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Queen Anne Events: 10 Things to Do in November

In addition to earning an extra hour of sleep in the fall Daylight Savings and the oncoming holiday festivities, there are several Queen Anne events to look forward to this month…

  1. November 1 & 2 – Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar at Swedish Club NW: From November 1st through the 2nd, the Swedish Club Northwest is hosting their annual Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar. There will be crafts, gifts, baked goods, music, entertainment, and more. Admission is only $1, and the event is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  2. November 3 – Umbrella Tree Opens at Twirl Café: The much-loved café and indoor toddler play area, Twirl Café, will be closing on October 31st. On Monday, November 3rd, the place will reopen as Umbrella Tree! Play and eat at the new Umbrella Tree from November 3rd through 20th, when they will close until December 4th for renovations.
  3. November 3 – Jellyfish Day at the Seattle Children’s Museum: Explore and learn more about a mysterious sea creature, the jellyfish! On November 3rd, from 10:30 a.m. through 2 p.m., the Seattle Children’s Museum will be hosting events and activities focused on the jellyfish for Jellyfish Day!
  4. November 7 & 8 – Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Weekend at Key Arena: Find your calling and summon the courage to live it out, and fulfill your greatest potential. Oprah comes to town November 7th and 8th in “The Life You Want” tour.  Click here to buy tickets.
  5. November 12 – Dine Out for Coe Elementary at 5 Spot: On Wednesday, November 12th, dine at the 5 Spot from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and 25% of all food sales will support the Coe Elementary art program!
  6. November 12 – Members & Friends Dinner at Swedish Club NW: Head to the Swedish Club NW for their dinner for members and friends on Wednesday, November 12th! Kurt Armbruster will be talking about the history of Swedish singing groups and his book, Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music.
  7. November 15 – Bastille at Key Arena: The popular U.K. band Bastille is playing at the Key Arena on November 15th in their “Bad Blood” The Last Stand Tour. Tickets start at $31.50.
  8. November 20 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce November Luncheon: 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. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on November 20th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  9. November 21, 22 & 23 – The International Gem & Jewelry Show: From November 21st through 23rd, attendees of the International Gem & Jewelry Show can buy gems and jewelry direct from designers at a discount price. The show is held daily at the Seattle Center exhibition hall, and is open to the public.

10. November 22 – TEDxRainier at the Seattle Center: The Seattle-area TED event, TEDxRainier is coming up on November 22nd. The event starts at 9 a.m. at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, and offers a full day of educational, inspirational, and exceptional TED talks. Ticket prices start at $75 each.

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Queen Anne Events: 12 Things to Do in September

Finish your summer with some fun, family-friendly events at the Seattle Center and throughout the neighborhood! These are the Queen Anne events to look forward to this month …

  1. August 30 through September 1 – Bumbershoot: The Pacific Northwest’s greatest festival of music and arts is back from August 30th through September 1st! Bumbershoot is here! Tickets start at $66/day, or $175+ for the full weekend.
  2. Wednesdays in September – Wine Wednesday Tastings at Twirl Café: Enjoy three hand-selected wines from rotating regions! This weekly event at Twirl Café is from 5 – 8 p.m. and costs $5 per tasting. Half priced wines by the bottle (select variety) will be available for purchase as well.
  3. Thursdays in September – The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Each Thursday throughout September, the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open on the hill! There’s live music, food trucks, fresh produce, and interesting live events such as chef demos and expert tips. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  4. Fridays in September – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  5. September 7 – Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Club NW: Enjoy live music, dancing, and Swedish pancakes with all of the fixin’s on Sunday, September 7th for the Swedish Club NW’s monthly feed from 8 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Richard Svensson and Bjarne Jacobsen, Nordleik Folk Music and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Entry is $9 for guests, $7 for club members, and $5 for kids ages 5-12.
  6. September 7 – Live Aloha Festival at Seattle Center: The 7th Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival will be held on September 7th at the Seattle Center! Live performances, Hawaiian culture and food, and more are to be enjoyed from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
  7. September 10 – September Queen Anne Book Co. Story time at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE story time at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on September 10th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  8. September 13 & 14 – Seattle Fiestas Patrias: Enjoy Latino dance, music, art, and food in the Seattle Center’s Fiestas Patrias on September 13th and 14th! The festival will take place in the Fisher Pavilion from noon until 8 p.m. on September 13th, and from noon until 5 p.m. on September 14th.
  9. September 18 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce September Luncheon: 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. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on September 18th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  10. September 27 – September Mimosa Brunch at Twirl Café: On the last Saturday of each month, Twirl Café is holding a fun Mimosa Brunch with a food special! The brunch includes a food special for the September 27th event, with a mimosa on the side (alcoholic or non). Regular play admission is free when you spend $20+ on food and beverages.
  11. September 27 – Elton John “All the Hits” Tour: Elton John returns to the KeyArena with his band for the “All the Hits” tour on September 27th. The performance will include hit songs from his album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (recently released 40th anniversary edition). Tickets start at $50 each.
  12. September 27 & 28 – Italian Festival: Experience, enjoy, and explore Italian culture, food, and more at the Seattle Center Festál’s Italian Festival on September 27th and 28th. There will be visual arts, food, games, hands-on activities, crafts, Italian films, grape-stomping, bocce ball, and more.

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Music and Art in Seattle Parks

Last week, many Seattle parks got a colorful, artistic new addition in the form of refurbished pianos. Pianos in the Parks is a campaign bringing together some of the foremost arts and music organizations in the Pacific Northwest to help communities re-discover their parks.

Twenty pianos were donated for the project, then tuned and restored by Classic Pianos before receiving creative decoration from students at the Gage Academy of Art.

Our very own Queen Anne neighborhood received one such park piano – the Mural Amphitheatre in the Seattle Center is now home to a vividly decorated baby grand piano. Artist Kathleen Moore receives the credit for its vibrant embellishment. Its gorgeous landscape encircling the frame, bright blues and purples, and stunning mountain peak on the music stand are just some of the striking elements to the piano’s new look.

To compound on this excellent opportunity for community members to rediscover the Mural Amphitheatre and other Seattle parks and their pianos, KEXP is offering a special Facebook contest through August 17th. Play your original or public domain music and have a friend film it, upload the video to Facebook, and share it on the Pianos in the Parks Facebook page (you also have to ‘like’ that page to enter). Ask your friends to ‘like’ your video. Click here for more contest rules and details.

Contest submissions and likes voting can continue until midnight on August 17th, when a grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges from the five top-voted finalists. The finalists will all be able to perform one musical number at a private concert event on Friday, September 19th, and the Grand Prize winner will be able to perform their winning piece at the KEXP’s Mural Theater concert on August 22nd.

So, pop on down to the Seattle Center to play on the baby grand piano at the Mural Amphitheatre (or any of the other parks with pianos) and record your performance for the contest! And at least, visit some of these incredible works of art!

Featured photo from PianosInTheParks.com.

Mercer Closures This Weekend

In the next round of Mercer closures, Mercer Street and 5th Avenue North have scheduled closures and lane restrictions this coming weekend.

From Friday, May 16th at 11:30 p.m. through 5 a.m. Monday, May 19th, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is fully closing the intersection at 5th Avenue North and Mercer Street. Additionally, 5th Avenue North will be closed between Roy and Republican Streets, and Mercer will be closed between 4th and Taylor Avenues North.

The Mercer detour will send southbound travelers via Queen Anne Avenue and Denny Way, and the detour for northbound travelers will go by way of westbound Republican Street and 4th Avenue North to reconnect with Mercer or Roy. Pedestrians traveling along the closed routes will also be detoured according to the signage posted for the weekend.

SDOT recommends using Broad Street, Denny Way, and 1st Avenue North as alternate routes for travelers going to the Seattle Center or Queen Anne. Between Taylor Avenue North and I-5, eastbound Mercer Street will remain open through the other closures, as will Broad Street, Dexter Avenue North, and SR99.

Local access and businesses will remain open throughout the closures.

According to SDOT, “The previously announced two-way traffic conversion on Mercer St. between 1st Ave. N and 5th Ave. N has been rescheduled for the week of May 12. Beginning next week, signal crews will begin converting intersections along Mercer St. to two-way traffic beginning at 1st Ave. N and working east towards 4th Ave. N.”

This set of closures is ending the first phase of the Mercer and Roy Street transitions to two-way traffic. In the next part of this phase, two way traffic will be activated between 1st Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. Then the second phase begins, which involves converting Roy Street into two-way traffic between Queen Anne Avenue North and 5th Avenue North. Click here for more details about the West Phase of the Mercer Corridor project.

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