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                                       April 2016 


Chamber News
A Note From Our  Executive Director

April is here, the sun is out and the Chamber staff is getting ready for State of the Hill on April 20th. Take a minute to purchase your ticket and join the Chamber board, members, staff and guests as we mix, mingle and discuss the year ahead.
Speaking of sunshine, have you hopped on light rail yet? If not, what are you waiting for!? 5 minutes from downtown and 4 minutes from Husky Stadium means we are seeing more customers, visitors and new faces exploring Capitol Hill, while residents and employees are skipping the bus or leaving their car at home. A number of businesses have mentioned increased foot traffic, and while it is too soon to tell, I would like to hear from you over the coming months if you are seeing more customers and increasing revenue. We know opening day was a success for many because the Chamber staff and volunteers handed out 300 red wall keepsakes and generated $4,471 in sales for Broadway area businesses. We still have red wall keepsakes so stay tuned on how you can get one if you missed us on opening day.

Chamber Events
Upcoming Chamber Events

Get your event listed here! Members sign-in to the Chamber website and Add an Event. It will show on our homepage in the Upcoming Events scroll and get placed in our monthly newsletter.
State of the Hill

This year's State of the Hill Address will be the first for our Executive Director, Sierra Hansen. The evening will be MC'd by local draglesquer, producer, and activist - The Lady B.  We'll have an assortment of delicious bites from Lost Lake, Poquitos, and Big Mario's.  DJ Blueyedsoul will be spinni ng great tracks throughout the evening and the Awesome Witch of Rad will be offering guests intuitive readings. We will also be raffling off prizes from local businesses throughout the evening!
The state of the Hill event is a celebration of organizations and individuals who make Capitol Hill a fun, safe, diverse and vibrant place to visit, live and relax.  The  Chamber will be presenting the 2015 Spirit Award to an individual,organi zation or business that has shown an outstanding commitment to the Capitol Hill community.  The Spirit Award represents the best of Capitol Hill through community service, excellence, and passion for this neighborhood. 

Nominations will be accepted until April 5th and while the recipient does not need to be a Chamber member, you must be one to nominate.  Send your nominations to and make sure to let us know who they are and why they deserved to be recognized.
We've got some great  sponsorship opportunities for you to further support our work and promote your business.   Restaurants and retailers can showcase themselves by offering in-kind raffles items, contact with your donations!
State of the Hill will be held April 20th, 2016 at Grim's from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Visit our events page  or purchase your tickets here!  

THANK YOU to this year's sponsors: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

First Hill Streetcar Celebration

The First Hill Streetcar is now in regular revenue service.  Use your ORCA card or buy a ticket at any streetcar station to pay your fare.  Save the date for the community celebration on May 12!  More free rides are coming this spring and summer as streetcar partners with community organizations to provide easy access to festivals such as Pioneer Square First Thursday, Capitol Hill Art Walk, Dragon Fest, Capitol Hill Block Party, and more! Go here to learn more information.
Member News & Events
  Welcome to our new members

Thank you for your support in the chamber!
Week of Prayer
Join Capitol Hill Presbyterian, First Covenant Church and Capitol Hill churches and parishes for "Rooted & Grounded," a 24-7 week of Prayer for our neighborhood and the Central District starting on April 5th - 12th. Individuals or groups can sign up for 1-hr prayer slots atThe Prayer Chapel at Serve Seattle HQ. (1808 18th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122).

Sounders FC 2016 Pride Match

Sounders FC and GSBA have partnered together for our 2016 Pride Match on June 25th. A portion of each ticket that is sold will support the GSBA scholarship fund.
See the attached  flyer for more information!

Other Events from our Members

Get your event listed here! Members sign-in to the Chamber website and Add an Event. It will show on our homepage in the Upcoming Events scroll and get placed in our monthly newsletter.
On The Hill
Capitol Hill Tool Library Grand Opening

Saturday April 30th 2016  12-4pm
1552 Crawford Place, Seattle WA 98122
We are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Capitol Hill Tool Library, where the people are friendly, and things can be fixed. Come join us for sustainable community projects, classes, and community events, learning to DIY and have fun doing it! Don't know what a tool library is? Imagine borrowing a food dehydrator, a ladder, a fishing rod, much like you would borrow a book from SPL. Imagine learning how to fix your broken toaster, building a worm bin, preserving your summer bounty. Enjoy a local community of knowledgeable fixers, tool lending, and workshops at the new Capitol Hill Tool Library.

SDOT Parklet and  Streatery  Programs

As warmer weather approaches and people look for places to spend time outside, the Seattle Department of Transportation is working to increase awareness of its Parklet and Streatery Programs among businesses and community groups.
Parklets and streateries are small-scale open spaces built in a few on-street parking spaces. They are an effective way to provide community-oriented gathering places while supporting businesses in Seattle's commercial districts. Parklets always operate as public spaces, whereas streateries provide local restaurants and bars with additional café seating areas during their hours of operation. Both types of installations are privately funded and maintained by a hosting business or community organization.

You can find more information in the SDOT Parklet Handbook and brochure.
Let's Link
Let's Link!
Thursday, April 14th 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 16th 11:30 a.m.
Southwest Entrance to Husky Stadium (adjacent to University of Washington Station)

Let's Link to lunch on Capitol Hill or how about downtown for some shopping? Did you know you that we can Link to the airport and it's only 42 minutes from the new University of Washington Station? With ULink opening, Huskies will be able to take Sound Transit's Link light rail to and from University of Washington Station. Join us in April as we explore this new resource! We will have refreshments and bagels from event partner Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe, fun SWAG as well as an interactive scavenger hunt with cool prizes up for grabs! Bring a buddy or a group of friends as we head to Capitol Hill, downtown and other cool places. We will have Link Leaders on hand to help you get oriented and lead the way. Some leaders will ride back together by 12:30, but you are free to go back earlier or stay longer. There are two Let's Link events to choose from. Join us at one, the other or both! Let's Link!  Register here.
Dine Out for Mental Health
Lost Lake Café & Lounge  partners with NAMI Washington for "Dine Out for Mental Health"
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washington ( NAMI Washington) is teaming up with Lost Lake Café & Lounge for a "Dine Out For Mental Health" 24-hour benefit event on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Lost Lake Café & Lounge, located at 1505 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. Ten percent of total sales for the entire day will go to support the work of NAMI Washington and its 23 affiliates around the state.
One in five adults and one in ten children in America experience a serious mental health condition each year. NAMI Washington's mission is to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness. We do this by providing a statewide, unifying voice of advocacy and coordinating the delivery of education, support and recovery. We are the families, friends and individuals who work to increase research and eradicate the stigma and shame surrounding mental illness. NAMI is a three-tiered organization with a National office, a state office, and in Washington there are 23 local NAMI Affiliates  across the state. Working together NAMI Washington and our Affiliates provide classes, support groups and community presentation programs at no-cost to any member of the community. NAMI offers specialized programs for schools and teachers, middle and high school students, and Veterans.
  Find It, Fix It

This app is a new platform to report a variety of issues to the City of Seattle.  It is available for Android and iOS.

Go here to learn more information.

Capitol Hill Art Walk
Second Thursdays  every month
Thursday, April 14
5:00  - 8:00 PM
Various Venues

Get this month's listing of participating venues  here!
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