Night Out events coming to Beacon Hill on Tuesday

Tuesday, August 2 is the annual Seattle Night Out, in which neighbors all over Seattle hold block parties to meet each other and organize their neighborhoods to fight crime.

Throughout Beacon Hill there will be numerous Night Out events during the evening hours. Here are all the ones we know about here at the BHB:

  • 1700 block of 17th Ave. S., 7-10 p.m.: Leslie Schear is organizing, and asks that people bring card tables for food and lawn chairs to sit on.
  • 16th Ave. S. and S. Hill St. in the cul de sac with the basketball hoop, 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle, 5-8 p.m.: Meet your neighbors and enjoy free hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. The wading pool will be open for everyone to enjoy, and there will be arts and crafts and a bounce house for the kids. Adult and teen volunteers are needed to help.
  • 4800 block of Columbia Dr. S.
  • 24th Ave S. and S. Hinds.
  • 20th Ave S. and S. Bayview.
  • 16th Ave. S. at S. Horton, 6-9:30 p.m.: Bring a potluck dish to share. Marching Band Movitas may perform.
  • S. Forest St. between 20th Ave. S. and 21st Ave. S. (3 blocks east of the library), 6:30-10:30 p.m.: If you’d like to help set up, please come at 6pm. Please bring a dish to share. Email Sara Stubbs at if you have any questions.
  • 3300 block of 17th Ave. S.: Laura Feinstein is organizing. Bring a dish to the potluck.

View Seattle Night Out block party locations, 8/11 in a larger map

Seattle Transit Blog analyzes Route 36 ridership patterns

Seattle Transit Blog currently has a post up analyzing patterns of transit ridership on Beacon Hill’s Route 36. The post includes a chart that shows the average daily number of boardings and deboardings by stop. As one might expect, the stops at each end of the route are heavily used, as are the stops at Beacon Hill Station and the VA hospital. Stops in the International District along S. Jackson see a huge amount of traffic.

The author, Bruce Nourish asks that Beacon Hill neighbors comment on the STB post: “please let us know in the comments what else you see in this data that I’ve missed.”

Beacon Rocks! brings beach to Beacon Sunday

Blue sky appeared for the last installment of Beacon Rocks. Will it appear again on Sunday? Photo by Wendi.
The Beacon Rocks! concert series returns on Sunday, July 31 from 1-5 p.m., along with an interactive art installation that will “bring the beach” to Roberto Maestas Festival Street.

Performance schedule:

Other activities promised from 1-5 p.m. include “ducky kid fun,” a beer garden at the nearby Station coffee shop, food vendors, the interactive art installation, and a viewing of Patrick Gofre and Marga Houtman’s Duckumentary. At 5 p.m. there will also be drawings for prizes.

As always, the event is at Roberto Maestas (Lander) Festival Street, adjacent to Beacon Hill Station.

Travelers Thali House to open August 5

This Beacon Avenue house, formerly Culinary Communion and Tasha's Bistro Café, will be serving up Indian food in a few days. Photo by Jason.
Travelers Thali House, the new Indian restaurant in the old Culinary Communion/Tasha’s space on Beacon Avenue, will celebrate their official Grand Opening starting on Friday, August 5 at 5 p.m., and running through the entire weekend.

According to their Facebook page, there will also be “soft openings” on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30 from 5-9 p.m., and on Sunday, July 31 (during Beacon Rocks!), Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4 from noon-9 p.m.

Taste of Van Asselt brings food, fun to South Beacon

Van Asselt Community Center hosts the first Taste of Van Asselt on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family-friendly event will include food, entertainment, kids’ activities, and the opportunity to meet old and new neighbors and friends.

The community center is located at 2820 S. Myrtle St. For more information about the event, call 206-386-1921.

Piñata Party happening this Saturday

The Piñata Party that was rained out last weekend is rescheduled for this Saturday (July 23) from 3- 6 p.m.

Tamara Dyer writes,

There will be piñatas, live music, food, and a watermelon seed spitting contest for kids. We could use some volunteers… can you or your fabulous teenager help out before, during, or after the party? If so, please email.

The party is at Stevens Place Park (often called Triangle Park) on Beacon Avenue between Stevens and Forest. Everyone is welcome!

Rep. Pettigrew to host telephone town hall

Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37).
37th District Representative Eric Pettigrew is hosting a telephone town hall next Tuesday, July 26 from 6 to 7 p.m, and all 37th District neighbors are welcome to join in.

A telephone town hall is an opportunity to bring up questions, comments, and concerns about the 37th District and the state Legislature. Many residents of the 37th District will receive a call that evening inviting them to stay on the line and join the conversation. If you do not receive the call directly by 6:10 p.m., you may also participate by dialing 877-229-8493, and using the PIN code 15226.

Survey supports later hours — for some

Some neighbors wish these suns on the wall at the new El Quetzal location would shine later in the evening. Photo by Wendi.
by Jake London

The local restaurant hours survey mentioned in the Beacon Hill Blog a few days ago has now closed.

It turns out that the free version of Survey Monkey only allows you to see the results of the first 100 respondents to a survey. So far, 110 people have responded. I’m not prepared to buy the paid Survey Monkey service for this particular exercise, so we’ll have to call it good with the first 100 responses that were received. It’s not perfect, I know, but it still seems like a large enough sample to get a picture of how people in the neighborhood are feeling about later hours at El Quetzal, Victrola, and Kusina Filipina.

My take away from the numbers (which are below) is that there is significant support for El Quetzal to be open later in the evenings. Out of the 100 respondents below, 82 of them strongly agreed or agreed that they would patronize El Quetzal more often in the evening if it stayed open at least an hour later.

There was less consensus among respondents about whether later hours would increase their evening patronage of Victrola and Kusina Filipina: 41% strongly agreed or agreed that they’d patronize Victrola more often in the evening if it stayed open later. About the same number of people felt similarly about Kusina Filipina (40.4%).

A lot more people were neutral about Victrola and Kusina Filipina than they were about El Quetzal. I’m not sure of the best way to read those responses. It seems like maybe they are saying that they aren’t sure whether later hours would affect their evening patronage of these places, but they remain open to the possibility that later hours could make a difference in their behavior.

Conversely, respondents who disagreed or strongly disagreed (and there were some of these folks) seem to be saying that they know pretty clearly that changes in closing times will not affect their behavior, as far as evening patronage of these businesses goes.

Anyway, enough commentary. Here are the questions and the responses.

1. If El Quetzal Mexican Restaurant in Beacon Hill was open until 9pm (or
later) each night, I would patronize it for dinner or drinks more often
than I currently do.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 43% 43
Agree 39% 39
Neutral 10% 10
Disagree 4.0% 4
Strongly Disagree 4% 4

answered question: 100
skipped question: 0

2. If the Beacon Hill Victrola location was open until 9pm (or later) each
night, I would patronize it during evening hours more often than I
currently do.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 18.2% 18
Agree 23.2% 23
Neutral 29.3% 29
Disagree 21.2% 21
Strongly Disagree 8.1% 8

answered question: 99
skipped question: 1

3. If Kusina Filipina Restaurant in Beacon Hill was open until 9pm (or
later) each night, I would patronize it for dinner more often than I
currently do.

Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 8.1% 8
Agree 32.3% 32
Neutral 38.4% 38
Disagree 13.1% 13
Strongly Disagree 8.1% 8

answered question: 99
skipped question: 1

(Thanks to Jake for creating this survey and sending us this write-up of the results. –Ed.)