Monthly Archives: November 2014

Queen Anne Events: 10 Things to Do in December

Happy holidays! Join your neighbors and friends for these fun Queen Anne events and holiday happenings…

  1. All December – Enjoy sparkling lights, festive entertainment, and holiday activities all throughout December in the Seattle Center’s Winterfest! Admire the magical Winter Train & Village at the Seattle Center Armory – open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Winterfest Art Installations will be shown throughout the Seattle Center Grounds, and the Winterfest Ice Rink is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adults skate for $7, kids ages 6 – 12 skate for $5 (includes skate rental. CASH ONLY). Click here for more details about other Winterfest performances and events.
  2. All December – Festivals of Light at Seattle Children’s Museum: Seattle Children’s Museum is holding their holiday Festivals of Light all month long. This is a great opportunity for kids and their families to learn about the food, decorations, games, activities, music and more of different cultural holidays in the Festivals of Light. From Hanukkah to Kwanza, your child will get to explore winter holidays from the perspective of children around the world.
  3. December 5 – Umbrella Tree Grand Opening: After they purchased the old Twirl Café location, Umbrella Tree has been closed for remodel. They will reopen on December 5th with fun activities and demos for the new classes.
  4. December 5 – Holiday Magic on Queen Anne Avenue: Every year, the merchants and businesses along Queen Anne Avenue get all festive for the Holiday Magic celebration! On December 5th from 4 – 8 p.m., many of the shops and businesses along the avenue will have treats and special sales for neighbors and visitors to enjoy. Santa may just be making a special visit to HomeStreet Bank, as he has in past years!
  5. December 5 – Tree Lighting at Bethany Presbyterian Church: In an annual event, Bethany Presbyterian Church is hosting their holiday tree lighting ceremony on December 5th. Visit the church at 6pm for the ceremony and a brief re-telling of the Christmas Story, followed by snacks, card- and wreath-making crafts, and a chance to give back by stuffing goodie bags for the New Horizons street youth. All are welcome.
  6. December 5 & 6 – Santa Visits the Seattle Children’s Museum: Santa will be at the Seattle Children’s Museum on December 5th and 6th to bring Christmas magic to Seattle kids in a variety of fun events. Explore the museum with Santa as your guide in a special after-hours event on the 5th, make a gingerbread house and visit Santa, or climb the museum’s Mountain trail to tell Santa your Christmas wishes. Click here for details.
  7. December 7 – Swedish Pancakes and Lucia Festival at the Swedish Club NW: The Club’s monthly Swedish Pancakes breakfast will take place December 7th from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, dancing, and pancakes with all of the fixings: $9 for guests, $7 for club members and $5 for kids (aged 5-12). Starting at 3 p.m., the Swedish Club NW is hosting a Lucia Festival! There will be dancing around the tree, performances by the Swedish Women’s Chorus and Svea Male Chorus, and plenty of cookies. The Lucia Festival is $5 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and younger.
  8. December 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce Holiday 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. This year’s holiday luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on December 18th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to
  9. December 19 – Lutfisk and Meatball Dinner at the Swedish Club: Guest Chef Bjarne Varnes will be cooking up a traditional Scandinavian lutfisk and meatball dinner at the Swedish Club NW. Lutfisk options include Swedish style (white sauce and hand-ground mustard) and Norwegian style (bacon and peas). Social hour starts the night off at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 before Dec. 17th, $30 after that and at the door. Click here to RSVP!
  10. December 21 – Rudolph’s 50th Anniversary Celebration: It’s the 50th Anniversary of the classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® this month, and the Seattle Children’s Museum is celebrating on December 21st! Bring your kiddos to the museum from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. to join in on the festivities.

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Donate to Keep Our Holiday Tree Lighting

Every year along Queen Anne Avenue, the street-side trees are lit up with festive strings of holiday lights. It’s become a neighborhood tradition, but it can’t last forever without important community support.

When it started years ago, the Holiday Magic Tree Lights as they are called were paid for by local businesses and the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce. But over the years, fewer and fewer businesses have been able to pay for the holiday decoration. And in the past couple of years, the Chamber itself has not had the budget to fund the several thousands of dollars it costs to light the trees for the holidays.

So, the Chamber has developed a fun sponsorship program for businesses, and now families and individuals to donate to save this holiday tradition. When you donate $200, you will get your name, family name or business name on a laminated 8.5×11 inch sign that will go on the tree.


The trees are the first signal of the holiday season on Queen Anne, and preclude the Holiday Magic event that happens every year. This year, Holiday Magic is scheduled to take place on Friday, December 5th from 4 – 8 p.m. Merchants up and down Queen Anne Avenue will offer bites and beverages for guests to enjoy, in addition to samples and sales to help with your holiday shopping. Santa will likely make a stop – last year he spent some time at HomeStreet Bank to hear kids’ wish lists.

Holiday magic is a fun opportunity for families to get into holiday spirit, and celebrate with the businesses between Galer and McGraw Streets. Everybody is out in cheer, and getting excited for their holiday festivities. All are welcome.

For more information about the Holiday Magic Tree Keeper program, the Queen Anne Chamber, and other related things, contact Charley Shore at or 206-412-5802.

Uptown Art Walk Is This Wednesday 11/19

November’s Uptown Art Walk is just around the corner, and this month’s main event is the Uptown Art Bazaar, taking place at T.S. McHugh’s Irish Pub. Stop in beginning at 5:30 to warm up and check out the goods for sale from local artisans, including artist Mary Portteus and her shop marymakesart.

Head down the block to Pagliacci Pizza for live music from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., and view exhibits at other venues including The Vera Project, the Tin Lizzie Lounge at the MarQueen Hotel, SIFF Cinema Uptown, Caffe Vita, Mecca Cafe, Cafe Ladro, and Peridot Boutique. This will be a great chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses and artists!

What’s up with Car Prowls on Queen Anne?

While we get very little in the way of serious crime, car prowls on Queen Anne are a frequent, frustrating occurrence. Last month alone, there were 87 reported car prowls and break-ins in our neighborhood.

Prowlers break windows and steal valuables, or merely break windows and go through the car’s contents. If they find it, the miscreants will steal electronics, stereo systems, purses, wallets, phones and even loose change. If nothing of value is unearthed, they leave the broken window(s) and a feeling of violation for the car’s owner to deal with.

Month after month, the number of car prowls on Queen Anne continue to rise (60 were reported in September, and 46 were reported back in July) with little or no response from police. In a mapped report, North Queen Anne has the 12th most car prowls of Seattle’s 51 police beats, with 536 reports since 2010.

The only benefit from this widespread, rapidly-growing issue? The glass repair industry has received a lot more business.

Car prowls are not just a problem in Queen Anne, either. A Seattle Times columnist recently reported on his own experience with a car prowl and theft in Woodland Park. Even after he found the thieves and told police where they were, SPD did nothing to retrieve the stolen goods or even confront the thieves.

According to the Seattle Times columnist’s experience and research, Seattle police rarely even show up when a car prowl is reported, and the 9-1-1 dispatcher will always direct the caller to contact their insurance company instead. The worst part? Car prowlers know this. The columnist’s prowlers even turned out to be on the state’s Most Wanted list! Luckily the Sammamish police arrested these particular criminals because of some more thorough police work.

Hopefully Seattle Police will use this instance as fuel to find more widespread, lasting solutions to markedly decrease and deter car prowls throughout the city.

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