The Bigelow Block Sale returns for its 24th year on Saturday, June 3rd

One of the most popular annual events on Queen Anne is just a week away – the Bigelow Block sale is back for its 24th year on Saturday, June 3rd. Houses along Bigelow Ave N, as well as homes on side streets, participate in the block sale extravaganza.

The Bigelow Block Sale is not only a great way to find bargains and treasures, it’s also a neighborhood get-together. You’re sure to bump into neighbors as you stroll along the eastern portion of Queen Anne Boulevard. Plus, the participating homes pay a fee to take part, and the proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline.

This year’s sale promises a slew of items for sale including furniture, clothes, sports equipment, and more. The Bigelow Block Sale runs from 9am to 3pm next Saturday, June 3rd. Be sure to mark your calendar and hit the streets next Saturday!

Learn about the Ship Canal and Locks courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society

This Thursday, May 25th, the Queen Anne Historical Society is hosting its annual meeting. Free and open to all, this year’s meeting focuses on the Ship Canal and Ballard Locks – both turning 100 this year.

The meeting features a talk by Jennifer Ott, co-author of the upcoming book,  Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal. Jennifer will tell the history of the Lake Washington Ship Canal – what compelled civic leaders to build it and the role it played in Seattle development over the past century. Industry, transportation, and the character of the region changed and morphed in response to the changes brought by the canal and locks.

The annual meeting begins at 7pm at Aegis Living, 223 W Galer St. In addition to Jennifer Ott’s talk, new board members will be elected, and it’s a great chance to join the Queen Anne Historical Society. All are welcome!

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Reggie

Playing a bit of catch-up on the blog, so we’ll have a couple of Seattle Animal Shelter pets of the week in the next few days. First up is Reggie, he’s still available and quite a looker!

Reggie is an amazing fellow seeking his forever home. At 4 years old, he will thrive with someone who is experienced with his breed and give him lots of exercise and opportunities for mental stimulation.

Reggie is treat motivated and very intelligent. He already knows sit, down and stay, and the sky’s the limit with this guy! Reggie is curious and alert, always aware of what is going on around him. He is very athletic and can jump vertically just like a fox! He would make an excellent agility or fly ball dog.

Reggie can be a bit shy at first, so will need a family devoted to building his confidence, but once he knows you, he is all yours! Don’t miss out on this special dog – fill out an application for him today.

Reggie (SAS ID# A35016532) is being adored in a foster home; you won’t find him at the Shelter. If you would like to meet him, you must first submit a Dog Adoption Application to SAS. Download the application and follow the instructions for submitting it via email. Alternatively, you may pick up and drop off an application at the Shelter.

Disclaimer: Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet. Happy adopting!

Queen Anne Farmers Market returns June 1

In less than two weeks, the Queen Anne Farmers Market will be back in full swing, bringing fresh produce, beautiful floral bouquets, live music, cooking demos and tasty bites to the neighborhood every Thursday through October. It’s the 10th season for QAFM so be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, June 1st to kick off the season!

Opening day is also the first day of QAFM’s free Roots to Shoots weekly kids program. The first of its kind in Seattle, Roots to Shoots focuses on educating kids about the local food system with fun activities, monthly themes, a two-bite challenge to encourage kids to try new tastes, and market bucks they can spend on market produce. The annual kids’ Radish Race will help celebrate this new program, with a race-start of 4:30pm on opening day.

Also new to the market this year is a bag-check station. Market shoppers can check their purchases to free them up for dining on wares from rotating food trucks and artisan vendors or enjoying live music performances. On opening day, Right as Rain with The Colonels of Truth will perform starting at 5pm.

Queen Anne Farmers Market runs every Thursday, June 1 – October 12, 3pm-7:30pm along W Crockett between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W. It’s the only independent farmers market in Seattle and a summer staple everyone looks forward to – just imagine, in less than 2 weeks, you can be enjoying tasty fresh produce from the market!

Grand Opening celebration at Wag N’ Wash this weekend

Our newest locally-owned business, Wag N’ Wash, has been open for a few weeks, and now it’s time for the Grand Opening! You can stop by the store to see the pet foods and supplies, and check out the wash room – it has 6 self-washing stations and 6 drying stations, serving up to 12 dogs at a time.

This Saturday and Sunday, Wag N’ Wash will have a prize wheel, games, food, vendors, freebies, and more to celebrate the official Grand Opening. Plus, the shop is hosting several local rescue organizations for adoption events – and every adopted pet gets a “Starter Pack” donated by Wag N’ Wash:

Seattle HumaneSaturday from 10am – 1pm

Dog Gone SeattleSaturday & Sunday from 10am – 2pm

Saving Great AnimalsSunday from 10am – 2pm

Stop by Wag N’ Wash at 1932 Queen Anne Ave N this weekend, and bring along your 4-legged friend(s), for the Grand Opening celebration!

Seattle Architecture Foundation kicks off tours of Queen Anne this weekend

Do you have out-of-town guests or would you like to learn more about the architecture that makes up our neighborhood? The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s series of Queen Anne tours fits the bill for both (or either). The monthly tours begin this Saturday, May 6th and run through October 14th.

The tours wind through the neighborhood, highlighting houses, apartments, and repurposed buildings. Plus, views, hidden gems, and more in a two-hour walking tour.

You can buy tickets for the tours online, each one runs approximately 2 hours, from 10am to noon, and takes place rain or shine. Advance registration is strongly encouraged as these tours are popular and fill up fast!

Hop over to Ballard’s Peddler Brewing Co on Wednesday to support the Queen Anne Farmers Market

It’s been a long winter. And, the wettest winter since record-keeping began 122 years ago. Is there relief in sight? Yes, it’s going to be warm tomorrow (or so we’re promised) – and you can help usher in summer by supporting the Queen Anne Farmers Market! It’s only a month away! June 1st!

Head over to Ballard tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3rd to support the QAFM with a shindig at Peddler Brewing Company. It’s Pint Night and $1 of every pint will be donated to QAFM. Plus, there will be a raffle wheel with fun prizes and the new QAFM posters will be for sale at a discount.

Peddler Brewing Company has beer and a great outdoor space for the weather we’ve all been waiting for, plus it’s kid and pet friendly and one of QAFM’s new rotating food trucks, Papa Bois Food Truck, will be on hand for bites.

Head over the Ballard Bridge tomorrow to Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 Leary Way, from 4pm to 10pm, and get ready for market season!

Elks Club project at old Ponti location is on tap at this week’s Queen Anne Community Council

This month’s Queen Anne Community Council meeting is Wednesday, May 3rd and the guest speakers are the architects for the Elks Club project. The Elks are remodeling the former Ponti Seafood restaurant at 3014 3rd Ave N.

The Elks are requesting limited variances and a small extension, including landscape improvements, for the project. There is also the possibility of a height increase to the building. Attend this week’s meeting and join the discussion on the project and its potential impact on the Ship Canal Trail.

  • Here’s the full agenda for Wednesday:
  • 7:30 – Adoption of agenda, approval of minutes, Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 – Open Forum: comments from the attendees
  • 7:45 – Karen Ko-DON
  • 7:50 – Utility Pole replacement
  • 8:00 – Elks Club/Ponti remodel
  • 8:25 – Election of new Vice President/Chair
  • 8:30 – Committee Reports
  • 9:25-New Business
  • 9:30-Adjournment

The meeting will be held at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Anyone who lives or works on Queen Anne is welcome to attend.

Chocolopolis leaving its spot on Queen Anne in July

After nearly a decade on Queen Anne, Chocolopolis is moving out of its space on Queen Anne Ave N at the end of July. The shop’s lease is up and it’s looking for a space that will better serve it in the future – and that means possibly moving to another neighborhood.

Lauren Adler opened Chocolopolis in 2008, and when the lease is up on July 31, the shop will close. Some of the challenges that led to the decision include a kitchen that’s too small, retail space that’s too large, and funding issues. Adler is looking for a space with a larger kitchen and smaller retail space in a less expensive area. Sadly, that space likely doesn’t exist on Queen Anne.

While Adler looks for a new space and new opportunities for her chocolate endeavors, and, she’s seeking input from customers via a survey that you can take today. And, the shop is still open and serving up delicious chocolates until it moves on.

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Oliver

Some ginger cats have personalities as warm as their fur color, and that describes freckle-nosed Oliver.

A very sweet and affectionate boy, he loves to be petted and brushed and to sit on your lap. When contented, he has an easy to start and very smooth running purr motor.

Oliver enjoys a daily play session or two, and is particularly fond of chasing toy mice. He is a neat kitty who faithfully uses his scratching post. His ideal home would be relatively calm with mature guardians and no other pets. If you are looking for a gentle, happiness-inducing bundle of bright fur, Oliver is the perfect choice.

Oliver (SAS ID #34419379) is waiting patiently in a foster home for your call; you won’t find him at the Shelter.  Please contact the Foster Care Hotline at 206-684-0685 to arrange a meeting. Thank you!

Updates on previously featured pets:

Katniss (laid back feline) – available for adoption
Misty (affectionate tabby cat) – adopted!