Monthly Archives: April 2016

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in May

Our neighborhood is the place to be as we get closer to summertime, with all kinds of Queen Anne events for the whole family to enjoy. Read all about a few highlighted events in this post…

May 1: Swedish Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, May 1st for their monthly pancake breakfast! It’s an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will be dancing, live music from Skolkis, Skandia Kapell, Folk Voice Band and Katrilli. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

May 6: Women in Trades Career Fair
9am – 2pm | Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center
The 37th Annual Career Fair for Washington Women in Trades is coming up on Friday, May 6th. This is the place to learn all about current opportunities, training, resources, and more! This career fair is free and open to everyone.

May 7: Sounds of Sweden Annual Auction
5pm – 9pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW is hosting their annual auction on Saturday, May 7th. The event will honor Swedish culture and musical contributions through the theme, “Sounds of Sweden: From Accordions to ABBA”. Starting at 5 p.m. with a silent auction and complimentary sparkling wine, the event continues with the live auction and chef food tables at 6:30 p.m. Seats are $95/person and include all food and snacks. To review the auction items and reserve your seats, click here.

May 7: Opening Night of “The Flying Dutchman”
7:30pm – 10pm | McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” opens on Saturday, May 7th. This opera runs through May 21st, with plenty of weekend and weekday showings.

May 7-8: Dance Around the World
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
Head to the Seattle Children’s Museum on May 7th and 8th for Dance Around the World. You and the kiddos will enjoy live dance performances and activities celebrating dance from various cultures around the world!

May 14: iFest 2016
10:30am – 4:30pm | Seattle Center Armory
Seattle iFest 2016, an indie game festival, is on May 14th this year at the Seattle Center Armory. There will be demos and games to play, industry speakers, and all of the things video game enthusiasts want. This event is free and open to all ages.

May 15: The Who
7:30pm | Key Arena
The rescheduled stop for the 2016 tour, “The Who Hits 50!” is now here! Lead singer Roger Daltrey has recovered from his bout of viral meningitis to get back on stage and resume the North American tour. The Who, with special guests Slydigs, will be playing at Key Arena on May 15th. Ticket prices start at $35.50/person.  

May 19: Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce May Luncheon
11:15am – 1pm | Best Western Plus Executive Inn
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 May 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 April 21st. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

May 19: Seattle International Film Festival’s 2016 Kick-Off
All Day | Uptown/Lower Queen Anne
The 2016 Seattle International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, May 19th! Look for the full festival lineup announcement on Wednesday, May 4th.

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Dine Out For Life, Tonight!

Dine out for life

Tonight over 100 Seattle restaurants are participating in the Lifelong’s annual Dine out for Life fundraiser benefiting its Chicken Soup Brigade. These restaurants will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong, a food program that feeds people fighting hunger and illness in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Last year, the proceeds from Dine out for Life purchased 27,047 bags of groceries and 161,401 nutritious meals for 1,600 individuals in need. Due to this support the Chicken Soup Brigade is able to continue to provide their clients with healthy food catered to their specific medical conditions.

This year, three of the 100 restaurants participating in Dine Out for Life are located in Queen Anne: McMenamins Queen AnneThe Other Coast Café, and Lloyd Martin. McMenamins is repeating its 2015 performance as a Golden Fork restaurant, which means that it’s donating 50% of the day’s proceeds to Lifelong. Dining Out for Life runs all day Thursday, so plan on eating lunch and/or dinner out to help Lifelong.

Community Groups Work to Make Counterbalance Park an Arts & Culture Hub

A couple of months ago, we reported on the Uptown Alliance’s plan to organize community events and activities at Counterbalance Park, in an effort to revitalize the public space. Some ideas included hosting food trucks, movie nights, and other community-gathering events. This effort is well underway, as an event earlier this month exhibited.

The Uptown Arts and Culture Group hosted a community event at the park on Sunday, April 17th, where they hoped to raise awareness about the group’s efforts, showcase the park, and welcome KEXP to their new space in the neighborhood. “We’re hoping it can be kind of a springboard to get more people aware of what’s going on here … both in terms of the resources of all these organizations, the arts and cultural history here, and this park as a great spot for us all to gather,” said Jackie Ernst, the Uptown Arts and Culture Group’s co-chair.

The April 17th event included exhibitors such as KEXP radio station, EMP Museum, the Seattle Opera, the Pacific Science Center, Northwest Print Center & Incubators, and more. The executive director of KEXP, Tom Mara, supported the collaborative approach that the Uptown Alliance and Uptown Arts and Culture Group’s are making to center the neighborhood around a community and culture hub at Counterbalance Park. “We want to affect positive change. We want to uphold arts as we uphold music, and we can’t do that without all of you,” he said.

In all, the event was a success for the community and visitors from around the city. “Here’s to Uptown,” said Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who attended the event. “Here’s to that art and culture overlay, and know that there are other people watching.”

In addition to revitalizing the Counterbalance Park as a community space and hub for arts and culture, the Uptown Alliance and other groups are making an effort to support Uptown’s overnight shelter (located at 157 Roy St.). The event last Sunday included a clothing drive, and collaboration between the Alliance and local employers about the potential for linking Uptown jobs with shelter residents.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Tour and Talk


St. Pauls

Docomomo WEWA is kicking off its Modern Sacred Spaces event series with a tour of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on April 23rd.  The tour series, which showcases religious structures built by different faith communities in the mid-20th century, continues on Wednesday, May 11th at Plymouth Congregational Church in downtown.

Designed by Steinhart, Theriault and Anderson, a Seattle-based frim perhaps best known for the Swedish Club, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church was completed in 1962.  The Church’s angular and folded appearance is evocative of the fascination architects of the 1950s and 60s had with planes and complex geometries.  The interior is dominated by the glulam A-frames which provide the structure for the expressive form of the building.  The heavy use of wood at St Paul’s is typical for the Northwest regional version of modernism that began evolving in the late 1940s.

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Particularly renowned for its acoustics, Steinhart, Theriault and Anderson designed St Paul’s with music in mind, coordinating closely with sound engineer and organ designer Glenn White. The organ and the balcony that serves as the choir loft both hang by steel rods from the primary structural frame giving the entire composition a sense of weightlessness.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be open to view from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, April 23. At 1:30 pm, architect Susan Jones, of atelierjones, will speak about the recent renovation project’s design and challenges. The address is 15 Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98109. Enter through the main Roy Street entrance. On-street parking only.

Members of the congregation will be present to speak about the experience of celebrating inside these spaces.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets (click on the “Sign Up For This Event” button above near the event title). The event is $10 (if purchased online) or $15 at the door. Students may register for a tour fee of only $5 (online or at the door). All tour fees go toward future programs. Tickets for the May 11th Plymouth Congregational Church Tour will be available for purchase online soon.