Beacon Hill’s 2012 in images

These images, from the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr and from our own archive, should remind you of some of the events and sights of 2012. These are not necessarily the best photos of the year (though some certainly would be included in that list), but ones that I felt really captured the events of 2012 for us. There were far more photos in the pool that I wanted to use — including some truly beautiful and skillful ones. Please visit the pool to enjoy more work by talented Beacon Hill photographyers, and consider contributing your photos of Beacon Hill to the pool.

Thank you to all the wonderful photographers who have contributed so much! You are much appreciated. Happy New Year, everyone!

A January snowstorm made things icy, but beautiful. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.
During the same snow, Joel Lee used the tilt-shift technique to make North Beacon Hill near Jefferson Park look like a snowy miniature village.
The next month Joel Lee managed to photograph this heartfelt, ephemeral Valentine’s Day artwork in Jefferson Park before it disappeared.
Samoan cricket players played regular games at Jefferson Park. Photo by Matthew Mar.
This 1950s-era billboard appeared on the side of a Beacon Hill building last spring when the newer siding was removed. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.

Ameyaltonal were among the performers at a street party in June. Photo by Dan Bennett.

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SPD Outreach Conversations come to Jefferson Community Center

Safe CommunitiesJefferson Community Center will be hosting two small group “Outreach Conversations” on January 9 and 17, led by the Seattle Police Department as part of SPD’s Safe Communities initiative. This is Phase II of the outreach project; in Phase I, large precinct-based community meetings were held. The South Precinct meeting, at South Shore K-8 School on October 29, resulted in this community feedback.

Phase III will be a precinct-based “summit” meeting in March 2013, with delegates chosen from attendees at the Phase II meeting. Phase IV, in May, will conclude the process with a report to the community based on the earlier discussions, and identification of the next steps in creating safer neighborhoods by engaging with the community.

The small group meetings will be held at Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.) on Wednesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 17 at 7 p.m. Space is limited for both meetings and sign up is required. To sign up, call Jefferson Community Center at 206-684-7481.

Unlucky neighbors burgled twice in December

Neighbor Alice writes:

“I wanted to get the word out that our house has been broken into two times this month. The first time was during the day, while we were out. The second time was while we were out of town for the holidays. The police think it was the same perpetrators and are working to make connections between the robberies. Both times, they took computers and jewelry.

“I’d like to get this info out to the Beacon Hill neighborhood, and also learn if other people have experienced similar crime. We live near Graham and 23rd S.”

Any BHB readers have information to contribute?

WSDOT warns neighborhood: construction to be noisy

Enjoy holiday peace and quiet while you can. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), neighbors living near I-5 need to prepare for noisy construction work over 11 weekends starting on January 4, 2013 and ending in April. This is to replace 31 steel expansion joints in ramps on northbound I-5 near Georgetown, and between I-5 and the West Seattle Bridge, 6th Avenue South, South Spokane Street, and Columbian Way South.

WSDOT warns that nearby neighbors may hear jackhammers, sawcutters, air-powered tools, and other noise. Work crews will use noise shields when feasible. If you want to ensure your sound sleep, free earplugs are available to nearby residents; call 206-440-4699 for more information.

Along with the noise, there will be complete closures of the affected ramps during work weekends, and occasionally during the week. Detours will be provided.

See more about the project here.

String returns to the Garden House

String, a dance and object theatre show for children ages 2-6, returns to Beacon Hill on December 27 and 30, with daytime performances at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S.).

Showtimes will be 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 30. The 35-minute show will be followed by a Q&A session with performer Mary Margaret Moore. All ages are welcome to attend.

The show’s website describes String thusly:

“Every time that we witness 40 children focusing on the noise of a paper bag, we are deeply touched. Their deep concentration is truly magical.

“To create for children is to challenge them. In String, we stretch their capacity to decipher emotions. Small details, a raised eyebrow, a pinky movement, is enough to convey an emotion.”

Seats are limited; tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Merry Christmas from the Beacon Hill Blog.

Vintage postcard image provided by riptheskull via Creative Commons/Flickr.

We wish you the merriest of Christmases from the Beacon Hill Blog! We’ve had a bit of an unplanned break here at the BHB for the last few days. But fear not — the blog is still here, and more posts are coming.

Please stay warm and cozy today — there is a slight possibility of snow, though it’s likely to be too warm. Seattle snow forecasts are often flaky (see what I did there?), because it’s difficult to predict snow in our climate, but even without the white stuff, it will be chilly.

Happy Holidays to all Beaconians and friends!

Save the date: Seattle Mochitsuki 2012

Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church at 3001 24th Ave. S. invites the community to Seattle Mochitsuki 2012 on Saturday, December 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mochitsuki is a Japanese tradition of preparing mochi (餅, pounded rice cakes), which is a vital part of the New Year’s Day celebration. Making mochi is a lengthy and strenuous process, but it’s also a time for socializing with friends and family.

The church says:

“It is said that rice or gohan translates to “honorable food” and it therefore purifies the body and encourages wealth for the New Year. Come and take part in this cool Seattle cultural celebration and enjoy good health and wealth wishes while learning about historical and current mochi making!”

The event is free (except for the food truck at the site) and open to all ages. Besides hands-on mochi making, there will also be taiko (Japanese drumming) performances, kids’ activities, samples, and a display of historic mochi-making tools.

Mochi made during the Mochitsuki will be rolled into bite-size pieces and sold. Due to the strenuous 24-hour labor involved with making mochi, it will only be available through preorder through December 25 at the website or by calling 206-568-7114. One dozen mochi are $6, and a half-dozen are $3.

Franklin HS seeks JV Volleyball coach

From Jim Hardy at Franklin High School:

First I want to wish the entire Community a Happy Holiday Season. My return to the area as the Head Volleyball Coach at Franklin HS has been wonderful!!

We are looking for a Coach to work with our JV and C team programs. My first choice is to fill the position from within the community. We are looking for candidates with some background in the game, and a positive experience teaching or coaching 15 and 16 year old young women.

New coaches will attend the Gold Medal Squared coaching clinic in May. This is the premier coaching training program in the country, and covers the methods we use to teach fundamental skills. So a little dust on the scrapbook is ok!

I know it sounds early, but the School District process can be lengthy and I hope to have the staff in place for the Summer program. If you, or anyone you know might be interested, contact me at or through the team’s Facebook page.

Jim Hardy
Franklin HS Volleyball