Vibrant Murals, Plate of Nations, Meaningful Movies, and more!
New Murals Build and Strengthen Community
Two murals within a two-block area of 98144 bring beauty and timely messages of hope to the Rainier Valley.
In 2016, hyper-local artists Ari Glass and Craig Cundiff began what would become a two-part mural project between South McClellan and South Forest streets. With the help of Mt. Baker Hub Alliance, a vibrant and colorful painting on the south wall of the O’Reilly Auto Parts building has grown into a multi-wall mural that extends to the south and east walls of the Cash America building next door.
The now three-wall mural, entitled “Ebb and Flow,” is intended to be a reminder of the elemental forces of nature in this world that’s “hectic and overwhelming” from a technology standpoint, said Cundiff.
“We often look to nature for answers to create a better community and world,” said Cundiff. “It is imperative that we can find focus by relating to the simple and elemental forces of nature. By meditating on these forces, we can find meaning in how we see our place in the world.”
Read more in our recent blog post.
Plate of Nations Is On!
Plate of Nations (PON) happens this time every year and promotes local, independently-owned restaurants in South East Seattle. From March 22–April 7. Support fantastic restaurants offering special, PON, deals ($20–30 shared plates). Enjoy your local ethnically-diverse restaurants and treat your palate to tastes from around the globe!
Mt. Baker Hub-sponsored restaurants include Little Chengdu(Sichuan) and Cafe Ibex (Ethiopian), The Original Philly’s(American), Buddha Bruddah (Asian mixed plates), and Willie’s Taste of Soul (BBQ, Soul Food). Show them some love and enjoy this unique and inspired event!
Hub April ‘First Saturday’ Clean-Up—Sat, 4/6
On the first Saturday of every month, Mt. Baker Hub Alliance hosts a community clean-up event. Our April clean-up will be on Sat., April 6 from 9 AM – Noon. We meet at the NE corner of the Mt. Baker Lofts Artspace building (by the Mt. Baker Link light rail station).
Saturday, 3/16, we hosted a Hub Board Clean Up and our multi-generational crew visited with folx at work in Borracchini’s Bakery, Mutual Fish, and Liberty Motors. What a gorgeous day to be out in the community!
On Sat., 4/6, find us by the water ox mural at Ho Mai Preschool on the corner of Rainier Ave S. & S. Forest St and get set up with collection materials for the clean-up. We do this once per month and all are welcome and encouraged to join us, rain or shine. (Keep an eye out for the next Hub Board Clean Up too!)
Recap: Community Meeting w/ Mercy Housing
On Feb 27, we hosted a public meeting with Mercy Housing as part of our Discovery Series. Guadalupe Torres of College Access now, where the meeting was held (near Franklin High), kicked off the event, laying out useful guidelines for a constructive meeting. Representatives of Mercy Housing shared info about the project coming soon to the Mt. Baker Town Center. Bill Rumpf of Mercy Housing spoke about how “housing can be a platform to improve people’s lives” and another rep explained that the development will prioritize families of limited means for housing and resources. They’re also partnering with Mary’s Place, REWA, and Child Care Resources to create a resource hub for the community.
One community member attended with his son in the hopes of finding out how to access the housing that will be offered by Mercy Housing and we were able to connect him with a point of contact to get information and submit an application. (They’re taking applications by December of 2019!)
Learn more about Mercy Housing >
Mt. Baker Meaningful Movie: Paris to Pittsburgh (Thurs., 3/28)
See a Mt. Baker Meaningful Movie; always FREE! Thurs, March, 28—Paris to Pittsburgh: From coastal cities to our country’s heartland, National Geographic documentary, Paris to Pittsburgh, celebrates how people are demanding and developing real solutions to the climate emergency.
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2811 Mount Rainier Dr S.