Monthly Archives: November 2016

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in December

Happy Holidays! Queen Anne offers several fun holiday activities and gift shopping fairs through the month of December. Mark your calendars!

All December: Winterfest Train & Village
10am – 6pm daily | Seattle Center Armory
The annual Winterfest Train & Village is open daily all month long in the Armory’s South Court, as a free holiday attraction for all ages. There’s an enchanting turn-of-the-century village and a train that you can take turns ‘conducting’ between 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, 1 – 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. daily with a $2 suggested donation. The village is open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. through December 31st.

December 3-4: Urban Craft Uprising
10am – 5pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Check off a lot of your holiday gift shopping list when you shop at the Urban Craft Uprising! For a two-day winter show at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, you can browse hand-crafted goods such as jewelry, clothing, handbags, paper goods, housewares, food, toys and more for unique holiday gifts.

December 4: Scandinavian Sweater Snag & Pancake Breakfast
8:30am – 2pm | Swedish Club NW
Bring your lightly used Scandinavian sweaters to the Swedish Club NW by December 3rd, and then come back on December 4th for the Sweater Snag and sale. It’s running in tandem with the club’s monthly pancake breakfast. It’s an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will be dancing and live music. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

December 6: Deck the Hall Ball
3pm – 11pm | Key Arena
The 2016 Deck the Hall Ball, presented by 107.7 The End is coming up at Key Arena on December 6th, featuring a great line-up of artists: Empire of the Sun, The Head and the Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Glass Animals, Band of Horses, COIN, and My Goodness. Tickets are $45-95 per person.

December 10: Steak House Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | LloydMartin
Join in a celebration of beef and wine at the special annual Steak House Dinner at LloydMartin restaurant. Look forward to a prix-fixe menu of steak dishes and wonderful wine pairings.

December 11: Lucia Festival
3pm – 7pm | Swedish Club NW
St. Lucia is the focal point of  holiday celebrations in Scandinavian countries, and the Swedish Club NW is celebrating with a Lucia Festival on December 11th. Enjoy live performances from the Swedish Women’s Chorus and the Svea Male Chorus, with bites from the club and dancing around the tree. This is a family friendly event, and tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and below.

December 31: Nyårsfest
8pm – 1am | Swedish Club NW
Bring in the New Year Nordic-style with Nyårsfest at the Swedish Club NW! There will be music and dancing on all three floors starting at 8 p.m., with live performances from Maria Mannisto, Skandia Kapell, the Purple Passion Swing Band, Lushy and Gigantor, and Lynval Golding of The Specials. An elegant Swedish dinner will be served from 8 – 10 p.m. for $45/person. Tickets are $50/person, and include party favors, a glass of champagne and a great view of the fireworks! To RSVP: Call 206-283-1090 or e-mail

Head To Green Lake And Get Your ‘Gobble’ On!

When you think of Thanksgiving, it’s pretty common to envision a beautiful table overflowing with piles of delicious, home cooked foods, a living room filled with family and friends, and of course, stretch pants, because one plate on Turkey day is NEVER enough.

If you’re interested in preemptively negating some of those holiday calories (or, maybe adding to them), the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off is the event for you!

Heralded as Seattle’s premier Thanksgiving themed run/walk event, the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off includes a 10K run/walk, and 5K run/walk, kids dash and a super eventful after run party featuring a beer garden and the much-loved Mashed Potato Munch Off. For those of you wondering, yes, the munch off is indeed a competitive mashed potato eating contest!

The fun starts bright and early at 8 AM in Green Lake Park on Sunday, November 20th with registration and packet pick-ups. Once you’re all check in, head over to the beer garden (opening at 9 AM…. because it IS Sunday-Funday, after all!)  and settle in to watch the (free!) kids dash at 9:10 AM. If you plan to run or walk the 10 or 5 K course, you’ll get started at 9:30 AM and are encouraged to join the post-race celebration, which starts at 10 AM.

If mountains of mashed potatoes are on the menu for you, be sure to purchase a raffle ticket (for only $1!) as soon as you get to the park, and bring a lucky charm along to help your ticket be chosen, making you one of 8 randomly selected contestants. The drawing for contestants will be at 10:30 AM and the Munch Off itself begins at 10:45 AM.

Contestants will have 4 minutes to gobble up as much of the creamy, carby goodness as they can before a winner is crowned. If you win this prestigious (and delicious) event, you will not only have bragging rights, but will take home all the money raised from raffle ticket sales and have earned life-time free entry to the 5K portion of the event. You must be 18 or older to engage in the eating contest, and we advise that you come dressed to gorge yourself, as these potatoes will be provided by The Green Lake Bar & Grill (who are also helping to sponsor the event), so you know they’re going to be good!

If you’re not one of the lucky 8, you’ll still have plenty to do at the post-race celebration. The party will be near the finish line of the race so you can cheer on your fellow racers (or the people you’ve come to support!) to a strong finish and see all the action. Have a beer in the beer garden, featuring brews from local favorite Fremont Brewing, and a few wines too, if that’s more your style.

The Beer garden will have a great view of the Mashed Potato Munch Off and it will be covered in case of rain and heated in case of cold. Be sure you bring your photo ID and cash money if you plan to imbibe, as the bar will be cash only. The celebration will also feature a number of health and fitness related vendors and exhibitors to explore and learn more about.

Since Thanksgiving is a holiday that encourages being grateful and also giving, feel free to bring canned foods (or a cash donation) to donate to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. The Union Gospel Mission has been helping needy, homeless gospeland hurting people in the community for over 80 years. They serve to help our neighbors in need with hunger, emergency services, shelter, addiction recovery and more. If you are in the mood to give, your gift of food or money will go directly to help people in need right here in our community.

The Green Lake Gobble is sure to be a great time for everyone who gets involved. Spectator, participator or mashed potato eater, everyone is guaranteed to have a fun and festive time, all while enjoying the beauty of Green Lake in the fall and our wonderful community. Bring the family, get some exercise and some beer, and dash into the holiday season!

Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off

Green Lake Park (5900 W Greenlake Way N, Seattle)

8:00 AM –  Race Registration & Packet Pickup
9:00 AM – Beer Garden opens
9:10 AM –  Kid’s Dash begins
9:30 AM –  5K & 10K run/walks begin (register here!)
10:00 AM –  Post-race party begins
10:30 AM – Drawing for Mashed Potato Munch Off Contestants
10:45 AM – Mashed Potato Munch Off begins

To learn more about The Green Lake Gobble and Mashed Potato Munch Off Click here.
To learn more about Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission click here.

New Efficiency Apartment Building Planned for Aurora Ave N

The City of Seattle continues to track the energy performance of our public and private-sector buildings with benchmarking to guide efforts to manage and reduce energy use city wide. In a statement last year, Mayor Ed Murray said, “We have learned that saving energy requires ongoing oversight and dedicated effort. The city will continue to invest in the energy efficiency of our facilities.”

As part of the city’s plan to construct more energy efficient buildings, a new six-story efficiency apartment building is planned for Aurora Ave N. The project is planned for the lot next to the Aloha Inn, at 1945 Aurora Ave N.

The six stories will contain 37 residences that the city has termed as “small efficiency dwelling units”, plus underground parking to accommodate 17 vehicles.

Many multi-story efficiency buildings further south in Uptown don’t have parking because it isn’t required based on Seattle Municipal Code 23.54.015. This new apartment building will have underground parking, since it falls in an area that does require underground parking for new construction.

Featured photo source:, rendering depicting an aerial view of the block with the proposed new building in the upper right.

Nothing To Do This Weekend? ‘Wine’ About It!

Washington is known to be home of some of the country’s best and brightest wineries and breweries, both well established and up-and-coming. So, it makes perfect sense that most Washingtonians are regular connoisseurs of all things brewed, fermented and distilled. If you fall into that category or aspire to, this weekend has the perfect event for you.

The 2016 Holiday Wine Fest is shaping up to be one of the best events of the season and the Pacific Northwest’s largest tasting event, with hundreds of wineries, breweries and distilleries from across the world and here at home, sampling their wares at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.


Featured wine regions include France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, and The United States, and guests will have the opportunity to purchase their newest favorite beverage at the venue.

In addition to luscious libations, enjoy tasty artisan treats and browse the wide array of gifts available from dozens of fabulous vendors.

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support a great cause as the Holiday Wine Fest benefits City Fruit. City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community, and protect the climate.

Get out this weekend and sip and savor the best of fall flavor and discover delicious new

USA, Illinois, Metamora, Christmas cocktail with christmas tree

favorites. Find the perfect addition to your holiday celebrations, or very special holiday gifts (and save Santa a little work).

The Holiday Wine Fest may just be the best time you’ll have while holiday shopping and giving back to the community.


Saturday, Nov. 12: Noon – 4pm ($40 admission) and 5pm – 9pm ($45 admission);
Sunday, Nov. 13: Noon – 4pm ($40 admission).

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer Street   SEATTLE, WA   98109

Get tickets here