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Entries from August 2012

Have Feedback about our Parks? Let Your Voice be Heard!

August 31st, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a survey on how Seattleites use city parks so that the department can improve our city parks. The online survey is open today through September 24, 2012.

The survey is Phase 2 of the Seattle Parks and Recreation department’s process to develop a strategic direction for the “Parks Legacy Plan”. Phase 2 includes the public survey, as well as a staff and community review of the draft plan in Spring 2013, with another review of Phase 3 in Fall 2013.

The survey asks respondents about:

- Park activities you and your family participate in
- Your satisfaction with parks and park programs
- Safety of parks, community centers, athletic fields
- Key maintenance issues
- Recreational programs – both current and wish-list programs

Third-party DHM Research administers the survey and all responses will be reported in aggregate with no answers associated with respondents’ names. The survey is divided into sections, and you can either answer all of the questions or just the ones that you find of interest.

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Last Chance: April the Pig heading back to the farm

August 31st, 2012 by Elyssa

The large colorful pig that holds court outside of charley+may at 2225 Queen Anne Ave, is heading back to live with her artist-owner Sunday morning, September 2nd.  Your last chance to take photos or visit her will be Saturday.

Kinga Czerska, the artist of April, was part of the art installation in 2001, Pigs on Parade fundraiser, that featured 100 unique and vibrantly painted pigs.  April’s first home was outside the W Hotel in downtown Seattle.

April was a great addition to Queen Anne for the last year and she’ll be greatly missed!

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Housekeeping: Cleaning up the Forum

August 31st, 2012 by Elyssa

The saying is that when the sun starts shining a little brighter, and warmer, to throw open those windows and get a little cleaning done.  Well, here at Queen Anne View, we missed that part and have decided to do a little Fall cleaning instead.

Hopefully our readers have noticed that things are sprucing up around here.  Posts are going out.  Facebook is being updated.  Good conversations are being had.  And, for my part, the Forum is getting a good cleaning itself.  Out go the spammers and multi-posting bots and in turn, in come the quality posts we look for.

We encourage our readers to treat the Forum as their own little hyperlocal Craigslist, community bulletin board, lost & found area and a space to post general info that the community may find informative or interesting.  We’ll be checking for spam at least daily and also checking to see if info warrants a post of its own on the main page (lost dog, break-ins and such).

As always, you can reach any of us at

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Weekend Event Roundup – Labor Day Edition

August 30th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

There’s a ton of activity around Queen Anne over the long holiday weekend, with some events starting today. This list nets out the key events you should be aware of if you want to avoid traffic jams and parking challenges, or if you’re just looking for something to do!

The Seahawks are at home tonight, the Mariners are playing at home for the long weekend, and the Huskies are kicking off their season at CenturyLink field – so expect a lot of delays around the stadiums and on 99/Aurora. Plus, 20,000 attendees are expected at PAX, and 100,000 at Bumbershoot. Expect traffic delays, especially around the Seattle Center.

Thursday, August 30:

2nd Anniversary & Rally for John T Williams, ends at Seattle Center: 1-3pm

Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders, CenturyLink Field, 7-10pm

Friday, August 31:

PAX Expo at Washington State Convention Center
Traffic Impact: 9th Ave between Pike and Pine closed 9am – 3pm on Friday

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels, Safeco Field, 7:10–10pm

Saturday, September 1:

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle Center, 11am-11pm

PAX Expo at Washington State Convention Center
Traffic Impact: 9th Ave between Pike and Pine closed all-day on Saturday

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels, Safeco Field, 1:05–4pm

UW Huskies vs. San Diego State Aztecs, CenturyLink Field, 7:30 – 10:30pm

Sunday, September 2:

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle Center, 11am-11pm

PAX Expo, Washington State Convention Center
Traffic Impact: 9th Ave between Pike and Pine closed until 7pm on Sunday

Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels, Safeco Field, 1:10–4pm

Monday, September 3:

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle Center, 11am-11pm

Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox, Safeco Field, 1:10–4pm

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Need Trees? Apply Now for Free Trees via the Trees for Neighborhoods Program

August 30th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Queen Anne is home to many trees, but our tree canopy measured only 20% in 2007 – and the city’s goal is 30% tree canopy city-wide by 2037. If your yard needs the shade, air filtering, and other benefits of trees, you can apply for free trees from the city. The Seattle reLeaf Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattleites plant free trees around their homes. Tree supply is limited and applications are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, so apply now! (No guarantees, but it’s free to apply.)

Trees need care and feeding, so in addition to receiving up to 4 free trees per household, participants also receive watering bags, planting & care training, compost coupon, and workshops.

- Must be a Seattle resident
- Trees must be planted at the address on the application
- Trees can be planted anywhere in residential yards
- If you rent, you must obtain the permission of the homeowner
- Permits are required if planting street trees (permits are not guaranteed)

How To Apply:
Online – fastest way to apply!
Mail – download, print, and mail an application

Important Dates
- September 1: Street tree application deadline
- October 21: Yard tree application deadline
- October 27 or November 10: Pick up trees and attend a planting and care workshop

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Thursday is Farmer’s Market Day

August 30th, 2012 by Elyssa

This week at the Farmer’s Market (3-7:30pm)

5:00pm- Troupeau Acadien headlines the “Feed Lot” music tent, bringing with them a little Cajun dancehall music.

5:30pm- Becky Selengut, of Chef Reinvented, will be in the Chef Tent

Reading the fresh sheet, be on the look out for the elusive purple pepper, fresh herb and honey infused butters, pickles and of course all the stone fruit that you can imagine. is predicting overcast skies and a high near 70. Perfect strolling weather!

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Congratulations to Katie Udycz – Queen Anne Library 2012 Breakfast of Champions Winner!

August 29th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Katie Udycz, age 7, is this year’s Queen Anne Library 2012 Breakfast of Champions winner. The Seattle Public Library hosts the annual Breakfast of Champions celebration to recognize the summer reading accomplishments of kids throughout Seattle.

The breakfast for the 27 Seattle neighborhood winners was held last Thursday, August 23 at the Space Needle. Katie was recognized on stage as an outstanding reader by the City of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, City Librarian Marcellus Turner and KING-5 News’ Dennis Bounds, the emcee for the event.

Congratulations, Katie, keep reading!

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Curious About Lake Union Houseboats? Take a Tour!

August 29th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

If you’ve ever had visitors want to see the houseboats on Lake Union, but you’ve never ventured aboard one yourself, the 2012 Seattle Floating Homes Tour makes it possible for you (and any out-of-town guests) to check it off your list! A self-guided walking tour of 12 floating homes is slated for Sunday, September 9th, from noon-5pm.

Featured homes range from a “floating home-of-the-future” that features solar auxiliary power storage and a sod roof, a floating cottage hidden from the street by a secret garden gate, and two of the first floating homes built on hollow cement floats. A short sneak-preview video of the tour homes is available to whet your appetite.

Tour capacity is maxed at about 1,000 visitors and several prior tours have sold out, so the Floating Homes Association advises early purchases. If any tickets remain the day of the tour, they’ll be available starting at 11 AM on East Lake Union at the tour staging area (East Hamlin at Fairview Avenue East).

2012 Seattle Floating Homes Tour
Day: Sunday, September 9, rain or shine
Time: 12 to 5 PM
Where: East Lake Union (East Hamlin at Fairview Avenue East)
Cost: $25 per person (+ applicable service fees)
Tickets: available online or via phone at 1-800-838-3006

Additional questions? call 206-388-8101 or email

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Missing: Smokey the cat

August 28th, 2012 by Elyssa

Smokey was last seen last Thursday, August 23rd, at home in the 1800 block of 4th Ave West.  She’s a solid gray medium long hair weighing around 9 pounds.  She is micro chipped and was wearing a teal colored velcro collar with “Cool Cat” written on it.

Smokey’s family is very worried about her so if anyone knows anything please leave a comment or email us at

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Labor Day Weekend Children’s Soccer Clinic & Fundraiser

August 28th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

A local Queen Anne youth group is hosting a mini-soccer clinic for Queen Anne children (ages 6-10) this Labor Day weekend to hone local kids’ soccer skills and raise donations for BNCO, the Blue Nile Children’s Organization. BNCO is a Seattle-based non-profit that serves orphaned children in Ethiopia, and the local BNCO youth group is involved in supporting community programs, securing grants and raising funds to support outreach for families in need.

The Queen Anne BNCO teen coaches sponsoring the soccer clinic are members of the QA Titan U-17 league, two-time Queen Anne-Seattle City Champions.

Soccer Clinic – Ages 6-10
Dates: September 1-3, 2012
Time:  9am-11am
Location:  Little Howe Play Field, 1912 Warren Ave N
Fee(s):  $15/child/day or $40/child/all three days – all proceeds go to BNCO
Of Special Note: 3 of the 5 teen coaches have had First Aid Training in CPR

For more information or to RSVP, contact:

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Life, the Universe, and Bumbershoot

August 28th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Bumbershoot turns 42 this week! It’s that time of year again, Labor Day is approaching and so is Seattle’s very own Bumbershoot. What’s that mean? A slew of great music, film, comedy, spoken word, theatre, and visual arts to choose from – as well as some traffic and parking impacts, which is to be expected when 100,000 attendees are making the trek to the Seattle Center to celebrate Bumbershoot’s 42nd year.

First held in 1971, Bumbershoot is now North America’s largest urban arts festival, and this year it runs from Saturday, Sept 1 through Monday, Sept 4.

Traffic and parking woes aside, there’s a key upside for locals attending Bumbershoot – out-of-towners are facing the highest hotel rates in the country for the upcoming weekend, with Seattle hotel rooms averaging $312, up 65% due to Bumbershoot.

Headlining acts include Jane’s Addiction, Missy Higgins, Tony Bennett, Skrillex, Gotye, and M83 (all performing on the Bumbershoot main stage at Key Arena) – and there are too many more acts to list, including local bands and artists, so check out the link for the full lineup below.

Full Lineup
Printable Schedule
Ticket Info

All indoor venues have limited capacity, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis (with exceptions for Gold and Platinum). Comedy Passes are recommended to secure a seat for comedy performances, with a limited quantity of free pases available each day at the Comedy Pass distribution booth.

And, for family-friendly events, check out Youngershoot. The Children’s Museum is hosting both indoor and outdoor activities in the Youngershoot Kids Zone. Access is restricted to children aged 10 and under and their guardians, and is open daily during Bumbershoot, from 11:00am–6:00pm.

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Reminder about school starting

August 27th, 2012 by Elyssa

School is starting all over the Hill right after Labor Day weekend.  Let’s all remember to slow down and watch out for our neighborhood kids walking to and from.

Seattle Public schools start on September 5th.  SPS is urging all parents who haven’t registered their children to do so no later than 8/28 via their website ( or phone at 206-252-0010.  They need time to place children by the first day of class.

Also, vaccinations need to be up-to-date and info can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website.  Included on the website is the exemption paperwork for those families who decide not to vaccinate.  Additional information can also be obtained through the King County Department of Public Health.

Coe Elementary:

  • starts at 8:55 on 9/5 and dismisses at 3pm.
  • classroom assignments can be found on the school window at 9am on Friday 8/24
  • Kindergarten and new family meet-and-greet 8/30 from 4-5:30pm.
  • Classroom supply lists can be found here

John Hay Elementary:

  • starts at 9:30 on 9/5 and dismisses at 3:35pm
  • 9/5 early dismissal for Kindergarten only at 1:30pm
  • Open house for kindergarten only on 9/4 from 11:30am-12:30pm
  • School calendar can be found here

Queen Anne Elementary:

  • All school picture at 9:25am on 9/5 on the front stairs
  • Following all school picture and welcome, there will be a Parent’s reception
  • Back to school night 8/30 from 4-6pm
  • Classroom assignments will be posted for back to school night
  • FAQ’s can be found here

McClure Middle School:

  • 7:50am start on 9/5 with a dismissal at 2:20pm
  • School information can be found on their website here

St. Anne’s:

  • First day of school is 9/4 with a noon dismissal
  • Middle school back to school night is 9/5 at 7pm
  • PreK-5th grade back to school night is 9/12 at 7pm

Seattle Country Day

  • First day of school is 9/5
  • Grades 6-8 back to school night is 9/13
  • Grades 4-5 back to school night is 9/20
  • Grades 2-3 back to school night is 9/27
  • Grades K-1 back to school night is 10/4

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