Le Reve pastry chef competes on Food Network’s Chopped this week

Le Reve ChoppedThis Thursday, Jasmin Bell, manager and pastry chef at Le Reve Bakery, will be featured on Chopped, competing against three other pastry chefs. The show airs on Food Network this week, and filming is wrapped… so who won?

There are two ways to find out how Jasmin fared in the competition: tune in to Food Network this Thursday, December 3rd or stop by Le Reve for a special viewing party at 7pm the same day and cheer her on.

According to Le Reve owner Andrea Nakata:

“She is a new upcoming talent in this industry and she has a lot going for her because she is not only a talented baker but she is also very artistic so with this combination she was able to create some amazing desserts for the show. She is also a very hard working young lady who is quite driven and is very passionate about her craft. So, I have no doubt that she will go far in this business!”

Both Nakata and the entire Le Reve team are proud of Jasmin, and pulling for her to win the $10,000 grand prize. A show segment, Jasmin’s personal profile, was filmed at Le Reve (photo is from the shoot), so you’ll recognize some familiar sights in Thursday’s episode.

Check out Chopped this Thursday at 8pm or join the viewing party at Le Reve at 7pm, and congratulations to Jasmin for hitting the national spotlight!

Parkour Visions Spring competition is this weekend – competitors and spectators welcome

Parkour Visions is hosting another parkour obstacle course this weekend – you may recall the November competition, and this one is set up in a similar fashion. It’s open to those 14 years and up with basic parkour experience who are comfortable running the course. And, if you’re just interested in watching the competition, it’s free for spectators.

The course tests speed, balance, power, and efficiency through 3 unique obstacle courses at the gym on Nickerson St. All competitors get multiple attempts on each course; the competitor with the best overall time wins.

The competition kicks off this Friday, March 1st with the Adults event from 6pm-9pm. The Kids event is set for Saturday, March 2nd, 5pm-8pm. If you want to compete, the entrance fee is $25 per competitor, and free for Unlimited Parkour Visions members.

If you missed the last competition, here’s a video of the event – it’ll give you a flavor of what to expect, whether you compete or cheer for the competitors:

Founded in 2007, Parkour Visions is a registered 501(c3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching parkour and movement play. If you’re interested in classes, contact Parkour Visions via email or at 206.923.8864.

Parkour Visions Hosts Competition this Friday and Saturday, Competitors and Spectators Welcome

Parkour Visions has been communicating the benefits of effective parkour practice through teaching and community outreach since 2007, and they’re hosting a parkour competition in just a few days. If you’re interested in checking out their 10,000 square-foot gym at the northern base of Queen Anne on Nickerson, learning about parkour, watching competitors or competing, this is the week to do so. Parkour Visions is hosting an obstacle course competition for kids and adults this Friday and Saturday where each competitor runs three different timed courses. There are separate brackets for age and gender, with the winners logging the fastest times.

According to Parkour Visions:

“Parkour is the art of overcoming obstacles effectively and swiftly using only your body. Fundamentals include running, jumping, crawling, and climbing, in order to pass over, under, around, and through obstacles in the everyday world. Parkour offers a full-body workout to people at any level of experience or fitness; it improves our ability to move, increases our confidence, and changes how we see the world.”

Check out the video of last year’s competition to see what you can expect at the event:

Key Details:
– Where: Parkour Visions, 1210 W Nickerson St
– Adult Competition (14+) – Friday, Nov 16, 6pm-9pm
– Kids Competition (8-14) – Saturday, Nov 17, 5pm-8pm
– Competitor Fees: $20 members; $25 non-members; free to unlimited gym members — register here
– Spectators: FREE!

Parkour Visions reaches thousands of people per year through parkour academy classes, outreach to at-risk youth, special events, and private parties. If you’re interested in checking out what they do, you can attend the competition as a spectator for free.

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.

Coe to compete in national robotics competition

Coe Elementary’s robotics team, ‘Coebotics‘, will be traveling to California in May to compete in FLL (First Lego League) national competition at Legoland, according to a story by Mary Cropp in the Seattle PI. The eight-person team made up of 4th and 5th graders will be the sole representatives of Washington state at the competition.

Using the Lego Mindstorms systems, Coe students work together in FLL competitions to solve realistic world issues, “such as using a robotic unit to rescue victims from, or deliver supplies to a burning or unstable building,” according to Cropp. From the Coebotics website:

Robotics is the ultimate team activity. All good robots and robotic devices are created by teams of engineers, biologists, artists and programmers to name a few disciplines. Because of this need of integrating many science, engineering and social science skills into a great Robot, it is an ideal discipline to start teaching as young as Kindergarten. It allows students of any ability to be part of a great accomplishment.

To read more about the Coebotics program, check out the team’s website. Read the full Seattle PI store here.

Queen Anne in close race to win $50,000 toward a community project by cutting garbage & waste

The west half of Queen Anne is a close second to win a stake in a $50,000 community project through a city-wide contest held by Seattle waste management company CleanScapes.

Running from September 2010 to September of this year, trash collection areas are competing against one another to make the largest reduction in trash, yard waste and recycling compared to the previous year. This is the second year Queen Anne has competed in CleanScapes annual Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards program, which is meant to encourage Seattle residents to limit the amount of waste they produce.

“We think it’s a great program and a great way to give back to the community,” said CleanScapes Government Relations Manager John Taylor. “What we like about this is that it gives something back tangible to the community that everybody in the community can enjoy.”

The first four months of the competition have already been tallied, and the trash collection area in second place, Tuesday South, includes Queen Anne west of Queen Anne Avenue North and the top portion of Magnolia north of West Emerson Street. First place, Tuesday North, which encompasses the Ravenna neighborhood, is leading west Queen Anne by only 0.7 percent. Wednesday South, the half of Queen Anne east of Queen Anne Avenue North including the Westlake, South Lake Union and Eastlake neighborhoods and a portion of Capitol Hill, is in fourth place.

“What’s unique about the competition is it invites communities and traditional neighborhoods to work with other neighborhoods and communities,” said CleanScapes Waste Diversion Project Manager Candy Castellanos. “Queen Anne is in a couple different areas, which actually gives Queen Anne a better opportunity to compete.”

If the Tuesday or Wednesday South collection areas win, Queen Anne could inherit the $50,000 community project. Once an area has been deemed a winner by CleanScapes, a project selection committee is made of representatives from the community councils of the neighborhoods in the collection area. They then decide on a project from proposals submitted by the public. If come September Queen Anne and Magnolia in Tuesday South manage to surpass the Ravenna area, they will get to decide how to spend $50,000 in their area.

Picture Perfect Queen Anne chair and Queen Anne Community Council board member Margaret Okamoto said that there are many proposed projects in Queen Anne that could benefit from the $50,000 prize money.

“Picture Perfect Queen Anne has tons of projects that are part of our streetscape plan that we’d love to see done, clearly $50,000 could go a long way towards that … and the Galer Stairs would lend themselves wonderfully to some community activity,” said Okamoto, adding, “anytime you can bring people together to make decisions for public spaces it makes you feel more cohesive as a neighborhood, and the more community involvement there is I think the more vibrant a neighborhood is.”

FOLKpark Chair Debi Frausto said the money could easily be used to fund the organization’s plans for the renewal of lower Kinnear Park. They received a matching grant of $100,000 from the city of Seattle, and they are currently looking to raise $50,000 to honor the terms of that grant.

“It would be a perfect number for us,” said Frausto. “It would be very exciting to know we had that additional money already raised so that we could go into full production.”

Last year’s winner was Thursday South, which includes the neighborhoods of Montlake, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Madrona, Capitol Hill, First Hill and Yesler Terrace. They’re turning the prize into a playground at Washington Park Arboretum.

CleanScapes has many tips and resources for reducing waste on their website, and representatives are available to give presentations and help organize events, said Castellanos.

From the CleanScapes website:

Winning is easy: stop waste before it happens. Compost at home. Use a worm bin. Grasscycle. Use refillable water bottles and coffee mugs. Replace paper towels and napkins with cloth kitchen towels and washable napkins. Bring your own bag. Use Tupperware. Reuse. Repair. Buy in bulk. Buy local. Buy second-hand. Share. Trade. Swap. Rent. Donate or sell unwanted items. Print double-sided. Stop junk mail and phonebooks… you get the idea!

Vikings Robotics team to compete at Key Arena

The Vikings Robotics team from Ballard High School will compete at the FIRST Robotics regional competition Friday and Saturday at the Key Arena.

This is the team’s second year competing and will go up against 63 other high school teams from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Turkey.

The team, led by teacher Craig Nielsen, have spent countless hours building their robot. The goal during this competition is to navigate the robots through a series of soccer-themed activities and actually battle the robots against one another. Teams are judged on robot design, technology, sportsmanship and gracious professionalism. If you’re interested in watching the Vikings robotics team, the free event is Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a lunch break during the noon hour.

5 Spot fundraiser raises $2,800 for Coe & Hay

One Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24 two local schools–John Hay and Coe–held a friendly fundraising competition to see who could raise more money by eating out for dinner at the 5 Spot, which donated 25 percent of its sales both nights to each respective school.

On Tuesday Coe earned a whopping $1,376.67, but was slightly beat out by Hay, which raised $1,442.52 on Thursday, adding up to $2,819.19 in total!

The funds are going directly to each school. Coe will be purchasing age and reading level appropriate books for their classrooms with the funds, while John Hay is putting its portion toward hiring math and reading tutors.

Families from the schools who participated in the fundraiser were asked to write their teacher’s name at the top of their checks, allowing the 5 Spot to figure out which classrooms from both Coe and Hay had the highest level of family participation. Ms. Spiller’s class at Coe and Ms. Mirabueno’s class at John Hay took the prize. Every student in both winning classes was given a $10 Chow Foods gift card.

“We know our local public schools are hurting as much or more than the rest of us right now and are in a frightful financial state.  As an integral part of the Queen Anne community, we at the 5 Spot wanted to answer that call. We couldn’t have asked for two more successful evenings—both schools are winners!” said 5 Spot owner Peter Levy in a press release today.

Congrats Coe and Hay!

“Bikes for Books” program starts April 1

This isn’t exactly in Queen Anne, but it’s so cool I thought I’d include it! Beginning Thursday, April 1, the Seattle Public Library begins its “Bikes for Books” program to encourage children to read by offering up a bike as a reward for reading as many books as possible.

Fremont Library

The program, sponsored by the Masonic Doric Lodge No. 92 in Fremont, invites children in 1st through 3rd  grade to read books and compete for the bike. For every three books they read between April 1 and June 3, participants will get to enter their name once in the drawing. Each entry will require a short oral book report to a librarian.

The celebration and drawing will take place on Saturday, June 5, at 4:00 p.m. at the Fremont Branch (731 N. 35th St). One girl and one boy will each win a bike, helmet and lock. Winners must be present to win. All participants will receive certificates of accomplishment.  For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084 or SPL communications director Andra Addison at 206-386-4103.

John Hay vs. Coe fundraiser kicks off tonight

Don’t forget, if you’re planning on dining at the 5 Spot for dinner tonight, Tuesday, March 23 or tomorrow, Wednesday, March 24, your money will be helping one of two competing Queen Anne elementary schools – John Hay and Coe – as they head it off to see which school can raise the most!

The 5 Spot will be donating 25 percent of all of its food and beverage sales from 4 p.m. to closing to Coe tonight and to Hay tomorrow, so there’s no doubt students, parents and teachers will be packing into the cafe to make their orders and get an edge up on the competition.

All funds both nights will be donated directly to each respective school. Coe plans to use the money to purchase age and reading level appropriate books for their classrooms, while John Hay is going to put its donated funds toward hiring math and reading tutors.

Don’t forget, Coe night is tonight (Tuesday), and John Hay night is tomorrow (Wednesday). Go Coe and Hay!