Tiles and Sets.

The event is Saturday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Beacon Hill library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S.
Bring books for signing and vintage mah jongg sets for Gregg to identify. After the talk, learn and play Mah Jongg — American, Chinese, etc.

The event is free and open to the public.

Free movies this summer!

(This post was promoted from The Commons. Thanks, Melissa, for contributing to the BHB in The Commons!)

The free movie season on Beacon Hill kicks off tomorrow night with movies for the whole family.

The Toy Story series starts with Toy Story 1 outdoors at Jefferson Park starting tomorrow, Friday June 19, around dusk (8:30ish) in the bowl between the Community Center and the tennis courts.

The first anniversary celebration of Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies is also tomorrow, June 19. A free movie (Sweet Dreams), free popcorn, and excellent discussion are promised. Doors open at 6:15, and the movie starts at 7 p.m.

Please note on your calendar another film next month: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at Beacon Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library on July 31. It starts at 5:30, and it’s free and open to the public. (Note: It will be shown in the Community Meeting Room as part of a food-themed movie series at our branch this summer.)

Summers on Beacon Hill: TOO MUCH FUN!

Shiny and new at Fire Station 13

New vehicles at Fire Station 13. Photo courtesy of Lt. Kyle White.
New vehicles at Fire Station 13. Photo courtesy of Lt. Kyle White.

Lt. Kyle White of the Seattle Fire Department tells us that Fire Station 13, in the historic building on the corner of Beacon Ave. S. and S. Spokane St., took delivery of two new vehicles this month. They received a 2015 Pierce fire engine that went into service on June 11. It replaces a 2003 American LaFrance that has been relegated to reserve status and will be housed at a fire station in Wedgwood. Earlier in the month, the station also took possession of a 2015 Chevy Suburban that will operate as a battalion chief’s vehicle.

(Thanks, Lt. White!)

Check out the Commons

You might have noticed a few days ago that a new button appeared in the top menu of the Beacon Hill Blog, titled “The Commons.” For a few days I’ve been testing out a new feature intended to let community members submit content to the blog. Reviews, news, features, interviews, news tips and more are welcome. (Photos, for now, have to get here another way. But stay tuned.)

All you have to do is go to the “Write For The BHB” link in the top menu (or just click this) and write your content in there.

Once approved (it’s moderated, but just to keep out spammers), your content goes live on the Commons where it can be read and discussed by community members. Some Commons articles will be promoted to the main BHB page. Recent Commons posts are listed in the right-hand column of all pages on the Beacon Hill Blog.

Try it out and see how you can easily contribute to your neighborhood blog in The Commons! If you’re thinking of posting a neighborhood event on Facebook or the mailing list, think about posting it here too.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy this new feature!

Perihelion Brewery to open later this year at McClellan and 16th

No sign of the dentist's office anymore; this construction is bringing a brewpub to North Beacon Hill. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
No sign of the dentist’s office anymore; this construction is bringing a brewpub to North Beacon Hill. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Remember when the Rainier brewery was open down the hill from us in Sodo, and we could smell the beer brewing up here on North Beacon every day? It’s been a few years since then, but beer brewing is returning to the vicinity, and now it’s even closer! Beacon Hill’s first brewpub, Perihelion Brewery, will open later this year.

The pub will be located across S. McClellan from the Red Apple, in the building that houses Salon Nouveau. The salon is staying; the pub is taking over the former dentist’s office on the west/16th Ave. S. side of the building.

A few days ago, the BHB was out there peering through the windows to see the progress. (And it’s nice to see the windows uncovered, after all of those years they were covered up!) We were happy to see that Owner/Head Brewer Les McAuliffe and Assistant Brewer Hunter Jaworski posted photos in the window showing historic views of the building. (Maybe the photos will be inside after the pub opens?) The space is small, but looks roomy enough for a cozy neighborhood hangout.

These old photos show the appearance of the building years ago. It looks very strange without the big trees on Beacon. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
These old photos show the appearance of the building years ago. It looks very strange without the big trees on Beacon. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Seattle Beer News tells us the brewpub will be kid-friendly and the kitchen will serve “elevated pub food.”

You can find all the beer-geek details about the new most-local of brews at Seattle Beer News, and follow the pub on Twitter at @Perihelionbeer.