Get ready for Targy’s Halloween Costume Ball and help local schools too

targys2016halloweenposter-withqae-printv2The kids have Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, but the holiday certainly isn’t exclusive to little ghouls and goblins on Queen Anne. For those 21 and over, Targy’s Tavern is hosting a Halloween Costume Ball next Friday, October 28th with live DJs spinning tunes for a Halloween dance party. Plus, proceeds go to local elementary schools, so the kids benefit too.

Last year, Targy’s hosted a Halloween costume party that ended up being a great Queen Anne community event. They’re doing a repeat performance this year, and the suggested $10 donations benefit John Hay Elementary, Coe Elementary, and Queen Anne Elementary. So, while you’re grooving to tunes spun by Queen Anne’s own three-person DJ crew, SpaceStation206, you’ll also be helping out our local schools.

Each of the SpaceStation206 DJs has a unique style, so in addition to Halloween themed songs like Thriller and Ghostbusters, they’ll also play a mix of both current dance songs and old school 80s and 90s classics – last year, a conga line formed for Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long.

The Halloween dance party begins at 9pm at Targy’s Tavern, 600 West Crockett St, with voluntary $10 donations accepted at the door. Costumes are encouraged!

Get your costume ready and head to Targy’s Halloween Dance Party next Friday!

Firefighter Story Time at the Queen Anne Library this Thursday

halloween-14-qa-fire-mainA favorite Seattle Public Library program is coming back to Queen Anne. October is fire prevention month, and Seattle Fire Department firefighters will hold story times with books on fire safely for local children. Plus, they will have firefighting equipment and trucks on display to inspire all future firefighters.

Firefighter Story Times is free and everyone is welcome, no registration required. In addition, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available.

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 6th from 11am to 11:30am at the Queen Anne Branch, 400 W Garfield St for Firefighter Story Time. Especially timely or those little ones who plan to be firefighters this Halloween (like the photo above from a couple Halloweens ago) or beyond.

Community meeting on new addition to Queen Anne Elementary this Monday

QAE frontQueen Anne Elementary is a recipient of funding from the Seattle Public Schools Excellence IV (BEX) Capital Levy. Seattle voters approved the levy in 2013, and now the community can learn more about how the funds will benefit Queen Anne Elementary.

The building originally opened in 1905 (and still has the original John Hay name on it) and was recently modernized for reopening as Queen Anne Elementary in 2011. As with many elementary schools in the area, Queen Anne Elementary is suffering from overcrowding. The $16.4 million in funding allows it to grow via an addition with 8 new classrooms (200 seats) and a new gymnasium.

The latest scope documents show that the scope of work will include, but is not limited to, the aforementioned classrooms and gym as well as, technology infrastructure, redevelopment of the site (bus, parking and drop off), covered walkways, an outdoor covered area, street frontage improvements, and the demolition of existing portable units.

Design work for the new addition and gym began in February of this year. Seattle Public Schools expects the construction to start in June 2018, with a planned 2019 opening.

If you would like to learn more, ask questions, or provide input on the project, attend a community meeting at the school (411 Boston St) this Monday, June 6th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. At the meeting, you can learn more about the project scope, schedule, and design.

 

Rally for reinstatement of Queen Anne Elementary Principal on Friday

We’ve had several emails from Queen Anne Elementary parents today about the resignation of Principal David Elliott. Per parents, Seattle Public Schools has accepted Elliott’s resignation, which is being described as a “forced” resignation. Seattle Public Schools has not issued a formal statement, the flyer below is from Queen Anne Elementary parents.

The QAE parents are hosting a rally and petition signing at the corner of 4th Ave N and Newton St, tomorrow, Friday, October 23:

QAE Principal

The Seattle Public Library is rebranding and seeking public input

The SPL logo and name will change –
check out the survey to see what’s proposed

The Seattle Public Library has kicked off a rebranding initiative, and it’s seeking public feedback  via a survey on the new name, three new logos, and a descriptive mission statement. I took the survey last night, it’s short and well worth your time if you have an opinion on the future of SPL.

“Seattle Public Libraries” is the proposed new name, and you can comment on how you feel about this name, as well as the traditional “The Seattle Public Library” name. Plus, you get a peek at 3 different new logos for the library, with an open-ended response to provide your thoughts on each logo – whether you like it or not, what you like/dislike about the proposed graphics and text, and general comments.

The branding initiative is privately funded by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, but it’s ultimately the community’s library – so speak up and voice your opinions in the web survey.

Survey input is due by 5pm on Sunday, October 11th – but don’t delay, take 5 minutes today to take the survey. You’ll be able to check out the new logos (they look very different) and mission statement, as well as let SPL know what you think of the proposed new name.

Teacher Rally today starting and ending at Seattle Center will impact traffic

A late notice last night from SDOT on a Teacher Rally today that will impact traffic around the Seattle Center and downtown. Here’s what you need to know…

Teachers are picketing select schools today starting at 8am. They’ll then travel via bus to the Seattle Center for an Educator March and Rally for Education Funding. Staging for 70 buses  will take place on roads surrounding the Seattle Center starting at 10am.

At 11am the march kicks off at the Seattle Center Broad Street Green Sculpture Garden. About 2,000 educators, parents, students, and supporters are expected to march from the Seattle Center to Westlake Plaza for a noon rally, then back again to the Seattle Center via 4th Ave N.

The rally/march is expected to end at 2pm, but with 70 buses and 2,000 attendees, expect traffic impacts to last later than 2pm. Here’s the route map to plan your travels:

Teacher Rally Map