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Queen Anne Greenways meets on Tuesday at a new venue

June 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Greenways LogoQueen Anne Greenways is meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, to continue its work on making Queen Anne safe for all. Unlike past meetings, this one will be at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). The community group is working on a permanent location for its upcoming meetings, but in the meantime, Queen Anne Manor has graciously offered its meeting space.

Join Queen Anne Greenways tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23rd, from 6:30pm to 8pm. You can find the group in the Queen Anne Manor dining room.

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Learn more about Seattle’s Block Watch program at Monday’s QACC Public Safety Meeting

June 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Crime WatchHave you ever wondered how to start a Block Watch program for your little neck of the Queen Anne woods? It’s pretty straightforward and easy to do, and at tomorrow’s Queen Anne Community Council Public Safety Meeting, you can learn all about it from Terrie Johnston , our SPD West Precinct Crime Prevention Coordinator.

The QACC Public Safety Committee Meeting is tomorrow, Monday, June 22nd from 7pm-8pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St).

The QACC is also requesting that current Queen Anne Block Watch captains, as well as those interested in becoming a Block Watch captain, attend this meeting. Having Block Watch captains at the meeting will help provide a forum for Block Watch captains and members to meet, learn from each other, and answer prospective Block Watch captains’ and members’ questions.

Here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

  • 7:00 – Sign-in and introductions to include any Block Watch captains present.
  • 7:05  - Ms. Johnston on the city’s Block Watch program and efforts to increase our crime prevention posture.
  • 7:30  - Q&A with attending members.
  • 8:00  - Adjourn

All are welcome to attend to learn more about crime prevention via the Block Watch program.

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Tis the season for crow attacks

June 20th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Crows Bigelow Newton

A pair of crows that attacked people on Queen Anne last year

We haven’t received any reports of crow attacks on Queen Anne – yet. But, it’s peak season for crows dive-bombing unsuspecting people out on walks, runs, or bike rides around the neighborhood.

Baby crows are just starting to fledge, and the parents are doing what’s natural – they’re protecting them. And, that means attacking unsuspecting people and dogs too (my dog knows “leave it” is serious business with crows).

KUOW interviewed UW wildlife professor John Marzluff about crow attacks. He gave these three tips:

  • Ignore the crows.
  • Avoid areas where you draw their attention.
  • Wear a mask with eyes on the back of your head – crows attack from behind and don’t attack faces.”

Click on the image below for an NPR video that further explains crow attacks and the 3 tips above:

If you’ve been attacked by a crow, let us know where (cross streets are helpful) so we can alert Queen Anne residents. Follow the rules and stay safe… although, if everyone follow the third rule, Queen Anne will be a very odd sight to those not in the know!

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Mr Butters

June 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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.

Branson & Tyke (adorable Chihuahua mix pair) – Adopted!
Mama (dedicated lap cat) – available for adoption – new photos on Petfinder
Thea (black and white kitty) – available for adoption
Tripp (young male cat) – Adopted!
Abby & Phinn (lovey dovey pair of doves) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Walter & Jesse (friendly pair of rats) – available for adoption
Pilot (lionhead rabbit) – available for adoption


Meet the Amazing Mr. Butters!

Mr Butters 3What better way to learn more about this week’s pet of the week, Mr. Butters, then to hear from his foster family. Foster families bring adoptable pets into their homes so they don’t have to stay in a noisy and confusing shelter while they look for their forever homes. Foster families learn how the pet settles into a new home environment and reacts to different situations they encounter. This information is used to determine what type of home would be best for each pet and also shared with potential adopters to ensure they are compatible with the pet. Here’s what Mr. Butters foster family has to say about him:

Info directly from Mr. Butters’ Foster Family:

Mr Butters 2Foster Mom: When we first met Mr. Butters, we could not believe how curious he was! He walked all around our house sniffing and investigating for hours. He was calm and methodical, but curious! He never seemed skittish or panicked. Words we would use to describe him include: distinguished, patient, gentle and always nearby with a purr!

He has even started to show some affection (or at least significant tolerance) for our Boston Terrier. Mr. Butters follows us around, waiting for a pet. He genuinely likes to be around people. We have fostered cats before who are always clawing to get onto our laps or jumping onto our keyboards while were typing. Mr. Butters is much too civilized for that sort of behavior. He politely curls up next to us while we are sitting on the couch. Occasionally, if it seems alright with us, he will delicately lay part of his body on our laps. Mr. Butters has terrific manners and would be a wonderful cat for a family that is looking for a distinguished gentleman!

Foster Kid (12 year old boy): What makes Mr. Butters such a great cat is how much he likes to be around people and how much he appreciates love and affection. Mr. Butters is very kind and friendly and does well with our dog. He is also very good with kids and seeks attention, especially from children. Mr. Butters also requires very little guidance and is very obedient. He has no problems using the litter box and is completely housebroken.

Foster Kid (10 year old girl): Mr. Butters is fun, playful, and always stays by your side. He is a cute critter and adores dogs. He is also very old, but he is still capable of jumping up on the couches. He is also very cuddly and can find his way around your house. He also loves to play with toys that make sounds or smell or move. And those are some of the reasons why I think you should adopt this cat, the very special Mr. Butters.

Mr Butters 1Mr. Butters is a senior, neutered, male cat. He has high blood pressure and takes medication once a day. The pill is very small and super easy to drop in his food. Butters also has some limited vision, so he occasionally bumps into things, but he is not blind and gets around extremely well.

Mr. Butters (SAS ID #15-1460-1) is waiting patiently in his foster home for your call. Please contact the Foster Care Hotline at (206) 684-0685 to arrange a meeting.

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EMP is celebrating 15 years with free admission for Seattleites on Tuesday

June 19th, 2015 by Laura Fonda


Photo courtesy of EMP Staff

EMP is turning 15 years old and celebrating by throwing a party on Tuesday, June 23rd – and EMP admission is FREE to all Seattle residents.

Plan on spending time at one of our Queen Anne landmarks, just bring valid ID showing your Seattle home address, and enjoy all of the current and permanent EMP exhibitis.

The day will also feature performances, architecture tour of the Frank O. Gehry building, free cupcakes, games, photo ops, and more:

• Architecture tours of the iconic Frank O. Gehry-designed building
• Performances from Sound Off! alumni including Bleachbear, Champagne Babylon, Emma Lee Toyoda, Maiah Manser, Manatee Commune, and Otieno Terry
• Ongoing pop culture games and activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, and Nirvana and Hendrix guitar tutorials
• Selfie photo ops with the TARDIS (Doctor Who),Command Chair (Star Trek), and Seattle Time Machine
• Special appearances by the Sea Gals, Harry Potter, R2D2, the Dalek, Blue Thunder, and Jet City Saber Guild
• New exhibits What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones and Wild Blue Angel: Hendrix Abroad, 1966–1970

If you’re interested in the live performances, here’s the schedule so you can plan accordingly:

  • EMP 1511:30am  - Bleachbear
  • 1:00pm - Emma Lee Toyoda
  • 2:00pm - Otieno Terry
  • 3:00pm - Maiah Manser
  • 4:00pm - Dave B
  • 5:00pm - Champagne Babylon
  • 6:00pm - Manatee Commune

Stop by EMP on Tuesday, June 23rd with your valid ID for free admission to one of our neighborhood’s top tourist destinations and enjoy the benefits of being a local!

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Help guide the future of the Queen Anne Community Center this Saturday

June 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QACC exteriorOur Queen Anne Community Center hosts so many events and activities for the community, but it’s definitely in need of a few updates.

If you’ve ever used the QACC and thought, “it needs a refresh” or “I’d love this type of class/service”, you can provide your input at a Community Center Strategic Plan Mini-Summit this Saturday, June 20th from 10am to noon.

The event will be held at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (305 Harrison St) and kicks off with a presentation, followed by small group discussions. Key topics for discussion:

  • What community center programs and services do you value most and why?
  • How can Seattle Parks improve its community center programs and services?

If you have any questions about the Community Center Strategic Plan or would like to submit your feedback via email, contact Susan Golub, Seattle Parks and Recreation at

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Free children’s concert by Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus this Saturday at McCaw Hall

June 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SMC Free Kids ConcertThis Saturday, June 20th, the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) are presenting their annual children’s concert – and it’s free for kids and their families.

The concert is at 2pm at McCaw Hall, and tickets are still available. Since it’s this Saturday, no tickets will be mailed, so the event organizers are encouraging Queen Anne kids and their families to just show up and have fun.

SMC and SWC will perform “high-energy kid-friendly tunes from the Disney songbook as well as some classics from the 70s rock super-group, Queen” and kids are encouraged to dance and sing along to the live concert.

The performance has a kid-friendly duration of one hour, and audience participation is encouraged and expected – plus, “costumes, laughter, and smiles to remind audiences that equality and acceptance are important messages to people of all ages”.

Kids will even get a free pack of crayons and coloring book to take home. Free concert, fun, and goodies to take home, bonus!

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Two new Little Free Libraries brings Queen Anne total to 28

June 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Not one, but two Little Free Libraries have popped up on Queen Anne since we spotted #25 back in March. A reader tipped us to one on 9th Ave W (thanks Katie!), and on the way to document (aka photograph) the LFL, I found another one on 5th Ave W. Both help fill the gap on the map near Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Plus, a group of businesses on McGraw St have put up a Little Free Library in front of their shared building – so that’s 28 LFLs total on Queen Anne! Could 30 be in our near future?

Here’s the rundown of the new LFLs:

9th Ave W & Raye St:

LFL 9th Ave W

5th Ave W & Smith St:

LFL 5th Ave W

11 W McGraw St – Sun Elemental Healing Arts:

LFL 11 W McGraw

The current map of LFLs on Queen Anne is below, and photos of all 28 LFLs are in our LFL gallery.

LFL Map 061415

If you spy a Little Free Library that isn’t on the map, let us know!

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Free yoga and zumba classes return to Seattle Center this week

June 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

For the past couple of years, the Seattle Center has hosted a free Summer Fitness program, and starting this week it continues the rather-new, but very popular, tradition.

Two different classes will help get you moving – Zumba on Tuesdays and gentle yoga on Thursdays. Both classes are free and open to all. Here are the details for each class:

When: Tuesdays 6pm-7pm
Dates: June 16 – August 18
Where: Fisher Pavilion Rooftop
Bring: water and comfortable sneakers

Come join us for an adventurous journey around the world through exhilarating Latin music, World Rhythms, West African, belly dance, dance hall, pop, classic rock, you name it. The result – a workout full of high energy, easy to follow choreography, and FUN!   It will get your heart pumping, get you sweaty, and put a big smile on your face. Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is required. 

Seattle Center FitnessGentle Yoga
When: Wednesdays 11:30am – 12:30pm
Dates: June 17 – August 19
Where: Exhibition Hall Lawn
Bring: your own yoga mat

Gentle Yoga is a class for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level. This class will focus on fluid movements to increase range of motion and increase joint and muscle flexibility. Beginners will learn the basics of Hatha Yoga, which is the physical practice, and all will have an opportunity to feel challenged and enjoy lots of fresh air. 

Get ready to enjoy another Summer event on Queen Anne, and get moving!

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Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon starts and ends at Seattle Center on Saturday

June 12th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Another summer weekend is bringing more people into the neighborhood. The biggest event of the weekend is the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon tomorrow (Saturday) morning. 26,000 participants are expected per SDOT, but the numbers are even higher from the event organizers: “18,000 runners and walkers, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.”

Also, take note: the Seattle Pacific University commencement ceremony is also on Saturday at 1pm at Key Arena, with 10,000 attendees expected. The two events will overlap, so avoid the area if possible or walk.

Here’s the info on the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon:

Course Map:

Rock n Roll Marathon map

Road Closures:

So numerous, it’s a pdf of a spreadsheet of road closures. Rest assured, many are around Seattle Center, so plan accordingly. The route also takes runners on the Viaduct and out and back on I-90. Getting around is going to be tricky. You can check out an interactive map of road closures online here.

Here’s a snapshot of the pdf, click the image to see the full list in non-ant print:

Road Closures

Remember, deep breaths and pack your patience if you’re driving or biking around Lower Queen Anne tomorrow.

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LOST CAT: Outdoor cat missing near 2nd Ave W & W Howe St

June 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Scout is an outdoor kitty who’s been missing since Monday, June 8th. Here’s the info from her owner:

ScoutScout has been missing since June 8, 2015. She is a small, approximately 9 lbs, short-haired, greyish-brown and white tabby with one green eye and one blue eye.

She was last seen on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle on 2nd Ave W and W Howe St by Big Howe Park.

If you live on Queen Anne, please be on the lookout for Scout. Check your basements, garages, under your decks, etc.

I will provide a reward for Scout’s return home. She is a very important member of our family. Please contact Mary at 206-915-7328 via call or text at anytime.

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Join Queen Anne Historical Society for a tour of modern architecture on Queen Anne

June 11th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QAHS Modern TourInterested in modern architecture on Queen Anne? If so, this is the event for you. The Queen Anne Historical Society is hosting a Modern Tour on Saturday June 20th from noon-3pm. You can admire local Queen Anne buildings and residential buildings from the outside, and learn about each stop on the tour from architects and QAHS members.

The Modern Tour includes two municipal projects, two live work buildings, and two private residences. The architects who designed the more recent projects will discuss their program goals and how their work fits into Modernism.

johnson residenceThe tour starts at the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W) and ends with a reception at Tin Lizzie in the MarQueen hotel with free appetizers.

You can purchase tickets to the tour online – tickets are $20 for QAHS member, $25 for non-members. Here are the stops on the tour, along with the presenters who’ll give you the scoop on each structure:

  • 12pm: Queen Anne Pool, 1920 1st Ave W - Jeff Murdock
  • 12:20pm: Johnson Residence, 719 W Lee St  - Andrew Borges
  • 12:50pm: Desai Residence, 1121 Bigelow Ave – Andrew van Leeuwen
  • 1:15pm: The Block, 1709 Dexter Ave N – Matthew Stannard
  • 1:35 pm: Eyeballs Eyewear, 166 Roy St – Lane Williams
  • 1:55pm: Power Control Center, 157 Roy St - Michael Herschensohn, President of QAHS
  • 2:30pm: Tin Lizzie Lounge, Cash Bar Reception – free appetizers for all and signature cocktail for QAHS members

All are welcome to attend and learn about the modern side of Queen Anne. For more information or to become a Queen Anne Historical Society member, visit the QAHS website.

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