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Beacon Rocks! again on Sunday

Members of Ala Carte performing at Beacon Rocks! in 2011. Photo by Wendi Dunlap/Beacon Hill Blog
Is it really almost the end of August? It is. And that means that this Sunday, August 24, is the last Beacon Rocks! of the summer of 2013. This month’s event from 1-5 p.m. on Roberto Maestas Festival Street is themed “Duwamish!”

There will be a flea market, kids’ wading pools, and the usual entertainment from local performers. Youth from the Duwamish Tribe will share Duwamish River clean up information along with info about current efforts for Federal recognition of the tribe.

Here’s the schedule for the event:

  • 1-1:45pm: Ala Carte
  • 2-2:45pm: X8 Interactive
  • 3-3:45pm: Stefanie Robbins
  • 4-4:45pm: Tumbuka Marimba
  • Break dancing by “Catch ‘Em All” during every set break!

Ghostbusters under the stars at Jefferson Park

I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.
I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never, ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft.

Who you gonna call? That’s right, the 1984 comedy blockbuster Ghostbusters is this month’s feature at the Jefferson Park Outdoor Movie Night. Showtime is dusk on Saturday, August 17, and admission is free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks, or purchase snacks at the site.

Mark September 14 on your calendar as well, when Raiders of the Lost Ark will close out this year’s summer outdoor movie series.

For more information about the event, contact the Jefferson Community Center at 684-7481.

Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!
Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

Yum! Adobo Fest comes to The Station 8/18

Prizewinning adobo comes to The Station coffee shop on Sunday, August 18, from 12-5 p.m. with the first Adobo Fest, hosted by Prometheus Brown with music by DJ 100 Proof and Sabzi. For $25, you get “all you can eat and drink.” $10 gets you five tastings and one drink, and $6 gets you three tastings and one drink. The event is kid-friendly.

You are invited to submit your own adobo dish for judging. Here are the rules and the entry form.

Cash prizes and a trophy await winners in the event, and the winning adobo dish will also be featured in the Beacon Ave Sandwich “Jose Rizal” adobo sandwich.

Guest judges include:

To find out more, contact

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

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Block parties galore for tonight’s Night Out

Neighbors will get together for block parties from one end of the Hill to the other tonight for the annual Neighborhood Night Out Against Crime. This year’s theme for the crime-prevention and community-building event is “Celebrating Crime Free Neighborhoods.” There will be potlucks, entertainment, visits from community representatives, police officers, and firefighters, BBQs, and more.

We’ve put together an interactive map of all the Beacon Hill Night Out events we know of. Check out what your neighbors are doing tonight, and join them if you can!

View Beacon Hill Night Out 2013 in a larger map

National Night Out is next Tuesday

Night Out logoThe 2013 National Night Out Against Crime is only a week away on Tuesday, August 6. Neighbors all over Beacon Hill and the city are holding block parties as part of this crime-prevention and community-building event. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Crime Free Neighborhoods.”

For this night only, neighbors are allowed to close their street to traffic without paying a fee or applying for a permit — only registration is required. Typical activities at Night Out block parties include potlucks, live music, children’s games and activities, and visits from local elected officials and candidates.

Are you holding a Night Out block party on Beacon Hill? Let us know in the comments and we’ll set up a list.

The Seattle Police Department has provided some information about setting up a block party:

  • Once you get to the Night Out registration page, you’ll see an icon that says Register Your Event. Click on that link to register your Night Out event. Once you have registered your event, you will get email verification. You can go back in and edit and/or cancel your event later if you need to.
  • You can choose to add your event to a map as well. Registering your event won’t automatically put your event on the map. This is a separate step from registering your event and is completely voluntary, though it is on the same web page. Below Register Your Event, you’ll see the icon that says Add To The Map. Enter your event information here if you want your event to show up on the citywide public calendar. It can take approximately 48 hours to populate the map.
  • The Night Out invitations available on our website are in pdf and are editable and printable from there.
  • If you opt to close your street, please remember that arterials and intersections cannot be closed or blocked. Also, you cannot block off access to your street with something that could not be easily moved in the event that your neighbors or an emergency vehicle need to access your street. You cannot use a vehicle to block off the street. A chair or table with a sign taped to it saying “Street Closed” is good enough.
  • We have many requests for Police Officers and Firefighters to visit Night Out events. Officers and Firefighters will make every attempt to get to as many events as they can, but with over 1300 events citywide, be mindful that you may not get a visit.

Beacon Rocks! today from 1-5 p.m.

Mr. K (Kent Stevenson) performed at the June 2013 Beacon Rocks! event. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Today the free Beacon Rocks! festival returns to Roberto Maestas Festival Street from 1-5 p.m. with the theme: “Move It! Transportation Exploration!”

Along with four hours of local music, other activities will include making and decorating your own hula hoop, and building a paper boat to sail in the wading pools.

Here’s the entertainment schedule:

1:00 p.m. Random Axe – featuring Jack LeNoir and Betty Jean Williamson

1:45 p.m. Slow Bike Race

2:15 p.m. Chava Mirel

3:00 p.m. Splinter Dance Company

3:45 p.m. Haiku Contest

4-4:45 p.m.: Pavel Shepp Trio

For more information, see the website.

Workshop tonight shows how to go solar

Interested in learning how to make solar energy at your home more affordable? A workshop will run from 6-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Beacon Hill Library (2821 Beacon Ave S.) to provide information about the Solarize Seattle program, which features a group-buy program to provide a streamlined process for residents and small businesses to purchase solar systems for a discounted price.

Workshop attendees will learn how solar works in oft-cloudy Seattle, how it is installed, what tax and production incentives are available to bring the price down, and how low-interest financing can spread out the cost. On June 30, Governor Inslee signed an extension through 2016 of the sales tax exemption on solar systems smaller than 10kW (which a typical residential system would be). The Solarize campaign intends to install over 200 kilowatts of solar energy in central and southeast Seattle by the end of 2013.

Registration for Solarize Seattle: Central/Southeast is open to neighbors who live in the geographic area bordered by the Montlake cut to the north, I-5 to the west, Lake Washington to the east, and the City of Seattle boundary to the south. See the website for more information.

“Walk About” North Beacon Hill this Saturday

The Beacon Hill Merchants Association presents a special treat for this coming Saturday, July 20th: A “Walk About” and Scavenger Hunt at Beacon Hill Station and Stevens Place Park (the park commonly known as “Triangle Park” at Beacon Avenue South and South Stevens Street).

The Stevens Place Park info booth for the event will sell four different “Walk About” collectible buttons featuring local artists. The buttons are also good for that-day-only bargains at local shops.

A “Taste Of Beacon,” starting at 4:30 p.m. at the park, features a piñata at 5:30, plus samples of food and drink from the following Beacon Hill restaurants: Traveler’s Thali House, Baja Bistro, Inay’s, La Cabaña, El Sabroso, Beacon Avenue Sandwiches, Victrola Espresso, Despi Delite Bakery, and Golden Daisy.

Free entertainment on your way all along Beacon Avenue starts at 4 p.m. and includes: The Adam Hicks Trio at the Station; DJ WD4D, DJ Shorthand, Culture Shakti, and Naira Kai at Hanford Mural Stage; a community art project at 15th and Beacon; DJ Joel Mercado, Gosona, and Dansing Lolos at the El Quetzal/Victrola stage; and an ongoing letterpress printing demonstration at Day Moon Press.

The Scavenger Hunt can be played one of two ways. Register at Stevens Place Park or at Beacon Hill Station starting at 4 p.m. The smartphone version uses the Munzee app to play. The competition runs between 4 and 8:45 pm. The top three hunters of Munzee sites will receive trophies.

Those desiring an old-fashioned scavenger hunt may register, then follow a map and clues, to pick up twenty items at participating “Walk About” businesses. The fastest person to collect all twenty wins a trophy.

For more information on this all-ages event, see the website.


Beacon Rocks! returns on Sunday — with beans

Last June, a giant chicken visited Beacon Rocks! Photo by Wendi Dunlap
This Sunday, June 30, it’s “back to the bean” on Beacon Hill for this summer’s first Beacon Rocks! event at Roberto Maestas Festival Street from 1 to 5 p.m. As in previous summers, Beacon Rocks! is a free, all-ages street fair with music, dance, and vendors.

This week’s theme is “Beacon: A Hill of Beans,” a celebration of growing, eating and sharing beans as part of this year’s ongoing Hill of Beans project.

Here’s the schedule:

  • 1:00 Splinter: social justice contemporary dance
  • 1:45 Carold Nelson: drumming
  • 2:00 Molasses Theory: eclectric rock
  • 2:45 Carold Nelson: drumming
  • 3:00 Alay ng Kultura: Filipino Arts Collective
  • 3:45 Carold Nelson: drumming
  • 4:00 Mister K and the Rhythm Rockets: Je­ Bongo Busch drums, Kent Stevenson keyboard

Other activities include a bean bag toss for prizes, a haiku contest, making bean necklaces, and more.

This year, a new addition to the event is a flea market. For $25, you can rent a six-foot space to sell or trade your stuff. Find the application here.