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Entries from December 2012

New Year Brings Russian Classes for Kids at QACC

December 31st, 2012 by Laura Fonda

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

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    Saturday Morning SPD & SFD Response on Queen Anne Ave N

    December 29th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    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.

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

    December 29th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    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

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    I-5 Reconstruction Begins Next Weekend and Runs Through April

    December 28th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    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.

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

    December 27th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    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.

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

    December 27th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    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:

    Friday, December 28

    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

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    Caffe Appassionato Closing Friday After Nearly 15 Years on Queen Anne

    December 26th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    My least favorite blog posts to write are the ones on business closures. It’s never a happy occasion, and we’ve had too many businesses close in the past year. And, speaking with the owners makes it all too real – the businesses that close impact not only Queen Anne, but also the families that have invested their lives in these shops and restaurants.

    So, I had a sad conversation today with Farzaneh Forouzan, co-owner of Caffe Appassionato. The coffee shop located at the corner of Galer and Queen Anne Ave N, will be closing on Friday, just a few days away. One of 5 Seattle-area locations for the company, the Queen Anne shop has been serving the neighborhood since it opened in 1997.

    Farzaneh and her husband, Ali Lotsi, had hoped to keep the coffee shop open, but the rent for the space became too high for them to afford – a reason that has become all too familiar over the past year as we lose more and more businesses on the top of Queen Anne. They tried to negotiate with the current landlord, as if the rent had been lowered, they could have kept the business open – but unfortunately their requests were in vain.

    Despite losing their livelihood, Farzaneh and Ali remain positive about Queen Anne – they love the neighborhood and their customers, and are throwing a “goodbye party” on Friday night to say goodbye to their loyal customers and the Queen Anne neighborhood. The shop will close its business at 3pm, and will then reopen from 5pm-8pm for the Farewell Celebration, which is open to all.

    Stop by and say goodbye to a long-running Queen Anne business between now and the Farewell Celebration, and let’s hope for a better 2013 for Ali and Farzaneh, and for all of our local Queen Anne businesses.

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    Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

    December 24th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    The National Weather Service is predicting possible snow tomorrow, Christmas day, for the Seattle area – as long as we track to the NAM model:

    “The really uncertain part of the forecast is the rest of the interior lowlands from Puget Sound southward. The NAM and WRF-GFS are at opposite ends of the spectrum… The NAM shows several hours of snow with up to 3 inches accumulation for the Puget Sound region… perhaps a little more for the SW interior. The WRF-GFS shows a freezing level around 1300 feet and just rain for the lower elevations… and maybe an inch or so for the higher hills.”

    Now while Cliff Mass disagrees on the possibility (he believes it will be “too warm for snow in Seattle”), we can all agree that there was a lot of snow in 1916. The “Big Snow” of 1916 holds the record as the second-deepest blizzard in Seattle history with 21.5 inches of snow falling in 24 hours.

    Queen Anne Ave N, 1916
    Courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society

    So, just in case you don’t get your snow fix tomorrow – and if you do, send us your pictures – check out the Queen Anne Historical Society’s new Queen Anne Snow slideshow that includes images dating all the way back to 1898, as well as photos from the Big Snow of 1916.

    Think Snow! And, Happy Holidays!

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne, Holiday Edition

    December 23rd, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    It’s been pretty quiet this past week as people prep for the holidays, packing for travel, last minute shopping, or finishing up work before the holiday. Here are the closures and events for the holiday week:

    Holiday Closures:

    • Seattle Public Library – closed Monday, Dec 24 and Tuesday, Dec 25
    • City of Seattle – offices closed Tuesday, Dec 25
    • Free Parking Days – Tuesday, Dec 25th and Tuesday, January 1st are Free Parking day in Seattle
    • Garbage & Recycling – no collection on Tuesday, Dec 25 or Tuesday, January 1
      • if your pickup day is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, collections will be one day later both weeks

    Traffic Impacts:

    • Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction 9pm-5am Wednesday, Dec 26 through Thursday, Dec 28; Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed 9pm-5am Sunday, Dec 22 through Wednesday, Dec 27

    Multi-Day Events:

    Sunday, December 23

    Tuesday, December 25

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

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    Registration Open Now for Magic Camp at Sweet Pea Cottage

    December 19th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    The new year is right around the corner and Seattle Public Schools are on break from Monday, December 24th through Friday, January 4th. If you have kids on break with no plans for the first week of January, Sweet Pea Cottage is kicking off the new year with a Magic Camp for kids ages Kindergarten through 4th grade. Magic Camp runs January 2nd-4th, and kids will learn card tricks, balancing acts, juggling and take a field trip to Seattle’s Market Magic.

    All of Sweet Pea Cottage’s camps are held daily from 9am-4pm for kids Kindergarten through 4th grade. Half-day options are also available. Magic Camp is $60 for the full day or $40 for the half day. Registration is open now until the camp starts.

    To register or get more info on Sweet Pea’s camps, contact them via email or visit them online.

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    Metro Reduced Holiday Service Begins Monday

    December 18th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    Heads up if you rely on Metro for commuting or are planning on downtown trips for some last minute holiday shopping – King County Metro Transit will be operating on holiday and reduced weekday schedules all next week and the beginning of the following week (New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

    According to Metro:

    “Using a limited schedule over holiday periods from November through January is estimated to save Metro about $1 million each year. These are planned reductions for holiday periods when Metro has historically seen a reduction in the number of weekday riders – estimated to be 15 percent or more systemwide.”

    Sunday schedules will be in effect on the following holidays:

    • Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Christmas
    • Tuesday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

    The reduced weekday schedule will be in effect on:

    • Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
    • Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 26-28  – winter holiday period
    • Monday, Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
    • Monday, Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Queen Anne routes with reduced weekday schedules include: 2, 3, 4, 13. A list of additional route service impacts are online.

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    Seattle Center Armory Happy Hour Kickoff Rescheduled to February

    December 16th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

    About a month ago, the Seattle Center announced that it’d be kicking off the new Armory Happy Hour on January 17. However, there’s been a slight change – the Seattle Center is delaying the Happy Hour launch until Thursday, February 21st. According to the Seattle Center, the delay is to ensure that the Happy Hour lives up to its name – “Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour”. With Winterfest running through January 6th, one can hardly blame them for needing some recovery time.

    So, starting in February, the monthly Armory Happy Hour will be the third Thursday of every month, 5-8pm. In addition to Armory food and drinks (including beer, wine, and cocktails), the Armory will also have music and games such as bingo, mini-golf, trivia, and giant Jenga. You can also win Seattle Center prizes including both events and dining prizes.

    Plus, don’t forget the Armory parking deal: when you spend $10 or more in food/beverages at the Armory, you get $1 parking for up to 90 minutes in the 5th Avenue Garage. If you park for more than 90 minutes, you get $2 off the regular rate.

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