Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Beacon Blues and BBQ starts at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. On the menu are Quarter House BBQ glazed chicken, salads, and dinner rolls, catered by Gourmet Your Way. The meal is followed at 7:30 pm by an acoustic concert featuring the Smokin’ J’s. The concert is $10 (free for members of ROCKiT space and kids under 12), and the price for dinner and the concert together is $22.
Saturday, August 27, at 9 a.m. is the Second Annual Beacon Avenue Health Walk, a benefit for Japan earthquake relief. The walk will begin at Jun Hong Kung Fu (4878 Beacon Ave. S.), and then take the Beacon Avenue walking path south to Van Asselt Community Center (2820 S. Myrtle St.) for a water stop, and back to Jun Hong Kung Fu. The total distance is approximately three miles, and the event should finish at noon. Registration for the event closed on August 25.
Just north of the Hill, on Saturday night, is the Chinatown-International District Night Market. The Market will include local vendors of arts and crafts, as well as international cuisine. Performances will include Chinese lion and dragon dances, Brazilian and traditional martial arts, live painting demonstrations, and a free outdoor showing of the new Karate Kid movie at 8:45 p.m.
On Sunday, August 28 from 1-6 p.m., the final Beacon Rocks! music event of 2011 comes to Roberto Maestas Festival Street (S. Lander St., just north of Beacon Hill Station). Along with the usual musical performances, this event will include a ceremony to rename Lander Festival Street as Roberto Maestas Festival Street. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, representatives from El Centro de la Raza, and other dignitaries will attend, and new memorial street signs will be unveiled during the ceremony. The event will also feature bubbles for the kids and a beach ball volley contest with prizes.
ROCKiT space will be hosting a clothing exchange at Beacon Rocks! to help neighbors of all ages and sizes prepare for the new school year, so bring new or gently used clothing to trade. Leftovers will be donated to Wellspring Family Services. Everyone and all sizes are welcome.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m., when the Jun Hong Kung Fu and Sports Association hosts the Second Annual Beacon Avenue Health Walk. The event, a three mile round-trip walk, is a benefit for Japan earthquake relief.
The walk will begin at Jun Hong Kung Fu (4878 Beacon Ave. S.), and then take the Beacon Avenue walking path south to Van Asselt Community Center (2820 S. Myrtle St.) for a water stop, and back to Jun Hong Kung Fu. The total distance is approximately three miles, and the event should finish at noon.
Teams are welcome. Registration is $10 for adults (t-shirt included) and $5 for kids. Deadline to register is August 25. For more information, call 206-793-1825.
There are currently three open spots for the May 15 tamale-making class at El Centro. The class is $50 and you get to take home some delicious work along with your newfound skill and knowledge. Contact Ashley Haugen at 206-957-4611 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up. Proceeds benefit El Centro’s senior programs.Thanks, Elliott!
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The Seattle Department of Transportation continues to work on the West Seattle viaduct construction project, as well as other construction and changes in the Sodo area and the overpasses from Beacon Hill to Sodo. Particularly of note: the First Avenue South on-ramp to the West Seattle Bridge will close permanently on May 17, and there will be lane closures on the Holgate Street overpass on May 17-18, and on the Columbian Way overpass on May 19-20. See the latest planned construction notices here.
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The Seattle Public Library wants to know what you think about library services and priorities. Help plan our local library’s future by filling out their survey — it’s available through May 16.
Pat McGannon is organizing a neighborhood clean-up to collect litter from the streets and public stairs.
The clean-up is Saturday, May 15, at 10:30 am, and will will include Dawson (between MLK and 30th Avenue South), 30th Avenue South (between Dawson and South Edmunds), South Edmunds (between 30th Avenue South and Mount View Drive), Mount View Drive (between South Edmunds and Alaska), and the stairs that connect 30th Avenue South to South Ferdinand below. (See the map to the left.)
Gloves, grabber tools, orange safety vests, and garbage bags will be provided to make litter collection safer. Volunteers should meet at the top of the South Ferdinand stairs (on 30th Avenue South) at 10:30 am. For more information, please contact Pat at email@example.com.
All of my posts so far have been about me and my experiences as a pedestrian and neighbor in Beacon Hill.Â I’d like to share some of my observations about sharing my life with an athletic, social animal.
Tica turned 10 in June.Â She’s still active and continues to demand (and deserve) regular exercise, but at a much more gentle pace.Â We go out for 20-30 minutes in the morning and again in the evening.Â From age 1-5, Tica had to be engaged for at least a couple of hours every day.Â Â She is a smart, social dog and it was fun to find ways to keep her entertained.Â It was also a lot of work.Â I trained Tica using a “clicker” and positive training methods.Â This approach worked miracles with my high-energy dog.Â Using positive methods strengthened our relationship and helped Tica become more trusting of strangers.Â Clicker Solutions is one of many online resources for this method.
My mantra in those years was “a tired dog is a good dog.” When Tica was younger, she got bored easily.Â When she was bored, she’d find ways to get my attention–barking, whining, digging, chewing… behaviors I couldn’t ignore.Â I realized that keeping her busy on my terms was a lot easier than trying to deal with her behavior after she got bored.
If you have a spring puppy, you’ve probably both been basking in the incredible weather.Â It’s easy (and fun!) to take long walks and extended trips to the dog park while the sun is shining.Â It’s a lot more effort when the sun goes down at 5:45 and the puddles are past your ankles.Â Make the effort to keep your dog active–it pays off!
Wondering how you’re going to keep your dog active & happy this winter?
Wear a watch. Make a commitment to take the dog out every day. Most experts recommend 60-90 minutes, especially for high energy and/or younger dogs.Â You know your dog and your lifestyle.Â Set a goal and stick to it.
Dress appropriately. You’re more likely to take the dog out if you’re comfortable.Â Wear weather appropriate shoes, invest in a good raincoat, and get several hats.Â Keep visibility in mind–you want drivers to see you on dark November afternoons.Â I don’t wear headphones because I want to be aware of my surroundings.
Keep your dog safe and comfortable. Some breeds are prone to ear infections, especially in wet climates.Â Watch for discharge coming out of the ears and/or extra scratching.Â Some breeds (Greyhounds, pit bulls, etc) need a sweater or rain coat to stay dry and warm on long walks.Â Talk to your vet if you have concerns.
Trade doggy play dates and/or get together with a friend. Take turns bringing the dogs to the park, or simply getting them together to run around in the backyard.Â You’re less likely to put off that walk when you’ve made a commitment to another human.
Play indoor gameswith your pooch.Â Teach new tricks, hide dog treats behind the couch or in the bathtub, or practice a quiet “down, stay” while you’re making dinner.Â Mental stimulation and social interaction keep dogs busy & happy.Â Your dog still needs to go outside–but make the most of indoor time, too.
Take classes. Seattle has too many dog resources to list.Â Agility, obedience, herding, conformation…there’s bound to be something you and your dog will both enjoy.Â Many classes are in a covered or indoor area.
Hire a professional. If you’re too stretched for time to meet your dog’s needs, consider paying for a dog walker or taking your pup to a doggy daycare.Â A responsible teenage neighbor might just be the perfect answer for getting your dog out of the house.Â Be sure to interview critically–this person is going to be alone with your pet and may have access to your home.Â Check references.
In every season, remember to be a responsible neighbor: carry bags and clean up after your dog, keep her leashed, and be respectful of others.Â Many people are afraid of dogs–including some dog owners.Â Â Tica is medium sized by my standards (45lbs), but to some people she looks intimidating.Â I don’t force the issue.Â Observe dog and human body language and keep your dog under control.
It takes a village…
A new baby, illness, injury, increased or changed work schedule… sometimes there are times when the responsibilities of a pet are too much. If you need help, ask.Â If your neighbor needs help, offer.Â Â A dog walking service is a great baby shower gift!Â There are also lots of pet charities who need your support.Â Donate food, litter, and other supplies to help others care for their pets.Â Encourage your animal-loving student to consider volunteering at a shelter when assigned community service projects.
I’m a foul-weather gym member. The Meredith Matthews YMCAÂ (just off 23rd in the Central District) has a great facility and low rates—and they allow me to join and cancel at will with no fees. This allows me to workout outside when I want, and inside when the weather shifts.Â I prefer to spend as much time outside as possible in the summer, and to integrate my workouts into the rest of my life as much as possible.
If you’re looking for a great workout in our neighborhood, check out the stairs running east-west on the streets between 15th and 17th. I created a Google map to give an idea of stair locations and the route we take.Â Be creative and explore the area—I usually incorporate a few hills in addition to the stairs.
Depending on how much time I have (and how Tica’s feeling) we’ll walk or jog the stairs while heading north, then slow down and head south towards home along a less steep route.