Posts Tagged ‘philanthropy’

Suprise Sale at Seattle Tilth – This Saturday! (March 26)

March 26, 2010

Did you know about the surprise sale this weekend? Now you do! Spread the word…

HALF OFF Bare Root Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Veggie Starts Come to Seattle Tilth’s Second Chance Edible Plant Sale this Saturday, March 26, 2010.  Bare root fruit trees, fruiting vines and cane fruit need good homes.  These plants are left over from our sale on March 20 and are available on a first come, first served basis on Saturday only.

Also available are an assortment of perennial herbs and cool season veggie crops that are ready to plant. Prices are discounted 40-60%! You can get bare root trees such as apples, plums, cherry, Asian and European pears for $10; caneberries, cranberries, quince, kiwis, and grapes are $10; organic veggie starts are $1.50 and herbs are $2.

If you missed our new spring sale last weekend or still need more plants, this is your chance.

Seattle Tilth’s Second Chance Edible Plant Sale

Sat., March 27, 2-4 p.m.

4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle 98103

Behind the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford

Visit our website for a full list of plants and prices.

All proceeds support Seattle Tilth’s educational mission.

About Seattle Tilth:  Begun in 1978, Seattle Tilth is a regional organization with learning gardens in north, central and south Seattle, and in the City of Issaquah, offering classes and programs that serve adults and children throughout King County. Seattle Tilth’s mission is to inspire and educate people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community.

Moisture Spreads Farther Afield – Thanks To Fremont!

March 20, 2010

RB strums his stuff in 2007

Ron Bailey as a performer for Moisture Fest 2007 - photo by John Cornicello

Moisture Festival

(MF) can be very difficult to describe.  In its 7th year, the Comedy/Varietè show, with vaudevillian aspects, inspires delight and excitement in those who’ve experienced it, and bewilderment in those who say, “Moisture what?” 

In November 2009, Festival organizers published a book of Moisture (available at Fremont Place Books) with a sample of the ump-teen-illion incredible images taken by their three official photographers – Michelle Bates, John Cornicello and Mark Gardiner.  At a January Fremont Chamber of Commerce meeting, Ron Bailey, MF Development Director and Founder, explained that the book works well to explain the show to the uninitiated.

Still, the best way to find out why fans get gleeful as Moisture nears is to attend a show.  In 2010 Moisture has moved into more venues, with over 100 dancers, jugglers, musicians, magicians, strippers, singers, comics, clowns, contortionists, aerialists, bubble blowers, and general miscellaneous performers.  Haven’t gotten tickets to Moisture yet?  What could you possibly be waiting for?

A Venue Near You

For the first time, Moisture Festival will travel to Open Space for Arts & Community (18870 103rd Ave SW) on Vashon Island and the Georgetown Ballroom (5623 Airport Way S).  “Both of those places have large artists’ communities,” Bailey explained, and in Georgetown, “the neighborhood business district found enough sponsors to support the event.”  Bailey also stated, at the January Fremont Chamber Board meeting, that the model set by members of the Fremont business district is one that other communities have followed.

On March 26 & 27 Moisture will stage three Varietè shows on Vashon, with tickets available to purchase on-line, and through Vashon’s Books By The Way.  On April 2 & 3, the last weekend of the Festival, Moisture moves to Georgetown for three Varietè shows.

Fremont remains home for a majority of Moisture.  From March 18 – April 4, Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW) will convert into a boisterous Big Top.  Since 2005, Mike Hale has generously made his one-time keg storehouse available – and Moisture organizers have repaid this generosity by steadily improving the space.

According to Bailey, the Festival offers “the best of both worlds – the funky Hale’s Palladium and the classy ACT.”  For, in addition to the old-world circus charm of the Palladium, since 2007 ACT – A Contemporary Theatre (7th & Union), in Downtown Seattle, has welcomed Moisture Festival’s Liberty Burlesque.  “It’s kind of cool for the artists to be in a real theater,” Bailey commented.

The Festival kicked-off their 2010 season at the Falls Theater at ACT on March 11, with Varietè and Burlesque shows.  Liberty Burlesque returns there on April 1, 2 & 3 (tickets available through the ACT box office.)

When a Show Becomes More 

Additionally, Moisture Festival has collaborated with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) for three select screenings.  At the SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street) at Seattle Center, Moisture Festival will host the West Coast premiere of the documentary “Dirty Martini & The New Burlesque” on March 29.  Director, Gary Beeber, and his subject, Miss Dirty Martini, will be on hand for the show.  They will also offer the ventriloquists’ documentary, “I’m No Dummy” on March 30 and “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” on March 31, each with a special live Festival performance.  Tickets can be purchased through the SIFF Box Office.

Also, every year the Festival schedules special fundraising shows.  This year they will raise money, on March 19 at 10:30p.m., for recording the fantastic final CD from now-disbanded Circus Contraption, (expect a few special Circus guests!)  On March 20, at 3 p.m. at Hale’s, proceeds go to a scholarship fund for SANCA (School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts), Seattle’s own non-profit circus school.  The annual “Aerlift” aerial fundraiser, presented by The Aerial Army of Love takes flight Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.  Finally, 15% of proceeds from the 3 p.m. show on March 27 at Open Space goes to Vashon Youth & Family Services.

For those new to Moisture, never before have there been so many great opportunities to get the habit.  For those who already familiar with this marvelous mayhem, do not delay!  Tickets go quickly, and then the chance for Moisture is gone for another year…

©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.  www.fremocentrist.com

January 2010 Grants Funded

February 22, 2010

For January 2010, the Fremont Chamber Grant Committee recommended, and the Fremont Chamber Board of Directors approved, the following recipients for funding:

Lifelong AIDS Alliance Gay Bingo

46th St. Mural Project

Fremont Sunday Farmer’s Market

Fremont Outdoor Movies

Music In The Sculpture Garden

Solstice Parade

Graffiti Abatement by Graffiti Sheriff Gene Slagle

Thank you to everyone who applied – and for all the work being done to make Fremont a stronger, better place to be!

For more information, contact Jessica Vets, Fremont Chamber Executive Director Extraordinaire!

Gay Bingo in Fremont, Where Else?

February 17, 2010
Gals In Costume At Gay Bingo, Jan-10

Gay Bingo - Costumes, Fun, Good Cause...could this be any more Fremont?

For its 17th season, Gay Bingo will be played at the Fremont Studios (155 N 35th.)  Held once a month, January through June, each Gay Bingo game has a theme.  For Saturday, February 20, it will be “Racy & Lacy Gay Bingo:  Discover Gay Bingo’s Secret…”  As players converge on Fremont, for only the second time ever, Fremonsters may glimpse scantily clad, outrageously outfitted folk – pretty much another night in our ‘hood.

For The Fun

The big difference will be the huge numbers (750+ people) and the lively mood of attendees.  These folk come ready to have a good time to help a great cause as Gay Bingo raises funds for Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

For the last eight seasons Gay Bingo took place on South Lake Union at the Naval Reserve Building (the ‘Armory’.)  Trevor DeWitt, of Community Relations for Lifelong, described it as the equivalent of “a big gymnasium” where a few staffers and an army of volunteers hauled everything in – lights, a stage, chairs, tables, etc. – then stayed late to pack up and mop.

“We are so excited to be a part of the new neighborhood,” DeWitt admitted.  The elegant Studios’ space comes equipped with tables and chairs plus professional lighting and sound.  Yet, Gay Bingo “still needs all the hands we can get,” DeWitt allowed.  Each evening takes 40 – 50 people (and only three of those being paid staff) to run it.

“We always want the experience to be positive,” DeWitt stated, and to be positive a seat will be available (in January they had to turn a few drop-ins away) make a reservation on-line.  Individual tickets cost $25 (which includes the $5 Washington State gambling fee).  DeWitt recommends “one of our special perks,” a Queens-For-A-Day table – guaranteed seating for a group of eight, together, with free daubers, a complimentary drink, and snacks delivered to the table – for $280.

“It’s a really eclectic mix of people,” DeWitt described the attendees, “some there to party; some seriously into winning.”  Photos and anecdotes portray Gay Bingo as a wild party, but it also involves straight bingo – with $100 cash prizes as well as gift/prize packages valued at $1000.  “It’s people who know about Lifelong,” who attend, he explained, “and want to support the cause.”

For The Cause 

Lifelong came from a merger, in 2001, of the Northwest AIDS Foundation and Chicken Soup Brigade.  Gay Bingo helps fund the long list of its programs (“I could go on all day,” DeWitt admitted.)  They take a holistic approach, with each clients being assigned a caseworker who will help connect them to housing, insurance advocacy, counseling, a medical adherence program, and/or other support systems.  Lifelong also has a full-time advocacy team, as well as education and information programs.

The spread of AIDS has slowed, DeWitt acknowledged, but the economic downturn put severe pressure on the financial resources of those who can live with the disease thanks to expensive medications.  For instance, Chicken Soup Brigade, which provides food services to over 1,000 people a week, last year, for the first time in 26 years, had to create a wait list.

“People are able to get the disease under control,” DeWitt explained, “but they are living with the disease and need more services.”  Recent increases in diagnosis have been seen among populations of gay men under 25 years old, foreign born women and African-American women, he reported, but Washington State has done a lot in prevention and education, and the spread of AIDS, and AIDS-related diseases, have leveled off.

To keep this good work going, and have fun doing it, make a point to dress up (or down) in your sexiest something and on February 20, come play Gay Bingo in Fremont!

©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.                www.fremocentrist.com