Punk Rock Flea Market comes to Seattle Center this weekend

Mark your calendars for a weekend of wares, food trucks, bands, and DJs – the Punk Rock Flea Market is coming to Seattle Center this weekend, Saturday, April 29th, and Sunday, April 30th. The market takes over the KEXP Gathering Space, the Vera Project, the SIFF Film Center, and all the courtyards and breezeways that connect them. Plus, it’s all only a $1 donation benefitting the Low Income Housing Institution.

What to expect? Close to 200 vendors selling all types of wares large and small, from clothes to art to jewelry and more – vendors are encouraged to sell whatever they’d like, so there’s no predicting what treasures you might find. Plus, six live bands, four food trucks, and live DJs for your shopping entertainment. Here’s the list of bands performing on Saturday – DJs will be on hand on Sunday:

On the VERA stage:
4:00 – 4:45 solvents
5:00 – 5:45 Carrion Crows
6:00 – 6:45 Black Giraffe

On the KEXP stage:
7:00 – 7:45 Bacteria – band
8:00 – 8:45 The Botherations
9:00 – 9:45 The Derelicts

The Punk Rock Flea Market opens at noon both days, and runs until 10pm on Saturday and until 5pm on Sunday.

Dining Out for Life comes to LloydMartin and McMenamins this Thursday

Two Queen Anne restaurants are participating in LifeLong’s Dining Out for Life this Thursday, April 27th, and all you have to do to support the cause is stop by for a meal.

LloydMartin will donate 30% from its dinner proceeds and McMenamins will donate 50% of its dinner and late night proceeds to LifeLong. The donations support to Lifelong’s programs supporting people facing serious illness and poverty in the community.

This is the 24th year for Dining Out for Life, and thanks to support from the community, LifeLong fed over 1,900 people last year via 36,500 bags of groceries and 170,000 meals for those in need. You can learn more on LifeLong’s website and support the cause by eating out on Thursday on Queen Anne or across the city at over 200 participating restaurants.

Potholes? Report them now during Pothole Palooza

The cold, wet winter is taking a toll on our neighborhood streets. If there’s a particular pothole or even a slew of them that are grating on your nerves, take part in the city’s Pothole Palooza – a campaign to “aggressively repair potholes” not only in Queen Anne, but across Seattle.

You can report potholes three different ways:

  • Use the Find It Fix It App, available to iOS and Android users
    • The app allows users to report issues to the City
    • Snap a photo, add detailed information, and hit submit
    • A “drag & drop” map feature allows pinpointing the location
  • Fill out the online Pothole Report form
  • Call the Pothole and Street Repair Hotline 206.386.1218

During the Pothole Palooza, city crews will be assigned to specific districts around the city. So far, the response has been significant (but the blog was down when the initiative kicked off) – if you don’t see your favorite pothole on the map, report it:


Republishing as the original post, along with 9 other posts, was deleted during the server migration – worth reposting due to historical significance.


As demolition crews tore down the old Mercer Arts Arena at 375 Mercer St, the past was revealed – and a tiny bit of it was saved. The 1928 building didn’t show its age, as it was “substantially altered in 1961-62 in preparation for its use as an entertainment venue for the Seattle World’s Fair Century 21 Exposition” – but the original 1928 facade and decorative features were hidden behind the exterior walls:


Photo credit: Feliks Bane

According to KIRO Radio historian Feliks Bane, the original facade was “in perfect condition… I mean the glass was gone, but these arches were there, big medallions over the doorway and then, as they got farther and father down toward the street, I could see the wings and head of a gargoyle.”

That’s right, a gargoyle. Two of them, and they were destroyed. But, Banel examined the original blueprint and discovered that there were two more gargoyles behind the 1960s makeover. He contacted Seattle Opera and the two were saved. Their fate? Likely donated to the City.

Photo credit: Feliks Bane

SPS seeks volunteers for Queen Anne Elementary Departures Advisory Committee

Republishing as the original post, along with 9 other posts, was deleted during the server migration – note the deadline to apply is this Friday, April 21st.


Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is looking for volunteers for the School Departures Advisory Committee for Queen Anne Elementary. What exactly does “departures” mean? As Queen Anne Elementary faces a redesign (see image below for latest plan), SPS seeks a “departure process” from the Seattle Land Use Code Section.

The departure process allows for the construction, addition, and/or renovation of schools that do not necessarily meet all of the land use and zoning standards of the surrounding neighborhood.

Queen Anne Elementary School is requesting such departures from Code for the following:

  1. Less than required off-street parking
  2. Greater than normally allowed lot coverage
  3. On-street bus loading and unloading

The committee will hold one to three public meetings at Queen Anne Elementary during a 90-day period beginning when the committee is appointed. Per SPS:

“At the meetings, the committee will receive briefings from the Seattle School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will forward a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.”

Who’s eligible to apply?

  • Neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Queen Anne Elementary
  • Residents in the surrounding neighborhood
  • Representatives of city-wide education issues
  • Parents of future QAES students

Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by email or snail mail to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

New Queen Anne Farmers Market poster brightens up a rainy day

Rainy weather got you down? Making you think of sunnier days? How about a touch of summer to pull you out of the rainy slog we’ve been in?

The Queen Anne Farmers Market to the rescue! The upcoming 2017 season is a few months away (June 1st), but the poster has been unveiled. Artist Frida Clements created the poster with the QAFM theme of “Growing Together” and it’s a fresh way to start today’s dreary day – enjoy!

Spring Fling tonight at Queen Anne Dispatch

Queen Anne Dispatch is at it again, throwing a party and celebrating with a sale! This time, it’s Spring Fling, a “special evening at the store to help get you ready for spring break,” and it’s tonight, Wednesday, April 5th, from 6pm to 10pm.

Stop by Queen Anne Dispatch, 2212 Queen Anne Ave N, this evening to check out the newest items from brands like Prana, Marmot, and more. And, enjoy a glass of wine while doing so. Plus, all clothing is 15% off.

Happy Spring!

Today’s the day: Bertha to break through

Bertha, the tunneling machine that has been making her way underneath 99, is scheduled to break through the final 5 foot southern wall today, Tuesday, April 4,

The entire route comes in at 9,270 feet. Here’s a shot of the assembly wall where she’s set to break through. A live stream is available online. Early this morning, Bertha was roughly 30 feet from her journey’s end. She’ll start boring through the final wall at 8am and her 5 foot path is expected to be about a foot per hour trip.

Here’s her path, the machine is set to break through near 6th Ave N and Thomas St today:


Proposed high-rise at 225 Roy St back down to 8 stories

The former home of Teatro ZinZanni will transform one way or another, but it’s been a rollercoaster ride when it comes to the number of stories for the site. First it was two buildings: one 8-story and one 16-story. Then, most recently, the City of Seattle Land Use Bulletin had two buildings listed, each with a public meeting – and they were 16 and 17 stories.

Last week, the City released its Uptown rezone recommendations last week which limit new developments along the Mercer/Roy corridor to 85’ buildings. In response, the project at 225 Roy St will adhere to that limit and come in at only 8 stories.

According to the developer, the “high-quality, mixed-use project will feature approximately 250-275 apartments and ground-floor live-work units and approximately 9,000 sq. ft. of ground-level retail/restaurant space.”

The 8-story building will also address the City’s affordability programs with 20% of the building designated for affordable residences.

Donate & Dine Blood Drive comes to Queen Anne on Monday

Bloodworks Northwest is partnering with our local Umpqua Bank for Donate & Dine, a special blood drive, on Monday, March 27th. All registered blood donors get a $10 gift card to a local restaurant. Participating Queen Anne restaurants include:

  • Starbucks
  • Sushi Samurai
  • Storyville
  • Sully’s
  • Homegrown
  • Cupcake Royale
  • How to Cook a Wolf
  • Eat Local
  • El Diablo
  • 5 Spot
  • Emerald City Smoothie
  • Zaw Pizza
  • Robert Ramsay Cellars

Make an appointment online and head to Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N. Current open slots run from 2:35pm to 5:10pm.

If you can’t make Monday, a second blood drive is slated for Uptown on April 12th. That drive will take place near Craftworks Coffee (110 Republican St) and participating restaurants include Starbucks, Agave, Uptown Espresso, Ten Mercer, and more to be announced as the date nears.