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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

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Saturday looks to be a very busy day around the Seattle Center as several Seafair events take place at, or start from, the Seattle Center grounds. It’s also the first Movies at the Mural weekend, which kicks off with Princess Bride. And, if Shakespeare’s your thing, check out the family-friendly Backyard Bard double-feature at Rodgers Park on Saturday or the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s two shows on Sunday.

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

Traffic

  • 99/Viaduct: northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed Saturday from 5:30 pm to approximately 7:45pm for the Seafair Torchlight Run.
  • Seafair Parade route: 4th Ave will close from Broad St to S Washington St from 6pm to 10:30pm.

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 25

Saturday, July 26

Sunday, July 27

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

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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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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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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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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 10th, 2014 by Laura

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It’s going to be a hot one! There are plenty of outdoor activities and events this weekend, and the temps are supposed to hit the 90s. The NWS has issued an excessive heat watch for the area from 11am Saturday morning until 11pm Sunday night, so be safe if you’re running the Queen Anne Fun Run or having fun at Queen Anne Days!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

Traffic:

  • 520 bridge: fully closed, Friday night to Monday morning 

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 11

Saturday, July 12

Sunday, July 13

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

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 3rd, 2014 by Laura

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Happy 4th of July weekend! There’s plenty to do this weekend in addition to the fireworks on Lake Union. Remember, there are quite a few spots to view the fireworks from our neighborhood, so we’ll likely have visitors in the neighborhood. If you drive, watch out for pedestrians, if you walk, make sure drivers see you!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

Traffic:

  • I-5: on/off ramps closed at 9pm through end of fireworks display – affects Roanoke off-ramp from southbound I-5, Boylston St on-ramp to southbound I-5, and Mercer St I-5 exit-only lane and off-ramp
  • Metro: Sunday schedule
  • South Lake Union Streetcar: expanded service

Multi-Day Events

Thursday, July 3

Friday, July 4

Saturday, July 5

Sunday, July 6

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

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

June 26th, 2014 by Laura

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Another busy summer weekend – from sports (Mariners, Storm, Reign) to celebrations (Pride Parade and PrideFest) to Seafair (pirates!) to traffic (Cher and Cyndi Lauper at Key Arena). If you’re looking for bargains, there’s a multi-block yard sale on Nob Hill Ave N, and if you’re looking for history, check out the annual Queen Anne Historical Society’s tour of Mt Pleasant Cemetery. Something for everyone!

If you have anything to submit for the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

Traffic:

  • 520 bridge: fully closed, Friday night to Monday morning

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28

Sunday, June 29

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

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

June 19th, 2014 by Laura

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Summer is one of the busiest times for events and festivals, so we’re reviving the Weekend Roundup. Curious as to why we took a hiatus? We migrated to a new calendar, and no longer get push notifications, so the Weekend Roundup is very much a manual exercise.

However, if you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

Now, on to the warning about travel on and around Queen Anne… This weekend brings the Fremont Fair to our north and the Rock’n’Roll Marathon to the base of Queen Anne Hill. The race begins and ends near the Seattle Center, so be prepared for many road closures that’ll add to the Mercer/Roy confusion.

Consider walking to your destination this Saturday.

Traffic:

  • Northbound 99: closed between the West Seattle Freeway and the Battery St. Tunnel Friday night to Monday morning
  • 520 bridge: fully closed, Friday night to Monday morning
  • Rock N Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, 7am-6pm, begins & ends at Seattle Center – see course map for traffic impacts. Streets near the Seattle Center, such as Mercer Street and 5th Ave N, will be closed from 2am Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, June 20

Saturday, June 21

Sunday, June 22

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

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Cederberg Tea House celebrates one year on Queen Anne this Sunday

June 17th, 2014 by Laura

Cederberg logoHappy Birthday to local tea spot Cederberg Tea House! The shop on the corner of Queen Anne Ave and Galer St turns one-year old on Sunday, June 22nd.

To celebrate, Cederberg will be serving its signature South African baked goods and drinks, plus Gumboot dancers will perform at 1pm.

Here’s Cederberg’s description of Gumboot Dancers:

“Gumboot dancing originated in southern African gold mines where workers were chained together and not allowed to speak. They devised a means of communication by stomping their Wellington boots (which were called gumboots), slapping them, and rattling their chains. It also served as a form of entertainment when drumming was outlawed by the authorities; the workers expressed rhythm and music through the Gumboot Dance.”

Stop by on Sunday to wish Cederberg a happy anniversary and enjoy the celebration! And, if you forgot to catch the shop on Evening Magazine earlier this evening, click the image below for the feature on Cederberg:

Cederberg Evening Magazine

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Folklife plus new Mercer two-way and Roy one-lane means traffic over Memorial Day weekend

May 22nd, 2014 by Laura

FolklifeAs you may have noticed, Mercer St is officially a two-way street between 5th Ave N and Elliott Ave W and Roy St has been reduced to one westbound lane. Lots of new traffic patterns (and traffic) to navigate for those of us who are residents… and add to that mix the thousands of Northwest Folklife Festival attendees from near and far, and we’re going to have a messy Memorial Day weekend unless you plan ahead.

Seattle Center and Northwest Folklife Festival are asking festival-goers (estimated at 10,000) to consider transportation options to and from Seattle Center, and there will be new signage and “extra efforts to maintain easy access to Seattle Center” during Folklife, which runs Friday through Monday.

Here are the key changes in traffic patterns for the weekend:

  • Mercer two-way traffic between Elliott Ave West and 5th Ave N
  • Roy St reduced to one westbound lane between Queen Anne Ave N and 5th Ave N
  • Mercer remains eastbound-only between 5th Ave N and 9th Ave N with two lanes open to traffic

Two-way traffic on Mercer, Roy, and Queen Anne Ave N is scheduled to open in early June, which is right around the corner. In the meantime, take a deep breath and find alternate methods of transport this weekend.

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Two free library events for gardeners this weekend

May 10th, 2014 by Laura

QALibraryWe’re expanding our scope just a bit, one neighborhood over, to give gardeners the heads up on two free classes presented by the Seattle Public Library. One is today at 1pm at the Magnolia branch, the other is tomorrow at our own Queen Anne Branch.

Details are below:

Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard 
Magnolia Branch
Saturday, May 10
1:00 to 2:30pm
Want to grow food in your yard or balcony this season? Brad Halm, co-owner of The Seattle Urban Farm Company and co-author of the edible garden primer, “Food Grown Right, in your Backyard,” will guide you through designing your own backyard farm. You’ll learn how to design and construct your own vegetable garden.

Dealing with Summer Pests in the Garden with Seattle Tilth
Queen Anne Branch
Sunday, May 11
2:00 to 3:30pm
Seattle Tilth will help you organically deal with pests, weed and disease control in your garden. Tilth will discuss integrated pest management practices as well.

If you’re interested in vegetable gardening or keeping those pesky pests away and weeds at bay, check out these free classes!

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