Fall Into Weekend Fun At The Annual Fall Polish Bazaar!

Looking for a fun way to spend your weekend? Look no further than the Annual Fall Polish Bazaar!

A blend of culture, delicious traditional food, and eclectic crafts, this event is an immersive and authentic Polish experience.

The Annual Fall Polish Bazaar has been presented by the Seattle Polish Cultural Center for over 50 years, and since then has been one of the largest and strongest fund-raising events for them, as well as fun for the community!

This year’s event will be a full weekend of yummy Polish delicacies, entertainment and lots of opportunities to get a jump on holiday shopping (yes, please!).

From the Facebook page

Join us for Annual Fall Polish Bazaar – two days of delicious food, shopping, and entertainment! 

Delicious dinners of pickle soup, borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage, cabbage Rolls and Polish beer served all day.

Delectable pastries, as well as coffee /tea, are at the dessert booths.
Take-home dinners and sweets available.

Upstairs features an excellent selection of amber, books, crafts, Polish crystal, Boleslawiec pottery, Christmas ornaments and wafers (oplatki) and more!

Polish Choir Vivat Musica! sings Saturday at 2:30pm.

 

This event is family friendly and a fun and interesting way to spend your weekend.

Explore a new culture or get to know your own a little better! Take a trip overseas without leaving Seattle! Eat delicious perogies and Polish Sausages that will put Costco’s to shame!

There are many reasons to check out the Annual Fall Polish Bazaar, but just in case, did we mention there will Polish beer served too? YUM!

The Annual Fall Polish Festival will be this Saturday and Sunday, November 4th & 5th from 12 PM to 6 PM at 1714 18th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, the Home of Dom Polski and the Seattle Polish Cultural Center.
This year’s event has been organized and is possible thanks to the hard work of  Koło Pań/Polish Women’s Club.

Help make this year’s fund-raiser a success and have fun doing it!

Jedz, pij i wesoły!
(Eat, drink and be merry!)

City Recommends Community Meetings to Discuss Further Pike/Pine Street Closures

East Pike

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) released its comprehensive report this week detailing last August’s experimental closure of East Pike Street to car traffic. Ultimately remaining reticent, the city is recommending more community discussions before moving forward with the project.
While SDOT is far from abandoning the project, which attempted to address issues of pedestrian congestion, aggressive crowd behavior, and LGBTQ visibility and inclusivity in the nightlife core of Capitol Hill, the city is approaching the concept of pedestrian-only streets very carefully. Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce director Sierra Hansen approves of the city’s decision to adding, “That’s exactly what we had been calling for…[to] get all the diverse perspectives at the same table. We want to foster a conversation between critics and supports.”
A further conversation between supporters and critics is likely a good idea, as the project is controversial. SDOT’s survey of the neighborhood’s residents and businesses found 66 percent were in favor of continuing pedestrian-only weekend nights on East Pike street, with 57 percent in favor of expanding the pedestrian-only zones to other times. However within those numbers, there is a split between how residents view the project and how local business owners view the project. 70 percent of residents surveyed approved the project while only 48 percent of businesses did. Additionally, just 44 percent of businesses wanted to expand it, while 66 percent of residents did. Comments regarding the street closure SDOT collected via a survey reflect this divide. One support for the project stated, “I felt safer and more connected to the community.” While a critic argued, “The space created felt like a big dark void. The police presence made it feel like a pen. And the side streets were abused as Parking lots by limo vans, etc.”
According to the report, SDOT will soon announce the date and time of an upcoming stakeholder community meetings on the street closure project. While the project remains controversial, the issues on Capitol Hill that inspired its implementation still need to be addressed. EcoDistrict director Alex Brennan argues that the “Issues [on Pike/Pine] with sexual harassment, gay-bashing, a lack of visibility for the queer community and the arts community, those issues aren’t going away.”

Seattle Gets Approval to Design First Hill Street Car Extension

Yesterday afternoon, Seattle Major Mike McGinn said that the City of Seattle has gathered enough funds to begin the design and planning process for the First Hill Streetcar line’s Broadway extension. According to the City of Seattle, $850,000 of federal funding have already been secured, and another $900,000 are pending final approval, in which case the City will have enough funding to design a half mile line extension, requested by the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The line would then extend into Broadway’s Retail District, and be able to support residents by moving the terminus from Denny Way to Roy Street.

The Seattle Department of Transportation is currently constructing the First Hill street car line, and ever since the project’s first stages of planning, the Capitol Hill community has been very vocal about obtaining an extension to the North End of Broadway, instead of it’s currently final stop at the Capitol Hill Link light rail station. The extension project would continue the double track street car installation, with two or three additional stops, and the total extension project is estimated to be around $25 million. For more information on the project, visit the Seattle Streetcar’s website.

Cupcake Royale Now Offering Ice Cream!

Is it summer yet? We’ve seen a glimmer here and there, but the folks at Cupcake Royale are happy with what they can get this summer, and taking the opportunity to launch ice cream in all 6 of their store fronts.

The delectable cupcake gurus are now offering flavors such as “cupcakes n cream” as their signature flavor, and will have many other unique flavors such as their “whiskey maple bacon crack” made with locally sourced Woodinville Whiskey, and Zoe’s meats bacon, “Bonanza” made with bananas homemade brownies and caramel, burnt caramel and sea salt, and red velvet cupcake; yum! The newest store front is located at 108 pine street downtown and will open this Saturday, but until then will have a food cart outside the store front serving scoops from noon-8pm. The Ballard, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue locations will have scoops, shakes cones and sundaes on their menu, and all other locations will have pints to go.

Rock n Roll Marathon To Slow Traffic This Weekend

It’s that time of year again; the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon is coming this Saturday June 23rd and it’s going to draw roughly 30,000 runners in and around the downtown area. The course is different from past years, and will cover major streets such as Mercer, Rainier Ave S and the Alaska Way Viaduct will all remain closed for sometime before and after the race.

Metro will also be rerouting several of their bus routes (roughly 40) on Saturday, beginning in the wee hours of the morning, and will continue on their regular route after roads reopen. The start and finish line this year  are both around the space needle, and will disrupt traffic in and around the city limits. Find the course map here, and a list of street closures on the Rock and Roll website. If you aren’t running in the event, it’s not a bad idea to stick to your walking shoes in the morning.

2012 Bumbershoot Lineup Is In!

September may seem far off in the distance, but the folks running the ever popular Bumbershoot Festival have just released the 2012 musical lineup. The acts for this year’s Labor Day weekend festivities range from Tony Bennet to Passion Pit; and every genre in between!

If you’ve never been to Bumbershoot, it’s Seattle’s favored music and arts festival, that’s held in the heart of Seattle Center every Labor Day weekend; this year will mark the 42nd anniversary of the festival. Since 1917, Bumbershoot has been drawing crowds to Seattle, showcasing some of the best in music, film, comedy, dance and theater. 100,000+ people join the masses each year to see some of the greatest performers of all time, and new acts to the spotlight, soon to gain stardom.  Stay tuned for the upcoming release of the performing arts and comedy lineups.

Northwest Folklife Festival This Weekend

If you’re staying in town this memorial day and looking for something fun to do with family and friends, the largest folklife festival in the country is coming to the Seattle Center this weekend! The Northwest Folklife Festivalis a fun filled weekend exploring the Pacific Northwest culture through special performances, panels, workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, and activities. This year’s cultural focus will coincide with the 50 year anniversary of the World’s Fair, making the theme “the next fifty.” This year’s lineup can be a bit

Photo Courtesy of Northwestfolklifefestival.org

overwhelming when you’re looking at the 6000+ performers, and you only have a few hours to dedicate; but if you’re savvy enough to navigate through their website, they’ve graciously blogged about 27 things to see this year at the Folklife Festival, pinpointing the must see performances. The festival is appropriate for all ages all weekend, please visit their website for directions and performance schedule.

 

U-Link Boring to Begin Soon

Brenda, the tunnel-boring machine, will begin boring in Capitol Hill in the coming weeks.  Brenda will bore the new “University Link”  tube from Capitol Hill to Westlake Station as part of the link light rail extension.  The project is expected to take 18 months.  Brenda is about 30 ft long and the deepest digging past Broadway in Capitol Hill will be at 150 feet below street level.  The long and costly ($2 billion!!!) project will provide a new and convenient way for people to travel, cutting commute times and keeping bus crowding at bay.  For more information on the U-Link project, please visit the official website.