Ballard High School fundraiser still on tonight

Experiencing cabin fever? Come out to Ballard High High School, meet some new neighbors, enjoy a delicious meal, and hear the sounds of the award-winning Ballard High School Music Program. The dinner is a fundraiser for the school’s music program. Adults $15  Students $10. The annual dinner is a key revenue generator for the school and organizers are expecting more than 650 guests. And since the snow has melted, any fears of cancellation have been allayed. The event is in the schools Commons and begins at 5 this afternoon.

Tent City 3 starts today at SPU

Eighty volunteers will help residents of Tent City 3 (TC3) move to the Seattle Pacific University campus today. This will be the first time SPU has hosted the group. TC3 will be located on Wallace Field, east of Royal Brougham Pavilion on West Nickerson Street, through March 24.
Even before they arrive on campus, SPU students, faculty, and staff, along with 27 local churches and organizations, have already lined up to welcome and serve the new neighbors.
Some of the SPU community projects include:

  • Weekly forums on homelessness and poverty.
  • Nursing faculty members and students will host weekly clinics to provide basic health care, education, and referrals.
  • Sociology professors and students are working on several projects, including a research survey on perceptions of homelessness.
  • Two basketball home games will have sock and blanket drives.
  • SPU’s Campus Dining services will deliver daily leftovers.

SPU’s website for the TC3 visit is TC3 has about 100 homeless people.

Falcons stung by Yellowjackets

Bobbi Knudsen hit a free throw with 3.4 seconds left in overtime today, and Montana State Billings hung on to beat the Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball squad, 63-62.
The SPU Falcons were down by 16 points early in the second half in today’s home game, but came back to gain a four-point lead at 57-53 before Billings rallied to tie it at 57-57 and force the extra five minutes.
Senior guard Nyesha Sims (Portland, Ore.) tied her career high with 26 points, and made it a double-double – her seventh of the season – with 14 rebounds. Sophomore forward Katie Benson (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish HS) added 11 points.
Bobbi Knudsen, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s leading scorer, set the pace for Montana State Billings with 18 points, including the first of two free throws at the 3.4-second mark to snap a 62-62 tie.
Seattle Pacific is on the road next week, visiting Saint Martin’s on Thursday night at 7, then going to Western Oregon next Saturday afternoon at 2.

SPS meeting postponed

Seattle Public Schools’ weekly meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed and rescheduled for Jan. 25.
Rescheduled for Jan. 25
Due to weather conditions, the Seattle School Board is postponing tonight’s School Board meeting and work session. The rescheduled meeting and work session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Seattle Public Schools is closed today and District administration is continuing to monitor the weather conditions to determine if school will be open tomorrow.

No school Friday

School is out again Friday. Seattle Public Schools announced this afternoon that all schools will again be closed Friday. No word yet on whether St. Anne’s or Our Lady of Fatima will close, but Seattle Archdiocese schools usually follow SPS’s lead.

Community Council’s LURC meeting cancelled

Tonight’s Land Use Review Committee, part of Queen Anne Community Council’s monthly meetings, has been cancelled due to the weather.

It’s still coming down

Queen Anne and every other neighborhood in Seattle is getting more snow. Oy Vey! It’s 27 degrees out and meteorologists are predicting freezing rain and just plain rain through the weekend. Freezing rain was predicted for this morning and the rest of the day, but we’ve got snow. Send us your pictures at

Queen Anne Avenue North closed to sledders?

Well, sort of, says one reader, Valerie, who wrote that just after 3:30 p.m., she watched “four police officers tape off the hill under Prospect Avenue leaving a gaggle of would-be sledders hanging around wondering what the purpose of that was.”

Valerie told police that the public safety hazard aspect of sledding on the hill today was not at the top of the Queen Anne Avenue North, but at the bottom, where she saw one guy sled out in front of cars crossing the intersection at Roy Street. “There were no police down there,where they could do some good.” She disagreed with the police’s strategy. She said it was “frustrating, as there is some good they could be doing right now, rather than just spoiling everyone’s fun on a snow day.”

Seattle Public Schools closed Thursday

Today was a snow day and Thursday will be too, for students at Seattle Public Schools.
All schools are cancelled for Thursday, Jan. 19, and all after-school activities are cancelled, too. The schools are closed because of continued winter weather, including the threat of icy roads, making student transportation potentially unsafe.
Schools were closed today, and tonight’s School Board meeting was postponed until Jan. 25. All pre- and post- school activities are also cancelled, including games, practices, events, plays, meetings, etc.
“We hoped that students and staff could return to school on Thursday, but forecasts right now are showing continued severe weather, including the potential for icy roads,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield. “We want to err on the side of caution, and also give families enough time to plan for another snow day.”
Please note that Thursday’s 4 p.m. School Board committee of the whole meeting has not been cancelled. As of now, that meeting will take place, and a decision on whether or not to cancel will be made by noon on Thursday. However, the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence will be closed on Thursday to all non-essential personnel.
As of this afternoon, Seattle Public Schools has not yet determined when and how the snow days will be made up this year. That announcement will be made early next week.
Families and staff will receive an automated phone call about the closure, and can also check for updates on the District website at and via the Public Schools Emergency Communications System at Updates are also posted on Twitter @seapubschools.

Amenities are open on the Hill

UPDATE: 9:58 a.m.
Eat Local is open and is offering a free soup with every $25 purchase. Queen Anne Books has hot cocoa at the ready. And both Safeway and Met Market are open for business. Here’s a view from Queen Anne Books’ doorstep.

Photo: Queen Anne Books

And neighbor Cindy Wong tweeted that the Counterbalance is now closed.

Photo: Cindy Wong.