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Whiligig! returns to Seattle Center today through April 19

April 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Whirligig RidesStarting today, kids 12 and under can celebrate the return of Whirligig! at the Seattle Center. The annual “bounce fest” features super-sized inflatable rides and it’s taking over the Seattle Center Amory starting today (Friday) at 11am.

In addition to the rides, Whirligig! also includes, balloon artists, face painters, and expert caricaturists – plus a Toddler’s Zone for the younger ones.

New rides this year include Pirates Revenge Obstacle Course, Zoo Playland, and Undersea Mini Combo bounce/slide for Toddlers.

The Seattle Center Whirligig! hours are 11am-6pm until Sunday, April 19th. Entry to the Armory is free, ride admission is $8 for an all-day main floor pass, $4.50 for an all-day toddler zone pass, and $1.50 for a single ride ticket. Thursdays are Ride Free days, but note that on Thursday, April 16th the rides will close at 2pm.

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Get ready to welcome Expedia to the neighborhood

April 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Amgen site mapThe waterfront campus that once housed Amgen will become Expedia’s headquarters by the end of 2018. The deal was a rumor yesterday; today it was officially announced by Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at a press conference with Mayor Ed Murray.

Expedia, currently based in Bellevue, is looking at a lease expiring in 2018, and is jumping over to Seattle from the Eastside to take over the old Amgen campus. As it exists today, the campus has buildings with a total of 750,000 square feet – as well as land that will allow Expedia to build 200,000 square feet of additional office space.

There’s been a lot of press since the announcement, so here’s a round-up of the best local coverage, including a couple that point out that 3,000 more commuters will hit our streets. That’s a small downside as Expedia’s move will be good for the neighborhood and the tech industry in Seattle.

Seattle Times: Expedia will make Seattle waterfront its new home

GeekWire: Expedia confirms Seattle move, will buy Amgen campus for $229M, relocate from Bellevue by 2018

GeekWire: Check out this View: Inside Expedia’s new Seattle headquarters campus –> has photo gallery

Wall Street Journal: Expedia to Buy Amgen Campus In Seattle

KING: Expedia move to Seattle expected to impact traffic

KIRO: Mayor announces Expedia’s move from Bellevue to Seattle

KOMO: Expedia moving headquarters from Bellevue to Seattle

Puget Sound Business Journal: Bring on the developers: Expedia’s move could help Seattle tech companies attract talent

Puget Sound Business Journal: Get ready, Seattle: Expedia’s 3,000 commuters are coming and it won’t be pretty

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Free secure shredding event this Saturday at Upper Queen Anne Safeway

March 31st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Safeway Shred EventIt’s tax season and as digital as things are, paperwork still exists – and you may have discovered some files, folders, or boxes full of paperwork that you no longer need, but have to shred for security’s sake.

Well, if you have more paper than you care to shred at home or don’t have a shredder, a free and secure shredding event is worth noting.

Elliott Bay Civic Foundation is sponsoring a shredding event for personal documents this Saturday, April 4th. Seadrunar Recycling is providing the service and is shredding the documents on site, so it’s safe and secure for all those past tax-season papers you need to purge.

The Upper Queen Anne Safeway is hosting the event in its 2100 Queen Anne Ave N parking lot, from 11am to 2pm.

Elliott Bay Civic Foundation is offering the free service to help the environment. Donations are welcome, and any proceeds will fund events that in the past have included a Christmas gifting program for children of low(no) income families, a recovery program, and dictionaries for third graders.

Happy tax season.

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Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday

March 31st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA sign smallThis month’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting will be on Wednesday, April 1st, at 7pm. Same time (7pm), same place (Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St) as usual – but this month’s meeting has a fairly short agenda. SDOT was slated to present, but they’ve deferred to May’s meeting.

Here’s this Wednesday’s agenda:

  • 7:30 – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 – Open Forum for community comments
  • 7:45 – Neighborhood Street and Park Fund update
  • 8:00- Committee Reports: LURC/Planning, Transportation, Parks, Public Safety, District Council, NAC, Communications, Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance
  • 9:00 – New Business
  • 9:19 -Adjournment

All are welcome to attend.

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Armed robbery at Kerry Park early Monday morning

March 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Kerry Park 033015 robbery

A tweet came through from SPD this morning that referenced an armed robbery on Highland Dr, and now we have more details. I emailed our SPD West Precinct contact, and in the meantime, the Blotter has been updated with the details.

  • There was an armed robbery at 2am today (Monday, March 30th) at Kerry Park
  • Three people were robbed at gunpoint by two suspects wearing handkerchiefs over their faces
  • SPD stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm that the driver and passengers were the suspects
  • SPD released the Honda driver and passengers, and seized the vehicle for detectives – no arrests have been made
Police Seize Car After Armed Robbery In Kerry Park
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Detectives are investigating whether car seized early this morning may be linked to a pair of masked gunmen, who robbed three people at gunpoint in a Queen Anne park.

Two women and a man were hanging out in Kerry Park–near 3rd Avenue West and West Prospect Street–around 2 AM when two suspects approached them.

The suspects, both wearing handkerchiefs over their faces and were armed with handguns, took the victims’ wallets and one victim’s cellphone and ordered them to run. The suspects then fired at least one shot into the air before fleeing to a silver Honda.

Officers stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm the driver and passengers were the robbery suspects. Officers consulted with the department’s cellphone-tracking expert, but weren’t able to locate the victim’s phone.

After identifying the Honda’s driver and two passengers, police released the trio from the scene and seized their vehicle for detectives.

Robbery detectives are now investigating the case and will search the vehicle for evidence.

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Hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at the Annual Spring Egg Hunt this Saturday

March 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QACC Easter 2015

Spring is marching forward at a pretty rapid pace, with Easter coming up this Sunday. Kids age 11 and under are invited to attend the annual Queen Anne Community Center Spring Egg Hunt and celebrate a day early (Saturday, April 4th).

The Easter Bunny will be on hand for meet-n-greets and photos with kids. The Egg Hunt begins at 10m (sharp!), and kids will need to bring a basket or bag to collect the egg treasures.

The Egg Hunt is free and will happen rain or shine, so head over to QACC at 1901 1st Ave W on Saturday to join in the search for eggcelent treasures!

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Traffic is going to snarl our streets this weekend

March 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Reddit Traffic MapRemember the traffic nightmare from the overturned fish truck on 99 this past Tuesday? All routes on the traffic maps were red. (See a Redditor’s map of Tuesday’s carmageddon to the right).

Same with last Friday’s NCAA tournament at Key Arena – red everywhere on the map around Queen Anne, SLU, and downtown. Well, get ready, here we go again.

Emerald City Comicon starts today and runs through the weekend. It’s a pretty big deal and draws 20,000 visitors each day to the Washington State Convention Center. There’s also a Professional Bull Riding event at Key Arena tonight (Friday) and tomorrow evening – 6,000 people attending each event.

For comparison, last week’s NCAA games drew 14,000 people per game and traffic was awful. Yet, somehow, the traffic overlords decided this weekend was a good weekend to have this slew of road closures:

March 27-March 30: Aurora Lane Closures between Valley & Highland
7pm Friday, March 27 to 5am Monday, March 30: northbound and southbound lane closures on Aurora between Valley and Highland

March 28-30: SR99 Viaduct closed for semi-annual inspection
10pm Friday, March 27 to 5am Monday: closed between the Battery St Tunnel and Valley St
Sunday, March 29: Closed between Spokane St and Battery St Tunnel

March 28-29: Fremont Bridge full closure
Midnight – 7am Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, bridge will be closed to traffic. Pedestrians and bicycles will be allowed 5 minute long crossing periods at 1:20am and 2:20am.

March 27-30: Westbound I-90 Detour
11pm Friday to 5am Monday, all westbound I-90 traffic between Bellevue Way and Rainier Ave S will be routed to the express lanes.

Get ready, the traffic will spill over into the neighborhood, and we’ll all essentially be trapped for the weekend (unless you want to fight the traffic). Pack your patience, and watch out for drivers trying to find their way through our streets as they avoid road closures and traffic backups.

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Number 6 Cider Pub opens this Friday on Elliott Ave

March 25th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Number 6 CiderFirst craft beer, now craft cider – Interbay is becoming a hub for local beverage creations. Number 6 Cider Pub is opening at 945 Elliott Ave W this Friday, March 27th, serving the ciders you may know from local retail spots (Met Market, PCC, QFC, and Total Wine all sell their ciders) as well as bars and restaurants.

Now, you can taste their wares and seasonal specialties without having to travel far from home. Owners Tom Todaro and Don Broyals founded Number 6 Cider after looking for a new business venture. They source the cider from Yakima apples, a mix of 5 different varieties that are definitely fresh – according to Number 6 Cider “squeezed and delivered to our door in a 5000-pound tank within 5 hours.”

Number 6 Cider Pub gets its name from the neighboring railroad tracks that run alongside its new Interbay location – Number 6 was one of the most dangerous railroad tunnels that connected the lines from East to West. You can learn even more about how our newest business got their name (Number 6) in their Facebook video:

Number 6 video

According to co-founder/co-owner Tom Todaro, “we are psyched to open the pub so that people can come together and try an extended range of seasonal ciders” – and you can do so every day at the new pub, weekdays 3-9pm, Saturdays noon-9pm, and Sundays 3pm-9pm.

They’ll also be serving tasty bites with the cider with a selection of breads, cheeses, and Salumi charcuterie. And, if you lean toward the grape or the hop, they’ll have local wine and beer too.

Number 6 growlersThe rotating cider taps will pour six varieties of Number 6 Cider including:

  • True
  • Honey-Ginger
  • Pomegranate
  • Spice Box
  • Juniper
  • Smoked Jalapeño

They’ll also be filling growlers to go, and have rotating seasonal ciders on the menu.

Stop by on Friday (and beyond) to welcome Number 6 Cider Pub to the neighborhood, and enjoy the local menu of ciders, beers, wines, and bites.

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Learn more about historic Queen Anne apartments this Thursday at a free QAHS talk

March 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Victoria AptsThe Queen Anne Historical Society continues its series of free presentations and lectures on historic Queen Anne apartment buildings this Thursday, March 26th. If you have an interest in the history of our neighborhood or how apartments helped shape it, be sure to mark your calendar for this week’s talk.

The meeting will be held at St. Anne Catholic Church (1411 1st Ave W) at 7pm and features Kim Myran, one of the co-authors of the QAHS book, “Queen Anne: Community on the Hill” – a must-read for Queen Anne residents and history buffs alike.

QAHS bookMyran will delve into the “Apartments and Development on the Hill” chapter that focuses on multifamily housing development from 1890 to 1940 – specifically speaking to the building changes, additions, and disappearances since the book’s 1993 publication date.

The book has a variety of essays and chapters on various elements of Queen Anne history. You can order a copy online from the QAHS web site. Highly recommended reading!

Join the QAHS on Thursday, March 26th at 7pm to learn more about the buildings that help shape the character of Queen Anne, both today and through the years. Parking is available in the church lot at W Galer & 1st Ave W or in the St. Anne School’s lot at 101 W. Lee St.

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New Queen Anne Little Free Library is number 25

March 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

LFL 3rd Ave W and SmithIf you’re looking for a creative group walk or bike ride this Spring, consider a Queen Anne Little Free Library tour – we now have 25 Little Free Libraries on Queen Anne, and pretty much whatever part of the neighborhood you find yourself in, you’re not too far from an LFL.

I spotted the newest Little Free Library on a sunny walk yesterday. It’s at the corner of Smith and 3rd Ave W, and as I was documenting it (aka photographing it while keeping my dog patiently waiting), a patron stopped by and took a book as she walked down the hill toward SPU. It has a pretty robust selection of contemporary fiction and sits along a high-traffic walking route for SPU students and residents alike.

The current map is below, and photos of all 25 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

Queen Anne LFL Map March 2015

If you have an organization or group that puts together a tour de LFLs, let us know. And, as always, if you if you spot a Little Free Library that isn’t on our map, or add one of your own, let us know! Happy reading!

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Traffic Alert: Part of Dexter Ave N closed until Sunday; lane closures through late April

March 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Dexter Closure March 21So many traffic and event announcements this week, this Dexter Ave N closure (between Aloha and Mercer) got away from us. The closure started this morning at 6am and runs through 8am tomorrow, Sunday morning. Plus, starting on Monday, Dexter Ave N will have nightly lane closures between 8pm and 5apm, Mondays through Thursdays, until late April.

Here’s the rundown from SDOT:

Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Aloha and Mercer streets beginning 6am Saturday, March 21 through 8am Sunday, March 22.

  • Vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • Pedestrians may use the east side of Dexter Avenue N between Roy and Republican streets.
  • Westbound Mercer Street will be reduced to one lane between Ninth Avenue N and SR 99. One lane will remain open at all times.
  • All lanes on eastbound Mercer Street will be open.

Nighttime lane restrictions on Dexter Avenue N begin March 23

Dexter Avenue N will be fully closed between Aloha and Mercer streets nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday. This closure will begin Monday, March 23 and is expected to continue weekly through late April. Travelers may expect the following during the closures:

  • Vehicles and bicycles will be detoured to Ninth Avenue N.
  • Pedestrians may continue to use the east side of Dexter Avenue N between Roy and Republican streets.
  • All lanes on Mercer Street will be open.

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KING5 report on Key Arena making a profit

March 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In good news for the city, the Seattle Center, and Queen Anne, KING5 profiles the turnaround of Key Arena. After the Sonics left, many thought it doomed, but Key Arena is now thriving. And, it’s got a bit of the national spotlight this weekend as a March Madness venue.

Click the photo below to check out KING5′s video report on Key Arena to learn more about its success story:

KING5 Key Arena video

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