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Free movies this summer!

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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!

3D printing workshop at Beacon Hill Library 8/15-16

3D printed toy horse figure. Photo by Creative Tools via Creative Commons/Flickr.
The Seattle Public Library will offer a workshop on 3D printing basics at the Beacon Hill Branch Library from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16. Attendees will learn how to design 3D models from prototype to final product, and then send their models off to be printed–all for free.

This beginners’ workshop is a two-part introductory series that will uncover the core processes behind 3D printing and introduce the basic concepts behind Rhino 5 software’s 3D modeling tools. Participants will customize an object (think monograms or colors) then finish designing the 3D model and upload it to Intentional3D for printing. No prior experience with 3D printing is necessary to take this workshop.

After completing the workshop, attendees will be able to create 3D models in Rhino 5 for 3D printing. The Library will provide a coupon that covers up to $25 for the cost of printing a 3D model. 3D print jobs will be sent to Intentional3D for printing and will be mailed to participants.

The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required for both workshop dates. Participants are not considered registered until they have signed up for both workshop dates, 3D Printing Basics: Part 1 and Part 2, at the same location. To sign up, call the Beacon Hill library at 206-684-4711 or register online via the class listing in the Library’s calendar. Class sizes are limited to 10 attendees. Up to five people can be added to the wait list when the class size has reached its capacity. The workshops are intended for teens and adults.

The Beacon Hill Branch is located at 2821 Beacon Ave. S..

Sweet Dreams at Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies

Ice cream at the shop in the movie Sweet Dreams. Photo by Lisa Fruchtman.
Ice cream at the shop in the movie Sweet Dreams. Photo by Lisa Fruchtman.
On Friday, June 19, Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies will celebrate its first birthday. All neighbors are invited to enjoy the special movie Sweet Dreams, indulge in free popcorn and free drumsticks. Movies are screened at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S., across from the Shell station). Doors open at 6:15 for neighbors to chat and movies start at 7 p.m. sharp.

The movie series got its start in 2014 with a Small Sparks grant from the Department of Neighborhoods which funded the first six movies (paying for rent, screening rights, posters and popcorn). Since then community support from local business Joe McKinstry Construction Company and donations from moviegoers have funded the program. Our local series is a program of Beacon Arts and an affiliate of the Meaningful Movies Project based in Wallingford.

Three neighbors, Devin Hollingsworth, Jonis Davis and Christina Olson steer the project, hunting for great documentaries, inviting resource folks to the discussion circles that follow the movies, and searching for grants to sustain the program. They report that they have welcomed over 500 people in their first year from as many as 34 zip codes. Olson says, “It was meant to be a local movie series, an opportunity for neighbors to meet and discuss social, economic and environmental issues spurred by the movies. We’ve had some great discussions, and met some wonderful local film makers.”

Sweet Dreams, June’s movie, tells the story of the hard work of reconciliation after the Rwandan genocide. Women from all ethnic groups form a drumming performance troupe, and then move on to form a cooperative to build a business. They choose to bring ice cream to Rwanda for the first time. According to Christina Olson, “The movie chronicles the difficult road to making a dream come true. This is a movie that captures the great spirit of women who dare to dream.”

(Thanks to Christina Olson for this story submission!)

The Station celebrates 5 years with an all-ages Block Party

The Station block party 2015

The Station Coffee House has been serving up coffee and supporting neighborhood arts for five years now (can you believe it?). To celebrate, they are hosting a free, all-ages Block Party on Saturday, June 20 from 2-9 p.m., with local food and beer, kids’ and families’ activities, live performances and more.

A small selection of the acts to be featured includes: Prometheus Brown, Gabriel Teodros, Otow Gang, Spekulation, Julie C, King Khasm, Jusmoni, Tulsi, Seattle Capoeira Center, The Fandango Project and many more. DJs will include WD4D, Ear Dr. Umz and Absolute Madman.

The Station is located at 2533 16th Ave. S., across from El Centro de la Raza.

Georgetown Carnival this weekend

Georgetown Carnival 2015Just down the hill from us, the Georgetown Carnival will happen from noon to 10 p.m. this Saturday, including four separate stages featuring a variety of music and entertainment, plus the ever-popular power tool races on Airport Way South. The event is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

The carnival will mark the first use of Georgetown’s new “festival street,” similar to Beacon Hill’s Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. SDOT Director Scot Kubly will speak briefly at 1 p.m. to dedicate the street and thank those involved.

Find out more info at the Georgetown Carnival website.

Beacon Hill Library celebrating ten year anniversary Saturday

Neighbors wait for the library to open on a typical day. Photo by Jason Simpson.
The Beacon Hill Branch of The Seattle Public Library is turning 10 years old and the neighborhood is celebrating this Saturday, July 12!  A fun-filled day is planned with refreshments, a panel of speakers, poetry reading and entertainment. Beacon Hill writers, young and old, are invited to share their creativity during an open mic program.

Schedule of events

  • 12:30 p.m. – Neighborhood celebration/social hour
  • 1:30 p.m. – Architecture panel reviews the vision, design, and process of Beacon Hill’s new library building
  • 2:45 p.m. – Ken Mochizuki, author of “Beacon Hill Boys,” reads from his work
  • 3:15 p.m. – Open mic for local writers to share their work
  • 4:30 p.m. – Learn break dancing from members of the Massive Monkees crew

Jo Miller to “Tell a Tall Tale” at the Garden House

jomillerThis Friday, November 22 and Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., Jo Miller “Tells a Tall Tale” from her memoir, Never Holler Whoa at a Horserace. The show at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave South, will include music and storytelling, and a reunion with former Burly Roughnecks bandmates Dave Keenan and Nova Devonie (aka Miles and Karina) for a country-swing jam.

Tickets are available now at Brown Paper Tickets, here. For more information, see the website or contact Betty Jean Williamson at rockitspace@gmail.com or (206) 323-7733.

“Just Another Day” pays tribute to the neighborhood

You’ll probably recognize most of the locations in the video for “Just Another Day” by emcees Gabriel Teodros, Mic Flont, and Ka.lil, vocalist Jill Laxamana and producer Uce Wayne. This updated version of Queen Latifah’s song is a tribute to Beacon Hill, featuring neighborhood landmarks including Red Apple, The Station, Jefferson Park and Fou Lee Market. The video was directed by Eric Miller and Mic Flont.