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.

Capitol Hill Craftsman Home Available

This lovely 4 bed 2 bath craftsman home in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is now available for rent! The home has a gourmet kitchen with an island breakfast bar for gathering around the kitchen. There is also a formal dining room, and large living room with hardwood flooring. The top floor hosts a master bedroom with a nice sitting area and two additional bedrooms, while the lower level has a family room and additional bedroom. Fore more information on this home or other Seattle Rentals visit Ewing & Clark.

Status: For Rent
Bed/Bath: 4/2.0
Price: $3,900

O’Dea Principal Quits After Being Accused of Abuse

Photo Courtesy of O’Dea High School

Brother Karl Walczak has resigned as principal at O’Dea High School, after being accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s.  According to the Seattle Times, the accusations against Walczak relate to his time teaching at another diocese in the early 70′s, and he has denied all accusations.

The operation of the high school will continue under the Acting Principal James Walker. The School Board did not learn of the accusations until Wednesday afternoon.  According to the Times, John Shuster, Seattle co-director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has accused O’Dea School and Archdiocese of Seattle of a cover up, and knowing of Walczak’s accusations back in August, and not acting on the issue. For further coverage on the story, visit the Seattle Times.

Recess Monkey Performs at Cal Anderson This Weekend

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend, treat them to a fun filled performance at Cal Anderson Park, where the local trio of Seattle elementary school teachers turned rock stars Recess Monkey will be playing live, starting at 2:45pm. Recess Monkey is the nationally acclaimed trio who have made 8 albums of funky music for kids and the whole family.

Photo Courtesy of Recessmonkeytown.com

Their last album In Tents has been reviewed as high energy, and really pin points what gets kids excited, and that ability to nail that has been a huge factor in their success. Time Out New York recently named them the #3 “Kindie” band in America, and their performance at Cal Anderson marks a very pivotal point in their career, as the drummer is bidding the band farewell after the concert to pursue other opportunities. Bring your kids to the Park, and enjoy an afternoon of music this Sunday.

Lil Woody’s is Serving Free Burgers Monday!

Noted as one of the best burger joints in Capitol Hill ever since it opened a year ago, Lil Woody’s is showering the neighborhood with their yummy burgers on Monday afternoon, in celebration of it’s 1st birthday.

To celebrate, Lil Woody’s will be serving up their famous burgers from 2-5pm on August 27th, along with other party favors from their neighborhood friends. The favors will include gift certificates from Pike Street Fish Fry,  Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Cafe Vita, Via Tribunali Pizza, Uber, and Alive and Well, among others. Guests coming for freebies should expect a long line of patrons gearing up to join the party! Lil Woody’s burgers are made from Painted Hills meats, hand cut fries from Northwest potatoes, and seasonings and sauces made in-house. Their milkshakes are even made with Seattle favorite Molly moon’s ice cream! For more information about the free burger giveaway, visit Woody’s.

 

Best Seattle Bars to Watch the Olympics

If you’ve been keeping up with any of the Olympics this year, you’ve probably noticed that there is quite a handful of local Washingtonians representing the United States, as well as other countries at the London games this year. Our state is represented by hot shot swimmer Nathan Adrian,  Basketball Star Sue Bird, and Adrienne Martelli in women’s rowing. If you’ve been busy outside enjoying the sunshine, or holed up at work during prime Olympic hours, we’ve got a handful of local neighborhood bars that are playing the games non-stop through August 12th, so you can catch team USA in action.

If you’re in Capitol Hill the newest sports bar in town 95 Slide open from 2-2, and the bar is planning on having food and drink specials during major Olympic events such as the basketball finals. If you’d like to feel like you’re in London, hit up one of the  sister English pubs, in Ballard the Market Arms or George and Dragon (operated by the same English owner). Spit Fire and Buckley’s in Belltown will have specials during popular Olympic events, and Spitfire will be hosting a closing ceremony party, similar to the big event they had on opening night. Come on out and experience the Olympic tradition, and success of team USA with your neighboring sports fans through August 12th!

Skate at Cal Anderson Park

Are you looking for a fun, winter activity for the whole family to enjoy this season?  If so, Capitol Hill is where you need to be.  The 1st Annual Ice Rink is now open in Cal Anderson Park, and ready for skaters.  The synthetic ice rink is 50 x 80 feet and located above the basketball court.   Skaters will enjoy holiday décor and music, as well as food and refreshments from local vendors.  The rink is open from 11 am to 10 pm every day, now until December 24th.  Adult admission will set you back $12.00, and only $6.00 for kids 8 years and younger.  For more information, please visit the official Ice Rink website.  Happy skating!!

Christmas Ship To Visit Madison Park

It’s that magical time of year again in the Northwest and what better way to bring in the holiday season than the 62nd annual Christmas Ship Festival from Argosy Cruises.  The festival features the ever popular Christmas Ship decked out with décor, filled with music and brimming with holiday spirit.  The Christmas Ship sets sail on 25 nights this season and stops at many Puget Sound waterfront locations.  If you live in Capitol Hill, see the ship on Saturday, December 17th when it’s at Madison Park on the shores of Lake Washington.  The ship will be there between 4:55 and 5:15 pm. Onboard the Christmas Ship, riders can enjoy chorus performances from The Dickens Carolers and a visit from Santa Clause.  You can also ride on one of the dinner cruise boats which trail behind the Christmas Ship.  On the dinner boat, riders can experience all the sights and sounds of the night.  If you didn’t spring for a ticket this year, don’t worry because Madison Park is a great place to simply watch the ceremony and see the ship with your family.  If you live in Capitol Hill or nearby neighborhoods, make sure to stop by. If you would like to purchase tickets for a Christmas Ship cruise, see a full schedule of events or to find more information, please see the website.  Ticket proceeds will benefit the Seattle Times Fund for The Needy.  Happy Holidays!