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WeWork inked a deal last Thursday, August 3rd for an expansion to its WeLive co-living program at 3rd Avenue and Lenora Street. The plan is for a 36-story building with 384 apartments plus co-working space, common areas and retail space on the ground floor. There will also be five floors of secured parking underground.

WeWork is working with Martin Selig Real Estate to develop the project.

In a statement, the head of WeLive, James Woods, said, “Together, WeWork and the Selig team are creating a building that will provide Seattleites with a place to live, work, and play, and create opportunities for both the We community and the Seattle community to come together and connect.”

The building is projected to open in 2020.

Get out and about in Belltown next month! Here are some fun things to put on the calendar…

Thursdays in August: Live Music in the Olympic Sculpture Park
6 – 8pm | Olympic Sculpture Park
Enjoy live music, skilled DJs, art, kids activities and more on Thursdays at the Olympic Sculpture Park this summer! Food trucks will be pulled into the park, for easy access to tasty bites as you listen. The Thursday Summer at SAM events are August 3rd (also Dog Night), August 10th, August 17th, August 24th (also Bike Night), and August 31st (also Sculptured Dance).

August 4: First Friday Wine Share
6 – 8:30pm | Arthouse Apartments
Each month, a different business or individual in the neighborhood will host the monthly First Friday Wine Share. In August, the event will be hosted on the roof top at the Arthouse Apartments, with tapas provided by the newly relocated Pintxo. Check out the details of the event here. Bring a bottle of vino to share and friends welcome!

Saturdays in August: Free Yoga, Zumba in the Olympic Sculpture Park
9am – 3pm | Olympic Sculpture Park
The Summer at SAM program continues on Saturdays each week, with free yoga in the morning from 9 – 10 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., followed by SAM Creates art participation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Zumba from 2 – 3 p.m. August Saturdays include August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th.

August 5: Pizza Class
9:50am – 11:30am | Serious Pie Virginia
Serious Pie on Virginia Street is offering a pizza class on Saturday, August 5th. Learn about the pizza and ingredients used at Serious Pie, plus get hands-on instruction and experience stretching and shaping the pizza dough, topping it with your choice of ingredients, baking and turning it to cook it perfectly, and finally, eating your ‘za with a glass of wine! Classes are limited to 12 people, and the cost is $50/person.

August 5: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on August 5th. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

August 10: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s August Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

August 26: Belltown Crush Block Party
2 – 6pm | Bell Street Park
Enjoy a fun neighborhood summer wine and beer festival this August 26th, with street food, live music and grape stomping! The 4th Annual Belltown Crush Block Party is from 2 – 6 p.m. in Bell Street Park. Tickets are $25/person, and includes 10 tasting tickets (additional tickets are $2 or three for $5).

Seattle is a great city for fun summer events, and while many of them are very affordable, it’s so much better when they’re free! The Olympic Sculpture Park is the setting for fun free events every Thursday and Saturday through September 3rd, under their “Summer at SAM” program.

The program kicked off last week, with live music from The New Triumph, The Mighty Mockingbirds, Peace & Red Velvet, and DJ Toya B, as well as art making, tours, food trucks and more. Thursdays through July and August will be similar, with live music performances, themed art projects, tours, food truck offerings, wine and dinner from TASTE and a kids corner from 6 – 8 p.m. each Thursday, July 20th and 27th, and August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st. This Thursday, July 20th is Member Appreciation night with giveaways from card-carrying SAM members.

Saturday, July 15th was the first weekend day of the Summer at SAM program, and set the tone for how all of the other Saturdays this summer will look. Each week, there will be an offering of free fitness classes for all levels, as well as art engagement opportunities and park tours. The schedule is Vinyasa Flow Yoga from 9 – 10 a.m., Hatha Yoga from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., SAM Creates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Public Tour at 1 p.m. and Zumba from 2 – 3 p.m. This part of the program is on Saturdays July 22nd and 29th, and August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. Next Saturday, July 29th is Family Field Day, with special community partner activities for the whole family.

Featured photo source: Summer.Site.SeattleArtMuseum.org.

Head to the heart of Belltown this weekend for an open house and fun all-ages event on Saturday, July 8th. The Seattle Fire Festival will take place in Bell Street Park between 5th and 3rd Avenue, and Station 2 will have an open house from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. There will be antique and modern fire equipment, skilled demonstrations, a meet-and-greet with children’s author TJ Spencer (a real firefighter), education about the Great Seattle Fire, and more.

Smokey Bear will be there for kiddos to take pictures! Plus, your little ones can get excited about firefighters by enjoying fun themed activities such as trying on real gear that firefighters use and wear, learning to tie a knot or wear a rope belt like a fire recruit, and even simulate putting out a fire using an old-fashioned pump can ‘fire extinguisher’. There will also be a fire-themed bouncy house to play in.

Fire Cadets and Fire Explorers from around the region will also be at the event to share their experiences and answer questions.

The Seattle Fire Festival is put on by Seattle Parks and Recreation and Page Olson, a member of The Last Resort Fire Department. The festival used to be known as the Pioneer Square Fire Festival, and has been a community celebration almost every year since 1971. Last year, it was renamed the Seattle Fire Festival and moved from Pioneer Square to Belltown.

According to Seattle Parkways, “The first Fire Festival was held in June of 1890 to celebrate the first anniversary of the fire, the rise from the ashes of the new commercial district, and the resilient spirit of the Seattle residents.”

This event is free and all ages are welcome!

There’s lots to do with food and fun in Belltown throughout the month of July! Check out some of the highlights…

July 1: Pizza Class
9:50am – 11:30am | Serious Pie Virginia
Serious Pie on Virginia Street is offering a pizza class on Saturday, July 1st. Learn about the pizza and ingredients used at Serious Pie, plus get hands-on instruction and experience stretching and shaping the pizza dough, topping it with your choice of ingredients, baking and turning it to cook it perfectly, and finally, eating your ‘za with a glass of wine! Classes are limited to 12 people, and the cost is $50/person.

July 1: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on July 1st. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

July 8: The Seattle Fire Festival
11am – 3pm | Bell Street Park
Check out vintage fire engines, try on real firefighters’ gear, and other fun activities at The Seattle Fire Festival on July 8th. It’s fun for the whole family in Bell Street Park, with a bouncy house and hands-on learning that’s engaging for all ages.

July 10: Pintxo + Lustau 5-Course Sherry Dinner
7pm – 10pm | Pintxo Seattle
Pintxo has completed its move to a larger space, and the tapas restaurant is celebrating with a special sherry dinner with Lustau on July 10th. There will be a 5-course chef’s tasting menu to compliment some wonderful Lustau Sherry pairings. The price is $110 per person, which includes gratuity. Click here to buy tickets.

July 14: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s July Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

July 21-23: Food Lovers Weekend
5-9pm Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday | Hot Stove Society
As one of the most exciting food destinations in the world, Seattle is a hot spot for seafood, coffee, wine, beer, spirits and more. Hot Stove Society presents a new Food Lovers Weekend Series for you to discover the vibrant food culture that Seattle has to offer. There will be cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, hand-on cooking classes and more. The three-day weekend starts with a reception on Friday night, and all of the events Saturday and Sunday. Tickets ($995/person) include all food, wine and fees for the scheduled events. Accommodations and travel are not included. Buy tickets here.