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Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in April

Spring has sprung! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather with some fun neighborhood activities. If you’re interested in hearing more about Queen Anne events coming up in April, read on!

  1. April 1 – Trivia Night at Swedish Club NW: Members and guests alike are welcome to join in on some fun trivia, with pea soup and limpa bread on Wednesday, April 1st at the Swedish Club NW. Dinner is served at 6 p.m., and trivia starts at 7 p.m.
  2. April 1 to 4 – Sloppy Hog BBQ Popup Restaurant at LloydMartin: Each year for April Fool’s, Queen Anne restaurant LloydMartin transforms its menu and auro into a new popup restaurant. This year for four days (April 1st – 4th), enjoy tasty barbecue and savory sides at the Sloppy Hog BBQ popup!
  3. April 3 – Family Fun Night Eggs-travaganza: It is the 5th Annual Eggs-travaganza at the Seattle Children’s Museum! From 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd, there will be a fun egg-dying party for the whole family – just bring your own eggs and we will supply the dyes, decorations and snacks! The cost is $3 for members and $5 for non-members.
  4. April 3 to 19 – Seattle Center Whirligig: The Seattle Center Armory is transformed into a hub of kid-friendly entertainment for a couple of weeks in April with Whirligig. Enjoy balloon artists, face painters, caricaturists, inflatable rides, food, and both free and affordable activities for the whole family. Click here for details on hours and entrance pricing.
  5. April 10 – Stars on Ice: World-class skating and stunning performance in ice skating will come to the Key Arena on April 10th with the 2015 tour stop for Stars on Ice “Dancing for Joy”. Tickets are on sale for $25-145 – click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
  6. April 10 to 19 – Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake at PNB: A masterpiece of contemporary ballet, Kent Stowell’s “Swan Lake” returns to the Pacific Northwest Ballet this month! It opens April 10th and concludes on April 19th, so purchase your tickets before they’re sold out.
  7. April 12 – Swedish Pancake Breakfast: Each month, the Swedish Club NW hosts a Swedish pancake breakfast on the first Sunday of the month. Due to Easter falling on the first Sunday this month, we’re celebrating one week late. Enjoy live music and dancing, plus Swedish pancakes with all of the fixin’s. The breakfast is from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on March 1st, and costs $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.
  8. April 16 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce April 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 April 16th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

Featured image source: seattlecenter.com.

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A Rainy Day in Queen Anne: Neighborhood Activities

April Showers are here a bit early this spring (as if they are ever late in Seattle, right?), but as the temperatures warm up and winter wears off, we all want to shake off that antsy post-hibernation feeling and get outside. Not to worry – a rainy day doesn’t have to keep you cooped up inside! The Queen Anne neighborhood offers plenty of fresh-air activities to enjoy, even when it’s wet out.

Try an Indoor Adventure. It may be wet and icky outside, but there are plenty of ways that you and the kids can enjoy vigorous activity inside. One really fun way is to take a class in Parkour. Learn the fundamental movements, important landing techniques, all safety information and everything you need to know for parkour at North Queen Anne’s Parkour Visions facility.

Go on a Nature Walk. One of the best times to observe Pacific Northwest Wildlife is right after it rains. The insects are busy, so birds come out to hunt for lunch, and other city animals leave their homes and shelters to go about their business. Head down to Kinnear Park to enjoy our own local inner-city wilderness. There’s a new-ish off-leash area for your dog, as well!

Expand Your Tastes. Everybody in Seattle loves coffee, but let’s try something new to make a rainy day less dreary! Cederberg Tea House offers delicious espresso made with something other than coffee beans: Rooibos Tea. This caffeine-free tea tastes delicious and provides a cozy respite from a cold, rainy day. Enjoy a classic Rooibos Latte alongside one of the teahouse’s specialty South African goodies. 

Take the Kids Puddle-Jumping. Get the kids all dressed up in their rain boots and waterproof coats and take them on an adventure to find the biggest puddle they can. If you haven’t noticed, one of the largest puddles in the city will appear on Queen Anne almost every time it rains for a few days… in the 7 Eleven parking lot! Since it is a parking lot, be sure to watch for cars and try not to hold up traffic for too long.

Visit a Little Free Library. While the Seattle Public Library’s Queen Anne Branch is open every day except Fridays, sometimes it’s fun to change things up and have a little reading adventure. Lucky for us, the Queen Anne Neighborhood has 25 Little Free Libraries (LFL) scattered around, with a unique offering in each one! On a rainy day, whip out your umbrella and hunt one or two down to borrow a book or two to enjoy from your favorite neighborhood coffee shop.

Stay dry!

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Celebrate 25 Years of 5 Spot Today!

In honor of their 25th anniversary, Queen Anne’s beloved 5 Spot restaurant is doing a special promotion today, Monday, March 16th. “Dine Out for John Hay Elementary” is all day today at the 5 Spot, from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.

The Queen Anne restaurant will be donating 25 percent of all food sales to John Hay Elementary for the school’s Art Program.

The intent of this promotion is to support John Hay Elementary’s online auction, which begins tomorrow, March 17th. The school is auctioning off several items to raise money to support their academic and enrichment programs. Some of these programs include specialists in math and reading to aid in reducing class sizes in each grade, tutors in math and reading, multi-arts programs, and the school’s new technology lab. If you want to support John Hay Elementary in more ways than just dining today at 5 Spot, click here to make your own tax-deductible donation!

Dine at the 5 Spot all day today to celebrate a local small business fixture, and support our neighborhood elementary school students at the same time.

5 Spot will be celebrating their 25-year anniversary all month, so be sure to stop by and enjoy delicious New Orleans fare. In addition to being the restaurant’s 25th anniversary, this New Orleans menu marks their 100th seasonal menu ever! It features tasty, traditional Cajun and Creole fare, as well as other favorites from New Orleans Cuisine. Try the classic gumbo or Barbecue Shrimp and Grits, Etouffee or Cajun Spice-Rubbed Pork Chop and other delicious, meals, sides, and themed libations.

Featured photo source: QueenAnneView.com.

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Long-Term Lane Closures on SR 99/Aurora Avenue Postponed

The Washington State Department of Transportation had 12 weeks of extensive lane closures on SR 99/Aurora Avenue planned to begin Saturday, March 7th. However this morning, WSDOT announced a partial postponement of the planned lane closures.

Northbound SR 99 will be closed as planned starting tonight (March 9th) from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. tomorrow between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. This closure will allow contractor crews to straighten the now-curving section of SR 99 as it crosses Mercer Street.

However, WSDOT is postponing the department’s plans for long-term lane closures on SR 99 for the installation of large sign foundations. The closures were scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 11th. According to the WSDOT, “While this work must occur, it will be rescheduled to a later date in an effort to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The public will be alerted in advance of any future lane closures.”

Originally, the closure of one northbound lane was scheduled to last about eight weeks, and one southbound lane was scheduled for closure for approximately 12 weeks, as reported by the Queen Anne View blog. Additional lanes may be closed some nights and weekends. This plan proved to be too disruptive to commuters along SR 99, and so WSDOT is evaluating alternative plans.

Queen Anne residents and commuters who use SR 99/Aurora Avenue on a daily basis will appreciate this decision, since rush-hour traffic is already a horror in the Mercer Corridor and along the Viaduct.

For questions about this announcement, please call the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program’s communications contact, Laura Newborn: 206-805-2871.

Featured photo source: WSDOT’s Flickr profile.