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Tomorrow: Celebrate the neighborhood at the Beacon Hill Festival

May 31st, 2013 at 7:07 pm | 3 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Students perform on unicycles at the 2012 Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, from 11 to 4, the Beacon Hill Festival returns for a fine day at sunny Jefferson Park. (It’s June already?!) This is the 21st annual event; it’s a neighborhood fair, but also a fundraiser for scholarship programs at Jefferson Community Center.

At noon, Mayor McGinn and other local dignitaries will be there for the American Planning Association Great Places Award ceremony, honoring Beacon Hill as one of the APA’s “Great Places in America.”

The day will also include live performances from local schools and artists; a silent auction; 40 vendors, food including hot dogs, teriyaki, and burgers; bouncy houses, Frisbee demos, and we are also promised the chance to “play catch with a robot from Franklin HS Xbot Team!”


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Free Children’s Carnival at Seattle Chinese Alliance Church, 10/31

October 25th, 2012 at 6:34 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Seattle Chinese Alliance Church on South Orcas Street is hosting a Children’s Carnival next Wednesday, October 31, from 6-8:30 p.m. They are inviting neighbors from Beacon Hill and all surrounding neighborhoods to attend.

The carnival will feature activities including games, balloon animals, a maze, a photobooth, a bouncy house, refreshments, a prize room, and more.

The carnival is free, and all ages are welcome. Seattle Chinese Alliance Church is located at 2803 S. Orcas St.


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Rainier Valley Co-op Preschool celebrates Fall Festival 10/13

October 1st, 2012 at 4:06 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

A table of baked goods for sale at the RVCP Fall Festival in 2009. Photo by Jason Simpson.

It’s fall festival season! The Rainier Valley Cooperative Preschool‘s annual Fall Festival is Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Roberto Maestas Festival Street in north Beacon Hill.

The festival will have lots of activities, including bike hay rides, a bike parade, face painting, costume dress-up, a photo booth, cider pressing, pumpkin decorating, and more. All ages are welcome.

There will also be food for sale including baked goods and grilled food for both carnivores and vegetarians.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the preschool.


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Blaine Memorial UMC hosts Benefit Bazaar this Saturday

October 1st, 2012 at 3:55 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church is holding their annual Benefit Bazaar this Saturday, October 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the church, 3001 24th Ave. S.

The event will feature food, crafts, and exhibits, and part of the proceeds will benefit Mission of Guatemala.


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Beacon Rocks! one more time on Sunday

August 22nd, 2012 at 3:48 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Fun and Zumba dance was enjoyed by all at July’s Beacon Rocks! Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

This Sunday, August 26 from 1-5 p.m., the last Beacon Rocks! event of 2012 returns to Roberto Maestas Festival Street with music and dance performances, kids’ activities, vendors, and even some old-fashioned bartering.

The lineup this time includes Jean Mann (“alt-folk indie-pop singer-songwriter”), Mister K and the Rhythm Rockets Kids’ Show (“Cab Calloway meets Mr. Rogers meets Vince Guaraldi”), Splinter Dance Company (“thought-provoking dance performances”), Lushy (“Cal Tjader meets Stereolab meets Brazil 66 in a bar in Berlin”), and Tumbuka (“a marimba band that plays African music drawn from traditional and contemporary styles”).

Alongside the performances, the focus is on local food and gardening. There will be a BarterFest from 2-4 p.m. Backyard Barter invites the community to trade their homegrown and homemade food and related skills. To participate, bring homegrown veggies, fresh eggs, plants, baked goods, garden tools, kitchen skills, and more to share or trade. No money allowed. (Save your money for the several food trucks and carts that will be on hand, instead.)

Representatives from the Beacon Food Forest will also be on hand with a presentation about the urban farming project currently being developed at Jefferson Park. People for Puget Sound will also be there to demonstrate creative ways to reduce pollutants flowing into stormwater drains.

Here is the performance schedule for the day:

  • 1:00 Jean Mann
  • 1:45 Mister K and the Rhythm Rockets Kids’ Show
  • 2:30 Splinter Dance
  • 2:45 Lushy
  • 3:45 Splinter Dance
  • 4:00 Tumbuka

Here’s a video of Lushy performing at the Beacon Hill Piñata Party at Stevens Place Park in July 2010.


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Everything For Everyone Festival brings politics, art, music to Jefferson Park 8/11

August 10th, 2012 at 2:25 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Everything For Everyone Festival, a free two-day music, art, and politics festival, is coming to Beacon Hill’s Jefferson Park on Saturday, August 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event will include music and art, as well as political and educational panels and workshops. On Sunday, August 12, the event will move to Seattle First Baptist Church on First Hill for a closing plenary session, followed by a film screening and dance party at Highline Bar on Capitol Hill.

The schedule is here, and the program is here.

Performers will include The Super8, The Hinges, Eugene Fontleroy, Suntonio Bandanaz, ACAB, Julie C, MC Dee.Ale, Too Quick, and DJ Eazeman (see bios of the performers here).

There are many presentation and workshop topics, including Free U: Abolish Education to Liberate Creation, Religion and Revolution, People’s Community Medics, Occupied Media: Communicating the Rebellion, Fork in the Road: The Path to Revolution through Investigation, and more.


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A busy day at the Jefferson Park Jubilee

July 15th, 2012 at 8:21 pm | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

By all accounts, the Jefferson Park Jubilee on Saturday was a success. The neighborhood came out in force to celebrate Jefferson Park’s centennial as well as the completion of the park’s remodeling. Here are some photos from the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool to give you a taste of the day’s events. (Did you take some photos? You are invited to post them to the pool.)

Kiritiki (Samoan cricket) bats await the start of a game. Photo by Freeman Mester.

The event began with a procession. Photo by K. Shuyler.

A tiny skater. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Members of the Greg Ruby Quartet perform. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Skateboard lessons for all ages at the Jefferson Park skate park. Photo by Melissa Jonas.

Kids enjoy the fountains at Beacon Mountain Playground. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

I wish I could show you video for this one. The kiritiki player in front was waving his arms in a victory dance. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Waiting in line for food at El Sabroso. The other food carts had all run out of food by this time. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

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Jillions of things to do at Jefferson Park Jubilee

June 28th, 2012 at 4:39 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Jefferson Skatepark is one of the improvements to celebrate at the Jefferson Park Jubilee. Photo by Joel Lee in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

The schedule is up for next month’s Jefferson Park Jubilee, a day of festivities from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on July 14 to celebrate the park’s revitalization and its 100-year history. See the schedule here. The day’s activities will include kiritiki (Samoan cricket), kite flying, skating, lawnbowling, Japanese games, circus arts, Ultimate Frisbee, tours of the Beacon Food Forest site, an Olmsted walking tour and more. Performers scheduled include Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than the Day, Mango Son, Blvd Park, Greg Ruby Quartet, the Beaconettes, and more. There will also be a tour and ribbon cutting of the brand-new Beacon Mountain playground.

Among the park improvements to celebrate are the Jefferson Park expansion, the new Jefferson Skatepark, Jefferson Playfield, cherry tree plantings in the park, Beacon Mountain Playground, and solar picnic shelters. All of these were completed in 2011 or 2012.

The Jubilee still has openings for food vendors, but the deadline to apply is tomorrow, Friday, June 29. See here for more information.

For more information about the Jubilee, see jeffersonparkjubilee.com or the event’s Facebook page.


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Music, food, and color at yesterday’s Beacon Rocks!

June 25th, 2012 at 3:48 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Yesterday’s Beacon Rocks! was one of the biggest yet, with multiple food carts and vendors on site to complement the music and poetry on the stage. The theme was Transportation (of all kinds), so representatives were there as well from Sound Transit, Feet First, and Beacon B.I.K.E.S. The weather stayed good, and by all accounts, the day was a success.

Here are some photos of the event. All photos are by Wendi Dunlap unless marked otherwise. Did you take photos yesterday? We’d love to see them. You can submit them to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

The Feet First giant chicken helped pedestrians cross busy Beacon Avenue.

The new art chairs painted by neighbors last year made the site colorful and welcoming as the event opened to the public. Photo by Melissa Jonas in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

Bassist Anton Beck of the group Nigel Mustafa plays at Beacon Rocks!

Neighborhood kids enjoy climbing around on a fire truck under the watchful eyes of parents and firefighters.

There were several food vendors at this event, including the taco truck that is usually at 16th and Festival Street, a hot dog cart, an ice cream cart, and this crepe truck, serving both savory and sweet crepes.

Joanne Klein sings. We are told she was a last minute substitute performer when the group Audio Couture had to cancel, but she did a fine job stepping in on short notice.


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Musicians, poets, and a giant chicken: 2012’s first Beacon Rocks!

June 18th, 2012 at 2:25 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Ichi Bichi performing at last year’s Beacon Rocks! Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

The schedule has been announced for the first Beacon Rocks! event of 2012 on next Sunday, June 24 from 1-5 p.m. at the Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. The event’s theme is “Transportation Exploration,” so along with four local bands and four poets, the afternoon will include a “slow bike race,” pedestrian info and walking maps, a visit from Sound Transit with information about the Link light rail system, and a transportation-themed haiku-writing contest with prizes in multiple age categories. We hear there will also be a visit from a giant chicken, to tell us why he crossed the road.

Food vendors will be at the site including a taco truck, a crepe truck, and Full Tilt Ice Cream. There will also be info tables on site for several local groups.

Here’s the entertainment schedule:

  • 1:00: Random Axe (folk/jazz duo Jack LeNoir and Betty Jean Williamson)
  • 1:35: Kelli Russell Agodon (poetry)
  • 1:50: Allen Braden (poetry)
  • 2:00: Blue 55 (old-school blues)
  • 2:45: Kathleen Flenniken, Washington State Poet Laureate
  • 3:00: Audio Couture (improvisational jazz/hip hop duo)
  • 3:45: David Horowitz (poetry, then Haiku Contest winner selection by applause)
  • 4:00: Nigel Mustafa (reggae/rock band)

For more information about this edition of Beacon Rocks!, see the event’s website. For general information about the entire event series, see the main Beacon Rocks! website.


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