Neighborhood News Gleams: Beach Gets Its Parklet, Parade Returning to Skyway, and Music Comes to Columbia Park

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Info Session on Taylor Creek Culvert Replacement Project

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will be hosting an upcoming community event on July 19 from 6 pm – 8 pm for the Taylor Creek Culvert Replacement Project. SPU is seeking input from the community on design elements within the new natural area. Goals of the event include:

  • Re-introducing the project’s purpose and need.
  • Providing an opportunity for neighbors to talk one-on-one with the project team regarding the planning concepts
  • Providing an opportunity to give feedback on design elements

In 2010 and 2011, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) purchased property at the lower reaches of Taylor Creek, located near the south end of Lake Washington in southeast Seattle. This provided an opportunity for SPU to increase the quality and amount of Taylor Creek and Lake Washington shoreline habitat, particularly for threatened juvenile Chinook salmon. The Taylor Creek Culvert Replacement project just moved into the design phase of the project.

The event will take place July 19th from 6-8 pm at Pritchard Beach Bathhouse – 8400 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Questions about the project can be directed at Jason Sharpley (206.615.0030 or Project website:


Volunteers/ Donations Sought  for Backpack Community Giveaway:

The Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) is seeking volunteers, along with help in purchasing educational and event support materials for their 14th annual Rainier Beach Back 2 School Bash backpack giveaway. Those interested in participation and/or partnership can fill out an application by clicking here. 

The Bash will take place Saturday, August 12, 2017, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m at the Rainier Beach Community Center. This year, the organizations goal is to provide 1,800 Rainier Beach  based students with backpacks, school supplies, and information from neighborhood groups, and educational sources.


Rainier Beach gets Its Streatery Parklet

Coinciding with the recent onslaught of sweltering heat, Rainier Beach’s Jude’s Old Town recently opened its new bicycle and garden themed neighborhood Streatery parklet.  Located directly outside Jude’s doors, the compact public space was spearheaded by a collection of neighborhood community members, businesses and organization. The Beach based group raised funds and donated time in order to secure a grant from the city that ultimately helped construct the wood and steel installation. 

Material for several of the parklet’s components, including the metal floral arrangements made partially from bicycle spokes, where provided by Bike Works. Though hosted by Jude’s the parklet is open to the public day and night.

Jude’s also recently began a weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm.


Parade Returning to Skyway

After a monthslong permitting process, the Skyway neighborhood will finally be seeing the return of its parade.

Local non-profit Skyway Solutions spearheaded the revival of the old tradition, which hasn’t taken place in more than a decade,  and is inviting the entire South End community to the Skyway Parade and Block Party. The free event will celebrate the diversity of Skyway-West Hill and will take place August 19.

The parade will start at 9:30am from the Skyway Library going north on Renton Avenue and will end at Eritrean Orthodox Tewhado Church. Immediately following the parade will be the block party, featuring music, performances, food trucks, raffle prizes and info booths from local organizations and government and other essential services.

Prospective volunteers can email:


Music in the Park Series Coming to Columbia City

Beginning Friday, July 7, South Seattle residents can gather friends and family, pack a picnic, stretch out on the lawn, and enjoy classical music.  The end of this week kicks off Music Under the Stars, a series of free outdoor musical evenings presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, in partnership with the Rainier Arts Center, Classical KING-FM, and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

The concerts will take place at Columbia Park (on the corner of Rainier Ave S and S. Alaska)  in front of the Rainier Arts Center on Friday evenings July 7th, 14th, 21th, and 28th. Each event begins at 7:30 PM with live music performed by local student and pre-professional chamber ensembles.  Then at 8:00 PM, the evening continues with an audio broadcast of world-renowned artists performing at Benaroya Hall, live – streamed directly to Columbia Park by Classical KING-FM.

Friday July 7 2017 

SCMS is joined this evening by community partners at the Rainier Arts Center

7:30 – The Lenora String Trio

Cornish College of the Arts String Trio Alexander Hawker, violin, Roberta Rominger, cello and Grant Hanner, viola.

8:00 – Live broadcast from Benaroya Hall 

Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 87

INTERMISSION – brief performance by: The Lenora String Trio, followed by a drawing for tickets to a remaining Summer Festival Concert at Benaroya Hall 

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Quintet for Piano and Strings in E Major, Op. 15 


Friday July 14 2017 

7:30 – Student Campers of Tuned In! Chamber Music Madness

Tuned In! is Chamber Music Madness’ week long Summer Student Festival directed and coached by the Skyros Quartet. SCMS Summer Festival musician Tessa Lark will be presenting a master class for the student campers on July 12th.

8:00 – Live broadcast from Benaroya Hall 

Claude Debussy: Petite Suite for Piano, Four Hands

Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

INTERMISSION – Brief performance by: Student Campers of Tuned In! followed by a drawing for exclusive SCMS swag 

Georges Bizet: Jeux d’enfants (“Children’s games”) for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 22

Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnaval des animaux (“Carnival of the Animals”)
Friday July 21 2017 

SCMS is joined this evening by community partners Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

7:30 – Shababi and Henneman, Violin and Guitar Duo

Satchel Henneman, guitar, a recent Cornish College of the Arts graduate and Lily Shababi, violin, a current Cornish student have teamed up to perform a wide range of chamber music, from Paganini to new works written by these two performer/composers – this duo is imaginably eclectic in nature.

8:00 – Live broadcast from Benaroya Hall 

Leoš Janáček: Concertino for Piano and Chamber Ensemble

Bedřich Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, Z mého života (“From My Life”)

INTERMISSION – brief performance by: Shababi and Henneman, Violin and Guitar Duo, followed by a drawing for exclusive SCMS swag 

Antonín Dvořák: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 21
Friday July 28 2017 

SCMS is joined this evening by community partners Classical KING-FM 98.1 and the Keystone Club from Smilow Clubhouse and Teen Center at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club

7:30 – String Trio of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Members

String Trio of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Members coached by Joseph Gottesman. Tabitha Mason violin, Eric Zhu viola and Jay Yang cello

8:00 – Live broadcast from Benaroya Hall 

Franz Schubert: Sonatina for Violin and Piano in G minor, Op. 137, No. 3, D. 408

Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114

INTERMISSION – brief performance by: String Trio of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra Members, followed by a drawing for exclusive SCMS swag 

Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”) for String Sextet, Op. 4