Category Archives: Local Events

Lights, caroling and Santa brighten up Beacon Hill junction

Santa Claus will bring holiday lights to an often-dark corner of the neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, when Santa and Beacon Hill neighbors light the community tree at the corner of 15th Avenue S. and Beacon Avenue South.

The tree lighting isn’t the only festive activity — the event will also include caroling, dancing, and holiday treats, including specials at local businesses.

During the event, donations to the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief will be accepted at Inay’s.

Want to volunteer to help or perform? Contact Betty Jean at

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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 or (206) 323-7733.

Ache and Loud Motor play benefit show at Garden House 11/16

November 16 brings a fundraising show to the Garden House, raising funds to benefit Mobility Builders, a local non-profit that provides wheelchairs to under-privileged children in developing countries. The bands Ache and Loud Motor will perform. Doors are at 6 p.m., and the $25 admission fee includes a few drinks and some snacks.

The Garden House is at 2336 15th Ave South.

Cider, pumpkins, and other fall fun at the Fall Festival

Now that the leaves are starting to turn, it’s a good time to celebrate the new season before the winter rains move in to stay. To that end, Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool is hosting their annual Fall Festival tomorrow, October 5 from 10 2 p.m. on Roberto Maestas Festival Street (next to Beacon Hill Station).

Activities for the whole family include pumpkin decorating, a bike parade, a cider press, a bake sale, face painting, a photo booth, and much more.

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Benefit Bazaar to showcase handmade arts, crafts and food

As the holiday season rapidly approaches, so does the season of many craft fairs. Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church kicks off the craft fair season with a Benefit Bazaar this Saturday, featuring food, arts and crafts, and children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Funds raised will benefit Red Bird Mission, a United Methodist Church mission to people in the Appalachian mountains.

Blaine Memorial is located at 3001 24th Ave. S.

Free harvest dinner wraps up a beany summer

Photo by avlxyz via Flickr/Creative Commons.
By Christina Olson

Want to enjoy a free-for-fall community supper with your neighbors? Then plan on meeting at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S.) on Friday, October 11, at 6 p.m. to enjoy what many places in America do when the leaves turn color –- gather for a harvest meal.

This spring and summer the Beacon Hill Garden Club and Rockit Community Arts, with help from the Department of Neighborhoods, co-sponsored a growing project — Beacon, a Hill of Beans! — to encourage neighbors to grow some food for their plates.

You may remember the Bean Bonanza in April, with free seeds, soil, growing advice and the bean buffet. Beanheads were seen at the Cinco de Mayo celebration, and at the Beacon Hill Festival giving away seeds (where we learned the mayor is a beanhead and promised to plant our seeds). We made bean necklaces and constructed bean trellises of Beacon Hill bamboo at the June Beacon Rocks. Then there appeared the installation of demonstration gardens at El Centro (24 planters of heirloom beans) and the Jefferson Community Center (the awesome Beanhenge). Not content with single site bean fun, they then bedecked Beacon Ave storefronts into a Boulevard of Beans with pots of scarlet runners. Neighbors were seen marching around with bean-baggies, to harvest a side for dinner. The Wall of Beans at the Station coffeehouse delighted local hummingbirds—almost an excess of color and nectar!

Now it’s time for the Beanheads to close out the project, celebrate our teamwork and thank the neighbors for their support of our project (hundreds of hours of community work). Please come have supper with us! We’ll have some delicious world bean dishes, salad, cornbread and dessert. There will be seeds to share and swap (not all beans, but plenty of them) and we’ll play some rousing rounds of bingo. Unfortunately Bean-o has declined sponsorship of this event, but we feel “propelled” to carry on.

Horticulture Open House welcomes community 9/28

Did you know that there is a facility on South Dakota Street that grows about 200,000 to 250,000 annuals and perennials each year, producing plants to be used in parks and other city landscapes? The Jefferson Horticulture Facility on South Dakota Street propagates these plants that keep Seattle green. On Saturday, September 28, the community is invited to find out more about the facility at the Seattle Parks and Recreation Jefferson Horticulture Facility Open House, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the Open House, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Parks’ Natural Resources Unit and their role in the city’s specialty gardens, parks and urban forestry. It’s also a chance to learn more about the nearby Beacon Food Forest, and enjoy light refreshments and family activities.

All ages are welcome. The facility is located at 1600 South Dakota Street. For more information on the event, contact Necka Kapesi at

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NEPO 5K Don’t Run: an art-filled path to Beacon Hill

It kind of sneaked up on us this year (can it be September already?), but this Saturday, September 7, from 12-8 p.m. is the third NEPO 5K Don’t Run art event, a 5km walk from the International District up to Beacon Hill.

Not just your normal walk, the route of this one will feature over 60 art projects including sculptures, interactive artworks, poetry readings, video projections, sound installations, music, and theater. The end of the route at the NEPO House on South Lander Street will have live music and DJs, a beer garden, and food trucks.

Registration for the walk is in Hing Hay Park in the International District from 12-3 p.m. Admission is $10, free for children.

For more information about the big event, see the NEPO House website.

This polka band was part of the festivities at the first NEPO 5k Don’t Run in 2011. Photo by David Lasky in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

Jubilee celebrates Jefferson Park, 9/14

Neighbors enjoyed last year’s Jefferson Park Jubilee. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog.
Summer may be drawing to an end (don’t remind me!), but summer fun still awaits in Jefferson Park on Saturday, September 14, when the Jefferson Park Jubilee sets up in the park for a day of music, art, food, film and fun celebrating the recently rebuilt park.

From 1-7 p.m., the Jubilee will feature food and craft vendors, traditional park games to recreate historical Japanese picnics that used to be held there, tours of the Beacon Food Forest, performances, and more. From 7-10 p.m. is the summer’s final outdoor movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. See the event schedule here.

The park is located on Beacon Avenue, just south of South Spokane Street. Parking near the event may be scarce, so alternate transportation is recommended.

For more information, contact