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FREE Summer Fitness

Photo: Seattle Art Museum

Want to catch some rays while getting budget-wise exercise? There are many group classes, led by professional instructors, offered for FREE this summer. Below are many nearby locations to strengthen your muscles and expand your skills. Enjoy!

SEATTLE CENTER, 301 Mercer St., Seattle 98109
June 20th-August 23rd
Zumba Class:
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm (except July 4th), Next50 Plaza
Meditation and Relaxation Class:
Tuesdays, 7-8 pm (except July 4th), Armory Rm. 301
Gentle Yoga:
Wednesdays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Exhibition Hall Lawn
http://www.seattlecenter.com/fitness

OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PARK, 2901 Western Ave., Seattle  98121
On Saturdays from
July 15th through August 26th, enjoy public tours of the park, art making, musical performances, and family activities.  In addition, partake of these free fitness classes on the green:
Vinyasa Flow Yoga (all levels): 9-10 am
Hatha Yoga (all levels): 10:30-11:30 am (July 29th is “Family Field Day” from 11 am-3 pm, which includes family yoga)
Zumba: 2-3 pm
http://summer.site.seattleartmuseum.org/category/saturdays

ST. MARK’S CATHEDRAL, 10th Ave. E., Seattle 98102
Cathedral Yoga
Ongoing on Sundays, 6-7 pm (this one possibly indoors–ask)
http://www.saintmarks.org/grow/adult-groups/yoga

PARKS
CASCADE PLAYGROUND, 333 Pontius Ave. N., Seattle 98109
Yoga on the Lawn: June 10th- Sept. 30th, Saturdays at 12 noon
http://www.cascadeplayground.org

FREEWAY PARK, 700 Seneca St., Seattle 98101
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Thursdays July 20th, 27, August 3rd, 10th, and 17th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks
Zumba: Mondays July 17, 24, 31, and August 7, 5:30-6:30 pm, West Plaza
Yoga: Wednesdays 12-1 pm July 19th and 26th, 5:30-6:30 pm August 2nd and 9th, Upper Plaza
http://freewayparkassociation.org/blog/our-events

WESTLAKE PARK, 401 Pine St., Seattle 98101
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Tuesdays July 25th, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks
Tai Chi: June 24 – August 19, 8-9 am
Spin Cycle: last Wednesdays June 28, July 26,and August 30th, 3 sessions daily: 7 am, 12 noon, and 5:30 pm, with open cycling in-between
https://www.facebook.com/WestlakePark

OCCIDENTAL SQUARE, 117 S. Washington St., Seattle, 98104
CrossFit: every Friday morning in July at 6:30-7:30 am, and every Wednesday evening in August at 5:30-6:30 pm
Dancing ‘til Dusk: Variety of musical styles (see this pdf). 6 pm lesson, 7-9:30 dancing. Tuesdays July 11th and July 18th.
https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/downtown-parks

KeyArena Revamp Bids to be Reviewed at May 11th Open House

By Joe Veyera

The two groups to respond to the city’s request for proposals to redevelop KeyArena will take part in an open house later this month just steps from the multipurpose venue.

Representatives from the Oak View Group and Seattle Partners (a group comprised of AEG and Hudson Pacific Partnership) will be on hand at KEXP (472 1st Ave. N. on May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. to discuss their plans for the site, and answer questions.

Both proposals peg the cost of a KeyArena renovation to meet NBA and NHL standards at north of $500 million, while expanding the seating capacity to hold more than 17,000 spectators for hockey, and 18,000 for basketball, and preserving the iconic roofline designed by modernist architect Paul Thiry. Where the plans differ is how they each use the footprint, and how they address traffic and transit concerns.

The proposal from the Oak View Group would primarily consist of below-grade expansion, while the Seattle Partners bid calls for extending the existing arena roofline further to the south to add space.

The Oak View Group plan includes an 850-stall parking garage, and proposes offering bundled tickets to events with mass transit or rideshare programs, along with exploring the creation of designated drop-off and pick-up locations for services like Lyft and Uber. Renovation groups have additional strategies for dealing with concerns for parking and transportation.

Meanwhile, Seattle Partners would invest $5 million “to accelerate existing transportation strategies around the arena, and to create a shared mobility hub,” adjacent to it, while investing in the Lake2Bay Corridor.

Recommendations will be presented to the Mayor in June, with the input of the Arena Community Advisory Panel comprised of community leaders, and the City’s Executive Review Team. If the mayor moves forward with one of the two proposals, the City Council would then vote on a development and lease agreement with the winning bidder.

“This is the moment we have all been waiting for. We have two strong proposals to consider,” said Brian Surratt, Director of the Office of Economic Development in a press release last month. “We take this responsibility seriously and understand the sense of urgency for sports and music fans. The City remains committed to choosing the best possible path to bring back the NBA and to bring the NHL to Seattle.”

It’s currently unclear when construction could start. Last month, KeyArena was awarded first- and second-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in 2019, pushing the timeline past at least that March. The Oak View Group plan calls for a 19-month timeline to complete design drawings, and secure discretionary approvals and construction permits, along with a 20-month building timeline.

Syndicated from the QueenAnneNews.com. Photo source: The Seattle Times

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.

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in April

There are plenty of Queen Anne events coming up in the neighborhood in April! Check out some of our featured favorites:

April 2-6 & 9-13: Seattle Restaurant Week at Queen Anne Restaurants
Dinner | Queen Anne Restaurants
Five Queen Anne restaurants are participating in this season’s Seattle Restaurant Week, with three courses for $32: Grappa, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Ten Mercer, The Melting Pot, and Toulouse Petit.

April 2: 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 APril 2nd, with dancing and live music by Tre Kronor, Spelmanslag and Smilin’ Scandinavians. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

April 7: ABBA Night at the Swedish Club NW
6pm – 12am | Swedish Club NW
The annual ABBA Night at the Swedish Club NW is currently sold out, but there’s a waiting list if you really, really want to go! It’s the 5th annual ABBA Night that the Club has hosted, with food, ABBA music, and dancing. Call the Swedish Club NW at 206-283-1090 for a spot on the waiting list.

April 12: Drop Everything And Read
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) on Wednesday, April 12th! Guest authors will be visiting the museum throughout the day to share stories.

April 15 & 16: Spring Egg Hunts
8:30am – 10am | Seattle Children’s Museum
Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum on April 15th and 16th for kids egg hunts. There will be thousands of eggs hidden throughout the museum; kids find the empty (to avoid choking hazards) Eco Eggs, then turn them in for a small prize bag containing candy and other items. The cost is $5 per person for members, $8 for non-members.

April 16: Whirligig! Closes at Seattle Center
11am – 6pm | Seattle Center Armory
Through April 16th, Whirligig! transforms the Seattle Center Armory into a lively hub of entertainment and fun for kids ages 12 and under. There will be balloon artists, caricaturists, face painters, Student Showcases, and plenty more free or affordable activities for the kiddos. The Toddler Zone offers fun for your littlest ones! The cost is $8 per all day main floor pass, $4.50 for an all day Toddler Zone pass, or $1.50 for a single ride ticket. Thursdays are free!

April 21: We Day at Key Arena
8am – 6pm | Key Arena
We Day is an unparalleled event that brings together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of youth to celebrate a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives. The Seattle event will take place on Friday, April 21st at Key Arena. Taking the stage this year is a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites, including Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, Lily Collins, Allen Stone, Grace VanderWaal, Buzz Aldrin, Jordan Fisher, Skai Jackson, Yara Shahidi, Jenna Ortega, Jordan Smith and more.

April 21-23: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
12pm – 6pm | Seattle Center
Seattle Center’s Festál continues in April with the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival April 21st through 23rd. This free, enriching experience provides the opportunity to experience the vibrant Japanese culture. There will be educational programs, arts & crafts, traditional dance and music, games, ceremonies, Taiko drumming, martial arts and more.