At the Queen Anne and Interbay farmers markets

The weather report calls for rain, but let’s hope it stays off long enough for the festivities at the Queen Anne Farmers Market and Interbay Farmers Market today. Check out the schedules for both neighborhood markets below.

At the Queen Anne Farmers Market:

  • 3 to 7:30 p.m. – At the Info Tent: Join the kids market treasure hunt, and sign up for the QAFM email list and enoy free veggie seeds!
  • 4 p.m. – Chef Kaspar Donier from Kaspar’s Special Events & Catering will dazzle the market with his mixed greens, market vegetables and savory granola tossed with assorted dressings and topped with Mt Townsend Truffle Fromage Blanc and Pound Cake with macerated berries!
  • 4:30 p.m. – The Queen Anne Performing Arts Market Singers return, this time under the big tree, to sing more favorites! 5 p.m. – The Peterka Family Band will entertain all with Old Time, Folk, Blues and much more!
  • 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – I will be at the market representing Queen Anne View. Swing by to say hello, find out more about the site, add your favorite thing about Queen Anne to a living mural of and by the community, or enter the kids coloring contest.
  1. Say cheese! Everyone is invited to take an instant picture and help build a living mural of the Queen Anne community.
  2. Get ready, get set, grab your crayons and color! Kids can also enter a coloring contest by drawing what they love about the farmers market. They’ll be candy, crayons, and the winning drawings (chosen by market staffers) will be published on Queen Anne View! Judging begins at 7 p.m., so swing by from 3 to 6:45 p.m. to enter.

At the Interbay Farmers Market:

  • As of 1 p.m. today the Interbay Farmers Market has not yet posted its schedule for today – check back on the website or Facebook page for details closer to the market start time.

As always the Queen Anne Farmers Market is held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Ave N and W Crockett. The Interbay Farmers market is held from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Interbay Whole Foods parking lot on 15th.

*Disclosure: Queen Anne View is a sponsor of the Queen Anne Farmers Market.

Trolley Hill Park vandalized, neighbor plans graffiti clean-up for Saturday morning

Queen Anne’s Trolley Hill Park was covered with red graffiti last week, and according to one neighbor, Vicki, so far nothing has been done to fix the extensive damage.

“Last week I noticed some red spray paint tags on real estate signs and parking signs near my apartment building (on Taylor Ave, right where it merges with 5th Ave.). Then when I was walking my dog in Trolley Hill Park I came across the saddest sight. Huge amounts of tagging on all the wood tables and benches, and down the entire length of a large tree’s trunk. Things like “Bloods” “Crip Killers” “KKK” and anarchy signs,” she wrote Queen Anne View. “Likely not really anything gang related, probably just some brats with some spray paint. Still SO sad.”

Trolley Hill Park is tucked away on the east side of the hill at 5th N and Blaine Street, and because of this it is more secluded and one of Queen Anne the neighborhood’s lesser known parks. The park includes a natural kids play area, a picnic area with tables and benches, a community P-Patch, and a beautiful view. It was named after one of the main trolley lines leading up Queen Anne Hill , which was in operation from 1890 to 1940.

In all cases of vandalism, officials recommend swift and and thorough action. When vandalism takes place on public property, as in this case, the City of Seattle takes on the responsibility of cleaning it up. Graffiti found on public property can be reported by calling the City of Seattle’s Hotline at (206) 684-7587, or filling out this online report form.

The graffiti at Trolley Hill Park was reported to the city’s response line this morning, and crews will be looking into the incident, though they were not able to provide a definite timeline for when the graffiti would be removed, though the city says that action will be taken in a timely manner.

For graffiti on private property, the city provides a number of resources to help residents respond. If you find vandalism on your property, the city recommends you document the vandalism for insurance purposes and call the Seattle Police Department’s non-emergency number (206) 625-5011 and file a report. If you witness an act of graffiti or vandalism in progress, it is recommended that you call 911, as vandals must be caught in the act to be prosecuted. For more information on what to do about vandalism in the community, check out the city’s resources here and here.

“Property with graffiti that has not been removed in a reasonable amount of time may be subject to fines under the Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance,” according to the Seattle Police Department website.

Though the city will be handling the incident at Trolley Hill Park, Vicki says she’s ready to take some action in the meantime.

“I’m going to head over to the park at 11 a.m. on Saturday to try and do some scrubbing, if anyone wants to help they are more than welcome to join me,” she wrote. “I go to this park every day and its just infuriating to look at.”

Even when city crews tackle public graffiti, they often ask for community volunteers to help them with the clean-up, so Vicki’s efforts are very much welcomed. Get more information on how to organize a Volunteer Graffiti Clean-Up Event here to keep a four-block area in your community graffiti free (Seattle Public Utilities provides the supplies and waiver forms needed for the event), or learn more about taking part in SPU’s Summer Paint Out program in July or August (again, SPU provides free paint  in white, brown or gray, and rollers, brushes, scrapers, and gloves).

Supplies can be picked up at the Seattle Public Utilities warehouse (3633 E Marginal Way S) on the following Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-July 2
-July 16
-July 30
-August 6
-August 20

In order to receive the supplies, you must register first – use the link, email or call 206-684-7790.

* Thanks to Vicki for the tip and pictures!

‘Walk Bike Ride Challenge’ starts Friday

The city is encouraging drivers to get out of their cars and start walking, biking or riding transit. This cycle of the Walk Bike Ride (WBR) Challenge runs the months of July and August. “Summer is a great time to try walking, biking or riding transit to work, to get to know your neighborhood and to start lifetime habits that keep you healthy,” said Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. The goal of the program is to help people get in shape, save money and reduce greenhouse gases.

Participants of the WBR challenge, will get weekly emails with tips on walking, biking and riding. Participants can also track individual progress and the program’s collective impact online.

The more trips one reports, the higher the chance they have of winning these prizes:

  • Electric bike from e-Moto
  • Apple iPad
  • Pan Pacific Hotel stay
  • Zipcar $250 gift card
  • REI $100 gift card
  • Nordstrom’s $100 gift card (supplied by Commute Seattle)
  • $100 gift card good at seven farmers’ markets
  • To join the summertime WBR challenge or for more information, click here.

    Interbay football & cheerleading registration open

    Kids interested in joining football team or cheerleading squad for the fall season can register now to play with the Interbay Eagles. Kids between the ages of 7 and 14 may join one of five field youth football teams. There will also be one cheer squad of 15 to 20 kids ages 6 to 11.

    The football teams will begin practicing in August, five days a week through the end of the month, going to three days a week during the school year with games on Saturdays. The cheer squad will practice three times a week during the month of August.

    The Eagles are members of the NJFL which has over 50 youth teams participating. For more information or to register click here.

    Tomorrow is deadline for qualified 8th graders to sign up for College Bound Scholarships

    Tomorrow is the deadline for Washington state’s free college tuition program called College Bound Scholarship, which covers tuition and a stipend for low-income students who sign a pledge by June 30 of their 8th grade year. Students promise to graduate from high school, demonstrate good citizenship, and seek admission to a college or university.

    From the press release:

    Once the date passes, youth who are currently in eighth grade won’t get another shot at this opportunity. Remember, to sign up you just have to be a 7th or 8th grade student who is part of the federal free and reduced lunch program, maintain a 2.0 grade point average and refrain from committing a felony during high school.

    Even if you don’t have a child who qualifies, you probably know someone who does. Please share the above information and the following link as widely as possible. Students may apply for the College Bound Scholarship online at

    Queen Anne Running of the Bulls set for July 9

    The Comstock Commission – a self-proclaimed “division of the Queen Anne mafia” – is up to more of its shenanigans this summer, putting on the Second Annual Queen Anne Running of the Bulls on Saturday, July 9.

    The QA ROTB is taking place on the same weekend as the Pamplona Running of the Bulls, and on the same day as the Queen Anne Fun Run for the Queen Anne Helpline (though this even starts at 8 a.m., so enthusiastic runners will be able to make both).

    For those of you who caught the Running of the Bulls here in Queen Anne last year (I was unfortunately out of town that weekend and missed it), you probably noticed Queen Anne-ers running about in the event’s uniform: white shirts and pants, a red scarf and “fast shoes”. If, like me, you missed the event last year,  you can check out pictures from the first QA ROTB in the Flickr album.

    If you’d like to participate in the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls this year, suit up in your red and white uniform and meet at Paragon Bar & Grill at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, or swing by and watch the festivities unfold. Either way it should be a festival and fun event.

    Check out another example of The Comstock Commission’s past pranks here.

    Artist(s) wanted for Burke Gilman Trail installation

    The city is looking to add a little creativity to the Burke Gilman Trail with the help of Washington artists.

    The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Department of Transportation are looking for an artist or a team of artists to create art for the multi-purpose trail. All artists must live in the state of Washington.

    The art will be permanent installations on two to five select points along the trail, which have not been selected. “Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork,” according to a release by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The artwork will identify the trail as a connector through the city and add an element of discovery to peoples’ experience on the trail.”

    The budget for the project is $80,000 which includes all costs to design, fabricate and install artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, August 1. More information can be found here, or apply here.

    ‘Ask the Mayor’ what’s on your mind

    Tonight is the monthly “Ask The Mayor” show on the Seattle Channel hosted by C.R. Douglas. If you’ve never seen the show, Mayor Mike McGinn answers questions from the public on a range of topics.

    The show airs live from 7 to 8 p.m. If you have an issue, concern, or question you’d like answered, you can call 206-684-8821, email or Tweet to @SeattleChannel using #askthemayor. The show airs on cable channel 21 or online here.

    Emerald Bay Equity sells Eden Hill & Sweetbrier

    Emerald Bay Equity has sold two Upper Queen Anne mixed-use retail/residential buildings – Eden Hill and the Sweetbrier – to affiliates of Deutsche Bank real-estate subsidiary RREEF for a total of $44 million, according to a report by The Seattle Times.

    Eden Hill and the Sweetbrier are just two of EBE’s four-part 2.1 acre development plan for Queen Anne, called “The Collection”. The third and fourth phases of the development include the Seven Hills Apartments and Met Market Redevelopment, both of which are scheduled to break ground in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

    EBE put all four properties in The Collection up for sale back in April, in the hopes of finding a solution for the projects’ financing challenges. At the time EBE principal Joe Geivett said he preferred the possibility of a joint venture over a sale, but ultimately opted to split the buildings in The Collection between EBE and RREEF in the deal.

    Both Eden Hill and the Sweetbrier are apartment complexes with ground-floor retail, both of which were completed in the last three years. Together the buildings have a total of 84 residential units, and over 30,000 square feet of ground-level retail, the Times piece reports.

    For more information on EBE’s ongoing developments on Queen Anne, including the forthcoming Seven Hills Apartments and Met Market Redevelopment, check out our ongoing coverage.

    City launches neighborhood Online Boost Project

    The City of Seattle’s new Online Boost Project is designed to help neighborhood groups do more effective online outreach and foster online engagement. The OBP is looking for 15 projects that will receive up to $1,000 in matching funds, and will get training from social media experts through workshops.

    From the press release:

    The Online Boost Project is designed to enhance skills and proficiency on the use of online resources for community groups with workshops, mentorship and seed funding to implement and/or increase their web presence. In coordination with the Seattle Communities Online initiative, we are seeking opportunities to enhance:

    • Increased awareness of community issues;
    • Increased community participation in problem solving; and
    • Increased interaction with government.

    Online Boost grantees will have access to:

    • Up to $1000 mini-grants for a quick, specific project to be completed within 3 months.
    • Workshop (required in order to receive funding) where participants would leave the workshop knowing what resources are out there, what their plan of action will be, and how to go about implementing.
    • Mentorship and networking opportunities

    Deadline to apply is July 12. Applicants must register ahead of time in order to access the online application. If you have already registered for another grant with the City, you can log in with your user ID and password and select “Funding Opportunities” and then “Online Boost Grant.”