Celebrate Dr Seuss’ birthday at a Queen Anne Little Free Library

Queen Anne is lucky to be home to well over 30 Little Free Libraries. Back when we had a handful, I started tracking and mapping them (long-time readers will recall the posts with maps).

Then, there was a LFL explosion that made tracking unfeasible for one person once we passed the 30 mark. (mostly, it’s the mapping – Google Maps is not really designed for it, so I’m open to suggestions).

If you miss those old posts, have no fear, I still keep an eye out on all the LFLs that I pass on daily walks. That way, if one needs book donations or has an interesting theme, I can call them out for readers. And one on 4th Ave W definitely deserves a highlight post today.

March 2 was Dr Seuss’ birthday, and to celebrate, the LFL near the intersection of 4th Ave W and W Crockett St is all decked out for Dr Seuss. With Seuss decorations on the outside and a slew of Seuss books on the inside – plus Seuss-themed treats – it’s the place to go for your Seuss fix!

Plus, this particular LFL always has a selection of dog treats for your pup. Check it out on your next walk and satisfy your love of all things Seuss!

Queen Anne Book Company celebrates Sherman Alexie with a party this Thursday

This event just hit the radar, and reservations are already being required! Queen Anne Book Company is holding a party for author Sherman Alexie on Thursday, February 2nd to celebrate his latest book, Thunder Boy Jr., being named one of the best books of 2017 by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA).

Alexie is a friend of the shop, having stepped into the shoes of a bookseller-for-a-day and kicking off the inaugural Indies First book celebration at Queen Anne Books in 2013 (Indies First is still going strong, it’s now an annual tradition).

Queen Anne Books’ party for Alexie includes drinks. Per the invite, drinks will be served and fancy dress is optional. Call 206-284-2427, email, or RSVP on Queen Anne Books’ Facebook page today, as this event is filling up fast and high demand means you might get shut out if you don’t act today!

Mini Maker Pop-up this Saturday features 8 local artists

mini-makerThis Saturday, November 19th, the works of 8 local artists and makers will be the focus of a Mini Maker Pop-up, right here on Queen Anne.

Each artist brings something unique to the Pop-up: metalwork, woodcraft, wearables, ceramics, paintings, and even food!

The event runs from 10am to 7pm at 1803 7th Ave W and features the following:

Shelli Markee Silversmith
Jewelry & Wire Art

Betina Simmons
Kokedama & Botanical Creations

Britt Rynearson
Pleated Scarves & Shawls

Andrea Ramsay
Wood Spoons, Bowls, & Stools

Cynthia Lait
Paintings & Collage

Kimberly Johnson
Metal Garden Art

Karra Wise
Pastry Chef, Sweet & Savory Gifts and Treats

Tracy Madison
Handmade Ceramics

Stop by this Saturday to check out the artists’ wares, just in time for the holidays!

EMP becomes MoPOP at this Saturday’s free Pop Culture party

emp-mopopEMP has changed its name to Museum of Popular Culture, or MoPOP for short. Now, the free Pop Culture Party this Saturday, November 19th, makes sense – it’s a celebration of the new moniker.

According to a letter from Patty Isacson Sabee, CEO and Director, Museum of Pop Culture:

“It is with great excitement that I write to announce that as of Saturday, November 19, EMP will officially be named Museum of Pop Culture—MoPOP. As you know, our museum encompasses so much more than music, and as we look toward the future, MoPOP reflects the entirety of the museum and where we are headed.”

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-5-08-50-pmIt makes sense, as EMP has long had many exhibits that go beyond music to include science fiction, fantasy, horror, fashion, sports, video games, and art. MoPOP will continue with the same mission: “to bring genuine human experience and perspective to pop culture through our exhibits, programs, and events that invite exploration and inspire creativity.”

Head over to MoPOP this Saturday for a free all-day celebration of pop culture and the new name for one of our local museums.

Free Pop Culture Party opens EMP Museum doors to all

EMP BorgHave you been wanting to see the awesome Star Trek exhibit at EMP? Or, be dazzled by the World of WearableArt exhibit? (both are fantastic, you can see my write-up here)

How about checking out past live performances on the big screen in the Sky Church? Or a tour of the Frank Gehry designed building? How about all of these plus puzzles, games, music, dance performances, and more for FREE?

That’s right, EMP is opening its doors this Saturday, November 19th, for a Pop Culture Party that runs from 10am to 5pm and it’s free! EMP encourages attendees to RSVP in advance on their Facebook page, but that’s it. Mark your calendars for Saturday and check out this list of planned activities that are all-ages friendly:

• Free admission to all EMP galleries, including Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds and World of WearableArt™
• Fandom Photo Hunt that will take you and your squad through the museum on a quest to up your selfie game and interact with some unexpected characters in immersive scenes inspired by Harry Potter, Star Trek, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters, and more
• Live music, DJ sets, and dance performances
• Pop culture games and activities including video gaming, Klingo (Star Trek-themed Bingo), and an epic coloring contest
• Screenings of past Sky Church performances by Joan Jett, Macklemore, De La Soul, Jimmy Page, and more
• Complimentary manicures from Julep, airbrush tattoos, and themed food and drink specials
• Architecture tours of our iconic Frank O. Gehry-designed building
• Museum Store deals: Funko Spock figure and Star Trek Craft Book bundle for only $5, and free exclusive Star Trek 50th Anniversary tote bag with any purchase of $10 or more.

Thanks in advance to EMP Museum for hosting this free fandom extravaganza! Join the celebration at EMP on Saturday, November 19th!

Queen Anne Artist’s Trunk Show is this Saturday

qa-artist-trunk-showThe annual Queen Anne Artist’s Trunk Show is this Saturday, November  at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W). The show features a wide variety of artists and it’s free and open to all from 11am to 4pm.

estrella-soapsThe art ranges from local handcrafted goods like soaps, knitted items, baked goods, jewelry, to stunning visual arts including paintings, block prints, and etchings.

Plus, the event is family-friendly with art activities, face painting, and a magic show.

You can check out a full list of the artists on the roster for Saturday here.

3 Owl Tree: Forest Haunt

The holidays aren’t far away, so plan to get a jump start on your holiday shopping and keep it local at the Queen Anne Artist’s Trunk Show!

Sponsored Post: American Dance Institute opens second location next door to Queen Anne

This post is a sponsored post from American Dance Institute (ADI), just a hop, skip, and jump over to Magnolia for classes.



ADI offers adult dance classes just a neighborhood away. Photograph by Wayne Rutledge

The American Dance Institute (ADI), which has offered dance classes to adults, teenagers, and children in Seattle for more than 27 years, has recently expanded to include a Magnolia location. The new studio, includes several family-friendly features such as a bright spacious and sunlit studio, an inviting parent observation area, a fun and non-competitive, non-intimidating environment.

Now you don’t have far to go to be a part of ADI’s renowned balance of technical training and creativity. “Dance should first and foremost be joyful, and it’s just as important to us to have a friendly class culture as good learning techniques.” said owner and founder Elizabeth Chayer.

ADI Magnolia School building

The Magnolia location, which previously housed Roseanne’s School of Dance, has been remodeled to expand the amount of studio space as well as to add a state of the art sound system, fresh paint, a new exterior building sign, and an observation room with free Wi-Fi. The observation room offers parents a space to stay and watch their child while visiting with other parents.

 “We are so excited for ADI to be part of this community, and have structured the studio to be super accommodating for busy families,” explained Chayer. “And we work very hard to make sure all of our students enjoy their time here. This is a welcoming and non-competitive environment for dancers of all ages and skill levels.”

ADI offers a full line of classes for toddlers to teens. Photograph by Wayne Rutledge

ADI’s commitment to top quality dance instruction as well as creating an invigorating and supportive atmosphere is also seen in its family-friendly policies, such as accommodation for overlapping school sports schedules, easy tuition payment plans, chemical-free studios, and a money back guarantee if a student needs to discontinue a class. Free trial classes allow students to explore Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, and Irish Dance, and there are also free 9-week “Mommy/Daddy & Me” toddler classes.

About American Dance Institute
The American Dance Institute has two locations in Seattle with highly trained staff, a well-developed curriculum, and exclusive teaching methods to ensure that students will progress further, faster, and safer than at any other school. Learn more at www.americandanceinstitute.com.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Chayer, at Elizabeth@americandanceinstitute.com or at 206-391-0989.

Sponsored Post: Expressive Journeys Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Circle of Arts Studios


circle-arts-kaylaAre you interested in how art therapy can help you and/or your family? Kayla Helenske, MA, LMHCA is co-owner of Circle of Art Studios where she teaches art classes and operates her art therapy and mental health counseling practice, Expressive Journeys. The studio is located on the west side of 15th Ave right off of Dravus Street at 2821 Thorndyke Ave with easy access to Queen Anne residents.

Helenske’s practice is unique to the area being the only mixed media and pottery studio for kids and adults to also include art therapy and mental health counseling services. Nearly half of the families who frequent the studio are Queen Anne residents because of the easy commute and fantastic services.

Helenske supports individuals in moving forward and growing healthier lives and relationships through holistic and creative processes. For over 15 years she has been weaving her love of art, healing and community through her own art process, teaching art, facilitating art therapy groups and meeting with individual clients and families.

Helenske focuses her practice in working primarily with children, teens and women with a multitude of presenting symptoms such as anxiety, depression, loss and grief, emotional regulation, life transitions, self-esteem and social skills.

Art therapy is a means of utilizing art materials to allow thoughts and feelings to move as you dialogue with your inner canvas through lines, shapes and colors giving image to what the experience feels and looks like in your body. The art allows the maker to capture a moment – a tactile representation of thoughts, feelings, as well as further connect and reflect upon what is working, not working or perhaps missing from their life.

The process of creating also allows for a cathartic experience, expelling built up stress, anger and/or grief. The actual feelings of anger, sadness and grief are emotions experienced by everyone. Withholding these feelings and suppressing them can impact our physical and mental health, as well as relationships with others. As a client centered and strength based therapist, Helenske also intertwines mindfulness in her practice guiding clients to note how they feel before, during and after art making which is often accompanied with witness writing their thoughts.

Along with meeting with individual clients, Helenske offers group work including Women’s Identity and Stress Reduction, Intuitive Painting Classes and The Art of Friendship: A Social Skills Group for kids. Friends and families can also schedule private sessions to come together to process loss and grief, transitions or reconnect as a family through art making.

Circle of Art Studios offers a multitude of services including mixed media and pottery classes for kids and adults, art+wine events, raku parties, team-building events and birthday parties. If you are looking to reconnect with your friends and family, let Circle of Art Studios help you host your next gathering. Please visit Circle of Arts Studios website for more information.

You can learn more about Kayla Helenske and her practice, Expressive Journeys, via Circle of Art Studios’ website and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.

Meaningful Moves @ the Well screens of Shadows of Liberty this Saturday

This Saturday, October 8th, Meaningful Movies @ the Well is showing Shadows of Liberty, followed by discussion of the film and its key themes. All are invited to attend the free screening (donations are welcome).

A non-profit, the Meaningful Movies Project “assists neighborhoods, groups and individuals organize, educate and advocate using the power of social justice documentary film and relevant conversation to build positive and meaningful community and a more just and peaceful world.”

Queen Anne Meaningful Movies presents documentaries on the second Saturday evening of each month with a forum for open community discussions.

Queen Anne Methodist Church hosts the organization, you can find The Well at 1605 5th Ave W. The group is all-volunteer, community-owned organization, and is neither religiously or politically affiliated. All are welcome to join the discussion.

This week’s film, Shadows of Liberty, is described as follows:
screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-10-56-24-pm“Reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover-ups and corporate control.  Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes a journey through the darker corridors of the US media, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.
Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news? Media reform is urgent and freedom of the press is fundamental.”
You can learn more about the Queen Anne Meaningful Movies @ the Well here, and suggestions for future films are welcome.

Queen Anne Lutheran’s Fine Arts series hosts pipe organ concert this Saturday

screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-6-09-49-pmThis Saturday, October 1st, Queen Anne Lutheran Church is hosting a pipe organ concert by Bruce Neswick, Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland. The concert starts at 4pm at Queen Anne Lutheran Church (2400 8th Ave W) and freewill (voluntary) donations are welcome.

Neswick has served as Associate Professor of Music in Organ and Sacred Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and was the Director of Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He performs throughout the United States and Europe.

Neswick will play works of Bach, Distler, Texu Kim, Lisa Bielawa, and Saint-Saens. The performance will end withThe program will conclude with an improvisation of a theme that will be given to Mr Neswick at the time. All are welcome to attend this Saturday’s concert.