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Mercer Alert: Emergency repair will reduce Mercer westbound to one lane this evening

November 18th, 2014 by Laura

Mercer Water RepairJust in from SDOT – plan ahead as traffic is sure to back up with only one westbound Mercer lane this evening. Still pending a start-time from SDOT, but if it’s during rush hour, it’ll be bad. (UPDATE: closure has already started, per SDOT)

Note: you can pretty much completely ignore the 1 minute travel estimate on the map…

Emergency lane restriction on westbound Mercer Street this evening

SEATTLE—The Seattle Department of Transportation advises travelers that westbound Mercer Street will be restricted to one lane between Sixth Avenue North and Fifth Avenue North this  evening, Tuesday, Nov. 18, due to a leaking water main in the roadway. One lane on westbound Mercer Street will remain open at all times. Eastbound Mercer Street will be unaffected.

Please use alternate routes where possible and expect traffic delays.

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New Queen Anne shop Vian Hunter features vintage clothing and more

November 17th, 2014 by Laura

This past weekend, while walking around the Queen Anne business district, a new shop caught my eye. Just around the corner from The Towne at 6 W Howe St is the new location for Vian Hunter House of Fashion

VianHunter windowFormerly located in Madison Valley, Vian Hunter has found a home on Queen Anne. Owned by Lisa Vian Hunter, the shop features vintage clothing from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, plus new clothes and a wide range of accessories. You can check out a sample of their wares on their Facebook page or web site.

The store just opened this past Saturday, and Lisa says they’re “excited about being in the Queen Anne neighborhood”. The shop will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11am to 5pm. Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Queen Anne Ave trees light up as Holiday Magic set for December 5th

November 16th, 2014 by Laura

Have you noticed that the trees along Queen Anne Ave N on Upper Queen Anne are lit for the upcoming holiday season? Every year, these lights go up thanks to our local Queen Anne merchants and the Queen Anne Chamber – and they make the business district between Galer and McGraw sparkle!

QA Holiday Lights 1Business owners along Queen Anne Ave N pay for the tree lights that light up the Ave through the holiday season. These lights also help signal the upcoming annual Holiday Magic event on Queen Anne.

Holiday Magic will be Friday, December 5th this year, 4pm-8pm. In years past, Santa visited HomeStreet Bank for family photos and merchants had small bites, drinks, and special sales for the holiday season.

As we get more merchant-specific info for Holiday Magic, we’ll get it posted.  Until then, enjoy the trees and thank our Queen Anne merchants for their festive spirit!

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Early registration deadline for Seattle Turkey Trot is this Tuesday

November 15th, 2014 by Laura

Turkey Trot logoWhile it may be a neighborhood away, the annual Seattle Turkey Trot that routes runners through Ballard is the Thanksgiving Day run to do!

The Turkey Trot was a true grassroots effort when Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien organized the first event after running the Portland Turkey Trot nine years ago – and realizing Seattle had no equivalent. (and, hey, we can’t be outdone by Portland, can we?)

turkeypromo2The 8th annual Turkey Trot is a 5K run-or-walk that kicks off on Thanksgiving morning at 9am. Early Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 10 & under – the deadline is Tuesday, November 18th. The registration proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank, with last year’s event bringing in over $90,000.

The Turkey Trot is family-friendly and turkey costumes are welcome! Join nearly 3,000 other runners/walkers this year and get a work-out before your Thanksgiving feast!

The Seattle Turkey Trot route starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St and the finish line is at Golden Gardens Park. After your trot, you can head back home to Queen Anne and feast away guilt-free!

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Lahi pop up returns to Grub this Monday

November 15th, 2014 by Laura

Since Grub is closed on Mondays, owner Sharon Fillingim often turns over her kitchen to up-and-coming restaurants. This Monday, November 17th, Filipino pop up Lahi returns to Grub’s spot at 7 Boston St with a new 5-course menu.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lahi, they’ve been at Grub before and this past August they traveled to San Francisco for Savor Filipino, where Filipino chefs from all over the country converged to showcase their cuisine. Lahi was the only restaurant from the Pacific Northwest to attend the event.

Lahi owner Irbille Donia is planning 6 months of pop ups in anticipation of opening a restaurant in September of next year. Donia’s goal is a “modern reinterpretation of Filipino flavors with Northwest ingredients elevated by the care for those ingredients” – you can check out their planned menu below:

Lahi Print Menu Nov

The Lahi pop up runs from 5pm to 10pm on Monday at Grub with a 5-course meal at $45. You can make reservations via Lahi’s Facebook page.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Muffin & Flash

November 14th, 2014 by Laura

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Tuesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Oso (lively Chihuahua mix) – available for adoption
Pooky & Duke (fun pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Folson (charming tabby cat) – available for adoption
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Puma (beautiful grey kitty) – available for adoption
Chinchillas – Pascale & Ariana (bonded pair of females) available for adoption


Meet Muffin and Flash!

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Well hello there! We’re awfully glad to meet you. We’re a bonded pair of guinea pigs looking for a forever home where we’ll get lots of love! We must be adopted together.

We’re a little on the shy side, but we’re getting more used to being held. Once picked up, Muffin (smaller female) is a little more outgoing and curious than Flash (male), although she loves to hide in small spaces.

Flash is shy when being held, but in the cage he likes to sit outside the plastic igloo and munch on delicious hay. We both love hay, fresh parsley and bell peppers.

Muffin n Flash 2014-11-13 1More about Guinea Pigs: Guinea pigs need a large flat-bottomed living space, with areas where they can take shelter and relax if they feel nervous. Guinea pigs should have an hour or more of supervised playtime daily for exercise and stimulation, but it’s important to remember that guinea pigs *cannot* use an exercise wheel or ball. Guinea pigs are social animals and do best when kept in pairs or small groups and enjoy spending time with their people too.

Guinea pigs should be fed a high-quality pellet formulated for guinea pigs, unlimited hay, and fresh leafy greens. (Greens low in calcium such as lettuce, parsley, carrot tops, and cilantro are good choices.) Guinea pigs also require vitamin C supplement; offering a slice or two of orange or bell pepper daily is an easy and delicious way to provide the vitamin C they need.

Muffin n Flash 2014-11-13 2There is a low fee to adopt a guinea pig from the Seattle Animal Shelter; however, you are expected to make a lifetime commitment to your adopted piggies. The primary caregiver must be a responsible adult. Your piggy should be treated as an integral part of the family. Your guinea pigs will also need regular nail trims and vet checks. With good care and lots of love, guinea pigs can live to be 5 to 7 years old.

Flash and Muffin (SAS ID #14-19425-1 & 2) are currently being adored in a foster home. If you’re interested in adopting this pair, please call the foster care hotline at (206) 684-0685, or email

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Mercer Alert: Taylor closure Thursday only a taste of messy – get ready for full closure of Mercer, 5th, and Taylor this weekend

November 12th, 2014 by Laura

Taylor Ave N will be fully closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 13 between Roy and Mercer Streets. The closure begins at 8:30am and runs through 3pm. It’ll be closed again this weekend – along with a  stretch of Mercer Street and 5th Ave N. Traffic will be heavy along detour routes and adjacent streets. SDOT advises there will be “significant delays” due to the upcoming closure.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Thursday, November 13: Full closure of Taylor Ave. N at Mercer St.

From 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, Taylor Ave. N will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer streets as crews pave a portion of the roadway.

  • Turns to and from Mercer St. at Taylor Ave. N will be prohibited.
  • Travelers from Queen Anne should use 5th Ave. N to access Mercer St.
  • Local access to businesses on Taylor Ave. N between Mercer and Roy will be maintained from Roy St.

Following this work, Taylor Ave. N will continue to be restricted to southbound travel only as crews complete work in the roadway. Travelers from westbound Mercer St. should use 5th Ave. N to continue north to the Queen Anne neighborhood.

November 14-17: Full closure of Mercer St, Fifth Ave N and Taylor Ave N

Friday, Nov. 14 at 11 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 17 at 5 a.m., crews will fully close Mercer Street, Fifth Avenue North and Taylor Avenue North.

  • Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic between Dexter Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North.
  • Fifth Avenue North will be fully closed between Republican and Roy streets.
  • Taylor Avenue North will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer streets.

During the closure:

  • Detour routes will be posted and police officers will direct traffic through signalized intersections along the detour.
  • Travelers heading to Queen Anne and Seattle Center from I-5 should use alternate routes through downtown or Denny Way to avoid the closure.
  • Travelers heading to I-5 and SR 99 from Queen Anne should use Denny Way and alternate routes through downtown.
  • Mercer Street between Queen Anne Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North will remain open for local access only, including to the Seattle Center Mercer Garage.
  • Local access to businesses and properties will be maintained at all times.
  • Access to businesses and residences on Taylor Avenue North will be maintained from Roy Street.
  • Advanced signage will be posted to direct pedestrians around the work zones.

Please plan ahead and expect significant traffic delays. Early warning signs will be available in advance of all detours and police officers will manage traffic at key intersections on the detour route.

Mercer 1114 Closure Map

November 17: Third eastbound lane opens on Mercer St between 5th Ave N and 9th  Ave N

On Monday, Nov. 17, crews will open a third eastbound lane on Mercer Street from Fifth Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North. This new Mercer Street configuration will also include two new left turn lanes from westbound Mercer Street onto southbound Fifth Avenue North and is a major milestone as the project works to complete the West Phase. Please pay careful attention to street signs as travelers adjust to new traffic patterns.

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Community meeting to discuss Interagency Recovery School planned for December 10th

November 12th, 2014 by Laura

Today we got word from Seattle Public Schools that the community meeting on the planned Interagency Recovery School will be held at John Hay Cafeteria on Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30pm.

QA High GymAll residents and parents are welcome to attend this community meeting – per the email we received from SPS, it is a community meeting, not a John Hay-specific meeting. The school will take over the Queen Anne Gym space kitty-corner from Johh Hay Elementary, so the John Hay PTA has been very involved in gathering feedback since we broke the news on the school.

QA High School Gym mapKaaren Andrews, the Principal of the Interagency Academy, contacted the John Hay PTA and stated that the Recovery School plans to open on February 2nd – not later this month, as originally communicated to us by SPS. However, if permits are obtained sooner, it will open before February. Sometime in November is likely the earliest date, pending permits.

If you have questions or concerns about the Interagency Recovery School, plan on attending this community meeting. SPS has asked for comments to be submitted by tomorrow, Thursday, November 13th.

Send your questions and comments to the following SPS contacts:

Kaaren Andrews, Principal of Interagency Schools for Seattle

Kari Hanson, Principal of John Hay 

Sue Peters, Queen Anne SPS Board Member 

Interim Superintendent Nyland 

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Flip Herndon

John Hay Parent Board (compiling questions for the meeting)

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Queen Anne Helpline receives grant and ramps up for winter holiday season – how you can help!

November 11th, 2014 by Laura

Helpline logoIt’s been a while since we posted news on our local Queen Anne Helpline. The annual Gala held every October was missed due to my short leave-of-absence from Queen Anne View. However, thanks to Queen Anne residents and businesses, the Helpline raised a record $144,000 at the event, exceeding its goal of $120,000. A big thank you to Queen Anne residents and businesses who attended!

In other happy Helpline news, our local Upper Queen Anne Safeway nominated the Helpline for a $1,000 grant from Hunger Is – a program where the Safeway managers nominate a local charity and customers contribute during a month-long fundraiser. The funds from the grant will go to the Helpline’s Weekend Food for Kids program that serves 5 schools in both Magnolia and on Queen Anne. Thank you to our local Safeway and customers!

Now, on to the cold weather that’s moved into our area… it’s a sure sign of winter and the holiday season. There are several ways you can help our neighbors in need via the Helpline’s program:

Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors:

The Helpline is partnering with All Saints Church to collect and deliver Thanksgiving groceries to seniors. Senior housing managers, churches, and other agencies identify low-income seniors who have no access to a Thanksgiving meal, and the Helpline has a goal of providing 100 bags of Thanksgiving food.

To reach this goal, the Helpline will purchase perishable items for the program, and is asking for donations of non-perishable items – any and all donations are welcome. If you’d like to help, fill a bag with food from the list below and call the Helpline at 206-282-1540 to arrange to drop off:

• Can of vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.)
• Package of mashed potatoes
• Package of stuffing/dressing
• Can of cranberry sauce
• Can/jar of gravy
• Box of instant oatmeal
• Package of cookies
• Shelf-stable milk
• Cans of individual serving juice

If you’d like to help with the perishable items, like Thanksgiving turkey breast, rolls, butter, etc., you can donate Safeway gift cards or cash to the Helpline. Contact the Helpline at 206-282-1540.

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot – Volunteers!

It’s already that time of year! The Helpline is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas Tree Lot. You can sign up to be a volunteer cashier at the Tree Lot on the Helpline’s web site.

Other ways to help:

QAH Food BankFinally, a reminder that you can donate coats, clothes, blankets, and toiletries to the Helpline. With the cold weather upon us, take a look in your closet and if you have coats or warm clothes that need a new home, give the Helpline a call to set up a drop-off time. If you travel a lot and have unopened hotel soaps and toiletries taking up space in your bathroom cabinet, they’re perfect for the Helpline too.

You can also donate to the Helpline when you shop at via AmazonSmile . All you have to do is make your Amazon purchases via this link, and Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price to the Helpline.

If you’d like to donate your time, check out the volunteer opportunities on the web site.

Regardless of whether you donate money, time, or household items, it’s all for a good cause. Help out the Helpline this year!

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday, agenda includes 2015 nominations

November 11th, 2014 by Laura

uptownThe Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday, November 13th at 7pm in the Commuity Room at the EXPO Building (100 Republican St). The agenda has quite a few items on it this go-around, including nominations for 2015 officers.

Here’s the agenda:

7:00-7:05  Welcome and introductions

7:05-7:15  Update on Uptown UDF (TBD)

7:15-7:45  Future planning concept for Denny Way and Aurora Ave area

7:45-8:30  Freight Master Plan Update

8:30-8:45  Topics of concern

8:45-9:00  Nominations for 2015 officers

Plus, an update on the Uptown Parklet and the November 19th Uptown Art Walk in Counterbalance Park. This meeting will be the last one for 2014. The next meeting will be January 8th, 2015.

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A&J Meats looking for new butcher; seafood and wine merchants remain open

November 9th, 2014 by Laura

A week ago, we posted on the retirement of A&J Meats owner Rick Friar. With his retirement comes the closing of A&J after 63 years. When I stopped by this week, I asked about the future of the A&J building, owned by Rick, at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and McGraw St.

A&J signsAccording to Rick, they’re currently looking for a butcher to take over the business or move into the space. Ideally, they’d like to keep the space an operating butcher shop. No confirmation yet on possible tenants for the butcher portion of the spot, so stay tuned.

As for Wild Salmon Seafood, they have a lease that runs through the end of December, so they’ll be selling fresh seafood at the location until then – or perhaps beyond.

McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants have a 2 year lease on their space in the A&J Building, so they’ll be around for the near future.

The good news is that we may get a butcher, and in the meantime, you can still get seafood and wine without leaving the neighborhood. Plus, a reminder – A&J Meats will be open through November 29th, so get your Thanksgiving orders in asap via phone (206-284-3885) or stop by in-person.

Local businesses thrive due to loyal neighborhood support, let’s keep them on Queen Anne for the long haul!

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John Hay parents’ concerns prompt SPS community meeting on Interagency Recovery School

November 9th, 2014 by Laura

QA High GymLess than a week ago, we posted on the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Interagency Recovery School that’s planned for the old Queen Anne High School Gym. Work was being done at night, which prompted several email tips to Queen Anne View, asking what was happening to the Gym.

When SPS responded to our inquiries, it was news to residents and John Hay Elementary parents. The alternative high school will be located directly across from John Hay Elementary, with the location generating concern from John Hay parents.

QA High School Gym mapConcerns include not only the proximity of recovering addicts to elementary school students – the SPS statement noted that students are committed to being sober – but also the use of SPS property.

Like many Seattle schools, John Hay Elementary is overcrowded. It has two large portable classroom units in the southwest corner of the playground, and could have used the Queen Anne High School Gym space if it’d been available.

After we posted the article on the Interagency Recovery School, there were many reader comments and suggestions for contacts. Parents contacted SPS and Sue Peters, our local Queen Anne SPS board member. According to the John Hay PTA, they received a response after 3 days of inquiries to SPS.

SPS will host a community meeting in December – something that likely wouldn’t have happened without the heads up on the school and the involvement of the John Hay PTA. The original decision was made without a review by SPS (it was added at the last minute to a meeting this past Thursday, November 6th).

Sue Peters is reviewing emails and forwarding them to the Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Facilities. She has asked for more information on the development and why the community wasn’t engaged early on in the process.

Part of the mission statement for the Interagency Academy program is “partner with community-based organizations and agencies” and one of SPS’ three goals is “Strengthen school, family and community engagement” – neither of which has happened (yet) with the Interagency Recovery School.

We’ve contacted SPS to find out when a date for the community meeting is confirmed. When that information is made available, we’ll share it on the blog. In the meantime, if you have comments, questions, or concerns, here are the people to contact:

Sue Peters, Queen Anne SPS Board Member 

Interim Superintendent Nyland 

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Flip Herndon

Stay tuned for more information on the proposed community meeting.

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