Queen Anne 2nd in Walk, Bike, Ride Challenge

One month into the city’s Walk, Bike, Ride Challenge, a competition pitting neighborhood against neighborhood to see which can get the most residents out of their cars and onto sidewalks and trails, Queen Anne commuters are in second place for both the number of trips switching to walking, biking or riding, and in miles of driving saved.

Queen Anne-ers have racked up some 4,918 miles of driving saved so far, and are second behind Ballard in both categories. However the PhinneyWood neighborhood, currently in third place, is fast approaching Queen Anne’s numbers. Citywide program participants saved over 100,000 miles of driving in July alone.

There are still five weeks left in the competition (the program ends on August 31), so Queen Anne still has a chance to swoop in for the win and show our sister neighborhoods that just because we live atop a steep ol’ hill doesn’t mean we can’t get out and put our feet, and pedals, to the pavement. From the folks behind the Walk, Bike, Ride program:

Here’s more info on the Jul/Aug program, the neighborhood competition and the current rankings.  If you sign up you’ll receive weekly emails with encouragement and tips, and for every trip you switch you earn a change to win some great prizes, like an electric bike, iPad, night stay at the Pan Pacific Hotel and more.

The Seattle Walking Map and the Seattle Bike Map can help you take advantage of everyday opportunities to get exercise as you get around. Here’s a blow up of Queen Anne on the Seattle Walking Map with destinations in the neighborhood, travel times by foot, hills and more.

Parks hosting 3 days of walks from park to park

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Sound Steps Walking Program aims to get walkers aged 50 and over moving by hosting three full days of walks to highlight Olmsted-designed parks, from August 4th to 6th. The walk on Saturday, August 6 will conclude in Queen Anne, by way of Ballard and Magnolia.

This walk…highlights the historic Olmsted park plan and some improvements made possible by the voter-approved 2000 Pro Parks Levy and the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Thursday, August 4: Meet at Seward Park’s Caffe Vita (5028 Wilson Ave. S). The walk proceeds from Seward Park to Capitol Hill by way of Genesee Park, Jefferson Park, Cheasty Blvd, Mount Baker Park, and the many other parks along Lake Washington Blvd.

Friday, August 5: Meet at Victrola Coffee (411 15th Ave. E). Walk from Capitol Hill to Ballard, by way of Volunteer Park, Interlaken Blvd., the Washington Park Arboretum, the University of Washington campus, Ravenna Park, Green Lake Park, and Woodland Park.

Saturday, August 6: Meet at Aster Coffee (5615 24th Ave. NW). Walk from Ballard to Queen Anne by way of Discovery Park, Magnolia Blvd, Kinnear Park, and Queen Anne Blvd.

Total distance for each day is between 12 and 13 miles. Each day will begin with coffee at 8:30 a.m. and will include stops for lunch, afternoon cold drinks, and an early dinner. The walk itself is free, but you’ll need to pay for your own food and beverages. Although many rest stops are included, the walk pace is moderately brisk.

People can join the walk for one, two, or all three days. It’s one way, so walkers should plan to use Metro, or have an accommodating friend or family member to deliver them each morning and pick them up later in the day.

To join the group for this unique opportunity to experience Seattle’s Olmsted parks on foot, please respond by Tuesday, August 2 to Mari Becker at sound.steps@seattle.gov or 206-684-4664.

Transfer station remodel, offshore oil rig, Sean Penn & other news from nearby neighborhoods

Here are a few headlines from nearby neighborhoods:

Offshore oil drilling rig from Alaska moving through Puget Sound

Wallingford transfer station gets unanimous recommendation for reconstruction plan

Actor/director Sean Penn seen running around Green Lake on Monday

Tips on swimming in Green Lake

Couple eating their way through Ballard

Kids paint, dance & play all summer long at Fremont Abbey

Sully’s Lounge expanding to Ballard

Ballard is getting a new Irish pub and the owners know a thing or two about the business. When Kelly O’Brien’s opens next week, it will be the sister pub to Queen Anne’s Sully’s Lounge (1625 Queen Anne Ave N).

The Tellefson family owns Sully’s on Queen Anne and are expanding to Ballard with Kelly O’Briens (5410 17th Ave NW). The name is family-inspired, too. Kelly is Marcus Tellefson’s wife’s name and O’Brien is his mother’s maiden name.

We spoke with Marcus Tellefson who says that the family-owned pub will serve traditional pub grub. “We’ve got cheap happy hour food that we do all day, everyday,” he tells us, with happy hour drink specials from 4 to 6 p.m. On the menu will be mac & cheese, lamb sliders, wings, shepherd’s pie and “we’ve got a killer hot corned beef sandwich,” Marcus says. “It’s my mom’s recipe.”

Once they’re open, which will be either Wednesday or Thursday of next week, they’ll be open Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 2 a.m. (Thanks Stan for the email tip & Gordy for posting in the forum!)

Queen Anne wins new Molly Moon’s shop in July

Yes, you read that right – Queen Anne is going to have a brand new ice cream shop come this summer, a la organic, seasonal, locally sourced, hand-made ice creamery Molly Moon’s.

Back in December Molly Moon’s launched a competition between three neighborhoods – Queen Anne, Ballard and Madrona – to determine which ‘hood to open its third shop in. The local ice cream chain, which already has bustling locations in Wallingford and Capitol Hill, named Queen Anne as the winner of the competition Monday.

The competition was run through Facebook page campaigns, to gauge community interest in a new shop in each neighborhood. As of Monday evening the Queen Anne page had 462 ‘likes’. Madrona came in second place, with 163 ‘likes’.

Molly Moon’s has not yet finalized the location for the Queen Anne store, but they plan to open the shop in July, just in time for the summer heat. The ice creamery will also be opening a “micro-shop” in Madrona. To celebrate Molly Moon’s will be giving out free ice cream scoops to kids out of its truck, which will be parked at 2231 Queen Anne Ave. N., on Sunday, March 20, from noon to 2 p.m. Here is the full press release:

Molly Moon Neitzel today announced that she is expanding her ice cream family this summer with a new scoop shop in Queen Anne and new “micro” concept shop in Madrona.

Neighborhoods for the new locations were selected by Molly Moon’s enthusiasts during the three-month long “Shop 3, where will it be?” campaign that encouraged Seattle’s ice cream lovers to, despite the frosty weather, visit Moon’s ice cream truck while it set-up shop in their respective ‘hoods.

“I’m so excited to be welcoming two new neighborhoods in to our Molly Moon’s family” said Neitzel. “I love that Molly Moon’s is a place where families and friends can create memories and I can’t wait for Queen Anne and Madrona residents to have the opportunity make the new shops a part of their communities.”

Queen Anne, Seattle’s most-devoted ice cream eating neighborhood this winter, will be receiving its well-deserved scoop shop in July of 2011. Stay tuned, as the location is still being solidified and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Madrona, the runner-up in the “Shop 3” campaign, will be awarded a Molly Moon’s micro-shop in May of 2011. This petite version of a Molly Moon’s scoop shop will serve pre-packaged pints and scoops of Moon’s delicious ice cream, sorbet-sicles, and ice cream sandwiches.

In celebration of this exciting news, the Molly Moon’s ice cream truck will give away kids scoops this Saturday, March 19, from Noon to 2 p.m. while parked at Buggy in Madrona. The kids in Queen Anne will receive free scoops on Sunday, March 20, from Noon to 2 p.m. while the truck is parked at 2231 Queen Anne Ave. N.

For additional information about Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, please log on to mollymoonicecream.com.

Correction 12:40 p.m.: An earlier version of this story stated that Molly Moon’s is organic, when in fact not all of its ice cream flavors contain organic ingredients. Here is more information from the website:

Are all of your ingredients organic? No. My priority is to purchase locally-grown ingredients from great Northwest suppliers. I try to use local AND organic, but when faced with situations where I have to choose, I choose healthy local options that are not always certified organic. Some of our organic ingredients include organic vanilla, peppermint, maple, ginger, and orange extracts, organic coconut, organic lavender from Sequim, Washington, organic baby beets, carrots, and rosemary from Full Circle Farms, organic Meyer lemons from the Napa Valley (as close to us as they grow), organic mint and cantaloupe from eastern Washington, organic bacon and cherries from Vashon, organic sugar cones and cake cones, and organic sprinkles.

Group submits petition to FAA regarding airspace over Magnolia, Queen Anne & Ballard

The Magnolia Community Club reports that it has collected and forwarded 74 pages of petitions to the FAA  in opposition to the proposal to lower the Class B airspace over Magnolia and parts of Queen Anne and Ballard.

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Well over one hundred people showed up at a Community Club meeting last November to express concern about the proposed change that would cialis price lower the floor from 3000 feet to 2000 feet above sea level.  That would mean larger planes flying lower and with more frequency over the community.

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The FAA will accept written comments (in triplicate) until Monday, January 31.  If you would like to submit your comments, click here (.pdf) for contact and procedural information.


Uptown’s Abraxus bookstore to close

Abraxus Books at 524 1st Ave. N. in Lower Queen Anne is due to close. The bookstore opened at the current location in June of 2009, transferring from Ballard where they operated for seven years.

The store is holding a  50 percent off sale for all their used books.

Photo taken from Abraxus’s Facebook page.

Owner declined to comment about the closing and the closing date, but we will update you when we have more information.

Update 1/19 9:30 a.m.: After hearing the news yesterday we reached out to local literary rock star and Library Journal 2011 Librarian of the Year Nancy Pearl (who is a fan of Abraxus Books on Facebook) for comment. “The closure of any independent bookstore – new or used – is a sad event for the reading community,” she wrote to us this morning.

Big turnout for airspace meeting with FAA

More than one hundred people showed up at the Magnolia Community Center on Thursday night to hear from the Federal Aviation Administration regarding proposed changes to airplane altitude over Magnolia, parts of Ballard and parts of Queen Anne.

Our sister site, MagnoliaVoice, attended the meeting. You can read their report here.

Queen Anne, Magnolia meets with FAA Nov. 18

The concern over possible changes to airspace over Magnolia and parts of Queen Anne is growing with the public meeting for residents to meet with the FAA in just a week.  We wanted to provide additional information for residents prior to the meeting.

Hosted by the Magnolia Community Club (MCC), the meeting will provide information about the change to Class B airspace over Magnolia, west Queen Anne, and south Ballard.  The meeting is is at  7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18 at cialis soft pills Catharine Blaine School cafeteria.

The MCC says that the FAA’s proposal would increase the number of inbound aircraft over this area and lower their altitude to 2000 feet. This would mean a change to the primary instrument approach into Boeing Field resulting in aircraft over Magnolia below 2000 feet altitude, all the way down to 1600 feet altitude – a drop of 600 feet from the current crossing altitude.

Robert Bismuth from the MCC says that if implemented, the changes would cause a major impact in Magnolia and west Queen Anne with an increase in noise and pollution.

The FAA has scheduled three public meetings in December to gather input on its proposal,  but not in the affected areas.  One is scheduled to take place in Everett, one in Burien and one in Auburn.  That is why the MCC has scheduled the public meeting in Magnolia.

The FAA, SeaTac’s management and Boeing Field’s management have all agreed to attend the meeting.  The FAA has been asked to present its case for the proposal and to take community feedback.

A briefing sheet and contact information is available at the MCC website.

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Group says airspace changes would affect QA

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing to lower the altitude of aircraft flying over Magnolia, which could have an impact on Queen Anne.

The Magnolia Community Club has invited the FAA, Boeing Field and SeaTac management to a public meeting to discuss the proposal, which they say means a potential increase in danger, noise and pollution for Queen Anne, Magnolia and Ballard. The meeting is November 18, at 7 p.m. in the Catharine Blaine School Cafeteria at 2550 34th Avenue West — next to the Magnolia Community Center.

Robert Bismuth from the MCC provides his assessment of the FAA proposal. “This would lower the floor of the airspace from 3000 to 2000 feet over all of Magnolia and potentially parts of south Ballard and West Queen Anne. This is a substantial change and would allow traffic landing to the south at SeaTac to be over Magnolia at altitudes down to 2000 feet. In the past such traffic typically turns from the west much further north and at about 6000 feet and above.

In addition from a safety point of view this proposal reduces the airspace available for non-SeaTac bound traffic as well – compressing that traffic (typically headed into/out of Boeing Field and Lake Union) into a channel from 1500 to 1999 feet high.

It also interferes with the preferred instrument approach into Boeing Field. That approach currently has a vectoring altitude of 2200 feet prior to intercepting the glide slope for descent into Boeing Field. This is typically the altitude at which we see all the large aircraft cross Magnolia. In order to keep that traffic out of the FAA’s revised Class B airspace they are also revising the ILS and lowering the approach over Magnolia by approximately 400 to 600 feet with additional requirements on the aircraft making that approach.

Using a standard formula for the impact of noise based on the distance from the source, a drop of 400 to 600 feet in altitude roughly doubles the apparent loudness of an aircraft passing overhead assuming the same= power settings and configuration of the aircraft.

We learned earlier this week that that FAA in fact are planning on putting the revised ILS approach to Boeing Field into use in late November. This was a surprise to a lot of people – in fact not even the management of Boeing Field were told of this approach change in advance. We also do not believe there has been any adequate period or opportunity for public comment.

In addition to failing to provide adequate notification and comment period for the change to the ILS, the FAA has also decided to hold the initial public meetings on the proposed revision to the Class B airspace in Everett, Burien and Auburn – communities that will suffer no major impact from the proposed changes.