McClure Middle School is turning 50 years old this year, and to celebrate, the school is throwing a party. You can join the mixer and celebration on April 5th at the Queen Anne Community Center.
The party runs from 6pm to 10pm, and will include appetizers, retro desserts, a dance floor, and an auction. You can buy tickets online, and if you purchase by March 15th, you’ll also be entered into a drawing for a “fabulous” prize.
All festivities will have a 60s flair, so dressing to the decade is welcome!
One of LloydMartin’s first cooks, Christopher Pratt, was hit by a car while riding his moped last week, and LloydMartin is hosting a benefit dinner to help with his recovery.
On Tuesday, March 11th, LloydMartin’s benefit dinner service begins at 5pm. Diners can get a Caesar salad and entrée (either Bolognese with house-made pasta or Mushroom Ragu) for $30, and $10 beer and select wine by the glass. 100% of the proceeds, tips, and any extra donations will go straight to Christopher.
To attend the event, make your reservation online or call LloydMartin at 206-420-7602. If you cannot attend, but would like to help out, you can make a donation online.
For the past four years, Damask Tattoo has been on Queen Anne near Boston and Queen Anne Ave N, just above How to Cook a Wolf – but now, if you’re looking to find them, head south toward Galer St. The all-women artist studio has found a new Upper Queen Anne home next to Betty, complete with a street-level entrance.
Damask’s goal is to set the bar high for a tattoo studio, and the new space has a spa style environment.
The studio offers vegan tattoos from the pigments to the procedure products and the aftercare. Damask Tattoo has four tattoo artists, and will soon add a fifth artist – along with the ability to take walk-ins (although they still book up quickly, so plan ahead).
According to owner Christy Brooker:
“We love Upper Queen Anne and since moving here four years ago we knew we wanted to stay in the neighborhood. It took a couple years of looking but we are so excited that we found the perfect spot here next to Betty restaurant. We are looking forward to being more a part of the community now that we are on street level.”
Earlier this week, local nonprofit Queen Anne Helpline launched a completely redesigned web site to help communicate its message and raise awareness of the help it provides to Queen Anne neighbors.
In conjunction with the launch, there’s a renewed emphasis on the clients the Helpline serves – not only Queen Anne residents, but also our neighbors in Magnolia and South Lake Union. The Helpline serves those in need who reside in zip codes 98109, 98119, and 98199, an area of over 65,000 residents.
The new website provides relevant information for both neighbors in need and neighbors who want to help. You can read up on the Helpline’s history, what they do every day to help, see their new tagline “Serving Queen Anne, Magnolia, and South Lake Union”, and watch a short video overview of the organization.
Grub is opening its kitchen this Monday, March 3rd for a Lahi pop-up hosted by Chefs Irbille and Justin from the Aragona.
The pop-up will showcase modern Filipino cuisine; Lahi (LaHe) in Tagalog “represents lineage, ancestry, a people, a tribe. It speaks about the terroire, the land we are from and the land we now call home as 3rd generation.”
The pop-up opens its doors at 5pm on Monday, and there is open seating with no reservations. First-come, first-served, and here’s what you can get either as a 5-course tasting menu ($40) or a la carte selections:
Queen Anne Book Company is turning one year old this Saturday, March 1st. And to celebrate its first anniversary, the shop is hosting an Open House from 3-5pm on Saturday.
It’s a well-deserved celebration too – as quick refresher, Queen Anne Books abruptly closed and Queen Anne neighbors were stunned. Last January, QABC owners Krijn de Jonge, Judy de Jonge, and Janis Segress partnered to bring back a local, independent bookstore to Queen Anne, and they opened the doors on March 1, 2013.
The past year has been eventful for the shop, with author readings and Sherman Alexie taking on the role of bookseller-for-a-day. Alexie returned months later with more authors to support QABC and independent booksellers around the world with Indies First – an idea that began right here on Queen Anne, at QABC.
QABC has also partnered with other local businesses, including Cederberg Tea House, El Diablo Coffee Co, and Lloyd Martin – and hosted children’s book readings at Twirl Café.
To thank its loyal customers, QABC is giving away free advance reader copies and book totes with purchases of $50 or more on Saturday. Plus, what would a birthday party be without cake? No party at all! (so, yes, there will be cake and refreshments)
The party is not just to celebrate QABC, but also the loyal customers who’ve supported the shop over the past year and who will keep it going in the future. According to store manager/co-owner Janis Segress, it all comes down to the customers that have supported QABC in its inaugural year:
“We’re here because of our customers. Not a day goes by without one of our customers remarking how relieved they are that their bookstore is back.”
Co-owner Krijn de Jonge also echoed the customer centric nature of QABC:
“At the end of the day, our strong connections to our customers are what’s vital to our business. Our booksellers know their customers, they help them choose books, they call them when new titles release. It’s the customer service that matters most.”
Stop by on Saturday to congratulate Queen Anne Book Company on their first year! Happy Birthday, QABC!
We’re closing in on twenty Little Free Libraries (LFLs) on Queen Anne – surely that’s a Seattle neighborhood record? As always, if you have a LFL, spot one that’s not on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The map is below, and photos of all 18 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.
The newest Little Free Library is at approximately 3612 12th Ave W, the house number is actually an 11th Ave W address, but the LFL is on the east side of 12th Ave W. The LFL’s steward wrote us to let us know about it, and shared some info on it as well.
And, here’s some of the story behind it – you’ll notice the little dedication plaque for Hugo, just below the door. Hugo is the stewards’ Wire-Haired Fox Terrier who they lost last year after 17 loyal years.
According to the stewards, they hope the LFL will be a “a great way to interact with neighbors” and they’re hoping to add to the collection with something for everyone. It’s certainly a nice anchor on our map in NW Queen Anne!
Remember the Fun Forest at Seattle Center? Well, it’s time for a new play spot for kids, and the Fun Forest site is set for a design overhaul.
The Space Needle owners donated $1 million for an “artist-designed children’s play area” as part of the lease agreement for Chihuly Gardens and Glass – and the Design Team wants to hear from kids and families as they kickoff a new era of play at Seattle Center.
The team is hosting a workshop on Saturday, March 1 from 1pm to 4pm in the Next 50 Pavilion Annex (across from the Armory). It’s free, and all they ask is for kids and families to “bring along your imagination, ideas, and words for a hands-on journey of exploration through sound, story, structure, and motion.”
The workshop is part of a free ParentMap Day of Play at the Seattle Center. Prior to the workshop, you can also join a free Seattle Camp Fair from 10am to 1pm in the Armory, where kids and families can learn about kid-friendly summer events in and around Seattle.
Remember the call we put out for “faces of Queen Anne” last month? It was for an upcoming Seattle Magazine neighborhood issue, and the issue is due to hit newstands (yes, the old-fashioned print version) today.
Several residents are representing Queen Anne, and it’s sliced and diced by zip code. You can check out photos and bios from the Seattle Magazine photo shoot online today in the online feature “The Many Faces of Seattle Neighborhoods” with even more info available in the print version.
You may recall that back in September there were rumors swirling about the sale of the block of Mercer Street that is home to the Streamline Tavern, Radio Shack, Michael Reed Black Antiques, and Spic and Span cleaners. Recently, the property was off-market, and it turns out that it has indeed been sold.
Per KIRO, the property that sits between 1st Ave W and 2nd Ave W was sold to the South Korean government in December for $2.4 million. It will become home to a new Consulate office, and current tenants will have to vacate the existing buildings before demolition, with construction planned for mid-2015. (KIRO quotes businesses as saying they must leave by December)
The block were for sale via Windermere Commercial Real Estate, with the addresses as 127 W Mercer St and 115 W Mercer St, and listed at $2.75 million.
Mayor Murray made a pledge to hold a Neighborhood Summit in his first 100 days in office, and he’s making good on that promise. The Seattle Neighborhood Summit is set for Saturday, April 5th from 9am to 1pm at the Seattle Center’s Pavilion Room.
April may seem like a ways off, but mark your calendars and act today – take the survey to provide your (Queen Anne) input to the Mayor’s team. The survey is designed to let them know what residents are looking for in a Neighborhood Summit, as well as what’s important to Queen Anne (and other neighborhoods) . and what is important to your neighborhood.
If you have questions, send them via email or call 206-684-8069.
We are lucky to have some pretty spectacular trees on Queen Anne, and some very passionate tree lovers as well. Any time a tree is trimmed for power lines, is cut down by the Parks department, or falls during a storm, we get emails. And, I’ve seen people literally hugging trees along the Boulevard.
So, heads up tree lovers – the city is looking for you to become a Tree Ambassador. From the City of Seattle, here’s the info you need to know:
The City of Seattle’s reLeaf program is looking for new Tree Ambassadors. Tree Ambassadors are a valued part of Seattle’s urban forestry network. Tree Ambassadors nurture Seattle’s trees. Volunteers are trained within a project area and have the opportunity to attend a variety of fun and informative workshops on topics like pruning, tree identification, and community engagement.
Beacon Hill Tree Ambassadors
Let’s get some Queen Anne Ambassadors!
Tree Ambassadors also get opportunities for unique experiences like learning to climb trees with professional rigging and tours of local botanic treasures. Volunteers who complete project training get a free t-shirt and name tag.
Seattle reLeaf is currently recruiting new Tree Ambassadors in three project areas:
Tree Walks: Show off your favorite trees in your favorite part of Seattle. You’ll learn the basics of making maps, identifying trees, and creating walking routes to engage your neighbors and coworkers in the urban landscape. Check out the tree walks created by current Tree Ambassadors here! Next training: Wednesday, March 12 and Saturday, March 15 (attend both)
Landscape Renewal: Does seeing a tree choked by ivy drive you crazy? This project track is for you. This project track will teach you to plan and organize small-scale renovation projects. Renovation work includes removing invasive plants, planting trees and understory plants, and mulching. You’ll learn how to develop a plan, recruit volunteers, and lead work parties. Next training: Wednesday, April 2 and Saturday, April 5 (attend both)
Street Tree Stewardship: Never fear young street trees, the Tree Ambassadors are here! Volunteers in this project area adopt street tree plantings and help the City’s young street trees thrive. Tree Ambassadors learn to plan work parties and recruit volunteers to mulch, weed, and care for the trees that are essential to making Seattle’s neighborhoods walkable, sustainable, beautiful, and healthy. Next training: May 17
The city is looking for tree lovers – no previous tree experience is necessary for any of the project areas. If you’re interested in learning more or applying to become a Tree Ambassador, please visit the website. If you have questions, you can contact Seattle reLeaf via email or phone at 206-615-1668.