Today: Free ‘Mini Music Festival’ Featuring “All Time Low”

By Monica Nickelsburg

Amazon Music will host a “Prime Day mini music festival” in its backyard today.

Pop-punk band All Time Low will perform at Seattle’s South Lake Union Discovery Center near Amazon’s HQ. The Treasure Truck, Amazon’s deals on wheels promotion that rolls around town offering flash sales, will also be at the event.

Amazon’s patented Treasure Truck is a decked out delivery vehicle offering flash deals on everything from Dungeness crab to cameras. Outside of a trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the truck stays close to home in Seattle — for now.

The show is part of Amazon’s third annual Prime Day shopping event. Today, Amazon is offering a wide range of deals for Prime members. Today’s event is the second time the Treasure Truck has been associated with a concert. Amazon held a similar event during last year’s Prime Day.

Gates for the event open at 11:30 a.m. and All Time Low will start playing around noon.

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Man Climbs Aurora Bridge to Snap Selfies with July 4th Fireworks over Lake Union

By Scott Greenstone

In an apparent quest for an exclusive view of the July Fourth fireworks show, one man was arrested on investigation of criminal trespassing Tuesday night after scaling the underbelly of the Aurora Bridge, police said.

A little after 9 p.m., Dutch tourist Justin van Schaick saw someone climbing on the girders under the Aurora Bridge, which is more than 160 feet above Lake Union.

“He was carefully sliding from beam to beam and then finally stopped when he was far enough to be able to see the fireworks and took some selfies,” van Schaick said in an email recounting the incident.

Van Schaick snapped photos of the man as he climbed the 160-foot-high steel underbelly of the bridge, illuminated by the sky nearing dusk.

Photo credit: Justin van Schaick

The Seattle Fire Department and police arrived soon after and told the man to come down. According to van Schaick, the man asked authorities whether he could wait until after the fireworks show to come down.

They said no.

“He yelled down to the police at some point: ‘Could you please not make a scene?’ ” van Schaick said, “which was very funny because he was the very reason they were here.”

Upon reaching the ground, the man was arrested and booked into King County Jail on investigation of criminal trespassing, police said. He was released about midnight.

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Lake Union Events: Things to Do in July

Hold onto your hats! There are lots of music events and fun summer activities happening in Lake Union throughout July. Here’s a sampling…

July 1-4: Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
1pm – 4pm | Lake Union Park
Celebrate our city’s maritime history with a special Wooden Boat Festival at Lake Union Park from July 1st through July 4th. Presented by the Center for Wooden Boats, the festival includes rides and tours of wooden boats, a Quick & Daring Boatbuilding challenge, live music, and more.

July 1: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “Red, White & Dead: Shaun of the Dead”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
Just in time for the 4th of July, Seattle Outdoor Cinema is bringing back their Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk & Movie Party with a screening of “Shaun of the Dead”. The movie will be screened in high-definition at the SLU Discovery Center’s grass lawn on a 55-foot inflatable screen. This event is 21+, and don’t miss a fun zombie walk around Lake Union, starting at Denny Park, before the event to get in the mood.

July 7: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, July 7th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

July 8: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, July 8th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

July 8: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Wedding Singer”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the largest outdoor movie wedding, and you’re invited! A lucky winning couple is getting married with a themed photo booth, 80’s cover band, and beer garden. Plus, there will be costume prizes for the best-dressed groomsman, bridesmaid, and Julia, Robbie or Glenn Gulia from the movie.

July 10: Out to Lunch Concert – Champagne Honeybee
4:30pm – 6pm | Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard
The Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch concert series is back and bigger than ever! This free event features Champagne Honeybee on Monday, July 10th.

July 15-16: Seattle Street Food Festival
All Day | South Lake Union
The 5th annual Seattle Street Food Festival is coming up July 15th and 16th! Enjoy the bounty of Seattle food trucks and curbside bites, plus local handmade products along four city blocks in the heart of South Lake Union. This year, there are over 75 vendors!

July 15: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Fifth Element”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
Cult classic “The Fifth Element” will be screening on Seattle Outdoor Cinema’s 55-foot inflatable screen on July 15th, for your sci-fi viewing pleasure. It’s almost free and super fun!

July 16: 7th Annual Garden Party Extravaganza
1pm – 10pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting their annual Garden Party Extravaganza and celebrating 26 years on Sunday, July 16th. There will be a whole roasted pig, grilling on the patio, live music, a photo booth, oyster bar, and introduction to new vintages of rosé to sample. Entrance is free, and food and drink tickets will be available for $6 each. At 2 p.m., there will be an Iron Bartender competition between Seattle’s five best bartenders. Call to participate as a judge for the Iron Bartender competition for $95, which includes five courses paired with the unique cocktail creations: 206-323-0807.

July 17: Out to Lunch Concert – The Flavr Blue
4:30pm – 6pm | 2121 7th Avenue
The Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch concert series is back and bigger than ever! This free event features The Flavr Blue on Monday, July 10th.

July 21: Pinknic on the Patio
4pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a patio party on Friday, July 21st to feature the delicious pink wine of the summer: Rosé! The first ever Pinknic on the Patio Rosé Party will include snacks, summer music and plenty of rosé samples to enjoy. Wear pink and white! Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 per person at the door and include five tastings and snacks.

July 22: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Big Lebowski”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The annual screening of “The Big Lebowski” at Seattle Outdoor Cinema is here on July 22nd! Sip one of three unique takes on the classic dude-approved cocktail, White Russians, and take part in a costume party as well as the movie.

July 24: Out to Lunch Concert – Limited Edition
4:30pm – 6pm | Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard
Limited Edition will be performing at this next Out to Lunch Concert event in South Lake Union.

July 26: Virginia V Cruise – Bridge to Bridge
7pm – 9:30pm | MOHAI Cafe
Many of Seattle’s bridges offer a unique story and draw visitors and tourists in their own right. For this educational and fun event, board the Virginia V in South Lake Union to explore the bridges around Lake Union and Lake Washington with historian David Williams. Your ticket includes a flight of beer from local Figurehead Brewing Company for those over 21. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for MOHAI or Virginia V members, and $15 for those under age 21 (free for ages 5 and under). Buy tickets here.

July 29: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “La La Land” Sing-Along
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The new musical that won hearts all over the world, “La La Land”, is screening at the South Lake Union Discovery Center for Seattle Outdoor Cinema’s last July outdoor movie night on July 29th. There will be food trucks and a themed beer garden for 21+.

July 31: Out to Lunch Concerts – Scarlet Parke, The True Loves, and Planes on Paper
4:30pm – 6pm | 2121 7th Avenue, Denny Park, Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard, Starbucks
Five Out to Lunch concerts are taking place around Lake Union on July 31st. Scarlet Parke will be performing at 2121 7th Avenue, while The True Loves and Planes on Paper are performing in Denny Park. Bleachbear is performing at Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard, and General Mojo’s is playing at the Starbucks at 515 Westlake Avenue North.

Get Out & Boat Fest on Lake Union This Saturday!

Head to South Lake Union this Saturday, June 24th to enjoy free boat rides, hands-on clinics, seminars, kids activities and lots of boating-related fun for Get Out & Boat Fest! This event is great for anyone from seasoned boat owners to those who are simply looking for something fun and different to do.

Free boat rides are offered all day, lasting 45 minutes and leaving on the hour every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be power boats under 30 feet, sailboats, cruisers and even fishing trawlers, so that you can pick the boat that fits your lifestyle and interest.

Activities and hands-on clinics will be offered with industry professionals to teach interested participants the basics of docking, anchoring, rigging, knot-tying, and technology. Get Out & Boat Fest also includes seminars on buying a boat, boating safety, chartering a boat and even salmon fishing.

Get Out & Boat Fest is fun for the whole family! Kids can play on a toy boat building from the Center for Wooden Boats and enjoy live music from Dave Calhoun, a Jimmy Buffet cover artist.

According to a press release, “The second annual Get Out & Boat Fest aims to increase public awareness of boating by offering opportunities for people to get out on the water, experience boating firsthand, and educate and inform non-boaters so they can learn all about the boating lifestyle.”

FareStart to Open 5 New Restaurants in Partnership with Amazon

By Lisa Stiffler

The nonprofit FareStart announced today that the five restaurants and cafes that it’s launching with Amazon’s help will be ready to open their doors next month.

The eateries, in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, will provide training opportunities for FareStart’s Foodservice Apprenticeship Program, a new initiative to help train entry-level employees in food services. The goal of the program is to assist low-income food-service employees into higher-paying jobs in the restaurant industry.

Earlier this year, Amazon donated equipment and 25,000 square feet of space to the nonprofit for the restaurants, which will be open to the public.

FareStart Rendering

The venues will include Maslow’s, described as a full-service casual restaurant and bar with regionally-sourced ingredients; Community Table, offering “a market-like dining experience” that will be home to three casual eateries — one serving BBQ, one featuring made-to-order salads and another offering seasonal vegetables served in bowls with grains; and Rise, an Italian-themed coffee shop with pastries and sandwiches.

Founded 30 years ago, FareStart provides food for those in need and offers training in food-service and barista jobs for people who struggle to find employment because of homelessness, poverty and other challenges. The nonprofit reports that 90 percent of adults who graduate from their training program find work within three months.

“The new eateries will provide greater dining options in the growing South Lake Union neighborhood while advancing the skills of entry-level food-service workers and providing pathways to living wage jobs,” said Wayne Johnson, FareStart’s corporate executive chef. “We look forward to inviting the entire community to join us as we transform lives.”

The partnership with FareStart aligns with multiple efforts by Amazon to support homeless people in the Seattle area. Last month the online retail and cloud services giant announced that it would open a homeless transitional shelter inside one of its new Seattle HQ buildings. The 47,000 square-foot shelter will give 65 families a place to stay while seeking permanent housing. The facility will open in early 2020 and be run by Mary’s Place, a nonprofit that supports homeless families. Mary’s Place is currently operating a temporary shelter in an Amazon-owned building that is slated for demolition.

Maslow’s will be located at 380 Boren Ave N. in Seattle while Community Table and Rise will open in Amazon’s Houdini North building at 399 Fairview Ave N.

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