Seattle “Thrillers” invade Occidental Park

On Saturday, Oct. 24, people of all ages across the world performed Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” dance at the same time. The charitable event is called “Thrill the World,” and this year, Seattleites joined in on the fun in Occidental Park.

Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft


Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft


Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft


Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft


Seattle “Thrillers” in Occidental Park, photo by Philip Craft


Imagination Foundation presents ‘2015 Cardboard Challenge’ at Bell Street Park

Kids participate in a ‘Cardboard Challenge’

When you’re little, a refrigerator box isn’t just packing material; it’s a castle, cave or new car. From noon-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, the Imagination Foundation is sponsoring the 2015 Cardboard Challenge featuring the movie “Boxtrolls” at Bell Street Park. Children are invited to create cardboard creations and take part in other activities from noon-6 p.m. The outdoor movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Seattle’s Cardboard Challenge is about encouraging the people of all ages to come together and foster creativity in children. Children are encouraged to build things from their imagination, to be doers, to explore interests and passions, to learn how to be resourceful and persevere and to see every day recyclable objects in new ways. 

“My hope is that this event inspires children and their parents to continue exploring interests and ideas throughout the year through child-led creative play,” event organizer Page Olson said.

In the case of inclement weather all activities will take place in the Belltown Community Center next to the park.

For more information, please visit

May we have this dance? Dancing ‘til Dusk continues through August

Dancing ’til Dusk in Westlake Park, photo by TIA International Photography

Are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here, and the time is right, for dancing in the street PARKS!

Grab your friends, kids, neighbors or significant other and get ready for the second half or our annual Dancing ‘til Dusk events.

The Dancing ‘til Dusk program began in 2007. The original program produced five Thursday nights of dancing, one night for each style—Waltz, Zydeco, Salsa, Line Dancing and Swing. Seattle Parks and Recreation bought an outdoor dance floor, set up a bandstand and distributed invitations widely. Dancers of all ages and abilities came from all over the city and beyond, from a diverse cultural and economic base. Dancing ’til Dusk was born, and has been growing ever since. Now moving into its ninth year, the program includes four downtown parks with 15 nights of dancing, drawing a crowd of 500-800 people per night.

Dancing ’til Dusk in Westlake Park, photo by TIA International Photography

Though the parks and the dance styles change, the nightly format for Dancing ‘til Dusk remains the same. Each evening focuses on a specific dance style and starts with a beginners’ dance lesson from 6-7 p.m.–no partner needed—followed by two hours of open dancing.

The next events are:

Westlake Park
6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 18
Jessica Lynne and the Cousins
Country and Western

Freeway Park
6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 20
Valse Café Orchestra
Waltz and more

Bell Street Park
6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 27
DJ Chris Jones
West Coast Swing

Special fundraiser (note time change)
Bell Street Park

4-8 p.m., Aug. 29, $15 per person
Waltz and more

For more information, visit or call 206-264-5646.

Take center stage: Make Music Seattle is happening June 21

They say all the world’s a stage, and this Sunday that statement rings true. On June 21, for the first time, Seattle will be joining more than 700 cities in a worldwide music celebration called Make Music.

Make Music is a free festival held each year on the summer solstice across the globe where musicians young and old, amateur and professional, of every genre pour into streets, parks and plazas to share their talent with the community. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is partnering with Make Music organizers to host dozens of performers and events in downtown parks throughout the day.

Confirmed performances include:

Westlake Park (401 Pine St.)
Noon:  Mercedes Nicole
1 p.m.:  Clavinova Frank Sinatra Piano Bar (details below)
2 p.m.:  CeeCee James & the Mission of S.O.U.L.
3 p.m.:  Susan Haas
4 p.m.:  Jim Marcotte

Occidental Square (117 S Washington St.)
Noon:  Clavinova Frank Sinatra Piano Bar
1 p.m.:  Guitar Mass Appeal (details below)
4 p.m.:  Randy Bowles

Alki Beach Park (1702 Alki Ave. SW)
3-9 p.m.:  206 Zulu Jam (Hip Hop DJ’s and Emcees)

Oxbow Park (6430 Corson Ave. S)
1-9 p.m.: Various Georgetown-based bands

The Clavinova Frank Sinatra Piano Bar
A Yamaha Clavinova keyboard will travel from park to park on a pickup truck to lead park users in a sing-a-long tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Noon:  Occidental Square (117 S Washington St.)
1 p.m.:  Westlake Park (401 Pine St.)
2 p.m.:  Victor Steinbrueck Park (2001 Western Ave.)
3 p.m.:  Waterfront Park (1301 Alaskan Way)
4 p.m.:  Madison Park (4201 E Madison St.)
5 p.m.:  Space Needle (400 Broad St.)

Guitar Mass Appeal Event
From 1-3 p.m. in Occidental Square, local performer and teacher Judd Wasserman will teach a giant group guitar lesson. The public is invited to show up to the park with their guitars, learn some new songs and have the opportunity to win a beautiful acoustic Martin guitar, complete with cloth case and Ernie Ball strings.

For more information on Make Music Seattle and the most up-to-date schedule, visit the organization’s website at  Make Music Seattle, LLC, is a 501(c3) nonprofit corporation whose existence is for the sole purpose of creating this new Seattle event.

Seattle Tilth offers free composting and container gardening classes in downtown parks

Seattle Tilth composting class in Victor Steinbrueck Park.

This summer, Seattle Tilth will teach apartment and condominium dwellers how to grow salads, herbs and vegetables in containers and how to compost food waste indoors or on balconies or patios in downtown parks. These classes provide new ideas and will help troubleshoot site challenges for new and experienced gardeners. Seattle Tilth garden experts will show innovative ways to grow food organically with limited space and reduce food waste for people who don’t have a yard or garden plot.

Classes are free thanks to funding from Seattle Parks and Recreation, Freeway Park Association and Pike Place Market. See the schedule by location below:

700 Seneca St., Seattle, WA 98101

Thursdays, noon–1:30 p.m.
June 18, Grow Salad in Containers
July 9, Herb Gardening in Containers
July 30, Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers

Thursdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
June 11, Grow Great Tomatoes in Containers
June 25, Composting for Apartment Dwellers
July 16, Companion Planting in Containers


2000 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
July 1, Summer Vegetable Gardening in Containers
July 15, Grow Salad in Containers
July 22, Organic Pest Control in the Garden
July 29, Companion Planting in Containers
Aug. 5, Herb Gardening in Containers
Aug. 12, Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers
Aug. 19, Grow Salad in Containers
Aug. 26, Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers
Sept. 2, Composting for Apartment Dwellers

About Seattle Tilth
Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. Programs in Seattle and King County include hands-on classes for all ages in organic agriculture, cooking and nutrition, and environmental education. We also offer volunteer opportunities and community events.

For more information, please visit or call (206) 633-0451 ext. 128.