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Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in February

From the Super Bowl to Valentine’s Day, there is plenty to look forward to this month in Queen Anne events…

  1. February 1 – Super Bowl Sunday: Visit your favorite Queen Anne sports bar to watch Super Bowl 49, featuring the returning champions, the Seahawks! Sully’s, the 5 Spot, Paragon, and Hilltop Alehouse are some of the favorite stops, and they will all be open. The Swedish Club NW will also be open and showing the game in the bar.
  2. February 1 – Swedish Pancake Breakfast: Each month, the Swedish Club NW hosts a Swedish pancake breakfast on the first Sunday of the month. 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 February 1st, and costs $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.
  3. February 2 – Groundhog Day at Seattle Children’s Museum: Learn about shadows in the annual Groundhog Day event at the Seattle Children’s Museum. Animal shadow matching, storytime, groundhog pop-ups and an educational lesson on the science of shadows are just some of the activities and crafts offered in this fun event for kiddos.
  4. February 7 – Queen Anne Stairway Walks Day: The 3rd Annual Stairway Walks Day is coming up on February 7th, with Feet First. At 14 locations across Seattle, including Queen Anne, urban explorers will participate in guided walks on stairway routes. With dozens of staircases around the hill, the Queen Anne Stairway Walk is bound to be eventful! The walk is from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon, and the starting point will be given when you reserve your spot. Suggested donation is $10/person.
  5. February 14 – Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship: Yo-Yo gurus of the highest level of skill are gathering on February 14th at the Seattle Center Armory for the Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship. Register to compete, or show up to enjoy the performance of fun, crazy skill.
  6. February 14 – Valentine’s Dinner at Queen Anne Restaurants: Visit your favorite Queen Anne restaurants with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day! LloydMartin will be serving their prix-fixe meal, including wine pairings, for $150/person on both Friday and Saturday: 206-420-7602. How to Cook a Wolf is serving a 5-course meal for $75/person: 206-838-8090. Hommage (formerly the Book Bindery) is also doing something special: 206-283-2665. Betty Restaurant and Lounge will almost certainly have a prix-fixe menu, but they don’t update their website, so we don’t know what it is or the price: 206-352-3773.
  7. February 15 – Harlem Globetrotters at Key Arena: The Harlem Globetrotters are making a stop at the Key Arena during their 2015 world tour! Get your tickets to see them on February 15th at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $34-50.
  8. February 19 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce February 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 February 19th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

Featured image source: Flickr.com.

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Thieves Repeatedly Target Queen Anne Medical Marijuana Dispensary

In the space of one month, thieves have twice burglarized the Green Anne medical marijuana dispensary. In both cases, these robbers brazenly break in and steal hundreds of dollars worth of medical marijuana.

Luckily, the most recent burglary resulted in security footage that may help police apprehend one of the suspects.

The cameras show three men make a run at the door of the dispensary, bang at the door five times, and then break inside. Although one of the men wore a ski mask, the other two had uncovered faces that were visible to the surveillance cameras.

After gaining access to the building, they proceeded to break into the back room, where the dispensary normally keeps the marijuana buds during business hours. Luckily, the buds are locked in a safe after hours and were not disturbed by the burglars. The thieves did pilfer a plant and two glass pipes. They seem to have been scared off after that by the loud alarms.

However, this is the second burglary in a month and the third in a year. The last time, three hooded burglars made off with $6,000 worth of marijuana – despite the loud alarms, which seemed to have little to no effect in scaring them off.

This is concerning to the dispensary manager, Eddie Beaumont. “It makes people feel unsafe and it makes unregulated industry feel sketchy, which is unfortunate because this is a legitimate business,” he told Komo News. “We’re here to help people.”

Watch the Komo News report here:

Green Anne is located on West Republican Street in Lower Queen Anne, where criminal activity is a bit more frequent than on the top of the hill (which is primarily known for car prowls more than anything else). But the repeated break-ins at this one facility are certainly concerning.

Please contact police if you recognize the suspect(s) or know anything about them or this crime.

Featured photo source: KomoNews.com.

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Get Your Parkour on, Right Here in Queen Anne

Bounding with hands and feet from park bench to concrete curb, scrambling up a retaining wall to hop from fire hydrant to flip onto a shed roof, and gaining speed to run along the side of a wall and leap to a picnic tabletop – these are just some of the feats one practicing ‘parkour’ may do.

Also known as ‘freerunning’, parkour is a discipline that comes from obstacle course training in the military. To get from one place to another in the most efficient way possible, parkour practitioners use their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves forward, maintain momentum, and still remain safe. Wikipedia notes that “Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation.”

And now, parkour training is available here in Queen Anne! Parkour Visions is now open on the north side of the hill, with low-cost ways to try parkour and see if it’s right for you. You will learn to overcome physical obstacles with speed, agility, and safety. Interested persons can sign up online for their first free, no-commitment class.

According to Parkour Visions, “We teach classes for kids and adults of all ages and experience levels at our custom-designed facility.” The company was founded in 2007, and currently offers classes and parkour-themed events for individuals and groups from their north Queen Anne gym. In addition to classes, the facility offers an indoor training ground, training camps, and drives the energy behind Parkour Visions’ park projects and special events.

Parkour Visions is also a non-profit organization focused on promoting and teaching all aspects of parkour as movement and play.

Check out some of the best parkour in this video:

Interested in parkour? Click here to sign up for Parkour Visions’ next free intro class!

Featured photo source: ParkourVisions.org.

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Toll Brothers Purchases Controversial Queen Anne Property

On Monday, December 29th, Toll Brothers finalized their acquisition purchase of the property between W. Crockett and McGraw streets and 9th and 10th Avenue West – previously the Seattle Children’s Home property. The Toll Brothers purchase of this Queen Anne property comes after a lot of controversy about their plans to develop the plot.

As the Puget Sound Business Journal reported, the national homebuilding company purchased the property for a little more than $14 million. A total of $8 million was paid up front to the Seattle Children’s Home, and the rest of the $6 million-plus will be paid over time.

As blog readers probably know, there has been a lot of controversy over this project at the old Seattle Children’s Home site. According to Toll Brothers’ vice president Brian Wulfestieg, the builder could construct up to 70 residential units on the site. They initially planned to build 66 townhomes on the property, but have reduced that number to 59 because of strong community concerns.

These concerns range from traffic and parking issues caused by the significant increase in residents, to the loss of valuable trees and neighborhood safety. For more details on past community meetings and design reviews, click here. Community groups such as Queen Anne’s LURC and Future Queen Anne have been facilitating the communication of neighborhood concerns.

Even after this sale, the project still has more review to go through before Toll Brothers can break ground – which they hope to do in 2016. The City of Seattle has to sign off on the project. The next step in this process toward approval is another design review meeting, which has not yet been scheduled.

Featured photo source: BizJournals.com.