Garage Sales will abide: July 10, Aug 14 and Sept 11

July spaces sold out! Space still available August and September.

This summer of almost post-pandemic we decided to triple the fun of our popular Giant Garage Sale – and then the fire happened. And then we realized the Garage Sales would be perfect – already outdoors with plenty of space and opportunity for vendors to show their wares and ingenuity and for shoppers and neighbors to show their support and gather again. We welcome the community to peruse the sales and keep our gathering space alive and active. We will have refreshments too. A fire can’t keep us down!

We are looking for vendors: 2nd and 3rd month spots available, for details see below.

All the previously donated items for sale were lost in the fire, so if you still have saleable items you’d like to donate, write to us here, attention Garage Sale.

  • Three Saturdays (July 10, Aug 14 and Sept 11, from 10am to 3pm.
  • Music, food and beverages (including pop-up bar) will be available.
  • Can’t sell but have items? Donations of salable items accepted for HPIC table – all monies go to HPIC with BIG thanks!
  • Come have fun and support HPIC and our sellers

For Booth Rental:

  • Contact hpic1919@gmail.com attn: Garage Sale
  • Suggested donation for a 10×10 space and (1) 8-foot table is $30 ($60 for all 3 dates) – payment due in advance. Sign up and pay here!
  • Rain or shine, sale will go on
  • Bring your own table, tent, whatever you need for your space – our utilities are currently unavailable
  • All unsold items must be taken with you after the sale. Due to Covid there are no donation trucks available for pick up of unsold items – and we have no place to store them anyway
  • No public restrooms (we will have porta-potties)

We will rise through the ashes!

We thank our resilient community for your on-going support as we work to update our gathering space and now – as we prepare to rebuild after the fire last night (June 25).

So thankful to whoever called in the fire and for our firefighters at Fire Station 11 on 16th and Holden.

See the West Seattle Blog coverage here.

Thanks to our much loved WSB – the first place we look when something’s happening!

We are regrouping and we will be back! We love our community!

Livestreaming from HPIC – Saturday June 5, 8pm

“Ron amazes you in many formats from Crack Sabbath to Suffering Fuckheads to Yada Yada Blues Band while charging forward on his Hammond organ. However, Ron moves to the upright piano on this show and provides you a window into the many Sunday nights at Vito’s where he has stayed up late and brought the lovely and lively sounds of his jazz trio. Geoff Harper joins him on upright bass. D’vonne Lewis is on the kit.”

Livestreaming from HPIC May 8 – Sat 8:30pm

Lucky Mystery Now Orchestra is a collective of prominent Seattle musicians and collaborators who perform and improvise over original, rudimentary, and minimalist works conceived by Joel Ricci, composer, trumpet player, and metaphysicist. These tunes are offered as vehicles for the various individual interpretations by the artists of the Orchestra, while simultaneously presenting a reflection of a functioning and flourishing collective ecstatic ceremony/ritual.

Please do tune in and lend your attention and intention to our musical and rhythmic efforts.

Livestreaming from HPIC May 1 – Sat 8pm

Evan Flory-Barnes is a sorcerer. Able to concoct large, swelling scores with symphonies following his precise baton or manifest nuanced, delicately woven narratives on his solo upright bass, the Emerald City virtuoso offers elegant, honest, approachable and magical music. With deep influences in hip-hop’s boom-bap, classical music’s delicacies and rock ‘n’ roll’s power, Flory-Barnes is a fire, centralized and for any to be made warm. His current Avant-Soul Pop Music features a love of classic soul and experimental pop, featuring talents as a bassist, composer/arranger and singer-songwriter. His songs touch on the cultivation of hard won self-love, personal sovereignty and experience relationships as both a catalyst and crucible in the developing of one’s soul and self.

Work in Progress

The work continues on HPIC’s Performance and Dance Space, with funding from a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for $25,840.

The project will improve indoor air quality, while upgrading the space to be even more supportive of performing arts and cultural activities. When we are able to re-open, we will have a refreshed and more accessible space for the community, as well as an improved venue for local performers and artists.

Neighborhood Matching Funds are all about volunteer match. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the building work, email us and we’ll add your name to our list.

Also, we value your input! Send us your ideas for the space, for programming, for virtual things we might do.

We thank King County and 4Culture for the Building Structural Improvements Grant, and also for support from the Covid Cultural Relief Fund, which has helped us pay our bills during this time.

Revisioning HPIC’s performance and dance space​

Above, super-trustee Billy Markham removing the remnants.

We’re thrilled and honored to report that HPIC has been awarded a Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for $25,840. The old drop-down ceiling will be removed, the existing ceiling and walls above the wood panel will get new drywall and paint, HVAC will be upgraded, lighting and audio/visual will be improved, and the stage proscenium will be enhanced.

The project will improve indoor air quality, while upgrading the space to be even more supportive of performing arts and cultural activities. We hope to host streamed performances in the near future, Covid precautions allowing, and when we are able to re-open we will have a refreshed and more accessible space for the community as well as a venue for local performers and artists.

Neighborhood Matching Funds are all about volunteer match and this grant requires a 100% match. We are organizing the physical efforts and in the meantime, we value your input! Send us your ideas for the space, for programming, for virtual things we might do.

The NMF grant was very competitive this year and we thank the City’s Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund for their support and trust.
We also thank King County and 4Culture for the Building Structural Improvements Grant, and also for support from the Covid Cultural Relief Fund, which has helped us pay our bills during this time.

The Story of our BLM Banner

In the Summer of 2020, Members of Highland Park Improvement Club eagerly created and installed a large Black Lives Matter banner on to the garden fence to show support for the rise of the movement and to acknowledge the long overdue attention to this human issue.

Soon after, the banner was stolen and destroyed; pieces were found on surrounding streets near HPIC. In early July, the West Seattle Blog covered the story and asked for the community to keep an eye out and give any information they had regarding the theft. A local sign shop owner saw the article and graciously offered to make a replacement banner. He thoughtfully made two banners, just in case there was another theft.

The new banner was hung on the fence but vandalized with graffiti soon after. The third banner was also destroyed; sliced in a few places that were able to be repaired and re-hung, but then once again, shredded beyond repair.

With this more permanent attempt at a show of support we acknowledge that we continue to proudly believe that Black Lives Matter and that we refuse to succumb to the fear of destruction. HPIC stands proudly with the BIPOC community.