The Seattle Stairway Walks people are getting ready for what they’re calling an “Epic Seattle Solstice Stairway Run” – and, it really is pretty epic.
The 16 hour run starts this Saturday, June 21, in West Seattle at the crack of dawn (5:12am) and works its way to Queen Anne, where the run will end at sundown (9:12pm) at the top of Galer St.
Organizer and Queen Anne resident Michael Yadrick found inspiration in urban stairway treks in other cities such as Los Angeles. The all-day run celebrates the Solstice with 63 miles, 80 stairways, and an elevation gain of 11,500 feet. The list of stairs was created by Doug Beyerlein of publicstairs.com. He’s been working for years to highlight public stairways in Seattle and other cities, and Yadrick credits him with identifying key stairways on the run.
The day-long route is not for the couch potato, but runners of all levels are welcome to join in for all or part of the route. The overall run will be at an ultra pace, 16 hours of running at about a 15:30/mile pace.
Since the run wraps up on top of Queen Anne, you can plan to join anywhere along the route or just cheer the runners on! Here’s the info on the Queen Anne section of the run:
6th Section: Queen Anne! Mile 57 to 63, 15 stairways, 1,533 ft gain and 1,143 ft loss. Estimated start time of the Queen Anne Section at Dravus & 15th at 7:45 PM. Notable sights and landmarks along the way: Queen Anne Greenways, Kinnear Park, Kerry Park, Lake Union, Westlake Stairclimb (4 consecutive stairways, and the biggest and best for last at 536 steps): Sunset.
Here’s the Queen Anne section map (click for a larger view):
If you’re interested in doing the whole Solstice Stairway Run or just joining part of the route, check out their Facebook page. You can post any questions on the page or contact the organizer via email. Photos will be posted on the Facebook page during the run next Saturday, so Queen Anne stairways are sure to make an appearance!
The QuickStart Tennis program for kids ages 7-10 is open now for registration. The classes are run through Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Queen Anne Community Center and are taught at the David Rogers Park tennis courts.
The summer program is for beginners ages 7-10 years – smaller rackets and low pressure/foam balls are used on smaller courts designed for younger players. Kids learn via fun drills and games. The program runs from June 23rd though August 13th with practices held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7pm for 7-8 year olds and 7-8pm for 9-10 year olds.
Starting in July the kids will get to play in local matches against other community center teams. The program costs $35 per player and all equipment is provided.
If you’d like to sign up your future phenoms, contact the QACC 206-386-4240 or stop by to sign up directly. (There is no online registration available.) You can also contact Jeannie Shek via email or at 206-684-4764 if you have any questions or to register.
Heads up – in anticipation of the Superbowl, everyone is invited to the Seahawks rally tomorrow at the Seattle Center, plus, free Monorail rides for those wearing Seahawks gear:
Seahawks fans are invited to participate in a rally and celebration of the team’s participation in Super Bowl XLVIII on Wednesday, January 29 at Fisher Pavilion and South Fountain Lawn at Seattle Center.
Mayor Ed Murray, members of the Sea Gals, Blue Thunder, Blitz and Seahawks alumni will appear in addition to a live performance by the top 40 cover band, Curb Appeal.
Seahawks Alumni to be in attendance inlclude Paul Johns Norm Johnson, Robbie Tobeck, and Alex Bannister.
Immediately following the rally, the Space Needle is calling all Seahawks fans to participate in the “From the Needle to New Jersey” flag signing and relay.
The 25′ x 35′ flag, flown atop the Space Needle for every playoff run that the team has made in recent years, will be put on display for all Seahawks fans to sign their well wishes to the team from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Seattle Center will provide free round trip transportation on Seattle Center Monorail from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. for all fans wearing Seahawks apparel.
Thanks to a tip from a reader, I was clued in to how well our local Queen Anne Little League team is doing this year – they are just one game away from advancing to the State Championship! And, they’re the first team in QALL history to make it this far, so while the next game is in Vancouver, WA tomorrow (Saturday), be sure to cheer them on virtually!
You can check out the Tournament bracket online to check the status of our local team. If they win Saturday’s game, the team will advance to play the winners of Idaho, Orgeon, Alaska, Wyoming, and Montana in San Bernadino, California. And, if they win against these competitors, they’ll go to Williamsport, PA for the World Series, representing the Northwest.
The team is made up of local 12 year olds coached by Shawn Canty, Scott Cooper, and Joe Furia, and managed by Randy Storm. The photo shows the QALL 12s AllStars team just after winning the District 8 tournament. It’s the first time in 40+ years since QALL represented the District in the State Tournament.
The winner of Saturday’s game moves into the Championship game on Sunday for the State Title, so wish them luck and cheer them on!
This Sunday, June 2 is opening night for the Seattle Storm, as they kick off home-court play against the Phoenix Mercury at Key Arena. To help usher in the season opener, Bayview Retirement Community has partnered with the team to celebrate with a tailgate party.
Join in the fun at Bayview (11 W Aloha) at 4pm – for $25 per person, you get to attend the tailgate party, park for free at Bayview, and watch the game from reserved seating at the Key. (tip off at 6pm)
To purchase tickets, or for more information, please contact Jennifer Ahrens via email.
Registration is open now for QuickStart Tennis, a tennis program for kids ages 7-10 offered through the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Designed for beginners with little to no experience, the 8-week program is held at the Rogers Park outdoor tennis courts.
2012 QuickStart Tennis Program
The beginner focus for QuickStart Tennis includes playing on a smaller court, using smaller rackets, low pressure and foam balls, and fun games and drills.
The program runs from June 24th through August 14th, with practices held twice a week. (Monday and Wednesday from 6-7pm for 7-8 year olds; 7-8pm for 9-10 year olds). The kids also get to participate in matches against other sites beginning in July.
The $35 program fee per kid includes all equipment, and the deadline to register is July 1st. You can sign your kids up at the Queen Anne Community Center in person, at 206-386-4240, or online via a SPARC account.
For any additional information or questions contact Jeannie Shek via email or at 206.684.4764.
Do you have future football players or cheerleaders in your home? Registration is open now for kids that want to play with or root for the Interbay Eagles.
Kids 6-14 can join one of five football teams, and kids 6-11 can join the cheer squad. The recruiting zone for the Interbay Eagles is broad, ranging from the Ship Canal south to Yesler and from Lake Washington to Puget Sound. All Queen Anne kids are welcome to join in!
Football practice begins in August, five days a week through the end of the month, then going to three days a week during the school year, prepping for Saturday game-days. Practices are held at Interbay Field, across from QFC and just off Dravus.
There are six regular season football games on Saturdays, with the first game set for September 7th, followed by the play-offs and ending the season with a championship game.
Program registration fees are $160 for Football and $150 for Cheer. You can register online or call 206.494.0268 for more information.
At 6pm tonight, the Mountain Pacific Sports Foundation (MPSF) Conference Championships kick off at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). The SPU Falcons women’s gymnastics team will be competing with UC Davis, the Air Force Academy, and the University of Alaska Anchorage for the MPSF title.
Seattle Pacific University
Falcons Gymnastics Team
If you like gymnastics or have future gymnasts in your household, this event is sure to please – and it’s easy on the wallet too, with $8 Adult admission and $5 students/senior admission. Get a group of 15 or more together, and it’s just $3 apiece.
Falcon Senior Corrine Wise
How does the SPU team stack up? Four different Falcons had event wins in meets this year: Shannon Escarra, Stephanie Wagner, Corrine Wise and Kenley Memmel; and SPU has three 38-point all-arounders (Sydney Clark, Shannon Escarra, Stephanie Wagner) for the first season since 2007. Two Falcons got All-America acclaim at the 2012 USAG championships, with Stephanie Wagner tying for fifth on the beam at Nationals.
Just last weekend at UW, the Falcons racked up their year’s top score in the final regular-season schedule – the team’s 193.150 points tied for the sixth-highest in school history. The 5th ranked USAG team is ready for tonight’s challenge – check it out and cheer them on!
Do you have youngsters with a passion for all things soccer and/or the Sounders? If so, check out the free “Kick it Forward” Family Day hosted at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center this Saturday, March 23rd. The event celebrates the positive impact of soccer both locally and globally from 10am to 3pm, and admission is free!
It’s an all-ages event with plenty of activities that’ll bring together families, professional athletes and local soccer organizations to demonstrate how the sport encourages community engagement worldwide. According to the Gates Foundation, soccer “has become a catalyst for community and global development work including nutrition, HIV/AIDS education, malaria prevention, polio eradication, homelessness, literacy and youth leadership through the collaboration of nonprofits, businesses and professional leagues across the globe.”
In addition to guest appearances by former Seattle Sounders players Taylor Graham and Roger Levesque, local organizations such as Street Soccer Seattle, America Scores Seattle, and SOCCKET ball by Uncharted Play will be on hand to spread the word about soccer.
According to Charlotte Beall, Visitor Center Operations Manager:
“We are thrilled to celebrate the sport of soccer and spotlight the catalytic role athletes play in empowering youth in our region and around the world. Soccer is truly the world’s game and we are excited to invite local families to our next Family Day with fun and inspiring activities to highlight the importance of civic engagement.”
On Saturday, families can participate in activities that include: making soccer balls from recycled materials, learning how kicking a ball can generate electricity, and a story-time showing how soccer brings joy to kids around the world. Visitors can also play a pickup street soccer game and watch Homeless World Cup players demonstrate their skills on a temporary field set up outside the Visitor Center. Everyone is invited to this free family event!
It’s that time of year – March Madness! In just a couple of years, March Madness will be truly local, with the tournament slated for Key Arena in 2015. Meanwhile, this year locals can watch the games with neighbors at local watering holes. For tips on where to watch the games, we’re welcoming guest contributor Jessica Kaminski – Queen Anne resident, cat lover, coffee drinker, and appreciator of exceptional kerning. Thanks, Jessica!
March Madness on Queen Anne by Jessica Kaminski
March Madness is upon us. It is impossible to avoid the talk of brackets, top seeded schools, and college basketball in general—and this year’s tournament is sure to be full of upsets and underdogs.
While the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament won’t return to Seattle until 2015, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate college basketball in the Queen Anne neighborhood.
The NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament is the apex of college basketball. The tournament whittles the playing field from 64 teams down to one champion. Divided into 7 rounds, the first round takes place on March 19 and 20. The Second and third rounds will be held on March 21 and 23 and will narrow the competition down to the regional semifinals also known as “the Sweet Sixteen”. The Sweet Sixteen games will be held between March 22 and 24. and the eight teams emerging (the Elite Eight) will go head to head for the regional championships. The victors of that round will advance to the National Semifinals (aka the Final Four) where they will face off on april 6. Finally, the last two teams standing will battle it out for the glory and NCAA Division 1 title.
This year’s championship game will be held on April 8, 2013 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Queen Anne is home to several of Seattle’s best sports bars, all of which will be airing the tournament and running happy hour specials. Check out these Queen Anne hot spots to catch all the college basketball fun.
Hilltop Ale House: will be airing the tournament and will run their usual happy hour special. The games will be shown without sound making this a great option for those who prefer to watch the tourney casually. (21+)
New York Pizza & Bar: will be running drink specials daily and have the tournament in both the restaurant and bar. The restaurant is kid friendly and the bar is 21+.
Oskar’s Kitchen: will have daily drink specials posted on their Facebook page and will be airing the basketball games. Kid friendly
Peso’s Kitchen: Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Pesos kitchen can satiate your hunger for basketball and Mexican inspired food. (Bar 21+)
Sully’s: All geared up for the tournament Sully’s is open daily from 4 pm to 2 am and offers happy hour specials on food and select drinks. (21+)
Targy’s: This neighborhood bar on Upper Queen Anne will be featuring the NCAA tourney on the TV and Happy Hour specials from 4-7 pm (21+)
For more family friendly ways to celebrate the NCAA men’s basketball tournament there are plenty of options to involve your kids in the basketball fun. Hosting a March Madness party can be a great way to involve your friends and your offspring. Including basketball themed activities and simplified bracket picking can lay the foundation for an annual tradition.
If you are looking to up the ante on your March Madness there are a variety of free bracket challenges that you can participate in. Some of the free bracket challenges include, ESPN, Jiffy Tickets, and Goldberg Jones; for a comprehensive list of free bracket challenges check out this list.
Seattle-based MerGeo, an outdoor lifestyle event company, is bringing its Street Scramble adventure to Queen Anne for the first time on Saturday, March 30th – and Queen Anne locals have a key advantage… we know the neighborhood!
Street Scrambles are part scavenger hunt, part race – teams and individuals receive maps with checkpoints and a time limit to visit as many of those points as possible. Each checkpoint has a point value and competitors choose their own route to reach each one. Proof you’ve marked it off? A multiple choice question for each site, with point values varied based on difficulty.
Street Scramble mapper on one
of our 120 staircases
We all know that our neighborhood has many notable guide-book spots as well as hidden gems, and you can leverage your Queen Anne knowledge in the Street Scramble – unfair? Nope, just an advantage for Queen Anne locals. You can sign up as an individual or gather a team together, and you can compete as a runner, walker, or cyclist, and strollers are welcome!
Participants have 30 minutes to plan routes before the race clock begins – this is where you can use the ace in your pocket, your local Queen Anne insight, to your advantage. Then, the race begins and everyone scrambles to cover the neighborhood, mark off the checkpoints, and return to the finish line.
There are 11 award categories, including three for family teams. Preregistration is open until Thursday, March 28, and you can also sign up onsite the day of the Scramble (arrive at 8:30am for same-day registration).
According to course designer, Eric Bone:
“Queen Anne is a new neighborhood for Street Scramble, and I’m very excited about it… The geography of the Queen Anne neighborhood, with its views in many directions, green spaces, and proximity to diverse surrounding neighborhoods and Puget Sound, offers many interesting checkpoint locales.”
And, a sneak peek – here’s the mapping crew in action on Queen Anne:
Tomorrow the Rat City Rollergirls are competing at home, hosting two bouts with a special halftime event – Nancy Pearl, librarian-extraordinaire will be reading a children’s book at halftime. The Rat City Rollergirls have partnered with First Book Seattle, a charity that provides free and low-cost books to children in need.
Each Rat City Rollergirls team has chosen a favorite children’s book, and fans can vote for their favorite via a donation that goes to First Book. The team whose book gets the most fan donations will be read at halftime by Nancy Pearl.
Rat City Rollergirls with some of their favorite books
Here are the nominees:
Grave Danger: “The Monster at the End of this Book”
Throttle Rockets: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Sockit Wenches: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day”
Derby Liberation Front: “Where the Wild Things Are”
Doors open for tomorrow’s game at the Key at 4:30pm. Cast your vote before the game via donating spare change for your favorite team’s book. You can also buy books signed by roller derby teams from Elliot Bay Book Company on the KeyArena concourse. All proceeds from Rat City’s book-off will go to First Book Seattle, and a portion of sales from Elliot Bay will benefit First Book Seattle too.
So, don’t empty the spare change from your pockets before attending tomorrow’s game – save it to vote for your favorite book and benefit First Book Seattle, putting books into kid’s hands and promoting literacy.
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