Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot opens Saturday, November 28th

QA Helpline Tree SignWait! Don’t go out and buy your Christmas tree before the Thanksgiving holiday! First, celebrate a meal with your family and then make plans to head to the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. The tree lot opens Saturday, November 28th, and it’s run by local volunteers and Boy Scout Troop 72.

The lot will be located in the Upper Queen Anne Safeway’s north parking lot, and will be open November 28th – December 20th. Hours are as follows:

Saturdays: 9am-9pm
Sundays: 9am-8pm, 9am-6pm on December 20th
Mondays-Thursdays: 2pm-8pm
Fridays: 2pm-9pm

As always, the tree lot will feature a variety of Christmas trees, as well as garland and wreaths. All your holiday greenery in one spot, and proceeds benefit the Helpline!

Also, if you’re looking for a way to help the Helpline, there’s one volunteer cashier position still open on Saturday, December 19th. You can sign up here for that slot – first come, first served!

Do you know this house?

The Queen Anne Historical Society is looking for a house, and not just any house. This particular house is documented in a scrapbook with the sweet title “Our Home on Queen Anne Hill” and was sent to QAHS by The Skowhegan History House Museum in Maine. Here’s the cover (note: you can click on any of the images for the high-res version):

Queen Anne Home scrapbook from Maine

The scrapbook is handmade and features an exterior shot of the house on the cover and interior shots of the the dining room, living room, and reception hall (aka entryway) inside the book’s pages.

Queen Anne Home scrapbook from Maine reception room_edited

Since these photos are very old, the quality isn’t what we expect of photos today, but perhaps some features will stand out if you own this home or live nearby.

Queen Anne Home scrapbook from Maine dining room edited

And, keep in mind that some exterior details may have changed, like the tree outside may either no longer be there or it may be enormous by now.

Queen Anne Home scrapbook from Maine living room edited

Of course, there is always the chance that this house is no more. If you know where it originally stood, that’d be great info for QAHS too, as they document our neighborhood’s history.

Take a look and let us know if you recognize this mystery house on Queen Anne!

Tree lighting begins new Queen Anne holiday tradition

The lights are already lit along Queen Anne Ave N, Thanksgiving is next week, and the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas tree lot opens next Saturday, November 28th, all signs of the upcoming holiday season on Queen Anne.

Towne sign and puppyThis year, thanks to the Queen Anne Chamber and our local merchants, we’ll have a new holiday tradition on top of Queen Anne – a tree lighting. On Saturday, November 28th, a large tree will make its way from the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot to the plaza at The Towne outside Trader Joe’s.

Then, on Friday, December 4th, the tree will light up after a countdown. The lighting event runs from 6pm to 8pm, with a countdown to the lighting at 6:30pm. It’ll kick off the annual Holiday Magic event along Queen Anne Ave N, and it’s a free family-friendly event.

At the tree lighting, you can warm up with hot drinks from Storyville, enjoy tasty cookies from Aegis Living, and enjoy holiday music.

The new holiday tradition is sure to be a welcome one, making Queen Anne even more festive. Thanks to the Queen Anne Community Council, Queen Anne Apartment Collection, The Holiday Lighting Pros, and Joe Geivett of Emerald Bay Equity for making it happen.

Mark your calendars for the tree lighting event on Friday, December 4th and get ready to celebrate Holiday Magic on Queen Anne!

Saturday is International Games Day at the Queen Anne Library

ALA Games DayThe American Library Association has declared November 21st “International Games Day” for libraries across the country. Seattle is no exception, and you can celebrate board and card games at the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library this Saturday.

From 1pm to 5pm, the library is hosting a free classic board games event that’s free and open to all – kids, teens, and adults are all welcome. The library will have board games on hand, and you can bring your own to share with other gamers.

Sorry piecesThe library has limited space, so arrive early to secure your spot in the celebration of games. Since the event is 4 hours, you may also be able to drop in during the 1pm-5pm timeslot to pick up game of classic board games like Clue or Sorry, Chinese checkers, chess, Uno, and more.

Game on!

Once Upon a Time closing its doors on Upper Queen Anne

Once Upon A TimeThe owner of Once Upon a Time children’s toy & clothing shop is getting ready to retire and move on to a new chapter. While the owner is retiring from retail sales and turning her attention to a burgeoning flower farm, the shop at 1622 Queen Anne Ave N will have kids-wares available for the holidays.

Meanwhile, that means two things: an upcoming retirement sale and an opportunity for a future small business owner. The sale will begin in December, so plan ahead for deals on toys, clothing, shoes, and more. And, ideally, someone will take over the shop and continue the tradition of a kid-focused store on Queen Anne Ave N.

If you’re interested in the shop – or know someone who might be – get in contact via email at jeannette@unionbaygroup.com or call 206-818-2909.  And, get ready to stop by and say goodbye to a local merchant.

Krav Maga Seattle hosting a Thanksgiving food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank

KMS QAFBLocal business Krav Maga Seattle is hosting a food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank (QAFB), to ensure its pantry is filled for the Thanksgiving holiday. And, in addition to helping QAFB, your donation can also help you with KMS classes and more.

The Queen Anne Food Bank is a key charity in the community, and Krav Maga Seattle (KMS) has selected it for their efforts to give back this year. The studio is asking for donations of both food and hygiene items by Thanksgiving Day.

KMS is also offering incentives for donors to get their donations in before the holiday, and to also meet it’s goal of 500 donated items:

– Non-KMS members who donate 4 or more of the QAFB’s most-needed items will receive one week of unlimited classes for free (fine print: applies to people who have never had a one-week trial at KMS)

– For each item donated by 11/26, the donor’s name will be entered into a raffle to win $100 to spend at the KMS Store

– If KMS hits its goal of 500 items, Head Instructor Chau Le will lead a series of weapons defense classes open to all KMS members in December

If you would like to donate to the KMS food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank, here’s their list of most-needed items:

  • Canned Chili
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Fruit
  • Granola Bars / Energy Bars / Trail Mix
  • Cold Cereal
  • Jam / Jelly / Preserves
  • Condiments (Mayo, Mustard, etc.)
  • Hygiene Items (Deodorant, Toothpaste, Razors, toilet paper, etc.)

Items can be dropped off at the KMS studio at 1009 8th Ave N during their business hours this week and next:

– Monday – Thursday: 3:30pm-9pm

– Friday: 11:30am-5:30pm

– Saturday: 9am-1pm

The studio is also open Thanksgiving Day, 9am-10:30am for last minute donations for the Queen Anne Food Bank.

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