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.
Saturday 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).
Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church at 3001 24th Ave. S. invites the community to Seattle Mochitsuki 2012 on Saturday, December 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mochitsuki is a Japanese tradition of preparing mochi (餅, pounded rice cakes), which is a vital part of the New Year’s Day celebration. Making mochi is a lengthy and strenuous process, but it’s also a time for socializing with friends and family.
The church says:
“It is said that rice or gohan translates to “honorable food” and it therefore purifies the body and encourages wealth for the New Year. Come and take part in this cool Seattle cultural celebration and enjoy good health and wealth wishes while learning about historical and current mochi making!”
The event is free (except for the food truck at the site) and open to all ages. Besides hands-on mochi making, there will also be taiko (Japanese drumming) performances, kids’ activities, samples, and a display of historic mochi-making tools.
Mochi made during the Mochitsuki will be rolled into bite-size pieces and sold. Due to the strenuous 24-hour labor involved with making mochi, it will only be available through preorder through December 25 at the website or by calling 206-568-7114. One dozen mochi are $6, and a half-dozen are $3.
It might be just a bit too late to catch their show tonight, opening for Goodie Mob at Neumo’s, but you can still catch Helladope at the Showbox SoDo on March 5th (opening for Snoop!), and then at their album release party at Nectar in Fremont on March 12th. —Matson on Music in The Seattle Times
Not a novelty color, but the next evening, Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church is again hosting its annual Sukiyaki Dinner, benefiting homeless women and children. Dining hours start at 4pm and end at 7. Take out hours run from 2 to 7pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 11 and under. Blaine Memorial is located at 3001 24th Avenue South.
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Late addition:Jefferson Community Center hosts the 3rd annual Black History Month Community Forum. Organized by the local chapter of Blacks in Government, the theme is “surviving and thriving in a down economy”. City Council members Bruce Harrell and Sally Clark, Langston Hughes Executive Director Royal Alley-Barnes, and Kitsap County Auditor Walt Washington are on the list to speak. It runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm tomorrow night (Thursday) at 3801 Beacon Avenue South. — Via Publicola
Lots of things are happening on or near the Hill on Saturday. Here’s a quick list. Remember, you can check our Events Calendar anytime to see what’s up.
Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool is hosting a Rummage Sale from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm, at 3818 South Angeline Street in Columbia City.
The Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church Asian Craft Fair is from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. 3001 24th Avenue South.
The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) Annual Spring Showcase has two performances on Saturday at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S Alaska Street. Choose between the 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm shows – or go to both!
The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is also on Saturday. It’s probably the easiest food drive there is — just place bags filled with non-perishable food items next to your mailbox or mail slot. Your letter carrier will pick them up and deliver them to local food banks!
Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church is having their annual benefit Sukiyaki Dinner on Saturday, March 7, and all are welcome! Dining hours are 4:00 – 7:00 pm, and tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Takeout is also available earlier in the day; details are on the event flyer. Rumor has it there will also be a bake sale, so there will be no shortage of tasty edibles, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Beacon Avenue Food Bank and the El Centro De La Raza Food Bank. Blaine Memorial is located at 3001 24th Avenue South.
Edited to add: Blaine Memorial UMC mentions in the comments: “During the month of March, we will also be holding a food drive to benefit the Rainier Valley Food Bank.”
Edited again to correct the name of the Beacon Avenue Food Bank.
Beacon Hill’s nearest big clothing store is probably, sad to say, Goodwill. But there are treasures to be found there, particularly this weekend, when they’ll host the annual Glitter Sale with formal wear, jewelry, and vintage clothing. The event even has a blog, so you can see what cool stuff will be there.