Remembrance Celebration For Capitol Hill Librarian Carol Edlefsen This Saturday

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The Capitol Hill branch of the Seattle Public Library lost a valued member of its family last month, as children’s librarian Carol Edlefsen passed away on March 29 in Anchorage, Alaska. A remembrance celebration of her life will be held this Saturday, May 3 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Capitol Hill library.

According to her obituary, Carol received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage and later in life went on to earn her Masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Washington. She displayed a passion for reading and for children throughout her life. Please drop by the library this Saturday if you would like to take part in this celebration of Carol’s life.

The Capitol Hill branch is located at 425 Harvard Ave. E.

Support Lowell Elementary At Coastal Kitchen 4/29

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While most of us can’t jet off to Corsica for a Mediterranean vacation, you can sample food inspired by the French island while also supporting Capitol Hill’s own Lowell Elementary tomorrow, April 29 at Coastal Kitchen.The restaurant will be donating up to 50 percent of its proceeds from sales between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. to Lowell, and the money raised will help fund student programming and student and staff opportunities.

If you have a child attending Lowell this is a great chance to meet some fellow parents and students, and if not, just to enjoy Coastal’s rotating coastal-city-inspired menu with the added bonus of knowing your dollars are supporting Lowell’s diverse student body. Check out the whole menu here!

 

Seattle Second Safest City For Cyclists and Pedestrians

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While riding a bike or walking around Seattle can sometimes feel like a navigating a defensive obstacle course, a new benchmarking report by the Alliance on Biking and Walking has found that our city ranks among the very safest cities for cyclists and pedestrians, with 1.7 cyclist fatalities and 2.7 pedestrian fatalities for every 10,000 commuters. We rank only behind Boston, which records 2.5 cyclist fatalities and 0.9 pedestrian fatalities.

The Alliance found that, in general, the number of fatalities drops in cities where cyclists and pedestrians make up a larger percentage of daily commuters. In Seattle, 12 percent of commuters walk or bike to work, whereas in Jacksonville, Fla., the city with the highest number of fatalities (33.1), only 1.7 percent do. The Alliance’s reasoning is that vehicle drivers who are used to sharing the roads with cyclists and routinely have to navigate around a large number of pedestrians are more likely to be aware of them and drive more carefully. With the cycle track having recently been installed on Broadway and the ever-increasing number of bike lanes all over the city, this trend suggests that the larger and more visible our biking population is, the safer its members will be.

 

Easter Happenings Around The Hill

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In keeping with the diverse spirit of the neighborhood, Easter events on Capitol Hill run the gamut from good old fashioned egg hunts to an Easter bonnet contest at C.C. Attles bar. Here’s a rundown of how the Hill is celebrating Easter.

FRIDAY, 4/18

– Start your celebration on a quiet note tonight with a Good Friday service at one of Capitol Hill’s many churches. Services start at 7:00 p.m. at Grace Church Seattle, Saint Mark’s Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Parish, and St. Demetrious Greek Orthodox Church (Montlake), among many others.

– For a history lesson tied in to Easter, head to the Harvard Exit theater today at noon to hear Seattle’s Michael McCullough tell the story of his grandmother, Lily Kempson, who participated in Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916, which aimed to end the Britain’s rule of Ireland.

SATURDAY, 4/19

It appears that Capitol Hill will be covered in colorful plastic eggs this Saturday, as there are several kids’ egg hunts taking place all over the hill. Hunts for kids ages 1-11 will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park, Montlake Community Center, Volunteer Park, and Yesler Community Center.

SUNDAY 4/20

Along with Easter church services, Sunday brings the ever-important Easter brunch. If you’re not cooking at home try one of these Capitol Hill spots!

– Ethan Stowell’s Bar Cotto will have several special Easter offerings on the menu, including pork belly hash, pizza with house guanciale topped with an egg, and Easter julep cocktails.

Monsoon believes that Easter = crab. Get half of a Dungeness for $18 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If that’s not enough crab for you, stick around for the restaurant’s regular Sunday crab dinner and get a whole two-pounder to yourself!

– For an Italian-style Easter, hit up Rione XIII for eggs on everything, pizzas, salads and Easter-inspired cocktails.

Volunteer Park Cafe will supplement its already-stuffed pastry case with hot cross buns, bunny- and egg-shaped sugar cookies and birds’ nest cupcakes.

Happy Easter, everyone!