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Entries from December 2011

New Year’s Eve quick picks

December 30th, 2011 by Michael

Tini Bigs.

Chocolopolis on the Ave is selling truffles for cheap. You can get 20 percent off of 30 or more truffles through 12/31/2011, as a sort of New Year’s party idea of putting one at each place setting or arranging them on a platter for your friends to enjoy with champagne. Click here for more.

The Children’s Museum in Seattle Center is inviting families to join us on New Year’s Eve Day as we count down to the New Year – every hour! The Museum will celebrate the arrival of the New Year starting in New Delhi, India at 11 a.m., and working our way around the globe! Count down each hour as the New Year makes its way to Seattle!

Festivals of Light is an interactive exhibit designed to explore a variety of winter celebrations through the lens of a typical family celebration.  Each week, the exhibit allows children to walk into the dwelling of a family celebrating a festival, including their kitchen and living room, a family craft table and a reading space. Click here for more.

Paragon at 2125 Queen Anne Ave. N., is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration with jazz and DJs.

Wimmer Solutions presents New Year’s at the Needle SkyCity’s evening soirée starts at 8 p.m. with a five-course dinner followed by a champagne toast at midnight and dancing on the Observation Deck with music by STAR 101.5’s Curt Kruse until 2 a.m.
SkyCity Soirée: $250 per person (includes tax, gratuity & parking). The New Year’s Eve celebration on the Observation Deck kicks off at 9 p.m. and includes desserts and dancing on the Observation Deck, a champagne toast and fireworks display to welcome the New Year! 
Observation Deck Party: $100 (includes tax & gratuity)
(Parking at Fisher Plaza Parking garage can be reserved for an additional cost of $25) reservations: (206) 905-2100 /

Tini Bigs and Hula Hula New Year’s Bash featuring the two bars and one cover, close to the Space Needle. Guests can watch the midnight fireworks display from just outside. Tini Bigs DJs will spin music. Hula Hula next door has classic tiki drinks, and karaoke with KJ Mikey. The first 200 advanced tickets are only $10 and allow ticket holders line privileges on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are available by calling Tini Bigs at (206) 284-5003 or stopping by after 4 p.m. through Dec. 30. Tickets will also be available on New Year’s Eve. Reserved seating is available for $300, which includes a table and four tickets. Food will be available at both venues. Tini Bigs at 106 First Ave. N., opens at 4 p.m., DJ starts at 9 p.m.; Hula Hula opens at 7:30 p.m., karaoke starts at 8 p.m.

Szmania’s in the Village: New Year’s Eve features steakhouse menu and holiday specials. Also, Bubble & Fondue package for 2-$60

Magnolia Village Pub, in the Village will have is multitude of TVs going and plenty of beer pouring through the evening.

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Library needs your ideas

December 30th, 2011 by Michael

Do you check out books or DVDs from the Library? Do you come to the Library for story time, to use a free computer or listen to an author? Or do you come for homework help for students, Internet access, research, community events, job search activities, or online learning? The Seattle Public Library needs to hear from you!

The Library wants your input on priorities for improvement in four essential areas: hours, books and materials, computers and online services, and maintenance. Strategies for stabilizing Library funding will also be discussed. Please consider attending these community meetings and help improve your library system. For more information, visit and select “Libraries for All: A Plan for the Present, A Foundation for the Future,” or call 206-386-4636.
The community meetings are scheduled as follows:
•10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 7, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Auditorium (206-386-4636)
•6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. (206-684-4089).

If you cannot attend a meeting, you can visit the library online to share your feedback at For more information call 206-386-4636.

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Curbed puts Queen Anne in ‘hood final four

December 28th, 2011 by Michael

Curbed, an online site for real estate goings-on, has put Queen Anne in the final four of its Curb Cup, a competition to see which neighborhood will be the neighborhood of the year. Queen Anne is facing off with Capitol Hill. Curbed has ranked Queen Anne as the underdog claiming a Queen Anne victory would be a “Cinderella story.” Click here to vote.


Ototo, Enza (Polpetta) closing on Dec. 31.

December 27th, 2011 by Michael

While the closure of Ototo Sushi has been rumored this past week, owner Takashi Ogawa, who has operated the popular sushi restaurant on the hill for 10 years, confirmed today that the restaurant is closing and its last day will be Saturday, Dec. 31. And landlord Sue Wanwig has confirmed that fellow tenant Enza, newly named Polpetta, will also shut down at the end of the year.

In an already  turbulent industry, Ogawa’s restaurant was further hit by the recession and, despite a loyal following of neighborhood customers, could no longer stay operational. Ogawa was paying $5,000 a month in rent and had been in lease negotations with Wandig to temporarily decrease the rent. The idea was considered but nothing came of it. Ogawa said by Dec. 1, he was a month late on rent and received a letter from Wanwig saying as much. The letter further requested he vacate by the end of December.

Ogawa has 10 employees. One, named Hutch, an experienced sushi maker, will pursue options elsewhere as Ogawa will not reopen in a new location.

The popular brick building at the southeast corner of West Boston Street and Queen Anne Avenue North has been in Wanwig’s family for decades. Wanwig has space for six tenants. Ground floor tenants included Ototo Sushi, The Teacup, Museum Quality Framing and Polpetta. The framing shop which is a chain in this region will stay, Wanwig said. Polpetta though, has been given notice to vacate by Saturday, too. The Teacup owner Elisabeth Knottingham had been negotiating her lease with Wanwig but to no avail. She too has employed as many as 10 and the tea shop will vacate by Dec. 31. Knottingham said she will sell tea online and might do some writing.

The timing of three stores closing their doors on the same day is coincidental and likely the result of the bad economy, Wanwig said. “We tried to keep them in as long as possible,” she said. “I’m not sure why everyone reached their breaking point at the same time.”

Wanwig has not listed the space and has no tenants set. But as the building is on a grade, there can be no consolidation of space. She said there are no plans for a large, single tenant to move in. She said she is willing to consider any tenant so long as the business isn’t a detraction to the neighborhood.


Tip jar thief at Le Reve caught on film

December 27th, 2011 by Michael

The tip jar at Le Reve Bakery, which was full of money a barista was counting on for Christmas money, was stolen Friday.
Just before closing time at the Bakery at 1805 Queen Anne Ave. N., a man in a knitted snow hat and dark-blue jacket with a Pabst Blue Ribbon logo on the back, snatched the tip jar. Unbeknownst to the man, the act was caught on video. Le Reve owner Andrea Nakata sent the video to Seattle Police.
Nakata reported that Emerald City Smoothie just up the street also had its tip jar stolen. Anyone with any information on the thefts should contact Ricardo Martinez of the Seattle police department. The non-emergency line is (206) 625-5011.


Ototo Sushi next to go?

December 26th, 2011 by Michael

In a potential double dose of bad news following Friday’s report that The Teacup is closing, next-door neighbor Ototo Sushi, at 7 W. Boston St., may be shuttering its doors as well.
A reader, and regular customer at Ototo was speaking with the owner on Saturday and learned that the business may close because an agreement on a lease cannot be reached. The reader reports that the owner may relocate the restaurant.
The View will find out the facts as soon as possible.
And yes, as reported on Friday, The Teacup, owned by Elisabeth Knottingham, is closing at the end of the year. Knottingham. She too could not agree on lease terms with the landlord. Knottingham will keep the website operational and use it to continue selling tea online as she has for the 10 years she has owned the business.


Teacup closing Dec. 31

December 23rd, 2011 by Michael

The Teacup, a popular purveyor of tea on the hill, is closing Dec. 31.

For a couple of days now, readers and tea bloggers have been posting stories and sharing emails alluding to the sudden closure of the Teacup, the popular tea purveyor at Queen Anne’s caffein corner of West Boston Street and Queen Anne Avenue North. Elisabeth Knottingham took over the business about 10 years ago when it was located next door to Scott Cooper and Brian Benninck’s Blue Highway Games. Two years ago she moved into the corner location upon the departure of Tullys.

The View has since confirmed that the Teacup is closing. Its last day is Dec. 31. Staff learned of the decision a week ago. Knottingham plans to continue selling tea online, which has always been an integral part of her business.
“It’s both heartbreaking and heart-wrenching,” Knottingham said of the business’s closing. Her chief concern was with the welfare of her employees. She said some have already received job offers.
Knottingham had been negotiating lease terms with the landlord, but an agreement could not be met. Knottingham isn’t sure of her next move but with a background in physics and in nonfiction writing, she may venture in that direction again.


Mayor’s letter orders police reform

December 23rd, 2011 by Michael

The following is a post from Mayor Mike McGinn’s blog:

The people of Seattle deserve a police force that fights crime in a way that is fair and equitable. We deserve a police force that is well trained and accountable for its actions. We deserve a police force that is respectful and professional in all areas, and worthy of the community’s trust. Meeting these demands requires a police department that is continually learning and improving, willing and able to implement reforms.

That means we must listen to criticism from everyone with a stake in the success of the Seattle Police Department. We have heard from the public and now the federal government that more must be done. We agree. Let us be very clear: we are committed to reform.

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City art funding available to students, art programs

December 21st, 2011 by Michael

Individual teaching artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship are now eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in city funding.

Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs is accepting project applications for its Youth Arts program, which supports after-school arts training in a variety of artistic disciplines, including visual and literary arts, theater, music, dance and film.

Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Funding awards may range up to $10,000 for projects that will take place between September 2012 and September 2013.

The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. For information, contact Irene Gómez at (206) 684-7310 or You can find the application by clicking here.

And if you don’t know much about he program, informational workshops are scheduled:

Program and Application Overview 
is 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, at the Beacon Hill Branch, The Seattle Public Library, 2821 Beacon Ave. S

Schedule a 15-minute appointment with a project manager to receive feedback on your draft application. Advance registration is required. Contact Irene Gomez at or (206) 684-7310. Space is limited.

Application Draft Review Session 1
is from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Coyote Central, 2300 E. Cherry St.

Application Draft Review Session 2
is from 2-4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30, at the Montlake branch of The Seattle Public Library, 2401 24th Ave. E.

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Little League registration open

December 21st, 2011 by Michael

Though the holiday season is upon us, now is when Little Leaguers should register for the 2012 Queen Anne little League season.

Players or parents need to go to and “Click to Register” to sign up for Baseball, Fast Pitch Softball or T-Ball. Any questions or requests for more information can be directed to Play ball!

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School to expand and improve gym

December 21st, 2011 by Michael

Seattle Country Day School plans to expand and improve its gymnasium.

The independent school located at 2619 Fourth Ave. N., has submitted a proposal to renovate its gym and enlarge it by 870 square feet. The school wants to bump out a portion of the gym’s east wall to better accommodate tiered seating. There will also be added interior floor space on an expanded mezzanine.

The renovation includes a new lobby, toilet rooms and storage. There will also be new finishes, construction of a mezzanine with athletic offices, exercise room and mechanical room, and new mechanical units for heat and ventilation. The comment period on this project has ended. Any appeal must  be received by the city hearing examiner no later than Jan. 3.

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Roadwork, shopping, Seahawks game may bog traffic

December 20th, 2011 by Michael

Next week, between the two holiday weekends, Dec. 27 through 30, a Seattle Department of Transportation crew will make repairs to the two-lane N. Queen Anne Bridge.  During the work, which will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, the westbound lane will be closed to traffic. Flaggers will manage the flow of traffic on the one lane that will be open across the bridge.  Motorists may experience a slight delay through the work zone.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks play the red hot 49ers at 1 p.m.  this Saturday. Saturday is also the last full day of Christmas shopping and the combination of roadwork, the game and frantic shoppers may slow traffic.

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