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Celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by Martha Silano at Queen Anne Book Company

April 5th, 2014 by Laura

April is National Poetry Month, and local indie bookstore Queen Anne Book Company is hosting Martha Silano, winner of the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, this Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm for a poetry reading.

SilanoThe author of three previous collections of poetry – including the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize winner, The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception – Silano will be reading from her new book of poetry, Reckless Lovely.

The new collection begins with The Big Bang and ends with twelve million bees released from a jack-knifed semi truck. The poetic travels in between include Renaissance masterworks, amusement parks, the peregrine, the paramecium, and more.

If you can’t make Tuesday’s reading, you can contact Queen Anne Book Company for a signed copy via phone at 206-284-2427 or their web site.

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Bartell Drugs matching donations for Oso Landslide relief efforts

April 5th, 2014 by Laura

Bartell signIf you’re looking for a drop-off location for monetary donations for the Oso landslide, you can stop by either the Upper or Lower Queen Anne Bartell Drugs locations and have your donation matched.

Bartell is matching customer contributions with a donation to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, up to $10,000 total.

Donations of any amount can be made with a Bartell’s cashier at any Bartell Drugs location.

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UPDATE Intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St closed this weekend

April 4th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: The planned Mercer closure has been cancelled due to (impending) inclement weather. The Queen Anne Ave N & Roy Street intersection work will proceed as planned.

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SDOT will be closing the intersection of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St from 4am Saturday through 5am Monday.

Here are the details from SDOT:

Eastbound Mercer Closure– 5am Friday, April 4 to 5am Monday, April 7: CANCELLED

Queen Anne Ave N & Roy St Closure: 4am Saturday, April 5 through 5am Monday, April 7

    QA & Roy

  • Access to northbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be fully closed to traffic from Roy St to accommodate signal pole installations and sidewalk work.
  • Travelers heading north from westbound Roy St will be detoured onto southbound Queen Anne Ave N and then right onto Mercer St to proceed north on 2nd Ave W.
  • To access Queen Anne from Downtown, travelers should use westbound Mercer St to 2nd Ave W or 5th Ave N and Taylor Ave N.
  • Southbound Queen Anne Avenue N will be reduced to one lane between Valley and Roy streets.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Dante

April 4th, 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 Wednesday – 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.

Updates on previous pets:
China & Vesper (chinchillas) – available for adoption
Neva (Siamese kitty) – adopted!
Godiva (black & white kitty) – available for adoption
Murasaki (Calico kitty) – available for adoption
Slim (corn snake) – available for adoption, now in a foster home, call 206-684-0685, or send email

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Meet Dante!

Dante 2014-4-2 1Hi, Dante here. I am an 8 pound bundle of energy and spunk! My life hasn’t always been the best, but I have that survivor attitude of “look on the bright side.” I’m about three years old, I love to go for long walks, and I’m working on my manners; I’m getting very good at “leave it” and beam at the praise and treats I get for my hard work!

I am currently in a foster home with two senior dogs (a Greyhound and a Dachshund mix). While I get along with them, my heart belongs to my foster mom. I much prefer the company of humans and my ideal home would be with a person(s) who works from home or a retired person or couple, so we could spend lots of quality time together.

Dante 2014-4-2 2I’ll do best in an adult only home, kids are a little scary to me. I’d like my new home to have some dog experience and be willing to continue working with me on my manners (its a great way for us to bond!) and confidence.

I really don’t like to be left alone, but my foster mom is helping me build my confidence and that’s helping a lot. I’m ok being left alone for a few hours at a time now, but I’m not ready to be left alone for a full work day yet. Besides, I think you’d miss me a lot if we were apart that long!

Dante 2014-4-2 3Won’t you give me my forever home? I will give you all the love you could ever want!

Dante (SAS #14-14067) is being adored in a foster. If you would like to meet him, you must submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting via email or fax. Or you may pick up an application at the Shelter. If you have general questions about this dog, you may call the Shelter’s Animal Care Staff at (206) 386-4294.

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Seattle Center Whirligig returns this Friday for a limited time only

April 3rd, 2014 by Laura

WhirligigThe Seattle Center Armory becomes the center of the whirly universe this Friday as the Seattle Center Whirligig returns for a 3 week run of fun, April 4-April 20. Kids can “bounce with abandon” on giant inflatable rides, plus, there’ll be balloon artists, face painters, and caricaturists on hand for even more fun.

Whirligig is designed for kids 12 and under, and a Toddler Zone will be available for the younger ones. Tickets are $7.50 for all-day passes, $4.50 for toddler all-day passes, and $1.50 for single rides.

Plus, Thursdays are FREE (note: on Thursday, April 17th , the rides close at 2pm, so get there early).

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Kraken Congee returns to Grub with one-year anniversary pop-up on Monday

April 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Grub is closed on Mondays, and owner Sharon Fillingim continues to turn her restaurant spot over to new and innovative pop-up concepts, providing Queen Anne with new one-night-only dining experiences.

Kraken CongeeThe next pop-up at Grub is the celebratory return of Kraken Congee. On Monday, April 7th, Kraken Congee is marking its one-year anniversary with a menu of new and old items at Grub.

According to Kraken’s Garrett Doherty, Kraken Congee will be “re-releasing fan favorites like the award winning Pork Belly Abodo with Lugaw, Five Spice Duck Confit, and Longanisa Dumplings. You’ll also find new dishes that have risen from our winter slumber, like Octopus and Kimchi Congee and a special Thai Style Whole Fried Red Snapper. “ You can check out the menu below:Kraken Menu

Kraken Congee’s service begins at 5 pm and runs through 9pm. They’re not taking reservations, so plan ahead to get to Grub at 7 Boston St on Monday.

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Queen Anne Community Council meets Wednesday, grain silo public art on the agenda

April 1st, 2014 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council meets at 7:30pm Wednesday, April 2 at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). In addition to the usual committee reports, Betty Winfield will speak about a public art proposal for the Pier 86 grain silos. For an example of public art on grain silos, check out San Francisco’s Pier 92.

Here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

  • 7:30-Adoption of Agenda
  • 7:35- Open Forum- Comments
  • 7:45 -Mercer  Corridor Update-SDOT
  • 8:10-Pier 86 Silos, A public Art Proposal- Betty Winfield
  • 8:45 Committee Reports
  • 9:20- New Business
  • 9:30- Adjournment

The meeting is open to all, if you’re interested in any of the topics or want to learn more about the proposed Pier 86 grain silo art, join the meeting at 7:30pm

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Portion of 5 Spot meals will benefit Oso Landslide beginning this Sunday

April 1st, 2014 by Laura

We’ve been on the lookout for Oso landslide benefits around Queen Anne, and here’s the first – 5 Spot is hosting a “Chow Chompin’ Family Meal Deal” with a portion of each meal going to people affected by the Oso landslide.

Chow for Oso runs from this Sunday, April 6th – Thursday, April 17th and here’s the meal deal:

chowforosoEnjoy a three course dinner and choose from four appetizers, four entrees, and four desserts for $28, with $5 from each Adult Chow Chompin’ Meal going to the American Red Cross to assist the victims of The OSO Landslide.

Have kids? Bring them along and we’ll give the little whippersnappers a three course kids meal for 2 bits (that $.25) per year up to age 12. It’s a sweet deal for the whole family, so come on in and join us for some good times, at great prices for a good cause!

Thanks to 5 Spot for this fundraising effort! If you know of a business or organization raising funds for the Oso Landslide, let us know.

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Gates Foundation’s free Family Day celebrates Food for Good this Saturday

April 1st, 2014 by Laura

For its first free Family Day of the year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is hosting “Food for Good” this Saturday, April 5th. The event is family-oriented and designed to engage all ages with activities and performances focused on food and nutrition both locally and around the world.

Food4GoodAt Saturday’s Food for Good Family Day, visitors can learn about seasonal crops and good nutrition through storytelling, games, and art activities from local community organizations.

The Visitor Center Family Day is free and runs from 10am to 3pm. Highlights of the day will include:

  • Hands-on games and art activities that show how easy and exciting it can be to make a difference – one seed or book at a time
  • Innovative tools and ideas that help farmers and families around the world
  • Storytime with children’s book authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swan who will lead kids in a discussion about gardening and the importance of trying new foods
  • Family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community
  • Performance by Ocheami
  • Sampling food from TanzaniaEthiopia, and Nigeria
  • Learning local and global food facts from different community organizations

Many community organizations such as Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, Bastyr University, Seattle Tilth, Solid Ground, and more will help make Family Day fun and educational. You can see the list of all participating organizations and RSVP online at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center Facebook page.

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LOST: White cat near Queen Anne Library

March 31st, 2014 by Laura

A cat that lives near the Queen Anne Library on 4th Ave W between Garfield and Galer streets has been missing since Sunday afternoon. If you live nearby, check your garages, sheds, and under decks for Binky – and if you walk to/from the Library, keep an eye out.

binky in cat box  Back Camera

Here’s Binky’s info from his owner:

Binky is a 5 year old white domestic shorthaired male with blue eyes.  He has a chip but no collar.  He is an indoor/outdoor cat and has been missing since Sunday afternoon.  He is pretty well-known among passers by on their way to the QA library, and usually hangs out near our home on 4th Ave West between Garfield and Galer Streets (close to the library).

Binky has been known to “visit” neighbors’ homes, darting into the occasional open door.  We’re curious whether he possibly got spooked by a dog, ran into a crawlspace/basement/garage, and got trapped?  A neighbor of ours found someone’s missing cat in her basement after several days. The kids are really hopeful–Binky usually sleeps with our 9 year old.
If you see Binky, contact the Virzi family via voice or text at 206-409-5687 or email catvirzi@yahoo.com.

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Art exhibit features birds envisioned by three different artists

March 31st, 2014 by Laura

A new art exhibit at Stacya Silverman Art & Beauty features the beauty of our fine feathered friends – “Flocks, Murders, Gaggles and Coveys: A Celebration of Birds” opens this Sunday, with an opening reception on Sunday, April 6th from 1pm to 4pm.

The exhibit features bird photography by Judith Roan, mechanical birds that move and sing by Bliss Kolb, and birds on paper with dried leaves by Fred Martell. The show runs through June at the gallery located at 614 W McGraw St, Suite 101.

Here’s the rundown on the featured artists:

Mallard, preeningJudith Roan began seriously photographing birds in the early nineties when she started making weekly tallies of the birds she observes and studies on Mercer Island where she lives. Her photos are not merely studies of the birds in the area, but images that capture their routines, nature, and habitat. The song, movement, action and drama of the birds are carefully observed and recorded. The birds in her extraordinary pictures are all photographed here in the Pacific Northwest. Roan works closely with her photographer husband, Ron Reeder, and they often share work and images with one another.

Crowsm3Bliss Kolb has long been drawn to machines and the beauty of engineering, both of which are immediately apparent in his astonishing moving bird sculptures. For over 30 years, he has been designing and building cabinetry, award-winning theatrical sets, props, lighting and furniture. In 2010 he began pursuing a lifelong interest in Automata, or mechanical moving creatures. Kolb states, “Looking over the wonderful, clever works of automata throughout its history, the thing that continues to hook me is the imitation or illusion of life: an obvious machine that moves so realistically it seems to be alive”. Kolb was born and raised in Seattle and attended The Evergreen State College and the University of Washington, with additional training in musical instrument construction and clock repair.

Martell SongbirdFred Martell has been a resident of Manhattan’s East Village for the last 50 years. He studied design and architecture at Kansas State University, where he also studied theater. Fred collected leaves wherever he went, including leaves where he was born and raised in Vermont. He pressed and cured the leaves in phone books. No inks or dyes are used in creating his works. The color and detail that make up the beauty of the bird image is provided by cutting and assembling different leaves. His frames are hand-made from found objects and discarded scrap lumber. Martell’s work reflects the spirit of the arts and crafts movement as well as American folk art traditions.

For more information on the show, you can contact contact Stacya Silverman via email or at 206.270.9465.

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LloydMartin celebrates April Fool’s Day with Chicharron pop-up

March 30th, 2014 by Laura

Last year, LloydMartin marked April Fool’s Day with Diversion, a Spanish-inspired pop-up from head chef Sam Crannell – and they’re doing it again, celebrating the first of April with a completely new one-night-only restaurant concept.

ChicharronThis year, LloydMartin become Chicharron for a night as a Mexican pop-up restaurant complete with food, drinks, music, and décor inspired by Frida Kahlo and the Day of the Dead. The staff will even be sporting attire inspired by Mexican culture to get everyone in the spirit of the pop-up.

All menu items will be at a price point of $16 or less, with dishes such as Queso Fundido with Mushrooms or Housemade Chorizo, Guacamole, Chips and Salsa, three kinds of ceviche, and several tacos selections with fresh house made tortillas. Chicharron will also have a snow cone machine for margaritas and beverages will include Mexican Coke, Cuba Libres, beer and shots. Plus, all drinks will start at $5.

Chicharron will be open on April 1st only, from 4-10pm. No reservations will be taken for the evening, so stop by at 1525 Queen Anne Avenue N to celebrate April Fool’s Day (Tuesday) with a culinary surprise.

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