It’s market day: Queen Anne Farmers Market special events & vendors

QAFM 2016It’s Thursday, and that means market day along W Crockett. The Queen Anne Farmers Market opens for business at 3pm and runs through 7:30pm.

Here’s the info you need to know to plan your late Thursday afternoon and/or evening:

Every Thursday: farm & food vendors can be found here

Musical Guest: Peter Williams with his cello students, from 5-7pm

Event Tent: Third Thursday Kids’ Day with face painting by Happy Faces and free balloons. Starts at 3pm.

Rotating Food Trucks: Napkin FriendsNoshPicnic, and Kiss My Grits

Winery: Wilridge Winery

Make your plans now. The Queen Anne Farmers Market is today, Thursday, June 16th, 3pm-7:30pm, W Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W. is a real thing and it’s awesome

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 1.18.43 PMAs we look to the week ahead, Monday morning Mercer traffic may be next up for some readers. And, for anyone that travels the Mercer corridor, traffic is always an issue. Will it be bad? Will it be horrible? Well, now you can check before you leave, thanks to a new website –

KIRO launched the website that provides a traffic cam, traffic alerts, and construction updates. Plus, you can see any event traffic warnings too (e.g. Key Arena, McCaw Hall, and Seattle Center events). My only quibble – or request – is that the camera is at 9th Ave N. Would be great to have one near 5th Ave N & Mercer that looks both ways…

Check out the new site, today’s traffic looks like it could be easily navigated – but that’s because it’s Sunday. Check back tomorrow and see the mess that Mercer can be…

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UPDATED | LOST DOG: Australian Shepherd at 10th Ave W & W Howe – FOUND

UPDATE: looks like the Subaru owner took Pepper to Mud Bay Uptown to locate her owner. Via Instagram, the owner has connected with the store. Pepper should be on her way home Thursday morning:

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Pepper, a blue merle Australian Shepherd, got out of her fenced yard at 10th Ave W & W Howe today around 2pm. She was seen being picked up by a person in a white Subaru, possibly an Impreza.

She has a collar with a number to a shelter in Wenatchee on it.

If you have seen Pepper, please call Anna-Lisa at 206-227-3524

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All Cycles supplies drive underway now at Damask Tattoo

All Cycles DamaskAll Cycles, a grassroots Outreach Project for Seattle organization, is running a winter campaign across Seattle to help out women in need. The donation effort is currently underway, and you can help out by donating new tampons, pads, and other menstrual products right here on Queen Anne.

Local woman-owned business Damask Tattoo is a drop-off site for the All Cycles drive, making it easy for Queen Anne residents to help get necessary supplies to homeless or low-income women and transgender individuals who have menstrual cycles.

All Cycles is seeking donations of pads, tampons, wet wipes, and underwear of sizes. You can check out its online wishlist to see specific items needed. And, you can learn more about All Cycles and their ongoing charitable efforts via their Facebook page.

The drive runs now through February 20th, with Damask Tattoo (1509 Queen Anne Ave N) joining 4 other Seattle-area businesses hosting drop-off sites to help the cause.

Targy’s Halloween Costume Ball this Friday benefits local Queen Anne schools

Targys2015Halloween-webLooking for something to do after the kids are done trick-or-treating on Queen Anne Ave this Friday, October 30th? Don your best costume and head over to Targy’s Tavern for a Halloween Costume Ball.

The fun begins at 9:30pm with live DJs SpaceStation206, drinks, and more. Plus, the event raises money for both John Hay Elementary and Coe Elementary (suggested donation of $10), so the kids benefit in the end as well.

Happy Halloween!

Big Mario’s opens November 6th with 100 free slices to celebrate

Big Marios RedditWe first broke the news that Queen Anne would be getting a Big Mario’s location back in May. Now, the space at 815 5th Ave N that used to house Panos Kleftiko is sporting a Big Mario’s sign and the restaurant will open its doors next Friday, November 6th.

To celebrate the Grand Opening of the newest Big Mario’s, the restaurant will give a free slice of pizza to the first 100 customers. (note: they haven’t finalized their hours yet…)

Owners Mike McConnell, Jason Lajeunesse, and David Meinert opened the original Big Mario’s on Capitol Hill in 2010. Lower Queen Anne is the second location for the local New York style pizza joint, which also serves calzones, pasta, salads, and drinks.

Why Queen Anne? According to Lajeunesse:

“Our goal is to bring Big Mario’s to all of our favorite neighborhoods! We’ve been looking at Queen Anne for a long time, and our partner Mike had this unique space. It’s in an old building, and needed tons of work, but it truly feels like a Big Mario’s. It’s also right next to one of our favorite sister businesses, Caffé Vita located on Lower Queen Anne.”

Who’s Big Mario? A friend of the owners, Mario Vellotti, came to the US in 1964 from Naples, Italy. He opened pizzerias with his brother and uncle in New York – spanning all of the five Boroughs.

Now, Big Mario’s comes to Lower Queen Anne. You can check out the slices, pies, and more on their online menu, and plan ahead to try a slice for free next week.

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