Get ready for some traffic impacts this weekend – the Viaduct will be closed most of Saturday (but open in time for the season-opening Sounders game) and Sunday, and both Mercer and 99/Aurora will be impacted by the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K event on Sunday. Those woes aside, there are a lot of great events this weekend for everyone. Book lovers have 2 events – the new Queen Anne Book Company 3-day opening extravaganza and the Queen Anne Library Sunday celebration are both this weekend. Plus, arts, music, parkour, and films!
Viaduct: closed in both directions between Denny Way and South Spokane St – 6am-5pm, Saturday, March 2 and 6am-noon on Sunday, March 3
Hot Chocolate 5K/15K: Sunday, March 3, 10,000 people expected to use Mercer St to get to the Seattle Center (early am hours) and Metro busses will be rerouted including 2 & 13. 5K begins at 6:45am, 15K at 7:40am. The race route includes crossing the Aurora Bridge into Fremont. Expect Aurora/99 closures early in the morning. Course map is here. Update: looks like 99 will be closed 6:15am-11am on Sunday, per an SDOT sign at the 7-way stop.
Local Queen Anne spa Dermaspace was featured on KING5′s Evening Magazine this week with their electrotherapy facial treatment. They’re the only spa in the Northwest offering this shocking treatment – literally, shocking. Owner Jody Leon refers to it as “physical therapy for the face” and according to the Evening Magazine crew, celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow have been known to get the treatment in NYC and LA.
First we lost Easy Street Records, it closed its doors in January. Now, it looks like the music is truly going to die this June when Silver Platters’ Queen Anne shop moves to SODO.
Photo courtesy of Silver Platters
According to our news partner, The Seattle Times, the store couldn’t negotiate the lease it wanted. In this case, Silver Platters wanted a longer lease (Easy Street wanted a shorter lease), but it couldn’t get a lease longer than 2 years at the 5th Ave N and Roy St location.
The new SODO digs at 2930 First Ave. S (across from Starbucks HQ) are guaranteed for 5 years, and it’s cheaper to boot. Silver Platters will be moving in June – no word yet on what will fill their place.
“Commercial real estate is starting to get on the upswing again,” explained Silver Platters owner Mike Batt (pictured here), who has operated the Queen Anne Store (one of three Silver Platters) since 2007. “(Owners) who are sitting on a property with two floors on it are not looking after their investment.”
And, a familiar refrain:
He emphasized that he was sorry to leave Queen Anne. “If I had the same deal here, I would stay,” he said.
Let’s hope that there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. With many new developments coming in the next year, density will increase – let’s hope the new residents shop local and support our business owners!
As reported back in December, Sunday hours are a welcome 2013 change for our local Seattle Public Library branch – and now our Queen Anne branch has its turn at celebrating with the community! Mark your calendars for this Sunday, March 3rd for the Sundays are Special celebration, which runs from 2pm-3:30pm.
I spoke with the Library director about the event, and in addition to refreshments and craft activities (which are drop-in during the celebration), he also expects special guest attendees including City Librarian Marcellus Turner and SPL Director of Programs and Service Stephanie Chase. I’ve also confirmed with the Seattle City Council that Councilmember (and Queen Anne resident) Tim Burgess will be attending Sunday’s event.
The Friends of The Seattle Public Library will be at the event with customized Queen Anne branch canvas tote bags. These will be limited-edition bags, and it’s cash only ($15) to get one of your own.
In addition to the celebratory activities, you can also participate in the Check-Out Challenge – visit any Library branch on Sundays until May 5 to get your card stamped. Patrons with 15 stamps can enter a prize-drawing for a chance to win a booklovers basket and lunch with Marcellus Turner, SPL City Librarian. Plus, if your old SPL card is worn-out or you just want to change things up, you can also swap out your card for one of the new ones with photos of the Central Library, Space Needle, Pike Place Market, or Mt Rainier.
Remember, you can stop in at the Queen Anne Library any Sunday between 1pm and 5pm in 2013 – the only non-holiday where you’ll see a “closed” sign on the door is Friday.
Attention bibliophiles: it’s almost here, Queen Anne Book Company is just a few days away from its grand opening! If you’ve been watching the shop’s daily countdown on the front door or on Facebook, you know that our new, independent, locally-owned bookstore is set to open this Friday, March 1st (and the countdown has been a lot of fun, with each daily book selection highlighting the number of days left til the doors open).
Queen Anne Book Company staff
ready to personalize your reading experience
In addition to new owners Judy & Krijn de Jonge and owner/manager Janis Segress, you’ll also find some familiar faces, as four of the previous Queen Anne Books’ staff members have joined the new shop’s team of book experts.
I stopped by Queen Anne Book Company for a sneak peek yesterday, and spoke with the owners and staff members that are making it happen. They’ve been very busy prepping for not just opening day, but also opening weekend – that’s right, they have in-store author events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, it’s going to be a book-a-rific weekend! They’re open all 3 days, 9am-9pm, with “Authors in the House” events planned every day:
Friday, March 1
1-3 pm: Maria Semple, Seattle resident, screenwriter and author of the 2012 bestselling Where’d You Go Bernadette, set on Queen Anne
3-5pm: Mary Daheim, Queen Anne resident and author of the popular B & B and Alpine mystery series, including recently released Alpine Xanadu
3-5pm: Lance Weller, Gig Harbor resident and author of Wilderness, a debut novel set during the Civil War
4-6 pm: Matt Ruff, Seattle resident and author of 5 novels including The Mirage, released in February 2012
7-9 pm: Erica Bauermeister, Seattle resident and author of three novels including recently released The Lost Art of Mixing
7-9pm: Jennie Shortridge, Seattle resident and author of five novels, including the soon-to-be released Love Water Memory (April 2013)
Saturday, March 2
Noon-4 pm: Bernadette Pajer, Seattle resident and author of the popular Professor Bradshaw mystery series set in the Pacific Northwest
7-9 pm: Sherman Alexie, Seattle resident and winner of the 2013 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award, 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Blasphemy, a collection of short stories, is Alexie’s most recent book
Sunday, March 3
11-12:30pm: Carmela D’Amico, Seattle resident and author of the popular children’s series featuring Ella the Elephant
12-2 pm: Jonathan Evison, Bainbridge Island resident and winner of the 2013 and 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers awards, 2009 Washington State Book Award and author of 3 novels, including the Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
12-2pm: Jim Lynch, Olympia resident and author of 3 novels set in Western Washington, including recently released Truth Like the Sun
2-4 pm: Seattle7Writers, a collective of Northwest authors – featuring Laurie Frankel, Seattle resident and author of two novels; David Lasky, Seattle resident and cartoonist, graphic novel author; Shannon Huffman Polson, Northwest resident and author
4-6 pm: Seattle7Writers, a collective of Northwest authors – featuring Sean Beaudoin, Seattle resident and author of four novels; Kevin Emerson, Seattle resident and young adult author; Suzanne Selfors, Bainbridge resident and childrens/young adult author; Kevin O’Brien, Seattle resident and thriller author
Queen Anne Book Company
new shelves donated by the UW Book Store
Co-owners Judy de Jonge and Janis Segress are “excited to fill the full-service independent bookstore needs of the Queen Anne community” – it’s a brand-new venture, but you’ll see a few familiar faces at work to fill your reading needs, provide recommendations, and a highly-personalized customer service experience that only an independent bookstore can provide. So much so, they want the new Queen Anne Book Company to “feel like coming to your second home” – and they have plenty to offer in the way of tailored book recommendations and personal service:
Author events – focused on local and Northwest authors, small and up & coming authors with new books
Personalized list service – they’ll notify customers of new books, place advance orders, and take special orders – most arriving the next day and with free shipping!
Recommendations – the staff will provide recommendation cards for books (one of the best ways to find your next read), and to kick off the grand opening, every staff member will be providing their “top 10 of 2012” lists covering fiction to mystery to children’s books
e-Books – the shop will stock the American Booksellers Association’s Kobo e-book readers and will set up ordering your e-books via its web site. Kobo e-books will also work on Kindle Fires, iPads, and Nooks
New web site – launching in mid-March, the web site will available for orders 24-hours a day
Book groups – in addition to a store-hosted book group, the shop will also act as a resource for independent book groups, with a special shelf set aside for your book group reads at 15% off
Customer Appreciation – kind of “Baker’s Dozen” of books, when you buy 12 books, you’ll get a deal on your 13th book
Queen Anne Book Company
welcomes even the weird!
Stop in this weekend at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N to help celebrate the opening of our brand-new local, independently-owned bookstore – in addition to the author events listed above, the shop will also have surprise “flash mob” discounts, prize drawings of autographed books, and spontaneous contests.
According to manager Janis Segress: “We anticipate a weekend of high-energy book fun. We’re returning to warm traditions of personal service and neighborliness over books, while introducing an exciting new literary center for the neighborhood.”
Welcome, Queen Anne Book Company, we’ve been waiting for you!
Why is a one-year milestone important for the Queen Anne Food Bank? Back in November 2011, the Food Bank was forced to close due to lack of funding – but thanks to the generosity of Sacred Heart’s parish country-wide and the Queen Anne community, the Queen Anne Food Bank reopened in February of last year, kicking off a year of food drives, a sack lunch program, and a well-stocked food bank for neighbors in need.
Fast-forward to today and the Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart is celebrating its first anniversary with a Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, February 27. The breakfast kicks off at 8am in the basement of the Waldorf High School on the Sacred Heart Campus. The breakfast celebrates the QAFB clients, donors, volunteers and other community supporters – it’s a way to show appreciation for all of the efforts that contributed to the first year of the new Queen Anne Food Bank.
Queen Anne Food Bank
Fill the Truck Food Drive
The QAFB has invited all of its volunteers, benefactors and clients to the breakfast, and they want to spread the word to the broader community – all are who have helped in the past year or are interested in what the QAFB does, are welcome to attend. Just RSVP via email or at 206.216.4102.
If you’re wondering what exactly the QAFB does, it hosts two hunger programs, the Sack Lunch Program (Monday-Friday mornings), and the Food Bank (every Thursday afternoon). The QAFB serves the Belltown, Downtown and Queen Anne neighborhoods, distributing 500 sack lunches each week – with an anniversary total of 44,000 sandwiches!
Queen Anne Food Bank volunteers
One full-time QAFB staffer works alongside 56 active volunteers who range in age from 4 to 89 years old, and put in just as hours as four full-timers. Nineteen Seattle schools have partnered with QAFB, and food donations come from community organizations such as the Queen Anne Farmers’ Market, Metropolitan Market, QFC, Safeway, Starbucks, Ten Mercer, Kaspar’s Catering, Pike Brewing Company, Caffe Ladro and Four Seasons.
Happy Anniversary to the Queen Anne Food Bank & many thanks to the volunteers, schools, and organizations that have made the first year such a success!
Parkour Visions is hosting another parkour obstacle course this weekend – you may recall the November competition, and this one is set up in a similar fashion. It’s open to those 14 years and up with basic parkour experience who are comfortable running the course. And, if you’re just interested in watching the competition, it’s free for spectators.
The course tests speed, balance, power, and efficiency through 3 unique obstacle courses at the gym on Nickerson St. All competitors get multiple attempts on each course; the competitor with the best overall time wins.
The competition kicks off this Friday, March 1st with the Adults event from 6pm-9pm. The Kids event is set for Saturday, March 2nd, 5pm-8pm. If you want to compete, the entrance fee is $25 per competitor, and free for Unlimited Parkour Visions members.
If you missed the last competition, here’s a video of the event – it’ll give you a flavor of what to expect, whether you compete or cheer for the competitors:
Founded in 2007, Parkour Visions is a registered 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching parkour and movement play. If you’re interested in classes, contact Parkour Visions via email or at 206.923.8864.
The Queen Anne Greenways community group last met in late January, kicking off the group’s efforts for the year with new members and goals for 2013. The group is open to all, and it’s not too late to join in on the discussion about making our streets, sidewalks, and intersections more pedestrian-friendly.
Fifteen Queen Anne residents attended the January meeting, a great mix of residents with many volunteering to take on the all-important roles of political focal point, leader, secretary, and treasurer, as well as liaisons for the Uptown Alliance and Seattle Greenways. If you’re interested in taking on a leadership role or just voicing your thoughts and opinions, you’re welcome to join this week’s meeting as well as upcoming meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Key goals identified by the group for 2013 include:
From our sister site My Ballard – congratulations to Queen Anne residents Josh Pehrson and Ian Rice!
Ballard Student-Athletes Advance to Regionals and State By Bucky Beaver, Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on February 18th, 2013
Ballard High School had all five of its winter programs make the playoffs for the first time since the mid 90’s. In addition to boys and girls basketball a number of student-athletes from wrestling, boys swimming, and gymnastics advanced to regionals and on to the state competition in their respective sports.
Photo Courtesy of BHS Athletics
The following boys swimmers advanced to districts at the University of Washington: seniors Kyle Garrity, Duncan Fowler, Elijah Lancey, and Nathan Powell, juniors Josh Pehrson, Tim Porter, Kellen Reeder, sophomore Andrew Stevens, and freshmen Rory Carlson, Ian Rice, and Nate O’Leary. Junior diver Evan Arends also qualified. The 200 relay team consisting of Garrity, Stevens, Pehrson, and Carlson, as well as Pehrson in the 100 breaststroke advanced from districts and qualified for state as did diver Arends.
Earlier this month, Feet First hosted a Stairway Walks Day that included a SW Queen Anne Stairway Walk that sold out overnight. Granted, there were only 20 spots – but other neighborhoods had openings up to the day of the event. We all love our hidden and not-so-hidden stairways, and they’re apparently popular with visitors to our neighborhood as well.
Now’s your chance to showcase our stairways via an art & photo contest hosted by Feet First. Photographers and artists of all ages and experience levels can submit their two-dimensional art and photos with finalists’ work exhibited in Nord Alley behind Feet First’s Pioneer Square office during the First Thursday Art Walk in Pioneer Square on April 4th from 5pm-8pm.
Adults will compete in the categories of Traditional Art, Photography, and Digital Art and kids will compete in age groups (Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12). Judges will be from The American Institute of Architects Seattle, City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and Neighborhood House. The public will also vote for a People’s Choice Award during the First Thursday Pioneer Square Art Walk. Winners will be announced at 6pm on April 4th in the Nord Alley.
The entry deadline is March 15th, with finalists chosen and notified by March 28th. In addition to the award announcement on April 4th, winners will be highlighted on the Feet First website and their artwork will be on display in Nord Alley through the end of May.
Contest rules and an application form are available online.
You don’t have to limit yourself to Queen Anne, but wouldn’t it be great to see our staircases in the final exhibition? Get out your cameras, sketchpads, and easles and start capturing our staircases as art!
This weekend is dominated by multi-day events that range from the arts to gardening to noir films to yo-yoing. There’s also a free book swap at Twirl Café, the opening celebration of the new off-leash area at Lower Kinnear Park, and the Rat City Roller Girls are at home this weekend.
Mercer: Two-week closure on Fairview begins Tuesday, Feb 26. Temporary detour for northbound Fairview between Valley and Aloha.
Viaduct: 4:30am Saturday, Feb.23 to 5am Monday, Feb. 25 – Southbound 99 closed between Denny Way and South Nevada; Northbound 99 closed between South Nevada and South Spokane.
Queen Anne finally has its first off-leash dog park at Lower Kinnear Park – and it’s ready and waiting for your well-behaved pup to enjoy! I stopped by the park earlier this week, and aside from one pug and his owner, the park was quiet, like a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
It’ll soon be full of happy pups, as the official opening celebration is this Sunday, February 24th. The off-leash area is a COLA (Citizens for Off Leash Areas) park; COLA is a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization that supports and maintains Seattle’s off-leash dog parks.
Approaching the new OLA from Roy St entrance
COLA worked with Seattle Parks’ landscape architects Joe Neiford and Frank Robinson to design the new off-leash area (OLA), which includes a kiosk, wooden fencing, wood chip surfacing, a bench, and native plantings on the adjacent hillside.
The Seattle Conservation Corps constructed the 5,400 square foot off-leash area and thanks to the efforts of COLA, Seattle Parks, Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark), and the Queen Anne community, local canines now have a safe place to play off-leash, socialize with other pups, and promote a safe park and strengthen neighborhood bonds.
View coming from Elliott Ave W parking lot
Seattle dogs and their people are invited to join the opening celebration on Sunday, February 24th from noon-3pm. You can access the park from a lot behind Queen Anne Upholstery at 904 Elliott Ave W or you can walk through the park from the entrance on Roy St. (it’s a short, pleasant walk, the park has crushed stone paths and new plantings mixed with giant old trees).
The Kinnear Park off-leash area is part of a larger renovation of the park via funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund (Lower Kinnear Opportunity Fund). The community worked with Seattle Parks and HBB Landscape Architects to design improved trail connections and signage, a restored tennis court, and a natural setting with native plants.
For more information about the Lower Kinnear Off Leash Area or to volunteer at the OLA, contact Patrick Jones via email or at 206.913.7261.