Highland Parkers at Delridge Days

A nice group took a stroll on Saturday to the Delridge Days/Refresh Southwest event at the Delridge Community Center. On the way they picked up trash, photographed things that need work (tagging) and visited various neighborhood sites. Here are some photos by Dinazina, with more on her flickr stream here.

Dina and Blair en route
Dina and Blair en route.
Homer cools off in a puddle and gets some water from Kay.
Homer cools off in a puddle, with a drink from Kay.
Nicole and Abby working the trail.
Nicole and Abby working the trail.
The group arrives at the destination.
At the Delridge Days/Refresh Southwest event.

See more at the West Seattle Herald and the West Seattle Blog here, here and here.

Luckily it was beautiful and warm in the midst of our rainy days and days.

Delridge Days Walk – Saturday June 5

Hey Neighbors!
Join us for a walk to the Delridge Days event:

Saturday, June 5th – 10:00am

We’ll start our walk at the Highland Park Improvement Club (1116 SW Holden) at 10:00 AM, so arrive by 9:45 so we can get organized.  Wear your Highland Park Shirt!!! If you don’t have one, we’ll have them available to purchase for $20, all proceeds go to the HPIC building fund.

There will be points of interest along the way that we’ll be stopping by.  We’ll be taking pictures and picking up trash along the way, because there are prizes that we can win!!!

5 Categories to Win:

  • Groups with the largest number of walkers
  • Groups taking the nicest photo of the Delridge area
  • Groups taking photos of the most distressed area needing special attention
  • Groups that pick up the most litter on their journey to the event (we”ll provide bags and grabbers)
  • Groups that visit the most Delridge “Points of Interest” (we’ll provide you with a location map, and bus passes if needed)

More info on Refresh Southwest at
Hope to see you there!

Results from our 2010 Wine For Our Times Event

We had a great time at our 2nd annual WINE FOR OUR TIMES event!

See Dina’s 100+ pictures here.

We got to know more neighbors and tasted some good wines – and some not so good ones – that won’t break the bank.  We were able to raise more money than we hoped for the Building Fund of the Highland Park Improvement Club.  Meeting our fundraising goal, combined with the opportunity to meet new people in our community, makes this event a very successful one for us. Thanks to all who were a part of it!

Our TOP THREE wines:

#1        Trader Joes Reserve Syrah, Paso Robles 2007
#2        Haystack Needle Syrah
#3        Novella Zinfandel, Paso Robles

Wines that made it to the final taste off:
J Lohr 7 Oaks Cabernet, Paso Robles 2007
Little Penguin Shiraz
Cline Viognier 2008
Menage a Trois Red 2008
Trader Joes Coastal Syrah 2007
Yosemite Road Cabernet
GR Shiraz 2007
Primitivo Puglia 2005

Honorable Mentions from each table:
Trader Joes Coastal Syrah (another one!)
Cline Viognier 2008 (another one!)
Haystack Needle Syrah (another one!)
Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines 2008
Knoll Haven Merlot
Dog House Merlot
McManis Pinot Noir
Arcachon Cellars Pinot Noir/Willamette Valley
Estancia/Monterey Pinot Noir 2008
Zeller Schwarze katz white wine
Bridgeview Blue Moon Riesling 2007

Thank you to all of our guests that joined us this year, to the table captains who played a big part in coordination of the event, to the merchants who donated our prizes and raffle items, to all who helped prepare the wonderful food and desserts, and to those who helped plan the event!

We all had such a good time planning this event, and look forward to seeing you all next year.  We’d love to hear your feedback – what worked, what didn’t, and suggestions for improvement – so we can make the event even better next year.



Event Planning committee: Nicole, Rhonda, Julie, Gretchen, Kay, Nickie, Becca, Martha, Shawn

Neighborhood Table Captains: Ken, Marilyn, Jane, Mike, Barbara, Laura, Heather, Troy

HPIC Giant Group Rummage Sale – Saturday May 8

Only one week to go, but you can still take part, or help with HPIC Giant Group Rummage Sale!

  • Yes there are still a few tables left if you suddenly realized you are overburdened with stuff around the house!  RSVP to this email or Contact Kay @ 206-762-2266 to reserve a table.
  • Yes-we are also looking for donations of baked goods to sell at our bake sale table, lead by the terrific Ingrid! If you have food you can bring by, please contact her at:

This year part of the West Seattle Community Sale! We will be on the large map (we are site #154) of West Seattle published by the West Seattle Blog!!! Great publicity!

When: Sat., May 8, 2010  9am-3pm (setup 8am)

Where: HPIC parking lot (indoors if rainy)

corner of 12th & Holden

Wine For Our Times – Coming Up!

This Saturday, April 24
We are expecting a big crowd, so come early!
doors open at 6/tasting at 7
$10 donation
plus 1 bottle of wine $10 or under

Prizes for 3 top wines,
plus raffle prizes

Pictures from last year: (and see more here)

Have a taste!
Have a taste!
Wine For Our Times, 2009
Wine For Our Times, 2009

Highland Park T-Shirts are here!

photo by Dina Johnson

HPIC President Rhonda Smith says:

Get your retro style HIGHLAND PARK T-shirt now in time for those picnics at the park, a walk through the greenbelt, or just relaxing with friends. The T-shirt comes in two color combos: yellow shirt with royal blue lettering or black with gray lettering. Sizes range from SM-XXL. Get one in each color!   Email us or talk with one of the club officers if you want to order a shirt, $20 each.


photos by dinazina