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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in October

Get these Queen Anne events on your calendar for the next few weeks of fun!

October 2: Swedish Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, October 2nd for their monthly pancake breakfast! It’s an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will be dancing and live music. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

October 2: CroatiaFest
12pm – 6pm | Seattle Center
Enjoy continuous live performances, food, beverages, crafts, vendors and activities that showcase the culture of Croatia at the 13th annual CroatiaFest. There will also be cooking demonstrations, historical exhibits, and a wine tasting from 2 – 4 p.m. priced at $15/person.

October 4: Seattle Children’s Museum Fall Breakfast
8am – 9am | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum’s annual Fall Breakfast fundraiser is on Tuesday, October 4th from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. There will be a conversation with Mike Dunn, President of Dunn Lumber, Rodney Clark, Vice President at Microsoft, and a volunteer from the museum.

October 7: Viking Disco
8pm – 11pm | Swedish Club NW
Love ABBA? Don’t miss the Viking Disco night at the Swedish Club NW on Friday, October 7th. Music will be performed by 80s Invasion, a cover band, and costumes are encouraged!

October 9: NW Folklife’s Seattle Children’s Festival
8am – 9am | Seattle Center
Local communities come together on October 9th for the 3rd annual Seattle Children’s Festival. Hosted in part by NW Folklife, this one-day festival is multicultural and multi-generational to celebrate our big neighborhood. With live performances and interactive workshops, this event is free and open to all ages (suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family).

October 11: Maroon 5 at Key Arena
7pm – 10pm | Key Arena
Maroon 5 and special guests Tove Lo and Phases will be at the Key Arena on October 11th as part of their Fall 2016 tour. Tickets start at $26.50.

October 15 & 16: TurkFest
12pm – 6pm | Seattle Center
Celebrate the multiple cultures of modern Turkey at the 2016 TurkFest on October 15th and 16th. This year’s theme is “Turkish Cuisine: Taste a Touch of Turkiye”. In addition to authentic foods and beverages to enjoy, there will be live performances, activities and crafts, and vendor booths showcasing Turkish art and handmade goods for sale.

October 29 & 30: Dia de Muertos Festival
11am – 6pm | Seattle Center
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with the cultural authenticity of Mexican celebrations at the Dia de Muertos Festival 2016 on October 29th and 30th. There will be altar-offerings, a cemetery replica, sand painting, art workshops, short films, live music performances, and more.

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Dog Owner? Don’t Miss Thursday’s Public Meeting About the Dog Off-Leash Master Plan

Last summer, Seattle City Officials issued a survey to get feedback from dog owners on their demographics and desires for dog parks and off-leash areas. Officials wanted to use the survey to inform their plan for off-leash policies into the next few decades. This Thursday, dog owners have another chance to make their voices heard in a public meeting to assess the city’s Draft People, Dogs, and Parks Plan.

Seattle’s first off-leash area (OLA) was established in 1997, and since then, the OLAs across the city have increased to 14, covering a total of 28 acres. There are approximately 150,000 dogs in the city, and although many Queen Anne residents have dogs, our only off-leash area is in Lower Kinnear Park and it is very small. “There are an estimated 8,000 dogs in Seattle’s Queen Anne Neighborhood. They share one dog park,” according to the group, Seattle Queen Anne Dogs (SQAD). The OLA in Lower Kinnear Park is only 0.1 acre.

Despite the dismally small amount of space for dogs to run freely, the city’s Master People, Dogs, and Parks Plan does not include additional OLAs or increased acreage for OLAs. Instead, it increases the Seattle Parks’ maintenance of the existing OLAs and additional enforcement for animal control.

The meeting this Thursday will be the last chance for dog owners to speak their piece for the future of dogs and parks. It will take place at the Miller Playfield and Community Center at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, September 22nd.

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Seattle Design Festival Highlights Queen Anne Events

From September 10th through 23rd, the Seattle Design Festival presents their 2016 event with the theme, “Design Change”. It will highlight projects that showcase benefits of change for the public and empowers communities affected by change. According to the website, “Design Change is many things at once.  It is an imperative, a directive, a call to arms – to design change itself, where design is action. It is the change of design processes and outcomes. It is a rallying cry, a specific type of change, a quality. And it is a continuum, a beginning and end, an action-reaction.”

In 2015, the event drew more than 13,000 people. This year’s event highlights several Queen Anne events, such as a free gallery exhibition, a walking tour of Queen Anne, and more.

The Center for Architecture and Design in Uptown (Lower Queen Anne) is hosting a virtual reality headset tourand free gallery exhibition to showcase the design for the Uptown Flats project. There will be an exhibitor’s reception on September 22nd from 6 – 8 p.m. and the exhibit will be on view throughout the festival between Tuesday and Friday each week from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m and Saturdays from 1 – 5 p.m.

On September 17th, the monthly walking tour of Queen Anne starts at 10 a.m. at 1405 5th Ave W (the former West Queen Anne Elementary School) for a two-hour tour of the old homes and iconic views of the neighborhood. “It really looks at why some urban neighborhoods decay and other survive and thrive,” said Stacy Segal, executive director of the Seattle Architecture Foundation. “We tell that story through the architecture.” Tickets are $15 per person.

Click here to read more about the Seattle Design Festival and how it ties in with Queen Anne events.

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Community Council Meeting Tomorrow Regarding Bhy Kracke Park Renovations

The Bhy Kracke Park project is planned to begin next summer and the first public meeting is on the calendar for tomorrow, with an opportunity for residents and community members to attend, ask questions and offer feedback.

Set on the eastern ridge of Queen Anne hill, Bhy Kracke Park (pronounced “bye crack”) offers a scenic view of Downtown, South Lake Union, and Lake Union. From the top of the park, with benches and a small grassy area, down the hill to a playground and pergola, the park is an enjoyable space for kids, adults, and canines.

The public meeting will take place Wednesday, September 7th at Queen Anne Manor, starting at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will learn more about the planned renovations for Bhy Kracke Park, which include installing new retaining walls, widening some paths and removing others, restoring plants, and more. There will also be a discussion about options for the arbor located south of the play area, and time for questions, comments and feedback.

A total of $261,000 has been provisioned by the Seattle Park District for planning, design, and construction of the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2017, with a planned completion date of Fall 2017.

Featured photo source: Seattle.gov, credit: TIA International Photography