According to the SPD Blotter, a 35-year old man was arrested today after leading SPD officers on a car chase through Queen Anne – traveling via a stolen SPD patrol car.
The incident began just after noon today when SPD received a report of the suspect attacking another man on a Metro bus near Aurora and Denny Way. He fled south through the Battery Street tunnel, where two SPD patrol officers intercepted him. He then attacked a female officer and escaped in an SPD patrol car.
Photo courtesy of Jim Leach
Officers pursued the suspect up Queen Anne to W Olympic Place and 8th Ave W, with the chase ending when the suspect crashed the stolen SPD patrol car into a retaining wall.
According to Queen Anne resident Jim Leach, “it appear[ed] to me when the perp passed the Kinnear Park swing set, he saw two Police cars coming toward him on the arterial and he made a late decision to drive up 8th West, but he entered the corner way to hot.”
Post-crash, officers took the suspect (who appeared to be “very intoxicated”) into custody. Since he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, he suffered cuts to his hands and face. He was transported to Harborview for treatment.
The Blotter reports that SPD in investigating the suspect’s possible involvement in a hit-and-run on his chase route, as well as further details around the day’s events.
Seattle-based MerGeo, an outdoor lifestyle event company, is bringing its Street Scramble adventure to Queen Anne for the first time on Saturday, March 30th – and Queen Anne locals have a key advantage… we know the neighborhood!
Street Scrambles are part scavenger hunt, part race – teams and individuals receive maps with checkpoints and a time limit to visit as many of those points as possible. Each checkpoint has a point value and competitors choose their own route to reach each one. Proof you’ve marked it off? A multiple choice question for each site, with point values varied based on difficulty.
Street Scramble mapper on one
of our 120 staircases
We all know that our neighborhood has many notable guide-book spots as well as hidden gems, and you can leverage your Queen Anne knowledge in the Street Scramble – unfair? Nope, just an advantage for Queen Anne locals. You can sign up as an individual or gather a team together, and you can compete as a runner, walker, or cyclist, and strollers are welcome!
Participants have 30 minutes to plan routes before the race clock begins – this is where you can use the ace in your pocket, your local Queen Anne insight, to your advantage. Then, the race begins and everyone scrambles to cover the neighborhood, mark off the checkpoints, and return to the finish line.
There are 11 award categories, including three for family teams. Preregistration is open until Thursday, March 28, and you can also sign up onsite the day of the Scramble (arrive at 8:30am for same-day registration).
According to course designer, Eric Bone:
“Queen Anne is a new neighborhood for Street Scramble, and I’m very excited about it… The geography of the Queen Anne neighborhood, with its views in many directions, green spaces, and proximity to diverse surrounding neighborhoods and Puget Sound, offers many interesting checkpoint locales.”
And, a sneak peek – here’s the mapping crew in action on Queen Anne:
If you’re like me, you walk… a lot. If not, maybe you have a reason? Lack of sidewalks, poorly-marked crosswalks, or inadequate lighting? Remedying these issues would make it safer to walk around the neighborhood, especially with our short, dark winter days ahead. Increased walkability also supports our local businesses and community services, and there’s nothing more invigorating than taking a walk and seeing the vibrancy of our neighborhood!
Well, now there are two new opportunities for you to share your opinion on Queen Anne walkability:
Queen Anne Greenways: this grassroots, neighbor-driven group is looking to springboard into an official voice for Queen Anne walkability. The group is meeting next Tuesday and Friday for meet-and-greets. The conversation starting point will be the Crown of Queen Anne and pedestrian safety. The first meetings are informal opportunities to start the discussion on how Queen Anne residents view the safety and accessibility of our primary pedestrian routes. Input gathered and interested residents’ participation will lead to the formation of a formal Queen Anne Greenways Group.
Meetings: Tuesday, Nov 27, 7-8:30pm or Friday, Nov 30, 3-4:30pm
Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board: SPAB is accepting applications for new members to help make walking safer and easier. The volunteer board advises the mayor and city council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to city departments. Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Applicants must be Seattle residents (city employees are not eligible) and should be frequent walkers. SPAB is looking for a board that represents of a variety of ages, mobility levels, and neighborhoods.
Meetings: SPAB meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at City Hall
Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest
Deadline: apply via email by 5pm on December 17 to Howard Wu
Local family-owned shipper and boutique Queen Anne Dispatch is hosting a Friends & Family event this Friday evening as it celebrates 25 years in business. First opened in 1987 by Jan Paolini, the business is now run by Jan’s daughters Sabrina and Tara. In addition to a range of shipping services offered by the shop, you can also find cards, jewelry, shoes, apparel, and accessories.
The fun begins Friday at 6pm and runs to 10pm with drinks and bites, as well as 25% off all regularly priced merchandise (all day), marking 25 years. Additional event festivities include:
nails done free of charge by a nail technician from Butter of London
reps from various manufacturers
gifts with purchase of $75 or more (while supplies last)
Have you checked out the Forum lately? Well, here’s your friendly reminder about the Forum – it’s for you! It’s a venue for discussions among neighbors, local notices, items for sale, and more. All we ask is that you keep it friendly, and we’ll moderate the spam.
Here’s what’s new in the Forum:
Owl Attack – remember the owl attack on the Crown of Queen Anne? Well, a reader has posted a recent article on how owl attacks are fairly common this time of year. And, there are owls on Queen Anne – I passed 2 near the P-Patch, and kept a wary eye on them after the reader alert!
Nannies – we have two reader posts on nannies – one is looking for a Queen Anne family interested in a nanny share, and another is offering her services as a nanny including part-time child-care while you’re running errands or want some “me time”.
Stolen Bike – a Queen Anne resident’s bike was stolen, check the post for a description, and let the Forum know if you’ve experienced a bike (or other) theft recently.
And more! Check it out, start your own post, and weigh in on current posts.
Before we get to the weekend, Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away! We’ll be putting together a Thanksgiving Roundup and, shortly following, a Holiday Roundup, so if you have any events you’d like us to include, just let us know.
And, on to the weekend… Traffic will be tricky around Uptown/Lower Queen Anne this weekend with two major headliners at the Key – Leonard Cohen on Friday and Neil Young on Saturday. The PNB Premier is also Saturday night, so fair warning on parking and traffic. Parking will be impacted, and there will likely be lots of drivers unfamiliar with the area, so keep an eye out for them!
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 through mid-December.
Multi-Day Events: PNB All Premiere, Thursday, Nov 8 – Sunday, Nov 11 Affordable Art Fair, Seattle Center Expo Hall, Friday, Nov 9 – Sunday, Nov 11 Nunsense, SPU Theatre, Friday, Nov 9 – Saturday, Nov 11 Some Assembly Required, Seattle Children’s Museum, Saturday, Nov 10 and Sunday, Nov 11, 10am – sponsored by Boeing, activities for kids 3 and older The Wizard of Oz, $4 Films4Famlies Matinee, SIFF Uptown, Saturday, Nov 10 – Sunday, Nov 11, 1pm
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!
Where: Queen Anne Community Center
When: November 10th, 11am – 4pm
Cost: FREE admission
As reported last week, local Queen Anne dentist practices participated in the Halloween Candy Buyback program, offering cash for candy that goes into care packages for troops via Operation Gratitude. Little Pearls Kids Dentistry, Smiles by Smita Orthodontics, and Seattle Kids Dentistry participated and collected a grand total of nearly 250 pounds of candy.
The combined practice of Little Pearls and Smiles by Smita collected 140 pounds of candy to send to troops, and they’ll also be donating matched funds to Northwest Harvest:
Seattle Kids Dentistry collected 100 pounds of candy and took the opportunity to educate kids on good dental health and enjoying sweets in moderation. Kids left with not only cash, but also toothbrushes and prizes in exchange for their donations.
Starting this Thursday, November 8, the Seattle Pacific University Theatre presents the musical comedy ‘Nunsense’ for two weekends in a row. Nunsense originated as a line of greeting cards by Dan Goggin that starburst into a full-length musical in 1985. The original off-Broadway production ran for 3,672 performances, making it the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history.
“Nunsense is a musical comedy about the misadventures of five nuns trying to raise money to bury their dearly departed sisters, all of whom died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God. Join ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert in this hilarious spoof!”
All photos courtesy of Seattle Pacific University, more information and photos are available on SPU’s facebook page.
Key Details: Where: Seattle Pacific University Theatre, 3307 3rd Ave West
When: Nov 8–Nov 10 and Nov 15–Nov 17
Time: 7:30pm evening performances, 2pm Saturday matinees
Cost: $10 Students/Seniors, $12 General Admission
Tickets: 206.281.2959 or www.spu.edu/boxoffice
Note: Children under 5 not admitted. Group rates available for 20 or more.
Picture Perfect Queen Anne (PPQA) is a volunteer-powered neighborhood alliance that revitalizes the streetscapes of Queen Anne Ave between McGraw and Galer Streets with gardens and pathways. PPQA’s goal is a pedestrian-friendly, safe, vibrant main street that everyone can enjoy. You’ve likely passed these little gardens without realizing the effort that PPQA has put into them – and now they need your help to keep them maintained:
To help fund its efforts, PPQA depends on donations from Queen Anne neighbors (both residential and business) and funding from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Office of Economic Development.
PPQA’s Green Gateways Gardens include spots at McGraw and Galer that were created in 2009 with funds from SDOT’s “Bridging The Gap” initiative and donations. In 2010, donations from Queen Anne merchants, residents, and organizations added to SDOT and Office of Economic Development funds to create 2200 feet of gardening space, with 3 seasons of professional maintenance included.
The first three seasons have come to an end and PPQA has launched the “Green Gateways QA: Keep Them Beautiful!” campaign to raise $8,500 to continue the public garden professional maintenance for three more years. Donations cover summer watering, year-round litter clean-up, pruning, weeding, and deadheading.
Thanks to the generosity of Queen Anne businesses and residents, PPQA has surpassed the 2/3 mark in its “Green Gateways QA: Keep Them Beautiful!” campaign, and has just $2,500 left to go – you can help PPQA by contributing via its web site. An individual can contribute as little as $5 per month or a one-time gift of your choice. Just 100 residents contributing $25 will meet the goal – a small amount to keep our main street beautiful!
Throughout the Presidential campaign, the 5 Spot has hosted debate parties, offering special menu items and partnering with broVo Spirits for election-themed cocktails. Patrons can participate in the “vote with your liver” campaign and the 5 Spot has also been tallying “votes” cast via entry through either the red or blue door. Today only (Friday), however, the blue door has been locked to “give Mitt a chance” as the blue door has had heavy usage up to now. (you can vote via the blue door again tomorrow!)
Here were the counts as of the second Presidential debate:
Voting continues via cocktails and door entries through Election Day – and that night, there will be a special menu with items like “Little Big Bird Bites” and “Pro or Anti Pasto Plate”. Then, after the polls close, all broVo election cocktails will drop in price to $5 and draft beers will be $3 – so, regardless of the election results, you win!
It’s crazy to think it’s November already! Soon we’ll be putting together a Thanksgiving event roundup, and shortly thereafter, it’ll be time for a holiday roundup. If you have any events you’d like us to include, just let us know.
In the meantime, this weekend is upon us, and there’s already one holiday event included – the Swedish Cultural Center’s Holiday Bazaar. Also on tap for the weekend: Monty Python-fest and The Wizard of Oz $4 matinee at SIFF Uptown, the Hmong New Year at the Armory, the Short Run Press Fest at the Vera Project, and the Sounders and Seahawks are both at home.
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, Nov 4 – Thursday, Nov 8, 9pm-5am
Multi-Day Events: Swedish Cultural Center Holiday Bazaar, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 8-4. $1 admission UN-WEDGED 2012, Pottery Northwest, functional and sculptural ceramic work and mixed media. Saturday, Nov 3 – Friday, November 30, 2012. Opening Reception on Saturday, Nov 3 at 6 pm Monty Python! at SIFF Uptown – A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Nov 2-7 The Wizard of Oz, $4 Films4Famlies Matinee, SIFF Uptown, Saturday, Nov 3 – Sunday, Nov 4, 1pm Seattle Turkish Film Festival, Pacific Place and SIFF Film Center, Nov 2–4