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Drone flown around Space Needle results in SPD visit

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

The Space Needle has hit a lot of web sites this evening, thanks to a “drone strike” reported on the SPD Blotter. From their write up:

Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike
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Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.

Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.

Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle.

Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.

He then showed officers video he’d captured during the drone’s flight, which showed it hovering over the Space Needle’s observation deck as tourists waved. Nothing on the video indicated the drone had hit the Needle.

The man told police he was an Amazon.com employee visiting from out of state, and had recently purchased the drone at a hobby shop. Officers then gave the man a crash course on some of Seattle’s recent drone-related controversies, and he agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.

The video footage the drone captured was posted to YouTube, but has since been removed. However, many images still hit online articles and Buzzfeed has short video images embedded in their site. You can see people on the observation deck waving to the camera, as well as shots of the city and the Seattle Center:

Space Needle drone

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

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Saturday looks to be a very busy day around the Seattle Center as several Seafair events take place at, or start from, the Seattle Center grounds. It’s also the first Movies at the Mural weekend, which kicks off with Princess Bride. And, if Shakespeare’s your thing, check out the family-friendly Backyard Bard double-feature at Rodgers Park on Saturday or the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s two shows on Sunday.

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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  • 99/Viaduct: northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed Saturday from 5:30 pm to approximately 7:45pm for the Seafair Torchlight Run.
  • Seafair Parade route: 4th Ave will close from Broad St to S Washington St from 6pm to 10:30pm.

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 25

Saturday, July 26

Sunday, July 27

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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FOUND – Missing 13 year-old last seen on Queen Anne found near Green Lake, back at home

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

Just received an update from SPD via Twitter – 13 year-old Steven Miller has been found.

Thanks to everyone who shared, retweeted, and reposted the information.

Missing 13 year old Found

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Today’s lineup at the Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMEDIT: I spoke/wrote too soon… it’s raining. But, it’s not pouring and the Queen Anne Farmers Market goes on, rain or shine! Plus, and update to the live music – rather fittingly, Right as Rain is performing from 5pm-7pm.

It may still be grey outside, but it’s not raining – so head over to Crockett St for the Queen Anne Farmers Market! Here’s today’s lineup, courtesy of the QAFM:

Live Music, Picnic Lawn
3:00-4:30 – Seattle Suzuki Cello: Peter Williams & his talented cello students perform their favorite music.

5:00-7:00 – Right as Rain: Band that features two Queen Anne residents!

Event Tent: Michael Gifford, How to Cook a Wolf
5:30pm - We’re so fortunate in Seattle to have such a rich food & wine culture. Among the restaurants putting the city on the map is How to Cook A Wolf. Please join Chef, Michael Gifford, for a great cooking demonstration that will elevate your experience with fresh market produce.

Featured Winery: Lopez Island Winery
Rotating Food Trucks: BunsHow Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Anchorhead Coffee

All regular vendors will be at the market as well, get out and enjoy the cooler weather before we rise back into the 80s!

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Missing 13 year old – last seen 900 block of W McGraw St

July 23rd, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE 7.25.14: Missing 13 year old has been found.

No other details available, but please call 911 if you see Steven Miller, missing 13 year-old. Last seen near 900 block of W McGraw St.

SPD Missing 13 year old

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Fire at Broad Street substation takes out power around Seattle Center

July 23rd, 2014 by Laura

At 10:05am today a fire broke out at Seattle City Light’s Broad Street substation. The fire knocked out power in areas around the Seattle Center. 325 customers are without power due to the fire, including the Space Needle, EMP, Key Arena and Seattle Center.

According to Seattle City Light: “Fire happened in a capacitor bank, which regulates the quality of power flow.”

Here’s the current outage map:

SCL Broad St outage

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Green Stage’s Backyard Bard returns to Rodgers Park with free Shakespeare

July 21st, 2014 by Laura

Nothing says summer like Shakespeare in the park – or, even better, Shakespeare in a Queen Anne park!

Green Stage BB castGreen Stage’s Backyard Bard performances brought Shakespeare comedies to David Rodgers Park last summer, playing to a full lawn of adults, kids, and even dogs. This year, they’re back with two plays at Rodgers Park.

The theatrical spectacle begins this Saturday with a double feature of All’s Well That Ends Well and The Comedy of Errors. Then, on Saturday, August 9th, the troupe returns for an encore performance of The Comedy of Errors. Each performance is about 45 minutes long and four actors perform all the roles. Hilarity ensues!

Green Stage BB fightGreen Stage is performing across Seattle through August 16th. Last year’s performances were a lot of fun, so grab a blanket or chair, a picnic or snacks, and head to Rodgers park this Saturday or August 9th.

Performances begin at 7pm both dates and are free to all!

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Check out the Seattle Center piano in the park and enter to win a Concerts at the Mural performance

July 20th, 2014 by Laura

Earlier this week, the City of Seattle and King County Parks launched Pianos in the Parks, a summer campaign that runs from July 17 to August 17. Twenty pianos that were nearing the end of their lives have been refurbished and made into works of art by the Gage Academy of Art faculty, students and friends.

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Seattle Center piano, courtesy of Pianos in the Parks

Fifteen Seattle parks and public locations each got a piano as part of the program.

According to Mayor Ed Murray, “We are delighted to host the pianos at 13 city parks, Seattle Center and City Hall plaza. Pianos in the Parks will enliven our parks and engage communities through the power of art and music.”

Each piano is open to the public and play is encouraged! Plus, to invigorate a sense of competition, KEXP has joined in to sweeten the pot with a Facebook contest. All you have to do is play the Seattle Center piano (or any of the other pianos outside of our neighborhood), upload your performance to the Facebook page, and wait for the “likes” to pour in.

Your music selection must be original music or a piece from the public domain, and you have to be ready to perform! The 5 most-liked videos will be judged by a community panel and the winner will have a feature performance at the August 22nd Concerts at the Mural event.

At the end of the summer program, the pianos featured in the parks will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit Seattle Parks and Recreation, King County Parks, Seattle Symphony, KEXP and Gage Academy of Art.

Check out the Seattle Center piano at the Mural Amphitheatre or discover other pianos in the program, and enter to win your 15 minutes of fame!

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New Mexican restaurant Nana’s set to open in early August

July 19th, 2014 by Laura

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We first posted about the old Emmer & Rye building becoming a new family Mexican restaurant back in May.

There’s been a lot of work done to the building’s exterior – paint, building décor, and a giant rooster in the courtyard. Now, there’s a sign for Nana’s, a family Mexican restaurant.

According to a Craigslist posting for jobs (they’re hiring from front of house to kitchen), the restaurant hit a few delays and is now set to open August 6th.

Nanas signThe previous May listing for open positions described the restaurant as “traditional Mexican food with accents of American fare. We will be working with family handed down recipes and new food concepts.”

The restaurant will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-9pm with breakfast service on the weekends. Assuming no more unexpected delays, we’ll be able to welcome a new restaurant to the long-vacant Emmer & Rye building at 1825 Queen Anne Ave N next month.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Zack

July 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:    
Dove Family (Bubbles, Promise & Picasso) – available for adoption
Archimedes (red-eared slider turtle) – available for adoption
Skylar & S’More (chinchillas) – adopted!
Bella (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) – available for adoption
Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Chinchillas – six currently available for adoption
Angie & Ninja (pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Cosmo (yellow lab mix) – available for adoption
Pounce (silky grey cat) – available for adoption
Elsa (white kitty) – available for adoption

Meet Zack!

Zack 2014-7-17 1Hi there! I’m Zack, and I’d love to meet you! If you’re looking for a cute, cuddly, friendly dog, then look no further – you’ve found me!

I’m a little shy at first, but warm right up. I love to be held and carried around, so I can be your constant companion.

I also love to go on walks with my human and love kids! I’m good with cats, but I’m a little unsure about other dogs; they’re a lot bigger than me!

Zack 2014-7-17 2I know I’d fit right into your home, so come down to the shelter and ask for me, Zack, today!

Zack (SAS ID #14-18814) is at the Seattle Animal Shelter. 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 this dog, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at 206-386-4294.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

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Heads up on traffic – not only will the I-90 reduction to one lane westbound begin on Friday, but the Bite of Seattle also kicks off at the Seattle Center with an estimated 40,000 attendees. And, looking forward to early next week, I-90 will still be a bottleneck and President Obama will also be in the area (Hunts Point on the Eastside) on Tuesday, July 22nd when the Mariners take the field at Safeco (7:10pm).

In the meantime, take your pick of summer events and have a great weekend!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

Traffic:

  • I-90 One Westbound Lane: reduced to one through lane at Bellevue Way SE and three lanes across the East Channel Bridge from 9:30pm Friday, July 18 to 5am Friday, July 25

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 18

Saturday, July 19

Sunday, July 20

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Wine and books come together at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

QABC SignIf you love wine and want a local guide to wine tours in our state, mark your calendars and RSVP for an event this weekend at Queen Anne Book Company.

On Saturday, July 19th, the shop will be hosting a wine event featuring Steve Roberts’ “Wine Trails of Washington: A Guide for Uncorking Your Memorable Wine Tour” – a guide to tasting tours in our state. Not only can you learn more about wine tours in our state, you can also taste Washington wines and small bites.

Robert Ramsay small logoLocal Queen Anne wine tasting room Robert Ramsay Cellars is joining Queen Anne Book Company for the event. They’ll be featuring tastes of their award-winning wines at the event.

The wine event starts at 3pm and is free – however, please RSVP with Queen Anne Book Company so they can plan ahead for refreshments. You can contact them via email or at 206.284.2427.

Here’s more on Roberts’ book to wet your whistle:

“Local author Steve Roberts guides you through the best wine tours our state has to offer, from Woodinville to Walla Walla. This book features 32 unique WineTrails, most of which can be experienced in a day or two. Profiles of each winery include a winery description, the winemaker ‘s philosophy, photos, contact information and tasting room hours. You’ll also find tips on tasting room etiquette and lessons from Wine Tasting 101. This book will inspire you to hop in the car and support our state wine trade! Take this guide along and read aloud as you uncork, swirl, and sip your way along the WineTrails!”

Mark your calendars and RSVP for a fun event at one of our local merchants!

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