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Taylor Shellfish opens its doors this Wednesday

April 19th, 2014 by Laura

Taylor ShellfishBack in November, we posted on the new Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location for Taylor Shellfish – and, fast forward to now and they’re set to open to the public this Wednesday, April 23 at 4pm.

According to Taylor Shellfish: “Our menu is centered around our farm to table fresh shellfish. We will serve our oysters both raw and baked, steamed clam and mussels along with chowders, crab, geoduck and salads. We will accompany our menu with wine, beer and cocktails.”

The new spot has a casual atmosphere and feel, designed for all shellfish lovers. You can check out some of their offerings in the photos to whet your appetite prior to Wednesday’s opening:

Taylor Shellfish menu

Stop by Taylor Shellfish at 124 Republican St (in the EXPO Apartments building) starting this Wednesday and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Bingo

April 18th, 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.

Updates on previous pets:
Elsa (white kitty) – available for adoption
Dante (chihuahua) – available for adoption
China & Vesper (chinchillas) – ADOPTED!
Godiva (black & white kitty) – available for adoption
Murasaki (Calico kitty) – available for adoption
Slim (corn snake) – available for adoption


Meet Bingo!

Bingo 2014-4-17 1Bingo is a Black Headed Caique who was found in someone’s backyard! He is absolutely amazingly colored in bright shades of green, yellow, white, orange and black.

Bingo is high energy, friendly and likes to whistle (he’s not a quiet bird!)

Parrots are extremely intelligent and social. They need extensive daily enrichment and interaction with their people and/or other birds. Puzzles containing food or toys/climbing structures for parrots to explore are also great ways to engage a bird’s active mind and encourage physical activity.

Bingo 2014-4-17 3Caiques are best suited to a moderately active home with prior parrot experience. If you don’t have experience, please do a LOT of research before inquiring about Bingo. These birds have specific requirements, are very smart and live a long life.

The shelter officers can provide more information about Bingo.

Bingo (SAS ID #14-14695) is at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

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The (egg) hunt is on at Queen Anne Community Center Saturday

April 18th, 2014 by Laura

2013 Egg HuntThis Sunday is Easter, and so far, we only have one Egg Hunt to report – the Queen Anne Community Center will host a Spring Egg Hunt tomorrow, Saturday, April 19.

The search begins at 10am and the festivities are free and designed for kids 10 and under. Bring the kids and something to gather up the eggs in (basket, reusable grocery bag, etc.), and meet the Easter Bunny too.

If you know of another Egg Hunt, let us know. Last year there was one at Rodgers Park, but no word on a repeat this year.

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UPDATE: Lost indoor grey and white cat near 14th Ave W

April 17th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: Porkchop has been found and is home safe and sound!

If you live near The Belvedere Apartments at 3425 14th Ave W on northwest Queen Anne, keep an eye out for missing kitty Porkchop. I’ve been without internet access for the past 3 days, so just got the heads up. Porkchop went missing on Monday. Here’s the info from Porkchop’s owner:

My cat Porkchop disappeared from my 3rd-story apartment [The Belvedere Apartments - 3425 14th Ave. W, 98119] and I need all the help I can get in finding her. She may have escaped from the apartment when my boyfriend returned from work around 8:30am. [note: Monday, April 14th at 8:30am]
She is a 6-year old grey and white long-haired female with “tuxedo” coloring. Her front claws have been removed and she is missing several of her teeth. She is a very friend cat in small spaces, but skittish in new environments. She is an indoor cat and has a microchip, but doesn’t wear a collar.
Porkchop 2 Porkchop 1

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April Pools Day is this Saturday

April 17th, 2014 by Laura

It’s that time of year again, time for April Pools Day at Seattle Parks and Recreation pools. Queen Anne Pool is participating this Saturday with a free event for families who want to prepare in advance for summer safety.

April Pools Day 2014Water safety tips and activities are on the agenda, and attendees of all ages can learn hands-on water safety both in and out of the water. Activities include practicing using life jackets, learning about hypothermia, practicing reaching and throwing rescues, and CPR.

The event is free and participants can also enter a drawing for a free life jacket and other prizes. Stop by Queen Anne Pool at 1920 1st Ave W this Saturday, April 19, from 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

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Krav Maga Seattle opening April 26 with a Grand Opening celebration

April 12th, 2014 by Laura

Krav Maga SeattleA new Krav Maga fitness and self-defense studio is opening on Queen Anne, just west of Lake Union, later this month. Krav Maga Seattle is nearing completion on its new space at 1009 8th Ave N and is planning a grand opening on Saturday, April 26th.

You may be familiar with the team at Krav Maga Seattle from classes it held at the Queen Anne Community Center, introducing residents to the practice of Krav Maga.


KMS Introductory Class at QACC

You no longer have to wait for the occasional introductory class at QACC, you can go directly to KMS’s new studio and begin (or continue) your Krav Maga practice.

KMS will be the only officially licensed Krav Maga Worldwide training center in Seattle. The opening celebration runs from 10am to 3pm with free classes, prizes (t-shirts, water bottles, free classes, etc), and discounts on membership. Plus, from 11am to 3pm, you can snag some lunch at the Now Make Me a Sandwich food truck, right outside the KMS studio.

You can learn more about KMS via their Facebook page. Stop by on April 26 to learn more about the practice and the new studio.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Elsa

April 11th, 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.

Updates on previous pets:
Dante (chihuahua) – available for adoption
China & Vesper (chinchillas) – available for adoption
Godiva (black & white kitty) – available for adoption
Murasaki (Calico kitty) – available for adoption
Slim (corn snake) – available for adoption


Meet Elsa!

Elsa 2014-4-11 1When you first meet Elsa, she might seem a bit reserved, and even world-weary… but this sweet, scrappy 12-year-old is anything but. With one friendly gesture or scratch behind her ears, she’ll start up a purr that lets you know she’s ready for more.

Elsa’s white coat is tremendously soft, and she enjoys being petted all over, belly rubs included, which is not always a given with cats! This gentle, friendly girl loves attention and being groomed; she’s also got an endearing way of resting her chin on your hand.

She’d be a wonderful first cat for someone who’s never had one before. Elsa would like to live in a calm, mature household with just adults. She might enjoy the company of another cat, too.

Elsa (SAS ID #14-14459-1) is at the Seattle Animal Shelter. Cat 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.

Elsa qualifies for the Shelter’s Senior Citizen Discount program: senior citizens or disabled adults with a Gold Card for Healthy Aging, or FLASH card (issued by the City of Seattle), may adopt an adult cat (at least six years old) at a special price – no fee for the adoption itself, and the licensing fee is half-price.

If Elsa isn’t the kitty for you, but you are looking for the right match: The Shelter currently has almost 90 felines available for adoption. Young ones, old ones, and adults, too. Black ones, white ones, tortoiseshells, and tabbies. Long haired, short haired, and everything in between. Many of the available cats and kittens are in foster homes, but others are at the Shelter, and a few reside at the Petco across the street (next to Whole Foods). Stop in to find just the right kitty for you or peruse the shelter’s adoption page to see all the available felines.

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Mercer Alert: Eastbound Mercer closure this weekend

April 11th, 2014 by Laura

Remember the Mercer closure that was cancelled last weekend? Well, it’s back on for this weekend. Here are the details from SDOT:

Eastbound Mercer Closure– 5am Friday, April 11 to 5am Monday, April 14

  • Eastbound Mercer between Dexter and 9th Ave and 9th Ave N between Mercer and Republican
  • Travelers heading east on Mercer should take southbound 5th Ave N to Harrison St and eastbound Broad St to reconnect with Mercer.
  • During the closure of 9th Ave N between Mercer and Republican streets, travelers heading southbound on 9th Ave N will be required to turn left onto eastbound Mercer and use southbound Westlake Ave N to reach the City Center.
  • Traffic on Dexter Ave N will be maintained in both directions at all times.
  • The I-5 ramps at Mercer Street, westbound Mercer St, and Broad St will remain open during this work.

Mercer Closure April 11

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Love cat videos? Attend the Internet Cat Video Festival and help out SPU’s Theatre Program

April 11th, 2014 by Laura

Henri Film FestivalWhat would the internet be without cat videos? If you like classics like keyboard cat or moody films featuring Henri, or, just about any random cat doing cat-like things that we humans find hilarious, you’re in luck!

Tonight only you can catch 75 minutes worth of cat videos at SPU, with ticket proceeds helping fund SPU’s Theatre Program.

The Internet Cat Video Festival features “the best and funniest Internet cat videos” curated by the SPU Theatre Department. After the compilation, there’ll be a Q&A with SPU alum Wil Braden, creator of the Henri le Chat Noir videos.

The feline festival is tonight at 7:30pm in SPU’s Upper Gwinn Commons (3310 6th Ave W). Tickets are $5 for SPU students, $10 for everyone else.

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Get in touch with nature and learn about Queen Anne trees at Saturday’s Tree Walk

April 9th, 2014 by Laura

Tree AmbassadorYou may recall our post on Tree Ambassadors back in February, the city of Seattle’s reLeaf program was looking for volunteers to speak for our neighborhood trees – hands have been raised and the first Queen Anne Tree Walk is this Saturday!

The walk covers the northwest portion of the top of Queen Anne, beginning at Coe Elementary School (2424 7th Ave W) this Saturday, April 12th at 10am. The walk will be a 2-hour guided tour of trees along a portion of Queen Anne Boulevard, as well as some off-the-beaten path trees.

Tree Walk map

The Queen Anne Tree Walk is free and open to all. You can RSVP online or just meet up with the group in front of Coe Elementary School.

For more information on the walk or to become a Tree Ambassador, visit the city’s Tree web site or contact them via email.

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Learn iPhone and Instagram photo secrets from a pro at a Queen Anne photography workshop

April 7th, 2014 by Laura

Davis iPhone flowerAre you new to using iPhone photo apps? Looking for tips on how to get up and running on Instagram? Or, do you just want to be armed with the secrets you need to take amazing photographs with your iPhone?

Well, there’s a workshop for you, and it’s run by Davis Freeman, a professional photographer and Queen Anne resident.

Davis iPhone portraitThe “Connect with Your Creative Core: iPhone Edition” workshop is being held on Sunday, April 27th from 1pm to 4pm at Davis’ Queen Anne studio.

After a meet-and-greet with refreshments (12:30-1pm), the first two hours cover using your iPhone for photography, including the tools available to take great-looking photos and videos.

The last hour features an Instagram expert who’ll help you expand your photographic vision to the world of social media.
Davis iPhone kid
The workshop is designed for people new to using photo apps on the iPhone – and without a lot of technical photography know-how. Professional tips will cover backlighting, composition and framing, and capturing expressions, and in addition to Instagram, apps covered will include TrueHDR, Grungetastic, and Camera+.

Davis iPhone Panorama

All images above are courtesy of Davis Freeman Photography – and, they’re all taken with an iPhone.

Workshop space is limited, so reserve your spot soon. Cost is $89 per person, or $79 for friends who register together. To register or for more information on the workshop, contact Davis Freeman Studios at 206-284-1767 or via email.

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Queen Anne now home to 19 Little Free Libraries – who will help us hit 20?

April 6th, 2014 by Laura

We are so close to hitting 20 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne! A little over a week ago, we got a tip via Twitter about a Little Free Library (LFL) on Queen Anne. It wasn’t one that we’d cataloged already in our online gallery or map – so I headed out with the pup to check it out in person.

The newest LFL is nestled just a few houses away from Mount Pleasant Cemetery on W Armour St, filling in a gap on the map between the LFL south of Rodgers Park and the LFL on northwest Queen Anne on Etruria St.

LFL Armour

Speaking of gaps, what’s up with southwest Queen Anne – are there really no LFLs west of Queen Anne Ave N and south of Galer St? I have yet to see one, but since I travel by foot, it’s easy to miss a new one popping up. As always, if you have a LFL, spot one that’s not on our map, or add one of your own, let us know!

The map is below, and photos of all 19 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

LFL Map 040614

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