Seniors admitted free to Seattle Japanese Garden on Respect for Elders Day

Seattle Japanese Garden

Seattle Japanese Garden will offer free admission to seniors on Sept. 14, 2015.

The Seattle Japanese Garden will celebrate Respect for Elders Day on Monday, Sept.14, 2015. In honor of this Japanese holiday, seniors age 65 and older will receive free admission to the garden from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Complimentary guided tours will be available starting at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. on that day. All visitors are welcome to stop by the Tateuchi Community Room to enjoy complimentary iced tea, as well as an art exhibit of beautiful line drawings depicting scenes from the Japanese Garden by artist Vincent Samudovsky.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For driving directions and detailed information about the garden, please visit

Friends of Piper’s Orchard host ninth annual Festival of Fruit

The Friends of Piper’s Orchard invite the community to join them in celebrating Carkeek Park’s historic orchard from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. Events will include cider pressing and tasting, live music, an apple pie contest, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard and more.

The event takes place at and around the Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Road. Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center. Volunteers will be directing guests. [Read more…]

Rock climbing’s history and rising popularity inspires Seattle festival

2015 has been an exciting year for climbing, and Seattle Parks and Recreation is set to celebrate it all with the Camp Long Mountain Fest on Sept. 13, 2015. 


Schurman Rock at Camp Long

Rock climbing is fast becoming the sport of choice for many in search of an athletic activity with both grit and Zen. Climbing, it seems, is scaling into the mainstream. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, more than 10 million people in the United States participate in rock climbing at some level, and Seattleites in particular have embraced this sport with a passion, with rock climbing gyms and venues, indoor and outdoor­, growing exponentially. To celebrate both this coming-of-age time for the sport of climbing and Seattle’s long-standing mountain and climbing history/community, Seattle Parks and Recreation will open its historic Camp Long for a Mountain Festival on Sept. 13, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.—where anyone, from the novice to the hard-core enthusiast, can put hands on the rocks and get feet off the ground. [Read more…]

May we have this dance? Dancing ‘til Dusk continues through August

Dancing 'til Dusk in Westlake Park

Dancing ’til Dusk in Westlake Park, photo by TIA International Photography

Are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here, and the time is right, for dancing in the street PARKS!

Grab your friends, kids, neighbors or significant other and get ready for the second half or our annual Dancing ‘til Dusk events.

The Dancing ‘til Dusk program began in 2007. The original program produced five Thursday nights of dancing, one night for each of five styles—Waltz, Zydeco, Salsa, Line Dancing and Swing. Seattle Parks and Recreation bought an outdoor dance floor, set up a bandstand and distributed invitations widely. Dancers of all ages and abilities came from all over the city and beyond, from a diverse cultural and economic base. Dancing ’til Dusk was born, and has been growing ever since. Now moving into its ninth year, the program includes four downtown parks with 15 nights of dancing, drawing a crowd of 500-800 people per night. [Read more…]

Explore the Japanese Garden after hours by the light of the moon

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden,

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden

Moon Viewing, Japanese Garden,

Enjoy the Seattle Japanese Garden after hours for the annual Moon Viewing Festival from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29. For one enchanting evening each year, the Japanese Garden is magically lit up with lanterns, luminaries and floating boats on the pond welcoming the arrival of the full moon in Japanese tradition.

During o-tsukimi –the Japanese word for moon viewing–the beauty of the garden is enhanced by the sweet sounds of live instrumental music afloat in the night air, inspiring both romance and poetry.

Performers include Marcia Takamura and Chigusa Kitai on koto, James Jennings on shakuhachi, Gretchen Yanover on cello, and White Swans Records artist Gary Stroutsos on bamboo flute.

The festival features a popular haiku writing contest sponsored by Haiku Northwest. Winning poems, which are awarded prizes, will be read aloud to the audience at the end of the evening. [Read more…]

Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and Seattle Parks and Recreation present Snow White and the Seven: ‘Each One, Teach One’ a Teen Summer Musical extravaganza

Aug. 20 – 23, 2015, Seattle Repertory Theatre

Teens rehearse for the Teen Summer Musical.

Teens rehearse for the Teen Summer Musical.

The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) and Seattle Parks and Recreation present the Teen Summer Musical (TSM) extravaganza, Snow White and the Seven: “Each One, Teach One,” featuring 80 youth ranging from 7-18 years old, Aug. 20 -23 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre (155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109). Tickets are $8 for youth (12 and under) and $10 for adults.

Seattle Parks and Recreations’ Citywide Teen/Young Adult Programs is committed to impacting the life trajectories of the young people it serves by enhancing the experience they have with recreation programs and related opportunities. Each teen between the ages of 13-18 years old participating in the Teen Summer Musical will receive a stipend of $599 from Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Career Training Program (YCTP) under its Artist-in-Residence training program. Youth will have assigned roles in music, dance, choreography and group ensembles. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks and Recreation participates in Othello Park International Music & Arts Festival

Come say hello and provide input on new play area!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is happy to participate in the free Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015.  Seattle Parks and Recreation invites families, neighbors and friends of Othello Park to stop by our booth between 1 – 3 p.m. to learn about the play area improvements and provide input on play features. Othello Park is located at 4351 S. Othello St.

The neighborhood is encouraged to provide input on which play equipment and design features work best at Othello Park. Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Maggie Johnson from Johnson and Southerland will gather input about the play area and community preferences for youth play equipment. This input will inform the final design. [Read more…]

Laurelhurst Community Center and friends to host Laurelhurst Salmon Bake

salmon, rolls and watermelon on picnic table

Laurelhurst Salmon Bake 2014

Join your family and friends for the traditional Salmon Bake at Laurelhurst from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Special community businesses, Laurelhurst Community Center, Lifelong Recreation and Specialized Programs have partnered to make this another fun event for neighbors to enjoy.

This salmon bake features delicious food and great entertainment. The menu includes grilled wild salmon, corn on the cobb, watermelon, tangy coleslaw, fresh rolls and chocolate brownies. Adult salmon dinner is $15; child salmon dinner (12 and younger) is $10. Hot dog or garden burger dinner is $8. [Read more…]

Bitter Lake Community Center celebrates Night Out with Mayor Murray

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center's drill team, The Divas, at Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center’s drill team, The Divas, at National Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center's kendo class at Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Murray and Bitter Lake Community Center’s Kendo class at National Night Out, Aug. 4.

Mayor Ed Murray joined more than 250 community members at Bitter Lake Community Center’s National Neighborhood Night Out event on Aug. 4.  Neighbors were treated to free food and activities such as face painting and carnival games.  Bitter Lake’s drill team, The Divas, and its very popular Kendo class performed for the crowd.  Attendees received information about upcoming programs and events at the community center and learned about nearby services provided by the Department of Neighborhoods.

Seattle Japanese Garden invites wandering and wondering

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Brian Jones

From 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, visit the Seattle Japanese Garden for its Wandering and Wondering event. Wander through the garden and wonder at the sights and sounds emerging from the landscape. Experience the beauty and tranquility of the garden in a unique way.

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden

2014 Wandering and Wondering event in the Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Brian Jones

Visitors will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in locations throughout the garden as the performers engage in a minute-by-minute response to all the scents, sounds, sights and sensations of the garden. This annual summer event is directed by Joan Laage, director of Kogut Butoh. [Read more…]