Light rail to operate later hours on New Year’s Eve

Waiting for the train in Beacon Hill Station. Photo by Wendi.
If you are planning to take Link light rail to your New Year’s Eve celebrations, you’re in luck. Link will have slightly extended hours on Saturday night, December 31, to make it easier for you to ride home in the wee hours of 2012.

There will be two additional southbound trips from Westlake Station, at 12:58 a.m. and 1:13 a.m. The last northbound trip isn’t so late—it leaves Sea-Tac Station at 12:20 a.m.

On Sunday, New Year’s Day, and also on Monday, January 2, Link will run on a Sunday schedule, which means that the first northbound train won’t reach Beacon Hill Station until 6:43 a.m., and trains will run only every 10 minutes during most of the day. Service will return to normal on Tuesday, January 3.

Redistricting plan would move Beacon Hill into the 9th District

The state congressional redistricting proposal released on Wednesday morning not only adds a new 10th District in the Olympia area, but, closer to home, would move Beacon Hill and part of Georgetown from the 7th District into the 9th District. The 9th District, with Southeast Seattle as well as Bellevue, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Renton, Kent, Federal Way, Des Moines, SeaTac, and Tukwila, would become the state’s first “majority-minority” district, containing 50.33% people of color. The rest of Seattle would remain in the 7th District, represented for many years by Jim McDermott.

The new proposed 7th and 9th District boundaries.

The 9th Congressional District is currently represented by Democrat Adam Smith.

You can comment on this plan online here. (Comments are public. Previous comments may be read here.) Time is of the essence; the redistricting commission, made up of two Republican appointees and two Democratic appointees, must agree on a plan by New Year’s Day. If they cannot agree, the decision falls to the State Supreme Court. If they do agree, the legislature will have 30 days to make changes, with a required two-thirds vote.

Earlier this month, the commission proposed a new map for state legislative districts, but there were only minor border changes in Southeast Seattle, where Georgetown and the western part of Beacon Hill would remain in the 11th District and the rest of Southeast Seattle (including most of North Beacon Hill) would remain in the 37th District.

For further information on the broader statewide implications of the proposed plan, see our news partners at KOMO.

Youth Arts program seeks artists, organizations

Artists, organizations, and youth-service agencies: The Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is seeking project applications for the 2012-2013 Youth Arts program, an annual funding program that supports arts training opportunities for middle and high school youth.

Funding of up to $10,000 may be granted to individual artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies. Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Previous grants may be seen here. The projects in the last round of funding are estimated to serve 8,697 kids in about 44,000 hours of after-school arts training from September 2011 through September 2012.

An upcoming informational workshop for interested funding applicants is planned for Monday, January 9 at the Beacon Hill Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Attendees will learn about the program and the application process, as well as meet and get advice from previous award recipients. No registration is required for the workshop.

Guidelines for the application are here. You can complete an online application here. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, February 15.

Want to stay on the Hill for New Year’s Eve?

Christmas is over, but the holidays are not—it’s time to make New Year’s Eve plans, if you haven’t already! We know of at least two possible New Year’s Eve events on Beacon Hill that you should be aware of.

Quetzalcoatl Gallery (3209 Beacon Ave. S.) is throwing a Gallery-Closing and Exhibition Party at 9 p.m. on December 31. RSVPs are required for this one at 206-334-0749 or Tickets are $50 including appetizers and champagne. There will be a wine bar, but no cards are accepted. See the earlier post in the Beacon Hill Blog for more about the Erotic Art exhibit that will be viewable that night.

The Station (2533 16th Ave. S.) is planning a potential New Year’s Eve Party on December 31 as well, but owner Jose Luis Rodriguez says: “Please let us know if you are going to be able to come so we can really know if it’s worth having it!” You can reach The Station through their Facebook page.

If you know of any other New Year’s Eve events on Beacon Hill, please let us know!

A stormy Christmas

We hope all Beacon Hill Blog readers had a lovely Christmas and are having a lovely Boxing Day today. However, that lovely Christmas morning was also a stormy one, and we knowthat a few of you have had to deal with damage from the storm.

Neighbor Brook on North Beacon Hill reported that a huge gust of wind from the east took the walls of his backyard shed right off the floor, and later gusts took the roof right into the neighbors’ yard. Brook took the destruction well, however: “Really, I should be thankful. The hardest part of moving the shed has been taken care of by a windstorm. Best Christmas present ever.”

Did you have any damage from the Christmas morning winds? Please tell us in the comments.

Christmas morning winds took this shed right off its base. Photo by Brook Ellingwood.

Have you seen Merlot?

Neighbor Jessa writes in about a lost dog:

My name is Jessa Wubbels and my fiance, Pete and I are fostering a Chihuahua mix named Merlot. Tonight we were at the Red Apple when she freaked out and broke off her leash. We spotted her a few times between Spokane Street and McClellan on 15th.

If you have any information, please call Jessa at 206-398-9504 or Pete at 206-228-3362.

Seattle Mag loves Beacon Hill

Seattle Magazine has given Beacon Hill some extra love recently, with a neighborhood feature and a review of the new Indian restaurant Travelers Thali House in the current issue. Last month they reviewed Bar del Corso and profiled local bicycle activist Dylan Ahearn.

Beacon Hill was featured in an “Urban Safari” by Patrick Hutchison, which mentioned a collection of Beacon businesses, including Kusina Filipina, El Quetzal, Despi Delite Bakery, The Station, Victrola, NEPO House and Jefferson Park:

“Long treasured for its diversity, Beacon Hill is amassing a trove of new tastes, out-of-the-box art and community music spaces—not to mention the new light rail station that provides quick and easy access for residents and day-trippers alike.”

The review of Travelers Thali House, by Allison Austin Scheff, is pretty darned positive: “For years, there have been complaints about the lack of (and lacking) Indian food options in Seattle. I’m here to tell you: Travelers is the answer to your prayers.” Is it going to become as hard to get a table there as at Bar del Corso?

Not yet, says Scheff in “Rooting for the Underdog, Restaurant Version“: “It’s a bittersweet review for me because the restaurant is so good, so welcoming, and the food is lovely in so many ways. But where is everyone? Travelers was virtually empty on each of my three visits.”

Speaking of Bar del Corso, last month Scheff had more superlatives about that restaurant: “First things first: This place makes the best margherita pizza in Seattle.”

Restaurants are not the only Beacon Hill fixtures that the magazine has drawn folks’ attention to lately. Last month, Dylan Ahearn, chairperson of Beacon BIKES (and BHB contributor), was included in a profile of 5 volunteers who are contributing to positive change in their neighborhoods.

Library to offer free computer classes

Photo by go-team in the Beacon Hill Blog Photo Pool on Flickr.
Need to learn computer skills? The Seattle Public Library will offer free computer classes at the Beacon Hill Library (2821 Beacon Ave. S.) during January and February. These courses include a series of classes for people who have little or no experience with computers, as well as a few more advanced classes.

All classes are free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but seating may be limited. For more information, call 206-386-4636.

The class list:

  • Computer Basics 1: Learn how to use a computer keyboard and mouse.
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 2
  • Computer Basics 2: Learn how to use basic features of the Windows software operating system. The session will cover using the toolbars, scroll bar, and text boxes.
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 9
  • Email Basics: Get a free email account and learn how to use it, including how to send email, send attachments, and use the address book.
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 6
  • Internet Basics 1: Learn about Web browsers and how to navigate a Web page.
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 23
  • Internet Basics 2: Learn how to use search engines, evaluate websites, and print from the Web.
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 30
  • Library Catalog Basics: Learn how to search the Library’s catalog to find DVDs, CDs, books, and other materials, and how to reserve and renew items.
    10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, January 7
  • Downloading E-books & Audiobooks: Learn how to download e-books and audiobooks from the Library’s website.
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 13
  • Web 2.0 Basics: Learn about blogs, wikis, Facebook, and more.
    6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 27