New Year Brings Russian Classes for Kids at QACC

There are plenty of research studies that show learning new languages as a child is much easier than as an adult, and there are positive benefits for kids who know more than one language. If you’d like to expand your child’s language abilities and enhance their dialogue with native speakers, the New Year brings new classes at the Queen Anne Community Center.

Starting next Saturday, January 5th, there’s a Russian language class at the QACC designed specifically for kids and led by a native Russian speaker. Classes are held each Saturday through the end of the month, 10am-noon each Saturday. Two additional courses are scheduled for February and March.

Ages 4-6 and 7-12 are welcome; the class is designed for all levels of students, from children who don’t know Russian at all to those who understand it but can only respond in English – and all children interested in learning Russian are welcome.

Each course is $70, register online with the following barcodes:

  • January course: #97802
  • February course: #97803
  • March course: #97804

If you have any questions, contact the QACC at 206.386.4240 or the instructor, Leona, at 206.802.8370

    Saturday Morning SPD & SFD Response on Queen Anne Ave N

    Did you see the police cars, fire truck, and ambulance this morning on Queen Anne Ave N? We received several tips about a large police response this morning at 915 Queen Anne Ave N, but the SPD Blotter and incident response sites were down. Now the Blotter is back up (incident response site is not) and we have more info on what happened.

    According to the SPD Blotter, a 47 year-old man was breaking his apartment windows and throwing items out of said windows. When officers arrived on scene, he threw a liquor bottle at them and verbally threatened them. His aim was off; no officers were injured. He was tased and arrested, then transported to Harborview for the injuries he suffered as a result of breaking the window. Once treated, he’ll be booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

    There Will Be Snow – Help Set a Record for the World’s Largest Snowball Fight

    Have you ever wanted to help set a Guinness World Record? How about participate in a monster snowball fight? And help out a local charity while doing so? Well, you’re in luck – mark your calendars for Snow Day on January 12th at the Seattle Center.

    The Snow Day organizers have arranged for 162,000 pounds of snow to be transported from the mountain passes (where they have plenty to go around) to the Seattle Center – about 34 dump truck loads. Once the snow is delivered, teams and individuals can participate in what we all hope will be the World’s Largest Snowball Fight, right here in Seattle:

    “After a series of hilarious phone calls, we’ve finally figured out how to transport 162,000 lbs. of snow from the mountain passes into Seattle Center. Local organizations will use the snow to build forts and castles in an epic competition against snow kings and queens. Minutes after the most majestic snow fort is crowned, six thousand people will descend upon the snow fort village in an attempt to break the record for the World’s Largest Snowball Fight (officially held by the Republic of Korea at 5,387 participants).”

    It costs $25/person to participate in the Snow Day snowball fight, with all proceeds benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County – according to Snow Day’s Neil Bergquist, Snow Day’s “mission is to raise money for kids by remembering what it’s like to be one.” Fort building is currently limited to groups only – if you have an organization, business, or group, email to reserve a fort space.

    Also, please note that due to liability issues (it is a snowball fight, after all), you must be 18 or older to participate, sign a disclaimer and liability waiver, and bring eye protection. No eye protection = no participation! If you’re interested, register now, as the maximum capacity for the Seattle Center is 6,000 and they’re nearing the maximum.

    Key Details:

    • What: Snow Day, aka the World’s Largest Snowball Fight
    • Ages: 18+
    • Where: Seattle Center, Center Square
    • When: Saturday January 12th
      • Noon: Registration begins
      • 1:00pm: Snow Fort and Snow Castle competition begins
      • 4:30pm: Snow Fort and Snow Castle winners announced
      • 5:00pm: World’s largest snowball fight
      • 6:00pm: Pub crawl and war stories

    I-5 Reconstruction Begins Next Weekend and Runs Through April

    The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is beginning its construction season early this year, with the first of “nearly 20” weekend and weekend night closures starting next weekend, January 4-7. The I-5 closures will run through April, and we’ll add these to the Traffic Impact section of the Queen Anne View Weekend Roundups.

    Why January – April for these closures? According to Russ East, WSDOT Assistant Regional Administrator:

    “There are so many construction projects in the Seattle area, we didn’t want to add to the summer construction jam. We planned ahead, worked with other agencies and determined that construction in January through April was the best way to get our work done and cause fewer headaches for drivers.”

    Per WSDOT, the following projects will occur between January and April:

    • Replace 31 expansion joints on ramps linking I-5, the West Seattle Bridge and Columbian Way and one joint on northbound I-5 just south of the ramps
    • Grind and smooth out three lanes of southbound I-5 between 50th St and Roanoke St in the University District and add durable striping to both directions of I-5 between Northgate and Roanoke St
    • Replace bridge expansion joints and repave the ramp on northbound I-5 to Spokane St (West Seattle Bridge) and northbound and southbound I-5 off-ramps at Corson Ave

    WSDOT traffic engineers worked with multiple agencies and organizations including the city of Seattle, sports teams, and event planners to avoid any major overlaps between construction and planned events. However, while they have identified the lightest traffic times, there will still be construction impacts.

    What to do? Check before you go via WSDOT’s I-5 Reconstruction site, traffic app, or Twitter feed. And, we’ll include any I-5 impacts in the Queen Anne View Weekend Roundup.

    FOUND! Lost Puppy – Near Lynn & 5th Ave N

    Wonderful news – Charlie, the lost yellow lab puppy, has been found! Thanks to the woman who found him and took him to the vet; his microchip helped get her in touch with the owners.

    Help us find this lost puppy!

    Charlie is a 16-week old yellow lab puppy that went missing today, Thursday, around 1:30-2pm. His home is near Lynn and 5th Ave N, so if you live on East Queen Anne, keep an eye out for him.

    Charlie is wearing a blue collar (no tags) and is micro-chipped.

    If you see Charlie, please contact us at or call 206-295-7226.

    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne, New Year’s Edition

    Another holiday is just days away, bringing both closures and festivities to ring in the New Year. For special New Year’s Eve gastronomic celebrations, be sure to book your reservations at local Queen Anne restaurants asap – Betty, Book Bindery, Crow, How to Cook a Wolf, LloydMartin, The Melting Pot, Ponti Seafood Grill, Ten MercerToulouse Petit all have special New Year’s Eve menus. Contact us if there are others that we’ve missed!

    Here are the closures and events for the holiday week:

    Holiday Closures:

    Traffic Impacts:

    • Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 30, Jan 2 and 3; Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 30, Jan 2 and 3

    Multi-Day Events:

    • Winterfest, Seattle Center, through Jan 6
    • Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker, through Dec 29

    Friday, December 28

    • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Barbara, Les Miserables, Django Unchained

    Saturday, December 29

    Sunday, December 30

    Monday, December 31 (aka New Year’s Eve)

    Tuesday, January 1

    Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at