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EMP is celebrating 15 years with free admission for Seattleites on Tuesday

June 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda


Photo courtesy of EMP Staff

EMP is turning 15 years old and celebrating by throwing a party on Tuesday, June 23rd – and EMP admission is FREE to all Seattle residents.

Plan on spending time at one of our Queen Anne landmarks, just bring valid ID showing your Seattle home address, and enjoy all of the current and permanent EMP exhibitis.

The day will also feature performances, architecture tour of the Frank O. Gehry building, free cupcakes, games, photo ops, and more:

• Architecture tours of the iconic Frank O. Gehry-designed building
• Performances from Sound Off! alumni including Bleachbear, Champagne Babylon, Emma Lee Toyoda, Maiah Manser, Manatee Commune, and Otieno Terry
• Ongoing pop culture games and activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, and Nirvana and Hendrix guitar tutorials
• Selfie photo ops with the TARDIS (Doctor Who),Command Chair (Star Trek), and Seattle Time Machine
• Special appearances by the Sea Gals, Harry Potter, R2D2, the Dalek, Blue Thunder, and Jet City Saber Guild
• New exhibits What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones and Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966–1970

If you’re interested in the live performances, here’s the schedule so you can plan accordingly:

  • EMP 1511:30am  - Bleachbear
  • 1:00pm - Emma Lee Toyoda
  • 2:00pm - Otieno Terry
  • 3:00pm - Maiah Manser
  • 4:00pm - Dave B
  • 5:00pm - Champagne Babylon
  • 6:00pm - Manatee Commune

Stop by EMP on Tuesday, June 23rd with your valid ID for free admission to one of our neighborhood’s top tourist destinations and enjoy the benefits of being a local!

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Help guide the future of the Queen Anne Community Center this Saturday

June 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QACC exteriorOur Queen Anne Community Center hosts so many events and activities for the community, but it’s definitely in need of a few updates.

If you’ve ever used the QACC and thought, “it needs a refresh” or “I’d love this type of class/service”, you can provide your input at a Community Center Strategic Plan Mini-Summit this Saturday, June 20th from 10am to noon.

The event will be held at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (305 Harrison St) and kicks off with a presentation, followed by small group discussions. Key topics for discussion:

  • What community center programs and services do you value most and why?
  • How can Seattle Parks improve its community center programs and services?

If you have any questions about the Community Center Strategic Plan or would like to submit your feedback via email, contact Susan Golub, Seattle Parks and Recreation at

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Free children’s concert by Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus this Saturday at McCaw Hall

June 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SMC Free Kids ConcertThis Saturday, June 20th, the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) are presenting their annual children’s concert – and it’s free for kids and their families.

The concert is at 2pm at McCaw Hall, and tickets are still available. Since it’s this Saturday, no tickets will be mailed, so the event organizers are encouraging Queen Anne kids and their families to just show up and have fun.

SMC and SWC will perform “high-energy kid-friendly tunes from the Disney songbook as well as some classics from the 70s rock super-group, Queen” and kids are encouraged to dance and sing along to the live concert.

The performance has a kid-friendly duration of one hour, and audience participation is encouraged and expected – plus, “costumes, laughter, and smiles to remind audiences that equality and acceptance are important messages to people of all ages”.

Kids will even get a free pack of crayons and coloring book to take home. Free concert, fun, and goodies to take home, bonus!

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Two new Little Free Libraries brings Queen Anne total to 28

June 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Not one, but two Little Free Libraries have popped up on Queen Anne since we spotted #25 back in March. A reader tipped us to one on 9th Ave W (thanks Katie!), and on the way to document (aka photograph) the LFL, I found another one on 5th Ave W. Both help fill the gap on the map near Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Plus, a group of businesses on McGraw St have put up a Little Free Library in front of their shared building – so that’s 28 LFLs total on Queen Anne! Could 30 be in our near future?

Here’s the rundown of the new LFLs:

9th Ave W & Raye St:

LFL 9th Ave W

5th Ave W & Smith St:

LFL 5th Ave W

11 W McGraw St – Sun Elemental Healing Arts:

LFL 11 W McGraw

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 28 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

LFL Map 061415

If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

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Free yoga and zumba classes return to Seattle Center this week

June 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

For the past couple of years, the Seattle Center has hosted a free Summer Fitness program, and starting this week it continues the rather-new, but very popular, tradition.

Two different classes will help get you moving – Zumba on Tuesdays and gentle yoga on Thursdays. Both classes are free and open to all. Here are the details for each class:

When: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Dates: June 16 – August 18
Where: Fisher Pavilion Rooftop
Bring: water and comfortable sneakers

Come join us for an adventurous journey around the world through exhilarating Latin music, World Rhythms, West African, belly dance, dance hall, pop, classic rock, you name it. The result – a workout full of high energy, easy to follow choreography, and FUN!   It will get your heart pumping, get you sweaty, and put a big smile on your face. Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is required. 

Seattle Center FitnessGentle Yoga
When: Wednesdays 11:30am – 12:30pm
Dates: June 17 – August 19
Where: Exhibition Hall Lawn
Bring: your own yoga mat

Gentle Yoga is a class for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level. This class will focus on fluid movements to increase range of motion and increase joint and muscle flexibility. Beginners will learn the basics of Hatha Yoga, which is the physical practice, and all will have an opportunity to feel challenged and enjoy lots of fresh air. 

Get ready to enjoy another Summer event on Queen Anne, and get moving!

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Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon starts and ends at Seattle Center on Saturday

June 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Another summer weekend is bringing more people into the neighborhood. The biggest event of the weekend is the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon tomorrow (Saturday) morning. 26,000 participants are expected per SDOT, but the numbers are even higher from the event organizers: “18,000 runners and walkers, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.”

Also, take note: the Seattle Pacific University commencement ceremony is also on Saturday at 1pm at Key Arena, with 10,000 attendees expected. The two events will overlap, so avoid the area if possible or walk.

Here’s the info on the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon:

Course Map:

Rock n Roll Marathon map

Road Closures:

So numerous, it’s a pdf of a spreadsheet of road closures. Rest assured, many are around Seattle Center, so plan accordingly. The route also takes runners on the Viaduct and out and back on I-90. Getting around is going to be tricky. You can check out an interactive map of road closures online here.

Here’s a snapshot of the pdf, click the image to see the full list in non-ant print:

Road Closures

Remember, deep breaths and pack your patience if you’re driving or biking around Lower Queen Anne tomorrow.

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Get ready to celebrate our neighborhood at Queen Anne Days!

June 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Every year we have milestones on Queen Anne that seem timed with the seasons… late Spring finishes up with the annual Bigelow Block Sale and the new Queen Anne Art Walk, Fall means Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, and Winter brings Holiday Magic to our business district.

Queen Anne Days image

Now, Summer quickly approaches and that means Queen Anne Days! The free two-day event is chock-full of events and activities for adults and families alike. Mark your calendars for July 11th and 12th, and get ready to celebrate Summer on Queen Anne!

FunRunShirt_FinalThe weekend kicks off with a shot as the racers take off at the annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run & Walk on Saturday, July 11th. Registration is open now and all proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and its programs for neighbors in need.

Next up on Saturday late morning/afternoon is Summerfest, a new adult-focused featuring a wine and beer garden (courtesy of Baer Winery, Mac & Jack’s and Cider 6), Art Walks, live music, and the Marqueen Garage car show.

Also new this year is the Queen Anne History Treasure Hunt. The contest is an interactive, phone-based game created by the Queen Anne Historical Society, and the Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance. It’s sure to be a great way to explore the history of Queen Anne. Participants will need a free account to play.

Familyfest on Sunday is all about the kids, and it’s going to be bigger than ever with more bouncy houses, some of the best kid bands in Seattle, and kid-oriented fun & games.

Meanwhile, Queen Anne merchants will host their annual Sidewalk Sale on both Saturday and Sunday.

Queen Anne Days map

Here’s the full agenda for Queen Anne Days:

Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run & Walk – Saturday, July 11th. Register here.

  • Day of registration: t-shirt and number pick up beginning at 7am – QA Lutheran Church, 8th Ave W and McGraw
  • 8 am start for all runners and walkers at 5th W and Halladay St
  • Mostly flat course follows the historic crown of Queen Anne
  • Finish in front of Coe School, 7th Ave W
  • Awards ceremony, raffle prizes and food at QA Lutheran Church after the race. Awards for first place finishers: Mens, Womens, Girls 12 and under, Boys 12 and under
  • Prize for best, most creative hat!
  • Guest announcer Steve Raible

Sidewalk Sale – 10am-6pm Saturday/Sunday - Get a deal, patronize a new business and support local entrepreneurs

Summerfest – Saturday, July 11th

  • 1:30pm – Doggie Parade (with trophies!), meet in front of Queen Anne Community Center at 1:15pm
  • 2:00pm-9:00pm – West Queen Anne Playfield: Beer, Wine & Cider Garden / Marqueen Garage Car Show / Tai Chi for Seniors / Chess opportunities / Pottery hands-on demonstrations / Uptown Art Show / Wine & Art / Live Music / Food and more

Familyfest – Sunday, July 12th

  • 10:30am – Kiddie Parade - Decorate your “ride” and get creative with your kids for this neighborhood parade; gather at McClure School Parking Lot, parade begins at 11:00am
  • 11:00am-4:00pm – West Queen Anne Playfield
  • Bands: The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar, The Harmonica Pocket, The Tallboys, Seattle Kokon Taiko
  • Lots of bouncy houses
  • Food trucks
  • Games, arts, crafts and other fun activities hosted by local businesses and organizations
  • Bunnies to pet and snuggle with

Queen Anne Days is a volunteer-run weekend – and the volunteers live right here in our neighborhood. You can follow the announcements via Facebook or the Queen Anne Days website. Everyone is welcome to attend the festivities!

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Bounty Kitchen opens its doors this Wednesday

June 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bounty Kitchen logoOne of the most frequently asked questions I get lately is “what’s happening with the Grub space” or “when is Bounty Kitchen opening” – and here’s your answer!

Bounty Kitchen will be open at 7 Boston Street starting this Wednesday, June 10th, serving “imaginative salads and healthy bowls with layers of texture from old fashioned cooking techniques like pickling, fermenting, roasting and grilling as well as raw and flavors borrowed from ancient cultures and modern blends.”

Bounty Kitchen’s owners have been hard at work, and by that I mean seriously hard labor. They moved into the space thinking it’d be a remodel and ended up with a full rebuild, including the kitchen. Exposing the original ceiling and installing new walls, plumbing, electrical, and flooring make up a brand new space for Bounty Kitchen and its crew – here they are at a training/tasting team event in the newly refurbished spot:

 Bounty Team

The new restaurant will focus on local, sustainable produce, and if you’re fans of the Queen Anne Farmers Market, then you’ll likely recognize Present Tense Farm as one of their suppliers. Bounty Kitchen will be using their produce and partnering with them for upcoming market dinners. Here’s a recent “field trip” (figuratively and literally) to Present Tense’s Carnation farm:

Present Tense

You can check out Bounty Kitchen’s June menu online here to whet your whistle or plan ahead. You’ll see that they have a variety of breakfast options too.

Bounty Kitchen will be open on Wednesday, June 10th and beyond. They’ll be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week (7:30am-8pm Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday). Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Komen Race for the Cure starts and finishes at Seattle Center on Sunday

June 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Komen Race 2015Heads up if you have plans that include navigating around the Seattle Center tomorrow – the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is scheduled to start and finish at the Seattle Center. 8,500 people are expected to participate in the race, not including spectators. Both traffic and parking will experience impacts.

The 5K Walk/Run begins at the Seattle Center then heads downtown and back. The race starts at 8am near Mercer and 3rd Ave N, then progresses east on Mercer before hanging a right and heading downtown.

Street closures will run from 6am to roughly 10am – there will be rolling openings beginning at 9am, but since the race ends at Seattle Center at 10am, expect Lower Queen Anne streets to stay closed until after the race end.

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Happy 26th anniversary to Queen Anne Frame

June 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

We’ve had quite a few businesses leave Queen Anne in the past few years, but fear not, some mom & pop businesses are still going strong. Queen Anne Frame is one of those shops, and it’s celebrating 26 years in business on Queen Anne this month.

QAFmcgS&PAThe frame shop first opened its doors on McGraw St in 1989. It was then known as the McGraw Frame Shop and owner Philip Amdal, a professional photographer, opened it “on a shoestring” budget.

In 1997, the shop moved to 1621 Queen Anne Ave N, expanding the business and changing the name to reflect the new location. Avenue Arts joined the family-owned business in 2000. Philip’s wife Joan Webster, an artist, runs the Avenue Arts gift shop side of the business.

According to Philip: “The best part of doing this work is meeting the customers and hearing their stories. I take great pride in the art and craft of framing and making the finished piece as perfect as possible.”

QA Frame saleTo celebrate 26 years on Queen Anne, the shop is running a special framing offer for the entire month of June. Twenty-six popular frames are 26% off – and if you choose one of the anniversary frames, your entire framing order is 26% off.

Stop by Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts this month to wish them a happy anniversary, and many more to come!

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Reminder: Bigelow Block Sale is Saturday

June 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bigelow Block Sale Save Date 2015We gave the heads up back in May about the 22nd Annual Bigelow Block Sale, and it’s now just days away.

The block sale extravaganza is held on the first Saturday in June every year, rain or shine. And, if you haven’t looked at the forecast… it’s going to be sunny and warm! Summery, in fact, with a high in the mid-80s… too warm for some of us, so plan ahead to shop early if you’re heat-sensitive like me.

Bigelow Block Sale mapThe Bigelow Block Sale is not just limited to Bigelow Ave N – it spans cross streets all along the east side of Queen Anne Boulevard as well. This year, almost 50 homes have registered to participate to date, and late arrivals and same-day registrations are possible as well.

Plan on strolling the tree-lined Boulevard this Saturday, hunt for bargains, meet neigbhors, and enjoy the sunny day. Then, in the late afternoon and early evening, head over to the businesses on W McGraw and Crockett streets for the 1st Annual Queen Anne Art Walk.

Ditch the traffic woes that plague Seattle every weekend and stick around the neighborhood – plenty of events to make it worth your while!

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Opening day for Queen Anne Farmers Market is tomorrow

June 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAFM 2015 PosterThis Thursday – yes, tomorrow – is opening day for the Queen Anne Farmers Market. You can check out the info on the new season here, and what follows is what’s on tap for the June 4th market:

3:00 pm – Market Opens
QAFM Opens for another great season of farms, artisan foods and fun!

4:00 pm – 3rd-Annual Radish Races!
For Big & Little Kids. Race with your radish across Produce Row for great prizes.

5:00 pm – Live Music: Right As Rain
Local band, Right as Rain, will get you dancing guaranteed!

In addition to the regular weekly vendors, QAFM also has a set of rotating vendors to allow more variety each week. Here are the featured vendors for opening day:

Wineries: White Heron Cellars and Robert Ramsay Cellars
Food Trucks: Fish Basket, Kiss My Grits, and The Grilled Cheese Experience
Artisans: Met Market (Fresh Mozzarella) and Bellflower Chocolate

QAFM runs from 3pm to 7:30pm. Get ready to kick off the new season tomorrow, Thursday, June 4th – happy market season!

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