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Drive by and Sign “Hi!” – Thurs Aug 6, 5:30pm through September

The Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC) unveils its first outdoor sandwich board art display this Thursday, August 6th at 5:30 pm in honor of Seattle’s First Thursdays. The Burma Shave Ad inspired recycled creation is a multimedia, multicultural, multilingual piece created to amaze and amuse your drive, by Kay Kirkpatrick, Judith Camann, Kelly Lyles and Monica Cavagnaro.  View it coming and going on the north side of SW Holden Street between 11th SW & 12th SW in front of HPIC at 1116 SW Holden St through September.

Cruisin’ for a Bingo! Friday August 14, 6pm to 8pm​

Come Aboard the USS Non-COVID Cruise ship to travel to the Bahamas with your favorite bartender, Odin!! Download your bingo cards and get ready to go to the Bahamas while we play. The icing on the cake? There is no way you can catch Covid-19!! Hop on the zoom call with your favorite bartender, Odin! Get your drink through the link! Vanessa is crafting up some Mai Tai-19’s!!

Register on Eventbrite. Bingo is free, but you can also purchase a bottle of wine (selection and cost on Eventbrite), which comes with 2 commemorative wines glasses from our yearly Uncorked event. You can also purchase a Mai Tai-19 to go.

Rules:
1. Wine/Mai Tai pick up: Day of the event at HPIC – time TBD
2. The person who orders the wine/Mai Tai must pick up the items with their ID and ticket they purchased.
3. Have fun!

Come paint with us! – Saturday July 11, 2-4 pm

Sick and tired of being bored in the house?! Then come paint with us! You are more than welcome to join us for free. All you will need is a canvas, paint in primary colors and a wifi connection!

Register on Eventbrite here. Painting is free, but you can also purchase a bottle of wine (selection and cost on Eventbrite), which comes with 2 commemorative wines glasses from our yearly Uncorked event.
Rules:
1. Wine pick up: Day of the event at HPIC between 10am-12pm
2. The person who orders the wine must pick up the wine with their ID and ticket they purchased.
3. Have fun!

Remember Uncorked

Our biggest event of the year, the 12th Annual Highland Park Uncorked Winetasting Fundraiser, would have been today – Saturday May 16, 2020.

As we continue to Stay at Home during these challenging times, remember Uncorked and raise a toast: donate and join/renew your membership, on this day that would have been our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Uncorked will be back, our ability to gather will be back, we will get through this! Until then – stay safe and healthy! Thanks for your support.

A Letter from the HPIC Board

It’s times like these where the truest sense of COMMUNITY shines like a bright light.  The mission for the Highland Park Improvement Club is to serve our community, to provide a place for people to feel connected, safe, and to foster positive community engagement today and in future generations. In response to the current health situation and to do our part to protect the public and the people in our community from COVID-19, extra precautions are being taken to ensure that the Club is clean and safe.  We have asked people using the Club for meetings, classes, rentals, etc. to remain home and not attend if they are sick. As always, the Club will be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

If you are missing our events and staying connected to the community, consider making a donation through HPIC, where we’ll use all donations to directly support the community during this time of need.

CHANGES TO PROGRAMMING:

The HPIC Board met this week and has decided to make the following changes to its programming:

  • All HPIC-hosted events are CANCELLED through April 6th, when we will reassess the situation.  This includes Art Lounge, Classic Cards & Cocktails, Friday Night Live, and April Corner Bar.
  • Uncorked, our largest fundraiser of the year, is POSTPONED at this time. It’s usually held in May, and planning has already begun.  We will assess whether it makes sense to host in the fall or to cancel altogether as the situation unfolds.
  • Private events and classes held at the club are up to the DISCRETION of the renters, instructors, and guests. We understand that classes are a source of revenue for instructors in our community and are sensitive to the impact of shutting those down. Please use your best judgment, and take precautions to keep our Club and its visitors safe and clean.  If you have something scheduled at the club and need to cancel or reschedule, please know that we will accommodate any changes that are needed, we are here to help you through it.

OUR CURRENT FOCUS:

Collectively we are refocusing our efforts to be a resource to the community in a new way, which changes every day.  We have many things in work, under the excellent guidance and compassionate leadership of our Club Manager, Odetta Owen.  We are currently serving as a hub for food preparation, storage and distribution to students and families of many local schools.  Additionally, the Club is now listed with United Way and the Seattle PTSA chapter as a resource for families during the now 6 weeks that schools are ordered to be closed.  We will continue to seek ways that we can be of service to the greater community and our impacted neighbors.  We have some virtual information sessions that we are looking into hosting in the near future, as well as a way to still stay connected and support each other from a distance.  Please reach out to us at hpic1919@gmail.com if you feel we could help you or the community/families that live here in some way.

Thank you to ALL that are stepping forward to support each other, serving those in need, and demonstrating what is possible when we work together and care for one another with compassion during times of crisis and need.

Nicole Mazza & the HPIC Board, 3/13/2020

Corner Bar – Friday March 6, 6pm

March! Already! Come join the party with all your friends. New Primitives Trio is going to give you all the excitement you can handle at this month’s Corner Bar.

Cruising in from the Twin Cities, Stan and New Primitives Trio are going to give it to you all – Reggae/Ska, R&B, Afro Cuban, World Music, deep Funk and American Rock and Roll.

Check them out – https://www.newprimitives.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fioHA1xgz9I

Enter the Corner Bar and sing the praises of the New Primitives.
As always, it’s free, all ages! Food and drink available for your Friday night feast.

Promised Land – Friday January 24

HPIC presents a special screening of Promised Land, a social justice documentary on the Duwamish and Chinook tribes, their fight for restoration, and what the federal recognition process says about indigenous sovereignty today. 

Doors open at 7pm for appetizers, drinks and socializing, with the film at 8pm. A representative from the Duwamish Tribe and also the filmmakers will be in attendance to introduce the film and to lead discussion afterward.

$10 donation at the door, half of which will be given toward the Tribes’ fight for restoration and recognition.

From the filmmakers:

Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

New Years Eve – 2019 – Tuesday Dec 31, starting at 6pm

Everyone Welcome! Bring your families, bring your neighbors! We hope to spend another magical evening with you all ringing in the New Year! Free entry – all ages.

6pm – Not So Silent Night Parade – meet at HPIC parking lot

After the parade: the illustrious Sage Comet prepares us to welcome the New Year

6pm – 9:30pm DJs, Keepsake Photos, Drinks, and Fun

9:30pm – Ari Joshua and Friends begin

11:59pm – Countdown to 2020!