Flo Ware Chalk Art Invitational

Flo Ware Chalk Art Invitational

Flo Ware Chalk Art Invitational

How are we use up all the extra chalk from Hopscotch CD? That was the question, when we dreamed up our quick next event!

A huge thanks to the families and friends that showed up today for the first “Flo Ware Chalk Art Invitational”. Everyone was invited (via our Facebook page and posters along Jackson St.) to join us in a twenty-minute timed drawing competition. This year’s theme as “Family Portrait”. We had some folks that just happened to be in the playground join in and we had families in-it-to-win-it and prepared with a sketch plan and a portrait. The preparedness really paid off, as the family won “The People’s Choice” award, getting first pick at our amazing prize table! They took home an old-fashioned Chocolate Mayonaise Cake with Divinity frosting!

Our three Central District Artist Judges, Nia Michaels, Cecelia Alvarez, and Andrea Charles awarded a total of eleven prize categories and our awesome prizes include a colossal 315-piece art set, several Jackson Commons cakes and gift certificates and a t-shirt from Central Pizza.

We thought all the drawings were inspired and really nice way to meet some new neighbors! Thanks!

Look for another chalk drawing competition as part of next year’s Hopscotch CD, happening June 6, 2015.

Hopscotch CD! August 23

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I guess it tells you something about how hard it is for volunteers to maintain a Facebook, Twitter, and blog that our biggest project of the year, Hopscotch CD is just around the corner and isn’t on our blog!

First: for the most current updates, check our facebook page at JacksonCommonsSeattle. Or follow us on Twitter @JacksonCommons.

On to the event!

Hopscotch CD!
Saturday, August 23. 9 am – 6 pm.

Join us, as we team with community volunteers to put on almost 3 miles of fun along our giant hopscotch course across the CD! Along with so many favorites along last year’s route, we’re adding a spur down to the Hiawatha Flea Market in the Jackson Place neighborhood and a spur so you can easily go check out the Ethiopian Summer Festival at Garfield Community Center.

World Record Attempt for most people playing hopscotch at once: 1 pm, Centerstone, 18th & Cherry
CDA’ Carnival: 4 pm – 8 pm, 23rd and Union.

See the route, add a garage sale or lemonade stand, volunteer to help lay the path— all at www.hopscotchcd.com.

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UpBeat On Jackson! A new Concert Series

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Thanks to a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, LiHi’s Ernestine Anderson Place will be presenting a FREE monthly concert. Most concerts will be happening the 3rd Saturday evening of the month, except for this first one with amazing performer, Mary McBride!

What a treat to see here in the intimate space right here in the CD.

Mary McBride
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
4 to 6 pm, Doors at 3:30.

Ernestine Anderson Place
2010 S. Jackson St, Seattle WA 98144

Flash Mob Picnic? Sure!

Can you flash mob your way past neighborhood sadness?

Can you flash mob your way past neighborhood sadness?

The last couple weeks were brutal in the Central District, particularly our end, with four murders and several more shootings. Too much sadness! Too much frustration at the inability to stop the violence.

Having a picnic isn’t going to solve anything, but it does give folks a chance to get together, talk, and, if nothing else, show that we’re not going to cower behind all of the gun violence.

A lovely picnic with good conversations. As always, we’d recommend you check our Facebook page or Twitter for the latest news, freshest updates and our often, nearly-istaneous events which seldom get up on the site fast enough.

Nice casual picnic, good conversation.

Nice casual picnic, good conversation.

Jackson Street Jazz Walk!

Jackson Street Jazz Walk

Jackson Street Jazz Walk

We’re thrilled to announce the first Jackson Street Jazz Walk coming on April 5. We’ve been fortunate to be one of the mentors for the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ PACE Program. The PACE (People’s Academy of Community Engagement) Program is a nine-month course developed by the city to give future community leaders the skills and knowledge to branch out and lead their own community projects. It’s been an great learning experience for me to be a mentor, and of course, this project wouldn’t be happening without the PACE teams’ hard work. In addition, we’re excited to have the support of the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs who are funding many of the performances at the event.

Headlining the walk? We kick things off early with the Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble at 4 pm at Casa Latina at 17th and Jackson, followed by the hot Afro-Cuban sounds of Bembe Olele at 5:30.

Over at the LiHi Ernestine Anderson House at 20th and Jackson, we’re still lining up some opening bands, however, you’ll definitely want to catch the 19-piece big band, Jazz Underground if you like the music from the Swing Years! They take the stage at 6:30 and will play two sets.

We’ll be posting a complete schedule as we get closer to the event and providing a map with the many locations of the bands, the food specials, and the art. Well, the art is going to be pretty obvious: it’s at Pratt! It’s Pratt’s One Hot Night, Spring style! So not only can you come to Jackson Street to listen to free music, but you there will be tours and demonstrations in Pratt’s many art studios, food trucks and more!

Check out our facebook page for more details and the latest updates at JacksonCommonsSeattle.

Pictures from the Festival of Lights!

A much overdue post with some wonderful pictures from the 2013 Festival of Lights!

It rained! It was cold! It was a lot of work!

And it was, once again, a bit of neighborhood magic right in the middle of our park. So sweet.

A huge thank you to the Central Seattle Drug Free Communities Coalition for funding this year’s Festival. The City of Seattle Parks Department helped us so much with staff and permits to make this happen.
Volunteers from both sides of the park got organized for latern-making, umbrella wiring, baking cookies, folding bags, setting up bags, singing, performing, and finally picking up over a mile of bags in a cold, terrible rain.

We also thank Darigold for donating the hot chocolate and Caffe Appassionato for the coffee that helped keep everyone warm.

Social Media takes time, and alas, it’s something this volunteer has been really strapped on for several months. So as always, the newest, freshest and fastest neighborhood news is found at JacksonCommonsSeattle on Facebook or on Twitter at JacksonCommons.

Festival of Lights Returns for a Second Year!

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Thanks to the generous funding of the Central Seattle Drug Free Communities Coalition and their belief that families are key to a strong, vibrant drug-free community, we are able to help put on this event for a second year in a row.

We’re also thankful to the City of Seattle Parks Department’s support and hard work to make this happen.

Both Neighborhood councils on either side of Judkins Park are pitching in big time! Thanks to Jackson Place Community Council and the Colman Neighborhood Association.

Finally, we’re able to offer free hot chocolates and snacks due to two local businesses, Darigold and the Promenade 23 Red Apple.

Social Media takes time, and alas, it’s something this volunteer has been really strapped on for several months. So as always, the newest, freshest and fastest neighborhood news is found at JacksonCommonsSeattle on Facebook or on Twitter at JacksonCommons.