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Queen Anne Art Walk this Saturday features Birds, Botanicals, Art, and Bubbly

July 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

BotanicalThe success of the first Queen Anne Art Walk has spawned a second one – let’s see if we can keep it going. The Queen Anne Art Walk is this Saturday, August 1st from 4pm to 7pm. This time the theme is “Birds, Botanicals, Art, and Bubbly” – so mark your calendars and get ready to stroll along the streets pictured in the map below on a sunny summer evening.

PrecipiceIn addition to seeing some great local, original art from various artists, you can also enjoy bubbly and treats at the Art Walk locations: Castillo Upholstery, Wink Salon, Fountainhead Gallery, Bustle Cafe, Meadow Boutique, Minx Design, Targy’s Tavern, Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, Idunn Salon and Spa, and Stacya Silverman Art and Beauty.

Get out and support local art and our newest Art Walk on Queen Anne!


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Reminder: Public meeting on Roy St homeless shelter this Tuesday

July 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

157 Roy St ViewIf you have questions, comments, or feedback on the overnight emergency homeless shelter that’s planned for 157 Roy St, attend the community meeting planned for tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Human Services Department and Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) staff will be on hand to discuss the new shelter with residents and business owners. You can read the official announcement in our blog post from earlier this month.

Meeting Details:

  • When: 6pm, Tuesday, July 28th
  • Location: Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2 (yellow building on map):

 Seattle Center Armory

The building is currently undergoing upgrades and renovations that are expected to be completed in August. The city then plans to open the shelter in the Fall. There will be two phases: the first phase is for 50 beds, the second phase is for 100 beds. The city will use Human Services Department general funds to cover operation costs and the shelter will be managed by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).

Key Details:

• The shelter is for adult men who are medically fragile and over 60 years of age.
• Shelter hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.
• The men will be screened and referred from the downtown DESC location to prevent queuing lines outside the shelter.
• Daytime access to the shelter will be limited to janitorial services and shelter staff.
• Food preparation at the site will be limited to reheating of food in microwaves. There is currently no stovetop or range in the existing kitchenette.
• Commercial washer and dryers are for shelter linens and will be operated by shelter staff only.
• There will be three shelter staff that are awake and alert during shelter sleeping hours to keep diligent watch for fires, obstructions to exits, and any other hazards during the time that people are sleeping.
• No tolerance policy to drinking or drug use on site, threats of violence, etc.

If you cannot make tomorrow’s meeting or would like additional information, contact Lindsey Garrity at 206-684-0106 or via email.

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Movies at the Mural start this Saturday at Seattle Center

July 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Movies at the Mural 2015It’s time to pack up your picnic blanket and snacks and head to the Seattle Center for free movies at the Mural Amphitheatre. As in years past, the Seattle Center hosts movies on Saturday nights through the end of summer. All features begin at 9pm. Shown on a 45-foot screen, the movies are family-friendly (up to your discretion) and all are welcome except for 4-legged family members, as pets are not allowed.

The Seattle Center advises bringing something comfy to sit on such as low back chairs, blankets, or bean bags. You can also bring your own snacks or purchase them at the Seattle Armory. Note: large bags, large coolers/ice chests, umbrellas, and video/audio recorders are not allowed. Please leave pets at home.

Here’s this year’s schedule (descriptions from Seattle Center):

Selma (PG-13), Saturday, August 1
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, this stirring historical drama chronicles Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights and highlights the courage of the marchers as they withstand racist and violent attacks. 128 minutes.

Back to the Future (PG), Saturday, August 8
An eccentric inventor turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends young Marty McFly back 30 years. In 1955, Marty disrupts his parents’ destiny and risks throwing the time-space continuum out of whack. 30th anniversary of this sci-fi comedy classic.116 minutes.

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13), Saturday, August 15
On the run from intergalactic warlord Ronan, hotshot space pilot Peter Quill unites a ragtag band of oddballs to form a team of unlikely heroes. Soon, the Guardians discover that they alone stand between Ronan and the galaxy’s destruction. 121 minutes.

Into the Woods (PG), Saturday, August 22
Woven from a collection of revered fairy tales and characters, this enchanting musical mash-up by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine focuses on a childless couple who venture into the woods hoping to end a curse put on them by a vindictive witch. 125 minutes.

Plan to arrive early, as the movies are first-come, first-served. Pick out your spot on the lawn, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy movies at the Mural!

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Blue Angels arrive today with Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm

July 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seafair has seemed to sneak up this year! Next weekend is the first in August, and the Blue Angels are slated to perform at Seafair. Their scheduled performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – but they arrive in Seattle early this evening.

Here’s the info on today’s arrival and flyovers, including a Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm:

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, are scheduled to conduct a flyover of downtown Seattle near the Space Needle for a team photo shoot, Sunday, July 26, 2015.

The Blue Angels will fly the squadron’s six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation over downtown Seattle from south to north, then north to south at least two times. The jets will fly this formation on the west of the Space Needle, with a seventh jet flying alongside as a photo platform.

The flyover will be visible to the general public. The photo shoot is scheduled to take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. PST.

Blue Angels QAV

Get ready to hear the roar and find a good spot to watch them perform over downtown tonight!

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Seafair Pirate Run and Torchlight Parade kick off at Seattle Center on Saturday

July 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seafair Torchlight Parade routeIt’s that time, Seafair activities are starting to pick up steam. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 25th brings the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade  and the Seafair Pirate Run to the streets of Seattle. And, it all starts at Seattle Center, so plan ahead for any traffic and parking issues it may bring along with it.

While up to 300,000 spectators are still grabbing spots to view the parade, the Seafair Pirate Run will be starting and ending at Seattle Center. The 5K/8K run starts at 6:30pm at the Seattle Center. Roughly 4,500 runners will head down the Viaduct to Royal Brougham and back to the Seattle Center to finish just as the parade gets going.

The parade starts at 7:30pm and the route takes it from the Seattle Center down 4th Ave to Pioneer Square. The main viewing area is at Westlake, but parade goers will line the route both north and south of Westlake. Pre-parade staging will occur near the Seattle Center, so expect road closures. Per SDOT:

“The northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m. for the 5 k and 8 K Seafair Torchlight Run races. At approximately 6 p.m. Fourth Avenue will close from Broad Street to South Washington Street, complicating traffic circulation in the downtown area. Fourth will reopen around 10:30 p.m. and routes out of downtown will be congested as the crowds leave the event.”

King County Metrol service will be rerouted and delayed by the events from 3pm to 10:45pm – specifically around the Seattle Center, downtown Seattle, Alaskan Way Viaduct and adjacent areas.

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Dog Owners: take the city’s survey on dog parks (existing and future)

July 23rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seattle Dog ParksIf you’re a Queen Anne dog owner, take note – the city is soliciting feedback from Seattle dog owners on dog parks and general dog-o-graphic info (e.g. how many dogs you own, size of dog, breed of dog, etc.). The SurveyMonkey survey will help inform Seattle City Officials as they plan for the next few decades of off-leash policies via an Off-Leash Area Strategic Plan.

As a dog owner, I took the survey and there are several sections that allow you to write in comments. I’ve heard from many dog owners that the need for a dog park on Upper Queen Anne is critical. People use the city parks like Big Howe for their dogs, but the city is cracking down and ticketing people for off-leash dogs. The map shows existing dog parks and the lack of options for Upper Queen Anne residents.

This survey is your chance to let the city know that Lower Kinnear Park’s Off Leash Area only serves part of our neighborhood (and, hey, it needs a water source – let them know!). If you think an option like Rodgers Park would be a good location for a dog park, let the city know and put it in the open comments in the survey!

If you’re a dog owner, take the survey today!

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Six-story mixed use building with 5 parking spaces planned for Uptown

July 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

219 1st Ave N mapThe Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has approved a 6-story mixed-use building to replace two one-story apartment buildings at 219 1st Ave N. A few minor design changes (e.g. change the exterior from corrugated to solid surface), and this project will move ahead.

The new building will house 45 residential units above street-level commercial space. Since the site is located in the Uptown Urban Center, parking requirements do not equal the number of units – there will be parking for 5 (five) vehicles.

219 1st Ave N siteSince posts about new developments often spur questions on the lack of parking, here’s the rundown for the “why only 5 parking spaces?” The developer submitted a traffic study and parking utilization report that “indicates that a peak parking demand of 22 parking stalls is expected. The onsite parking supply is 5 vehicles, thus the spill-over demand to on street parking is 15 vehicles.”

DPD reviewed the traffic report and concluded that there are no significant adverse impacts with the parking plan.

The existing apartment buildings will be demolished. Note, this 6-story building joins 3 other planned multi-story developments we covered in June.

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Queen Anne Beerhall to open its doors in mid-August

July 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Beerhall logoAs we reported back on August 14th of last year, a beer hall is coming to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. The Queen Anne Beerhall is planning to open almost exactly a year after our post (mid-August).

The old Cotton Caboodle building at 203 W Thomas St has been transformed into an enormous 6,700 square foot European-style beer hall. All that space houses custom 10-14 foot wooden tables that’ll seat up to 300 guests, a stage for live music, and a 45-foot long bar – plus, an “Austro-Hungarian cuisine with a Northwest twist” and, of course, beer. The latter will range from imported European beers to local crafts beers.

QA BeerhallThe Queen Anne Beerhall borrows its design from two similar East coast ventures by co-founders Andrej Ivanov and Ladislav Sebestyan – Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten and Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, both in New Jersey. Along with local owner Lubomir Katrusin, they’re bringing in some Northwest expertise from Seattle-area chef Robert Mullins, who’ll head up the menu.

If all goes as planned, this time next month the Queen Anne Beerhall will be open for business, seven days a week from 4pm to 2am.

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Today is the last day for Oskar’s Kitchen

July 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

oskarskitchenOskar’s Kitchen, the sports bar that Sonics Shawn Kemp opened in December 2010, is closing after tonight’s service. The closure is blamed on rents being doubled for the space at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s the post from Oskar’s Facebook page:

It’s a sad day for us…. Another bar closes in Queen Anne and unfortunately… It’s Oskars ;(

We want to thank everyone who has come to visit us over the years and supported the bar.

Due to the bigger companies moving closer to Queen Anne our rent was doubled and we have no other choice but to say farewell to Queen Anne… But who knows… We may open another bar elsewhere in the future.

Come join us tonight for a massive party and and say your final goodbyes to Oskars

No word on the other businesses located in the building, or what may replace Oskars.

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Bite of Seattle takes over Seattle Center today through Sunday

July 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bite of SeattleThe annual Bite of Seattle starts today, Friday, at 11am. The free three-day event runs through Sunday night. SDOT estimates 50,000 visitors per day to the event, and that means it’ll impact both traffic and parking.

Here are the hours:

  • 11am to 9pm Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18
  • 11am to 8pm Sunday, July 19

Plus, there are events at Key Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The Seattle Storm plays Atlanta Dream at 6pm on Saturday, July 18th, and Rush is at Key Arena on Sunday night for a show that starts at 7:30pm. 10,000 Rush fans are expected.

Take a deep breath, it’s going to be a busy weekend.

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Christmas in July (and more) at the designer sample sale this weekend

July 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

sample-sale-holidayThe group of designers who’ve put on the Christmas sample sale the past couple of years have returned early this year with even more Christmas decorations, non-holiday home décor, and fabric samples too.

For this weekend only, they’re throwing a sample sale with proceeds benefitting Global Visions Fund. Funds will go toward building an orphanage in Tanzania to house children who currently live in very poor conditions.

Here’s the info, direct from the source:

What can you find at the sale? A wide variety of holiday decorations, ornaments and product samples, almost all of them brand-new and perfect for holiday décor and gifts– lighted yard characters, ornaments, nativities, Santas, elves, snowmen, angels, candle holders, reindeer, wreaths, and more. If it’s Christmas-y, we probably have it!

There are also other non-holiday product samples in the mix, such as mugs, candle holders, serving pieces, lanterns, and more.

We also have hundreds of fabric swatches – perfect for crafters and quilters.

Here are the days/times for this year’s sale – note, we will be replenishing the stock daily.

  • Friday, July 17, 9:30am to 3:30pm
  • Saturday, July 18, 9am to 3pm


The sale will be held at 1114 8th Ave West. Per the organizers, the house is most easily accessible via 10th Ave West or West Olympic Place. The house is on the uphill side of the street, but please note: do not park in the driveway.

The sale organizers will accept cash and credit (with a 3% fee). All sales are final and “as is” and please, no early birds. Enjoy Christmas in July!

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Umbrella Tree says goodbye on August 12th

July 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Umbrella TreeNearly two years ago, we got word from Twirl Café that it was closing its community gathering spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N, and Umbrella Tree was already lined up to take over the location. Now, Umbrella Tree is closing as well.

Here’s information from the notice we received from Umbrella Tree this morning:

Two years ago in August, we founded Umbrella Tree. Last Fall, we seized the opportunity to open our first education studio by taking over the existing lease from Twirl Cafe.  Change is difficult for most people, but you were very supportive and welcomed us with open arms; and we are sincerely grateful.

It is with heavy heart, but at the same time, filled with hope, that we share the news of our studio closing. Our last day of operation in the current space will be August 12th.  

Umbrella Tree will be open and offering programs and classes through August 12th. You can find out more about their plans in an online FAQ. No word yet on who’ll take over the space, stay tuned.

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