Monthly Archives: April 2013

Learn To Cook Nutritionally at Queen Anne Event, ‘Eat to Thrive’

Take a free class this Wednesday, May 1st from 4 – 6 p.m., where you can learn to cook nutritional food without breaking the bank!

Paule Attar, the co-owner of Bellevue’s Paule Attar Salon and Spa, has begun special classes “to provide nourishment to people who may not ordinarily have access to wholesome, fresh food.”

Her event back in February was a hit, so she’s bringing it back several times this year, beginning with the May 1st Queen Anne event. “Eat to Thrive” will take place from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Queen Anne Presbyterian Church. It will be a free event!

“The program is set up to feature seasonal foods that are nourishing, affordable and easy to prepare,” according to a press release. Attar’s focus is on “teaching people of all ages how to cook nourishing food that is simple, delicious and easy to make … The program teaches people how to cook nourishing food for a low cost.”

‘Eat to Thrive’ is a great opportunity for neighbors and community members to learn new ways to cook healthy food that is also inexpensive. Cost is one of the larger barriers for people to eat healthfully, and Paule Attar is seeking to change that with her cooking classes.

Partners of the ‘Eat to Thrive’ classes include the Queen Anne Presbyterian Church, Emerald City Lights, and The Queen Anne Helpline.

Mark your calendars! Future classes include July 24th, October 2nd, and December 4th. All events are from 4 – 6 p.m. and are currently scheduled to take place at the Queen Anne Presbyterian Church.

Please RSVP to Patricia Vaccarino Patricia is also looking for volunteers; please contact her at the email address above if you’re interested.

When: Wednesday May 1, from 4 – 6 p.m.
Where: Queen Anne Presbyterian Church Meeting Hall, 414 West Howe Street, Seattle 98119.
Cost: Free

Featured photo courtesy of Patricia Vaccarino for ‘Eat to Thrive’ – taken at the last event and class on February 6th, 2013.

Local Author Sherman Alexie to Be Bookseller For a Day

Known for his humorous, award-winning novels, short stories and poems, local author Sherman Alexie will be visiting the newly-opened Queen Anne Book Co. on Saturday, April 27th.

The afternoon is sure to be a hit, with Alexie signing and reading from his own books – which will be available for purchase, or readers can bring their own copies. In addition, he’ll be acting as bookseller for the afternoon, recommending other books, taking up a stance behind the counter, and helping readers find new literary treasures throughout the store.

Alexie is known for the humorous and experience-inspired stories of growing up on a Native American Indian reservation in Spokane. He recently appeared on Bill Moyers’ show to talk about living in two different cultures simultaneously. Sherman Alexie is the author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Business of Fancydancing, and more – most recently, Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories (released in October, 2012). His novels, poetry and story collections have won several awards, and he is known as one of the best writers of our time. In addition, he has a great sense of humor and a passion for participating in local book business, as evident in Saturday’s event at the Queen Anne Book Co.

The Queen Anne Book Co. store opened on Friday, March 1st, 2013 after the old Queen Anne Books, which had been open for nearly 15 years, closed on October 31st, 2012. It was a jubilant day in the Queen Anne and local author community when word was released early this year that another bookstore would be taking over the space.

Visit this new-and-improved bookstore (it used to be Queen Anne Books) this coming Saturday for an author event that you won’t want to miss!

When: Saturday, April 27th from 1 – 5 p.m.
Where: Queen Anne Book Co. at 1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109
Cost: Free and open to the public

Featured photo credit Cory Gustason, from The Stranger.

Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in May

With plenty of outdoor activities and educational events, there is lots going on in Queen Anne events in May! Read more to get the details on what’s coming up this month:

  1. May 1 – Eat to Thrive Cooking Class: Paule Attar, co-owner of the Paule Attar Salon and Spa, has taken her flair for cooking to the community in order to provide nourishment to people who may not ordinarily have access to wholesome, fresh food. The next cooking education class will take place on Wed, May 1, from 4 to 6pm at the Queen Anne Presbyterian Church Meeting Hall. It’s a free event, but please RSVP to so they can prepare to have enough food and materials.
  2. May 4 – Walking Tour of Queen Anne: Hosted by David Ramsay of Feet First, take a walking tour of your Queen Anne neighborhood on Saturday, May 4th from 2 – 4 p.m. This Queen Anne walk will show a mixture of lively business districts, charming neighborhoods, great architecture, interesting history, and parks with stunning views and multiple personalities. Get the information on the walk, where to meet, and more at
  3. May 5 – 2013 Fight for Air Walk: The American Lung Association is putting on a 2.5-mile walk in South Lake Union, with a boot camp for adults and kids, games, music and activities for children, a Clean Air Pet Parade, yoga sessions, and more. The activities take place in just outside of Lower Queen Anne in Denny Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit for more info.
  4. May 5 – Harold Belskus Live Music at Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge: Experience the magic of his brand of classic Spanish guitar set to a modern beat. Check out some of his work here. Make a reservation for dinner or grab a seat in the bar!

  5. May 7 – Dr. Doyle and Mr. Holmes: The Cultural Staying Power of Sherlock Holmes: Visit the Bayview Retirement Community’s Albertson Center on Tuesday, May 7th at 7 p.m. to hear journalist Tom Keogh discuss Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The discussion will include a background on Holmes’ creation, Doyle’s love-hate relationship with his creation, and look at why Sherlock Holmes is relevant in the 21st century.
  6. May 16 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce Business Awards: The Queen Anne Chamber celebrates the success of its business members each year with a special Awards Luncheon! This year, it will take place on May 16th, 2013 at The Space Needle. These awards are given to businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have made significant contributions to our community.
  7. SIFFMay 16 – SIFF Opening Night Gala: The Seattle International Film Festival is from May 16th through June 9th. The opening night gala on May 16th includes a premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with the director and some cast members in attendance. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cocktails (included) and dancing afterward for the gala. The event is at 7 p.m. at McCaw Hall. Tickets are starting at $50. Get tickets, passes and packages here.

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Free Cheeseburgers at Queen Anne Dick’s

Today, Tuesday April 16th, will be buying the first 1,000 customers a cheeseburger at the Queen Anne Dick’s location from 2-4pm. Only one per person allowed. They are also giving out $2 Dick’s bucks which can be use towards other menu item such as fries or chocolate shakes.Dick's