Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tour The Top Seattle Sights in a Day!

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Queen Anne Events: 8 Things to Do in November

Are you getting ready for the holidays? As you plan your Thanksgiving dinners and your holiday parties, make sure to mark your calendars for these fun Queen Anne events coming up in November:

  1. Fridays in November – 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.
  2. November 1 – First Friday Jazz at Swedish Club NW: Lushy is returning for a first Friday of the month jazz night at the Northwest Swedish Club on Dexter Avenue. Led by Annabella Kirby, this jazz night will begin at 7:30 p.m., with a social hour beforehand starting at 5:30 p.m.
  3. November 2 & 3 – Nordic Holiday Bazaar: Shop handmade gifts and creations at the Swedish Club Northwest on November 2nd and 3rd. Hours of the sale are Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  4. November 3 – Spanish Guitar Night at Toulouse Petit: Harold Belskus is performing for his monthly Spanish guitar night at Toulouse Petit on November 3rd. Click here to preview Harold’s music.
  5. Wednesdays in November – 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.
  6. November 9 – Steampunk Tea with Author Gail Carriger: Gail Carriger’s second teen novel, Curtsies & Conspiracies is released November 5th, and she’s planning to be at the Queen Anne Book Company on November 9th to celebrate with a tea! An author presentation, bites, and activities will be held between 2 – 4 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for autographs and sales.
  7. November 20 – Festivals of Light Begins at Seattle Children’s Museum: Bring your kids to the Seattle Children’s Museum starting on November 20th to learn about the food, decorations, games, activities, music and more of different cultural holidays in the Festivals of Light. Starting with Diwali on November 20th, and into Hanukkah on November 27th, your child will get to explore winter holidays from the perspective of children around the world.
  8. November 21 – Queen Anne Chamber November 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 1:00 p.m. on November 21st. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

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What’s With the Orange Bikes on Queen Anne?

If you haven’t seen the bright orange bikes on Queen Anne and even across the city, you will now that we’ve mentioned it. For at least a couple of weeks now, we’ve noticed the vivid cycles latched up to bike racks across the hill, and we were curious about where they were coming from, and why they’re here.

Seattle Curbed beat us to it and aired the news on Tuesday: the orange bikes are a marketing campaign for Orange Theory, a gym franchise that is opening locations soon on Queen Anne and also Capitol Hill. The gym started in Florida, where they currently have dozens of locations. They now have gyms scattered across the U.S., in California, Arizona, Colorado, and more states.

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 6.43.14 PMThe Queen Anne spot for Orangetheory Fitness will be at 500 Mercer Street, next to the Quality Food Centers (QFC) grocery store. Click here to see photos of the new location in our neighborhood. There is no listed address for the Capitol Hill location on the Orangetheory website.

According to the Westchase, Florida Patch website, the bikes have been used across the country in Orangetheory’s marketing strategy. “It’s meant to create a buzz about the product,” said Frank Lugo, the owner of the Westchase location, which opened in August.

The Patch blog also shared about how the fitness center works: “Each workout session is one hour and is done in a group setting. However, each person’s heart rate and caloric burn is tracked and shown on monitors throughout the gym. A personal trainer works the room giving each person attention while maintaining the tempo of the group. Workouts include a mix of circuit training and aerobics.”

This could be an interesting way for Queen Anne and Seattle Center residents to take advantage of personal training that is just as effective as one-on-one sessions, but more affordable.

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September – October Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

This month’s Queen Anne crime recap contains an interesting mix of CPR rescue, stabbing, and a car-pedestrian accident. Read more below for summaries of the criminal activity in our neighborhood last month.

  • CPR Saves Near-Drowning Victim: Don’t drink and swim, folks. It just doesn’t work out well, ever. Just before 3 a.m. on September 18th, three adults went swimming in the closed pool at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Lower Queen Anne. They had all been drinking. While swimming laps, one of the guests (a 32-year-old man) sank to the bottom of the pool. His friends thought he was playing, so they kept swimming until shortly thereafter, when a hotel employee caught them and ordered them all out. They realized that their friend was drowning, pulled him out of the pool and called 9-1-1. Two officers in the area arrived within seconds of getting the call on their radio, and immediately began performing CPR on the victim, who had no pulse by that time. SFD arrived on the scene and resumed treatment, and were able to take the victim to Harborview in stable condition.
  • Man Stabbed at Queen Anne House Party: SPD received a call of a disturbance and stabbing near Taylor Avenue N and Newton Street on September 20th at about 1 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, they discovered that many of the house party guests (including the assumed instigators of the disturbance) had left. They also found a trail of blood. Upon having contacted the occupant of the house, officers learned that he had hosted a small house party because his mother was out of town. Uninvited guests showed up, and eventually, when trying to get everyone to leave, a fight broke out and someone was stabbed in the arm. It was then that the hosts and neighbors called police. The officers could not initially locate the victims, but nearby another officer stopped a car for speeding and discovered one of the occupants of the vehicle was bleeding from the arm. He admitted to being at the party, and was transported to the hospital for treatment. The victim did not provide a concrete description of the suspect who stabbed him. This remains an open investigation.
  • Minivan Hits Two Pedestrians: We reported on this incident last week – click here for more details. Two pedestrians were walking on October 15th at about 7:40 p.m. They were traveling along 2nd Avenue West and attempted to cross the street at Harrison Street when they were struck by a minivan driving westbound on Harrison. The driver of the vehicle was tested negative for impairment, but both victims were taken to Harborview for non-life-threatening injuries. This remains an open investigation.

Stay safe, Queen Anne-ers!

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