Category Archives: Local Events

Time to clean up at recycling/shredding event

If your spring cleaning efforts have turned up some old computers, cell phones, refrigerators or the like, you might want to make your way to the Rainier Community Center’s northeast parking lot at 4600 38th Ave. S. on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., for free electronic recycling and paper shredding.

Items accepted for recycling include appliances, electronics, lawn equipment, bikes (to be donated to BikeWorks), metals, batteries, and more. See the official flyer for details and a list of restricted items. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Windermere Foundation and the Rainier Community Center’s youth scholarship program. Donation receipts will be available.

Elnah Jordan, Eric Verlinde, and Tom McElroy perform at Garden House Blues

Elnah Jordan.
Elnah Jordan.
The Garden House Blues series returns this Friday, April 19, when Elnah Jordan, Eric Verlinde, and Tom McElroy perform at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m.

Vocalist Elnah Jordan performed the role of the legendary Bessie Smith in San Francisco for 2-1/2 years in The Evolution of the Blues, and later starred in Street Dreams, an Off-Broadway musical drama. She has since built a reputation as a powerful singer in jazz, R&B, gospel and blues. Pianist Eric Verlinde‘s fifth CD, Firewalker, collects some of his more than 150 compositions ranging “from Latin jazz to swinging hard-bop.” Jazz guitarist Tom McElroy will open the show.

Before the show begins, Beacon Bento will be available with meals delivered to your table from Inay’s Kitchen and Travelers Thali House for $10 or less per meal.

For more info, see the website.

See, hear, walk and create at Kimball Art Walk 4/11

Kimball Art Walk 2013This Thursday afternoon, April 11, is a great time to take a walk on Beacon Avenue for the Second Annual Kimball Elementary School Art Walk. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., businesses on Beacon Avenue between Tippe and Drague (3315 Beacon Avenue South) and Beacon Hill Dental Associates (3051 Beacon Avenue South) will display art by Kimball students. Businesses participating will be marked with bright, colorful flags.

The street will also be lined with booths featuring art activities, and the school choir and ukulele band will perform. All neighbors are invited to see, hear and make some art with the Kimball community and friends.

View Kimball Art Walk 2013 in a larger map

Stories for Boys at Beacon Hill Library 4/28

The Beacon Hill branch of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a free dramatic reading from Gregory Martin’s Stories for Boys: A Memoir from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. The reading, adapted and directed by Laura Ferri, will be performed by Book-It Repertory Theatre.

Admission is free and all are welcome; no ticket or reservation is necessary. The library is located at 2821 Beacon Ave. S. in North Beacon Hill.

Stories for Boys was chosen as this year’s Seattle Reads book. The book details author Gregory Martin’s struggle in coming to terms with revelations of his father’s homosexuality following an attempted suicide, and tells stories about his own parenting of two young sons.

For more information on the reading or Seattle Reads, call 206-386-4636.

Hoppity-hop to the Jefferson Community Center Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast

Photo by makelessnoise via Creative Commons/Flickr.
Easter is coming soon and so is the annual Jefferson Community Center Spring Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 30. The egg hunt will start at 10 a.m. sharp. The pancake breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m.

Pancakes are $4, pancakes and sausage are $5, and the deluxe breakfast with pancakes, sausage and eggs will be $6. The egg hunt is free.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. For more information, call 206-684-7481.

FriendShop to pop up at Beacon Hill Library

Neighbors wait for the Beacon Hill Library to open in the morning. Photo by Jason Simpson/Beacon Hill Blog.
The Beacon Hill Library is a fine place to find books, DVDs, and more. On one Saturday this month, however, it will also be a fine place to shop. The Friends of The Seattle Public Library are bringing a FriendShop Pop Up Shop to the Beacon Hill Branch (2821 Beacon Ave. S.) from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30.

The FriendShop Pop Up Shop will include pre-owned paperbacks, children’s books, and gift items such as tote bags, mugs, and jewelry. All proceeds will benefit the Seattle Public Library. The Pop Up Shop is a traveling version of the main FriendShop at the Central Library.

Sukiyaki Dinner to benefit Kimball Elementary

bmc_sukiyaki_03.02.13Saturday afternoon and evening, March 2, Beacon Hill neighbors are invited to Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church at 3001 24th Ave. S. for their annual Sukiyaki Dinner. A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit Kimball Elementary School in North Beacon Hill.

Dining hours are 4 to 7 p.m. in the church’s Lee Activity Center. Take out is also available; cooked and uncooked take out dinners are available from 2 to 5 p.m., and uncooked take out dinners from 5 to 7 p.m.

Adult dinners are $13, and kids 11 and under can eat for $9 (dine-in only).

See the event’s Facebook page for more information.

Green Eggs and Ham Friday at Jefferson Community Center

Green eggs and ham? Photo by Ben Husmann via Creative Commons/Flickr.
Do you like Green Eggs and Ham? Perhaps you don’t know because you’ve never tried them. This Friday is your chance at the Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.) as they celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a special event featuring actual Green Eggs and Ham for all to enjoy.

Other activities planned include making hats, coloring, making “oobleck,” watching The Lorax, playing games, and more fun family activities.

The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, and admission is $2 per person.

Nova Nervosa, Jo Miller perform at Sunday Folk Club 3/3

novanervosaMarch’s installment of ROCKiT Community Arts‘ First Sunday Night Folk Club on Sunday, March 3, will feature the Nova Nervosa Trio, a trio consisting of accordion, bass, and guitar, described as “quivery Tunes from a musical mind.”

Also performing that night will be Jo Miller, who will read from her memoirs with musical accompaniment from Orville Johnson.

The show starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. for the Beacon Bento dinner. Location, as always, is the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. Admission is $8 at the door, and free for kids under 12. Advance tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets.

See more about Sunday Folk Club here.

Cleveland HS STEM program hosts tours, open house

Here on Beacon Hill we have the only STEM high school in the region: Cleveland High School, an option school open to all students in Seattle Schools. Cleveland STEM will host school tours later this month and in early March, as well as hosting an open house on February 27 for prospective students and parents.

The school tours are on Thursday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 27 from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. The open house is Wednesday, February 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Space is limited, so please RSVP with your phone number and preferred dates to registrar Kelly Tagupa at or 206-252-7814.

STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” and Cleveland’s STEM program focuses on those fields through two academies, the School of Life Sciences and the School of Engineering and Design. Students in the STEM program take four years of math and science, with the opportunity to take AP courses. Find out more about the program at the website.

This video, STEM Pays, is an introduction to Cleveland’s STEM program and the careers STEM students prepare for.