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

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.

Beacon Boogie begins tonight

This is the weekend! The 2012 Beacon Boogie and Block Party comes to North Beacon Hill from 5-9 tonight and again tomorrow.

Today, June 9, there will be a series of performances, all within a half-block of Beacon and Hanford: from 5-8 p.m., The Hugh Sutton Trio will be at Bar del Corso, and Dina Blade at Kusina Filipina. From 6-9 p.m., Audio Couture will perform at Victrola Coffee, and Supersones at El Quetzal.

On Sunday, the action moves north, closer to the junction of Beacon and 15th, with a musical extravaganza presented outside The Station coffee shop from 4-9 p.m., including Black Stax, Gabriel Teodros, Amos Miller, Otow Gang, and more. (See the poster included with this post.) From 6-9 p.m., the Greg Ruby Trio will play at Travelers Thali House, and from 7-9, Atasha Manila will be at Inay’s.

On Sunday there will also be a car show.

Admission will be a donation of $5, with no charge for kids 12 and under. The event is sponsored by the Beacon Hill Merchants Association in collaboration with Luis Rodriguez at The Station and other participating merchants.

Beacon Boogie schedule

Festive images

The sun came out on Saturday for the Beacon Hill Festival at Jefferson Park—though, unfortunately, so did the wind. Neighbors enjoyed music, food, art, and games throughout the day. We hope you enjoy these photos of the festivities. (Photos are by Wendi Dunlap unless otherwise noted; all are from the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr. Your photos are welcome in the pool as well.)

Kids from Seattle Schools Cirque and Acrobat Teams performed for neighbors at the Beacon Hill Festival.

A SCATS member juggles.
The gusty winds caused problems for many of the shelters at the Festival. Here a worker in the Sound Transit booth is holding up the booth's roof after a strong gust.
A row of carnival games was set up for the kids.
Musical performances entertained neighbors throughout the day.

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Beacon Hill Festival is next week

The silent auction at last year's Beacon Hill Festival. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
The 20th Annual Beacon Hill Festival is only a week away! Make plans for next Saturday, June 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave S. (You won’t be able to miss it. The event is big!) There will be food, musical performances, bouncy toys, carnival games, vendors, a silent auction, and more. Admission is free for the whole family, and money raised through the vendors and silent auction will go to support scholarships and programs at the community center.

Beacon Boogie and Block Party coming June 9-10

Mark your calendar for a weekend of music and food on June 9 and 10, when the 2012 Beacon Boogie and Block Party comes to North Beacon Hill.

On Saturday, June 9, there will be a series of performances, all within a half-block of Beacon and Hanford: from 5-8 p.m., The Hugh Sutton Trio will be at Bar del Corso, and Dina Blade at Kusina Filipina. From 6-9 p.m., Audio Couture will perform at Victrola Coffee, and Supersones at El Quetzal.

On Sunday, the action moves north, closer to the junction of Beacon and 15th, with a hip hop extravaganza presented outside The Station coffee shop from 4-9 p.m. (Stay tuned for the lineup as it is finalized.) From 6-9 p.m., the Greg Ruby Trio will play at Travelers Thali House, and from 7-9, Atasha Manila will be at Inay’s.

There will be other activities as well. Watch this space for more details.

Admission will be a donation of $5, with no charge for kids 12 and under. The event is sponsored by the Beacon Hill Merchants Association in collaboration with Luis Rodriguez at The Station and other participating merchants.

A busy Beacon weekend ahead

Station 13 as it was in 2010. Celebrate its new renovation at a community open house this Saturday. Photo by Jason Simpson.

It’s a busy weekend this week, particularly on Saturday morning. Take your pick from several events, including:

Saturday:

The Seven Hills Seattle and Scandinavian history walk starts on Queen Anne Hill at 9 a.m. and finishes right here on Beacon Hill. Information here.

Fire Station #13 Open House from 11-1 p.m. will celebrate the station’s reopening after renovation. All are welcome. Information here.

Franklin Arts Festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m will feature music, art, and food for the whole family. Information here.

Beacon Hill animator Tess Martin’s short, Hula Hoop, will play at SIFF Cinema Uptown at 10 a.m. as part of the Seattle Times and SIFF 3 Minute Masterpiece contest. Admission is free. Information here.

Sunday:

All are invited to a Lewis Park work party to assist in improving the park. These volunteer events are every first and third Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. at the park, 12th Ave S and Golf Dr S. Tools, gloves, water, and refreshments are provided.

A bit later in the day is a cooking demo at El Centro de la Raza with chef Vincent Rivera of Jazz Alley, who will demonstrate how to cook carnitas, pozole, and ceviche. Information here.

And finally, the ROCKiT Community Arts board meeting is Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. The meeting is open to the public.

Franklin Arts Festival raises funds with music, art, and food

Painting by Franklin student Aren Roberson, courtesy of Franklin PTSA.

Just down the hill, the annual Franklin Arts Festival returns this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Franklin High School, 3013 Mount Baker Blvd. The festival will feature student performances including the steel drum band, kung fu team, jazz band, Quaker band, and lion dancers, along with displays of visual art, ceramics, and wood arts. Franklin High School is celebrating its centennial this year; it opened in September 1912 as the second purpose-built high school in Seattle.

Student clubs will sell a variety of items including heirloom tomato and vegetable plants, woodcrafts, notecards featuring student art, and original ceramic “Quaker cups” hand-thrown and fired by Franklin alum and artist Francis Roque and glazed by Franklin students. Refreshments will also be for sale.

The festival raises funds to benefit Franklin’s art, drama, and music programs and student clubs.

This weekend: Cinco de Mayo fun at El Centro

Not sure yet what to do this weekend? Join the celebration as El Centro de la Raza hosts their 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo festival on Saturday (tomorrow!), May 5, from 1-5 p.m. at El Centro, 2524 16th Ave. S. Admission is free and the whole family is welcome. There will be music, children’s activities, prizes, and craft and informational booths. There will also be traditional Mexican food for sale.

Performances will feature Ameyaltonal Danza Azteca, Ofelia Alanis-Torres, Seattle Fandango Project, Mariachi Seattle Azteca and a desfile cultural (cultural parade).

Mark your calendar: Cinco de Mayo celebration coming soon

The Seattle Fandango Project will be performing at Cinco de Mayo. Here they are at last summer's Beacon Rocks!. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

El Centro de la Raza brings their 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration to Beacon Hill on Saturday, May 5, from 1-5 p.m. at El Centro, 2524 16th Ave. S. Admission is free and the whole family is welcome. There will be music, children’s activities, prizes, and craft and informational booths. There will also be traditional Mexican food for sale.

Performances will feature Ameyaltonal Danza Azteca, Ofelia Alanis-Torres, Seattle Fandango Project, Mariachi Seattle Azteca and a desfile cultural (cultural parade).

If you are interested in having a booth at the event, email cultura@elcentrodelaraza.org or call 206-957-4630.