No Queen Anne Movie Guild screening this month

If you were planning to head up the hill this weekend to see what documentary the Queen Anne Movie Guild is screening this month, you’re out of luck. The QAMG is taking a mid-winter hiatus from its Second Saturdays series this month. Usually the organization hosts a free screening of a different documentary monthly at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, inviting the neighborhood to enjoy good films, snacks and community. The Second Saturdays series will resume next month (February 12).

Free admission to the Space Needle Friday

PI blogger Mary Cropp has discovered some potentially wonderful information: admission to the Space Needle will be free all day long tomorrow, Friday, August 13! Apparently Bausch + Lomb is celebrating the release of its new contact lens solution by making free access to the Needle for all (i.e. the first 10,500 visitors) for a day.

The Needle’s Observation Deck is open from 9 a.m. to midnight tomorrow. Check out the restaurants hours here. Admission is normally $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $11 for kids 13 and under (children under the age of three are always free).

Chocolopolis celebrates second anniversary with week full of free tastings & events!

Happy birthday Chocolopolis! On Sunday, July 11 the Upper Queen Anne artisan chocolate shop kicked off a week-long second anniversary celebration, filled with free tastings and fun special events for community members and patrons.

And there are still plenty of chances to partake in the chocolaty fun at Chocolopolis this week. Check out the schedule here:

Tuesday, July 13

  • 1-2 p.m. – Tasting for Moms: Calling all moms!  Chocolopolis would like to thank you for all you do. If you have 15 free minutes, stop by today for a complimentary guided tasting of 3 chocolates, offered at 1:00, 1:15, 1:30, and 1:45.
  • 6-8 p.m. – Meet the Chocolate Maker: Claudio Corallo Chocolate Tasting: From his base on the island of Sao Tome off the west coast of Africa, Claudio Corallo grows heirloom cacao and crafts it into a range of outstanding products. Enjoy samples of Corallo’s unconched chocolate as Claudio’s representative, Marie-Françoise, shares the story of this fascinating artisan.

Wednesday, July 14 – Bastille Day

  • 1-2 p.m. – Book Reading for Kids: Our mouth-watering story hour will feature a dramatic reading of Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory.  Curious George introduces kids ages 4-8 to the joys of monkeying around with chocolate. Kid-friendly chocolate samples will be provided during the reading.
  • 2-5 p.m. – French Chocolate Tasting: Celebrate Bastille Day in an appropriately delicious way.  Throughout the day we’ll be screening a video on lauded French chocolate maker Michel Cluizel (in both French and English). While watching, enjoy samples of rich, creamy chocolate from a variety of French makers. Feel free to BYOB (bring your own baguette) and improvise a celebratory pain au chocolat.
  • 6-8 p.m. – Meet the Chocolate Maker: Pralus Chocolate Tasting: Later in the evening we’ll narrow our focus to master chocolate maker François Pralus. A company representative will share the story of the venerable François Pralus and his ongoing quest for perfection.  Put the story into context with samples from Pralus’ vast range of smooth, intense chocolate bars.

Thursday, July 15

  • 6-9 p.m. – Customer Appreciation Party: Enjoy cheese, crackers and chocolate, and enter a drawing to win a visit to our “Chocolate Surplus Room”.  As a special treat, sample our mysterious, luxurious Egg Cream soda –a delicious chocolate drink that contains neither eggs nor cream — expertly made by a genuine soda jerk from Brooklyn.

Friday, July 16

  • 6-9 p.m. – Chocolate That’s Good for the Cacao Farmer: Taste chocolate by chocolate makers who purchase cacao directly from the farmer. A delicious way to learn a bit about Fair Trade certified, direct trade and profit-sharing programs that benefit the farmers and result in better-quality cacao (and tastier chocolate!).

Saturday, July 17

  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Frozen Chocolate Tasting: Beat the heat (fingers crossed!) with samples of our frozen drinking chocolate. And if you’re feeling lucky, join the search for any Golden Tickets that remain.
  • 6-9 p.m. – Guess-the-Ganache Challenge: Take the truffle challenge and put your taste buds to the test! Step up and see if you can distinguish the origin of the chocolates used in three of our single-origin truffles in a blind tasting. Enter your answers on a ballot to be eligible to win a box of truffles.

Sunday, July 18

  • 3-6 p.m. – Meet the Chocolate Maker: Theo Chocolate Tasting: Learn more about Seattle’s very own bean-to-bar artisan chocolate maker as a representative from Theo Chocolate shares the lowdown on their production process. Sample Theo chocolate and ask any questions about Theo’s products and progressive trade policies.

Go forth and enjoy chocolate!

Screening of “A Chemical Reaction” Saturday

The Queen Anne Movie Guild will be screening A Chemical Reaction this Saturday, June 12, as part of its first Saturdays documentary film lineup.

The film follows a Canadian town that was able to successfully ban the use of pesticides, inciting a province-wide movement:

Dr. Irwin’s persuasive arguments and data to back her findings eventually led the town of Hudson to enact a by-law that banned the use of all chemical pesticides and herbicides.  The most mighty chemical companies in North America put their full legal weight on the tiny town and eventually the case made it to the Supreme Court.

The town’s right to protect its citizens was upheld, and — like a row of dominos — other municipalities followed suit. The movement spread so far and wide that the entire province of Quebec enacted a ban and Home Depot stopped putting the dangerous pesticide products on their shelves.

Paul Tukey, one of the nation’s leading experts on organic lawn care has been following this story for years. After becoming seriously ill with acute pesticide sensitivity from applying chemical lawn products in his own lawn care business, he became an outspoken advocate for alternatives to chemical lawn care.  He travels across the country lecturing on the subject and has written the nation’s leading book on organic lawn care titled, The Organic Lawn Care Manual.

This documentary follows his journey that leads to the doorstep of Hudson, Quebec. It’s an inspiring story of overcoming great odds and demonstrates the power of people coming together to effect great change in our society.

As always, the showing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1606 5th Ave W (the pink building next to the Queen Anne Library). Moviegoers should use the Fellowship Hall entrance on W Garfield St. Admission is free (though donations are welcome) and coffee will be provided by Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Can’t make it this month? Next month the Guild will be showing Playing For Change: Peace Through Music.

Free ice skating at Key Arena until 8 tonight

Seattle Center and the KeyArena are inviting the public to come skate around the ice at the Key for free until 8 p.m. today, Friday, June 4.

Free admission, free skate use and 17,000 square feet of ice offer a cool way for families and friends to slide into summer!

There are no tickets required. Skating session begin at the top of each hour and lest 40 minutes. Some concessions stands will be open and selling snacks.

The Free Skate is part of ongoing efforts by Seattle Center Productions, the public programming arm of Seattle Center, to open Seattle Center campus venues for free public activities. The ice is in place on the KeyArena floor for Smucker’s Stars on Ice, May 29, featuring Winter Olympic ice skating champions.

Free swag at Starbucks’ We-Love-You Fridays!

For the next few weeks Starbucks will be showing its gratitude to Seattle for being home to and helping create its global coffee culture, by giving away free tickets to special events at participating Starbucks around town after 2 p.m. every Friday from today, May 21 to June 18.

Both the Upper and Lower Queen Anne Starbucks locations are participating in the event. Though there is no purchase necessary, according to Starbucks, there will only be about 100 vouchers at every story per promotion, so get there quick!

Today they will be handing out vouchers for a free ticket to a Mariners game (valued at $20) redeemable at any of the following games: June 1 (vs Minnesota), July 6 (vs Kansas City), July 20 (vs Chicago), August 5 (vs Texas), August 10 (vs Oakland) or August 31 (vs LA).

On May 28, they’ll have vouchers to see one film at the Seattle International Film Festival (must be used by June 13). On June 4 its a voucher for a free weekday admission at the Seattle Art Museum. On June 11, you’ll get free weekday admission for one child at the Seattle Aquarium.  And on June 18, you’ll get free admission to selects shows of the new Broadway production of “Burn the Floor” at The Paramount. Details here.