Monthly Archives: May 2016

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in June

Get ready for some fun Queen Anne events to put on the calendar for June! There are lots of family-friendly activities and events to look forward to next month…

June 2: Queen Anne Farmers Market Opening Day
3pm – 7:30pm | W Crockett St. at Queen Anne Ave N
The Queen Anne Farmers Market re-opens for the 2016 season this Thursday, June 2nd! For opening day, there will be live music from Armed & Dangerous Blues Revue, demos and giveaways from Collections Cafe at the event tent, a hydration station from Aegis Living, and fresh cheeses from Metropolitan Market. Enjoy opening day raffles, food trucks, and the featured winery: Lopez Island Vineyards.

June 3: Swedish National Day Dinner
5pm – 9pm | Swedish Club NW
Although Swedes officially celebrate National Day on June 6th, the Swedish Club NW is celebrating on Friday, June 3rd with a National Day Dinner! There will be live performances from the Swedish Women’s Chorus and Svea Male Chorus, a speech from Lars Jonsson on the state of Sweden, free raffle, and delicious menu! Maria Mannisto will sing after the meal. The cost is $25/person when you RSVP ahead and pre-pay, or $28/person at the door.

June 4 & 5: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
All Day | Seattle Center
It’s the 30th annual Pagdiriwang festival, celebrating the culture, arts, cuisine and history of the Philippines. The theme this year is “Mysts of the Cordilleras”, the mountain ranges in the northern Philippines.

June 5: Swedish Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, June 5th 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 The Gnomes, Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag, and Folk Voice Band. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

June 11 & 12: Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest 2016
12pm – 7pm | Seattle Center
Enjoy live music performances and other artistic showcases from the best of the arts from local black artist in Festival Sundiata, Black Arts Fest 2016. This is a fun, free and family-friendly event at the Seattle Center on June 11th and 12th.

June 16th: Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce June 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 June 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 June 16th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to

June 24: Midsommar Food & Dance
6pm – 9pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW is hosting a traditional Swedish Midsommar dinner and dance on June 24th. There will be a beautiful Midsommar pole to dance around, with a smörgåsbord of Swedish summer food, served at 6 p.m. The cost is $25/person.  

June 25: Spirit of Indigenous People Festival
All Day | Seattle Center Armory
Explore the culture of the indigenous people of North America on June 25th, with the Spirit of Indigenous People Festival at the Seattle Center’s Armory. There will be music, food, dance, and all kinds of cultural activities and artisan products to shop and experience.

June 26: Seattle PrideFest 2016
All Day | Seattle Center
PrideFest is on Sunday, June 26th at the Seattle Center! There will be a parade at 11 a.m. along 4th Avenue, culminating at the Seattle Center, where there will be a bunch of fun festivities to celebrate the LGBTQ community, raise awareness, and fight for equality.

June 27: Discovery Days Summer Camp Opens
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum offers Discovery Days summer camp activities for kiddos aged 4-10 throughout the summer. The 2016 season begins on June 27th, and runs through September 2nd. Prices range from $35 for a half-day, to $80 for the whole day (+ lunch), with a $20 pre-care or post-care option.  

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23rd Annual Bigelow Block Sale Returns June 4th

Each year, neighbors and friends can find all kinds of unique clothing, gifts and housewares from the block sale that happens on Bigelow Avenue North. Just a quick, 7-block walk east of Queen Anne Avenue North, Bigelow has some beautiful historic neighborhood homes and condo buildings. For the past 22 years, its residents have thrown a huge block sale as they clean out their closets for spring, offer some unique treasures to find, and engage the community in a fun neighborhood event.

The 23rd Annual Bigelow Block Sale is on Saturday, June 4th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It sprawls from Prospect Street all the way up past Lynn Street along Bigelow Ave N, and its side streets. Participants include residents of homes along Bigelow and its side streets. You can register here if that includes you!

Approximately 50 homes participate each year, and each must pay a $25 fee to do so. This fee goes to the Queen Anne Helpline to support their efforts providing emergency housing, food, and basic needs assistance to struggling families and individuals. So each year, the Bigelow Block Sale offers an opportunity to support our local nonprofit in addition to finding some great treasures!

This sale comes just two days after the seasonal opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market! Lots to look forward to in the neighborhood this month.

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SIFF Kicks Off Tomorrow!

It’s the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival! Events kick off for SIFF 2016 tomorrow, May 19th, with the Opening Night Gala and showing of “Cafe Society” at McCaw Hall at 7 p.m.

“Cafe Society” is the latest film directed by Woody Allen, and is a romance set in the 1930s. Jesse Eisenberg stars in the film, which is set in New York and Hollywood. Supporting actors include Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott. According to SIFF, “The film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.”

After the screening, the opening night gala continues with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts at the McCaw Hall Exhibition Hall. Purchase Premium Tickets to gain early entry to the screening and an open bar at the post-screening party.

Starting Friday, May 20th, SIFF continues with film screenings at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Lincoln Square Cinemas, AMC Pacific Place, Majestic Bay Theater, SIFF Cinema Uptown, and the SIFF Film Center. Click here to view the festival calendar, and browse the film guide here.

Seattle Light Power Control Center Nominated to Become a Seattle City Landmark

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Looking southwest from Roy Street.

The Landmarks Preservation Board in Seattle voted unanimously to nominate both the exterior and interior of the former Seattle Light Power Control Center, located at 157 Roy Street, to become a city landmark. If the Seattle Light Power Control Center, which is now functions as a homeless shelter, becomes an official Seattle city landmark, the building will be provided with a level of protection against out-of-character alterations. A Certificate of Approval, granted by the Landmarks Preservation Board, would be required to make any exterior and interior changes.

Designed by Harmon, Pray & Detrich, the Seattle Light Power Control Center was completed in 1963. Stepped in the vocabulary of post-war modernism, the futuristic form of the Seattle Light Power Control Center echoes the optimistic sentiment of American scientific progress promulgated by Seattle’s Century 21 Exposition, which was held just a few blocks south of the building. The octagonal western half of the building was designed to house a large semicircular “pin board” diagram of the city’s entire electric system, which kept operating personnel informed of the distribution of electricity in Seattle at all times. Attached to this via a small hyphen, the eastern half of the building was devoted to offices and is a hexagonal pavilion cantilevered over eight concrete pilotis.

Interior view in 1968.

Interior view in 1968.