Halloween in the ‘Hood 2019: West Hill Area Events

Happy Halloween, West Hill & surrounding communities!

Here’s your hyper-local events guide to the spookiest season. Check back for updates as they become available, and don’t hesitate to contact me if yourWest Hill area business or organization has a fun Halloween event you’d like to share with the community.

10/17: Run Scared 5K
Celebrate Halloween with a scary dash around Seward Park. Registration includes gender specific long sleeve tech shirt, fully supported course, free event photos, post-race treats including pumpkin bread and a candy corn tasting bar, costume contest for people and furry friends, gear check, a free pre-race treasure hunt, chip timing for accuracy, a free kids dash and tons of spooky fun. All while benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

10/27: Halloween Spooktacular
Free trick or treating at participating merchants with signs on their storefront (while supplies last), face painters and balloon makers located at the plaza across from Regal Cinemas. Hosted by The Landing in Renton.

10/28: WHCA Halloween Takeover
Annual Halloween party in the Lucky Dragonz event space at Skyway Park Bowl! Among many other fun surprises, this year will feature a Treat Trail, pumpkin decorating, photo booth and a Halloween-themed movie (Hocus Pocus) screening at 8pm. FREE entry, all ages. Hosted by West Hill Community Association.

10/31: BooBash at the Beach
Hosted by Rainier Beach Merchants Association.

11/1: 15th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration
This year’s theme is Perseverance – Power in Action: Voice! Vote! Venceremos! Perseverance is defined as “persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. We can make a difference and change by organizing our communities to get out the vote, registering to vote and to be counted in the 2020 census. This administration incited fear in our communities, scaring them away from the census, which will take away important funding from programs that help those in need. El Vez will be this year’s MC! We will also have performances by Folklore Tonatzin, Duo Finelli, Ceatl Tonalli, Chief Sealth Int’l High School and a Selena impersonator. Hosted by El Centro de la Raza.

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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SAVE THE DATE: Windermere Real Estate Mount Baker Community Fundraiser


This fun annual event is scheduled for Saturday, November 2, and we’re planning to mix it up this year with a BINGO “Fun”raiser.

Here are some of the local organizations my office, Windermere Real Estate Mount Baker, is proud to support:

  • Rainier Valley Food Bank
  • Treehouse
  • Kids Co.
  • Wellspring
  • Mount Baker Community Club –
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
  • Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness-
  • Project Cool Back to School

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Posted on September 9, 2019 at 12:30 am
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ProjectCool School Supply Drive

The simple beauty of Project Cool:

Every homeless student who receives a new backpack can walk into class with the same new tools and good supplies as their classmates, and not feel unprepared or embarrassed.

Project Cool helps hundreds of homeless schoolchildren each year. We give each child a sturdy new backpack filled with quality school supplies, books, toothbrushes, and more. We train school staff and social workers about supporting homeless students.

Get involved!

Project Cool for Back-to-School happens each year thanks to people like you. We welcome your help!

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Posted on July 12, 2019 at 12:35 am
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SAVE THE DATE: Skyway Outdoor Cinema’s 2019 Lineup

Free Family Fun & Films Every Summer

Join your community on the first four Friday nights in August for Skyway Outdoor Cinema – a fantastic, fun, FREE film experience for the whole family since 2003!

Scout out the best spot to set up your chair, blanket or bean bag and get some dinner from our food trucks as early as 7pm – then settle in for the preshow starting at 8pm behind the Skyway 7-Eleven on Renton Avenue South in the US Bank parking lot. Don’t forget to bring some cash for the concession stand (there is also a US Bank ATM on premises and a CO-OP ATM inside 7-Eleven). Movie starts at 9pm.

Check out the Skyway Cinema Season 17 lineup below.

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Posted on June 12, 2019 at 12:15 am
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SAVE THE DATE: URB Garden Tour & Neighbor Meet and Greet

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Posted on May 24, 2019 at 12:30 am
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YOU’RE INVITED: Annual Wine Tasting & Lawn Bowling Event

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Posted on April 8, 2019 at 12:30 am
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SAVE THE DATE: FREE Annual E-Recycling Event

Posted on March 23, 2019 at 12:30 am
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SAVE THE DATES: Events at Skyway Library

Skyway Library on West Hill is at it again with some of the best events featured this side of I-90. With everything from Play & Learn ongoing structured group sessions for the little ones, a Hip-Hop History and Self-Expression Music Workshop for those 12 and older, and Community Coffee Hour for all, there is no better place to meet your neighbors and experience something new than Skyway Library. Find a list of February events below.

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Posted on February 4, 2019 at 12:30 am
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Food is Love: Rainier Valley Food Bank Needs YOU!

Photo/Rainier Valley Food Bank

Dear friends,

My office—Windermere Mount Baker Real Estate—is gearing up for our annual Winter Food Drive benefiting Rainier Valley Food Bank (RVFB), a South Seattle nonprofit dedicated to a hunger-free Rainier Valley, and we’d love your help.

Did you know?

  • In 2016, around 1 in 8 Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs.
  • In the nation, Washington is firmly in the middle of the pack, ranking as the 25th hungriest state.
  • In Washington, the number of people living in poverty significantly decreased over the last year, but nonetheless, nearly 1 in 9 Washingtonians lived below the poverty line in 2016.
  • 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
  • 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
  • The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
  • Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state’s operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
  • 1 in 6 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.

You can bring your contributions (see list below) to the Windermere office (4919 S Genesee St., Seattle, WA 98118/206-725-7255) from January 21 through February 28, or contact me for pick-up.

In the meantime, Rainier Valley Food Bank (4205 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118) will happily accept your generous donations now. Thank you!

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Posted on December 13, 2018 at 12:30 am
Don Koonce | Category: Community News & Information, Events

SAVE THE DATE: Winter Art Show Featuring Carol Whitfield

Dear friends,

My office, Windermere Mount Baker is hosting a Winter Art Show benefiting Treehouse from now through January 2019. The artist, Carol Whitfield is a Seattle based photographer specializing in commissioned portraits of animals and the people who love them.

“My goal is to create beautiful images that capture the uniqueness of each animal as well as the special human/animal bond,” she says.

The reception is planned for Wed., Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Windermere Real Estate Mount Baker (4919 South Genesee St., Seattle, WA 98118). Refreshments will be served.

Please bring a NEW unwrapped toy or clothing item for a child in foster care at Treehouse!

Hope to see you there!

Posted on November 15, 2018 at 12:30 am
Don Koonce | Category: Events