Monthly Archives: August 2014

Queen Anne Events: 12 Things to Do in September

Finish your summer with some fun, family-friendly events at the Seattle Center and throughout the neighborhood! These are the Queen Anne events to look forward to this month …

  1. August 30 through September 1 – Bumbershoot: The Pacific Northwest’s greatest festival of music and arts is back from August 30th through September 1st! Bumbershoot is here! Tickets start at $66/day, or $175+ for the full weekend.
  2. Wednesdays in September – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  3. Thursdays in September – The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Each Thursday throughout September, the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open on the hill! There’s live music, food trucks, fresh produce, and interesting live events such as chef demos and expert tips. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  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.
  5. September 7 – Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: Enjoy live music, dancing, and Swedish pancakes with all of the fixin’s on Sunday, September 7th for the Swedish Club NW’s monthly feed from 8 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Richard Svensson and Bjarne Jacobsen, Nordleik Folk Music and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Entry is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.
  6. September 7 – Live Aloha Festival at Seattle Center: The 7th Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival will be held on September 7th at the Seattle Center! Live performances, Hawaiian culture and food, and more are to be enjoyed from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  7. September 10 – September Queen Anne Book Co. Story time at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE story time at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on September 10th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  8. September 13 & 14 – Seattle Fiestas Patrias: Enjoy Latino dance, music, art, and food in the Seattle Center’s Fiestas Patrias on September 13th and 14th! The festival will take place in the Fisher Pavilion from noon until 8 p.m. on September 13th, and from noon until 5 p.m. on September 14th.
  9. September 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce 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 1:00 p.m. on September 18th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  10. September 27 – September Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! The brunch includes a food special for the September 27th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.
  11. September 27 – Elton John “All the Hits” Tour: Elton John returns to the KeyArena with his band for the “All the Hits” tour on September 27th. The performance will include hit songs from his album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (recently released 40th anniversary edition). Tickets start at $50 each.
  12. September 27 & 28 – Italian Festival: Experience, enjoy, and explore Italian culture, food, and more at the Seattle Center Festál’s Italian Festival on September 27th and 28th. There will be visual arts, food, games, hands-on activities, crafts, Italian films, grape-stomping, bocce ball, and more.

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July – August Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

After relative quiet in Queen Anne crime activity in previous summer months, July and August seemed to have increased in criminal activity and dangerous incidents.

  • Man Shot in Bar Fight on Westlake: Officers arrived at a bar in the 700 block of Westlake Avenue North at about 2 a.m. on July 12th following reports of a bar fight and shots fired. They arrived on the scene, recovered five shell casings and talked with witnesses, who said a car had driven away carrying people who were involved in the fight. The witnesses weren’t sure where the gunshots had come from. SPD patrolled the area and made contact with the vehicle, and an occupant said they had heard the shots but didn’t see anything. Later in the day, a man arrived at the Harborview with gunshot wounds to leg and buttocks. The victim said he had seen a disturbance, then heard and felt the shots.
  • Fire Causes Uptown Power Outage: A fire broke out at about 10:05 a.m. at the Broad Street substation of Seattle City Light on July 23rd. It caused a power outage in residences and businesses around the Seattle Center, with 325 customers affected.
  • Drone Buzzes Space Needle: At about 8:30 p.m. on July 22nd, tourists in the top of the Space Needle saw a small drone buzzing nearby, and reported to Needle security that it had crashed into a window. Witnesses then saw the drone fly to a hotel near the Space Needle and land in a room on the fifth floor. Police responded to the scene, but found no evidence that the object had hit the Space Needle, and there was no damage. SPD then contacted the owner of the drone in his nearby hotel room, where he showed them the video footage of the drone’s flight. Police asked the man not to fly the drone in public, and he agreed.
  • Shotgun Blasts Stun Queen Anne Neighborhood: SPD responded to reports of a dispute between neighbors in the 1000 block of 6th Avenue North on August 13th at about 9:30 p.m. The fight had spilled into the street, and officers found a man carrying a shotgun. He shot at least one round from the gun before police called for backup. The man was taken into police custody without injury to anyone.

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Queen Anne Monthly Real Estate Recap: Inventory Too Low For Market Demand

Homes in Queen Anne are selling at a pace not seen since 2007 but the amount of inventory is struggling to keep up. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 80 single family homes total closed in June and July of this year, up from 70 in 2013. 45 sales closed in July of 2014. That total equals the highest amount of single family closings in a month in Queen Anne since 2007. The median sale price in June and July rose substantially to $749,000 from $691,000 in 2013. Now the down side from a buyer’s perspective: 79 new residential listings came on the market in June and July of 2014. That pales in comparison to the 100 listings that came on the market in June and July 2013. Queen Anne condo sales rose slightly from last year with 71 sales combined in June and July 2014 compared to 62 in the same months last year. The median price also rose slightly to $313,000 compared to $298,000 a year earlier. New listings totaled 74 in June and July 2014 compared to 85 in the same period of 2013. It bears repeating that if you are thinking of selling, now is a great time to come off the fence! If you would like to chat about the Queen Anne real estate market, ask me about it when you see me in the neighborhood or feel free to contact me sooner.

Nana’s Brings a Taste of Mexico to Queen Anne

The former space of Emmer & Rye has gotten a very colorful facelift. The new Nana’s Mexican Kitchen & Cantina has taken over the quaint house at 1825 Queen Anne Avenue North. You can’t miss it—just look for the brightly decorated patio along the heart of Upper Queen Anne’s main drag.

Nana’s food harks from family recipes that have been passed down from Guadalajara and brought to our very own backyard. The recipes have traditional Mexican roots with a Pacific Northwest influence. Since many of the authentic ingredients used in these family recipes are not readily available in this region, the cuisine can be considered Mexican with a Seattle twist, ensuring fresh, seasonal flavors!

Menu items include everything from quesadillas to carne asada to a jalapeno burger. The street tacos have been a customer favorite so far. These corn tortillas are filled with your choice of meat el pastor or carne asada topped with queso fresco and lime. Another popular menu item is the enchilada verde—corn tortillas stuffed with slow roasted shredded chicken swimming in verde sauce, topped with cheddar and jack cheese, sour cream and guacamole. One of the most unique dining experiences comes with the guacamole lado de la mesa, which is custom-prepared at your table!

When guests eat at Nana’s, they should feel like they’re on vacation in Mexico. The authentic décor and eye-catching colors make visitors feel like they’re anywhere but Seattle—perhaps a family home in Guadalajara. Enjoy your tacos near the kitchen among bright yellow walls, or beneath fun flags on the cozy patio.

Nana’s Mexican Kitchen & Cantina has been nothing but busy in their first week of business. Dinner and happy hour are currently served daily with lunch and breakfast menus to come soon. Stay tuned for these new menus and come try Queen Anne’s favorite new Mexican restaurant!