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Tent City 3 moves to Seattle Pacific University next Saturday

December 4th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

TC3 WinterBack in October, we reported on Seattle Pacific University’s plan to host Tent City 3 from January 10th through March 7th. The move-in date for Tent City 3 has now been moved up to next Saturday, December 13th.

The community shelter will set up their tents on the northeast part of the Tiffany Loop lawn at SPU, on the corner of W Bertona St and 3rd Ave W.

SPU Tent City mapTent City 3 will remain at SPU through March 7th, 2015 as planned. The SPU land use application was approved for 6 months, so the school does have the option of extending TC3′s stay. The school is hosting a series of events to help educate both SPU students and the community on the issue of homelessness.

SPU’s series of community education events  are open to the public, and include films, talks, and discussions:

January 8: How to talk to people experiencing homelessness, 7pm, Weter Lounge
January 22: Public Policy and Homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
January 27: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
February 4: “Beyond the One Night Count” advocacy training,  7:00-8:30pm, SUB Collegium
February 12: Youth and Homelessness, 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
February 17: Film Screening, 7pm, Emerson Hall
March 5: “What we learned” Debriefing and next steps. 7:00 PM, SUB Gazebo Room

More information on the upcoming Tent City 3 at SPU is available via a FAQ on SPU’s web site. If you would like to volunteer or if you have questions, contact SPU via email.

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Threatening text shut down Seattle Pacific earlier today

October 31st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

SPDEarlier this afternoon, Seattle Pacific University was locked down when a student received a threatening text from an ex-girlfriend. The text intimated that she was on the SPU campus, but SPD determined she was in Skagit County. Skagit County Deputies arrested the suspect and will transfer her to SPD where she will be booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.

From SPD:

Suspect Arrested After Text Message Threat Locks Down SPU Campus
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Seattle Pacific University briefly locked down its campus Friday after a student got a threatening text message from a former girlfriend who lives outside King County.

The lockdown was lifted once it was confirmed the woman is currently in Skagit County and posed no threat to the school. The student reportedly received a text message from the suspect stating she would kill him and his friends. She also claimed to be on the Seattle Pacific campus at the time, which prompted a quick response from the Seattle Police Department about 2 PM.

It was quickly determined she was not anywhere near the campus. Skagit County Deputies located and arrested the suspect at a home outside Burlington for the threats. Deputies will later transfer her to Seattle Police before she is booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.

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Queen Anne Farmers Market is tomorrow; will take collections for SPU victims this week

June 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Tomorrow is market day, and this week has the usual line-up of great produce, meals, music and more (schedule below). And, this week, the market will be hosting a special donation tent for victims of last week’s SPU shooting.

From the QAFM organizers:

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that unfolded last week at Seattle Pacific University. Our hearts go out to those affected by this senseless act. We will be collecting donations at the Information Tent to be directed to the victims, through SPU. Please stop by and show your support. We are one community. Rain or Shine, There’s a Lot to Love!”

2014PosterQAFMIn addition to the opportunity to help out the SPU victims, you can also enjoy the QAFM, even though the weather is forecasted to be a bit gloomy. The market is open every Thursday, regardless of weather (remember last year’s opening day? It was cold and rainy and the market marched on).

Many QAFM vendors drive to Queen Anne from Eastern Washington, a long drive to get fresh produce to our neighborhood. And, according to QAFM, the vendors are promising a “bumper crop of fresh produce” this season. The hot spring weather has made for one of the earliest seasons for cherries and berries – an early start to summer!

And, here’s the line-up of activities for tomorrow’s market day:

Live Music, Sponsored by Axiom Build Design

  • 5pm: Tinker’s Dram: A contra and square dancing band, members have been playing in Seattle for years.

Event Tent, Sponsored by: Liz Petrillo Windermere Real Estate

*Note: Your Knife Sharpening Guy can sharpen knives, scissors and other tools while you shop the market. Service available all season.

The list of regular vendors is available online, and in addition to featured winery White Heron Cellars, the regular food trucks will be joined by rotating trucks How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Buns, and Anchorhead Coffee.

Get out and enjoy the market tomorrow, don’t let a little rain stop you!

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Request from a SPU student: walk your dogs at SPU today

June 6th, 2014 by Laura Fonda


My pup, ready to walk!

The entire Queen Anne community and Seattle Pacific University students and staff are still recovering from yesterday’s horrific events on the SPU campus. How can you help support the students? It can be simple…

We’ve received a request from a SPU student, asking that Queen Anne residents walk their dogs on the SPU campus today to show support and help the SPU community recover via the emotional bond with dogs.

Here’s more on her request to the Queen Anne community:

“My name is Hannah and I am a senior at Seattle Pacific University. In light of yesterday’s tragic events, my community is broken. I understand that Queen Anne is a community filled with dog walkers. If there is any way you can communicate to the Queen Anne Community to walk their dogs on the SPU campus today and support the students, it would be so immensely appreciated. I have read in my psychology book about the power of dogs and their ability to ease pain and comfort the suffering.”

So, if you haven’t yet walked your dog today, snap on the leash, head over to SPU, and show your support.

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Updated SPD Blotter account of SPD shootings

June 5th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

SPDThe SPD Blotter has published a more complete account of the activity today at Seattle Pacific University. Please note, we are leaving this post in the capable hands of SPD’s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, as this is SPD’s official account of what happened – including clearing up earlier reports of a second shooter that were on Twitter and other media outlets:

Gunman Kills One, Wounds Two at Seattle Pacific University
Written by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on

A 26-year-old gunman opened fire on the Seattle Pacific University campus Thursday afternoon, killing one and injuring two others.

At 3:23 PM, police received a report of a gunman at Otto Miller Hall, just north of 3rd Avenue and W. Nickerson Street.

The suspect fired several rounds from a shotgun and began reloading his weapon when a student building monitor heroically intervened. The monitor, a man in his 20s, pepper sprayed the suspect before tackling him to the ground. Several bystanders also seized upon the suspect—who was also carrying a knife and additional ammunition—and took his gun.

Police arrived within four minutes of the first report of the shooting and called for medics, who arrived on scene and began transporting their first patient less than 10 minutes after the first 911 call.

Medics transported a man in his 20s with critical injuries to Harborview Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Medics also transported a second woman in her 20s, also with critical injures, a man in his 20s with pellet wounds to his neck and chest—he is currently in stable condition—and another man in his 20s with minor injuries sustained during the struggle with the suspect.

As police began searching the campus, SPU staff implemented the school’s active-shooter emergency plan, previously developed by school security and Seattle police, alerting students and staff to shelter in place. Police SWAT teams swept through the campus, and found a number of students and faculty members hiding in classrooms and offices.

Amidst the chaos of the incident, police had received reports of a second suspect, but officers and detectives have determined the gunman acted alone.

So far, police have not found any connection between the suspect, Seattle Pacific University or any of the victims. Detectives are searching additional locations for evidence in the case, and plan to book the suspect into the King County Jail for Investigation of Murder.

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Official SPD statement on SPU shootings

June 5th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

The SPD Blotter has provided the following official statement on the shootings today at Seattle Pacific University (SPU):

SPDOne person killed, three injured after gunman opens fire at SPU
Written by Detective Renee Witt on June 5, 2014

One person was killed and three others injured Thursday afternoon after a lone gunman opened fire with a shotgun at Seattle Pacific University. Police have one suspect in custody, an adult male who was subuded after being pepper-sprayed by a student security guard. No one else is being sought in connection with the shooting.

All of the victims were taken to Harborview Medical Center. One 20-year-old male victim died at the hospital. Another male victim was reported in stable condition. In addition, one woman had life threatening injuries and another woman was reported in stable condition. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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Shooting at Seattle Pacific University

June 5th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

SPDFor information and updates on the SPU shooting today, you can follow a live blog of events at The Seattle Times. Official updates are being posted on the SPD Twitter feed.

Note: traffic is being impacting significantly on Queen Anne as the area around SPU is closed to traffic.


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Love cat videos? Attend the Internet Cat Video Festival and help out SPU’s Theatre Program

April 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Henri Film FestivalWhat would the internet be without cat videos? If you like classics like keyboard cat or moody films featuring Henri, or, just about any random cat doing cat-like things that we humans find hilarious, you’re in luck!

Tonight only you can catch 75 minutes worth of cat videos at SPU, with ticket proceeds helping fund SPU’s Theatre Program.

The Internet Cat Video Festival features “the best and funniest Internet cat videos” curated by the SPU Theatre Department. After the compilation, there’ll be a Q&A with SPU alum Wil Braden, creator of the Henri le Chat Noir videos.

The feline festival is tonight at 7:30pm in SPU’s Upper Gwinn Commons (3310 6th Ave W). Tickets are $5 for SPU students, $10 for everyone else.

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SPU Theatre Department production of Letters to Sala begins this week

April 15th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Beginning this week, the Seattle Pacific University’s Theatre Department is presenting “Letters to Sala” on its main stage, as well as an accompanying traveling exhibition of letters, photographs, and documents on loan from the New York Public Library and the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation.

Letters to Sala

Photo courtesy of Seattle Pacific University

Letters to Sala is a new play by Arlene Hutton, based on Ann Kirschner’s book Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story. Kirschner based the book on over 300 letters that her mother received from friends and family when she lived in a World War II labor camp. This week’s opening will be the Northwest premiere of the play.

The traveling exhibit of letters, photographs, and documents from the Sala Garncarz Kirschner Collection is on loan from the New York Public Library and the French Children of the Holocaust Foundation. It’ll be on display in SPU’s Kreider Gallery in McKinley Hall during the month of April.

The play runs April 18-20 and 25-27 on the main stage in SPU’s McKinley Hall. Following the Friday, April 19th performance, both Hutton and Kirschner will participate in a Q&A session with the audience.

Per SPU, tickets are going fast, so get yours now; $12 general admission and $10 for students/seniors. Tickets are available online or by calling 206.281.2959.

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If you’re in the market for a piano, check out the SPU Music Department sale next Sunday

March 17th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

The Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Music Department has been using Yamaha pianos for its program via a loan program with Classic Pianos. It’s now time to refresh their program, benefitting the community with a public sale of the used Yamahas (grands, uprights, player, and digital pianos) as well as new pianos from Bösendorfer, Schimmel, Estonia, and Steinway.

All pianos have been professionally maintained and include a new factory warranty. The pianos will first be offered to SPU alumni, faculty, and staff before the general public sale on Sunday, March 24th. The Sunday sale will be held at SPU’s Crawford Music Building from noon to 5pm.

SPU is also offering interested buyers the option to see the available pianos in advance. You can call 206.281.2842 to set up a private appointment for Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

Proceeds from pianos purchased during the sale will benefit the SPU Music Department loan program.

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Tent City Leaves SPU

March 25th, 2012 by SA

Tent City 3 left its temporary home at Seattle Pacific University today, after 90 days in residence.

Tent City 3 is a community working to help decrease the number of people on the street by providing transitional housing. In 2002, Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr signed a consent decree giving the encampment an ongoing permit. Today, Tent City 3 offers shelter for up to 100 men, women, and couples.

A number of activities surrounded the SPU campus stay, including an on-campus forum “Growing Up Homeless”  and “Homelessness: A Crisis of Affordable Housing.” Students volunteered by cooking meals, holding multiple clothing drives (including one just for socks), and starting knitting groups.

Tent City 3 now resides at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Capitol Hill, where it will remain until mid-June.

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Look for phone book opt-out cards in your mailbox

July 11th, 2011 by Doree

Seattle Public Utilities is mailing yellow reminder cards to 280,000 residences and business online canadian pharmacy this month, reminding them how to opt out of getting phone books delivered to their front door.

Since May, the Phone Books Opt-Out Registry website registered more than 36,000 addresses that declined delivery of more than 227,000 phone books this year.

“Preventing waste by choosing the phone books you don’t want is a good example of what sustainability means,” Timothy Croll, SPU’s director of solid waste, said in a press release. “Last year, the average Seattle household got six phone books weighing more than 11 pounds. So opting out saves tons of paper — more than 200 tons per year already — and cuts down on greenhouse gas generation.”

Seattle residents and businesses can also use the website to stop much unwanted junk mail. Croll acknowledged the irony of sending out mail to encourage people to stop junk mail but he pointed out that the mailer, which will use four tons of paper, is expected to help 28,000 more households and businesses stop 168,000 phone book deliveries, saving 150 tons of paper.

The stop phone books card also provides a phone number, (206) 504-3066. The mailer and phone number can only be used for addresses within the City of Seattle. However, from the website, those outside the city can also access the CatalogChoice website and stop both phone books and junk mail. King County is expected to add access to the CatalogChoice service from its website later this summer.

The Phone Books Opt-Out Registry is funded by a fee charged to yellow pages publishers. Publishers can be fined when they don’t honor requests through the city’s opt-out program.

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