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 www.makemusicseattle.com.  Make Music Seattle, LLC, is a 501(c3) nonprofit corporation whose existence is for the sole purpose of creating this new Seattle event.

Cal Anderson Park welcomes new ping pong table

New ping pong table in Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

Cal Anderson Park has been referred to as the Central Park of Capitol Hill. It’s equipped with athletic fields, play equipment, a giant fountain and wide open lawns for picnics. This summer, a new amenity has been added to the list.

On Wednesday, June 3, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance (CAPA) installed a ping pong table on the cement space behind the baseball diamond near the shelterhouse. The community group raised $1,500 for the new piece of equipment. The table is the same style as the one found in Westlake Park and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. CAPA will provide paddles and balls, or patrons can bring their own.

New ping pong table in Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

The ping pong table installation is part of a larger effort to provide a vibrant, more welcoming atmosphere in downtown parks throughout the summer. When park users are actively involved in positive activities in a park, negative and illegal activities seem to decrease.

“The Cal Anderson Park Alliance was thrilled to be able to work with the Seattle Parks Department to bring a ping pong table to Cal Anderson Park,” Rachael Brister, CAPA board member said.  “This is one step in our work to activate the park with fun activities for people of all ages. We look forward to many hours of ping pong playing by park visitors.”

Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

Seattle Parks has many other activities planned in its downtown parks this summer in partnership with CAPA and other community organizations. For a full schedule of summer activities, go here.

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:

FREEWAY PARK
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

 

VICTOR STEINBRUECK PARK
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 www.seattletilth.org or call (206) 633-0451 ext. 128.

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Live in an apartment? Grow food with Seattle Tilth!

Enjoy free classes on composting and container gardening at downtown parks this summer

This summer, Seattle Tilth will teach apartment and condominium dwellers how to grow salad greens, herbs and vegetables in containers and how to compost food waste indoors or on balconies or patios. Great for beginning and experienced gardeners, these classes provide new ideas and will help troubleshoot site challenges. 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.

New classes this year include, “Grow Great Tomatoes in Containers” and “Grow Edible & Ornamental Flowers in Containers.” Classes are free and sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Freeway Park Association and Pike Place Market. The schedule is as follows:

Free Classes by Location:

FREEWAY PARK
700 Seneca St., Seattle, WA 98101
Thursdays from noon–1:30 p.m.
June 19 Grow Great Tomatoes in Containers
July 10 Herb Gardening in Containers

Thursdays from 5:30–7 p.m.
June 26 Grow Salad in Containers

VICTOR STEINBRUECK PARK 2000 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
Tuesdays from 5:30–7 p.m.
July 15 Composting for Apartment Dwellers
July 29 Grow Salad in Containers
Aug. 5 Herb Gardening in Containers
Aug. 19 Composting for Apartment Dwellers

Wednesdays from 5:30–7 p.m.
July 9 Summer Vegetable Gardening in Containers
July 23 Fall and Winter Gardening in Containers
Aug. 13 Grow Edible & Ornamental Flowers in Containers

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 environmental, farm, garden and cooking education, plus food distribution, volunteer opportunities and community events.

For more information, please visit www.seattletilth.org or call 206-633-0451 ext. 128.