Monthly Archives: December 2014

Queen Anne Events: 7 Things to Do in January

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, and look forward to the New Year, with all of the exciting Queen Anne events to look forward to…

  1. January 4 – Swedish Pancake Breakfast at the Swedish Club NW: Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, January 4th for their monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.! There will be dancing, live music, and an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.
  2. January 4 – Polar Bear Plunge at the Seattle Children’s Museum: It’s a New Year’s tradition around the world… the dive or jump into icy cold water to celebrate a new year, known as the Polar Bear Plunge! The Seattle Children’s Museum is honoring the tradition by educating kids on polar bears and their habitat. The Polar Bear Plunge at the Seattle Children’s Museum is from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on January 4th.
  3. January 10 – Rat City Roller Girls at the Key Arena: Watch these incredible warrior-athletes as they glide around the roller rink! The Rat City Roller Girls are back on January 10th at 6 p.m. at the Key Arena for Bout 1. Click here to purchase tickets and get more information.
  4. January 10 – Tosca Opens at the Seattle Opera: Enjoy a Puccini favorite, Tosca at the Seattle Opera this January. Opening January 10th, this stunning opera will be a truly magical, memorable performance to enjoy. Tickets are $25 – $234.
  5. January 13 – Rubber Ducky Day at Seattle Children’s Museum: The Ride the Ducks of Seattle are joining up with the Seattle Children’s Museum for a special annual celebration known as Rubber Ducky Day on January 13th! There will be rain gutter races, duck matching games, rubber ducky parades and more! While supplies last, kids will get a free Ride the Ducks quacker on entry to the museum.
  6. January 15 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce January 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 January 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 January 15th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  7. January 31 – Don Quixote Opens at McCaw Hall: Alexei Ratmansky’s genius revitalization of the classic ballet, Don Quixote is coming back to the Pacific Northwest Ballet and McCaw Hall in early 2015! The ballet opens on January 31st, and runs through February 8th. Tickets are $30 – $184.

Featured photo source.

November – December Monthly Queen Anne Crime Recap

It’s been a few months since we last updated our audience on the status of the neighborhood crime scene, so we thought it was due. In addition to the (unfortunate) consistent car prowls, Queen Anne crime in the last month included some robberies and other activity.

  • Two Queen Anne Businesses Burglarized: A window at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt was broken by burglars, and there was forced entry at the Pizza Hut down the street on Monday, November 24th. It is unknown if the two burglaries are connected, but the two businesses were hit within an hour of one another, and are less than two blocks apart.
  • Car Prowler Arrested with Help from K-9 Team: The owner of a vehicle parked in lower Queen Anne called SPD at 3:20 a.m. on Monday, December 1st to report that his truck had been broken into, and the suspect had taken his pistol. SPD and K-9 units responded to the scene in the 1000 block of 3rd Avenue N, and began searching for the suspect. Ziva, a K-9 unit, tracked the suspect to a car parked in a garage near 2nd Avenue N and Aloha Street. He was arrested without further incident, and the stolen gun as well as a second loaded handgun and two additional stolen vehicle titles were recovered.
  • Man Robbed at Gunpoint After Getting off the Bus: At about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd, a man was robbed at gunpoint on upper Queen Anne hill. He had gotten off the bus near 4th Avenue W and W Crockett Street, when he was approached by a teenage male who pulled out a handgun and demanded the man’s wallet and iPad. After calling 9-1-1, the victim helped police to track the iPad to north Seattle, although police were initially unable to find the suspect or stolen items. Luckily, a good Samaritan contacted police after they found the stolen iPad in the street in Ballard. However, police are still looking for the suspect, pictured here. Please contact SPD detectives at 206-684-5535 if you have any information.
  • Child Pornography Suspect Arrested: Homeland Security is investigating a Seattle man who lived in Queen Anne for child pornography. Greg Weldon Phillips was arrested on December 12th for investigation into his participation in child pornography. Cameras and computers found in his home contained thousands of pornographic images of children. His U.S. District Court hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, December 16th.
  • Car Crashes into Teriyaki Shop, Starts Fire: Around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17th, a Chrysler PT Cruiser crashed into the wall of Yummy Teriyaki at 622 First Avenue North. The crash caused a gas line break of two-inches, which proceeded to start a small fire in the wall of the restaurant. Responding SFD units shut off gas to the surrounding block and put out the fire. The driver was uninjured, and one employee suffered minor injuries in the accident. A SeattlePI.com report notes that the driver was possibly an elderly person.

Featured photo source: KomoNews.com.

Queen Anne Moms & Dads: Schedule Some Time with Your Kiddos!

Hey Queen Anne moms and dads! How are you spending your cold, rainy winter days with the kiddos? We heard of some ideas from our friends at PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)…

For families with a newborn (aged 0 – 4 months) and an older child, PEPS offers a program called Second Time Around. One parent attends the group with the newborn, while the older parent stays at home with their older child. These groups meet for 11 weeks and are facilitated by a trained leader. Meetings include sharing highs and lows, a topic discussion related to the adventure of parenting and time for fun. Second Time Around takes place at the Queen Anne at Umbrella Tree (formerly Twirl Cafe) on Wednesdays starting January 14th, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. CLICK HERE to register.

As one parent said, “It was helpful to be with others who were dealing with an infant and toddler at the same time. I loved getting together with other parents who “get it” when I talk about the challenges of my day!”

Families with babies 5-12 months old will enjoy the community and supportive group discussions about the adventures in parenting in Baby Peppers. Topics and curriculum will focus on addressing the needs and experiences of parents of older babies as they go through the stages in their first year. In the Queen Anne neighborhood, PEPS’ Baby Peppers program takes place at the Seattle Childrens Museum on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., starting January 21st. CLICK HERE to register.

Dads can meet, share resources, learn about local activities and events that welcome babies, and support each other as dads experiencing parenting adventures! PEPS for Dads is perfect for part-time or full-time dads (caregiver) for their 0-12 month old babies. Meet other Dads, get out of the house and have fun with your baby, and learn what Queen Anne and the local area has to offer new parents! PEPS for Dads starts Mondays on January 26th, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. at Umbrella Tree (formerly Twirl Cafe). Please note: This group is for 1 parent attendance only, not couples. CLICK HERE to register.

Seattle Pacific University to Host Tent City 3

Back in 2010, students at Seattle Pacific University in North Queen Anne began discussions with school administration about Tent City 3 and their desire to host it on university property. For the second time, this winter quarter 2015, SPU will host Tent City 3 on school grounds.

Since the late 1990s, the first two tent cities have been in existence here in Seattle. Tent City 3 was founded in 2000, and SPU hosted the tent city in Winter Quarter 2012 on Wallace Field. This time, between December 13th and March 7th, the university will be hosting TC3 near its Student Union Building on the campus’ east lawn, which is adjacent to 3rd Avenue West.

The Tent City 3 is a community of up to 100 adults – single men and women as well as couples – who are self-managed. They often have jobs, and use the tent city as a temporary residence until they can get into more permanent living situations.

“Tent cities provide a needed but temporary resource on the way to an end to homelessness… [They] provide a consistent place to keep one’s belongings as well as a community-supervised safe space to live, allowing residents to focus on issues other than where they will find to sleep that night,” according to the SPU FAQ sheet about hosting TC3.

In addition to hosting TC3, SPU will be offering several community education forums to educate and inform on issues related to homelessness.

Move-in day for TC3 at SPU is this Saturday, December 13th, beginning around 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help the Tent City 3 residents get settled. If you plan to join, bring your own lunch and work gloves and dress appropriate to the weather. Email for more information. The welcome reception for TC3 will take place January 8th in the Student Union Building’s Gazebo Room at 7 p.m.

Featured photo source: SPU.edu.