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Entries from January 2013

Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

January 31st, 2013 by Laura

Heads up for traffic around the Seattle Center and Mercer St to/from I-5 as there is a combination of events this weekend that’ll make parking and traffic around Lower Queen Anne/Uptown more challenging. Friday will be especially traffic-heavy with Muse at the Key, KCTS’s Golden Apple Awards for Washington State Educators at the Intiman Playhouse, the opening weekend of Roméo et Juliette at PNB, and two events at Seattle Repertory Theatre – the opening of Photograph 51 at Seattle Repertory Theatre and the final weekend of American Buffalo. Plan ahead!

Traffic Impacts:

  • Aurora Bridge: 9am-5pm, Sunday, Feb 3 – Thursday, Feb 7 – bridge reduced to one lane in each direction; Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp closed
  • 520 Bridge: closed 11pm Friday, Feb 1 – 5am Sunday, February 3

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, February 1

Saturday, February 2 (Groundhog Day)

Sunday, February 3 (Super Bowl Sunday)

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

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What’s in the Forum? Car Prowls and More

January 31st, 2013 by Laura

There are several new Forum topics that range from announcements to fundraising to car prowls. On that latter point, we’ll be compiling some key stats on recent car prowls in an upcoming post – they’ve been picking up and were a top issue at the Queen Anne community meeting with SPD. But, in the meantime, if you’ve been the victim of a car prowl or theft, let us know via email or the Forum

Here are the latest posts that you may have missed:

Car Prowls – car prowls this week include one at Galer and 1st W and another at 9th W and W Bothwell – and that’s just the ones that have been posted. There have been more, and we’ll be posting soon, after the January SPD stats are in.

Lomography Show – Caffe Vita is hosting a show of lomography by J. Wolf. His show runs from February 1-28, and includes works from his Ghosts of Seattle.

Fundraiser for Acupuncturists Without Borders – A local Queen Anne acupuncturist is raising funds for a volunteer trip to Nepal with the non-profit organization Acupuncturists Without Borders.

Free Tax Prep – We highlighted this earlier this month, but since the FREE tax prep begins next Wednesday, February 6th, it’s worth highlighting again. AARP’s TaxAide will be at the Queen Anne Library every Wednesday from February 6th through April 10th. They’ve also added two Saturday sessions.

And more! Including a babysitter with references, a couple seeking a Queen Anne rental, and a local CSA produce drop site. Visit the Forum for more on these posts – it’s for you!

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New Photography Show Highlights the Serenity of Green Lake

January 30th, 2013 by Laura

Buddhist Monks, 1999
Courtesy of Gary Grenell

A new collection of portrait photographs by Gary Grenell will adorn the walls of Stacya Silverman’s Art and Beauty gallery (614 W. McGraw) beginning this Sunday with an artist’s reception from 1pm-4pm. The show, Five Blocks to Green Lake, runs from Sunday, February 3rd through April 30th and highlights people that Grenell has photographed in his own Seattle neighborhood, where he lives just 5 blocks from Green Lake park.

Clarence Watson, 1998
Courtesy of Gary Grenell

The black and white photographs show a variety of people who visit Green Lake, and while it’s one of Seattle’s busiest parks, the settings for many of the images are serene and peaceful, not the hustle-bustle “on your right” that a sunny, crowded day at Green Lake conjures in most Seattleites’ minds. Instead, Grenell’s series “reflects his personal vision of this very public place” as a serene and peaceful private setting.

Three Teenage Girls, 2008
Courtesy of Gary Grenell

Works from Grenell’s Green Lake series were selected for the Portland Art Museum’s Flesh and Bone: Photography & the Body exhibition that just finished its run earlier in January. The Portland Art Museum also purchased two of Grenell’s photographs for its permanent collection. Six photographs from the Green Lake series are also in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Attend the artist’s reception this Sunday from 1pm-4pm to meet the artist and see his works in person. If you have any questions about the upcoming show, contact Stacya Silverman via email or at 206.270.9465.

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Feet First to Host Free Queen Anne Stairway Walk (and other neighborhoods too)

January 29th, 2013 by Laura

Queen Anne Stairway Walk
October 2012

Update: overnight, the Queen Anne Stairway Walk sold out (can we complain? It means our ‘hood is popular!). Other neighborhoods still have spots, and we’ll update if Feet First adds more spots – or if you want to start your own informal group, let us know!)

If you missed the October Queen Anne Stairway Walk led by Jake and Cathy Jaramillo, authors of Seattle Stairway Walks, or if you just want to attend the walk again, here’s your opportunity.

Feet First is presenting the first Stairway Walks Day on Saturday, February 9th, and the Southwest Queen Anne stairway walk is on the agenda. The Seattle-wide event features 15 walks across neighborhoods to highlight a selection of Seattle’s 650 publicly accessible stairways.

Wilcox Wall, Queen Anne

The guided walks will be routes from the Jaramillos’ book, and will be led by Feet First volunteers. The event is free, but the walks are limited to 20 people per walk – so register now if you want to attend.

And, if you’re interested in exploring stairways outside of our Queen Anne, additional walks will be held in Fremont, Golden Gardens, Maple Leaf, Madrona, Eastlake and North Capitol Hill, Downtown, West Seattle, and Rainier Beach. And, if you want to venture outside of city limits, you can tour the stairs of Burien, Bellevue, and Mercer Island.

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Local Bands Hit the Big Screen at SIFF Uptown

January 28th, 2013 by Laura

Do you love our local music scene? Like supporting the bands and the people who help them? Or, would you like a way to help out Northwest Folklife? Well, check out Bands on the Big Screen this Thursday, January 31st, at SIFF Uptown – a special presentation that highlights five local filmmakers who work with local Seattle bands.

The special one-night engagement is a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife, and will feature an audience Q&A with the directors. The film showcases Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg, and includes music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole and more.

Key Details:

  • What: Bands on the Big Screen, benefit for Northwest Folklife
  • Where: SIFF Uptown
  • When: Thursday, January 31, 7pm
  • Tickets: online at SIFF

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Queen Anne Elementary Prepping Now for March Auction – Auction Items & Volunteers Needed

January 27th, 2013 by Laura

Queen Anne Elementary is hosting its “Reach for the Stars!” Auction on March 8th at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6pm-11pm. 100% of the auction proceeds go directly to QAE’s Explorer Fund, supporting a range of student services including counseling, art classes, classroom assistants, and more. The auction is key to funding and maintaining student services, so by supporting the Auction, you support the school and its students.

To help support the Auction now, you can donate items via the online form or send in the form via email. QAE needs 150 auction items by this Friday, February 1st – all they need are the forms for donated items, the actual physical items are due March 1st. Suggested items include business services, stays at vacation properties, wine collections, tickets to shows or performances, and gift certificates to local businesses.

Auction volunteers are also needed – no experience required, and the time commitment varies by activity. Volunteers are needed to help with donations, class art projects, class auction baskets, social media posting, and day-of-event help. Check out the volunteer web site or email the coordinators for more information.

If you’d like to attend the QAE Auction, you can purchase individual tickets, a table for 10, or sponsor a ticket for a teacher. Early birds save $10 by purchasing by this Friday, February 1st.

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Lily’s Salon Closing this Thursday

January 27th, 2013 by Laura

Another business closure on Queen Anne has come across our radar thanks to tips from readers. Lily’s Pampering Salon & Party Boutique will be closing its doors on January 31st.

The salon catered to girls, with kids haircuts and birthday parties, and offered full salon services for adults as well. The building that houses the salon has been sold, and Lily’s has chosen to close at the end of this month, just a few days away.

From Lily’s blog

Looking back over the past eight years, I realize how much of my life has been enjoyed in this wonderful community here in Queen Anne, and at the heart of it all has been LILY’S.  From the mechanics across the street to Italian restaurant’s daughters that come see me for cupcakes….I have built a family here.

So with a heavy heart, I wish you all a fabulous goodbye and thank you for your loyalty and love!  Lily’s will be closing January 31, 2013.

Stop in and say goodbye to another small, independent business this week, and pick up some of the last hair and nail accessories that Lily’s has in stock for girls.

Updated 1/28: The building will have a new owner/landlord – no confirmation on if rents will rise or not.

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Plaza Garibaldi Burglarized Early Saturday Morning

January 26th, 2013 by Laura

SPD has reported that Plaza Garibaldi, 129 1st Ave N, was burglarized early this morning. Around the same time the alarm went off, a witness reported seeing two men breaking into the restaurant. SPD officers responded at around 4:20am, but could not locate the suspects in an area-sweep. The SPD report cites a witness description of the suspects: both were male, of unknown race, and wearing dark clothing. One was wearing a knit hat, the other a baseball cap.

According to SPD, it appears that the suspects were trying to steal alcohol from the restaurant’s bar, and they caused damage to Plaza Garibaldi’s door windows for their entry/exit. More information is available on the SPD Blotter.

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Annual Camp Fire Candy Sale Kicks Off Today

January 25th, 2013 by Laura

Queen Anne Camp Fire Candy Sale in 2012
Katie & Mackenzie

Today, Friday, January 25 marks the beginning of Camp Fire kids’ 2013 Candy Sale. In January and February, non-profit Camp Fire groups raise money selling locally made Brown & Haley candy outside of grocery stores and coffee shops all around Puget Sound – last year the local Queen Anne Camp Fire kids were outside Trader Joe’s, and they’ll be there again this weekend, noon to 4pm (possibly 6pm if sales remain brisk!) both Saturday and Sunday.

The profits help fund summer camp, year-round activities and field trips, and Camp Fire’s general operating costs. Camp Fire kids attended Candy Rallies last week to learn more about their candy wares and pick up successful sale strategies. This year, the kids will be selling five different types of candy, including their Mint Patties and sugar-free Camper Mix, available for $5 each.

For more information or to purchase Camp Fire Candy, visit them live outside Trader Joe’s or online via their website.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

January 24th, 2013 by Laura

Seems to be a fairly light weekend for activities on and around Queen Anne (let us know if we’ve missed your event). It’s going to be a return to the rain this weekend, so check out some indoor activities – the last days for Cinderella and A Doll’s House, SIFF’s Women in Cinema runs through Sunday, The Last Reef 3D at Pacific Science Center’s IMAX, or some live music at El Diablo Coffee Co.

Traffic Impacts:

  • Mercer: Fairview Ave N traffic switched to east side of street between Harrison and Mercer Streets through February
  • Aurora Bridge: 9am-5pm, Sunday, Jan 27 – Thursday, Jan 31 – bridge reduced to one lane in each direction; Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp closed
  • Viaduct: 10pm-5am Weekend closure between the Battery Street Tunnel and West Seattle Bridge – the Southbound Viaduct lanes and left northbound lane

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, January 25

Saturday, January 26

Sunday, January 27

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

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Big turnaround in 2012 for Queen Anne & Magnolia housing market (sponsored story)

January 24th, 2013 by Cory Bergman

(This is a sponsored story written by John Madrid, Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate).

What a difference a year makes … sale prices continue their climb and time on market continues to drop. It is definitely turning into a seller’s market.

For the 10th out of the last 12 months the median sale price for single-family homes sold on Queen Anne and Magnolia met or exceeded the sale price for the same period a year prior. Much of this trend can be attributed to a decrease in the supply of new listings in 2012 compared to 2011.

In addition to a shortage of inventory, record low interest rates, continued strong hiring by Amazon, Microsoft and a slew of smaller to midsize companies and a general belief that the market has hit bottom has resulted in strong appreciation for most Seattle home owners and sellers in 2012.

The median sale price for single-family homes sold in 2012 on Magnolia & Queen Anne was $565,000 compared to $527,500 for 2011, an over 7% increase. The average time on market decreased to 51 days for 2012 from 60 days in 2011.

A less than a 3 month supply of homes is generally considered a Seller’s market while 3-6 months in inventory is considered a “balanced” market. The overall supply of Magnolia & Queen Anne homes averaged around 2.7 months of inventory for 2012 versus a 4.2 month supply for 2011.

Expected trends for 2013 include continued low interest rates and inventory as well as multiple offers situations for competitively priced homes in popular neighborhoods including Magnolia & Queen Anne with their great walkability, popular schools and proximity to downtown.

More stats on other Seattle neighborhoods can be found here.

Tip: Even in a strong home Seller’s market amazing photos and professional marketing materials (including a custom website and full color two sided flyers) can result in a quicker sale and the best sale price.

John Madrid is a Managing Broker with John L. Scott Real Estate – University Village and is a 2005-2012 Seattle Magazine “Five Star” Agent. His clients include both home buyers and sellers. He can be reached at 206-498-1880, john@live206.com or www.live206.com.

(Statistics are deemed reliable but are not guaranteed. All information should be verified to the users own satisfaction.)

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Aegis on Galer Public Hearing Moved to February 19

January 24th, 2013 by Laura

Proposed Aegis on Galer
Courtesy of VIA Architecture

As reported earlier this month, the proposed Aegis on Galer project was conditionally approved by the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) – however, appeals were being accepted through yesterday, January 23.

Today, the DPD announced a new public hearing date for appeals received for the project. According to the DPD, both the Declaration of Non-Significance and Design Review have been appealed. The original public hearing was slated for January 30th, but it has been rescheduled to February 19th at the Office of the Hearing Examiner. If necessary, additional time has been reserved on February 22, 2013 for a continuance.

Written comments will be accepted until the close of the hearing scheduled for February 19, 2013. Comments should be sent to:

City of Seattle Hearing Examiner
700 5th Avenue, Suite 4000
P.O. Box 94729
Seattle, WA 98124-4729

You can access copies of the Report and Recommendation, the rezone application, and all other documents related to this project online – enter “3012582” in the project number field.

Key Details

  • What: Public Hearing on Rezone Application for 223 W. Galer Street
  • When: Tuesday, February 19, 9am
  • Where: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Room 4009

If you have additional questions, contact Colin R. Vasquez, Senior Land Use Planner at 206.684.5639.

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