Free ice skating at Key Arena until 8 tonight

Seattle Center and the KeyArena are inviting the public to come skate around the ice at the Key for free until 8 p.m. today, Friday, June 4.

Free admission, free skate use and 17,000 square feet of ice offer a cool way for families and friends to slide into summer!

There are no tickets required. Skating session begin at the top of each hour and lest 40 minutes. Some concessions stands will be open and selling snacks.

The Free Skate is part of ongoing efforts by Seattle Center Productions, the public programming arm of Seattle Center, to open Seattle Center campus venues for free public activities. The ice is in place on the KeyArena floor for Smucker’s Stars on Ice, May 29, featuring Winter Olympic ice skating champions.

Free swag at Starbucks’ We-Love-You Fridays!

For the next few weeks Starbucks will be showing its gratitude to Seattle for being home to and helping create its global coffee culture, by giving away free tickets to special events at participating Starbucks around town after 2 p.m. every Friday from today, May 21 to June 18.

Both the Upper and Lower Queen Anne Starbucks locations are participating in the event. Though there is no purchase necessary, according to Starbucks, there will only be about 100 vouchers at every story per promotion, so get there quick!

Today they will be handing out vouchers for a free ticket to a Mariners game (valued at $20) redeemable at any of the following games: June 1 (vs Minnesota), July 6 (vs Kansas City), July 20 (vs Chicago), August 5 (vs Texas), August 10 (vs Oakland) or August 31 (vs LA).

On May 28, they’ll have vouchers to see one film at the Seattle International Film Festival (must be used by June 13). On June 4 its a voucher for a free weekday admission at the Seattle Art Museum. On June 11, you’ll get free weekday admission for one child at the Seattle Aquarium.  And on June 18, you’ll get free admission to selects shows of the new Broadway production of “Burn the Floor” at The Paramount. Details here.

QA Movie Guild presents “Burning the Future: Coal in America” screening Saturday

The Queen Anne Movie Guild’s monthly Second Saturday screening series is coming up this Saturday, May 8. This week they’ll be showing “Burning the Future: Coal in America,” a documentary about the “the explosive conflict”that has sprung up between the coal industry and the residents of West Virginia.

Burning The Future: Coal in America – Trailer from Odessa Films on Vimeo.

From the Guild:

Confronted by emerging “clean coal” energy policies, local activists watch a world blind to the devastation caused by coal’s extraction. Faced with toxic ground water, the obliteration of 1.4 million acres of mountains, and a government that appeases industry, our heroes demonstrate a strength of purpose and character in their improbable fight to arouse the nation’s help in protecting their mountains, saving their families, and preserving their way of life.

As always, the event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday and the Queen Anne United Methodist Church , located at 1606 5th Ave W right next to the Queen Anne Library. Movie-goers should use the Fellowship Hall entrance on W. Garfield St.

See “Dirt! The Movie” at the Movie Guild Saturday

This week for its Second Saturday Free Movie Series, the Queen Anne Movie Guild will be screening Dirt! The Movie, which delves into the the world and wonders of–you guessed it–soil! From the Guild:

It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and under-appreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, “dirt is very much alive.” Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. “Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt.”

Narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis, Dirt! is described as a “call to action” for the reconnection of humanity to the environment we live in. The film encapsulates the environmental, economic, social and political impact of soil by sharing stories from experts all over the world who “are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.”

The movie teaches us: “When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked…The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again.” What we’ve destroyed, we can heal.

As always, the QA Movie Guild’s Second Saturday Series is free and open to the public. The screening of Dirt! The Movie will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1606 5th Ave W (the pink building next to the Queen Anne Library). Movie goers should use the Fellowship Hall entrance located on W Garfield St.

Check out the Spring Flea Market Saturday

The Queen Anne Community Center‘s Spring Flea Market is happening this Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A variety of vendors will be setting up booths in the community center lobby and gym for the event, which is free and open to all ages.

“There’s going to be a number of vendors out there–arts and crafts stuff, antiques, stuff from peoples’ houses,” said one community center employee. The Queen Anne Farmers Market will be at the flea market selling posters and totes for the upcoming 2010 season, which kicks off next month.

If you’re a fan of bargain shopping, stop by and check it out. If you’re a local vendor, or simply looking to get rid of a few things, consider getting a booth at the market. Booths costs $25 and the community center will provide up to two tables per vendor. For more information, stop by the Queen Anne Community Center, located at 1901 1st Ave W, or call (206)386-4240.

The Dusty 45s live at Easy Street Friday

The Dusty 45s, a group that prides itself on mixing musical styles such as “honky-tonk, jump blues, and rock and roll,” will be doing a live, all-ages and best of all free performance at Easy Street Records at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26.

And as if that weren’t exciting enough, Easy Street is giving away free downloads of a song off their new album, Fortunate Man. Get it here.

(As always, thanks to Jesse and Easy Street Records for the picture!)

Poets on the Hill open mic tonight

Poets on the Hill is having another famed open mic night tonight, at El Diable Coffee (1811 Queen Anne Ave N, Suite 101). Arrive at 6:15 to sign up for a turn in front the mic. Readings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Too much fun!

Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll even get a little devil in your drink!

Spring egg hunt at QA community center April 3

On Saturday, April 3 community centers across the city will be hosting free spring egg hunts for neighborhood kids. Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center, located at 1901 First Ave. W., kids 11 and under are invited to “bring a basket or a bag to gather up all of the goodies.”

daily reject: my easter egg hunt

(Photo by Chelsea Dagger courtesy of Flickr).

All kids participating will be divided up into different groups based on age, and each age group will be given their own section of the field to hunt for eggs (to ensure that everyone gets a chance to stock up on chocolate)!

For more information on the event, call (206) 386-4240.

Demon Hunter live at Easy Street tonight

Local Christian metal band Demon Hunter will be doing a free, live show at Easy Street Records tonight, Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m.

The group will be playing songs from their new album, The World Is a Thorn, which is said to have a Gospel feel.

QA Movie Guild presents “Sick Around the World”

The Queen Anne Movie Guild will be showing Sick Around the World, FRONTLINE as part of their monthly second Saturday film screening this Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, located at 1616 5th Ave W., across from the QA branch of the Seattle Public Library.

In Sick Around the World, FRONTLINE, PBS and veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent T.R. Reid investigate health care in the United States by comparing how five other capitalist democracies – Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Taiwan – handle health care, tackling the question of what we might learn from their successes and failures.

Get a full synopsis of the film here.

As always, the QA Movie Guild’s second Saturday series is free and open to the public. Each month the volunteer group brings different independent documentary films to the Queen Anne community,  focusing on prevalent issues that provoke conversation.

The focus of the movies will be what makes communities work, community sustainability and environmental issues. Some of the questions we ask when previewing films are: “Does this film address solutions to the economic or environmental issues we have in Seattle? Does it give useful approaches to the economic changes we are facing? Does it realistically inform us about how to be wiser consumers? Is it interesting and does it have entertainment value?”

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