Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Opal

screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-6-59-51-pmOpal is a sweet and smart 8 year old black Lab mix. She has lots of energy for an older pup. Her favorite thing is going out for a walk or short jog, and will gleefully jump around when she knows it’s time to head outside.

Opal is happiest when she gets to run around off-leash in the yard, but is also quite the nap queen when hanging out indoors.

opal-1She’s a little shy and it can take a few minutes for her to warm up to new people, but once she does, she’s extremely affectionate. She loves to snuggle and get belly rubs.

Opal is fully house trained, and will let you know if she needs to go outside by doing a big stretch in front of you. She knows a handful of commands and loves to learn new ones in exchange for treats. She’s a gentle pup and would be fine in a home with kids, but she would do best in a home without other pets.

opal-2Opal (SAS ID#29023838) is being adored in a foster home – but she can’t wait to find her forever home. If you would like to meet her, you must first submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting via email or fax. Or you may pick up an application at the Shelter.

Updates on previously featured pets:

Max (handsome cat) – available for adoption
Taco (playful, people loving kitty) – available for adoption
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption
Serenity (gentle and wise Siamese cat) – available for adoption
Wren & Robin (Netherland Dwarf bunnies) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Argon (quiet, noble little mouse) – available for adoption
Petrey & Odie (brilliant green and yellow budgie pair) –
Tatum & Sugar (blue and white budgie pair) –

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!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend from local Seattle Fire Department Station No. 8

fire-station-8-sfdOur local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday at the station on the corner of Warren Ave N & Lee St. Their families joined them in a traditional meal served at Station 8 – and, true to their service, they were called out 4 times during the meal.

If you heard sirens on Thanksgiving, that was our local firefighters busy at work and taking a break from their own turkey feast.

Jenn Kirkpatrick shared this photo of the celebration to share with readers (thanks, Jenn!). Her husband, Lieutenant Kirkpatrick, has been in the Seattle Fire Department for 25 years, and has been at Station 8 for the last 15 years. According to Lynn: “This is his home away from home.”

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Thank you to our local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters!

Holiday Magic marks 15 years on Queen Anne!

It’s that time of year again, Thanksgiving is over, the Queen Anne Helpline is opening its annual Christmas Tree Lot, Small Business Saturday is bringing shoppers to our local Queen Anne businesses… what’s next? The annual Holiday Magic festival on Queen Anne!

holiday-magic-2016This Friday, December 2nd is Holiday Magic! Stop by The Towne plaza outside Trader Joe’s for the tree lighting, stroll along Queen Anne Ave N to shop, and take in some holiday cheer on Queen Anne.

The festivities begin at 4:30pm and run through 8:30pm, with a few key highlights to note:

-Santa will be at HomeStreet Bank (1835 Queen Anne Ave N) from 4pm-7pm – he’s bring a professional photographer with him for free Santa photos, plus hot cider and cookies!

– Stuhlberg’s is offering 10% off during Holiday Magic + a treat with each purchase

– Blue Highway Games has “Roll the Dice” for 1-20% off discounts

– Haute Yoga is offering discounts off class packages & 15% off retail items

– Pharmaca is offering $10 off a $40 dollar purchase

Other merchants along Queen Anne Ave N will also be joining in the fun, so be sure to visit all of our local shops. And, at 6:30pm, grab a spot for the Holiday Tree Lighting Countdown, with musical entertainment from the Seattle Pacific University Brass Ensemble, mint tea & cookies from Storyville, and “snow” from Aegis Living on Galer.

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 2nd and join in on the Queen Anne tradition of Holiday Magic, 15 years strong this year!

Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot opens this Saturday

QA Helpline Tree SignWait! Don’t rush out and buy your Christmas tree on Black Friday! Wait one more day and buy it at the annual Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. The tree lot opens this Saturday and runs through December 18th – or when they run out of trees. And, this year, they are expecting a shortage of trees so shop early for the best selection.

helpline-tree-lotThe Queen Anne Helpline partners with Boy Scout Troop 72 for the tree lot, with all proceeds benefitting Helpline programs that assist neighbors in need. Volunteers staff the lot, and it’s a great way to get a tree right here on Queen Anne, help others, and probably see a neighbor or two!

The tree lot will be in the north parking lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway, alongside Boston St.

Take note of the operating times and shop early before the trees disappear!

Mondays through Thursdays: 2pm to 8 pm
Friday: 2pm to 9 pm
Saturdays: 9am to 9pm
Sundays: 9am to 8pm

Make plans now to swing by the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot for your holiday tree needs!

The Shanty Cafe calling it quits after 102 years

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Photo courtesy of The Shanty Cafe

The Shanty Cafe on Elliott Ave is closing for good on Monday, November 28th, after 102 years of service. It opened in 1914 and has remained a fixture at 350 Elliott Ave, thanks to current owners Ginger Crowley and Theresa Schmetzer, who purchased Shanty 19 years ago.

Now Crowley and Schmetzer are exiting the restaurant business and have sold the building. But, instead of selling to a developer, they sold it to another restaurant, El Charro Mexican Food and Cantina, which has a location in Kent.

Queen Anne Helpline’s Holiday Groceries for Families: pick up extras while you shop this week!

Helpline logoFollowing the success of its Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors program, the Queen Anne Helpline is launching a new program for at-risk families with children. The Helpline aims to deliver 100 holiday food bags to local families via its new Holiday Groceries for Families program.

While you’re out shopping this week for Thanksgiving groceries, consider signing up to volunteer for the program. The Helpline has provided a list of non-perishable food items for the program, all you have to do is sign up, pick out the grocery items, and drop them by the Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St.

Pre-qualified families can pick up the groceries between December 1st and December 22nd, so getting the groceries to the Helpline in the week following Thanksgiving is key.

A gift card for purchasing perishables such as dairy, meat and produce will be included in each grocery bag. The Helpline needs donors and volunteers to provide food and/or pack the bags – all you need to do is sign up here.

If you have questions, you can call the Helpline at 206-282-1540, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, or visit their website. Thanks for helping the Helpline!