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2016_HC_SEA_CourseMap_Small-791x1024Get ready to sprint your way to sweet sips!

Time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This fun and festive event will be held on Sunday, March 6th and is fun for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The 5k begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag to take home and, of course, delicious chocolate!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t sweat the calories, you will have earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not ready to lace up and race? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (above) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

Get ready for a Hot (Chocolate) Time in the Old Town, this March!

 

 

Street Closure

From

To

Side of Road

Closure Time

Anticipated Opening

2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

Eater-Anu-Apte-Rob-Roy-Nataworry-10.0One of Belltown’s favorite lounge spots, Rob Roy, is expanding their repertoire and opening not one, but two brand new spin-off bars that you’ll want to know about.

Anu and Chris Elford, by now fixtures of the Seattle nightlife scene with their acclaimed lounge spot Rob Roy, are taking their expertise and flair for crafting classic cocktails outside their glamorous, speakeasy-esque box. Soon you’ll be able to enjoy luscious one-of-a-kind libations, a classic cocktail or a darn good brew at one of their new spots set to open this summer, Navy Strength and No Anchor.

No Anchor seeks to be one of Seattle’s premiere spaces to wet your whistle with a good old fashioned brewski, but we’re not talking Coors or Corona. The aim will be to add a little swank to your suds, with fabulous craft beer, beer cocktails and a great, rotating seasonal beer list, to emphasize the ever changing trends in brewing and stay on the cutting edge.

Chris is, after all, a certified Cicerone and veteran of New York’s highly reputable beer bar Proletariat, so his plans for the venture are pretty exciting for a city filled with craft beer lovers. The setting is sure to be just up our alley too. Imagine having a pint in a kooky-cool, 35 seat oddity shop themed locale, complete with strange and eclectic decor and an outdoor patio for those cherished warm weather days in the city. Great beer and an esoteric atmosphere? Can’t get much more Seattle than that.

Their other new venture, Navy Strength, is sure to be just the tropical oasis the Emerald City needs, but before pictures of thatched roofs and tiki idols start dancing in your head, think again. Navy Strength has set a course for a more original take on tiki, but with cocktails that will do its name justice.

Staying true to Anu’s “3 Ts” (travel, tropical, tiki), but with a twist, the space will have a fun, maritime feel, with a well-traveled, nautical influenced motif and plenty of funk and kitsch to boot. Navy Strength will celebrate the cocktail, offering all sorts of fabulous new drinks and of course, classic tropical themed concoctions, and never short on rum.

Neither location has released any menu information but both are set to be full service restaurants. Based on the information available and The Elford’s track record, I think we’re safe to assume the city is in for a tasty and elevated treat. Locations are also under wraps for the moment but, we can tell you that Tom Graff and Cameron Kent of Ewing and Clark, Inc. helped The Elford’s find the perfect locations for the new hot spots, so rest easy, they’ll both be in fantastic spaces.

Anu will be heading to the helm of Navy Strength while Chris will be captaining No Anchor, but don’t worry, Rob Roy will remain in the family with the trusted and well respected Jesse Cyr stepping into the role of general manager. So, Seattle, when it comes to dynamite drinks, fabulous food and uniquely charming atmosphere, it looks like we’re in luck.

This Friday is Seattle PARK(ing) Day! For one day only, temporary mini parks pop up throughout the city for Seattleites to turn on-street parking spaces into public places. The pseudo-parks offer a variety of public enjoyment from live music, coffee & lemonade stands, visual and interactive art initiatives. Seattle’s PARK(ing) day is a part of a larger,  international awareness program that hope to remind people how to repurpose our streets to create a more walkable, livable, and healthy city.

This is the biggest year yet for the event, as over 50 pop-up parks are slated to spout up across Seattle. With extended hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm, you’ll have all day to go check out how your favorite neighborhoods are using their spaces to give back to the city.

Click here to find out where the pop-up parks are in your neighborhood!

Below are the parks happening in Belltown! Check them out!

 

Lauri Watkins & Mary Saucier Belltown 2509 4th Ave Fingerpaint Island will be a public art station for people to get creative! Handwash station included (rinse + santizer).
National Park Service Belltown 2901 Western Ave An interactive acoustical map will allow participants to experience the soundscapes of diverse national parks, right from the city.
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Belltown 1932 1st Ave Public led, temporary art installation.
Point Consulting Belltown 2222 2nd Ave Belltown Art Park for people to create art and watch others create. Includes tables, benches, art supplies, and easels.
Swift Company Belltown 2801 Alaskan Way A display of the timeline of “parking.”

 

Belltown Crush 2015 PosterThough the Cascade Valley may not be as well known as the Columbia Valley or Walla Walla in the Washington wine world, the area comprising Lake Chelan, the Wenatchee Valley, and Leavenworth is one of our state’s most unique wine regions and is home to more than 50 wineries. The annual Belltown Crush party gives you the opportunity to taste wines from 15 Cascade Valley wineries at a festive event at Bell Street Park, also featuring food trucks, live music, a grape-stomping competition, a pig roast by Bell + Whete, and an on-site wine store. Activities for kids will be available as well, including a bouncy house and face painting. Net proceeds from the event will go to Plymouth Housing Group. Tickets for the August 23 event are $25, and include 10 tasting tickets for the wine garden. Buy your tickets here!

Here are the 15 great wineries that will be participating in the event:

Baroness Cellars
Castle Vineyards
Chateau Faire Le Pont
Eagle Creek Winery
Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards and Winery
Icicle Ridge Winery
Icicle Brewery
Jones of Washington Winery
Legend Cellars
Plain Cellars
Rocky Pond Winery
Silvara Vineyards
Stemilt Creek Winery
Voila Winery

 

From live music events to restaurant dinners and Father’s Day, there are lots of fun Belltown events to mark on your calendar for June! Read more about the happenings below…

  1. June 1 – Tavolàta June Sunday Feast: The monthly Sunday feast at Tavolàta in June will feature Wild Mushrooms & Garden Vegetables! The menu includes three courses, each highlighting delicious bounty from farm and forager! Seats are $60 per person, and the dinner is served family-style starting at 6 p.m. Call 206-838-8008 for reservations.
  2. June 10 – The Beatles Trivia at The Crocodile: Beatles fans, head to The Crocodile on Tuesday, June 10th at 7 p.m. for a night of trivia, special cocktails, and prizes for brainiest Beatles fan and best costume. The Beatles Trivia Night is a free event!
  3. June 15 – Father’s Day Brunch at AQUA by El Gaucho: Celebrate Dad with a delicious brunch at AQUA by El Gaucho on Sunday, June 15th for Father’s Day! Call to reserve your table: 206-956-9171.
  4. June 15 – Summer Rock Band Camp Recital at The Crocodile: Enjoy some fabulous entertainment as the Summer Rock Band campers perform a live music recital at The Crocodile on Sunday, June 15th at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
  5. June 21 – Jet City Rock (Best of Seattle): The School of Rock, which provides music lessons with a performance-based method, is performing a ‘Best of Seattle’ event on Saturday, June 21st. The Jet City Rock event begins at 5 p.m. at The Crocodile. Tickets are $12 per person.
  6. June 28 – Midsummer Night’s Dream Cabaret at El Gaucho: Enjoy a three-act cabaret show, a four course dinner, full bar, and Sommelier’s selection wine list at El Gaucho Seattle’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Cabaret evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour, and dinner and the show begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person. Click here to view the menu, and call 206-728-1337 to reserve your seat!

Featured photo from TheCrocodile.com.