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District 2 Candidate Forums

On Thursday, July 18, Beacon Business Alliance and Beacon Hill Council—along with outreach partners and volunteers—hosted a D2 Candidate Forum for the community to attend that included a Q&A session with candidates for the upcoming King County and Seattle elections. 

This free event was held at Centilia Cultural Center. People registered to vote and received information about democracy vouchers. Approximately one hundred and seventy people attended!

Post-Primary D2 Candidate Forum
Coming Your Way!

A post-primary D2 candidate forum is in the works. We’ll announce a date and location to our channels as soon as it’s confirmed. Stay tuned!

Follow us now on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to learn about upcoming events and happenings on Beacon.

September Networking Happy Hour!

Join us for a community Networking Happy Hour at Carnitas Michoacán

Tues., Sept. 17, 4:30–6 PM — 2503 Beacon Ave S. 

BBA members and the community at large are invited to attend our networking events. Get some face time with one another and with the BBA board and staff. Meet other members, learn about becoming a member, and/or just find out more about us and our work. 

We’ll talk about the year so far, what’s coming up, introduce board members in attendance, and invite your questions. We encourage you to order lunch—we’ll provide something light to get the stomach growling!

We hope to see you there!


New Business on Beacon!

Asian Cajun Vegan (Food Truck) 

3002 Beacon Ave S.
(Located in the parking lot of the Valero gas station

Asian Cajun Vegan—“A Seattle food truck selling unique plant-based
fusion foods”—
just had their grand-opening party on Sat, Aug. 17—where they sold out of food by 1 PM! Stop by and visit to find out what all the fuss is about. Find their menu, business hours, and more on their website.

Open evenings Wed–Fri & open for lunch on Sat.

Gorgeous paintings on the truck courtesy of Angelina Villalobos (AKA “179). You can also find Angelina’s work on the interior boards of some of our Beacon Ave bus shelters.

Follow Asian Cajun Vegan on Facebook.

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Beacon Hill Nutrition 

2523 15th Ave S.

Karina Ruiz recently opened this spot where nutrition, yoga, fitness, and all around good health converge. They offer tasty (and healthy!) smoothies/shakes, delectable, protein-packed treats, and fitness classes and more to boot! 

 Follow Beacon Hill Nutrition on Facebook to learn more about when they’re open and their upcoming events.

What Else Is New?

Updates and Upgrades at Oak! 

2523 15th Ave S.

Oak restaurant and bar—which serves an eclectic menu of American food (including some great vegan options!) and keeps its bar fully stocked—recently opened “The Den a reservable additional space that’s open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights. But that’s not all that’s new at Oak!
In their own words: “Lots of neat changes at ye olde Oak lately. Sidewalk cafe, additional indoor seating seating in our lounge, and now — AIR CONDITIONING in our lounge and Bear Den! That’s right, now comfort can be had in every corner of our neighborhood hangout.

Follow Oak on Facebook.

Coming soon…


2524 Beacon Ave S.

Chef Melissa Miranda has been hard at work building out her new restaurant space in the former location of Traveler’s Thali House. Musang Filipino (and more!) restaurant is slated to open this fall.

In the meantime, catch up with Melissa and Musang at pop-up events and follow along on her journey on Facebook and/or Instagram!

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New business incoming! The ground floor of the new Jefferson Station Apartments (across from our office at the Beacon Hill Library) will be home to another new restaurant. The moment we can share details, we’ll spill the beans!

Jefferson Station Apartments — 2902 Beacon Ave S.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and/or Instagram for timely Beacon Hill news updates and more.

Chef Melissa Miranda’s father—whose nickname “Musang” (pronounced “Moo-song”) was the inspiration for the name of her new Filipino restaurant on Beacon Hill—poses with her new sign. (Image: Musang on Facebook)

Volunteers Help K–12
Students Succeed in School!

The Seattle Public Library seeks Homework Help volunteers to help K–12 students develop literacy and math skills, understand homework assignments, and prepare for college. Volunteers tutor children and teens in all academic subjects and may also specialize in English, math, and science.

Fill out an application here and contact Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator, at if you have questions before completing an application.

Note: The application deadline for the coming school year has passed, but only just, and applications are accepted July–March each year, so go ahead and fill out an application if you’re interested in helping students succeed by becoming a homework helper. 

Have You had a Chance to Check out Connect 10K?

Authentic Southeast Seattle Stories
Straight from the Source

The Rainier Chamber of Commerce embarked on a unique program last year, Connect 10,000, to bring Southeast Seattle stories to life through video interviews with small business owners. We love this concept and have been working in parallel and in partnership to ensure Beacon Hill stories are included in the mix of South End stories being told right now. Stay tuned and please reach out to us if you’re interested in participating in this project in some way. 

Take a look at the Connect 10K project online and find Southeast Seattle stories right now as they’re released to the the Connect 10K Facebook page.  

GracelandManila at Perihelion — Sat., 8/31
Saturday Night BINGO at Tippe & Drague — Sat., 8/31
Beyond the Tippe — “Beacon Hill’s second favorite comedy show” at Tippe & Drague — Sat., 9/7

Don’t see your Beacon Hill event here? Email us about your next event and we’ll do our best to boost the signal:

Find upcoming community events by using the following resources:

Jefferson Community Center always has lots going on for people of all ages and abilities. Find the Fall 2019 brochure for Southeast Seattle community centers here.

This is by no means a complete list of Beacon Hill events. If you want us to promote your upcoming event, please let us know!

Community Alert:

We know that many of our community members are concerned for themselves and each other in this time of uncertainty surrounding immigration in the U.S. 

Many have undoubtedly heard disturbing stories about families being separated, the conditions in detention centers, and those with and without U.S. citizenship being arrested, detained, and, in rare cases, wrongfully deported.

The issues are complex. New policies and practices make it hard to keep up. There’s a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. We’re listening to and share your concerns. We did some research and are providing the following information to help alleviate confusion and put the power of knowledge into the hands of our community. 

Knowing your rights is paramount. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)—whose mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education—provides helpful information and resources. 

From NWIRP and the ACLU of Washington: Even a non-citizen who is not carrying immigration papers has the right to remain silent. Whatever you say to a government agent may be used against you. (This includes ICE, the United States Customs and Border Patrol, Police, FBI, etc., all agencies must state their authority and present identification to you.)

While it is not a crime to remain silent, they say, if you are a driver in a car and a law enforcement agent demands to see your driver’s license, vehicle registration, or proof of insurance, you must show these.

Here are some fact sheets from NWIRP about your rights:

Know Your Rights (English)
Know Your Rights (Spanish)

NOTE: A recent sighting of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (USCBP) truck and officer on Beacon Hill outside of Baja Bistro stirred up concerns and sparked heated debate in the community about the roles and authority of USCBP and ICE. They are not the same agency, but they are related and can and do work in concert according to NWIRP. As Seattle is within 100 miles of an external boundary (due to our proximity to the Pacific Ocean), USCBP has jurisdiction in Seattle and can and do arrest and detain individuals. Here’s some more information about the “100-mile border zone” of the United States and the authority of USCBP, from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Want to connect?
Have an urgent question?

Reach us any time: 

By email: 

By phone: Call our Director, Angela Castañeda @ 206-459-1430 

By snail mail: 2821 Beacon Ave S., Seattle, WA. 98144 

We share our office space with several partner organizations, so please make an appointment to catch us in person outside of our events. Our office is located at 2821 Beacon Ave S. (just inside the Beacon Hill Library). If we’re not holding a private meeting, we’re happy to chat, show you around our resource center, and be of service in any way we can.

We’re here for you!


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