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Art exhibit features birds envisioned by three different artists

March 31st, 2014 by Laura

A new art exhibit at Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty features the beauty of our fine feathered friends – “Flocks, Murders, Gaggles and Coveys: A Celebration of Birds” opens this Sunday, with an opening reception on Sunday, April 6th from 1pm to 4pm.

The exhibit features bird photography by Judith Roan, mechanical birds that move and sing by Bliss Kolb, and birds on paper with dried leaves by Fred Martell. The show runs through June at the gallery located at 614 W McGraw St, Suite 101.

Here’s the rundown on the featured artists:

Mallard, preeningJudith Roan began seriously photographing birds in the early nineties when she started making weekly tallies of the birds she observes and studies on Mercer Island where she lives. Her photos are not merely studies of the birds in the area, but images that capture their routines, nature, and habitat. The song, movement, action and drama of the birds are carefully observed and recorded. The birds in her extraordinary pictures are all photographed here in the Pacific Northwest. Roan works closely with her photographer husband, Ron Reeder, and they often share work and images with one another.

Crowsm3Bliss Kolb has long been drawn to machines and the beauty of engineering, both of which are immediately apparent in his astonishing moving bird sculptures. For over 30 years, he has been designing and building cabinetry, award-winning theatrical sets, props, lighting and furniture. In 2010 he began pursuing a lifelong interest in Automata, or mechanical moving creatures. Kolb states, “Looking over the wonderful, clever works of automata throughout its history, the thing that continues to hook me is the imitation or illusion of life: an obvious machine that moves so realistically it seems to be alive”. Kolb was born and raised in Seattle and attended The Evergreen State College and the University of Washington, with additional training in musical instrument construction and clock repair.

Martell SongbirdFred Martell has been a resident of Manhattan’s East Village for the last 50 years. He studied design and architecture at Kansas State University, where he also studied theater. Fred collected leaves wherever he went, including leaves where he was born and raised in Vermont. He pressed and cured the leaves in phone books. No inks or dyes are used in creating his works. The color and detail that make up the beauty of the bird image is provided by cutting and assembling different leaves. His frames are hand-made from found objects and discarded scrap lumber. Martell’s work reflects the spirit of the arts and crafts movement as well as American folk art traditions.

For more information on the show, you can contact contact Stacya Silverman via email or at 206.270.9465.

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Queen Anne Farmers Market opens in just over two months

March 27th, 2014 by Laura

This morning, Summer felt ages away as I walked my dog in the kind of drizzle that soaks you from head to toe and seems to slant sideways from every direction. But, it’s Spring, and that means sunbreaks and looking forward to Summer – and the Queen Anne Farmers Market!

QAFM logoThe 2014 dates for QAFM are set: the market will be open from 3pm-7:30pm every Thursday, from June 5 through October 16. It’ll be at its usual spot, at Crockett St and Queen Anne Ave N, and will feature over 50 Washington farms, artisan food and street food vendors, live music, and cooking demonstrations.

QAFM’s goal for 2014 is “to continue building a dynamic community hub for our neighbors and greater Seattle.” Last year, Seattle Weekly named QAFM the best farmers market in Seattle – let’s all help that happen for 2014!

More info will follow in the coming weeks as the QAFM team works behind the scenes to get this season up and running. A new poster will be unveiled soon, as well as a 2014 QAFM Rose produced by Canlis (proceeds benefit QAFM, and last year’s Rose was tasty!) – stay tuned and think Summer!

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Writing class on Lake Union focuses on capturing your adventures

March 25th, 2014 by Laura

Adventure Writing PosterAre you an aspiring travel writer? Looking to start a blog? Or, perhaps you’re a seasoned journalist or author looking for new inspiration?

The UW Experimental College is taking to the seas – or, rather, Lake Union – for a one-night Adventure Writing Class. What sets this class apart from the usual writing class is that it takes place on a boat moored on Lake Union. Inspiring views and a tranquil location will serve to inspire your inner writer.

Here’s the course description:

“Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a Himalayan climber, you can write (and publish!) about your travels. As you learn how to transition from keeping a travel journal to creating publishable work, we’ll read examples of successful magazine pitches, practice pitching stories to best attract the attention of editors, generate ideas from your own travel history, and refine your writing so that your stories will be as moving to readers as they are to you. Whether you’re a beginner who wants to start a blog or an established writer aiming for National Geographic, you’ll learn something here.”

The one-night class will be held on one of the boats at Lake Union Charters & Adventures at 2420 Westlake Ave. The boat won’t actually set sail, it’ll stay moored with views of Lake Union from the Queen Anne side (good news for those prone to sea-queasiness who still want to enjoy the view).

The class is open to the public, and there are two dates to choose from – Tuesday, April 22nd or Wednesday, May 14th. Fee information and registration is available online.

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New Visit Seattle video is a Seattle “love letter” to share with guests

March 22nd, 2014 by Laura

Just this week, Visit Seattle launched a new destination promotional video for Seattle, and it features a lot of familiar sights and sounds. From the Ferry horn that kicks it off to float planes above Lake Union (with Queen Anne in the background), the Rat City Rollergirls skating around the top of the Space Needle, to all the familiar sights (Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Great Wheel, Mt Rainier, and more!) it’s a great way to showcase the city to visitors.

The 3-minute video – which you have to watch from Visit Seattle’s site, it’s not available on Vimeo or YouTube – features skyline, water, and mountain views, city sights, the arts, and food and wine. It’s a promo video, so you’ll also see hotel and travel bits, but overall, it’s a beautiful “love letter” to Seattle.

Visit Seattle Queen Anne

Click image to go to Visit Seattle video

If you have guests visiting this summer (or, really anytime), you can share the sights in advance and get them excited about all the amazing things we love about Seattle.

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Help out Queen Anne Food Bank at Safeway

March 22nd, 2014 by Laura

QAFBBoth Queen Anne Safeway stores are hosting Queen Anne Food Bank (QAFB) drop-off bins this month. You can stop by or drop off non-perishable food items when you shop at Safeway, and help out the QAFB.

Although it’s a bit late notice (I’ve been under the weather), the Upper Queen Anne Safeway QAFB bins will be available through tomorrow, Sunday, March 23rd. You have today and tomorrow to help fill the QAFB bin on Upper Queen Anne.

The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown Safeway will have QAFB bins this Thursday, March 27th through Sunday, March 30th.

The QAFB hopes to collect between 500 and 800 pounds of non-perishable food during the two drives. If you’re not sure what to donate, QAFB’ high-need items include pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna, and cereal. Bins will be located near the entrances to Safeway.

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KOMO helicopter crashes near Seattle Center on Broad Street

March 18th, 2014 by Laura

KOMO helicopter crash

Photo courtesy of KOMO

UPDATE: Per Mayor Ed Murray via Twitter: “It is my understanding that the site may be closed for several days. Seattle Public Utilities are cleaning up the fuel spill.”

Traffic Impacts: Per KING 5′s Tracy Taylor: Southbound 5th Ave is closed between Mercer and Denny, could possibly re-open this afternoon. Broad St is closed between Denny and 5th Ave and could be closed 3-5 days.


At about 7:45am this morning, a KOMO TV helicopter crashed on Broad St, near the Seattle Center. Per the Seattle Times, it appears the helicopter slid off the landing pad on Fisher Plaza, hitting several cars when it hit the ground.

Per SDOT, surrounding streets are closed.

Seattle Fire has confirmed via Twitter that two people died in the helicopter crash. One person was taken to Harborview  with critical injuries.

The crash site remains an active scene, and SPD expects the investigation to take several hours. SPD has asked that people stay away from the scene.

Here’s the update from the Seattle Times – more to follow:

TV helicopter crashes at Fisher Plaza and KOMO TV
Posted by Nick Provenza

A  KOMO-TV helicopter crashed at Fisher Plaza and the TV station, just south of the Seattle Center on Broad Street about 7:45 a.m.

The helicopter, which apparently slid off the Fisher Plaza building, hit at least three cars when it hit the ground, according to the Seattle Fire Department.

One person in one of the cars, a 37-year-old man, was taken in critical condition to the hospital, according to the fire department.

Seattle Fire and police have closed some streets in the area.

A large plume of dark smoke rose from the crash site and could be seen from a great distance.

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Monthly Uptown Art Walk kicks off next Wednesday

March 15th, 2014 by Laura

You’ve likely noticed that many Queen Anne businesses adorn their walls with artwork from local artists. It’s a great way for artists to get exposure and help keep our businesses beautiful at the same time. However, Queen Anne has been lacking an organized art walk – until now.

Starting next Wednesday, March 19th, the Uptown Art Walk kicks off a monthly tour-de-art. The group that’s organizing the walk has lined up the following local businesses to take part in the walk:

Uptown Art Walk

  • Caffe Vita
  • The Vera Project
  • SIFF
  • Tin Lizzie Lounge
  • Queen Anne Psychic
  • Cafe GoldinBlack
  • Pink’s – The Beauty Boutique
  • Oskar’s Kitchen
  • Liberty Tattoo Seattle
  • The Mecca Cafe
  • Peridot Boutique
  • Mercer Street Books
  • Pagliacci
  • Toulouse Petit
  • Obasan

According to the Uptown Art Walk organizers:

“We were encouraged and facilitated by Charley Shore, the Executive Director of the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce and were inspired to do something to involve the community businesses in the art that we see all around us in Uptown in what is becoming a real Seattle arts corridor.”

Going forward, the Uptown Art Walk will take place every third Wednesday of the month. The March event highlights the block around the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Mercer St, and the April event will be on Roy St.

All are welcome to join the Art Walk! It runs til 7:30pm. And, an update: Pagliacci will host a Live Acoustic Music night during the Art Walk. Live music and hot slices beginning at 5pm on Wednesday at the Queen Anne location.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday with Cupcake Royale

March 13th, 2014 by Laura

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year, but the celebrations begin this weekend. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 12:30pm on Saturday downtown, and Sunday brings the St. Pat’s Day Dash, which begins and ends near the Seattle Center (note: roads will be closed 7:30am to 11am).

Cupcake Royale St PatsSo, what to do after the Dash? Or, what if you just want to kick around the neighborhood the day before the 17th? How about a Cupcake Royale party?

That’s right, Cupcake Royale is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a DIY cupcake frosting party. For just $5, you get a plain (naked?) cupcake that you can decorate with unlimited frosting, sprinkles, and toppers.

The event is at the Queen Anne Cupcake Royale from noon to 4pm on Sunday. All are welcome, just be sure to wear green!

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Emerald City Trolley is coming to Upper Queen Anne this summer

March 12th, 2014 by Laura

trolley otterWe already know that Queen Anne is a tourist destination, who visits Seattle without the classic Kerry Park photo? But, there’s more for guests to see – the Upper Queen Anne shops, restaurants, neighborhood homes, and urban hiking via our public stairways. And, they’ll get the opportunity to see more of Queen Anne this summer, as the Emerald City Trolley is adding Upper Queen Anne to its route!

While the trolley stop locations and times are still being worked out, Emerald City Trolley tells us that they expect a trolley to stop every 45 minutes near Blaine St and Queen Anne Ave N from May 23rd to September 28th.

trolley skylineThe downtown route already has stops on Lower Queen Anne at the Space Needle and Seattle Center; the new summer route will expand trolley riders’ horizons to Kerry Park and the Upper Queen Anne business district.

Each trolley carries 30-35 passengers and Emerald City Trolley forecasts approximately 17,000 riders this summer season. Local Queen Anne businesses have the opportunity to advertise via the trolley, and Emerald City Trolley’s goal is to “unite the best of what Seattle has to offer-and that certainly includes Queen Anne.”

trolleyThe trolley encourages guests to shop local, and that means more visitors frequenting the Upper Queen Anne shops and restaurants, and experiencing our neighborhood. The Overlook & Locks route includes the Ballard Locks, running Friday-Sunday in May, and 7 days a week June 6th to September 28th.

Seven days a week, 9am-6pm, during the peak summer season means our Queen Anne Farmer’s Market may see an uptick as well. Be sure to welcome our new trolley visitors during the summer!

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Joint Queen Anne and Magnolia meeting to discuss proposed Metro bus service cuts

March 11th, 2014 by Laura

Metro CutsIf you are concerned or impacted by the proposed changes and cuts to Metro bus service, you can attend a joint meeting hosted by the Queen Anne Community Council and Magnolia Community Club this Thursday at 7pm.

At the meeting, the two neighborhood groups will be facilitating a discussion on a plan to maintain bus service to Queen Anne and Magnolia. For Queen Anne, route 4 is on the chopping block and route 2 and route 13 will be combined into one route.

Key discussion questions include:

  • Will the east side of Queen Anne lose its bus route altogether? (Route 4)
  • Will Magnolia residents lose all bus service to UW?
  • Will route changes and reduced hours for Magnolia and Queen Anne force residents into their cars?
  • Is there anything we can do to save the bus service we presently count on?

At the meeting, details on the April 22 ballot measure to maintain Metro bus service. King County Council Chair, Larry Phillips, and Metro Transit Service Planning Supervisor Martin Minkoff will present details about the funding package from 7pm to 9pm at The Catharine Blaine School Cafeteria at 2550 34th Avenue West.

The King County Council voted unanimously to seek voter approval of the April 22 ballot measure, which includes a $60 annual vehicle fee, a sales tax increase 1/10 a cent, and a 25 cent fare increase starting in 2015.

The meeting is open to all Queen Anne and Magnolia residents. Proposed changes to Metro bus service are posted online.

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McClure is celebrating 50 years with a mixer and anniversary celebration

March 7th, 2014 by Laura

McClure Middle School is turning 50 years old this year, and to celebrate, the school is throwing a party. You can join the mixer and celebration on April 5th at the Queen Anne Community Center.

McClure 50The party runs from 6pm to 10pm, and will include appetizers, retro desserts, a dance floor, and an auction. You can buy tickets online, and if you purchase by March 15th, you’ll also be entered into a drawing for a “fabulous” prize.

All festivities will have a 60s flair, so dressing to the decade is welcome!

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LloydMartin dinner to benefit Christopher Pratt

March 7th, 2014 by Laura

LloydMartin signOne of LloydMartin’s first cooks, Christopher Pratt, was hit by a car while riding his moped last week, and LloydMartin is hosting a benefit dinner to help with his recovery.

On Tuesday, March 11th, LloydMartin’s benefit dinner service begins at 5pm. Diners can get a Caesar salad and entrée (either Bolognese with house-made pasta or Mushroom Ragu) for $30, and $10 beer and select wine by the glass. 100% of the proceeds, tips, and any extra donations will go straight to Christopher.

To attend the event, make your reservation online or call LloydMartin at 206-420-7602. If you cannot attend, but would like to help out, you can make a donation online.

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