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Pet alert: Foxtail on Queen Anne can cause problems for your pets

July 13th, 2014 by Laura

Foxtail Homegrown

Foxtail: Boston St by Homegrown

A reader has alerted us to batches of foxtail on Queen Anne that can cause problems for dogs. She even sent us the accompanying photos so you can see where Foxtail is along Queen Anne Ave N – and be able to identify it on neighboring streets as well.

According to

“Foxtail plants can be risky for your dog. The barbed seed heads of the foxtail plant can work their way into any part of your dog or cat, from the nose to between the toes and inside the ears, eyes, and mouth. They can even simply dig themselves directly into a patch of skin. 

The danger of foxtails goes beyond simple irritation. Because these tough seeds don’t break down inside the body, an embedded foxtail can lead to serious infection for your dog. It can even lead to death if left untreated. The seeds can be hard to find in your dog’s fur.”

Foxtail Emmer

Foxtail: QA Ave N, old Emmer & Rye

The reader who wrote in has her own story with foxtail. Her dog got a foxtail barb in his ear several years ago, sending him to emergency vet to have it removed under anesthesia.

Note that the patches of Foxtail tend to crop up in unkempt parking strips. The photos show that several businesses have patches of it in front of their storefronts.

Perhaps the businesses are unaware of the danger to our 4-legged friends, and if they were aware, would have the foxtail removed.

Foxtail Thai Kitchen

Foxtail: QA Ave N, Dyna Architecture

You can read more about keeping your dog safe from foxtail online – but really, the best prevention is to avoid it. Sadly, it’s hard to avoid it when it’s cropping up along some of our busiest streets.

Watch out for it as you walk your dog along Queen Anne Ave N and keep an eye out for it in the neighborhood.

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Tips and cooling center locations for our impending heat wave

July 11th, 2014 by Laura

QA Fun Run pug

Pug at last year’s Queen Anne Fun Run
It was hot, but not 90s!

At 2:28pm today, the National Weather Service upgraded our excessive heat warning to a heat advisory, from 11am Saturday to 6pm Monday.

It’s going to be hot and there are a ton of outdoor events planned on Queen Anne this weekend – the Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, Queen Anne Days, and the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls. Plus, the annual Queen Anne Days Sidewalk Sale at local merchants spans the weekend. Stay safe out there!

Below are tips from the Office of the Mayor – the Libraries and cooling centers have been edited for proximity to Queen Anne. Click here for the full list.

Also, remember that Little Howe (aka East Queen Anne) wading pool is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays from noon to 7pm.

Hot weather tips

  • When you’re outside, limit the time you’re in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy.
  • Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.
  • Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body. 

Protect your pets
Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088

Seattle Center

  • Seattle Center Armory serves as an indoors cooling center; and tomorrow, visitors are most welcome to take in Seattle Center Festal:  Polish Festival from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Armory and Mural Amphitheatre
  • Armory Center House (Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
  • International Fountain (Closed Saturday for a private event, but open until 9 p.m. Sunday)
  • Fountain of Creation (Open until midnight – when the Center Campus closes)

Senior Centers
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)

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Today’s lineup at the Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 10th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMIt’s Thursday and it’s summer – that means the Queen Anne Farmers Market. The skies will be sunny, the temps warm, the market hopping!

Here’s today’s line-up to help plan your trip to the market:

Kid’s Story Time
4pm-5pm: Join us for some farmers market-themed stories for the littles followed by an open hour of art creations for kids of all ages. A delightful way for kids to participate in their community market.

Live Music On the Picnic Lawn
5pm-7pm: Sunday Speedtrap -  a QAFM favorite to rock your picnic lawn noshing!

Information Tent
We have bushels of fresh market tees, tote bags & posters. All proceeds benefit QAFM!

The list of regular vendors is available online, and in addition to featured winery White Heron Cellars, the regular food trucks will be joined by rotating trucks How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Fish Basket, and Anchorhead Coffee.

Get out and enjoy the market tomorrow!

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KEXP is throwing a free party at its new Seattle Center site this Thursday

July 8th, 2014 by Laura

KEXP Seattle Center

Courtesy of SkB Architects

In the past, we’ve provided the heads up on the cool new home of local listener-powered radio station KEXP, and it’s gettting close. The station is moving into the new space next year, and to celebrate the upcoming move from Dexter & Denny to the Seattle Center, they’re throwing a party to celebrate. Best part? Everyone is invited!

“All In: The Rally for KEXP’s New Home” is this Thursday, July 10th from 6pm to 8pm in the Northwest Rooms at the Seattle Center. The celebration includes live music from local Seattle band The Cave Singers and a beer garden.

The celebration is also an opportunity to help raise funds for KEXP’s new station. All donations from July 10th through August 5th will be matched  from a pool that has contributions from musicians and supporters including Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Dave Matthews.

Join KEXP on Thursday at the Seattle Center and get ready for their big move next year!

Edit: updated to add the name of the previously-surprise musical guest – The Cave Singers.

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Queen Anne Fun Run and Queen Anne Days help celebrate summer on Queen Anne next Saturday

July 5th, 2014 by Laura

Next Saturday, July 12th is going to be a busy day on Queen Anne! Three signature Queen Anne events happen in one day – the Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk in the morning, Queen Anne Days following it with a merchant sidewalk sale and festival at the Queen Anne Community Center, and the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls around midday.

Here’s the rundown for the Fun Run and Queen Anne Days – note that both events need volunteers! Check out the post on the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls for details on it.

Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk

QA Fun Run Kerry Crowd 2The annual 3.3 mile run/walk benefits the Queen Anne Helpline and is open to all ages. Families, individuals, serious runners, and casual walkers are welcome. Last year, the female winner ran with a stroller (infant on board)!

The route circles the Crown of Queen Anne, so the views are spectacular. From tree-lined streets to city views to sound views, the route has it all.

The starting line is at 5th Ave W and W Halladay St. Start time for walkers is 8am, runners at 8:20am. If you haven’t registered already, you can do so online for $35, or day of the race in-person for $40. All proceeds benefit the Helpline!

QA Fun Run best hat judgingThe finish line is at 7th Ave W and Wheeler St, right in front of Coe Elementary. But, don’t stop there! After you’ve crossing the finish line, head over to Queen Anne Lutheran Church on 8th Ave W and W McGraw for the award ceremony. Awards and prizes will be given out for the following categories:

  • First place runners: male and female adult
  • First place runners: male and female 12 and under
  • First place: for the fastest runner from a team
  • Most creative hat: you can get crazy here!

Plus, drawings for prizes and gifts from local Queen Anne merchants!

Call for Volunteers: Crossing Guards (ages 16+) are still needed to ensure the safety of all the walkers and runners, and race start/finish volunteers are also needed. Please contact Ann at 206-284-0604 and visit the Helpline’s volunteer page to complete a volunteer application.

Queen Anne Days

QA Days 3The annual neighborhood celebration is going to be even bigger this year! The two-day event spans the weekend (Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13), taking over Big Howe Park on Saturday from noon-4pm for music, food trucks, carnival booths, car show, kiddie parade, and bouncy houses. Then, on both Saturday and Sunday, the merchant Sidewalk Sale runs up and down Queen Anne Ave N.

QA Kiddie Parade SigFirst event on tap post-Fun Run is the Kiddie Parade. Get your kiddos, dogs, decorated wagons, trikes, and bikes, and line up at 1st Ave W and Crockett St, in front of McClure Middle School at 10:30am. Costumes welcome! The parade starts at 11am and makes its way to Big Howe Park by noon. No need to register, just show up and have fun!

Both the Queen Anne Community Center and Queen Anne Helpline benefit from the funds raised at Queen Anne Days, so come out next weekend to celebrate the neighborhood and support our community!

Call for Volunteers: Queen Anne Days needs volunteers! Check out the volunteer positions and sign up online.

Here’s the list of food trucks and bands that’ll be at Big Howe next Saturday:

Food Trucks: How Pickle Got out of a JamI Love my GFFSeattle Wood Fired PizzaMad Dawg Hot Dogs, Street TreatsSix Strawberries

Music: The Not-ItsJohnny Bregar BandDuo Finelli, Carrie Akre, and more

Join your neighbors for the festivities on Saturday, from the Fun Run/Walk in the morning to the Kiddie Parade and celebration at Big Howe Park.

And, if you have some spare time available next Saturday, check out the volunteer opportunities, these events need community

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LOST DOG and 4th of July reminder

July 4th, 2014 by Laura

We already have a report of a dog sighted running down Boston St sans owner at 2:30pm today:

“Little grey whippet/Italian greyhound with a royal blue collar (no tags from what I could see) running east on Boston from Queen Anne North – top of QA Hill”

The reader tried to catch the pup, but was unsuccessful. If this is your dog or if you’ve been able to catch this dog, let us know. (and, if it’s your dog, please provide your contact info)

This instance is a good reminder – with today’s activities and tonight’s fireworks, dogs can be easily spooked and run. Please make sure to secure your pets (cats too) tonight.

July 4th pet safety tips are available online. Most relevant to our neighborhood’s pets:

  • keep your pets indoors today/tonight
  • make sure your pet has identification – collar/tags and microchips

Henry QACC dogIf your pet escapes this holiday weekend, we can post your “lost pet” notice. Just be sure to include:

  • pet’s name
  • pet’s description – the more detailed the better (not just the breed – a description)
  • pet’s photo – if you don’t have one, now’s the time to take a pet “mug shot” for missing flyers
  • your contact info – how you want people to contact you
  • where last seen – cross-streets (e.g. “near Boston St and Queen Anne Ave N)
  • for street names, please be sure to let us know if numbered streets are W or N streets (e.g. 2nd Ave W)
  • relevant info on pet’s behavior (e.g. “skittish of people”, “loves other dogs”)

Let’s keep Queen Anne pets safe this weekend and all year!

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Get ready for the 4th at the Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 3rd, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMIt may be the calm before the storm that brings fireworks and celebrations, but that doesn’t mean the Queen Anne Farmers Market is taking a break. The market will be open today 3-7:30pm so you can pick up fresh ingredients for your 4th of July picnics, BBQs, and more.

Here’s today’s schedule of events and rotating food trucks, courtesy of the QAFM:

Live Music on the Picnic Lawn
5:00-7:00pm: Space Station 206, a Queen Anne-based DJ group. They regularly spin at Targy’s Tavern and have rocked New Year’s Eve there the past few years. At QAFM they’ll be playing “really really smooth music (aka Yacht Rock).”  So if you like Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Toto, and Kenny Loggins, your ship has come in!

Information Tent
We have bushels of fresh market tees, tote bags & posters. All proceeds benefit QAFM.

Featured Winery: Stomani Cellars
Featured Food Trucks:  Grilled Cheese Experience & Off the Rez

Happy market day!

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Waffles and juice pop up at Dimples

July 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Dimples JuneYou may have noticed the mini-storefront at Grub over the past week or so. Dimples, a new waffle and juice pop up, had a soft opening this morning at the storefront.

Dimples is operating out of Grub’s kitchen window, and will be open 9am-noon Tuesdays through Fridays. The mastermind behind it hopes the spot will last longer than most pop ups and become a permanent fixture.

Smoothies will be coming soon, in the meantime, here’s the menu:

  • Liege waffle with bacon, brie, basil, and apricot reserves
  • Liege waffle with Nutella, bananas, and whipped cream
  • Green juice of daikon, basil, apple and cucumber
  • Red juice of beet, orange, celery, and ginger

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Check Please! Northwest episode featuring Grub airs Thursday

July 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Check Please NW smallBack in May, we put out the call for diners who wanted to enjoy a meal at Grub and get their 15 minutes of fame at the same time. The local restaurant was filmed for an episode of Check Please! Northwest, a local KCTS 9 show that features Seattle-area restaurants based on viewer suggestions.

Grub’s debut on Check, Please! Northwest airs tomorrow, Thursday, July 3rd, at 7:30pm on KCTS 9. It’s featured along with Bellevue’s Din Tai Fung and Bothell’s Preservation Kitchen.

Grub check please

Grub’s grub featured on the show
Photo Courtesy of Check Please! Northwest

How was Grub selected? Radio host Rachel Belle recommended Grub, citing an obsession with the restaurant’s “Imperial Mix-Up”.  According to Rachel, “You can’t stop eating it.”

Set your television recording device for Thursday at 7:30pm – or watch the episode online after the broadcast. You can also follow the show on Facebook to see what’s up next – and, if you want to nominate another Queen Anne restaurant for the show, just fill out the online form.

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Vandalized Queen Anne Little Free Library featured on KOMO

July 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Last Friday, we published a post on the first Queen Anne Little Free Library, and how it fell victim to vandals overnight. On Monday, a reporter from KOMO asked us to connect the station with the LFL steward so they could run a story on the vandalism.

The segment aired on last night’s KOMO news broadcast, and since then, we’ve already received an email from a local Vietnam veteran who’s offered to fix the LFL for free. The vandalism is only part of the story, the LFL is a memorial to the steward’s late husband, who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam.

If you happen to find the message book that the vandals ripped off the LFL, please let us know. It includes hand-written messages to the LFL that are irreplaceable.

Click below to see the KOMO feature:


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The bulls are coming! 5th Annual Queen Anne Running of the Bulls is July 12th

June 30th, 2014 by Laura

Running of Bulls bull flyerThe flyers have hit the streets! The bulls are coming! Helping celebrate the fiestas of San Fermin in Pamplona along with general good fun and imbibing of spirits, the 5th Annual Queen Anne Running of the Bulls is Saturday, July 12th.

The 5th running of the bulls on Queen Anne starts at the Paragon at 1pm. Last year, the bulls and runners didn’t hit the streets until close to 2pm, but there’s plenty of celebration in and around the Paragon prior to the race to Kerry Park. So, if the bulls are a little late to the show, no worries, they’ll be there!


The Comstock Commission organizes the annual Queen Anne event. Claims to fame other than the annual event? Don’t ask, don’t tell, rumor has it the super-secret organization is a division of the Queen Anne Mafia…

Bulls Comstock CommissionThis year, as last year, the run coincides with Queen Anne Days. That means early birds can run the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run in the morning, hit the carnival at the Queen Anne Community center and merchant sidewalk sale, grab some fuel, and then run again at 1pm. Or, late risers can get up, brunch, and run for their lives!

Running of Bulls speedyRegardless of your bull-running plans for next Saturday, keep in mind the dress code for the foot race – white shirts and pants, a red scarf, and fast shoes. A rolled up newspaper to swat at the charging bulls isn’t a bad idea either.

The start line is at the Paragon (2125 Queen Anne Ave N), with the bar/restaurant open for lunch and drinks to fuel up the runners. When the bulls are unleashed, the runners will charge down Queen Anne Ave N making their way to the finish line at Kerry Park. It’s free and anyone can join in – or just watch from the safety of the sidewalks.

Is it dangerous? The bulls have been known to be unruly, but no injuries have been reported in past years. Here’s the video from 2012 to get you ready to run!

Queen Anne Running of the Bulls

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Queen Anne’s first Little Free Library falls prey to vandalism

June 27th, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne is a great place for Little Free Libraries – loved by our community, each with its own personality. So, get ready to get mad… someone vandalized our neighborhood’s first LFL on 2nd Ave W last night.

In the before and after pictures of the side of the LFL, you can see that the little window message box that held the journal was torn off, along with the trim surrounding it.

LFL vandalism before


LFL Vandalism after


To add insult to injury, they also knocked over a birdbath planter in the garden space surrounding the LFL.

LFL garden vandalismThe LFL steward will restore the library. This particular LFL has significance beyond book-sharing, it’s also a memorial to the steward’s late husband.

If you find the missing message box, please let us know and we’ll get you in touch with the owner.

A police report will be filed today. In addition to last night’s vandalism, the steward and her neighbor both had items stolen off their front porches back on June 5.

Sadly, the warmer weather seems to coincide with an uptick in crimes on Queen Anne. We’re putting together a June crime roundup based on SPD reports. If you have been the victim of a crime, let us know. All tips will remain anonymous.

Please remember: report all crimes both large and small to SPD. For crimes like car prowls and items stolen from porches/backyards, you can use the online SPD tool to report it. As always, if you see a crime in progress or suspicious activity, call 911.

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