Jackson Street Jazz Walk & Hopscotch CD 2

JazzWalkStreetLogo_Color_200pxJackson Street Jazz Walk: April 5, 5-10 pm.

We’re excited to welcome SEVENTEEN PERFORMERS in SIX VENUES!

See the full schedule at: www.jazzwalk.org

Jazz Underground, Bembe Olele, Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble, among others to locations on Jackson from LiHi’s Ernstine Andreson House at 21st and Jackson to Casa Latina at 16th and Jackson. Drink and food specials at Jackson St. businesses. With Pratt Fine Art’s One Hot Night Spring Fever happening at the same time, it’s going to be a super swell night to come down to Jackson Street to listen to free music and catch some art.

This is event is happening with the assistance of the the Department of Neighborhood’s PACE (People’s Academy of Community Engagement) Program, which is a program for developing future community leaders.

Hopscotch CD 2: May 31st. All Day!

We are in the beginning planning phases of Hopscotch CD 2, a two-mile hopscotch course through the Central District! Last year over 40 community groups, business and neighbors had fun, games, books, and garage sales along the route from Jackson to Union. We will have an organizational meeting on Tuesday, March 18 to set this year’s route. Can we extended it to Madrona or Jackson Place? Only if we have more help. We’re also going to have to raise some money as the city isn’t ready to give us a grant for the second year. Please email: [email protected] if you want to get the updates, lend a hand, have a garage sale or lemonade stand on the route, or have other ideas on how to make Hopscotch CD a great event.

With the CD News sadly going away, it’s going to be harder to help spread the work. We posting updates to these events and other Jackson Street news on Facebook, JacksonCommonsSeattle ,on Twitter: @JacksonCommons or at www.jacksoncommons.com.

Help plan the Jackson Street Jazz Walk

Crazy short notice, but if you’d like to, please help us plan the Jackson Street Jazz Walk tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 29th. 6:30 pm at 733 25th Ave S.

Our second team is meeting tomorrow night at 6:30. (There will be more.) We have a little bit of grant money, some dedicated volunteers, and a couple bands signed up… but we could use more help, more music and more ideas for awesome.

Jackson Street Jazz Walk happens on April 5.

Join us! And if you can’t join us, but want to help out or have connections to musicians who would like to play, please feel free to drop me an email at [email protected].

Judkins Park Festival of Lights


Over 1 mile of candle-lit paths, caroling, free hot chocolate and cookies, maybe even Santa Claus, the Judkins Park Festival of Lights returns for a second year on Friday, December 20, from 6 to 8:30 pm.

For extra fun, join the lantern parade led by a fun Klezmer band. We have some lanterns and lights to pass out, or bring your own funny hat and lanterns. Meeting at 5:45 at the Starbucks on the corner of 23rd and Jackson and walking into the park, starting at 6:00 pm.

We are still looking for volunteers to help get the bags set out and then picked up. Drop a note to [email protected] to volunteer. Set up is Friday, 3 pm, take down is at 8:30 pm.

Thanks to the Central Seattle Drug Free Communities Coalition, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Washington Start Department of Social and Health Services, King County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Programs, Jackson Place Community Council, Colman Neighborhood Association, Darigold and the Promenade Red Apple. Here’s a link to last year’s pictures.

Get on the Hopscotch Event Map: Deadline

Practice-Day-for-Hopscotch-CDWant to add a garage sale, lemonade stand, four square competion, or game of capture the flag to the Hopscotch CD course?

It’s easy, but this Saturday, May 18th is the last day we can get your information added to the paper map that will be handed out along the 1.8 mile course.

We need your event name, a short description, start/end time and location. Have a great idea, but not sure where to put it? Drop us a line at [email protected] and we can see if there’s a location or partner along the route for you! Garage sale not on the route but walkable from the route? That’s cool. Give us the details and we can still get you on the flier.

All the latest updates at www.hopscotchcd.com.
Route Map is HERE.

We will be tweeting during Hopscotch CD at #HopXCD.

Free Public Chrome Books in CD Cafes

Chrome Books in Local Cafes

Chrome Books in Local Cafes

Two south Central District cafes now have free Google Chrome Books you can check out to use to scan your email or catch up on the news thanks to an Online Boost Grant from the City of Seattle’s Communities Online initiative.

The Colman Neighborhood Association received one of these grants to increase participation in the community and to broaden the use of their online Colman NextDoor community chat system. Part of that effort includes being able to provide access to computers within our neighborhood so that people don’t have to go to the library to get online access.

These Netbooks (there isn’t much you can do on them when they are offline) are available at either end of the Colman Neighborhood.

Indian Ocean Cafe
2519 S. Jackson Street

Judkins Street Cafe
2608 South Judkins Street (Judkins and MLK)
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Jackson Street Clean!

Join your neighbors and small businesses as we get Jackson Street ready for Thanksgiving! We’ve got two meet up locations and while it is going to be wet, you can take solace in doing a bit of good and getting some Saturday morning exercise and fresh air!

Saturday, November 17th: 9:30-11:30

Find Jackson Commons at 25th & Jackson. Thanks Two Big Blondes!  We’ll have coffee, cake and all the supplies you need and will be working between MLK and 23rd Ave S. We will also have a box for coat and blanket donations for the Seattle Neighborhood Group/POCAAN’s “Get Off the Street Program”. So please feel free to drop off any warm clothes even if you don’t have time to pick up garbage.

Join Jackson Place Community Council at the corner of 20th and Jackson. Thanks Pratt! Can’t say if they’ll have coffee, but they will be ready to give that section of Jackson a little love.

We can also use some volunteers who are interested in promoting small businesses pass out “Gift Local” materials.

This street clean is part of the Jackson Street Corridor Association‘s Adopt-a-Street program.

Cake Box: Jackson Street Pop-Up Bakery

It’s been years and years, but there used to be a bakery on Jackson and 26th. It’s a parking lot now, but you’ll find us there today, imaging a future where there is once again a small, family run bakery on our street.

Come eat cake with Jackson Commons and grab a cup of espresso at the newly opened  “Jackson Street Grill” 

10 AM. Jackson Street between 25th and 26th.

The cake is free, but we’re lending a hand to the Colman Neighborhood’s coat drive for the Seattle Neighborhood Groups/POCAAN’s “Get off the Street” Program. So if you have an old coat, blanket, or small toiletries or any other things that might help folks stay a little warmer if they’re homeless, we’ll be happy to get them to the right place!

Urban Foraging Walk: Next Wednesday

Jackson Commons invites you to join Jackson Place wild-crafter and forager, J.T., as she takes us on a walk along Jackson Street and the surrounding neighborhood showing us the many different plants that grow wild along our sidewalk and parking strips that are edible or used for traditional medicine.

Wednesday, September 26th.
Walk starts at 6 PM… though we’ll be there starting at 5 pm to chat and hangout, so join us a bit early if you can.
Ocean Cafe (between 25th and 26th on Jackson)

You will want to be sure to bring a note pad as you’ll likely be surprised at the number of plants that exist and many of the folks last year found a camera helpful.

Here’s a link to what it  was like last year: LOTS OF FUN and super interesting.

Jackson Commons Kick Off: This Thursday!

Are you interested in what a revitalized Jackson Street could look like? Are you following along with the Promenade 23rd Redevelopment? Are you curious about what steps neighbors might be able to take to support and grow the small businesses along Jackson? Do you want to help us get that Street Car spur? Do you want to figure out how to build a small business incubator or a public market? Are you simply interested in helping us continue and plan more events on Jackson?

We’re kicking off the Jackson Commons initiative!
Thursday, September 13, 6 to 7:45 pm, at the Douglas-Truth Library.

We don’t have any guest speakers this time, but will instead be working on forming some working groups and talking about the Jackson Commons goals. 

We had a great turn out six weeks ago, and looking forward to another great evening!

If you can’t make it, but want to be on the mailing list, for future mail and to make sure you’re on the list for direct updates from DPD on the Promenade 23 parcel, please drop us a note at [email protected] and we’ll get you on that list. If you were at the last meeting and haven’t got an email from us, please drop us a note. We had several emails bounce! 

As always, you can follow along at our site www.jacksoncommons.com, our Facebook page (which is the most up-to-date) JacksonCommonsSeattle, our Twitter @JacksonCommons…in addition to Pinterest and G+!