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Queen Anne Moms & Dads: Schedule Some Time with Your Kiddos!

Hey Queen Anne moms and dads! How are you spending your cold, rainy winter days with the kiddos? We heard of some ideas from our friends at PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)…

For families with a newborn (aged 0 – 4 months) and an older child, PEPS offers a program called Second Time Around. One parent attends the group with the newborn, while the older parent stays at home with their older child. These groups meet for 11 weeks and are facilitated by a trained leader. Meetings include sharing highs and lows, a topic discussion related to the adventure of parenting and time for fun. Second Time Around takes place at the Queen Anne at Umbrella Tree (formerly Twirl Cafe) on Wednesdays starting January 14th, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. CLICK HERE to register.

As one parent said, “It was helpful to be with others who were dealing with an infant and toddler at the same time. I loved getting together with other parents who “get it” when I talk about the challenges of my day!”

Families with babies 5-12 months old will enjoy the community and supportive group discussions about the adventures in parenting in Baby Peppers. Topics and curriculum will focus on addressing the needs and experiences of parents of older babies as they go through the stages in their first year. In the Queen Anne neighborhood, PEPS’ Baby Peppers program takes place at the Seattle Childrens Museum on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., starting January 21st. CLICK HERE to register.

Dads can meet, share resources, learn about local activities and events that welcome babies, and support each other as dads experiencing parenting adventures! PEPS for Dads is perfect for part-time or full-time dads (caregiver) for their 0-12 month old babies. Meet other Dads, get out of the house and have fun with your baby, and learn what Queen Anne and the local area has to offer new parents! PEPS for Dads starts Mondays on January 26th, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. at Umbrella Tree (formerly Twirl Cafe). Please note: This group is for 1 parent attendance only, not couples. CLICK HERE to register.

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Seattle Pacific University to Host Tent City 3

Back in 2010, students at Seattle Pacific University in North Queen Anne began discussions with school administration about Tent City 3 and their desire to host it on university property. For the second time, this winter quarter 2015, SPU will host Tent City 3 on school grounds.

Since the late 1990s, the first two tent cities have been in existence here in Seattle. Tent City 3 was founded in 2000, and SPU hosted the tent city in Winter Quarter 2012 on Wallace Field. This time, between December 13th and March 7th, the university will be hosting TC3 near its Student Union Building on the campus’ east lawn, which is adjacent to 3rd Avenue West.

The Tent City 3 is a community of up to 100 adults – single men and women as well as couples – who are self-managed. They often have jobs, and use the tent city as a temporary residence until they can get into more permanent living situations.

“Tent cities provide a needed but temporary resource on the way to an end to homelessness… [They] provide a consistent place to keep one’s belongings as well as a community-supervised safe space to live, allowing residents to focus on issues other than where they will find to sleep that night,” according to the SPU FAQ sheet about hosting TC3.

In addition to hosting TC3, SPU will be offering several community education forums to educate and inform on issues related to homelessness.

Move-in day for TC3 at SPU is this Saturday, December 13th, beginning around 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help the Tent City 3 residents get settled. If you plan to join, bring your own lunch and work gloves and dress appropriate to the weather. Email for more information. The welcome reception for TC3 will take place January 8th in the Student Union Building’s Gazebo Room at 7 p.m.

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A & J Meats’ Queen Anne Butcher Shop Now Closed

Our beloved Queen Anne butcher shop closed after their last day on Saturday, November 29th. A & J Meats is no more.

Early last month, the Queen Anne View broke the news about the shop’s impending closure. After 63 years in business, owners Rick and Julia Friar decided that it was time to retire.

Rick’s dad Jerry (the ‘J’ in A & J Meats), opened the business more than half a century ago. Rick himself started working at the family business when he was just 11 years old. Now it’s time to call it a good fun, and retire from the business.

But that doesn’t make it easy for the Friars. “It’s like saying goodbye to family,” Friar said in a King 5 News broadcast:

In a town where most storefront closures are due to bankruptcy or hard times leading to going out of business, it’s encouraging that the Friars are closing a successful business in order to retire. However, the closure of this much-loved Queen Anne butcher shop is bittersweet: neighbors and Seattleites from all over have shopped at A & J Meats for decades, and will miss the place for their holiday meal and everyday meat and seafood enjoyment.

Luckily, Rick Friar is working hard to find a butcher to replace A & J Meats. Wild Salmon Seafood will continue their lease through the end of 2014 (they rent counter space from A & J), and McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants next door have a lease for two years.

So, keep your fingers crossed that he is successful, and able to find a new meat business to take up the reins of this neighborhood staple, which will be very dearly missed.

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Queen Anne Events: 10 Things to Do in December

Happy holidays! Join your neighbors and friends for these fun Queen Anne events and holiday happenings…

  1. All December – Enjoy sparkling lights, festive entertainment, and holiday activities all throughout December in the Seattle Center’s Winterfest! Admire the magical Winter Train & Village at the Seattle Center Armory – open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Winterfest Art Installations will be shown throughout the Seattle Center Grounds, and the Winterfest Ice Rink is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adults skate for $7, kids ages 6 – 12 skate for $5 (includes skate rental. CASH ONLY). Click here for more details about other Winterfest performances and events.
  2. All December – Festivals of Light at Seattle Children’s Museum: Seattle Children’s Museum is holding their holiday Festivals of Light all month long. This is a great opportunity for kids and their families to learn about the food, decorations, games, activities, music and more of different cultural holidays in the Festivals of Light. From Hanukkah to Kwanza, your child will get to explore winter holidays from the perspective of children around the world.
  3. December 5 – Umbrella Tree Grand Opening: After they purchased the old Twirl Café location, Umbrella Tree has been closed for remodel. They will reopen on December 5th with fun activities and demos for the new classes.
  4. December 5 – Holiday Magic on Queen Anne Avenue: Every year, the merchants and businesses along Queen Anne Avenue get all festive for the Holiday Magic celebration! On December 5th from 4 – 8 p.m., many of the shops and businesses along the avenue will have treats and special sales for neighbors and visitors to enjoy. Santa may just be making a special visit to HomeStreet Bank, as he has in past years!
  5. December 5 – Tree Lighting at Bethany Presbyterian Church: In an annual event, Bethany Presbyterian Church is hosting their holiday tree lighting ceremony on December 5th. Visit the church at 6pm for the ceremony and a brief re-telling of the Christmas Story, followed by snacks, card- and wreath-making crafts, and a chance to give back by stuffing goodie bags for the New Horizons street youth. All are welcome.
  6. December 5 & 6 – Santa Visits the Seattle Children’s Museum: Santa will be at the Seattle Children’s Museum on December 5th and 6th to bring Christmas magic to Seattle kids in a variety of fun events. Explore the museum with Santa as your guide in a special after-hours event on the 5th, make a gingerbread house and visit Santa, or climb the museum’s Mountain trail to tell Santa your Christmas wishes. Click here for details.
  7. December 7 – Swedish Pancakes and Lucia Festival at the Swedish Club NW: The Club’s monthly Swedish Pancakes breakfast will take place December 7th from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing, and pancakes with all of the fixings: $9 for guests, $7 for club members and $5 for kids (aged 5-12). Starting at 3 p.m., the Swedish Club NW is hosting a Lucia Festival! There will be dancing around the tree, performances by the Swedish Women’s Chorus and Svea Male Chorus, and plenty of cookies. The Lucia Festival is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and younger.
  8. December 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce Holiday 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 holiday 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 December 18th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  9. December 19 – Lutfisk and Meatball Dinner at the Swedish Club: Guest Chef Bjarne Varnes will be cooking up a traditional Scandinavian lutfisk and meatball dinner at the Swedish Club NW. Lutfisk options include Swedish style (white sauce and hand-ground mustard) and Norwegian style (bacon and peas). Social hour starts the night off at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 before Dec. 17th, $30 after that and at the door. Click here to RSVP!
  10. December 21 – Rudolph’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: It’s the 50th Anniversary of the classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® this month, and the Seattle Children’s Museum is celebrating on December 21st! Bring your kiddos to the museum from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. to join in on the festivities.

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