April 25, 2019 (Beacon Hill)

Welcome to Seattle Close to Home — a weekly round-up of ideas for time-crunched Seattle-area residents, who want to get outside, volunteer, and eat good food, but don’t necessarily want to drive far (or at all).

Join your fellow gear grabbers. Look for bargains on outdoor gear at the Mountaineer’s used gear sale. Takes place on Sunday from 10am to 12:30pm at Jefferson Community Center (3801 Beacon Ave S). Online RSVPs are recommended (non-members are welcome and can create an account).

Help out at Lewis Park. Assist the Friends of Lewis Park (1120 15th Ave S) on Sunday (10am to 1pm) with weeding, removing grass, and spreading soil and mulch at the north end of the park. Sign up and find details online.

Get out! for a spring ride. Beacon Hill’s Chief Sealth Trail begins just south of Jefferson Park and ends in Rainier Beach. The terrain is hilly, so riding/walking the entire 4.5-mile trail (9 miles roundtrip) offers a good workout with a view. The trail is also accessible from several light rail stations: Beacon Hill, Othello, and Rainier Beach.

Fuel up at … We’ve been telling you about our go-to places to eat and get coffee, but we want to hear about yours! We invite you to post a comment about your favorite eateries on Beacon Hill.

Leaving the car at home? Both the International District/Chinatown and the Beacon Hill light rail stations are about a mile from Lewis Park. Metro buses #36 and #60, go to  Lewis Park. The Beacon Hill station is just over a 1/2-mile from Jefferson Community Center. Bus #36 also goes to Jefferson Community Center.

Weather forecast: The weekend looks mainly dry with some sun and some clouds and highs of 55-60.