Pear-a-dise, the yearly harvest and celebration of all things pear at the Garden House historic orchard has moved to Sunday, August 16, still from 2-6 p.m. Come harvest pears, sample pear goodness and learn about the Beacon Mural Project. 2336 15th Ave. S., across from the Shell Station.
You should have/will receive a postcard in your mailboxes so take note of the date change and join us in the harvest!!!
CenturyLink and El Centro are hosting an open house this Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. to introduce Internet Basics, an affordable Internet offering for income qualified customers. Beacon Hill is also becoming a CenturyLink Fiber Lit neighborhood, meaning that residents of our community will have access to next generation internet speeds of up to 1 Gig. You can find out about both of these offerings at Tuesday’s open house.
Estella Ortega of El Centro will give a short introduction at 5 p.m., and free tacos from Maya’s Restaurant will be served. Please come to the event and share this info with any of your neighbors who might be interested.
I am a member of UPTUN (Upping Technology for Underserved Neighborhoods), which has been working to improve access to technology for the past 5 years. We are volunteers making sure WAVE, CenturyLink, Comcast, the City of Seattle, etc. improve internet and cable services. We want improved speed, better reliability, and more competition in every neighborhood in Seattle. Please visit http://www.uptun.org/ for more information of what we do.
Fir State Golf Club, a primarily Black golf club, chose to call themselves Fir State after Washington’s state tree. To them, the evergreen fir tree was a symbol of strength and the ability to weather many storms. The club was established in 1947 to provide nonwhites an opportunity to learn and participate fully in the sport of golf. Up until that time, and in most places around the United States, including Seattle, clubs and tournaments were not open to golfers of color.
Regardless of their abilities, they were left out of opportunities to compete, gain recognition and acquire the economic rewards afforded to other quality golfers. This was true and condoned legally throughout the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. At a time when Rosa Parks had not yet been arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus and the 14th amendment to the US constitution, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was still 17 years away, these determined golfers became some of the earliest heroes in the fight for equality and racial justice in Seattle.
Have an interest in or experience with volunteer engagement, the nonprofit community, and/or project management? You’re invited to get involved and help a local non-profit to plan, implement and manage the projects needed to take the organization’s volunteer program to the next level.
VIP Manager Corps is a United Way of King County program managed in partnership with 501 Commons. VMC provides community volunteers with the tools needed to help local non-profit organizations develop effective volunteer management practices. Several participating organizations are located around Beacon Hill.
This volunteer role has been a rewarding opportunity for community members looking for a meaningful way to apply their skills and experience in the nonprofit community. Volunteers gain the opportunity to apply their own skills and experience in a new context, work closely with a local organization and earn an $800 service award.
Local, volunteer-powered Beacon Hill Meaningful Movies screens the documentary E Team on Friday, July 17 at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S) at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15. Free movie, free popcorn!
This film follows four members of the Emergencies Team (E Team) of the respected, international human rights group, Human Rights Watch. Trained to deal with unfolding crises, the team flies to hotspots all over the world as soon as allegations of human rights abuse surface. They gather crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and if so, to interview, document and capture the world’s attention. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence and the work of the E Team, backed by HRW has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands who stories would never otherwise have been told.
The camera follows the E-Team investigators into the field as they smuggle themselves across the Syrian border to conduct undercover investigations as the civil war rages around them.
Each team member is visited at home away from conflict zones showing how they try to balance family and personal relationships with the challenges of their E Team work around the world. Though they are very different people, they share a fearless spirit and a deep commitment to exposing and halting human rights abuses everywhere.
(Thanks, Christina, for posting to The Commons! — Ed.)
Attention all chicken, goat, and rabbit owners! The Seattle Farm Co-op is happy to announce we are all moved in to our new location down in the south end and we would love to meet all you urban farmers and gardeners. Our new address is 5133 South Director Street, Seattle, WA 98118. More info can be found at www.seattlefarmcoop.com. Hope to see you soon!
Belly dancers in the all way crosswalk, live mural painting, buskers and bands, food trucks and more, plus art in 31 venues up and down Beacon Avenue. The Beacon Art Walkabout is happening this Saturday and it’s going to be a gas! Visit beacon-arts.org to see the schedule. Rumor is there will be a pedal-powered people-mover sighting as well–so be ready to work for your lunch!
Seattle Parks will offer free lunches for ages 18 and under from noon-1 p.m. Monday-Friday from June 22 to August 14 at sites including Beacon Hill Playground, 1902 13th Ave. S.
Dates and locations are subject to change. Call 206-615-0303 for more information.