Cultural events

With 2009 coming to a close, here is a look back at some of the biggest stories of the year. Click the image above for a slideshow of the year in photos.


Ballard thief arrested
By Michael Harthorne

A 46-year-old man suspected of stealing from numerous businesses in Ballard in the past weeks was arrested Dec. 31 near 20th Avenue Northwest and Market Street for an outstanding warrant in Missouri.

According to victims, the man is suspected of entering businesses on Market Street and Ballard Avenue during business hours and taking money from back offices, safes and employees’ purses.

“I’m glad he’s been caught,” said Kylee Harris, owner of Cugini Café on Ballard Avenue. “But, I think the real thing we need to figure out is how to bust him for what he’s stolen.”

Macefield house to be sold
By Michael Harthorne

The house once belonging to Edith Macefield that has stood empty in a cocoon of new development since her death in June will be sold by its new owner, Barry Martin of Ledcor Construction.

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Shay Isaacson

Bella Isaacson and George Ford chalked a patriotic mural in Ballard Jan. 20 to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. CLICK IMAGE TO SEE THE YEAR IN PHOTOS.

South Seattle Community College Art Gallery seeks proposals for the exhibition of artwork in all media, with particular emphasis on new and emerging local artists. The Art Gallery is interested in showcasing diverse programming, spanning across many mediums and themes. National artists may apply. Scheduling is done at least one year in advance.

Proposals should include:

· A representative sample of works (digital images) – Images submitted on CD must be jpegs formatted for PC; maximum size is 10 inches or 1024 pixels in the longest dimension at 72ppi.

· Artist or exhibitor statement.

· Artist résumé or bio.

· Self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage if you would like materials returned.

Proposals may be mailed to:
Tracy Cilona - Art Gallery Coordinator
South Seattle Community College
JMB 135 Student Life
6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106-1499

Proposals may be emailed to:
Tracy Cilona

For additional information, contact Tracy Cilona at (206)764-5337.


The White Center Community Development Association (White Center CDA) is holding their seventh annual Community Summit, at Mt. View Elementary on Saturday, December 5 from 9:30am-4:00pm, admission is free. Childcare is available.

The aim is "to celebrate White Center while recognizing the community work and service that has shaped the area," according to an announcement released today.

Attendees will have access to numerous community organizations, partners and individuals who continue to make White Center a thriving neighborhood. Workshops, a resource fair and affinity groups will be available in several different languages. Food and cultural entertainment will reflect the diversity of White Center’s communities.

Attendees will also take part in an interactive electronic polling session to give feedback on their neighborhood, its environment and resources. The Neighborhood Plan, a book that contains a summary of community projects seeking to improve the lives of White Center residents, will be given to each attendee free of charge.


The Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way SW, presents "Duwamish Narrative, Contemporary Voices of the Duwamish Tribe," a photo-documentary by Joanne Petrina. An artist's reception will be held at the Longhouse Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. You needn't wait until then as the photos are now on display for the public to view.

Joanne Petrina studied photography at the University of Washington and the Photographic Center Northwest.

This project was sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, and Bill Speidel's Underground Tours.

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The Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way SW, presents "Duwamish Narrative, Contemporary Voices of the Duwamish Tribe," a photo-documentary by Joanne Petrina. An artist's reception will be held at the Longhouse Thursday, December 3rd from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Glass Jellyfish Demonstration
Avalon Glassworks
2914 S.W. Avalon Way.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 10-4 p.m. Glass artist Richard Lowrie is back by popular demand to share the secrets of the glass jellyfish. The public is invited to watch live glass blowing demonstrations throughout the day at Avalon Glassworks when Lowrie will sculpt these seemingly weightless forms out of hot glass. Meet the artist, purchase signed work, and watch the process.

Hearing Loss Meeting
The hearing Loss Association of West Seattle’s next meeting will be on Wednesday 18, 2009 at the West Seattle Christian Church, 4400 42nd Ave. SW. The meeting is in the Church Library which is the 2nd door south of SW Genesee St . The presenter this month is Dr. Patricia Jo Munson from Sound Associates Hearing Aid Center. All welcome with or without hearing loss. For more information contact Jack Eldridge 206.937.5996.

Parent's Night Out - Youth Game Night
Alki Kid's Place
6115 S.W. Hinds St.


The Nordic Heritage Museum has released some of its upcoming fall events and exhibitions. The museum is located at 3014 N.W. 67th St.

Maria Friberg
Sept. 18 to Nov. 15
The Nordic Heritage Museum is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the northwestern United States of celebrated Swedish photographer and video artist Maria Friberg.

Two Wheels North
Friday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
4Culture and Book-It Repertory Theatre are partnering to dramatize Two Wheels North, the captivating true story of the two young men who rode their bicycles from Santa Rosa, California, to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in the fall of 1909. The premier performance will be hosted free to the public at the Nordic Heritage Museum and will be followed by a reception and Q & A with the performers.

An evening with Paul Norlen, translator of Selma Lagerlöf’s
The Saga of Gosta Berling
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.


The children of Ballard got a chance to display their Nordic pride during a button-making workshop Aug. 25 at Bergen Place Park.

Alison Church, children's education coordinator at the Nordic Heritage Museum, was on hand to help.

Children at the free event picked a Nordic theme from prepared examples and designed their buttons around it.

Church said the event was a chance to bring more activity to Bergen Place.

There has been a neighborhood effort recently to bring structured activities to Ballard parks to increase a feeling of public safety, which some Ballardites have felt is lacking.

The band Tre Norske has performed twice at Bergen Place in the past few months, and the Wuff Da! dog event at Ballard Commons Park this past weekend had a large turnout.

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Michael Harthorne

Maren Johanson (standing), 4, displays her multitude of Nordic buttons while Hadley Boettcher (left), 2, and Elsa Herr (right), 3, work on theirs with the help of Brad Boettcher Aug. 25 at Bergen Place.

On Aug. 22 and 23, the Nature Consortium will spotlight numerous artists from around the area with their 11th Annual Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long in West Seattle.

The festival will bring in wandering performers, string quartets, dance troupes, fire performers, even an outdoor Museum of Sound, all with the goal of exposing people from all walks of life and ages to eclectic, creative art in all forms in a beautiful natural setting. The event is also a
fundraiser for Nature Consortium, which works to teach environmental lessons through the creative arts and hands-on conservation projects.

Read the schedule of events here.

Camp Long’s rustic cabins will house the Museum of Sound where artists will take up residency for the weekend creating multidisciplinary installations blending sound, auditory arts, music and visual arts inside the park's rustic cabins. Wandering musicians, characters and dancers will also infiltrate the forested landscape between the cabins.

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Standing nine feet tall on stilts, “Charley” of the Cabiri Performance group approaches a young boy at the Arts in Nature Festival held at Camp Long in 2008. The festival, now in its 11th year, will feature performance artists, musicians and numerous interactive displays for children on Aug. 22 and 23.

The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center is holding a community garage sale this Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the public is encouraged to bring items to sell and/or donate.

"It's a win-win," said Cindy Williams, operations manager of the Longhouse. "If you stay with your booth you keep all the money less 10-percent,which goes toward the Duwamish legal fund. Otherwise, you can drop off donated items, labeled with prices, and what we sell would all go to the fund."

Williams, the daughter of Cecile Hansen, Chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe, said that at the end of Saturday's sale, unsold items that were donated will be given to another charity. The Duwamish legal fund goes toward fees incurred in its battle for federal recognition of the tribe.

Hansen will be serving salmon lunches and her famous fry bread at the garage sale.

The Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, 4705 West Marginal Way S.W., (206) 431-1582.

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Steve Shay

Cecile Hansen, chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe, will serve salmon lunches and her famous fry bread at the Duwamish Longhouse garage sale this Saturday, Aug. 15.

While there was no sign of rain, there was a heavy sprinkling of block parties in West Seattle Tuesday night, Aug. 4.

Streets were blocked off with make-shift signs, garbage bins and twine to discourage traffic and instead encourage a strong neighborly spirit during Night Out Against Crime, a national crime prevention event to heighten crime prevention awareness.

One loyal cluster of neighbors meets annually along 39th Avenue Southwest just north of Southwest Elmgrove Street, which happens to be in front of Ed Miller's house. While young girls were roasting marshmallows over an open fire to make s'mores, Miller toasted a "slug." He squished two Pillsbury biscuits together, then onto a stick and cooked them in the fire until brown. He then filled the toasted biscuits with handmade jam from area fruit trees.

But the evening was not only about watermelon, tricycles and puppies. Seattle firefighters arrived just after sunset, an annual tradition, to show kids around their truck, and to discuss neighborhood safety.


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Steve Shay

Neighbors gather in front of Ed Miller's house during a Night Out block party in West Seattle. Miller's father is recovering from an illness in the hospital so Ed and his neighbors posed for a photo to say "Hi" to Ed's father. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR SLIDE SHOW.

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