Rock’n’Roll Marathon means road closures this Saturday

The annual Rock’n’Roll Marathon is this Saturday, June 18th, with a race start at the Seattle Center. That means early morning crowds at the Seattle Center and on surrounding streets. Plus, plenty of street closures to be aware of if you need to leave Queen Anne. Good news? The race ends at CenturyLink Field this year, not the Seattle Center.

SDOT advises drivers to stay off local roads early Saturday morning due to detours and associated delays. In addition to the crowds and detours on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, all northbound lanes of 99 through downtown (the Viaduct) will be closed from 5am to 9:45am, along with several I5 and I90 on- and off-ramps.

Here are the details from SDOT, with a race map below:

SR 99 closure details

  • Northbound SR 99 from South Hudson Street to Roy Street.

I-5 ramp closures

  • The northbound and southbound I-5 off-ramps to South Dearborn Avenue.
  • The South Dearborn Avenue on-ramps to northbound and southbound I-5.

I-90 ramp closures

  • The eastbound and westbound I-90 off-ramps to Rainier Avenue South.
  • The southbound Rainier Avenue South on-ramp to eastbound I-90.

I-90 express lanes closure details

  • The I-90 express lanes will close at 3 a.m. The lanes will open westbound by 2:30 p.m.

A full list of road closures is provided in a tabular format here.

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Free summer fitness classes return to Seattle Center starting June 21

Screen Shot 2016-06-08 at 6.07.45 PMThe popular free Summer Fitness program at Seattle Center returns this year with 3 options for health seekers. In addition to classes for Zumba and Gentle Yoga, a third class from CorePower Yoga has been added to the roster. All of the classes are free and open to all.

Zumba classes begin June 21 and two different yoga classes – one at lunchtime, the other in the early evening – begin June 22.

Here are the details on each class – these are popular, so plan on arriving a bit early:

Zumba with Bonnie Wang
Tuesdays: 6pm – 7pm
June 21 – August 23, 2016
Next 50 Plaza

Zumba is all about the energy, the music, and having fun while doing something good for your body. Come join us for an adventurous journey around the world through exhilarating Latin music, World Rhythms, West African, belly dance, dance hall, pop, classic rock, you name it. The result – a workout full of high energy, easy to follow choreography, and FUN!   It will get your heart pumping, get you sweaty, and put a big smile on your face. Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is required. Please bring plenty of water and wear comfortable sneakers.

Gentle Yoga with Terri Dyer
Wednesdays: 11:30am – 12:30pm
June 22 – August 24, 2016
Exhibition Hall Lawn

Gentle Yoga is a class for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level. Gently stretch your body, and breathe your stress away while having fun. This class will focus on fluid movements to increase range of motion and increase joint and muscle flexibility. Beginners will learn the basics of Hatha Yoga, which is the physical practice, and all will have an opportunity to feel challenged. Please bring your own yoga mat.

Evening Yoga with CorePower Yoga
Wednesdays: 6pm this Summer
June 22nd – August 24th, 2016

Exhibition Hall Lawn Seattle Center Community Created Events and CorePower Yoga are teaming up to bring you a free evening yoga class after work on the Exhibition Hall Lawn. Ditch your heels and loafers and bring your yoga mat!

Whirligig! returns to Seattle Center tomorrow through April 17th

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 6.57.10 PMThe perennial Whiligig! returns to Seattle Center’s Armory tomorrow, Friday, April 1st. The collection of super-sized inflatable rides for kids will take over the Armory for just over two weeks, concluding its run on Sunday, April 17th.

The Armory will transform into a kid-sized entertainment center, with the aforementioned rides plus balloon artists, face painters, and caricaturists. And, the Armory restaurants will all be open during the Whiligig! festivities.

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 6.59.21 PMThe rides are designed for those 12 years of age and under, and a Toddler Zone will also be on hand for the littlest kiddos. Tickets are $8 for All Day Main Floor Passes, $4.50 for All Day Toddler Passes, and $1.50 for single ride tickets.

Whirligig! runs Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 17, at the Seattle Center Armory, 11am – 6pm each day. Thursdays are FREE!

Free Zumba and Gentle Yoga classes at Seattle Center start this month

Armory SignThe free Summer Zumba and yoga classes at the Seattle Center have always been popular, with some classes held outside as people celebrate summer weather. Now, to help shed the winter blahs and help with New Year’s resolutions, the Seattle Center is offering these free classes again as part of its Winter Fitness program.

The classes are free and open to all ages and all abilities, and they’ll be held every Wednesday evening, January 20th through March 3oth, in the Seattle Center Armory building.

Here are the details:

Zumba Fitness: 6pm-7pm
Offers participants an adventurous journey around the world through exhilarating Latin music, World Rhythms, West African, belly dance, dance hall, pop, classic rock and more. The result – a workout full of high energy, easy to follow choreography and fun!  Everyone is welcome. No dance experience is required. Participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water and wear comfortable sneakers.

Gentle Yoga:  7:30pm-8:30pm
Offers something for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level. Stretch your body, and breathe your stress away. The weekly classes focus on fluid movements to increase range of motion and increase joint and muscle flexibility. Beginners will learn the basics of Hatha Yoga, and all will enjoy a strengthening workout. Please bring your own yoga mat.

For more information on Winter Fitness and other Seattle Center programming, visitSeattle Center or call 206 684.7200.

Traffic Alert: Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Seattle Marathon will impact traffic this weekend

Two traffic alerts for today and tomorrow – Trans-Siberian Orchestra is at Key Arena today, Saturday, for performances at 4pm and 8pm. The city estimates 10,000 people will attend each of the shows (20,000 total), so expect traffic around Key Arena this afternoon and evening.

The bigger impact will likely be from the Seattle Marathon, which is tomorrow, Sunday, November 29th. The organizers cite the Seattle Marathon as the “largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the US” – what does that mean? 15,000 participants + thousands of spectators, and road closures around the Seattle Center, where the race starts and finishes.

The race map with street closures is below. For some reason, the Seattle Marathon organizers have once again decided to produce a West-oriented map, instead of the standard North-oriented view. So, it may look a bit odd, but note that 5th Ave near the Seattle Center will be closed 5:30am-9am, and one side of Mercer will be closed 8:45am-4pm.

Click the map for a larger image:

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And, just to make things a bit more complicated, traffic-wise, the Seahawks are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at CenturyLink tomorrow (Sunday), with kickoff at 1:25pm.

Seattle Center Winterfest kicks off this Friday

Winterfest 2015Winterfest, the annual celebration of all things winter and holiday, starts this Friday, November 27th and runs all the way up to New Year’s Eve. The family-friendly event is really many events under one umbrella, from the popular Winterfest Ice Rink to the Winter train to ongoing performances and entertainment.

In addition to the indoor Ice Rink and Armory entertainment, outside the Seattle Center grounds will sparkle with lights and outdoor activities. And, the whole season wraps on New Year’s Eve with a celebration and fireworks at the Space Needle.

Here’s the Winterfest schedule – unless otherwise noted, all events are taking place at the Seattle Center Armory and are free:

Winter Train & Village
Nov. 27 – Dec. 31
10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25

Winterfest Ice Rink
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3, 2016
Sunday – Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday – Saturday 11am-10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm, Dec. 24; closed, Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm, Dec. 31
Fisher Pavilion
Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Student Showcases (over 100 performances)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 20, various times

Winterfest Ice Sculpting
Saturdays: Nov. 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26
12 noon – 2pm
Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE

The Dickens Carolers
Friday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 29
11am – 12 noon
Keith Highlanders Pipe Band
Friday, Nov. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm

3rd Shift Dance
Friday, Nov. 27
2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show
Saturday, Nov. 28
11am – 12 noon

SANCA Cirrus Circus
Saturday, Nov. 28
12:30pm – 1:30pm

SANCA IMPulse Circus Collective
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 – Nov. 29
2pm – 3pm

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team
Sunday, Nov. 29
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Global Heat
Saturday, Dec. 5
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices
Sunday, Dec. 6
1pm – 2pm

Garfield Jazz Band
Saturday, Dec. 12
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 13
2pm – 3pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 17
5pm – 8pm

XMAS Maximus
Saturday, Dec. 19
12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Bobs
Sunday, Dec. 20
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce
Saturday, Dec. 26
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Datina Folkloric Ensemble
Sunday, Dec. 27
12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 31
8pm – 11:45pm
Armory, Seattle Center grounds, FREE

Happy Winter!

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