Queen Anne Farmers Market looking for input

The Queen Anne Farmers Market is looking for input from the community.

An Advisory Committee has been working for the past 6 months on the issue of helping make the Queen Anne Farmers Market economically sustainable for the long term. Please come and hear about polling results, how the market has grown, future projections, and ideas to make our community market even better! This will be an opportunity for you to give feedback to the proposed plan and share your own ideas.

The community meeting is Tuesday, March 13th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Seattle Church of Christ community room (2555 8th Ave W).

For more information about this meeting, please contact Scott Smith, Heather Trim or Karen Selander.

Upgrades starting on Queen Anne Community Center

The heating and electrical systems at the Queen Anne Community Center will be upgraded starting in March and last through May. The maintenance will replace the 60-year-old boiler with an energy efficient system. A backup system will provide heat to most areas of the building during the upgrade, although there will be planned power outages.

Electrical system upgrades are also part of this project, and include replacing the old fuse panels throughout the building with new circuit breaker panels. The building will receive new wiring throughout, and the emergency generator system will be automated. Temporary isolated power outages over the course of the project are expected. Two full building outages will occur during off hours.

For more information on the maintenance and planned power interruptions, click here. The site will be updated within the next few days as information becomes available.

Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. to speak

Reverend Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will speak on Tuesday in celebration of Black History Month at First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the Seattle Pacific University campus.

As one of the leading speakers of today, King is author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers. Her book is a collection of her best and inspiring sermons and speeches in which she addresses the pressing problems America faced in the 1990s. In addition, she is founder of “Be A King,” whose mission is to” influence young people to transform the world culture with a kingdom mindset.” In 2009, King was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Advocate Award” from the Nation Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.

The event is from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m., is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the church parking lot. King will be joined by SPU’s Gospel Choir, Worship Arts Ensemble and Wind Symphony.

SPU students embrace Tent City residents

One month into the two-month stay at Wallace Field on the Seattle Pacific University campus, residents say they’ve been embraced by the students.

The 80 or so residents have been given student ID cards with $10 on each card to be spent in the student union or go watch a sporting event.

“They make us feel like real people. There was talk of some students who weren’t real hip on us being here, but I couldn’t tell you who they were because everybody has been so gracious,” Tent City resident Tracy Arant tells Rachel Belle of Kiro RM. “You’re on the bus and they’ll start a conversation with you. They come down all during the day and hang out. When you’re used to be looked down on for being homeless, or people are leery of you or afraid of you because they they think you’re gonna rob them or kill them or something. These people, it seems like they really do understand that we’re them, just in an unfortunate set of circumstances.”

Click here to read more about the relationship between the students and residents.

Learn about proposed Metro changes tonight

Metro Transit is finalizing their upcoming proposals for service changes in Seattle and want to hear from the public one last time before submitting the plan to the King County Council later this spring. The goal is to make the system more efficient.

These proposals, which have been updated since November 2011 include:

Click here to see the entire route of the Rapid Ride D line (.pdf)

  • Add: RapidRide D Line which will connect Crown Hill and downtown Seattle via Ballard, Interbay, and Uptown. This will replace local service on Route 15.
  • Add: Route 32 between Uptown/Seattle Center and the University District via Elliott Avenue W, 15th Avenue W, Nickerson Street, Fremont, and South Wallingford.
  • Changes to routing frequency: Route 1, the north part of Route 3, Route 5, Route 13, Route 15X, Route 16, Route 18, Route 28, and Route 30.
  • Replaced service: The north part of Route 2 will be replaced by a revised Route 13. The north part of Route 4 will be replaced with alternative service on a more-frequent Route 3. Route 17 will be replaced with alternative service on revised Route 18, revised Route 24, Route 31 (current map), and new Route 32.
  • Deleted: Route 45 will be deleted
  • No changes: Route 19 and Route 31
  • Learn more and share your thoughts on the proposed changes at an open house tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 First Avenue W.) You can also comment online here. See all the proposed changes here (.pdf.)

    Cannon firing for Fort Lawton closing

    After more than a century, Fort Lawton in Discovery Park will officially be closed this weekend.

    Photo courtesy Annie Rocks

    During the ceremony on Saturday, the U.S. Army will be firing blanks from the cannons between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will also be a practice firing on Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    Read more about the 111 year history of Fort Lawton and get information on Saturday’s event on our sister site, MagnoliaVoice.com.

    Anyone missing a pig?

    There’s a piggy wandering around Queen Anne.

    Christina sent this note and picture:

    I just saw this random pig snuffling around on the corner of Garfield St w. and 1st Ave W. No sign of an owner at about 1.10pm today. Seemed like a nice, friendly pig, certainly well fed!

    Meet Pluto – the pet of the week

    Seattle Animal Shelter wants you to meet Pluto

    Pluto is an eight year old, neutered, black lab mix. He has some old knee injuries so jogging and hiking are not good options for him, but he’d love to keep you company on strolls through the neighborhood or along the beach. (He takes a low dose of pain medication each day to keep him comfortable.) He’s crate-trained, a good student if you have treats, and will even alert you when he wants to go outside to “do his business” by standing at the door. Watch his video to see how cute Pluto really is!

    He prefers a calmer atmosphere but would probably be okay living with kids age 15 or older who are respectful of him. He has lived with cats before, and should do well with other cats with proper introduction. He would like to be the only canine in your home. Pluto is full of life, hope, love, and curiosity about the world! Come and meet him and see what a great addition he’d be to your family.

    Pluto (SAS ID #10-10786-1) is being pampered in a Seattle Animal Shelter foster home. If you would like to meet him, download a Dog Adoption Application and follow the instructions on the application for submission via email or fax. You may also pick up/drop off the application at the Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061-15th Ave. W. (1 mile south of the Ballard Bridge). The shelter is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-6:00 pm, and closed on holidays.

    Queen Anne Books looking for buyer

    The owner of Queen Anne Books, Patti McCall, is looking for the next adventure in her life. She has decided to put a Queen Anne institution on the market.

    McCall sent this letter today:

    Dear Friends of Queen Anne Books,

    Almost 14 years ago, Cindy Mitchell and I met with Randy and Alice to discuss the possibility of buying Queen Anne Books, sealing the deal July 31, 1998. It has been an amazing ride: Borders Books and Barnes & Noble were the ‘big, bad, box stores’; Amazon was a new and far-reaching idea just beginning to take off; Tower Books was our nearest competitor; and there was no such thing as an e-book. After a couple hundred book club meetings, four amazing Harry Potter parties, countless author events and 14 Holiday Magics, I have decided it is time to turn over Queen Anne Books to a new owner — someone who will bring fresh energy and ideas to a business undergoing a radical and exciting transformation.

    As most of you know, I lost my husband to cancer last May and I am eager to move on and discover what the next stage of my life will hold. I initially believed I would continue to be a bookseller but, because the business is changing so much, I have realized the store requires more than I can give right now. I am hoping someone in the Queen Anne community will find the business as fulfilling and exciting as I know it can be.

    The Sale:

    * I am selling the business for the value of the inventory, computers and fixtures.
    * My lease is up October 30, 2012 but there is a 5-year-option available.
    * I am currently working very hard to settle the details of losing a husband — probate, taxes, etc. So Cindy Mitchell, who knows the business as well as I do (even though she “retired” four years ago), has volunteered to answer the initial queries into the store’s possible sale. You can reach her through the store email: QueenAnneBooks@queenannebooks.com. Please put Attn: Cindy in the subject line.

    The Serious Buyer:

    · Reading is essential, but you must also be an astute business person. Margins are tight in this business; skill, constant appraisal, and reappraisal are required to make a profit.

    · You need to plan on working in the store. The presence of the owner in the store on a regular basis is key to the store’s financial success.

    · You must be open to the expanding presence of ecommerce, ebooks and social media in the book industry.

    · Plan to work hard, learn a lot, and be surrounded by an amazing community who will support you and celebrate the richness of the written word with you!

    Thank you for your many years of support. I will do my best to ensure Queen Anne
    Books continues to be a vital part of this community.

    Sincerely and Gratefully,

    Patti McCall
    Queen Anne Books

    Submit your $10,000 ‘Build Your Block’ idea

    There are just a few days left to submit your neighborhood enhancement project for Umpqua Bank’s “Build Your Block Challenge.” The bank will donate $10,000 and the volunteer power to make the winning project happen.

    You can submit your idea by going to Umpqua’s Facebook page and clicking on the “Build Your Block” link. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, then the community will vote on the projects from March 12th through the end of the month. The winning project will be announced on April 2.

    Past winning projects include the addition of community gardens, an eco-friendly kids play area, and outdoor building enhancements through the addition of a mural painted by local elementary students. (Disclosure: Umpqua Bank is a sponsor of Queen Anne View.)