It’s market day: Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

QAFM instagram 073015It’s Thursday, and that means another market day along W Crockett. What better way to greet Fall than a sunny afternoon at the Queen Anne Farmers Market? Remember, Fall hours are in effect, which means you need to get to QAFM between 3pm and 7pm to fill your market needs.

Here’s the info you need to know to plan your late Thursday afternoon and/or evening:

Every Thursday: farm & food vendors can be found here

Musical Guest: Blues & folk from busker PK Dwyer, 5pm-7pm

Event Tent:  Kids’ Extravaganza featuring coloring sheets, scavenger hunt, stickers, and much more, the fun starts at 5pm

New & Rotating Food Trucks: Girls Gone BBQ, Got Soup?, Toste 

Winery: Stomani Cellars

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, September 22nd, 3pm-7pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

Yes! Halloween on Queen Anne Ave is happening this year

panda-2015We’ve had quite a few readers and business owners alike email us with the same question: when is the annual Halloween on Queen Anne Ave happening? The answer is a resounding yes! Halloween on Queen Anne is happening on Monday, October 31st from 3pm-6pm along Queen Anne Ave between McGraw & Galer Streets.

That’s right, Halloween may be well over a month away, but it’s a big deal on Queen Anne. Every year, nearly 2,000 trick-or-treaters go door-to-door on Queen Anne Ave for treats and spooky fun. And, thanks to the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and Umpqua Bank, the plans are already in the works to have another great Halloween along Queen Anne Ave.

To keep trick-or-treaters safe, the Chamber needs volunteer crossing guards. If you are interested in helping out on Halloween and keeping the ghosts and goblins safe, contact Charley at 206.412.5802 or via email at charley@QueenAnneChamber.org

Start the countdown, Halloween in 43 days and counting…

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Public meeting on Dog Off-Leash Area Master Plan is this Thursday

qad-eventIf you own a dog, this meeting is one to pay attention to – there’s a public meeting on dog off-leash areas this Thursday, following up on the City’s Draft Master Plan for People, Dogs, and Parks Plan and taking public comment. This meeting is the last opportunity dog owners have to comment on and speak up on the future of dogs and parks.

The meeting is at 6:30pm at the Miller Playfield & Community Center (330 19th Ave E), and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. If you cannot attend in person, you can also email your comments and feedback to Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov.

Over $100,000 was spent on the Master Plan and thousands of dog owners who want more dog parks and beaches provided feedback via a survey. Despite the fact that there are roughly 150,000 dogs in Seattle, there are only 29 acres dedicated to off-leash areas. But, the Master Plan doesn’t add new off-leash areas. Instead it only increases the Parks department’s maintenance of OLAs and enforcement by animal control officers.

On Queen Anne, we have only one off-leash area at Lower Kinnear Park, and many dog owners have provided feedback to Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA) that it is too small and not convenient for all of Queen Anne. Per the Seattle Queen Anne Dogs (SQAD), there are 8,000 dogs on Queen Anne and Kinnear Park’s off-leash area is only 0.1 acre. For reference, the total acreage of all parks on Queen Anne is 40 acres.

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COLA and SQAD urge dog park supporters to go to the public meeting on Thursday or email Rachel.Acosta@Seattle.gov. You can also go to the COLA website and click to send a letter to City Officials asking for more and better dog parks.

If you’re a dog owner and want more dog parks – or, better yet, a dog park on Queen Anne that can server the furry four-legged residents – the Master Plan is important. If it goes into effect as-is, it will mean a future of no new off-leash areas, possible increases in fines, and more enforcement.

Dick’s Drive In moves into the modern age and starts accepting credit cards and mobile payments

For 62 years, Dick’s Drive In has only accepted cash, and it’s been somewhat of a Seattle insider tip. Now, Dick’s is moving into the modern age and accepting not only credit cards, but also Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.

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They’re released a new commercial which plays on the old “must be a tourist” grumbling when a customer asks if Dick’s takes credit cards – no longer a silly question. It’s worth a quick watch, and next time you head to Dick’s, you don’t have to make sure you have cash first!

Uptown Urban Center Rezone & Single Family Upzone QACC meeting is Monday

If you read this blog, you’ve likely seen posts on the proposed zoning changes to Uptown that can take one of three paths:

1) “No Action” which maintains current zoning and building heights for the dozens of parcels in the neighborhood that are expected to be redeveloped, but does not include new neighborhood-specific design and development standards to guide that growth.

2) “Mid-rise” with 5-7 story buildings that would include mandatory housing affordability requirements, along with new Uptown design standards.

3) “High-rise” featuring taller, thinner, more widely spaced 16-story buildings in areas of the Uptown Urban Center, also including mandatory contributions to housing affordability and the neighborhood design standards.

Uptown EIS Rezone

The City hosted both a public meeting and open house in early August, and now the Queen Anne Community Council is hosting a Land Use Review Committee meeting this Monday, September 19th, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The meeting starts at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.

In addition to the Uptown Urban Center Rezone, the QACC meeting will also cover the Single Family Upzone and Queen Anne’s Appeal of SEPA/DNS.

Agenda Item: Uptown Urban Center Rezone, 7pm-8:30pm

Jim Holmes, Senior Planner at City Hall and principal in charge of the Uptown Planning process will answer questions regarding all elements of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), including outlining the next steps for public reviews and comments, clearing up misinformation, offering a clear understanding of what has informed the years of analysis, and delineate the issues and opportunities reflected in the DEIS.

Marty Kaplan, Uptown Urban Design Framework Committee member and Rick Hooper, Co-Chair of the Uptown Alliance and Uptown Urban Design Framework Committee member, will offer a community perspective and address questions.   

If you cannot make the meeting, you can send comments to Jim Holmes via email at jim.holmes@seattle.gov

Agenda Item: Single Family Upzone – Queen Anne Appeal of SEPA/DNS, 8:30pm-9pm

QACC has appealed the ruling by City Hall that there are no environmental impacts created from Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s proposed legislation converting all Seattle city-wide single family neighborhoods with properties over 3,200 sq ft to multi-family; allowing triplexes to replace any single family home.

Per QACC:
This is the largest rezone in the history of Seattle and we submit that such an action deserves nothing less than a full, transparent, neighborhood inclusive, professional and unbiased environmental analysis including neighborhood outreach to all 37 Seattle neighborhoods to gather public input concerning all environmental impacts like parking, traffic, utilities, ownership, height and density limits, tree canopy and open space, and many significant others.

The City has not completed one professional study of environmental impacts, nor have they conducted a committed public outreach effort to ask you or 127,000 single family property owners throughout Seattle.

The meeting will discuss the appeal and the first two days of the hearing held on 30 August and 1 September 2016. It will complete on 30 September 2016 at 9am at the Hearing Room in the Hearing Examiners office. All Appeal documents are available online.

If you are interested in the future of Uptown, increased building heights, or impacts to single family homes on Queen Anne, plan to attend Monday’s meeting.

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Max

maxwell-1Hi, I’m Max! I’m pretty much the best cat ever – not only do I have the softest fur and the cutest spots, but even though they think I’m nearly five years old, I still play like a kitten. I love to hang out on the couch with you when you’re watching Netflix, and follow you around the apartment when I think there’s even a slight chance you’ll feed me.

maxwell-2If you’re not going to entertain me, I’ll chase my ball around the apartment, watch what’s going on out the window, or take a catnap. I’m also smart – I have perfect litterbox habits, won’t jump on the counters (at least, not when you’re around), and I’m learning to open doors!

My foster parents say, “We’re loving this little ball of fun. He’s a hyperactive sweetie and his next owners are going to have a blast!”

Since I’m FIV+, I need to be an only cat who never goes outside. I’m pretty sure I’d love kids who know how to play nice, since I love lots of attention and playtime.

maxwell-3Max (SAS ID#32098978) is having a blast in a foster home, you won’t find him at the Shelter. Please contact the Foster Care Hotline at 206-684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Ramo (sassy Chihuahua mix) – adopted!
Taco (playful, people loving kitty) – available for adoption
GG (trusting and loving tabby cat) – adopted!
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Beautiful Grace (elegant feline) – adopted!
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Pence & Penny (people loving grey bunnies) – adopted!
Argon & Fluorine (two little mice) – available for adoption
Chili & Chinni (friendly chinchillas) – adopted!

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!

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