A Landmark House Party

By Alexandra Bush April 30, 2010


In 2008, Whidbey Islander Kurt Hoelting stopped just thinking about the climate crisis, and started doing. He gave up his car and pledged for one year to travel only by foot, bike, sea kayak, and occasionally, public transportation.

Staying within 100 km (60 mi) of his home over the course of that year, Hoelting undertook adventures including a 500-mile bicycle trip around the region, a 200-mile kayak voyage from South Whidbey to Vancouver Island, and a 130-mile walk through the Skagit Basin.

Originally inspired by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Hoelting has now produced a book of his own:  The Circumference of Home.  He reads from the book and talks about his experiences this evening at a People for Puget Sound-sponsored lecture.

Tonight, 7-8:30PM, Downstairs at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave).  Tickets $10.


When 100 year-old Central District landmark Washington Hall went on the market last year, many Seattle residents were certain the building was doomed to be sold and torn down.  In collaboration with 4Culture—King County's extraordinary culture champions—Historic Seattle moved on a successful landmark bid.

Tomorrow night, Washington Hall will light up again with local jazz, dance, theater and general merrymaking:  It's a house party fit for a century-old landmark.  Put on your party hats and celebrate months of successful advocacy and building restoration.

Tomorrow from 7-11pm at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave).  Free.

The Weekend's Full Calendar:

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day—which means about what it sounds like. Go to your local comic shop, get a free comic book (as long as they'reparticipating).  Bonus:  Go down to Fantagraphics between noon and 1pm and meet iconic penman Jim Woodring.

Tomorrow at participating stores.  Free.

Tomorrow is also May Day, or International Workers' Day, which over the past several years has expanded in the United States to include rallies on behalf of immigration rights (remember L.A. in 2007?).  Join labor & immigration supporters for Seattle's 10th Annual May Day March & Rally.

Tomorrow, 12-3pm, meets at Judkins Playfield (611 20th Ave S).  Free.

Growing up in Mt. Baker neighborhood, I always eagerly awaited Bicycle Saturdays and Sundays, when Lake Washington Boulevard is closed down to car traffic and cyclists—along with their other non-motorized kin—take over the road.  This Sunday is the first Bicycle Sunday of the season; get out and enjoy it.

All Day Sunday on Lake Washington Boulevard between Mount Baker Beach and Seward Park.  Free.
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