Seattle Beer Week Kicks Off Tomorrow With Events On The Hill

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The 6th annual Seattle Beer Week, which has stretched to a 10-day-long beer and food extravaganza, starts tomorrow, May 8 with kickoff events at The Pine Box and Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill. Meet up at The Pine Box starting at 3:00 p.m. for a celebratory pint before the official 2014 Seattle Beer Week “Six Degrees of Collaboration” IPA keg tapping at the Elysian at 5:00. The Six Degrees beer was brewed in collaboration with Naked City, Pike, Schooner Exact, Georgetown and Black Raven. See below for more Beer Week events on Capitol Hill this weekend:

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  • Learn all about how to brew your own beer at the Central District Brewing Collective’s How To Brew Night at Chuck’s CD from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
  • 10 Barrel Beer Dinner with chef Scott Carsberg at The Pine Box.Tickets and more info here.

This is a Capitol Hill-centric list, but Beer Week events are happening all over the city and in select locations on the Eastside from May 8-18, so check out the website for the complete schedule of events. Log in with your Facebook account to add events to your personalized itinerary so you don’t miss out on any beers you’ve been dying to try!

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Tour Capitol Hill’s Remodeled Fire Station This Saturday

We can’t promise you’ll get to slide down the fireman’s pole, but you will get a chance to see how the firemen live at this Saturday’s open house for the newly completed remodel of Capitol Hill’s Station 25.

The remodel was begun in spring 2013 as part of the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy passed in 2003, and included seismic upgrades and some reconfiguration of spaces inside the station, which houses an engine company, a ladder unit, an aid unit and a battallion chief unit.

Fire Chief Joel Andrus invites neighbors to come and tour the station, located at 14th Avenue East and East Pine Street, this Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bring your kids for a unique rainy day activity, check out the refurbished station and meet the firemen and women who keep Capitol Hill residents safe!

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!

Three New “Parklets” Opening This Summer In Capitol Hill Area

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Around the Northwest we have to take full advantage of our short window of summer days warm enough to spend time outside, and this year Seattle residents will have 10 new “parklets” – spots in front of businesses where parking spaces are converted into mini park areas – to relax in the sunshine. Three of these spaces will be in the Capitol Hill/Central Area vicinity, including outside Lost Lake Lounge and the Comet Tavern at 10th Avenue and E Pike St.; outside Cortona Cafe at 25th and Union; and up the hill in Madrona outside the Bottlehouse and the Hi Spot Cafe on 34th Avenue.

These 10 new mini parks, along with three already installed in 2013 in Belltown, the International District and Capitol hill, are part of a pilot program started by the Seattle Department of Transportation in response to increasing interest from Seattle businesses. While permits for the mini parks are issued by the SDOT, this project is fueled by the public, and all funding is provided by the business or resident who sponsors the parklet. The SDOT will evaluate at the end of the summer and decide whether to make these 24-hour public spaces permanent parts of Seattle’s streetscape.

See the full list of the parklets debuting this summer to see if there will be one in your neighborhood, and read more about the pilot program on SDOT’s website.

 

Restaurant Marron Opening in Olivar’s Old Location

After 6 years on the hill, Olivar’s will close its doors at the end of April. According to Seattle Met, Eric and Zarina Sakai are bringing “fine dining without the fluff” to this historically unsuccessful restaurant spot, and we certainly hope they break the dryspell. This dynamic duo is bringing their culinary expertise to the hill to tease our palates with a culinary journey of a steadfast European tradition; Restaurant Marron will serve a 16 course, hours-long tasting menu of french inspired dishes with modern flavors, and the Seattle twist in this establishment is eating like Kings in a casual setting. Olivars

Eric Sakai has pledged to keep the atmosphere casual, and the dishes unique and tasty. Opening sometime this summer, diners will have the option of the 16 course tasting bites menu or choose a four course menu option if they’re not up for the commitment. Stay tuned for future updates on the opening date.

OutWatch Group To Conduct Late-Night Patrols of Capitol Hill Streets

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In response to a recent duo of violent attacks in the neighborhood – a rape and an attack on a drag performer – Jennifer Dietrich, who runs Capitol Hill’s Dr. Jen’s House of Beauty, is spearheading the formation a new public safety group called OutWatch, in an effort to make people feel safer walking around Capitol Hill at night.

The patrols, which will will be made up of groups of four, including two people trained in self defense, would operate from about 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday, and would be available to escort people to their cars or to other safe places. According to an article about the meeting in The Seattle Times, Dietrich said, “Whoever lives and works up here should be able to get from point A to point B without being afraid or without being attacked.”

OutWatch hearkens back to an early-1990s group called Q Patrol, whose members were trained in self defense and patrolled the streets in response to gay-bashing incidents in the neighborhood.

Captiol Hill Real Estate Recap: February 2014

The Capitol Hill real estate market featured thirty-two sales this past February which is the best February in the last four years.  In 2013 there were 31 sales, in 2012 there were 26 sales, and in 2011 there were 27 sales.  Currently there are 47 active listings for sale on Capitol Hill with a high of $8.5 million for a home with an undisclosed location and a low of $157,000 for a co-op in the vicinity of Cal Anderson Park.  The pending sales do not vary in price as much with the most expensive being a home listed for $2.6 million and a co-op for $110,000.  There are currently 65 homes pending sale. Cap Hill home nicole

The Central Seattle real estate market which includes Capitol Hill (basically the area from the Montlake Cut to I-90 and from Lake Washington to I-5) is showing signs of strength.  While median year-to-date sales price is down from $619,000 to $577,475, the average year-to-date sales price is actually up from $729,042 to $736,659.  In addition, year-to-date sales for the first two months are up with 88 sales in 2014 versus 79 sales in 2013.  Inventory is also tighter than last year, down from 128 to 93 active listings in the month of February.

If you have any questions about the Seattle real estate market, please feel to reach out to a local Seattle real estate agent.