November 12th, 2012 by Laura
Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and McClure Middle School is hosting a Turkey Bingo night with great prizes including your very own Thanksgiving turkey. All proceeds will fund McClure Middle’s afterschool activities that provide students with the opportunity to participate in various activities including cooking, drama, pottery, and sports.
Turkey Bingo is family friendly, and the McClure 8th graders will also be selling treats to Bingo-ers that night. All of the prizes have been donated, and include iTunes gift cards, Menchies gift certificates, Starbucks cards, and “lots” of Turkeys!
Join in on the Bingo fun at McClure on Thursday, Nov 15, 6:30-8:30pm.
Tags: fundraiser, McClure, Thanksgiving
November 7th, 2012 by Laura
Now that the Election is over, the bird is the word and we can turn our thoughts to Thanksgiving! And, what better way to prep for your Thanksgiving meal than to burn some calories in advance at the family-friendly Seattle Turkey Trot.
The Thanksgiving-themed 5K fun-run/walk takes place in Ballard, but draws participants from all over Seattle with proceeds benefitting the Ballard Food Bank. Last year, over 2,000 people did the Turkey Trot, raising more than $38,000 for the Ballard Food Bank. Even more trotters are expected this year and the $25 early-bird registration is a sweet deal available through Tuesday, November 13th. Registrations received after Tuesday will run $30 up to day of the Trot.
The Seattle Turkey Trot was started by Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien – with Erin sharing a family tradition with Seattle: “In my family it was a tradition to go for a run on Thanksgiving morning. It was a way to spend time with family on the holidays and feel better about all the food we’d be eating for the rest of the day.”
So, are you looking for a fun pre-Thanksgiving feast event? Then run or walk the Turkey Trot, raise money for the Ballard Food Bank, and get a free T-shirt! Plus, dogs are welcome – see FAQ for rules on bringing you pup, as well as how to get your T-shirt (it’s strongly advised that you pick up your shirt the day prior as it’s a first-come, first-served situation).
What: 6th Annual Seattle Turkey Trot 5K fun-run or walk,
When: Thanksgiving, Nov 22, 9am
Where: Ballard – starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St, ends at Golden Gardens
Cost: $25 Early Registration by Nov 13th; $30 registration post-Nov 13th
Notes: All proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank
Tags: Ballard Food Bank, events, fundraiser, Thanksgiving, Turkey Trot
July 15th, 2011 by Thea
The city of Seattle agreed to pay $11,000 earlier this month to Lisa McKibbin and Nancy Bostdorff, the owners of a dog that was electrocuted after stepping onto a charged ground-cover plate on Queen Anne Ave N on Thanksgiving Day, according to a report by the Seattle PI.
McKibbin and Bostdorff filed a $60,000 claim over Sammy’s death back in March, claiming physical, emotional and monetary damages. Sammy was a 6-year-old German shorthaired pointer.
McKibbin had been walking Sammy when he stepped on and was killed by 90 volts of “stray voltage” on a sidewalk ground-plate cover. The tragedy prompted an investigation at Seattle City Light, which found that four area streetlamps, including the one that killed Sammy, had been improperly grounded by a private contractor back in 2006. City Light responded by conducting a first-ever inspection of all 37,000 streetlights and associated equipment citywide. By the time the inspection concluded in January the utility had found and repaired 56 sites with elevated voltage.
According to the PI report, as per the terms of the agreement, the city will now post contact voltage “safety messages” on the Seattle City Light website, and is also expected to post a link to a page on electrical safety from a Toronto utility.
The owners’ attorney, Adam Karp, told the PI that McKibbin and Bostdorff “congratulate the city on taking preventative steps to protect the public from future hazards.”
Read the full story at the Seattle PI.
Tags: Adam Karp, electrocuted dog, electrocution, Lisa McKibbin, Nancy Bostdorff, Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle City Light, Seattle PI, streetlight inspections, Thanksgiving, Utility
March 14th, 2011 by Thea
Lisa McKibbin and her mother, Nancy Bostdorff, the owners of the six-year-old German shorthaired pointer named Sammy who died after stepping onto an energized streetlight ground-cover plate on Queen Anne Avenue on Thanksgiving Day, have filed a $60,000 claim with Seattle City Light over the dog’s death, according to a report by The Seattle Times.
McKibbin and Bostdorff are being represented by Bellingham-based attorney Adam Karp, who specializes in animal law. The 17-page claim, which was filed Friday, included a note from Karp that the two would settle for $30,000 if City Light would agree the the following three conditions:
- That City Light post contact-voltage safety tips on its website;
- The City Light would take part in an annual contact-voltage safety conference;
- That City Light would make contact-voltage scans annual rather than every four years.
After Sammy’s death City Light conducted inspections of more than 37,000 streetlights and associated equipment citywide, finding and fixing a total of 56 sites where contact voltage of at least 30 volts was detected.
From The Seattle Times:
In the claim, Karp said that since the 68-pound dog, Sammy, was purchased in 2004, the daughter and mother had spent over $10,000 on the dog, with the big-ticket items being $5,212 for “doggy day care,” $2,400 on vet bills over the six years of his life and $1,339 for emergency treatment and cremation after the dog was electrocuted.
In the claim, Karp said Sammy “did not have a fair market or replacement value,” but “a unique value.”
“My clients loved Sammy as if he were their child. … The avoidable and wholly unexpected death by electrocution of Sammy caused complex grief and emotional harm to both my clients,” said the claim.
McKibbin originally purchased Sammy for $200.
Included in the claim were photos of Sammy on vacation with his owners, and postings by McKibbin from the blog she created shortly after his death. Karp told the Times that McKibbin needs counseling that she cannot afford because she does not have medical insurance.
The claim said McKibbin “will testify to complex grief, emotional and physical stress, haunting flashbacks replaying the witnessing of Sammy’s death, fear of herself also being killed by lethal voltage and losing him so tragically and unexpectedly.”
Suzanne Hartman, spokeswoman for City Light, told the Times that they will take a look at the claim and put it through the “normal processing to determine the reasonableness.” Karp told the Times that if no settlement is reached within 60 days, a lawsuit will follow. Read the full Times piece here. See our past coverage of the tragedy and inspections that followed here.
Tags: contact voltage, electrocuted dog, Lisa McKibbin, Nancy Bostdorff, Sammy, Seattle City Light, stray voltage, streetlight inspections, Thanksgiving, The Seattle Times
November 26th, 2010 by Gladys
If you need to work off some of that Thanksgiving dinner, head over to Denali Fitness in Interbay. They are holding a fundraiser for Food Lifeline and you can enjoy a free workout if you donate at least one can of food.
The promotion runs through Sunday (11/28) and Denali’s says anyone is welcome, including your out of town guests.
Denali is located at the corner of 16th Ave West and West Bertona Street.
Tags: canned food, Denali Fitness, donations, exercise, Thanksgiving, workout
November 25th, 2010 by Thea
Update: 9:15 a.m.: Snow plows are still traveling Queen Anne hill, de-icing roads for the holiday.
Happy Thanksgiving Queen Anne! I have some exciting turkey day news to report: Late last night, while sleepily putting the finishing touches on my pumpkin pie, I heard a strange noise coming from the street. At first I thought another car had attempted to drive up Queen Anne Avenue, despite the ice, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a large SDOT snow plow backing up the Counterbalance.
And by 8 a.m. this morning, the Counterbalance was relatively clear of the icy mess that has made it so dangerous to drive on these last few days (though there are still a few stranded cars that haven’t yet been retrieved).
For those of us who thought we might just be stuck on the hill for Thanksgiving, it’s a tiny miracle, courtesy of the folks over at SDOT!
In other Thanksgiving Day news, there has already been a little snow more snow in Queen Anne today. But the 30 degree temperature is expected to get as high as 40, and bring with it some rain.
If you’re busing to your Thanksgiving meals today, Metro is running on a Sunday schedule on snow routes today, and reduced weekday service tomorrow.
Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for snow plows. Let us know what you’re thankful for in the comments below.
Tags: ice, Queen Anne Avenue, SDOT, Snow, Thanksgiving, The Counterbalance
November 19th, 2010 by Thea
Lower Queen Anne’s First Church is inviting community members to join them in cooking a big Thanksgiving turkey dinner for the residents of its Blaine Center emergency men’s shelter on Wednesday, November 24 and Thursday, November 25.
Kathleen Dow, seated at the new three manual Rodgers Triullium Masterpiece organ at First United Methodist Church, sets plans for a 7 p.m. Community Thanksgiving Eve Service, with the Rev. Dr. Robert D. Nicholson.
The family-style dinner will prepared from scratch by congregation and community members, and served to the shelter residents. First Church says there are still volunteer shifts available for both Wednesday and Thursday for those interested in helping make Thanksgiving brighter. To sign up, contact food service coordinator Duuna Evans at email@example.com, or at (206) 622-7278.
For more information on the Thanksgiving dinner and service, click here.
Tags: Blaine Center emergency men's shelter, First Church, Thanksgiving, volunteering
November 28th, 2009 by Thea
When Alyssa Lewis and her husband Patrick opened the Seattle Pie Company in Magnolia in mid-July, they had no idea it would take off the way it has in just a few short months.
By August Seattle Weekly had renamed the neighborhood “Pie City.” By November the new neighborhood business struck a big deal with Metropolitan Market, providing pies for their six Seattle-area locations. And now they’re so busy, they’re expanding into a 1,000 square foot retail space next door to accommodate their fast-growing success. In four months they went from baking an estimated 30 pies a day, to a few hundred.
So when Thanksgiving rolled around, the folks at Seattle Pie Company knew they were in for some late nights. In fact, Alyssa, Patrick, and a rotation of employees and family members (Patrick’s older brother Darren came from Port Orchard to help with the holiday rush), spent the days leading up to Thanksgiving baking pies. All night long.
At 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26, the crew was still hard at work filling all the holiday pie orders. “We’ve been here all night the last two nights,” Patrick said. “We’re like Navy seals.” And in 48 hours, the little pie company that could baked over 2,000 personal pie orders and 500 for the Metropolitan Markets.
Stacked to one side of the shop, against the windows, were boxes neatly arranged and labeled with various pies – pecan, cherry, strawberry rhubarb, marionberry, banana creme, chocolate creme, apple crumb, apple marionberry crumb, and of course, pumpkin. Every few minutes another pie-buyer would walk in and happily collect their order.
And beyond filling the thousands of orders they had, the Seattle Pie Company also made a couple hundred extra pumpkin pies for the last minute emergency customers. And even those flew off the shelves fast. Around 10:30 a woman walked in with her daughter, looking for an extra pumpkin pie (theirs had met a tragic end in their kitchen), taking home one of the last available.
“We tell people to come back at noon in case a couple people don’t pick theirs up,” Patrick said. And after two days of hard work, the crew at the Seattle Pie Company packed up around 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and went home to enjoy their own holiday celebrations – catching up on some much-deserved sleep and ordering Chinese food. “If I learned one thing, it’s that people love pie,” Darren said. “Make pie and they will come.”
KING5 joined the Alyssa, Patrick and their crew on Wednesday morning. You can watch their coverage of the well-buttered pie making machine here.
Tags: pie baking, pumpkin pie, Seattle Pie Company, Thanksgiving
November 26th, 2009 by Thea
There are many Thanksgiving related festivities happening this weekend. In preparation the Seattle Department of Transportation sent out this notice of all holiday celebrations and events.
Thursday, November 26
Seattle Turkey Trot (Ballard Food Bank), 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – 630 expected
Starts at 32nd Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street and moves south to NW 80th Street where the route heads west, then south on 33rd Avenue NW, west on NW 77th Street, south on 34th Avenue NW, west at NW 57th Street and crosses the tracks to Seaview and then north on Seaview/Burke Gilman Trail to Golden Gardens Park. Monitors will assist with short street closures as the runners move through upper Ballard.
Friday, November 27
Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. – 35,600 expected
Parade starts at Seventh Avenue and Pine Street at 8:45 a.m. and heads west on Pine to Fifth Avenue; south on Fifth to University Street; west on University to Fourth Avenue; north on Fourth to Macy’s (between Pine and Olive). Parade will close the following streets at 7:30 a.m. for staging: Pine Street between Boren Avenue and Seventh Avenue; Ninth Avenue, Eighth Avenue, and Seventh Avenue between Olive Way and Pike Street. All streets will reopen by 11 a.m. (with the exception of Pine Street between Fifth and Fourth avenues, which will remain closed until the end of the Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony).
Westlake Tree Lighting Ceremony and Fireworks Spectacular, 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Westlake Center Plaza, 10,000 expected
Tree lighting at 5 p.m.; fireworks (weather permitting) at Macy’s at Fourth and Pine at 5:27 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Streets closed from 4:30 p.m. and reopen once pedestrian traffic disperses: Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Olive Way; Fifth Avenue from Olive Way to Pike Street; and Pine Street between Sixth and Third avenues; Pike Street between Third and Fifth avenues.
Husky Bandy Friday Night Pre-Game Rally (and Procession), 8:55 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Husky band and supporters will follow a procession through Greek Row to rally support for Saturday’s game; approximately 600 participants; Seattle Police will escort.
Saturday, November 28
Seattle Marathon 5 K Race (Road Runner Sports), 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – 2,250 participants expected
Assemble on Fifth Avenue N between Mercer and Broad streets (closed at 7 a.m.); heads south on Fifth Avenue to Spring Street; makes a u-turn and goes north on Fifth to Vine Street; west on Vine to Second Avenue; north on Second and finish on the Seattle Center grounds; all streets should be reopened by 9:30 a.m.
Seattle Kids Marathon 2009 (Children’s Hospital), 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – 3,600 expected
Assemble on Fifth Avenue N between Mercer and Broad streets (closed at 7 a.m.); route starts at Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street and heads south on Fifth to Broad Street; turns and goes west on Broad to Denny Way; then west on Denny to Second Avenue N; north on Second to Republican Street; west on Republican to Warren Avenue N; north on Warren to Mercer Street; east on Mercer to Fourth Avenue N; south on Fourth into Memorial Stadium; all streets will be reopened by 11 a.m.
Magic in the Market – Holiday Kick-off, 12 to 5:30 p.m. – 250 expected
Various holiday festivities at Pike Place Market from noon to 5 p.m.; tree lighting at 5 p.m. Pike Street will be closed from First Avenue to Pike Place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Washington Huskies versus Washington State Cougars, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., University of Washington Husky Stadium – 65,000 expected
Plan on heavy traffic before and after the game on all major arterials leading to and from Husky Stadium, on SR520 at Montlake, and on I-5 through the University District.
Sunday, November 29
Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, 7.a.m. to 3 p.m., Starts and finishes at Seattle Center – 12,500 participants expected
Runners and walkers leave in four separate waves between 7:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.; I-90 express lanes closed between Seattle and Mercer Island from 4:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Marathon assembles at Fifth Avenue and Harrison Street (Seattle Center). The route is south on Fifth Avenue; east on I-90 express lanes; makes a u-turn to west I-90, exits to S Day Street and moves south on 36th to Lakeside and Lake Washington Boulevard to Seward Park; enters Seward Park and goes counter-clockwise through the park loop and then north on to Lake Washington Boulevard, Lakeside and McGilvra; west on E Galer Street; E Madison Street; north on Lake Washington then onto Interlaken; west on Delmar and Roanoke; south on Boylston and Lakeview; west across the overpass to Eastlake and Roy Street; south on Eastlake; west on Republican; north on Dexter; west on Mercer; south on Fourth Avenue N; west on Republican; and finishes at Memorial Stadium. All streets will be reopened by 2:15 p.m.
The half-marathon will follow the same route except for the I-90 leg and the leg south to and around Seward Park.
As large crowds will be attending most of these events, SDOT encourages commuters to try alternate modes of transportation such as taking the bus, bicycling, carpooling or walking, whenever possible. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
Tags: SDOT, Thanksgiving, traffic
November 23rd, 2009 by Thea
Denali Fitness will be offering two hours of classes on Thanksgiving day this Thursday, November 26 for their 4th Annual Turkey Drive to raise money for Northwest Harvest. Last year the fitness club raised just under $5,000, and this year they hope to pass the $10,000 mark.
Denali will be offering a variety of classes at both their Interbay and Madison Park locations, and have challenged The Fitness Lab, a personal training studio in Fremont, to run a simultaneous event.
“The heat is on,” wrote Tricia Murphy Madden, Group Fitness Director at Denali, in an email last week. ” If between the three clubs we raise 10K, we will provide almost 6,200 meals to adults and children who otherwise would go without.”
Here’s the schedule for the Interbay club:
- 8:30 a.m. – cycling with Tommy
- 9:00 a.m. – Turkey Burner Boot camp Andy
- 9:30 a.m. – cycling with Don
Classes are filling up quickly, so if you would like to sign up be sure to get to it soon. Denali is asking for $20 donations, though members frequently give more. ” Last year we had a member write a check for $1000 at the end of the class because he was so moved by the experience,” Madden wrote.
Call (206) 282-7400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register for classes.
Denali Fitness is a sponsor of QueenAnneView.
Tags: Denali Fitness, fundraiser, Northwest Harvest, Thanksgiving
November 12th, 2009 by Thea
Whole Foods is beckoning in the holiday season, starting with a “Taste of Thanksgiving” sampling party tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m. at their Interbay store.
“I hope you will join me for a evening of sips and nibbles from all our departments, highlighting the best of Whole Foods Market’s holiday offerings,” wrote Marketing Specialist Mary Crowe.
Attendees are asked to make a $10 donation, which will give them access to an array of the grocer’s finest holiday treats. All proceeds will go to the Pike Place Market Senior Center and Food Bank, “the third busiest food bank in King County,” Crowe wrote.
Wondering what your palette can expect? Take a gander at the tasting menu below.
Tags: event, food bank, Thanksgiving, Whole Foods
November 26th, 2008 by Miss Kitty
Getting ready for the big day? If you need help with your turkey, you can always turn to the turkey experts at Butterball for advice. For 28 years, they have manned a Turkey Hotline (1-800-Butterball) to help you out with those last minute “how to” questions. They even give you suggestions on how to rescue your overcooked or undercooked turkey if you need the help. (Remember the Chevy Chase “Vacation” movies with the exploding turkey?) Also, check out the Butterball website for tips and tricks for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful holiday!
Tags: Thanksgiving, Turkey