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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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Design team seeks input on new children’s play area in old Fun Forest spot

February 25th, 2014 by Laura

Remember the Fun Forest at Seattle Center? Well, it’s time for a new play spot for kids, and the Fun Forest site is set for a design overhaul.

Design Workshop MarchThe Space Needle owners donated $1 million for an “artist-designed children’s play area” as part of the lease agreement for Chihuly Gardens and Glass – and the Design Team wants to hear from kids and families as they kickoff a new era of play at Seattle Center.

The team is hosting a workshop on Saturday, March 1 from 1pm to 4pm in the Next 50 Pavilion Annex (across from the Armory). It’s free, and all they ask is for kids and families to “bring along your imagination, ideas, and words for a hands-on journey of exploration through sound, story, structure, and motion.”

The workshop is part of a free ParentMap Day of Play at the Seattle Center.  Prior to the workshop, you can also join a free Seattle Camp Fair from 10am to 1pm in the Armory, where kids and families can learn about kid-friendly summer events in and around Seattle.

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Wednesday Traffic Alert: Paul Simon and Sting at Key Arena

February 19th, 2014 by Laura

Paul Simon and StingHeads up – Wednesday night brings Paul Simon and Sting together on stage at Key Arena, and an estimated 14,000 fans to the event. Traffic will be impacted on and around Queen Anne, especially the streets around Key Arena and the Mercer Corridor.

The concert runs from 8pm-11pm. Doors will open around 6:30pm, so plan ahead for your rush hour trip home and parking around Lower Queen Anne.

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Join Feet First for a free Queen Anne Stairway Walk on Sunday

December 21st, 2013 by Laura

Galer Stairway WestIf you’re looking for a pre-holiday jaunt around our neighborhood, look no further than tomorrow’s Feet First Queen Anne Stairway Walk!

Maybe you’re just looking for some undiscovered stairways or perhaps you have out-of-town guests who’d like to experience our neighborhood – or enjoy an urban hike – via foot on a free Feet First sponsored walk. Either way, it’s free!

The walk begins bright and early at 9am, and takes participants on a 6.5 mile excursion around Queen Anne stairways, with views included as a bonus. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.

If you’re interested in joining the free walk, here are the details:

  • FREE Free Feet First Queen Anne Stairway Walk
  • Sunday, December 22, 9am-11:30am
  • Led by Neighborhood Walking Ambassador John Reardon (he’ll be wearing a yellow jacket)
  • Meet at Interbay Whole Foods
  • RSVP online

If you have any questions, you can contact John at 206-762-2411 or via email.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

December 6th, 2013 by Laura

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The cold snap continues this weekend, but don’t let it keep you from taking part in the many activities around Queen Anne! Dress warmly!

Multi-Day Events:

  • Annual Holiday Antique/Collectible Show, Queen Anne Community Center, Dec 6-9 FREE
  • Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle Center Expo Hall, Dec 7-8 FREE
  • The Nutcracker, PNB, Nov 30-Dec 19
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles, Seattle Rep, Nov 15-Dec15
  • Friday, December 6

  • Holiday Magic on Upper Queen Anne, 4pm-8pm FREE
  • Annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition, Westlake Center, 5:30-8pm FREE
  • Pearl Jam, Key Arena, 7:30pm
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: The Book Thief, Philomena, The Punk Singer, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave
  • Saturday, December 7

  • Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, Downtown, 8am, course map
  • Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House, Red Square Yoga, noon-6pm FREE
  • Parents’ Day Out, Pacific Science Center, 10am-3:30pm
  • Ugly Xmas Sweater Pub Crawl, bars in Greenwood/Phinney, 6pm-midnight
  • Sunday December 8

  • Seahawks at 49ers, find a local Queen Anne spot to watch! – 1:45pm
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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    November 27th, 2013 by Laura

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    Happy Thanksgiving a day early! Here are the events to keep you busy over the long holiday weekend, from the annual Turkey Trot to the Macy’s Holiday Parade to the Apple Cup to Indies First at Queen Anne Book Company. There’s something for everyone, including those who are kicking off the shopping season – be sure to Shop Small on Saturday! Watch for traffic around the Seattle Center on Saturday and Sunday mornings (Seattle Marathon 5K and Marathon/Half Marathon foot and vehicle traffic), and Go Hawks! on Monday Night Football!

    Multi-Day Events:

    Thursday, November 28

    Friday, November 29

    Saturday, November 30

    Sunday December 1

    Monday, December 2

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    Halloween on Queen Anne is two days away!

    October 29th, 2013 by Laura

    In just two days, ghosts, goblins, and other costumed-kids will hit the streets of Queen Anne. In addition to trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, here’s what’s happening on Queen Anne:

    QA Halloween 2013Trick or Treating: Upper Queen Anne merchants will be handing out candy from 3pm to 6pm. Treats can be had from the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N to the corner of Galer and Queen Anne Ave N. As always, the annual event is FREE.

    Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Halloween is the last day of the market, and to help get everyone in the spooky spirit, Sparkfly Photography will have a booth set up for FREE portraits of kids and their families in costume.

    Note: we have a lot of busy intersections along Queen Anne Ave, so please avoid driving up or down the street between 3pm and 6pm to help keep trick or treaters safe!

    Seattle Center: FREE Scavenger Hunt around the Seattle Center Campus on Halloween from 4pm – 8pm.  Kids and their families can download a copy of the scavenger hunt or stop by the Seattle Children’s Museum or EMP on Halloween night to pick up a copy.

    Seattle Children’s Museum: FREE annual Costume Carnival from 4pm-8pm with activities for kids 10 and under and their families including the Not-So-Spooky Haunted Mountain and Where In the World is Dracula games.

    EMP Museum: FREE showings of Hotel Transylvania (2pm) and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (3:30pm) and a Monster Fest: Kids Halloween Extravaganza (4pm -8pm) including frightening fun crafts, face painting and Monster Mash Dance contests. (MonsterFest is FREE; Museum Admission: Kids 12 and under in costume are FREE; adults in costume get $5 off admission).

    Happy Halloween!

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    October 24th, 2013 by Laura

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    Halloween is just around the corner – fun up and down Queen Anne Ave next Thursday… but, until then, we have the weekend! Remember the closure of eastbound Mercer before you head out, and Saturday morning also brings the Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk and street closures around the Seattle Center.


  • Mercer: full weekend closure eastbound Mercer, 11:59pm Friday, Oct 25 to 5am, Monday, Oct 28
  • Multi-Day Events:

  • French Cinema Festival, SIFF Uptown, Oct 24-30
  • Dia de Muertos, Seattle Center Armory, Oct 26-27
  • Freaknight Festival, WaMu Theatre, Oct 26-27
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Oct 23-Nov 17
  • Bo-Nita, Seattle Rep, Oct 18-Nov 17
  • The Daughter of the Regiment, Seattle Opera, Oct 19-Nov 2
  • Friday, October 25

  • Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP), Seattle Children’s Museum, 5:30pm-7pm
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Gravity, Captain Phillips
  • Saturday, October 26

  • Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk, Seattle Center, 9-11am
  • Little Paws 4 Rescue, All the Best Pet Care, 11am-3pm
  • Huskies vs Cal Golden Bears, Husky Stadium, 8pm
  • Sunday, October 27

  • Cat Tales Kitten Adoption, All the Best Pet Care, 11am-3pm
  • McCaw Hall Day of Celebration, McCaw Hall, 11am FREE
  • Trick or Treat on the Waterfront, 11am-5pm FREE
  • Sounders vs LA Galaxy, CenturyLink, 6pm
  • From Sweden with Love Auction, Swedish Club, 5pm
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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    October 10th, 2013 by Laura

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    Film festivals galore at SIFF, Huskies and Seahawks are at home, plus a variety of events from theatre to live music to a feline adoption event. Something for everyone, enjoy!

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, October 11

    Saturday, October 12

    Sunday, October 13

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    October 3rd, 2013 by Laura

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    Before you head out this weekend, remember the 99 and Viaduct closures – it’ll make traffic woes increase around Queen Anne. A good reason to stick around and walk to your Queen Anne destination, the weather is even supposed to cooperate!


  • 99/Aurora/Viaduct: full weekend closure of Aurora/99 from 11pm Friday, Oct 4 to 5am, Monday, Oct 7. The Viaduct is closed from 5am-6pm Saturday and 6am-6pm Sunday.
  • Montlake Bridge: closed to vehicular traffic from 5am Saturday, Oct 5 until 5am Monday, Oct 7 for bridge maintenance work.
  • Multi-Day Events:

  • Artisan NW Handmade Tile Show & Sale, UW Center for Urban Horticulture, Oct 4-5
  • Seattle South Asian Film Festival, SIFF Film Center & SIFF Uptown, Oct 4-13
  • Used Board Game Auction, Blue Highway Games, Oct 5-6
  • Annual Northwest Tea Festival, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, Oct 5-6
  • Air Twyla, PNB, Sept 27-Oct 6
  • She’s Come Undone, Book-It, Sept 18-Oct 13
  • The Servant of Two Masters, Seattle Rep, Sept 27-Oct 20
  • Friday, October 4

  • Twirl Movie Night: The Little Mermaid, Twirl, 5pm
  • Vino in the Village, Magnolia Village, 6-9pm
  • Josh Groban, Key Arena, 8pm
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Gravity, Bad Milo, Prisoners
  • Saturday, October 5

  • Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Kids Sale, PNA, 9am-1pm
  • All-Montlake Fall Yard Sale, Montlake, 9am-4pm
  • Seattle Fire Day, MOHAI, 10am-2pm FREE
  • Adventure Race for Parkinson’s, Ballard, 10am
  • “Pawty” at the Seattle Animal Shelter, SAS, noon-6pm
  • Sunday, October 6

  • Run About the World 5K Run/Walk, Gas Works Park, 9:25am
  • CroatiaFest, Seattle Center Armory, noon-8pm FREE
  • Independent Bookseller Panel, Queen Anne Library, 2-4pm FREE
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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    September 26th, 2013 by Laura

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    Rain is on tap for the weekend, and lots of it. For those of you taking part in outdoor events (walks, runs, Mariners, Huskies, Cougs, Sounders), try to stay dry! Or, check out some of the inside events like a flick at SIFF, the Italian Festival at the Seattle Center, PNB, or your choice of theatre – Book-It or Seattle Rep.

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, September 27

  • Mariners vs Athletics, Safeco, 7:10pm
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Prisoners, The Blue Caprice
  • Saturday, September 28

  • Autism Speaks Walk, Seattle Center, 9am
  • Share the Vision Walkathon, Magnuson Park, 9am
  • Lower Kinnear Park Work Party, Lower Kinnear Park, 9am-noon FREE
  • Seattle AIDS Walk and 5K Run, Volunteer Park, 10am
  • Family Day: Kids Can, Gates Foundation, 10am-3pm FREE
  • Mariners vs Athletics, Safeco, 1:10pm
  • Huskies vs Arizona, Husky Stadium, 4pm
  • WSU Cougs vs. Stanford, CenturyLink, 7pm
  • Sunday, September 29

  • Blessing of the Animals, First Church, 10:30am FREE
  • Sustainable Ballard Fall Festival, Ballard Commons Park, 11am-6pm FREE
  • Mariners vs Athletics, Safeco, 1:10pm
  • Bigfoot Double Header, Queen Anne Book Company, 3pm FREE
  • Up with People, McCaw Hall, 6pm
  • Sounders vs New York, CenturyLink, 6pm
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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    September 19th, 2013 by Laura

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    UPDATE: Seahawks are on Sunday (I blame copy and paste) and there’s a new event at the Queen Anne Library on Sunday too – BookIt will be reading from banned books!

    Fall begins this weekend, and our long summer lists of events is definitely feeling the impact of the season. Still plenty to do on and around Queen Anne though, and happy first-day-of-fall on Sunday!

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, September 20

    Saturday, September 21

    Sunday, September 22

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