Memorial Day weekend brings Northwest Folklife back to the Seattle Center

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 7.31.42 PMA reminder to those who’ve lived here for a while and a heads up to newcomers: Northwest Folklife Festival is this weekend, and that’ll bring crowds, traffic, and festival-ness to our neighborhood.

Folklife runs from Friday, May 27th to Monday, May 30th at the Seattle Center. Festival hours are 11am to 10pm, except for Monday, when the event closes up at 9pm.

Folklife celebrates a wide range of arts and cultural activities, with performances that include dancing, poetry readings, films, storytelling, musical acts, and more. Last year, Folklife featured 133 community showcases, 5,000 performers on 25 stages, 160 street performers, 90 hours of participatory dance, a Kid’s Discovery Zone, and roughly 235,000 attendees. You can get the full schedule of events for this year’s Folklife Festival here.

The City estimates that Folklife will bring 60,000 people to our neighborhood each day. Plan ahead, secure your parking spot, and be patient with the influx of people and traffic that comes along with them.


Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Oswald

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 1.35.38 PMMeet Oswald!

Are you looking for a walking buddy? Someone to help you stay motivated to get outside a few times a day?

Oswald is a distinguished, full figured gentleman seeking his forever home and a walking pal. He is looking forward to a home dedicated to helping him with sensible weight reduction and exercise (nothing too strenuous to start).

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 1.34.46 PMHe’s an eight year old Chihuahua mix. As he loses weight and becomes fitter, he’ll seem even younger! [Look at that photo, he’s feeling younger already! What a ham!]

Oswald is sweet, calm and easy to handle. He will thrive in a patient home where he will get lots of TLC. He enjoys leisurely walks and likes being petted. He would be an excellent choice for someone considering their first dog adoption.

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 1.35.49 PMOswald also qualifies for the Senior Citizen Discount program: senior citizens or disabled adults with a ‘Gold Card for Healthy Aging’, or a ‘FLASH’ card, issued by the City of Seattle, may adopt an adult dog (at least six years old) at a special price. There will be no fee for the adoption itself, and the licensing fee will be half-price!

Oswald (SAS ID#31495352) is at the Seattle Animal Shelter waiting for you to come meet him!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Charlie (sweet, senior beagle) – adopted!!
Vinnie (fun mini poodle) – available for adoption
GG (trusting and loving tabby cat) – available for adoption
Jude (active white kitty) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Raja & Grace (elegant feline couple) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Pence & Penny (people loving grey bunnies) – 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!

How is Queen Anne still a hill? Find out at this Thursday’s free QAHS event

The Queen Anne Historical Society is tackling the topic of topography with David B. Williams, author of “Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography” via a free presentation that’s open to all.

In 1928, the city of Seattle embarked on the Denny Regrade project, removing hills and changing the urban landscape. Remarkably, it was completed just a few years later in 1931. The cost? $1,885,240. What changed? Take a look at the before and after photos below (click the photo for a huge image to zoom in and around) – somehow, Queen Anne remained unscathed:


This Thursday, May 26th, you can learn more about the changes that took place around Queen Anne, not only the Denny Regrade, but also changes to Interbay and the Ship Canal.

Join the free Queen Anne Historical Society meeting, hear from Williams, and learn more about our neighborhood’s history. The meeting is open to all and begins at 7pm at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W), Room 3.

Help plan the Queen Anne Play Street with Queen Anne Greenways

QAGreenwaysQueen Anne Greenways is in the planning stages for the first Queen Anne Play Street. The community organization has already worked with SDOT, the Queen Anne Farmers Market, local businesses, and the Queen Anne Community Center to help make the Play Street a reality. And, the date is now set: Thursday, July 28th, 3pm-6pm.

The Play Street will be on 1st Ave W between the Queen Anne Pool and the Queen Anne Community Center. Now that the day, time, and location are finalized, what’s next? Your input.

Attend the Queen Anne Greenways meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30pm to 8pm to join in and take part in planning the Play Street. The meeting will be held in the Teen Room at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W).

Then, volunteer to help with the Play Street. A sign-up form will be available after the meeting, and you can always reach out to Queen Anne Greenways via its Facebook page.


Councilmember Sally Bagshaw to hold office hours at the Queen Anne Community Center

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 7.19.06 PMCity of Seattle Councilmembers hold in-district office hours to connect with residents, and this week, District 7 Councilmember Sally Bagshaw will be at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) to gather feedback, questions, concerns, and recommendations for the neighborhood.

You can meet with Sally on Tuesday, May 24th, between 9am and noon at the Queen Anne Community Center. To help facilitate the meeting time, fill out the online form to request a 15 minute discussion during the office hours.

A recap of the Belltown office hours is available on Councilmember Bagshaw’s blog – key topics of discussion for Belltown residents included housing, transit, HALA, recreational marijuana licenses and homelessness.

Bring your hot topics to Tuesday’s office hours, and if you can’t make the date, you can schedule a meeting for you or your organization using the same online meeting form.

Mark your calendars: Bigelow Block Sale returns for its 23rd year on June 4th

Bigelow Block Sale 2016The annual Bigelow Block Sale is returning for its 23rd year in just two weeks. Get ready to shop for cool wares up and down Bigelow Ave N and along the adjoining side streets on Saturday, June 4th. The annual block sale is not only a great way to find treasures to take home, but also a fun community event.

Typically more than 50 home participate and the organizers are expecting a similar turnout this year. Plus, participating households pay a small fee to join in, and that money goes to the Queen Anne Helpline, so a local nonprofit benefits as well.

Bigelow Block Sale mapIf you live on or adjacent to Bigelow Ave N, you can sign up to participate online. It costs $25 to participate, with proceeds benefitting the Queen Anne Helpline. Organizers have asked that if you want to join in, to please register soon.

The Bigelow Block Sale starts promptly at 9am – please no early-birds – and runs until 3pm, rain or shine.

Let’s hope for sun and make it a fun stroll along the east part of Queen Anne Boulevard for all!

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