Highland Park Uncorked is SOLD OUT!

May 13th, 2015 Comments off

Highland Park UNCORKED is SOLD OUT!



We have reached our capacity through the preregistration. Please feel free to contact hpicwine@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Lots of great prizes have been donated for the raffle drawings, so be sure to bring some cash to buy tickets.

We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday! Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine ($15 or less) per person.

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RainWise “Meet the Contractor Fair” this Saturday (5/9) at HPIC

May 5th, 2015 Comments off

Learn about rain garden and cistern installation at a free ‘Meet the Contractor’ fair



Seattle residents seeking to install rain gardens or cisterns through the RainWise Program are invited to meet qualified contractors at a free event on Saturday, May 9, at the Highland Park Improvement Club in West Seattle.


King County and City of Seattle will host a “Meet the Contractor” open house to share information about installing rain gardens and cisterns through the RainWise Program.

The event is set for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St., Seattle. It is the last RainWise contractor fair for this spring.

RainWise is a joint effort by King County and the City of Seattle to fight water pollution by offering rebates to eligible Seattle property owners that could cover up to 100 percent of the cost to install a rain garden and/or cistern.

Rain gardens are more than just beautiful, they help solve one of the largest sources of pollution for Puget Sound by naturally cleaning and controlling stormwater. Cisterns are large rain barrels that collect runoff from rooftops, which homeowners can use for watering yards and landscaping.

People will also be able to see actual examples of rain gardens and cisterns in the  Highland Park Improvement Club’s courtyard, which won Sustainable Seattle’s prestigious Transforming Spaces  Award. The project, which was partially funded by the RainWise Program and a King County Green Grant, entailed two rain gardens, a cistern, and the replacement of impervious parking blacktop with permeable pavers and plants.

The RainWise Program serves a number of Seattle neighborhoods. To receive a rebate, residents must live in an eligible Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) basin. For more information about the program call the Garden Hotline at 206-633-0224 or go to www.rainwise.seattle/gov.

By encouraging eligible Seattle residents to manage stormwater runoff through the RainWise Program, King County and Seattle Public Utilities can meet their goals to reduce CSOs that occur in local water bodies during heavy rains.

Additional information about King County’s CSO Control Program is available on the Web at www.kingcounty.gov/csocontrol.

Customer testimonials about the program are also available at: https://youtu.be/gpzkfe5iKsM


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Starting May 18th, 2015 -5:30-6:30 pm – Intro to Yoga with Kandie Trenary

May 1st, 2015 Comments off

Starting May 18th, 2015 -5:30-6:30 pm – Intro to Yoga with Kandie Trenary.
Drop-ins welcome.

HPIC is pleased to announce a new INTRO to YOGA class being offered on Monday Nights starting May 18th 

If you are new to yoga and want to stick to the basics, this class will be a great introduction! Fundamental postures, breath work, and relaxation techniques are introduced. Expect a slow pace and detailed instructions. No yoga experience necessary! Come give it a try!

Classes will be held at Highland Park Improvement Club, every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm starting May18th!

Visit www.kandieyoga.com for more information.

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HPIC Corner Bar Welcomes The Cold 102′s Band! – This Friday 5/1

April 27th, 2015 Comments off

Friday, May 1st, doors open at 6 pm.


Formed out of the need to further expose the Chicago Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk sound to the South Sound, The Cold 102′s are poised to cut down any who dare to contend. A deadly line-up of seasoned vets and young blood alike, theirs is a unique sound that’s sure to make you move! Their first set will be from about 7pm until 8. The second set will be from about 8:30 until…?

Draft beer, wine and a Passion Fire cocktail (a chili-infused vodka with passion fruit juice & hints of lime and ginger)As always, we offer a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well.

Green Guidance – Walking or bicycling to the event is encouraged. It’s green, it makes the neighbors happier and provides a safe walk home!

Parental Guidance – There are toys and games set up on tables. Parents, please be aware of your child’s activities.  Activities such as ball throwing and chasing games are discouraged.

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Highland Park Uncorked – Volunteer! Become a Sponsor!

April 23rd, 2015 Comments off

Our 7th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, May 16! If you’ve wanted to volunteer, now’s your chance.

Food: Prepare and deliver something savory or sweet in 75+ individual one-two bite sized pieces to HPIC kitchen day of event. Every year attendees of the event think that our delicious hors d’ouevres and small bites are prepared by professional caterers. But they are prepared by a cadre of Highland Park/Riverview foodies, and if you are one, join the fun. If you don’t have time to cook but you want to help, we are looking for volunteers to set up the food tables too.

Set-up: Friday, May 15th from 10am-noon. Move tables and chairs, put on tablecloths and other table accoutrements, help with final touches.

Photographer: We are looking for someone to photograph the event that enjoys taking pictures of people having fun with their friends (or making new ones!), tasting delicious food and wine, and winning raffle prizes. The event starts at5:30pm and ends around 10:30pm.


Please contact hpicwine@gmail.com if you want to volunteer or know a photographer.


Become a Sponsor! Consider becoming a Highland Park Supporter. For $100, you get a seat at the event and a commemorative wine glass to take home. And there are more levels, too! Check out http://www.hpic1919.org/events/2015-highland-park-uncorked/become-a-sponsor/ .

What is the money for? http://www.hpic1919.org/ for more information about Fundraising for Building and Site Improvements.

Do you still need to register for the event? Go here to register.

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HPIC 2015 Spring Clean this Sunday!

April 22nd, 2015 Comments off

Green Spring Clean this coming Sunday. April 26th at HPIC

Bring your garden gloves, tools and rain slicker. We start at 9am in the courtyard.

  • Weeding and weed eating
  • Mulching garden beds
  • Mystery Tree removal and donation to an interested member
There will be some refreshments for everyone that volunteers. Hope to see you there!
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Fundraising for building and site improvements

April 20th, 2015 Comments off

HPIC has been the recipient of several generous grants and donations. We have two raingardens, a cistern and a beautiful courtyard thanks to Rainwise, Sustainable Seattle, King County Green Grants and DePave (plus a lot of hardworking volunteers). Now, thanks to Northwest SEED, Solarize Washington, Artisan Electric and Puget Sound Solar, we are preparing the HPIC roof for installation of a donated 4.4 kw solar photovoltaic system.

The Courtyard installation required us to replace broken parts of the sidewalk – this partial replacement cost us just over $9000. The partial roof replacement, in preparation for the solar panels, will cost over $6700. These improvements, to support the tremendous site and building improvements that have been donated  to us, are necessary and significant. We will continue to improve the building and site through grants and donations – please help support your neighborhood club by becoming a sponsor of Highland Park Uncorked, making a donation to HPIC via the donate button on our front page or sending us a check (HPIC, 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, WA 98106).

Part of the new sidewalk replacement – wish we could do it all…

Preparing for solar panels – and for the rest of the roof when we save up the money.


HPIC Trustee Blair confirming the quality of the roofing work.

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Movie Night this Friday – April 17th

April 14th, 2015 Comments off

Doors open at 6:00 pm  with a children’s short at 6:15 and the main movie at 7. Free admission. Volunteers will be selling popcorn, candy and other movie fare. Bring blankets and pillows or sit in our chairs. This is an all ages event. Bring your friends, family and neighbors.

Double Feature!

Children’s Movie Hint: This 1962 TV cartoon makes us all ask why we don’t yet have flying cars.

Movie hint: In this 1998 PG-13 (85 minutes) feature, a doctor finds out that he can understand what animals are saying. And the animals find out that he understands.


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2015 Highland Park UNCORKED – register online

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

On-line registration is now open!


If you have never been to one of our wine-tasting events (or have a somewhat hazy recollection), here is the overview. Each person brings a bottle of their favorite wine, priced at $15 or less. You are assigned a table. The bottle is placed in a brown paper bag, given a number and eventually placed somewhere on your assigned table. You don’t worry about that, as you relax with the wines from the award winning Northwest Wine Academy, mingle with your neighbors, and munch on a wonderful spread of food prepared by our talented gastronomes.

For much more information, please go to our About the Event page.

The tables fill up fast, so register now to ensure that you have a seat.

Become a sponsor! Each sponsorship level includes between one and ten admissions! And now that HPIC is a recognized by the IRS as 501(c)3 nonprofit, your donation may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.

Lots of great prizes have been donated for the raffle drawings, so be sure to bring some cash or credit cards to buy tickets.

New this year – The Wine Aroma Challenge! Reggie Daigneault of the Northwest Wine Academy will be setting up the same challenge that she gives students in her Sensory Evaluation class. There will be neutral wines infused with aromas that are commonly found in wine. For $20 you can test yourself and get a chance of winning a case of wine!

Did you know that the HPIC is owned by the neighborhood and run by members of the club, who volunteer their time? We are the ONLY club in Seattle like this, making Highland Park a truly unique place to live. A community creates a sense of camaraderie, belonging, security and support and the club is here to support the spirit of community by bringing neighbors together for wonderful events like UNCORKED, Corner Bar, Tailgate parties, weekly classes and special events.

All proceeds from Highland Park UNCORKED go towards improvements for your Highland Park Improvement Club.

All photographs by Matt Cedergreen.

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It is Game Night at HPIC Corner Bar! – This Friday 4/3

April 1st, 2015 Comments off

Friday, April 3rd, doors open at 6 pm. Yes, we have game.


Bring your favorite game! From “Candy Land” to “Cards Against Humanity”, we will be playing games this Friday. Bring a couple. HPIC will have some games for you, but everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite. You can play cards as well. If you are playing poker, be sure to play only for chips.

Draft beer, wine and a Raspberry Lemon Drop cocktailAs always, we offer a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well.

Green Guidance – Walking or bicycling to the event is encouraged. It’s green, it makes the neighbors happier and provides a safe walk home!

Parental Guidance – There are toys and games set up on tables. Parents, please be aware of your child’s activities.  Activities such as ball throwing and chasing games are discouraged.

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