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Dine Out For Life, Tonight!

Dine out for life

Tonight over 100 Seattle restaurants are participating in the Lifelong’s annual Dine out for Life fundraiser benefiting its Chicken Soup Brigade. These restaurants will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong, a food program that feeds people fighting hunger and illness in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Last year, the proceeds from Dine out for Life purchased 27,047 bags of groceries and 161,401 nutritious meals for 1,600 individuals in need. Due to this support the Chicken Soup Brigade is able to continue to provide their clients with healthy food catered to their specific medical conditions.

This year, three of the 100 restaurants participating in Dine Out for Life are located in Queen Anne: McMenamins Queen AnneThe Other Coast Café, and Lloyd Martin. McMenamins is repeating its 2015 performance as a Golden Fork restaurant, which means that it’s donating 50% of the day’s proceeds to Lifelong. Dining Out for Life runs all day Thursday, so plan on eating lunch and/or dinner out to help Lifelong.

Concerning School Violence Threats Near Queen Anne

Violence in schools is always appalling, horrible, and ultimately heartbreaking. After the terrible tragedy of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the more recent instances of school violence at schools near Queen Anne are especially distressing.

Last Monday, October 27th, a 16-year-old student at the Seattle Center’s Center School was arrested for bringing Molotov cocktail to school. Police had received a tip that the student brought the device, and promptly arrived on the scene to take the student into custody. As a precaution, the school was evacuated. No one was injured in the incident. The Center School officials cancelled classes for the day after the arrest, and Seattle Center Armory was re-opened just before 11 a.m. While SPD detectives continue to investigate this incident of school violence, they do plan to book the student into the Youth Service Center of King County for possession of an incendiary device.

After the June 5th shooting at Seattle Pacific University earlier this year, where one student was killed and two others were wounded, it is horrific that the local private university should experience another threat of school violence. But the campus was put on lockdown on Friday, October 31st after one of its students received a threatening text message. Reportedly, the text message came from the student’s ex-girlfriend, stating that she was going to kill the student and his friends on the SPU campus. The student reported the text to school officials and police, who responded quickly. SPD determined that the woman was no where near the campus, and she was located and arrested at a home near Burlington by Skagit County deputies. The suspect has been booked into King County Jail for an investigation into harassment.

Queen Anne parents, please continue to encourage your students to report any suspicious or concerning events to school authorities and police. The safety of our schools and our community is of utmost importance.

Featured photo source – Marysville-Pilchuk High School.

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.

Featured photo source.

Newly Opened Queen Anne Restaurants and Businesses

We’ve got some newbies in the neighborhood! Over the past couple of weeks, some brand new or overhauled Queen Anne restaurants and businesses have opened their doors.

When renowned chef Shaun McCrain left his post at The Book Bindery on June 28th of this year, there was a question about whom would fill his shoes at the top-notch Queen Anne restaurant. On October 1st, The Book Bindery re-opened with a new look, new name, and new chef! Chef Nico Borzee comes to the newly updated restaurant, Hommage, from Artusi on Capitol Hill. He was born in France, and started his career at age 15, working his way through several Michelin-starred eateries in France before becoming sous chef at Coi in San Francisco (Coi has two Michelin stars). Visit Hommage and sample Nico Borzee’s craft for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Look for some sparkle on the Avenue! Swissa Jewelers has moved to Queen Anne from 7th Avenue – they are now open in the little shop next to Queen Anne Chiropractic, where Calva Café used to be. Swissa Jewelers has been in business since 1973, offering beautiful fine jewelry, watches, custom jewelry and jewelry services including repair and engraving.

The blue-and-white retro Cookie Counter van has found a regular stopping spot on Queen Anne every Wednesday! Visit the Umpqua Bank parking lot each week on Wednesdays to enjoy their tasty vegan ice cream sandwiches. Check their Facebook page for daily updates.

Twirl Café will be transferring ownership to Umbrella Tree on November 1st. Umbrella Tree has been running kids classes and events out of the Twirl Café space for the last year, and when Twirl’s owner, Rebecca Pelletier, decided to close to focus on her family, the Umbrella Tree’s owners decided to step in and make it theirs! Twirl Café celebrates its last day on October 31st, and becomes Umbrella Tree on November 1st. The creative kids classes will continue to be offered, although changes and renovations will be occurring over the next couple of months. Click here for more information about the transition.

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Featured photo credit: Suzi Pratt for Seattle.Curbed.com.