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Help guide the future of the Queen Anne Community Center this Saturday

June 17th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QACC exteriorOur Queen Anne Community Center hosts so many events and activities for the community, but it’s definitely in need of a few updates.

If you’ve ever used the QACC and thought, “it needs a refresh” or “I’d love this type of class/service”, you can provide your input at a Community Center Strategic Plan Mini-Summit this Saturday, June 20th from 10am to noon.

The event will be held at the Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion (305 Harrison St) and kicks off with a presentation, followed by small group discussions. Key topics for discussion:

  • What community center programs and services do you value most and why?
  • How can Seattle Parks improve its community center programs and services?

If you have any questions about the Community Center Strategic Plan or would like to submit your feedback via email, contact Susan Golub, Seattle Parks and Recreation at

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SPS teacher walk out tomorrow means Queen Anne Community Center and Pool events

May 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

No School May 19If your kids are in the Seattle Public School system, that means there’s no school for them tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th due to a teacher walk out.

The City is offering free activities for students at both the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W) and the Queen Anne Pool (1920 1st Ave W). Seattle Parks and Recreation will open and staff drop-in activities at 21 designated community centers – including the Queen Anne Community Center – for Seattle Public School students from kindergarten to 8th grade.

The free program runs from 7am to 6pm on Tuesday, May 19th. It includes supervised recreation activities, with an anticipated supervision ratio of 20 children to 1 adult leader.

Due to space limitations, eligible students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis – there are still spots to sign up online for the QACC. A completed registration form is required, and you can fill it out online here. You can also fill out a registration forms the day of the drop-in service.

Parents are asked to pack a sack lunch. Snacks will be provided to all students, and lunch will be provided to students unable to bring their own.

The Queen Anne Pool is also hosting a special Public Swim. Kids home from school can attend the swim from 3-4pm. Rates: $3.75 for Youth (1 – 17), $5.25 for Adults, $3.75 for Seniors. (Those 5 year of age and under and less than 4 feet tall need to be with an adult in the water for safety.)

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Hunt for eggs and meet the Easter Bunny at the Annual Spring Egg Hunt this Saturday

March 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QACC Easter 2015

Spring is marching forward at a pretty rapid pace, with Easter coming up this Sunday. Kids age 11 and under are invited to attend the annual Queen Anne Community Center Spring Egg Hunt and celebrate a day early (Saturday, April 4th).

The Easter Bunny will be on hand for meet-n-greets and photos with kids. The Egg Hunt begins at 10m (sharp!), and kids will need to bring a basket or bag to collect the egg treasures.

The Egg Hunt is free and will happen rain or shine, so head over to QACC at 1901 1st Ave W on Saturday to join in the search for eggcelent treasures!

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New dance classes for kids and adults start in January at Queen Anne Community Center

December 21st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QACC signThe Queen Anne Community Center has a roster of dance classes for all ages. Kids can have fun learning new moves and adults can make good on New Year’s resolutions to get in shape as 2015 kicks off.

Metropolis DanceThe Metropolis Dance classes run from January to March, just in time for the New Year. The classes are $130 for the full 3 months. If you’re on the fence, you can sign up for the first class for free to try it out – just send an email at least 24 hours in advance:

Hip Pop 1 (ages 5-7 or K-2nd grade)
Tuesdays 4:30-4:15pm
Thursdays 4:15-5pm

Hip Pop 2 (ages 8-10 or 3rd-5th grade)
Thursdays 5:15-6pm

Pre-K Pop (ages 4-5)
Thursdays 2-2:30pm

Hip-Pop Middle School
Thursdays 2:45-3:45pm

Adult Hip-Pop (16 and up)
Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm
Thursdays 6-7pm

Break Dance
Tuesdays 6-6:50pm (ages 6 and up)
Wednesdays 4:05-4:50pm (ages 4-6)

The classes teach students the fundamentals and begin each class with routine stretching, isolations, and warm ups, all to upbeat music.

A minimum of 5 students is needed for each class, so if you’re interested in a class for your kids or yourself, sign up online today. (search under “Performing Arts & Dance).

If you have any questions, you can send them via email or call Annlee at 206-538-8496.

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Queen Anne Community Center hallways decked out with new Henry murals

May 6th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Henry QACC birdsIf you haven’t stopped by the Queen Anne Community Center lately, there’s a new reason to swing by and take a look around… new murals by Seattle artist Henry cheer up the hallways, along with works by Henry’s friend, artist Andrew Miller. The two artists split up the big job of covering the QACC’s walls.

Henry QACC hallway dogs

Henry QACC Octopus

Henry has murals in many locations across Seattle and submitted one of the designs for the Space Needle in 2012. The QACC murals feature signature Henry imagery with vibrant colors that really spruce up our community center.

According to Henry:

“The imagry decisions were a mix of what the community center asked for and following my instinct for what I really thought would bring positive energy into the environment. I think we struck a harmonious balance and the community center was really stoked with our work.”

Henry QACC guitar

The upstairs and downstairs hallways feature murals by Henry and Miller, and they’re worth checking out – since they’re murals, they’re really best experienced in person, and the images here are just a few of what you can see at QACC. Stop by to take a look!

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Provide your feedback to improve Queen Anne Community Center programs and activities

October 9th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

On of our local Queen Anne community groups – we are fortunate to have so many – is looking for feedback on the programs and activities offered at the Queen Anne Community Center.

QACC signQueen Anne Heart has launched a survey to collect information on the wants and needs of Queen Anne neighbors to help develop programs and improvements for the Queen Anne Community Center. The questions are simple, ranging from how often you use the QACC to the types of programs you’re interested in, and even what days and time would be most convenient for you.

You can take the survey online or drop by QACC to fill out a print version.

Queen Anne Heart is looking to transform the QACC into a “neighborhood hub” for residents. While there are many Queen Anne neighbors who use the QACC, there are also many who don’t – and getting feedback will help make QACC relevant to the community at large.

Take the survey today, it only takes a few minutes of your time!

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Queen Anne Community Center hosting a Family Fun Night this Friday

April 30th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

QACC Family Fun NightLooking for an outlet for the boundless energy that kids always seem to have? Well, this Friday, May 3rd, the Queen Anne Community will be hosting a Family Fun Night from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Kids can expend that energy jumping around in large bounce houses, playing games, and checking out the toys on hand. All for $3 a “walking” child.

Support our local community center this Friday!

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Queen Anne Community Center and Pool closed Wednesday afternoon

March 12th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Heads up if you’re planning to use the Queen Anne Community Center or Queen Anne Pool tomorrow – Seattle Parks is closing all recreation facilities on Wednesday from 12:30pm-2:30pm for an employee meeting.

During this closure, Seattle Parks employees will be meeting with management and counselors about Friday’s shooting at the Densmore Ave N facility.

The QACC and QA Pool will reopen at 2:30pm.

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Seattle Parks facilities closed after North Seattle shooting, police search for suspect

March 8th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

UPDATE: Suspect is now in custody, per SPD.

From our sister site, My Ballard – posted today, March 8th, 2013

Police are searching for a woman suspected of shooting a man inside a Seattle Parks and Recreation Department maintenance building on 82nd St. and Densmore Ave., just north of Green Lake. Police said she may have the keys to all of the city’s community centers, and Seattle Parks is closing all of its facilities and canceling scheduled programming for the night.

Seattle Police released this photo of the suspect, identified as 47-year-old Carolyn Piksa. Officers said she was wearing a blue stocking cap and a beige or green jacket. She may be driving a dark-colored SUV. If you see her, you’re asked to call 911 immediately.

The victim is in critical condition, and Seattle Parks says his name is Bill Keller, the executive director of the Associated Recreation Council. ARC is a non-profit that runs the city’s community centers, reports the Seattle Times.

Shortly after the shooting this afternoon, police launched an extensive search at the Bitter Lake Community Center near N. 130th and Densmore Ave N.

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Children’s Book Sale and Annual Queen Anne Community Center Holiday Antique & Collectible Show Start Friday

December 13th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

The 4th Annual Queen Anne Community Center Holiday Antique & Collectible Show kicks off tomorrow evening and this year you can also do your holiday book shopping at the same time. A Children’s Book Sale is being held in conjunction with the antique show, and proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Community Center Scholarship Fund. Funds from the Book Sale go to Preschool scholarships, basketball scholarships, and other children’s programs – so, do some book shopping and support a great local community service!

The Book Sale is quite the deal with over 3000 top quality children’s books offered at 75% off list price. The books range from infant board books to Young Adult fiction and every age in-between, with noted authors and illustrators represented across the genre. And 95% of the books are in brand new condition, not seconds.

In addition to books, the fundraiser will also have Folkmanis Puppets and a vintage, fully furnished Playmobil Mansion!

Key Details:

  • What: Annual QACC Holiday Antique Show & Children’s Book Sale
  • Where: Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave. W
  • When: Friday, December 14th-Sunday, December 16th
  • Times & Admission:
    • Friday, December 14th, 5pm-7pm, Early Bird Admission $10
    • Saturday December 15th, 8am-10am $5
    • Sunday December 16th, 10am-4pm FREE Admission

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Queen Anne Artist’s Trunk Show this Saturday

November 8th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

Are you already shopping for the holidays? Or, are you just looking to support local artisans and add to your home décor? Well, you can shop local this weekend at the Queen Anne Artist’s Trunk Show at the Queen Anne Community Center. Over 35 top local artists will show and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show. It’s a juried event that showcases the work of local artisans, and provide additional fun to boot! It’s a family-friendly event with live entertainment, face painting, puppet shows, baked goods, and more. Plus, free admission!

Key Details:
Where: Queen Anne Community Center
When: November 10th, 11am – 4pm
Cost: FREE admission

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Don’t forget the QACC egg hunt!

April 6th, 2012 by SA

Tomorrow! Bring a basket or a bag to gather up all of the goodies you’ll find at the Queen Anne Annual Spring Egg hunt for children. Come rain or shine! Donations are gladly accepted. Meet in the Queen Anne Gym, 1901 1st Ave. W. 10 a.m. – Noon. Cost: Free, all ages welcome.

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