April 2019

Hiawatha Park & Schmitz Boulevard Olmstead sites part of parks improvement plan

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the five selected Olmsted sites to receive funding for improvement projects from the current Seattle Park District funding cycle.

Five project sites
   1. Hiawatha Park - North Parking Lot
   2. Lake Washington Boulevard parks
        • Colman Park 
   3. Magnolia Boulevard
   4. Queen Anne Boulevard
   5. Schmitz Boulevard

The five out of ten historical Olmsted parks and boulevards were prioritized based upon community feedback received in early 2019. Thank you to the over 1300 people who participated in the online survey and helped us prioritize the funding allocation. View the prioritization document and survey results below.


Tree Peony Sale at Seattle Chinese Garden Saturday, April 27

Tree Peony Sale at Seattle Chinese Garden is set for Saturday, April 27

~ 10 AM to 1 PM

Sale of seven varieties of potted tree peonies from Luoyang, China will be on display and for sale

These elegant and alluring peonies with supreme colors and heavenly fragrance are imported from the ancient capital of twelve Chinese dynasties. Louyang is famous for its contributions to Chinese history and has been cultivating peonies for more than 1,500 years. Luoyang Peony Company, a Pacific Northwest importer, has partnered with the Seattle Chinese Garden for this special sale. The photos show the varieties in bloom. Plants for sale will be in various stages of budding and blooming.  $80 per pot

Location: Seattle Chinese Garden, north entrance at South Seattle College on 16thAvenue SW.


Historian Barbara Johns presents the history of Japanese artist Takuichi Fujii 

May 9th, 6PM at SW branch of the Seattle Public Library 

information from Southwest Seattle Historical Society

Seattle art historian and curator Barbara Johns will present her book, The Hope of Another Spring, Takuichi Fujii,  about the Japanese artist who lived in Seattle and was later incarcerated during World War II, first in the Puyallup state fairgrounds and then in a permanent camp in Minidoka, Idaho. During that time, Fujii documented his daily experiences in words and art. Johns has brought his works back into public view with the help of Fujii’s family members. Sandy Kita, the artist's grandson, provides translations and an introduction to the diary.

This free book-talk event by "Words, Writers & West Seattle," is co-sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and the Seattle Public Library and will take place at 6 PM at the SW Branch Library, 9010 35th Ave.SW, on Thursday, May 9, 2019.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday April 27

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day a partnership between the  Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement  is Saturday, April 27, 2019.

From 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.


Prescription drug take back prevents prescription misuse, accidental poisoning, overdose and suicide.

 Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning.

 Nearly 4 out of 5 people who start using heroin start with inappropriate use of prescriptions.

 If you have stopped taking a prescription or it is expired, please be safe and dispose.


Take back programs protect the environment.

 Flushed or trashed medicines pollute waters and land.


DEA Take Back Collection Site Locator:


King County Secure Medicine Return (Available Every Day):


Honk Fest West returns May 31 through June 2 in our area

South Park, White Center and Columbia City

HONK! Fest West is back for our 12th year of free community street band performances in the neighborhoods of Seattle. HONK! Fest West is a FREE, non-profit, community music festival driven by the energetic performance of street bands in public spaces. Completely volunteer-planned and organized, HONK! festivals are a part of a global renaissance of community street band culture. For three days in Seattle area parks and streets, 25+ bands deliver music and celebration that is accessible to all. In 2019, HONK! Fest West will be bringing the joyful noise to:


South Park - Fri, 5/31
White Center - Sat, 6/1
Columbia City - Sun, 6/2



Georgetta Marie Nupen

Georgetta Marie Nupen, 91, peacefully passed Friday, March 22, 2019, at Aegis of Lynnwood, surrounded by loved ones, minutes after worship songs were sung to her. It is said they sung her into heaven. A celebration of life will be held at 1 pm, June 8, 2019 at Marcus Whitman Presbyterian, Des Moines, WA. Reception to follow.