June 11th, 2014 by Laura
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!”
In 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!
Tags: QAFM, Queen Anne Farmer's Market, SPU
June 6th, 2014 by Laura
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.
Tags: dog, dog walk, Seattle Pacific University, SPU
June 5th, 2014 by Laura
The 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:
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.
Tags: Seattle Pacific University, shooting, SPU
June 5th, 2014 by Laura
The SPD Blotter has provided the following official statement on the shootings today at Seattle Pacific University (SPU):
One 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.
Tags: Seattle Pacific University, shooting, SPU
June 5th, 2014 by Laura
For 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.
Tags: Seattle Pacific University, shooting, SPU
April 11th, 2014 by Laura
What 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.
Tags: cat, cat videos, SPU, Theatre Department
April 15th, 2013 by Laura
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.
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.
Tags: SPU, Theatre
March 17th, 2013 by Laura
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.
Tags: piano sale, 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.
Tags: education, homelessness, SPU
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 www.seattle.gov/stopphonebooks 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.ciprofloxacin or cipro
Tags: phone books, Phone Books Opt-Out Registry, Seattle Public Utilities, SPU, Timothy Croll
July 5th, 2011 by Cory Bergman
The bad economy is forcing Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to propose a rate increase for drinking water each of the next three years to maintain Seattle’s drinking water system.
According to a release sent out by SPU, the rate for a typical Seattle household would go up between $2.41 per month in 2012 and $2.91 per month by 2014. The rates would be more for commercial customers, depending on usage. Even with the rate increase, SPU says water will still cost less than a penny per gallon.
Drinking water rates pay for:
- Protecting the safety and security of the water supply system.
- Operating two state-of-the-art water treatment facilities.
- Daily testing to maintain drinking water quality.
- Covering open water storage reservoirs in Seattle.
- Maintaining and repairing 1,800 miles of pipeline, 20,000 valves, 180,000 water-service connections, 13 water reservoirs and dozens of pump stations.
- Providing services to help customers manage their bills and resolve problems.
The Seattle City Council will consider the rate proposal over the next few months, with a decision expected by Thanksgiving. The new rates, if approved, would take effect on January 1, 2012.
Tags: drinking water, drinking water rates, Seattle City Council, Seattle Public Utilities, SPU, water supply, water treatment
May 5th, 2011 by Thea
Sixty-three Dearborn Park Elementary School fifth graders got a chance to see what it’s like to go to college on Wednesday, spending the day at the Seattle Pacific University campus with a 17-year-old alumna of their school and recently admitted SPU student Christine Palpalotoc, who will be starting at the college in the fall.
Palpalotoc spent the day showing the kids from Dearborn around SPU and talking to them about what first led her to think about attending college. She is one of the first Dearborn Park Elementary School graduates to be admitted to SPU.
As part of SPU’s “go to college” day program, the fifth graders were divided into pairs and accompanied by an SPU education student. Throughout the day the kids got to participate in an investigative science activity, an information hunt at the SPU library, attend a music class and physical education course, and get the true college dining experience at SPU’s “all you care to eat” dining hall.
The day concluded with a presentation entitled “College Is a Plan, Not a Dream,” and a chat with Palpalotoc.
This was the seventh annual SPU “go to college” day, sponsored by the SPU School of Education, alongside the Lilly Foundation, and with contributions from a number of on campus groups and organizations.
Tags: Christine Palpalotoc, college, Dearborn Park Elementary School, go to college, Higher Education, Lilly Foundation, Seattle Pacific University, SPU, SPU School of Education