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!

Festival of Lights Poster

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.

Nicklesville on Jackson

Tabernacle Bapist Church LogoHere’s a letter from the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church to the community about the new homeless camp at 20th and Jackson. Speaking only from our personal experience, having Nicklesville at 25th and Jackson for three months helped cut down on the amount of drug dealing and prostitution that was happening on the property of Mt. Baker Baptist Church. It was a good thing for the neighborhood and, of course, people need places to live safely, even if it’s just a tent. Let’s hope some of the homeless folks that will be staying here will be able to land some transitional housing and services.

August 30, 2013

Dear Central Area Neighbors,

The Seattle Times recently reported on the soaring rents that are pricing out families and individuals from living in Seattle. Unfortunately the housing crisis continues and low-income families, seniors, disabled and homeless people are the most impacted.

The Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church has a strong commitment to helping people in need. We have served the Central Area and greater Seattle for over 60 years. We offer transitional housing, a homeless feeding program, drug and alcohol counseling, and a variety of service ministries.

I would like to share with you our effort to help homeless people. The Seattle City Council directed Mayor McGinn to evict the residents of Nickelsville from their Marginal Way site on Sunday, September 1, 2013. About 125 homeless men, women and children who live there have no place to go. Our Church will lease a vacant lot owned by the nonprofit Low Income Housing Institute at 2020 S. Jackson Street to provide a place for the community to access supportive services and for us to provide shelter for approximately 35 men, women and children from Nickelsville.

We will help homeless veterans, families with children, and single people. They will be living in tents on platforms and in simple well-built wood structures. There are not enough shelters and affordable housing in Seattle. The One Night Count of homeless people in January 2013 showed over 2,700 people living on the streets. Since we will only shelter about 35 people, two other sites have been identified for the others from Nickelsville to move to.

The Church will offer a variety of services at 2020 S. Jackson for the community to access including information and referral, counseling and outreach, food, clothing, children’s school supplies and other services. There will be strict rules for the campers and 24/7 security at the site. There is a fence surrounding the property. Staff at the Church can share a copy of the encampment rules. We expect that Nickelsville will stay for one year. Please contact the following numbers if you would like to donate food, clothing or supplies, if you have questions or if you notice any security or safety concerns:

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church: 329-9794

Low Income Housing Institute (staffed 24/7): 812-4373, ext. 101

Nickelsville: 450-9136


In His Service,

Rev. Robert L. Manaway, Sr.

Pastor

Central District Street Fair!

This Saturday, August 10. It takes place on 24th between Yesler and Alder. It looks like it will be the biggest street fair yet!

We only wish for the day that the city let’s us close down Jackson between 23rd and MLK for a party that everyone can see! This one is a bit tucked away and too easy to miss, but then it’s nearly impossible to close our major streets due to the bus routes.

Hurrah for all the hard work of Work it Out Seattle to make this happen.

Windows by Terri Swier

For years, we’ve admired the bright, colorful windows at the Promenade Red Apple. So, we were thrilled to finally see a one in progress and to meet the artist who probably does more to give a bit of life to the drabness that is the Promenade 23.

Colorful window art at 23rd Ave S and Jackson to brighten the Promenade 23

Terri Swier, owner of TJ Grafix, at work!

Terri Swier is the owner of TJ Grafix, out of Renton. We love her sense of fun! Thanks for making our corner a bit more eye-popping.

Lobster Drop this weekend! Saturday, July 6 at 8 am. We’re talking some great seafood ready for some afternoon grilling and one of Red Apple’s biggest parking lot events of the year. Good times, good food!