FOUND: Dog near MacLean Park on Taylor Ave N

Queen Anne Doggie 1

UPDATE: the dog’s owner has been found, thanks to all who shared the post!

A reader wrote in to let us know that this pup was wandering around the 1900 block of Taylor Ave N today.

This particular spot of Queen Anne is near MacLean Park and the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt.

According to the reader, he is wearing a nice harness collar and a leash, but not tags. The reader took him to the Queen Anne Animal Clinic for a chip scan, with no luck.

He doesn’t have any identification, so if you know this dog or his owner, you can call Derrick at 206.949.2283.

Queen Anne Doggie 2

Learn more about the new Expedia campus at the Queen Anne Community Council meeting

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 4.59.41 PMHave you been curious about Expedia’s plans for the old Amgen campus on the waterfront? Or, perhaps you have questions about traffic impacts and mitigation? If so, attend this month’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting to learn more.

The QACC meeting is Wednesday, April 6th at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). It begins at 7:30pm, here’s the full agenda:

7:30 -Adoption of Agenda, Approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report

7:35 – Open Forum-comments from the attendees

7:45 – Expedia

8:30 – Port vacation letter

8:40 – Committee Reports – Parks, LURC, Transportation, PR, Public Safety, Communications, District Council, NAC

9:25-New Business


Whirligig! returns to Seattle Center tomorrow through April 17th

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 6.57.10 PMThe perennial Whiligig! returns to Seattle Center’s Armory tomorrow, Friday, April 1st. The collection of super-sized inflatable rides for kids will take over the Armory for just over two weeks, concluding its run on Sunday, April 17th.

The Armory will transform into a kid-sized entertainment center, with the aforementioned rides plus balloon artists, face painters, and caricaturists. And, the Armory restaurants will all be open during the Whiligig! festivities.

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 6.59.21 PMThe rides are designed for those 12 years of age and under, and a Toddler Zone will also be on hand for the littlest kiddos. Tickets are $8 for All Day Main Floor Passes, $4.50 for All Day Toddler Passes, and $1.50 for single ride tickets.

Whirligig! runs Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 17, at the Seattle Center Armory, 11am – 6pm each day. Thursdays are FREE!

Queen Anne Community Center benefits from Google WiFi donation and new free meeting space

Henry QACC hallwayYesterday, Google announced that it is donating $344,000 for free WiFi at all 26 Seattle Community Centers, as well as affordable housing developments. The grant extends to our own Queen Anne Community Center, enabling free WiFi at the QACC.

The grant will help QACC improve its public events, classes, camps, and educational programs.

You can read more about Google’s donation and how it’s helping other Community Centers and Seattle Affordable Housing sites here. Good news for Seattle and our own Queen Anne Community Center. You can search for and enroll for QACC classes online.

Another recent move for Queen Anne Community Center is its “Community Access Program”. The Queen Anne Community Center Advisory Board, in conjunction with the QA Community Center Staff, launched the program, allowing all community groups free access to meeting room rentals at QACC.
Henry QACC dogAny community group can sign up to use the QACC meeting areas. All you have to do is stop by the center, work with the staff to determine availability, and fill out a basic application form. Thanks to the Queen Anne Community Center Advisory Council for their goal of making the center a “true center of the community” via helping subsidize the meeting room costs.
First the colorful Henry murals pictured in this post, and now free WiFi courtesy of Google and free space for community meetings – our Queen Anne Community Center just keeps getting better and better!

Seattle’s newest Heritage Tree is on Queen Anne

An amazing tree in Queen Anne Park is now a Heritage Tree. If you haven’t walked or driven by 3218 Conkling Place W, you’re missing out not only on a nice walk around Queen Anne Park, but also on the sight of the gigantic Northern Catalpa – you can’t miss it. Here’s a photo from the owner of the tree, it’s just starting to leaf out for the season:

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Per the owner, the tree was planted in the late 1930s and today it measures 54 inches in diameter. Not only is it now in the City of Seattle’s Heritage Tree program, Arthur Lee Jacobson also featured it in his book “Trees of Seattle”.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 6.11.51 PMPlantAmnesty kicked off the Heritage Tree Program in 1996, with the City of Seattle joining in as a co-sponsor a few years later. Today, the Heritage Trees are mapped and searchable online (they are orange on the map), and surprisingly, the Queen Anne Park Northern Catalpa is only the eighth Heritage Tree on Queen Anne.

With so many amazing trees on Queen Anne, how can we get more Heritage Trees on the list? Here is the info you need from the Heritage Tree site:

Heritage Trees may be on either City or private property. Each candidate tree is assessed by a certified arborist and evaluated by a review committee. Heritage Trees must meet criteria for health, in addition to being selected according to one of the following categories:

  • Specimen – A tree of exceptional size, form, or rarity.
  • Historic – A tree recognized by virtue of its age, its association with or contribution to a historic structure or district, or its association with a noted person or historic event.
  • Landmark – Trees that are landmarks of a community.
  • Collection – Trees in a notable grove, avenue, or other planting.

To nominate a Heritage Tree, go to this site and then click on the form to nominate a tree. You’ll be contacted and if your tree is considered, a team of arborists will visit to see the tree in person. They then notify you via mail to let you know if the tree has been accepted or not. If accepted, you get a certificate and the option to get a plaque for your tree too.

According to the owner, the process took several months. She also had an independent arborist assess the tree and conduct diagnostics to ensure its health. This particular step is not required, but it will help make your case and provide a clean bill of health for the tree. Here’s the Northern Catalpa fully leafed out:

3218 Catalpa

Weather-wise, this week is a great week to take a walk – plan ahead and swing by 3218 Conkling Place W to see the tree in person, it’s pretty spectacular!

Pistil closes up shop at the top of the Counterbalance

Pistil Flowers ShopPistil Design called the Galer Crest building at the top of the Counterbalance for three years as of this past January. It was still around  4 weeks ago, when I snapped a shot of their sign for Instagram. But, a few weeks later and the shop was vacant, with a new “for lease” sign gracing the window instead of the cheery flowers sign.

Readers have also asked about Pistil, and we now have the news – which isn’t all bad, but rather an interim step.

The shop’s lease expired at the Queen Anne Ave & Galer St location, and the owners didn’t want to renew. Instead, they’re now working out of a small studio space on Queen Anne for delivery only.

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 5.11.25 PMThey’re working on a new location, and when things are finalized, we’ll be able to share more news on our local flower shop. It’ll be a Pistil 2.0 of sorts, as the new inception of Pistil will be set up as a design studio versus a retail shop. All of the regular services will be available, but on a custom basis only.

In the meantime, Pistil is operating from 7am to 3pm. Flower orders placed by 11am can be out for same-day delivery. If you have flower needs or any questions, you can contact Pistil at (206) 612-0973.

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