Monthly Archives: August 2013

Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in September

Summer is coming to an end, but there are still some exciting Queen Anne events to look forward to in the next month! Read on for the details:

  1. September 1 – Queen Anne Walking Tour: Realtor, Architect and Historian Nicole Demers-Changelo will lead a historic walking tour of Queen Anne on Sunday, September 1st. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Kerry Park. A minimum of $20 donation is requested – 100% of proceeds will go to one of three Queen Anne nonprofits. The September 1st tour will benefit Beginnings School. RSVP (required) to 206-271-1267 or email
  2. Wednesdays in September – Whine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy dinner or a crostini plate with three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Wines by the glass are $2 off. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  3. Thursdays in September – Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Summer is in full swing, and that means the weekly Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is going on! Visit the corner of Queen Anne Avenue N and West Crockett Street each Thursday from 3 – 7:30 p.m. Then, head to Twirl Café afterward for an after party event!
  4. Fridays in September – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs. RSVP-optional, but RSVPs get entered in Twirl’s monthly raffle. RSVP here.
  5. September 10 – Almquist Family Vintners Wine Dinner at The Book Bindery: Enjoy wine, food and conversation with Almquist Family Vintners’ winemaker, Michael Almquist! On September 10th at The Book Bindery, there will be a Wine Dinner featuring the winery. The dinner includes a specialty cocktail reception and five-course tasting menu featuring five Almquist wines. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $150. Seating is limited, so reserve your space by calling 206-283-2665 or email
  6. September 19 – Queen Anne Chamber September 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. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:30 p.m. on September 19th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to
  7. September 21 – ‘Brainiacs’ Parents’ Night Out at the Pacific Science Center: Parents, enjoy a special night out while kids get to play at the Pacific Science Center – with after-hours access to the Center’s exhibit halls, IMAX film, planetarium presentation and laser light show. Your child(ren) will also have dinner from a build-your-own nacho bar and a snack later on. Experienced staff will be on hand to supervise kids of all age groups. This is available for kids in grades K-6. Drop off between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on September 21st, and pick up between 10 – 11 p.m. The cost is $40 per child, or $30 for Center members. Pre-registration is required. Register here for the September 21st ‘Brainiacs’ night, where kids will learn about the different parts of the brain and central nervous system.
  8. September 28 – ‘Kids Can’ Family Day at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Learn about the ways that kids can give back at this special event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ‘Family Day: Kids Can’. There will be inspiring stories, opportunities for families to volunteer and get connected, and fun activities. This is a free and family-friendly event.

Featured photo from the Almquist Family Vintners Facebook Page.

Man Fined for Selling Marijuana Laced Rice Crispy Treats

treatsWhile bike-police patrolled the streets during Hempfest, making sure vendors had all the correct permits, they noticed a man sitting in a chair near Elliott Avenue and Bay Street selling rice crispy treats for $3 each. When asked if they contained marijuana the man admitted that they had just a little in them. He did not have a permit to sell and was issued a $513 fine for unlicensed vending. The police confiscated and destroyed his remaining 94 rice crispy squares which smelled strongly of weed.

July – August Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

We hope you’re having a fantastic summer so far! With the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market in full swing each Thursday, and plenty of fun shopping and dining in the neighborhood, there’s a lot going on! In the midst of that, however, we want to take a minute to fill you in on criminal activity in the neighborhood from the last month.

Read on for our monthly Queen Anne Crime recap – it doesn’t list everything that happened, but gives a good summary of what’s happening in Queen Anne.

  • Convenience Store Customer Holds Would-Be Shoplifter for Arrest: At about 3:30 p.m. on July 22nd, a man walked into a convenience store on Denny Way, took a soda and started to leave. The store clerk, who was working in the cooler area, noticed the man and confronted him. The suspect said he was exchanging the drink, but he didn’t have a receipt and the clerk had not seen him before. When the clerk blocked the suspect’s access to the exit, the suspect attempted (unsuccessfully) to punch him in the head. Another customer noticed the exchange and told the suspect to stop, which gave way to a verbal assault from the suspect. The customer was concerned for his safety, so he forced the suspect to the ground and held him there until officers arrived.
  • North Queen Anne Burglar Arrested: Just before 4 a.m. on July 25th, officers were dispatched to 18 Dravus Street in north Queen Anne on reports of a suspicious woman attempting to break in to buildings in the area. Apparently she was seen at the location earlier in the morning, as she was trying to enter the building. She had left before officers arrived in that instance, but when SPD was called back at 4 a.m., they witnessed her using a pry bar to force a door open. She was taken into custody, and officers recovered the pry bar, a set of shaved keys, and other burglary tools. This remains an open investigation.
  • ‘Special’ Rice Krispy Treat Vendor Fined: It was bound to happen at least once last weekend, what with Hempfest going on. Bike patrol officers saw a man selling Rice Krispy treats for $3 each near Elliott Avenue and Bay Street on Saturday (August 17th) at about 5:30 p.m. They asked if the treats had marijuana in them, and he responded “a little. Not too much, but a little.” He didn’t have the proper permits for street vending, of course, so officers wrote him the obligatory ticket for ‘unlicensed vending’ ($513), confiscated the treats and destroyed them.

Stay safe, Queen Anne!

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Queen Anne Events: Seattle Storm Open House at Umpqua

Mark off your calendars for this Monday! In Queen Anne events, the Seattle Storm will be at the Queen Anne Umpqua bank from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Join the women’s professional basketball team and our neighborhood bank for a fun neighborhood night out!

Storm players Sue Bird and Ashley Robinson will be at the event to meet-and-greet fans, and the Storm’s mascot Doppler will also be there to say hello. You won’t want to miss this chance to chat in a casual setting with these players and their mascot – and maybe get an autograph!

The event begins at 5:30 p.m., and there will be food and drinks for attendees to enjoy. What’s more, Umpqua and the Seattle Storm will be giving away FREE Storm T-shirts and ticket vouchers for up to four people to the September 7th game against the Minnesota Lynx (Back to School night)!

Tickets and T-shirts will be given away on a first come, first serve basis, and there are limited numbers available, so come early to get yours!

You can also enter to win courtside seats to the game in a special drawing!

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Monday night will also serve as the kickoff for Umpqua Queen Anne’s month-long food drive for the Queen Anne Helpline. Bring your non-perishable food items to help the bank kick off strong and help the Queen Anne Helpline in their efforts to support the homeless and impoverished in our neighborhood.

The food drive will last for a whole month at Umpqua on Queen Anne, so if you’re not able to make it to Monday night’s event, there is plenty of time to bring your canned and non-perishable food to help!

See you Monday at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank! We’re looking forward to snagging a few free Storm tickets of our own!

When: Monday, August 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Umpqua Bank, 1630 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109
Cost: FREE!