Friday, December 19, 2008

Solstice Sunday - Support Local Businesses and John & Summit

Celebrate the longest night of the year with the 1300 block of Pine St! Bootyland, The Copper Vine & Whimsy invite you to join them Dec. 21st from 4-7pm for a Solstice evening of cider, cookies & great deals on last minute gifts.

For each customer that mentions Unpaving Paradise when making a purchase, The Copper Vine will donate $5 to the park-to-be at John and Summit!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Snow Cancellation - CHCC Holiday Potluck

The CHCC Holidays Potluck has been rescheduled for January 9th. Please join us then for food, a warm fireplace, and getting to know your neighbors!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Holiday Potluck with the Capitol Hill Community Council

Join the Capitol Hill Community Council on Thursday, December 18th for our first annual holiday potluck. We're gathering from 7-9pm at the Cal Anderson Shelterhouse to eat tasty food, meet our neighbors, and gather in front of a lovely warm fireplace.

Meet the Council, bring your favorite food of the season, and hear what we're planning for the New Year!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shinka Tea presents: John & Summit fundraising promotion

Shinka Tea is delighted to support Unpaving Paradise in its fundraising efforts.

Join us any Monday or Tuesday evening between now and the end of the year for dessert and sake or tea and we will donate a portion of your ticket price to Unpaving Paradise*. For tickets of $10.00 or more, we’ll donate 10% of the total ticket price. For tickets of $15.00 or more we’ll donate 15% and for tickets $20.00 or more we’ll donate 20%. Just mention this offer to your server when you pay.

In addition to dessert, we’re also promoting five of our favorite loose leaf teas to help support Unpaving Paradise. Purchase 8oz or more of Gyokuro, Ti Kuan Yin, Golden Pu’erh, Earl Grey or Rooibos any day until the end of the year and we will donate 10% of the purchase price** to Unpaving Paradise. Just mention this offer to the barista when you order your tea.

*Offer expires 12/31/08. Only valid with purchase from dessert menu. Offer does not apply to retail items. One donation per ticket; one ticket per table or group. Donation is calculated before tax and tip.

**Offer expires 12/31/08. Offer does not apply to any food or drink product, retail item or prepackaged tea. Donation is calculated before tax and tip.

About Shinka Tea:

Shinka Tea was founded in 2003 by two friends to bring an authentic Taiwan-style teahouse to Seattle. Locally owned and with two locations, Shinka Tea offers a unique menu of all natural shaken tea and blended, frozen drinks as well as a selection of high quality loose leaf teas available by the pot or in bulk.

Shinka Tea
1703 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98102

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Drag Charity Bingo extended to first Sunday of November!

That's right everyone, you get an extra week to give $5 to the park and enjoy the charms of Giggles Galore and Bingo Boy Marc! Come by the Cafe Metro, bring your friends, and win fabulous bingo prizes!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Our first big fundraiser - Drag Charity Bingo at the Cafe Metropolitain

Giggle Galore and Bingo Boy Marc have been kind enough to have the proceeds of October's Drag Charity Bingos go toward the development of John and Summit Park. Yay, our first big fundraiser!

Drag Charity Bingo is held at the Cafe Metropolitain every Sunday from 8pm until 11pm. You can find the Cafe Metropolitain at the corner of Olive and Boylston. Bring your friends!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

National Park(ing) Day Pictures

Here are a selection of pictures of the CHCC National Park(ing) Day park, courtesy of Catherine Antsett. To see the rest of her Park(ing) Day 2008 Seattle gallery, visit her website.

Justin and Sauntina load 'em up.

Mithun's amazing park model....

...Saunatina's amazing piggy bank

Charlette one on one with Kery Murakami from the Seattle PI

Jen braves the camera of Q13 Fox News

And finally, a baby.

Thank you to the volunteers who made this park happen - Saunatina, Justin, Charlette, Michelle, Hiromi, Nanette, and Jen! Hurray for Trust for Public Land and the Seattle Parks Foundation for making this as easy as they could! And thanks to our neighbors, who listened to our spiel, donated to the cause, and hung out with us in the park.

Hurray for Park(ing) Day 2008!

Monday, September 22, 2008

The good news and bad news from the last Parks meeting

The good news and bad news from the last Parks Design Meeting

Good news: Design looks awesome!
Bad news: We now have to raise almost double the money we thought we did.

Thank you Justin for your great synopsis of the September 10th Parks design meeting for John and Summit!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

National Park(ing) Day = Success!

National Park(ing) Day was great! The CHCC/Unpaving Paradise mini-park looked amazing, and the event proved not only to be a great outreach opportunity, but a good fundraising one as well. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen!

Pictures coming soon...

Wait, look - our first picture!

Courtesy of Justin and the Capitol Hill Seattle blog.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

We need volunteers for National Park(ing) Day!

Unpaving Paradise needs your help! Our first major outreach event, National Park(ing) Day, is coming up on Friday, September 19th - we'll be setting up a mini-park for the day in front of the Vivace espresso stand on Broadway near Thomas St.

We need folks to give us a hand setting up the park, sitting at the park during the day giving out information and flyers, and taking down the park at the end of the day. Set-up will be between about 8 and 9am and take down will be around 6 or 7 and will take about an hour as well.

We also need help putting up flyers advertising the event. The flyers need to go up ASAP, so please email us right away if you want to help.

Please email and sign up!

Monday, September 1, 2008

New Logo

David Sepulveda, a graphic design student from Seattle University, was kind enough to create the logo that is now the header of the blog and the logo to the right. He did all the work free of charge, which was super nice of him - thanks again David! If anybody has work for the aspiring artist, email us at and we can send along the requests to him.

Pretty soon you'll be seeing one or both of these logos on posters all over Capitol Hill advertising our Park(ing) Day mini-park - keep your eye out!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hurray! Press Coverage!

Jen and Saunatina got interviewed last week for the Capitol Hill Times - the community fundraising effort for the John and Summit Park is one of this week's top stories! Click here for the full article.

WorldChanging Seattle just did a piece on National Park(ing) Day - click here for the full article. We posted a comment about the Unpaving Paradise park on Broadway. Here's hoping lots and lots of people see it :)

And here's Jen and Saunatina in their picture for the paper - thank you to Doug Schwartz for taking such a great picture!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Come see us on National Park(ing) Day - Friday, Sept. 19th

National Park(ing) Day is, according to the Trust for Public Land website:
"an opportunity to celebrate parks in cities and promote the need for more parks by creating temporary public parks in public parking spaces".
Unpaving Paradise is participating in this year's Park(ing) Day and will have a mini-park on Broadway, right in front of the Vivace coffee cart. Come and visit - buy a coffee, enjoy the (temporary!) greenery, and learn more about the fundraising efforts for the John and Summit Park. We'll be there all day!

Welcome to the Unpaving Paradise Blog!

Hey community members! Welcome to our new space for news and updates.