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The 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival Needs You!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

The 3rd Annual 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival is coming up this Sunday, August 12, from 11am to 5pm.  The Festival is a free street fair on 12th Ave between Pike and Union organized by Capitol Hill Housing with help from the local small business community.  The Festival includes 40 booths full of local businesses and nonprofits along with a small music stage and a variety of activities.  Last year we had about 3,000 people attend.

Neighbors, we need your help to make the Festival a success.  We need volunteers to help with set up and take down, to greet Festival attendees, and to keep a count of the crowd (look below for time and task specifics).  Each 2 hour shift earns you a free meal ticket to use with any festival food vendor, and you will also be automatically entered into our raffle to win gift certificates to local businesses (see list of food and other vendors here).  It’s also just a great opportunity to meet other people from the neighborhood and listen to the sweet bands, that Neumo’s lined up.

If you’re interested, please email me at abrennan(at)capitolhillhousing(dot)org with the shift(s) you’d like to work and any special needs or limitations you may have.  I hope you can join me and the rest of the 12th Ave Neighborhood Festival volunteer team!

- Alex Brennan, Sustainable Communities Manager
Capitol Hill Housing

1st shift – 9am to 11am (6 volunteers)

  • Table and chair set up for 40 booths
  • Balloon and banner set up for both entrances
  • Electricity and handwashing station set up

2nd shift – 11am to 2pm (12 volunteers)

  • Keep fire lanes open and unoccupied by vehicles
  • Greet, hand out materials, and count attendees at welcoming tables
  • Stand by waste bins and educate attendees about composting and recycling

3rd shift – 2pm to 5pm (12 volunteers)

  • Keep fire lanes open and unoccupied by vehicles
  • Greet, hand out materials, and count attendees at welcoming tables
  • Stand by waste bins and educate attendees about composting and recycling

4th shift – 5pm to 7pm (10 volunteers)

  • Tables and chair take down for 40 booths
  • Balloon and banner take down for both entrances
  • Electricity and handwashing station takedown
  • Work with Cleanscapes to verify and sort waste from compost, recycling, and trash bins (these volunteers will get extra benefits – contact Alex for details)

We ask that all volunteers report in 15 minutes before their shift starts in order to facilitate easy shift changes and to guarantee time for a short volunteer orientation.  Volunteers will be provided with water and snacks (along with a free meal ticket) during their shift.


Call Out to the Locals: 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Calling all Local Businesses and Community Organizations!

The 3rd Annual 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival will be Sunday, August 12, 2012, from 11am to 5pm.  Note the different start and end time from last year.

Booths for the Festival have sold faster this year than ever.  About 50% of the booth spaces are already filled.  Don’t delay in getting your forms in for what promises to be the biggest turnout ever for this fun neighborhood event.

Don’t know what the festival is? New to the neighborhood?  Check out the 12th Avenue Fesitval Facebook page.

For more information, or to inquire about forms to get a booth, please contact Tom Hajduk at thajduk@seattleacademy.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Help us clean up 12th Avenue!

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Capitol Hill Housing is working with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce to plan cleanup work on 12th Avenue as part of The Clean Sweep. The Clean Sweep, a neighborhood street clean that covers Broadway and 12th Avenue, is on Saturday, May 12th from 10am to noon.  Volunteers (that means you!) are invited to gather at Cal Anderson Park at 10am for a pre-clean up breakfast and inspiring speeches from local elected officials.  Everyone will get equipped to clean, put together in teams (you’re welcome to create your own), and sent out to clean up areas. After a few hours hard work, volunteers will gather back at Cal Anderson Park for lunch and musical entertainment.

If you’d like to help us spruce up the 12th Avenue neighborhood, please RSVP with Jennifer Power, Sustainable Communities Assistant, at jpower(at)capitolhillhousing.org.

12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival returns to Capitol Hill this Sunday!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

WHEN: August 14, 2011 from Noon – 6:00 p.m (This Sunday!)

WHERE: 12th Avenue, between E. Madison & E. Pike on Seattle’s Capitol Hill

COST: Free.  All food priced at $5.00 or less

CAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE –   Bring the family and experience Pike/Pine’s 12thAvenue in its second annual neighborhood street festival.  Enjoy performances from local artists and taste small plates from Seattle’s most eclectic mix of local restaurants – priced at $5 and under!  Building on last year’s successful debut, the 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival returns on Sunday, August 14th.  Closing 12th Avenue to vehicles between E. Pike and E. Madison Streets, the pedestrian-friendly celebration showcases the best of the neighborhood.

Stroll down restaurant row and discover favorite dishes from 12th Avenue and nearby eateries such as Poquitos, Lark, Plum, Café Presse, Osteria La Spiga, Caffe Vita, Barrio, Zobel Ethiopian Restaurant, High 5 Pie, Caffe Pettirosso, Bluebird Microcreamery, Molly Moon Ice Cream, Poquitos, Ambassel Ethiopian Restaurant, Skillet, The Local Vine, Tavern Law, Kokeb, Via Tribunali, and Boom Noodle.

Shop local by visiting neighborhood retailers at the festival such as Sweatbox Yoga, Health First Chiropractic, Retail Therapy, Porchlight Records, Doghouse Leathers, 14th Avenue Hair, Bootyland, Barre3, Zipcar, Broadway Veterinary Hospital, Oola Distillery, Acupuncture Associates and Wellness Group, Golden Fish Bodyworks, Anchor Bodyworks, Swedish Medical Center, and Gilt City.

Find out more about 12th Avenue nonprofits and community organizations at the info booths of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Hill Community Council, Washington Bus, the Greater Seattle Business Association, GLSEN Washington State, 3 Dollar Bill Cinema, Seattle Out and Proud, Lifelong AIDS Alliance and Capitol Hill Housing.

“In the spirit of the Italian holiday Ferragosto, 12th Avenue restaurants and retailers will showcase their goods and services in a celebration of community, friendship and entertainment,” stated Sabrina Tinsley, co-owner of Osteria La Spiga.

The festival is the signature event of the 12th Avenue Initiative, a neighborhood plan working with businesses, residents and local institutions to strengthen the 12th Avenue Community.

For more information, or to get involved with the festival, contact Alex Brennan at (206) 204-3832 or abrennan@capitolhillhousing.org.  The 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival is produced by the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation.

12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival Sponsors: Seattle University, Swedish Medical Center, Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, DEI Creative, Cleanscapes, Dunn & Hobbes, The Douglas Building at Seattle University, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, CapitolHillSeattle.com, Central District News.com, Seattle Gay News, Caffe Vita, La Spiga, Via Tribunali, & Zipcar.

Contact: Alex Brennan

Phone: (206) 204-3832

ABOUT CAPITOL HILL HOUSING: Capitol Hill Housing provides affordable housing and leads community development efforts— helping families, immigrants and the recently homeless.  Based in Capitol Hill, we have properties in nine Seattle neighborhoods.  Since 1976, we have served low and moderate income residents and worked to improve the Capitol Hill neighborhood for all.

CHH helps people of limited means have a home. We provide a secure, affordable home to more than 1,600 people each night, including hundreds of children.  We place a special focus on affordable housing for families.  In neighborhoods where two and three bedroom homes are rare, CHH works to develop new large apartments.

Our Community Development work focuses on transit oriented development, preservation of historic buildings, creating walkable neighborhood, running the 12th Avenue Initiative and  supporting a thriving commerical district on Capitol Hill.  We strive to impact specific households we serve as well as the entire community.

CHH currently owns and operates 42 buildings across Seattle, including historic Seattle apartments and new, award-winning projects.  We are proud to develop buildings in a community context and provide affordable homes that strengthen the neighborhoods we live in.


Health and Wellness Fair at Capitol Hill Health building

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Capitol Hill Health building folks are hosting a Health and Wellness Fair this weekend. From their calendar post over at the CHS blog:
Here’s your opportunity to explore some of the different health & wellness services available from the healthcare providers at the Capitol Hill Health Building. Strength & flexibility screenings by Central Physical Therapy & Fitness. Rolfing demos for shoulder & neck issues by Upright Rolfing. Foot clinics by Moon Rock Massage. Free – open to the public.

Saturday, February 26th


1820 12th Avenue

WinterGREEN at the Chloe Apartments

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Be sure to check out WinterGREEN, this Saturday at the Chloe Apartments. The festival celebrates green living and great community and will transform vacant units in the apartment building into mini art galleries and shops.

Here’s more information:


To interact with with the community in a unique format to promote sustainable living as well as our community artists and businesses.


Featuring local businesses, winterGREEN is the place to meet your neighborhood, from the local dog walker to the new cupcake shop. Mingle with new artists, friends from down the street over food and beverages from local companies like Skillet and Parfait.


Passports will be provided for you to get stamped from room to room. After 10 rooms you can go to our rooftop to pick up a giftbag from Babeland as well as wine from Poco Wine Room and hang out with social media giants Banyan Branch.


Saturday, January 8th

Noon – 4pm

1408 E Union Street

Also on Facebook

City Business Casual event coming up Dec 14th

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This year the Seattle Office of Economic Development has started hosting regular meet and greets designed to connect the local business community with City leaders and staff in a fun and informal setting.

Please join them for their next event:
City Business Casual
December 14

Polar Bar (inside the Arctic Hotel at 700 Third Avenue)

Guests include Washington State Director of Commerce Rogers Weed, City Council President Richard Conlin, and Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Jean Godden, Mike O’Brien and Tom Rasmussen.

No RSVP is needed.
Appetizers will be served.

Looks for these monthly events to continue in 2011.

Park(ing) Day on 12th Avenue

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Thanks to folks that stopped by our little park on 12th Avenue near Watertown today. I think we were able to spread the good word about the need for more open, public space (and less for cars) in urban areas. We also had the fantastic design for the James Court Park to share with people passing by.

Thanks a bunch to Feet First for organizing the city permits and to Ragen & Associates for donating the use of some beautiful potted plants for the day.

12th Avenue park for Park(ing) Day

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This Friday is Park(ing) Day, a worldwide event where on-street parking spaces are converted to mini urban parks for the day. The event demonstrates the need for more open space in urban areas. The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee will be hosting a “park” on 12th Avenue near E Cherry Street – right in front of Watertown Coffee & Saloon. Come by this Friday between 9am and 3pm to check it out. We’ll be hanging out all day and sharing information on the design of the future James Court Park.

I’d like to give a shout out of thanks to Feet First for organizing Park(ing) Day this year and handling all the City permitting requirements. Thanks!!

Larry Phillips tours 12th Avenue

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Last week Larry Phillips took a walk down 12th Avenue starting at Yesler and ending at Madison Street. Neighborhood residents, developers, and business owners shared their thoughts on the 12th Avenue corridor and discussed pressing concerns such as transit, the redevelopment of the King County Youth Detention Site and business vitality.

Check out the story over at CHS for more details.