Google Comes to Seattle!

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Even though school is out for the summer, Leschi Elementary stayed very busy this month! From getting the garden prepared for summer planting, to giving the walls a new coat of paint, and cataloging the fiction books in the library. With the help from some Googlers and Seattle Works, the school was able to make all their projects a reality.

GoogleServe volunteers assisted the summer school participants with weeding, churning compost into garden soil, building trellises, and making a sustainable water bottle irrigation system! The library is also in order after their visit. They have recorded the fiction books into to the school catalogue, making access to the library resources easier for teachers. The school is organized, cleaned, and repainted. What a perfect way to start the 2016 school year!

Googlers volunteer all year, but in June they celebrate collectively during GoogleServe to help their favorite organization. The volunteer campaign has done over 800 projects nation-wide just this year! They will make their way back to Seattle next year, serving the community with helping hands once again.

Garfield Students’ Photography Exhibit Opening 10/13

garfieldStudents from Garfield High School’s advanced photography class have selected their best work to be displayed at the Central District location of Broadcast Coffee in October and November, and will be holding a show opening on Monday, October 13. The whole community is invited to attend the event, which will run from 4:00-7:00 p.m. If you can’t make it on the 13th, stop by for a coffee anytime during October or November to check out the exhibit! Broadcast Coffee is located at 1918 E Yesler Way.

Central Area Block Party Coming To 23rd & Cherry 9/27

Central Dist. Block PartyAs the main north-south thoroughfare that runs through the Central District, 23rd Avenue truly is the spine of the neighborhood, connecting the commercial hubs at Union, Cherry, and Jackson streets and serving as a link to Capitol Hill and the Rainier Valley. The adjacent blocks are home to the rich mix of organizations that give the neighborhood its character, such as Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Wood Technology Center, Coyote Central, Garfield High School, and Central Cinema. On September 27, come and gather with your neighbors at the central hub of 23rd and Cherry for the Central Area Block Party to celebrate our diverse community with live music, food trucks, an art walk, kids activities, and more!

This will also be a great opportunity to learn all about the 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which aims to make the Central District a healthier, more livable place for its residents through new urban design and rezoning. Many organizations throughout central Seattle gave input on the plan, including the Madrona and Leschi community councils, so its impact is not limited to the area directly adjoining 23rd.

The block party is free and will run from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to stop by throughout the day. Read up on the 23rd Avenue Action plan and come ready to give your input and have some fun with your neighbors!

 

 

 

Jackson St. Jazz Walk This Saturday

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The jazz scene in Seattle peaked between 1937 and 1951 and was centered around Jackson Street in what is now the International District. For the past several years the Jackson St. Music History Project, a partnership between the Pratt Fine Arts Center Youth Art Works and the Jackson Place Community Council, has been working with kids to create community art that celebrates Seattle’s place in jazz history. This Saturday, April 5, they’re bringing jazz back to Jackson with the Jackson St. Jazz Walk, featuring performances from 18 bands and musicians.

Best of all, this event is FREE and performances will be spread between six venues on Jackson Street between 16th and 21st Avenue South, giving you a taste of what club-hopping was like in jazz’s heyday. The lineup includes a diverse range of music representing Seattle’s eclectic contemporary jazz scene, from the Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble to the Garlic Gulch Boys to the Bernie Jacobs Quartet and the Central District’s own Garfield High School jazz band. The walk starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends at midnight. See a full schedule and lineup here.

Also included on the schedule is the Pratt Fine Arts Center’s “One Hot Night”, the center’s bi-annual open house that offers live demonstrations, food and drinks from local vendors and food trucks, and class discounts for attendees. The open house is free and runs from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Pratt is located at 1902 S. Main St., one block north of Jackson.

This is a great opportunity to discover (or rediscover) Jackson Street, listen to some excellent music and support the Central District!

 

Seattle Music Partners Benefit Aims To Increase Access to Music and Mentoring

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Seattle Music Partners, an after-school program that provides free music tutoring to kids at Central District elementary schools, invites you to its annual fundraising event on Wednesday, March 26. The event will include performances by both students and tutors from the program, guest speakers and details about the program’s expansion. The program is asking for community support to help provide more kids access to music instruction and mentoring.

The event is free of charge, and will run from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Northwest African American Museum located at 2300 S Massachusetts St. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be provided at no charge. For more information please contact Sarah Westneat at 206-250-4998.

March 9 Concert To Benefit Central Area Senior Center

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The Central Area Senior Center has operated from its home on the Leschi Bluff for more than 35 years, providing countless services, including hot meals, exercise programs, computer classes, and wellness services, to more than 1,600 seniors each year. To help The Central continue to provide its wide range of services and to relieve some of its debt, the board will host a benefit concert Sunday, March 9 at the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Center at Rainier Beach High School from 3:00-6:00 pm.

The Rainier Beach High School jazz ensemble will kick off the event, followed by other participating artists Funke Fusion Band, Darrius Willridge, Debbie Cavitt, Sheila Kay, Leo Camo, Butch Harrison, IFE, Rachel Foxx, Celestine, J Charles, Deems Tsutkawa, C T Thompson, and Felicia Loud and the Surround Sound Band. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Tickets are $50 each and are available through Brown Paper Tickets or from The Central.

Rainier Beach High School is located at 8815 Seward Park Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.

 

Big Changes Coming to 23rd and Union

Central District BuildingBig changes to coming to 23rd and Union according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.  According to the brief article a six-story apartment complex with retail on the ground floor is planned for the corner where the vacant lot is located.  As many of us remember there was a brick building on the lot before it was torn down due to heavy settlement issues that caused the building to look as if it would fall over.  The lot was just sold for $3.8 million and the new owners hope to begin building this spring.

Central District Key Bank to Close

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Courtesy of King County

One of the closest banks to our Madrona neighborhood, the Key Bank Central District Branch located on 23rd and Union is scheduled to close April 12th of this year.  Employees of the Central District Branch are being transferred to other Key Banks in the Seattle area.  If you opened your bank account at that branch, your account will be transferred to the Key Bank on Capitol Hill on 15th Avenue.  If you have a safety deposit box there, you can wait for instructions or contact the bank to make arrangements (contact information on first link above).

Search here to find other Key Bank close to Madrona.

The report is that the location will not be vacant for long.  Capitol Hill Housing will be redeveloping the lot and building affordable housing with offices on the main floor.

All Purpose Pizza in Leschi Area to Close

Zaw PizzaThe owner of Leschi’s All Purpose Pizza announced that the restaurant is closing at the end of the day, Monday, October 15th.  The kid-friendly restaurant has been serving the area for over seven years and has support the Leschi community during that time.  Here is the email that was sent out announcing the closure of All Purpose Pizza:

To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: All Purpose Pizza

Dear Friends/Family of APP,
Shocking as it will seem, I have decided to close APP after service (9pm) Monday October 15th. After 7 years of business I have decided it is time to move on and unburden myself and the debt that has been amassing since 2008 and the economic crash. I have done everything I can over these past years to stay in business, waiting for brighter days, but the new economic reality doesn’t mesh with my overhead/bottom line which is, unfortunately, not negotiable. The deficit has been incredibly daunting and it is time for me to admit defeat. I know it will leave a huge hole in the community, a place I have called home for so many years. It is extremely painful for me to make this decision and what makes it harder all of you: the people who started off as patrons, became friends, and are now family. Your love and support has meant the world to me over these years and it is because of that that I have made it this far. For that I can’t thank you enough.

I will be around tonight (Friday) and throughout the weekend (looking for sitter now). I hope that you can make it in so I can say goodbye and sling one last pizza hurrah!

Much love,
Kedra

Please support All Purpose Pizza in their last few days of business.

Woman Robbed At Gunpoint on 27th & E.Union

Wednesday night, around 11:30pm a woman was assaulted and robbed at a bus stop on the North side of Union st near 27th while on her way to the airport. The police report says that three suspects walked past the woman at the bus stop, then doubled back around a wooden fence and went behind her. One of the suspects pointed a semi-automatic hand-gun at  her.  He is described to be a black male in his 20’s, 6’1″ with a slim build, short hair, black baseball cap, white polo shirt, and baggy jeans. When the woman began screaming, the man with the gun punched her in the face. The other 2 suspects tried to steal her bags while dragging her across the sidewalk. A passerby saw what was taking place and he rushed over to her aid. He was able to grab the first suspect, but the suspect swung his arm and escaped. The two other suspects escaped with her messenger bag and suitcase. Police and K9’s were on the scene, but were not able to find the suspects. Among the things stolen were her MacBook Laptop, $3,000 in cash, her wallet and airline ticket.

I know this is scary for those of us who live in the neighborhood, as it is not the first time that something like this has happened. It is a reminder that we need to look out for our neighbors just as the man who came to her aid did, as well as be mindful of our surroundings.

Thanks to the the Central District News for providing an update, to read the article, go to the Central District News.