Get trees for free via Trees for Neighborhoods program

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 7.37.48 PMIf you have a bare spot in your yard or a planting strip that begs for something other than grass, take note – the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program is now open. And, unlike in years past, it’s no longer first-come, first-served. Instead, there’s a lottery selection process.

The program helps increase the city’s tree canopy and provides shade and beauty for residents and visitors alike. Applications are being accepted from today, July 18th, through August 10th.

If you’re selected for the Trees for Neighborhoods program, you receive:

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household, lifetime max of 8)
  • A watering bag & mulch for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities

Here’s the info you need to know from the Trees for Neighborhoods program:

  1. Take time to evaluate potential planting sites on your property. Read the planting considerations page. Consider attending a Tree & Site Selection Workshop to learn how to select the right tree for the right spot in your yard. 
  2. Review the 2016 tree list here. Pay attention to the mature size of the trees and their needs for sun. Select trees that will have room to grow to maturity. If you have the space, please consider planting a larger tree to bring greater benefits to your neighborhood.
  3. Apply Online or download the PDF version and mail it in. This year’s application is a lottery; applications will be accepted from July 18th through August 10th. All applications will be processed once the first lottery round closes on August 10th.

If your application is approved, you then sign up to attend a planting and care workshop in the fall to pick-up your trees. Fall is the best time to plant a tree in Seattle because new trees benefit from fall and winter rains.

Help keep our neighborhood green and apply for the program!

Early Design Guidance meeting for 8-story W Roy St building slated for August 3rd

An Early Design Guidance meeting has been scheduled for the planned 8-story development at the corner of W Roy St and Queen Anne Ave N. The building height is part of the anticipated rezone of Uptown, which raises height limits from 40′ to 85′ in this section of Lower Queen Anne/Uptown.

The proposed 8-story building will house 101 apartments and 8 live-work units. Residential units will be above 15,700 square feet of commercial/office/retail space. Underground parking for 129 vehicles will be provided. Below are early models of the preferred design from Johnson Architecture & Planning, the same firm that remodeled Queen Anne High School.

14 W Roy

The public is welcome to attend the Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. Written comments regarding site planning and design issues will be accepted through August 3, 2016.

Meeting Details:

Day/Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Location:  Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Room #1

Comments and requests should be submitted to or via snail mail to:

City of Seattle
Seattle DCI – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Seattle Animal Shelter Critter Adoption Event is Saturday

13615102_10154314624579872_2162539520131809307_nThis week, in lieu of a pet of the week, we’re bringing you a whole slew of pets – critters to be exact. SAS has a ton of critters right now (12 bunnies, 3 birds, 4 reptiles and 24 other small mammals including chinchillas and guinea pigs.. but who’s counting!).

The Life’s A Beach critter adoption event is tomorrow, July 16th, from noon to 6pm at the Seattle Animal Shelter. SAS is located in Interbay, just north of Whole Foods at 2061 15th Ave W.

This event is a great opportunity for people to go meet the critters at the shelter, and find the right critter for your home. Plus, 50% off adoption fees!

Queen Anne Baptist Church listed as location for Day of Rage protest

2014 Day of Rage ProtestWe’ve had several readers write in about a planned “National Day of Rage” protest on Friday, July 15th that lists Queen Anne Baptist Church as the Seattle location.

This particular protest was also held at Queen Anne Baptist Church in 2014. It is not organized by the church, and the turnout in 2014 was small, with fewer than a dozen protesters showing up (photo is from 2014).

Many non-official outlets are circulating a list of cities where these protests are taking place. The protest is scheduled for 4pm on Friday.

Please note that there are conflicting reports on what group is sponsoring this protest, with Snopes concluding [UPDATE: for those not in the know, Snopes is the source for debunking possible hoaxes]:

“As we pointed out back then [2014], one of the key aspects of Anonymous is its amorphous nature and overall lack of central organization; as such, anyone can initiate an Anonymous “operation,” and none is ever officially sanctioned by any particular portion of the collective.”

It’s market day (and pet day too): Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

QAFM Pet DayIt’s Thursday, and that means another market day along W Crockett. The Queen Anne Farmers Market opens for business at 3pm and runs through 7:30pm.

This week, the focus is on four-legged furry friends – it’s Bring Your Pet to Market DaySVA On The Go will be handing out fun, pet-friendly gifts and providing information about veterinary services on Queen Anne. There will also be a Pet Photo Booth. Take a photo and tag it with #QAFMpets on Instagram for a chance to win a pet-themed market prize! Plus, pet-friendly activities going on all day.

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: Cliff Okamoto is returning this week to QAFM

Event Tent: Homegrown Queen Anne will be sampling their freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and offering a limited-time promotion to customers for this Friday through Sunday!  Stop by the Event Tent to chat about sustainable food and get your promotional card (limited supplies).

Community Tent:  Find out more about Queen Anne Days, get a preview of the Festival, and pick up your Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run shirt and number if you registered online. You can also register for the Fun Run on the spot and kids can get a balloon.

Rotating Food Trucks: Napkin FriendsNosh, and Kiss My Grits

Winery: Stomani Cellars

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, July 14th, 3pm-7:30pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W.

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Mamasita

Mamasita 1Hello, I’m Mamasita and I’m just about the cutest, most affectionate little seven year old Maltese/Poodle mix (aka Maltipoo) you’ll ever meet!

The first part of my life was not very happy, but ever since coming into my foster home I’ve felt what real love feels like and have really opened up! All I want is to be in your lap, snuggled up close and napping.

Mamasita 3I do very well on my own when the humans are at work and get so excited every time they reappear! I’ve learned how to walk nicely on the leash, how to “sit” and am working on “lay down” and “give paw.”

I generally like every dog I meet but don’t have a lot of interest in playing or rough housing. Do you have room in your home and your lap for me?

Mamasita (SAS ID #31333451) is being lavished with attention in a foster home; you won’t find her at the Shelter.

Mamasita 2If you would like to meet this adorable bundle of happiness, you must first submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting it via email or fax. Or, you may pick up and drop off an application at the Shelter.

Updates on previously featured pets:

Taco (playful, people loving kitty) – available for adoption
GG (trusting and loving tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Monica (sweet happy cat) – available for adoption
Raja & Grace (elegant feline couple) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Pence & Penny (people loving grey bunnies) – available for adoption
Argon, Cadmium & Fluorine (three little mice) – available for adoption

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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