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Trick-or-treating on Queen Anne Ave is on for Halloween

October 22nd, 2014 by Laura

QA Halloween 2013Halloween is a little over a week away, but fear not, the Upper Queen Anne merchants along Queen Anne Ave N are planning their annual trick-or-treating event! Just as in years past, the fun is slated for 3pm to 6pm on Halloween.

Participating merchants along Queen Anne Ave N between McGraw St and Galer St will be handing out candy next Friday, October 31st.

It’s always a fun event for kids and costume-watchers – last year, there were some really cool costumes:

Halloween Minions 2013

According to Zillow, Seattle ranks #8 for trick-or-treating cities, and Queen Anne is #4 for Seattle neighborhoods. So, get your kiddos ready and help make Queen Anne come alive with ghosts, goblins, and creative costumes!

Keep in mind that this year Halloween falls on a Friday night. The merchants are asking people to avoid driving on Queen Anne Ave N, and there’ll be crossing guards for the costumed crowds. However, we may see some guests from out-of-the-neighborhood for Friday night dinners out – so stay safe and Happy Halloween!

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Two Seattle Center buildings approved for historic landmark status

October 21st, 2014 by Laura

International Fountain MOHAI

International Fountain Pavilion, photo courtesy of MOHAI

The Seattle City Council has approved the historic designation of the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms and International Fountain Pavilion. Both buildings were designed by architect Paul Thiry for the 1962 World’s Fair.

These two newest Seattle Center landmark buildings join others such as the Space Needle, the Seattle Center House (aka the Armory), and the Monorail. A complete overview of the Seattle Center campus and the buildings that are either landmarks or pending landmark status is available as a pdf.

Northwest Rooms Ken Prichard

Northwest Rooms, photo courtesy of Ken Prichard

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of over 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels.

You can learn more about landmark designation and also search the full list of city landmarks online.

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Queen Anne’s newest Little Free Library is kid-friendly and number 22 on the map

October 20th, 2014 by Laura

It’s been a while since I spotted a new Little Free Library, but on a dismal Sunday after the Seahawks’ loss, a colorful LFL caught my eye. Unless I’ve missed an LFL – which is possible since much of September I was out-of-commission – this LFL is number 22 for Queen Anne.

Located on 1st Ave N at Lynn St, you can’t miss the cheery multi-colored LFL.

LFL 1st Ave N

This particular LFL is billed as a “Kids Edition” and is sponsored by Queen Anne Kids Preschool. In addition to being well-stocked with books, the newest LFL has children’s literary characters such as Curious George and Maisy Mouse adorning the sides and top of the box.

LFL 1st Ave N sign

And, as always, a call to readers – if you spot a LFL that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! The current map is below, and photos of all 22 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

LFL Map 102014

Also, I’ve noticed that several of our Queen Anne Little Free Libraries are running low on books. If you have books that need a home, consider dropping them off at a LFL. (If you have kids’ books, the Howe St LFL seems really low on supply.)

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Seattle Pacific University to host Tent City 3 beginning in January

October 18th, 2014 by Laura

SPU Tent CityLast month, Seattle Pacific University filed a Land Use Application for hosting a homeless encampment on SPU grounds for up to six months (January – June). The school has now officially announced that it will host Tent City 3 from January 10th through March 7th.

The school has hosted tent cities in the past, most recently hosting Tent City 3 at Wallace Field in 2012.

SPU Tent City mapBeginning in January, Tent City 3 returns to SPU, taking up residence for three months in SPU’s Tiffany Loop (the lawn on 3rd Ave W).

Tent City 3 will be at the Tiffany Loop from January 10th through March 7th, 2015. Since the location provides less privacy than Wallace Field, a privacy-screen fence will be erected around the camp.

According to SPU:

“Hosting Tent City 3 is a concrete manifestation of Seattle Pacific University’s mission of engaging the culture and changing the world. Through this experience the SPU community has a unique opportunity to care for — and learn from — our neighbor. Tent City 3 will return to SPU in January, 2015.”

Tent City 3 will have 24/7 security and quiet hours of 9am to 8pm. TC3 is a self-managed community with strict rules including no violence or drug use. The community is made up of a maximum of 100 residents including single men, single women, and couples.

SPU is also providing a series of community education events that are open to the public, including films, talks, and discussions:

October 22: Film Screening: Invisible Young, 7pm, First Free Methodist Church
November 13: Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
November 20: Affordable Housing. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
December 2: Film Screening.  Without a Home. 7:00pm, Emerson Hall
January 8: How to talk to people experiencing homelessness, 7pm, Weter Lounge
January 22: Public Policy and Homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
January 27: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
February 4: “Beyond the One Night Count” advocacy training,  7:00-8:30pm, SUB Collegium
February 12: Youth and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
February 17: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
March 5: “What we learned” Debriefing and next steps. 7:00 PM, SUB Gazebo Room

More information on the upcoming Tent City 3 at SPU is available via a FAQ on SPU’s web site. If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, contact SPU via email.

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Dive deep into the brain at the free “Perfect Storm” seminar

October 17th, 2014 by Laura

(This is a sponsored post provided by Discovery Wellness Center)

All are invited to attend “The Perfect Storm” seminar, presented by Dr. Clem of Discovery Wellness Center. The focus of the evening will be on potential causes of neuro-developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, seizures and sensory integration disorder, with a specific emphasis on the role of the brain and central nervous system.

This free seminar teaches attendees exactly how the brain and neuro-development are supposed to occur, and where it goes wrong with spectrum disorders and developmental delays. Most importantly, the seminar provides attendees with direction and an understanding of how to get their child’s nervous system balanced and healthy again, and enhance and improve their child’s function and development-no matter the disorder.

Dr. Clem plans to spend a lot of time on in-utero constraint and birth injuries, which he feels is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of caring for kids on the spectrum. In his practice Dr. Clem finds that a majority of his spectrum patients have some degree of birth injury, resulting in subluxation and abnormal neurodevelopment.

He will also review extensively what he calls the “3Ts/5Ds” concept of neuro-developmental disorders, where the 3Ts (traumas, toxins, and thoughts) create a neurological “storm” of dyskinesia, dysafferentation, dysautonomia, dysponesis, and disconnection… and how that is often a sure-fire recipe for autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and more.

CLICK HERE to register for “The Perfect Storm” seminarWednesday, October 29th at 7pm at Discovery Wellness Center, 1631 15th Ave W. Suite 114 (in the Interbay Worklofts by Whole Foods). Can’t make it? Schedule a time for Dr. Clem to present “The Perfect Storm” to your group. Call 206.283.7033 or email info@discoverywellnesscenter.com.

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Help Queen Anne Greenways make the 7-way stop safer for all

October 16th, 2014 by Laura

Updated: address for Seattle Country Day School – 2619 4th Ave N

Queen Anne Greenways is at it again, working to make our neighborhood safer. This Tuesday, October 21st, you can join them and other Queen Anne residents to discuss the 7-way stop intersection with traffic engineers and WSDOT.

7 way stop mapThe 7-way stop is a major entry/exit point for Queen Anne motorists traveling to or from Aurora Ave N/WA-99, as well as for traffic that crosses the hill to Interbay or Magnolia.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the City of Bellevue engineers (yes, our neighbors to the east) and WSDOT will review a preliminary concept of how to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Since the intersection is so confusing, many cars tend to cross it more cautiously – but as a pedestrian, I’ve been completely invisible to drivers while in the crosswalk (and with a dog). While my experiences are anecdotal, keep in mind that Seattle Country Day School is a block north of the intersection, so many children must cross it on their way to or from school.

Because of the proximity to the school, the meeting will be held at Seattle Country Day Courtyard Classroom at 2619 4th Ave N. The location allows for a good look at the intersection’s traffic patterns prior to or during the meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30pm and runs til 7:30pm. If you’re interested in attending the meeting, RSVP via email so the organizers can ensure adequate space.

In addition to the meeting, Queen Anne Greenways is also meeting with City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw and gathering signatures for a petition. If you’re interested in signing the petition, request a copy via email (petition is a Word document). The petition has lines for multiple signatures, so you can gather multiple signatures from your neighbors.

Stay tuned for potential improvements to an intersection that surely confounds visitors to our neighborhood.

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Tonight’s Uptown Art Walk features art, music, and pumpkins too

October 15th, 2014 by Laura

Uptown Art Walk MainIt’s the third Wednesday of the month, and that means it’s time for the Uptown Art Walk.

The free walk is a great way to celebrate local artists and businesses in Uptown/Lower Queen Anne. Sponsored and hosted by local merchants, the Uptown Art Walk runs from 3pm to 9pm (or 10pm, depending on merchant).

Here’s a sample of some of tonight’s events:

The Sitting Room is hosting a carved pumpkin installation, with pumpkins donated by Trader Joe’s.

The Vera Project is celebrating 10 years of screen-printed posters and art created by Weapons of Mass Design. There will be a live demo and prints will be available for sale with part of the proceeds helping buy Vera a new conveyor dryer for their screen printing studio.

Solo Bar is throwing an artist reception for Stasia Burrington’s mixed media on handmade paper exhibit “Stargazing”, curated by Ghost Gallery.

After a long stretch of summery weather, get used to getting out in the rain again and enjoy tonight’s Uptown Art Walk!

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Queen Anne Farmers Market winds down the season next week

October 9th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMOctober brings many things to look forward to, as well as one sad goodbye to our Queen Anne Farmers Market. It’s been a great season of fresh fruit, vegetables, Market demos, and performances at the Queen Anne Farmers Market. But, all good things must come to an end, and the market wraps its 2014 season next week.

Fear not though, the Market will be open today, Thursday, October 9th and next Thursday, October 16th from 3pm to 7pm. Then, the Market and its vendors will take a break until next June.

As the last two Market days help close the season, the QAFM would like to remind residents of the following:

- CSA Delivery: Get fresh produce throughout the year via CSA box delivery for the winter months. If you’re unsure if your favorite vendor has a CSA, the Info Tent we will have a complete list available.

- QAFM T-Shirts: All market t-shirts (from $20 to $15) and sweatshirts (from $30 to $20) will be on sale today. Stop by the Info Tent to check out the QAFM swag and 100% of the proceeds go to support the non-profit, community-run market.

- Queen Anne Helpline Coat Drive: You can drop off gently-used or new coats this week or next at the Info Tent. Coats will help members of the community who need them for the upcoming winter months.

Plan to spend today and next Thursday getting your Queen Anne Farmers Market fix before the long winter break!

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Seattle Cookie Counter starts Wednesday service at Umpqua Bank today

October 8th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Cookie Counter VWYou may have seen the Seattle Cookie Counter blue and white VW van at Ken’s Market in the past few months. Now, the vegan ice cream sandwich truck has found a regular Queen Anne spot at the Upper Queen Anne Umpqua Bank parking lot.

You can get ice cream sandwiches, hand pies, and cookies every Wednesday at Umpqua Bank from noon to 6pm (hint: they’re there now).

Everything from Seattle Cookie Counter is dairy free and vegan, and they also have gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options. You can check out their wares on their Facebook page, or stop by Umpqua Bank today at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N or any future Wednesday.

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Queen Anne library branch closed this Thursday

October 5th, 2014 by Laura

QALibraryPlan ahead if you have library materials to pick up or drop off – this week, the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Thursday, October 9th for an in-staff service day.

Since the branch is closed on Fridays, that means it’ll be closed two days in a row this week. The library will be back to regular operating hours on Saturday.

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Bustle Caffe adds breakfast to their menu

October 4th, 2014 by Laura

BustleBustle Caffe isn’t a new addition to Queen Anne, but their new breakfast menu is a new option for early morning meals.

The coffee spot that opened in 2009 has long had lunch sandwiches available to go along with your beverage choices, and now you can grab breakfast too.

The new breakfast menu features made to order breakfast sandwiches, and waffles will be on the menu in about two weeks. Here’s the sandwich line-up:

Bustle Breakfast

Bustle is busy recipe testing to get ready for the waffle launch. No definite waffle menu yet, but Bustle’s current waffle thinking is along these lines: caramelized white and brown sugar, nutella, banana and whip cream, and bacon-bit-berry compote. They may also make some breakfast sandwiches with waffles.

Enjoy the new breakfast addition to the top of Queen Anne, stop by Bustle at the corner of 6th Ave W and McGraw to check it out.

Updated to add the breakfast sandwich menu, enjoy!

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Twirl Café says goodbye, Umbrella Tree says hello

October 1st, 2014 by Laura

twirl logoToday Twirl Café announced that it will close on October 31st. The community gathering spot for kids and their families has hosted many movie nights, classes, meals, and happy hours. But, while it’s the end for Twirl, it’s also the beginning for Umbrella Tree.

An education studio that launched in January of this year, Umbrella Tree will take over the Twirl spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N. Umbrella Tree will offer classes and services for kids up to five years old and their parents/guardians. An open house celebration is planned for early December.

Umbrella TreeUmbrella Tree won’t be completely new to many Twirl customers, as it’s been offering classes at Twirl since January of this year. Plus, they were behind the Backpack Drive for Northwest Center in August of this year. Owners Arlene Sargeant, Louise Books, and Kelly Singer know the Queen Anne community and look forward to providing classes and services in 5 categories: play, education, wellness, community, and home.

Umbrella Tree will also offer birthday parties and drop-in play in the “Umbrella Room” playspace.

As for Twirl, the café will honor outstanding gift certificates, punch cards, and other credits until October 31st. According to Twirl owner Rebecca Pelletier: “As a Mom and resident of the Queen Anne community, I have treasured every moment serving and supporting moms in this neighborhood, and beyond. I’m excited about what’s next for the Twirl Cafe space.”

October 31st will be the last day to play at Twirl, and the café will participate in the annual Trick-or-Treating on Queen Anne Ave N. will be October 31.

Stop by Twirl to say goodbye, and get ready to welcome Umbrella Tree to the neighborhood.

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