Free movies this summer!

(This post was promoted from The Commons. Thanks, Melissa, for contributing to the BHB in The Commons!)

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!

Shiny and new at Fire Station 13

New vehicles at Fire Station 13. Photo courtesy of Lt. Kyle White.
New vehicles at Fire Station 13. Photo courtesy of Lt. Kyle White.

Lt. Kyle White of the Seattle Fire Department tells us that Fire Station 13, in the historic building on the corner of Beacon Ave. S. and S. Spokane St., took delivery of two new vehicles this month. They received a 2015 Pierce fire engine that went into service on June 11. It replaces a 2003 American LaFrance that has been relegated to reserve status and will be housed at a fire station in Wedgwood. Earlier in the month, the station also took possession of a 2015 Chevy Suburban that will operate as a battalion chief’s vehicle.

(Thanks, Lt. White!)

Check out the Commons

You might have noticed a few days ago that a new button appeared in the top menu of the Beacon Hill Blog, titled “The Commons.” For a few days I’ve been testing out a new feature intended to let community members submit content to the blog. Reviews, news, features, interviews, news tips and more are welcome. (Photos, for now, have to get here another way. But stay tuned.)

All you have to do is go to the “Write For The BHB” link in the top menu (or just click this) and write your content in there.

Once approved (it’s moderated, but just to keep out spammers), your content goes live on the Commons where it can be read and discussed by community members. Some Commons articles will be promoted to the main BHB page. Recent Commons posts are listed in the right-hand column of all pages on the Beacon Hill Blog.

Try it out and see how you can easily contribute to your neighborhood blog in The Commons! If you’re thinking of posting a neighborhood event on Facebook or the mailing list, think about posting it here too.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy this new feature!

Perihelion Brewery to open later this year at McClellan and 16th

No sign of the dentist's office anymore; this construction is bringing a brewpub to North Beacon Hill. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
No sign of the dentist’s office anymore; this construction is bringing a brewpub to North Beacon Hill. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
Remember when the Rainier brewery was open down the hill from us in Sodo, and we could smell the beer brewing up here on North Beacon every day? It’s been a few years since then, but beer brewing is returning to the vicinity, and now it’s even closer! Beacon Hill’s first brewpub, Perihelion Brewery, will open later this year.

The pub will be located across S. McClellan from the Red Apple, in the building that houses Salon Nouveau. The salon is staying; the pub is taking over the former dentist’s office on the west/16th Ave. S. side of the building.

A few days ago, the BHB was out there peering through the windows to see the progress. (And it’s nice to see the windows uncovered, after all of those years they were covered up!) We were happy to see that Owner/Head Brewer Les McAuliffe and Assistant Brewer Hunter Jaworski posted photos in the window showing historic views of the building. (Maybe the photos will be inside after the pub opens?) The space is small, but looks roomy enough for a cozy neighborhood hangout.

These old photos show the appearance of the building years ago. It looks very strange without the big trees on Beacon. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
These old photos show the appearance of the building years ago. It looks very strange without the big trees on Beacon. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Seattle Beer News tells us the brewpub will be kid-friendly and the kitchen will serve “elevated pub food.”

You can find all the beer-geek details about the new most-local of brews at Seattle Beer News, and follow the pub on Twitter at @Perihelionbeer.

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..

Bagoong: “Always ready to funk the party up”

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Slog writes about a culinary event happening right here on Beacon Hill this upcoming Monday:

Geo Quibuyen and Chera Amlag, the people behind the successful monthly pop-up Food & Sh*t, held every third Monday at Inay’s on Beacon Hill, are betting that Seattle diners are ready to handle some of the Philippines’ strongest, fishiest flavors.

“On Monday, June 15, they’ll be serving a five-course menu based entirely on bagoong, which Quibuyen describes as “that pungent pinkish grayish fermented seafood semi-liquid that is the soul of many Filipino kitchens. An indigenous, time-tested product that existed before Spanish colonization and American imperialism, always ready to funk the party up.”

The event is a prix-fixe 5-course tasting menu dinner. All ages are welcome. Reservations and advance payment are required; go here to reserve your space.

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.