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SDOT to pave 6th Ave W this weekend

August 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SDOT will be paving a short stretch of 6th Ave W, from W McGraw to W Crockett St, this weekend. Here are the details from SDOT:
6th Ave W Paving

Crews from the Seattle Department of Transportation will pave Sixth Avenue West on Queen Anne Hill, from West McGraw Street to West Crockett Street this weekend, if weather permits. The street will be closed to through traffic except for King County Metro buses which will be allowed to drive through the work zone. On-street parking will be restricted in the area. The crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Police Officers will be present to help keep traffic moving.

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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at the Queen Anne Farmers Market today

August 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

National Farmers Market WeekIt’s National Farmers Market Week, a perfect time to swing by the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Here are some stats that QAFM shared about Farmers Markets:

  • Farmers Markets protect farmland from development: 1 in 4 farmers at markets farm on protected land
  • Growers selling local create 13 farm jobs per $1 million in revenue, while those not selling local only create 3 jobs
  • 1.5 million low-income families got fresh local produce at Farmers Markets through WIC FMNP in 2013
  • People eat more fruits and veggies when they shop at a Farmers Market instead of a grocery store
  • 3 in 4 farmers selling at Farmers Markets use practices consistent with organic standards

Today’s rotating vendors and activities include:

Wineries: Lopez Island Vineyard & Winery and Stomani Cellars & Winery
Food Trucks: Fish Basket, Roll OK Please, and Grilled Cheese Experience
Artisans: Jonboy Caramels, NW Gourmet Harvest, Chimacum Valley Dairy, and Luv Macarons

Community Tent: Learn about the work of the Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart this week at the Community Tent.

Live Music: Join indie outlaws Whitherward for an evening of modern Americana, classic folk, and 90’s rock (ceremoniously dubbed “power folk”). This acoustic duo is coming all the way from Denver, Colorado, to play the picnic lawn.

Plan a trip to the QAFM today between 3pm and 7:30pm, grab dinner at a food truck, learn about the Food Bank, listen to some power folk music, and take home fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, and more!

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Giant Mercer Street slip-and-slide cancelled

August 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Slide OrcaSlip and Slide fans brace yourselves: the giant water slide that was slated to take over Mercer St on August 16th has been cancelled. The event organizers apparently ran into problems with Health Department permits, and have had to scrap the whole show.

The organizers hope to bring the giant slide to Seattle next year, and promise it’ll be bigger and better than what they’d planned for this year. That’s a tall order, as the slide was going to run along Mercer Street from Warren Ave N to 4th Ave N.

Slide the City also cancelled other planned slides in Spokane and the Tri-Cities, due to the same WA state Health Department permit issues.

Upside? No traffic snarls from the Slide next weekend.

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Entre Amis no longer open for business on Queen Anne

August 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Entre Amis signLate last week, a reader let us know that Entre Amis would be closing yesterday, Sunday, August 2nd. I contacted owner Benjamin Bernard-luneau and he confirmed that the rumor was true. However, up until last night, he was hopeful there would be an alternative to closing the popular French restaurant on Queen Anne Ave N.

Unlike most of our business closings, this one has nothing to do with rent increases or retirement plans. Benjamin needs to return to France for a bit, and until he can find someone to “keep the concept of Entre Amis alive”, the restaurant will remain closed.

He hopes to come back to the restaurant or find someone to run it in his absence. As of today, Entre Amis is shuttered. Benjamin wanted to pass along his thanks to all of the Queen Anne residents who dined at Entre Amis since it opened this past Spring.

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SDOT paving portion of Galer St this weekend

August 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Starting tomorrow, SDOT will be re-paving a portion of W Galer St, and westbound traffic will be detoured:
Galer Paving

SDOT crews will grind and pave W Galer Street from Queen Anne Ave N to 2nd Ave W this weekend, Aug.1 – 2. The crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Galer will remain open to eastbound traffic, but drivers traveling westbound will follow detour signs leading them north on Queen Anne Avenue and onto West McGraw Street to continue westward. Sidewalks will remain open. Police officers will be on-site to assist pedestrians cross the street and to help keep traffic moving.

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UPDATE: LOST CAT Indoor Abyssinian cat lost near W Crockett & 10th Ave W

July 31st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Lost Cat CassieUPDATE: Cassie has been found and is home safe & sound. Thanks to all who looked for her!

A reader wrote us this morning about her lost indoor cat. Cassie is an indoor-only so has no collar or chip. She fell out of a second-floor window last night when a screen failed, and hasn’t been seen since.

Cassie is a 10 lb Red Abyssinian cat.  She might be injured from the fall and taking shelter in a hiding place near her home. If you live near W Crockett St between 10th Ave W and 11th Ave W, please check garages, carports, under decks, and in yards for Cassie.

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Hommage to close after less than a year

July 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

HommageA reader tipped us to a restaurant closing – this time, Hommage is planning to close in mid-August. Just a year ago, we posted on the new restaurant that was going into the old Book Bindery spot. Barely open a year, the French-inspired restaurant opened in the old Book Bindery location at 198 Nickerson St, next to the ship canal. (Book Bindery had a 4-year run, if you’re counting)

Chef Nico Borzee was hired on for the new Hommage restaurant concept and Michael and Sumi Almquist kept ownership as the restaurant changed from Book Bindery to Hommage.

No word on upcoming plans for the space.

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Queen Anne Art Walk this Saturday features Birds, Botanicals, Art, and Bubbly

July 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

BotanicalThe success of the first Queen Anne Art Walk has spawned a second one – let’s see if we can keep it going. The Queen Anne Art Walk is this Saturday, August 1st from 4pm to 7pm. This time the theme is “Birds, Botanicals, Art, and Bubbly” – so mark your calendars and get ready to stroll along the streets pictured in the map below on a sunny summer evening.

PrecipiceIn addition to seeing some great local, original art from various artists, you can also enjoy bubbly and treats at the Art Walk locations: Castillo Upholstery, Wink Salon, Fountainhead Gallery, Bustle Cafe, Meadow Boutique, Minx Design, Targy’s Tavern, Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, Idunn Salon and Spa, and Stacya Silverman Art and Beauty.

Get out and support local art and our newest Art Walk on Queen Anne!


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Reminder: Public meeting on Roy St homeless shelter this Tuesday

July 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

157 Roy St ViewIf you have questions, comments, or feedback on the overnight emergency homeless shelter that’s planned for 157 Roy St, attend the community meeting planned for tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Human Services Department and Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) staff will be on hand to discuss the new shelter with residents and business owners. You can read the official announcement in our blog post from earlier this month.

Meeting Details:

  • When: 6pm, Tuesday, July 28th
  • Location: Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2 (yellow building on map):

 Seattle Center Armory

The building is currently undergoing upgrades and renovations that are expected to be completed in August. The city then plans to open the shelter in the Fall. There will be two phases: the first phase is for 50 beds, the second phase is for 100 beds. The city will use Human Services Department general funds to cover operation costs and the shelter will be managed by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).

Key Details:

• The shelter is for adult men who are medically fragile and over 60 years of age.
• Shelter hours are 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.
• Food preparation at the site will be limited to reheating of food in microwaves. There is currently no stovetop or range in the existing kitchenette.
• Commercial washer and dryers are for shelter linens and will be operated by shelter staff only.
• There will be three shelter staff that are awake and alert during shelter sleeping hours to keep diligent watch for fires, obstructions to exits, and any other hazards during the time that people are sleeping.
• No tolerance policy to drinking or drug use on site, threats of violence, etc.

If you cannot make tomorrow’s meeting or would like additional information, contact Lindsey Garrity at 206-684-0106 or via email.

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Movies at the Mural start this Saturday at Seattle Center

July 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Movies at the Mural 2015It’s time to pack up your picnic blanket and snacks and head to the Seattle Center for free movies at the Mural Amphitheatre. As in years past, the Seattle Center hosts movies on Saturday nights through the end of summer. All features begin at 9pm. Shown on a 45-foot screen, the movies are family-friendly (up to your discretion) and all are welcome except for 4-legged family members, as pets are not allowed.

The Seattle Center advises bringing something comfy to sit on such as low back chairs, blankets, or bean bags. You can also bring your own snacks or purchase them at the Seattle Armory. Note: large bags, large coolers/ice chests, umbrellas, and video/audio recorders are not allowed. Please leave pets at home.

Here’s this year’s schedule (descriptions from Seattle Center):

Selma (PG-13), Saturday, August 1
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, this stirring historical drama chronicles Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights and highlights the courage of the marchers as they withstand racist and violent attacks. 128 minutes.

Back to the Future (PG), Saturday, August 8
An eccentric inventor turns a DeLorean into a time machine that inadvertently sends young Marty McFly back 30 years. In 1955, Marty disrupts his parents’ destiny and risks throwing the time-space continuum out of whack. 30th anniversary of this sci-fi comedy classic.116 minutes.

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13), Saturday, August 15
On the run from intergalactic warlord Ronan, hotshot space pilot Peter Quill unites a ragtag band of oddballs to form a team of unlikely heroes. Soon, the Guardians discover that they alone stand between Ronan and the galaxy’s destruction. 121 minutes.

Into the Woods (PG), Saturday, August 22
Woven from a collection of revered fairy tales and characters, this enchanting musical mash-up by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine focuses on a childless couple who venture into the woods hoping to end a curse put on them by a vindictive witch. 125 minutes.

Plan to arrive early, as the movies are first-come, first-served. Pick out your spot on the lawn, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy movies at the Mural!

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Blue Angels arrive today with Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm

July 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seafair has seemed to sneak up this year! Next weekend is the first in August, and the Blue Angels are slated to perform at Seafair. Their scheduled performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – but they arrive in Seattle early this evening.

Here’s the info on today’s arrival and flyovers, including a Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm:

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, are scheduled to conduct a flyover of downtown Seattle near the Space Needle for a team photo shoot, Sunday, July 26, 2015.

The Blue Angels will fly the squadron’s six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation over downtown Seattle from south to north, then north to south at least two times. The jets will fly this formation on the west of the Space Needle, with a seventh jet flying alongside as a photo platform.

The flyover will be visible to the general public. The photo shoot is scheduled to take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. PST.

Blue Angels QAV

Get ready to hear the roar and find a good spot to watch them perform over downtown tonight!

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Seafair Pirate Run and Torchlight Parade kick off at Seattle Center on Saturday

July 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Seafair Torchlight Parade routeIt’s that time, Seafair activities are starting to pick up steam. Tomorrow, Saturday, July 25th brings the annual Seafair Torchlight Parade  and the Seafair Pirate Run to the streets of Seattle. And, it all starts at Seattle Center, so plan ahead for any traffic and parking issues it may bring along with it.

While up to 300,000 spectators are still grabbing spots to view the parade, the Seafair Pirate Run will be starting and ending at Seattle Center. The 5K/8K run starts at 6:30pm at the Seattle Center. Roughly 4,500 runners will head down the Viaduct to Royal Brougham and back to the Seattle Center to finish just as the parade gets going.

The parade starts at 7:30pm and the route takes it from the Seattle Center down 4th Ave to Pioneer Square. The main viewing area is at Westlake, but parade goers will line the route both north and south of Westlake. Pre-parade staging will occur near the Seattle Center, so expect road closures. Per SDOT:

“The northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed from 5:30 p.m. to approximately 7:45 p.m. for the 5 k and 8 K Seafair Torchlight Run races. At approximately 6 p.m. Fourth Avenue will close from Broad Street to South Washington Street, complicating traffic circulation in the downtown area. Fourth will reopen around 10:30 p.m. and routes out of downtown will be congested as the crowds leave the event.”

King County Metrol service will be rerouted and delayed by the events from 3pm to 10:45pm – specifically around the Seattle Center, downtown Seattle, Alaskan Way Viaduct and adjacent areas.

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