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Entries from October 2012

Pics from Halloween on Queen Anne

October 31st, 2012 by Laura

UPDATED: pictures from merchants and residents now posted below!

The rain didn’t put too much of a damper on Halloween – there were still plenty of crowds for the Queen Anne Ave N trick-or-treating event. Check out the pics below, and send us any you may have as well!

Note how Thing 1 or Thing 2 (they were both there but moving fast!) blazes past the Cat in the Hat:

And more scenes from Queen Anne Ave N:

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Happy Halloween! Keep our Trick-or-Treaters Safe

October 31st, 2012 by Laura

It’s finally Halloween, and it’ll likely be rainy for the Queen Anne Ave merchant Halloween event (3-6pm) and neighborhood trick-or-treating – and dark for the latter. There will be lots of kids and adults on the neighborhood streets, so drivers be careful! Also, one last plea to avoid Queen Anne Ave N between 3pm and 6pm so that the merchant trick-or-treating event is a safe one.

And, finally, some safety tips provided by SPD:

  • Don’t allow children to go “Trick or Treating” alone.  An adult should accompany young children and make sure that all children carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear reflective clothing.
  • Accompany young children to the door of every house they approach.  Stay within sight of the door when opened.  Children should be cautioned to never enter a home without prior permission from their parents.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only visit well-lit homes that have their outdoor lights on.  Parents should be familiar with every house and with all people from which the children receive treats.
  • Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by a parent.
  • All costumes and masks should be clearly marked as flame resistant.  When using facemasks, make sure the child can see and breathe properly and easily.
  • Remind your children to walk — don’t run, and stay on the sidewalks.  Cross only at intersections and crosswalks, not between cars.  Look both ways before crossing the street. Do not cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this.
  • Be sure to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries and make sure your child knows your phone number and address.  For children under 12, attach a tag with their name, address and phone number (including area code) to their clothes in case they get separated.  Older children who might be going out with friends should have a cell phone, mapped route and set a time to come home.
  • Children should be cautioned to run away immediately from people who try to lure them with special treats.  Children should be instructed to scream and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them, in any way, to go with them.
  • Don’t approach unknown animals or pets; they could be frightened by the costumes or strange noises.
  • Parents should inspect all treats and dispose of anything that has been opened or has never been wrapped.  The police should be notified if something has been tampered with.
  • If you will be driving your kids to their destinations pay extra attention, particularly to crosswalks, intersections and the side of the road. Kids tend to walk along the curbs, cutting across the street to get to other homes. Keep scanning all around you as you drive, whether as thru traffic or along with your kids as they trick-or-treat.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas during trick-or-treating hours. This will allow you time to break if you see a child dart in front of you.
  • Children should be cautioned to remember any suspicious incidents and report them to their parents or a trusted adult and the police.
  • Happy Halloween! Have fun!

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    Elderly Man Hit By Dump Truck on W Mercer

    October 30th, 2012 by Laura

    Update: SPD has reported that the pedestrian has died from the injuries suffered in the collision.

    At 2:45pm today, a pedestrian was struck by a dump truck at W. Mercer and 2nd Ave W. The pedestrian, an 88-year old man, has been transported to Harborview with life-threatening injuries.

    According to SPD, traffic delays are expected as they inspect the accident site. More info will be updated on the Seattle Times web site.

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    Add to Your Halloween Fun with Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s Día de Muertos Celebration

    October 30th, 2012 by Laura

    Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, is celebrated November 1st and 2nd, in connection with All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) – but for Mezcaleria Oaxaca, the celebration starts early, with events planned for Halloween that run all day!

    Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s Día de Muertos begins at 11:30am on Wednesday, October 31 and runs until 11pm. The all-day party includes special Día de Muertos lunch and dinner menus, mezcal cocktails, a costume party, and dulces for trick-or-treaters. It’ll be a vibrant day with the Queen Anne Ave trick-or-treating and Mezcaleria Oxaca’s special all-day festivities.

    There’ll also be a live Mariachi band from 5:30-6:30pm to energize the celebration!

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    SIFF Uptown Celebrates Halloween with 3 Classics

    October 29th, 2012 by Laura

    Looking for a way to get in the Halloween spirit? Three creepy-themed films will grace the big screen at SIFF Uptown beginning tomorrow night for SIFF’s “Halloween Classics on the Big Screen”.

    The original 1984 “Ghostbusters” and the Vincent Price classic “The Mad Magician” (the latter remastered and in 3D) will be featured tomorrow, Tuesday, and Halloween. Then for post-Halloween creepiness, SIFF Uptown will mark the 50th anniversary of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” with 2 showings on Thursday night.

    Click photos (courtesy of SIFF) below for links to showtimes & tickets:

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    Halloween Haunts Queen Anne Ave on Wednesday!

    October 29th, 2012 by Laura

    The annual trick-or-treat event on Queen Anne Ave N is on Halloween this year – this Wednesday from 3-6pm. The spooky fun takes place between McGraw and Galer, with A&J Meats and the Marqueen Garage acting as the bookend merchants for the event. Merchants up and down Queen Anne Ave will be participating (many in costume!) and handing out goodies to trick-or-treaters.

    In years past, the event has drawn over 2,000 trick-or-treaters, and the sidewalks have been jam-packed with ghouls, goblins, princesses, and pirates. To keep the event as safe as possible, there will be off-duty police officers directing traffic, and the merchants have requested that people avoid driving on Queen Anne Ave N during the event.

    Take a look at these pictures from last year, and you’ll see why it’s important to keep your car off the main drag and instead walk around and have fun!

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    Hello Queen Anne

    October 28th, 2012 by Laura

    If you haven’t checked our “About” page, you may have missed a small change… I’ve been tracking down Queen Anne neighborhood news and events for a couple of months now, taking blogging for a test-drive of sorts. Well, I’ve taken the plunge and am now the Editor for Queen Anne View.

    So, what does this change mean? Nothing really – just that you’ll continue to get daily blog posts on Queen Anne news and happenings, and I’ll keep asking you for tips on stories, posts in the Forum, and general feedback. This is your neighborhood blog, so let me know what’s on your mind!

    If you haven’t checked out our Facebook and Twitter presence, please do. I often post quick items to Twitter, so if you follow us, you’ll get those tidbits as well.

    And, now back to the regularly scheduled Queen Anne View.

    –Laura
    Editor, Queen Anne View

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    Queen Anne Stairway Walk – a Great Way to Explore the Neighborhood

    October 27th, 2012 by Laura

    As reported last night, the Queen Anne Stairway walk took place this afternoon, led by the authors of the upcoming “Seattle Stairway Walks” with added historical insights from members of the Queen Anne Historical Society. Despite the rain, about two dozen people showed up for the walk, and promptly at 1pm, the weather cooperated and the rain let up for the 2 hour tour. It was a fast-paced up-and-down tour, but what a way to spend a Saturday!

    The crowd was a mix of Queen Anne residents and visitors from other neighborhoods. I talked with several out-of-neighborhood visitors, and their comments further cemented why Queen Anne is my neighborhood of choice – “beautiful”, “serene”, “spectacular views”, and “amazing houses” were just a few of the comments.

    If you didn’t get the opportunity to take the tour, you can do so yourself by following along with the mapped walks in the upcoming “Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods” – it will be published in December, and if you pre-order, you can save 25% with the code “SEASt12”. For a preview of the book, take a look at the pictures on the Seattle Stairway Walks website.

    And, personally, I highly recommend “Map of the (Oft) Pedestrian Public Stairs of Queen Anne”, which was created by Thomas Horton, a local architect. It is a great guide to all of our public stairs, and the hand-drawn map and annotations are unique. The map is available online from the Queen Anne Historical Society, and also at Queen Anne Books (until they close on October 31).

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    Heads Up – Queen Anne Stairway Walk Tomorrow, Saturday at 1pm

    October 26th, 2012 by Laura

    Just caught this event on the Queen Anne Historical Society web site! Tomorrow there’s a “Seattle by Stairways” series on Queen Anne – it starts at 1pm at the northwest [updated to NW] corner of W Galer St. and 6th Ave W.

    According to the web site:

    “This is an up-and-down stairway exploration of the sedate streets and cobblestoned lanes covering the southwest quadrant of Queen Anne hill. The route covers 2.6 miles, all of it tied together by some of the oldest and grandest stairways in Seattle (588 steps down, 477 up).”

    This is the third urban hike of the Fall season with Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, authors of the upcoming “Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods.”

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    ZoomCare to Open in 7 Hills Complex in January

    October 26th, 2012 by Laura

    ZoomCare, a primary health care clinic, will be moving into the recently completed 7 Hills mixed-use complex in January. So far, only Queen Anne Dentistry has moved into the retail space on the ground floor, with other storefronts displaying “for lease” signs. ZoomCare will move into the space now occupied by the 7 Hills construction office, at the south end of the building at 1909 Queen Anne Ave N.

    As of the January opening of the Queen Anne location, ZoomCare will operate four clinics in Washington – three in Seattle and one in Vancouver. One is already open on Capitol Hill, and a Wallingford location opens in December.

    ZoomCare clinics provide primary care and have pharmacy dispensing services. The clinics are open 7 days a week, 362 days a year. Patients use a live scheduler to reserve a same-day, no-wait appointment, pay a flat price using insurance or self-pay and never receive a bill from ZoomCare.

    If you’re curious about local patient experiences with ZoomCare, check out the Yelp reviews for the Capitol Hill location – they’re rated fairly well, with a quite a few 5 star reviews.

    Co-founder and Co-CEO Dave Sanders, M.D. provided the following prepared statement:
    “By bringing great care closer to the neighborhoods where Washington families live and work, we’re designing a modern healthcare system that puts patients first and gives them more control of their own health.”

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    What’s in the Forum This Week? Halloween Edition, Complete with Attack Owl!

    October 26th, 2012 by Laura

    A friendly Friday PSA to remind everyone about our Forum – it’s a venue for posting any questions you may have, lost & found items, missing pets, items for sale, and a heads-up on anything the community should be aware of (e.g. car prowls, suspicious persons, etc.).

    We check the Forum daily, not just for spam, but also for any posts that should be highlighted on the blog. And, on that last point – here are some current Forum topics:

    Owl Attack: a runner was attacked by an owl on the Crown of Queen Anne – coincidence that it’s nearly Halloween? Kidding aside, if you run or walk in the early morning or late evening near McGraw Place between Warren Ave N and Lorentz Place, there may be an attack owl nearby. If you’ve been a victim, weigh in!

    Queen Anne Gym Deal: Seattle Gym on Queen Anne has a fall special with no enrollment fee and no monthly dues until Feb 1, 2013. Check out the details for more info.

    Arts & Crafts Artists: the 4th annual Holiday Open House & Arts & Crafts Sale at Red Square Yoga is Dec 8th, and they have a few open slots for arts and crafts artists/vendors. Contact info is in the post.

    And more! Check out the Forum, chime in on discussions of interest, and start your own topic!

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    October 25th, 2012 by Laura

    Halloween events kick off this weekend and the Queen Anne Fall Carnival is Friday! For spooky events beyond the weekend, check out our Halloween Roundup, and we’ll also post a reminder about the big Queen Anne Ave trick-or-treat event soon!

    Heads-Up for Mid-Week – Halloween!
    Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, no car traffic, please! Wednesday, October 31, 3pm-6pm, FREE

    Weekend Traffic Impacts:
    Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction and the Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed, Sunday, Oct 28 – Thursday, Nov 1, 9pm-5am

    Multi-Day Events:
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rogue Theatrics, Seattle Center, The Center House, Friday, Oct 26 – Saturday, Nov 3, tickets at BrownPaperTickets
    Dia de Muertos, Seattle Center Armory, Saturday, Oct 27 and Sunday, Oct 28, noon-8pm FREE
    French Cinema Now, SIFF Uptown & SIFF Film Center, now-Oct 28
    Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, $4 Films4Famlies Matinee, SIFF Film Center, Saturday, Oct 27–Sunday, Oct 28, 1pm

    Friday, October 26
    Queen Anne Fall Carnival, Queen Anne Community Center, 6-8pm FREE admission; game tickets 50¢ each or 3 for $1
    Queen Anne Books Author Event, Jennifer Worick with her humor book “Things I Want to Punch in the Face”, 6:30pm FREE
    SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Argo, Seven Psychopaths
    SIFF Film Center New & Continuing Films: Fat Kid Rules the World, Wake in Fright

    Saturday, October 27
    HIV/AIDS CareTeam Training, 9am-5pm, 1401 E. Jefferson, Suite 401 – subsequent volunteer work take places in different neighborhoods, including Queen Anne
    Halloween Lichen Tour of Mt Pleasant Cemetery by UW Botanic Gardens, Mt Pleasant Cemetery, 10am-noon
    Chase Community Giving Fall Celebration at Pike Place Market, 11am-2pm, trick-or-treating and fall fun
    Huskies vs Oregon State – Homecoming Game, CenturyLink, 7:15pm
    Pulse Halloween Bash at EMP, 21+, EMP Museum, doors open at 8 pm, tickets
    Donnie Darko vs American Psycho, SIFF Film Center, 9pm
    Third Annual Queen Anne Halloween Monster Bash, Adults-only, T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 9pm
    Teatro ZinZombie, Adults-only, Teatro ZinZanni, 11:15pm

    Sunday, October 28
    Nothing??? Well, at least nothing in our search! Spend the day prepping for Halloween! Carve those pumpkins, put up decorations, get the candy ready!

    Monday, October 29
    The Last of the Haussmans, SIFF Uptown, 7pm (10/29 and 11/5 only)

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

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