Highland Park Uncorked 2016 – Volunteer! Become a Sponsor!

April 25th, 2016 Comments off

Our 8th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, May 21! If you have wanted to volunteer or be a sponsor, now is your chance.

Become a Sponsor! See your name or your company name on our sidebar .

You can become a Sponsor with for as little as $100 or match our largest sponsor ever, Realtor Therese Bianchi, with $1,500! Click here to see your options as a sponsor.

Food: Prepare and deliver something savory or sweet in 75+ individual one-two bite sized pieces to HPIC kitchen day of the 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 will happily accept donations of money towards food. We can also help if you would like to cook, but need some assistance with the expense.

Servers: We need people that have their MAST permit or are willing to get one very soon. With great wine comes great responsibility.

Set-up: Friday, May 20th from 5pm-7pm. Move tables and chairs, put on tablecloths and other table accoutrements, help with final touches.

Let us know: Please contact hpicwine@gmail.com .

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

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HPIC is back open for SOME business!

April 23rd, 2016 Comments off

The debris from the fallen awning is cleaned up, a support post was put under the awning next to Holden and repairs were made to the handrails. We are now back open for classes and meetings. We still have a large dumpster in the middle of the parking lot for removal of the awning on the Holden side. We hope to have that awning removed soon but, until it is, we are not going to be able to support any large rentals or Corner Bar. Hopefully, we will get the rest of the awning removed very soon, as none of us want to miss Corner Bar!

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No HPIC Work Party on Sunday

April 23rd, 2016 Comments off

Thanks to all that helped!  We just wrapped it up. There will not be a work party tomorrow. Many hands made light work! We do have a small pile of metal next to the large dumpster in case anyone is interested in saving us from cutting it up to size for the recycle bin! It is yours for the taking.

We are also putting out the call for a bonded contractor to remove the awning that has not fallen. We are hoping to hire someone from the neighborhood.

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HPIC Work Party Saturday 4/22 – and maybe Sunday

April 22nd, 2016 Comments off

Help for “Eyebrow” Un-raising


Thanks to all of you who offered to help – Yes! A dumpster will be delivered tomorrow morning to receive the sawed up remnants of the Eyebrow!
Starting at 11am Saturday, Sunday tbd depending on how much gets done Saturday.

Skills/tools needed: Sawzall, circular saw, long extension cords, gloves, eye protection, and ear protection if you want. The structure needs to be cut up and then placed into the dumpster in such a way that it holds all the material. There will be lots of nails poking out, so tough clothing, shoes and gloves highly recommended. If you want to bring snacks, that’s great too.

And even if you want to just stop by – please do, and cheer on the Eyebrow Un-Raising!


If this is the first that you are hearing of this, please see West Seattle Blog’s excellent coverage:


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Movie Night this Friday – April 15th

April 12th, 2016 Comments off

Doors open at 6:00 pm  with a special event at 6:15 and the 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.

Special Event!: Lauren Englund from the West Seattle Bee Garden will give a bee presentation with a demonstration hive, speaking about her garden and the bee walk in May.

Movie hint: In this 2007 PG (91 minutes) animation, a bee that has just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, his life is saved by a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them.

Here are some photographs from Movie Night!

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2016 Highland Park Uncorked – Registration is open!

April 1st, 2016 Comments off


2016 Highland Park UNCORKED


This event just keeps getting bigger and better. We encourage you to register early, as we always sell out during preregistration.

Our annual winetasting fundraiser is growing up, inspired by the proliferation of wonderful local wineries in our neighborhood! Now, instead of you bringing the wine, we will featuring some superb wines from 8 local wineries. All the wine will be provided for you.

Upon entrance, you will receive a commemorative wineglass for tasting. You will be invited to enjoy tastings from the Northwest Wine Academy, while you peruse the raffle baskets and purchase raffle tickets. You can gaze upon the art donated by local artists, whose work will be available to bidding on through our new Silent Art Auction. As always, an array of excellent, gourmet food will be provided for your noshing pleasure.

During the wine tasting, you’ll get an opportunity to taste a variety of wines provided by 8 local wineries. Tables will enjoy a fun and enlightening journey that challenges them to identify the varietals poured, as well as the top wines of the evening. Each table will have an opportunity to walk away with some great prizes! Following the tasting, a select amount of the wines presented for tasting will be available for purchase by the glass, or by the bottle (to take home) at a discounted rate. And, for the beer-lovers who attend, we will be selling a selection of quality beers.

Adding to the fun this year, we present Wine Roulette, where you purchase a chance to win a high-value bottle of wine for the bargain price of a ticket.

Our annual winetasting event is a big fundraiser for the club, and all the money received goes to support building and site improvements. Last year, we made sidewalk replacements required by the city after the installation of our donated courtyard, and roof repairs to accommodate our donated solar panels. This year we will be installing fencing to enclose the courtyard for safety and to extend the bar outside, and signature signage will be installed on the building, reflecting the identity and character of HPIC and our neighborhood.

When should I arrive? Be sure to preregister to ensure that you have a seat and then arrive no later than 6:50, after which time your seat may be given to someone else. But arrive earlier and enjoy the food and wine tasting available. If you do not preregister, then you should be there as early as possible and hope that seating is still available. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

How do I preregister? Click the “Click Here to Register” button and start adding to your cart!

What if I don’t preregister? The $50 per person suggested donation at the door will be appreciated if we are not sold out. Please do not plan on this.

I want to donate MORE than the suggested donation. Consider being 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.

Adult Humans Only, please. Please leave children and non-service animals at home. As much fun as this event is, they would not enjoy it.



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HPIC Corner Bar brings back Karaoke with Baby Ketten! – This Friday 4/1

March 29th, 2016 Comments off

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

Signups begin at 6 pm. You can be ready with your song selections by going to: babykettenkaraoke.com



Beverages Draft beer, wine, and special cocktailAs always, we offer a wide assortment of non-alcoholic beverages as well. Please remember that no outside alcohol is allowed and no alcohol is allowed outside at this time.

This month’s special cocktail– Strawberry Basil Lemondrop!

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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Volunteer Bartenders Needed

March 23rd, 2016 Comments off

HPIC is looking for Bar Crew!

Have you always wanted to be a bartender? Well, we are looking for Corner Bar Crew and more! This is a chance to be more involved in the events, meet some new people and help support HPIC. We also will need people to assist during our annual wine event that is coming up.

We need people that have a MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) permit. If you don’t already have it, the permits are available online or through classes for a small fee.

To get a MAST permit:  http://www.liq.wa.gov/mastrvp/mandatory_alcohol_server_training

A nice bonus would be to have a Food Worker card. To get a Food Worker card:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/FoodWorker.aspx

If you are interested or have questions, please email us Email: hpic1919@gmail.com

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Explorative Flow Yoga Class this Wednesday Only – March 23rd at HPIC

March 21st, 2016 Comments off

When: Wednesday, March 23rd
Time: Doors open at 
1:30 pm, Class from 2 – 3:30 pm

Bring comfortable clothing, yoga mat (we will have some to use)
Donation appreciated 

Teacher Bio: 

Sonja Spinarski has been practicing yoga and movement for over a decade as a means of personal exploration and healing.  She recently completed her 200 YTT at Pavones Yoga Center in Costa Rica, emphasizing on Iyengar methods as well as Yin and Restorative.  Anatomy, breath, and the therapeutic nature of movement are incredibly valuable components to her practice and a passion she hopes to share with her students.
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Donate to HPIC while shopping at Amazon!

March 21st, 2016 Comments off

If you shop on Amazon, there is another way for you to donate. Shop on AmazonSmile instead. It is still Amazon, using your existing account, but a percentage of your purchases go to the charity of your choice. You will first need to set up the charity. Then you just need to remember to shop through AmazonSmile whenever you are shopping Amazon.

To change your charitable organization:

  1.  Sign into smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2.  From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Search for “Highland Park Improvement Club”, then click “Select” next to the correct listing.
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