Seattle Public Utilities will work on 3rd Ave W groundwater issue this Saturday

Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 12.14.33 PMWe’ve had several readers write in or tweet to us about the ongoing stream of water along 3rd Ave W near the Queen Anne Bowl. Aegis construction crews identified the water seepage issue as a Seattle Public Utilities problem.

To try and reduce the groundwater that is surfacing along 3rd Ave W, Seattle Public Utilities will be working on the area this Saturday from 7am to 7pm. The work may impact traffic, reducing 3rd Ave W to one lane for the day. A flagger will be on hand to direct traffic and parking will be restricted.

SPU will clean and inspect the groundwater pipes at the location, with the goal of reducing the constant stream of water. Thanks to SPU for responding to the issue, let’s hope the work reduces or, even better, stops the excess water flow.

It’s market day: Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

QAFM instagram 073015It’s Thursday, and that means another market day along W Crockett. The Queen Anne Farmers Market opens for business at 3pm and runs through 7:30pm.

Here’s the info you need to know to plan your late Thursday afternoon and/or evening:

Every Thursday: farm & food vendors can be found here

Musical Guest: Stephen Penn of Armed and Dangerous Blues Revue will be returning to play fun, upbeat music at the market this week.

Event Tent:  Queen Anne Manor will have some great giveaways and activities going on.

Rotating Food Trucks: Gai Box, Napkin FriendsNosh, and Kiss My Grits

Winery: Wilridge Winery

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, August 25th, 3pm-7:30pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

UPDATE: Green Stage’s free Backyard Bard returns to Rodgers Park this Sunday

Backyard Bard

UPDATE: GreenStage will not be on Queen Anne on Sunday. Their website had last year’s info on it (hence, Sunday, August 24th as the date). Thanks to a reader who commented about the date, we contacted GreenStage and confirmed there are no performances tomorrow.

For the past two years, Green Stage has brought Shakespeare in the park to Queen Anne’s Rodgers Park via its Backyard Bard performances. And, they’re coming back this Sunday – these free plays are the thing! Four actors take on the task of bringing Shakespeare’s tales to life in performances that run an hour each and are free and open to all.

The smaller venues and shorter productions provide a great introduction to Shakespeare, highlighting the “best parts of the larger play and bringing the story vibrantly to life in more intimate venues with verve and brevity.” Plus, they’re as family-friendly as possible, and “most times, the naughty bits go right over the kid’s heads” per Green Stage.

Actors Gavin McLean, Jennifer Crooks, Tyler Dobies, and Laura Lee Caudill play all of the characters in both plays, with on-the-spot costume and scenery changes adding to the fun of the production. Ken Holmes directs the Backyard Bard productions of Pericles and Twelfth Night, both of which will be performed at Rodgers Park on Sunday, August 24th, starting at 3pm. Both shows include shipwrecks, so the troupe posed for a photo in a pirate ship in Ken’s backyard. Quite fitting for the Backyard Bard season!

Green Stage troupe

Photo courtesy of Green Stage

Here are short synopses of the two plays, so you can be ready to follow the fast-paced action:

Twelfth Night – Sunday, August 24th, 3pm
One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies and our original Backyard Bard play, Twelfth Night features a love quadrangle and some very trying houseguests who show no intention of leaving! Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck. Viola, disguised as the boy Cesario, is the intermediary as Duke Orsino attempts to woo the wealthy countess Olivia. Of course, Olivia falls for Cesario, and Sebastian’s unexpected arrival on the scene leads to some hilarious complications. Will everyone end up with a spouse? Will it be the one they expect?

Pericles – Sunday, August 24th, 4:30pm
Pericles is a risk-taker. He realizes that whatever answer he gives to a riddle will get him killed. So begins an epic journey of ambitious risks, great rewards, and big falls for the Prince of Tyre. Pericles marries, has a daughter, and is separated from both along the way; shipwrecks always seem to happen at the darndest times. All three of them lead strange, marvelous lives and travel convoluted pathways to the end, when they’re miraculously reunited.

Green Stage sets up on the south side of Rodgers Park, in the open space near the southeast playground. Bring your low-backed chairs, blankets, and picnics to the park. All are welcome to attend the free performances!

Sponsored Post: MightyKidz Childcare now open with two Queen Anne locations

The following is a sponsored post from MightyKidz Childcare, a childcare center with two Queen Anne locations, now open for Fall enrollment.

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Picture1MightyKidz Childcare began in Magnolia in January of 2014 with husband and wife owners Kyla and Jeff Liboon. Kyla was working at a large corporate childcare for 4 years as a teacher and program coordinator and became pregnant with their first child. After having a rough time dropping her first born off in childcare, mind you, this is the childcare in which she worked, Jeff and Kyla re-evaluated things and decided to sell their town-home in Magnolia, buy a house, and renovate it in order to run an in-home childcare center.

Picture3On day one, MightyKidz was full and had a waitlist! This is when Jeff and Kyla realized the need for quality childcare in the Seattle area. They began their search for commercial properties, and two and a half years later, they are excited to be opening their doors in Upper Queen Anne, occupying the first floor of All Saints Church, and in Lower Queen Anne, on 1st Ave in the Astro building.

The two centers are currently enrolling children 3 months – 60 months of age. Spots are filling up quickly, between the two centers, we will be able provide a warm, nurturing, and stimulating environment for nearly 100 children! Both centers will offer a child-centered, emergent curriculum to maximize engagement and learning. Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate to enhance social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in young children. The classroom environment is carefully designed to reflect our student’s interests and to cultivate positive self-image, independence, and interdependence.

We advocate consistent communication with parents. MightyKidz Childcare uses the brightwheel app to communicate with parents throughout the day. Parents receive pictures, updates on naps, feeding, and diapering, and can see all of the curricular activities their child is engaged in. Our current parents scream praise about the brightwheel app, noting that it truly connects them with their child throughout the day.

MightyKidz is dedicated to employ and retain highly qualified teachers who have both the experience and education necessary to offer each child the early childhood education that he/she deserves.

shelby2Shelby Holzknecht is the Director or the Upper Queen Anne Location and has been working for MightyKidz for two years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Development, has an Early Childhood Education Certificate, and has been working in the field for 7 years. Shelby and her husband just welcomed their first child into the world and are thrilled that he will be able to attend MightyKidz when the doors open.

Rachel Peterson is the Executive Director of MightyKidz and Director of the Lower Queen Anne location. Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Children’s Studies, has her Master’s in Teaching, and carries a Washington State Teaching Credential. She is a mother of 2 and has been working in the field of education since 1999.

kyla2Kyla Liboon, Owner and Head of Operations, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and has an Early Childhood Education Certificate, with nearly 10 years of experience in the field. Kyla is a mother of 2 and will continue to oversee the Magnolia location. Kyla, Shelby, and Rachel all share a passion for the early learners and aim to create an environment that will give all parents piece-of-mind as they drop their children off for a day of exploration and discovery.

Please contact us today via email at tours@mightykidz.com to schedule a tour at either Queen Anne location!

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Chili & Chinni

Chinni 3Friendly, curious, playful and on the move exploring – that’s Chili and Chinni! They are a lovingly bonded, brother and sister pair of sociable chinchillas who have been at the shelter since March 2016. They are the perfect pair!

Chili is approximately 4 years old and Chinni is approximately 1 year old. They both have beautiful gray-black fur that is velvety soft to the touch, and inquisitive brown eyes. They are microchipped and neutered.

Chili 1Chili and Chinni love playtime outside of their cage. They will run around, jump and explore their surroundings. They both like to explore vertical space and need plenty of play stimulation chew toys – their favorites are applewood and willow sticks!

They are both very friendly chins who come out of their cages for treats and love! Their temperaments are becoming more confident and always curious. They’ll go anywhere you let them and both get along with people. They will tolerate some petting and handling, but are not big snugglers.

Chili 2Chili and Chinni (SAS ID #31172336 and 31172337) are looking forward to finding a good loving forever home. Come meet them in the Critter Room at the Seattle Animal Shelter.

More about chinchillas: Chinchillas are native to the mountains of South America where they are a mostly nocturnal (active dusk to dawn). They are most comfortable indoors in a dry cool climate (60-70 degrees).

Chinni 1Pet chinchillas are fantastic jumpers and need a large habitat (at least 3’ x 2’ per animal). Select a habitat cage that has no plastic-coated wire, otherwise your pet chinchilla can gnaw off the plastic coating and become ill. Try to provide a habitat cage with openings no larger than 1” x 2” – they can squeeze through very small openings.

Chinchillas are social animals; they do best with a companion, and need daily interaction with their human friends. To stay healthy and happy they need supervised exercise periods outside their habitat cage. They should be fed high-quality alfalfa pellets, timothy hay, and fresh green vegetables. Treats include small portions of fruit (berries and raisins).

Chinni 2Bath-time is fun-time, but without any water. Chinchillas take dust baths twice a week. Chinchilla dust is readily available at pet or feed stores. You can see Chili and Chinni playing in their dust bowl in this video.

Your chinchilla will need annual vet checks and with proper care and lots of love can live to be 10-15 years old. You are expected to make a lifetime commitment to your chins and they should be treated as an integral part of the family. The primary caregiver must be a responsible adult, and young children should always be supervised when interacting with your chins and instructed on proper approach and handling. Household cats or dogs should, of course, also be carefully supervised at all times and introduced in a calm and quiet manner.

Come on down and meet Chili and Chinni today!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Abby (snuggly, sweet Chihuahua mix) – available for adoption
Taco (playful, people loving kitty) – available for adoption
GG (trusting and loving tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Raja & Grace (elegant feline couple) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Pence & Penny (people loving grey bunnies) – available for adoption
Argon & Fluorine (two little mice) – available for adoption

Disclaimer: Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet. Happy adopting!

Sponsored Post: Cycle Back to School with Pedalheads!

The post below is a sponsored post from Pedalheads Bike Camps.

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Now that we’re halfway through August, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school! What better way to travel down the tree-lined streets of Queen Anne than by bike? Not only is cycling a healthy way for your child to start their day, it’s also a wonderful way to give them greater independence as they enter the new school year!

DSC_1604At Pedalheads Bike Camps, we teach kids how to ride safely and competently in a fun, educational environment. We run our camp out of Queen Anne Elementary School (411 Boston St), where kids from 3-12 master the skills they need to succeed on the trails and the streets. Maybe you’ve seen some of our more experienced campers pedalling around the Upper Queen Anne neighborhood or on the Elliot Bay trail!

Since 1995 we’ve taught over 200,000 children to ride, using our own Pedalheads’ teaching method, combined with small classes (generally 4:1) and exceptional instructors. With 50+ locations across Canada and the United States, our comprehensive program opens up a world of opportunities for a lifetime of cycling!

DSC_0177Camps run Monday to Friday June-August and luckily we still have some spots available for late August! Choose between morning camps (9:30am to 12:00pm), afternoon camps (1:00pm to 3:30pm) or all-day Camps (9:00am to 4:00pm, at select locations). We also offer private lessons. There are several different programs to choose from, depending on your child’s age and skill level. Before and after care is available for all-day camps.

For more information, you can contact Pedalheads at 888.886.6464  or via email at info@pedalheads.com.

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