No stamp required! Queen Anne Dispatch posting voting ballots for free

ballotIt’s time to vote! Do you have a stamp? If not, have no fear, Queen Anne Dispatch to the rescue! That’s right, our local best-little-shipper in town is posting return ballots for free. All you have to do is drop your ballot off at Queen Anne Dispatch at 2212 Queen Anne Ave N during their normal business hours (M-F 9-7pm | Sat 10-6pm | Sun 9-6pm), and they’ll post it for free.

qadispatchsignVia their Facebook page, Queen Anne Dispatch also answers the question of why stamps are required to mail in your ballot: Going through the postal service it gets postmarked and that becomes part of the verification process.

Thanks to Queen Anne Dispatch for going above and beyond it’s long list of great services to the community. Vote! You have no excuses not to!

Learn about Seattle Neighborhood Greenways at the Queen Anne Greenways meeting

QAGreenwaysOur local Queen Anne Greenways community organization meets this Tuesday, October 25th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. The group’s mission is to make our streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike. You can see some of the results of their work at Highland Dr & Queen Anne Ave N (the pedestrian activated stoplight that makes crossing so much easier). The group also planned this summer’s Play Street at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.

You can learn more about the group and the larger Seattle Neighborhood Greenways group this Tuesday, October 25th. Cathy Tuttle, Executive Director of the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, will be a special guest at the meeting. She’ll provide an overview of the on-going work of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

All are welcome to attend this Tuesday’s meeting to learn about improvement efforts city-wide and in our own neighborhood. Queen Anne Greenways is switching up locations, so whether you’re attending the meeting for the first time or if you’re a regular, take note of the new meeting location: Aegis of Queen Anne at 223 W Galer St:


Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Ben & Germaine

Ben and Germaine are a bonded pair of guinea pigs and must be adopted together. They get along wonderfully and rely on each other’s company.


ben-germaine-4-germaineBen is the leader. He’s energetic, active and curious. He does not like to be held, but loves time spent running outside of his cage.

He also enjoys toys such as wood chews and his tunnel.

AND he loves greens!!

ben-germaine-3-benGermaine is a little slow to warm up. He is definitely the shyer of the two. He will need a calm and quiet home. He loves to be groomed and held.

He enjoys sharing food with Ben and follows him around. He enjoys playing outside of his cage. His favorite veggies? Parsley and bell peppers!

For now, Germaine and Ben are still scared by loud noises and they are timid at first, but they will warm up to their forever humans and a consistent environment.

Ben and Germaine (SAS ID #33623274 and 33623256) are being adored in a foster home; you won’t find them at the Shelter. Call the foster care hotline at (206) 684-0685 or email to meet these great guys!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Strut (snuggly, snaggle-toothed Chihuahua) – available for adoption
Baby (affectionate, black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Max (handsome cat) – available for adoption
Taco (playful, people loving kitty) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Wren & Robin (Netherland Dwarf bunnies) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – 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!

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!

Confirmation: The Mercer Mess is… still a mess

How long does it take to get through Taylor & Mercer? Forever!

Taylor & Mercer gridlock at 3pm…

Today, the Puget Sound Business Journal published an article on the Mercer Mess. Not the old Mercer Mess, but rather the current Mercer Mess. After spending $74 million for improvements to the Mercer corridor, data from TomTom shows that Mercer traffic is no better than it was two years ago.

According to PSBJ:

“Peak morning congestion, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., on the 1.74-mile stretch of Mercer Street from Elliott Avenue to Interstate 5 has improved by two seconds since 2014, according to TomTom data.”

The City plans to spend $1 million to improve the light timing on Mercer, but according to KIRO, the City “acknowledged that would not speed up commute times” – so don’t expect any improvements anytime soon…

The Queen Anne Helpline Coat Drive needs more coats!

Helpline logoThe third annual Coat Drive for the Queen Anne Helpline is halfway over – but unfortunately, the goal is still a long way away. We first posted on the Coat Drive at the beginning of the month, so consider this a gentle reminder if you have coats or jackets to donate.

qa-helpline-coat-driveThis coat drive comes at a critical time, as the Queen Anne Helpline is in desperate need of coats. The weather has certainly turned a corner and we’re firmly in our cool Autumn days and even cooler nights. A gently used coat would be welcomed by many in our community who are in need of assistance.

It’s easy to donate, just drop your new or gently used coats in the bin at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank (1630 Queen Anne Ave N) through the end of October. And, if you happen to find yourself in Magnolia, there’s a donation bin in the Magnolia Umpqua Bank as well.

As always, thank you in advance for helping the Helpline!

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