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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in May

May is jam-packed with festivals and other events… check them out and mark your calendars!

May 6: iFest Indie Game Festival
11am – 3pm | Seattle Center Armory
Indie gamers, take note! iFest 2017 comes to Seattle on May 6th. This is a FREE festival for independent game developers: from new startups and established studios to anyone who thinks they might have what it takes to imagine, design, build and market games.

May 6: “The Magic Flute” Opening Night
7:30pm | McCaw Hall
Savor the myth, magic and music in a performance of Mozart’s colorful fantasy, “The Magic Flute”. Opening night of this Seattle Opera event is Saturday, May 6th. “The Magic Flute” runs through Sunday, May 21st, with a closing performance on that day at 2 p.m.

May 7: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on May 7th, with live music by Skolkis, Folk Voice Band and the Swedish Women’s Chorus. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

May 7: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival
11:45am – 5pm | Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Center’s Festál continues in May with the celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month. On May 7th, visit the Seattle Center Armory to enjoy this free family event, with dance, music, art and more to showcase the culture and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders.

May 10: GiveBIG Day
All Day | Queen Anne
Support your local Queen Anne nonprofits this GiveBIG day! On May 10th, donate to these hardworking and wonderful local nonprofit organizations: Swedish Club NW, Picture Perfect Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Farmers Market, Queen Anne Food Bank, Queen Anne Helpline, Seattle Children’s Museum, and the Queen Anne Historical Society.

May 13: Spirit of Africa Cultural Festival
12pm – 8pm | Seattle Center Armory
Enjoy, learn and participate in Seattle Center’s Festál celebration of the talents of African musicians, dancers and artists. The Spirit of Africa celebration is on May 13th, with some exciting festival performances for the whole family. Click here for more information.

May 13: Annual Auction at the Swedish Club NW
5:30pm – 10pm | Swedish Club NW
The biggest fundraising event of the year at the Swedish Club NW is May 13th, with an auction themed, “Back to Our Roots”. There will be beautiful items for bidding, plus a delicious meal. The cost is $95 per person or $475 for a table of 6.

May 20: Dance Around the World
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting a day of cultural celebration through dance on May 20th! Guest performers will share and demonstrate traditional dances and storytelling.

May 20: Glimpse of China Cultural Festival
10am – 8pm | Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Center’s Festál presents “A Glimpse of China”, a cultural celebration that showcases the cultural roots and contemporary influence of China. There will be live performances, hands-on activities, visual arts, food, games and more – all family friendly and free to enjoy!

May 26-29: Northwest Folklife Festival
All Day | Seattle Center
One of Seattle’s most anticipated events of the year, Folklife, returns for its 46th annual celebration on May 26th through 29th. Learn, dance, play, discover, and more! This festival is all about showcasing the arts and culture of our unique city.

City Announces Next Steps on Backyard Cottage Proposal

By Joe Veyera

Months after the hearing examiner ruled in favor of the Queen Anne Community Council in their appeal of a proposal to ease regulations on building backyard cottages and mother-in-law units, the city has announced its next steps on the issue.

In a blog post late last month, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien wrote that after a “thorough examination” of the decision, the city will pursue a full environmental impact statement to look deeply into the potential impacts of code changes.

In the post, O’Brien said the EIS process will likely take a year to complete, and that there will be multiple opportunities for residents to voice their opinions during that period.

O’Brien originally introduced a proposal last year that would have allowed properties to have both an attached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) on the same lot, removed the off-street parking requirement, removed the owner-occupancy requirement after one year, reduced the minimum lot size for a DADU to 3,200 sq. ft., and increased the allowable floor area for a DADU from 800 to 1,000 sq. ft. Opponents of the proposal raised concerns that the potential environmental impacts weren’t adequately studied, and the hearing examiner ruled that the city’s determination of non-significance in relation to the State Environmental Policy Act was not based on sufficient information to evaluate potential impacts. Meanwhile, proponents of the original effort labeled the Community Council’s efforts as obstructionist, something they firmly denied.

The hope, O’Brien wrote, is to bring legislation to the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee by the middle of the next year.

“I believe lowering the barriers to creating backyard cottages and in-law apartments is an important part of addressing affordability across the city, and am looking forward to continuing to pursue this legislation,” O’Brien wrote in the post.

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Spring Egg Hunt

Head to the Queen Anne Community Center this Saturday, April 15th for a Spring Egg Hunt! Bring a basket or bag to gather up all of the goodies found at the FREE Queen Anne Annual Spring Egg Hunt. Come rain or shine! Ages 11 and younger can participate, with the egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until noon.

Bring your own bag or basket to collect your eggs.

Queen Anne Community Center
1901 First Ave. W, Seattle
206-386-4240

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Sinkhole Opens in Queen Anne

Many Seattleites fear ‘the really big one’, a projected 8.7 – 9.2 magnitude earthquake that could hit the Puget Sound and northern West Coast at anytime. But fewer of us realize the danger of the earth opening up beneath our very feet! Sinkholes are a very real danger in Seattle, and can happen without warning and at small to terrifying sizes. Just a year and a half ago, a large hole suddenly opened up between two homes on Queen Anne. And last month, a recycling truck was stuck in a West Seattle sinkhole near 24th Avenue SW and SE Kenyon S.

Only a couple of weeks ago, another sinkhole opened up on Queen Anne in the middle of 5th Avenue. It was three feet wide and required the closure 5th Avenue between West Comstock Street and West Highland Drive in order for Seattle Public Utilities to repair it.

In Seattle’s history, sinkholes have trapped cars and even people, although there have been no casualties. Sinkholes have been a ‘thing’ throughout the city over the past year, and not just because of the drilling caused by Bertha, the drilling machine that’s tunneling below Belltown to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Why does the city get these sinkholes? Seattle soil isn’t characterized by karst terrain, the type of rock that commonly develops sinkholes. Instead, our sinkholes are caused by aging water and sewer systems underground. According to U.S. Geological Survey geologist Randall Orndorff, “Since these systems are pipes, they act like caves in the natural setting—a void beneath the surface.”

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