President Obama arrives in Seattle on Friday and departs on Saturday

Heads up: President Obama is visiting Seattle, arriving on Friday, June 24th and departing Saturday, June 25th. Road closures are not announced in advance, but expect rolling closures en route from Boeing Field to the Washington State Convention Center, where he is headed for a private fundraiser for Gov. Jay Inslee. No word on any Queen Anne impacts, but heads up that there may be increased traffic on and around Queen Anne.

Per SPD:

Per the United States Secret Service, vehicle access to the area bounded by Olive St., 7th Avenue, Lenora St and 4th Avenue will be limited to 5th Avenue between Lenora and Virginia and on Stewart between 6th and 7th Avenue. Commuters are encouraged to use transit or park outside the area and walk in. People entering the area should expect delays and additional security screening.

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SEATTLEThe Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) reminds travelers that President Barack Obama will visit the city this weekend, from Friday, June 24 to Saturday, June 25. Due to the presidential visit, travelers in and around Seattle should expect delays on city streets, especially in downtown, and rolling slowdowns on area highways throughout this timeframe.

For security purposes, law enforcement agencies will create a security zone in the vicinity of the Westin Hotel [see map above].

To avoid visit related traffic issues, travelers should avoid nonessential downtown trips on Friday or Saturday if possible, especially in the vicinity of the closed streets. Drivers should also expect parking restrictions near the security zone and the Washington State Convention Center. The South Lake Union Streetcar will continue to operate, but the stop at the Westlake Hub at McGraw Square will remain closed. Information about Metro Transit reroutes can be found at:

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, rain or shine (here’s hoping for some sun by 3pm!).

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: Brian Ernst Music kicks off the PNW leg of their tour at QAFM from 4-7:30pm. Brian and his wife Katie play music and also run a nonprofit called Journey4Youth, using their music to raise awareness about projects in Africa and around the world.

Event Tent: Chocolopolis will be hosting a cooking demo starting at 5. Stop by to find out just how easy it is to make your own chocolate-dipped market fruit (and get a free sample as well).

Community Tent: Find out more about Queen Anne Days, get a preview of the Festival, and pick up your Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run shirt and number if you registered online. You can also register for the Fun Run on the spot.

Rotating Food Trucks: BUNSPeasant Food ManifestoPoke to the Max, and The Grilled Cheese Experience

Winery: White Heron

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, June 9th, 3pm-7:30pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

Traffic Alert: Portion of 6th Ave W closed to traffic this weekend for repaving project

6th Ave WWe’ve had readers asking about the signs that have gone up on 6th Ave W, notifying residents of a road closure this weekend between W Crockett St and W Howe St.

Per our SDOT contact, this portion of 6th Ave W will be closed to traffic between 7am and 5pm both Saturday, June 25th, and Sunday, June 26th.

Here’s the info you need to know, directly from SDOT:

Paving on 6th Ave W on Queen Anne This Weekend

SDOT advises travelers that crews will close 6th Ave West between W Crockett Street and W Howe Street for grinding and paving this weekend. This work is weather dependent.

From 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26,  6th Ave W will be closed from W Crockett St to W Howe St:

–  6th Ave W will be closed to thru traffic, only Metro buses will have thru access

– Bus stops on 6th Ave W at W Howe and at W Crockett will be closed during paving

– All crosswalks and sidewalks will remain open

– No Parking signs will be in place

– Detour signs will be in place for 6th Ave W

– Southbound travelers head west on W Crockett, south on 7th Ave W, east on W Blaine St, back to 6th Ave W.

– Northbound travelers head west on W Blaine St, north on 7th Ave W, east on W Crockett, back to 6th Ave W.

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This project is part of SDOT’s 2016 Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program. The AMM program maintains our busiest streets by making strategic small scale investments at key locations on city streets.

Queen Anne favorite Grub to return soon

grub logoWe’ve had readers sending us tips about the old Lucky Palette Vegetarian Meal Service spot at 307 W McGraw – and, we have good news for fans of Sharon Fillingim’s Grub.

Sharon is opening a new restaurant in the location, currently a work in progress – literally. There will be a “stunning” new façade for the spot located next to Five Corners Hardware, plus a dining space with open kitchen inside.

Grub McGrawGrub was a Queen Anne favorite so locals will no doubt welcome Sharon’s new spot on Queen Anne. Plus, in addition to the dining room, she’ll also be providing custom catering services.

The newest Grub iteration will open when the new facade is completed, so keep an eye on the bland spot at 307 W McGraw as it transforms.

Stay tuned for more on Grub, we’ll post an official date as soon as it’s available.

Queen Anne Days is just three weeks away, Saturday, July 9th

QA Days logoQueen Anne Days is three weeks from today, so mark your calendar for a day of fun with neighbors. The day kicks off with the annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run, then the festivities move over to Big Howe Park. This year, Queen Anne Days is one day only, Saturday, July 9th, from 11am to 8pm. And, there are activities for both kids and adults.

QA Days bannerThis year, Queen Anne Days honors the memory of former Video Isle owner and all-around neighborhood champion, Craig Wilson.

The event kicks off with a Kiddie-n-Doggie parade (queue up at 10:45am by the Queen Anne Community Center). Then, all day FamilyFest children’s activities and activities, a Beer, Cider & Wine Garden, food and business booths, a stage with local entertainment, Seasoned Citizens events, Art and the annual Car Show.

To help with the event, Queen Anne Days seeks volunteers and business owners, nonprofits, and artists for booth spaces. If you would like a booth, the cost ranges is $50 for nonprofits, artists, and community groups, $100-200 for businesses – and half the fee benefits the Queen Anne Helpline and the Queen Anne Community Center.

If you’d like to volunteer or snag a booth space, contact Hossein or Donna

Mark your calendars and make your way to Big Howe Park on Saturday, July 9th!



Driver of stolen van crashes into cars, Queen Anne resident tracks him down

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 12.42.37 PMAround 5am this morning, residents in the 400 block of Halladay street saw a white van crash into several cars. As it took off, a neighbor followed it to 1400 Dexter Ave N and got a photo of the driver.

Thanks to the photo, the suspect was located and arrested. In addition to a stolen van, he was also found in possession of 6 grams of heroin and a scale.

Here’s the full report from SPD:

Man Arrested After Crashing Stolen Van Into Two Cars on Queen Anne

Police arrested a man on Queen Anne early Thursday after he crashed a stolen van into two parked cars and was later caught with heroin and a scale.

Around 5 AM, several witnesses awoke to a crash outside their homes in the 400 block of Halladay Street and saw a white van speeding away. One witness noticed the van was leaking fluid and hopped in his own car to follow the suspect.

The witness followed the suspect’s trail until he saw the white van parked near Dexter Avenue and Aurora. He noticed a man walking away from the van and snapped a picture of him before returning home.

When the witness arrived back at his house he found officers surveying and documenting the damage to the two vehicles on Halladay Street. He showed police the picture of the van and the suspect, and officers began searching for the man.

Police found the suspect near Aurora and arrested him in the 1400 block of Dexter Avenue North after a brief chase. Officers found he was carrying 6 grams of heroin and a scale and discovered the van he’d been driving was reported stolen. He was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of possession of stolen property and investigation of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

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