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Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

November 25th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees

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Early registration deadline for Seattle Turkey Trot is this Tuesday

November 15th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Turkey Trot logoWhile it may be a neighborhood away, the annual Seattle Turkey Trot that routes runners through Ballard is the Thanksgiving Day run to do!

The Turkey Trot was a true grassroots effort when Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien organized the first event after running the Portland Turkey Trot nine years ago – and realizing Seattle had no equivalent. (and, hey, we can’t be outdone by Portland, can we?)

turkeypromo2The 8th annual Turkey Trot is a 5K run-or-walk that kicks off on Thanksgiving morning at 9am. Early Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 10 & under – the deadline is Tuesday, November 18th. The registration proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank, with last year’s event bringing in over $90,000.

The Turkey Trot is family-friendly and turkey costumes are welcome! Join nearly 3,000 other runners/walkers this year and get a work-out before your Thanksgiving feast!

The Seattle Turkey Trot route starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St and the finish line is at Golden Gardens Park. After your trot, you can head back home to Queen Anne and feast away guilt-free!

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Queen Anne Helpline receives grant and ramps up for winter holiday season – how you can help!

November 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Helpline logoIt’s been a while since we posted news on our local Queen Anne Helpline. The annual Gala held every October was missed due to my short leave-of-absence from Queen Anne View. However, thanks to Queen Anne residents and businesses, the Helpline raised a record $144,000 at the event, exceeding its goal of $120,000. A big thank you to Queen Anne residents and businesses who attended!

In other happy Helpline news, our local Upper Queen Anne Safeway nominated the Helpline for a $1,000 grant from Hunger Is – a program where the Safeway managers nominate a local charity and customers contribute during a month-long fundraiser. The funds from the grant will go to the Helpline’s Weekend Food for Kids program that serves 5 schools in both Magnolia and on Queen Anne. Thank you to our local Safeway and customers!

Now, on to the cold weather that’s moved into our area… it’s a sure sign of winter and the holiday season. There are several ways you can help our neighbors in need via the Helpline’s program:

Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors:

The Helpline is partnering with All Saints Church to collect and deliver Thanksgiving groceries to seniors. Senior housing managers, churches, and other agencies identify low-income seniors who have no access to a Thanksgiving meal, and the Helpline has a goal of providing 100 bags of Thanksgiving food.

To reach this goal, the Helpline will purchase perishable items for the program, and is asking for donations of non-perishable items – any and all donations are welcome. If you’d like to help, fill a bag with food from the list below and call the Helpline at 206-282-1540 to arrange to drop off:

• Can of vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.)
• Package of mashed potatoes
• Package of stuffing/dressing
• Can of cranberry sauce
• Can/jar of gravy
• Box of instant oatmeal
• Package of cookies
• Shelf-stable milk
• Cans of individual serving juice

If you’d like to help with the perishable items, like Thanksgiving turkey breast, rolls, butter, etc., you can donate Safeway gift cards or cash to the Helpline. Contact the Helpline at 206-282-1540.

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot – Volunteers!

It’s already that time of year! The Helpline is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas Tree Lot. You can sign up to be a volunteer cashier at the Tree Lot on the Helpline’s web site.

Other ways to help:

QAH Food BankFinally, a reminder that you can donate coats, clothes, blankets, and toiletries to the Helpline. With the cold weather upon us, take a look in your closet and if you have coats or warm clothes that need a new home, give the Helpline a call to set up a drop-off time. If you travel a lot and have unopened hotel soaps and toiletries taking up space in your bathroom cabinet, they’re perfect for the Helpline too.

You can also donate to the Helpline when you shop at via AmazonSmile . All you have to do is make your Amazon purchases via this link, and Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price to the Helpline.

If you’d like to donate your time, check out the volunteer opportunities on the web site.

Regardless of whether you donate money, time, or household items, it’s all for a good cause. Help out the Helpline this year!

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

November 27th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

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Happy Thanksgiving a day early! Here are the events to keep you busy over the long holiday weekend, from the annual Turkey Trot to the Macy’s Holiday Parade to the Apple Cup to Indies First at Queen Anne Book Company. There’s something for everyone, including those who are kicking off the shopping season – be sure to Shop Small on Saturday! Watch for traffic around the Seattle Center on Saturday and Sunday mornings (Seattle Marathon 5K and Marathon/Half Marathon foot and vehicle traffic), and Go Hawks! on Monday Night Football!

Multi-Day Events:

Thursday, November 28

Friday, November 29

Saturday, November 30

Sunday December 1

Monday, December 2

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at

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Turkey Bingo at McClure this Thursday

November 19th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

McClure Turkey BingoIt’s November and time for McClure Middle School’s Turkey Bingo , an annual fundraiser that helps keep McClure’s afterschool activities up and running.

Turkey Bingo is this Thursday at McClure (1915 1st Ave W), from 5:30-8pm. Bingo cards are $5 apiece, with additional cards priced at the low, low price of 50 cents each. Plus, if you bring a can of food for the Queen Anne Food Bank, you get 2 bingo cards free!

What can you win? All sorts of prizes, from Starbucks cards to Menchies certificates to pies… and, turkeys! It wouldn’t be Turkey Bingo without them!

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Play Turkey Bingo and Help Out McClure Middle

November 12th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

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.

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The Bird is the Word – Seattle Turkey Trot Registration Open Now

November 7th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

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).

Key Details:
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

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City to pay $11K to owners of electrocuted dog

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.

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Owners of electrocuted dog file $60,000 claim

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:

  1. That City Light post contact-voltage safety tips on its website;
  2. The City Light would take part in an annual contact-voltage safety conference;
  3. 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.

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It’s a Thanksgiving snow plow miracle!

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.

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Serve the Hungry Community Thanksgiving

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, or at (206) 622-7278.

For more information on the Thanksgiving dinner and service, click here.

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Two days, 2,500 pies

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.

Alyssa Lewis & Patrick, Seattle Pie Company

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.

Seattle Pie Company

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.

Seattle Pie Company

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.

Seattle Pie Company

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.

Seattle Pie Company

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.

Seattle Pie Company

“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.

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