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Join the Seattle Chamber Music Society for a free lecture at the Queen Anne Library

January 13th, 2015 by Laura

SCMS Winter Festival previewThe Seattle Chamber Music Society will kick off its Winter Festival later this month. The 2015 Winter Festival includes both paid concerts and free recitals at Benaroya Hall, plus a Family Concert on January 24th.

To give you a taste of what they have on tap for the upcoming Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is hosting a free Preview Lecture at the Queen Anne Library tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14th, from 3pm to 4pm.

According to SCMS, the multimedia presentation will “explore the development of the accompanied violin sonata as well as the birth of the concerto. We’ll explore violin sonatas by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, a viola sonata by Schubert, and also have a look at the earliest form of concerti with Vivaldi’s 1711 L’Estro Armonico.”

Jeremy Jolley, Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Garber, Director of Marketing will lead the informal presentation that will include a background on the history and impact of the upcoming musical works, plus recorded musical examples.

The event is free and open to all.

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Help this Strider bike find its way home

January 11th, 2015 by Laura

found strider bikeThis past Thursday night, a red Strider bike was left in the planting strip – that space between the curb and the sidewalk – outside a Queen Anne home. What’s a bit odd about this lonely bike is that it was left sometime between 10:30pm and 7:30am, not typical bike riding hours for little ones.

Whether it’s a kid with night-owl tendencies or a burglar with second thoughts, whoever left the bike hasn’t returned to reclaim it.

If you know this bike, let us know and we’ll get you in touch with its current custodians.

UPDATE: the bike is red, not pink.

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Mister Rogers Sweater Drive kicks off this Monday and helps benefit Queen Anne Helpline

January 10th, 2015 by Laura

Mister Rogers sweater drive logoLocal charities receive many donations in December with the combination of holiday cheer and year-end tax deductions acting as reminders to make charitable contributions. Once the holidays are over, January drags us into another year of day-to-day routines – but for people in need, this is a critical time of year. It’s winter, it’s cold, and warm clothing is essential.

This year, as in years past, you can donate warm clothing such as sweaters, coats, gloves, and hats via the Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive. KCTS is hosting the drive for the 18th year, it starts Monday, January 12th and runs through Sunday, February 8th. All donated items go to Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center.

How to donate: Look for the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collection bin at any PCC Natural Markets or Sound Credit Union or drop items off at KCTS 9‘s Seattle Center studio. Warm clothing for children is greatly needed, but all new or gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats will be accepted.

Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers) began the sweater drive in 1997 and it continues today. Last year, the KCTS Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collected more than 7,500 sweaters and coats — 5,336 pounds of warm clothing — for families in need in both Seattle and King County.

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Fremont Bridge closed Friday and Saturday nights

January 8th, 2015 by Laura

Fremont Bridge openIf you’re heading home to Queen Anne from or via Fremont this weekend – or perhaps heading over the Fremont Bridge in the early morning hours for a run or bike ride – plan ahead.

As part of the Fremont Bridge Painting Project, SDOT will be closing the bridge completely to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians on both Friday and Saturday nights.

The closures will run from 11:59pm each night until 7am the following morning. During the closures, crews will be repainting the portions of the bridge that cannot otherwise be reached with traffic. Cars, trucks, and buses will be detoured between midnight and 7am both nights.

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Last night’s fog looked cool, but smelled awful – here’s why

January 7th, 2015 by Laura

Space Needle fog Jan 7We noticed the stench of sewage, sulfur, paper mill, pick-your-poison last night when the fog rolled in – and readers commented on it as well. It wasn’t limited to Queen Anne, reports of the stink were coming in via Twitter from Capitol Hill, Wallingford, Ballard, downtown… basically the city of Seattle was stinky.

Today, a reader tipped us via Twitter that Seattle Weekly got an explanation for the smell from UW meteorologist Cliff Mass.

“There was a strong, low level inversion above Seattle last night, with the cold fog layer below. The inversion acts as a lid to pollutants. Plus, the winds were weak so there was little mixing. That allows pollutants and smells to concentrate. The smells of the city… unmixed and concentrated… The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is not reporting any decline in air quality… I checked with them.”

So, there you go. Let’s see what the fog brings tonight… hopefully just the visual senses will be affected.

UPDATE: you can read Cliff Mass’ blog post on the stink with graphs and more here.

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Curious about the Queen Anne Community Council? Attend tonight’s meeting to find out more

January 7th, 2015 by Laura

Queen Anne signThe Queen Anne Community Council is a community group made up of residents and business owners that meets monthly to discuss a variety of topics. We’ve posted in the recent past on calls for new board members and provide the heads up on the monthly meetings. However,  in discussions with Queen Anne residents, I’ve often been asked what exactly the QACC is and what role it plays in our community.

If you have questions about the QACC or want to get involved, tonight’s meeting is for you. The QACC meetings typically host guest speakers, but tonight the agenda has an open discussion  and a QACC overview instead.

The meeting is open to all and starts at 7:30pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). Here’s tonight’s agenda:

  • 7:30 -Adoption of Agenda
  • 7:35 – Open Forum-comments
  • 7:45 – Overview of QACC
  • 8:15 – Committee Reports (Transportation, LURC/Planning, Parks, Public Safety, District Council, NAC, Communications
  • 8:45 – New Business
  • 8:50 – Adjournment

If you’re looking to get involved in the Queen Anne community in 2015, attend tonight’s meeting and get connected.

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Uptown Alliance meeting kicks off 2015 with preview of upcoming issues and officer elections

January 6th, 2015 by Laura

uptownThe first 2015 meeting of the Uptown Alliance is this Thursday, January 8th at 7pm. As usual, the meeting will be held at the EXPO Apartments Community Room at 100 Republican St.

Here’s the agenda:

1.  Introductions and welcome – agenda overview for the meeting

2.  Upcoming UA discussions during the year ahead – 2015 (quick overview)

- UDF process (recent charettes and upcoming January 10 charrette) and opportunities; follow-up on key issues
- Lake2Bay design RFP update
- Circulation issues (Mercer, bicycles, Sound Transit, etc.)
- EXPO tenant concerns – Seattle Center meeting follow-up
- Affordable housing Linkage Fee follow-up
- Pier 86 follow-up

3.  Parklet action status

4.  Election of UA officers for 2015

5.  Round Robin:  key issues for discussion

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Streamline Tavern to open on Roy St by end of January

January 5th, 2015 by Laura

Jabus Pub

New home for Streamline Tavern

New Year’s Eve was the last night for the Streamline Tavern at its Mercer St location.

As reported nearly a year ago, the Streamline was one of several businesses that had to vacate the block on Mercer by the end of 2014 to make way for a new South Korean Consulate.

Streamline sign in truck

Mary McIntyre next to the Streamline
sign, loaded up for the move

The Streamline owners purchased the former home of Jabu’s Pub on Roy St in September in anticipation of the December 31st deadline. Jabu’s held a farewell celebration in September as ownership changed hands.

The Streamline is busy moving into the new digs and that means heavy lifting and moving some items by hand. The bar is taking the iconic Streamline sign with it, as well as the bar counter top. The sign nearly fit in a truck bed, the counter top and other big items were moved via foot.

Here’s the bar counter top being transported by 6 people – Streamline move photos by Vic Vogler:

Streamline Sign move

The Streamline will be open at 174 Roy Street by the end of this month. Keep an eye out for the Streamline sign going up soon on the building.

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Pacific Science Center IMAX closes Sunday for renovations that include the latest IMAX technology

January 1st, 2015 by Laura

Boeing IMAXIf you’re planning to catch an IMAX movie at PacSci in early 2015, do so before the weekend ends or wait until May 2015 for the latest and greatest IMAX technology. The Boeing IMAX Theatre will close after the final showing of Interstellar this Sunday night for major renovations to the 15 year-old theatre. The newly renovated Paccar IMAX Theatre will remain open for documentaries and feature films.

The Boeing IMAX Theater has hosted over 5.3 million viewers in its lifespan, and in four months it’ll thrill new and repeat guests again. The renovations planned will make PacSci the first science center in the country to showcase IMAX’s next-generation digital laser projection technology.

According to PacSci, the upgrades include “a new, custom-designed, laser-powered, digital projector enabling us to show movies with enhanced picture quality. This will be the world’s most advanced digital projection system designed specifically for giant IMAX screens. Plus, the renovated theater will boast a new screen, new seats, and a powerful new immersive sound system, with speakers surrounding you (even above you).”

The fancy new state-of-the-art theatre is expected to reopen in May 2015, just in time for summer blockbusters and more. If you want to catch a flick this weekend, you can purchase tickets online.

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New Year’s at the Space Needle is just hours away

December 31st, 2014 by Laura

New Years Needle Seattle Times

Pyro Spectaculars setting up the show
Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times

It’s New Year’s Eve and that means the crew setting up the fireworks display at the Space Needle should be ready to see their work pay off. The New Year’s at the Needle show begins at 11:59pm tonight and will run 8 minutes, with the pyrotechnics set to a musical selection curated by KEXP.

You can catch the show from various Queen Anne viewpoints or you can join the crowds at the Seattle Center. If you choose the latter, expect to be one of about 16,000 people expected at the Space Needle.

New Years KEXP

Photo courtesy of KEXP

Prior to the fireworks, you can enjoy a free concert by THE NINES at the Seattle Center Armory’s Center Stage. They’ll be performing from 8pm til 11:45pm, and their repertoire includes hits from a variety of genres – The Beatles, Prince, and KC and the Sunshine Band are all on their playlist.

Streets around the Space Needle will be closed starting at 11:30pm, reopening 45 minutes after the fireworks show concludes. Affected streets include 5th Ave N between Mercer Street and Denny Way, and Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way.

The street closures, festivities, and crowds add up to a good reason to walk if you’re around Lower Queen Anne tonight.

Happy New Year!

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Chinoise Café closing after 18 years on Queen Anne

December 29th, 2014 by Laura

Chinoise closingA sign on the door of Chinoise Café confirms speculation that the restaurant is closing on December 31st. The pan-Asian café has been on Queen Anne for 18 years, and a little over a year ago it opened a second location in the Issaquah Highlands.

The Issaquah location will remain open as the Queen Anne location at 12 Boston St closes. But, fear not, the space will not remain vacant for long.

Chinoise storefrontA new sushi place, Ikiki Sushi, will be opening soon. Ikiki has already applied to take over Chinoise’s liquor license as of December 31st.

Chinoise’s statement on the sign (and on their web site) welcomes the new owner, Ping Wong, and Ikiiki Sushi.

No opening date yet, so stay tuned. Stop by and wish Thoa best wishes in her new endeavors and get ready to welcome Ikiiki to Queen Anne.

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Four-story residential building proposed at corner of Roy and 4th Ave N

December 29th, 2014 by Laura

The vacant one-story office building at 400 Roy St may soon be the home to a new four-story building with apartments above and retail on the first level.

400 Roy St 2I walked by the building last week and the entryway was filled with garbage. Next door to the old Silver Platters, which has been vacant for 18 months, the block of Roy between 4th Ave N and 5th Ave N has been untended for some time and is becoming an eyesore.

Enter a Department of Development and Planning proposal for the site. According to DPD, a Design Review Early Design Guidance application has been submitted proposing a 4-story, 64 unit residential building with 3,500 square feet of retail at street level.

400 Roy St DPD mapParking for 32 vehicles is to be provided below grade. The existing building will be demolished. Note that the parking lots next to and behind the existing building are also highlighted in the DPD site map for the new structure.

An Early Design Guidance review meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21st at 8pm. The meeting will be held at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, with written comments accepted prior to the meeting. Send comments regarding site planning and design issues (reference project #3018206) via email to PRC@seattle.gov or via snail mail to:

City of Seattle – DPD – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

No preliminary design drawings are available yet, but chances are they’re an improvement on the existing building. Expect early drawings to be available in advance of the January 21st meeting. Documentation lists Grace Architects as the architecture firm for the site. You can check out recent completed projects by Grace Architects online.

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