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Beacon Hill teens: Street Stories application deadline is today!

March 29th, 2013 at 3:06 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 2.55.56 AMBeacon Hill 6th – 12th graders, this is your chance to participate in a free 5-week after-school digital video storytelling program, but you’ll need to work fast — the deadline to apply is today!

In the Street Stories program, Beacon Hill youths will create video stories of their experiences living and walking in the neighborhood, using provided iPod Touch devices to create and edit the videos. Students will also receive training including video technology and storytelling techniques. The finished videos will be shown at community events, displayed on local websites, and used to build a new kind of walking map for the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Eligible students are:

  • 6th-12th graders living or going to school on Beacon Hill
  • Able to participate at Jefferson Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. from April 2 though May 9.
  • Able to do a minimum of four hours of independent research

The program is limited to 20 students, and the deadline to apply is today, March 29. To apply, fill out this application form along with this E-13 Participant Information and Authorization Form and drop both forms off today at the front desk of Jefferson Community Center, marked “attention: Jean Lee.”

Selected students will be notified on Monday, April 1 (no fooling) before the first workshop on Tuesday.


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Green Eggs and Ham Friday at Jefferson Community Center

February 26th, 2013 at 2:46 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Green eggs and ham? Photo by Ben Husmann via Creative Commons/Flickr.

Do you like Green Eggs and Ham? Perhaps you don’t know because you’ve never tried them. This Friday is your chance at the Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.) as they celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a special event featuring actual Green Eggs and Ham for all to enjoy.

Other activities planned include making hats, coloring, making “oobleck,” watching The Lorax, playing games, and more fun family activities.

The event starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, and admission is $2 per person.


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Jefferson Community Center scheduled to close for electrical upgrade

August 24th, 2012 at 6:59 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo by Wendi Dunlap.

Plan ahead — Jefferson Community Center will close for four days next month for an electrical upgrade project to add an emergency generator and automatic transfer switch. It will be closed from Thursday, September 20, 2012 until 7 a.m. on Monday September 24. The upgrade is part of a larger project including seismic upgrades, replacing the HVAC unit with a heat pump system, and a variety of architectural and maintenance improvements. This will allow the building to be used as an emergency shelter in case of disaster.

Any programs scheduled for Friday, September 21 may be affected by the closure, and participants should contact the community center for information. Classes and programs scheduled for Saturday, September 22 will be canceled.


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Pottery classes underway at Jefferson Community Center

June 21st, 2012 at 4:41 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

These cute pottery critters were made by students in a previous class at Jefferson Community Center. Photo courtesy of Molly Hueffed.

It’s summer, which means that Jefferson Community Center is again offering pottery classes to teach the skills of potter’s wheel throwing and handbuilding. Classes will include basic understanding and techniques of centering and throwing, as well as advanced 1-on-1 instruction.

Enrollment is open now for classes that start next week. Call 206-684-7481 for more information and to register, or register online by going to this website, clicking “Arts: Visual/Crafts,” and then “Pottery – Adult/Teen.” Classes are listed there for all community centers, not just Jefferson.

Thanks to Molly Hueffed for the info, and I apologize for the delay.


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Spring classes offered at Jefferson, Van Asselt community centers

March 29th, 2012 at 5:37 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Piano is just one of the class topics you can take at our local community centers. Photo by rok1966 via Creative Commons/Flickr.

Spring is here, and with it, registration for spring classes at our local community centers. You can read the spring activity brochure for all Southeast Seattle community centers online, including Jefferson and Van Asselt.

Classes offered include pottery, Zumba fitness, toddler “Precasso” arts, a community kitchen project, Shaolin kung fu, voiceover work, ballet, piano, Chinese, rugby, and many more.

Registration for most classes can be done online through the SPARC registration system.


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Save the date: Egg hunts and pancakes at the Jefferson Community Center

March 13th, 2012 at 6:03 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo by makelessnoise via Flickr/Creative Commons.

Mark your calendar—Jefferson Community Center has some eggy events coming up next month.

On Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m., the community center hosts a Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt for those 12 and older. The event is free, but bring a flashlight and a bag. Meet at the community center gym at 8 sharp. The hunt will be outdoors.

The next morning, Saturday, April 7, is the Spring Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 9-11 a.m., and the Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp. The Egg Hunt is free, but breakfast is not: $4 for pancakes, $5 for pancakes and sausage, or $6 for pancakes, sausage and eggs.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S.


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Green eggs, ham, and birthday cake

February 24th, 2012 at 6:11 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Green eggs and ham? Photo by Ben Husmann via Creative Commons/Flickr.

All are invited to celebrate the 112th birthday of Dr. Seuss at Jefferson Community Center, next Friday, March 2 at 6 p.m. There will be birthday cake, green eggs and ham to try, and more. Admission is $2 and the entire family is welcome.

Jefferson Community Center is located at 3801 Beacon Ave. S. For more information, call 206-684-7481.


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A grand opening and a final closing among this weekend’s events

October 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

This weekend Beacon Hill will celebrate holiday festivals, live music and food, a grand opening of a neighborhood amenity, and a closing of a neighborhood institution.

The community centers on the Hill are both holding events for kids tonight, October 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Van Asselt Community Center (2820 S. Myrtle St.) is hosting a free Halloween Carnival for kids aged 12 and under. Games and goodies are promised for the carnival guests.

Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.) is also hosting a Fall Festival and Haunted House for kids 11 and under (the haunted house is for older kids, per parents’ judgment). There will be games for 25 cents each or 5/$1, and the haunted house admission is $1.

For both festivals, kids should dress in their best costumes, and bring a bag to collect treats and prizes.

Tomorrow, October 29, the Mountains to Sound Trail Grand Opening celebration starts at 2:30 p.m. at 900 Sturgus Ave. S. Mayor Mike McGinn and other dignitaries will be there to mark the opening of the trail, and tours of the area’s improvements will be given.

Afterwards, head down Beacon Avenue to the first Beacon Boogie, a celebration of food, art, and music. See five bands at five different venues for the grand total of five dollars (free for kids 12 and under), as well as enjoying great food and art from Beacon restaurants, artists, and galleries. See the event schedule here.

On Sunday, October 30, a more somber celebration will mark the closing of Beacon Lutheran Church (1720 S. Forest St.) after 70 years serving the community. The final worship service is at 10 a.m., and at about noon, the church and community will gather for a potluck dinner and remembrance program. All are invited to either or both parts of the event.

The church community gathered in the unfinished sanctuary of the new Beacon Lutheran Church in Spring, 1949. Photo courtesy of Beacon Lutheran Church via John Graham.


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Save the date: Halloween festivals at local community centers

October 18th, 2011 at 8:02 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Jefferson Community Center will be haunted on October 28. Photo by Wendi.

Both community centers on Beacon Hill have scheduled Halloween festivities for Friday, October 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Van Asselt Community Center (2820 S. Myrtle St.) is hosting a free Halloween Carnival that evening for kids aged 12 and under. Games and goodies are promised for the carnival guests. Wear a costume, and bring a bag or basket to collect treats and prizes. Refreshments will be available for sale.

Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave. S.) is holding their own Fall Festival and Haunted House for kids 11 and under (the haunted house is for older kids, per parents’ judgment). Games will be 25 cents each or 5/$1, and the haunted house admission is $1. As at the Van Asselt festival, guests should dress in their best costumes and bring a bag or basket for treats.


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Bounce Fest returns to JCC next week

September 17th, 2011 at 8:02 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Jumping rope is just one of the fun activities planned for next week's Bounce Fest. Photo by Andrew Malone via Creative Commons/Flickr.

Bounce Fest is back again at Jefferson Community Center next Friday, September 23, from 6-8 p.m. Admission is $2 per child. There will be bounce toys for all ages, jump-roping, hop scotch, music, snacks and more. All activities will be indoors, so the event will go on rain or shine. The folks at the Community Center promise “We will wear the kids out and send them home tired! Come and join us for a evening of fun!”


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