Attend a Mayoral Candidate Forum on Homelessness and Affordable Housing 9/28

The St. James Housing Advocacy Committee invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting on September 28 as the final two candidates for the Mayor of Seattle address the issues of homelessness and low-income housing in Seattle. Last year, over 200 parishioners heard from the City’s Director of Homelessness, the Director of Facing Homelessness, and Catholic Community Services’ clients and staff. This year, we have invited the candidates for Mayor of Seattle to participate in a forum so we may hear their views on the growing crisis of homelessness in our

September 28th
6:30 -8:00pm
Cathedral Hall (803 Terry Avenue)

Questions or comments, Patrick Barredo, Director of Outreach and Advocacy, | 206-382-4515


POSTPONED – First Hill Pop-Up Petting Zoo 08/03 6pm

Due to an excessive heat warning for the Seattle area, the First Hill Improvement Association has decided to postpone the Pop-Up Petting Zoo.

To ensure this event is comfortable for our four and two-legged friends we will be postponing this event to a date in the future to be determined. Stay tuned for more information!

While the excessive heat advisory is in effect please look out for yourselves and your neighbors. The City of Seattle has information about cooling shelter locations and heat safety tips here. In particular, heat safety best practices are:

Stay hydrated and check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors

> Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage like water with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
> Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can cause de-hydration.
> Check on friends, family members and neighbors who may be elderly or have limited mobility to ensure they are staying cool and have access to drinking water.

Outdoor Movie in Freeway Park 8/31 8pm

Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is a war room!

Join FHIA and your neighbors for an outdoor screening of Stanley Kubrick’s classic, Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

This brilliant, satirical, provocative black comedy send-up of Cold War doomsday politics features an accidental, inadvertent, pre-emptive nuclear attack and the zany antics of an executive office in disarray. You will laugh, you might cry, there will be popcorn.

Outdoor Movie Night in Freeway Park
8-10pm in the East Plaza
Free and open to the Public
Facebook Event Page

Bring a blanket or chair and a buddy and join us in the East Plaza of Freeway Park (between Cielo and the Convention Center) around dusk to enjoy this timeless classic in the company of your neighbors.

Free popcorn and candy. All are welcome!


8th Ave Tree Walk 8/17 6pm

Join FHIA on a guided tour of the 8th Ave Urban Forest. One of First Hil’s most iconic features is our mature tree canopy, and this tour is a chance to learn more about our stately arboreal neighbors.

Starting outside Town Hall, we’ll walk along 8th Ave, learning about trees, the importance of the urban forests, and what you can do to help grow and enhance it. The walk is approximately 1 mile in length, but relatively flat. Wear comfy shoes and bring a friend!

8th Ave Tree Walk
6-8pm Starting Outside Town Hall
Free and Open to the Public
Facebook Event Page

First Hill Crime & Safety Focus Group July 12th

Please join Seattle University Dept. of Criminal Justice, the Seattle Police Dept. and your neighbors for a discussion regarding crime and safety issues in the First Hill neighborhood on Wednesday July 12th at 6:30 pm at Seattle University in Pigott 102.

Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department, conducting qualitative research on community crime concerns so that SU researchers can collaborate with SPD leadership in improving the city’s community policing initiative. Outreach to diverse communities in Seattle is a key part of this initiative and is essential for understanding how to address unique crime concerns throughout the city.

About the focus groups:
> Discussions are semi-structured and led by Seattle University Criminal Justice graduate students
> Focus groups typically last about one hour
> Content of the discussion will be collected by a note-taker but no names or identifiers will be collected
> Participants are encouraged to stay for the duration of the meeting, but are free to leave at any time

For questions regarding the focus groups, please contact Susan Nembhard (Master’s of Criminal Justice student and East Precinct research analyst) at

For questions regarding Seattle University’s partnership with SPD and about any ethical concerns you may have, please contact Dr. Jacqueline Helfgott (principal investigator) at or Dr. William Parkin at

The Seattle Chamber Music Society Presents Free Music in Freeway Park

Bring a picnic, stretch out on the lawn, and enjoy some of the best classical music ever written. It’s another summer of Music Under the Stars, a series of free outdoor musical evenings presented by the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Classical KING-FM, and the Freeway Park Association.

Since 1993 these free open-air events have grown to encompass parks in four Seattle neighborhoods, including Freeway Park in Downtown Seattle.

The concerts take place every Friday in July: July 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Each event begins at 7:30pm with live music performed by an outstanding student or pre- professional ensemble. At 8:00pm the evening continues with a live audio broadcast of world-renowned artists performing at Benaroya Hall, provided directly to the park by KING-FM.