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Beacon Bits: Street repair, home values, and the Great Seattle Fire

Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives
Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation will be working on 15th Avenue South this Saturday, June 6, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, repairing pavement. The street will be closed to all traffic except for local access, pedestrians, and bicyclists, between South Atlantic Street (on the north) and South College Street (on the south). 14th Avenue south is the detour route. The street will open to northbound traffic at 3:00 pm, and for both directions at 6:00.
  • June 6 is also the 120th anniversary of the Great Seattle Fire. Commemorate it by checking your smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
  • While housing in the rest of King County lost value last year, Beacon Hill and Rainier Valley home prices went up, perhaps a result of the soon-to-be-open light rail line. This news gives at least one Beacon Hill resident reason to smile.
  • Art On Airport, an artists’ open studio event, is happening just down the hill in Georgetown on Saturday, June 13, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Artists in the Sunny Arms Artists Cooperative, the Old Rainier Brewery and the 4810 Building will welcome visitors into their studios to see painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking, as well as performing arts. It’s free and open to the public.
  • Following up on a post from December 12: the elderly woman found in her home on 26th Avenue South covered in maggots and filth, is now being cared for in a nursing home. Her daughter, Margaret A. George, has been charged with criminal mistreatment and theft. She is scheduled to be arraigned June 9 in King County Superior Court.
  • Don’t forget to check our events calendar to see what’s going in the next few days, including the SNAP Disaster Preparedness workshop on Thursday and the Beacon Hill Festival on Saturday!

Beacon Bits: crocheted art, construction photographs, and fighting crime with coffee

Crocheting by Mandy Greer, for the project "Mater Matrix Mother and Medium", an interactive, process-based art installation. Photo by Jennifer Zwick.
Crocheting by Mandy Greer, for the project "Mater Matrix Mother and Medium", an interactive, process-based art installation. Photo by Jennifer Zwick.
  • Artist Mandy Greer is creating Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, a “process-based temporary public art installation” that uses recycled fabric and yarn along with the volunteer help of many hands to build the installation. You can help crochet this artwork at the Beacon Hill Library on May 24 — all skill levels welcome! Details are here.
  • Peter de Lory, the Photographer in Residence for the Sound Transit Central Link light rail project, has posted some interesting recent pictures of the Beacon Hill and Mount Baker stations under construction. (Go here, click “Visit the gallery now”, and choose March 2009 to see the slide show. Flash required.)
  • Beacon Hill neighbor Lorraine reports on the mailing list: “I was waiting at the northbound bus stop at Beacon and Hanford (yesterday) morning
    when a guy tried to grab my phone from me. I held on tight and whacked him with my coffee thermos and he ran off. Then I followed him and watched him get in his small, black pickup truck and take off.” The unsuccessful thief was white, with short brown hair and brown facial hair, about 5’9″ and 180 pounds, wearing a short-sleeved, plaid shirt with a collar and pale blue jeans. Lorraine adds, “The guy asked me a few questions and what time it was before he grabbed my phone. I had turned the phone to show him the time after he acted like he hadn’t heard me. So, lesson learned. Please be alert at those bus stops, everybody!”

Beacon Bits: Gangsters, groups, and… gangs

Portrait by artist Joey Nix, from his show at the Art Primo Showroom.
Portrait by artist Joey Nix, from his show at the Art Primo Showroom.

Beacon Bits: Painting, zoning, and protesting

Portrait by Mimi Torchia Boothby.
Portrait by Mimi Torchia Boothby.

Local ceramic artist hosting open house this weekend

Those looking for original gifts made right here on Beacon Hill take note: artist/designer Louise Schollaert is hosting a Ceramic Show and Sale open house this weekend, at 4802 12th Avenue South, from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Saturday, and 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm on Sunday. The show will feature both sculptural and functional works. Saturday’s show will include wine and hors d’oeuvres. Louise’s flyer for the event lists the location as “just east of Georgetown,” but don’t be fooled; it’s pure Mid-Beacon Hill. Georgetown doesn’t have all the art.

Beacon Bits: Glitter, architecture, and dancing women

Bling like this may await you at Goodwill this weekend. Photo by Rhonda Johnson -- thanks!
Bling like this may await you at Goodwill this weekend. Photo by Rhonda Johnson -- thanks!

Beacon Bits: Libraries for All, broadband for some, groceries for Georgetown

Cleveland students create mural

Correction:The original post had the correct date, but incorrect day.

The Rainier Valley Post reports that Cleveland High School students are currently involved in a project to design and create a 9 x 31 foot mural for the school’s entryway, with help from SEED’s Public Art Program and Urban Artworks. You can see the mural and celebrate the achievement at a community celebration of the completed work on Saturday Thursday, November 20, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at Cleveland. More information, including photos, at the Rainier Valley Post.

Día de Los Muertos events at El Centro

El Centro de la Raza is hosting a series of events for Día de Los Muertos this year.

“The Legend of the Three Deaths” is the theme of this year’s celebration. Opening night is Saturday, November 1. Dinner will be served at 4:45 pm, and the opening ceremony starts at 5:45 pm. Admission is free. El Centro de la Raza is located at 2524 16th Ave South For more information, call (206) 957-4640.

The Ofrenda exhibit, where altars made by community members and organizations will be displayed, will be open November 1-21, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Wednesday from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm. You may submit photos to honor your deceased loved ones at the exhibit. Photos of your friends and family who have passed, or photos representing social justice issues are both welcomed. The photo submission deadline is this Saturday, October 25. Email your photos to assistant@elcentrodelaraza.org or bring an original copy for scanning to the Development Office, Room 304.

There will also be a Wednesday Charla (discussion series) on Wednesdays from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Admission is free.

  • November 5, 2008
    Dr. Lauro Flores
    “Almas y Calaveras: Roots and Rites of El Día de los Muertos”
  • November 12, 2008
    Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez and special guest Dr. Gabriella Guttierrez y Muhs
    “Opening the Portals of Time Celebrating El Día de los Muertos”
  • November 19, 2008
    Dr. Deborah Caplow
    “The Art of the Day of the Dead in Mexico”