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Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

November 25th, 2014 by Laura

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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

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

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

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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 www.seattlecenter.com.
  • 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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Eat Local Holiday Sale

November 27th, 2008 by Miss Kitty

Our good friends at Eat Local offer a weekend Holiday Sale beginning Friday Nov. 28th and ending Sunday, Nov. 30.  Promotions include: 20% OFF ALL PAPER GOODS; 

30% OFF ALL POTTERY;  

Free Insulated Bag 
with all purchases over $50

; and $1 Stumptown 12oz Lattes 
(through the end of December).

Also, drop by Friday from 12 noon – 3:00 pm for live music by Aaron Samuels, the unveiling of the Eat Local homemade Gingerbread House and the Totes 2 Go Trunk Show.  Canapes and hot cider are part of the event!  Read more about Eat Local.


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