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Gilman Gardens is hosting a beer garden and bake sale fundraiser this Saturday

July 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Gilman Gardens satelliteWe’ve posted on Gilman Gardens in the past, and pretty recently too when they had plots available (and, heads up gardeners, there is still one available). Now, they’re planning a bake sale and beer garden to help raise funds for the community-run gardens at 2272 Gilman Drive West.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm at the Gilman Gardens this Saturday, July 11th, and everyone is welcome. Funds raised will help the gardeners at Gilman Gardens buy a water cistern – why is this important? Unlike official City of Seattle P-Patches, Gilman Gardens is all volunteer-operated, and there is no water plumbed to the site. Gardeners have to “bring their own” water, and the water cistern and soaker hose system will help them water them keep the community berry patch alive and available to everyone.

Gilman Gardens Sale

While the beer garden is 21+ only, the day’s events are also kid-friendly, with garden tours to teach both young and old about organic urban farming. Plus, the garden in on the route for Saturday’s Seattle Tilth Chicken Coup Tour, so there’ll be chickens too.

Gilman Plot signOnce an abandoned lot, Gilman Gardens was born in 2005 when neighborhood resident Charlie Hoselton asked the City of Seattle for permission to turn an abandoned SDOT lot into a community garden. Now, it’s a great place for gardening, hanging out, picnicking, and snacking on fresh, organic berries.

Any funds above and beyond what it takes for the water system will go toward a new picnic table. Stop by Gilman Gardens this Saturday, enjoy a beer, tour the garden, buy some baked goods and help support our neighborhood gardeners. Oh, and bring cash as it’s cash-only to partake.

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UPDATE: Non-community meeting scheduled for planned Roy St and Interbay homeless encampments

July 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

157 Roy St View UPDATE: The Queen Anne Community Council has informed us that this July 21st meeting is limited admission for Interfaith pastors only  - not a public meeting as the Magnolia Community Coucil pitched it. Contact the Mayor to get a public meeting that’s open to all.

We just got this notice about a planned community meeting to discuss/answer questions about the proposed homeless shelters on Roy Street and in Interbay.

Note, this meeting is scheduled at the convenient time of noon on a weekday… I can’t attend because of my day job, so hopefully some neighbors can attend and report back:

When/Where: Noon on Tuesday, July 21, QA Lutheran Church, 2400 8th Ave West

Who: Sola Plumacher of the Seattle Human Services Department will brief attendees on the 2 new shelters opening in the Queen Anne neighborhood:

You can read more about these proposed shelters in the post from last Thursday.

Let’s hope the Mayor will schedule additional meetings in the evenings to accommodate those Queen Anne residents who work during the day. As with the Interagency Recovery School, often these meetings come after a review period and whether you’re for or against the City’s plans, you have no option to comment or ask questions.

In the meantime, if you have questions call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1001 or contact the Office of the Mayor via a wide variety of social media sites or email form-letter.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Odie

July 3rd, 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.

Lady Bug (sweet and friendly Miniature Pinscher) – available for adoption
Mr. Butters (fabulous family cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Pilot (lionhead rabbit) – available for adoption

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Odie 1Meet Odie!

Resilient, loyal and intelligent is the best way to describe this beautiful boy. Odie is also a ton of fun, loves to swim and is the epitome of happy go lucky. He truly believes that everyone he meets is a potential friend and he’s rock solid with all the comings and goings of city life.

Odie’s favorite thing in life is food and he’s pretty much on a mission to make sure he doesn’t miss a tasty snack, because of this he is super trainable and easy to work with. He already knows his basic commands – sit, stay, come, wait and down – and knows how to army crawl.  Check out his video below to see how cute this guy really is!

Odie 5Odie is an adult, neutered male, Catahoula Leopard Dog mix. He has a medium energy level; he’s not a jogger but he does love the opportunity to be out and about as much as possible.

Odie is a big strong boy but his love of people and treats make him easy to manage. He deserves a home experienced with big dogs and willing to let his personality shine. He has no prey drive and could live with dog savvy cats, and he’s house trained. Odie really is a unique and special boy, stop by the shelter to learn more about him.

Editor’s Note: see how popular Odie is with the SAS staff – they are really rooting for him to find a forever home!

Odie SAS

Odie (SAS ID #13-6692) is hanging out at the Seattle Animal Shelter just waiting to meet you. Please note that the Shelter will be closed on July 3 and 4 for the Independence Day holiday. 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 Odie you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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City-sponsored homeless encampment on Roy Street? Negotiations under way with City Light

July 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Earlier this week, Mayor Ed Murray released a map of planned and future homeless shelters located at city-owned sites. I had originally heard that the City Light building at 157 Roy Street was on the list, but when I inquired, I was told that it was undecided – and it is not currently listed on the map or on the Human Services Department website:

Seattle Encampment Map

However, according to the Queen Anne Community Council, the property at the corner of Warren Ave N and Roy Street, across from Metropolitan Market, is slated to become a men’s shelter for up to 100 men in September. The City Light property is the yellow box in the map below:

Roy St City Light

I’ve inquired again to get confirmation from the city, so this information could change, but here’s what we know today:

  • The hours will be 10pm to 6am
  • Residents will be given bus passes at the Downtown Emergency Shelter to get to Queen Anne/Uptown
  • Bus passes will be given out again in the morning at the Roy St location
  • The shelter will operate for at least 5 years
  • It is anticipated that the residents will be ages 50 and over
  • Negotiations for rent for the facility are underway – no agreement yet

157 Roy St View

Meanwhile, a definitive agreement has been reached on the Interbay site at 17th Ave W and W Bertona St. An encampment will open at the City Light substation property “soon” and it will stay at this location for one year. It will house up to 70 residents. The encampment will have the opportunity to renew for a second year, after which, it will then move to one of seven other locations. After a year, it can then return to Interbay.

Interbay Encampment

MyBallard and West Seattle Blog have both covered the sites on the map that correspond to their respective neighborhoods if you’d like to learn more.

I’ve left a message with the Seattle Human Services Department contact, Sola Plumacher to get more information on the planned Roy Street encampment. Due to the holiday weekend, we may not have additional information until Monday. The Queen Anne Community Council has asked Ms. Plumacher to attend the September QACC meeting to answer questions from the community.

September’s meeting is months away and the encampment will likely be up and running by then. In the meantime, if you have questions call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1001 or contact the Office of the Mayor via a wide variety of social media sites or email form-letter.

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Enter your ride in the 4th Annual Car Show at Queen Anne Days

July 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Car Show July 11 FlyerCar aficionados have been lucky to enjoy the annual Queen Anne Car Show for the past three years. Vehicles of all makes, models, and vintages grace the West Queen Anne Playfield (aka Big Howe Park playfield) on the first day of the annual Queen Anne Days festival – which promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.

2014 Cars 2If you have a special car you’d like to enter in the show, all you have to do is contact Diane at the Marqueen Garage via email or at 206-285-285-9100  The Car Show starts at 2pm, and all vehicles need to be on the field by 1:30pm. There is no fee to enter your car!

QA Days 1Help make the Car Show a great one this year – if you know someone with a classic, unusual, or pristine car, let them know about the car show. It’s amazing to see the variety of 2, 3, and 4 wheeled creations, a cool way to meet neighbors and discover the treasures they have in their garage.

It’s fun for everyone attending Queen Anne Days, adults and kids alike!

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Three new multi-story developments planned for Uptown/Lower Queen Anne

June 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Silver PlattersIn the latest Land Use Bulletin news, there are three sites slated for demolition for multi-story residential buildings. All three are in the planning stage, so no concept drawings yet. A key landmark of sorts, the Silver Platters building, is on the list. After being vacant for over two years, looks like it’ll become a 5-story residential building.

Here are the details:

701 5th Ave N701 5th Ave N aka Silver Platters building:

  • 5-story structure containing 97 residential units
  • 3,600 square feet of commercial use at ground level
  • Parking for 88 vehicles to be provided below grade
  • Existing structure to be removed (goodbye, Silver Platters murals)

513 1st Ave N513 1st Ave N:

  • 6-story, 92 unit apartment building
  • Parking for 45 vehicles to be provided
  • Existing structure to be demolished
  • Note: this is the old one-story liquor store and Floyd’s Place on 1st Ave N

200 2nd Ave W200 2nd Ave W:

  • 5-story structure containing 75 residential units above four live-work units
  • Parking for 69 vehicles will be located below grade
  • Existing structure to be removed
  • Note: this is the blue wood building across Western from the PI Building

That’s three Land Use notices in 2 weeks, so expect more in the future as the landscape at the bottom of the hill changes and grows upward. And, yes, I’ve used both Uptown and Lower Queen Anne in the title of this post – if I go with one or the other, someone isn’t happy, so make peace with the combo… for now.

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B&E Meats opens this Friday for your July 4th needs and beyond

June 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

B&E signThe A&J Building on the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N has been the ongoing theme in a trilogy of sorts. First, there was the beloved A&J Meats; then, the uncertainty after owner Rick Friar announced his retirement; and now a new local butcher, B&E Meats and Seafood, which is opening this Friday, July 3rd.

B&E Meats and Seafood is family-owned and owner Jeff Green is excited to be opening the newest B&E in our neighborhood. You can read more about the local butcher in our post from last month, when the crew was just starting a remodel of the space. B&E Meats specializes in high-quality meats, seafood, and specialty items like smoked bacon, pepperoni, sausages, Kalbi beef ribs, smoked candy salmon, and more. You can check out their offerings here, and the Queen Anne location will also include some old A&J favorites too.

B&E GordyYou’ll even see some familiar faces starting this Friday as A&J owner Rick Friar will be behind the counter, along with Gordy from A&J who’s been at B&E since January, where he’s been in charge of specialty sausages (fresh apple, blueberry, and breakfast sausage – favorites at A&J).

The B&E crew is finishing up painting tonight in preparation for Friday’s big day. The shop will be open at 9am sharp to serve your 4th of July needs. They’ll also be open on the 4th, but closing early to celebrate the holiday with family. Here are B&E’s regular hours – note, it’ll be open 7 days a week:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am-7pm
  • Saturday: 9am-6pm à this Saturday, they’ll be closing at 2pm
  • Sunday: 9am-5pm

B&E will have the same phone number as A&J, so if you’re like me and haven’t deleted A&J from your contacts, you’re all set except for a name change. Since the holiday is fast approaching, B&E can take your orders for the 4th via phone starting tomorrow, Tuesday at 206-284-3885. Here’s a video from B&E to help introduce them a bit more:

Stop by on Friday to stock up on fresh meats, seafood, and specialty items, say hello to Rick and Gordy, and meet the new B&E crew that’ll hopefully become a long-standing fixture on Queen Anne. We’re really lucky to have a butcher on Queen Anne, and thanks to Queen Anne View readers, neighbors, and A&J Building owner Rick Friar, we do – so, remember to shop local and keep B&E Meats (and other Queen Anne shops) open for business for years to come.

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Register for the Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk or volunteer to help out on July 11th

June 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Fun Run Sign 2015The Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk is now less than 2 weeks away! The 29th annual community event is Saturday, July 11th, and registration is open now. All proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and our neighbors in need – a fun day and a great cause.

If you’re not planning on a walk or run around the top of Queen Anne, you can still participate as a volunteer. The fun run depends on the help of neighborhood volunteers to keep the racers safe. You can sign up to be a crossing guard to help everyone navigate streets and intersections as they loop around the hill.

FunRunShirt_FinalVolunteers need to be at Queen Anne Lutheran Church (2400 8th Ave W) between 7am and 7:30am the morning of the fun run to pick up vests and flags. As a volunteer, you’ll be assigned a specific spot for the event. The run ends around 9am and everyone is invited to join in the festivities at the race end (by Coe Elementary).

If you’d like to volunteer, contact Ann Pearce at annrpearce@aol.com.

If you’d like to register for the race, you can do so online. All participants get a t-shirt (pictured) and it’s a great way to kick off the weekend’s Queen Anne Days festivities!

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Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne hit 30

June 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve passed two new Little Free Libraries (LFLs) on Queen Anne, bringing our grand total to 30! They seem to be popping up quickly around the neighborhood, faster than I can travel via foot, so let us know if you find one that’s not on the map.

These two new LFLs fill in little gaps on the map. The first one I found is tucked away on a dead end portion of 2nd Ave N, right near a public staircase that connects to Prospect. Nestled between the staircase and Ward St, this LFL will certainly serve readers who climb up and down the hill via staircases:

LFL 2nd Ave N & Ward

Then, just this week, I spotted a new LFL on the corner of W Smith St and 7th Ave W, on the Smith side, across from Coe Elementary:

LFL Smith & 7th Ave W

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 30 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

 LFL Map 062815

If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: LadyBug

June 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

On Fridays [this week it’s Saturday] 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.

Mr. Butters (fabulous family cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Pilot (lionhead rabbit) – available for adoption

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Lady Bug 1Meet Lady Bug!

Hi there! I’m not quite sure how this happened as I’m sweet, friendly and so very cute – but at 14 years young, I find myself looking for a new home.

As a mature and dignified Lady, I mastered basic commands like ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘bed’ a long time ago. I’m the perfect size (about 22 lbs), a polite but enthusiastic eater, house-trained and well-mannered. I even like riding in the car!

Somewhere along the way I developed a collapsed trachea so I must be careful not to exert myself too much. Despite this, I have good energy and mobility, and can scamper around like a dog half my age.

Lady Bug 3There’s been some debate as to my breed, with some suggesting Miniature Pinscher and others saying German Pinscher. With my reddish coloring, I resemble a little deer – appropriate, as my foster mother tells me I am a “little dear.” Whatever my breed, one thing is certain: I’m gentle and trusting, and a perfect addition to a calm, loving household.

I’m looking for a home where I can relax with my person, receive belly rubs on demand and go for short walks.

Lady Bug 2Since I enjoy being with my people, I’d prefer a home where they’d be around a lot to adore me. That’s how it should be when you reach my age, don’t you think? So what are you waiting for? Apply to meet me today! I can’t wait to adore you back.

Lady Bug (SAS ID #15-5187) is waiting patiently for your call in a foster home; she is not at the Shelter. 

If you would like to meet Ladybug, 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 LadyBug, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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Celebrate PrideFest at the Seattle Center this Sunday

June 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Pride Fest 2015Since I have a day job, I often get to the end of the week and haven’t had time to post on key weekend events on and around Queen Anne. This week is no exception, as it’s Friday and I just now have the time to post on PrideFest. But, for the first time, I’m glad I didn’t have time before now, as today is the perfect day to give everyone the heads up about this particular event.

Here are the details on Sunday’s events – the Parade from 4th Ave & Union up to the Seattle Center, and the Pride Fest activities at Seattle Center all day Sunday. Note, there are 30,000 people expected at the Seattle Center festivities this Sunday. It’ll impact traffic and parking, but after today’s Supreme Court ruling, who can complain?

Seattle Pride Parade: The parade begins at 11am, moving from 4th Ave & Union Street to Denny Way, then west on Denny to 2nd Ave N, ending at the Seattle Center. Parade is estimated to run 2.5 hours. Streets will be closed from 7am-4pm.

Seattle PrideFest: The Fest will celebrate Pride at the Seattle Center from 10am to 8pm.  About 30,000 people are expected to attend.

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Happy PrideFest weekend!

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Today’s QAFM features the Seattle Reign and more

June 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAFM 2015 PosterIt’s market day! Another beautiful summer day for the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market – stock up on treats before the weekend heat-wave. Plus, the Seattle Reign FC will be at the Event Tent, plus a chance to win a 4-pack of match tickets.

Here’s today’s schedule per the QAFM:

3:00 pm – Market Opens

Information Tent: 2015 posters and t-shirts are available for purchase

Community Tent: Queen Anne Days – register for the annual Fun Run, get a sneak peak at the fun planned for Familyfest, and help build the Queen Anne Days picture collage

4:00 pm – Seattle Reign FC

Share some Women’s World Cup fever with the pros. Find out more about the Reign’s Pro Experience girls’ camp, get the match schedule, and enter the raffle for free tickets, with all raffle proceeds benefitting QAFM

5:00 pm – Live Music: Cygne

Described as an “illuminating lyricist with soul to burn”. Last year her original fingerstyle blues and folk won her the title in the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Solo Competition, as well as Eddie Owen’s renowned Songwriter Shootout in Atlanta.  Please support the QAFM volunteer musicians with a generous tip!

Rotating Vendors:

Plan on shopping at the QAFM tonight, grabbing dinner to enjoy at the market or to take home, and enjoy the summery weather. QAFM opens at 3pm and runs until 7:30pm.

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