Archive for December, 2009

Light for the Not-So-Silent Night

December 30th, 2009 Comments off

Hope for clear skies and a big beautiful Full Blue Moon to go along with the Lanterns for the Not-So-Silent Night Parade tomorrow on New Years Eve.

Diane and Monica showing off some finished lanterns from the Lantern Making Workshop.

Diane and Monica showing off some finished lanterns from the Lantern Making Workshop.

lantern crew

Here’s another pic of the neighborhood Lantern Crew in action, with Tricky Bunny.

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Countdown to New Years Eve

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

Don’t miss our fabulous New Years Eve events! Click here for the full-size flyer:


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New Classes for the New Year

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

We are pleased to announce two new classes beginning in January:

class offered by Lesley Tinker,

1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm

begins January 6, 2010 with a free get-started class!

This twice monthly Nia class is the perfect complement to your existing fitness and well-being practices or as an extra Nia class to your Nia portfolio. Nia – barefoot movement to music with soul and kick. Based on nine movement forms from yoga, dance, and martial arts, Nia gives you what your body thrives on: movement variety! Nia further offers fitness for body, mind, emotions, and spirit through a balance of specific steps and free movement self-expression. Come feel the difference, the Nia difference.

Prices: $12 drop-in ($10 for Highland Park Improvement Club members).
Pay as you go or pay ahead punchcard: Buy 5 classes, get 1 free.

And we are really excited to welcome our first afternoon childrens’ class:
Mondays with Jenna Lutton/Gildenfire Dance
3:45 pm – Preschool Dance
4:30 pm – K-3 Dance Class

Gildenfire Dance:

Gildenfire Dance has been teaching children a love of dance for 10 years.

Classes consist of a Brain Dance warm-up, games and stories highlighting the week’s movement concept, practice of dance skills and an ending stretch for cool down and flexibility. Each week we work on an area of focus such as space level, size, balance, directions and spatial relationships. We build on earlier concepts and use familiar games in new ways to explore the movement concepts with a combination of teacher directed and child directed activities.

Price: $65 per 6-week session

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Preparing for the Not-So-Silent Night Parade

December 28th, 2009 Comments off

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Making lanterns!

There will be lots of light at the parade, thanks to these neighborhood lantern-makers. (Flashlights and headlamps are allowed, too). And thanks to Tricky Bunny of the Fremont Arts Council for conducting this fun workshop!

Tracy of the West Seattle Blog stopped by too, see her pictures and comments here. Thanks Tracy!

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Lantern Making Workshop, Sunday December 27

December 18th, 2009 Comments off

The Highland Park Improvement Club is hosting a luminaria (lantern) making workshop on Sunday December 27th from noon until 6:00.  HPIC members, friends and families, and neighbors are welcome to join.  Even if you are not making a lantern, please stop in and say hello to your neighbors!

Balloon Lanterns
Visiting artist Tricky Bunny from the Fremont Arts Council will provide instruction on how to make a paper mache lantern.  To make a balloon lantern, please bring:
— Balloon(s)
— Tissue paper (colorful tissue paper looks especially pretty)
— Wire to attach your lantern to a stick or rod
— Tea candle (the kind where the candle is in a metal cup

Tricky Bunny will provide Elmer’s wood glue, dry wall paper paste, acrylic medium for paper mache, and a hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks, along with demonstration.  Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting glue or paper mache goop on.  (Also, for gluten allergy sufferers, please note that wallpaper paste contains gluten.)

Bring snacks to share! Children are welcome.
For more information, Email HPIC or leave a message at 206-762-9825.

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Dance tonight! and start thinking about New Years Eve!

December 12th, 2009 Comments off

New Years Eve: Thurs Dec 31
Not-So-Silent Night Parade
meet at 6:30pm HPIC parking lot
bring drums/pots & pans/tambourines/musical instruments
followed by
the Sage Comet fire performance
HPIC parking lot after the parade, around 7:30pm
and then the Highland Park House Party at 8pm
an electronic jukebox with playlists from the neighborhood:
a guaranteed eclectic assortment that will dance us all into the New Year.
Plus, gourmet homemade food
from the neighborhood foodistas!
$15/person, $5/kids under 12
and bring dollar bills for the jukebox!

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Dance this Saturday

December 7th, 2009 Comments off

The Highland Park Improvement Club Holiday Potluck and Dance is a warm tradition that gathers friends and neighbors to celebrate the season by sharing food and good times, and collecting toys for children and food for the food bank.


Enjoy dancing and fun with friends old and new.

And watch for our New Years Eve plans…coming soon! We are planning the Not-So-Silent Night Parade, the Sage Comet fire performance and the Highland Park House Party…a neighborhood jukebox with a playlist that will keep you happy & dancing well into the New Year. Plus, gourmet homemade food from the neighborhood foodistas!

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