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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

October 24th, 2013 by Laura

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Halloween is just around the corner – fun up and down Queen Anne Ave next Thursday… but, until then, we have the weekend! Remember the closure of eastbound Mercer before you head out, and Saturday morning also brings the Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk and street closures around the Seattle Center.

Traffic:

  • Mercer: full weekend closure eastbound Mercer, 11:59pm Friday, Oct 25 to 5am, Monday, Oct 28
  • Multi-Day Events:

  • French Cinema Festival, SIFF Uptown, Oct 24-30
  • Dia de Muertos, Seattle Center Armory, Oct 26-27
  • Freaknight Festival, WaMu Theatre, Oct 26-27
  • Much Ado About Nothing, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Oct 23-Nov 17
  • Bo-Nita, Seattle Rep, Oct 18-Nov 17
  • The Daughter of the Regiment, Seattle Opera, Oct 19-Nov 2
  • Friday, October 25

  • Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP), Seattle Children’s Museum, 5:30pm-7pm
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Gravity, Captain Phillips
  • Saturday, October 26

  • Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk, Seattle Center, 9-11am
  • Little Paws 4 Rescue, All the Best Pet Care, 11am-3pm
  • Huskies vs Cal Golden Bears, Husky Stadium, 8pm
  • Sunday, October 27

  • Cat Tales Kitten Adoption, All the Best Pet Care, 11am-3pm
  • McCaw Hall Day of Celebration, McCaw Hall, 11am FREE
  • Trick or Treat on the Waterfront, 11am-5pm FREE
  • Sounders vs LA Galaxy, CenturyLink, 6pm
  • From Sweden with Love Auction, Swedish Club, 5pm
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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    October 3rd, 2013 by Laura

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    Before you head out this weekend, remember the 99 and Viaduct closures – it’ll make traffic woes increase around Queen Anne. A good reason to stick around and walk to your Queen Anne destination, the weather is even supposed to cooperate!

    Traffic:

  • 99/Aurora/Viaduct: full weekend closure of Aurora/99 from 11pm Friday, Oct 4 to 5am, Monday, Oct 7. The Viaduct is closed from 5am-6pm Saturday and 6am-6pm Sunday.
  • Montlake Bridge: closed to vehicular traffic from 5am Saturday, Oct 5 until 5am Monday, Oct 7 for bridge maintenance work.
  • Multi-Day Events:

  • Artisan NW Handmade Tile Show & Sale, UW Center for Urban Horticulture, Oct 4-5
  • Seattle South Asian Film Festival, SIFF Film Center & SIFF Uptown, Oct 4-13
  • Used Board Game Auction, Blue Highway Games, Oct 5-6
  • Annual Northwest Tea Festival, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, Oct 5-6
  • Air Twyla, PNB, Sept 27-Oct 6
  • She’s Come Undone, Book-It, Sept 18-Oct 13
  • The Servant of Two Masters, Seattle Rep, Sept 27-Oct 20
  • Friday, October 4

  • Twirl Movie Night: The Little Mermaid, Twirl, 5pm
  • Vino in the Village, Magnolia Village, 6-9pm
  • Josh Groban, Key Arena, 8pm
  • SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: Gravity, Bad Milo, Prisoners
  • Saturday, October 5

  • Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Kids Sale, PNA, 9am-1pm
  • All-Montlake Fall Yard Sale, Montlake, 9am-4pm
  • Seattle Fire Day, MOHAI, 10am-2pm FREE
  • Adventure Race for Parkinson’s, Ballard, 10am
  • “Pawty” at the Seattle Animal Shelter, SAS, noon-6pm
  • Sunday, October 6

  • Run About the World 5K Run/Walk, Gas Works Park, 9:25am
  • CroatiaFest, Seattle Center Armory, noon-8pm FREE
  • Independent Bookseller Panel, Queen Anne Library, 2-4pm FREE
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    Traffic Alert: Microsoft Company Meeting at Key Arena on Thursday

    September 25th, 2013 by Laura

    Heads up if you have to drive around Lower Queen Anne/Uptown tomorrow, Thursday, September 26th – the annual Microsoft Company Meeting is at Key Arena.

    The meeting starts at 10am and concludes at 4pm. Expect traffic in the morning rush hour to be significantly increased en route to the Key. Afternoon/early evening traffic will also be impacted.

    Microsoft plans to shuttle many employess to the Key, but with 20,000 employees expected to attend, there are going to be plenty of additional cars traveling through the Mercer corridor and around the Key.

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    CANCELLED: Mercer Alert: northbound 99/Aurora and eastbound Mercer closure starts tonight

    September 6th, 2013 by Laura

    Update: due to weather impacts, SDOT has cancelled tonight’s Aurora and Mercer closures. Expect them to be rescheduled to mid-September.

    SDOT will be closing northbound 99/Aurora and eastbound Mercer St starting Friday, September 6th at 11pm. Both routes will reopen by 2pm on Saturday, September 7th.

    Details from SDOT:

    • Northbound 99/Aurora and eastbound Mercer Street will be fully closed to traffic 11pm Friday, September 6 through 2pm Saturday, September 7
    • Northbound 99/Aurora will be closed between the southern end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street
    • Mercer will be fully closed to traffic between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N
    • Eastbound Mercer will be fully closed to traffic between Dexter Ave N and 9th Ave N until approximately 9am Saturday morning
    • No pedestrian access will be allowed on Mercer between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave N during the closure. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the north side of Broad Street to cross 99/Aurora
    • Southbound 99/Aurora, westbound Mercer, Broad St, and the I-5 on- and off-ramps at Mercer Street will remain open

    SDOT advises that drivers “can expect significant traffic and delays and should plan ahead and use alternate routes.”

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    August 15th, 2013 by Laura

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    It’s going to be a busy weekend around Queen Anne, especially the streets surrounding the Seattle Center and Uptown – it’s Hempfest weekend with 50,000-70,000 attendees expected per Seattle.gov, so parking will get tricky. Plus, on Saturday, add in the World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight at the Seattle Center (13,000 attendees), the Storm playing at Key Arena, and a free movie at the Mural… it’s going to be busy! If you head away from Queen Anne, be sure to note the Lake Union 10K Saturday morning and the Seahawks at CenturyLink Saturday night.

    Multi-Day Events:

    • Hempfest, Centennial Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, and Olympic Sculpture Park, Aug 16-18 FREE
    • Viking Days, Nordic Heritage Museum, Ballard, Aug 17-18 FREE
    • Concerts at the Locks, Ballard Locks, FREE June 1-Sept 2 (Sat & Sun, 2pm)
    • Imaginate, Pacific Science Center, June 1 – Sept 2

    Friday, August 16

    Saturday, August 17

    Sunday, August 18

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    July 18th, 2013 by Laura

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    Another sunny weekend is on tap, it’s truly summer in Seattle! Things calm down a bit around Queen Anne after last weekend’s festivities, but check out the yard sale at the Queen Anne High School condos and the author event at Queen Anne Book Company. But, watch out around Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, the Bite of Seattle takes over the Seattle Center this weekend!

    Traffic:

    • Seafair Triathalon: Sunday, July 21 – streets closed from 6-11am, Lake Washington Boulevard S closed from Seward Park to I-90 and I-90 Express Lanes closed from approximately 6:30-10am

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, July 19

    Saturday, July 20

    Sunday, July 21

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    July 11th, 2013 by Laura

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    This is Queen Anne’s weekend to shine! So many Queen Anne events to be had, especially Saturday, there’s really no reason to leave the neighborhood… unless you want to trek over to Ballard for the SeafoodFest, catch a Mariners game, watch milk carton boats at Green Lake, and more. But, really, stick around Queen Anne, at least on Saturday!

    Traffic:

    • 520 Bridge: closed 11pm Friday, July 12 – 5am, Monday, July 15
    • Garfield St Paving: SDOT will repave Garfield St between Nob Hill Ave N and 2nd Ave N, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 (7am-7pm both days)

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, July 12

    Saturday, July 13

    Sunday, July 14

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    July 3rd, 2013 by Laura

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    Happy 4th of July weekend! Perfect weather for the holiday weekend and plenty going on, whether you venture over to Gas Works or South Lake Union to watch the fireworks (or find a spot on Upper Queen Anne for the evening), or are looking for other fun outdoor activities. However, keep in mind there’s a full weekend closure of Mercer St between 5th Ave N and Dexter, and 99 starting at Valley St and running through the Battery St Tunnel.

    Traffic:

    • Mercer: closure – 11pm, Friday, July 5 through 5am, Monday, July 8. Mercer closed pedestrians between 5th Ave N and Dexter Ave; 99 closed between Valley St and south end of Battery St Tunnel. Why? Demolition of the east side of the 99 bridge over Mercer.

    Multi-Day Events:

    Wednesday, July 3

    Thursday, July 4

    Friday, July 5

    Saturday, July 6

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    Want light rail to serve Uptown and Queen Anne? Vote Now!

    July 2nd, 2013 by Laura

    Sound Transit StudyLast Thursday, Sound Transit and the City of Seattle hosted an open house to see the latest options for possible future rail transit service between Ballard and downtown Seattle. Over 160 people attended to learn how input from the March public meeting was incorporated into the study and review options for Sound Transit light rail to Ballard.

    There were 8 options presented, and a 9th has been added – and this addition is key, as option 9 is one of 3 plans that will serve Uptown and Queen Anne too, not just Ballard. And, it’s not included in the voting questionnaire – so you have to write it in the comments.

    You can view all of the proposed plans online, and then vote here. And, here’s your brief “Voter’s Guide” to the options that best serve our neighborhood, with input from the Uptown Alliance:

    Option 2: Interbay/West Ship Canal Tunnel (via Interbay, not Queen Anne)
    Option 5: Queen Anne Tunnel – serves Uptown and Upper Queen Anne directly
    Option 9: Write-In Plan – if you want this option, include it in your voting comments

    Funding for the final option won’t happen until 2016, but these things take time and Sound Transit needs to limit the options to 4 at this point. [note: funding is also not guaranteed - a light rail line would be part of a new ballot measure] Now is the time for the public to have a voice. While the plan is ultimately about connecting Ballard to downtown, a stop along the way for Queen Anne and Uptown would serve more Seattleites.

    So, vote by Friday July 5th – take a few minutes today or tomorrow before you head out for a long weekend, vote, and pass along the info to your neighbors!

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    June 20th, 2013 by Laura

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    It’s going to be a busy weekend around Queen Anne, especially Saturday when the day kicks off bright and early with the Rock ’n’Roll Marathon and an expected crowd of 25,000 at and around the Seattle Center. It’s so big, the Fremont Solstice Parade has a new start time this year, 3pm – and an equally large crowd is expected to our north (and parking will be tight on the north side of Queen Anne). The Fremont celebration will continue on Sunday, so plan on getting to Fremont via foot or bike!

    Traffic:

    • Rock‘n’Roll Marathon: Streets near the Seattle Center, including Mercer and 5th Ave, will be closed starting midnight Friday. Northbound 99/Viaduct will be closed between S Hudson St and Roy St from 5am to 3:30pm on Saturday. From Saturday morning into early afternoon, other closures include: I-5 and I-90 ramps at Columbia, Dearborn and Rainier; I-90 express lanes; Broad Street; the downtown core area from 2nd Ave to 5th Ave; Rainer Ave S and Lake Washington Boulevard – course map
    • Fremont Fair: Streets closed 1pm Friday through 11:59pm Sunday within the following boundaries: 1st Ave NW; N 36th St; Fremont Ave N; N 34th St /N Canal Street
    • Fremont Solstice Parade: Parade route closures start at 2:30pm: Starts at NW 36th St and Leary Way NW; moves east on 36th to Fremont Place N; south on Fremont Place to Fremont Avenue N; south on Fremont Avenue to N 34th Street; east on 34th to Stone Way N; south on Stone to N Northlake Way; east on Northlake into Gas Works Park – map
    • Metro: 42 metro bus routes will be affected by the Rock’n’Roll Marathon and Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, June 21

    Saturday, June 22

    Sunday, June 23

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    June 13th, 2013 by Laura

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    Happy Father’s Day weekend! It’s shaping up to be another nice one, weather-wise, so get outside and enjoy it! Heads up on some traffic impacts around the Seattle Center and Key Arena – there are quite a few commencement ceremonies taking place this weekend, they’re grouped under “traffic” since they’ll likely impact Lower Queen Anne/Uptown traffic and parking.

    Traffic:

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, June 14

    Saturday, June 15

    Sunday, June 16

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    Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

    May 16th, 2013 by Laura

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    We all know the Mercer closure will make navigating around Queen Anne and the Seattle Center tricky this weekend, and that means a lot of confused drivers (locals and visitors alike). But, plenty of events to suit all sorts, an all-day Ballard festival, the Seattle Storm preseason opener, a road race at Gasworks, a free panel discussion with the Mayor at the Queen Anne Community Center, the U-District Street Fair, SIFF International Film Festival, and much more!

    Traffic:

    • Mercer: weekend closure of sections of Aurora/99 and Mercer St, 11pm Friday, May 17 – 5am Monday, May 20

    Multi-Day Events:

    Friday, May 17

    Saturday, May 18

    Sunday, May 19

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