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Today is the last day for Oskar’s Kitchen

July 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

oskarskitchenOskar’s Kitchen, the sports bar that Sonics Shawn Kemp opened in December 2010, is closing after tonight’s service. The closure is blamed on rents being doubled for the space at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s the post from Oskar’s Facebook page:

It’s a sad day for us…. Another bar closes in Queen Anne and unfortunately… It’s Oskars ;(

We want to thank everyone who has come to visit us over the years and supported the bar.

Due to the bigger companies moving closer to Queen Anne our rent was doubled and we have no other choice but to say farewell to Queen Anne… But who knows… We may open another bar elsewhere in the future.

Come join us tonight for a massive party and and say your final goodbyes to Oskars

No word on the other businesses located in the building, or what may replace Oskars.

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Bite of Seattle takes over Seattle Center today through Sunday

July 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Bite of SeattleThe annual Bite of Seattle starts today, Friday, at 11am. The free three-day event runs through Sunday night. SDOT estimates 50,000 visitors per day to the event, and that means it’ll impact both traffic and parking.

Here are the hours:

  • 11am to 9pm Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18
  • 11am to 8pm Sunday, July 19

Plus, there are events at Key Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The Seattle Storm plays Atlanta Dream at 6pm on Saturday, July 18th, and Rush is at Key Arena on Sunday night for a show that starts at 7:30pm. 10,000 Rush fans are expected.

Take a deep breath, it’s going to be a busy weekend.

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Christmas in July (and more) at the designer sample sale this weekend

July 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

sample-sale-holidayThe group of designers who’ve put on the Christmas sample sale the past couple of years have returned early this year with even more Christmas decorations, non-holiday home décor, and fabric samples too.

For this weekend only, they’re throwing a sample sale with proceeds benefitting Global Visions Fund. Funds will go toward building an orphanage in Tanzania to house children who currently live in very poor conditions.

Here’s the info, direct from the source:

What can you find at the sale? A wide variety of holiday decorations, ornaments and product samples, almost all of them brand-new and perfect for holiday décor and gifts– lighted yard characters, ornaments, nativities, Santas, elves, snowmen, angels, candle holders, reindeer, wreaths, and more. If it’s Christmas-y, we probably have it!

There are also other non-holiday product samples in the mix, such as mugs, candle holders, serving pieces, lanterns, and more.

We also have hundreds of fabric swatches – perfect for crafters and quilters.

Here are the days/times for this year’s sale – note, we will be replenishing the stock daily.

  • Friday, July 17, 9:30am to 3:30pm
  • Saturday, July 18, 9am to 3pm

sample-sale-decor

The sale will be held at 1114 8th Ave West. Per the organizers, the house is most easily accessible via 10th Ave West or West Olympic Place. The house is on the uphill side of the street, but please note: do not park in the driveway.

The sale organizers will accept cash and credit (with a 3% fee). All sales are final and “as is” and please, no early birds. Enjoy Christmas in July!

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Umbrella Tree says goodbye on August 12th

July 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Umbrella TreeNearly two years ago, we got word from Twirl Café that it was closing its community gathering spot at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N, and Umbrella Tree was already lined up to take over the location. Now, Umbrella Tree is closing as well.

Here’s information from the notice we received from Umbrella Tree this morning:

Two years ago in August, we founded Umbrella Tree. Last Fall, we seized the opportunity to open our first education studio by taking over the existing lease from Twirl Cafe.  Change is difficult for most people, but you were very supportive and welcomed us with open arms; and we are sincerely grateful.

It is with heavy heart, but at the same time, filled with hope, that we share the news of our studio closing. Our last day of operation in the current space will be August 12th.  

Umbrella Tree will be open and offering programs and classes through August 12th. You can find out more about their plans in an online FAQ. No word yet on who’ll take over the space, stay tuned.

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Queen Anne Farmers Market is today: food, fun, and books!

July 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAFM 2015 PosterIt’s Thursday, and in the summer, that means market day. The Queen Anne Farmers Market kicks off at 3pm today and runs until 7:30pm

In addition to the usual vendors, here’s the rundown of the rotating vendors you can find at QAFM today:

Wineries: Wilridge WineryPrecept Wine
Food Trucks: Kiss My Grits, Fish Basket, Grilled Cheese Experience
Artisans: Met Market, Luv Macarons, Bellflower Chocolate Co.

This week, the QAFM has donated booth space to the Seattle Public Library’s Queen Anne branch. The Queen Anne Library will set up shop at the Community Tent to feature summer reading materials for all ages. They’ll also host a fun science craft for children: make your own thaumatrope!

Get out and enjoy the market today!

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Canlis’ Queen Anne Farmers Market Rose is back

July 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Canlis 2015 wineSummer weather practically demands Rose, and Canlis is delivering again – and for some lucky Queen Anne residents, delivery could be done via Mark Canlis himself. The 2015 QAFM Rose is available for pre-orders, with all proceeds benefitting our very own Queen Anne Farmers Market!

For a select few Queen Anne residents who pre-order a case or more of the Canlis Kerloo Cellars Grenache Rose, Mark Canlis will deliver the order in person… perhaps in a little red wagon with kids in tow!

This is the third year that Canlis has supported QAFM. According to Maria College, QAFM Director and Board President: “We are extremely blessed to have such generous neighbors that really care and invest in the success of our non-profit, community farmers market. Our heartfelt thanks to Mark Canlis and the rest of the Canlis family for their ongoing support.”

We had the opportunity to ask some questions of Mark, before he heads out on a few special Queen Anne deliveries:

Why produce a wine that benefits the QAFM?
“My Grandfather lived here in the 50′s. This has been our neighborhood for three generations. We live here, work here, trick or treat here, go to school here, sled the counterbalance, drink our coffee, mail things from the dispatch and have eaten thousands of sausages from AJ’s. So when a farmer’s market opened up down the street, you can imagine we were hungry to support it.”

How did Canlis decide on the flavor profile of the Rose?
“We just love good rose. I don’t care if it’s rose hips and orange blossoms or peach skins and fraise du bois. Rose is rose: chillable, quaffable in big gulps, able to handle summer, late nights, early afternoons, smokey bbq’s, sprinklers, ice cubes, full moons, picknicks, whatever. Kerloo makes beautiful wine. We went down there as a staff, tasted through a bunch of barrels, and blended up a wine we all thought would pair with the season, with our big, lazy, scorchin’ summer lives. As it happens, this one is awfully good. But that’s a function of the winemaker and the soil more than us.”

Tell us more about the local Queen Anne wine deliveries via little red wagon
“There’s only 34 cases left. So we’ll deliver them all if need be. (But yes, Queen Anne only please. And only for full-case orders…which in our home, is just shy of three weeks worth :) This is our town, our community, our market, our wine. The kids and I are up for getting out and meeting the neighbors. Still, it’s a pretty big hill, so that red wagon may end up looking like my red pick up truck. But the spirit is just the same.”

You can order your case (or more) by contacting Canlis at 206-283-3313 or via email. You can also stop by the QAFM, McCarthy & Schiering, or Met Market (Uptown) for your QAFM Rose fix. The wine sells for $19 per bottle, with all proceeds benefitting our nonprofit farmers market.

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They’re back… the bulls are running on Queen Anne tomorrow!

July 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

ROTB July 2015It’s that time of year, time for shopping carts masquerading as bulls careening down Queen Anne Ave N from the Paragon to Kerry Park, chased by a throng of white-with-red-bandana party-goers. To celebrate the fiestas of San Fermin, the Comstock Commission kicks off its 6th Annual Queen Anne Running of the Bulls at the Paragon tomorrow, Saturday, July 11th at/around 1pm.

Runners take part in both good fun and spirits at the Paragon prior to the race kick-off. You can join the fun, just show up in all-white with a red bandana, scarf, or other accouterment, and get ready to run and whack the “bulls” with rolled up newspapers.

Queen Anne Running of the Bulls

At Kerry Park, expect to see bullfights that conclude only when the bulls are no more. It’s a lot of fun to watch, so if you’re not into running, just pick a spot along the route and cheer on the runners and bulls!

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Giant slip-n-slide headed to Mercer St for one day in August

July 9th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Slide OrcaThey pitch it as a “water slide” – but we all know that the giant 1,000-foot water slide headed to Mercer street next month is just an oversize slip-n-slide. Slide the City refers to its multi-block-long creation as a slide… and it’s headed to Lower Queen Anne/Uptown next month.

For one day, August 16th, people can pay to slide down Mercer Street from Warren Ave N to 4th Ave N. The event organizers require inflatable tubes, which can also be purchased for a fee, and mouth guards. Yep, sliding just got a little scary (or safer, depending on when you were a kid…).

Mercer St Slide

The giant slide is part of Seafair festivities, and it’s been in other cities before. However, with activities at the Seattle Center and lots of water slide happy folks, be prepared for crowds and parking/traffic impacts.

Slide downhillThe slide will operate from 11am until 7pm, and Mercer Street will be closed even longer for prep and disassemble – from 4am to 11:30pm. There are 3 tiers of slide ride pricing (one-time, three-times, unlimited), and right now, you can get on a mailing list for registration (no word on when official registration begins). The event has sold out in other cities, so if you’re looking to slip and slide down Mercer Street, plan ahead.

The Slide the City organizers pitch the slide as a family friendly, with live music, food, drinks, water, and a huge padded-for-comfort (and safety) slide. They encourage sliders to bring “water buckets, floaties, and water guns (non-realistic of course), to squirt, spray, splash, and get all attending soaked.”

Check out the site for more info, and if you’re not into giant water slides, plan ahead for navigating around the neighborhood.

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Queen Anne Days is this weekend!

July 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

It’s finally here, this weekend kicks the annual bigger-than-ever Queen Anne Days. Here’s a recap of the upcoming events so you can plan your weekend:

FunRunShirt_FinalQueen 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

Queen Anne Days map

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 get even more info via Facebook or the Queen Anne Days website. Everyone is welcome to attend the festivities!

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Roy Street homeless shelter now official

July 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

157 Roy St ViewWe reported on the then-un-announced homeless shelter that’s going to be located at the corner of Roy St and Warren Ave N (157 Roy St) last Thursday. Now, the city has issued an official press release, which is provided below. The Human Services Department and DESC staff are holding a community meeting to discuss the shelter July 28th at 6pm in the Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2.

If you have questions or comments on the shelter, plan on attending the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting or have immediate questions, you can call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1001 or contact the Office of the Mayor.

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City Announces Overnight Emergency Shelter in Uptown

Seattle, WA – The City of Seattle will convert the City Light owned building located at 157 Roy Street into an emergency shelter to help serve individuals living unsheltered on Seattle streets.  The shelter will open this fall in two phases. The first phase is for 50 beds and the second phase is for an additional 50 beds after substantial alterations required by the building code are complete.

“Emergency shelter opens the door to human services and a safe place to sleep for a person experiencing a crisis of homelessness,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The Roy Street property is currently vacant at a time when 3,000 people are sleeping on our streets. Working with DESC, we are fulfilling our commitment for additional shelter beds, a central recommendation from my Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness.”

In April 2015, Mayor Murray announced that he planned to partner with the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) to fund operations of a new 100 bed shelter in a City of Seattle-owned property.   At that time a total of $350,000 was identified as the ongoing operating cost to fund the shelter.  Since then, the Human Services Department and Finance and Administrative Services Department identified the Roy Street location as a City-owned property that is appropriate for temporary housing. The City of Seattle will use Human Services Department general funds to cover the cost of operating the shelter in 2015.  This shelter will be managed by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).

“The Downtown Emergency Service Center is proud to partner with the City of Seattle to enhance the safety of our most vulnerable residents,” said Daniel Malone, Downtown Emergency Service Center Executive Director.  “I appreciate Mayor Ed Murray’s leadership addressing the region’s homelessness crisis.”

“The Human Services Department is pleased to partner with Downtown Emergency Service Center, an experienced homelessness service provider to operate the overnight shelter for medically fragile seniors at this new shelter,” said Catherine Lester, Seattle Human Services Department Director.  “This partnership with DESC will also facilitate the pilot of a portfolio of services for shelter residents with the goal of getting them on the path to permanent housing within the federal goal of 20 days.”

The shelter is for adult men who are over 60 years of age or are disabled.  The shelter will operate from 10 pm to 6 am.  The men will be screened and referred from the downtown DESC location to prevent queuing lines outside the shelter.

Daytime access to the shelter will be limited to janitorial services and shelter staff.

To ensure the safety of the shelter stayers, three awake and alert shelter staff will be on duty during shelter sleeping hours to keep diligent watch for fires, obstructions to exits, and any other hazards during the time that people are sleeping.  Food preparation at the site will be limited to reheating of food in microwaves. The on-site commercial washer and dryers for shelter linens will be operated by shelter staff only.

This announcement aligns with the Homeless Investment Analysis, which highlighted the need to work with service providers in a new, collaborative manner to ensure Seattle’s unsheltered homeless residents can quickly access shelter, be matched with a housing resource, and receive assistance in finding permanent, affordable housing.  Today’s announcement is also in response to the recommendation by the Mayor’s Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness to consider the use of City-owned facilities and shelters. This task force was created in October 2014 to develop recommendations addressing the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Seattle.

Human Services Department and DESC staff will hold a community meeting to discuss the shelter on July 28th at 6:00 pm in the Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2  (305 Harrison Street).  View a campus map.

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Gilman Gardens is hosting a beer garden and bake sale fundraiser this Saturday

July 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Gilman Gardens satelliteWe’ve posted on Gilman Gardens in the past, and pretty recently too when they had plots available (and, heads up gardeners, there is still one available). Now, they’re planning a bake sale and beer garden to help raise funds for the community-run gardens at 2272 Gilman Drive West.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm at the Gilman Gardens this Saturday, July 11th, and everyone is welcome. Funds raised will help the gardeners at Gilman Gardens buy a water cistern – why is this important? Unlike official City of Seattle P-Patches, Gilman Gardens is all volunteer-operated, and there is no water plumbed to the site. Gardeners have to “bring their own” water, and the water cistern and soaker hose system will help them water them keep the community berry patch alive and available to everyone.

Gilman Gardens Sale

While the beer garden is 21+ only, the day’s events are also kid-friendly, with garden tours to teach both young and old about organic urban farming. Plus, the garden in on the route for Saturday’s Seattle Tilth Chicken Coup Tour, so there’ll be chickens too.

Gilman Plot signOnce an abandoned lot, Gilman Gardens was born in 2005 when neighborhood resident Charlie Hoselton asked the City of Seattle for permission to turn an abandoned SDOT lot into a community garden. Now, it’s a great place for gardening, hanging out, picnicking, and snacking on fresh, organic berries.

Any funds above and beyond what it takes for the water system will go toward a new picnic table. Stop by Gilman Gardens this Saturday, enjoy a beer, tour the garden, buy some baked goods and help support our neighborhood gardeners. Oh, and bring cash as it’s cash-only to partake.

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UPDATE: Non-community meeting scheduled for planned Roy St and Interbay homeless encampments

July 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

157 Roy St View UPDATE: The Queen Anne Community Council has informed us that this July 21st meeting is limited admission for Interfaith pastors only  - not a public meeting as the Magnolia Community Coucil pitched it. Contact the Mayor to get a public meeting that’s open to all.

We just got this notice about a planned community meeting to discuss/answer questions about the proposed homeless shelters on Roy Street and in Interbay.

Note, this meeting is scheduled at the convenient time of noon on a weekday… I can’t attend because of my day job, so hopefully some neighbors can attend and report back:

When/Where: Noon on Tuesday, July 21, QA Lutheran Church, 2400 8th Ave West

Who: Sola Plumacher of the Seattle Human Services Department will brief attendees on the 2 new shelters opening in the Queen Anne neighborhood:

You can read more about these proposed shelters in the post from last Thursday.

Let’s hope the Mayor will schedule additional meetings in the evenings to accommodate those Queen Anne residents who work during the day. As with the Interagency Recovery School, often these meetings come after a review period and whether you’re for or against the City’s plans, you have no option to comment or ask questions.

In the meantime, if you have questions call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1001 or contact the Office of the Mayor via a wide variety of social media sites or email form-letter.

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