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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Zack

July 18th, 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:    
Dove Family (Bubbles, Promise & Picasso) – available for adoption
Archimedes (red-eared slider turtle) – available for adoption
Skylar & S’More (chinchillas) – adopted!
Bella (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) – available for adoption
Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Chinchillas – six currently available for adoption
Angie & Ninja (pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Cosmo (yellow lab mix) – available for adoption
Pounce (silky grey cat) – available for adoption
Elsa (white kitty) – available for adoption

Meet Zack!

Zack 2014-7-17 1Hi there! I’m Zack, and I’d love to meet you! If you’re looking for a cute, cuddly, friendly dog, then look no further – you’ve found me!

I’m a little shy at first, but warm right up. I love to be held and carried around, so I can be your constant companion.

I also love to go on walks with my human and love kids! I’m good with cats, but I’m a little unsure about other dogs; they’re a lot bigger than me!

Zack 2014-7-17 2I know I’d fit right into your home, so come down to the shelter and ask for me, Zack, today!

Zack (SAS ID #14-18814) is at the Seattle Animal Shelter. Dog Adoption Applications are available in the Shelter lobby, or you may download the application and bring it with you to the Shelter or follow the directions to submit it via email or fax. 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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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

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Heads up on traffic – not only will the I-90 reduction to one lane westbound begin on Friday, but the Bite of Seattle also kicks off at the Seattle Center with an estimated 40,000 attendees. And, looking forward to early next week, I-90 will still be a bottleneck and President Obama will also be in the area (Hunts Point on the Eastside) on Tuesday, July 22nd when the Mariners take the field at Safeco (7:10pm).

In the meantime, take your pick of summer events and have a great weekend!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

Traffic:

  • I-90 One Westbound Lane: reduced to one through lane at Bellevue Way SE and three lanes across the East Channel Bridge from 9:30pm Friday, July 18 to 5am Friday, July 25

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 18

Saturday, July 19

Sunday, July 20

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Wine and books come together at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

QABC SignIf you love wine and want a local guide to wine tours in our state, mark your calendars and RSVP for an event this weekend at Queen Anne Book Company.

On Saturday, July 19th, the shop will be hosting a wine event featuring Steve Roberts’ “Wine Trails of Washington: A Guide for Uncorking Your Memorable Wine Tour” – a guide to tasting tours in our state. Not only can you learn more about wine tours in our state, you can also taste Washington wines and small bites.

Robert Ramsay small logoLocal Queen Anne wine tasting room Robert Ramsay Cellars is joining Queen Anne Book Company for the event. They’ll be featuring tastes of their award-winning wines at the event.

The wine event starts at 3pm and is free – however, please RSVP with Queen Anne Book Company so they can plan ahead for refreshments. You can contact them via email or at 206.284.2427.

Here’s more on Roberts’ book to wet your whistle:

“Local author Steve Roberts guides you through the best wine tours our state has to offer, from Woodinville to Walla Walla. This book features 32 unique WineTrails, most of which can be experienced in a day or two. Profiles of each winery include a winery description, the winemaker ‘s philosophy, photos, contact information and tasting room hours. You’ll also find tips on tasting room etiquette and lessons from Wine Tasting 101. This book will inspire you to hop in the car and support our state wine trade! Take this guide along and read aloud as you uncork, swirl, and sip your way along the WineTrails!”

Mark your calendars and RSVP for a fun event at one of our local merchants!

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Today’s lineup at the Queen Anne Farmers Market

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

2014PosterQAFMIt’s market day! The Queen Anne Farmers Market promises all the usual great eats, fruits/veggies, music, and more today.

Plus, you can help out the market by purchasing a leaf, a bird, a heart or a wise owl for the Big Tree. The fundraising effort demonstrates the community support behind the market! Plus, t-shirts, posters, and totes are available at the Information Tent, with all proceeds benefitting the market.

Here’s today’s line-up to help plan your trip to the market:

Kid’s Story Time

4pm-5pm: Join us for some farmers market-themed stories for the littles followed by an open hour of art creations for kids of all ages. A delightful way for kids to participate in their community market.

Live Music On the Picnic Lawn
3:00-4:30pm: David Guilbault: Seattle-based singer-songwriter David Guilbault performs soulful music to get your market day started off beautifully.

5:00-7:00pm: Phil Hansen: Continue your afternoon on the lawn with the rag-time blues music of Phil Hansen.

The list of regular vendors is available online, and in addition to featured winery Wilridge Winery, the regular food trucks will be joined by rotating trucks My Sweet Lil Cakes and Fish Basket.

Get out and enjoy the market today, along with some cooler summer weather!

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Book Bindery to be relaunched as Hommage in August

July 16th, 2014 by Laura

Book Bindery closedOn June 28th a tweet from The Book Bindery said farewell after 4 years. The French-inspired restaurant near the Ship Canal closed up shop as its owners, Michael and Sumi Almquist, decided to move on to another venture. They’re retaining ownership and have brought chef Nico Borzee on board for a new restaurant concept, Hommage.

The restaurant is now undergoing renovations as Borzee prepares to open Hommage in August.

According to a profile of Borzee published today by Eater Seattle, he’s planning to open a restaurant with a broad-ranging Mediterranean influence – from Italy to North Africa to Greece – that focuses on using local ingredients.

Previously at Artusi, Borzee started cooking at age 15 and has an impressive resume. With Hommage, he’s working with the Almquists to bring a new dining experience to the Book Bindery location.

According to Borzee, “The menu will change regularly. It will rotate, but we will probably have the same bases so we’re not changing it completely. But yes, I think it will change a lot. Maybe every week, some dishes every day.”

You can read more about Hommage in Eater’s interview with Borzee online.

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Uptown Art Walk features exhibits, live music, and interactive events this Wednesday

July 15th, 2014 by Laura

Uptown Art Walk July posterThe time seems to fly this summer! It’s already time for another Uptown Art Walk, and the weather (while a bit warm for some) continues to cooperate for the monthly event.

Special events on tap for tomorrow night include:

  • Meet the Queen Anne Historical Society and the Uptown Alliance at SIFF Uptown Cinema to grab some chalk and create art right where the proposed Uptown Parklet will reside!
  • Mercer Street Books will host a live reading with author William Kuko at 8:30pm. Also showing accompanying art from Nathan Wood.
  • Caffe Ladro will be showing works by Lashem from Mossy Tree Mercantile.
  • Oil painter Tracy Wallschlaeger will be showing her latest work at BECU.

This go around, the Art Walk committee has provided a map of the walk along with a list of participating vendors and merchants, so you can plan ahead:

Uptown Art Walk July map

Enjoy tomorrow’s Art Walk and mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of August (August 20th), when the Art Walk energizes the area again!

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Boston St sidewalk repair project rescheduled to July 30th start date

July 15th, 2014 by Laura

An update to the SDOT sidewalk repair project on Boston Street. It was originally slated to begin yesterday, Monday, July 14th, but has been delayed. It will now start on Wednesday, July 30th.

Boston Sidewalk Repair 1From our previous post:

The sidewalk from just west of Queen Anne Ave N down to and across the alley behind Starbucks is slated for repairs that include removing broken sections of sidewalk and enlarging the tree pits along the sidewalk.

The project was proposed by the Queen Anne Community Council and Picture Perfect Queen Anne. Funds for the sidewalk repair are being drawn from the City of Seattle Neighborhood Project Fund.

SDOT estimates that the project will take approximately three weeks.

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Free movies at the Mural start next weekend

July 15th, 2014 by Laura

Movies at the MuralThe Seattle Center is getting ready to kick off its free summer movie program! Starting next Saturday, July 26th, you can catch a movie at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre through August 23rd.

The outdoor Movies at the Mural experience includes a giant screen and the striking backdrop of the Space Needle against the summer sky. Movies begin at dusk (around 9pm) and seating is first-come, first-served.

Here’s this year’s line-up:

Saturday July 26: The Princess Bride (PG)

Saturday August 2: Gravity (PG-13)

Saturday August 9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

Saturday August 16: The Great Gatsby (PG-13)

Saturday August 23: Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)

Here are some tips from the Seattle Center to enhance your viewing pleasure:

  • The Seattle Center recommends that you bring low back chairs, blankets or bean bags. You may be directed toward the back of the lawn if you bring high backed chairs.
  • Due to the limited number of seats and the abundance of food in the seating area, we would prefer that movie-goers leave pets at home (except for legal guidance animals).
  • No giant coolers/ice chests, open flames/cooking, umbrellas, video or audio recorders. Like any theater, during the movie we ask people to TURN OFF their cellphones and pagers.
  • Food and beverages are available in the Seattle Center Armory and at food carts on grounds.
  • Alcohol is not for sale at the Mural, but is available at select locations in the Armory.

Grab a blanket or chair, some friends, and head to the Seattle Center on summer Saturdays!

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Pet alert: Foxtail on Queen Anne can cause problems for your pets

July 13th, 2014 by Laura

Foxtail Homegrown

Foxtail: Boston St by Homegrown

A reader has alerted us to batches of foxtail on Queen Anne that can cause problems for dogs. She even sent us the accompanying photos so you can see where Foxtail is along Queen Anne Ave N – and be able to identify it on neighboring streets as well.

According to WebMD.com:

“Foxtail plants can be risky for your dog. The barbed seed heads of the foxtail plant can work their way into any part of your dog or cat, from the nose to between the toes and inside the ears, eyes, and mouth. They can even simply dig themselves directly into a patch of skin. 

The danger of foxtails goes beyond simple irritation. Because these tough seeds don’t break down inside the body, an embedded foxtail can lead to serious infection for your dog. It can even lead to death if left untreated. The seeds can be hard to find in your dog’s fur.”

Foxtail Emmer

Foxtail: QA Ave N, old Emmer & Rye

The reader who wrote in has her own story with foxtail. Her dog got a foxtail barb in his ear several years ago, sending him to emergency vet to have it removed under anesthesia.

Note that the patches of Foxtail tend to crop up in unkempt parking strips. The photos show that several businesses have patches of it in front of their storefronts.

Perhaps the businesses are unaware of the danger to our 4-legged friends, and if they were aware, would have the foxtail removed.

Foxtail Thai Kitchen

Foxtail: QA Ave N, Dyna Architecture

You can read more about keeping your dog safe from foxtail online – but really, the best prevention is to avoid it. Sadly, it’s hard to avoid it when it’s cropping up along some of our busiest streets.

Watch out for it as you walk your dog along Queen Anne Ave N and keep an eye out for it in the neighborhood.

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Boston Street sidewalk repair begins Monday

July 13th, 2014 by Laura

Boston Sidewalk Repair 1SDOT will begin a sidewalk repair project on Boston Street tomorrow, Monday, July 14th. The sidewalk from just west of Queen Anne Ave N down to and across the alley behind Starbucks is slated for repairs that include removing broken sections of sidewalk and enlarging the tree pits along the sidewalk.

The project was proposed by the Queen Anne Community Council and Picture Perfect Queen Anne. Funds for the sidewalk repair are being drawn from the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund.

SDOT estimates that the project will take approximately three weeks.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Critters!

July 11th, 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:                 

Bella – (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) available for adoption
Bunnies – Bella, Luna & Roscoe available for adoption
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Chinchillas – available for adoption
Angie & Ninja (pair of senior dogs) – available for adoption
Cosmo (yellow lab mix) – available for adoption
Pounce (silky grey cat) – available for adoption
Elsa (white kitty) – available for adoption

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Critters of Every Shape and Size

The Seattle Animal Shelter provides refuge for a wide range of animals. This week, meet some of the less common pets that we have available for adoption.

Doves 2014-7-11 1The Dove Family – Bubbles, Promise and Picasso (SAS ID #14-18589/1-3)

This adorable mom, dad, and baby trio are looking for a forever home together. You’ll be charmed in no time by their sweet cooing and gentle nature. Doves are very social and do well with other doves. They are good pets for both novice and experienced bird owners. Doves require simple housing, protection from extreme elements, easily accessible food, and clean water. They are usually active from sun up to sun down. The dove family is at the Shelter. 

Archimedes – The Red-eared Slider Turtle (SAS ID #14-16407)

Archimedes 2014-7-11 1Archimedes is an active and handsome red-eared slider turtle. He’s currently sharing a tank with several other slider turtles at the shelter, all of whom are looking for good forever homes.

Archimedes has an old injury on his shell, which has healed, that adds to his character.

Slider turtles have special requirements in order to stay happy and healthy. Potential adopters should have previous experience with exotic turtles and/or have done extensive research on their care and needs. Archimedes is at the Shelter. 

And Don’t Forget the Chinchillas!

Skylar Smore 2014-7-11 1The Shelter took in 21 neglected chinchillas in April – read more about them here. We still have some chins available for adoption, like Skylar and S’more (how cute are they?!)

Skylar Smore 2014-7-11 2Skylar is a grey and white chinchilla girl who is friendly, curious about the world, and the leader of the group. She makes herself right at home–whether that’s your lap, on a desk, or exploring under the bed. She’s gregarious and active, and loves to play with your hair and nibble on your nose.

Skylar Smore 2014-7-11 3S’more is a dark brown chinchilla girl with a cute, pointy face. She’s less adventurous than Skylar, but she enjoys the routine of our day. She likes to approach you on her terms, and when you let her decide when it’s time to interact, she’ll try to climb into your pockets. When she’s had enough playtime, she gets back in the cage all on her own.

Skylar and S’more (SAS ID #14-16301/19 & 21) are a bonded pair of female chinchillas who must be adopted together. They are in a foster home, not at the Shelter. Potential adopters should complete a small animal adoption application and fax it to (206) 386-4285 attention Laura Mundy, email it to laura.mundy@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

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Tips and cooling center locations for our impending heat wave

July 11th, 2014 by Laura

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Pug at last year’s Queen Anne Fun Run
It was hot, but not 90s!

At 2:28pm today, the National Weather Service upgraded our excessive heat warning to a heat advisory, from 11am Saturday to 6pm Monday.

It’s going to be hot and there are a ton of outdoor events planned on Queen Anne this weekend – the Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, Queen Anne Days, and the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls. Plus, the annual Queen Anne Days Sidewalk Sale at local merchants spans the weekend. Stay safe out there!

Below are tips from the Office of the Mayor – the Libraries and cooling centers have been edited for proximity to Queen Anne. Click here for the full list.

Also, remember that Little Howe (aka East Queen Anne) wading pool is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays from noon to 7pm.

Hot weather tips

  • When you’re outside, limit the time you’re in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy.
  • Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.
  • Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body. 

Protect your pets
Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

Libraries
The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088

Seattle Center

  • Seattle Center Armory serves as an indoors cooling center; and tomorrow, visitors are most welcome to take in Seattle Center Festal:  Polish Festival from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Armory and Mural Amphitheatre
  • Armory Center House (Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
  • International Fountain (Closed Saturday for a private event, but open until 9 p.m. Sunday)
  • Fountain of Creation (Open until midnight – when the Center Campus closes)

Senior Centers
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)

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