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Events around Queen Anne this weekend may impact your travels

May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

In addition to the Aurora/99 closure between Valley St and the Battery Street Tunnel, there are three events around Lower Queen Anne that will impact weekend travels around the base of the hill (and perhaps over as well).

Aurora is set to open at 5am on Sunday, but it’ll be closed during Saturday’s Lung Force Walk in South Lake Union – so expect traffic to spill over to our side of Aurora.

Saturday, May 9th: Lung Force Walk, 9am-1pm

The walk is limited to sidewalks and leaves Denny Park at 9am following a 3 mile loop through South Lake Union. The route: Northbound on Westlake Avenue N to Lake Union Park on Valley Street, southbound on Westlake Avenue, eastbound on Mercer Street, southbound on Fairview Avenue N, westbound on Denny Way to Denny Park arriving at 1:00pm. About 650 people are expected to participate.

Sunday, May 10th: Color Run, 7:15am-11:30am

The Color Run:  Mercer Street will be closed at 5:30am between 1st Ave N and 4th Ave N for set-up. Full route closure begins at 7:15am, with race starting at 8am and ending at 11:30am. Begins and ends at Seattle Center. About 9,000 people are expected to participate. Route map here:

Color Run Route

Sunday, May 10th: Neil Diamond Concert at Key Arena:  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m.  About 10,000 are expected to attend.

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Cupcake Royale is hosting an Ice Cream Social with free scoops on Monday

May 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Cupcake Royale Ice CreamDoes the sunny, warm weather have your thoughts turning to tasty treats like ice cream? Well, if that’s the case, you’re in luck. Not only is Cupcake Royale launching new flavors, it’s also celebrating with an Ice Cream Social this Monday, May 11th – and there will be free scoops for everyone between 2pm and 8pm.

The new flavors are a result of a collaboration between the Royale Creamery and local Seattle chefs to come up with the Chef Series Ice Cream. Sample flavors you can try via a free scoop include: Smokey Rocky Road with Salted Marcona Almond Bark, Smoked Maple Old Fashioned with Luxardo Cherries, and Honey Ricotta with Pistachio Brittle.

If you want your free scoop served in waffle cone with toppings like whipped cream, house-made fudge sauce, caramel, sprinkles, and chocolate shavings, it’ll only set you back $1.

You can also get with a buy-one-get-one free (BOGO) card for a future ice cream excursion.

Stop by the Queen Anne Cupcake Royale at 1935 Queen Anne Ave N on Monday between 2pm and 8pm and get your free scoop and BOGO card, and enjoy a taste of summer!

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Aurora closed between Battery Street Tunnel and Valley this weekend

May 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Aurora Closure May 2015This weekend, WSDOT will be closing all lanes of Aurora/SR99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley St. The lane closures are needed so Seattle City Light crews can remove electrical lines and poles for the Mercer West Project, and so that WSDOT crews can connect a new water main for the SR 99 tunnel project.

The stretch of Aurora will be closed from 10pm Friday, May 8th through 5am Sunday, May 10th. Since there are Mariners games on Friday and Saturday, they’re staggering some of the closure times and opening lanes to help with the traffic flow:

Southbound lanes of SR 99:

  • Closed from 10pm Friday, May 8th, to 5am Sunday, May 10th
  • At least one lane will temporarily reopen 3–10:30pm Saturday, May 9th

Northbound lanes of SR 99

  • Closed from 11pm Friday, May 8th, to 5am Sunday, May 10th
  • Both lanes will temporarily reopen 8:30–10:30pm Saturday, May 9th

Plan ahead and expect more traffic around Lower Queen Anne as drivers detour around the closure.

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Uptown Alliance hosts General Meeting on Thursday, May 14th

May 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Uptown Alliance new logoUPDATE: The Uptown Alliance meeting is next Thursday – had the date right, but original post said this Thursday.

The Uptown Alliance meets Thursday, May 14th at the EXPO community room at 100 Republican Street. The meeting starts at 7pm and will cover the following agenda items:

7:00 – 7:10  -  Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)

7:10 – 7:25  -  Uptown Transportation priorities (John Coney & Michael Davis)

7:25 – 7:50  -  Teatro Zinzanni property future development

7:50 – 8:15  -  Committee updates – Urban Design Framework, Housing, Uptown Arts & Culture District, Counterbalance Park vending

8:15 – 8:45  -   Topics of concern

All are welcome to attend this monthly meeting that focuses on key concerns and topics for the Uptown neighborhood.

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Spend a sunny Saturday outside on a West Queen Anne Tree Walk

May 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Tree AmbassadorThe forecast for this Saturday is looking pretty good (it’s Spring, it could change) with forecasted high of 74 degrees. A great day to spend outside, and Seattle reLeaf’s Tree Ambassador program can help you do just that with a West Queen Anne Tree Walk.

Tour trees on the west side of Queen Anne, starting at Coe Elementary School and looping around for about a mile-long walk. The tree walk starts at 10am and runs (or walks) through noon. The guided tour will help you identify trees and enjoy the views from West Queen Anne. No map is available yet, but this is a sample Tree Walk from last year:

Tree Walk map

If you’re interested in taking part, RSVP online and meet at the corner of 7th Ave W & W Smith St this Saturday, May 9th.

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Help this lost bike find its way home

May 4th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Lost Bike May 2015A reader wrote to let us know they found a girl’s bicycle next to a dumpster on Lower Queen Anne near 1st Ave W. Perhaps it was the victim of a garage or yard theft, and dumped in an alley. So sad!

Someone already taken the seat as it has been out the in alley for several days. If you recognize this bike, email Lucy with a color description.

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Earthquake drill scheduled at West Queen Anne Playfield this Saturday

May 3rd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

miqabeprepared-logoThis Saturday, May 9th, Seattle Neighborhood Hubs and the ACS/Hubs Communications Service are holding earthquake exercises in locations across Seattle, including one at the West Queen Anne Playfield.

The drill runs from 5pm to 10pm, with staging by neighborhood emergency communications teams, amateur radio emergency communication teams, and volunteers.  They’ll act out a scenario of a major earthquake with ongoing aftershocks. To add even more of a challenge, the drill will include a gathering storm as the evening hours approach.

Saturday’s exercise is designed to be similar to an earthquake on a scale similar to the 1964 Great Alaskan Earthquake – a 9.2 magnitude earthquake that would destroy buildings, and leave us with no electricity and unusable roads and bridges. In the scenario, the regular communications system would be incapacitated with no cell service, Internet, or power. Here’s a video from the USGS of the Great Alaskan Earthquake:

Per the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS), anyone can participate in the drill. Here are the two ways you can take part:

  • Be a “citizen actor” in preparedness drill for a disaster in the Seattle area. ACS needs people who can drop in for a time (not necessarily all 5 hours) and play the role of a citizen in need. ACS provides the scripts for you to use. Sign up here.
  • Become a Neighborhood Hub volunteer and get on-the-job training at the upcoming drill. Stop by Saturday’s drill to talk with the organizers.

You can learn about the plan for our community at the Magnolia Interbay Queen Anne Emergency Preparedness Committee (MIQA EPC) web site or stop by the West Queen Anne Playfields this Saturday evening between 5pm and 10pm to take part in the preparations.

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El Diablo celebrates 15 years on Queen Anne this Cinco de Mayo

May 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

El Diablo 15th AnniversaryLocal coffee shop El Diablo is turning 15 years old this Tuesday, May 5th (aka Cinco de May0).

The spot at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N goes beyond just a coffee shop with its tasty hot chocolates, teas, beer, wine, pastries, and Cuban fare – and it’s a great meeting spot on Queen Anne, with an outdoor front deck (shared with Queen Anne Book Company), spacious interior, and a back deck too.

This Tuesday, you can help celebrate their anniversary with deals between 5pm and 7pm. The regular Happy Hour is extended with beer, wine, and food. Plus, 50% off Cuban espresso drinks and free cake and mini empanadas. The free cake and empanadas will be limited, so stop by early in the evening to get these tasty wares.

If you visit El Diablo on Tuesday, be sure to wish them a happy 15th anniversary!

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Old Trader Joe’s site to become Anytime Fitness

May 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

TJ AnytimeA reader sent us a tip a couple of weeks ago about the old Trader Joe’s location (thanks, Charlie!) – it’s slated to become a new Anytime Fitness location.

Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour gym that’s open 365 days a year, so members can work out whenever it’s convenient for them.

We got in touch with the franchise owner, who also owns the Fremont Anytime Fitness. He says they are “very excited to be opening on Queen Anne in the near future.”

Transforming the former grocery store at 112 W Galer St into a gym will take some time, so no set opening date yet. But, “what’s going in the old Trader Joe’s spot?” is one of our most popular reader questions, so there’s your answer.

As construction nears completion and an opening date is set, we’ll post an update. And, thanks as always to readers who submit tips!

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Reminder: Part of Taylor Ave N fully closed this weekend

May 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Taylor Ave closureJust a reminder that Taylor Ave N will be fully closed between Ward St and Prospect St this weekend. This weekend’s closure begins tomorrow, Saturday, May 2nd at 7am and runs through 7pm, Sunday, May 3rd.

SDOT crews will be replacing concrete panels in this section of Taylor Ave N. Crews were already working today to cut the existing concrete sections for replacement. A sign is already posted on Boston St, and detour signs are at the ready along Boston and Queen Anne Ave N.

Since this is one of two major arterial routes to Upper Queen Anne from the south, expect more traffic on Queen Anne Ave N this weekend.

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Mercer Street bicycle path opens tomorrow for Bike to Work month

April 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mercer Bike PathTomorrow, Friday, May 1st is the first day of Bike to Work month and the first day then new 2-way bicycle path on Mercer St will be open to cyclists.

The path is on the north side of Mercer St between Dexter Ave N and 5th Ave N. It’ll be open throughout the month of May, but heads up, it’ll be closed for 2 weeks in June for work under the 99 bridge (we’ll post as dates firm up).

SDOT has provided these details and reminders:

• The bicycle pathway on the west side of 5th Ave N will remain closed. Southbound cyclists on 5th Ave N may ride in the roadway or use the sidewalk

• Northbound cyclists on 5th Ave N may cross 5th Ave N on the north side of Mercer St to continue north on the 5th Ave N bike lane or east on the new Mercer bike path

• Northbound cyclists on Dexter Ave N are required to merge with vehicular traffic when approaching Mercer St

• Bicycle signal heads will not be activated at this time

• Cyclists are reminded to please yield to pedestrians at intersections and observe pedestrian signals when crossing streets

• For more information about SDOT’s bicycle rules, please visit: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikecode.htm

Enjoy cycling on the new path for the kickoff of Bike to Work month and beyond!

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GiveBIG on Tuesday, May 5th and help local Queen Anne nonprofits

April 28th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

GiveBIG 2015Next Tuesday, May 5th, get ready to GiveBIG during the Seattle Foundation’s one-day, online charitable giving event designed to inspire people to give to local nonprofit organizations. GiveBIG is returning for its fifth year, and it runs from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 5th.

The goal of GiveBIG is to encourage new and returning donors to support local nonprofit organizations, with a boost to those individual donations via the The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors including Seattle International Foundation, Boeing, Microsoft, Medina Foundation, Starbucks and more.

Last year, over $12.9 million was raised for nearly 1,500 nonprofits on GiveBIG day, with 64,269 individual gifts made. You can take part this year by donating via the GiveBIG site, where you can search for local nonprofits.

Here are some of this year’s Queen Anne nonprofits that you can support on GiveBIG day:

Queen Anne Farmers Market
Queen Anne Food Bank
Queen Anne Helpline
Queen Anne Historical Society
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Science Center
Seattle Center Foundation
SIFF

The above is just an abbreviated list of local nonprofits. You can find even more Queen Anne-based nonprofits on the GiveBIG site – just plug in 98109 or 98119 in the search box, find your favorite nonprofit, and GiveBig on May 5th!

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