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Queen Anne’s newest Little Free Library is kid-friendly and number 22 on the map

October 20th, 2014 by Laura

It’s been a while since I spotted a new Little Free Library, but on a dismal Sunday after the Seahawks’ loss, a colorful LFL caught my eye. Unless I’ve missed an LFL – which is possible since much of September I was out-of-commission – this LFL is number 22 for Queen Anne.

Located on 1st Ave N at Lynn St, you can’t miss the cheery multi-colored LFL.

LFL 1st Ave N

This particular LFL is billed as a “Kids Edition” and is sponsored by Queen Anne Kids Preschool. In addition to being well-stocked with books, the newest LFL has children’s literary characters such as Curious George and Maisy Mouse adorning the sides and top of the box.

LFL 1st Ave N sign

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a LFL that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 22 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

LFL Map 102014

Also, I’ve noticed that several of our Queen Anne Little Free Libraries are running low on books. If you have books that need a home, consider dropping them off at a LFL. (If you have kids’ books, the Howe St LFL seems really low on supply.)

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Seattle Pacific University to host Tent City 3 beginning in January

October 18th, 2014 by Laura

SPU Tent CityLast month, Seattle Pacific University filed a Land Use Application for hosting a homeless encampment on SPU grounds for up to six months (January – June). The school has now officially announced that it will host Tent City 3 from January 10th through March 7th.

The school has hosted tent cities in the past, most recently hosting Tent City 3 at Wallace Field in 2012.

SPU Tent City mapBeginning in January, Tent City 3 returns to SPU, taking up residence for three months in SPU’s Tiffany Loop (the lawn on 3rd Ave W).

Tent City 3 will be at the Tiffany Loop from January 10th through March 7th, 2015. Since the location provides less privacy than Wallace Field, a privacy-screen fence will be erected around the camp.

According to SPU:

“Hosting Tent City 3 is a concrete manifestation of Seattle Pacific University’s mission of engaging the culture and changing the world. Through this experience the SPU community has a unique opportunity to care for — and learn from — our neighbor. Tent City 3 will return to SPU in January, 2015.”

Tent City 3 will have 24/7 security and quiet hours of 9am to 8pm. TC3 is a self-managed community with strict rules including no violence or drug use. The community is made up of a maximum of 100 residents including single men, single women, and couples.

SPU is also providing a series of community education events that are open to the public, including films, talks, and discussions:

October 22: Film Screening: Invisible Young, 7pm, First Free Methodist Church
November 13: Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
November 20: Affordable Housing. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
December 2: Film Screening.  Without a Home. 7:00pm, Emerson Hall
January 8: How to talk to people experiencing homelessness, 7pm, Weter Lounge
January 22: Public Policy and Homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
January 27: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
February 4: “Beyond the One Night Count” advocacy training,  7:00-8:30pm, SUB Collegium
February 12: Youth and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
February 17: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
March 5: “What we learned” Debriefing and next steps. 7:00 PM, SUB Gazebo Room

More information on the upcoming Tent City 3 at SPU is available via a FAQ on SPU’s web site. If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, contact SPU via email.

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Traffic Alert: Aurora/99 closure this weekend and Mercer work update

October 17th, 2014 by Laura

Several traffic alerts this weekend, and into next week:

  • Parts of 99 will be closed for semiannual Viaduct inspection, Oct 17-19
  • Northbound 5th Ave N restricted to one lane; Dexter restricted to one lane in each direction, Oct 17-18
  • Phish (sold-out, 18,000) at Key Arena, Oct 18
  • Mercer Street westbound lane closure, Oct 21-22Taylor Avenue North closed at Mercer, Oct 21-22

Here are the details:

99 Viaduct Inspection Closure, Friday Oct 17 – Sunday, Oct 19
- Portions of SR 99 will be closed as part of the semiannual inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19.

5th Ave N and Dexter lane restrictions, Friday, Oct 17 – Saturday, Oct 18
- Northbound 5th Ave N will be restricted to one lane between Republican and Roy streets from Friday, Oct. 17, at 8pm through Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8am for utility work
- Dexter Ave N will be restricted to one lane in each direction also between Roy and Mercer streets, from Friday, Oct. 17, at 8pm through Saturday, Oct. 18, at 8am
- Bicyclists on Dexter Avenue North will merge with vehicular traffic.
- Night work is anticipated to be noisy in the surrounding area.

Mercer and Taylor restrictions, Tuesday, Oct 21 – Wednesday, Oct 22
- Westbound lane restriction on Mercer St from Dexter Ave N to 5th Ave N; Taylor Ave North will be fully closed at Mercer Street
- Westbound Mercer St will be restricted to one lane between Dexter Ave N and 5th Ave N from Oct 21 at 5am through Oct 22 at 5am
- Taylor Ave North will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer streets as crews pave a portion of the roadway
- Turns to and from Mercer St at Taylor Ave N will be prohibited
- Travelers from Queen Anne should use 5th Ave N to access Mercer
- Morning and evening travel times will be affected; please plan ahead and use alternate routes when possible.

Following this work, Taylor Ave N will continue to be restricted to southbound travel only through October as crews complete additional roadway paving. Travelers headed for the Queen Anne neighborhood from westbound Mercer Street should use 5th Ave N.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Puma

October 17th, 2014 by Laura

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 Wednesday – 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.

Pooky & Duke (bonded pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Bella (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) – adopted!
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption
Chinchillas – two available for adoption

PLUS: Cool City Pets Open House this Saturday, 1-3pm
Swing by the Shelter this Saturday (10/18) and meet some of the great small critters we have available for adoption. We’ll have animals out and about for you to meet, plus extra volunteers on hand to answer your critter care questions! (Small critters include hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and mice.)


Meet Puma!

Puma 2014-10-16 2.Puma is a lovely kitty looking for a forever home after a rough start in life. Found in a grocery store parking lot, a Good Samaritan brought her to the shelter. She has bounced back from that rough start and now loves to play with the feather wand and chirp out the window at squirrels and birds.

Puma is estimated to be about 12 years old but don’t let her age fool you—she is as active as cats half her age! Unfortunately years of untreated inflammation have left her hard of hearing. She is not completely deaf, but should be indoors only for her own safety. Her ears require no expensive treatments or vet care, just typical cleaning.

Puma 2014-10-16 3Ms. Puma would love to be the apple of your eye as an only kitty in a home that will give her ear scritches, playtime, and lots of love to make up for the years she spent abandoned on the streets. A laid-back dog that would not chase her might also be an option after a proper introduction. Her ideal home is one where she can snuggle her human, make air biscuits on your arm, and then nap the day away in a cozy perch with a nice view of outside. She faithfully uses her scratching post, has excellent litter habits, and plays well with her toys. Could your home be the forever one for this adorable girl?

Puma (SAS ID #13-6404) is being adored in a SAS foster home, you won’t find her at the Shelter. If you would to meet her, please call the Foster Care Hotline at (206) 684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

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Dive deep into the brain at the free “Perfect Storm” seminar

October 17th, 2014 by Laura

(This is a sponsored post provided by Discovery Wellness Center)

All are invited to attend “The Perfect Storm” seminar, presented by Dr. Clem of Discovery Wellness Center. The focus of the evening will be on potential causes of neuro-developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, seizures and sensory integration disorder, with a specific emphasis on the role of the brain and central nervous system.

This free seminar teaches attendees exactly how the brain and neuro-development are supposed to occur, and where it goes wrong with spectrum disorders and developmental delays. Most importantly, the seminar provides attendees with direction and an understanding of how to get their child’s nervous system balanced and healthy again, and enhance and improve their child’s function and development-no matter the disorder.

Dr. Clem plans to spend a lot of time on in-utero constraint and birth injuries, which he feels is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of caring for kids on the spectrum. In his practice Dr. Clem finds that a majority of his spectrum patients have some degree of birth injury, resulting in subluxation and abnormal neurodevelopment.

He will also review extensively what he calls the “3Ts/5Ds” concept of neuro-developmental disorders, where the 3Ts (traumas, toxins, and thoughts) create a neurological “storm” of dyskinesia, dysafferentation, dysautonomia, dysponesis, and disconnection… and how that is often a sure-fire recipe for autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and more.

CLICK HERE to register for “The Perfect Storm” seminarWednesday, October 29th at 7pm at Discovery Wellness Center, 1631 15th Ave W. Suite 114 (in the Interbay Worklofts by Whole Foods). Can’t make it? Schedule a time for Dr. Clem to present “The Perfect Storm” to your group. Call 206.283.7033 or email

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Help Queen Anne Greenways make the 7-way stop safer for all

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Updated: address for Seattle Country Day School – 2619 4th Ave N

Queen Anne Greenways is at it again, working to make our neighborhood safer. This Tuesday, October 21st, you can join them and other Queen Anne residents to discuss the 7-way stop intersection with traffic engineers and WSDOT.

7 way stop mapThe 7-way stop is a major entry/exit point for Queen Anne motorists traveling to or from Aurora Ave N/WA-99, as well as for traffic that crosses the hill to Interbay or Magnolia.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City of Bellevue engineers (yes, our neighbors to the east) and WSDOT will review a preliminary concept of how to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Since the intersection is so confusing, many cars tend to cross it more cautiously – but as a pedestrian, I’ve been completely invisible to drivers while in the crosswalk (and with a dog). While my experiences are anecdotal, keep in mind that Seattle Country Day School is a block north of the intersection, so many children must cross it on their way to or from school.

Because of the proximity to the school, the meeting will be held at Seattle Country Day Courtyard Classroom at 2619 4th Ave N. The location allows for a good look at the intersection’s traffic patterns prior to or during the meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and runs til 7:30pm. If you’re interested in attending the meeting, RSVP via email so the organizers can ensure adequate space.

In addition to the meeting, Queen Anne Greenways is also meeting with City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and gathering signatures for a petition. If you’re interested in signing the petition, request a copy via email (petition is a Word document). The petition has lines for multiple signatures, so you can gather multiple signatures from your neighbors.

Stay tuned for potential improvements to an intersection that surely confounds visitors to our neighborhood.

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Swissa Jewelers now open in old Calva Café spot

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Swissa storefrontIt’s been almost a year and a half since Calva Café had to close its business due to increasing lease prices. The little space with the curved exterior wall has been vacant until now.

Swissa Jewelers is open for business in the location at 1905 Queen Anne Ave N.

Swissa signWhen I walked by today, the shop was open for business, and a sign is being prepped for installation.

The jeweler used to be at 1923 7th Ave, but its web site now has the Queen Anne Ave N address listed. It’s been in business since 1973 and, per its web site, is a family-owned business.

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Tonight’s Uptown Art Walk features art, music, and pumpkins too

October 15th, 2014 by Laura

Uptown Art Walk MainIt’s the third Wednesday of the month, and that means it’s time for the Uptown Art Walk.

The free walk is a great way to celebrate local artists and businesses in Uptown/Lower Queen Anne. Sponsored and hosted by local merchants, the Uptown Art Walk runs from 3pm to 9pm (or 10pm, depending on merchant).

Here’s a sample of some of tonight’s events:

The Sitting Room is hosting a carved pumpkin installation, with pumpkins donated by Trader Joe’s.

The Vera Project is celebrating 10 years of screen-printed posters and art created by Weapons of Mass Design. There will be a live demo and prints will be available for sale with part of the proceeds helping buy Vera a new conveyor dryer for their screen printing studio.

Solo Bar is throwing an artist reception for Stasia Burrington’s mixed media on handmade paper exhibit “Stargazing”, curated by Ghost Gallery.

After a long stretch of summery weather, get used to getting out in the rain again and enjoy tonight’s Uptown Art Walk!

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Make your reservations now, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday

October 12th, 2014 by Laura

Restaurant Week logoIt’s that time again, Restaurant Week begins next Sunday, October 19th. The week is actually 10 days, running Sunday through Thursday the weeks of October 19th and October 26th (October 19-23 and 26-30).

Specially priced Restaurant Week menus take Fridays and Saturdays off, but during the week, you can get 3-course dinners for $30 and $15 two-course lunches at those restaurants open for lunch.

As with weeks past, the Seattle Times site has restaurants searchable by neighborhood or by type of meal (e.g. lunch, dinner). Here are the participating Queen Anne restaurants:

Agave Cocina & Tequilas

Betty Restaurant & Bar

Crow Restaurant & Bar

Melting Pot- Seattle

Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge

Ponti Seafood Grill

Roaring Bowl Restaurant

Ten Mercer

Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge

You can make reservations online. Please note that drinks, tax, and tip are not included in the price.

Updated to add Crow to the list (doesn’t come up in the neighborhood search).

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Over 60 car prowls in September, one Queen Anne car prowler caught on video

October 10th, 2014 by Laura

September 2014 Car ProwlsIf you’ve ever had your car prowled, you know how frustrating it can be. Even if you keep nothing in your car, you can tell it’s been prowled – and if you don’t lock it, chances are high it’ll happen.

If nothing is taken, you cannot file an online police report – so no stats for the Seattle Police Department. However, if something is taken, even as minimal as spare change, the crime can be reported online, and it should be, so SPD is aware of the activity.

In September, there were over 60 car prowls on Queen Anne – you can click the map for a larger image. For reference, in June we had 46 car prowls.

If you’re curious how bold our local car prowlers are, you can check out a video from a Queen Anne resident’s security camera. Due to a faulty alarm, the owner hasn’t been able to lock the car parked in the driveway in the video. You can see the car prowler testing car doors and entering the unlocked car. About 35 seconds in, you can see a good image of him:

Reminder: if you see suspicious activity, call 911.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Duke & Pooky

October 10th, 2014 by Laura

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 Wednesday – 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.

Bella (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) – available for adoption
Casanova (black cat) – adopted!
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption
Martin (lionhead rabbit) – adopted!
Chinchillas – two available for adoption


Pooky n Duke 2014-10-09 1Meet Duke and Pooky – ‘cuz two are better than one!

Pooky and Duke are best friends that arrived at the shelter together. They have been together almost 11 years – ever since they were pups – and they really need a home together.

The best home for them will be adults only and have some prior dog experience. A home that’s moderately active to calm would be a good fit. They are both house trained, so no worries there.

And both dogs are good with some other dogs (they are GREAT with each other!) and cats, too, with supervision.

Pooky 2014-10-09 1Pooky is a female, Husky mix. She’s a laid back lady – gentle, easy-going and calm. She likes going on walks, and a nice volunteer recently took her to Greenlake. Pooky didn’t make it all the way around the lake (3 miles), but she did well, and when she was all tired out, she hung out in the cool green grass where she got lots of pets and admiration from folks passing by. All the other dogs, kids, bikes and runners at the park didn’t faze her at all.

And in case you didn’t notice – she’s absolutely beautiful!! Pooky has one blue eye and one brown eye, so she’s extra special. She likes having her thick coat groomed so she can keep looking her best. She is probably just a tad overweight, so cutting down on the snacks, and taking a few more walks may be in order. Pooky knows how to ‘sit’ when asked, and she’d be happy to have her new person teach her more!

Duke 2014-10-09 1Duke is a male, Weimaraner/Lab mix. He has a lot of get-up-and-go and spunk for a fellow his age. Recently he went on an outing to Greenlake and he was pretty excited when he got there, but as the walk progressed he calmed down. After walking the lake he had energy to spare. Duke was really interested in all the squirrels and he enjoyed meeting all the new humans and everyone saying how handsome he is (who doesn’t like to hear that!)

He’s a playful guy, and balls are his favorite toy. He already knows ‘sit’ and he’s very interested in treats; he’d be glad to learn more commands if treats are involved! Duke is friendly and outgoing, and an overall great pooch.

These wonderful dogs qualify 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!

Duke and Pooky (SAS ID #1420952-1 & 2) would be honored if you would consider them. Come down to the Shelter today to meet them so they can charm your socks off! Dog Adoption Applications are available in the Shelter lobby, or you may download the application and bring it with you to the Shelter or follow the directions to submit it via email or fax. If you have general questions about these dogs, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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Queen Anne Farmers Market winds down the season next week

October 9th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMOctober brings many things to look forward to, as well as one sad goodbye to our Queen Anne Farmers Market. It’s been a great season of fresh fruit, vegetables, Market demos, and performances at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. But, all good things must come to an end, and the market wraps its 2014 season next week.

Fear not though, the Market will be open today, Thursday, October 9th and next Thursday, October 16th from 3pm to 7pm. Then, the Market and its vendors will take a break until next June.

As the last two Market days help close the season, the QAFM would like to remind residents of the following:

- CSA Delivery: Get fresh produce throughout the year via CSA box delivery for the winter months. If you’re unsure if your favorite vendor has a CSA, the Info Tent we will have a complete list available.

- QAFM T-Shirts: All market t-shirts (from $20 to $15) and sweatshirts (from $30 to $20) will be on sale today. Stop by the Info Tent to check out the QAFM swag and 100% of the proceeds go to support the non-profit, community-run market.

- Queen Anne Helpline Coat Drive: You can drop off gently-used or new coats this week or next at the Info Tent. Coats will help members of the community who need them for the upcoming winter months.

Plan to spend today and next Thursday getting your Queen Anne Farmers Market fix before the long winter break!

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