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Queen Anne Events: 6 Things to Do in June

We can’t believe it’s already June next week! Here are just a few of the Queen Anne events to look forward to this month…

  1. June 4 – Opening Day of the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: It’s summertime again, which means the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is back! Head over to corner of Queen Anne Avenue North and West Crockett Street. This year’s opening day is on June 4th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m., with the Third Annual Radish Races, live music, and of course, all of the bounty that local purveyors have to bring to the market.
  2. June 5 & 6 – Swedish National Day Celebrations at Swedish Club NW: The Swedish Club NW is presenting their annual National Day Concert & Dinner on Friday, June 5th, with the concert at 6 p.m. followed by a salmon dinner for $25/person. On Saturday, June 6th, the club is doing their classic Swedish and American Car Show from noon until 4 p.m.
  3. June 17 – Discovery Days Begin at the Seattle Children’s Museum: Kids ages 4-10 love the day camp experience brought to you each year at the Seattle Children’s Museum with Discovery Days! Starting on June 17th, kids can participate in themed day camp activities that include educational programming – choose just one day, a regular day each week, or a whole week this summer.
  4. June 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce June Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. This year’s January luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on June 18th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  5. June 21 – Father’s Day at Queen Anne Restaurants: Take some time to thank Dad for how awesome he is, and celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21st. Restaurants around Queen Anne will probably have some special dad-centric food and drink specials, so stay tuned!
  6. June 28 – Seattle PrideFest: It’s finally here! The largest Pride festival in the U.S. is coming up on June 28th. Seattle PrideFest will showcase live music performances, drag queens, and all kinds of festival food and activities.

Featured photo source: seattlecenter.com

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The Annual Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF, Returns

SIFF is back for Spring 2015! This year’s festival commenced last Thursday, May 14th and continues through June 7th. It is the 41st annual Seattle International Film Festival.

The festival’s Artistic Director Carl Spence told the Queen Anne News that, “We don’t program by quota … We program the films that we love, that move us and wow us. This year’s festival is bigger and more international than ever.”

SIFF 2015 includes more than 450 films this year, with award-winning and debut acting, production, filming and editing crews. Some of the most popular actresses and actors in these films include Ian McKellen in “Mr. Holmes”, Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law in “Spy”, Al Pacino in “Manglehorn”, Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard in “Experimenter”, James Franco and Zachary Quinto in “I Am Michael” and many more.

The Harvard Exit Theatre even re-opened its doors as a venue for the festival this year (it was closed in January due to a change in ownership). The theatre had been a SIFF venue for 26 years, since the 15th annual festival in 1989. Another iconic location for screenings at this year’s SIFF is a Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location. Last year, the Seattle International Film Festival purchased the theater at 511 Queen Anne Avenue N., and it is now the permanent SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Click here to browse the entire calendar for SIFF 2015, with all showings and venues including the Harvard Exit Theatre and the SIFF Cinema Uptown. And click here to browse this year’s films.

Featured photo source: SIFF.net.

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New Queen Anne Restaurants and More

Sip and nibble at the new Queen Anne restaurants and cafés that are popping in all over the place! In the few months since our last announcement post, Entre Amis has opened, along with some other highlights. (The Queen Anne Hall is not yet open, but should be in the next six weeks or so, as their build-out progresses.)

Portage turned Cioppino turned Entre Amis opened its doors nearly a month ago, and offers an intimate French bistro dining experience. Their menu presents each dish with simplicity and classic French combinations from locally-sourced ingredients. According to their website, “Our goal is to deliver seasonal, sustainable, organic, and local food when available … Entre Amis translates to ‘between friends’ and that is the vibe we intend to create. The restaurant has a fun and relaxed atmosphere which will be enhanced by the delicious food and drinks.” Their Rabbit and Venisson sound amazing!

Strawberry Moon opened a little juice shop in the space above Eat Local recently. “ It is our belief that raw juices, periodic fast/cleanses and momentary perfunctory asceticism can reset the body, mind and keep you living a full and pleasant life,” they say. The juice bar provides cold press and fresh, raw juice by the glass or bottle, and the owner and founder Sean (who also teaches yoga at the Haute Yoga Queen Anne) has been making these juices for nearly five years. At the Strawberry Moon Remedy Room above Eat Local, healthy snacks, salads, smoothies, juice fasts, broths, sodas, and soups-to-go will be offered.

We’re looking forward to Queen Anne Hall and Bounty Kitchen (replacing the former Grub restaurant on Boston Street) opening in the next few weeks!

Featured photo source: Strawberry Moon’s Facebook page

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GiveBIG Tomorrow to Support Queen Anne Nonprofits!

Tuesday, May 5th is the fifth annual GiveBIG event supporting local nonprofts. This one-day, online event was inspired and is run by the Seattle Foundation in order to encourage local communities to give toward nonprofits that provide the elements that construct and sustain a healthy community.

 

Those elements are arts & culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health & wellness, and neighborhoods & communities.

 

According to the Seattle Foundation, tomorrow’s event is expected to benefit more than 1,700 nonprofits in the area. “GiveBIG is … a day that can really make a big difference for the nonprofits which are doing so much to make our region a stronger, more vibrant place for all,” says Tony Mestres, President & CEO of the Seattle Foundation.

 

For Queen Anne nonprofits in particular, GiveBIG offers a wide variety of ways people can get involved in our community and support its growth.

Start by helping those in need when you give to our neighborhood Food Bank or the Queen Anne Helpline. You can support our neighborhood culture by donating to the Pacific Northwest Ballet or SIFF, and sponsor education in our community with a donation to the Pacific Science Center or Seattle Center Foundation. Don’t forget to help keep the Queen Anne Farmers Market going strong summer after summer with a financial gift, and if you want to support the efforts of the Queen Anne Historical Society to keep our neighborhood’s history safe, that nonprofit is also participating in GiveBIG.

From education to the arts, there are plenty of Queen Anne nonprofits to support this GiveBIG day. Support local nonprofits on Tuesday, May 5th!