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Eden Hill joins the Queen Anne brunch scene starting this Sunday

October 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Our newest Queen Anne restaurant, Eden Hill, is jumping into the list of Queen Anne restaurants serving Sunday brunch. When Eden Hill first opened, brunch was “coming soon” and it’ll be here this Sunday.

Eden Hill doorEden Hill will serve brunch from 10am to 2:30pm on Sundays, and they’ll accept reservations too. Every Sunday will bring a new punch recipe served in glasses from a matching vintage punch bowl.

They’re keeping it local with chocolate sauce from Bellflower Chocolate, a Queen Anne chocolate company you may know from the Queen Anne Farmers Market. And the menu will range from sweet hazelnut cinnamon buns (Chef Max’s mom’s recipe) to 48-hour Wagyu shortrib soft tacos with house-made crème fraiche and red wine cabbage.

Plus, a Bloody Mary recipe that brings together local vodka, fresh tomatoes, and Taylor Shellfish mussels, and a poached egg that goes beyond the traditional to include twice-smoked bacon lardons and fried focaccia.

Add Eden Hill to your roster of Queen Anne brunch spots as it joins the ranks that include 5 Spot, Bounty Kitchen, Toulouse Petit, and more.

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President Obama to attend Murray fundraiser at Westin this Friday

October 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Westin Hotel mapPresident Obama will be visiting Seattle this Friday for a fundraiser at the Westin. The event is to raise funds for Senator Patty Murray’s re-election campaign, but few details have been released about the event or streets that will be closed.

Per SDOT, I5 and city streets will be impacted by the visit. Expect some traffic impacts around Queen Anne due to the proximity of the Westin and the ripple effect on Mercer.

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Seattle Parks recruiting park users for focus groups on dog parks and more

October 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seattle Dog ParksYou may recall the Seattle Parks survey on off-leash dog parks that we posted on back in July. The survey was just part 1 of a 3-part approach to arrive at a plan for dog parks (aka off-leash areas or OLAs). The OLA Strategic plan will identify a long-term plan for the City’s existing 14 OLAs, and for maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of OLA projects.

Dog owners and non-dog owners alike are encouraged to participate. The City is looking for people use the Parks system; it’s ultimately seeking a diverse group of people who can speak for the variety of uses and needs our Park system serves.

The focus groups will consist of conversations about how the City can balance the needs of people and dogs in parks. There are currently only 14 Off Leash Areas in the entire city, and only one on Queen Anne at Lower Kinnear Park – a great location for those on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, but not so convenient for those residents further up the hill or on North Queen Anne.

To participate, fill out the online form and at the end of the questionnaire, you’ll be able to choose from seven different meeting times/places:

  • Tuesday 10/13, 6-8pm, Green Lake Community Center
  • Thursday 10/15, 6-8pm, Camp Long
  • Saturday 10/17, 10-12pm, Jefferson Golf Clubhouse
  • Saturday 10/17, 1:30-3:30pm, Garfield Community Center
  • Tuesday 10/20, 9:30-11:30am, Magnuson Campus
  • Wednesday 10/21, 6:30-8:30pm, Bitter Lake Community Center
  • Tuesday 10/27, 6-8pm, Magnolia Community Center

Apply to participate in a focus group here by Friday, October 9th. The City will contact you on Monday, October 12th if you’re selected to join in the discussion, and keep the momentum going on getting more dog parks in the city.

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Taste of Queen Anne benefit for the Queen Anne Helpline is Saturday

October 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The annual Taste of Queen Anne fundraiser is this Saturday, October 10th, and it’s bigger and better than ever. In addition to entertainment by the Tim Kennedy Trio, a hosted bar, and a raffle to benefit the Queen Anne Helpline, you can also taste the wares from a laundry list of the top restaurants on Queen Anne.

Taste of Queen Anne VerticalParticipating restaurants include:

  • 5 Spot
  • Agave
  • Bounty Kitchen
  • Chocolopolis
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Eden Hill
  • Hilltop Ale House
  • Le Reve
  • LloydMartin
  • Pagliacci Pizza
  • Ponti Seafood Grill
  • Queen Bee Café
  • Taylor Shellfish
  • Ten Mercer
  • TS McHugh’s
  • Toulouse Petit
  • Via Tribunali

There’s also a Golden Raffle prize package, and with an expanded space at St Anne’s Church, the event can accommodate even more Queen Anne Helpline Supporters. Register today for your tickets to the shindig and get ready to sample tasty bites from around Queen Anne, all in one place – and help the Helpline too.

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Macrina closing early this week to remodel the McGraw location

October 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Macrina Closing EarlyThe Queen Anne Macrina Bakery will be closing at 1pm every day this week, starting tomorrow, Monday, October 5th, through Friday, October 9th. Per their sandwich board, the bakery will be upgrading the spot at 615 W McGraw St.

The bakery will open at its usual 7am and close early at 1pm through this week.

Plan ahead and get your Macrina goods before 1pm this week. And, look forward to a “better bakery” soon.

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Uptown Planning Open House is Thursday at McCaw Hall

October 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Uptown FrameworkThis Thursday, October 8th, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is hosting an open house and scoping meeting for the Uptown Urban Center. The meeting will run from 5:30pm to 8pm at McCaw Hall (Allen Foundation for the Arts Room)

Planning for the Uptown Urban Design Framework has been underway with community stakeholders, DPD, and the Seattle Center. The Framework provides a vision for the development of Uptown, and includes the following issues:

  • Establishing Uptown as an Arts and Culture District
  • Increasing housing diversity (housing type and affordability)
  • Development of a multi-modal transportation system that includes high capacity transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities
  • Addressing a complex parking situation
  • Zoning for open spaces, affordable housing, and cultural spaces
  • Advocating for a school and community center

The meeting also signals the kickoff of two actions in the Urban Design Framework:

1) DPD environmental impact statement to evaluate building height increases

2) Seattle Center and Uptown Strategic Parking study

If you’re interested in any of the above issues or the two actions being kicked off on Thursday, attend the meeting at McCaw Hall. All interested residents and business owners are welcome to attend.

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LOST DOG: Yellow Lab near 7-way stop – FOUND & at Vet

September 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

7 Way StopUPDATE: the Yellow Lab has been found, and is receiving care at the vet.

Today around 3pm, two dogs got loose near the 7-way stop. One is home, the other is still missing and injured. The missing dog is a female Yellow Lab and was hit by a car.

The owners just moved to Queen Anne this week, so the dog is likey scared and confused.

Please check your yards and garages for a Yellow Lab. If you see the dog, please call Cheri at 206 276 4350.

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Coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts Thursday and runs the month of October

September 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Helpline logoLocal real estate broker and Queen Anne resident Stephanie Kastner is running a coat drive for the Queen Anne Helpline starting this Thursday, October 1st. Stephanie organized a coat drive last year with much success, and is returning for year two of helping the Helpline. The drive runs the entire month of October, preparing the Helpline for its clients’ winter needs.

If you have new or gently used coats, there are several easy ways to donate them via the drive:

  • Collection boxes at both the Queen Anne (1630 Queen Anne Ave N) and Magnolia Umpqua (2236 32nd Ave W, Ste. A) October 1st – October 31st
  • Collection box at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market on October 8th & October 15th
  • Contact Stephanie directly for a coat pickup via email or phone at (206)999-1459
Reminder: you can donate coats, clothes, and unopened toiletry items directly to the Queen Anne Helpline. Call ahead at 206.282.1540 for drop-off times, as they operate with a small staff. Your donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible!

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LOST DOG: Beagle lost on Lower Queen Anne – FOUND!

September 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

ellieUPDATE: Ellie was found hiding in someone’s backyard, thank you to all who helped look for her!

Second lost pet of the day, this time, a female beagle last seen near Queen Anne Ave N, heading toward Mercer St:

“Ellie is a 4-5 year old female beagle. Someone came up to pet her, Ellie got spooked, and she took off running. My sister and her husband have been looking for her all morning, but haven’t had any luck finding her yet. She is on the loose with her collar, harness, and leash on.  She is chipped. She is skittish, and doesn’t respond very well to her name. If she is found, please contact her owners at (425) 870-5959 or (206) 310-1632.”


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LOST CAT: Indoor tabby cat lost near 13th Ave W – FOUND!

September 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Lost Cat SigiUPDATE: Sigi has been found and is home safe & sound. Thank you to all who helped look for him!

Sigi is a lost large tabby cat who went missing on 13th Ave W between Barrett St and Armour St. Sigi is an indoor-only cat, so he’s not wearing a collar.

He got out late last night (Sunday night), so if you live in the vicinity, be sure to check your garages, carports, and under decks for Sigi.

If you have seen Sigi or find him, contact his owner via phone at 541-231-2385.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Clancy

September 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays, we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Freddy (delightful senior cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Squid – (playful tortie kitty) – available for adoption
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Abby& Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Red-eared Slider Turtles (Turbo, Einstein & Shelly) – available for adoption
Walter& Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Penny & Patty (cute-as-can-be guinea pigs) – adopted!
Benny & Ella (adorable Lionhead rabbits) – adopted!


Clancy 2Meet Clancy!

If you’re seeking a friendly, low-maintenance love bug whose gentle snores can lull you to sleep, Clancy may be just the dog for you! Clancy’s a 12(ish)-year old Beagle who is equally happy going on a (short) walk or taking a (long) nap. He’s almost deaf and so can accommodate the loudest of households.

Clancy 1This sweet guy is great during car rides, is friendly towards other dogs and can remain indoors for 4-6 hours. His ideal home would be adult-only or with kids 10 or older, and should not have too many stairs. Apply to meet Clancy today!

Clancy qualifies for the Senior Citizen Discount program: senior citizens or disabled adults with a ‘Gold Card for Healthy Aging,’ or a ‘FLASH’ card, issued by the City of Seattle, may adopt an adult dog (at least six years old) at a special price. There will be no fee for the adoption itself, and the licensing fee will be half-price!

Clancy 3Clancy (SAS ID #28976482) is being adored in a foster home; he’s not at the Shelter. If you would like to meet him, you must submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting it via email or fax. Or, you may pick up an application at the Shelter. If you have general questions about Clancy, please send them to

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Bus and Ride the Ducks collide on Aurora Bridge, resulting in fatalities and injuries

September 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

At 11:15am this morning, a Ride the Ducks bus collided with a charter bus on the Aurora Bridge. The bridge is closed as the accident resulted in fatalities. AVOID Aurora for the afternoon and likely evening commute as well. The Seattle Fire Department estimates that the bridge will be closed for “many” hours.

Below is a photo from KIRO’s Twitter feed:

Aurora Ducks Accident

Here’s a summary from The Seattle Times, click here for the full story:

4 dead, numerous injuries in collision between Ride the Ducks vehicle and charter bus
The Seattle Times
Updated September 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm
By  and 

[UPDATE: now 4 people] Two people have been killed and nine others are in critical condition after a Ride the Ducks tour vehicle collided with a charter bus on the Aurora Bridge, Seattle police say.

The total number of injured is unclear, although the Seattle Fire Department says about 50 people are being evaluated for injuries. All lanes on the bridge are blocked as Seattle police and fire departments respond to the accident.

The injured were removed from the bus on backboards. A triage area was set up on the bridge where medics evaluated and treated the injured. Up to 10 of the injured  are being taken to Harborview Medical Center. Others will likely be sent to other hospitals.

A witness reported that the amphibious vehicle collided with the bus, ripping out the side of the bus. Two SUVs swerved to avoid the crash and were also involved, she said….

Read the full story here.

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