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Seattle Bike Swap is this Sunday at Seattle Center

February 3rd, 2015 by Laura

Cascade Bicycle ClubFor one day only, the Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting the Seattle Bike Swap this Sunday at the Seattle Center Expo Hall.. Billed as a “bike bargain hunter’s paradise”, the Swap features both new and used bikes and bike-related goods.

Admission Details:

  • Adult Entry: 9am-1pm, $5 (sold morning of the Swap)
  • Free entry hour: 1pm-2pm
  • Kids 15 and under are FREE all day!
  • V.I.P. Early Entry: 8am – $20. Advance V.I.P tickets are available online until Thursday, February 5 noon, tickets will also be available at the door beginning at 8am.

Plus, if you have a bike you’d like to sell at a competitive price (not top dollar), Cascade offers consignment – they try to sell your bike, you pay $10 plus 10% of the sales price. If you want to sell your bike on consignment:

  • Bring your bike to the swap between 8 and 8:30am via the front entrance.
  • Complete a form and pay $10 per bike (includes one entry for the seller into the swap).
  • Return by 2pm that same day, and we will give you your cut of the proceeds (or your bike, should it not sell).

Major Taylor ProjectAll proceeds from the Bike Swap will benefit Cascade’s Major Taylor Project. If you’re not looking to make a profit on your bike, you can donate it to the project by contacting Matt Metcalf.

If you’re looking for bargain bikes and bike parts, swing by the Seattle Bike Swap this Sunday between 9am and 1pm, at the Seattle Center Expo Hall.

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Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday with Port of Seattle update

February 2nd, 2015 by Laura

Queen Anne signThe Queen Anne Community Council monthly meeting is this Wednesday, February 4th, at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). All residents and business owners are welcome to attend.

Here’s the agenda:

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

7:35 – Open Forum-comments

7:45 – Commissioner Bill Bryant-Port of Seattle Update

8:15 – Committee Reports: Transportation, LURC/Planning, Parks, Public Safety, District Council, NAC, Communications

9:15-New Business


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Happy Blue Friday! with help from Queen Anne Elementary

January 30th, 2015 by Laura

Earlier this week we posted this video on Facebook and tweeted it out, and it has snowballed since then! About 450 Queen Anne Elementary students made the “Heart of the Seahawks” video with help from their teachers Melyssa Stone and Amanda Amsel. The Seattle TimesCBS Sports, Fox Sports, and more have picked up the story, and the video was tweeted out by Pete Carroll.

So, to celebrate Blue Friday, here’s their video:

Go Hawks!

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New Fire Station 20 opens its doors to the public this Saturday

January 28th, 2015 by Laura

Fire Station 20The newest and greenest Fire Station in Seattle is hosting an open house this Saturday, January 31st. The construction of Fire Station 20 at 2800 15th Ave W is now complete, and the Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, welcome Queen Anne and Interbay neighbors to check it out.

Whether you have future fire fighters in your household or you are interested in the latest sustainable building practices, the event is sure to be a hit. Just swing by on Saturday between 11am and 1pm to check out the new facilities and meet local Queen Anne fire fighters.

Fire Station 20 interiorFire Station 20 is the most sustainable fire station in the state of Washington, and on its way to becoming the first in the state to attain LEED Platinum certification – the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification program recognizing best-in-class green building strategies. The station meets 2015 energy reduction guidelines of the Architecture 2030 challenge, and the materials and features not only earn enough points for LEED Platinum certification, those points outnumber all other stations with Platinum status.

SFD signSustainable features of Fire Station 20 include: ultra-low flow plumbing fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, efficient irrigation systems, infiltration garden filters, LED light fixtures, ground source heat pump, and a rooftop solar panel array. It also has a recovery system for heat exhausted from the building and an energy management and control system to maximize efficiency.

Fire Station 20 will house Engine 20 and a crew of four firefighters. The new facility features an extra bay to accommodate an EMS unit if needed in the future.

Learn more about the newest, greenest Seattle Fire Department station on Saturday, the event is free and open to all.

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Pistil celebrating its 2nd anniversary on Queen Anne this Friday

January 28th, 2015 by Laura

PistilMy how time flies! It’s already the second anniversary of Pistil Fresh Flowers and Gifts. The flower shop at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St is celebrating the occasion with an open house this Friday, January 30th.

All day Friday the shop will have specials on blooming plants and fresh cut flowers. Plus, lucky customers can win wrapped bouquets based on a “lucky dip” –draw a folded ticket from a jar, and if the ticket has a flower on it, voila, free bouquet!

Then, starting at 5:30pm, hors d’ oeuvres and bubbly will be served to round out the celebration.

Stop by Pistil at 1422 Queen Anne Ave N to wish them a happy anniversary and many more to come!

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Paper mache Seahawk stolen from Queen Anne artist’s yard

January 27th, 2015 by Laura

A reader sent in a photo of a sign posted on 8th W and Raye St, across from the Mt Pleasant Cemetery – someone has stolen a local artist’s paper mache Seahawk:

Paper Mache Seahawk sign

Taking (or stealing) a unique Seahawk right before the Super Bowl seems especially low. This particular hawk has been outside during the football season for the past two years, but now he’s gone missing. Queen Anne residents, especially kids, have taken a keen interest in the Seahawk. The reader who sent us the photo did so because she was sad to see that someone had stooped so low.

Dan aka “the Monster Man” updated the Seahawk for this season, so the photos below have an older color scheme. The 2 foot tall hawk currently has a silver belly and green eyes, and a white and blue beak to match the new team logo.

paper mache seattle seahawk paper mache seattle seahawk back

He’s hoping to have the Seahawk returned, so if you spot it or know of its whereabouts, let us know.

We all know that property theft is becoming a common occurrence on Queen Anne, but this theft will hit close to home for all 12s. Keep an eye out for Dan’s Seahawk, let’s see if we can bring it home to roost! Go Hawks!

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Get free tax help this season at the Queen Anne Library

January 27th, 2015 by Laura

AARP Tax HelpThis year, the IRS is short-staffed and that means the upcoming tax season could be a little more daunting for some taxpayers. According to Forbes, IRS budget cuts will mean refund delays, correspondence delays, fewer resolutions, and unanswered calls.

But, don’t fret just yet. AARP is offering free tax-preparation at libraries across Seattle, including our own Queen Anne Library branch. The AARP Tax-Aide is free and open to all taxpayers.

QALibraryThe AARP’s tax-certified volunteers on hand at the sessions can answer 2014 filing questions, including changes based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and help prepare your tax returns.

The Queen Anne Library tax-prep sessions begin Wednesday, February 4th and run through April. Sessions will run from noon-5pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. No appointments, walk-ins only (and welcome).

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Vian Hunter is celebrating its grand opening with a costume party

January 26th, 2015 by Laura

Vian Hunter Opening PartyOne of our newest Queen Anne businesses, Vian Hunter House of Fashion, is throwing a party to celebrate its grand opening. Vian Hunter first opened its doors back in November, and now that the holidays have receded into the past, the shop is ready to celebrate its new location at 6 W Howe.

It’s not your usual grand opening celebration – it’s a costume party, complete with cocktails. Vian Hunter invites guests to dress in either Downton Abbey or Mad Men costume, and head to the shop for an informal modeling of women’s clothing from the 1920s through the 1970s. Pick your television poison and RSVP via email.

The event is free, but a portion of proceeds from evening sales will go to Jubilee Women’s Center.

RSVP, plan your attire, and head to Vian Hunter House of Fashion for an evening of fun from 5pm-9pm this Friday night.

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McClure holding Open House and Tour for prospective students and their families

January 26th, 2015 by Laura

If you’re the parent of a soon-to-be middle-schooler, mark your calendars for this Thursday, January 29th. McClure Middle School is hosting an Open House and Tour to help families learn more about Queen Anne’s neighborhood middle school. Incoming students can learn more about their new school and parents can learn more about what McClure offers its students.

Check out the flyer below for all the information you need to know:

open house 2015 final

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Queen Anne Community Council hosts discussion on Interagency Recovery School this Monday

January 25th, 2015 by Laura

QA High School Gym mapEDITED: QACC LURC meeting is today, Monday, January 26th. Got the date right, but read the day on my calendar wrong.

This Monday, January 26th, the Queen Anne Community Council will devote its Land Use Review Committee and Planning Committee meeting to the upcoming Interagency Recovery School. Seattle Public Schools representatives will be on hand to discuss the planned high school. All are welcome to attend the meeting.

There has been much controversy since we first broke the news of the Interagency Recovery School back in November. Queen Anne residents fall on both sides of the argument – some for the school, some against, with the latter citing the location of the school (across from John Hay Elementary) as the top concern.

QA High School Gym signA community meeting was held on December 10th to discuss concerns about the high school that’ll move into the old Queen Anne High School Gym in February. The Queen Anne Community Council meeting is the first community update with Seattle Public Schools since December.

Here’s the information for Monday’s meeting:

Topic: Queen Anne Interagency Recovery High School
Location: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crocket Street
Time: 7pm-9pm
Speakers: Tom Redman, Seattle School District Capital and Facilities Communications; Kaaren Andrews, Queen Anne Interagency Recovery School Principal
Format: Tom Redman and Kaaren Andrews will give LURC and the Queen Anne community a presentation about the school and answer a preliminary list of questions. LURC members will then pose any questions. Once LURC members have completed their review, the floor will be open to community questions determined in order by a sign-up sheet. In respect for all questioners, everyone will be limited to 1 minute each for questions.

The QACC has submitted questions from the December meeting and Queen Anne residents in advance to facilitate the community discussion. If you have questions that you’d like to submit in advance, contact Marty Kaplan, QACC Chair, LURC.

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Third annual Seattle Stairway Walks Day features popular Southwest Queen Anne route

January 24th, 2015 by Laura

wilcox wall stairsFor the past two years, Feet First has organized a Seattle Stairway Walks Day that includes a very popular Southwest Queen Anne route. This year, it’s a three-peat as the Queen Anne route is again on the list of stairway walks around Seattle.

Tickets are available online for a suggested donation of $10 (you can give more or less), and since it’s a family-friendly event, kids under 18 are free. Ticket proceeds will help nonprofit Feet First in its efforts to make communities across the state more walkable.

All of the 14 stairway walks begin at 10am and runs (walks) through noon on Saturday, February 7th. Here’s the description for the Southwest Queen Anne Walk:

Southwest Queen Anne Walking Tour
Queen Anne hill can be roughly divided into four distinct quadrants, each with its own look and feel. Southwest Queen Anne is the elegant one. On this route we’ll visit the stately, neo-Gothic Wilcox Wall; climb secluded stairways and cobblestone lanes beneath towering trees and opulent homes; and take in famous, wide-open views across the city.
Walk Leader: John Stewart, Feet First Board Member
Numbers: 2.6 miles: 588 steps down, 477 steps up

QA Stairs ComstockIn the past, the Queen Anne walk has been one of the most popular on the list, selling out quickly. If you’d like to reserve one of the 35 available spots, RSVP online asap.

If you’d like to explore other neighborhoods, check out the full list here.

Love to walk and want to share our neighborhood with others? You can volunteer to become a neighborhood ambassador or a Feet First member, and lead future Queen Anne walks. Get out and get walking!

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New French bistro Entre Amis to open in March

January 21st, 2015 by Laura

Cioppino paperedA few weeks ago, we noticed liquor license activity for the old Portage spot at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N. A little over a year ago, Cioppino opened in the former digs of French restaurant Portage. It papered over the windows in the early summer of 2014 for renovations, but nothing happened with the Italian eatery after it essentially closed up shop.

Then, just last month, Entre Amis took over Cioppino’s liquor license. I reached out to the new owner and he confirmed that he was planning to open a French bistro in the new year.

Entre Amis signRight now, the new bistro is in the permit and construction phase, but just this week, a sign was posted in the window – Entre Amis Bistrot will open in March 2015.

I’ve walked by the location dozens of times looking for signs of life. Today, a tip from a reader (thanks, Mark!) clued us in to a sign announcing the new French restaurant – about 10 minutes after I walked by the location and missed it.

Thanks as always to our readers for catching those items we sometimes miss – and, get ready for a return to French cuisine on Queen Anne Ave!

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