Juniper Flowers robbed over the weekend

Mike Allen at Juniper Flowers, located at 308 W. Republican St., just wrote in informing us that their shop was broken into over the weekend (sometime between the evening of March 26 and the morning of March 27). He wrote,

We were vandalized on Friday night/Saturday morning. Our business is in lower Queen Anne on Republican St. Someone attempted to break the glass on our door. When they were unsuccessful, they broke a much larger window with a rock to gain access. They made off with our cash register. Just thought residents of Queen Anne should know.

If anyone has any information about this break-in, please comment below.

Community members packed Fun Forest replacement meeting at Seattle Center last night

Around 400 people attended the public meeting at Seattle Center last night to discuss what will become of the 5 acres of open space that used to be home to the Fun Forest, according to our news partners the Seattle Times.

(Image by Studio 216 for Owen Richards Architects, courtesy of both).

One proposal outlines plans for a 44,000-square-foot “glass house” that would include an outdoor public garden, plaza, bookstore with cafe and retail space, and a 3,800-square-foot space for permanent a Dale Chihuly exhibit. The project, expected to cost an estimated $15 million, would be financed by the Wright family, the original builders and owners of the Space Needle. Many estimate the paid-admission venue would bring in hefty revenue for the Center, which funds 67 percent of its budget on its own.

The Times reported that there were voices of both support and opposition represented at the meeting last night. From the Times:

“It’s a smart addition to the Center and an amazing opportunity for Seattle,” said Deborah Person, managing director for the Seattle International Film Festival, which uses Seattle Center as a venue.

Ron Sevart, CEO of the Space Needle, talked about how the project would bring scores of family-wage construction jobs.

Many who oppose the project argue that the city should take advantage of 5 acres of open space in the middle of town, while others say alternative options should be considered before a decision is made. From the Times:

Iain Robertson, a landscape architect, called himself a “grass-roots supporter of grass.” He said Seattle Center is not the right location for a glass exhibit and that the city would be foolish to give up nearly 2 acres of open space.

“For us as a city to replace that [open space] in the future would cost an enormous amount of money,” he said. “You just don’t get a chance at this much open space in the center of the city.”

In response to the outcry of opinions around the proposal, the Seattle Center announced last week that it would be accepting public bids to compete with the “glass house” project. Read the Seattle Times’ coverage of last night’s meeting here.

PBS filming at Interbay P-Patch today

PBS will be filming at the Interbay P-Patch at 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 31, for its new garden series “Growing A Greener World.” The P-Patch, located at 2451 15th Ave W, is a 132-plot, 43,000-square-foot urban garden managed by the Department of Neighborhoods. From PBS:

They will be interviewing two key volunteers about the history of Interbay, its development, the community it has created and about the gardeners who are devoted to community gardening.

Yesterday the Interbay P-Patch celebrated the opening of its own food bank garden. PBS’s gardening/eco-friendly living show will air nationwide beginning on May 15. The segment highlighting the Interbay P-Patch is set to air in the fall. If you happen to snap a picture of the shoot today, email us at

Egg hunt at Absolutely Fabulous Saturday

Queen Anne’s newest artisan handmade shop, Absolutely Fabulous, which opened at 6 W Howe St Suite #2 (on the second floor) last month, will be hosting an in-store egg and candy hunt for the holiday this weekend.

Absolutely Fabulous combines the work of Pike Place Market vendors and local Queen Anne artists Emma Roscoe, who designs colorful handmade and custom bags through her line, Red Delicious, and Lynn Rosskamp, who thinks up funky whimsical fleece hats through her business PingiHats. This Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roscoe and Rosskamp invite kids to their shop/studio space to hunt for eggs, candy and prizes hidden throughout the store by the “Fleeceter Bunny.”

In a press release sent out this week, Roscoe and Rosskamp detailed what the Fleeceter Bunny would be doing for the hunt:

She will be hiding prize-winning eggs among the amazing fleece hats, beautiful bags and goods from other Seattle artists around our store.

Easter eggs and candy will, of course, be among the prizes. You could also win valuable coupons for the Studio, and the top prize is a PingiHats hat of your choice (maybe a bunny for Easter?) or a Red Delicious clutch purse.

QA Farmers Market is looking for an intern

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is looking for a “dynamic marketing intern” to help out with operations and work with the market manager in preparation for and during the upcoming market season. Market Director Julie Whitehorn posted this job description on the QAFM site this morning:

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is seeking a smart, friendly, detail-oriented intern to learn market operations while assisting the market manager. The time commitment is five hours weekly pre-season and 7-8 hours each Thursday during 22-week season plus flexible offsite hours. The intern will attend committee and board meetings, and learn skills in nonprofit management, market operations, fundraising, marketing and customer service.

For more information on the job or how to apply, see the official job description (.pdf). The Queen Anne Farmers Market is starting up early this year, on Thursday, May 20. Read up on the market’s upcoming season and expansion here.

When a squatter, employee & motorist collide is reporting an interesting incident buried in the police reports from last week. According to police records, on Sunday, March 21 an employee of an apartment complex or motel located in the 2400 block of Aurora Ave N confronted a man that he believed had broken into the building to sleep over the past few nights. While confronting the alleged squatter, the man reportedly threatened the employee with a screwdriver, and in response the employee then grabbed a shovel and reportedly chased the man out onto Aurora Ave N. From SeattleCrime:

The man jumped in front of a car headed north on Aurora, and the driver screeched to a halt.

The report says the driver thought the squatter was “about to be viciously assaulted” by the employee and told the man to get into her car. As the woman drove off, the employee hit the woman’s car with his shovel, leaving a dent.

The report appears to indicate that the driver dropped the squatter off and contacted police about damage to her car.

The woman provided officers with the squatter’s phone number, but police were not immediately able to contact him. The woman told police she wanted to pursue charges against the shovel-wielding employee who damaged her vehicle.

What a strange set of events…

Grammas for Ganja public forum in Ballard tonight

This isn’t in Queen Anne, but it relates to our legislative district and is pretty interesting: Tonight is the Grammas for Ganja public forum in Ballard. The executive director for Grammas for Ganja, Jeanne Black-Ferguson, will be hosting the event which she hopes will raise awareness surrounding marijuana law reform. As an advocate for the use of medical marijuana, 36th District Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles will be attending the event. During this legislative session, Sen. Kohl-Welles sponsored Senate Bill 5798, which passed both the state house and senate and has been delivered to Governor Gregoire’s desk (bill as it passed in the Legislature .pdf.)

During tonight’s public event, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal from the University of Washington will be talking about the medical aspects of Cannabis and Jacqueline Merringer, Manager/Buyer of “Terra Hemp” in Wallingford, a natural fiber clothing and accessory store will speak about the various uses for the plant. 36th District Representative Reuven Carlyle was also invited to attend but his staff has informed us that he cannot make it.

The event will be held tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ballard House Community Room (2445 NW 57th St.)

Free ‘Green Kitchen Kits’ available

Check your mailbox this week for a coupon for a free “Green Kitchen Kit” which should arrive in your CurbWaste and Conserve newsletter. The kits, which feature an EcoSafe Kitchen Collector (shown at right) and compostable bags for storing food scraps, a food scraper, a CFL light bulb and a reusable shopping bag can be picked up starting Thursday, April 15 at several Neighborhood Service Centers including the Central NSC (2301 S. Jackson Street Suite 208), the Ballard NSC (5604 22nd Ave NW), and the University NSC (4534 University Way NE).

“Green Kit giveaways are part of Compost Days, April 15 – May 30, when Seattle Public Utilities, Cedar Grove and Seattle City Light and our community partners are making these special offers to Seattle residents to say ‘thank you’ for helping make our city even better through your recycling and composting efforts,” the Seattle Public Utilities’ website states.

BHS principal honored for commitment to music

Phil Brockman, the principal at Ballard High School was recently honored for his commitment to music. Last month, Brockman (shown holding plaque) received the first-ever Washington Music Educators Association Administrator of the Year Award “for advocating music as a core quality of education,” the release from the Seattle Public Schools states. He was honored during the association’s All-State Gala in Yakima. Brockman will be playing trumpet at the alumni concert, 7 p.m., April 10 at Ballard High. Brockman helped create the alumni concert in 2006. According to the release from the school district, the event has raised $40,000 for the school’s music department. Photo courtesy Seattle Public Schools.

FRIENDS of Gilman Urban Gardens set to work

Over the weekend the FRIENDS of Gilman Urban Gardens broke ground on a 20-plot community garden at the medians along Gilman Drive W. and 13th Ave. W., removing trees, growth and tilling the area.

Residents interested in securing a plot dug in from 9 a.m. well into the afternoon both Saturday and Sunday. Project head Charlie Hoselton praised the help in an email sent out to volunteers today.

We accomplished an amazing amount of work this weekend, thanks to all who pitched in, in helping build the infrastructure of our garden.

Charlie said he will continue working in the garden for a few hours each morning (10 a.m. to noon) Tuesday, March 30 through Friday, April 2 and welcomes anyone interested in volunteering to join him. There will be work parties again this weekend, beginning at 10 a.m. on both Saturday, April 3 and Sunday, April 4, during which Charlie plans on finishing up the remaining work.

This coming weekend we can cut in remaining paths, plant the trees, put the rain barrels in and by Sunday afternoon, start assigning plots so that gardeners can start gardening!

And aside from stellar volunteers of all ages, Charlie is still looking for a few more supplies from the community, specifically cinder blocks, retaining wall blocks or bricks that could be used to construct a strong base for the garden’s rain barrels. If anyone would like to donate these or other items to the Gilman Urban Gardens, or get more information on how to volunteer, contact Charlie at Want to learn more about getting a plot at the garden? Download the FRIENDS of Gilman Urban Gardens user agreement (.pdf).

(Photos courtesy of Charlie Hoselton).