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Beacon Boogie brings art, music, and fun on 10/29

The first Beacon Boogie will celebrate food, art, and music on the Hill on October 29. Five bands will perform in five different North Beacon venues for five dollars (free for kids 12 and under). All of the venues are on Beacon Avenue South within a half block of South Hanford Street.

The festivities begin with pizza and the jazz of Trio Zazou at Bar del Corso from 5-7 p.m. Then from 7-10, the music moves to four other venues:

Quetzalcoatl Gallery will also host a community Day of the Dead altar, and a reception for a photography exhibition by Almendra Sandoval.

The Beacon Boogie is sponsored by the Beacon Hill Merchants Association.

Here’s a video of Beacon Boogie performer Greg Ruby:

Read on to see more videos and a clickable map of the event’s venues.
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Don’t Run fun on Saturday night

The NEPO 5K Don’t Run brought a lot of activity to North Beacon Hill on Saturday night. Melissa Jonas took some photos of the event and added them to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr. You can also see more of her photos in this Flickr set.

Other photographers capturing the event included Ella Dorband and Dan Bennett. Dan in particular posted an extensive set of pictures, including photos of the Bavarian Village Band at the German Garden, performers at The Station’s hip-hop show, and colorful projections on the outside of NEPO House.

ROCKiT space volunteers brought "Horus the Hawk" to life.

Estela Ortega included Roberto Maestas' lovingly-maintained Mercedes in the car show organized by The Station.

NEPO 5K Don’t Run brings art, music, and food to the Hill

Summer vacation may be ending, but art happenings on and around Beacon Hill are still in full swing. This Saturday, September 10, the NEPO 5K Don’t Run will bring participants on a 5K walk from Occidental Park in Pioneer Square up to the NEPO House on North Beacon Hill (1723 S. Lander St.). Along the way, over 80 artists will present site-specific installations, performances, art gallery events, and more, finishing at NEPO House, which will have its own art show.

Other venues on the hill are also participating. The Station coffee house is hosting a Festival Street car show, with live music, food, drinks and more, on Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. ROCKiT space is hosting cabaret, food, and drinks at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S.). And at 17th Ave. S. and S. McClellan Street, you’ll find a German Garden, including refreshments, dirndls, lederhosen, and a Bavarian Village Band playing polka tunes.

The NEPO 5K Don’t Run is free to the public and welcomes participants of all ages to walk, hop, crawl, stumble, moonwalk, or otherwise make their way along the 5K route. Participants will gather at Occidental Park at 2 p.m., then follow the route through Pioneer Square and the International District to Beacon Hill. Most Beacon Hill events will take place from 6-10 p.m.

See the website for more information, including descriptions of the various exhibitions, and a list of participating artists.

Click this image to see a larger copy of the event map:

Beacon Hill artist to show new work

Beacon Hill artist and architect Shea Bajaj is having a solo showing of his new paintings at Traver Gallery. The show opens on August 25 and will run through October 2. An opening reception will be held on August 25 from 5-8 p.m.

The Traver Gallery website describes Shea’s work:

“Shea Bajaj strives to visually represent a form of altered state of consciousness in his work—the experience of being so intensely focused on an object or experience, that everything else seems to dissolve.”


“Atoll Series: Pink and Orange”

(Art images courtesy of Shea Bajaj.)

Rizal Park Music and Arts Fest this Sunday

The 3rd Annual Rizal Park Music and Arts Fest is happening this Sunday, August 21, from noon until 8 p.m. at Dr. Jose Rizal Park on North Beacon Hill. The event will feature local Filipino and Pacific Asian musicians and artists, along with Pacific Islands cuisine from vendors such as Beacon Hill’s own Inay’s. Activities for kids are also planned.

The schedule of performers:

  • 12:00 – Angelo Pizarro
  • 1:00 – Mikee Guerzon, Dennis Engracia and Alex Gonzalez
  • 2:00 – NW Gospel Jazz
  • 3:00 – Browngroove Entertainment Artist(s) Bella, Cece Cabading and Jessica Domingo
  • 4:00 – Sky and David Sanoy w/ the Love Fellowship band
  • 5:00 – Luke Ulavale
  • 6:00 – Smooth Techniques
  • 7:00 – Veronica Topacio/Paul Cabrera

For more information about the event, see the event website.

BHIS seeks tile artist for mural project

Beacon Hill International School is seeking a “working tile artist who explores global themes and enjoys working with children” for a 6-week project in late summer/early fall of this year, working with K-5 kids to create tiles for a mosaic mural.

The artist chosen will also bring the Beacon Hill community into the project, collaborating with neighbors to make tiles and complete the mural.

The installation will be an approximately 10’x7′ tile mosaic, to be installed on the wall of an exterior entryway. Additionally, some smaller areas at the school and a nearby park may also be included in the project. The stipend for the completed mural is $2,000. The application deadline is July 29.

Details and further information are below the jump:
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Things are happening this weekend

Don’t forget to check out the events page for information on the weekend’s activities!




  • Lewis Park work party, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lewis Park, 12th Ave S and Golf Dr S. Come help plant native plants or do other chores in the restoration of the park. Tools, gloves, water and refreshments are provided.

Rumi Koshino exhibit opens at NEPO 6/11

Next Saturday, June 11, from 6-8 p.m., NEPO House presents the opening of another in the series of Little Treats art exhibitions, I’m Sorry. Thank You. I Love You. by Rumi Koshino. The show will be accompanied by “Rumi Koshino: Between the Figural and the Factual,” an essay by D.W. Burnam. A screening of Jim Jarmusch’s film Stranger Than Paradise film will follow the opening event at 8 p.m.

According to the NEPO website, the Little Treats shows are “a series of monthly shows that focuses on presenting new work by individual artists and small group shows. In order to avoid moving too much furniture the shows take place only and entirely in our entry room.”

NEPO House is located at 1723 S. Lander St.

You may also want to mark your calendar for September 10, 2011, when the first NEPO 5K: Don’t Run event, a 5k artwalk from Pioneer Square to Beacon Hill, will take place. Stay tuned for more information as the event date gets closer.

Encounters art opening at NEPO House May 7

Image courtesy of NEPO House.
NEPO House is presenting Encounters, another in the series of NEPO Little Treats art exhibitions. Encounters is curated by Chauney Peck and features works by Debra Baxter, Tim Cross, Matt Hilger, Jason Hirata, and Nicholas Nyland.

According to NEPO’s Klara Glosova,

“For this show Chauney chose five artists whose work she truly enjoys. She asked each artist to select a work of their choosing. Rather than controlling the exact collection of objects herself, she hopes that this method will present an unknown discovery. The works together will be a surprise encounter similar to putting wild animals in a room together.”

The opening event is Saturday, May 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. Apple crisp with ice cream will be served, and the event will be followed by a screening of Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World at 8 p.m.

Beacon Bits: Changes, charity, and a kind neighbor

It’s been a while since we posted Beacon Bits, so we’ve got some catching up to do. With no further ado, here goes!

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Beacon Hill International Elementary School will have a new principal in the fall of 2011. The current principal, Dr. Susie Murphy, is retiring and will be replaced by Kelly Aramaki, currently the principal at John Stanford International School (JSIS). While at JSIS last year, Aramaki won the $25,000 Milken Educator Award, given to promising young educators. (See this article by BHB news partners The Seattle Times for more information.) For the last two years, JSIS was named as a “School of Distinction” by the State Office of the Superintendent, an honor to mark schools that score in the top five percent on standardized math and reading tests.

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Bounce your way down to Jefferson Community Center on Friday, April 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Bounce Fest! The event promises a family fun event with bounce toys, jumping games, double dutch and more. Admission is $2 per child. Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Avenue South.

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Speaking of festivals, plan ahead for El Centro de la Raza’s Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, to be held on Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at El Centro, 2524 16th Avenue South. The event will include traditional Mexican foods for sale, children’s activities, arts and crafts from local vendors, a health and services fair, and dance and musical performances. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. For more information, call 206-957-4649 or email events@elcentrodelaraza.org.

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Don’t forget, the Beacon Hill Festival still needs volunteers!

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Beacon Hill artists are among those participating in Artists For Japan, an art sale to benefit relief efforts in Japan. The sale is on Saturday, March 26 from 12 noon to 8 p.m., and again on Sunday, March 27 from 12 noon until 5 p.m. All artwork has been donated, no commissions are being paid, and all event costs are donated. All funds raised will be donated directly to the International Red Cross.

The benefit sale is just down the hill at KOBO at HIGO, 604 South Jackson Street.

For more information including a list of participating artists, see the website. (Thanks to Beacon Hill artist Elizabeth Jameson for sending us the heads-up on this one, and for helping to organize the event.)

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Your opinions are wanted! Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning for the future by updating the Parks and Recreation Development Plan. Part of this process is identifying what should be prioritized, with the input of park users. To do this, the department is holding meetings, and hosting an online survey to get your opinions.

Mea culpa, we missed that there was a meeting right here on Beacon Hill on Wednesday. But there is another, in the North End, next Wednesday evening at Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Avenue North. For more information about the meeting and an overview of the process, see the website.

Even if you can’t get to a meeting, fill out the survey here.

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Did you notice that the Seattle Public Library will now let you pay your fines and fees online?

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VintageSeattle.org recently did their own “past and present” photo post about the current Fire Station #13, our 1928 landmark station near Jefferson Park. It’s a nice parallel to the post we did last fall about the previous incarnation of Fire Station #13.

We also wanted to mention a nice post from the SDOT Blog last month, about the new northwest extension to the Chief Sealth Trail.

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El Centro de la Raza is offering Spanish classes again from April 12 until June 9. Classes are taught by professional native Spanish speakers in an
interactive community-based setting. Class fee is $300, and class sessions will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. For information, call 206-957-4605 or email execasst@elcentrodelaraza.org.

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Last, a nice and neighborly story from Jessica De Barros we’ve been meaning to post since last month:

Just wanted to share a good BH neighbor story—this morning I accidentally left my bank card in the BofA cash machine on Beacon Ave, and returned from a long day of skiing to a Facebook message from John at Kabayan Karinderya (the Filipino restaurant across from Valero) that he’d found my card. I was able to walk just a few blocks to get it from a good neighbor! Kudos to John and Kabayan Karinderya for being such great BH neighbors.

The Beaconettes prepare to board Link for the Light Rail/Dark Rail performance on Saturday, March 5. Photo by Dan Bennett in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.