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While many folks will be celebrating their rich Irish heritage (and wannabe’s too) this coming weekend at various St. Patrick’s Day Belltown events, there’s a pub crawl for a good cause going on right here; the 4th Annual Team Blitz Pub Crawl in Belltown!

Team Blitz is led by team captain, Ryan Asdourian – the Seahawks mascot, Blitz. The Seahawks team has supported Asdourian since 2008, when the man behind the mascot was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. For the past three years, his Team Blitz Pub Crawl has raised awareness about MS in Seattle, as well as raising money toward a cure. Learn more about the crawl and Team Blitz in this recent King 5 news feature.

Since year one, with 125 participants and $6,000 raised, to last year where 325 people came out for the pub crawl and raised $12,000, Asdourian has high hopes for the 4th annual pub crawl: $100,000! Check out the website to watch the Team get closer to their goal, donate, and mark your calendar for the Pub Crawl on Saturday March 16th and the Walk MS event on April 14th.

The pub crawl begins at Buckley’s in Belltown, and ends at Belltown Billiards this Saturday. Attendees (21+ only) can get tickets to the crawl here, with four drinks and a T-shirt for $35 plus fees (tickets day-of are $40). You can donate there, too. Bars that are confirmed to participate in the crawl are Buckley’s, Amber, Belltown Pizza, Belltown Pub, the Frontier Room, and Belltown Billiards.

When: Saturday, March 16th from 2:30 to 7 p.m.
Where: Belltown, Seattle, beginning at Buckley’s in Belltown
Cost: $35 until March 16th, day of event tickets are $40

Featured photo from New Day Northwest by King 5 News.

Saint Patrick’s Day is just over a week away, but Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in Belltown is getting the festivities going early with their annual Irish Festival! Beginning this Friday, March 8th, the festival runs through the next week to culminate with a huge party following the St. Patrick’s Day Dash on March 17th.

Kells St Patricks FesitvalKells hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Irish Festival in the Northwest each year, and this year is their 30th anniversary celebration. Each day during this year’s Belltown events at Kells, there will be live music from Irish musicians and bands like Liam O’Riordan, the Smokin Shamrocks, The Blarney Bhoys, Martin O’Huigin, and more. Click here to learn more about the bands and musicians.

The Irish pub opens at 11:30 a.m. each day of the festival until Saturday and Sunday (March 16th and 17th), when they’ll open early at 10 a.m. and 9 a.m. consecutively. There will be no cover charge until Friday, March 15th, with a $5 admission fee after 9 p.m. The cover charge for the Sunday Festival finale will be $20 and includes a Festival T-shirt while Kells’ supplies last. Check the festival schedule for more details.

Proceeds from the 30th Anniversary Irish Festival at Kells will benefit the Pike Market Clinic, which provides health care services for homeless, low-income and uninsured individuals.

Get your pass for the festival at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub at 1916 Post Alley, and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! “If you can’t go to Ireland, come to Kells.”

Featured photo by Flickr user dmartinka from the 2007 Kells Irish Festival.

Since “The Details,” which released last year, Seattle hasn’t seen much action in the movie-making department. But we’re updating you on some exciting Belltown news: a new movie is coming to town, and it won’t be limiting its filming to one neighborhood like “The Details”. The new movie is titled “Lucky Them” and was shot last month in Alki, Capitol Hill, and our very own Belltown neighborhood!

Starring “The Sixth Sense” actress Toni Collette and “Sideways” actor Thomas Haden Church, “Lucky Them” were shooting around Belltown and the other neighborhoods throughout February.

It’s a romantic comedy that follows rock journalist (Collette) when she comes back to Seattle to stalk her musician ex-boyfriend, helped along the way by a documentary filmmaker (Church). The rest of the cast and crew are made up of many Seattle locals, making it more of a homegrown movie.

Emily Wachtel, who based the screenplay on some of her own experiences in relationships with rock musicians, wrote the story. She had shown the screenplay to her godfather, Paul Newman, and after his death in 2008 his widow Joanne Woodward became the executive producer for the prospective film.

Eventually, things began to come together and Seattleite and co-producer Lacey Leavitt signed onto the project, followed by another local – Megan Griffiths. Shooting began on January 26th, and featured spots at Belltown’s best known hot spots: The Crocodile, Rob Roy, and Marrakesh.

We’re looking forward to being featured in the next Seattle-made film!

Featured photo credit: Capitol Hill Seattle.

What’s on your schedule for March? There are some pretty fun and exciting Belltown events coming up next month, so read on for the details and look forward to some great things!

  1. March Thursdays – 80’s Night at Belltown Billiards: Every Thursday in March, head down to Belltown Billiards and Lounge for 80’s Night! No cover fee, $3 drink specials from 9 p.m. to midnight, and a DJ spinning 80’s favorites!
  2. Legendary Swirl 2013March 7 – Legendary Swirl at El Gaucho: Enjoy a fantastic night of Washington wines, courtesy of El Gaucho in Belltown. The Legendary Swirl event is award-winning and features great Washington wines alongside appetizers and Taylor Farms oysters. It’s on March 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $95 per person (all-inclusive). Click here to view the participating wineries, and call 206-728-1337 to reserve your space!
  3. March 8 to 17 – 30th Anniversary Irish Festival at Kells: That’s right, St. Paddy’s day is almost here, and that means Kells is gearing up for its annual Irish Festival! The festival begins Friday, March 8th at 11:30 a.m. when Kells opens, with live music daily. The festival cumulates with a rockin’ St. Patrick’s day celebration on March 17th. Free entry daily, until 9 p.m., with a $5 cover. Check the schedule for details.
  4. March 9 – Rock Lottery 05 at The Crocodile: Hear a mixture of all kinds of Seattle musicians rock it out – all in a day’s work. Bands will be arriving at 10 a.m. on March 9th to get organized into five lottery-picked bands. They’ll have 12 hours to pick a band name and create a handful of songs, which they’ll play that night at 9 p.m. for the Rock Lottery performance! Tickets are $10/person – buy yours here.
  5. March 10 – Strictly Seafood Sunday Feast at Tavolata: Every month, the Tavolata chef, Brian Clevenger, does a Sunday Feast featuring some new item or theme. He’ll be going seafood crazy for March’s installment at the Belltown restaurant! The dinner will be held Sunday, March 10th at 6 p.m., and costs $60 per person. Reservations are recommended – call 206-838-8008 to hold your seats, and check out the menu here.
  6. March 16 – Seattle’s 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Start at 4th Avenue and Jefferson in Downtown Seattle, and work your way up to Westlake Park for the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Dress up in your best Irish garb, sport some shamrock green attire, and if you plan to carry a banner or sign, pre-register here. The parade culminates in a closing ceremony and Irish Festival at the Seattle Center, and the monorail will be free between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to get you from Westlake Park to the Center. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!
  7. Photo credit stpatsdash.com
    Photo credit stpatsdash.com

    March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Dash: F5’s 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash is coming up! Join thousands of Seattleites and visitors dressed up in crazy Irish-themed costumes as they run, walk, jog, or dash the route! Read more about the dash here, and sign up to participate! The cost is $35 until March 15th, and $40 the 15th and 16th.

  8. March 23 – Balboa Wine Dinner at El Gaucho: Enjoy a delicious prix-fixe menu alongside wine pairings from Balboa Winery. This wine dinner will take place on Saturday, March 23rd at 7 p.m., and costs $90 per person (gratuity and tax not included). Reservations recommended – call 206-728-1337. Click here to view the menu.
  9. March 29 – DeLille Wine Dinner at El Gaucho: DeLille Winery’s co-owner Jay Soloff will be hosting this wine dinner at El Gaucho in Seattle at 7 p.m. on March 29th. Enjoy five courses with DeLille wine pairings for a prix-fixe menu at $155 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Reserve your seats by calling 206-728-1337.

Featured photo from http://stpatsdash.com/

 

It’s been a busy few weeks for the SPD in Belltown, as our crime recap will show for our summary of happenings in Belltown crime between mid-January and today. So, here’s what happened in our neighborhood:

  • Double-Offense Arrest: Belltown residents and visitors can be grateful for two proactive bicycle officers who arrested a 41-year-old man in Belltown on January 13th. After watching what they suspected to be a drug transaction between a few people on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Bell Street, the two officers approached the men and did a routine check on the suspects’ names. They discovered that one of the men had a warrant out for failing to register as a sex offender, and arrested him without difficulty. Once back at the precinct, they recovered 2.5 grams of what they suspected and then confirmed to be crack cocaine, and later discovered another 1.5 grams in between transport and the holding cell. The suspect was booked for the outstanding warrant and investigation into the cocaine.
  • Runaway Robber: In a brief robbery that took place at the 2500 First Avenue Key Bank on January 14th, the suspect remains at large. The male suspect had entered the bank, told everyone to get down, then jumped the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing. It is unknown if he was armed. The SPD is asking that anyone with information call 911.
  • To Catch a Burglar: A burglar was caught the morning of January 16th while attempting to break into an apartment on 4th Avenue. After an officer responded to a burglary just a week before in the same building, officers arrived at the scene on Jan. 16th and apprehended the male suspect for investigation. He was armed with two knives and a baton, and was also found to be wearing kneepads.
  • Belltown Stabbing and Arrest: Some things don’t just wait until dark. After hearing reports of two men in a fight near 2nd and Blanchard on January 21st, officers arrived at the scene to find one man with a stab wound to his abdomen. Officers later found and arrested a suspect only 50 yards away from the victim, as well as taking a cell phone and bloody knife found nearby into evidence. Neither the victim nor the suspect was cooperative with SPD about the details of the incident. The victim is being treated for a non-life-threatening injury, and the suspect has been booked into the King County Jail.
  • Rooftop Standoff: A break-in to a Belltown building under construction on January 28th turned into a standoff between SPD and a suspect. Officers responded to the scene after a report that shots were heard, but they found the suspected burglar causing a disturbance inside instead. Once inside, Police made contact with the man on the 8th floor roof, where he went on to wave around a 2.5-foot piece of rebar. The suspect refused to put it down, and then proceeded to climb over the safety railing. Several hours later, after failed attempts by SPD to talk him down, the man finally gave in and was taken into custody.
  • Botched Smash-and-Grab: After using a cinder block to break into Joe’s Mart on 2nd and Pike at about 4 a.m. on February 15th, store surveillance cameras captured the footage of a suspected burglar heisting cigarettes, then leaving the mart. When he responded to the burglary call and reviewed the surveillance footage, the SPD officer who took the report proceeded to search around the area for the suspect. About an hour after the original burglary call, the officer saw a man matching the suspect’s description only a block away from the scene of the crime. The officer confirmed that the man was the same from Joe’s security camera footage, and arrested the suspect.

Stay safe, Belltown!

Featured photo from Wikipedia Commons.