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Shop local on Queen Anne this holiday season and help out others too

December 14th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Queen Anne Boston SantaOur recent post about Communique closing in the new year generated a lot of comments on Facebook and on the blog. A theme definitely emerged – shop local so independent shops stay on Queen Anne.

Now, while some of the most recent business closures are due to owners retiring, there are still empty storefronts on Queen Anne. If Queen Anne is known for supporting small, independent businesses, hopefully these locations will have a better chance of filling up with unique shops.

Help keep our local Queen Anne businesses going strong by shopping in the neighborhood. Our merchants not only help create the character of Queen Anne, but they also give back to the community.

And, while you’re out shopping on Queen Anne, here are some businesses can help you give back this holiday season:

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot, 2100 Queen Anne Ave N (Safeway north parking lot)
A holiday giving list wouldn’t be complete without the tree lot that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. Open through December 21st or until they run out of trees!

Laurie Swanson Massage, 1817 Queen Anne Ave N, #210
Raffle to win a package of 5-60 min. massages. $5 per entry. Enter as many times as you like throughout December.  Proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline. Let’s help our neighbors in need! Drawing will take place 1/2/15 and winner will be notified by email.

Pharmaca, 1990 Queen Anne Ave N
Pharmaca is partnering with Solid Ground this Holiday Season, through December 24th. The goal of Solid Ground is to end poverty in the Seattle Area. Customers can purchase a gift bag ($10-$25) containing essential toiletries or baby items which Pharmaca will donate on the customer’s behalf.

If you know of a business that has a giving tree or something similar, just let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Happy Holidays!

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Seattle Winterfest kicks off today with Ice Rink and more

November 28th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Seattle Center Winterfest 2014It’s almost December and the Seattle Center winter spectacular kicked off earlier this morning with events galore through the end of the year. The ever-popular Ice Rink at Fisher Pavilion is now open, along with the Winter Train and Village in the Armory. Plus, the Seattle Center is hosting events and performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Here’s the Winterfest events and activities list from the Seattle Center – for full details on any of the events, check out the Winterfest page. Almost all events are FREE, except for the Ice Rink and a $2 suggested donation to conduct the Winter Train:

Winter Train & Village, Armory, FREE
Nov. 28 – Dec. 31; 10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pmDec. 24, closed Dec. 25
Bonus: Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 2:30pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Art Installations, Seattle Center Grounds, FREE
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015

Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm Dec. 31
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting, Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE
Saturdays: Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27; 12 noon – 2pm

Winterfest Student Showcases, Armory, FREE
Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, various times
150+ performances by public and private schools and youth groups

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Nov. 29; 11am – 12 noon

The Dickens Carolers, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30: 2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Nov. 30; 11am – 12 noon

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 6; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 7; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 13; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Garfield Jazz Band, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 14; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, Armory, FREE entry (21+)
Thursday, Dec. 18; 5pm – 8pm

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Cardholders Free Skate
Saturday, Dec. 20; 11am – 10pm
FREE for cardholders +2 guests. Must show card upon entry.

The Mood Swings, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 20; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 6pm – 7pm

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 27; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Klez Kidz, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 28; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration with THE NINES, Armory, FREE
Wednesday, Dec. 31; 8pm – 11:45pm

Happy Winterfest!

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Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

November 25th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees

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Holiday Open House Hosted by Crockett Street Merchants this Saturday

November 28th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

The Queen Anne merchants at Crockett Street & 6th Ave West are hosting a Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 1st from 4-7pm. It’s a great opportunity to visit these merchants, say hello, and enjoy some holiday treats!

Here’s the rundown on participating merchants:

Pink Ginger is offering 15% off purchases during the Open House, and will be serving holiday treats as well. Pink Ginger opened in 2008 as a specialty boutique with a Soho-London feel. The shop has locally made jewelry and clothing from both local and global designers in sizes small to size 24. The shop provides not only a range of sizes, but also varying styles that address the needs of different body types.

Beverly Hunnicutt will be serving hot cider all day Saturday with additional refreshments from 4-7pm. In addition to providing a wide range of tailoring needs, the shop also sells “twice-loved” cashmere and wool sweaters and handmade jewelry by local jewelers Cheryl Baker and Ellen Lyons. Beverly also makes and sells scarves, pillows, and small gifts from antique kimonos, and has an in-house line of recycled cashmere fingerless gloves, caps, and neckwarmers. It’s Beverly Hunnicutt’s 30th year on Crockett Street.

Rhinestone Rosie will be serving light refreshments during the Open House in their totally redecorated shop. Rhinestone Rosie has also been on Crockett Street for 30 years, buying and selling both fine and costume jewelry, as well as providing repair services. Antique jewelry is a shop specialty, and owner Rosie has been a regular on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

Meadow Boutique will also be participating in the Open House, and all of the unique holiday merchandise is out and on display, including ornaments and holiday gift items. The boutique also offers hand-selected clothing, jewelery, gifts, and home accessories. Meadow opened in December 2009, so it’s also celebrating a 3-year anniversary next month.

So, stop by the merchants at Crockett St & 6th Ave West on Saturday for a festive late afternoon Open House!

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne – Thanksgiving Edition

November 21st, 2012 by Laura Fonda

A reminder – if you have any holiday events, Queen Anne Food Bank drives, or other charitable drives, just let us know.

If you’re looking to kick off the holidays on Friday, check out the Seattle Center Winterfest activities – they are numerous, so not listed individually below. Additional events are listed below, and traffic-wise, Metro is on a reduced schedule and there are plenty of events that will impact your travels around Queen Anne and downtown. So, plan ahead and enjoy the many events over the long weekend!

Weekend Traffic Impacts:
Aurora Bridge: Bridge reduced to one lane in each direction and the Fremont Way N southbound on-ramp to the Aurora Bridge will be closed, Sunday through Thursday nights (9am-5am) through mid-December
Metro: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov 22, Metro will operate a Sunday schedule; on Friday, Nov 23, Metro will operate reduced weekday service. Sunday, Nov 25 expect slight route revisions due to Seattle Marathon route.
I-5: Saturday, Nov 24, southbound Union Street I-5 off-ramp closed from 8:30-10:30am; other downtown exits will experience heavy traffic due to the annual Macy’s Holiday Parade beginning at 9am.
Mercer: Sunday, Nov 25, the Seattle Marathon will go through the Mercer Corridor Project area with temporary lane closures 7am-4pm including: Republican from Eastlake Ave E to Dexter Ave N and Fairview Ave N from Harrison to Mercer St
Additional Seattle Marathon Traffic Impacts: Sunday, Nov 25, I-90 express lanes closed to all traffic 3:45-11:15am; I-5 express lanes closed until 9am; northbound I-5 off-ramp to Lakeview Boulevard closed 7am-4pm; westbound 520 exit to E. Roanoke Street closed 7am-3pm

Multi-Day Events:
etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show, McCaw Hall, Friday, Nov 23 – Saturday, Nov 24

TurkeyDay, November 22 – Happy Thanksgiving!
Seattle Turkey Trot, Green Lake Park, 8:30am

Friday, November 23
Seattle Center Winterfest, Nov 23-Jan6
Macy’s Holiday Parade, 9 am – parade route: begins at 7th and Pine, west down Pine to 5th, south on 5th to University, west on University to 4th, and north on 4th to Macy’s
Westlake Center’s 24th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, Westlake Center Plaza, 5pm
ACT’s Production of A Christmas Carol, opens Nov 23, runs through Dec 30
SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Argo, Life of Pi, Café de Flore,

Saturday, November 24
Small Business Saturday, Shop Small & Local at our Queen Anne merchants, all day!
Queen Anne Helpline and Boy Scouts Troop 72 Christmas Tree Lot, Upper QA Safeway, 9am-9pm Saturdays, Monday – Thursday 2-8pm, Sundays 9am-8pm
Give Thanks, Give Blood, Sponsored by Queen Anne Boy Scout Troop 70, Queen Anne United Methodist Church (next to QA Library), 9-3pm
Holiday Lights @ Lake Union Park, Historic Ships Wharf and The Center for Wooden Boats, 860 Terry Ave N, 1pm-8pm, FREE (donations gratefully accepted)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, “The Lost Christmas Eve”, KeyArena, 3pm and 8pm

Sunday, November 25
Seattle Marathon, starts at Seattle Center/EMP, 7:30am Walk, 8:15 Run

Have an event that you would like us to report

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Martin Luther King Day Activities & Notes

January 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here are some news, updates and opportunities you might want to be aware of.

  • The Seattle Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 17 with workshops, continues with a rally at 11 a.m. and march commencing at noon.  The march starts at Garfield High and ends at the Federal Building downtown. More than 3,000 participants are expected. Details can be found here.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at Seattle Center offers awards and entertainment in honor of this inspirational leader, Saturday, January 15, 1 to 3 p.m. in Center House. Learn more here.
  • If you are interested in volunteering in the community as a way to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you can do so through the United Way. Right here in Queen Anne United Way is looking for volunteers to spend a few hours at Northwest Center Kids, located at 2919 1st Avenue West, helping to organize and beautify the school, which provides children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years with early intervention services, childcare/preschool, and before and after school programs. From Northwest Center Kids: “We have a resource room full of fun activities to categorize and sort through, an art closet to organize and potentially  some indoor painting to freshen up our environment!”
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award, a staged reading of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech and a Concert for Peace, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 15 at Seattle Center House, on the Seattle Center campus. All events are free, learn more at
  • Seattle garbage, food and yard waste and recycling collections will be on their normal schedule for the holiday.
  • National park fees will be waived Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • The Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail are hosting MLK Weekend at the Burke Gilman Trail. You can read more about it here.
  • King County Metro Transit will be operating on a reduced weekday schedule on Monday, January 17 in observance of the holiday. The King County Water Taxi service routes to Vashon and West Seattle will not be operating. Check Metro’s holiday service schedule to see if your regular routes will be affected.
  • Orca K-8 Elementary School is having a MLK Celebration March on Friday, January 14 at 1:10 p.m., beginning and ending at the school. Some 510 participants are expected. Details here.
  • Teen March to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beginning at noon on Saturday, January 15 at Martin Luther King, Jr. park, located at 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. At 1 p.m. participants will begin the march taking the route up Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Jackson Street, to 23rd Ave, and ending at the Garfield Community Center at 2323 E Cherry Street.
  • Looking for more ways to celebrate off the beaten path? The Seattle Times has a list of MLK Day celebrations happening all around the region this weekend. Check it out here.

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Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations at Seattle Center

January 16th, 2010 by Thea

In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, Seattle Center will be hosting a day of free programming, activities and celebration at the Center House.

The Seattle Center Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration celebrates the dream of Dr. King by promoting the principles of peace, unity and equality, providing an opportunity for Seattle citizens to remember the dream and vision of MLK, and honoring citizens who are energizing the MLK dream in their communities. Join us for a full afternoon of awards, activities and entertainment in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Participants are invited to “Re-Envision the Dream” from noon to 5 p.m. Here’s what the schedule looks like:

  • 12:00 p.m. – Welcome – Debrena Jackson-Gandy, Emcee
  • 12:05 p.m. – Chinese Arts & Music Association – Youth Orchestra
  • 12:25 p.m. – Evergreen Glee Club
  • 12:40 p.m. – National Anthem – Evergreen Glee Club
  • 12:45 p.m. – Black National Anthem – EriAm Sisters
  • 12:50 p.m. – Dramatic Reading of Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech – Marcel Davis
  • 1:10 p.m. – EriAm Sisters – Vocalists
  • 1:20 p.m. – Welcome by Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams and Introduction of Mayor McGinn
  • 1:30 p.m. – Presentation of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Awards

Evan Fowler – 2009 Peace Award Nominee; Presentation of the MLK Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Awards; Mariko Lockhart – Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

  • 1:45 p.m. – Kentridge Multi-Cultural Club/Kentridge High School – Multicultural Dance
  • 2:00 p.m. – Legacy of Leadership Student Discussion Panel – Eddie Moore, Jr.
  • 2:45 p.m. – Power of Hope – Spoken Word – Khatsini Simani & Hip Hop – Paris Randall
  • 3:00 p.m. – MusicianCorps – Seattle/Arts Corps
  • 3:15 p.m. – Northwest Tap Connection
  • 3:30 p.m. – Revolutionary Forum – performances presented by the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas:

Roberto Ascalon, Ela Barton, Yonnas Getahun – Spoken Word; Sean Hopps and Diana Garcia-Snyder – Classical Guitar & Dance Duet; Sankofa Sings – A cappella Women’s Ensemble

  • 4:15 p.m. – Total Experience Gospel Choir

See more information on the events, groups involved, award nominees and exhibits here.

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Metro buses on reduced schedules Monday

January 15th, 2010 by Thea

In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18, King County Metro Transit will be on a reduced weekday and “When No UW” bus schedule. Holiday/Sunday fares will also be in effect, so keep that in mind when traveling around town.

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Gung Hay Fat Choy!

January 26th, 2009 by Miss Kitty

Happy New Year of the Ox! Or as we Siamese Kitty’s say, “Gung Hay Fat Choy!” which translates to “Congratulations!”  You made it through the night without being carried off by the spirits.  So we’ve strayed away from neighborhood news to celebrate with the billions of Chinese around the world ringing in the new year.

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is one of the most important traditional Chinese holidays. It is often called the Lunar New Year, especially by people in mainland China and Taiwan. The Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by visits to kin, relatives and friends, a practice known as “new-year visits” New clothings are usually worn to signify a new year. The colour red is liberally used in all decorations. Red packets are given to juniors and children by the married and elders. All this can be found in Wikipedia.

Local Queen Anne residents got together to make potstickers (which look like money bags), eat noodles (signifying long life), and eat fish (signifying properity.)  Any plans to celebrate the new year?  

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