Monthly Archives: May 2013

Space Needle Climber Posts Video Proves Credibility

Last week, a mystery climber (or several climbers) posted photos scaling the Space Needle, The King Street Station Clock Tower, Century Link Field, and the Great Wheel among other illegal areas of Seattle Iconic structures. Why someone would sit on the rafters dangling their feet thousands of feet high in the air is beyond my understanding, but if they were looking for recognition from the city, they certainly got it. The first reaction to many, including Kiro 7 Newscasters, after seeing the images was “whoa! is that real or fake?” So what would you do if someone questioned your credibility? Post a YouTube video proving your (illegal) climbs took place.  The mystery climber posted two videos under the alias “ScrawledInBlack” in which the intro states that leaked photos have shown an illegal Space Needle climb, but did it really happen? The video shows clips from the various news stations covering the leaked photos, and questioning if Photoshop had been used to create the images. Then the camera moves to clips of someone with a blurred face strapping on a backpack and walking along the edge of the space needle, and someone climbing what looks like the flag pole above the needle. Check it out for yourselves, if you’re afraid of heights, viewers advise.


Queen Anne Events: 6 Things to Do in June

Summer is nearly upon us, and with the impending warm weather, there are some fun Queen Anne events to look forward to in June. Read on for what’s happening next month in our neighborhood:

  1. June 2 – Historical Walking Tour of Queen Anne: Windermere Real Estate and the Queen Anne Historical Society are hosting historical walking tours of Queen Anne from May until September on the first Sunday of the month. This walking tour is on June 2nd at 10 a.m. The tour starts at Kerry Park, and will take about 1.5 hours. A minimum donation of $20 is recommended – 100% of donations will benefit the Beginnings School. Space is limited, please RSVP to or call 206-271-1267.
  2. June 2 – Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure: This Race for the Cure event includes a 5k Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk, Kid’s Race & Survivor Celebration on June 2nd at the Seattle Center. Raise critical funds and awareness, celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battle to breast cancer. Approximately 75% of the money raised at the Race will stay in Puget Sound to fund screenings, education, and treatment support. The rest will fund global research to better diagnose, treat, and ultimately cure breast cancer. Click here for registration information.
  3. June 2 – 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!
  4. June 6 – Opening Day of the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market will open for the summer on Thursday, June 6th! Events for opening day include a kids radish run and relay, cooking demos with City Councilmembers, and live music. Sign your kids up for the race and relay by emailing Click here for the schedule of events, which span from 4 – 7 p.m.
  5. June 6 through 16 – Seattle Science Festival: The Seattle Science Festival will feature family-friendly, hands-on experiments, exhibits, demonstrations, interactive activities, games, and live performances. It’s an 11-day celebration of science and technology. Click here for information or to purchase tickets for the opening and closing night events.
  6. June 20 – Queen Anne Chamber Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members in a luncheon that includes networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

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Register Now for the Annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk Event!

Join with neighbors, family, and friends all over Queen Anne – and even from other neighborhoods – in a fun annual event. July 13th, 2013 is this year’s annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk!

Participants will run around the crown of Queen Anne Hill, starting at 5th Avenue West and West McGraw Street and culminating at Coe Elementary School for a race distance of 3.3 miles.

Registration is now open online at Sure, that may be over a month away, but now is the time to register, since pre-registered participants pay only $35 (includes T-shirt), while Day-of-Race registrants pay $40. Kids under age 5 can race for free, or $10 if they wish to purchase a kids T-shirt.

Susan Belanich has chaired this event for the last three years and volunteered for over 20 years past. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Queen Anne Helpline, which puts on the Crown of Queen Anne event each year.

The Queen Anne Helpline “Is a community based social service non-profit providing temporary financial and basic needs assistance to seniors, families and individual all living in the 98119, 98109 and 98199 zip codes. Last year we helped 300 people avoid eviction – 300 fewer homeless people in Seattle!” she wrote in a recent email to community members. The Helpline achieves this by aiding people through rent and utility funds (an average of $12,000 per month), as well as “strongly support[ing] individuals who are working hard towards self sufficiency.”

Last year, over 600 people participated in the Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, and hopefully that number will grow with this year’s run. The event is a fun community event that simultaneously brings the neighborhood closer together while supporting neighbors in need.

Register today at the Queen Anne Helpline’s website, and pick up your T-shirts and numbers at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market on Thursdays starting in June between 3 – 7 p.m. Or you can pick them up at the Queen Anne Helpline office starting May 15th between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located at 311 West McGraw.

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Queen Anne Marketplace Sold for $31.7 Million

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Benaroya Capital Co. sold the Queen Anne Marketplace, a full block retail center for $31.7 Million. Public Records have indicated that the buyer  is WRI Western Queen Anne Limited Liability Co.

The Marketplace currently includes a Metropolitan Market grocery, Bartell Drug store, and a Fedex among others along Roy and Mercer Streets. The Marketplace is at the base of Queen Anne Hill, bordered by First and Warren Avenues N. For more information on Commercial Sales & leasing, visit the Puget Sound Business Journal.