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Paper mache Seahawk stolen from Queen Anne artist’s yard

January 27th, 2015 by Laura

A reader sent in a photo of a sign posted on 8th W and Raye St, across from the Mt Pleasant Cemetery – someone has stolen a local artist’s paper mache Seahawk:

Paper Mache Seahawk sign

Taking (or stealing) a unique Seahawk right before the Super Bowl seems especially low. This particular hawk has been outside during the football season for the past two years, but now he’s gone missing. Queen Anne residents, especially kids, have taken a keen interest in the Seahawk. The reader who sent us the photo did so because she was sad to see that someone had stooped so low.

Dan aka “the Monster Man” updated the Seahawk for this season, so the photos below have an older color scheme. The 2 foot tall hawk currently has a silver belly and green eyes, and a white and blue beak to match the new team logo.

paper mache seattle seahawk paper mache seattle seahawk back

He’s hoping to have the Seahawk returned, so if you spot it or know of its whereabouts, let us know.

We all know that property theft is becoming a common occurrence on Queen Anne, but this theft will hit close to home for all 12s. Keep an eye out for Dan’s Seahawk, let’s see if we can bring it home to roost! Go Hawks!

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Get free tax help this season at the Queen Anne Library

January 27th, 2015 by Laura

AARP Tax HelpThis year, the IRS is short-staffed and that means the upcoming tax season could be a little more daunting for some taxpayers. According to Forbes, IRS budget cuts will mean refund delays, correspondence delays, fewer resolutions, and unanswered calls.

But, don’t fret just yet. AARP is offering free tax-preparation at libraries across Seattle, including our own Queen Anne Library branch. The AARP Tax-Aide is free and open to all taxpayers.

QALibraryThe AARP’s tax-certified volunteers on hand at the sessions can answer 2014 filing questions, including changes based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and help prepare your tax returns.

The Queen Anne Library tax-prep sessions begin Wednesday, February 4th and run through April. Sessions will run from noon-5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. No appointments, walk-ins only (and welcome).

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Vian Hunter is celebrating its grand opening with a costume party

January 26th, 2015 by Laura

Vian Hunter Opening PartyOne of our newest Queen Anne businesses, Vian Hunter House of Fashion, is throwing a party to celebrate its grand opening. Vian Hunter first opened its doors back in November, and now that the holidays have receded into the past, the shop is ready to celebrate its new location at 6 W Howe.

It’s not your usual grand opening celebration – it’s a costume party, complete with cocktails. Vian Hunter invites guests to dress in either Downton Abbey or Mad Men costume, and head to the shop for an informal modeling of women’s clothing from the 1920s through the 1970s. Pick your television poison and RSVP via email.

The event is free, but a portion of proceeds from evening sales will go to Jubilee Women’s Center.

RSVP, plan your attire, and head to Vian Hunter House of Fashion for an evening of fun from 5pm-9pm this Friday night.

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McClure holding Open House and Tour for prospective students and their families

January 26th, 2015 by Laura

If you’re the parent of a soon-to-be middle-schooler, mark your calendars for this Thursday, January 29th. McClure Middle School is hosting an Open House and Tour to help families learn more about Queen Anne’s neighborhood middle school. Incoming students can learn more about their new school and parents can learn more about what McClure offers its students.

Check out the flyer below for all the information you need to know:

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Queen Anne Community Council hosts discussion on Interagency Recovery School this Monday

January 25th, 2015 by Laura

QA High School Gym mapEDITED: QACC LURC meeting is today, Monday, January 26th. Got the date right, but read the day on my calendar wrong.

This Monday, January 26th, the Queen Anne Community Council will devote its Land Use Review Committee and Planning Committee meeting to the upcoming Interagency Recovery School. Seattle Public Schools representatives will be on hand to discuss the planned high school. All are welcome to attend the meeting.

There has been much controversy since we first broke the news of the Interagency Recovery School back in November. Queen Anne residents fall on both sides of the argument – some for the school, some against, with the latter citing the location of the school (across from John Hay Elementary) as the top concern.

QA High School Gym signA community meeting was held on December 10th to discuss concerns about the high school that’ll move into the old Queen Anne High School Gym in February. The Queen Anne Community Council meeting is the first community update with Seattle Public Schools since December.

Here’s the information for Monday’s meeting:

Topic: Queen Anne Interagency Recovery High School
Location: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crocket Street
Time: 7pm-9pm
Speakers: Tom Redman, Seattle School District Capital and Facilities Communications; Kaaren Andrews, Queen Anne Interagency Recovery School Principal
Format: Tom Redman and Kaaren Andrews will give LURC and the Queen Anne community a presentation about the school and answer a preliminary list of questions. LURC members will then pose any questions. Once LURC members have completed their review, the floor will be open to community questions determined in order by a sign-up sheet. In respect for all questioners, everyone will be limited to 1 minute each for questions.

The QACC has submitted questions from the December meeting and Queen Anne residents in advance to facilitate the community discussion. If you have questions that you’d like to submit in advance, contact Marty Kaplan, QACC Chair, LURC.

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Third annual Seattle Stairway Walks Day features popular Southwest Queen Anne route

January 24th, 2015 by Laura

wilcox wall stairsFor the past two years, Feet First has organized a Seattle Stairway Walks Day that includes a very popular Southwest Queen Anne route. This year, it’s a three-peat as the Queen Anne route is again on the list of stairway walks around Seattle.

Tickets are available online for a suggested donation of $10 (you can give more or less), and since it’s a family-friendly event, kids under 18 are free. Ticket proceeds will help nonprofit Feet First in its efforts to make communities across the state more walkable.

All of the 14 stairway walks begin at 10am and runs (walks) through noon on Saturday, February 7th. Here’s the description for the Southwest Queen Anne Walk:

Southwest Queen Anne Walking Tour
Queen Anne hill can be roughly divided into four distinct quadrants, each with its own look and feel. Southwest Queen Anne is the elegant one. On this route we’ll visit the stately, neo-Gothic Wilcox Wall; climb secluded stairways and cobblestone lanes beneath towering trees and opulent homes; and take in famous, wide-open views across the city.
Walk Leader: John Stewart, Feet First Board Member
Numbers: 2.6 miles: 588 steps down, 477 steps up

QA Stairs ComstockIn the past, the Queen Anne walk has been one of the most popular on the list, selling out quickly. If you’d like to reserve one of the 35 available spots, RSVP online asap.

If you’d like to explore other neighborhoods, check out the full list here.

Love to walk and want to share our neighborhood with others? You can volunteer to become a neighborhood ambassador or a Feet First member, and lead future Queen Anne walks. Get out and get walking!

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Car prowl prevention tips from SPD

January 24th, 2015 by Laura

Car prowls continue to top Queen Anne (and Seattle) crime stats. We get reports of car prowls on a regular basis that range from a prowler rummaging through a car to broken windows. For the latter, remember to remove all items from your vehicle, even bags or boxes that have nothing of value in them. Prowlers can’t tell what’s in them until they get into your car and check them out.

Because car prowls are so common, our Seattle Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator sent out a flyer with tips from SPD. Many are common sense, but if you’re new to the area, you may not realize just how everyday (or, rather, everynight) these incidents are in our neighborhood.

Check them out and remember to report car prowls to SPD. You can report crimes via the SPD Community Online Reporting Program (CORP) or by calling the non-emergency number at 206-625-5011.

If you see a crime in progress, call 911.

SPD Car Prowls

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Panda & Riley

January 23rd, 2015 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 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.

Taco (young Chi/Basenji mix looking for an experienced home) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Goldie (glamorous orange and white feline) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Pumpkin (orange tabby kitty) – available for adoption


Panda Riley 2015-01-22 1Meet Panda and Riley!

How about welcoming a family into your family? Panda and Riley are mother and son shih tzus, looking for a forever home they care share with each other – and some wonderful new owners.

Panda, the mom, is about 6 years old and a bit more outgoing than her 2-year-old son, Riley. (Riley’s the charmer in the pink sweater.) Both love to sit on laps and snuggle. They’re as fond of their people (ages 10 and up) as they are of each other, and they also do well with cat and dog companions. So easygoing, so lovable!

All Panda and Riley ask is to stay together in a calm, quiet household where they can enjoy leisurely walks and lots of couch time with their new human friends. These affectionate sweethearts are easy to keep and perfect for first-time dog owners. Come meet this awesome little duo and see if they’re the ones for you!

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Panda and Riley (SAS ID #14-24447-1 & 2) are at the Shelter. Hurry on down to meet them and get some cuddles.

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Find a feline friend at the Cat Adopt-a-thon on Saturday

January 23rd, 2015 by Laura

SAS kittenThe Seattle Animal Shelter’s Fabulous Feline Team is going to swing into action at the Mud Bay Uptown location tomorrow, Saturday, January 24th.

The team will be holding a Cat Adopt-a-thon at Mud Bay’s Adoption Center from noon to 3pm, and plenty of furry felines will be on hand to find forever homes. 

SAS CatsSAS will have a variety of available cats and kittens that have been living in foster homes. Plus, the foster parents will be there too, so you can find out about the kitties’ individual personalities and habits, and find the right match for your home.

Adoption prices range from $45 to $135 (plus applicable license fees) and include: initial vaccinations, deworming, feline leukemia testing, spay or neuter, microchip, and a certificate for a free health exam at local veterinarians.

If you’ve been looking to add a feline friend to your household, stop by Mud Bay (522 Queen Anne Ave N) to find your perfect match!

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New French bistro Entre Amis to open in March

January 21st, 2015 by Laura

Cioppino paperedA few weeks ago, we noticed liquor license activity for the old Portage spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N. A little over a year ago, Cioppino opened in the former digs of French restaurant Portage. It papered over the windows in the early summer of 2014 for renovations, but nothing happened with the Italian eatery after it essentially closed up shop.

Then, just last month, Entre Amis took over Cioppino’s liquor license. I reached out to the new owner and he confirmed that he was planning to open a French bistro in the new year.

Entre Amis signRight now, the new bistro is in the permit and construction phase, but just this week, a sign was posted in the window – Entre Amis Bistrot will open in March 2015.

I’ve walked by the location dozens of times looking for signs of life. Today, a tip from a reader (thanks, Mark!) clued us in to a sign announcing the new French restaurant – about 10 minutes after I walked by the location and missed it.

Thanks as always to our readers for catching those items we sometimes miss – and, get ready for a return to French cuisine on Queen Anne Ave!

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LOST DOG: Sheltie lost on Lower Queen Anne

January 21st, 2015 by Laura

Lost Dog sheltieLeroy is a Sheltie lost on Queen Anne. Flyers have been posted on both Upper and Lower Queen Anne (how we found out), and according to the flyer, he is wearing a collar and leash, and was last seen yesterday, Tuesday, January 20th.

At this time, we don’t have any additional information on cross-streets or other specifics. If you see Leroy, please contact the number on the flyer – 503-338-8090.

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QAHS presents free talk on Queen Anne apartments and women developers this Thursday

January 19th, 2015 by Laura

Do you live in one of Queen Anne’s historic apartment buildings or just admire them from the exterior? Or, are you interested in the history of women developers on Queen Anne. If yes to one or more of these questions, mark your calendars.

QAHS Diana JamesThe Queen Anne Historical Society (QAHS) continues its exploration of Queen Anne apartment buildings with a free talk this Thursday, January 22nd. Bringing in an expert in the field, QAHS hosts Diana James, historian and author of “Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939”.

James will focus her talk, Women Developers in Seattle, on women apartment developers who made their mark on our neighborhood between 1900 and 1930.

The free event will be held at the Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, and begins at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served after the talk.

All are welcome to attend the talk and learn more about the history of Queen Anne, and the role that women developers played in the evolution of apartment dwelling in our neighborhood.

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