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Entries from November 2008

2008 Seattle Marathon

November 30th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

This was the Space Needle early this morning when over 12,000 runners and walkers gathered for the start of the 2008 Seattle Marathon.  I was a volunteer for the first time this year and couldn’t believe how many people were out this morning.

There are so many incredible reasons why someone would get up early on a cold and dark Sunday morning to participate in either a full (26.2 miles) or half (13.1 miles) marathon.  King 5 TV has captured quite a few of them on their website.  But, you didn’t need a “life changing” reason to get out and have some fun.

It was great to be greeted by the sound of the cow bell or the spectators, young and old.  

Were any of our QueenAnneView .com readers in the Marathon?  And did you have fun?



Doors Close on Color Me Mine

November 30th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

A tip from a reader let us know that the do-it-yourself pottery store, Color Me Mine, has closed.  According to their website, 

The Seattle Color Me Mine has closed. We would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and friendships. We will miss you! If you have finished items to pick up, please email with your name and item information, to set up a pick up. (Items that were left more than three months have been donated to a local charity)

We’ve been afraid that this might become a trend….

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Christmas Tree Lot is Open for Business

November 30th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

The Queen Anne Helpline and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 72 Christmas Tree Lot is an annual community event offering for sale the finest quality trees, wreaths, and garlands. The tree lot is staffed by volunteers of all ages from the neighborhood and Scouts and families of Boy Scouts of America Troop 72.

Not only are you getting the best trees but also helping to support two very worthy causes. 

ALL proceeds are for the benefit of the Queen Anne Helpline and the neighborhood Boy Scouts of America Troop 72.

Volunteers and Scouts of all ages, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, and those feeling the holiday spirit, help customers select the Noble, Tannenbaum, Fraser, Douglas, or Norway Spruce of their choice.  If you wish to volunteer, please contact the Queen Anne Helpline at (206) 282-1540.

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New Location for the Teacup is Now Open

November 30th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

As quickly as Tully’s disappeared from Boston and Queen Anne Avenue (aka Caffeine Corner), the Teacup has opened.  As reported earlier, the Teacup outgrew its old location (just one store south of the corner) and jumped at the opportunity to acquire the lease on Tulley’s.

The new store is spacious, well-lighted, and has a wonderful airy feeling.  The canisters of tea line the walls.


 And the tea service looks devine.  Step in this weekend and celebrate the grand opening of the Teacup!

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Urban Craft Uprising

November 29th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Urban Craft Uprising, a community of crafters, dedicated to growing the crafting community and showcasing the best indie crafts out there. The annual show (now in its fourth year) is renowned for drawing the most creative, unique, and cream-of-the-crop crafters from around the region-and even some vendors from as far away as Boston and Toronto!

 Urban Craft Uprising’s third annual revolutionary craft fair, held in December of 2007, brought in over 120 vendors from all over the Northwest and over 6,000 fans excited to see fun, fresh, and funky urban crafts. UCU’s phenomenal success has captured the eye of local and national organizations alike.

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Spotlight on Blue Highway Games

November 27th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

The QueenAnneView has brought you several announcements regarding the unique Blue Highway Games.  The Seattle Times has also given this store a shout out.  You’ll have to scroll through the article  and look for “MoonJar Games” or just click through to a review of the Blue Highway Games.

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Waste Free Holidays

November 27th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Times are tough, and people are thinking differently this holiday season.  Remember also that there’s a lot of waste during this time of the year with wrapping paper, ribbon and boxes, bags, holiday parties, and more.  So what can we do differently?

King County is launching its 13th annual Waste Free Holidays program that will run from November 15 through December 31. During this time,  over 150 local participating businesses and organizations will offer discounts between 15-50% on museums, restaurant meals, massages, and a lot more! This gives you an opportunity to offer loved ones experiences that will create lasting memories, instead of toys or gadgets they’ll toss in a year or so.

In Queen Anne, Julia’s Restaurant, located at 1825 Queen Anne Ave. N offers 20% off gift certificates.  Give experience instead of stuff!  

We will bring you more ideas over the next two weeks on how to keep your holidays green!  Does anyone have a good idea about this?

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Eat Local Holiday Sale

November 27th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Our good friends at Eat Local offer a weekend Holiday Sale beginning Friday Nov. 28th and ending Sunday, Nov. 30.  Promotions include: 20% OFF ALL PAPER GOODS; 


Free Insulated Bag 
with all purchases over $50

; and $1 Stumptown 12oz Lattes 
(through the end of December).

Also, drop by Friday from 12 noon – 3:00 pm for live music by Aaron Samuels, the unveiling of the Eat Local homemade Gingerbread House and the Totes 2 Go Trunk Show.  Canapes and hot cider are part of the event!  Read more about Eat Local.

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Turkey Tips and Tricks at

November 26th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Getting ready for the big day?  If you need help with your turkey, you can always turn to the turkey experts at Butterball for advice.  For 28 years, they have manned a Turkey Hotline (1-800-Butterball) to help you out with those last minute “how to” questions.  They even give you suggestions on how to rescue your overcooked or undercooked turkey if you need the help.  (Remember the Chevy Chase “Vacation” movies with the exploding turkey?)  Also, check out the Butterball website for tips and tricks for Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful holiday!

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‘Old Hay’ building may close

November 25th, 2008 by Cory Bergman

The “Old Hay” school building on Boston Ave. may close under new recommendations from Seattle Public Schools. Under the plan, the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center (SBOC) would move from the Hay building to Meany Middle School. Longtime Queen Anne residents will remember when John Hay Elementary moved out the building in 1989, and the SBOC moved in. And three years ago, a group banded together to refurbish the facility. If the school board approves the recommendations, the building will close, and perhaps like other Seattle school buildings of late, be put up for sale.

Update: Here’s a summary of the recommendations (PDF)

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Define the Future of the Interbay Golf Course

November 25th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Neighborhood Master Plans abound!  Here is your chance to share your opinion about the future of the Interbay Golf Course. Seattle Parks and Recreation wants input from the community to update the Golf Course Master Plan and Economic Analysis for all four municipal golf courses.

If you are interested in golf at Interbay, they want to hear from you to help develop the future of the nine hole course, including funding, perimeter trails, club house renovations, driving range expansions and maintenance facility renovations

There is a public meeting at 6:30 on Tuesday, December 2 at Interbay Golf Course. For more information visit the website.

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Mark your calendars for holiday fairs

November 25th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

If you think about staying local with your holiday shopping, no better way than to visit the holiday arts and crafts fairs.  A couple that we know are close by:

Saturday, Dec. 6
The Queen Anne Merchants pull out all the stops for Holiday Magic. Strolling musicians, treats and holiday cheer abound!  All day in Queen Anne.

Saturday, Dec. 6-Sunday, Dec. 7, 11:00 am to 5 pm
Urban Craft Uprising at Seattle Center Exhibition Center
Over 120 vendors are expected. Look for local Queen Anne vendors such as Estrella.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Crave Party at McCaw Hall
A CRAVE Party is an exclusive, festive,  glam-gal gathering of fun, entertainment, personal pampering, specialty shopping, sippin’ and noshin’, and just hanging with the girls.

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